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.

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.

To find the files, go to the search box (upper right corner) and write in part or all of the title.

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.

To find the file, go to search box (upper right hand corner) and write in Discontinuity or simply click the download sign below on the lower left corner.

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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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13 Temple Organization/Administration Revised

PowerPoint 13, for “People in the Presence of God”,  dealing with the intricate musical organization in the Hebrew Temple, has been revised.

The PowerPoint talks about the Hebrew Festivals, the 24 musical groups, the 288 master teachers, and how music in the temple was organized on a weekly basis. Comparisons are made with current worship practice in churches today.

01E Holiness in OT Worship PP PP

Holiness is the central concept for Old Testament Worship.  Moreover, the concept is pervasive from the Pentateuch right through to the book of Revelation.  Holiness is a many-spendored prism through which God’s character is communicated.  Holiness helps us get close to the feeling of Old Testament worship in all it’s diversity.  It both attractive and at the same time it repels us.  Discover.

Updated 7.2014.  69 frames.

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Revised: ch 2 Notation of TNW Theory BK 1

Chapter 2 of The New Worship Theory Book (Volume I) now contains practice exercises in determining where measure bars should fall in a chart. You are required to write in the missing bar lines.  This is important.  Internet charts often lack bars lines.  Bar lines can do much to clarify the music and help prevent performance errors.

Another new exercise provides practice with rhythmic notation.  You are required to replace ties with dots.  In many situations, dots read more easily and are more efficient.

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