Rooted in historical models and patristic church studies, Ancient-Future Worship examines how early Christian worship models can be applied to the postmodern church. Pastors and church leaders, as well as younger evangelical and emerging church groups, will find this last book in the respected Ancient-Future series an invaluable resource for authentic worship.
About the Author
Robert E. Webber (1933-2007) was, at the time of his death, Myers Professor of Ministry at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, and served as the president of the Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Florida. His many books include Ancient-Future Faith and The Younger Evangelicals.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Bob Webber: Memory and Hope 9
Introduction to the Ancient-Future Series 19
Introduction: A Personal Note 21
Rediscovering God's Story in Worship
Worship Does God's Story 29
Worship Remembers the Past 41
Worship Anticipates the Future 57
How the Fullness of God's Story Became Lost 67
Applying God's Story to Worship
Worship: Transformed by Remembrance and Anticipation 89
Word: Transformed by the Narrative Nature of Scripture 113
Eucharist: Transformed by the Presence of God at Table 133
Prayer: Transformed by Recovering the Style of Ancient Worship 149
Conclusion: My Journey toward an Ancient-Future Worship 167
A Call to an Ancient Evangelical Future 179
Selected Bibliography 187
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In his posthumously published book, Ancient-Future Worship, Robert Webber presents a deceptively simple definition of worship: ¿worship does God¿s story¿ (Webber 2008, 29) by which he means that worship is rooted in God¿s saving deeds in the past (the ¿ancient) while at the same time it anticipates God¿s vision for the world (the ¿future¿). It almost seems too obvious to state¿if we have already recognized that authentic Christian corporate worship is shaped by Scripture and is Trinitarian¿that worship should be about God¿s people publically enacting God¿s narrative. Yet this is a foundational truth. Moreover, God¿s story is not simply told from the perspective of an objective observer of ancient history: through worship, the community of God becomes actively involved in the redemption story of God and God¿s people. Just as the Jews¿though separated by many generations¿could speak of the Passover as an event in which they had been participants, so we as Christians can speak of the cross and the Eucharist as participants.
Wow? This book gave me hope. I think Robert Webber is right on with his assessment of the benefits Ancient-Future worship. The telling of the story from beginning to end. from Eden until the second coming is what the world needs to hear every day. I am a Pastor and have been looking for ways to help the people thirst for more of God's story. This book gives you the basis on how to do that.