Dedication by Dan Lucarini
This book is dedicated to the authors, pastors, music ministers and others who
came before me. They never ceased to warn us about the dangers of rock music
to a Christian; but we did not take heed. They had the courage to confront others
in the church who defended every controversial and sensual music style; but in
return we heaped scorn upon them. When they dared to oppose the contemporary
music invasion into the church service itself, we called them legalists and worse.
Many have sacrificed popularity and seen their ministry opportunities limited,
because their consciences dictated they must take a stand.
Music has often been a “hot potato” in the life of the
Christian church, and the subject may never have
been more controversial than duringthe past fifty years.
At one end of the spectrum, there are those who tell us
that the only words that should be sung in the church
are those forming the Old Testament Psalms — and that
they should be sung without any musical accompaniment.
At the other end, there are those who say that any
kind of music — rock, pop, jazz, punk, country and
western, rap, or whatever ‘turns people on’ is
perfectly legitimate for use in worshipand evangelism.
Dan Lucarini never approached the first of these extremes,
but he came within touching distance of the second,
and it is from his deeply involved experience of the modern
music scene, secular and otherwise, that this book is written.
The author’s honest sharing of his own spiritual and musical
journey prepares the way for his assessment of what he sees
to be a major problem in today’s church — and makes it more
difficult to deny that he in on to something.
This book will undoubtedly raise many hackles,
but Lucarini’s direct and uncompromising style is harnessed
to a gracious spirit concerned with nothing else but God’s glory.
This is nowhere more evident than in his warm and wise
treatment of the subject of worship and ministry.
John Calvin once wrote, “We know by experience that music
has a secret and almost incredible power to move hearts.”
The reformer was right — and we should therefore give its
use in the life of the church serious and God-centered
I pray that this book will help us to do so.