A Big Day: Brian McLaren & Kathryn Scott

We had a great time with Brian McLaren today. After a sweet time of worship, he spoke to us in the Red Room of SSU (aptly named due to the fuzzy, Victorian Paisley, red wallpaper adorning the room).

We covered topics political, biblical, social, creative and economic. For a brief time, it was a rich time. I also was pleased to discover areas that I disagree with Brian, which is always a welcome discovery in any context.

What a gift to have him, and I’m grateful again to Garth Williams and the Atlantic Baptists for making a way for him to come to us.

Time alone is keeping me from getting the Institute Of Contemporary & Emerging Worship Studies podcast up and running, and our video of Brian speaking will be on it when its up.

We also had a great Leadership In Contemporary Worship Practice class, with Kathryn Scott speaking to us via iChat all the way from Northern Ireland. It was a wonderful time, and our class was enriched by it I believe.

Alan, her wonderful husband, along with Emily and Sophie also joined in the chat, and it was a beautiful connection.


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.