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Prophetic Lament

A Call for Justice in Troubled Times

by Soong-Chan Rah

  • Mis­sio Alliance Essen­tial Read­ing List of 2015
  • Hearts & Minds Book­store’s Best Books of 2015, Social Crit­i­cism and Cul­tur­al Engagement 
  • REL­E­VAN­T’s Top 10 Books of 2015, Non-Fiction 
  • Engle­wood Review of Books Best Books of 2015, Theology 

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.

2015

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