St. Stephen’s University Art Panel

Tonight, in an hour or so, I join a panel of artists addressing questions related to creativity and faith for the student body. We are a musician, architect, and two genres of visual art, and will field some questions from our Student Life Coordinators.

It should be a rich time of exploration, and of deepening our community’s commitment to the creative process. We’d appreciate your prayers for a fruitful time.

I literally get excited when I approach discussions on art and beauty. Even when the conversations focus on what is dark and hideous (as good conversations about art should) about the world in which we live, possibilities so healing make the conversation brim with eternity.

Post Event Note: It was a blast. Great conversation, agreement, disagreement, diverse perspectives. What a joy. Made me eager to hear more from about 20 other voices in the room.


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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