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Christian Worship: Its Theology and Practice, Third Edition

Christian Worship: Its Theology and Practice, Third Edition

by Franklin Segler, Randall Bradley



Christian Worship (revised and expanded in this third edition) is the complete reference handbook on the meaning, expression, and conducting of worship, from its foundational elements to the very latest contemporary issues. Taking into account cultural and denominational differences, this broad resource clearly directs all church members in the number one priority of worshipping God.

Among the subjects addressed are: Banners and Symbolism (Do they have a place in worship?); Children in Worship; Copyright Laws (Does your church comply?); Drama; and Elements of Worship (What are the specific roles of music, prayer, Scripture reading, baptism, preaching, and the Lord’s Supper?).


Author Information

  • Dr. Randall Bradley is Professor of Church Music at Baylor University and Director of the Church Music Program and the Center for Christian Music Studies where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in church music and directs the Baylor University Men’s Choir. He previously taught at Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri and has taught elementary and secondary music in public schools in Alabama. In addition, he has been a minister of music since 1978 and has served churches in Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas and Missouri. He holds the BME Degree from Troy State University, Troy, Alabama; and the MM Degree in Conducting and the DMA Degree in Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. He received Kodaly Certification and Level I Orff Certification at the University of North Texas. He has led conferences in several states on conducting, music education and church music. Choirs under Dr. Bradley’s direction have performed for such groups as the Southwestern American Choral Director’s Convention, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Baptist General Convention of Texas, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference. Prior to coming to Baylor in 2000, he directed Oklahoma Baptist University’s Bison Glee Club for six years. He has conducted Baptist All-State choirs in Kentucky, Oklahoma and Texas. He has participated in the Robert Shaw Choral Workshop in New York and is a member of ACDA, TCDA, MENC, NATS, OAKE, AOSA and Choristers Guild. He has served Oklahoma Choral Directors Association as President Elect, as Southeastern Representative, as Southwest Division Repertoire and Standards Chair for Male Choruses and as Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Church Music. He served on the planning committee for the 2000 and 2004 Regional ACDA Conventions. Dr. Bradley has published numerous articles related to church music and music education. His third revision of the book Christian Worship: Its Theology and Practice continues to be widely used as a text in worship classes in colleges and seminaries and his book From Postlude to Prelude: Music Ministry’s Other Six Days was released in 2004. Dr. Bradley is deeply committed to music ministry, having served as a minister of music since 1978 and teacher of church musicians since 1989. With a passion for building bridges between Christian musicians, he continually looks for ways to create meaningful dialogue among all who are committed to serving the church through music. In addition to his University responsibilities,he is also currently the Minister of Music at Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. Randall is married to Brenda, an Adjunct Professor of English at Baylor. They have two children, Hannah and Isaac.