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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083412792X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0834127920
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dr. Brent Peterson offers an immense contribution to the Church and to churches in this sweeping 'mosaic' of a theology of worship, its practical applications, and beneficial steps for planning.  I thoroughly recommend this book for all Wesleyans and many others!" -Marva Dawn, Author, Speaker, Professor, Theologian

Offered in a voice that is accessible, engaging, concrete, and wise this book is a gift for the church. Worship leaders will be equipped to approach their task with new intentionality, and the rest of us will enter worship with a new appreciation for worship as a way of life. -James K. A. Smith,  author of Desiring the Kingdom

"If you are interested in historic Christian worship that rises from a Wesleyan tradition and enriches a current congregation, read this book...and then make it a congregational study. Brent Peterson has helped us."  Dan Boone, President, Trevecca Nazarene University

From the Author

I love the church. I love communal worship.  However, as a pastor navigating the infamous "worship wars" it seemed like I was asking all of the wrong questions in trying to be faithful to my calling and still help folks just get along.  I have written this book to offer a basic theology of worship, "why do we worship at all?" as well as explore an important, yet haunting question, "how do we know what we are doing in worship is Christian?"  This book explores not only a theology of why and what Christian communal worship is, it then offers pastors and laity some practical suggestions for making the planning of worship an act of worship in itself, rather than a chore or task that simply needs to get done.  Finally, the book looks at the wonderful sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper seen through the prism of Wesleyan Theology. This resource not only offers some theology of what the hope, command, and promise of these sacraments are, but also offers suggestions for how they can be faithfully and joyfully practiced in our local churches.  I am hopeful with this book that persons will fall more in love with God with a renewed passion and zeal for how communal worship can be a transforming and healing event to help us become more fully human.

More About the Author

Brent is a pastor and professor, husband of 1, father to 2 and very blessed. Brent currently is an Associate Professor of Theology at Northwest Nazarene University. His current teaching and writing interests are in sacramental and liturgical theology, Christology, ecclesiology, and Political Theology. He is the promotional secretary of the Wesleyan Theological Society and a member of AAR and NAAL.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam on October 5, 2012
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The issue of worship is a sensitive one. Indeed, the first full chapter of "Created to Worship" is dedicated to the "worship wars" that have split churches from coast to coast. There are far too many factional blog posts and books that break everything down to an "us v. them" battle (hymns v. choruses, old v. young, high church v. low church), what Petersen manages to do is to provide a thoughtful, measured, and gracious approach to the question of worship.

Whatever your approach to worship, Created to Worship invites a thoughtful examination of how we worship and what the theological implications are of the way we worship. How we approach issues like communion and the order of a service is important and can make theological statements about God, the Church, and Christ. Sometimes, we may not be conscious of these statements, but they're still being made. Created to Worship calls Christians to a renewed mindfulness of what our worship says about God and how it can better represent Christ.

For worship leaders in addition to the theological foundation, Petersen provides practical steps for application. As someone who is not involved in actively planning my church's worship, I found the book an excellent resource for better understanding the whys and hows of worship.

The book is written from a strong Wesleyan perspective but it's thoughtful tone makes it an accessible read for any Christian interested in this vital topic.
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By Ashley on June 1, 2013
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Dr. Peterson is a great professor and author. The things he writes in hear are things we fave in worship everyday. Read this book if you have time. You will not regret it.
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By Reb on April 11, 2013
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This is a good text for understanding the total worship experience. The chapters are short and concise which makes study easier. The author reveals aspects of worship that I have never heard of let alone considered. Quite good.
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We truly become human when we understand what God wants from us in worship. This book really delves into the purpose of our creation and the theology of worship.
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