Worship and Mission after Christendom

ISBN-10: 083619554X

ISBN-13: 9780836195545

Edition: 2011

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Today, as Christendom weakens, worship and mission are poised to reunite after centuries of separation. But this requires the church to rethink both mission and worship. In post-Christendom mission, God is the main actor and God calls all Christians to participate. In post-Christendom worship, the church tells and celebrates the story of God, enabling members to live in hope and attract outsiders to its many tables of hospitality.
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Herald Press
Publication date: 4/7/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Darrin W. Snyder Belousek teaches philosophy and religion at Ohio Northern University and Bluffton University. He is the author of Atonement, Justice, and Peace: The Message of the Cross and the Mission of the Church (2012) and Good News: The Advent of Salvation in the Gospel of Luke (2014).

Foreword to the North American edition
Series Preface
Worship After Christendom
From Italy to Britain
Worship: Actions and Emotions
New Testament Words for Worship Imply Mission
Worship: Ascribing Worth to God
Worship Is for All of Life
Worship Services Must Be in Keeping with God's Character and Mission
Worship Services Reveal the Character and Purposes of God
Mission Under Christendom
Characteristics of Classical Mission
The Christendom Origins of Classical Mission
Classical Mission in Late Christendom
Mission after Christendom: The Missio Dei
Missio Dei: The Bible's Grand Narrative
Wolves and Lambs
A Feast for All People
The Means of God's Mission: Sending
Characteristics of the Missio Dei
Implications of Missio Dei Thinking
Criteria for Discernment
An Exemplar of the Missio Dei
Post-Christendom Worship: The Recovery of Narrative
The Power of Story
The Stifling of Story in Christendom
God's Story: A Five-Act Drama
Worshipping God in the Present, Between Past and Future
The Past: Acts of Worship in the Bible Tell the Story of God
Narrative Worship that Tells an Odd Story
Ways of Telling the Story
Narrative Resources for Worship: Hoping the Past, Remembering the Future
Hoping the Past
Drawing on the �Gap Years�
Drawing on the Immediate Past: �Reports from the Front�
Remembering the Future
The Loss of Hope
Regaining Hope
Anticipations Little and Big
Long-Sighted Christians
Early Christian Worship: Multivoiced Meals
Inculturating the Gospel
Inculturating Worship in Corinth
1 Corinthians 11-14 Is All One Piece
1 Corinthians 11-The Meal
1 Corinthians 14-The After-Dinner Conversation
Paul's Objections: Disorder and Incomprehensibility
Outsiders Are Present
Paul's Vision for Table and Word
After Christendom: Multivoiced Worship Returns
The Disappearance of Multivoiced Table Worship
1 Corinthians 11-14 in Christendom
Multivoiced Worship: Bubbling to the Surface
Churches After Christendom
Paul's Vision of Meal and Word for Today
In Small Churches: Experimental
In Small Churches: Inherited
In Churches that Combine the Small with the Large
In Larger Churches
Testimony: Three Ways
Symposium-like Worship as a �New� Sacrament
Inculturating Worship and Witness in the Post-Christendom West
Worship Forms Mission I: Glorifying God, Sanctifying Humans
Worship Edifies Attractive Christians
Glorifying God, Sanctifying Humans
What Christians Do in Worship
Worship Forms Mission II: Actions of Worship
We Gather
We Praise God
We Confess that Jesus Is Lord
We Tell the Big Story
We Tell the �Little Stories�
We Perform Baptism, Eucharist, and Footwashing
We Make Peace and We Pray
We Sing
Worship Forms Mission III: Worshipping Christians in the World
Deviance: Individual and Corporate
Missional Worship in the Worldwide Church
We Worship the God of All the Nations
The Worldwide Vision of the New Testament
Pre-Christendom: A Worldwide Vision
Christendom: The Vision Narrows
Christianity Becomes Worldwide Again
Post-Christendom: Worldwide Interdependence
Gift Sharing: Structures
Changes in Worship and Mission
Gifts for Worship
Gifts for Mission
Worldwide Christianity: A Transcultural Community
Outsiders Come to Worship I: What the Outsiders Experience
Worship and Outsiders in Christian History
Why Outsiders Come
What the Outsiders See: Paul's Concerns
Where the Outsiders Meet Christians: A Liminal Space
The Outsiders in Christian Worship: Inculturation
Five Models of Church: Domestic, Megachurch, Cathedral, Congregation, Outsider-Directed
What the Outsiders See: Actions of Christian Worship
What the Outsiders Intuit: The Church's Ethos
What the Outsiders Intuit: About God
Outsiders Come to Worship II: Hospitality and Wholeness
Attending Church by Choice
Hospitality: A Task for All Christians
Hospitality in Worship
Outsiders and the Table: Three Approaches
Worship and Mission in a Body Made Whole
Breathing In, Breathing Out
Appendix: Are Americans in Christendom?
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