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Worship is the dangerous act of waking up to God and God's purposes in the world. But something has gone wrong with our worship. Too often, worship has become a place of safety and complacency. It can be a narrowly private experience in which solitary individuals express their personal adoration. Even when we gather corporately, we often close our eyes to those around us,Worship is the dangerous act of waking up to God and God's purposes in the world. But something has gone wrong with our worship. Too often, worship has become a place of safety and complacency. It can be a narrowly private experience in which solitary individuals express their personal adoration. Even when we gather corporately, we often close our eyes to those around us, focusing on God but ignoring our neighbour.But true biblical worship does not merely point us upward it should turn us outward as well.In this prophetic wake-up call for the contemporary church, pastor Mark Labberton reconnects Christian worship with social justice. From beginning to end, worship must do justice and seek righteousness, translating into transformed lives that care for the poor and the oppressed.Begin today to move beyond the comfort of safe worship to authentic worship that challenges injustice.Market/Audience- Worship team participants and leaders- Pastors- Book clubs and book club readersFeatures and Benefits- Recovers the biblical unity of worship and justice- Shows how social justice and care for the poor can flow out of action- A passionate, prophetic and profoundly biblical call to action...

Title : The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God's Call to Justice
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ISBN : 9780830833160
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Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God's Call to Justice Reviews

  • Jeff
    2019-05-23 21:37

    "He wants us to think about worship not as a service we attend occasionally but as the life-altering recognition that Someone has shown up and changed the rules that our society tells us govern human existence." This quote by John Ortberg from the forward of the book neatly sums up the intention of author and begins to explain the connection of between worship and "the dangerous act" of justice. Mark Labberton, the recently installed President of Fuller Theological Seminary, wrote this book a few years back during his stint as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. What does it say about a society in which worship can be said to be "dangerous?" Sad to say, there is not much doubt that in a good number of churches the idea of linking worship with justice might be dangerous to a church leader's longevity!

  • Nick
    2019-05-03 22:40

    3 1/2 stars. There are many good things in this book, but there wasn't anything that blew my socks off. I have read several books on mercy and justice during and since seminary. Labberton ties these ideas to those of worship and shows how true worship is the kind that gets past the false gods of comfort and security to reach out and touch the savior in the gutter. If you are looking for help with your Sunday worship services you won't find much here. Labberton's point is that our corporate Sunday worship is an extension of our TRUE worship,which is described in Micah 6:8--"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

  • Ben Sternke
    2019-05-02 19:18

    A call to connect worship and justice, which is necessary and vital. The book itself was a bit pedantic, though. Good on Mr. Labberton, though, for bringing up the issue.

  • Justin McRoberts
    2019-05-05 23:33

    A great read to help bridge the language gap between what is going on in Church culture and what many say we want from our practice of religion.

  • Jack Hayne
    2019-04-26 18:32

    I very much enjoyed the book. Thought I would lambasted with social justice and was please to find deep biblical roots. Worship is used as a kind of place holder for what I would say is obedience. Though he does have a section on parts of actual worship. Good book, the danger sections were by far the best.Side note: God’s imagination is something where I understood what he wanted to do. But God doesn’t imagine anything. The Trinity does not process and think through options. It’s action create etc.

  • Smoellering
    2019-04-30 22:19

    This book rocked my world. It didn't necessarily cover any "new" ideas for me, but it really challenged me to put my money where my mouth is. The first few chapters were the strongest, which I think is usually true with this sort of writing. However, every time I sat down to read this, even some of the parts that were less strong, I was overwhelmed with a since of conviction and impressed by Labberton's way of challenging this generation to take Jesus' words seriously.

  • Noah
    2019-05-03 21:14

    I am pretty sure that I heard of this book while attending the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship Symposium two or three years ago. It sounded like just the kind of book I ought to read, both for personal reasons connected to the missional work of our church and for professional reasons as we work to connect students' heart for service as a spiritual discipline with a mind towards justice.I'm thankful to for getting the book into my hands.I'm not really sure why, but it took me an awful long time to get all the way through the book. Certainly not because it was uninteresting or not applicable. On the contrary, it may have more to do with the fact that the content was entirely thought provoking and I needed to let each segment settle in for a time before tackling the next. (Or perhaps it is because, as my goodreads account will attest, I am in the middle of reading seventeen books at once! I've decided not to begin a new book until I've finished two on the "currently reading" list...we'll see how that goes.)As a whole, I really appreciated what Labberton had to say. I think that what had the strongest impact on me was a chapter on Sabbath and its relationship to the pursuit of justice. His thesis: we need a day to stop our work in order to acknowledge the fact that it is God, and God alone, who accomplishes the work of justice; we are simply his vessels, or agents, but we cannot succeed on our own power.Now that I'm done with the book, I'm not sure what to do next with my copy. I'd love for my pastor to read it, or even the entire worship planning team at church. I can think of folks in campus ministries who'd appreciate it, or former students of mine who are now worship apprentices. Maybe my boss and our team of students would benefit from reading it. Or maybe I'd like to just start over again from the beginning and let it soak in again.

