Taylor Seminary and the E P Wahl Centre invite you to a discussion group around «Grand Entrance» by Dr. Edith M. Humphrey.
Dr. Humphrey will be in Edmonton as the featured presenter at the 2018 E. P. Wahl Lectures (on the topic «Worship of the Trinity in the Life of Christ's People»). In advance of her visit to Edmonton, a group of interested scholars, students, practitioners and others will gather to read and discuss Dr. Humphrey's highly regarded book.
There is no charge to attend this discussion group, and a copy of the book can be made available free of charge to those RSVP-ing here on the Facebook event. (limited quantities available: first-come, first-served)
**Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to explore this outstanding book with other interested readers. Plus, Dr. Humphrey has agreed to meet with this group for a followup discussion when she is in Edmonton for the E.P. Wahl Lectures on March 16!
FROM THE PUBLISHER, BRAZOS PRESS:
«Can we understand worship in a way that transcends style, relevance, and aesthetics? Taking into account the most contested issues of the „worship wars,“ prominent New Testament scholar Edith Humphrey shows how the act of entering into God's presence is central to all true Christian worship. Regardless of worship style, when we come into God's presence, we praise God alongside angels and with the whole of creation.
Seeking to reclaim the forgotten theme of worship as entry into God's presence, Humphrey shows its prominence in the Bible, providing an accessible but thorough study of the Old and New Testaments. She analyzes key moments in church history to show how worship developed in Eastern and Western churches. She also draws insights from healthy worshiping communities around the globe. The book offers practical guidance to worship directors, pastors, thoughtful lay readers, and students with regards to balanced and faithful worship.»
REVIEWS OF «GRAND ENTRANCE»:
«With eloquence and ecumenical hospitality--as well as laser-like insight--Edith Humphrey has given us a much-needed biblical and practical theology for entering into the worship of the Triune God.»
--Michael J. Gorman, The Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary's Seminary & University
«In a study that is at once biblical, theological, historical, and practical, Humphrey explores the essence of true Christian worship: awed entrance, body and soul, into the presence of the Triune God. Although Humphrey speaks with the accent of the Eastern Church, her insights illumine a wide range of traditional and contemporary practices, and she poses probing questions that often challenge popular wisdom about liturgy. This is a book not only for worship leaders but also for the whole congregation to study together.»
--Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke University Divinity School
«Worship, like Bible reading, is not about finding something new but about entering into the Old Story--something so old it overwhelms what is new, something so old it expands our future, and something so old it reframes who we are so that we become who we are meant to be. Don't expect Edith Humphrey's book to settle the worship wars. Expect it to go behind the wars into the great tradition where worship was about entrance into the presence of God.»
--Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
«This book offers a compelling account of the way that God's Spirit works through public worship… This breadth of vision is evoked through discussions of a wide range of biblical and historical scholarship as well as Professor Humphrey's experiences in Salvation Army, Anglican, Presbyterian, Catholic, and Orthodox communities. The book is an especially welcome tonic for all of us exhausted by the quest for endless innovation in church life--a quest that often reinforces rather than challenges the small, isolated spiritual world we occupy. Fittingly, this is not a feel-good book; rather, it is a book of prophetic insight that you will wrestle with, talk back to, argue against, and sing along with.»
--John D. Witvliet, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary