Introducing: The Work Of The People – Artisan Vs. Expert

front-worship-artisanThis great video and post in from our friends over at The Work Of The People.

I’ve always held a deep and unyielding belief that the disconnected expert has less equity and authority to speak into the lives of others unless their work is authentically rooted in serving a community of which they are an integral part. Defining that community is often the challenge.

Thanks to Visual Worship guru at MediaShout and great bud Nate Ragan for this one.

ARTISAN VS. EXPERT – creating from the Church, or for the Church.


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.