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, 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.
Foreword by Brenda Salter McNeil Series Introduction The Resonate Editorial Team Introduction: A Call to Lament Lamentations 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 1:1-22 Lamentations 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 2:10-22 Lamentations 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 3:21-60 Lamentations 4 11. Persisting in Lament: A Recapitulation of Lamentations 12. A Broken World: Lamentations 4:3-16 Lamentations 5 13. A Lament for Themselves: Lamentations 5 14. Ending in a Minor Key Conclusion Epilogue: Ferguson Acknowledgments Notes