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The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God's Call to Justice [Hardcover]

By Mark Labberton (Author) & John Ortberg (Foreword by)
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Labberton reconnects Christian worship with social justice in this prophetic book. He states that, from beginning to end, worship must do justice and seek righteousness, translating into transformed lives that care for the poor and the oppressed. (Church Life)

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What's at stake in our worship? Everything. Worship is the dangerous act of waking up to God and God's purposes in the world. But something has gone wrong with our worship. Too often worship has become a place of safety and complacency, a narrowly private experience in which solitary individuals only express their personal adoration. Even when we gather corporately, we often close our eyes to those around us, focusing on God but ignoring our neighbor. But true biblical worship does not merely point us upward--it should turn us outward as well. In this prophetic wake-up call for the contemporary church, pastor Mark Labberton reconnects Christian worship with biblical justice. From beginning to end, worship must pursue justice and seek righteousness, translating into transformed lives that care for the poor and the oppressed. Labberton shows how to move beyond the comfort of safe worship to authentic worship that is awake to the needs of the world.

Awards and Recognitions
The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God's Call to Justice by Mark Labberton & John Ortberg has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christianity Today Book Award - 2008 Award of Merit - Church/Pastoral Leaders category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God's Call to Justice by Mark Labberton & John Ortberg has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Century - 02/22/2011 page 53
  • CBA Retailers - 03/01/2007 page 38

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Studio: IVP Books
Pages   198
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.8" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 7, 2007
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830833161  
ISBN13  9780830833160  

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More About Mark Labberton & John Ortberg

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark Labberton is president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He previously served as Lloyd John Ogilvie chair for preaching and director of the Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute for Preaching. Labberton came to Fuller after 16 years as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California. He served as chair of John Stott Ministries from 2001 to 2004 and co-chair of the John Stott Ministries Global Initiative Fund from 2004 to 2007. Today he continues to contribute to the mission of the global church as a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission.He is the author ofThe Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor and The Dangerous Act of Worship

Mark Labberton was born in 1953.

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Thoughtful  Sep 6, 2007
The strength of Labberton's book is that he touches on the great omission of the American church: that we happily worship God while ignoring the things that God most wants us to do. Perhaps the most representative anecdote in the book is an incident in which Labberton watched a worship lead so ecstatic about his own experience of worship that he ignored the fact that he kept stepping on the toes of everyone standing near him. American Christians of all genres seem to be enjoying their experiences of worship, even fighting about worship styles, while ignoring the toes that are being stepped on.

In this, then, Labberton joins a chorus of modern voices critiquing the movements of church growth and innovation. David Fitch and the emergent groupies criticize them for missing substance. Labberton is doing something similar but not the same, criticizing them for missing the call to justice. What's particularly appealing about this is that Labberton is the Pastor of a dyed-in-the-wool evangelical church, the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. This is a church that has historically gathered around biblical preaching and evangelical values. Labberton is further confirming the movement of the evangelical churches into the heretofore taboo world of social justice, a movement pioneered by Ron Sider, Tony Campolo, Gary Haugen and the like.

The strongest chapters are 3 and 4, the "false and true dangers" of worship, the substance of his critique. What is NOT a risk of worship is that it isn't sufficiently entertaining, relevant, or pleasing. What is dangerous is that it puts us in touch with a restless God who is not afraid to rattle us.

The only real weakness of the book is that for a subject matter that has the power to foment revolution, he's awfully calm and circumspect about it. I wouldn't have been offended if Labberton had wanted to yell at me about his content in order to do what he says in chapter one must be done: to wake up the church. Of course to expect yelling from a Presbyterian might be asking much.

It's a worthwhile read with important content.

James W. Miller is the author of God Scent
For any church leader or minister  Apr 19, 2007
The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God's Call to Justice surveys church practices and how smaller battles often supercede larger issues of justice and mercy within church circles. THE DANGEROUS ACT OF WORSHIP is for any church leader or minister who wants to make a difference in the world: chapters outline differences between false and real dangers, consider the church's role in social issues, and come from a working pastor's experience.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
A sobering call to action  Feb 11, 2007
What is the connection between religious faith and worship? The author defines worship not in the limited context of a weekly meeting, but as the continuous practice of how people live in response to their beliefs. While differences of opinion on theology, church culture and political positions seem important (especially in grabbing the attention of news media), Labberton indicts many churches for neglecting the more important call to love the poor and the oppressed. He attempts not to take political or moral positions, but simply points out how multiple passages in the Bible call for outward-focused compassion. With numerous anecdotes about Christians who seek to love their neighbors at home and afar, Labberton provides some inspiration for strengthening the connection between faith and worship.

This book presents a Christian perspective on the issue of global justice, though it should also appeal to people of all faiths who strive to "make a difference" in the world. Labberton is mindful of postcolonial critiques of historical missions and proposes a different framework for motivating charity. Questions for reflection at the end of each chapter provide a helpful stimulus for book club discussion. This treatise is meant not only to provide food for thought, but also to spur the reader to action.

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