Is There Anything?

Is there anything that your church community is doing on a Sunday morning that Jesus would be doing if he were physically present?

It’s an important question driving much of the philosophy embodying emerging expressions of the Church.

Note: This essential question comes from Joe Boyd, of Apex, Las Vegas, in the book Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community In Postmodern Cultures by Ryan K. Bolger and Eddie Gibbs. I would highly recommend this more objective and lightly academic book (when compared to some – not all – of the books written from strongly within the emerging Church movements) for those wanting to understand more of what is going on in our postmodernly contextualized communities.


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.