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Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God's Narrative (Ancient Future) [Paperback]

By Robert E. Webber (Author) & John Wilvliet (Foreword by)
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With the many models of worship available, choosing a style to worship God can be a bit overwhelming. Is it better to go with traditional or contemporary models? Christians may find themselves asking how early believers worshiped and whether they can provide insight into how we should praise God today. 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.

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With the many models of worship available, choosing a style to worship God can be a bit overwhelming. Is it better to go with traditional or contemporary models? Christians may find themselves asking how early believers worshiped and whether they can provide insight into how we should praise God today.
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.

Awards and Recognitions
Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God's Narrative (Ancient Future) by Robert E. Webber & John Wilvliet has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christianity Today Book Award - 2009 Award of Merit - Church/Pastoral Leaders category


Citations And Professional Reviews
Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God's Narrative (Ancient Future) by Robert E. Webber & John Wilvliet has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • CBA Retailers - 04/01/2008 page 44


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Baker Books
Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.52" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Edition  Reprinted  
Series  Ancient Future  
ISBN  0801066247  
ISBN13  9780801066245  


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More About Robert E. Webber & John Wilvliet


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert E. Webber (Th.D., Concordia Seminary) is Myers Professor of Ministry at Northern Seminary, president of the Institute for Worship Studies, and author of numerous books and articles, including The Younger Evangelicals.

Robert E. Webber has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Ancient-Future
  2. Ancient-Future Faith


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A Thought Provoking Read  Jan 12, 2009
This is a book that I wrestled with as I read through it.

I believe it's the final book in the "Ancient Future" series, but it's the first I've read by Webber. I didn't get the sense that you absolutely have to read these books in order as I immediately engaged with the subject-matter and the approach.

In this book, Webber made me grapple with how the Enlightment and modern thinking has impacted my understanding and approach to the Bible, prayer, worship, and the Eucharist. At numerous times, Webber made me uncomfortable (my modernist mind?!) to wrestle with the mysteries of God.

I'm sure this book is most often used by church leaders and pastors, but it shouldn't be exclusively read by that group. It's an important resource for the laity as well and will challenge you in how you read the Word, how you pray, and in the story of God's interaction with humanity across history.
 
It surprised me...actually quite good  May 25, 2008
This is the first Webber book I have read. I was originally uncomfortable with his ideas (about five years ago) but having recently been dismayed with all modernist Christianities (be they liberal, Evangelical, or some Reformed), and given a recent interest in Patristic thought, I decided to give this book a chance.

Webber defines "ancient-future" worship as "publically enacting God's narrative." The worshipping church tells God's narrative, which Webber carefully defines, following the Eastern tradition, as "Creation-Incarnation-Recreation." Given this, an ancient-future church will proclaim God's Scriptures as "true," but not merely in the Enlightenment style of "proving the Bible."

Ancient-future worship will climax in the Eucharist. The Eucharist tells the story of the Incarnate, who while being in the womb of the Virgin, united humanity to his nature so that he may redeem humanity and the world. The bread and wine symbolize the life of the world; the life being given to the world. Christ is really present. The Patristics, contra the moderns (be they conservative or liberal), saw the reality inherent in a sign.

Conclusion:
I don't have any cons with this book. However, I do have some concerns with the movement. Webber has good ideas and recommendations because Webber brings a tremendous balance and depth to the discussion. Many of the followers, particularly evangelicals who read Christianity Today (sorry; there's no nice way I can say this) will read Webber without the heavy Byzantine spectacles and come up with some very wacky applications. While the Ancient-Faith movement is superior to most of what passes as American Evangelicalism, it more often seems like "there was no king in Israel and everyone did what was right in his own eyes."

It is very easy to read and flows very well. Webber cuts across the so-called "worship wars." He notes how staid traditionalism and silly happy-clappyism easily tend toward idolatry and man-worship. An ancient-future model provides a glorious alternative.
 

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