We are pleased to partner with a number of publishers and authors to further the study and renewal of worship. As you explore the 150+ publications we have produced and supported, you will notice a wide range of topics that relate in some way to the worship life of congregations. You will also notice a wide range of scholarly and pastoral approaches to worship and congregational studies. We hope in this way to provide abundant resources on crucial issues that will help you grow in your understanding and practice of worship, theology, and ministry.
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Living Under Water: Baptism as a Way of LifeBy: Kevin J. Adams
What does baptism mean? And what do we do with it? Kevin Adamsan experienced pastor and church planter who has baptized people of all ages and spiritual originsmakes the case that baptism isn't merely a one-time ceremony but something to be lived and affirmed throughout one's life.
Becoming What We Sing: Formation through Contemporary Worship MusicBy: David Lemley
This book draws on cultural criticism, ethnomusicology, and liturgical and sacramental theology to process the deluge of the contemporary in todays worship music.
Work and Worship: Reconnecting Our Labor and LiturgyBy: Cory B. Willson, Matthew Kaemingk
The chasm between work and worship has a devastating effect on the health, vibrancy, and effectiveness of both our labor and our liturgy.
Setting the Spiritual ClockBy: Paul Louis Metzger
In this series of devotional reflections, Metzger reflects on the spiritual value and Christological focus of the liturgical year, demonstrating how the seasons of the church year help Christians resist the secular eclipse of spiritual reality.
Table and Temple: The Christian Eucharist and Its Jewish RootsBy: David L. Stubbs
In most modern discussions of the Eucharist, the Jewish temple and its services of worship do not play a large role. They are often mentioned in passing, but little work is done in grounding, organizing, or explicating the connections between these things and the Eucharistic celebration.
Acting Liturgically: Philosophical Reflections on Religious PracticeBy: Nicholas Wolterstorff
Participation in religious liturgies and rituals is a pervasive and remarkably complex form of human activity. This book opens with a discussion of the nature of liturgical activity and then explores various dimensions of such activity.
Remembrance, Communion, and Hope: Rediscovering the Gospel at the Lord's TableBy: J. Todd Billings
In this book Billings shows how a renewed theology and practice of the Lords Supper can lead Christians to rediscover the full richness and depth of the gospel.
The Theater of God's Glory: Calvin, Creation, and the Liturgical ArtsBy: W. David O. Taylor
A theological framework for the liturgical arts rooted in John Calvin, arguing that Calvins Trinitarian theology provides a promising resource for understanding the material aspects of corporate worship and for promoting the proper flourishing of the liturgical arts.
Worship in the Joy of the LordBy: John D. Witvliet
Worship in the Joy of the Lord is a curated collection of over 300 quotations on the deep meaning and purpose of Christian public worship.
Missional Worship, Worshipful MissionBy: Ruth A. Meyers
A rich, fresh take on the meaning and practice of Christian worship
Worship with Gladness: Understanding Worship from the HeartBy: Joyce Ann Zimmerman
In this invitingly written, deeply joyful book, Joyce Ann Zimmerman makes Scripture her foundation as she explores the meaning and purpose of authentic Christian worship today.
The Touch of the Sacred: The Practice, Theology, and Tradition of Christian WorshipBy: F. Gerrit Immink
In The Touch of the Sacred Gerrit Immink offers thoughtful theological reflection on the religious practice of worship services in the Protestant tradition.
Evangelical versus Liturgical? Defying a DichotomyBy: Melanie C. Ross
In this book Melanie Ross draws on historical analysis, systematic theology, and the worship life of two vibrant congregations to argue that the common ground shared by evangelical and liturgical churches is much more important than the differences than divide them.
Imagining the KingdomBy: James K.A. Smith
James K.A. Smith expands and deepens the analysis of cultural liturgies and Christian worship he developed in his well-received Desiring the Kingdom
Wise Church: Exploring Faith and Worship with Christians Around the WorldBy: Emily R. Brink, Paul Detterman
Based on the document "Worshiping the Triune God," a collection of proverbs on worship adopted by the World Communion of Reformed Churches, this book and study guide offers a global perspective on how and why we worship.
By the Vision of Another World: Worship in American HistoryBy: James Bratt
By the Vision of Another World by James D. Bratt [ed.] samples the rich variety of worship practices in American history to show how worship can be a fruitful subject for historians to study and, alternatively, how past case studies can enrich our understanding of worship today.
Leading through the WaterBy: Paul Galbreath
In Leading through the Water, Paul Galbreath demonstrates one way of linking baptismal practice to daily life as congregations provide an alternative witness to the cultural voices around us. At the same time, it expands the vision of baptism from a single occasion to a distinctive way of life within a community of faith and a primary metaphor for Christian discipleship.
Resonant Witness: Conversations between Music and TheologyBy: Jeremy Begbie, Steven Guthrie
Resonant Witness gathers together a wide, harmonious chorus of voices from across the musical and theological spectrum to show that music and theology can each learn much from the other and that the majesty and power of both are profoundly amplified when they do.
We Have Seen His Glory: A Vision of Kingdom WorshipBy: Ben Witherington
A book contending that Christian worship cannot be a matter of merely continuing ancient practices; instead, we must be preparing for worship in the Kingdom of God when it comes on earth.
Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural FormationBy: James K.A. Smith
Smith reshapes the very project of Christian education, focusing around the themes of liturgy, formation, and desire. The author contends--as did Augustine--that human beings are "desiring agents"; in other words, we are what we love.