Dr. Soong-Chan Rah
The Gospel and Race
"The Necessity of Lament"
Over 60% of the Psalms are songs of lament, yet today, lament remains an under-developed muscle in American Christianity. In this message, Dr. Soong-Chan Rah talks about the necessity of Lament, and how we can begin to engage this practice.
Gospel & Race
Many struggle to reconcile the value of the gospel and Christianity with the fact that people throughout history have abused Christianity and used it as a tool of oppression, slavery and violence. In this message, we explore God’s intentions for His Gospel message vs. the corrupted version we’ve seen used throughout history.
"The Gospel and Race" series
Recovering from the Trauma of Racism
Genesis 1:26-27, Matthew 22:36-40
The Fall of humanity brought with it not just a disruption in our vertical relationship with God, but also a horizontal distortion of the way we view our neighbor. This message unpacks our country’s historical racism and the way forward as a community of faith together.
This prelude is intended to be a heart-shaping worship companion to our sermon series "The Gospel and Race".
(0:00) Introduction by Renaissance Worship Director, Tripp Hampton.
(1:14) Awake O Sleeper written by Tripp Hampton, Caleb Hawley and Wendell Wilson. Performed by the Renaissance Church Band.
(4:56) Poetry readings performed by Godfrey Moye, Kyra Riley and Zora Howard.
Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1899)
My Country 'Tis of Thee by W.E.B. Du bois (1907)
Tableau by Countee Cullen (1925)
Enslaved by Claude McKay (1922)
To America by James Weldon Johnson (1930)
Harlem By Langston Hughes (1951)
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free by Nina Simone, Billy Taylor (1963)
Caged Bird by Maya Angelou (1983)
Rage by Zora Howard (2017)
The Book of Ephesians
There are ways that we all seek to rid ourselves of guilt—by beating ourselves up, or trying to minimize wrongdoings. In this message, we’re looking at forgiveness, the one thing we all need and struggle to receive.