Leadership and “Mr. Holland’s Opus”

Our students in the class, Cultivating A Local Worship Ministry, watched the film Amazing Grace this week as a further study in worship history.

Feel free to join them in answering these questions:

“What was the dream of Mr. Holland according to the film?” (100 words minimum)

What elements threatened to pull him off track from that dream? (i.e. what impact did temptation, finances, home life with a disabled son, etc. have on his vision?) (100 words minimum)

What did he have to give up along the way, and what did he keep and finish, related to the dream? How did his dream change? (100 words minimum)

What principles related to godly spiritual leadership/vision, and the fulfillment of your dreams, can you draw from this movie? (100 words minimum)


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.