Prophetic Lament: A Challenge to the Western Church

Prophetic Lament: A Challenge to the Western Church

by Soong-Chan Rah, Brenda Salter


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Prophetic Lament: A Challenge to the Western Church by Soong-Chan Rah, Brenda Salter

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When Soong-Chan Rah planted an urban church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his first full sermon series was a six-week exposition of the book of Lamentations. Preaching on an obscure, depressing Old Testament book was probably not the most seeker-sensitive way to launch a church. But it shaped their community with a radically countercultural perspective.

The American church avoids lament. But lament is a missing, essential component of Christian faith. Lament recognizes struggles and suffering, that the world is not as it ought to be. Lament challenges the status quo and cries out for justice against existing injustices.

Soong-Chan Rah's prophetic exposition of the book of Lamentations provides a biblical and theological lens for examining the church's relationship with a suffering world. It critiques our success-centered triumphalism and calls us to repent of our hubris. And it opens up new ways to encounter the other. Hear the prophet's lament as the necessary corrective for Christianity's future.

A Resonate exposition of the book of Lamentations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830836949
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 10/04/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 513,074
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Soong-Chan Rah (DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity and Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church, as well as coauthor of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith and contributing author for Growing Healthy Asian American Churches.

In addition to serving as founding senior pastor of the multiethnic, urban ministry-focused Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), Rah has been a part of four different church-planting efforts and served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston. He has been an active member of the Boston TenPoint Coalition (an urban ministry working with at-risk youth) and is a founding member of the Boston Fellowship of Asian-American Ministers. He serves on the boards of World Vision, Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and the Catalyst Leadership Center.

An experienced crosscultural preacher and conference speaker, Rah has addressed thousands around the country at gathering like the 2003 Urbana Student Missions Conference, 2006 Congress on Urban Ministry, 2007 Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference, 2008 CCDA National Conference, 2010 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) National Preaching Conference and the 2011 Disciples of Christ General Assembly. He and his wife Sue have two children and live in Chicago.

Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is a dynamic speaker, author and trailblazer with over twenty-five years of experience in the ministry of racial, ethnic and gender reconciliation. She was featured as one of the fifty most influential women to watch by Christianity Today in 2012 and is an associate professor of reconciliation studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, where she also directs the Reconciliation Studies program.

Salter McNeil was previously the president and founder of Salter McNeil & Associates, a reconciliation organization that provided speaking, training and consulting to colleges, churches and faith-based organizations. She also served on the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for fourteen years as a Multiethnic Ministries Specialist. She earned a MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, a DMin from Palmer Theological Seminary and was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from North Park University. She is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church and is on the pastoral staff of Quest Church in Seattle. In addition, she serves on the board of directors for Wycliffe USA and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA. She is also the coauthor of The Heart of Racial Justice and the author of A Credible Witness. Brenda lives in Seattle with her husband Dr. J. Derek McNeil and their two children.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Brenda Salter McNeil
Series Introduction
The Resonate Editorial Team
Introduction: A Call to LamentLamentations 1
1. The Reality of Suffering:The Historical Context of Lamentations
2. The Funeral Dirge: The Genre of Lament
3. Silenced Voices of Shame: Lamentations 1:1-22Lamentations 2
4. God Is Faithful: Lamentations 2:1-8
5. Lament Over a City: Lamentations 2:1-9
6. Privilege and Exceptionalism: Lamentations 2:6-9
7.All of the Voices Are Heard: Lamentations 2:10-22Lamentations 3
8. A Structure for Lament: The Use of the Acrostic in Lamentations
9. All of It Is Personal: Lamentations 3
10. A Glimmer of Hope: Lamentations 3:21-60Lamentations 4
11. Persisting in Lament: A Recapitulation of Lamentations
12. A Broken World: Lamentations 4:3-16Lamentations 5
13. A Lament for Themselves: Lamentations 5
14. Ending in a Minor Key
Epilogue: Ferguson

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