Is Christian worship dialogue?

Not according to Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old:

Reformed worship is not to be understood in terms of a dialectic between God’s Word and man’s response. The early Reformed theologians did not understand worship as dialogue. They were not interested in any form of worship that suggested that God spoke his lines and then men spoke their lines. They did not think of God as being on one side of the altar and men on the other. The sermon was understood as the Word of God. It was Christ who fed his people at his table. Through prayers and psalms the Holy Spirit spoke in and through the church.
The Patristic Roots of Reformed Worship (1970), 341.


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