Scripture & Public Worship

Here's a thought-provoking quote from Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship, chapter 7, "Reading and Praying the Bible in Corporate Worship" (pg. 140):

One of the striking things about evangelical corporate worship in our times is the evident paucity of Scripture. There is relatively little Scripture read, prayed, or sung in our assemblies. While high liturgical traditions continue to infuse service with scriptural language via lectionaries and other devices, even when there is is little actual clerical or congregational esteem for the final authority of God's word written, it is a supreme irony that in evangelical worship (the gathered praise of those who among all Christians profess to take the Bible most seriously) the Bible often almost disappears.

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