As a sort of follow up on Andrew's earlier RPW (regulative principle of worship) post, I thought I'd mention Ligon Duncan's helpful essays in Give Praise to God (Phillipsburg: P&R, 2003). Duncan wrote chapter 1 (Does God Care How We Worship) and chapter 2 (Foundations for Biblically Directed Worship). These were helpful for me as they… Continue reading The Regulative Principle: Cookie Cutter Worship?
This is a great book. I'm sorry I put off reading it for a few years! Phil Ryken, Derek Thomas, and Ligon Duncan edited Give Praise to God together as a festschrift for J. M. Boice, as sort of a tribute to Boice's emphasis on worship according to the Word. The structure of the book… Continue reading Reforming Worship: According to the Word
In Reformed/Presbyterian confessionalism, the regulative principle of worship (RPW) is right there in the fiber of the discussions on worship (HC Q/A 96, WLC Q/A 108-9, etc). William Ames (d. 1633) defines it this way: "God must be worshipped only for the reason and by the means by which he has personally prescribed that he… Continue reading Ames on the RPW