The greatest challenge and responsibility in contemporary worship is distinguishing between the fire and the ashes—to stoke the fire of God's presence while simultaneously disposing of the ashes of obsolete worship styles and practices. As contemporary worship moves from traditional to modern to postmodern, how can pastors and worship leaders be sure they are retaining what is essential to genuine worship even as they leave behind the practices of the past?
In this penetrating and insightful book, Ken Heer challenges church leaders to rediscover the power and significance behind the church's ancient rituals and sacraments so the fire of God's presence in them can be carried forward to present and future generations. Heer offers substantive discussion on the meaning of our rituals as well as practical guidance on transferring these ancient forms into modern and postmodern worship settings.
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- Notes for further study and discussion
- Includes bibliographical references
- Stoke the Fire
- Remove the Ashes
- Keep the Regulations
- Set Up Stones
- Teach Them How to Worship
- Call on the God Who Answers By Fire
- Avoid Offering Strange Fire
- Add Fuel to the Fire
- Remember the Lamb
- Baptized By Water and Fire
- Fan into Flame the Gift of God
- The Lord Added to Their Number
- The Glory of the Lord Filled the Temple
- Title: Ancient Fire: The Power of Christian Rituals in Contemporary Worship
- Authors: Ken Heer
- Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
- Publication Date: 2010
- Pages: 224
About Ken Heer
Ken Heer is the executive assistant to the Board of General Superintendents of The Wesleyan Church and coordinator of the Leadership Development Journey. He has served twenty-eight years in pastoral ministry and eighteen years in denominational leadership positions. He is the author of Luke in the Wesleyan Bible Commentary series.