Faith & Power & Worship

Here is the thought from today’s classes, though I’m still ill and trying to make it through a day upright.

What is the result of the mingling of faith and power? Was Corrie Ten Boom correct, that the greatest evil on the face of the earth is nationalism?

If Charlemagne had begun with a human story and not just a Christian one, would the results of his reign have been more beautiful?

When worship brings attention to God as ruling King, it must necessarily balance itself with God as loving, and that, of the whole of humanity.

God as Ruler is true, when blended with God as Lover of humankind; no matter their race, faith or national alliance.


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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