Richard Avery and Donald Marsh
Port Jervis, New York
[Wayne Keller's] method creates not only a contemporary appeal, but effects a congregational involvement so necessary today within the liturgical context. His grasp of materials -- scripture, hymnody, sacred music, etc. -- makes this volume tributary to the demands of parish programs of today. His approach is fresh and practical and yet a reflection consistently of a solid liturgical and homiletical background.
Professor Emeritus Princeton Theological Seminary
To make our worship services, so often moribund, staid and dull, once again alive, fresh and invigorating, is a basic challenge of our time. Wayne Keller has sought to do this very thing is his book. I believe he has succeeded in an exciting and immensely practical way in achieving this task.
Richard I. Oman, Dean of Faculty
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Howard C. Scharfe Professor of Homiletics
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
The good humor of Wayne Keller's work helps us feel at home in our imperfect world and to feel more empathy for the rough edges of others and ourselves. Wayne's work encourages hope and faith with the way we are.
Doug Adams, Professor of Christianity and the Arts
Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union
Wayne H. Keller graduated from Monmouth College (Monmouth, Illinois) and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and has served pastorates in Pennsylvania, Washington, and Oregon. He has also served as director of a halfway house for recovering mental patients and as a counselor in private practice. Keller has published several books, including Achieving and Receiving Intimacy (CSS Publishing Company), and numerous articles, and has been a columnist for the Bellingham Herald. He has appeared frequently on radio and television programs and co-hosted a call-in counseling program and call-in talk show. Keller says, "I have seen people bored to death in worship, seemingly because they come to worship as spectators, not as participants. For me no spectators are allowed! Soren Kierkegaard's analogy of worship as drama has guided my thinking and planning."