When it comes to the sacraments, the church has often been—and remains—divided. Can we still gather together at the same table? Based on lectures from the 2017 Wheaton Theology Conference, this volume brings together the reflections of Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox theologians, who consider what it means to proclaim the unity of the body of Christ in light of the sacraments.
We know of the preacher’s roles as both teacher and proclaimer, but Jeffrey Arthurs adds another assignment: the Lord’s remembrancer. With decades of preaching experience, he explains how to stir the memory of Christ-followers, fanning the flames of faith through vivid language, story, delivery, and ceremony. When knowledge fades and conviction cools, the church needs to be reminded of the great truths of the faith.
Alison Siewert presents twelve scripts of Gospel stories, from the nativity to the resurrection, that will help those who have ears to hear the Word of God.
Worship leader and biblical scholar John Frederick unpacks a cruciform theology of worship, where worshipers and worship leaders alike can come to embody the others-centered humility of Christ. With a mix of biblical exposition and practical insights, he helps us discover how in worship we can empty ourselves for the transformation of others.
Professor John Jefferson Davis shows what's really needed for the renewal of worship in our evangelical churches. Moving far beyond the "worship wars" Davis provides profound theological analysis and fresh recommendations to help us recognize obstacles to worship and learn to rightly respond to the glory and gracious real presence of God among us in our worship.
In this prophetic call to the contemporary church, pastor Mark Labberton redefines Christian worship in the language of justice. He calls us away from individualized worship and into worshiping communities that give expression to righteousness, justice and compassion.
Harold M. Best casts a holistic vision for worship that transcends narrow discussions of musical style or congregational preference, corrects errors in how Christians have viewed the arts and misunderstandings about the use of music, and offers instead a more biblically consistent approach to artistic action.
Andy Park offers personal experience, practical advice and inspiring ideas for worship leaders, focusing always on the importance of developing a mature spiritual life in God.
Leonard J. Vander Zee makes a compelling connection between Baptism and the Lord's Supper and the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God.
Evangelicals, Simon Chan argues, are confused about the meaning and purpose of the church in part because they have an inadequate understanding of Christian worship. He calls evangelicals to develop a theology of worship that is grounded in a theology of the church. He guides the reader through worship practices and their significance for theology, spirituality and the renewal of evangelicalism in the postmodern era.
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