Spiritual Friendship: A Module Begins

Our final SSU Master’s module begins.

It’s a two-week intensive, hanging with Blaise Pascal, Richard Baxter, C.S. Lewis, Martin Luther, Justo Gonzalez, Therese of Avila, George Herbert, Richard Baxter, John Wesley, Therese de Lisieux, Richard Foster, Roger Olson, John Calvin

Some opening, random thoughts:

“A friend is like having another self to talk to.”

Present ABC’s of church life that many measure by:

A – What is the attendance
B – How big is your building
C – How much cashflow is coming in

A New ABC, from Roger

A – Am I in attendance
B – Let me build my church
C – Are you willing to cash it all in

We sang the UK version of When I Survey The Wondrous Cross, and we had a sense that as we enter into this pivotal sacrifice, we become the communion, the Eucharist, to the world.


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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