Preparing To Prepare To Prepare

Just prepping for Mahone Bay, the fall Institute and so much more.

Never seems to be quite enough time. My son, Ben, just turned 10 yesterday. Eight young boys came over and wore me out bowling, playing dodge ball and eating. Ben’s mother, my wife, is the supreme birthday celebrator. What an amazing gift for making events special.

Will post as I can. One of these days I’ll post a detailed check list for prepping for worship for a conference. So many hours, on so many details – at least if you’re as meticulous as I am (though I have great friends organizing big pieces). I find that the more details are complete for the whole team, tech, visual and band, the more peace there is during the event. I’d like to enjoy this thing, as my beautiful family is with me, and it’s a beautiful spot.


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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