Growing Edge: In Brief

The Conviction of Things Not Seen
by Todd E. Johnson, ed.
(Brazos, 2002)

The best way to reach postmoderns may be to return to a simpler time. Not the 1950s. More like the premodern church era.

That's a common theme in this collection of essays in tribute to Robert Webber, college professor and founder of the Institute for Worship Studies. Webber has contributed to our understanding of worship as it is affected by postmodernism, something more resembling the first century than the twenty-first century. While the chapters read like treatises for a journal of higher education, within each essay we find a simple appreciation and admiration of Webber.

"In his most recent work (Ancient-Future Faith, Baker, 1999) he defines the threefold mission of the church as evangelism, education, and making an impact on the world. This threefold mission has further implications for the church of the postmodern era," writes Dennis Okholm, Webber's colleague at Wheaton College. "We come back to where we started—namely, ...

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