The Pedagogy of Praise: How Congregational Worship Shapes Christian Character

Speaker(s): Jeffrey Greenman
Date: Summer 2016
Length: 1h 20m
Product ID: RCDL4602R

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This lecture considers the ways in which Christian character is formed. Too often we have assumed that simply teaching Christian beliefs or announcing Christian moral standards is sufficient to develop spiritual depth or shape the way people live. We tend to assume that 'to know the truth is to do it.' Yet an imbalanced focus on the cognitive dimension of knowing sometimes dominates so significantly that we miss some critical dimensions of how Christianity shapes our being, our instincts, our sensibilities, and our active doing in the world. This lecture explores how congregational worship is a deeply formative context for holistic formation of Christian disciples toward Christ-centred, integrated knowing, being, and doing. We will consider how the standard features of Sunday worship, whether liturgical or non-liturgical in orientation, play a critical role in shaping Christians toward living out their faith.

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Jeffrey Greenman is President of Regent College. He previously served as Associate Dean of Biblical and Theological Studies and Professor of Christian Ethics at Wheaton College. He has co-authored many books, including Understanding Jacques Ellul and Unwearied Praises: Exploring Christian Faith through Classic Hymns. He is also a member of a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics.

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