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Prophetic LamentMissio 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. 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 book as the ongoing chronology of going through the book of Lamentations led to repetitiveness and briefly inserted asides to modern justice thoughts I found myself reflecting on the current state of American society while reading his exegesis but was thrown off every time there was a brief paragraph calling to remember something that did not seem to uite fitOverall I highly recommend Prophetic Lament to all Christians as a necessary read We need to learn lament

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Prophetic Lament review À 6 ´ [EPUB] ✼ Prophetic Lament By Soong-Chan Rah – Insolpro.co.uk 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 B Missio Alliance Essential Reading List of Hearts 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 Chan Ra. 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 exegesis of Lamentations is well researched and helps the reader understand the text of scripture well It is not trying to be a verse by verse commentary and it succeeds in exegeting the text by looking at larger chunks By doing this kind of exegesis it allows for Soong Chan Rah to grasp well the bigger picture themes within each chapter This format also allows for him to bring his interpretation to modern applicationThe modern application consists of highlighting the Western captivity of the church something covered in depth in Rah's previous book The Next Evangelicalism He also emphasizes strongly the need for lament in our churches and to face honestly both our own complicity in evil and the suffering inflicted upon others By our inability to face suffering we are dismissing the stories and lived experiences of those who have sufferedIt is in this part of the book that Rah is most challenging His criticisms of the triumphalist American church are needed as is his criticism of our own cultural paternalism What Rah writes is challenging yet it needs to be heard and grappled with He has highlighted a real deficiency in our American churches and we need to grapple with the entirety of scripture in order to live faithful lives as Christians We need a theology of the cross which is present in suffering not merely a theology of glory which is only present in victory and earthy successWhile the book is challenging it is not without its flaws Perhaps the biggest flaw of this book is that Rah tends to paint both the American church and Western culture in overly broad strokes This can result in him building up a strawman who is often all to real it must be acknowledged of the white Western American Christian I'm afraid that this flaw will prohibit the message of his from getting heard by those he is trying to reach namely white people like myselfIt might be helpful to point out two examples of these broad strokes He criticizes the church pushing Western cultural values on the rest of the world as a bad thing While this has certainly been true for some of our values and preferences such as exporting our own materialism divisions and worship styles onto other cultures Western culture is not monolithically bad Western cultural values also include human rights and this has brought many good things to the broader world Western cultural imperialism within the church needs to be criticized but I don't know how much the criticism will be heard without also acknowledging some of the good things of Western culture A second example of this comes from the theology of Martin Luther Luther famously believed in a theology of the cross against a theology of glory This can be summarized by the following four points from the Heidelburg Disputation19 That person does not deserve to be called a theologian who looks upon the invisible things of God as though they were clearly perceptible in those things which have actually happened Rom 12020 He deserves to be called a theologian however who comprehends the visible and manifest things of God seen through suffering and the cross21 A theologian of glory calls evil good and good evil A theologian of the cross calls the thing what it actually is22 That wisdom which sees the invisible things of God in works as perceived by man is completely puffed up blinded and hardenedThis theology would leave room for suffering and lament and would have little room for the triumphalism of much of American Chri

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H'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. 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