Interview with Bob Kauflin on the Theology and Practice of Worship

Bob Kauflin, author of Worship Matters (Crossway, 2008), recently joined us for an interview on the theology and practice of worship:

Time markers:

01:04 — How did you come to Christ and become a worship leader?

04:21 — Tell us about how God brought you through a battle with hopelessness.

07:59 — How should we think about worship as an event and as all of life?

11:35 — What does it mean for worship leaders to be clear and specific?

14:30 — What should we do with songs that don't explicitly mention Jesus?

17:07 — How do we anticipate the new creation in our worship events?

19:45 — How might worship be different in the new creation?

22:06 — How should we consider the horizontal elements of worship?

24:55 — Why do humans sing?

30:32 — Should we give preference to our voices over the music?

32:27 — What does it mean to sing the gospel to ourselves?

37:57 — What encourages you most about worship in the church today?

38:46 — What adjustments would you make about worship in the church today?

41:58 — How does a church train new members for their worship team?

45:57 — How can we help our children to enjoy the worship event?

48:31 — How should we think about the cultural barriers at work in music?

52:24 — How should worship leaders handle criticism?

57:10 — What's your favorite song?

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Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is a writer and content strategist at Desiring God. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Melissa, and their four children, and is the co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary .