Over the past couple of years, I’ve made an effort to be more of a reader. I’ve tried to seek out books that speak to the ministry of worship and have realized that there’s some real benefit to having a steady diet of different perspectives when it comes to this ministry.
I keep a list of brief reviews at the READS page, but figured I’d use Thursdays as sort of a progress report of the books I’m reading.
At this point, Webber is definitely hitting his stride. There is a lot of good stuff in this book. So far, my appreciation for the historical church is growing. I agree with Webber that the current state of so many churches is anemic, and I’m interested to see how we got that way. He’s talking a lot about the Eucharist at this point, and while he’s starting to get a little weird with it, I really appreciate how much he’s reinforcing the Word and Sacrament as foundations of corporate worship.
That being said, I veer pretty substantially from his view that scripture shouldn’t be the primary focus of our corporate gathering. I’m biased, of course, but I’m not enjoying hippy-dippy take on the ecumenical movement. He’s right in outlining the essentials of Evangelical faith but seems to make light of dedication to doctrine. I get that people can’t be mean about doctrine, but it’s dangerous to just remove it all together. Our doctrine – what we believe about God – vastly impacts how we live and act in society. To play down the importance of doctrine is dangerous. (to pg. 140, so far.)