World’s Oldest Painting (and More)

I’m always interested in the topic of human origins, as I believe that so many of our ideas about worship have to do with basic and primal instincts woven into the human person.

The biblical story suggests these primal instincts are “bent” (Francis Shaeffer), and I contend there is much to learn from the fields of anthropology and archaeology about the origins of worship.

Here are two articles of interest,

The first claims to have found the world’s oldest painting (on a wall in Syria).

The second is from an evolutionist suggesting that human beings were never “knuckle-draggers,” based on physiological evidence from remains.

My inclusion of these articles is not meant to be an endorsement of their findings, nor a statement of affirming belief in the worldview (or even our most advanced dating techniques) that accompany.

I include these simply out of my ongoing love for, and interest in, the passionate search for human origins in our scientific community.

World’s Oldest Painting

Human Ancestors Walked Upright, Study Claims News


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.