Something Old, Something New
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Something Old, Something New




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 (􏰀ncarnational 􏰁inistr􏰂: The Presence of Christ in Church, Society, and Family and On Being Christian . . . and Human), and a reprint of an E􏰃ification 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 E􏰃ification 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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Marriage and Family Ministry in a Postmodern Culture
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Todd H. SpeIdell, General EdIor
Something Old/Something New
Marriage and Family Ministry in a Postmodern Culture
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW Marriage and Family Ministry in a Postmodern Culture
Copyright © 2007 Ray S. Anderson. All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations in critical publications or reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced in any manner without prior written permission from the publisher. Write: Permissions, Wipf & Stock, 199 W. 8th Ave., Suite 3, Eugene, OR 97401.
ISBN: 978-1-55635-474-8
Scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (NSRV), copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and The New Living Translation (NLT), copyright 1996 by Tyndale Charitable Trust.
In Memory Of my colleague and friend
Dennis B. Guernsey
1The Cross Currents of Modernity
7The Ecology of Family Relationships
9When Those Who Love You Hurt You
12Death in the Family
10Bonding Without Bondage
4God’s Covenant Love as a Paradigm of Parenting
16The Future of the Family
15The Role of Grandparents in Modern Families
11Homosexuality: The Family and the Church
6Marriage as Covenant Partnership
5The Praxis of Parenting
3Theological Aspects of Parenting
13Ministry to the Family in a Postmodern Culture
14The Church as a Family of Families
8Families are Not What They Used to Be!
2The Crisis of Morality
When my faculty colleague, Dennis Guernsey, came to me twenty-seven years ago to suggest that we create and team-teach a course on Theology of the Family, he challenged me to find within the theological literature any significant treatment of marriage and family from a theo-logical perspective. I discovered that I could name very few, and even those were buried within the larger corpus (the word is ‘corpse’ Dennis retorted!) of systematic theology and not very accessible to pastors and practitioners of family education and ministry. “We need your help,” Den-nis said, “Let’s work together to create a course that has serious theological as well as sociological and psychological content.” And so we did and, after a few years of teaching the course we pub-lished our book,On Being Family: A Social Theology of the Family(Eerdmans, 1985). We continued to team-teach the course until Dennis left to join the faculty at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle where he developed a pro-gram in Marriage and Family modeled after the one he had developed at Fuller Theological Seminary. Teaching with Dennis was both an adventure and a challenge. His experience as a family counselor and his creative mind not only brought rich learning to the classroom from his research in the discipline of family psychology but also practical insights from his counseling practice. Before completing his doctoral work in family sociology at the University of Southern California, he earned a theological degree at Dallas Theological Seminary, that gave him ready access to the Greek New Testament from which he shared helpful biblical insights on the texts related to marriage and family. His lively mind was accompanied by a transparent vulner-ability. When he came to class he was occasionally (often?) unprepared to lecture and instead of concealing this, he was not comfortable until he found some way to share this fact with the students and then he was off and running with material that was not only anecdotal but profound. If I came to a lecture not fully prepared, the last thing that I wanted was for
the class to discover this. Dennis was not as skilled in deception! Nor was he especially good at tying up loose ends administratively. He excelled in creativity, but admitted that he needed others to ‘clean up after him.’ Hundreds of students who took our marriage and family course were later to recall somewhat fondly (I hope!) what they called the ‘Ray and Dennis Show.’ What follows in this book represents the culmination of a quarter of a century of teaching a course on Theology of the Family. As such, it is more of an academic work than a manual that attempts to lay out pat-terns and practices; that is, it is intended not so much as a ‘how to’ book but a ‘what is’ book. At the same time, it has a praxis orientation rather than a purely theoretical bent. It is meant to inspire and edify as well as to inform. At the inception of our journey, postmodernity was barely vis-ible on the horizon. In the last decade, it has become an unavoidable part of our contemporary culture. While this is not a work on postmodernity itself, it has become part of the culture and context in which marriage and family ministry exists. I have found it interesting to discover that the basic insights and instincts that informed our original work anticipated and prepared the way for a more biblical understanding of how God’s design for marriage and family points toward authenticity of community and the narrative of life lived under the mandate of what is real as well as what is true. The death of Dennis in 1996 due to a brain tumor was a great loss to the academic community, and one that left me with a deep sadness along with an abiding gratitude for sharing in his life. In writing this book, I remembered once more my debt to him and hope that what I have writ-ten will be faithful to his vision and our mutual commitment to marriage and family ministry.