By Jamie Hoffman
A conversation with a friend sparked an idea for Bruce Triplehorn and the result was Worship, the Golden Thread, a book recently released by BMH Books of Winona Lake, Ind.
“My friend asked what the essence of my vision was for the church,” Triplehorn recalls. “Ultimately, I concluded that if my vision came down to one thing, that one thing would be worship.”
A career missionary to Brazil, Triplehorn spent more than four years writing the book.
“I wanted to provide a definition for worship so people would really know what it is,” says Triplehorn, who also holds a Ph.D. in entomology. “If readers are expecting to learn about music, they won’t find it in this book. I have no ability in music whatsoever, yet I still consider myself a worshipper,” he says.
The main theme of Worship, the Golden Thread is discovering how worship relates to ministry. He hopes the book will be a useful resource for pastors, missionaries, and others involved in any kind of ministry, and he encourages people to consider whether their ministries are flowing out of worship.
Triplehorn accepted Christ as Savior while attending The Ohio State University, where he ultimately received his doctoral degree. Through his studies he developed an interest in Latin America. He felt led to serve on the mission field during a Keith Green concert.
After teaching biology for four and a half years at Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.), Triplehorn joined Grace Brethren International Missions. This is his 19th year serving as a missionary to Brazil, where he specializes in leadership training.
Triplehorn, his wife Lisa, and four children are members of the Grace Brethren Church in Wooster, Ohio (Robert Fetterhoff, senior pastor).
(To order Worship, the Golden Thread, log onto www.bmhbooks.com, call (toll-free) 1-800-348-2756, or obtain through any local Christian bookseller or online book distributor.)
Jamie Hoffman was an editorial intern with the Brethren Missionary Herald Company during the fall semester 2008. A senior at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., she is from New Carrollton, Md., and is a member of the Grace Brethren Church at Lanham, Md. (Paul Mutchler, pastor).