The Home & The Edge Of Reality

When talking about the issues facing the Church, and its vibrant emergence in the years to come, the language of community (home) and mystery (the edge) feature prominently.

We want substantial community, friendship, that lasts through joy, sorrow and the aches and pains that only real family goes through. We want longevity with each other, to feel like we’re never alone in the big, bad world, and to feel like we are a part of a much bigger story.

We want mystery, or rather a sense of beauty and wonder in the world that draws us to realities beyond ourselves, and beyond pat answers. We want our eyes to be wide with expectation, and not squinted with skepticism, and to live on the edge of the reality we see and touch and taste.

It seems that questions are the stuff that wonder is made of, and Jesus was as content to be the Greatest Question as he was to be the Greatest Answer. I ask myself daily how well I am nurturing both ends of community and mystery.

Oh; and this morning I’m making french toast for my little guy for breakfast while Momma and the girls are away.


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.