Worship in the Joy of the Lord

Worship in the Joy of the Lord is a curated collection of over 300 quotations on the deep meaning and purpose of Christian public worship.

John D. Witvliet
Calvin College Press, 2016
Theological Vision for Worship and the Sacraments

Worship in the Joy of the Lord: Selections from Chip Stam's Worship Quote of the Week is a curated collection of over 300 quotations on the deep meaning and purpose of Christian public worship designed to inspire, challenge, and equip worshipers and worship leaders to be transformed by the renewing gospel of Jesus Christ.

Edited by Calvin Institute for Christian Worship and John D. Witvliet


Chip Stam was a gift to the church. This anthology is a deep treasure chest full of Chip’s carefully assembled refl ections. It is an invaluable volume for anyone who treasures Christian worship.
Constance M. Cherry, Indiana Wesleyan University

This collection of worship quotes displays Chip’s unceasing desire to worship the Savior, proclaim the gospel that changed him, and encourage that passion in others.
Bob Kauflin, Sovereign Grace Music

From Aristotle to Wesley, and everybody in between and before and aft er, Chip Stam has done us the irreplaceable service of gathering worship quotes so that we can drink from the wisdom of the ages and ponder the saints’ insights. These extracts are gems that I will treasure and continue to apply to the Church and her worship. I love this book!
Marva J. Dawn, Christians Equipped for Ministry

Chip Stam was not only a source of much personal wisdom about worship that glorifies God, but he also had the gift of pointing us to other sources of wisdom. We miss him, but the gift lives on in his wonderful collection of gems about bringing more joy into our worshiping lives!
Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary

What a rich resource of God-centered, biblically sound and theologically profound reflections! Our brother Chip has provided us a feast of gleanings from a wonderful variety of different authors and sources. A fountain of devotional resources for every worshiper (and, with the index, an invaluable sourcebook for the desk of the pastor or worship leader), this collection bubbles with life and wisdom and love for Christ—as did Chip himself. Drink deeply from this well and be refreshed!
Ron Man, First Evangelical Church, Memphis, Tennessee

In Memoriam: Carl ("Chip") L. Stam (1953-2011)

ChipStamChip Stam was a frequent speaker at Symposium, attending regularly even when not presenting. He came out of his warm-hearted love and passionfor the worship and music of the church, which developed into a close relationship with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Chip had been director of choral music at Notre Dame University and pastor of worship and music at Chapel Hill Bible Church before moving to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000, where he became the founding director of their Institute for Christian Worship. One of Chip’s best loved legacies was his “Worship Quote of the Week,” an on-line devotional (that ran from 1995-2011) that mined the wisdom of church leaders throughout Christian history in ways to challenge Christians today. His contagious joy was present even when wearing a back brace the last time he was able to be present at Symposium, during his four-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

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