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Lovin' on Jesus : A Concise History of Contemporary Worship (Paperback) (Swee Hong Lim & Lester Ruth)
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Lovin’ on Jesus: A Concise History of Contemporary Worship is acompact—but thorough—history of changes in North American Protestantworship that occurred in the second half of the twentieth century andthat came to be known as “contemporary worship.” This scholarly butaccessible work reveals a fascinating and complex lineage, which led tothe worship forms that are now so common in many Christian worshipservices across the globe.Authors Lim and Ruth uncover the riseof this term itself in the early 1990s as the pivot point in thephenomenon’s history. They show how “contemporary worship” has multiplepoints of origin, and how new ways of worship developed along manydifferent lines. The authors trace the rise of the term in the early1990s, pointing to a new phase in its history: promotion and adoption bymainline congregations. The book documents this phase, as well as theearlier phases, with original source material including personalinterviews.
Lovin’ on Jesus also tells the story of theongoing evolution of contemporary worship both within and beyondmainline congregations. It is important to note that the story ofcontemporary worship includes not only music, but also its otherfeatures.