Worship is an area where we sometimes set our hearts at odds with our minds. Some worship can become all “heart.” We bypass critical thinking and rationality in an attempt to generate an emotional high. Or it can be all “mind.” Worship is merely an intellectual exercise in which people are simply fed the right doctrine.
But ultimately setting hearts at odds with minds is a false dichotomy. We aren’t merely bundles of emotion nor are we disembodied minds. We are bodied beings. Worship should engage who we are as whole people.
After all, the goal of worship is not merely to make us think a certain way or even feel a certain way. The goal of worship is to re-present the gospel in such a way as to transform us, to enable the gospel to take hold of our the whole of our lives– our thinking and feeling.
At Campus Chapel, our primary obligation in worship is not to a particular worship style (e.g. “contemporary” or “traditional”) but to this goal of transformation. Sometimes a Matt Redmon song may seem best suited for helping the community toward this goal. At others an old hymn seems most appropriate. But why limit ourselves to the music of a particular part of the globe? Isn’t it possible that Africa or Latin America have produced music which can best help us encounter the gospel in a particular way at a particular time in worship? (After all, in addition to being bodied beings, we are also “the body of Christ,” connected to our brothers and sisters across time and across geographical boundaries.)
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