Thinking Out Loud: Resources

August 28, 2018

If you’ve missed any of our Thinking Out Loud series, catch up here and be sure to check out these thoughtful resources below.

Resources for Racial Reconciliation

To Read:

  1. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
  2. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  3. Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice by Eric Mason
  4. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  5. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  6. Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly about Racism in America by George Yancy
  7. The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cohn
  8. White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to Be White by Daniel Hill

To Listen:

  1. Black and White: Racism in America – The Liturgists Podcast
  2. What Happens When We Talk About Race – The Faith Angle Podcast
  3. Why We Should Keep Talking About Race – The Faith Angle Podcast
  4. A Conversation with Derwin Gray – Theology in the Raw
  5. White Christan America with Robert P Jones – Depolarize! Podcast
  6. Does America’s History of Racism Really Matter? with Drew G.I. Hart – Depolarize! Podcast
  7. Simply Listening to Christians of Color – Depolarize! Podcast

To Watch:

  1. 13th – Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.


Resources for Depression

Anyone going through depression should seek to talk to a professional counselor. Below is a PDF of counselors we as a church would recommend. The list of resources could also help those going through depression, but would also help to educate those who have not experienced depression but want to understand those who do.

  1. Counseling Resources [PDF]
  2. Hope in the Dark: Believing God Is Good When Life Is Not by Craig Groeschel
  3. Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Teenagers by Chap Clark
  4. Dr. Henry Cloud’s books and/or his blog
    Our staff has scene Dr. Cloud speak on several occasions. He’s a psychologist who writes primarily on human relationships and self-improvement.
  5. A Mental Illness Journey: Clinging to Hope after Hitting Rock Bottom
    Journalist Ryan Wood details the journey both he and his wife went through during her battle with depression.
  6. 5 Things Christians Should Know About Depression and Anxiety
  7. How to Know If Your Suffering from Depression
    Andrea Jongbloed, a mental health outreach support worker for Fraser Health, outlines how to discern exactly what you are experiencing and what to do about it.
  8. The Gospel Coalition’s resources for battling depression

Resources for Immigration

  1. Depolarize! Podcast with Dan Koch and Chris Hoke
    Chris Hoke, author of “Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws“, lives and works among illegal immigrants, convicts, and ex-cons in Skagit Valley, Washington. He shares both heart-rending stories and mind-opening statistics surrounding the issue of illegal immigration.
  2. Depolarize! Podcast with Dan Koch and Dr. Charles Hirschman
    Dr. Charles Hirschman, who has served on two different panels to study the integration of immigration and economic consequences of immigration in America, is a social demographer who talks through several complex and surprising aspects of immigration in the US.
  3. A Prayer of Compassion by Scotty Smith
    A short prayer of compassion for refugees, immigrants, and foreigners.
  4. Is There Any Common Ground on the Immigration Debate? by Tyler White
    Tyler White, who works for World Relief, parses through the all of the information in hopes to find a biblical approach to immigration for all Christians.
  5. Why Immigration Policy is More Than Just a Political Issue: An Interview with Shane Claiborne
  6. Human Dignity & Political Civility with Daniel Darling
    Daniel Darling, author of “The Dignity Revolution: Reclaiming Rich Vision of Humanity“, discusses his new book and challenges us to think beyond the ‘us vs. them’ mindset and to support and defend what is good and right even when it means supporting or defending the ‘other’ political party.
  7. An Ordinary Day in the Life of a Refugee
    Siloam Health Center – an organization that our youth served with in Nashville – documents what an ordinary day in the life of a refugee looks like at Siloam Health Center.



Resources for Science & Creation

  1. Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution by Michael J Behe
    Dr. Behe offers a scientific argument against biological evolution.
  2. The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate by John Walton
    Dr. Walton argues that a literal reading of Genesis 1 is not about material creation, but rather about functional creation.
  3. The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate by John Walton
    Dr. Walton explores the ancient Near Eastern context of Genesis 2–3, creating space for a faithful reading of Scripture along with full engagement with science for a new way forward in the human origins debate.
  4. The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder by William P. Brown
    William Brown asks, which biblical creation story are we talking about? Brown shows that, through a close reading of biblical texts, no fewer than seven different biblical perspectives on creation can be identified.
  5. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis Collins
     Written for believers, agnostics, and atheists alike, The Language of God provides a testament to the power of faith in the midst of suffering without faltering from its logical stride.
  6. Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique by J.P. Moreland
    Featuring two dozen highly credentialed scientists, philosophers, and theologians from Europe and North America, this volume contests this proposal, documenting evidential, logical, and theological problems with theistic evolution―making it the most comprehensive critique of theistic evolution yet produced.
  7. What Genesis 1 Is All About
    A message preached by Gary McQuinn wherein he tries to get past the debate to point to what the text is really trying to get us to understand.
  10. The Non-Negotiable Beliefs of Creation
    An 11 minute video in which Tim Keller, Russell Moore, and Ligon Duncan discuss what they consider to be the non-negotiable beliefs of creation.
  11. What Ever Christian Must Affirm about the Universe’s Origins
    A 3 minute video in which Albert Mohler explains what he believes every Christian must affirmd regarding the universe’s origins.


