The Reverend Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is the author of Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times, The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity, Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church, and Return to Justice: Six Movements That Reignited Our Contemporary Evangelical Conscience. A former church planter and Senior Pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church, a multi-ethnic church living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Rah is now the Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He currently serves on the board of World Vision and Evangelicals 4 Justice, and previously served with Sojourners and the Christian Community Development Association. In this episode of RePlacing Church, he joins me to discuss:

  • How the Church is returning to justice
  • How church planting is often linked to cultural ideas of triumphalism and exceptionalism
  • Why lament needs to be an essential response to suffering in our world
  • Why ‘thoughts and prayers' are insufficient for leading us to communal response to tragedy
  • How to move beyond the white, Western, dominant narrative of the Church
  • How to practice lament in your local church



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Episode Song Credits: “Another Wrong to Right” and “You Won't Walk Alone” by Mercir. “Closed” by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission. Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.