Here’s the opening slide for a six week series on the Psalms I lead for our Adult school of discipleship. I had a hard time narrowing down the background theme for the series. At first I thought about using nature shots because so much of the Psalms is given to describing and prescribing God glory because of the beauty of his creation…but honestly I felt that that choice would narrow un-necessarily the artistic imagination the Psalms can cast upon the way we live. I’ve chosen instead to use a style of photography called ‘multiple exposure’; and found an artist (frzw’s) who applies this style both to nature and public space. My hope is that this manner of background display will encouraged our group to realize that the Psalms while being songs of worship for the King, are as well songs of the Kingdom – songs lived in the complexity of human engagements. That the Psalms as a canonical corpus is meant to live afresh in their lives, maintaining its original historical exposure but making its imprint on their present life exposures – Psalms hermeneutically speaking are ‘multiple exposures’!

Please take the PPT and use it if you’d like, it requires a lot of thoughtful illustrations and I spent a good bit of time reading different Psalms and demonstrating the literary, historical, and theological natures of them. All and all it was a great time together.

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Below were the three most helpful books to me during the composition of this adult Sunday school series: