A Royal Waste of Time: The Splendor of Worshiping God and Being Church for the World

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1999 - Religion - 377 pages
Following up on her best selling Reaching Out without Dumbing Down, Marva Dawn offers biblically grounded, experience-based insights to help churches navigate beyond today's destructive worship wars and to stimulate renewal in the worship and life of congregations.

The first major section of the book examines the postmodern, media-saturated, consumerist culture that makes worship difficult yet absolutely essential. The next section focuses on keeping God at the center of worship. Other sections of the book explore issues of taste, forming faith in children, word choices, hospitality in worship, and the challenges of "being church for the world." The book also includes nine Scripture-based sermons and questions for further discussion.

In contrast to writers who advocate worship for utilitarian purposes, Dawn concentrates on worship's royal dimension, its God-ward focus. A Royal "Waste" of Time amplifies Dawn's earlier argument that churches need to wrangle seriously with the true purpose of worship in order to employ the tools and forms that best enfold participants in the splendor of worshiping God. Only worship filled with the splendor of God, Dawn writes, will lead to genuine adoration of God and faithful formation of his people.
 

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User Review  - Larry L. Cawood - Christianbook.com

A tremendous sequal to "Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down." Marva has a great outlook and understanding as to what worship should be and how we can make it better scripturally. Keep up the good work Marva. Read full review

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User Review  - pastorstevensimpson - LibraryThing

Marva Dawn "gets it." Worship is not for what WE get out of it. It's not even for evangelism. Worship is for GOD. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Royal Waste of Time A Sermon for Church Musicians on Colossians 31217
12
FOR THE WORLD CULTURE
19
The Needs of Our Being
21
Pop Spirituality or Genuine Story? The Churchs Gifts for Postmodern Times
37
Worship for Postmodern Times
58
Setting Limits on the Media
70
The Church as a Colony of the Kingdom in a Consumer Culture
88
BEING CHURCH FORMING CHARACTER
215
One Hundred Brakhot A Sermon
217
Do They Really Want Such Banality? or Are We Really Hearing the Yearnings?
224
Why Is a Catechumenal Process Needed in Contemporary Culture?
240
Forming the Character of the Churchs Children by Nurturing Their Minds
252
The Importance of the Word Two Childrens Sermons
258
BEING CHURCH CHOICES
263
Worshiping God and Being Church for the World A Sermon on Revelation 7917
265

WORSHIPING GOD THE SPLENDOR OF OUR INFINITE CENTER
105
Why Are We Not Astonished? A Sermon
107
Dont Let the People Cop Out of Witnessing
120
Ah Nadja Passion in Preaching
135
Keeping God as the Infinite Center of Our Worship
149
Everything Depends on the Resurrection A Sermon
159
BEING CHURCH BUILDING COMMUNITY
167
What If We All Were an Eye? A Sermon
169
Building Community in Worship
178
Worship Is Not a Matter of Taste
186
The Art of the Chef or Conducting the Symphony In Praise of Authority
194
For Those Who Grieve
203
What Do These Words Mean?
277
In Praise of the Harder Way Musings on Continuity Ephemerality Change and Faithfulness
285
Criteria by Which to Plan
296
Pause to Wonder Choral and Hymn Texts
314
FOR THE WORLD CHALLENGES
323
The Challenge of Discipleship A Sermon
325
Worship to Form a Missional Community
333
Always Be Ready to Give an Account
345
Asking New and Old Questions as We Remember the Future
353
For Further Reading
371
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About the author (1999)

Marva J. Dawn is adjunct professor of spiritual theology at Regent College.

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