Diagrams, Charts, Ideas, and Prayers that help me try to follow Jesus with integrity (I hope) without checking my brain at the door
If you’re interested in learning more about what influenced my past three sermons, here’s a list of what has shaped me. All the books are available either in my office or the church library. And if you have any questions, feel free to be in touch! – Kyle
For a good overview of what some of the “essentials” are for us Anabaptists, check out Anabaptist Essentials by Palmer Becker.
One of the best books I can recommend on reading our Bibles (and what’s actually going on inside it) is The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read it by Peter Enns. His book The Sin of Certainty is also well worth the time, as if you’re feeling extra nerdy, listen to his podcast The Bible for Normal People with Jared Byas. Rob Bell’s book What is the Bible? is also a fun, delightful read. If you really want to wrestle with the violence of the Bible, check out Disarming Scripture by Derek Flood, or if you’re looking for a lighter read, Brian Zahnd wrote a new one called Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God.
To understand James Fowler’s Stages of Faith, I’d recommend Stages of Faith by James Fowler (see what I did there?). But if you’re looking for something on spiritual growth that’s a bit more accessible (and a smidgeon less boring), check out Brian Mclaren’s books Naked Spirituality and Finding Faith.
For thoughts on spirituality and growth and a different way of seeing faith, I’d definitely recommend subscribing to Richard Rohr’s daily email at www.cac.org (and if you don’t always know what’s going on, that’ okay. Stay with it.) I’d also recommend his books The Naked Now, Everything Belongs, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and pretty much everything else he says.
Alana Levandoski (who sang here in September) is good soil to plant some roots. If you really want to go deeper, start reading the work of Thomas Merton or Henri Nouwen.
Check out the work put out by Phileena Heuertz, especially her book, Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life. Plus, she and her husband Chris run www.gravitycenter.com, which is my go to resource for all things contemplative.
I am continually grateful for my spiritual director, Rachel. I’d highly recommend a spiritual director (You can find one at www.spiritualdirection.ca). Plus, where would I be without the wisdom, hospitality, and prayers of the nuns at St. Benedict’s Monastery?
The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that not only helps us name our false self, but also offers pathways for transformation. If you don’t know what the Enneagram is, don’t worry too much, as we’ll be introducing it in the winter of 2018. But if you want to get a head start, check out the book The Road Back To You by Suzanne Stabile and Ian Cron, as well as their podcasts The Road Back To You, Typology, and Enneagram Journey. The Sacred Enneagram by Chris Heuertz is also helpful.
If you’re looking for free apps to help you pray, download the Centering Prayer app and the Book of Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals app.
And finally, I am aware that the names on this list are primarily white men. I can definitely recommend some resources/authors that have shaped my understanding of faith who aren’t white men, but this list is specifically about what influenced this sermon series. Do feel free to share with me any authors or resources that would help make this list more diverse in the future.