|About the Book|
This book was born out of necessity and desire of the author to learn about proper church music in regards to melody, harmony, lyrics, instrumentation, and rhythm. The necessity is for clearer guidelines for pastors and musicians since there are manyMoreThis book was born out of necessity and desire of the author to learn about proper church music in regards to melody, harmony, lyrics, instrumentation, and rhythm. The necessity is for clearer guidelines for pastors and musicians since there are many debates and divisions over worship music. The author desired a deeper understanding since he is a professional musician who was criticized for his choice of instruments, style, and genre. This book informs the reader of the musicological and theological aspect of worship music. It examines and explains the role of electric instruments and drums in 21st century worship. It helps music leaders make better decisions when it comes to building a church band and selecting proper music. This book also helps answering some myths people have about instrumentation, style, rhythm, lyrics and harmony in respect to theology, culture, and musicology vs. personal preference. This book will encourage todays musicians to explore, invent, develop, and enrich worship with their music. It will also help mend the gap between generations in regards to change, as good Christians will realize that drums were not invented by the devil and, if rightly used, could be a wonderful addition to the church band. There is beauty, theology, and richness to what Marton describes regarding music that will be of value to those serious about communal worship. The book is a call to open our eyes and hearts to the variety of God-honoring music that is available to the Christian community today. --Raj Attiken, Past President, Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (1998-2014) Marton addresses an issue that has become very troubling for the church today. The church has become split between traditional and contemporary worship. Music is at the heart of this division. Marton provides scholarly, sensitive and passionate guidance for the churches to overcome their worship dilemma. By offering encouragement for openness from both sides he leads people away from drawing lines that create alienation among members within the same church. --Emma J. Justes, Distinguished Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Emma Toussant Chair of Pastoral Theology, United Theological Seminary Marius E. Marton received his Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary. He studied Music Composition at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and is an active composer. Currently he serves as Senior Pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist Church as ordained minister. Marton is a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains, serving Law Enforcement Officers. He lives in Norwalk, Ohio with his wife, Marika, and their two sons, Landen and Austin.