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The Promise Of Despair: The Way Of The Cross As The Way Of The Church (Living Theology)

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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 Roo ...more
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Published March 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press
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Ben Fike
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The premise of The Promise of Despair is to examine Luther's theology of the cross as a way to come to grips with Death and its many guises in the age in which we live. The theology of the cross offers us the opportunity to seek and find God in the midst of loss, grief, despair, and death - which surrounds us much more often than we admit. Rather than retreating from Death, Root calls the church to confront it in its search for the God of the cross revealed through Jesus Christ.

Root's philosophi
Rosie Gearhart
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
The first half of the book was phenomenal. The author’s explanation of the death of meaning, authority, belonging, and identity truly resonated with my own experience. He explained the existential problem so well that I began to have hope that he may have a satisfactory solution. But, alas, I was not satisfied at all. The answer was basically that Christ is with us in our suffering (which I have not experienced) and that the church should meet people in their suffering (which I have rarely exper ...more
Brenda Funk
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really love this book. So much hope and truth in these pages.
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review I wrote for Amazon in May 27, 2010
First everyone who is in ministry should read this book. Andy is fearless in putting his ideas out there. This is not a popular subject in a consumerist feel-good era which we live. He takes Martin Luther's "theology on the cross" into our culture and deals with "the monster" of death--a taboo topic in our culture. If you want to remain popular you should be an optimist with a rosy outlook--it sells. When I saw the title, I winced. "The Promise of Despair
Andrew Root confronts us with the hollow sentimentality that surrounds so much of our culture both outside and especially inside the church. In this challenging book, Root calls for a church that bleeds, a church marked by the cross of Christ, honest about the reality of death and willing to face the myriad of cultural deaths in late modernity (deaths of meaning, authority, belonging, and identity). His argument rests on Luther's understanding of a "theology of the cross," by which we learn to ...more
Michael Samerdyke
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I bought this book because I heard Andrew Root speak in 2014.

This was an interesting book. Root argues that Christians need to embrace the theology of the cross and realize that God comes to us in the broken places (and relationships) of the world.

In the first part of the book, Root shows how contemporary life has eroded the old certainties of our culture but has not replaced them with anything. This is perhaps the strongest part of the book or rather the part that is most accessible.

The second
Jeremy Serrano
Andrew Root is quickly becoming one of my favorite Author's for both Youth Ministry and The Theology of the Cross. The second half of this book has made it my Annual Reads shelf. It will serve as a reminder that God is in our brokenness. ...more
Margaret D'Anieri
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a book I will re-read - a thoughtful, rigorous, and readable commentary on the ways the church can (but largely doesn't ) connect with people in this age of anxiety and quiet desperation ...more
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His best work to date, in my opinion.
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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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“It is when we are up against death, when we find ourselves in despair, that the God of cross is near to us. It is through suffering and despair that God is made known to us, for God is found on the cross.” 2 likes
“The church can never be the community of perfect, trouble-free people; the church cannot be a club of the moral elite. If the church is a church of the cross, of the Love of Father and Son, it cannot be the community of denial in positivity. How is it that the church has gotten the reputation for being a people where you need to be perfect to be part of it? Where you have to have your crap together to belong? It is the utter opposite; only those who are willing to admit that their crap is in utter disarray (even if it looks orderly) are those who can be in, and lead, the church.” 0 likes
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