Bible Day: Waiting for the Lord
A Study Day in Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah
Antony Billington, 12th May 2014.
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1 Peter is a treasure in the New Testament, with a significance out of all proportion to its size. Peter’s description of Christians as ‘strangers in the world’ seems particularly apt in a context where Jesus’ followers increasingly find themselves out of step with surrounding society, reduced to what feels like an odd minority, going against the flow and sometimes being ostracised for doing so.
Western cultures are notoriously averse to pain and tragedy. We’re no longer shy in talking about sex, but seem lost for words when it comes to grief and death. In churches too, Christians are more comfortable singing in a major key of joyful praise, but less familiar with the minor keys of mournful despair. The biblical book of Lamentations is thus a gift to us – providing a voice for expressing our own pain and grief, and allowing us to connect with the sufferings of others in the world. But how does a collection of poems written in the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem in the 6th century BC function as Scripture today?
Robin Parry presented this study day on Lamentations on 13 May 2013. Formerly a Sixth Form College teacher for 11 years, Robin has worked in publishing since 2001 (for Paternoster and, since 2010, for Wipf & Stock, a US-based theological publisher). He has written and edited several books, including a commentary on Lamentations in the ‘Two Horizons’ series, published by Eerdmans. He is married to Carol, is the father of two daughters, and the owner of a three-legged cat called Monty. In some of his spare time, Robin blogs at ‘Theological Scribbles’.
Media from the day (audio and video recordings) is available below.
We’re sorry that, due to a technical hitch, we aren’t able to provide the video for this session. However, you can listen by clicking here.
This small group discussion guide explores Lamentations 1 & 2, taking account of the teaching above.
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