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Creative Doorways into a Psalm and Sermon (Part 3)

It takes imagination, not just analysis, to recreate the impact of a Psalm.

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This is part three of a three-part series.
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How can we preach psalms in a way that recreates some of the meditative, emotional, imaginative, and collaborative effects the poets built into their hymns?

In this article, I present the final three of nine ideas on how to preach psalms. The ideas gradually move toward innovative strategies implied but not found explicitly in the text, but which help us herald the text faithfully.

7. Work in concert with the entire service

The sermon is only part of the worship or evangelistic service. The liturgical tradition knows this and thoughtfully arranges the entire service as a unit. Those of us in the "free church" tradition should work with musicians and other leaders to create a holistic experience. Bill Hybels, pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, says that the music, drama, Scripture reading, and prayer get him to the "five yard line." All he has to do in the sermon is carry the ball over the goal line. Music, testimony, ...

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