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"One Is Too Small a Number" and Other Lessons I have Learned

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on September 20, 2018 at 9:26 AM

 

A chapel talk originally delivered at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, September 10, 2018.

My vocational journey can be summed up in four lessons I have learned: to pray and seek guidance for direction; one is too small a number to ever achieve success; grasp tradition with one hand, while seeking new ways to express those traditions; and look for a need in your community or church and try to fill that need. I learned these four lessons as I sought to find a way to use music in ministry and especially in the development of the Timeless Psalter/commentary project.

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Topics: Timeless, Metrical Psalters, Vocational Ministry

The Story Behind Psalm 61, “God Enthroned Forever”

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on June 7, 2018 at 10:52 AM

This is the fourth in the series of stories behind some of the songs from Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today Psalter/Commentary. Ruth Ann Somervell describes in some detail the process she goes through in composing and the inspiration she felt from psalm 61 and Sarah Shipp’s lyrics.

Timeless is a commentary set of all new translations and commentaries on the psalms by established Old Testament scholars for the layperson. Timeless also includes 2–3 new musical settings following each psalm to enhance worship and reflection, study and devotion. Timeless books may be purchased through acupressbooks.com, Amazon.com, or timelesspsalter.com. Professionally recorded CDs and booklets of the music may be purchased through CDBaby.com and timelesspsalter.com.

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Topics: Psalms, Timeless

"O Lord, Our Lord": The Story Behind Psalm 8 in Timeless

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on April 3, 2018 at 11:20 AM

Here is another story behind one of the songs from the Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today Psalter/Commentary series. Timeless is a commentary set of all new translations and commentaries on the psalms by established Old Testament scholars for the layperson. Timeless also includes 2–3 new musical settings following each psalm to enhance worship and reflection, study and devotion. Timeless books may be purchased through acupressbooks.com, Amazon.com, or timelesspsalter.com. Professionally recorded CDs and booklets of the music may be purchased through CDBaby.com and timelesspsalter.com.

This post is by Deb Dorman, one of our more prolific composers, and tells the story behind Psalm 8: “O Lord, Our Lord, How Majestic is Your Name.”

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Topics: Psalms, Timeless

"Why, O My Soul, Are You sorrowing?" The Story Behind Psalm 43 in Timeless

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on December 28, 2017 at 10:38 AM

This is the second in the series of stories behind some of the songs from Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today Psalter/Commentary. It was written by Gary Pendergrass of Greenville, Texas, and is a gripping story of how a lament psalm ministered to him during his son’s near fatal cardiac arrest in the hospital.

 

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Topics: Personal, Worship, Psalms, Timeless

“My God and King” and the Beginning of the Timeless Psalter/Commentary Project

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on December 14, 2017 at 11:26 AM


My next several blog posts will be stories behind some of the songs from Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today Psalter/Commentary series. Timeless is a commentary set of all new translations and commentaries on the psalms by established Old Testament scholars for the layperson. Timeless also includes 2–3 new musical settings following each psalm to enhance worship and reflection, study and devotion. Timeless books may be purchased through acupressbooks.com, Amazon.com, or timelesspsalter.com. Professionally recorded CDs and booklets of the music may be purchased through CDBaby.com and timelesspsalter.com

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Topics: Personal, Psalms, Timeless

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