From Steve Cuss:
There are so many great resources these days. Some amazing books, but also YouTube videos and podcasts for those who prefer not to read. Below is my summer reading list, if you’d like to read along with me. I’ve also included some other great resources that many people have found helpful over the years. Soul Renewal is definitely a quality over quantity thing. Pick a book or a resource and dig in for yourself!
Here is a partial list of what I will be reading while on Sabbatical:
- Richard Hays, Echos of Scripture in the Gospels which is a wonderful study of the New Testament authors’ use of Old Testament references when writing about Jesus.
- Eugene Peterson, Run with the Horses. Eugene Peterson authored “The Message” but I really like his scholarly writings as well.
Brian Zahn is a prophetic pastor from Missouri who’s way of thinking I really appreciate. His book: Water to Wine is a sort of memoir about his journey into liturgy and sacrament.
Josh Butler is a young author from a fantastic church in Portland called Imago Dei. Josh’s book on God’s love is on my must read list, The Pursuing God
Miroslav Volf is one of Christianity’s finest thinkers. He wrote Exclusion and Embrace about forgiveness of enemies after living through the horror of the 1990’s ethnic cleansing in eastern Europe.
Rodney Reeve’s Spirituality According to Paul is a wonderful devotional book by a fine scholar. I’m halfway through and finding it to be profoundly impacting.
- If you have not read him before, I recommend Philip Yancey’s “The Jesus I Never Knew” – a wonderful book about how the Bible portrays Jesus, as opposed to how Yancey had been taught about Jesus. A great book for teens or adults.
- I also like Yancey’s “The Bible Jesus Read” about the Old Testament and also “What’s So Amazing About Grace.”
- John Ortberg’s book “The Life You’ve Always Wanted” is a great book for soul renewal as well, especially for those getting started. He calls it “Soul Renewal for Dummies” but I think it is profound for anyone.
- For those who’d like to dig in on more theology, pretty much any book by NT Wright for New Testament or Walter Brueggemann for Old Testament will be excellent. They are both fine authors and NOTE that they write for two audiences: their “thick” books are generally more scholarly and their “thin” books are usually for the rest of us.
- Fred Buchner Interviewing Walter Brueggemann: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEH1baxZo8Y
- Brueggemann on Hosea, the prophet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM-1ItvaOks
- Dallas Willard on daily connection with God: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqLmeubS65Q
- Google invited Bishop NT Wright to share the gospel with their staff at a gathering here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEIjaHOcGFc (if you like any of these, you can, of course, search for more of them on YouTube.
- http://simplyjesusgathering.com has great, short talks on the person of Jesus. You have to pay, but it is well worth the subscription to access 30+ short Ted Talk type videos on Jesus.
- Jeff Johnson’s “Delve Denver” podcast is a great spiritual history of the city of Denver. Jeff is one of Denver’s finest spiritual assets.
- I also quite like the interviews on “Seminary Dropout” as well
- The British podcast “Nomad” has some great interviews, particularly their interview with Terry Waite, who was kidnapped by terrorists for a number of years.
From Renae Loring:
Here’s some of my favorite spiritual renewal resources.
The Sacred Romance — Drawing Closer to the Heart of God by John Eldridge and Brent Curtis
This books sings to my soul. It reminds me that I play a part in God’s story. So often I want to play my own part that is so much smaller than the role God wants me to play. It reminds me that God is passionately in love me.