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Friday, 10 August 2012 08:35

Al Kinrade’s The Art of Worship examines accepted worship methods of today in the light of Scripture and urges a renewed humble approach to God’s worship

NEWTON, Iowa – In his new book The Art of Worship (published by AuthorHouse), author and pastor Al Kinrade has noted the divisions being created within churches today because people want worship to be conducted in a way that pleases them instead of what is pleasing and acceptable to God. The author does not accept the notion that this is an age-related phenomenon, but is a result of a lack of understanding of the Holiness of God, along with misinterpretations of Scripture.

The author describes his impetus to write thus:

I am very concerned about the future of the Church! I have seen too many attempts, by well meaning churches, to make worship more palatable for the younger generation, as well as at every age level. Many churches have been split over the matter of contemporary or traditional worship. This has resulted into two different congregations: one for the younger generation and the other for the older. I hear people complaining they no longer see their friends because they have chosen one or the other of offered worship formats. Is there not, even a hint of direction, given in Scripture as to how congregations should worship? I believe there is, and I like to call it Biblical Worship.

The Art of Worship does not defend either traditional or contemporary worship. Kinrade hopes that a unified Biblical Worship will begin to take shape and bring churches back together in a worshipful experience that is acceptable to God, while being an inspiration and a Spirit filled joy for all ages.

About the Author

Al Kinrade served the Lord through two denominations: the American Baptist denomination for 20 years and United Methodist Church for 22 years. In 1953 he received his Master of Theology degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago. He was pastor of eight churches in Iowa and one in California. While serving in these churches, Kinrade has seen many changes in all denominations to make worship more meaningful, inspirational, and appealing to everyone.

When computers came into being, Kinrade saw the need to develop a computer program that would help students in his confirmation classes enjoy learning the Bible, along with Methodist heritage and polity. He called his computer program "Fun Learning the Bible," which covered the basics of Biblical truths for all ages.

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