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The Dangerous Act of Worship

Living God's Call to Justice

by Mark Labberton

What’s at stake in our wor­ship? Everything.

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, a nar­row­ly pri­vate expe­ri­ence in which soli­tary indi­vid­u­als only express their per­son­al ado­ra­tion. Even when we gath­er cor­po­rate­ly, we often close our eyes to those around us, focus­ing on God but ignor­ing our neigh­bor. 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 bib­li­cal 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.

2012

Recommendations

The Dangerous Act of Worship is a significant work because of the relative lack of writing in the area of worship and justice. . . . It is written at a popular level, targeting pastors and congregants as evidenced by the copious personal examples throughout the book. Given Labberton's posture, the foundation work and conclusions are excellent.
Robert Pendergraft, Artistic Theologian

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