Day 8 of 06 Institute Intensive

We’re firing on all cylinders now; a weekend gives a needed break, but we’re back into the course work now.

Today, we went through worship history, from Hebrew responsive psalm singing, to early Church worship diversity, through the medieval ages, Renaissance and Reformation, into the great Hymn proliferation in Western Christianity, into the slave songs of North America, through to the rock n’ roll age, through to the contemporary worship experience.

Fast and wild it was, but we even did some biblical story song-preaching together as a group (a practice in black gospel communities) – what a blast!

Peter Fitch explored C.S. Lewis’ most famous sermon with the group, The Weight Of Glory. What a rich time, all around. We continue to appreciate your prayers. It’s an amazing time of development.


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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