Seeking the Face of God: Evangelical Worship Reconceived
by J. Daniel Day
Seeking the Face of God is a challenge to engage in worship that is actually about God. In an easily readable manner the author tells how the essential God-focus of worship has been blurred among evangelicals by confusing worship with evangelism, entertainment, and emotions. He then shows how the practices of the ancient Church and the theological wisdom of later centuries present worship as a joyful discipline of the people of God, forming them in the image of Christ, propelling and sustaining them in faithful mission—and how today’s evangelical worship can continue this through a Gospel-shaped worship pilgrimage. Worshipers and worship leaders from all styles of worship will learn much and receive immediately usable guidance in this pastorally oriented and historically and theologically based re-conception of worship.
About the Author
J. Daniel Day, Ph.D., is former Senior Professor of Christian Preaching and Worship at Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, NC, and also Emeritus Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Raleigh, NC. A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he previously served churches in Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, and his native Oklahoma. He and his wife Mary Carol are the parents of twin sons, both of whom are ordained ministers.
As the Apostle Paul prayed, the church of our time must rediscover ‘the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth’ of the love of God in its worship. Dan Day gives us a “guidebook” for that journey. At the same time a deep exploration of the historical and biblical roots and intensely practical help to those who seek to connect depth and seriousness to the context they serve. Readable, thoughtful, helpful—this is a book the church needs.
—Dr. Gary Furr, Pastor, Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, Co-Author, The Dialogue of Worship
As I read Day’s manuscript, one image kept coming to mind. It was the image of a Wednesday night business meeting in a small Baptist church. Fifty minutes into an hour-long contentious debate among folks who really do love each other, the church, and God, one quiet person finally stands up and speaks calm wisdom into the room. His words summarize the argument and put it into a biblical and historical perspective that gently nudges the noise toward solution and progress. Dan Day is the person. This book may well be the speech.
—Terry W. York, D.M.A., is Professor of Christian Ministry and Church Music at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas.
Seeking the Face of God is an important book and one that deserves careful attention by leaders in worship in all churches. Rooted in a deep knowledge of church history and engagingly written, it offers rich insights not only in the understanding of worship but also in its practice.
—Glenn Hinson is Senior Professor of Church History and Spirituality at the Baptist Theological Seminary of Kentucky in Georgetown, Kentucky