Beautiful Worship

Jonathan Wilson writes,

"The reason we can casually assert and agree that Israel’s worship is word centered and image (beauty) rejecting is because these are the portions of the Old Testament we skip over because we find them boring. The care, precision, and standards of excellence recorded in those passages make it clear that God cares about the beauty of our worship. Indeed, beuty here really represents a call to excellence in our worship of God. But this excellence must be crefully developed from an understanding of worship as a practice that embodies the telos (aim, goal, end) of the church, constitutes a community, seeks internal goods, and extends our conception of what beauty means for the church. In a world obsessed with distorted notions of beauty and a church whose members are often wounded by those notions, the church must not deny the importance of beauty but must transform the meaning of beauty by the practice of it’s worship."


Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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