2016 was a signpost year for me and my family and one that I will look back on for many reasons. The following items helped me interpret, work through, and Grow Up in 2016.
I am not with it enough to have items exclusively from 2016, but all of the items below are things I did or was exposed to in 2016. These aren’t just things I consumed and enjoyed this past year but things that were inspiring and even life changing.
Didn’t He Ramble – Glen Hansard
Hansard combines the best sounds and vibes of Gospel, Folk, and Singer-Songwriter efforts into a wonderfully moving and uplifting album. He seems to treasure the sacred of every day things. That is a gift.
Election Day 2016: Lord, Teach Us To Pray…Today
A great reminder of the endless possibilities and responsibilities we have as Christian citizens of this world.
Why I Can’t Vote For Either Trump of Clinton
‘When people hurt, I know hurt’: An airport chaplain mourns his 10-year-old son
Why I Offer Free Prayer In A Coffee Shop
May my efforts in ministry be as simple and needed as this guy’s experiment.
Mark Batterson – Draw The Circle
Scot McKnight – King Jesus Gospel
A biblical case for a “Gospel culture” over a “Salvation culture.”
Richard Foster – Sanctuary of the Soul
What Batterson’s book did for my prayer life, Foster’s book did for my practice of meditation. I blame this book and its practices for even starting this blog up again.
Traveling Unfamiliar Pathways: An Advent, Christmastide, and Epiphany Devotional. Renovare
Stations of the Cross
I am not Catholic, and don’t even know the exact purpose of the Stations in the Catholic tradition. All I know is that the hour I spent walking through the Stations at The Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kansas was one of the most powerful times with God I have ever had. The experience was life changing.
I have had trouble finding good Christian podcasts. They either are two theology heavy or just talk about current events and politics. This podcast, from Chad and Melissa Edgington, is a simple snapshot of a Christian couple trying to remain faithful in the midst of marriage, parenting, and ministry. Funny and refreshing.
I can be a sucker for the Success Industry but this podcast had the right balance of self and others and spreading good will that I was able to get many insightful bits of inspiration for ministry, blogging, and work.
Meeting God in Scripture – Jan Johnson (Renovare Weekly Podcast)
Johnson was one of our speakers at the Apprentice Experience. She is a delightful person with a lot of spunk and compassion for others. This episode demonstrates that spunk and reminds us that Scripture can’t just be studied.
Chapter 3, “What Jesus Knew: Our God-Bathed World”. Divine Conspiracy – Dallas Willard
If you want to have your view of God and Jesus revolutionized, read this chapter. I had read it many years ago and had forgotten how amazing it was.
Chapter 2, “We All Need More Love Than We Deserve.” The God Who Won’t Let God – Peter Van Breeman
What are we wired for and what is God uniquely capable of providing for us?
Casual Party – Band of Horses
When I first heard the 77s song, “You Walked In The Room,” I couldn’t imagine a song capturing the emptiness and banality of youth culture any better. This song is the same theme except for 40 year olds. Don’t worry, if you just want a rockin’ toe tapper, this will do the trick as well.
The Role of Faith in Prayer – Dallas Willard
“Prayer is a conversation with God about what you are both doing together.”