The links below are a series of resources that I’ve been blessed by during my journey of faith. They include gatherings, videos, books, and events by numerous writers, teachers, and thinkers – all committed followers of Jesus.
Goldenwood Trellis and Quarterly Retreats
I have known David Kim and Amilee Watkins since my Gotham Fellowship and have continually been blessed by their work and friendship. The Goldenwood Trellis, Quarterly Retreats, and Dream Forum and all benefited my spiritual formation. I can’t really recommend them any more than I do. Whatever my work is, I try to make space for these activities. website
The Gotham Fellowship
In the 2012/2013 season I was a Gotham Fellow. The fellowship, hosted by the Center for Faith and Work, a ministry of Redeemer Presbyterian Church centers around faith and work integration. As an extension of the fellowship I performed at the 2012 Faith and Work Conference and later was an artist in residence for the 2014/2015 season with the Center for Faith and Work. The fellowship provided a solid foundation as I began inquiring about the beliefs I had taken for granted up until that point. website
Dallas Willard Videos and Books
I was first introduced to Dallas’s work in the summer of 2020. I have since made it part of my routine to take in some of Dallas’s work on a regular basis. The are many books, including The Spirit of the Disciplines, The Divine Conspiracy, Renovation of the Heart, Hearing God, and others. There are many more teachings available on YouTube. A quick search of “Dallas Willard” will bring them up. Any lecture is a good starting place and will be a doorway into Dallas’s body of work. Even further, you can find more about Dallas at this website.
C.S. Lewis Books
C.S. Lewis was one of the first Christian writers that I remember being exposed to. I began with Mere Christianity, continued with A Grief Observed (when my mentor Gregory Hines passed away) and landed in The Four Loves. I later learned of the global impact of Lewis’s work.
Brennan Manning Books
In one of my darker moments (of which I’ve had many) I found Manning’s Ruthless Trust. Reading the book brought me back to a place of peace. It brought me to tears (the good kind) as I read Manning’s words. He has a way of making the journey with Jesus simple (although not simplistic), grounded in reality, and affecting. I went on to listen to some of his talks as well as reading The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus and his most known book, the Ragamuffin Gospel.
Francis Schaeffer and L’Abri
From my first hearing of this ministry my imagination was captured. So much so that as I dreamt of Nuach, I couldn’t escape the idea of L’Abri. As for his writings, during a retreat at Laity Lodge, I came upon a tiny book by Schaeffer entitled The Mark of the Christian. I have since put Francis Schaeffer’s Complete Works on my bookshelf and have benefited greatly from his recorded lectures. I would also recommend this book by Edith Schaeffer, about the beginnings of L’Abri, for an inside look and what a life with God can look like.