Invitation to Psalms

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Invitation to Psalms - Ten Weeks


The human emotions expressed in the Book of Psalms rise to peaks of joy and descend into valleys of despair. In the Psalms, the promise of the reign of God meets the historical experience of God's people. Faith in God's faithfulness collides with human experiences of pain and suffering, enslavement, oppression, and exile. God's people--given voice in the Psalms--struggle to make sense of who God is and who they are, and in so doing they have composed a collection of moving testimonies of grace, glory, sorrow, and beauty unmatched in sacred literature. For students of the Psalms today, this study offers greater understanding of how these ancient texts of praise, lament, worship, and prayer can still speak to us and for us.

Make a deeper connection to the world of the Psalms so that these well known scriptures can help you give voice to all aspects of our human experience---joy, faith, uncertainty and sorrow.

The weekly video segments include dramatic reading, music, dance, and images. Insights into specific psalms presented by one of two biblical scholars.
This study is Ideal for adults who are interested in the practice of prayer and worship and would like to connect prayer practice with Scripture. The study is accessible for adults with little prior Bible experience.
Study Contents
  1. Word of God, Words of Prayer
  2. The Prayerbook of God's People
  3. Praying the Psalms
  4. The Language of the Heart
  5. The Geography of the Imagination
  6. A Theology of the Imagination
  7. Lament and Praise
  8. Grace and Repentance
  9. Love and Wrath
  10. Hallelujah and Amen

Author Michael Jinkins is an ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He serves as Dean of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he is also Professor of Pastoral Theology.