Carl L. Stam

Carl Stam ( is the director of the Institute for Christian Worship at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the part-time minister of music at Louisville’s Clifton Baptist Church. Since 1995, he has distributed a weekly e-mail devotional on worship and prayer, Worship Quote of the Week (


Articles by this author:

  • Choosing and Using Choral Music

    Choosing the right choral music has got to be the single most challenging task I have faced in the 35 years I have directed church choirs. I dread the idea of buying sixty copies of something that will not work well in the service; and I don’t want to spend even twenty minutes rehearsing an anthem that will not be edifying for the body of believers.

  • Reviews

    Songs That Jesus Said: Scripture into Music by Keith and Kristyn Getty.; CD and songbook available.

  • Letters

    A Correction in “The Chief Cornerstone”

    Thank you so much for sending me a copy of Reformed Worship (78, December 2005). I really enjoyed it all, especially, of course, the fine article by Gracia Grindal.

  • Book: With One Voice: Discovering Christ's Song in Our Worship

    Reggie M. Kidd. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 2005. 224 pp. $14.99. ISBN 0-8010-6591-7.
  • Hymnal: A House of Praise: Collected Hymns 1961-2001

    Timothy Dudley-Smith. Carol Stream, Ill.: Hope Publishing Co., 2003. 562 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0-916642-74-7.
  • Book: O Come, Let Us Bow Down and Worship: A Spiritual Guide for Leadership

    Deborah Moore Clark. Macon: Smyth & Helwys, 2003. 252 pp. $18.00. ISBN 1-57312-364-1.

    Author Deborah Moore Clark has written a focused and thorough book on the theology and practice of Christian worship. The book lends itself to group study by a worship committee or church staff in that each chapter ends with probing questions that get to the heart of worship priorities.

  • CDs: Hearts on Pilgrimage: A Daily Devotional Experience Filled with Music, Prayer, and Scripture

    Sara Singleton. Carol Stream, Ill.: Oasis Audio, 2002. 14-page booklet and 4 CDs. $29.99.

    Producer Sara Singleton has assembled an “audio sanctuary” that clearly reverences the Scriptures, warmly embraces the prayers and spiritual disciplines of past generations of believers, and, through vocal and instrumental selections, encourages the listener to savor the truth of the gospel and sweetness of close communion with the Savior.

  • Notes

    RW Online Index to Replace Print Version

    Ever since RW began, we’ve published a cumulative index updated each year. For the past two years, we’ve kept the print index going alongside the online index. But sales of the print index have declined, and we’ve decided to discontinue the print version. Explore the online index and find lots of help!

  • Life in the Spirit: An Ascension and Pentecost Service Based on Romans 8

    This festival of song based on Romans 8 was the concluding service of the Calvin Symposium on Worship and the Arts, January 2003. It would be especially appropriate for use anytime between Ascension and Pentecost, or as background material for any service based on a portion of Romans 8. The entire chapter of Romans 8 was proclaimed from memory by different people who had been coached by Dennis Dewey (see RW 65). For this service, we celebrated in song the gifts from the body of Christ from many times and places, united by the power of the Spirit.


  • Notes

    Conference on Liturgy and Music (COLAM) 2004
    The Church Together: Exploring Intergenerational Worship

    Denver, Colorado, July 7-10
    Ever wonder how best to minister to the multiple generations in your congregation? Or been frustrated when the needs of one group seem to conflict with another group within your church? How do you go about leading and planning worship for a diverse congregation? Is it possible?