Apparently, I’m a “Classic”

This is interesting, in light of recent rants of mine about CCMSome highlights:

No one can dispute that the contemporary-style worship has helped churches grow by pulling in “unchurched” young and middle-aged people, who tend to like the informality and rock-influenced music. It’s still far more common to see a mainline church experimenting with a contemporary service than a contemporary-style church trying out tradition.

But some students of the contemporary style say that much of its music lacks the melodic sophistication of enduring hymns, or the poetry and doctrinal depth of lyrics penned by such writers as Charles Wesley (“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”); Isaac Watts (“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”); Fanny Crosby (“Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine”); or Thomas Dorsey (“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”).

And while traditional worship can be stiff and uninvolving, the contemporary experience – music, big screens, mood lighting – is often derided as “church lite.”

Nelson suggests that the biggest difference between hymns and contemporary praise songs is that hymns are theology-based, while contemporary songs are experienced-based. “I really believe that people are hungry to come back to what it is that we believe, and the hymns express very clearly what we believe,” he said.

Others echo that. “When done incorrectly, contemporary services are all foam and no root beer,” said Nathan Lino, pastor at Northeast Houston Baptist. “They are entertaining, fun and high energy, but you leave with no sense of having had a meaningful time of worship. I do think churches are beginning to realize that there is a growing desire for a shift back toward a more traditional style.”

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3 Responses

  1. PS — I didn’t know Tommy Dorsey wrote traditional hymns!

  2. I thought “I’m Gettin Sentimental Over You” was CCM.

  3. Ha! Sounds like the archetype for all CCM!

    Was this the album we had aeons ago? Seems like it has more tracks than I remember.

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