Marietta’s Phillip Ross writes book

MARIETTA – “Ephesians-Recovering the Vision of a Sustainable Church In Christ” is the latest book by a writer from Marietta.

Phillip A. Ross has pastored churches in Berkeley, Calif., St. Louis, Mo., Evansville, Ind., Bellefonte, Pa., and Marietta.

This book argues that Christian salvation is God’s effort toward human sustainability “on earth, as it is in heaven,” a release from Ross said.

It is not an argument that the 21st century has suddenly discovered some lost biblical truth that has been obscured in previous centuries, the release said. Rather, it is the argument that human sustainability has always been God’s central concern, and the failure to receive God’s message of salvation by too many people is coming to a head in the 21st century, the release said.

The argument is that God’s message of salvation is not opposed to science or technology, but that science and technology are part of God’s gifts to humanity and as such they have an important role to play in God’s kingdom, the release said. The effort of this book is to reignite the Bible’s grand vision of the role of humanity through the body of Christ in the world and in the world’s environment-the universe.

Indeed, the scope, scale, and vision of the Bible are necessarily grand, and that vision must be freed from its captivity by the narrow-minded and self-centered perspective of modern individualism that infects too many Christians and their churches, the release said.

The book also presents a challenge to the new atheism movement-people who think that history has outgrown Christianity, the release said. The god that most atheists reject is not the God of the Bible, but is a god of their own imaginations, the release said. And because so many Christians don’t understand the grand view of Christianity, much of this book will appear to be foreign to them, as well, the release said.

Christians in the emergent and emerging camps will find some familiar themes in these pages, but they might be shocked by the expression of biblical fidelity to historic doctrine and rejection of the tenets of liberal progressive Christianity as being far too slippery and weak to support the gravitas of the biblical gospel, the release said. Christians are not chained to the rotten corpse of past genius, nor addicted to the passion of some imaginary future. Rather, Christians must be appropriately adapted, in the light of Christ, to the moment in which they actually live, the release said.

“Ephesians Recovering the Vision of a Sustainable Church In Christ is a much-needed diagnosis of what is ailing the Church (universal), an illness brought about by not being self-consciously Christ-centric in our theology or our social engagement. Ross doesn’t deliver a commentary (nor does he intent the book to be one); he supplies a corrective in the form of a narrative about the Christian life and our intersection with a world that refuses to understand.” said Barry Sheets, executive director, Institute for Principled Policy, Gallipolis.

“the best work is your coverage of Ephesians 4:11-14. Getting back to what is the real definition and calling of a Pastor is a problem in the American church. I have encountered this over and over as I have traveled from church to church. I find you spot on in your treatment of the text. I also think you capture a great picture in your explanation of the place of each member of the church as an attendant of Jesus,” said the Rev. Tim Lyzenga, Marietta.