Why do we worship? What transformations has worship undergone over the centuries? How does the understanding of God and his love determine our practices? In what ways can liturgy show forth hospitality, reconciliation, lament, and community renewal? Dyrness wonderfully combines the practical and theoretical.
"For all the declarations of advance and creativity made for contemporary worship," William Dyrness says, "the controversies that swirl around it are anything but new. And they call us to reflect on the sources of our inclinations in our current circumstances." / A respected scholar of theology and culture, Dyrness here explores where the church has been, theologically and historically speaking, and how that shapes and needs to shape where the church will go. He shows how both medieval worship and Reformation spirituality have continued to determine the development of Christian worship in both its Catholic and its Protestant forms. / Through accessible language, clear examples, and thoughtful questions for reflection and discussion, Dyrness makes a very vital conversation about worship available to a wide audience of pastors, worship leaders, and church members.
William A. Dyrness is professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. His other books include Senses of the Soul: Art and the Visual in Christian Worship.
William Dyrness is professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. His several other books include Reformed Theology and Visual Culture and The Earth is Gods: A Theology of American Culture.
Worship is an integral part of the Christian experience, yet it can so easily become a topic of division in the corporate setting. Is there such a thing as proper worship and if so, how can it be identified? Can there be only one way to worship for all? Does God accept worship of any variety or does he require a certain spirit or form? These and many other questions swirl about in an increasingly prominent debate.
William Dyrness offers this brief primer to address these issues. He first seeks to introduce and interpret the current conversations on the subject for worship leaders, pastors, and lay leaders. He applies his aptitude as a scholar of theology and culture to the debate in order to make the entire conversation accessible to a wider audience. Then Dyrness seeks to awaken the average worshipper to the importance of worship issues. He encourages deeper reflection on these questions in order to make the entire community more faithful and biblical worshippers. Finally, he considers the origins of worship in gratitude, the cultural influence of the forms of worship, the ways in which worship binds us to the common heritage of Christendom, and more.