About Barry Liesch

Barry Liesch, Ph.D, Professor of Music at Biola University (La Mirada, CA). Head of Music in Worship program. Keyboardist, Arranger, Author. Published author of People in the Presence of God (Zondervan) and The New Worship (Baker Books). Teaching responsibilities: Worship Foundations, Hymnology, Worship Seminar, Pop Theory I, II, Keyboard Improvisation. Albums/CDs: Contemporary Keyboards, Moments with You.

O1i Understanding the Sabbath

A look at the sabbath, it’s meanings in the Old Testament, corrections in understanding by Jesus, and its relevance for families today and contemporary worship.  Does it apply to Israel only?  Is it of universal scope in application for all of humanity?  Saturday?  Sunday? Is the sabbath mainly for devotion to God or is it intended for us too?

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Supplement for the book, People in the Presence of God.

Five OT Sacrifices Revised, Improved

10A Five OT Sacrifices

(Supplemental PowerPoint for People in the Presence of God)

Updated, Improved, August 4, 2014.  This version gets at the meanings of the 5 sacrifices more strongly, their echoes in the New Testament,  and possible applications for today.

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New! 01E Holiness in OT/NT Worship

The words holy/holiness appear frequently in our Christian worship choruses/songs. But seldom is their biblical meaning ever explained or developed. The need for holiness is merely stated repeatedly. No content.

This PowerPoint seeks to reveal the ways holiness is used/applied in scripture. Wholeness is one of the primary meanings of holiness.

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Theory Books Revised July 2014

The following updated/revised files were uploaded on July 30. 2014.

The New Worship Theory Book, Volume 1:  1A Contents; 1B Understanding Chord Symbols; 2 Notation; 3  Nashville Number Charts; 4b 25 Tips for Good Chart Writing

The New Worship Theory Book, Volume 2: 13 Creating Hymn charts; 14 Finding the Right Key; 16 Progressions Down a Fifth.

The New Worship Theory Book, Volume 3: 31 Modulation I: Establishing the New Key; 32 Modulation II: Smoothing the Transition.

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NEW! 1G Discontinuity vs Continuity

Revised, Sept 15, 2014

Why is the question “To what extent is the Old Testament discontinuous or continuous with the New Testament” so important for Christian worship?  Well, it affects how seriously we take OT worship.  It affects the extent to which OT practice might apply or be suggestive for worship now. Though the OT devotes more than 10 times the amount of space to worship than the NT, many evangelicals tend to “blow it off.”  Yet isn’t all scripture “profitable” (II Tim 3:16)?

This PowerPoint supplements People in the Presence of God. 55 frames.

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New! 1F Underlying OT Worship Theology Identical to NT?

Revised Sept 15, 2014. This is the PowerPoint I use for my first class in teaching Worship Foundations at Biola University. I try to deal with some of the negativity often associated with the Old Testament.

This PowerPoint argues that OT and NT worship is essentially identical in its underlying theology.  But you ask,”Isn’t OT worship primarily about sacrifices and external worship? How could they be identical?”

PowerPoint supplementing People in the Presence of God. 34 frames.

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7A Ezra & the Synagogue PP Revised

This PowerPoint supplements People in the Presence of God. Updated Oct 21. 2013.

Ezra convenes scripture-reading event: reads 4 hours, praises 4 hours. Origin of synagogue unclear (perhaps Babylon). Synagogue worship: scroll ceremony, public-lectionary-scripture-reading, shema (creed-like), 18 benediction prayer, homily (short sermon).  Any qualified person could teach/preach.  Comparison of Synagogue to Protestant/Catholic service.  Importance of the Synagogue for Protestants. Creative ideas on public reading of  scripture. Hymn for paraphrasing the Apostle’s Creed

16A Temple Festivals PowerPoint Revised

Revised October 2, 2014

The three major Hebrew festivals are discussed in detail (Passover, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Tabernacles), and their Christian counterparts (Easter, Pentecost, Thanksgiving). A crucial discussion emerges regarding the relative importance of celebrating secular versus sacred holidays/events in churches. 48 frames.

This PowerPoint supplements People in the Presence of God.

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