How Often Must The Church React?

Our studies this term, for our Institute One Year Diploma students, include our course called In The Face Of God: Leadership In Ancient & Emerging Worship Practice.

One idea felt important to both note and consider today for those working through the realities of being a follower of Jesus in a postmodern reality:

How often, historically, must the Church react to itself as the people of God (ideally “respond” instead of “react”, but we get behind and must have rude awakenings), as we react to the cultures (of which we are an integral part as a community of human beings) of which we are a part?

What then precipitates, and determines, real, long-term change, that goes beyond novelty and into permanence?


Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.