Noted Author and Theologian Robert Webber Dies (May-Jun 2007)

By Matt Dabbs

by New Wineskins Staff
May – June, 2007

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Noted theologian and author Dr. Robert E. Webber died Friday, April 27, in his home in Sawyer, Michigan, after an eight-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was 73 years old.

Webber was noted for his numerous writings and workshops in worship and worship renewal. His books include such titles as Ancient-Future Faith, Ancient-Future Time, Ancient-Future Evangelism, Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail, Worship Is a Verb, Worship Old and New, Journey to Jesus, The Younger Evangelicals, and The Divine Embrace. He served as editor of the seven-volume The Complete Library of Christian Worship (Hendrickson, 1993) and was a regular columnist in Worship Leader magazine.

Shortly before his death, Webber turned in one last manuscript for the book Ancient-Future Worship, which will be published by Baker Books in April 2008.

“The term ‘ancient-future,’ which Bob popularized in his writings, has become a code word among many evangelicals wanting to confront the postmodern world, while respecting and retrieving early church teaching on matters of faith and life, said Robert Hosack, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Baker Books & Baker Academic. “His evangelistic passion for bringing the wisdom of the church fathers into conversation with today’s world spurred theological conversations, conferences, and publishing efforts many times over. “With Bob’s death I have lost not only an author, but a friend and mentor in the faith,?Hosack continued. “Our loss at Baker is magnified many times over in realizing the many lives that were influenced by his writing and teaching on the ancient-future church and worship themes that became his legacy.

Webber earned the ThD from Concordia Theological Seminary. From 1968 to 2000 he served as professor of theology at Wheaton College, and was named professor emeritus upon his retirement in 2000. He was appointed William R. and Geraldine D. Myers Professor of Ministry and Director of the MA in Worship and Spirituality at Northern Theological Seminary in the fall of 2000.

He also founded the Institute for Worship Studies (now the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies) in 1998. The Institute for Worship Studies is a masters and doctorate level graduate school focused on the study of the theological, biblical, historical, sociological, and missiological foundations of Christian worship.

Webber leaves behind a wife, Joanne, four children, John (Isabel), Alexandra (Jack), Stefany (Tom), and Jeremy (Susie), seven grandchildren, and a rich legacy of friends, colleagues and students.

Memorial services will be held at Northern Seminary (please visit www.seminary.edu for date, time and location) and at Grace Episcopal Church in Orange Park, FL on Friday, June 15 at 7 PM, during the June session of the Institute for Worship Studies.New Wineskins

Ancient Future Time by Robert WebberSee Ken Haynes’ review of the book Ancient Future Time,Subtitled Forming Spirituality Through the Christian Year. Robert Webber’s work gives individuals and churches a rich resource for learning how we might be spiritually formed by the practice of the Christian year. Webber’s work is the third installment in the Ancient Future Series. The series seeks to connect people with the biblical and classical tradition of the church while engaging the full spectrum of the Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant manifestations.

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