What is it about?

Christians have both a local and a global identity. The two identities are in tension and sometimes seem to be in competition. One way this tension is expressed is in worship music. Research among the Songhai of West Africa has led me to the discovery of a method which I call the 'logophonic' principle. This principle may help explain and resolve the tension between the two identities as it is expressed in worship and music.

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Why is it important?

Studies of Christianity around the world often neglect the aspect of worship. Yet corporate worship is a key part of Christian faith and tells us a lot about a given Christian community or church. This article addresses key aspects of the worship of one community and draws lessons from the study of that community.


I hope this article may help other Christians examine their worship practices and sort through their local and global identities.

John DeValve
SIM International Inc

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This page is a summary of: Gobal and Local: Worship Music and the ‘Logophonic’ Principle, or Lessons from the Songhai, Transformation An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies, September 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0265378819867835.
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