InResponse: Creational Theology

This past week, our FY100 students engaged with ideas in creational theology.

Students fell passionately on two sides of the issues of caring for aesthetics in worship, including quality visual art in our connecting with God, the importance or non-importance of buildings, and the concept of seeing the physical world as good rather than inherently evil or passing away.

Should a building or a worship environment be beautiful? Who does it serve if it is? Why is this important, or unimportant biblically?

This week our students respond in 250 words or so, how they interacted with the ideas presented. Use the Scriptures to back up your reflection.

If you’re not in the class, feel free to interact with our students.


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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