In We Have Seen His Glory Ben Witherington sounds a clarion call to worship in light of the coming eschatological kingdom. Witherington believes that Christian worship cannot be a matter of merely continuing ancient practices, but rather must be an activity in which we are preparing for the coming kingdom of God in the new creation on earth. Thus Witherington's approach is forward driven, towards an eschatological understanding of worship. Witherington states, "Suppose we envisioned Christian worship in light of the eschaton rather than in light of what already has gone before in the past, rather than in light of the kingdoms gone? (ix)" By stating the question this way, Witherington challenges two definitively separate approaches to worship. First it challenges all consumer "does the church minister to me" approaches to worship, but also counters the recent trend of churches looking to the past for guidance in formulating their worship. While this debate will not soon be settled, Witherington's work is a welcome contribution for examining how we form our worship in light of Christ's pending return. Containing eight chapters, each with review questions at the end, this book is ideal for church study groups, or even courses on the Theology of Worship, New Testament Studies, or New Testament Theology.
We Have Seen His Glory sounds a clarion call to worship in light of the coming Kingdom. Ben Witherington here contends that Christian worship cannot be a matter of merely continuing ancient practices; instead, we must be preparing for worship in the Kingdom of God when it comes on earth. The eight chapters in this thought-provoking book each end with questions for reflection and discussion -- ideal fare for church study groups.
"In this study I hope to tease some minds into active thought about what worship should look like if we really believe that God's Kingdom is coming. . . . It's time for us to explore a more biblical and Kingdom-oriented vision of worship."
-- from the prelude
Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. Related "kingdom" books of his include Imminent Domain: The Story of the Kingdom of God and Its Celebration,
Dallas Theological Seminary
"A solid meditation on the theocentric focus that is at the core of worship. Worship is about God and for God, touching the whole of our lives. Witherington's book is really a series of biblical reflections on this theme. Read, enjoy, and then take a moment to delight in the God Witherington draws us to behold."
Timothy C. Tennent, PhD
Asbury Theological Seminary
"In a day when the worship of the Triune God has been trivialized, marketed, and squandered for human consumption, Ben Witherington provides a proper theological frame for understanding the majesty, power and awe of Christian worship. No one who reads this book can ever be satisifed with a consumer, spector-sport approach to Christian worship."