fbpx
November 10, 2023
The Transformative Role of Physical Actions in Worship: Surrender, Trust, and Honor with W. David O. Taylor | POD 020

WATCH

LISTEN

RESOURCES

A Body Of PraiseW. David O. Taylor

Open And Unafraid – W. David O. Taylor

Bono & Eugene Peterson | The Psalms – Produced by W. David O. Taylor

HOSTS & GUESTS

W. David O. Taylor – Guest

Bill Gorman – Co-Host

Gabe Coyle – Guest Host

 

Show Notes

The Transformative Role of Physical Actions in Worship: Surrender, Trust, and Honor

What is the role of our physical bodies in the context of worship? Our guest, W. David O. Taylor, a theologian and author, shares insights from his book A Body of Praise, which explores the various traditions around the incorporation of our bodies while we praise and worship. Join us as we uncover the invitation we have in Christ to bring our wholly integrated selves to our corporate gatherings and how it will impact the way we receive and respond to the gospel of Jesus each week.

THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS:
  • The body plays a crucial role in worship: W. David O. Taylor’s book, A Body of Praise, highlights the significance of the physical body in our worship of God. He challenges deficient ideas and practices surrounding the body in worship and invites readers to embrace a biblical vision of bodily life.
  • Cultural biases and traumas impact our engagement with our bodies in worship: Taylor emphasizes the influence of cultural biases and personal experiences on our understanding of what it means to embody worship. He discusses how these factors can be damaging and stresses the importance of creating inclusive spaces that honor and welcome those with disabilities.
  • Physical acts of worship shape our hearts and minds: The episode delves into the power of physical acts of worship in shaping us to be more Christ-like. Taylor shares personal anecdotes and examples from different traditions to highlight the transformative effect of physical worship. He emphasizes the importance of both spontaneous and prescribed actions, as well as the discipline and freedom that can be found in engaging our bodies in worship.

#WorshipInMotion #EmbodiedFaith #PhysicalActsOfWorship #BridgingTheGap #SilenceAndStillness #ResistingTheNoise #CommunityInWorship #CaughtNotTaught #TheFormedLifePodcast #WDavidTaylor #bono #eugenepeterson

 

GUEST BIO:

W. David O. Taylor is Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and the author of several books, including A Body of Praise: Understanding the Role of Our Physical Bodies in Worship, Open and Unafraid: The Psalms as a Guide to Life, and Glimpses of the New Creation: Worship and the Formative Power of the Arts. An Anglican priest, he has lectured widely on the arts from Thailand to South Africa. In 2016 he produced a short film on the psalms with Bono and Eugene Peterson. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his artist wife, Phaedra, with whom he produced three sets of illustrated prayer cards: “Prayers of the Psalms,” “Prayers for Life,” and “Prayers for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.” They have also collaborated on a book of collections and paintings to be published by Intervarsity Press in the spring of 2024, Prayers for the Pilgrimage: A Book of Collects for All of Life.

 

QUOTES:

“We need to worship our God with our bodies in the same way that a sunflower is constantly turning its face to the sun.”
— W. David O. Taylor

 

 “I think those things can happen when we gather in worship, that the things that we do with our bodies, regardless of our personality, regardless of our emotions at the moment, can rein us to be Christ like or have a true Christ shaped humanity wherever we may find ourselves.”
— W. David O. Taylor

 

“So you see all throughout history how in Christ, really, every wall that divides us is broken down and broken down most centrally when people gather before the face of their maker in worship.”
— W. David O. Taylor

 

RESOURCES:

A Body Of PraiseW. David O. Taylor

Open And Unafraid – W. David O. Taylor

Bono & Eugene Peterson | The Psalms – Produced by W. David O. Taylor

 

CHAPTERS:

02:40 Missionaries influenced by Dallas Theological Seminary tradition
03:44 Thesis on Jesus’ healing significance
12:56 It’s important to worship God with our bodies
14:02 Offering bodies to God in worship is essential
17:25 Body actions enhance spiritual connection and worship
20:57 Sanctify, express integrity, worship, be truly free
26:09 God’s people worshiped together, breaking down barriers
30:13 Practicing silence to be fully present
32:17 Resisting daily distractions, prioritizing focused moments
37:17 Adapting children’s ministry to digital with creativity
38:22 Father and daughter enact Bible stories creatively

Previous Podcast Episodes

Exploring the Profound Impact of Music Therapy with Amy Wilson | POD 019

Exploring the Profound Impact of Music Therapy with Amy Wilson | POD 019

Amy Wilson, a passionate music therapist with a unique career journey joins us on theFormed.life podcast today. Amy shares her experiences working in the field of music therapy, highlighting the impact of music on individuals in various settings, including hospice care and behavioral health. In this episode we get a glimpse into the beauty that can unfold as we begin to more fully integrate our faith and work.

