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  1. Sometimes one must over-correct to address in order to address an egregious error. I am generally sympathetic with what the Open Letter is saying. But it feels a bit narrow and perhaps even misleading in some ways to me.

    In terms of misleading, it sets out to address things that need to adjusted in worship practice and then only speaks of music. This reinforces the current prevailing misconception that music and worship are synonymous, and continues to put music on a pedestal that is part of the problem the Letter is seeking to correct.

    In terms of narrow, while volume is out of control in many places, to legislate it seems silly. Sometimes it is appropriate for things to GET LOUD for emphasis. But it is certainly wise not to SHOUT EVERYTHING.

    Also the Letter seems to not leave any room for improvisation in worship music. and that would leave things much blander than what would seem ideal to me. For instance there is much improvisation and soloing in jazz, but the listeners there are anything but passive. They are ultimately engaged.

    So although I share some of Dr. Smith’s concerns and hope it will be a catalyst for much thoughtful discussion among many critical minds and caring hearts, I wonder if it isn’t unduly wooden and somewhat polarizing in some of its edicts.

    By the way I am an enormous fan of his book Desiring the Kingdom. Do you know it?

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