The Spectacle of Worship in a Wired World: Electronic Culture and the Gathered People of God

by Tex Sample. Abingdon Press, 1998.

This book is a popular, sometimes chatty, call for the church to take seriously the practices of an electronic culture and to adjust worship accordingly. An explanation of today's culture is followed by suggestions for worship that resonates with that culture. Sample proposes worship that makes use of the pacing, rhythm, and participation of performance, works with the "soul music" of the people gathered, and engages people in movement and dance. He avoids understanding worship as entertainment and offers forms of critique to ensure that worship is also alternative and subversive to the dominant order. Those who are uncomfortable with some of Sample's practical suggestions for worship may use his observations on electronic culture to come up with their own modifications to worship. The book can help churches span generational differences, especially in the realm of worship.