Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital Worship for the 21st Century
This new book on worship by renowned hymn writer and professor Ruth C. Duck provides theological foundations for worship and explores the variety of ways Christians have adapted worship to various cultures to help them live faithfully and to communicate the Gospel to others. The author celebrates the many languages and cultural settings in which the Gospel has been, and is, preached, sung, and prayed. The goal of this volume is to support good pastoral and congregational reflection on what worship is and does. Consequently, Duck discusses many different forms of worship from several cultures (African-American, Asian, Euro-American) and offers advice on how to read a congregation and define its culture in order to plan culturally appropriate worship. Although the book does not offer prescriptive formulas or advise a single pattern of worship, it includes many practical suggestions for preparing and leading worship, including diverse ministries of music, movement, and visual arts that are becoming more popular today.
From worship's theological underpinnings the book turns to worship leadership, forms of prayer, preaching, the sacraments, ordination, and various other liturgies. Because of its emphasis on vital and Spirit-led worship, this comprehensive book on Christian worship will be used in years to come not only as a core textbook for seminarians and ministry students from a variety of cultures and traditions, but also as a resource for local church pastors and laity who are dedicated to the enlivening of Christian worship.
"Still the preaching primer of choice! No book offers a better walk-through of the process for preparing and delivering expository sermons."-Preaching
"Robinson's sermonic method is remarkably complete. . . . The exercises at chapter ends should prove helpful to homiletical teachers as well as those who would like to refresh themselves in the basics. Biblical Preaching will be a welcome addition to many pastors' libraries."-Christianity Today
"If there is one unique quality of this book that surpasses all the rest, it is that Robinson knows how to think along with God, and he knows how to teach others to do the same. . . . He has a way of nailing his ideas right onto your heart."-Leadership
"Biblical Preaching balances the practical how-to with sound homiletical theory. Ten sermon preparation stages surface that are content-oriented and follow the process of sermon-making from start to finish. . . . Robinson's analogies and picturesque language, sprinkled with intelligent humor, produce a painless learning experience."-Moody Monthly
"Its continued acceptance by a broad audience . . . gives evidence of its potential contribution to students and seasoned preachers."-The Seminary Review
Haddon W. Robinson (Ph.D., University of Illinois) is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Previously, he was president and professor of homiletics at Denver Seminary after teaching homiletics at Dallas Theological Seminary for nineteen years.