Reaching Out without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for the Turn-of-the-Century Culture

by Marva J. Dawn J. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1995.

Dawn offers a solid critique of some of the current forms of "contemporary" worship and a defense of historical liturgies. Yet she is not content to let the church hold on to its tradition at the expense of excluding others. Dawn is strongly committed to liturgical worship, and shows why and how such services of worship can be inviting. She emphasizes mystery, awe, and excellence over entertainment and folksiness. She cautions against such generalizations as "Baby boomers hate hymns," refusing to scapegoat music for the failure of the church. This is a good book for those who seek renewal in worship without abandoning the richness of tradition and theological integrity.