Reaching out without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for the Turn-of-the-Century Culture

Reaching out without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for the Turn-of-the-Century Culture

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by Marva J. Dawn
     
 

Why do churches fight “Worship Wars?” Why do discussions about how to conduct worship often split into two vitriolic polarities over “traditional” versus “contemporary” styles or into two opposing camps, such as organists/ guitarists, baby boomers/elders, returnees/loyalists or clergy/musicians? These “worship wars”… See more details below

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Why do churches fight “Worship Wars?” Why do discussions about how to conduct worship often split into two vitriolic polarities over “traditional” versus “contemporary” styles or into two opposing camps, such as organists/ guitarists, baby boomers/elders, returnees/loyalists or clergy/musicians? These “worship wars” prevent us from being the Church.

In Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down, Marva Dawn writes to help local parishes and denominations think more thoroughly about worship and culture so that they can function effectively in contemporary society. She roots her discussion of worship issues in a careful assessment of significant aspects of the present technological, boomer, post-modern society and names criteria by which to judge the various cultural influences. She then sketches essential attributes of worship. Dawn recognizes that the vitality and faithfulness of our personal and corporate Christian lives and the effectiveness of our outreach to the world depend on the character that is formed in individuals and communities.

How can churches best reach out to society without “dumbing down” this essential character formation? Dawn discusses music, preaching, and all the accouterments of worship and offers practical suggestions for choosing the best tools and forms to deepen worship life, nurture faith development, and increase believers' outreach throughout the universal church and to the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802841025
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Pages:
307
Sales rank:
631,012
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Pt. IOur Culture and the Church's Worship
1Why This Book Is Critically Needed3
Pt. IIThe Culture Surrounding Our Worship
2Inside the Technological, Boomer, Postmodern Culture17
3Outside the Idolatries of Contemporary Culture41
4Upside-Down: Worship as a Subversive Act57
Pt. IIIThe Culture of Worship
5God as the Center of Worship: Who Is Worship For?75
6The Character of the Believer: Having Content or Being Content?105
7The Character of the Church as Christian Community: What Is at Stake?129
Pt. IVThe Culture in Our Worship
8Throwing the Baby Out with the Bath Water or Putting the Baby in Fresh Clothes: Music165
9Worship Ought to Kill Us: The Word205
10Discovering Our Place in the Story: Ritual and Liturgy and Art241
Pt. VWorship for the Sake of the Culture
11Reaching Out without Dumbing Down279
12The Church as Its Own Worst Enemy: Is It Happening Again?297
Appendix: Sample Children's Sermons
Works Cited

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