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People have differing aesthetic values. This has always been true, but it has become especially evident with the advent of contemporary forms of worship. In music—and other areas of church life—some people cringe at the influence of popular culture; others say there is no alternative if the church is going to be relevant. What can we learn about ourselves and about serving God by acknowledging differences in style? How can we be concerned about integrity and high quality without being snobs?
Table of Contents
Genesis 1:11–12, 27–30, 2:18, 21–24, 3:2–6; 2 Kings 5:1–14; Proverbs 5:18–20, 23:20–21; Isaiah 24:4–7, 58:6–12; Ezekiel 36:24–30;
Joel 2:25; 1 Corinthians 1:26–29; 2 Corinthians 5:18; James 1:17–18
Why do we react negatively to things that contrast with our personal tastes?
How do we encourage high quality of any type without devaluing something lesser—Bach over “Kum Bah Yah” or Milton over gospel tracts, for example?
Read Genesis 1:27-30 and Proverbs 23:20-21: how has a high value been displaced by a lower one?
Read James 1:17–18. How would you define every good and perfect gift?
Sample application questions:
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
Do you have a favorite hymn? Name it and tell why you have chosen it.
The poor and lowly “have an actual advantage in the City of God.” Why is that?
Having a Bad Hymn Day, by Philip Yancey (October 1993, 8 printed pages)
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