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The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God's Call to Justice
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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.
Foreword by John Ortberg
|Title: The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God's Call to Justice|
By: Mark Labberton
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 8.2 X 5.5 X 0.7 (inches)|
Weight: 10 ounces
Stock No: WW834143
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"[A] timely and much appreciated attempt to recall for privileged North American Christians the intimate connection between worship and issues of justice." -- The Presbyterian Outlook, October 6, 2008
"Labberton's book is bracing reading that deserves thoughtful meditation and discussion among pastors, lay leaders, and those who occupy the pews--especially in places where those pews have become all too comfortable." -- The Clergy Journal, November/December 2007
" The Dangerous Act of Worship is a timely reminder of the need for Christians to wake up to the needs of those who are suffering in our world." -- K. R. M. for Liturgy, Hymnody, Pulpit Quarterly Review, Christmastide 2007
"I see the book as a wake-up call to get out of our comfortable pews and do something for the downtrodden. The book is enhanced with intriguing personal anecdotes, illustrations, and lots of scriptural references encouraging justice for all." -- Church Libraries Journal, Summer 2007
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." -- James A. Cox, California Bookwatch, April 2007
" The Dangerous Act of Worship is a candid look at our priorities. . . . Labberton questions what an encounter with God truly looks like. . . . [I]t's not safe or controlled or dependent on having the best tech booth . . . or the most people in the pews. It is about waking up as God's people and engaging our world with love and revealing God's redemption." -- Worship Leader, May 2007
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