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A Royal "Waste" of Time: The Splendor of Worshiping God and Being Church for the World

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Following up on her best selling Reaching Out without Dumbing Down, Marva Dawn offers biblically grounded, experience-based insights to help churches navigate beyond today's destructive worship wars and to stimulate renewal in the worship and life of congregations.

The first major section of the book examines the postmodern, media-saturated, consumerist culture that makes w
Paperback, 385 pages
Published April 27th 1999 by Eerdmans
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Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
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 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Marva Dawn raises some very valid concerns about worship. It would be more helpful to better define worship apart from liturgical, organ-driven music. Worship is a daily practice and is expressed differently by individuals as they connect with God and give their praise to Him alone.
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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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