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 and Endless Grace help 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. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. Each book contains 75 prayers drawn from the Book of Psalms, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning there. 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.

These artful, poetic, and classic devotional books are a perfect gift, and feature compelling stunning illustrations and hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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