Worshipping With Calvin Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  June 18, 2014
Worshipping with Calvin Book Cover Worshipping with Calvin
Terry Johnson
EP Books
460 pages

In the ‘worship wars’ which have marked recent times, many aspects have been considered but rarely is the issue of truly Reformed worship addressed. In this pertinent work, Terry Johnson effectually fills a void – countless books have been written about Calvin, but to date there has been scant material on Calvin and biblical worship. The vital historical context is presented, and the practical ramifications for Reformed biblical worship today are explored.’

There is a revival in Calvinist thinking across a broad spectrum of the church today. As he takes notice of that, the author suggests that, in order for Calvinism to thrive, attention must be given to the ministry and worship that will sustain it. The belief is advanced that Calvin would not separate theology from worship and that the new Calvinism of today needs to take seriously the liturgical reforms of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, not merely the theological.

Terry L Johnson takes note of the revival in Calvinist thinking that is evident across a broad spectrum of the church. But, he notes, for Calvinism to continue to thrive, attention must begin to be paid to the ministry and worship that alone will sustain and perpetuate it. The new Calvinism must take seriously the liturgical reforms of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, not just the theological, if today’s dynamism is to endure. Calvin would not have approved of the separation of theology from worship. . . . Reformed theology determined Reformed worship; and conversely, Reformed worship was the nurturing womb from which Reformed piety and practice sprang. Theology, worship, and piety are inseparably linked, neither thriving without the supporting presence of the other. This is by no means a polemic against one or two forms of worship. Terry Johnson makes a strong historical and biblical case, so that whatever the readers preferred style of worship, this book will inform and challenge.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Worshipping With Calvin by Terry Johnson (EP Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I was blessed and burdened by the claims presented in Worshipping with Calvin and the support given from Scripture and history.”
Reviewer: Josh Skinner
Rating: 5 Stars

“I appreciate the zeal and fervor Johnson has for the body of Christ doing Bible things in Bible ways.”
Reviewer: Mike Boling
Rating: 3 Stars

“I was blessed to have picked up this volume and believe all men should own this book.”
Reviewer: Val Belley
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend Worshipping with Calvin to those who wish to know more about Reformed worship.”
Reviewer: Josh Schwisow
Rating: 4 Stars

“Anyone interested in worship or the future of Christianity should not simply read this book, but take it to heart.”
Reviewer: Jim West
Rating: 4 Stars

“Having a comprehensive resource like this is a gift, I highly recommend it.”
Reviewer: Gary Ware
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book inspired me to focus on Psalm-singing in my personal devotion time.”
Reviewer: Beth Saathoff
Rating: 4 Stars

“I am thankful for this book because it challenges a newer generation to think about why and how we do what we do, and not simply walk along blindly without thinking.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

“Every worship leader/band and pastor should read this book together and see what needs to added or taken from their service to reflect the glory of God.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 4 Stars

“Well laid out and argued, this book is a way in for evangelicals to learn to worship with Calvin as a people who are God-centered, Bible-filled, Gospel-Structured, Church-aware, and Spirit-Dependent.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 Stars

“I wholeheartedly recommend it to all, especially if you want to learn more about worship from the Reformed tradition.”
Reviewer: Joshua Aguilar
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book will bless you with a deeper understanding of Reformed worship.”
Reviewer: Erik ODell
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is an extremely helpful tool in understanding the various factors which the giants in the early church operated as far as worship and ministry are concerned.”
Reviewer: Don Haflich
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a great book.”
Reviewer: Marjolaine Belley
4 Stars

“This book is a helpful resource for Christians who want to glorify God in worship according to His Word.”
Reviewer: Timothy Harris
Rating: 4 Stars

“The author has given some excellent food for thought to the church.”
Reviewer: Doug Hibbard
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book gave me a deeper appreciation for the theological and historical richness of the tradition in which the Lord has planted me.”
Reviewer: Sarah White
Rating: 4 Stars

“The author had many helpful things to say about keeping worship centered on God, rooted in the Bible and Christ’s work and dependent on the work of the Spirit.”
Reviewer: James Matichuk
Rating: 3 Stars

“This book deserves to be read, studied, considered and evaluated widely and deeply.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book. Read it and be encouraged.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 5 Stars

“Terry Johnson has made an offering to the church that shouldn’t go unnoticed or unread.”
Reviewer: Mathew Sims
Rating: 4 Stars

Worshipping with Calvin  is a valuable resource for anyone who loves or is interested in the Reformed faith.”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain
Rating: 3 Stars

“This book was a challenging book to read, digest, and review. I highly recommend it.”
Reviewer: Doug Wallace
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book for those who consider themselves to be “young, restless, and reformed.”
Reviewer: Kenneth Clayton
Rating: 4 Stars

“I found that aspect of the book highly informative and challenging.”
Reviewer: Josh Davis
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a helpful summary of what the worship of God’s church ought to look like.”
Reviewer: Adam Blosser
Rating: 4 Stars

“I really enjoyed this book.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins
Rating: 4 Stars

“Dr. Johnson’s book is a well needed wake-up call for the modern evangelical church.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a very important book that will help readers understands that the word Reformed has deep and abiding implications.”
Reviewer: Coralie Cowan
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this volume on reformed worship.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Tomes
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book to anyone interested in the topic of Christian worship.”
Reviewer: Gaines Redd
Rating: 4 Stars