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SUMMARY Prophetic Lament

Missio Alliance Essential Reading List of 2015Hearts Minds Bookstore's Best Books of 2015 Social Criticism and Cultural EngagementRELEVANT's Top 10 Books of 2015 Non FictionEnglewood Review of Books Best Books of 2015 TheologyWhen 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 Test. A very good book but don t read it like I did Read it with people in a small group The weakness of this book is that it calls to action but it necessitates a community response and as an individual you can feel a little powerless Still excellent work and especially for Christians who are just starting to venture into the waters of engaging in racial reconciliation to mend our broken world

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Prophetic Lament

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 critiues 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 Lamentation. Excellent but challenging read Read it with an open mind and heart then ponder That s where I am nowpondering It may shake your tidy Christian world or it may make you angry or it may make you think or all three as Rah invites us to shake off the comfort of our privileged Western christianity and join in lament for the injustices so many of our non white brothers and sisters suffer

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Ament 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 uo and cries out for justice against existing injustices Soong. I ve been looking forward to this for a while both because I loved The Next Evangelicalism Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity and because of a deep interest in the subject at hand and while I did enjoy it it wasn t necessarily what I had hoped I think my expectations had been a general exploration of the practice of lament and the theology behind it as well as the implications that it has and the role it serves within propheticjustice work While that is certainly present it felt in some way peripheral to the exegetical work happening here as if the core was the commentary and analysis of Lamentations I did appreciate the way that that element provided some thoughtful framing for his ideas but at times it also seemed to force redundancy and restrict Rah from going in a intuitive or meaningful direction My other hangup with this text was how thoroughly rooted it is within Reformed theology This likely won t bother many Christians but as someone recently exploring Process theology and finding fresh air from that I found myself continuing tripping over his assertions and getting tangled up distractingly so in the implications Rah does a better job than most at presenting a theodicy justifying the claim within Lamentations that it is God who causes the destruction that catalyzes their lament by connecting it to the Covenant While this is a cohesive framework and he reiterates a few times that it reveals the trustworthy fidelity of God I couldn t help but cringe at the notion of people begging for help from the very One who caused such devastating destruction I read this directly after Proverbs of Ashes Violence Redemptive Suffering and the Search For What Saves Us and imagined a misbehaving child begging her father for help after being abused by him and while Rah goes to lengths to differentiate God from a capricious and fickle human it doesn t manage to totally do away with those vibes For me this theodicy ultimately breaks down when Rah presents Ferguson as a modern day parallel to Jerusalem of Lamentations I was thrilled to see him addressing what has transpired there but the implication which Rah does not name but exists is that within a covenantal framework the Black people suffering in Ferguson have failed to uphold their end and are being punished by God for that His articulation works excellently if somewhat coldly when addressing the people of Jerusalem who had committed sins of hubris injustice idolatry and the like and thus found themselves punished in retribution by a just God But when it is the historically and contemporarily oppressed Black community of Ferguson on the receiving end of such devastation how can they find comfort in a God who is sovereign over their suffering How can Rah escape the implication that those who find themselves immersed in unjust suffering those liberation theologians consider uniuely favored by God are not covenantal failures being punished by an unflinchingly just God Even in spite of that tangential critiue I still consider this book immensely valuable perhaps not always the most engaging or enjoyable to read but an incredible resource and a necessary corrective to today s status uo within the American white suburban Church I particularly appreciated his scathing critiue of the insidious triumphalism that runs rampant in whitesuburban theology and practice as well as the considerable variety of specific manifestations of that that Rah names with truth telling boldness


10 thoughts on “Prophetic Lament

  1. says:

    A very good book but don't read it like I did Read it with people in a small group The weakness of this book is that it calls to action but it necessitates a community response and as an individual you can feel a little powerless Still excelle

  2. says:

    I absolutely agree with what Dr Rah has to say in Prophetic Lament and I will be chewing on and wrestling with this book for a while There is so much said in the pages that needs to be said I struggled toward the second half of the bo

  3. says:

    One of my dialogue partners in Advent has been Soong Chan Rah's Prophetic Lament A Call for Justice in Troubled Times Rah teaches at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago is a sought after speaker and the author of The Next Evangelicalism IVP 2009 In this earlier book Rah explored the current 'white captivity' of Evangelicalism and the shift of its locus to East and to the global south Prophetic L

  4. says:

    I've been looking forward to this for a while both because I loved The Next Evangelicalism Freeing the Church from Western Cultural

  5. says:

    Summary A commentary and exposition of the book of Lamentations that advocates for the restoration of the practice of lament as part of the worship of American churches particularly majority culture evangelical churchesHave you every experienced terrible suffering or terrible loss or have witnessed horrible events such as have dominated our news of late and been deeply moved to turmoil and grief that cries out to God or even the f

  6. says:

    This book comes highly recommended from my Asian American friends and after reading it I can see why The book gives us an exposition of Lamentations and in the process gives us a thought provoking criticism of the Western church and our triumphalismThe book switches between an exposition of Lamentations and modern day applications The exeg

  7. says:

    44Really incredible book Everyone should definitely read this book to learn how the book of Lamentations is a prophetic lame

  8. says:

    Excellent but challenging read Read it with an open mind and heart then ponder That’s where I am nowpondering It may shake your tidy Christian world or it may make you angry or it may make you think or all three as Rah invites us to shake off the comfort of our privileged Western christianity and join in lament for the injustices so many of our non white brothers and sisters suffer

  9. says:

    What a powerful challenging book My second book from this author and I so appreciated his voice and learning from him We need to learn how to lament in this day and age and why that is key for real change to began in our world

  10. says:

    Powerful and challenging This book felt very different from a lot of the rhetoric that's out there now in Chris