This week I’m offering For the Glory of God by Daniel I. Block. This is an impressive work. Consider these endorsements:
“This book is a scholar’s gift to the church. Block brings his considerable expertise to the task of helping us all understand this most important activity of life–worship! His ability to analyze and synthesize the biblical texts is surpassed only by his passion in challenging us to fresh insights. Biblical scholars and theologians will appreciate his thorough study. Pastors and other worship leaders will wonder how they ever got along without it. We are all in his debt.”
John H. Walton, professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
“Daniel Block’s For the Glory of God is a study of worship that seeks a biblical theology and eschews mere pragmatism: Christian worship involves reverence, homage to the true God, and obedient response to revelation. After a prefatory chapter on biblical method, the study begins with God, our object of worship, who is paradoxically the initiating subject of all. The author moves through the human mandate to worship, daily and family life, ordinances (sacraments), the written Word, prayer and music, the aspects of self-offering and drama, and sacred space, to a final chapter with some helpful pointers for those who lead worship (not simply those who lead in music!). Readers will be surprised to encounter a Baptist scholar who espouses weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the use of religious images, and the practice of prostration, by way of his thick readings of Scripture. Especially helpful is Block’s close attention to both Testaments and to the debates of church history–though the Western church is better covered than the East. Here is a conscientious scholar with a pastor’s heart, whose work will benefit worshipers in general and church leaders in particular, even those who do not agree with all of his conclusions.”
Edith M. Humphrey, F. Orr Professor of New Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
“Daniel Block is one of the most knowledgeable, thoughtful, and prolific teachers of the Old Testament writing today. In this important book, he turns his attention to the crucial question of worship. He rightly insists that the question is not whether we enjoy worship but rather whether God is pleased with our worship. He brings his impressive understanding of the Bible to bear on the question of proper worship. The result is an insightful study of worship that has practical implications for all. I especially recommend this volume for pastors and other church leaders.”
Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
Leave your name in the comments section by NLT Friday, Aug. 8th 6:00 am EST. International entries are welcome. I’ll announce the winner that day. If I don’t hear back from the winner within seven days the book will go to another entry.