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Promise of Despair The Way of the Cross as the Way of the Church

ISBN-10: 1426700628

ISBN-13: 9781426700620

Edition: 2010

Authors: Andrew Root, Tony Jones

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Where is God present in the world? What hope does the church offer to folks who are struggling with death and despair in their many forms, from broken relationships to lost jobs to the seeming lack of meaning in our late-modern context? Some answer these questions by pointing to churches that have had success in growing their worship services and ministries. But Andrew Root invites us to answer the questions from a different angle. Rather than place primary focus on creating a successful church, he asks the church to open its eyes to the suffering and hopelessness of the world, to identify with and embrace it, because it is precisely in the world’s suffering that God is found. Using Luther’s theology of the cross as a lens, Root shows how the church’s willingness to become weak for the world’s sake results in a refocusing of Christian living and ministry, which he examines through the categories of discipleship, authentic hope, community, justice, and resurrection. Thus, as with the other books in the Living Theology series, this book brings theology to bear on life in suggestive and provocative ways, encouraging readers to think theologically about their specific contexts.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 3/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 161
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Andrew Root is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of several books, including The Relational Pastor and Relationships Unfiltered, and coauthor with Kenda Creasy Dean of The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry.

Tony Jones has lived aboard his 50ft narrowboat for 5 years, in which time he has traversed 500 miles of canals and rivers, navigated through 400 locks and moveable bridges, run aground 4 times, sunk once, and broken down more times than he can remember. He is a professional freelance writer, published regularly in Waterways World, Canals and Rivers and Towpath Talk.

Introduction to Living Theology
Preface
Introduction
Disneyland and the Defecating Goat The Death of Meaning
Life Is Like a Plastic Cup to Be Used and Disposed Of The Death of Authority
The Attack of the Zombies The Death of Belonging
Hello! I'm My Body The Death of Identity
Will Death Ever Fall in Love? The Cross
This Is No Pep Rally; This Is an Actuality Discipleship through Death
A Funeral for the Trinity Community through Death
Does Death Wear a Helmet? Justice through Death
Christian Faith Is a Secret That Must Be Kept Hope through Death
Postscript
Notes
Index