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Ancient-Future Worship
Ancient-Future Worship
Robert E. Webber
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Rooted in historical models and patristic studies, Webber's final volume in the respected Ancient-Future series examines how early Christian worship styles can be applied to the postmodern church. Evangelical and emerging congregational leaders and pastors will find this an invaluable, insightful resource for answering questions about---and creating---contemporary ways of expressing praise to God. 192 pages, softcover from Baker.
     

 
The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life
The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life
Robert E. Webber
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In The Divine Embrace, part of his Ancient-Future series, Webber lays the foundation for understanding Christian spirituality by tracing it from the ancient church to the present, showing how biblical teaching has been developed theologically and informed by changes in culture. He then explores how we can return contemporary spirituality to its biblical source, living out God's story in our individual lives and in our life together as the church. You'll be encouraged and equipped to live out your spirituality as a deeper and more delightful response to God's divine embrace.
     

 
Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World
Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World
Robert E. Webber
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How should the church respond to the decline of modernity and the rise of postmodernism? Some are trying to hold on to the last vestiges of modern thinking, hoping through perseverance to affect a world that is, to a large extent, unable to even respond to modern conceptions. Others are eager to accept postmodern ideas and concepts, thus forcing Christian thought and doctrine to change for a new era. And still others, including Robert Webber, feel that the future of the church lies in its past. Webber argues, in Ancient-Future Faith, that the best answer to postmodernism is the ancient, orthodox Christian faith developed in the first centuries of Christianty.
     

 
Ancient-Future Evangelism: Making Your Church a Faith-Forming Community
Ancient-Future Evangelism: Making Your Church a Faith-Forming Community
Robert E. Webber
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The first Christians turned the world upside down---and when Ancient-Future Evangelism meets postmodern society, watch history repeat itself! Highlighting strong parallels between the world of the early church and ours, Robert Webber explores what church-based conversion should look like. Presenting evangelism as four distinct stages, he outlines the implications of each for spiritual formation in the present and future of congregational life. 224 pages, softcover, Baker.
     

 
Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality Through the Christian Year
Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality Through the Christian Year
Robert E. Webber
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God's people have always celebrated his work by retelling the stories of his mighty deeds of salvation. In a time when the church's memory sometimes seems short, many are rediscovering the value of using the Christian year to pattern our celebrations around the essential truths of the faith. In Ancient-Future Time, Robert Webber draws from this church tradition by introducing and exploring biblical themes and liturgical traditions for each season of the Christian calendar. Helpful charts, prayers, reflection questions, and resource lists are provided for those planning church worship or seeking old, yet new, paths to spiritual growth through a deeper understanding of the Christian year.
     

 
Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches
Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches
Robert E. Webber
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* What are the beliefs of the new movement known as the emerging church---on Scripture, Christ, atonement, world religions, and other issues? In this thought-provoking debate, John Burke, Mark Driscoll, Dan Kimball, Doug Pagitt, and Karen Ward discuss their sometimes controversial views under the editorship of author and educator Robert Webber. 224 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
     

 
The Younger Evangelicals: Facing the Challenges of the New World
The Younger Evangelicals: Facing the Challenges of the New World
Robert E. Webber
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The times they are a-changin'. More than 20 years after Richard Quebedeaux's classic The Young Evangelicals, Webber picks up the song. Beginning with an overview of 20th-century evangelicalism, he examines how today's generation differs from their "traditional" and "pragmatic" predecessors and explores the sweeping revival they're bringing about. Timely and thought provoking. 256 pages, softcover from Baker.
     

 
What Christians Believe
What Christians Believe
Alan F. Johnson, Robert E. Webber
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What Christians Belive offers a general theology that will serve every group of evangelical Christians. This theology affirms the unity of the various confessions as well as the validity of diversity in matters of secondary importance. The traditional way of doing theology among evangelicals has been to set forth a rigid theological system and vigorously defend that system as the revealed truth. That approach tends to emphasize the points of disagreement among Christians instead of beliefs held in common. What Christians believe takes the approach of contextualized theology--that is, with the recognition that all systems of theological thought reflect the particular cultural grid in which they were originally written. Thus theology is a discipline that reflect on the truth. Therefore this book offers dual perspectives on each theological concept.
     

