BOOK OF THE YEAR
CHRISTIANITY AND THE ARTS
"Thank you. Dr. Man, for this magisterial contribution to the field of worship studies."
—JOSHUA WAGGENER, Professor of Church Music and Worship, SWBTS
“Ron Man provides a fresh, systematic, thorough, and distinctive survey of biblical teaching about worship, especially with reference to its congregational expression. He writes as one who is passionate for the glory of God and offers practical advice to those responsible for leading God’s people in this vital pursuit.”
—DAVID G. PETERSON, author of Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship
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Let Us Draw Near: Biblical Foundations of Worship
ABOUT THE BOOK
Drawing upon his experience in teaching this material over the past twenty-five years in forty countries, Ron Man provides a rich and deep examination of biblical worship, drawing principles out of a rigorous study of the text of Scripture. He also writes as a practitioner, from the perspective of one who served as a church worship pastor for twenty-two years.
The beautiful cover image by Kirsten Malcolm Berry portrays artistically what the Greek words in the image mean (“And the veil of the temple was torn in two,” Mark 15:38). This sign signified that Jesus’ death on the cross removed the barrier of sin and allows believers therefore to come into the presence of God with confidence, assurance, and boldness (Hebrews 10:19-22). The incredible distinctive of New Covenant worship, the beckoning call of the gospel, and the thundering climax of the book of Hebrews, is the invitation: “Let us draw near” (Hebrews 10:22).
This mind-boggling reality sets the course for the book, delving into God’s Word to see more of his heart and to relish his mercy and grace in allowing the likes of us to DRAW NEAR.
Ron Man (M.M., Th.M., D.Min.) was trained as an orchestra conductor, later attended Dallas Theological Seminary, and has served as a pastor, missionary, and worship pastor. Associated with First Evangelical Church in Memphis, Tennessee, for the past 35 years, he is now serving as Missionary in Residence there, and as Director of Worship Resources International. He has taught on worship in 40 countries, maintains a website of free worship resources (www.worship-resources.org), authors a monthly newsletter Worship Notes (available through the above website), and posts daily Worship Quotables (worr.wordpress.com). He previously authored Proclamation and Praise: Hebrews 2:12 and the Christology of Worship (Wipf & Stock, 2007).
He serves on the steering committee for the Biblical Worship section of the Evangelical Theological Society (etsworship.wordpress.com), and on the Executive Board of the Global Consultation on Arts and Music in Missions (www.gcamm.org). He is also an Adjunct Professor at Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary and Kairos International University.