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Finding lost words : the church's right to lament

Author: G Geoffrey HarperKit BarkerDavid G FirthDavid K BurgeRachel CianoAll authors
Publisher: Eugene, Oregon Wipf et Stock 2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The brokenness of this world inevitably invades our lives. But how do you maintain faith when overwhelmed by grief? When prayer goes unanswered? When all you have are questions, not answers? What do you say to God when you know he is in control but the suffering continues unabated? Is there any alternative to remaining speechless in the midst of pain and heartbreak? This book is about finding words to use when life  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G Geoffrey Harper; Kit Barker; David G Firth; David K Burge; Rachel Ciano; David J Cohen; Peter J Davis; Nick Freestone; Malcolm Gill, Ph. D.; Ian J Maddock; Kirk R Patston; Andrew G Shead
ISBN: 153261747X 9781532617478 1498242170 9781498242172 9781498242165 1489242163 9781489242167 1498242162
OCLC Number: 992542519
Description: xxii, 287 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Lament psalms in the church : a history of recent neglect / Rachel Ciano. - A song once known : the use of Psalm 77 by Calvin, Henry, Wesley, and Simeon / Ian J. Maddock. - "Consolation for the despairing" : C. H. Spurgeon's endorsement of lament psalms in public worship / Alan J. Thompson. - Lament as divine discourse : God's voice in our cry / Kit Barker. - "Why O Lord?" : lament as a window to the human experience of distress / David J. Cohen. - Lament and the sovereignty of God : theological reflections on psalm / G. Geoffrey Harper. - Finding our words in His : Christology and lament / Kit Barker. - The shape and function of New Testament lament / Donald West. - Man of sorrows, what a name! The place of lament in the New Testament / David K. Burge. - The role of lament in the shape of the psalter / Dan Wu. - Silence of the lambs : a lost cry of lament in Psalm 8 / G. Geoffrey Harper. - Weeping with the afflicted : the self-involving language of the laments / Andrew Sloane. - Baking the bread of tears : a recipe for translating Psalm 80 / Andrew G. Shead. - Preaching lament / Peter J. Davis. - Sipping lament / Robert S. Smith. - Praying lament / Malcolm J. Gill. - Lament and pastoral care / Kirk R. Patston. - "A strengthening song for the sad soul" : a sermon on Psalm 13 / Malcolm J. Gill. - "My only friend --
darkness" : a sermon on Psalm 88 / G. Geoffrey Harper. - "How could we sing?" : a sermon on Psalm 137 / Kit Barker. "You are the God who saves me" : singing Psalm 88 / Nick Freestone ; with reflections from Kit Barker and G. Geoffrey Harper. - If Jesus wept, you can too / Sharon Wood.
Responsibility: edited by G. Geoffrey Harper et Kit Barker ; foreword by David G. Firth.

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The brokenness of this world inevitably invades our lives. But how do you maintain faith when overwhelmed by grief? When prayer goes unanswered? When all you have are questions, not answers? What do you say to God when you know he is in control but the suffering continues unabated? Is there any alternative to remaining speechless in the midst of pain and heartbreak? This book is about finding words to use when life is hard. These words are not new. They are modes of expression that the church has drawn on in times of grief throughout most of its history. Yet, the church in the West has largely abandoned these words--the psalms of lament. The result is that believers often struggle to know what to do or say when faced with distress, anxiety, and loss. Whether you are in Christian leadership, training for ministry, or simply struggling to reconcile experience with biblical convictions, Finding Lost Words will help you consider how these ancient words can become your own.

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