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Prophetic Lament


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Table of Contents

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

Epilogue: Ferguson

About the Author

Soong-Chan Rah is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. His books include The Next Evangelicalism and Many Colors. Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is a dynamic speaker, author and trailblazer with over twenty-five years of experience in the ministry of racial, ethnic and gender reconciliation. She was featured as one of the fifty most influential women to watch by Christianity Today in 2012 and is an associate professor of reconciliation studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, where she also directs the Reconciliation Studies program. Salter McNeil was previously the president and founder of Salter McNeil Associates, a reconciliation organization that provided speaking, training and consulting to colleges, churches and faith-based organizations. She also served on the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for fourteen years as a Multiethnic Ministries Specialist. She earned a MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, a DMin from Palmer Theological Seminary and was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from North Park University. She is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church and is on the pastoral staff of Quest Church in Seattle. In addition, she serves on the board of directors for Wycliffe USA and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA. She is also the coauthor of The Heart of Racial Justice and the author of A Credible Witness. Brenda lives in Seattle with her husband Dr. J. Derek McNeil and their two children.


"Lamentations is a book that can and should speak into our current circumstances and, in Prophetic Lament, Rah has given us an accessible introduction for our troubled times."--David Swanson, Signs of Life, December 19, 2015

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