Contemporary Worship

Barna: Christian Millennials Are Most Likely Generation to Lean Toward Charismatic Worship

"When compared to other generations, Elders are the most likely to choose hymns (66% vs. 45% Boomers, 32% Gen X, 19% Millennials) and a traditional style (62% vs. 51% Boomers, 39% Gen X, 38% Millennials) for worship services. ... Millennials gravitate toward lively (30% vs. 21% Gen X, 23% Boomers, 15% Elders) and charismatic worship, (18% vs. 13% Gen X, 10% Boomers, 9% Elders), but also show greater openness than older adults toward a more contemplative form." - Barna

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“In many ways, it is not so much what is present in, but what is absent from this kind of worship that is most telling.”

"...let’s commit together to make an enduring impact on the history of church music by continually developing ourselves. Steward the gift. God, the giver of good gifts, has given us time and opportunity. Let’s not waste it." - P&D

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Joel Osteen Leans on Celebrity to Step Easter 2020 ‘up a notch’

"Pop singer Mariah Carey wanted to honor first responders, the pastor says, so she’ll sing her hit “Hero” while footage of local workers is shown. ...Rapper Kanye West, whom Osteen calls “one of a kind,” will sing with his choir from California. ...Hollywood heavyweight Tyler Perry will offer words of encouragement as well" - Church Leaders

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An Actual Millennial Responds to Church Efforts to Attract Millennials

"John [Ehrett] takes up each of the 10 points the consultant raises. The essay defies excerpting, so I will simply quote the beginning of the post... After that, I’ll quote another millennial and former student cited by John on what this generation is really yearning for." - Gene Veith

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Kingdom Through Culture: The New Apostolic Reformation and its Cultural Appeal, Part 4

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Seven Implications for Consideration (Continued)

6. Some Positive Aspects of the NAR—The theology of the NAR is in some cases significantly different from what is represented by the plain sense of Scripture, and that must be dealt with and addressed. At the same time, there is value in addressing the negatives while learning from the positives—three of which are identified by this writer: (1) The NAR expends great effort and resource to maintain consistency between theology, praxis, and liturgy. (2) The NAR is attempting to be comprehensive in efforts to positively impact the culture. (3) The NAR demonstrates commitment to excellence in the “product,” showing some cultural leadership rather than simply mimicking tools employed by secular influencers.

Perhaps we can challenge NAR advocates in core epistemological foundations, hermeneutic and exegetical method, and certain theological conclusions all while appreciating that they are demonstrating some methodology in reaching the present generation.

7. The Tenor of the Discussion—The differences and distinctions should not be ignored, particularly where there is divergence from the Scriptures. Also we should keep the end goal in mind. Michael Brown (considered by some to be part of the NAR, though denying it himself) suggests five ways to handle the discussion constructively. Though we might disagree on some aspects, the concerns and recommendations he raises are thoughtworthy:

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Kingdom Through Culture: The New Apostolic Reformation and its Cultural Appeal, Part 3

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Seven Implications for Consideration

1. The Bible Plus View of Revelation—employing the Catholic understanding of Revelation, the NAR has departed from the progress of the Protestant Reformation, favoring the RCC’s Bible Plus Tradition approach. Much of evangelicalism flirts with this (doctrine of illumination, Holy Spirit speaking today, etc.), along with liberties taken in Bible translation (formal equivalence versus dynamic equivalence).1

2. The Hermeneutics of Dominionism—The NAR employs several hermeneutic models: theological, Christocentric, redemptive, and allegorical, all supporting continuationism and dominionism. The Genesis model for hermeneutics and the NT use of the OT suggests the literal grammatical historical model.

3. The Theology of Dominionism—The NAR is impacting culture effectively both through and to this theology. Evangelical theology hasn’t effectively dealt with the cultural mandate undergirding dominionism.2 Passages for consideration include Genesis 1-3, and 9, Matthew 5-13, and Revelation 19. Understanding a Biblical perspective on interacting with Wallnau’s seven mountains (religion, family, education, government, media, arts, and business) is also important.

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