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Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Professor Saleska


June 15, 2020
June 17, 2020




Due to concerns about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, this workshop will be held online.

Influenced by a Cloud of Witnesses: Reading the Psalms for Spiritual Strength

This workshop approaches the psalms with the assumption that reading them is more like having a conversation with other people than analyzing an object or mining for jewels. The shift of perspective makes it more difficult to keep each psalm at arm’s length and opens us up to being influenced and changed by the voices we hear speaking to us. During the workshop, participants will have an opportunity to read and meditate on individual psalms. Questions such as the following will be discussed to bring participants closer to each other as well as closer to our Lord, who speaks to us in and through the psalms:

  • Why is there poetry in the Bible?
  • How do we read the poetry of the psalms?
  • What am I doing as I read and listen to the speakers in the psalms?
  • What is the speaker doing to me as I listen to him?
  • How do we meditate on the psalms?
  • How can we teach others to use the psalms for their own spiritual growth?

Registration deadline: May 25, 2020

Dr. Timothy Saleska

Saleska serves as professor of Exegetical Theology and dean of Ministerial Formation at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He is currently writing a Concordia Commentary on the psalms for Concordia Publishing House. His devotional reading of the psalms and drawing upon them for spiritual strength have been incredibly well received. Saleska is an engaging speaker who takes a sincere interest in everyone with whom he comes into contact.


Tentative schedule

June 15 10-11:15 a.m. Session One
11:15-11:30 a.m. Q&A
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1:45 p.m. Session Two
1:45-2 p.m. Q&A
June 16 10-11:15 a.m. Session Three
11:15-11:30 a.m. Q&A
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1:45 p.m. Session Four
1:45-2 p.m. Q&A
June 17 10-11:15 a.m. Session Five
11:15-11:45 a.m. Q&A

Note: The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty/staff presenters.