Lament

J. Todd Billings
In this post in this short series , I offer a typology of interpretive approaches to biblical lament. The typology is rough, not comprehensive; my examples come from the "left," "right," and "middle," from theological conservatives and liberals. But they have one thing in common: they fail to...
J. Todd Billings
In this post in this short series , I offer a typology of interpretive approaches to biblical lament. The typology is rough, not comprehensive; my examples come from the "left," "right," and "middle," from theological conservatives and liberals. But they have one thing in common: they fail to...
J. Todd Billings
The Rule of Faith and Biblical Lament Anger. Loss. Rage. The Psalmist expresses each of these in those mysterious Psalms - the Psalms of lament. An increasing number of Christians express frustration that the worship of their churches is too "happy" and "sanitized" - realizing that we need to...
J. Todd Billings
The Rule of Faith and Biblical Lament Anger. Loss. Rage. The Psalmist expresses each of these in those mysterious Psalms - the Psalms of lament. An increasing number of Christians express frustration that the worship of their churches is too "happy" and "sanitized" - realizing that we need to...
J. Todd Billings
What is the fruit of biblical interpretation? For example, in interpreting anceint texts such as the Psalms, should our primary goal be to reconstruct the ancient Psalmist's meaning? Or, for Christians, should it be to receive the Psalms as prayers , to be prayed by the Spirit, in Christ? There are...
J. Todd Billings
What is the fruit of biblical interpretation? For example, in interpreting anceint texts such as the Psalms, should our primary goal be to reconstruct the ancient Psalmist's meaning? Or, for Christians, should it be to receive the Psalms as prayers , to be prayed by the Spirit, in Christ? There are...
J. Todd Billings
In previous posts, I have suggested that the question of suffering before God needs to remain an open question - a question that we, along with the Psalmists, bring before God in the midst of our grief, anger, and confusion. All of this relates to prayer. But it also relates to action - action in a...
J. Todd Billings
As I explored in the previous article in this series, my cancer diagnosis forced me to join the Psalmists in prayer more deeply than I had ever done before. I prayed the Psalms - especially Psalms of laments - with others and in solitude. And I noticed that as they pray to the good and Almighty God...
J. Todd Billings
As I explored in the previous article in this series, my cancer diagnosis forced me to join the Psalmists in prayer more deeply than I had ever done before. I prayed the Psalms - especially Psalms of laments - with others and in solitude. And I noticed that as they pray to the good and Almighty God...
J. Todd Billings
Who likes a complainer? Complainers are unsettling to be around. Holiday meals ruined by laborious and endless complaints about how life has shortchanged them - the car that broke down too early, the college that should have given admission, the nurse who should have done the job better. A few...