Foundations of Christian Worship  -     By: Susan J. White
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Foundations of Christian Worship

Westminster John Knox Press / 2006 / Paperback

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An outstanding guide for students, pastors, and leaders. Beginning with an overview of the theological, biblical, historical, and anthropological foundations of worship, White then offers a thorough discussion of its components---prayer, creeds, music, time, ritual, and art; its role in marking major life events; and challenges to worship such as ecumenism, pluralism, and language. 245 pages, softcover from Westminster/John Knox.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 245
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0664229247
ISBN-13: 9780664229245
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Providing structure for thinking seriously about worship as a part of Christian faith and experience, Foundations of Christian Worship addresses the question, what is Christian worship and why do Christians worship as they do? Beginning with an overview of the theological, biblical, historical, and anthropological foundations of Christian worship, Susan J. White then turns to discussing its components--prayer, creeds, music, time, ritual, and art. Later, she delves into the nourishment of the Christian life and the major worship events throughout the human life cycle. Finally, she discusses contemporary challenges to Christian worship and concludes with case studies for further exploration. With helpful appendixes and a glossary of liturgical terms, Susan White's Foundations of Christian Worship is an excellent primer for seminary students and ministers early in their careers.

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Susan J. White was formerly Harold L. and Alberta H. Lunger Professor of Spiritual Resources and Disciplines at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, Texas. Her books include Spirit of Worship and Christian Worship and Technological Change.

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  1. Walter McConnell
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    November 7, 2008
    Walter McConnell
    This book provides a broad range of tools for rightly thinking about and leading worship. White sees theology, the Bible, church history, and the human sciences as the four cornerstones upon which the essential features of Christian worship prayer, creeds, music, time, ritual, and art and architecture are built. She then covers standard worship aspects such as baptism, the Lords Supper, the Lords Day, daily prayer, penance and reconciliation, and ordination. Rites of passage calling for special services are also considered along with a number of contemporary issues that challenge Christian worship. The book concludes with 12 case studies that challenge readers to consider how complex life situations can be addressed pastorally and integrated into the worship of the church. These studies would make an excellent team project for a class or workshop on worship.As the title and contents make clear, Foundations is a primer. Positively, it is a great introduction to the subject, as it briefly and accessibly covers the history and most aspects of worship. Its practical scenarios prepare students to design and lead worship. Written for a broad Christian audience, it can serve most denominations.Though a good introduction, its lack of depth means that many will find little need to return to it. Its usefulness would have been enhanced by more comments about the relative worth of different approaches to worship and more footnotes introducing sources that address historical and theological issues. Not all will find the ecumenical flavor of the book a positive. The wide focus on historical practices may lose readers who want to study their own tradition. Particularly those from free church and Pentecostal/charismatic backgrounds may find the liturgical approach espoused here to be outside of their experience.Limitations aside, Foundations of Christian Worship is well worth reading and adopting as a text for introductory classes in worship.
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