Saturday, May 12, 2007

Robert Webber Passes Away at 73

Robert E. Webber, a theologian well-known for his work on worship and the early church, died of pancreatic cancer on April 27 at his home in Sawyer, Michigan. He was 73. At the time of his death, Webber was the William R. and Geraldyn B. Myers professor of ministry at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Ill. He was also the president of the Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, Florida, and professor of theology emeritus at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. The full story is HERE.

I remember reading a book on worship by Robert Webber early on in my ministry that effectively presented the case for much of what we currently do in worship. I recently read Ancient Future Faith because it was one of the required texts for my DMin course. In this book Webber connects the ethic and doctrine of the ancient Church to the postmodern world. The situations are quite similar, he argues, so we need to look more closely at the first century way of doing church in order to apply it to our century. A worthwhile read.

Dr. Webber was influential in the Evangelical mix and contributed much to the church as a whole. I think he will be missed.

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