Bible--Psalms

Developing Christlike Disciples with the Fourfold Spiritual Journey Model at Westwood Alliance Church

Author
Wai Fung Chow D.Min.
Abstract
In this research portfolio, the author explores spiritual formation as a deeper life journey to imitate Jesus Christ. The key question the research addressed is how Jesus’ followers in Westwood Alliance Church (hereafter called WAC) can walk into a deeper life journey with Jesus Christ. Four aspects of Jesus’ life on earth have been identified for the sake of living out the life modelled by Jesus Christ (Discipline, Surrender, Testimony, and Community). The author examined the question through four separate yet related dimensions: (i) the author’s spiritual autobiography into the Life of Discipline, in which the author confirmed his vocational calling from God; (ii) the process of recovering from grief into the Life of Surrender, in which the author realized the valuable transformation in his life after his wife’s passing; (iii) the Fourfold Spiritual Journey model into the Life of Testimony, in which the author tried to formulate a deeper life practice in WAC; (iv) and the field research project into the Life of Community, in which the author practised early morning prayer with a small group of people. The conclusion is that walking a spiritual journey with Jesus Christ in WAC is practical and achievable through practising spiritual disciplines to achieve the awareness of God’s presence in one’s daily life, abiding in Christ to achieve a lifestyle of surrender, sharing one’s testimony to equip other disciples, and reaching out the community of faith to serve one another.

Promoting the Psalms as prayer through Bible classes and preaching

Author
David H. Petersen
Abstract
The goal of the project was to increase the Redeemer Lutheran Church congregation's knowledge and appreciation of the Psalms and of their use of the Psalms as prayer. Research was conducted on a Lutheran definition of prayer for the Psalms, the use and role of imagination in interpreting the psalms, and on homiletic strategies tailored to the Psalms as prayer. The research method was to take surveys and observation notes throughout an intensive period of Bible classes and sermons and then again at a later date. The results were positive but most pronounced in those for whom the concepts were new.

The Psalms "The standard liturgy and grand magazine of devotion for the Church in all ages" [Dr Robert Lee 1857]

Author
Lezley J Stewart
Abstract
This project consists of the re-imagination of a historic book of liturgy inspired by the Psalms. The author takes the original publication of Prayers for Public Worship (1857) by Dr Robert Lee, Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland and re-imagines it for use today under the title Let everyone find their voice [Psalm 150:6]. The author's thesis is that the Psalms continue to inspire new psalms of praise. Re-imagining the Psalms for liturgical use the author applies the lens of liturgical theology, employs ethnographic research, and evaluates qualitative data; the results of which show that Psalms continue to inspire devotion and praise today.

The pulpit suitability of selected English Bible versions according to the text-driven model

Author
Pierre G Rosa
Abstract
This dissertation demonstrates that Formal Equivelence English Bible versions are better suited for preaching according to the text-driven model. This paper evaluates the renditions of Psalms 1 and 2, Timothy 2:17 in the GNB, NIV, NLT, NKJV, NASB, and ESV. The introduction determines the ministry need for such a project. Chapter 1 defines concepts and introduces the Pulpit Suitability test, the measure by which the sample passages are evaluated. Chapter 2 determines the substance, structure, and spirit of the sample passages. The remaining chapters assign a suitability value to each version. The highest ranking versions receive a more favorable degree of adequacy for preaching.

Permission to lament: divorce in midlife women

Author
Mary Ann Gantt Carter
Abstract
The psalms of lament are not well represented in The United Methodist Church liturgy and sermons. This project focuses on how permission to lament found in these psalms can help midlife women as they move past divorce. An overview of literature related to psalms of lament and divorce in midlife women is provided. The project introduces psalms of lament to women who are divorced at midlife. After studying psalms of lament, women write their personal psalms of lament.

Preaching the experience of hope: from lament to celebration

Author
Kristopher Scott Hewitt
Abstract
We live in an age that thirsts for good news, but without lament there is only shallow praise. Preaching a lament opens listeners to deal with the real issues that burden them. This thesis proposes specifically the reclaiming of the psalms of lament in preaching following the homiletic design for celebration of Frank Thomas. With this integration the preacher is both the leader of lament and celebrant of God's presence. Through personal experience, along with feedback from the congregation, I have found that the movement from lament to celebration enables an authentic encounter with God, our source of hope.

Preaching the Psalms ith passion: the justification and development of a new model for preaching the Psalms with an eye to implementing its emotional content and intent

Author
Darren Craig Roorda
Abstract
The content of this project revolves around a hypothesis which can only be understood in light of the trepidation that modern preachers feel in opening up to the book of Psalms and not knowing how to handle its poetry for the purpose of producing a well crafted and affectual sermon. It is my hope that through an evaluation of historical sources a preaching method will be developed which matches the Psalms as "the history of every heart in which has burned the love of God." This method will incorporate tools of modern exegesis and also add an emotional dimension which has remained underemphasized. Following the development of the model, the implementation of preaching various psalms will allow a panel of people to critique its effectiveness.

Recovering one of the lost tools of Christian spirituality: praying the Psalms

Author
Richard G Cain
Abstract
Explores the practice of using the Psalms in prayer, based upon the scriptural and historical traditions. Specifically the study seeks to explore a Christo-centric approach to interpretation of the Psalms in this context. Attention is also given to the thoughts of Augustine, Martin Luther, Eugene Peterson, Walter Brueggemann, and Hughes Oliphant Old on the topic. The outcome of the project is a practical booklet to assist believers in being better able to pray the Psalms.

Through crisis to new life: a faith tool response to crisis

Author
Linda J Glassbrook
Abstract
When a crisis occurs, the church is expected to respond. But how? This paper uses Walter Brueggemann's orientation, disorientation, new orientation schematic to define stages, resources, and actions to use with individuals, families, and groups before a crisis occurs, in the midst of crisis, and post-crisis. The author has developed a model which uses core components of the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) combined with psalms and other faith-based resources to form a protocol for a faithful intervention in a crisis situation. Drawing on a variety of real experiences, the author demonstrates how the model works.

The narrative preaching of the psalms

Author
Billy O Fleming
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the effectiveness of narrative preaching from scripture not usually considered narrative. The paper describes the history and nature of narrative, and explores the relationship of narrative to the Psalms. After a general discussion of the Psalms and the rise of narrative preaching, this paper examines nine sample psalms--22, 23, 42-43, 51, 57, 73, 79, 136, and 137, to see how story elements are present in, around and through the text. The paper suggests different ways narrative preaching may be adapted to these Psalms.
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