The History of Contemporary Worship Music


What is the history of contemporary worship music and how did it become such a powerful force in modern expressions of Christianity? In today’s video, Dr. Lester Ruth explains key elements and helps us understand this fascinating cultural and church phenomenon.

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Dr. Lester Ruth is a historian of Christian worship with particular interests in the early church and the last 250 years, especially the history of contemporary worship. He is passionate about enriching the worship life of current congregations, regardless of style. He believes that careful reflection on the worship of other Christians—whether past or present, whether Protestant, Roman Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox—can serve to enrich the church today. He is also a member of the Charles Wesley Society, of which he is the president.