The Serious Business of Worship

Essays in Honour of Bryan D. Spinks

by Melanie Ross (Editor)Simon Jones (Editor)


"The study of liturgy has received criticism from scholars and practitioners alike: the academic discipline of liturgiology has been compared to the hobby of stamp collection, and proponents for liturgical renewal argue that worship must be made more accessible and relevant.
Bryan Spinks has been an important moderating voice in this discussion, reminding both academic and ecclesial communities that Christ is made known in the liturgical riches of the past as well as in contemporary forms of the present. Inspired by Spinks' work, this volume brings together biblical, historical, and theological scholars to discuss the theme of continuity and change in worship. Its historical range begins with the early church, extends through the Reformation, and concludes with a discussion of issues facing contemporary liturgical reform.
In recognition of the fact that Professor Spinks' work has been widely influential in both Europe and the United States, the editors have solicited liturgical perspectives from scholars with international reputations on sides of the Atlantic."


Melanie Ross, Editor

Simon Jones, Editor

Jones, Simon: - Simon Jones has appeared in the films Miracle on 34th Street (the remake), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Green Card, and Monty Python's Meaning of Life, among others. He has been featured on Broadway in Blithe Spirit, The Real Thing, Benefactors, and Private Lives. His off-Broadway appearances include Woman in Mind, Terra Nova, The Home Place, and the role of C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands. Simon has read more than 50 audiobooks. His extensive work as narrator has resulted in admission to the rank of a "Golden Voice" by AudioFile magazine, and he was named "Narrator of the Year" (2005) by Publishers Weekly. In 2006, his audio recordings were nominated for nine "Audie" awards, and two of them won in the "Unabridged Fiction" category and the top prize "Audio Book of the Year." He studied at Cambridge University and the legendary Cambridge Footlights Dramatic Club.