“Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship” by John Witvliet

Book Summary:

Biblical PsalmsThe biblical psalms are certainly a valuable source for Christian worship, but their vast size as a whole can prove daunting without direction. John Witvliet offers a solution with this brief yet comprehensive guide to using the psalms in worship.

The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship opens with a summary of key biblical-theological themes related to the practice of worship. It continues with reflections on every step in the process of preparing to use the psalms in worship, drawing on insights from writings on the history, theology, and pastoral practice of worship, liturgy, and preaching. Including patristic testimonies as a "prelude" and both Reformation-era and modern testimonies as two "interludes," the volume also offers a comprehensive list of currently available liturgical and musical resources and a set of instructive musical examples.

Witvliet offers a first-a book designed to speak at once to both "traditional" and "contemporary" worship practices. His book will appeal to a wide range of readers, including college and seminary students, scholars and teachers, church educators, worship leaders, musicians, and librarians. Ecumenical, practical, and passionate, The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship provides all the resources necessary to spark a renewed engagement with the psalms in corporate worship.

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About the Author, John Witvliet:

John D. Witvliet is director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and professor of worship, theology, & congregational and ministry studies at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.  View other publications by John Witvliet.