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Talking Life, Ministry, and Worship: Dr. Jonathan Powers

Dr. Jonathan Powers, faculty member at Asbury Seminary and graduate of the Institute for Worship Studies, talked was the guest on this episode of Ancient-Future Faith. Jonathan talked about his love for worship, admiration for Robert Webber, and his current duties at the seminary.

 

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A Legacy of Worship: Dr. James Hart, President of the Institute for Worship Studies

Dr. Jim Hart, President of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, was the guest for this episode of Ancient-Future Faith. Jim was right there with Bob Webber from the beginning of the Institute and shares some of the stories from the early days, as well as his day to day tasks of guiding the organization. What’s the mission of the IWS, and why should evangelicals care? Join us!

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The Silence of God: The Robert Webber Wheaton Chapel Sermon of 1970

Microphone (2)Audio Content: Some call it famous, others infamous, but whatever you call it, the sermon that Robert Webber gave at Wheaton College’s November 5, 1970, chapel service was highly influential. Titled “The Silence of God,” the speech had a huge impact on the campus and affected students and faculty for days on end.

BobWebberSideComing at the time of great unrest and change in our nation, both politically and theologically, Webber spoke honestly, transparently, and passionately about the ways that modern evangelicalism was failing and falling short. He also spoke emotionally about his own struggles in the faith. Readers of Webber’s later works will hear the first echoes of important themes he held to and championed throughout his academic career.

You’ll also hear plenty that caused a stir at the time: “The answer is not the answer.” “God is dead and we are also dead.” “We should stop preaching the gospel.” Sound intriguing?

EvangelicalsOnTrailBob writes about the experience in his groundbreaking book Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail: He had been asked to speak on the topic, “Where is evangelicalism going in the 1970s?” but as he prepared for the sermon, the more troubled he became. The “answers” were not satisfactory. He writes, “Then, in a moment of conviction, I stood to my feet, grabbed the answer part of my sermon in both hands, and vigorously crumpled the papers. Raising my right hand and arm high above my head, I tossed those answers with all my power into the wastebasket. I dropped back into my chair and sobbed for several hours. I had thrown away my answers. I had rid myself of a system in which God was comfortably contained.”

On the morning of the sermon, and after delivering the first part of his text, an evaluation of contemporary culture and the questions that Christianity had to address, he stopped cold: “Then I closed my notebook, looked at [the students] directly, and told them what had happened to me. I told them that the answers don’t work, that what we need is not answers about God but God himself. And I told them how God was more real to me in his silence than he had been in my textbook answers. My God was no longer the God you could put on the blackboard or the God that was contained in a textbook, but a maverick who breaks the boxes we build for him.”

Access to the audio file is presented here (below) for Contributing Members of the Ancient-Future Faith Network. Please also find a personal recollection and story from Bob’s widow, Joanne, and Bob’s official Wheaton faculty photo from 1968, two years before the chapel sermon. Click on the play button in the audio player below to hear this groundbreaking and historic sermon: (more…)

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60 Seconds with Robert Webber: The Moment I Gave Up the Enlightenment

Microphone (2)60SecsWithRobertWebberAudio Content: We’re back with another edition of “60 Seconds with Robert Webber,” a regular audio feature here at the Ancient-Future Faith Network. In this installment, Webber talks about the fallout from his controversial chapel sermon at Wheaton and how his life since had been an unpacking of that important moment.

Look for more installments of this regular feature, and don’t forget that there are full-length audio resources featuring Robert Webber from time to time here in The Abbey. Materials appear for a short while there, then are archived in our growing Knowledge Base.

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60 Seconds with Robert Webber: My Struggle on the Emmaus Road

Microphone (2)60SecsWithRobertWebberAudio Content: Here’s another installment of “60 Seconds with Robert Webber,” a regular audio feature here at the Ancient-Future Faith Network. In this episode, Bob reflects on how the story of the Road to Emmaus is a description of Christian worship, his own identification with the two travelers, and then makes a powerful observation.

Look for more installments of this regular feature, and don’t forget that there are full-length audio resources from time to time featuring Robert Webber here in The Abbey. Materials appear for a short while here, then make their way to our growing Knowledge Base.

 

 

 

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60 Seconds with Robert Webber: Baptism is No Empty Symbol

Microphone (2)60SecsWithRobertWebberAudio Content: Now for another installment of “60 Seconds with Robert Webber,” a regular audio feature here at the Ancient-Future Faith Network. In this episode, Bob had been describing the “Journey to Jesus” catechesis/discipleship process and passionately spoke to the importance and meaning of baptism.

Look for more installments of this regular feature, and don’t forget that there are full-length audio resources from time to time featuring Robert Webber here in The Abbey. Materials appear for a short while here, then make their way to our growing Knowledge Base. (more…)

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60 Seconds with Robert Webber: Back to the Bible in Evangelism

Microphone (2)60SecsWithRobertWebberAudio Content: Now for another installment of “60 Seconds with Robert Webber,” a regular audio feature here at the Ancient-Future Faith Network. In this episode, Bob had been describing the “Journey to Jesus” catechesis/discipleship process and came to the second step titled “Be My Disciple.” He talked about his great desire to see evangelicals return to the Bible, and also mentioned what he was sick of seeing in evangelism of the modern church.

Look for more installments of this regular feature, and don’t forget that there are full-length audio resources from time to time featuring Robert Webber here in The Abbey. Materials appear for a short while here, then make their way to our growing Knowledge Base. (more…)

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60 Seconds with Robert Webber: Inquiry of the Seeker

Microphone (2)60SecsWithRobertWebberAudio Content: Here’s another episode of “60 Seconds with Robert Webber,” a regular audio feature here at the Ancient-Future Faith Network. In this installment, Bob talks about the evangelism process in the early church and how many people– not an individual– were involved in the inquiry of the seeker.

Look for more installments of this regular feature, and don’t forget that there are full-length audio resources from time to time featuring Robert Webber here in The Abbey. Materials appear for a short while here, then make their way to our growing Knowledge Base. (more…)

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60 Seconds with Robert Webber: Growth from the Inside

Microphone (2)60SecsWithRobertWebberAudio Content: Now, another installment of “60 Seconds with Robert Webber,” a regular audio feature here at the Ancient-Future Faith Network. In this episode, Bob is talking about evangelism in the early church and suggests that their way of mentoring believers presents us with an alternative church growth model where we “grow from the inside.”

Look for more installments of this regular feature, and don’t forget that there are full-length audio resources from time to time featuring Robert Webber here in The Abbey. Materials appear for a short while here, then make their way to our growing Knowledge Base. (more…)

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60 Seconds with Robert Webber: Recovering Basic Theological Motifs 4: External rituals

60SecsWithRobertWebberMicrophone (2)Audio Content: A regular feature at the Ancient-Future Faith Network, these delightful segments of audio content are taken from the many lectures and workshops from the late Robert E. Webber. In this episode, Bob was addressing a group of pastors gathered to talk about Ancient-Future Evangelism, and part of his discourse was about how it is necessary, in his view, for the evangelical church to recover 4 basic, theological motifs of the early church. Here’s the fourth and final one: External rituals order and organize internal experience.

Look for more installments of this regular feature, and don’t forget that there are full-length audio resources from time to time featuring Robert Webber here in The Abbey. Materials appear for a short while here, then make their way to our growing Knowledge Base. (more…)

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