Rev. Dr. Joan DeVries is a minister in the Christian Reformed Church of North America who has pastored several congregations in Ontario. She also served as dean at Tyndale University and Seminary in Toronto. In 2018 she began a new position as assistant professor of worship arts at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, where she now resides.
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- By Joan DeVries
When I first began preaching and my chosen text for a Sunday was a psalm, I would simply preach about the psalm at the prescribed section of the liturgy, seeing myself as the one who was called to explain and expound on the psalm as a piece of biblical text. Of course, liturgists and I would also include other elements in the litany that connected to the psalm’s language or meaning, and we would search for a great song of response to “seal the deal,” but the psalm itself remained intact as the preaching topic.