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God's people have always celebrated his work by retelling the stories of his mighty deeds of salvation. In a time when the church's memory sometimes seems short, many are rediscovering the value of using the Christian year to pattern our celebrations around the essential truths of the faith.
In Ancient-Future Time, Robert Webber draws from this church tradition by introducing and exploring biblical themes and liturgical traditions for each season of the Christian calendar. Helpful charts, prayers, reflection questions, and resource lists are provided for those planning church worship or seeking old, yet new, paths to spiritual growth through a deeper understanding of the Christian year.
"In an age that says, 'time is money,' Robert Webber says, 'time is spirituality.' Webber reminds us of the many old truths about the Christian year, which if followed, can become a countercultural witness and a very practical means of drawing closer to Jesus Christ."-Mark Galli, managing editor, Christianity Today
"The rhythm of Christian-year spirituality is part of the heritage of liturgical wisdom that Robert Webber has long been relaying to evangelicals enthusiastically and with flair. The layout of it here is the spiritual equivalent of a combined course of antibiotics and vitamins; all who take the course will benefit greatly from this book."-J. I. Packer, professor of theology, Regent College
Robert E. Webber is Myers Professor of Ministry at Northern Seminary and the president of the Institute for Worship Studies. He is the author of a number of books, including Ancient-Future Faith and The Younger Evangelicals.
|List of Tables||9|
|Introduction to the Ancient-Future Series||11|
|1||Ordering Your Spiritual Life||19|
|Part 1||The Cycle of Light||35|
|2||Advent: A Time When God Breaks In on Us||37|
|3||Christmas: A Time When Christ Is Birthed Within||55|
|4||Epiphany: A Time to Manifest Christ||75|
|Part 2||The Cycle of Life||95|
|5||Lent: A Time to Repent||99|
|6||The Great Triduum: A Time to Die to Sin||123|
|7||Easter: A Time to Be Resurrected||141|
|8||After Pentecost: A Time to Experience God's Renewing Presence||167|