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An Open Letter to Praise Bands

I think we may be approaching a tipping point in worship.

Along the lines of my article last week, as our production values increase so has our propensity to be more “professional.” And that usually means “be as much like a rock concert as possible.”

In other words: ear-splitting music where you literally can’t hear the noise coming out of your own mouth as you sit in the congregation and make an attempt to sing the intricate pop melodies only a high tenor can perform.

I’m getting a feeling that more and more people are becoming tired of the commercial shtick. In this article James K. A. Smith, Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College, shares his thoughts on the matter.


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