Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality Through the Christian Year

Millions of Christians worldwide follow the liturgical Christian calendar in their worship services and in their own personal devotions The seasons of the Christian year connect believers of diverse backgrounds and offer the sense of unity Jesus desired Robert Webber believes that we can get even out of the Christian calendar He contends that through its rich theolMillions of Christians worldwide follow the liturgical Christian calendar in their worship services and in their own personal devotions The seasons of the Christian year connect believers of diverse backgrounds and offer the sense of unity Jesus desired Robert Webber believes that we can get even out of the Christian calendar He contends that through its rich theological meanings the Christian year can become a cycle for evangelism and spiritual formation He offers pastors, church leaders, and those of the younger evangelical mind set practical steps to help achieve this end, including preaching texts and worship themes for Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Advent, and Christmas.
Ancient Future Time Forming Spirituality Through the Christian Year Millions of Christians worldwide follow the liturgical Christian calendar in their worship services and in their own personal devotions The seasons of the Christian year connect believers of diverse b

  • Title: Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality Through the Christian Year
  • Author: Robert E. Webber
  • ISBN: 9780801091759
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality Through the Christian Year”

    1. Excellent introduction and resource for those interested in understanding and observing the Christian year. I had Bob Webber in college and even then he had an enthusiasm and heart for the evangelical and contemporary Church to gain a deeper spirituality through a return the liturgical calendar. This "Ancient-Future" series (along with the many other books he's penned) is a both a solid theological explication for observing the liturgical seasons and a pastoral/devotional application that allows [...]

    2. This is a really good intro to the liturgical year and will be a book I come back to throughout the year as I lead my family through the year.

    3. When we go about our lives striving for power, success, and wealth and seek things for ourselves and yet attend worship, listen to the Word, and take bread and wine into our stomachs, we are no better than dead Israel. God cannot be in our worship because God is not in our lives. Our worship becomes mechanical, dull, dreary, and rote. Our lives drift further and further away from God and from his will, and the sense of God’s absence becomes more and more acute. That is what happened to Israel. [...]

    4. This book is written in the same vein and format of Webber's other ancient-future books: Christ is victor over the powers and Christians are now to live in terms of that victory. Webber takes that theme and applies it to the Christian year. In short, he argues for a return to the Christian calendar as a guide to spiritual formation.Content:The Christian year is thus: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, // Lent, Triduum, Easter. The two cycles mirror each other: Anticipation (Advent, Lent), Fulfillment [...]

    5. I write this review with incredible bias:1) because this book changed my life 2) because the man who started my current church studied under Webber.Fantastic introduction to the liturgical calendar and the spirituality God allows it to evoke in us. Webber has friendly tone while not losing depth. For anyone interested in the liturgical year, specifically how it can transform one's spirituality, I'd point you toward this book as a good starting place. Naturally, he pulls examples from his own lif [...]

    6. The way we often view time in our culture, says Webber, is that it is always running out, always linear, never enough, but for the Christian, it can be a rhythm of remembrance of the great events of salvation. Even more than that, we can live these events, become joined with the Christ of these events, and so have our spirituality formed by his Spirit.For a Protestant who had never really celebrated anything besides Christmas and Easter, this was enlightening and even devotional. I have become e [...]

    7. This book is a great introduction to the Christian year, i.e. Advent-Christmas-Epiphany to Lent-Easter-Pentecost.It gives really clear understandings of the meanings and purposes of each celebration, along with a spiritual goal for each. It's unlocked this mystery for me, an evangelical who didn't grow up with much connection to church tradition.Observing the Christian year has opened up a new, fresh way for me to connect to God by worshiping him with my whole life, even my calendar.Solid, evang [...]

    8. I'm about a 1/4 of a way through this and just loving it! Perhaps it is because this stuff has interested me for some time, but it really is the best thing I have read on the topic. Webber is so informative in his approach, so while this is a reference book of sorts, I feel like I am being ministered to, through all I am learning. It begins with an excellent explanation of the value of the Christian Year in helping us live in to the life and pattern of Christ, through His incarnation, missional [...]

    9. This is a great introduction to the concept of incorporating the Christian Year (Church Calendar) into both individual and communal and ecclesial spirituality. This book makes the argument that time should not be taken lightly. "Is time in your life a constraint or a rhythm" asks Webber in his Epilogue. The challenge remains for us as Christians to use time to daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly remind us and even teach us to participate in the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of C [...]

    10. This detailed description of the liturgical year was perfect for an evangelical like me. Webber organized his material in a way that makes sense for one seeking to use the Christian calendar in a non-liturgical church. Each chapter ends with a table explaining what has just been discussed using the section headings: Theme and Spiritual Emphasis. I will be using this book in 2015/2016 to guide my church through the various seasons as we seek to discover God's rhythm for our lives.

    11. This book details the focus and power built into the liturgical calendar of the church. Webber gives many thought-provoking suggestions on how we might best posture ourselves during each season. I found the book to be accessible and helpful.

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