Institute Of Contemporary & Emerging Worship Studies Intensive 2006 About To Begin!

I’m in full, head-long, strong mode preparing for our Institute Of Contemporary & Emerging Worship Studies (I type it out for the search engines, of course!) Intensive Certificate Program beginning next Monday, Oct. 30th.

The deep breath before the plunge – even a joyful and refreshing one – is always hardest for me, it seems. My brain is working overtime and my heart is full, while at the same time other courses and activities continue to occur simultaneously.

Our 15 participants will be coming in from Brazil, the UK, the US and Canada to join our One Year Diploma crew from Germany, the UK and Canada.

Folks such as Kim Gentes (, Cindy Rethmeier (Vineyard songwriter and recording artist), and many others will be making their way across the vast North American landscape to us.

Brian Doerksen will join us as a guest lecturer/participant this year, and teachers such as Dr. Peter Fitch (Spiritual Theology), Dr. Peter Davids (New Testament Studies In Worship), Judy Davids (Self-Care Of The Leader), Dr. Gregg Finley (Celtic Spirituality & Concepts In Community), Lorna Jones (Spiritual Director and Ignatian Prayer Forms), myself (Contemporary & Emerging Worship Studies/Theology Of Worship) and other friends will be leading our time.

Quite a rich diversity this year, and I trust that future Institute programs will continue to reflect the same variety.

If you’d pray for us as we prepare, I’d be so grateful. This truly is an exciting time to be alive.

For now, I’m off to teach.


Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps 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.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. 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.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.