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A Glad Obedience

Why and What We Sing

Walter Brueggemann

  • 1/29/2019
  • 0664264646
  • 978-0-664-26464-2
  • Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • 208
  • 5.5 x 8.5
  • 10.00 oz

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“Through a study of the Psalms and hymns, Walter Brueggemann calls the church to its primary doxological vocation—singing praise to God! At a time when many congregations have lost their singing voice, this book invites us to the joyful, even subversive, gift of song that tunes up for God while turning down the volume on other cultural gods. Read this book and you’ll be made glad and discover why and what we should sing, but even more, you’ll discover a deeper, fuller life grounded in the covenantal music of God.” -Luke A. Powery, Dean of Duke University Chapel and co-general editor of Connections: A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship

“If I had the resources, I would give a copy of this book to every preacher in the country as a model for how to unpack the biblical, theological, and homiletical resources in the church’s treasury of hymns. When rampant abuses of power may tempt us to the silence of “weak resignation,” Brueggemann eloquently shows us why we must keep singing.” –Mary Louise Bringle, past president of The Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada

“Singing has been a part of liberation movements from the Songs of Moses and Miriam in Exodus 15 to the Freedom Songs of oppressed South Africans suffering under apartheid. Singing demands much more commitment than the acquiescence of mere recitation. Singing projects its message into a world that desperately needs to hear it. Singing fosters communal memory, defiance, and celebration that compete with siren songs of dominant cultural norms. We can sing ourselves into what we need to become. This book tells us why congregations must sing for their lives and what they should sing.” –C. Michael Hawn,University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University