Dr. Jones has authored the book “Singing and Making Music” and the booklet “What Is Worship Music?” in addition to numerous articles for journals/magazines and chapters for multi-author books. These are available through Amazon, P&R, and through Paul Jones Music as are the CDs listed below.
What Is Worship Music?
Dr. Jones explores the concept that worship music’s roles are praise, prayer, and proclamation in this short primer on music in worship. This is a quick, informative read and a book that is easy to give to others. Consider using it for a Sunday School class or other group in your church.
“A welcome addition to the series. Few authors are more qualified to write on the subject, since Paul Jones is not only a superb musician, but also a thoughtful scholar. The premise of the book is simple, yet profound: worship music should be music that is authorized by God, according to Scripture, for his greater glory. This is a first-rate guide for pastors, musicians, and worshiping congregations.”
—William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary
Singing and Making Music: Issues in Church Music Today
- Criteria for Good Church Music • Luther and Bar Song
- King David’s Praise Team • What Happened to Hymns?
- Instruments in Worship • Should Church Musicians Be Paid?
- Sacred Music as Prayer • J. S. Bach and Musical Hermeneutics
These are some of the topics addressed in this book of 33 thought-provoking essays on church music. Dr. Paul Jones, former Music Director at Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, provides biblical reasoning and practical wisdom concerning the purpose and practice of church music.
“Theologically astute, musically learned, constructively provocative.” —J. Ligon Duncan III
“This book will help Christians to rethink worship—and to recover its authentic splendor.” —R. Albert Mohler Jr.
“The church in every generation needs to be reminded that true praise begins with God and his glory, and not man and his need. Paul Jones sounds this note loud and clear in what is a very helpful book.” —Alistair Begg
Hymns of Prayer, with Eric J. Alexander (Philadelphia: Paul Jones Music, 2013).
What Is Worship Music? Basics of the Faith series, (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2010).
(More than 9,000 copies sold)
Singing and Making Music: Issues in Church Music Today. (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2006).
(More than 8,000 copies sold)
Hymns for a Modern Reformation, with James Montgomery Boice (Philadelphia: Tenth Presbyterian Church, 2000). 40,000 copies sold, used in 300+ churches, translated into Russian, Japanese, Romanian, and one hymn in French
Insights into Johann Sebastian Bach’s Theology: Aspects of Lutheran Orthodoxy, Pietism and Mysticism in the Leipzig Cantatas, BWV 32 and 80 (Indiana University, Doctoral dissertation, 1999).
“Calvin and Music” in Calvin and Culture: Exploring a Worldview. David Hall and Marvin Padgett, eds. (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2010).
“A Short History of Music at Tenth” in Tenth Presbyterian Church: 175 of Thinking and Acting Biblically. Philip Graham Ryken, ed., (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2004).
“A Case for Biblical Hymnody” in Give Praise to God: Sola Scriptura et Soli Deo Gloria: A Festschrift in Memory of James Montgomery Boice. (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2003).
“Writing Hymns” in The Christian Imagination (revised and expanded), Leland Ryken ed., Shaw Books (Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 2002).
“Church Music in a Post-Modern World” in Reformation Today 190: Nov.-Dec., 2002.
“Pastors and Church Musicians” in the journal of the Church Music National Conference, Summer, 2002
“Preaching from the Choir” – quarterly column for Modern Reformation magazine, 2001-2004 for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Philadelphia, PA
“A Word on Worship” – monthly column for God’s Word Today magazine, 2001-2004 for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Philadelphia, PA
Music History & Appreciation curriculum writing (eight courses) for the specific use of the Rafiki Foundation for African teacher’s colleges in: Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia (2015-2017)
MUS 101 – Introduction to Music
MUS 102 – Music of the Renaissance
MUS 103 – Music of the Baroque
MUS 104 – Church Music Philosophy/Hymnology
MUS 201 – Music of the Classic Period
MUS 202 – Music of the Romantic Period
MUS 203 – Music of the 20th Century
MUS 204 – Modern/World Music
Schola Cantorum Hymn Memory program (six booklets) for the children’s music education program of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA (2009-2014)
COMPOSITIONS IN PUBLISHED COLLECTIONS
Ten hymn tunes and one psalm tune in the Trinity Psalter Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and United Reformed Churches in North America (to be published 2017).
Seven hymn tunes in Sing to the Lord, the psalter-hymnal of the Reformed Churches of New Zealand (2013).
Come to the Waters: 25 Sacred Art Songs and Hymn Arrangements for Solo Voice [High and Medium/Low editions]. (Philadelphia: Paul Jones Music, 2010).
Sacred Music for Cello and Piano. (Philadelphia: Paul Jones Music, 2009).
The Lord Is My Shepherd: Sacred Music for Violin and Piano. (Philadelphia: Paul Jones Music, 2007).
One hymn tune in Christian Hymns, the hymnal of the Evangelical Movement of Wales, (Evangelical Press, UK, 2004).
Hymns of Prayer—Philadelphia Chamber Choir; Paul S. Jones, composer and conductor (2013)
Sacred Music for Cello—Anne Martindale Williams, cello; Paul S. Jones, piano (2008)
Hymns, Themes, & Variations—Samuel Hsu and Paul S. Jones, duo piano (2007)
The Lord Is My Shepherd—David Kim, violin; Paul S. Jones, piano (2006)
Christmas Impromptu: Improvisations on Christmas Carols—Paul S. Jones, piano (2003)
Of the Father’s Love—Stuart Neill, tenor; Paul S. Jones, piano (2003)
New Music for the Church, vol. 1—Paul S. Jones, composer and arranger (2003)
Impromptu: Meditative Hymn Improvisations—Paul S. Jones, piano (2002)
Praise God In His Sanctuary—Westminster Brass; Paul S. Jones, organ (2001)
Hymns for a Modern Reformation—Tenth Church Choir; Westminster Brass; Paul S. Jones, organist, composer, and conductor (2000)