Resources for #MeToo

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse and is looking for counseling, we have a list of Christian counselors available at the church so please visit or contact one of the pastors.

  1. What The Church Can and Should Bring to the #MeToo Movement
  2. A Conversation Between Ed Uszynski and Preston Sprinkle
  3. Overreacting to Christian Purity with Kaetlyn Beaty

Resources for Jesus & Politics

  1. Paul Hamlin for Congress
  2. Freeholder Jim Jefferson
  3. Depolarize! Podcast by Dan Koch
    Dan Koch & Ellen Mauro seek to find common ground at the intersection of politics, psychology, and faith.
  4. The Faith Angle by RELEVANT PODCASTS
    Kirsten Powers and Jonathan Merritt have shaped their podcast around the question, “What does it mean to live as a person of faith in this moment in American history?”
  5. The Holy Post: Episode 317 “Social Justice and the Gospel w/ Russell Moore”
    The interview between Skye Jethani and Russell Moore begins around the 24:00 mark.
  6. The Ezra Klein Show: Interview with David French
    A great example of depolarization and civil disagreement.
  7. How the Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics in a Divided Age by Jonathan Leeman
    Leeman challenges Christians from across the spectrum to hit the restart button. First, we shift our focus from redeeming the nation to living as a redeemed nation. Second, we take the lessons learned inside the church into our public engagement outside of it by loving our neighbors and seeking justice.
  8. Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb by Keith Giles
    Youth Pastor Dave Hallahan reviewed the book here
    And Keith Giles talks about his book here
  9. Jesus President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne
     Claiborne reminds us that our ultimate hope lies not in partisan political options but in Jesus and the incarnation of the peculiar politic of the church as a people “set apart” from this world.
  10. Voting Your Faith
    A brief article from Relevant Magazine
  11. A Conversation with Scott Sauls
    An episode of Preston Sprinkle’s podcast Theology in the Raw. Sprinkle and Sauls touch on a variety of topics, but the first 20 minutes and last 10 are the most relevant to the political conversation.
  12. Controversial Jesus: Jesus and Politics – a sermon from Jon Tyson


Resources for LGBTQ 

  1. Dear Church: I’m Gay
    A video resource from The Center for Faith, Sexuality, and Gender
  2. Why God’s Sexual Ethic Is Good for the World
    A video resource from The Gospel Coalition in which Sam Allberry, Rosaria Butterfield, and Jackie Hill Perry answer the question, “In what way is God’s sexual ethic not just true, but good?”
  3. Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was And Who God Has Always Been by Jackie Hill Perry
    The video promo can be found here and the book can be purchased here.
  4. People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue by Preston Sprinkle
    This book is a great balance of grace and truth as Sprinkle digs deep into this topic with both a high view of scripture and of people.
  5. Living in a Gray World: A Christian Teen’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality by Preston Spinkle
    Preston Sprinkle from People to Be Loved and gears it towards a teenage audience.
  6. Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality by Nancy Pearcey
    Pearcey looks at the underlying worldview shifts we have experienced in the West. With clear thinking and compassion, she offers that there is a better way to view the human body, gender, and sexuality.
  7. Is God anti-gay? And other questions about homosexuality, the Bible, and same-sex attraction by Sam Allberry
    Sam Allberry is a gay Christian committed to celibacy. In this book, Allberry seeks to help confused Christians understand what God says about these topics in scripture.
  8. Does God View Me as a Heterosexual?
    An article from author Brant Hansen.
  9. Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church
    Preston Sprinkle and Stanley N. Gundrey share differing views and present their cases for each. Regardless of who you agree with, it’s good to know why other people believe what they believe.
  10. God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships by Matthew Vines
    As you probably guessed from the title, Vines argues in favor of same sex relationships from the Bible. While, as a church, this is not our stance we do see benefit in understanding how someone would come to this conclusion.
  11. The Center for Faith, Sexuality, and Gender
  12. The Liturgists Podcast: LGBTQ
    Several different guests are interviewed and share their stories and perspectives on LGBTQ persons and the Church.
  13. A Conversation with Sam Allberry
    An interview between Preston Spinkle and Sam Allberry
  14. In October of 2017, Pastor Mark preached a series on sexual ethics and worldviews. Those 3 messages can be found below:
    Follow Your Heart
    A Wondering World
  15. In April of 2018, Pastor Jon Tyson from Church of the City in New York preached through a series called The Controversial Jesus. Several of those messages would be helpful additions to this conversation:
    Sexual Formation
    Jesus and the Gay Community
    Jesus, Gender, and the Trans Community