We Have LiftOff

What a beautiful crew is here for this Intensive. We’re all regaining our energy from travel slowly, and some renewing words from Peter Fitch on the Value Of Tradition and Judy Davids on the Self-Care Of The Leader have been a great seed bed for our two weeks together.

It’s been great to meet long distance friends like Kim Gentes face to face, and to have great pals Cindy Rethmeier, Monique Tute and Marc Pusch around. Heck, without going name by name, a great community is, and will be, slowly forming among us.

Every morning we’ll have MorningFire, a blend of contemporary and ancient worship practices, and today we have Lorna Jones leading us in Ignatian Prayer forms, and Gregg Finley on Celtic Spirituality & Concepts In Community.

As well, with all these creative people in one room, it won’t be long till the jammin’ and musickin’ rolls on and on. 5 nations among us as well, and that alone is a sweet experience.

It’s a gift to lead this Intensive, and it’s a privilege to be starting this Institute this year; it’s been a dream in seed form for so long, and now it’s quite startling to see, as I look around the room, the beginnings of what I trust will be a formative training forum for the Church across the world – and the streams of the Church.

Thanks for your prayers for us as you read this post. God is very near, and we sense His closeness.


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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