Creative Combustion

If the nature of a human being is essentially relational, made in the image of a God who has self-revealed Himself to be in community with Himself (and us by invitation), then creativity is at its finest when explored within community.

(Here’s a .pdf article I wrote on the biblical basis for the creative impulse for Inside Worship Magazine: Sacred Creativity by Dan Wilt)

The creative spark is always looking for wood. Wood is awaiting the creative spark to molecularly transform. The spark by itself has only its own fuel to burn, and thus quickly consumes itself.

The wood has no catalyst, no bridge of transformation to release it’s fiery, blazing energies, without an igniting touch.

Together now, the giving spark and the inviting wood begin the primal dance of thermodynamic synergy.

Creatives always gravitate toward a community that understands them, embraces them, affirms them and inspires them. If they don’t find it in the Church as community, they’ll find it elsewhere.

Creativity is at its finest when explored within community.


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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