Recovering Mother Kirk: The Case for Liturgy in the Reformed Tradition

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Mar 7, 2014 - Religion - 264 pages
Endorsements: "Liturgical Presbyterians? No, this is not an oxymoron. D. G. Hart has written a lively polemic against the well-intentioned dumbing-down of worship by advocates of church growth. This book is going to make some people very mad, and it will make others very glad. Those who have thrown away the theological substance of the great Reformed tradition of Christian worship ought to be mad. Hart shames them. And yet, for those whose privilege it is to praise and serve God in a church that enjoys the Reformed way of worship in all its depth, glory, and joy, this book is a great summons to faithfulness in our time." --WILLIAM H. WILLIMON, Duke Divinity School "Beginning to realize just how much they have been shaped by non-Reformed influences, conservative Presbyterian and Reformed churches are now being forced to decide between a generic 'low-church' Protestantism, a 'high church' tradition, or, oddly enough, a more traditional Reformed and Presbyterian approach. D. G. Hart believes that Reformed theology provides resources not only for understanding that we are saved, but also for how we worship and mature in the Christian faith. There's a lot of wisdom here, and whether one agrees or disagrees with Hart, his well-considered arguments cannot be responsibly ignored by adherents of Reformed Christianity." --MICHAEL HORTON, Editor in Chief, Modern Reformation "Unabashedly writing to inform, rouse, and serve his fellow Presbyterians, D. G. Hart has nonetheless produced a book that is properly and profoundly ecumenical. Christians from all communions who take seriously the identity and nature of the church will learn from Hart's analysis of the complex arrangement under God of cult and culture, form and content, church and state, praise and proclamation, cross and crown. Hart reminds us that the chronicles of the people of God always offer encouragement to strengthen feeble arms, weak knees, and lazy minds." --KEN MYERS, host and producer of the Mars Hill Audio Journal "Hart's book combines world-class scholarship with keen social and ecclesiastical awareness and should be read and reread by those who want to transmit the piety and ethos of the Reformed tradition to the next generation." --TERRY L. JOHNSON, Independent Presbyterian Church, Savannah, Georgia

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I read this book hoping for, as the subtitle puts it, a "Case for Liturgy in the Reformed Tradition," but was fairly disappointed. It's actually a collection of Hart's essays (a somewhat poorly edited ... Read full review


Is HighChurch Presbyterianism an Oxymoron?
Church Growth
The Spirituality of the Church
Reverence and Reformed Worship
Worship That Is Deformed
SpiritFilled Worship
Whatever Happened to Office?
Evangelicals and Catholics Together Presbyterians Apart
What Can Presbyterians Learn from Lutherans?
The Irony of American Presbyterian Worship
Revived and Always Reviving
The Inevitability of Liturgy
TwentiethCentury American Presbyterian Hymnody
The Case for Observant Protestantism
Subject Index

The Keys of the Kingdom
Office Gender and Egalitarianism
Confessional Presbyterianism and the Limits of Protestant
Scripture Index

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D. G. HART is the author of several books on the history of Christianity, including most recently, Calvinism: A History (Yale 2013)

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