The DANGEROUS ACT OF WORSHIP: Living God's Call to Justice
From beginning to end, worship must pursue justice and seek righteousness, translating into transformed lives that care for the poor and the oppressed. Labberton shows how to move beyond the comfort of safe worship to authentic worship that is awake to the needs of the world. Today he continues to contribute to the mission of the global church as a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission.
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Doing Justice Starts with Rest 7. When Worship Talks to Power 8. Dwelling in Exodus or in Exile? An Imagination for Justice Mouw "We need this book! He is right: integrating worship and justice is a dangerous thing. But given the character of the God whom we worship it is also the only safe course of action. In this book not only does Mark Labberton help us to ask that question, but also he poses it more thoroughly and challenges us to find the resources to do something about the problem.
This book is essential for awakening churches from their 'yet more excellent sleep' to their role in living the gospel that they proclaim and thereby in changing the state of the world. It offers American church leaders a way out from the disappointments of dead-end worship, and does so with tangible stories and examples that are inspiring, convicting, clear and practical.
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Every so often, a book comes along that, for the brave of heart, actually has the potential to transform a leader's whole mindset about what they are doing and leading. This is such a book. Mark packs in lots of living examples of worshipers who are doing justice in the world.
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The church in North America desperately needs to catch Mark's and God's passion for giving away the mercy that we have so richly received to the marginalized people of our world, both near and far. Or justice. It's an urgent call to wake up to the discovery that everything is lost unless we pull worship and justice together.
His call for justice forges links between corporate worship on Sunday and personal worship in all of life.
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His call to genuine gospel rest in the context of a book arising from a holy restlessness sets this book apart from many books on justice. The result is a book that calls us to obedient service not on the basis of fear or guilt, but rather deep gratitude for God's abundant grace. Mark Labberton offers a scalding reminder that worship is not about our well-being but the world's. I can't imagine any worship leader, or any worshiper, seeing worship in the same way after reading this book.
Not only is true worship dangerous, as Mark Labberton suggests, but this book is dangerous. It shakes us from our lethargy. It calls us to a radical reconsideration of our life of discipleship. It pushes us across our global and theological boundaries. This is one of the most challenging books I have read in years. Mark dares to bring them together, and does it masterfully. He compassionately discloses the will and the way of God and invites us to walk together in the way of God's kingdom.
This book is discomforting. And well it should be. Mark restores our vision of God's ancient call to the church to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly. The book opens the windows so God's Spirit can blow fresh joy and power into our lives. Rather than worship being a weekly separation from the world, Mark leads us into worship as a daily, transforming engagement with it.
It must be part of the fabric of our faith, woven into larger issues like justice and the poor. Though he does not give in to the temptation of entering into the debate over secondary issues of style and personal preference, Mark's words provide the biblical background that will place them finally into proper focus. And yet in the midst of that holy discomfort he awakens hope that it is possible to wake up to the real life, and the real worship, that we were created for.
With insightful critique and practical examples, it encourages Christians to move beyond the often stale and sterile debates of the worship wars to the rediscovery of world- and life-changing God-centered worship. I highly recommend it. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Textbooks. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD Labberton, though, for bringing up the issue.
Jan 17, Justin McRoberts rated it really liked it. 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. Mar 19, Smoellering rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian. This book rocked my world.
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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.
Apr 12, Noah rated it it was amazing. 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.
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I'm not really sure why, but it too I am pretty sure that I heard of this book while attending the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship Symposium two or three years ago. 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!
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I've decided not to begin a new book until I've finished two on the "currently reading" list 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. View 1 comment. Apr 19, Dave Courtney rated it really liked it. Still one of the best books I read on the topic of worship.
Mark Labberton tackles what was and is? 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 wall Still one of the best books I read on the topic of worship. 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.
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.
God is the one who ushers in the kingdom of righteousness and justice through Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit. The church is God's primary witness to this coming kingdom but is not responsible for accomplishing it. The church's worship of God should show up in love and justice for the sake of the poor, the needy, t "1. 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. 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.