Pieces In Positions Of Power: A Chess Analogy

My son and I have been wondering this forever.

White: Queen on Left of King,
Black: Queen on Right of King.

The battle begins.

Now, we’ve been playing for years with the pieces out of order. The game will change ever so slightly, but possibly dramatically. As the Church wrestles through its current standing in society, maybe the pieces have been out of order.

We’ve played with the dualism of Platonism (sacred/secular/spiritual/physical) and Gnosticism (who holds the spiritual keys of power and insight/de-humanizing Jesus) in a prominent place on the board – for millenia. Postmodern worldviews and playful psuedo-historical musings (Da Vinci Code) have exposed some flaws in the game. Let’s go back to the basic layout and re-evaluate.

Things may need to be repositioned by the community of the faithful. Theological innovation – or theological/anthropological/biblical reformation?

Proper Chess Piece Positioning.


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.