A Waste of Time

Theologian and teacher Marva Dawn talks about authentic worship in the church and in our lives.

Known for her fresh, insightful, and often lively perspective, Marva Dawn asks the church probing questions about its purpose and mission. As a noted scholar, author, and teacher, she doesn't simply accept the this-is-the-way-we've-always-done-it mentality. Instead, she challenges others to think comprehensively about current practices of worship and spiritual formation, guiding them to an even deeper understanding of God and their faith.

Some of Marva's most celebrated books on worship, such as Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down and A Royal Waste of Time, are those that address touchy worship questions in a probing and yet always edifying manner. Here's what Marva shared with Kyria about worship as a way of life.

When we hear worship, we often equate it with music. But is it more than that?

Absolutely. Worship is everything directed toward God, which can include music, but also liturgies, Communion, the words we hear from Scripture and our pastor, and our tithes as offering. Worship encompasses all the ways we relate to God, and we relate to God every second of the day.

Small exercises can be a rhythm of praise. For example, when I was first married, we had no cupboards, so I put our groceries in crates. I had a box of Cream of Wheat on the top shelf, which fell and spilled. So I prayed, As I clean this up, God, let this be an offering to you. I threw all the Cream of Wheat out on the ground, and birds came to eat it. I got a lovely chorus of praise because I was in a mood to receive that praise.

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Authenticity; Awe; Praise; Relationship with God; Worship
Today's Christian Woman, August , 2010
Posted August 2, 2010

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