Understanding the Connection: Faith, Work, and Discovering God’s Will for Your Career | POD 018

Understanding the Connection: Faith, Work, and Discovering God’s Will for Your Career | POD 018

How should faith and work intersect? Special guest Paige Wiley shares insights from her recent project on bridging the gap between college and the next phase of life as well as the fascinating concept of “skills mapping” for churches and how it can be utilized to foster community and discipleship. Listen now to this thought-provoking conversation about work, calling, and the journey towards finding purpose in our daily lives.

Lessons from the Past, Insights for the Present: Church Governance and Its Relevance Today | POD 017

Lessons from the Past, Insights for the Present: Church Governance and Its Relevance Today | POD 017

How are churches structured and governed? Kevin Rackman and Tom Nelson join our host, Bill Gorman, bringing their extensive experience in church planting, architecture, and governance to the conversation. They explore the significance of accountability, the role of national denominations, the complexities of power dynamics, and the importance of checks and balances in church and business leadership. Join us as we uncover the practical wisdom and principles that can guide churches and organizations in their governance and leadership roles.

Reading Romans with Douglas Moo | POD 014

Reading Romans with Douglas Moo | POD 014

In today's episode we are diving into an overview of the compelling and complex book of Romans. Our hosts, Paul Brandes, Bill Gorman, are joined by special guest Dr. Douglas Moo, who brings his expertise as a renowned scholar and commentator on the book of Romans. Throughout the episode, our speakers reflect on their personal connections with the book of Romans, from their early encounters with commentaries to the challenges and rewards of teaching and preaching from this pivotal New Testament letter.

Exploring the CSB Translation with Dr. Coover-Cox | POD 012

Exploring the CSB Translation with Dr. Coover-Cox | POD 012

Bible translation is an often misunderstood process which can lead to difficulties in choosing a translation that fits the needs of the reader. In today's episode, we have a special guest, Dr. Dorian Coover-Cox, who will take us on an enlightening journey through the world of Bible translation. We'll dive into the challenges, decisions, and goals involved in bringing the ancient text to life in different languages.

Historicity of Resurrection Sunday – Dr. Blomberg | POD 009

Historicity of Resurrection Sunday – Dr. Blomberg | POD 009

Did the Resurrection of Jesus really happen? What are the implications and evidence of Jesus’ resurrection? On this episode of theFormed.life, Dr. Craig Blomberg, a renowned New Testament scholar joins our host, Bill Gorman to discuss the unique differences in the Gospel of John, the skepticism surrounding the resurrection story, and the impact the resurrection has had on culture and society throughout history.

Sleep, Rest and Renewal: God’s Rhythm in Creation and Our Lives | POD 008

Sleep, Rest and Renewal: God’s Rhythm in Creation and Our Lives | POD 008

How important is rest and sleep for renewal and spiritual growth? In this episode we discuss how God's design for rest affects all of creation, with sleep being a crucial element. Dr. Gayln Perry and Liz Nelson regularly work with patients who struggle with sleep concerns. They share their expertise, clarifying and addressing common contributors to sleep and rest issues. We talk about practical ideas for improving sleep quality and how inconsistent sleep schedules, napping in the afternoon, and engaging in non-sleep-related activities in bed can negatively impact quality of sleep.

Addressing Sexual Brokenness: Clues to Healing Through Story and Curiosity | POD 007

Addressing Sexual Brokenness: Clues to Healing Through Story and Curiosity | POD 007

Unwanted sexual behaviors are not random but reflect unaddressed parts of one's story. Dealing with these underlying issues can lead to wider stories of healing. In this podcast episode, we talk with Jay Stringer about bringing the problems, heartache, brokenness, and sin into the foreground, and get really curious about the origins of how that all began. And then, with curiosity and kindness, that's how we are able to heal and grow.

Cannabis and the Christian
Legalization of Cannabis: How Should Christians Respond? | POD 006

Legalization of Cannabis: How Should Christians Respond? | POD 006

The cannabis debate is raging, with some countries legalizing it and others banning recreational use. In this episode of theFormed.life Podcast, Dr. Todd Miles joins us to discuss the legalization of cannabis and how Christians should respond. We explore a biblical framework, the different elements in cannabis, and some wisdom questions that can help us make informed decisions. Todd is a pastor and author with a beautiful Christian perspective on this topic

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.