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Bad worship produces bad theology, and bad theology produces an unhealthy church. InLiturgical Theology, Simon Chan issues a call to evangelicals to develop a mature theology of the church--an ecclesiology that is grounded in the church's identity as a worshiping community. Evangelicals, he argues, are confused about the meaning and purpose of the church in part because tBad worship produces bad theology, and bad theology produces an unhealthy church. InLiturgical Theology, Simon Chan issues a call to evangelicals to develop a mature theology of the church--an ecclesiology that is grounded in the church's identity as a worshiping community. Evangelicals, he argues, are confused about the meaning and purpose of the church in part because they have an inadequate understanding of Christian worship. As a remedy for this ailment, Chan presents a coherent theology of the church that pays particular attention to the liturgical practices that have constituted Christian worship throughout the centuries. With a seasoned eye and steady hand, he guides the reader through these practices and unpacks their significance for theology, spirituality and the renewal of evangelicalism in the postmodern era. Chan's proposal advances the conversation among evangelicals regarding the relationship between theology and worship. In contrast to some theologians who have tended to emphasize a sociological analysis, Chan argues that we need to consider what is essential to the church's theological identity. Drawing on the larger Christian tradition, Chan argues that we discover that identity primarily in the structure and significance of Christian worship....

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ISBN : 9780830827633
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Number of Pages : 207 Pages
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  • R.D. Brown
    2019-01-12 19:36

    I am really torn by the this book. As far as I am concerned this is the most important book ever written by a Pentecostal Theologian. The wealth of knowledge and insight into the liturgy, church history, ecclesiology, and sacramental theology is invaluable. The sources sighted in the book is worth the price in and of themselves. With that said the content of this book was not new to me. That is why I could only give it three stars. What makes it such an important book is the tradition from which Simon Chan writes. Coming out of the Pentecostal Tradition myself this book resonates with why I became Anglican. There were a few things that I disagreed with Chan on though, the first thing was his take on Bishop N.T. Wright and his theology. I do not believe Wright theology is simply a "replacement" theology. Second, I am not sure that Chan really understands the classical term transubstantiation. At one point he does define it as "Body and Blood but remaining Bread and Wine." That is more what Luther advocated in his "consubstantiation" view. Finally, I also find Chan's proposal that Evangelical churches can simply accept this "view" without being part of a historical community rooted in this tradition counter intuitive. What is missing is Apostolic Succession and that is just as much a part of the Sacramental/Liturgical Church as the Eucharist. The two go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other. That being said, this is a very good book and I will be recommending this to all the new ordinands in the Anglican Mission, plus to all my Pentecostal friends who are willing to read it.

  • Jason Custer
    2019-01-19 19:00

    The central thesis for this book is that the church is defined as the "worshiping community" of the Spirit - and thus worship is central to what the church does. How the church worships defines who she is, and thus affects her role in the world. He says, "Mission does not seek to turn sinners into saved individuals, it seeks to turn disparate individuals into a worshiping community." The point of church is not to simply "save individuals" but rather to bring people into the people of God who will then worship God as he is - it is about creating a community.Chan critiques evangelicals and their lack of any form of ecclesiology (theology of the church) and claims that a good ecclesiology is central to the church. Within that, how a church worships (its liturgy) will form the church, and thus "liturgical theology" is very important for the church. So Chan spends some time taking the readers through a form of liturgy and explaining the purpose behind it.Overall, I found the book quite interesting and it challenged many of my notions of what the church is. I read it for my ecclesiology class at seminary, and it really helped me think through my own ecclesiology and the importance of worship (and how we worship) for the mission of the church. If you want to think differently about church, I'd recommend you read this book. You may not agree with everything Chan says, but it will definitely make you work through your pre-conceived definition of the church.

  • Радостин Марчев
    2019-01-05 20:44

    Давам пълна петица не понеже съм съгласен (или поне на този етап не мога да кажа дали съм) с всичко, което авторът казва, а понеже много добре е изложил своето виждане. Нямам съмнение, че доста голяма част от твърденията в книгата почиват на предварителни презумпции и е много трудно или дори невъзможно да бъдат доказани. (Всъщност на някои места авторът ясно признава това.) От друга страна с течение на годините аз се чувствам все по-силно привлечен от литургично богослужение и намирам във вижданията му доста неща, с които съм съгласен. Но съгласни или това е гледна точка точка, която евангелските християни (в България) трябва поне да чуят.

