Corporate Spiritual Memory

I’m wrapping up our next issue of Inside Worship magazine today, and this issue is deeply touching me.

It’s called Worship & Community, and author Phyllis Tickle gave me an interview that is reminding me of so many things.

One of the best quotes is:

“History is simply our corporate spiritual memory.”

That is the key to the importance of Christians understanding the superb and the sordid about human history and Church history, and our rocky quest to live in the Grand Story.

Our corporate spiritual memory is vital to our personal spiritual memory.


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.