Ray Sherman Anderson (1925-2009) worked the soil and tended the animals of a South Dakota farm, planted and pastored a church in Southern California, and completed a PhD degree in theology with Thomas F. Torrance in New College Edinburgh. He began his professional teaching career at Westmont College, and then taught and served in various administrative capacities at Fuller Theological Seminary for thirty-three years (retiring as Professor Emeritus of Theology and Ministry). While teaching at Fuller, he served as a parish pastor, always insisting that theology and ministry go hand-in-hand.
The pastoral theologian who began his teaching career in middle age penned twenty-seven books. Like Karl Barth, Prof. Anderson articulated a theology of and for the church based on God's own ministry of revelation and reconciliation in the world. As professor and pastor, he modeled an incarnational, evangelical passion for the healing of humanity by Jesus Christ, who is both God's self- revelation to us and the reconciliation of our broken humanity to the triune God. His gift of relating suffering and alienated humans to Christ existing as community (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) is a recurrent motif throughout his life, ministry, and works.
The Ray S. Anderson Collection comprises books by Ray Anderson, an introductory text to his theology by Christian D. Kettler, two edited volumes that celebrate his distinguished academic career (Incarnational Ministry: The Presence of Christ in Church, Society, and Family and On Being Christian . . . and Human), and a reprint of an Effication volume that focuses on Ray Anderson's contributions to the field of Christian Psychology. A word of gratitude is due to The Society of Christian Psychology and its parent organization, The American Association for Christian Counselors, for their permission to make the Effication issue available in book form. Jim Tedrick of Wipf and Stock Publishers deserves a special word of thanks for publishing many of Ray Anderson's books and commissioning this collection of works to continue his legacy.
Todd H. Speidell, General Editor
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Lewis B. Smedes, Ph.D.
Author of titles including Shame and
Grace, Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We
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Everything Is All Wrong?
"Whether it's childhood trauma, abusive relationships, or shame, Anderson provides effective help for those who hide behind a facade of well-being and deny their own brokenness."
Archibald D. Hart, Ph.D., Dean,
Graduate School of Psychology,
Fuller Theological Seminary,
author of titles including Adrenaline and Stress and
Dark Cloud, Silver Lining