Weep with Me: How Lament Opens a Door for Racial Reconciliation

Weep with Me: How Lament Opens a Door for Racial Reconciliation


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Here is a timely reminder that in the Bible, lament is a prayer that leads to trust, which can be a starting point for the church to “weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15). As Vroegop writes: “Reconciliation in the church starts with tears and ends in trust.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433567599
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 07/14/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 313,135
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mark Vroegop (MDiv, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary) is the lead pastor of College Park Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a conference speaker, a council member with the Gospel Coalition, a trustee of Cedarville University, and the author of Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy. Mark blogs at markvroegop.com.

Thabiti M. Anyabwile (MS, North Carolina State University) serves as a pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC, and is the author of numerous books. He serves as a council member of the Gospel Coalition, is a lead writer for 9Marks Ministries, and regularly blogs at The Front Porch and Pure Church. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

Table of Contents

Foreword Thabiti Anyabwile 11

Acknowledgments 15

Introduction: Dream: The Vision of Racial Harmony 17

Part 1 Lament in the Bible and History

1 Pray: The Language of Lament 29

2 Listen: Lessons from African American Spirituals 47

3 Walk: The Bridge of Lament 63

Part 2 Lament and Majority Christians

4 Weep: The Healing Grace of Empathy 79

5 Speak: Ending the Painful Silence 95

6 Repent: Remembering with Remorse 109

Part 3 Lament and Minority Christians

7 Protest: The Voice of Exiles 129

8 Triumph: Redeeming the Pain 147

9 Believe: Dare to Hope Again 163

Conclusion: Lament: An Open Door for Racial Reconciliation 179

Appendix 1 Psalms of Laments 189

Appendix 2 Learning-to-Lament Worksheet 191

Appendix 3 Sample Civil Rights Vision Trip Itinerary 195

Bibliography 199

General Index 205

Scripture Index 211

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