Free download Prophetic Lament ↠ E-book or Kindle E-pub

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Free download Prophetic Lament ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub è [PDF / Epub] ☆ Prophetic Lament Author Soong-Chan Rah – 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 FictionEngle'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 Lamentations. 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

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Missio Alliance Essential Reading List of Hearts Minds Bookstore's Best Books of Social Criticism and Cultural EngagementRELEVANT's Top Books of Non FictionEnglewood Review of Books Best Books of 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 Testament book was. 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 Lament offers a similar critiue Delving into the book of Lamentations Rah illustrates how it provides a necessary corrective to the triumphalism and exceptionalism of the American evangelical church arising from the ignorance of its tainted history 198With astute biblical and theological insight Rah walks readers through the genres of lament in the book of Lamentations There is the funeral dirge Lam1  the city lament Lam 2 the intensified acrostic and personal lament Lam 3  the persisting lament and continuing dirge Lam 4 and the communal lament when the people begin to pray for themselves Lam 5In walking through the forms and settings of each lament Rah is building on the insights of biblical scholarship But with eyes trained on the margins he showcases the various voices in the text and how the prophet identifies personally with the suffering the oppressed and the broken  This has implications for our reading of the book today For example Rah notesThe voices of suffering women in the book of Lamentations offer an important counternarrative to the triumphalistic tendencies of God's people in the United States We are likely to tune out the stories of suffering and struggle that undermine our success narratives in contrast to the women's voices in Lamentations 1 that rise up to speak truth when experiencing painful reality Instead our ears are tuned to hear what we want to hear similar to the exiles who listen to the false prophets in Jeremiah 29 60Lamentations call to identify with the suffering is an antidote to self centered celebration Through out this book Rah identifies the links between the suffering in Lamentations with minority communities in the United States He also showcases how the largely white evangelical church in America have been complicit in systems of oppression helping us move from our defensive of posture of 'I am not a racist' to 'I am responsible and culpable in the corporate sin of racism' 126 Through lament  content white evangelicals like me are able to see where our celebrations are inappropriate in the face of Latino Asian African American suffering and beyondRah is not the first to identify the need for American evangelicals to make space for lament It was all the rage when I was in seminary Other evangelical scholars make similar claims Leslie Allen's A Liturgy of Grief Baker Academic 2011 also looks at Lamentations and makes the case for the church's lament; however the way that Rah trains his eye on the margins makes vivid for me the socio political implications of lament It gives voice to the voiceless the suffering the victims the failures and the broken Rah closes his book with an epilogue about Ferguson and other tragedies and how it gave rise to the cries and anger of the African American community He adapts Lamentations 5 as a post Ferguson prayer of the peopleRemember Lord what happened to Michael Brown and Eric Garner;look and see the disgraceful way  they treated their bodiesOur inheritance of the image of God in every human being has been co opted and denied by othersThe children of Eric Garner have become faterless widowed mothers grieve their dead childrenWe must scrap for basic human rights; our freedom and our liberty has great priceCorrupt officers and officals pursue us and are at our heels; we are weary and find no restWe submitted to uncaring government agencies and to big business to get enough breadOur ancestors sinned the great sin of instituting slavery; they are no but we bear their shameThe system of slavery and institutionalized racism ruled over us and there is no one free from their handsWe got our bread at the risk of our lives because of the guns on the streetsMichael Brown's skin is hot as an oven as his body lay out in the blazing sunWomen have been violated throughout our nation's history; black women raped by while slave owners on the plantationsNoble black men have been hung lynched and gunned down; elders and spokesmen are shown no respectYoung men can't find work because of unjustly applied laws; boys stagger under the expectation that their lives are destined for jailThe elder statesman and civil rights leaders are gone from the city gate; young people who speak out in protest through music are silencedTrust in our ultimate triumph has diminished; our triumphant dance has turned to a funeral dirgeOur sense of exceptionalism has been exposed Woe to us for we have sinnedBecause of this our hearts are faint because of these things our eyes grow dimfor our cities lie desolate with predatory lenders nad real estate speculators prowling over themYou Lord reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generationWe do you always forgets us Why do you forsake us so longRestore us to yourself Lord that we may return; renew our days as of oldunless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measureAs a white evangelical I have responded with fear and denial and defensiveness when the system I benefit from has called into uestion Learning to lament and to read the Bible with those on the margins allows us to move beyond our own false narratives to the truth and justice of God I highly recommend this book Five stars ★★★★★Notice of material connection I received this book from IVP in exchange for my honest review

