Weep with Me: How Lament Opens a Door for Racial Reconciliation

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True unity comes form the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Are we truly living this? Martin Luther King Jr stated that the "most segregated hour in America" is on Sunday morning. The church is perfectly positioned to be a place of reconciliation. 

This book acts as a bridge to heal misunderstanding, hurt, and insensitivity. The author, Mark Vroegop writes about lament with is the language of empathy, exile, perseverance, and protest. It encourages the church to "weep with those who weep" (Romans 12:15). You are invited to mourn over the brokenness and begin the path of healing and reconciliation.

Features Prayers of Lament From

  • Thabiti Anyabwile
  • Trillia Newbell
  • Jarvis Williams
  • John Onwuchekwa
  • Collin Hansen
  • Isaac Adams
  • Danny Akin
  • Mika Edmondson
  • Jason Meyer
  • Garrett Kell

Table of Contents

Foreword: Thabiti Anyabwile
Introduction: Dream: The Vision of Racial Harmony

Part 1: Lament in the Bible and History
Chapter 1: Pray: The Language of Lament
Chapter 2: Listen: Lesson from African-American Spirituals
Chapter 3: Walk: The Bridge of Lament

Part 2: Lament and Majority Christians
Chapter 4: Weep: The Healing Grace of Empathy
Chapter 5: Speak: Ending the Painful Silence
Chapter 6: Repent: Remembering with Remorse

Part 3: Lament and Minority Christians
Chapter 7: Protest: The Voice of Exiles
Chapter 8: Triumph: Redeeming the Pain
Chapter 9: Believe: Dare to Hope
Conclusion: Lament: An Open Door for Racial Reconciliation

Appendix 1: Psalms of Laments

Appendix 2: Learning-to-Lament Worksheet

Appendix 3: Sample Civil Rights Vision Trip Itinerary


General Index

Scripture Index


“I am so grateful to God that Mark Vroegop has written this book. Far too often our discussions about racial harmony and reconciliation center on analysis, history, strategies, or the ‘best practices’ of those who have made some progress with regard to inclusion and diversity. What is overlooked is the primacy and power of empathy, ‘weeping with those who weep.’ This profound sense of identification is what the Bible calls lament. I am thankful to Vroegop for calling us to the heart of the matter—our hearts. Weep with Me is a gift and a treasure.”
Crawford W. Loritts Jr., Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Roswell, Georgia; author, Unshaken; Host, Living a Legacy

“If the sinful and tragic issues of racial injustice do not drive Christians to lament, it can only be because we do not, or will not, see the reality all around us. This book by the brilliant and faithful Mark Vroegop helps us to see that lament is not despair and resignation but instead the first step toward healing and restoration. This book will help Christians of every ethnicity to learn to love one another and to bear each other’s burdens.”
Russell Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

“When conversations on race and racial reconciliation seem to produce more heat than light, and more accusation than appreciation, Mark Vroegop provides a timely word in Weep with Me. He reveals the simple yet poignant power in the prayers of biblical lament, teaching us the need to weep with those who weep. Lament gives language to both speakers who’ve suffered and listeners who long to understand. This is the hope of lament and the hope of the book: that the language of lament would bring blessing out of brokenness. The author is neither a hopeless romantic nor a helpless idealist. With realistic expectations and unbridled hope, Vroegop conveys inspiration from the biblical language of lament to help us find ways that will promote trust, understanding, and hope. He has helped me to love, listen, and lament; to learn and to leverage. Reconciliation is never easy, yet because of the gospel of Jesus, I will still dare to hope.”
Julius J. Kim, President, The Gospel Coalition; Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California