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A Royal Waste of Time

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Author of Reaching Out without Dumbing Down, Marva Dawn here insists that churches need to engage in a serious process of community discernment concerning worship in order to employ the best tools and forms, and she offers extensive reflections to further the discussion.
Paperback, 377 pages
Published April 27th 1999 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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Okay, here's my problem with Marva Dawn: her books contain a dizzying mixture of shining pearls of wisdom with the most ridiculuous and erroneous comments imaginable. My favorite foot-in-mouth moment from this book? "...songs written in the 1800s, when the United States was far more Christian, come from an ethos more conducive to writing faithful [to the scriptures:] texts." Really? the Nineteenth century US was more Christian with our massive slave trade and genocide of native Americans. This e ...more
Dec 15, 2011 Hong rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Insightful and clear, presenting how worship and being Church is meant to be in a way that is not only supported by the Bible, but without the elitist/top-down approach. Instead, Marva Dawn manages to show how the Church-catholic, transcending time and cultures, should continue to learn and grow in worshipping the one true God together.

There have been much from this book that I've learnt. Including how worship and evangelism should not be mixed up: praising and honouring God is missional, but i
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This book is primarily about worship. I hadn't expected that.
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Marva J. Dawn is an American Christian theologian, author, musician and educator, associated with the parachurch organization "Christians Equipped for Ministry" in Vancouver, Washington. She also serves as Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dawn is generally perceived as a Lutheran evangelical.
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