Lovin' on Jesus

A Concise History of Contemporary Worship

By Lester Ruth, Swee Hong Lim Published
Lovin' on Jesus
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The surprising, fascinating, and influential story—still unfolding—which helps us understand our own worship.

Swee Hong Lim and Lester Ruth have filled an important gap in the study of worship. Lovin on Jesus: A Concise History of Contemporary Worship is the first scholarly work of its kind on this topic. Lim and Ruth trace the origins and development of what we commonly call contemporary Christian worship, exploring it thoroughly and methodically. Their research includes early recordings and interviews with many who were directly involved in the early stages.

The authors were students of James White, and their book is, in a sense, a much-needed addition to Whites classic Introduction to Christian Worship. The thematic structure of Lovin on Jesus mirrors that of Whites Introduction, making this book exceedingly useful for students and practitioners in the study of Christian worship as a whole.

This is an essential resource for all students, scholars, worship leaders, and pastors who are serious about understanding the worship they lead.

Meticulously researched, accessibly written, generous in its praise, and balanced in its critiquesthis is the book for which many of us have long been waiting. Melanie C. Ross, Assistant Professor of Liturgical Studies, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT

Particularly useful for teaching is the way Lim and Ruth organize their account by practices of time, space, music, prayer, technology, and scripture. This will immediately become a required textbook for the courses I teach on Christian worship. Ed Phillips, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology and Coordinator of the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA

Readers will find Lim and Ruths one-of-a-kind history convincing and rigorous. The authors show how a modern genre of Christian worship claimed its place, what it all means, and where it is heading. Gerald Liu, Assistant Professor of Worship and Preaching, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

Lovin on Jesus is an important book for every pastor, worship leader, and worshipper. This wonderfully prepared study will help you keep your worship experience biblically centered, dynamic, and growing. Rick Muchow, Founding Worship Pastor, Saddleback Church, worship leader and coach


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Endorsements

Swee Hong Lim and Lester Ruth have skillfully researched the roots of contemporary corporate worship: past and present. Lovin on Jesus is an important book for every pastor, worship leader, and worshipper. A big reason for worship methodology getting out of control and becoming the focus of ones worship is ignorance. This wonderfully prepared study will help you keep your worship experience biblically centered, dynamic, and growing.

Rick Muchow, Founding Worship Pastor, Saddleback Church; worship leader and coach

Whether you love, loathe, or ignore contemporary worship, readers will find Lim and Ruths one-of-a-kind history convincing and rigorous; the authors show how a modern genre of Christian worship claimed its place with structural, musical, sacramental, poetic, ecumenical, multiracial, transnational, and technological ingenuity and why it matters now to consider what it all means and where it is heading.

Gerald Liu, Assistant Professor of Worship and Preaching, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

In their history of contemporary worship, Swee Hong Lim and Lester Ruth have hit the sweet spot between the academic study of liturgy and a practical guide to understanding and even implementing this form of worship. Particularly useful for teaching is the way Lim and Ruth organize their account by practices of time, space, music, prayer, technology, and scripture. The penultimate chapter on The Sacramentality of Contemporary Worship offers a compelling explanation of why many congregations have found this mode of worship so compelling, while others see it as superficial. This will immediately become a required textbook for the courses I teach on Christian worship.

Ed Phillips, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology and Coordinator of the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA

About the Authors

Lester Ruth

Lester Ruth is the Research Professor of Christian Worship at Duke Divinity School. He was a student of James F. White - the former University of Notre Dame Professor of Theology (Liturgical Studies).

Swee Hong Lim

Swee Hong Lim is the Deer Park Assistant Professor of Sacred Music and Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program at Emmanuel College, Toronto, Canada. He was a student of James F. White - the former University of Notre Dame Professor of Theology (Liturgical Studies).