Work and Worship: Reconnecting Our Labor and Liturgy

Work and Worship: Reconnecting Our Labor and Liturgy


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The modern chasm between "secular" work and "sacred" worship has had a devastating impact on Western Christianity.

Drawing on years of research, ministry, and leadership experience, Kaemingk and Willson explain why Sunday morning worship and Monday morning work desperately need to inform and impact one another. Together they engage in a rich biblical, theological, and historical exploration of the deep and life-giving connections between labor and liturgy. In so doing, Kaemingk and Willson offer new ways in which Christian communities can live seamless lives of work and worship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540961983
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/17/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 838,897
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Matthew Kaemingk (PhD, Vrije Universiteit and Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate dean for Fuller Texas (Houston), scholar-in-residence at the Max De Pree Center for Christian Leadership, and assistant professor of Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Cory B. Willson (PhD, Vrije Universiteit and Fuller Theological Seminary) is Jake and Betsy Tuls Associate Professor of Missiology and Missional Ministry and directs the Institute for Global Church Planting and Renewal at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Foreword Nicholas Wolterstorff xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 Foundations

1 Worship That Forms Workers 17

2 Worship That Fails Workers 27

3 Workers in the Pews 35

Part 2 Resources

4 The Old Testament: The Integrity of Work and Worship 63

5 The Pentateuch: Bringing Work into Worship 69

6 The Psalms: Singing God's Work into Ours 89

7 The Prophets: Decrying the Destruction of Work and Worship 117

8 The Early Church: Worship and Work in Ancient Christianity 137

9 The Early Church Offering: Work Becomes Worship in Christ 163

Part 3 Practices

10 Work at the Lord's Table 193

11 Worship That Gathers Workers 209

12 Worship That Scatters Workers 241

Epilogue: Rethinking Monday 253

Acknowledgments 257

Bibliography 261

Scripture Index 285

Subject Index 289

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