Music Magnifies the Message

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Music Magnifies the Message1Music Magnifies the Message
Robert W. Mentze
Alethinos Books 
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Occasionally WL reviews a book that although not new is new to us. Pastor Robert Mentze’s Music Magnifies the Message is an exploration of his passion of synchronizing music and preaching. It is also a response to 228 questionnaires he sent to pastors and directors of music of 24 different denominations to further explore his extensive experience as a pastor/teacher and to test his theories on music in a congregational setting. He reflects on the current state of worship and laces the book with Scripture and instructive, as well as amusing, tidbits from Reformation history (five of Wesley’s seven rules on singing, among many others). He explores the power of music to communicate: psychologically, emotionally, educationally, and spiritually. Mentze then charts how, through planning, thematic unity, a close working relationship between the pastor and director of music as well as all other music personnel, music can magnify the message of Scripture and the gospel. Mentze outlines steps for advance planning and lists potential benefits. His insights and example on synchronizing music and preaching offer powerful possibilities for your service of worship. Though you may not use every tool, or agree with every conclusion, this is one to add to your worship bookshelf.

Andrea Hunter

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      • The Facebook page is linked above, but here is the info on that:
        To order your copy of Dr. Mentze’s book, send your check for $15 (USD)
        c/o Lakeside Community Presbyterian Church, 9908 Channel Road, Lakeside, CA 92040

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