Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year

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Overview

Discover ancient rhythms for a new spiritual awakening

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801091759
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Series: Ancient-Future
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 955,220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables 9
Introduction to the Ancient-Future Series 11
Acknowledgments 13
Introduction 15
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
Epilogue 179
Notes 183
Bibliography 187
Subject Index 195
Scripture Index 198
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