_Unceasing Worship_ is a worthwhile read, my friends. I enjoy Harold Best’s writing for two reasons: 1) He actually has something to say, and 2) he says it well. Essentially, his book is a theology of continous worship — biblical and practical underpinnings for the notion that everyone is already worshiping someone or something. Best contends that we should retire our question “Am I worshiping?” and replace it with a different question: “_Who_ am I worshiping at this moment?” Sin, then, is misdirected worship — idolatry — whereby we cease worshiping God and start worshiping something or someone else. I have heard the concern raised before that by emphasizing the continuity of worship in an individual’s life, we deemphasize the importance and uniqueness of corporate worship (why should I go to church if I can and should worship God all the time on my own?). Best answers this objection by spending several chapters toward the end of Part 1 specifically addressing the critical place of corporate worship. Then in Part 2 he focuses on how the arts, creativity and culture relate to worship.
I am quite sure that this explanation does not do justice to the book; if you have read the book and have thoughts to add, please post a comment. As for Best’s writing itself, I’ll just say that he is one of those authors who has such a powerful command of the English language that he can manage to be simultaneously thorough and concise — and that’s difficult. It is a book that requires slow reading because he has carefully chosen each word to convey exactly what he means. You know what I’m talking about if you have ever read a book like that. In any case, it sent some thoughts rolling around in my head (some people would say there’s a good bit of room for them to roll there, but I digress). And you, my lucky(?) guinea pigs, get to read what comes out when it hasn’t steeped in the stew for quite long enough, and I don’t know if even I agree with what I’m saying.