Dr. Don Hustad is a talented organist, composer, professor, choral director, music minister and writer. Now retired, through the years he was the chairman of the Sacred Music Department at Moody Bible Institute, organist for a number of years in the Billy Graham Crusades, and music professor in the School of Church Music at Southern Baptist Seminary. Dr. Hustad has made a great impact in the area of music ministry through his lectures, books, and music. Dr. Hustad’s book, Jubilate II: Church Music in Worship and Renewal (Hope Publishers, 1993, ISBN 0-916642-17-8) takes an historical and philosophical look at music beginning in Bible times and continuing up to our present day. The book also includes practical helps in the use of music in worship.
In Chapter 3 of Jubilate II Hustad gives helpful standards for music in the church. He states – “These then are standards suggested to those who are concerned about maturity in the use of music in evangelical church life:
1. It should express and communicate the Gospel in text and music languages that are richly understandable by the culture for which it is intended.
2. It should offer a “sacrifice of praise,” for the individual and for the corporate body in worship experience. It should be “their best” – their best performance of the most meaningful text and music that is shared by most of those present. It should be offered in love, humility, gratitude, and grace without arrogance or shame in comparing it to the offering of other persons in the same culture or in other cultures.
3. It should express and enhance the best Christian theology of each particular culture or subculture, supporting all tenets of the faith in proper balance.
4. It should express and support all the activities of the church – worship, proclamation, education, pastoral care, and fellowship – with due consideration of the musical needs of each.
5. It should speak from the whole person to the whole person, carefully balancing the physical, intellectual, and emotional, while avoiding the sentimental.
6. It should be genuinely creative, shunning the hackneyed and trite as well as the elitist and abstruse.” (Jubilate II, page 68-69)
Jubilate II is full of excellent biblical, historical and philosophical information on church music. It is a rich reference book for any serious church musician.