The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Who's at the center?

Marva Dawn offers 3 questions for more faithful, vital worship

The terms — contemporary and traditional — also are poorly defined, she adds. There are dozens of contemporary music types from all over the world, and a song written last week might be written in a hymnic style.

"It's never a question of whether we should use contemporary or traditional music," she says. "We can use all kinds of music, but not all is theologically and musically appropriate to glorify God and to shape us as a vital, faithful Christian community. We need to ask better questions."

Dawn suggests three: Is it focused on God? Does it form us in Christ-like ways for his mission? Does it build genuine community centered on Christ?

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