Innovation Awards: SSU Institute Honored As A Finalist

I just returned from a wonderful day at the Bridgeway Foundation’s annual Innovation Awards.

Each year, out of approximately 80 groups that they bring support to, they select 8 finalists that have shown exemplary qualities in bringing innovative ideas to the fore in Christian action in the world.

It was a privilege for SSU and the Institute to be one of the finalists this year, and though we didn’t win one of the top 3 prizes, three wonderful organizations and their work did – visit the blog post here for details.

It’s a privilege to work with such a passionate organization as Bridgeway, and their director, Mark Petersen.


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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