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Leaning on the Word
Worship with Argentine Baptists in the Mid-Twentieth Century
POD; Published: 11/27/2017
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7390-3
Price: $ 30.50
180 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 7.5 x 9.25
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Series: The Church at Worship

Think mid-twentieth-century Baptist evangelism, and the figure that comes immediately to mind is likely Billy Graham. But far removed from the glitz and glamor of televised crusades, what did typical Baptist mission field evangelism and worship really look like?

In this latest volume in the Church at Worship series, Lester Ruth and Eric L. Mathis draw from a rich selection of primary sources to immerse readers in the worship life of Conservative Baptists in northwest Argentina from 1948 to 1964.

Combining historical, theological, and practical perspectives, this book offers a vital educational resource for Christian ministers engaged in or preparing for cross- cultural ministry, introduces readers to a worshiping community that may be unfamiliar to them, and represents a significant contribution to liturgical history.
Karen B. Westerfield Tucker
Boston University
“By drawing on different types of sources, Ruth and Mathis not only create a composite picture of the worship of Conservative Baptists in northwest Argentina during the mid-twentieth century; they also demonstrate a method for the liturgical investigation of ‘free’ or independent church communities not reliant upon fixed liturgical texts or prescribed practices. Moreover, they address issues of missionary engagements and reception, inter-Christian conflict and relationships, inculturation, and much more. A valuable resource especially for persons interested in connections between worship, mission, and culture.”
Todd Johnson
Fuller Theological Seminary
“Like previous Church at Worship volumes, Mathis and Ruth’s volume on Conservative Baptist worship in Argentina delights and illumines the reader. Within the very personal specifics of this multilayered study are invitations to universal liturgical questions that make it at once very human and very scholarly. Accessible to a variety of people with a number of interests, this is a tremendous resource—a joy to read and reread.”