From Memory to Imagination: Reforming the Church's Music

From Memory to Imagination: Reforming the Church's Music

by C. Randall Bradley


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The relatively recent "worship wars" over styles of worship — traditional, contemporary, or blended — have calmed down, and many churches have now reached decisions about which "worship style" defines them. At a more fundamental level, however, change has yet to begin.

In From Memory to Imagination Randall Bradley argues that fallout from the worship wars needs to be cleaned up and that fundamental cultural changes — namely, the effects of postmodernism — call for new approaches to worship. Outlining imaginative ways for the church to move forward, this book is a must-read for church leaders and anyone interested in worship music.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802865939
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

C. Randall Bradley is Ben H. Williams Professor of Music and director of the church music program at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. His other books include From Postlude to Prelude: Music Ministry's Other Six Days.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: A Personal Word xiii

1 From Memory to Imagination: Beginning the Journey 1

2 Why We're in Crisis Now 14

3 The Mess We're In 31

4 A Clearer Picture 48

5 Worn-Out Paradigms, Unquestioned Myths, and Threadbare Clichés 62

6 What the Bible Does/n't Say about Music 81

7 Community and the Church's Music 110

8 The Call to Be Missional 134

9 Embracing Hospitality 158

10 Becoming Multi-Musical 184

11 From Memory to Imagination: Finding Our Way Forward 212

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