A Great Chat: When Friends Inspire

I just came off a great chat with dear friend and colleague, Jeremy Wiebe.

Jer teaches Philosophy here at St. Stephen’s University, and in his thirties is one of the most profound and beautiful thinkers I know in the worlds of justice, cultural influence and faith integration. He’s a lover of wines and laughter, philosophy and justice, family and writing, and the worship of Jesus.

Over a slice of pizza, we talked about funding greatness in people, righting wrongs through radical life investment, voicing truth in a thousand ways, lifting local economies, integrating justice and the arts through worldview education, our beautiful wives, and more.

He walked back across the lawn to our main building to work on his thesis; I walked back across the lawn to another building to work in my world. But it was a moment of friendship convergence – a gift of dream-playing and hope-stirring that went far beyond the bounds of the reasonable into the borderlands of the transcendent.

Cheers to great chats with friends that live for, and inspire us to see, the Bright Tomorrow.


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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