Following up on her best selling Reaching Out without Dumbing Down, Marva Dawn offers biblically grounded, experience-based insights to help churches navigate beyond today's destructive worship wars and to stimulate renewal in the worship and life of congregations.
The first major section of the book examines the postmodern, media-saturated, consumerist culture that makes worship difficult yet absolutely essential. The next section focuses on keeping God at the center of worship. Other sections of the book explore issues of taste, forming faith in children, word choices, hospitality in worship, and the challenges of "being church for the world." The book also includes nine Scripture-based sermons and questions for further discussion.
In contrast to writers who advocate worship for utilitarian purposes, Dawn concentrates on worship's royal dimension, its God-ward focus. A Royal "Waste" of Time amplifies Dawn's earlier argument that churches need to wrangle seriously with the true purpose of worship in order to employ the tools and forms that best enfold participants in the splendor of worshiping God. Only worship filled with the splendor of God, Dawn writes, will lead to genuine adoration of God and faithful formation of his people.
|Publisher:||Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.96(d)|
Table of Contents
- "A Royal Waste of Time": A Sermon for Church Musicians on Colossians 3:12-17
- The Needs of Our Being
- Pop Spirituality or Genuine Story? The Church’s Gifts for Postmodern Times
- Worship for Postmodern Times
- Setting Limits on the Media
- The Church as a Colony of the Kingdom in a Consumer Culture
- "Why Are We Not Astonished?": A Sermon
- Don’t Let the People Cop Out of Witnessing
- Ah, Nadja!—Passion in Preaching
- Keeping God as the Infinite Center of Our Worship
- "Everything Depends on the Resurrection": A Sermon
- "What If We All Were an Eye?": A Sermon
- Building Community in Worship
- Worship Is Not a Matter of Taste
- The Art of the Chef or Conducting the Symphony: In Praise of Authority
- For Those Who Grieve
- "One Hundred B'rakhot": A Sermon
- Do They Really Want Such Banality? or Are We Really Hearing the Yearnings?
- Why Is a Catechumenal Process Needed in Contemporary Culture?
- Forming the Character of the Church’s Children by Nurturing Their Minds
- "The Importance of the Word": Two Children’s Sermons
- "Worshiping God and Being Church for the World": A Sermon on Revelation 7:9-17
- What Do These Words Mean?
- In Praise of the Harder Way: Musings on Continuity, Ephemerality, Change, Faithfulness
- Criteria by Which to Plan
- Pause to Wonder ...Choral and Hymn Texts
- "The Challenge of Discipleship": A Sermon
- Worship to Form a Missional Community
- Always Be Ready to Give an Account
- Asking New and Old Questions as We Remember the Future
PART I—FOR THE WORLD: CULTURE
PART II—WORSHIPING GOD: THE SPLENDOR OF OUR INFINITE CENTER
PART III—BEING CHURCH: BUILDING COMMUNITY
PART IV—BEING CHURCH: FORMING CHARACTER
PART V—BEING CHURCH: CHOICES
PART VI—FOR THE WORLD: CHALLENGES
For Further Reading