I recently finished reading Ray Ortlund’s book Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel this week – and was freshly moved by Ray’s weaving together of the entire biblical narrative: God’s creation and Eden, the first marriage, the fall and our ensuing brokenness and sin, and the incredible grace of the Gospel. The second section, “Marriage in Genesis,” was particularly compelling to me – and I will be revisiting it.
I highly recommend this book.
Read my highlights here: Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel – Kindle Notes
This quote from Bob Kauflin’s Worship Matters struck me this week – I hope you find it helpful as well:
Although we never know exactly how people are going to respond during a meeting [time of worship], we tend to reap what we sow. If our leadership focuses on musical experiences, we’ll reap a desire for better sounds, cooler progressions, and more creative arrangements. If we sow to immediate feelings, we’ll reap meetings driven by the pursuit of emotional highs. If we lead in such a way that we’re the center of attention, we’ll reap a man-centered focus, shallow compliments, and ungodly comparisons. (Worship Matters, pg. 59)
Soon after starting work at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, our worship leader West Breedlove suggested that I read Harold Best’s book Music Through the Eyes of Faith. I borrowed it from his office, and after reading the first chapter decided that it is a book I need to own and take notes in.
This is a book for worship leaders and musicians of all styles, and has so much to say about musical pluralism and its connection to the Gospel. Not every chapter was as engaging as others, but there are chapters which are basically solidly highlighted in my copy.
I wanted to see what others have had to say about this book, and suggest the following reviews:
Each has a different angle and voice, so I encourage you to check them out and hear their perspective.
If you are involved in music ministry, this is a must-read.
Music Through the Eyes of Faith on Amazon (no affiliate link – this review is solely to spread the word about a genuinely helpful book)