For those who live in or around Grand Rapids, MI:
You are invited to hear Edith Humphrey speak on her book, Grand Entrance: Worship on Earth as in Heaven, published by Brazos Press
Where: St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 2250 East Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
When: Friday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Edith’s talk will follow the 7:00 p.m. Akathist Service
Discounted books for sale and author book signing will follow. Event is free – light refreshments will be served.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Seeking to reclaim the forgotten theme of worship as entry into God’s presence, Edith Humphrey shows its prominence in the Bible, providing an accessible but thorough study of the Old and New Testaments. She analyzes key moments in church history to show how worship developed in Eastern and Western churches. She also draws insights from healthy worshiping communities around the globe. The book offers practical guidance on balanced and faithful worship.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
“With eloquence and ecumenical hospitality—as well as laser-like insight—Edith Humphrey has given us a much-needed biblical and practical theology for entering into the worship of the Triune God.”—Michael J. Gorman, The Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary & University
“This book offers a compelling account of the way that God’s Spirit works through public worship to lead us from the claustrophobia of our own narcissism into the spacious, luminous reality of the Triune God—a place so expansive that we find ourselves in communion with God’s people across centuries and continents and in transformative encounter with the Holy Trinity. The book is an especially welcome tonic for all of us exhausted by the quest for endless innovation in church life—a quest that often reinforces rather than challenges the small, isolated spiritual world we occupy.”—John D. Witvliet, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary
“Worship, like Bible reading, is not about finding something new but about entering into the Old Story—something so old it overwhelms what is new, something so old it expands our future, and something so old it reframes who we are so that we become who we are meant to be. Don’t expect Edith Humphrey’s book to settle the worship wars. Expect it to go behind the wars into the great tradition where worship was about entrance into the presence of God.”—Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University
“Instructed by the great biblical categories of redemption, covenant, worship, and assembly, Edith Humphrey has written a book rich in theology, contemplative wisdom, and practical insight. When I recall the ignorance, insensitivity, and intellectual morass attendant on so much of modern ‘liturgical renewal’ during almost my whole lifetime, I wish Dr. Humphrey were old enough to have written this excellent work a half century earlier.”—Patrick Henry Reardon, author, Chronicles of History and Worship; pastor, All Saints Orthodox Church, Chicago