I admit, the college ministry I was a part of as a student (“Freedom” at Central Baptist Church in College Station) spoiled me in many ways. One of those areas included their devotion to worship intentionality. While we rocked out, it was clear to us in the audience that they cared about helping us worship well and connecting those songs back to the biblical and theological content that they reflected.
Having known some people on that worship team, I also know that their band “practices” were far more than simply practices. They did aim for excellence in production, but they also studied the Bible and their songs together. The commitment required even to be on the team was quite high, too.
(Anyone’s first semester in the worship team was usually spent attending all those practices but only doing one very important job on Sundays: Running the PowerPoint. Do you think that rule weeded out any fame-seekers?)
Sorry – I’m gushing. But there’s a purpose to bringing this up. Today a cool little article on this subject came through Christianity Today.
While there are follow-up questions I would ask the (quite distinguished) professor-author John Stackhouse, and I might not agree with his points in full, I thoroughly appreciate his theological approach to a pretty narrow worship music discussion. (How often do you hear church history applied to a discussion about amplifier volume?)