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Sub-Categories in Worship Life:

Aesthetics, Christian Education, Ethics, Homiletics, Kinesics, Liturgics, Sociology of Religion, Church History


de Gruchy, John W.  Christianity, Art and Transformation:  Theological Aesthetics in the Struggle for Justice.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Erdt, Terrence. Jonathan Edwards Art and the Sense of the Heart. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1980.


Church History

Cunningham, Lawrence S.  Francis of Assisi: Performing the Gospel Life. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2004.

(An interesting study in the way that Francis approached the imitation of Christ in daily life.)


Christian Education


Vann, Jane Rogers. Gathered Before God: Worship-Centered Church Renewal. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.

Webb-Mitchel, Brett P. Christly Gestures:  Learning to Be Members of the Body of Christ. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2003.



Edwards, Jonathan. Ethical Writings. Edited by Paul Ramsey. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.

Ellul, Jacques. The Humiliation of the Word. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1985.

(The author carefully draws out the dynamics of the word as relationship.  It challenges the growing visual dimensions of worship experience.)

Gustafson, James M. Can Ethics Be Christian? Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1975.

Hauerwas, Stanley. A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1983.

________. In Defense of Cultural Christianity: Reflections on Going to Church. Document in preparation for publication.

________. The Sanctified Body: Why Perfection does not Require a "Self". Document in preparation for publication.

Ottati, Douglas F. Jesus Christ and Christian Vision. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1989.

________. Reforming Protestantism: Christian Commitment in Todayís World. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1995.

Wells, Samuel. Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2004.

Willimon, William H. The Service of God: How Worship and Ethics Are Related. Nashville: Abingdon, 1983.



Allen, Ronald.  Listening to Listeners:  Homiletical Case Studies Channels of Listening Series.  St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2004


Childers, Jana.  Performing the Word: Preaching as Theatre.  Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998.

(Chapter 5 names things that actors know.  Each "habitus" of eye, body, and hospitality ring true with current research.  Chapter 2 draws out an interesting facet of Aristotle on imitation and action which reflects well upon the links between worship and daily life.)

Taylor, Barbara Brown. The Preaching Life. Cambridge: Cowley Publications, 1993.

Tisdale, Leonora Tubbs. Preaching as Local Theology and Folk Art. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997.

(Of particular interest is her attention to the experience of congregants in relationship to the preached Word in worship.)



Uzukwu, Elochukwu E. Worship as Body Language Introduction to Christian Worship: An African Orientation. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1997.



Anderson, E. Byron and Bruce T. Morril, ed. Liturgy and the Moral Self: Humanity at Full Stretch Before God. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1998.

Dawn, Marva J. Reaching Out without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for the Turn-of-the-Century Culture. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995.

Hauerwas, Stanley. Worship, Evangelism, Ethics: On Eliminating the "And". Document in preparation for publication.

Hoffman, Lawrence A. The Art of Public Prayer 2nd Edition: Not for Clergy Only. Woodstock: SkyLight Paths Publishing, 1999.

Holper, James Frederick. Naming Godís Presence in the World: the Churchís Ministry of the Word. Lecture by the author. UTS Morton Library H755 6, 1993. Cassette.

Keifert, Patrick R. Welcoming the Stranger: A Public Theology of Worship and Evangelism. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1992.

Lathrop, Gordon W. Holy Things: A Liturgical Theology.  Minneapolis: Fortress  Press, 1993.

Lysaught, M. Therese. "Inritualed Bodies: Ritual Studies and Liturgical Ethics." Paper presented at the Society of Christian Ethics, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, 9 January 1998.

Moeller, Pamela Ann.  Exploring Worship Anew: Dreams and Visions.  St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1998.

Mellado, Jim. Willow Creek Community Church. Boston: Publishing Division, Harvard Business School, 1991.

Old, Hughes Oliphant. Worship that is Reformed according to Scripture. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1984.

Pfatteicher, Philip H. The School of the Church: Worship and Christian Formation. Valley Forge: Trinity Press International, 1995.

Ruth, Lester. "Lex Agendi, Lex Orandi: Toward an Understanding of Seeker Services as a New Kind of Liturgy (Willow Creek and other examples)." Worship 70 (1996): 386-405.

The Joint Office of Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Service for the Lordís Day: The Worship of God, Supplemental Liturgical Resource 1 Complete Text Edition. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1984.


Sociology of Religion

Reed, Bruce D. The Dynamics of Religion: Process and Movement in Christian Churches. London: Darton, Long & Todd, 1978.

Regele, Mike. The Death of the Church. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1995.

Volf, Miroslav, and Dorothy C. Bass.  Practicing Theology:  Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life.  Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002.

Vann, Jane Rogers. "Presbyterian Worship in a time of transitions: From Modernity to Post-Modernity." Ed.D. diss., Columbia University Teacherís College, 1994.