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Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  61 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
You know that the ideas of sin and salvation are central to our faith, but how do you effectively teach these concepts to teenagers? In Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry, Andrew Root will help you reimagine how you present the power of the cross to students as you journey with Nadia, a fictional youth worker wrestling with this question.
ebook, 128 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Zondervan/Youth Specialties (first published August 14th 2012)
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Joshua Serrano
Jan 13, 2013 Joshua Serrano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! The more I read Root's books, the more I think he's a Lutheran. His understanding of Luther's theology of the cross is amazing. And the way he is able to show forth a way to take it to children is very impressive. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the theology of the cross, not just for youth ministry.
Eric Clapp
Mar 24, 2013 Eric Clapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you want an incredibly deep, yet concise primer on the theology of the cross, you can't do much better than this book. There's also a really nice introduction to what adolescence is and how it affects young people. All in all, highly recommended.
If I had to summarize Root's message in one sentence I'd say: The cross is not a logo for a lifestyle, but the very location of God's presence with and for us.

I would add that the cross is not only the cross of Christ, but the crosses each of us bear in our human frailty, sin, brokenness, and impossibility. In these barren places is where God seeks to meet us. In these places is where (youth) ministry ought to dwell.

This is the second in what will be a four-part series on "A Theological Journey
Mar 28, 2015 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the second of Roots Taking Theology to Youth Ministry narrative. This one focused on where the cross meets youths' lives. The cross is more than a place to deal transactionally with our sin problem. It is Where Christ encounters us in abandonment, loneliness isolation.

The narrative format is interesting and of course what Root writes is broadly applicable beyond youth ministry
Chris Crane
Andrew's narratival approach to writing about theology I thought was interesting and it did help make this work a bit more engaging, I think. My biggest problem with this book was his insistence on using the term "Godself" to refer to God, a gender-inclusive word often used by more progressive-leaning Christians, which I would no be one of. I think there are theological reasons for why God must be spoken of in masculine terms, but this avenue is not the best place for such discussions.
Jan 17, 2013 Lance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Book. It is a little dark but but it places Christ in the edgy part of life which is where you want Him. If you want theology, it is there and documented. If you want an alternative to deeper than substitute salvation, this is your book. Christ is in our lives when He is needed - when things get difficult. Sin vs sinning, the cross in our daily lives and how God is walking with us through the pain, etc. This all translates to practical theology - that can be used with youth.
Jeremy Serrano
I am impressed with this series, but especially this book. Root explains Luther's Theology of the Cross in an accessible way. Though this book is for youth ministers it should be read by anyone interested in theology (just remember the original audience).

I also highly recommend this book and series to any Youth Workers. Even if you have been in youth ministry for 12 years like me, this book has something to say to you.
Feb 25, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very important theological work for youth ministry
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Andrew Root joined Luther Seminary in 2005 as assistant professor of youth and family ministry. Previously he was an adjunct professor at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington D.C., and Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J.

Root received his bachelor of arts degree from Bethel College, St. Paul, Minn., in 1997. He earned his master of divinity (2000) and his master of theology (2001) d
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