The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God's Call to Justice
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The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God's Call to Justice  -     By: Mark Labberton

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

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The Dangerous Act of Worshipunveils how this seemingly innocent act threatens to waking us 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.

Foreword by John Ortberg

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Title: The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God's Call to Justice
By: Mark Labberton
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.2 X 5.5 X 0.7 (inches)
Weight: 10 ounces
ISBN: 0830834141
ISBN-13: 9780830834143
Stock No: WW834143

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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.

Author Bio

teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and directs the Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute of Preaching, which encourages the convergence of worship, preaching and justice (micahgroups.org). Previously Labberton served as senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California. A senior fellow of the International Justice Mission, he is also the author of John Ortberg is teaching pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and author of many books, including

Editorial Reviews

" The Dangerous Act of Worship is a significant work because of the relative lack of writing in the area of worship and justice. . . . It is written at a popular level, targeting pastors and congregants as evidenced by the copious personal examples throughout the book. Given Labberton's posture, the foundation work and conclusions are excellent." -- Robert Pendergraft, Artistic Theologian, 2 (2013)

"[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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