Worship in an Age of Anxiety: How Churches Can Create Space for Healing

Worship in an Age of Anxiety: How Churches Can Create Space for Healing

by J. Michael Jordan
Worship in an Age of Anxiety: How Churches Can Create Space for Healing

Worship in an Age of Anxiety: How Churches Can Create Space for Healing

by J. Michael Jordan

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Overview

The history of the theology of worship is riddled with examples of clergy and worship leaders who have sought to manipulate their parishioners' anxiety in order to spur repentance and turn people toward God. Even if such ends may be desirable—at what cost?

In Worship in an Age of Anxiety, Jordan challenges this utilitarian approach, offering a critical assessment of contemporary as well as historical evangelical figures such as D. L. Moody and Billy Graham who have deployed anxiety as a tool for conversion.

Proposing a completely different model, Jordan takes up various elements of worship, including:

  • liturgy
  • space
  • music
  • preaching
  • the sacraments

In doing so, he develops a practical theology of worship that also turns people toward God but within a healing framework.

While worship alone cannot heal anxiety, it can be a time and place where, rather than being manipulated, anxiety can be acknowledged, accepted, and offered to God.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781514006108
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 06/04/2024
Series: Dynamics of Christian Worship
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 659,409
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rev. Dr. Michael Jordan (PhD Drew University) is an ordained Wesleyan pastor with eleven years of pastoral ministry experience in United Methodist, American Baptist, and Wesleyan churches. He currently serves as Dean of the Chapel and Associate Professor of Religion at Houghton College. From 2002-2009, he was the pastor of Exton Community Baptist Church in Exton, PA, and has also served on the pastoral staff of his current church, Houghton Wesleyan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Anxiety Today
2. Anxiety, Repentance, Relief, Repeat: Explicit Messages About Anxiety in Evangelical Worship
3. Implicit Practical Theologies of Anxiety in Evangelical Worship Today
4. A Healing Approach to Liturgical Time: Years, Weeks, and Days
5. A Healing Approach to Liturgical Space: Room to Flourish in a Technological Age
6. A Healing Approach to Church Music: Evaluating the Script We've Inherited
7. A Healing Approach to Preaching: Faithful to Text, Self, and Listener
8. A Healing Approach to the Sacraments: More Than Words, More Than Me
Conclusion
General Index
Scripture Index

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