Transcending arguments over worship style and denominational differences, Ross recalls the central biblical events regarding proclamation, sacrifice, and praise. Progressing from the creation account to the song of the redeemed around the lamb's throne, he provides an inductive study, surveys the historical development, and advances a biblical theology of worship. 592 pages, hardcover from Kregel.
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Review 1 for Recalling the Hope of Glory: Biblical Worship from the Garden to the New Creation
Date:November 7, 2008
While many books on worship focus on modern practices or examine historical forms or denominational distinctives, Recalling the Hope of Glory develops a biblical theology of worship that will provide a solid foundations upon which Christians from different traditions can build their worship of God. As the subtitle suggests, the book traces the theme of worship from its beginnings in the Garden of Eden to its completeness in the New Jerusalem. God is consistently shown to be the one object of worship who should be feared, confessed, praised, celebrated, and served by his covenant people who properly respond to his self-revelation and await the fulfillment of his promises in glory. Ross devotes 22 of the 28 chapters to worship before the advent of Christ, introducing readers to ideas developed in few other books on worship, and demonstrating that the practices of ancient Israel (and the early church) are still of theological and practical importance to those who worship God. In his exposition of NT texts, Ross rightly identifies Jesus as the new center of worship who is to be worshipped along with the Father. Overall, this is a readable and balanced introduction to biblical worship, showing how worship should influence both congregations and individuals. Ross's book is a welcome addition to worship literature that will benefit pastors, worship leaders, professors, students and educated lay people.
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Review 2 for Recalling the Hope of Glory: Biblical Worship from the Garden to the New Creation
Date:October 25, 2008
I have been a Christian for over 25 years and have an M. Div and TH. M from a leading conservative bible oriented seminary and found this book to be most refreshing. This book is a keeper and sits next to Luther's Liturgy and Hymns in my bookcase. Ross gives a great overview of the essentials of worship regardless of one's denomination and worship style. I found his research very refreshing, especially in light of the contemporary church movement and its emphasis on entertainment rather than glorifying worship of God. The last chapter and his Bibliography are the best part of his book. His last chapter on "Basic Principles of More Glorious Worship" should be studied by every Pastor and worship committee. His Bibliography is a great place to look for other resources on the theology of worship. I have worshiped in both liturgical and non-liturgical churches and have found liturgical worship to be the best form of worship in bring God glory and assisting in one's Christian growth and walk. I recommend this book for pastors and "lay" persons.