Praying Twice, by Brian Wren

 In one of his earliest hymns, Brian Wren wrote that "we will not question or refuse the way you work, the means you choose, the pattern you weave." Yet in the 40 years since he wrote this verse, he has used his poetry, teaching and writing to question the way in which the church questions, names and explores God's ways in the world through corporate worship and Christian song. Now, after an extended period as an itinerant poet, teacher and theologian, Wren has become John and Miriam Conant Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. His move to his new position is accompanied by the publication of this book, which provides his most sustained argument about the importance and function of congregational song.

 

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