The Promise of Despair Paperback

The Way of the Cross as the Way of the Church

by Andrew Root;

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The Promise of Despair

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Where is God present in the world? What hope does the church offer to folks who arestruggling with death and despair intheir 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 isfound. Using Luther s theology of the crossas 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.

The Promise of Despair by Andrew Root was published by Abingdon Press in April 2010 and is our 61273rd best seller. The ISBN for The Promise of Despair is 9781426700620.

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Details for The Promise of Despair

Page last updated 22nd August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherAbingdon Press (April 2010)
Number of Pages192
Thickness11 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code2642292
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