The Promise of Despair: The Way of the Cross as the Way of the Church (Living Theology) pdf epub fb2

The Promise of Despair: The Way of the Cross as the Way of the Church (Living Theology) by Andrew Root, Tony Jones pdf epub fb2

The Promise of Despair: The Way of the Cross as the Way of the Church (Living Theology) Author: Andrew Root, Tony Jones
Title: The Promise of Despair: The Way of the Cross as the Way of the Church (Living Theology)
ISBN: 1426700628
ISBN13: 978-1426700620
Other Formats: lit docx mbr doc
Pages: 161 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (March 1, 2010)
Language: English
Category: Christian Books & Bibles
Size PDF version: 1346 kb
Size EPUB version: 1462 kb
Subcategory: Churches & Church Leadership




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.