This course is based on the widely-used book Journey through the Psalms, and features video lessons by its author, Dr. Denise Dombkowski Hopkins, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Wesley Theological Seminary. Through the course of eight weekly sessions, the course provides a vehicle to bring the Psalms to life for prayer and worship in the local church and helps participants learn to approach God with the honesty and emotional intensity of the ancient psalmists.
- Praying the Psalms
- The Synagogue, the Church, and the Psalms
- Your Hallelujahs Don’t Have to Be Hollow Anymore
- You Get What You Deserve, Don’t You?
- Complaining in Faith to God
- Life in the Meanwhile
- The Lord Reigns: Enthronement Psalms
1.5 CEUs are available.
*Please note: You will need to access this course from a laptop or desktop computer in order to view the videos embedded in this course; they will not play on a tablet or phone.
Image from an illustrated version of Psalm 23. Public Domain.
About the Instructor
Pamela Deck is a United Methodist Christian Educator who loves helping churches, groups, and individuals equip disciples and connect faith to real life! Based in the Western North Carolina Conference, her educational background includes a B.S. from Clemson University, Certificate in Business Administration from Isothermal Community College, and graduate work at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, for the Certified Associate in Christian Education in the United Methodist Church 1996. With over 30 years of experience in education ministry, she served as Staff Children and Youth Ministries Coordinator at Spindale United Methodist Church. Then, Pamela contracted with the United Methodist Publishing House as: Cokesbury Action Team Conference Leader and Marion District Representative; FaithHome for Parents Consultant; and National Workshop Presenter. Additional training includes Safe Sanctuaries, Transitions, Coaching, Liturgical Dance, and Equipping Ministry. Pamela’s website is www.freewebs.com/pdeckconsulting and her Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/PDeckConsulting/.
Pamela enjoys being involved at Spindale United Methodist Church as adult Sunday School co-leader, Praise in Motion dance leader, youth group co-leader, and lay leadership team. She is a member of the WNCC Christians Engaged in Faith Formation and Leadership Rutherford Board. Pamela serves as WNCC Recertification Registrar. Some favorite hobbies are travel, baking, reading, fashion and sewing, guitar, piano, and dance. Pamela lives with her husband and black lab mix and has an adult son and daughter. She looks forward to learning together with you soon!
About the Course Organizer
Michael Beardslee began working for the Institute for Discipleship and BeADisciple in early 2016, developing and facilitating courses for a new project called the Wesley Lay Academy. He was born and raised in South Central Kansas, where he currently resides after a period of moving across the United States for his graduate studies.
He holds a Bachelors in Religion and Philosophy (Friends University), an M.A. (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary), Th.M (Systematic Theology, Trinity International University), and is currently a Ph.D candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary (Intercultural Studies), working under the Pentecostal theologian, Amos Yong. His doctoral research concerns the way Christians from different cultural locations relate to one another in a globalized Christianity. His writing is featured most recently in Breaking the Marriage Idol: Reconstructing Our Cultural and Spiritual Norms (IVP, 2018), and in the Religion and Theology journal (Brill, 2017).
Michael splits his time up between his academic interests, his many hobbies, and spending time with his wife, Sarah, and his two young girls. In 2017, he was awarded the Visiting Scholar fellowship at Southwestern College, after which he returned to continue the work he began with BeADisciple.