Genesis Imaginative Retellings: The Origins Of Worship

This morning our Institute students (and others at SSU in our FY100) course presented their creative expressions of the early Genesis narrative and their reflections on the origins of worship.

Physical theatre, DVDs, unicycles, dance, songwriting, photojournalism, handmade books, stories for adults and children, and many other beautiful expressions of worship – all centering around the themes of Genesis, were presented.

What a stunning morning of worship, and what joy to see these guys “getting” the idea that a human being is optimally designed to glorify God.

What a privilege to teach this group of powerhouses.


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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