Aug 7, 2023: What is a Good Worship Experience?

Robert E. Webber

One place where a narcissistic preoccupation with the self is evident currently is in worship. The church’s emphasis upon worship fits the experience culture in which we live. . . . Current popular phrases surrounding the worship experience seem oriented around personal perception. “Did you like the worship? . . .” The more appropriate experiential question is “Did God’s story, which was proclaimed and enacted today, make a transformative impact on your life?” Or, “How has the weekly rehearsal of the meaning of human life that is rooted in God’s story changed the way you treat your family, your neighbors, the people with whom you work?”

-Robert Webber, The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2006), 94.

About the author

Alumni Director, Practicum Professor, and DWS graduate.