The Promise of DespairThis week our guest is Andrew Root, who is Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He joins us to talk about his new book, ‘The Promise of Despair: The Way of the Cross as the Way of the Church.

As Tripp puts it in the interview, Andrew Root makes death sexy again. They talk about the ‘deaths’ that our culture is currently experiencing: of meaning, authority, belonging, and identity. Through coming to terms with these cultural deaths, the Church can find how God is active in the world and better embody the ministry of Christ.  Using Luther’s theology of the cross, he challenges the church to identify with suffering in the world, because God is made known in despair.

Order a copy of ‘The Promise of Despair.’

Also, check out Tony Jones’ and Jake Bouma’s posts on the book.

More from Andrew Root:

Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry
Relationships Unfiltered: Help for Youth Workers, Volunteers, and Parents on Creating Authentic Relationships
Children of Divorce, The: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being (Youth, Family, and Culture)

Also check out Baptimergent: Baptist Stories from the Emergent Frontier

Coming up next time we’ll have a guest interviewer, Callid Keefe-Perry interviewing John Caputo!

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