Upcoming Article in LOGIA Tells the Truth about “Contemporary Worship”

By Martin R. Noland

I am privileged to work as one of a number of editors at “LOGIA:  A Journal of Lutheran Theology.”  As an editor, I see final proofs of the issues before they go to print and our subscribers.  Today I received the final proof of Volume 20, #1, Epiphany 2011, on the topic of “Lutheranism in Europe” with a beautiful stained glass cover.

What the readers of “Brothers of John the Steadfast” will be most interested in, I think, is the article by Pastor Robert Mayes titled “Controversial Church Music:  Then and Now.”  I don’t think Pastor Mayes’ article will generate controversy, but it will settle a lot of uninformed arguments.

Mayes has done a superb job in examining the history of the change of worship music “styles” in the Lutheran church in the seventeenth and early eighteenth century.  And he has done the historical work with an eye to our contemporary problems.  Anyone who has an interest in the issue of “contemporary worship” needs to read this article, whether they are pro or con “contemporary worship.”

How can you get a copy of this article?  If you are in commuting distance to a Lutheran seminary or university library, you can wait until it appears on the journal shelves there.  I have noticed that LOGIA issues are often “on reserve,” so you may have to ask at the desk.

If you don’t have ready access to a Lutheran library, and are not a subscriber, maybe now is the time to consider your own subscription.  Here is the link to subscribe in print or online.

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I would like to publicly thank the Rev. Daniel Preus and the Board of Directors of the Luther Academy for their service to the church in their continued publication and support of LOGIA, now nearing twenty years.  I also want to publicly thank my fellow editors and staff for their faithful labors in supporting good Lutheran theology in LOGIA.

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