A Little Hiking, A Little Spiking

I was just hiking through the outback of New Brunswick with my kids and friends, Gary and Joy Best at their new Dominion Hill property. Beautiful vistas, tumbling up rock faces, and wrestling with your own endurance. Fantastic.

It’s where we’re hosting our Institute Of Contemporary & Emerging Worship Studies intensive this October, and I’m excited to see its potential.

Had a good morning today (albeit my mind was quite scattered), focusing on some of our creative youth initiatives going on in St. Stephen – though the classic post message exhaustion (and shades of depression) did hit on occasion.

It’s hard to have vision for things; feels like childbirth. On the other hand, too much childbirth at once… now that would be harder still. It’s kind of like… like… an uphill hike, desperate for everyone to climb with you, to see the view that you’re sure is awaiting you – and will bring shared joy.

RELEASES FEB. 8, 2022 | Brazos press

Sheltering Mercy 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. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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