Description : Psalms for Preaching and Worship a key addition to the critically acclaimed three-volume Lectionary Commentary / Despite the rich resources available for studying the Psalms, few are as focused on their place in worship and preaching as is this volume. The responsorial Psalms of the Revised Common Lectionary are here taken up in careful and often illuminating interpretation with attention also to their interaction with other lectionary texts. The many ways that psalms can function meaningfully in the liturgical life of congregations are explored especially in John Witvliet s concluding section. I know of no work that combines practice and substance better than this lectionary commentary. Patrick D. Miller / Princeton Theological Seminary / A fascinating book well organized, well written and edited, thorough, and informative. . . . An excellent resource not only for preachers using the Revised Common Lectionary but also for those wishing to preach a series of sermons on the Psalms. In addition, worship leaders and worship committees will appreciate the many excellent ideas for using the Psalms in worship. Highly recommended. Sidney Greidanus / author of Preaching Christ from the Old Testament and Preaching Christ from Genesis / Here is something even better than a simple completion of The Lectionary Commentary, which would be cause enough for gratitude. . . . Serious attention paid to this one book could go a long way toward remedying the scandalous neglect of the treasure of the Psalms in too much contemporary worship. Marguerite Shuster / Fuller Theological Seminary / Contributors: Nancy R. Bowen, William P. Brown, Walter Brueggemann, Richard J. Clifford, Nancy L. deClaiss-Walford, Jennifer S. Green, Karl N. Jacobson, Rolf A. Jacobson, Melody D. Knowles, Eunny P. Lee, Joel M. LeMon, James Limburg, J. Clinton McCann, James K. Mead, Carol A. Miles, Luke A. Powery, Stephen Breck Reid, Sandra L. Richter, Cynthia L. Rigby, Kathryn L. Roberts, Brent A. Strawn, Beth LaNeel Tanner, Roger E. Van Harn, Raymond C. Van Leeuwen, J. Ross Wagner, Gerald H. Wilson, John Witvliet, Christine Roy Yoder.
Description : The essays in this book explore how the notion of practice helps contemporary readers understand Psalms in a new way. "Psalms and Practice" looks at three aspects of formation: prayer, how the psalms shape faith through the process of liturgy, and how the psalms shape as preached word.
Description : Provides the history of Psalms in various Christian traditions, and offers practical suggestions for using the Psalms in contemporary, corporate worship. Includes a section of additional resources.
Description : With fewer individuals reading the Bible, more people are growing dependent on the commitment and skill of teachers and preachers in local churches for biblical interpretation and application. Interpreting the Psalms for Teaching and Preaching has been designed to furnish the preachers and teachers with insight as to the understanding, interpretation, and application of the psalms. The book is divided into three sections. Part I-Introducing the Psalms, lays the foundation for interpreting and proclaiming the psalms. Part II--Interpreting the Psalms, considers fifteen representative psalms from the five books of the Psalter, providing models of interpretation along with suggestions for how to teach and preach the psalms. Part III--Applying the Psalms, closes with four chapters on how the psalms apply to the Christian life, in regard to devotional reading, in regard to incorporating the psalms into worship services, and in regard to teaching and preaching the psalms.
Description : The Psalms have long been recognized as a rich resource for individual spiritual enrichment and for magnificent corporate liturgical expression in the life of the church. "The Psalms Were Made For Lent" provides a collection of six sermons that translate some of the deep themes inherent in the Psalms into meaningful language for the average person sitting in the congregation. The book includes: - Six sermons based on the Psalms - Liturgical responses with each sermon (Call to Worship, Call to Confession, Prayer of Confession, Declaration of Pardon) - Three hymns based on the Psalms, which can be sung to well-known hymn tunes Altogether this resource invites the congregation to experience the Psalms in a new and meaningful way. "From the busy and demanding life of the parish minister, Bob McCreight has brought forth a valuable contribution for use in the church year, to lift the spirits of those at worship and, not so incidentally, to lighten the ever-present demand on local clergy for useful ways in which to celebrate the faith. I commend to all clergy his work on this part of our faith's teaching, learning, and celebrating ministry." John D. Burton, Interim Minister The First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank, New Jersey Robert C. McCreight has been active as a parish pastor for over two decades in a small, a middle-sized and a large congregation. Academic preparation at Muskingum College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Detroit with a second master's degree in marriage and family counseling has cultivated a curiosity and a capability of engaging with the Christian gospel and helping to bring it into the daily lives of the people he serves. In addition Rev. McCreight completed a year of hospital chaplaincy in a large hospital in Denver and for the past thirteen years has been active in hospital chaplaincy. From 1982 until 1995 he was the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Toledo, Ohio. He and his wife Marianne have two daughters.
Description : This is the first of a three-volume lectionary resource that weaves together a rich tapestry of quotations, meditations, poems, and prayers by classic and contemporary spiritual writers. Each volume links with the lectionary readings for Sundays and for important festival days such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. Anyone who is concerned with preaching on Sunday, or leading study groups or prayer groups during the course of the week, can find here something to feed personal reflection, to stimulate ideas for sermon themes, and to provide stories and poems as well as prayers that in some way relate to the biblical readings for the day concerned.
Description : This collaboration by two esteemed evangelical scholars blends a verse-by-verse exposition of select psalms with a history of their interpretation in the church from the time of the apostles to the present. Bruce Waltke, who has been teaching and preaching the book of Psalms for over fifty years, skillfully establishes the meaning of the Hebrew text through the careful exegesis for which he is well known. James Houston traces the church's historical interpretation and use of these psalms, highlighting their deep spiritual significance to Christians through the ages. Waltke and Houston focus their in-depth commentary on thirteen psalms that represent various genres and perspectives or hold special significance for Christian faith and the life of the church, including Psalm 1, Psalm 23, Psalm 51, and Psalm 139. While much modern scholarship has tended to "despiritualize" the Psalms, Waltke and Houston's "sacred hermeneutic" listens closely to the two voices of the Holy Spirit ùheard infallibly in Scripture and edifyingly in the church's response. A masterly historical-devotional commentary, The Psalms as Christian Worship will deepen the church's worship and enrich the faith and life of contemporary Christians.
Description : Hughes Oliphant Old surveys the history of preaching in the Greek schools of Alexandria and Antioch, in the Syriac church, and throughout the Christian Empire, concluding with the preaching of Leo the Great, Peter Chrysologos, and Gregory.l