  • Dave Courtney
    2019-05-08 15:20

    Still one of the best books I read on the topic of worship. Mark Labberton tackles what was (and is?) perhaps the most defining issue of the modern Church age, which is a disconnect between worship action, experience and true transformation. He defines a true act of worship, and certainly opens up the parameters of that definition, as a dangerous and risky endeavor, and above all connects the act of worship with the pursuit of justice. If we are honest, too often in the safety of our Church walls we enter in to worship within the safety of our experience. But if we were to really heed the words of the songs that we sing and the liturgy that we read, and if we were to heed the prompting and the guiding voice that meditation opens us towards, the sheer level of devotion that we are proclaiming should leave us with a true sense of urgency in our personal faith. As a Church, the call of this book is to move us as a community of believers towards a worship that opens our eyes to our neighbors rather than closing them to entertain our personal experience. Words that call us to give our "whole" life to God should resonate with unsettling questions about what our faith life should look like on the other side. Any experience of worship that does not leave us unsettled falls short. There is a massive degree of challenge presented here, and it is not a safe challenge in any respect. But it also leaves us with a place to begin, a place to open our eyes and take notice of the words we sing and the challenge we receive in the mist of our personal experience. And then to begin to ask ourselves how it can apply. It's when we are willing to ask those questions that our world has the potential of blowing wide open.

  • Ben Laur
    2019-05-12 17:11

    "1. The Kingdom of God is not a utopian vision, a dream with no hope of reality, but the assured and coming reign of Christ that will establish a new heaven and a new earth.2. God is the one who ushers in the kingdom of righteousness and justice through Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit.3. The church is God's primary witness to this coming kingdom but is not responsible for accomplishing it.4. The church's worship of God should show up in love and justice for the sake of the poor, the needy, the oppressed, and the forgotten."Very important subject. I commend the author for addressing it, and certainly it is something that the Western evangelical church largely struggles with. Argues that we need to "wake up" and begin to think about how being a worshipper of God require us to pursue justice in the world. Point well taken, however, the book seemed to me to have relatively little unique ideas to contribute to this conversation. Additionally, the book seemed to be exceptionally wordy & repetitive, and could probably be reduced by 50% or more with little compromise. Unfortunately the book also did not seem to be very well organized, but rather a mash of ideas related to the pursuit of justice. Perhaps it would be better if the book were organized in sections according to the above four points from the epilogue, and then distilled to the essence of the respective ideas.The one disclaimer I'd state is that I listened to the audible version of this book, so there's probably a lot there that affected my "reading" of this book.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-28 17:31

    Worship is the beautiful act of placing yourself on the altar because you've encountered a beautiful, captivating King that draws you to forsake all else for His sake. But do we actually follow through on that in our lives? Many of us are really good at the act of worship in our comfortable musical worship expressions, but if we are not being changed in every aspect of our lives and in our responses to the beggars at our door, we are not truly worshiping."I hate all your show and pretense--the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies. I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings. I won't even notice all your choice peace offerings. Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps. Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living." (Amos 5:21-24, NLT)Mark Labberton speaks out in a very Old Testament prophetic manner, calling the American Church to a deeper realization of worship, to live fully awake to the poor, orphaned, widowed, alien and marginalized neighbors around us. Wake up, O new nation of Israel. Your King is beckoning you further into the richness of Himself, into His heart for the weak and broken...

  • Tim
    2019-05-23 17:37

    A fine series of reflections tying worship to justice which offers a real challenge to the sleepy American evangelical church with their (my) domesticated God (his very appropriate language). "The dangerous act of worshiping God in Jesus Christ necessarily draws us into the heart of God and sends us out to embody it, especially toward the poor, the forgotten, the oppressed." (14) Very good in both critique of our self-obsessed churches and of remedy, in a new worship that recreates reality. At times it is a little abstract and repetitious, but just when I asked him in the margins for a liturgy, he provided one, of sorts on the next pages. His examples and specifics come more strongly at the end - a challenging and thoughtful book.

