The Language of Lament: Hurting and Healing with the Psalms


Join Dr. Cliff Barbarick and Andy Johnson for a three-session class exploring how to express lament during this season of loss where we all find ourselves.

We tend to avoid lament in worship and prefer the communal expression of thanksgiving and praise, but this ignores the balance found in the Psalms. The psalter teaches that our worship is vastly incomplete if we don’t know and use the language of lament. And at a time like this, if we can’t honestly lament, our praise will sound hollow and our thanksgiving inauthentic. In this class we will learn the language of lament from the Psalms and practice using it in our own expressions to God. This class is open to both women and men in ministry.

There will be two sections for the class, each meeting once a week for three weeks. Each session will last around an hour and 15 minutes.

Section 1: Mondays at 7:00 pm CT (Central Time), April 4-18
Section 2: Wednesdays at 9:00 am CT, April 6-20

(To figure out what time that would be locally, you can go to Compare the time listed above in Dallas, Texas, to your local time.)

When you register below, choose the section that will work best with your schedule.

Cliff Barbarick is an associate professor in the Bible department at Abilene Christian University, and he holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Baylor University. Cliff and his wife, Tali, have three children, Caelan, Brenna, and Corbin, and they enjoy time outdoors, camping, and hiking as a family. Cliff worked closely with other team members to shape the curriculum for the men’s renewal. He specializes in early Christian literature and theology. He researches the subject of moral transformation in the New Testament and Greco-Roman education. He is also an aficionado of American wilderness writing.

Come before Winter - Cliff Barbarick

Andy Johnson and his family served in Burkina Faso, West Africa, as a part of the team of missionaries that worked alongside the Dagara tribe. While there, they were blessed to see the Lord begin a movement of people out of darkness and into light—a movement that continues to thrive and expand today! On their return to the US in 2014, they moved to Alabama where Andy served as missions minister. He joined the team at Mission Resource Network in 2019, and is serving as of Director of Missionary Care and Prayer Coordination. Andy holds both a B.A. in Greek and an M.A. in Missions from ACU. He and his wife Melissa have three kids—two sons and a daughter. Andy delights in languages, cultures, foods, and the people they all represent.