DownUnder: Hearing The Worshipping Voice Of Australia

Right now I’m in the Bangor, Maine airport with my beautiful wife headed to Australia. Sadly, my dulcimer must remain at home, and of course, my beautiful family as well.

We will spending a week with great friend Di Hocking and the Australian Vineyard community’s worship leaders. I deeply believe that our time together will be pivotal in many ways – feasting on friendship, reflecting on formative ideas for worship leaders and faith communities that have chosen the flaming path of worship, and enjoying the beauty of God’s work among us and around us.

In many years of travel, there is always a warm fondness in me for Australia and New Zealand – it feels like a gifted relationship with the Body of Christ there, and it also may be because the magnetic pull on the metals in my body is… different.

Pray for our time, blogging friends, if you would be so kind. Any comments or words of encouragement would be welcome. I take us all with me when I go.

I love the global learning community that we are forging!


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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