Strong in the Broken Places: A Theological Reverie on the Ministry of George Everett Ross

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Who was George Everett Ross, and why is his story worth telling? Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio, the largest congregation in the state’s diocese, Ross was at once a brilliant preacher who could move his listeners with the gospel of transfiguring grace and a deeply flawed human being who stirred controversy among his parishioners. Not only a crusader for the addicted and the homeless, but also an alcoholic who presided over the church where Alcoholics Anonymous was founded, Ross was both ...
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Overview


Who was George Everett Ross, and why is his story worth telling? Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio, the largest congregation in the state’s diocese, Ross was at once a brilliant preacher who could move his listeners with the gospel of transfiguring grace and a deeply flawed human being who stirred controversy among his parishioners. Not only a crusader for the addicted and the homeless, but also an alcoholic who presided over the church where Alcoholics Anonymous was founded, Ross was both revered for his good works and reviled for his personal failings. In a book that is part biography, part a sampler of his sermons, and part a theological meditation on the five wounds of Christ, George Ross comes to stand for all of us who have suffered some injury of the soul, and who hope to find in the healing example of Christ a way to use our broken parts as a source of spiritual strength and creative energy. Strong in the Broken Places is a portrait of ministry at its most gifted and most wounded, as well as a story of faith shining more brightly because of the constant darkness that threatens it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884836107
  • Publisher: University of Akron Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Series: Ohio History and Culture Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 1,454,471
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Leonard I. Sweet is Dean of the Theological School and Vice President and Professor of Postmodern Christianity at Drew University in Madison, NJ. President and founder of Spirit Venture Ministries, he launched Sweet's SoulCafe, a magazine which has been called "the Guideposts of the Third Millennium." A Master of Divinity and PhD in American history, he is both minister and scholar, combining these pursuits as writer from Homiletics. Sweet has published more than one hundred articles, three hundred sermons, and thirteen books, including his bestselling book Faithquakes.
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Table of Contents

List of Bible Translations
Grace
Foreword
Introduction: Clinging to the Wreckage 1
1 Wounded Hands and Feet: Broken Pieces of Body 21
2 Wounded Side: Broken Relationships 61
3 Wounded Head: Broken Thoughts 105
4 Wounded Back: Broken Promises 147
5 Wounded Heart: Broken Faith 189
Conclusion: Broken Things 245
Notes 253
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