An Empathic Church

The most profound thought from yesterday’s classes was this from Thomas Oden: Empathy is the capacity to use one’s imaginative faculties to enter into the world of another.

Corporate empathy, on the side of the Church, may just be the credible factor in our ongoing re-entrance into the cultural discussions of our generation.

Empathy steps into one’s hell, identifies, then leads one out (one foot in, one foot out).

Extraction throws a rescue line, screams in savior language, and seeks to drag one out (both feet out).

The most effective empathy puts one foot in the world of another, and keeps one foot in our own world.

Like a quicksand rescue, the person in crisis would be quite happy for you not to enter fully into their world.

We step in, support and lead one into another realm. I.e. We start where another is at; not where we are.


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.