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Speaking the 23rd Psalm






Speaking the 23rd Psalm

I must tell you a story I heard about the orator and the farmer. I confess I do not know the true author but the story is important. I will tell it as best I can from memory. If you know this story and the author please leave a comment and I will display it the next day. So, here it goes:

There was a meeting in a town where a famous orator was invited to speak the 23rd Psalm before a festive event. There was also confusion because a farmer respected in the community was supposed to speak the 23rd Psalm at the same occasion. It was decided to have both men speak the 23rd Psalm. The orator was first and he got up and began to speak the Psalm with perfect diction and eloquence of voice. His voice was strong and deep and his expression was tastefully dramatic. When he finished the speech, he sat down and the farmer got up to speak. There was a big difference. Without formal speaking skills the farmer just started to speak with sincerity of soul and spiritual power.

After the meeting was over the orator approached the farmer and with tears in his eyes said, ” I truly knew the 23rd Psalm, but you knew the Master.” The orator knows what we know. When God is in what we do the effect will be strong even though we may not have all of man’s skills and assets. Are you like the orator or the farmer?

Here is the 23rd Psalm they were speaking.

Psalm 23

King James Version (KJV)

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Asbury Theological Seminary Faculty to Speak at Distance Learning Conference in the Philippines

Wilmore, Ky. (PRWEB) April 15, 2013

Asbury Theological Seminary faculty members, Dr. Leslie Andrews and Mr. Paul Tippey, will be facilitators and keynote speakers at The Asia Theological Association (ATA) workshop, Learning in the Twenty-First Century, in the Philippines on April 22-26


ATA represents 212 institutions in 27 countries. Both Andrews and Tippey will be assisting ATA in developing a vision for online education.


The workshop will look at what online education has to offer, how it influences pedagogy, and how culture influences distance learning. Attendees will explore different technologies that can be used to enhance distance learning including social media, e-libraries and online journal databases, as well as audio-conferencing and podcasting. They will discuss how to manage the delivery of distance learning programs so that students get both academic and pastoral support, and advice in managing the course development process.


Provost Doug Matthews sees tremendous value in the opportunity to collaborate with ATA. “Asbury Theological Seminary is extremely grateful for the opportunity to facilitate dialog, dream together, and to contribute very experienced leadership to the upcoming Asia Theological Association Seminar on Theological Education. This is a very significant event as it addresses distance learning (including on-line learning), which comprises one of the major mega-trends impacting theological education around the globe. Our hopes and prayers certainly will be with this great event and two of our faculty who will serve as keynote speakers and facilitators for this important gathering of international leaders,” he said.


Mark Royster, who is with the Seminary’s office of Global Partnerships said, This may be one of the most important developments in our global initiatives so far. For Asbury to be in on the ground floor of this is very significant.


For more information on the workshop, visit http://www.ataasia.com. For more information on Asbury Seminary, contact jo.brosius(at)asburyseminary(dot)edu or visit the website at http://www.asburyseminary.edu.


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