RW USED IN NAVY/MARINE CHAPLAIN TRAINING
Thank you for the March 1999 issue of Reformed Worship. You have an excellent resource that is wide-ranging in scope and stimulating in content. We are doing some training for U.S. Navy and Marine chaplains this year, and have included a number of articles from your publication in the training manual (with permission, of course). So, your good work is being multiplied across the world.
How to Start a New Service by Charles Arn. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1997. 269 pp. $17.99US/24.30 CDN
Charles Arn’s book is a technician’s delight. Its aim is clear. Its approach is confident. Its process is comprehensive. If you are thinking about starting another worship service in your congregation’s ministries, don’t do it until you have read this book (see also his article on p. 22).
Hughes Oliphant Old. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998. Vol. 1, 383 pp. $35.00; Vol. 2, 481 pp. $42.00.
MORE ON THE CARE AND KEEPING OF CHURCH MUSICIANS
I enjoyed the article “The Care and Keeping of Church Musicians” by Gregory Crowell (RW 49). Most of what he said was right on the mark, and his comments regarding the creation of a nurturing environment and compensation issues were greatly appreciated.
Gary A. Furr and Milburn Price. Macon, Georgia: Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc., 1998. 96 pp. $13.00. (1-800-747-3016)
MORE ON COPYRIGHT ISSUES SURROUNDING
"AS THE DEER"
I have enjoyed Reformed Worship for years, but understandably read RW 49 with particular interest [as writer of the text for Psalm 42 on p. 25]. Thank you for the sensitive way the business of copyright permission by the Copyright Company was handled. Absolutely fair, but nevertheless true to the facts. I have had so many requests for the text, and it is really too bad that one always has to add the “however . . . ” when granting permission.
Books: The Presbyterian Hymnal Complete Concordance and Indexes; Hymnsearch; The Presbyterian Hymnal
The Presbyterian Hymnal Complete Concordance and Indexes, compiled by Judith L. Muck. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1997. 340 pp. Paper $26.00.
Hymnsearch: Indexes for The Presbyterian Hymnal, compiled by William S. Smith. Jackson, Mississippi: William S. Smith, 1995. 458 pp.
The Presbyterian Hymnal: Software Edition, produced by Steve Metzger. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1997. CD-ROM with some documentation. $199.00.
BGail Ramshaw. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1997. Paper, 140 pp. Reviewed by Emily R. Brink, editor of Reformed Worship.
vol. 1 (232 pp.) 1994, vol. 2 (244 pp.) 1996, Communication Resources, Inc., 4150 Belden Village St., 4th floor, Canton, Ohio 44718. $39.00 per volume. Reviewed by Al Hoksbergen, a retired Christian Reformed pastor living in Spring Lake, Michigan.
RESPONSE TO THE LORD'S SUPPER ISSUE (RW 48)
Thank you so much for the special issue on the Lord's Supper! I'm ordering copies for each member of our worship committee.
I especially appreciated Leonard Vander Zee's "Too Spiritual for Our Own Good." He's right about the centrality of both Word and sacrament in New Testament worship. The early Christians celebrated the Lord's Supper weekly without fear that it would thereby become routine and meaningless.