  • Jason
    2018-12-21 18:00

    I read a review of this book in Touchstone Magazineand it piqued my interest, especially since the author's background is as an Asian Pentecostal. I have been extrememly impressed by the book so far, though it is written in scholarly language and should not be classified as a "light reading". Chan methodically lays out the reasons a liturgical renewal is necessary for the evangelical world. His broad knowledge of the traditions in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant communities lend a welcome ecumenical flavor to the book.

  • Trey West
    2019-01-19 18:42

    Chan asserts "Bad worship produces bad theology..." and that is very true but also bad theology can produce bad worship. Chan is off to a good start of creating the latter with this book. Its premises about the church as a worshiping community are grounded and I find them agreeable but the Calvinistic routes he wishes to take to further this worshiping community of evangelicalism is not one to which I can ascribe.

  • Tim
    2019-01-08 16:41

    Placing such a high value on the deep historical liturgical practices of the church, it would be hard to guess that the author, Simon Chan, is a Pentecostal Theologian. This is exactly the sort of thinking that more Evangelical pastors need to be engaging with for the sake of greater vibrancy and stability in their churches.

  • Dean P.
    2018-12-21 22:41

    Overall I liked the book, especially noting the chapter on the Catechumenate. Chan has a lot to bring to the table and I was able to glean a lot of sectional material.It's at times a bit wordy, and some of his chapters pertain to readers who are much less familiar with the liturgy, but it is a good addition to a ministry library for sure.

  • Jasonlylescampbell
    2018-12-28 21:40

    Excellent and difficult (scholarly) read. It seems very, very important for our church. I am reading it slowly and will definitely need to process it once I finish. The large point that is, indeed, very important is that evangelicals don't have any solid ecclesiology. That is why there is such a tendency toward individual conversions ... forgetting that the church is ultimately a people.

  • Kerry Buttram
    2018-12-28 20:37

    This was a rewarding study by a Pentecostal theologian who has dug deep. As an Anglican, I received a great deal of help in better understanding the wonderful shaping power of liturgy which reflects the glory of the Trinity, is rooted in Scripture, draws from Millenia of worshiping tradition, teaches us to pray, celebrates the sacrament, and lifts up the people of God into the heavenlies.

  • Kenny
    2019-01-17 19:42

    As an Anglican, I found this work very helpful in articulating the wonderful shaping power of liturgy in language more understandable to evangelicals. It is spot on in so many ways. Highly recommended. His previous work, Spiritual Theology, is also fantastic.

  • George Martzen
    2019-01-03 19:55

    A solid text, reflecting current research in worship as ecclesial practice and theology, from an Asian evangelical perspective.

  • Clayton Hutchins
    2018-12-31 19:30

    There's some really great insight in here. But there is also some shady theology, so take caution. That's all I'll say for now. Skipped chapter on catechumenate.

  • Jason Addington
    2019-01-01 17:54

    I found this to be a great book, packed with insights into liturgical worship. What makes it even more interesting is that Chan is an Assembly of God guy!

  • Colleen
    2019-01-09 16:47

    Great book. Thorough history of the development of liturgical theology as well as the hot-button issues.

  • Lainie
    2018-12-21 20:54

    Excellent exploration of Ecclesiology, especially, and what that means for our liturgical tradition and practice.

  • Kenneth Lee
    2019-01-20 20:59

    This book opened my eyes to liturgy and its importance in the church. Excellent book written by a remarkable church theologian.

  • David
    2018-12-26 18:37

    An excellent challenge to those in broadly evangelical churches to discover liturgical practice for the first time.

  • Richard Fitzgerald
    2018-12-30 18:54

    Important. Dense. Well conceived. Challenging.

  • Ryan
    2019-01-14 20:37

    This is a well written book on Liturgical Theology and it was certainly worth my time. I would also recommend Alexander Schmemann's book "For the Life of the World."