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Prophetic LamentProbably 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 Chan Rah. 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 four walls around you how long Now when was the last time that you did this as part of a service of worship in your church if you regularly attend oneSoong Chan Rah contends that this was an important part of the worship life of ancient Israel that has been lost in many of our churches in North America We focus on triumph and victory and success We see problems and we go around the world to solve them And we begin to believe we are the answers to the world's problems whether they be the problems of the inner city or the problems of the countries in the majority worldRah contends that our celebration and praise must be balanced with lament He writes What do we lose as a result of this imbalance American Christians that flourish under the existing system seek to maintain the existing dynamics of ineuality and remain in the theology of celebration over and against the theology of suffering Promoting one perspective over the other however diminishes our theological discourse To only have a theology of celebration at the cost of a theology of suffering is incomplete The intersection of the two threads provides the opportunity to engage in the fullness of the gospel message Lament and praise must go hand in handRah seeks to redress this imbalance by an exposition part of InterVarsity Press's Resonate series of the book of Lamentations a book attributed to the prophet Jeremiah Rah contends that in addition to Jeremiah the book incorporates the voices of the sufferers left behind in Jerusalem after the Babylonians destroyed the city walls and took into exile the best and the brightest and the wealthiest of the city What were left were women children the elderly and other marginalized people to mourn over the death of their city and the loss of loved ones as they struggle to surviveThe book is organized according to the five chapters or laments of the book with several chapters devoted to each lament Chapter 1 mourns the death of the city Chapter 2 struggles with what it means that all of this has come about by the providence of God Chapter 3 which is three times as long as the other chapters forms a climax to the lament and calls us into deep identification with the suffering Chapter 4 reminds us of the hollowness of all human achievements in the eyes of God Chapter 5 concludes with a corporate lament that looks to God for answers even when their don't seem to be any answersAlong the way Rah provides textual and historical insight into the book discussing the dirge like character of these laments appropriate at the funeral for a city the death of a vision of national greatness He helps us understand the acrostic structure of the first four chapters including the threefold intensification of this pattern in the climatic chapter 3 Perhaps of greatest value is that Rah helps us identify some of the voices of the marginalized particularly the women who have lost husbands perhaps children who often are the voices of sufferingPerhaps the greatest challenge of the book is Rah's pointed applications of the book to the American church particularly dominant culture white evangelicalism We have failed to listen to the voices of lament around us from the native peoples robbed and subjugated and exterminated and marginalized from African Americans forcibly enslaved raped lynched and then freed to live in a racialized society and other poor and marginalized in our society Instead of taking their laments to heart and understanding our own complicity and our own paradoxical enslavement to hate and privilege we deny the problem or plant our own urban churches or give handups which assumes a certain superiority What we do here we do around the world instead of acknowledging the riches of every culture and our partnership with other believers We make enterprises out of even our justice ministries while failing to face either our cultural or political captivitiesLament is the place we come to according to Rah when we realize that none of that is really working when even our well intended efforts contribute to the ineuities of the world and that we are deeply impoverished in the midst of our affluence It is a place of both repentance and the grace of GodThis is an uncomfortable book and like Rah's The Next Evangelicalism reviewed here an incisive critiue of American evangelicalism Don't read this if you are looking for a feel good book But if your heart aches because of the predominance of violence and hatred despite so much progress if the glitzy celebrations of your church life don't seem in touch with the ragged realities of our land and if your stomach turns with the pronouncements and alliances of some of our religious leaders then a book on lamenting and making the prayers of Lamentations our own might be timely It was for me