Church As Seed vs. Church As Subculture

Again, I make the disclaimer that I am not a wild-eyed U2 fan, though I’ve always loved their music and respected the fortitude Bono has shown in using his influence well.

Bono illustrates a vital concept I think is being necessarily, and powerfully revisited in our generation. He has punctured the Church-as-Subculture barrier to be the Church-as-Seed.

His acceptance speech at the NAACP awards is profound, and illustrates a new way of being, influencing and reimagining for the Church – especially a Church that seeks to speak as a voice of God in the world.

He has crossed a line I believe that God is calling the Church to cross in our generation; a line we must cross with trust and wisdom, passion and humility.

Here it is:


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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