Preview – Calvin Symposium on Worship

Today through Saturday we will be attending and selling books at the 2013 Calvin Symposium on Worship at Calvin College. Many of authors-including Robin Jensen, Steven Guthrie, David Crump, Christopher Hall, and Chap Clark-will be presenting and we look forward being a part of this conference once again.

We have two new books that we are excited to be promoting at this year’s symposium (among the many other wonderful books we’ll have at our booth):

Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works
by James K.A. Smith

In the second of Smith’s three-volume theology of culture, the author expands and deepens the analysis of cultural liturgies and Christian worship he developed in his acclaimed Desiring the Kingdom. Drawing on the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Pierre Bourdieu, this book helps readers understand and appreciate the bodily basis of habit formation and how liturgical formation–both “secular” and Christian–affects one’s fundamental orientation to the world.

“This book is a thought-provoking, generative reflection on the imagination-shaping power of Christian worship practices. Smith describes and demonstrates how practices, perceptions, emotions, and thought interact and how together they can be shaped in cruciform ways. What an ideal book for crossing boundaries among academic disciplines and between the academy and the church.” –John D. Witvliet, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College, and Calvin Theological Seminary

Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity
by Robin M. Jensen

Robin Jensen, a leading scholar of early Christian art and worship, illuminates the theological meaning of baptism by exploring multiple dimensions of the early Christian baptismal rite. She examines five models for understanding baptism, showing how visual images, poetic language, architectural space, and symbolic actions signify and convey the theological meaning of this ritual practice.

“What a gift Robin Jensen has given us in this book, a gift she is uniquely qualified to give. A scholar of Christian liturgy, doctrine, and art, Jensen presents the history of early Christian initiation the way it was experienced–as a unified whole. Integrating image with practice and interpretation, Jensen offers a deep and insightful look into early Christian baptism. ” –Todd Johnson, William K. and Delores S. Brehm Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts, Fuller Theological Seminary

If you will be at the symposium this year, please stop by our both and say hi. See you there!