  • Jim
    2019-05-06 17:27

    Mark Labberton has found a way both to transcend the "worship wars" and to focus the attention of the Church upon our mission. The heart of the book reminds us that our address is not rooted in class, status or place but in Christ. In Christ we are connected with the church universal in worship. We gather to renew the center in Christ and go forth to serve Christ as we work on both a personal and structural level participating with God as he works to establish his kingdom. This book will shake up the church and if prayed it will change the world.

  • Mark Thomas
    2019-05-06 15:16

    Mr. Labberton issues a call to the American Church to "Wake up" it's worship. He makes some good points about the need for purposeful worship as a pattern for purposeful living.I appreciated his observation that "our culture claims the promise but avoids the pain" and that we are "sent out for the sake of another kingdom, in the name and power of someone else, for the sake of the powerless and the forgotten."Good call to live lives that have divine purpose and meaning.

  • Brian
    2019-05-13 18:21

    The concept of this book was excellent. At times I found myself speed reading through the book because in my opinion he had already made his point and I was ready to move on. I was challenged to think about power and how worship is an act of submitting to the ultimate power of God. Even sabbath is an act of laying down our power to do something and fix the injustice and to trust God that he is making all things new.

  • Kirk Miller
    2019-05-18 22:29

    --Thought-provoking and interesting. Although I have qualms with a variety of things he says, his employment of various motifs, and some unnecessarily ambiguous explanations, I very much agree with his thesis: worship and social justice must be connected. This is a needed prophetic wake-up call to the evangelical church which is largely apathetic or resistant to matters of social justice. Also, he writes well and interestingly.

  • Robert D. Cornwall
    2019-05-14 22:28

    Mark Labberton is the new President of Fuller Theological Seminary, which is why I read this. It's a good basic, evangelical look at the ways social justice and worship can and should intersect. Good reminder that God is concerned about more than what happens in the sanctuary. At the same time it reminds us that what happens in the sanctuary has social implications. There is a study guide that goes with the book.

  • Glenn
    2019-04-30 23:21

    Mark Labberton nails the content in a book perfectly described by the title. With eloquent language, perceptive insight, deep meditation, and a light touch, Mark superbly outlines the state of the dormant Christian church today and outlines a goal to strive for which looks more like the life of Christ. An excellent read for anyone curious what Christians should look like, as opposed to what we do look like.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-16 19:41

    I believe in the essential message of this book (the importance of pursuing social justice). I just don't think it's presented on a strong biblical/gospel foundation, and I don't think it's very well written. I stand by the former, but I could be wrong on the latter since I don't often read non-academic books.

  • Nathan
    2019-04-29 17:35

    Challenging, but not guilting--a good balance. The first half is especially thoughtful. The second half loses quite a bit of steam and becomes a bit repetitive. Still worthwhile, particularly for suburban evangelicals.

  • Alicia Shafer
    2019-05-17 15:41

    This is by the pastor of my church in Berkeley. A great guy and a good writer. His message is that worship must include justice in order to reflect what worship is in the bible and what God's call for the church is. A great read.

  • Chris Schutte
    2019-05-04 22:21

    Mark challenges the church to connect its worship to God's heart for justice. A good word to those of us who sometimes look at worship in terms of creating a compelling sensory experience rather than connecting to God's heart.

  • Charles Dean
    2019-05-10 17:29

    I found this book uneven. At times I found it fairly elementary and even a little dated, but at other times I was reading intently.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-25 18:26

    Great points on the rhythm of worship and the overflow of justice in our "being". Repetitious at times.

  • Dave McNeely
    2019-05-22 18:39

    This book offers a fabulous treatment of two issues that are often segregated in Christian life - worship and justice - and makes a great case for the intimate connection between the two.

  • Kim Zimmerman
    2019-05-21 17:21

    pretty sure worship leaders need to read this...and anyone who hungers for more...and realizes we are really in very much control in our services...

  • Karen Parnell
    2019-05-17 21:38

    This small book took me a while to get through because I had to stop and think about it. I still am working on the relationship between worship and justice, an idea that I find intriguing.

  • Kathy Brown
    2019-05-11 23:20

    Impactful must read.

  • Janthomas
    2019-05-19 17:11

    Asks the question ' why do churches fight over the small stuff and miss the big issues of justice and mercy.?' Do we live the gospel we proclaim? Thought provoking read.

  • Jt
    2019-04-25 21:38

    wow, one of the best books i read this year. Made you really think about worship.

  • Michael Goldstein
    2019-04-25 19:22

    Gets you thinking about Sunday church services and the quality of our worship.