Learning Theology through the Church's Worship

An Introduction to Christian Belief

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"This terrific and timely book demonstrates that the study of theology and the practices of worship ought to be close neighbors, constantly talking and learning from each other. Students will receive a double blessing in studying this book because they will both learn the remarkably deep conversation of Christian theology and see with new eyes the rich theological implications of worship."
--Leanne Van Dyk, Columbia Theological Seminary

"Worship and doctrine are inseparable, yet for too long evangelicals have been constructing worship ad hoc as if it bears no relation to belief. This arbitrariness must end! And Okholm convincingly shows why. This book could serve as an excellent resource for catechetical instruction. The evangelical world is richer for Learning Theology through the Church's Worship."
--Simon Chan, editor, Asia Journal of Theology; Trinity Theological College

"Theology and worship belong together. What we do together in public worship arises out of and then further forms our particular visions of who God is, the kind of salvation that is offered to us in Jesus Christ, and the nature of the Holy Spirit's work in the world. Thanks to Okholm for inviting students to see so many of the connections!"
--John D. Witvliet, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary

"Through careful and accessible theological discussions, Okholm gives a much-needed voice to liturgy in this introductory book on Christian theology. It provides fresh and refreshing theological insights that will be beneficial to all students of theology."
--Victor I. Ezigbo, Bethel University

"A most helpful model for the integration of biblical theology, theology proper, and worship studies. I enthusiastically recommend the book for pastors, teachers, students--all Christian worshipers."
--Andrew E. Hill, Wheaton College and the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

"An amazing ride! This book has rare breadth, and where needed, serious depth--all aimed at showing how praying and worshiping shape followers of Jesus in true belief and fruitful practice."
--Todd Hunter, Anglican bishop; founder, Churches for the Sake of Others

"A pestilent dichotomy between doctrine and worship has infected Christian thought. Reading this book will heal you of the disease. Okholm introduces us to the rich beauty of our doctrine, performed every time we come together in worship. Reading this book will lead you to profound hallelujahs!"
--Brian Lugioyo, Azusa Pacific University


Dennis Okholm, Author

Dennis Okholm (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is professor of theology at Azusa Pacific University and adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary. He speaks frequently in church and youth group settings and is a canon theologian for the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others. Okholm is the author or editor of many books, including Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins and Monk Habits for Everyday People.

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