Ideas Long Ago Forgotten

So many of the most healing ideas for the Church to embrace in its relationship with culture, and its understanding of itself are existent throughout the ancient Church.

There are things long ago forgotten that the more hip, mod, faddish, culturocentric mindsets in our contemporary Church family is just now rediscovering. “Oh, look,” we say, “Here’s a new idea!” — when really the idea is not new… it is just new to us.

In Vladimir Lossky’s (an Eastern Orthodox theologian of this century) In The Image And Likeness, he articulates a cosmologically expansive, Trinitarian born, Christ-restored anthropological view of human beings — ideas which many in the evangelical and contemporary are just beginning to discover as “novel, healing and resonantly biblical” ideas for the Church’s worldview today.

Though there is much reformation to come even to ancient theological ideas, I think many ideas that have been brought out by the likes of Clement, Ignatius, Gregory of Nyssa, Basil the Great, Basil Of Caesarea, Iraneus, Origen, Augustine, Theresa Of Avila, Francis, Catherine Of Sienna, Gregory The Great, and the list goes on and on, are simply revolutionary for the modern Church mind.

I’m ready to do my part, on the corporate worship end, to reinvest the contemporary worshiping Church with the riches of the past.

I think we’d rather sit on the shoulders of millenia-old giants to see the new vistas, rather than continually try to be a budding little giant all over again.


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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