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Worship That Changes Lives: Multidisciplinary and Congregational Perspectives on Spiritual Transformation

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Reflecting on Spiritual Transformation and Worship

In the context of secularization, postmodernity, and new approaches to understanding the world and reality, many churches have begun to consider alternative ways of expressing and enacting the mystery and wonder of worship. Worship That Changes Lives provides thoughtful reflections on these developments.

The contributors bring a wide range of cultural, theological, and psychological ...

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Overview

Reflecting on Spiritual Transformation and Worship

In the context of secularization, postmodernity, and new approaches to understanding the world and reality, many churches have begun to consider alternative ways of expressing and enacting the mystery and wonder of worship. Worship That Changes Lives provides thoughtful reflections on these developments.

The contributors bring a wide range of cultural, theological, and psychological perspectives to the subject, focusing particularly on the often-overlooked relationship between worship and spiritual transformation. The first section of the book considers historical and theological perspectives on worship and spiritual growth, while the second examines the role of the arts in facilitating that development. The chapters of the final section consider, from several perspectives, the results of studies of spiritual experience in worship (crossing both cultural and denominational boundaries).

This volume makes a unique contribution, at once practical and academic, to the contemporary discussion. The authors offer multifaceted perspectives on the importance of developing worship that encourages spiritual transformation in the community of faith.

Contributors
Alexis D. Abernethy Ryan K. Bolger Tyson Chung Alvin Dueck William Dyrness Todd Farley Jo-Ann Hoye Robert Johnston Roberta R. King Asha Ragin Charsie Sawyer Clayton J. Schmit Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet John D. Witvliet Kenneth C. Ulmer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801031946
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Series: Engaging Worship Series
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexis D. Abernethy (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and a psychotherapist in private practice. She formerly served as a professor at the University of Rochester (NY) Medical Center. Much of her research has focused on spirituality and mental health.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Spiritual Experience, Worship, and Transformation—Alexis D. Abernethy Part 1: Theology of Worship
1. Worship as a Locus for Transformation—Clayton J. Schmit
2. The Cumulative Power of Transformation in Public Worship: Cultivating Gratitude and Expectancy for the Holy Spirit's Work—John D. Witvliet Part 2: Worship and the Arts
3. Worship, Dramatic Arts, and the Agogic Moment—Todd Farley
4. Dance and Transformation: Praising through Brokenness to Holiness in Worship—Asha Ragin, Todd Farley, and Jo-Ann Hoye
5. Transformation and the Visual Arts: A (Protestant) Methodological Inquiry into Imagery and Worship—William Dyrness
6. Rated "R" for Mystery: Worship Lessons Learned from the Movies—Robert Johnston
7. The Trinity Encounter and All That Jazz: Can Jazz Transform Us Spiritually?—Tyson Chung and Charsie Sawyer
8. Under the Mango Tree: Worship, Song, and Spiritual Transformation in Africa—Roberta R. King Part 3: Worship Narratives and Transformation
9. Contemporary Perspectives on Worship: Emerging Forms of Worship in the United States and United Kingdom—Ryan K. Bolger
10. Transformational Worship in the Life of a Church—Kenneth C. Ulmer
11. A Study of Transformation in Worship: Psychological, Cultural, and Psychophysiological Perspectives—Alexis D. Abernethy and Charlotte van Oyen Witvliet
12. The Voice of the Congregation: Stories Revealing the Process of Transformation—Alexis D. Abernethy
13. Worship as Transformed Lives—Alvin Dueck
14. Call and Response: Authors' Commentary on Lessons Learned from the Congregation—Alexis D. Abernethy
15. Implications for Theology, Research, and Worship Practice—Alexis D. Abernethy Index

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