Surge Lunch - March 2017 - Leading in Lament with Dr. SOONG-CHAN RAH

Surge Lunch - March 2017 - Leading in Lament with Dr. SOONG-CHAN RAH

When 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 probably not the easiest way to launch a church. But it shaped their community with a radically countercultural perspective.

Lament is a missing, essential component of prayer that can be found throughout the Bible, but is often absent from our communities. It recognizes struggles and suffering, that the world is not as it ought to be. Lament challenges the status quo and invites us to cry out for justice. Soong-Chan Rah will help us understand the importance of lament and how we, as leaders in our communities, can create space for the church to lament the brokenness of the world.

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Immigration and the Gospel with Matthew Soerens

Immigration and the Gospel with Matthew Soerens
“Immigration is one of the most complicated issues of our time. Voices on all sides argue strongly for action and change. And Christians find themselves torn between the desire to uphold laws and the call to minister to the vulnerable.”

— excerpt taken from Welcoming the Stranger by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang Yang

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Surge Lunch - Aug. 2016 - Leading the Church Through Controversy

Surge Lunch - Aug. 2016 - Leading the Church Through Controversy

Leading the Church Through Controversy
For this month's Surge Lunch Tyler Johnson - Redemption Church, facilitates a conversation with local pastors Josh Harp - Via Church, Vermon Pierre - Roosevelt Community Church, Riccardo Stewart - Redemption Church Tempe, and Ian Danley - Neighborhood Ministries that addresses the issues of Leading the Church Through Controversy.

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