: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...
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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.
Soong-Chan Rah (D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is Milton B. Engebretson Assistant Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Previously he was founding pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Rah has been a part of four different church-planting efforts, and served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston. He also serves on the boards of Sojourners and the Catalyst Leadership Center. He is a frequent conference speaker and contributed to Growing Healthy Asian American Churches (InterVarsity Press) and authored The Next Evangelicalism:Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (InterVarsity Press).
- :foreword By Brenda Salter Mcneilseries Introductionthe Resonate Editorial Teamintroduction: A Call To Lament
- <strong>lamentations 1 </strong>
- 1. The Reality Of Suffering: Historical Context Of Lamentations 2. The Funeral Dirge: The Genre Of Lament3. Shame, Gender And The True Source Of Hope: Lamentations 1:1-22
- <strong>lamentations 2</strong>
- 4. God Is Faithful: Lamentations 2:1-85. Lament For A City: Lamentations 2:1-96. Privilege And Exceptionalism: Lamentations 2:6-97. The Collective Voice Of Lament: Lamentations 2:10-22
- <strong>lamentations 3</strong>
- 8. A Structure For Lament: The Use Of The Acrostic In Lamentations9. All Of It Is Personal: Lamentations 310. A Sliver Of Hope: Lamentations 3:21-60
- <strong>lamentations 4</strong>
- 11. Persisting In Lament: A Recapitulation Of Lamentations12. Reality Check: Lamentations 4:3-16
- <strong>lamentations 5</strong>
- 13. A Lament For Themselves14. An Unresolved Ending
- Conclusionepilogue: Fergusonacknowledgmentsnotes