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

The Dangerous Act of Worship Living God s Call to Justice 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 It can be

  • Title: The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God's Call to Justice
  • Author: Mark Labberton John Ortberg Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780830833160
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 It can be a narrowly private experience in which solitary individuals express their personal adoration Even when we gather corporately, we often close our eyes to those around us,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 It can be a narrowly private experience in which solitary individuals express their personal adoration Even when we gather corporately, we often close our eyes to those around us, focusing on God but ignoring our neighbour.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 social justice From beginning to end, worship must do justice and seek righteousness, translating into transformed lives that care for the poor and the oppressed.Begin today to move beyond the comfort of safe worship to authentic worship that challenges injustice.Market Audience Worship team participants and leaders Pastors Book clubs and book club readersFeatures and Benefits Recovers the biblical unity of worship and justice Shows how social justice and care for the poor can flow out of action A passionate, prophetic and profoundly biblical call to action

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    1. "He wants us to think about worship not as a service we attend occasionally but as the life-altering recognition that Someone has shown up and changed the rules that our society tells us govern human existence." This quote by John Ortberg from the forward of the book neatly sums up the intention of author and begins to explain the connection of between worship and "the dangerous act" of justice. Mark Labberton, the recently installed President of Fuller Theological Seminary, wrote this book a fe [...]

    2. 3 1/2 stars. There are many good things in this book, but there wasn't anything that blew my socks off. I have read several books on mercy and justice during and since seminary. Labberton ties these ideas to those of worship and shows how true worship is the kind that gets past the false gods of comfort and security to reach out and touch the savior in the gutter. If you are looking for help with your Sunday worship services you won't find much here. Labberton's point is that our corporate Sunda [...]

    3. A call to connect worship and justice, which is necessary and vital. The book itself was a bit pedantic, though. Good on Mr. Labberton, though, for bringing up the issue.

    4. A great read to help bridge the language gap between what is going on in Church culture and what many say we want from our practice of religion.

    5. I very much enjoyed the book. Thought I would lambasted with social justice and was please to find deep biblical roots. Worship is used as a kind of place holder for what I would say is obedience. Though he does have a section on parts of actual worship. Good book, the danger sections were by far the best.Side note: God’s imagination is something where I understood what he wanted to do. But God doesn’t imagine anything. The Trinity does not process and think through options. It’s action cr [...]

    6. This book rocked my world. It didn't necessarily cover any "new" ideas for me, but it really challenged me to put my money where my mouth is. The first few chapters were the strongest, which I think is usually true with this sort of writing. However, every time I sat down to read this, even some of the parts that were less strong, I was overwhelmed with a since of conviction and impressed by Labberton's way of challenging this generation to take Jesus' words seriously.

    7. I am pretty sure that I heard of this book while attending the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship Symposium two or three years ago. It sounded like just the kind of book I ought to read, both for personal reasons connected to the missional work of our church and for professional reasons as we work to connect students' heart for service as a spiritual discipline with a mind towards justice.I'm thankful to paperbackswap for getting the book into my hands.I'm not really sure why, but it took me [...]

    8. Still one of the best books I read on the topic of worship. Mark Labberton tackles what was (and is?) perhaps the most defining issue of the modern Church age, which is a disconnect between worship action, experience and true transformation. He defines a true act of worship, and certainly opens up the parameters of that definition, as a dangerous and risky endeavor, and above all connects the act of worship with the pursuit of justice. If we are honest, too often in the safety of our Church wall [...]

    9. "1. The Kingdom of God is not a utopian vision, a dream with no hope of reality, but the assured and coming reign of Christ that will establish a new heaven and a new earth.2. God is the one who ushers in the kingdom of righteousness and justice through Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit.3. The church is God's primary witness to this coming kingdom but is not responsible for accomplishing it.4. The church's worship of God should show up in love and justice for the sake of the poor, the needy, t [...]

    10. Worship is the beautiful act of placing yourself on the altar because you've encountered a beautiful, captivating King that draws you to forsake all else for His sake. But do we actually follow through on that in our lives? Many of us are really good at the act of worship in our comfortable musical worship expressions, but if we are not being changed in every aspect of our lives and in our responses to the beggars at our door, we are not truly worshiping."I hate all your show and pretense--the h [...]

