October 20, 2020

Blogging from “Worship and Arts” Part 3

157683669x.jpgI’d like to thank Campbellsville University for hosting this conference. It’s been great and I hope they have many other similar events.

At his third session on “Lament,” Michael Card spoke about Jesus the Lamenter. These are a few thoughts I wrote down in my notebook as I listened.

Scripture reading: Isaiah 53. Then he read an essay from the new book, “The Hidden Face of God.”

At his uncle’s funeral, Card never heard what he most needed to hear: Blessed are those who weep.”

Luke’s Beatitudes (Luke 6) are a disturbing list of blessings.

In tears, we discover that our last hope is our only hope.

The grieving yearn to be blessed, i.e. accepted. Allowed to “cross the river of acceptance.”

Jesus is the great lamenter. The man of sorrow.

We read Isaiah 53, and know this is Jesus, acquainted with sorrow–so how can we be so unfamiliar with suffering?

Romans 8:29, Philippians 3:10 To be conformed to his image is to enter into his lament and suffering. “To know Christ and the fellowship of his sufferings.”

Matthew 10:35 is a lament from Micah 7:6.

Matthew 2:17. Jesus was born in the midst of lament. In the conquest of Sepphoris (7 miles from Nazareth) in 4 B.C., there were thousands of Jews crucified there.

The prayer in the Garden is a lament. (Is the prayer correct? Not really. But it is true.)

On the cross, Jesus prays Psalm 22, one of the disease laments.

Jesus is the answer to what all old covenant laments are crying out for.

Job called out to see God face to face. Moses prays, “Show me your face,” and that prayer is answered on the mountain on transfiguration. In Mark 9. In Luke, it even says they were discussing Jesus’ “exodus.”

2 Corinthians 4:6 says the glory of God is seen in the face of Jesus. This is the whole lament of Job.

Jesus fulfills the purpose of the Law, Tabernacle and Temple: all existed so God could be with us. (Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 31:6)

Jesus incarnates chesed, that untranslatable term that means the above and beyond from the person we deserve nothing from.

Jesus is the high priest who enters our “temple of lament.” (Our sufferings.)

**When we deny Jesus the entrance into our sufferings and refuse our sacred right of lament, we say “The Cross has nothing to do with me.” **

The moment of God forsakenness was the moment he was most used by God the Father.

Is it the same with us?

We must dedicate ourselves to the recovery of the lost language of lament.

“Take up the cross” is an invitation to lament and to enter into the sufferings of the world.


A few “live” thoughts on the worship/concert that preceded Michael’s teaching.

I’m the oldest one here.

Sisters, have mercy. I mean….seriously.

Three girls have found a place to dance. It’s clearly what they came to do. They can’t wait for the faster songs so they can spin. There they go. First arm swinging, then hip swiveling, then spinning. The boys aren’t doing this. It’s been a girl thing both yesterday and today. If this doesn’t distract you, you have serious problems.

Someone is bowing down on the floor. You don’t see that in a Baptist church very often. But the fact that there is nothing up front except a rock band (leading worship, but still a rock band) and a big screen is very odd.

“I’m chasing after you” is just never a good Gospel lyric. Never.


  1. Do you know if the teachings were recorded? Although I often like Michael’s guests on his radio show, it’d be nice to hear him expounding uninterrupted.

    But regardless, thanks for your postings. Some heavy stuff to digest over the coming decades. 😉

    Re: your next-to-last paragraph on bowing.
    1) not “very often” ? Wow, that’s a lot more often than I’d expect. 😉
    2) “very odd” ? Uh oh. I’ve always known I’m very odd, but didn’t think I’d get confirmation here. I’m assuming that God was there, but just not as visible as the band and screen. At least that’s Who I was bowing to the last time I did something like that with a band and screen present. I’m not one to follow the crowd or be influenced at all by what others see as proper physical response to a spiritual situation. But, in the particular instance that I’m thinking of, I was driven to my knees.