Armenian Feast Tonight

Tonight my family, and my wife’s sister’s family, prepare a massive Armenian feast for our SSU student body. Armenian music, storytelling and food galore will guide the festivities along.

My wife and her sister are half-Armenian, on their father’s side. More on the back story of Anita’s heritage can be found here, on a post I wrote to honor Anita’s grandmother, Siranouche: Sweet Flower: The Story Of An Armenian Girl


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.