    11. A fine series of reflections tying worship to justice which offers a real challenge to the sleepy American evangelical church with their (my) domesticated God (his very appropriate language). "The dangerous act of worshiping God in Jesus Christ necessarily draws us into the heart of God and sends us out to embody it, especially toward the poor, the forgotten, the oppressed." (14) Very good in both critique of our self-obsessed churches and of remedy, in a new worship that recreates reality. At t [...]

    12. Mark Labberton has found a way both to transcend the "worship wars" and to focus the attention of the Church upon our mission. The heart of the book reminds us that our address is not rooted in class, status or place but in Christ. In Christ we are connected with the church universal in worship. We gather to renew the center in Christ and go forth to serve Christ as we work on both a personal and structural level participating with God as he works to establish his kingdom. This book will shake u [...]

    13. Mr. Labberton issues a call to the American Church to "Wake up" it's worship. He makes some good points about the need for purposeful worship as a pattern for purposeful living.I appreciated his observation that "our culture claims the promise but avoids the pain" and that we are "sent out for the sake of another kingdom, in the name and power of someone else, for the sake of the powerless and the forgotten."Good call to live lives that have divine purpose and meaning.

    14. The concept of this book was excellent. At times I found myself speed reading through the book because in my opinion he had already made his point and I was ready to move on. I was challenged to think about power and how worship is an act of submitting to the ultimate power of God. Even sabbath is an act of laying down our power to do something and fix the injustice and to trust God that he is making all things new.

    15. --Thought-provoking and interesting. Although I have qualms with a variety of things he says, his employment of various motifs, and some unnecessarily ambiguous explanations, I very much agree with his thesis: worship and social justice must be connected. This is a needed prophetic wake-up call to the evangelical church which is largely apathetic or resistant to matters of social justice. Also, he writes well and interestingly.

    16. Mark Labberton is the new President of Fuller Theological Seminary, which is why I read this. It's a good basic, evangelical look at the ways social justice and worship can and should intersect. Good reminder that God is concerned about more than what happens in the sanctuary. At the same time it reminds us that what happens in the sanctuary has social implications. There is a study guide that goes with the book.

    17. Mark Labberton nails the content in a book perfectly described by the title. With eloquent language, perceptive insight, deep meditation, and a light touch, Mark superbly outlines the state of the dormant Christian church today and outlines a goal to strive for which looks more like the life of Christ. An excellent read for anyone curious what Christians should look like, as opposed to what we do look like.

    18. I believe in the essential message of this book (the importance of pursuing social justice). I just don't think it's presented on a strong biblical/gospel foundation, and I don't think it's very well written. I stand by the former, but I could be wrong on the latter since I don't often read non-academic books.

    19. Challenging, but not guilting--a good balance. The first half is especially thoughtful. The second half loses quite a bit of steam and becomes a bit repetitive. Still worthwhile, particularly for suburban evangelicals.

    20. This is by the pastor of my church in Berkeley. A great guy and a good writer. His message is that worship must include justice in order to reflect what worship is in the bible and what God's call for the church is. A great read.

    21. Mark challenges the church to connect its worship to God's heart for justice. A good word to those of us who sometimes look at worship in terms of creating a compelling sensory experience rather than connecting to God's heart.

    22. I found this book uneven. At times I found it fairly elementary and even a little dated, but at other times I was reading intently.

    23. Great points on the rhythm of worship and the overflow of justice in our "being". Repetitious at times.

    24. This book offers a fabulous treatment of two issues that are often segregated in Christian life - worship and justice - and makes a great case for the intimate connection between the two.

    25. pretty sure worship leaders need to read thisd anyone who hungers for mored realizes we are really in very much control in our services

    26. This small book took me a while to get through because I had to stop and think about it. I still am working on the relationship between worship and justice, an idea that I find intriguing.

    27. Asks the question ' why do churches fight over the small stuff and miss the big issues of justice and mercy.?' Do we live the gospel we proclaim? Thought provoking read.

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