10/05, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/02, 11/09
Crying Out to God in Lament: Distress, Comfort, & Hope is a LIVE ONLINE Session 2 (8:30–9:45pm) course held virtually on Zoom Monday nights starting 10/05/2020.
Come learn the value of raw honesty before God in lament, which is all about talking and walking with God through the troubles of life. Lament is the opposite of the other two options: (1) pretending that everything is rosy or okay and living a life of pretense; or (2) walking away and taking a time-out from God in exasperation or knee-jerk reaction to the difficulty. Lament is actually a form of wholesome petitionary or urgent plea prayer. While there is no formula for lament, the basic structure of the individual and community lament bequeathed to us by the Psalms in particular includes an invocation (LOUD CRYING OUT to God), the lament or complaint itself in raw honesty that involves strong language and every possible emotion, a review of God's past help (whether from the record of Scripture or from our own individual or communal history), petition or specific urgent pleas for help, and a vow to praise or actual praise itself. The lament continues to develop and lasts as long as the troubles or circumstances. Such raw honesty in lament before God actually moves us into deeper relationship with God. In fact, it produces the fruit of unshakable faith and trust in God and His SOVEREIGNTY—regardless of circumstances—and thereby TRANSFORMS US! That is to say, it results in the BIGGEST VIEW of GOD and robust adult trust in GOD!
Henri’s primary interests include the Biblical languages (specializing in Biblical Greek), the reciprocal relationship between the Tanakh and the New Covenant Scriptures, the study of the New Covenant Scriptures from the 'Within Judaism Perspective', the Jewish-Greco-Roman milieu of the New Covenant Scriptures, hermeneutics, the full Good News, the kingship/kingdom of God, the letters of Paul, ancient rhetoric, conceptual metaphor, and the Jewish Pseudepigrapha. He is a member of the SBL and the SPOSTST, and has served as an Adjunct Instructor of Biblical Greek and/or NT at the seminaries of Ashland and Capital Universities. Henri currently serves as the Academic Dean and Executive Director of MSI, as well as the Education Coordinator of Beth Messiah Congregation.