 
Planning Blended Worship
Planning Blended Worship
Robert E. Webber
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Planning Blended Worship is a guide to planning creative worship for congregathat follow the traditional fourfold pattern of worship (gathering, word, table, and dismissal), as well as for those who prefer a free-church, evangelical style or more contemporary or blended approaches to worship. Robert Webber designed this volume to show pastors, music directorand other worship leaders the practical, structural, and theological steps for designing worship services characterized by biblical depth, historical awareness, and contemporarelevance. The author includes charts and forms at the end of each chapter that clearly show how music and other arts can be integrated with liturgical texts.
     

 
Worship, Old & New, Revised
Worship, Old & New, Revised
Robert E. Webber
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In the first edition of Worship Old and New, Robert E. Webber introduced an approach to worship that blended historical and traditional practices with contemporary elements. Since then, the spreading fires of worship renewal have provided opportunity for fresh consideration. This significantly revised edition is the result of Webber's interaction with current worship trends. Especially significant is a re-examination of the actual practice of worship that goes beyond the merely academic to provide a practical perspective through the eyes of the worship leader and worshippers.
     

 
Enter His Courts with Praise, Alleluia! Series Music and the Arts in Worship
Enter His Courts with Praise, Alleluia! Series Music and the Arts in Worship
Robert E. Webber
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Enter His Courts with Praise, a course for small-group or individual study, consists of thirteen easy-to-understand sessions. Part 1, Music in Worship, explores the purpose of music in worship, the way in which musical praise can express our relationship to God, the varieties of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and the role of instruments. Two sessions study contemporary praise music and a worship style that blends this newer music with more traditional forms. Part 2, The Arts in Worship, studies the physical and ceremonial settings of worship and the use in worship of drama and dance. A final session encourages reflection on the future of Christian worship.
     

 
Journey to Jesus: The Worship, Evangelism, and Nature Mission of the Church
Journey to Jesus: The Worship, Evangelism, and Nature Mission of the Church
Robert E. Webber
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In this book, Robert Webber proposes an alternative: a model of worship that emphasizes the fact that those who come to worship are at very different points in their spiritual lives. Rather than ignore these differences or gear all worship to those already established in the faith, Webber argues that churches should openly recognize the stages of faith through which their members are passing, structure their worship and ministry to celebrate these stages, and openly encourage Christians to move from spiriual infancy to maturity in Christ.
     

 
The Sacred Actions of Worship
The Sacred Actions of Worship
Robert E. Webber
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In this comprehensive volume, an ecumenical group of evangelical scholars, denominational leaders, and ministers provide insight into the traditions and practices of the sacred actions of worship in the ancient, Medieval, Eastern Orthodox, Reformation, and modern churches. Other sections highlight the historical origins and development of ritual in worship; the theology and practice of baptism and the Lord's Table; and detailed articles on such sacred actions as anointing the sick, child dedication, confirmation, foot washing, the funeral, the renewel of baptismal vows, and marriage. Numerous historical and contemporary liturgical and special worship services are provided throughout the volume.
     

 
Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail l
Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail l
Robert E. Webber
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Why do so many evangelicals find themselves attracted to liturgical traditions? Robert E. Webber suggests some answers by describing his own migration from an evangelical denomination to the Episcopal Church. Six other evangelicals who made similar pilgrimages join Webber in sharing their stories and their dreams for a new openness in which God's people, both liturgical and free church, will find increased value in each other's heritage.
     

 
The Book of Family Prayer
The Book of Family Prayer
Robert E. Webber
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Revitalize your family's relationship with God and one another with a daily time of worship and prayer. Drawing from his own family worship experiences, Webber gives you an easy-to-follow format for daily family devotions. Inspiring suggestions for observing seasons of the Christian year and special family events, such as birthdays and weddings, will make your prayer time a blessed experience. 336 pages, hardcover from Hendrickson.
     

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