A Royal Waste of Time: The Splendor of Worshiping God and Being Church for the World

A Royal Waste of Time: The Splendor of Worshiping God and Being Church for the World

by Marva J. Dawn
ISBN-10:
080284586X
ISBN-13:
9780802845863
Pub. Date:
04/28/1999
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
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A Royal Waste of Time: The Splendor of Worshiping God and Being Church for the World


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802845863
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/28/1999
Pages: 385
Sales rank: 859,839
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. "A Royal Waste of Time": A Sermon for Church Musicians on Colossians 3:12-17

  3. PART I—FOR THE WORLD: CULTURE
  4. The Needs of Our Being
  5. Pop Spirituality or Genuine Story? The Church’s Gifts for Postmodern Times
  6. Worship for Postmodern Times
  7. Setting Limits on the Media
  8. The Church as a Colony of the Kingdom in a Consumer Culture

  9. PART II—WORSHIPING GOD: THE SPLENDOR OF OUR INFINITE CENTER
  10. "Why Are We Not Astonished?": A Sermon
  11. Don’t Let the People Cop Out of Witnessing
  12. Ah, Nadja!—Passion in Preaching
  13. Keeping God as the Infinite Center of Our Worship
  14. "Everything Depends on the Resurrection": A Sermon

  15. PART III—BEING CHURCH: BUILDING COMMUNITY
  16. "What If We All Were an Eye?": A Sermon
  17. Building Community in Worship
  18. Worship Is Not a Matter of Taste
  19. The Art of the Chef or Conducting the Symphony: In Praise of Authority
  20. For Those Who Grieve

  21. PART IV—BEING CHURCH: FORMING CHARACTER
  22. "One Hundred B'rakhot": A Sermon
  23. Do They Really Want Such Banality? or Are We Really Hearing the Yearnings?
  24. Why Is a Catechumenal Process Needed in Contemporary Culture?
  25. Forming the Character of the Church’s Children by Nurturing Their Minds
  26. "The Importance of the Word": Two Children’s Sermons

  27. PART V—BEING CHURCH: CHOICES
  28. "Worshiping God and Being Church for the World": A Sermon on Revelation 7:9-17
  29. What Do These Words Mean?
  30. In Praise of the Harder Way: Musings on Continuity, Ephemerality, Change, Faithfulness
  31. Criteria by Which to Plan
  32. Pause to Wonder ...Choral and Hymn Texts

  33. PART VI—FOR THE WORLD: CHALLENGES
  34. "The Challenge of Discipleship": A Sermon
  35. Worship to Form a Missional Community
  36. Always Be Ready to Give an Account
  37. Asking New and Old Questions as We Remember the Future

  38. For Further Reading

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