Resources on the Gospel and Race

Yesterday, Bryan preached about how as we live lives on God's mission, we have the responsibility to think well about how the gospel informs our understanding of race, ethnicity and culture. In order to help you grow further in your understanding of these complex issues, we wanted to provide some additional resources.

Click HERE to listen to Bryan's sermon, "Life on Mission: Race".

1. D.A. Horton's Reading List

Under the subpoint for "Intellectual Equipping," D.A. provides a reading list that's a helpful starting point for developing a reading list. D.A. will be with us in March 2017 to speak further about matters of the gospel and race.

2. Tim Keller and Bryan Stevenson - Grace and Race

A thoughtful dialogue that provides a helpful framework for thinking biblically and engaging practically.

3. Malcom Gladwell - Carlos Doesn't Remember

The story of a young man's struggle to break the cycle of poverty - a helpful narrative that humanizes and personalizes the realities of systemic injustice and privilege.

4. ESPN's O.J.: Made in America (Particularly Parts 1 and 2)

The first two parts of this documentary do a fantastic job setting the historical backdrop of America's mishandling of race, and how this has contributed to much of the tension and controversy that we're experiencing today.

Resources for your week

Every Monday someone (typically Andy) will offer some questions to help you think through Sunday’s sermon better. There will also be a few additional resources (typically from Bryan) that helped develop what was taught on Sunday, as well as the occasional bonus resource that might help you as you process what’s currently going on in culture.


As we continued our "For Your Joy" series where we're looking at how the gospel impacted three influential first century cities, we discussed how Acts 19 shows us a people who have realized what we're all reaching for - radical life change. We see a story where the Ephesian people are so changed, they walk entirely away from an old way of life. Here is a further discussion of how God changes us if you're looking to go deeper about the topic.

Discipleship Guide PDF

Resources for Your Week

Every Monday someone (typically Andy) will offer some questions to help you think through Sunday’s sermon better. There will also be a few additional resources (typically from Bryan) that helped develop what was taught on Sunday, as well as the occasional bonus resource that might help you as you process what’s currently going on in culture.


I might be biased because of my own Irish heritage, but with Saint Patrick's Day coming tomorrow, I felt it appropriate to recommend three related resources to help you better understand the true heritage of Patrick, and the work he did in the lives of the Irish people.

This is a short video capturing the story of Patrick's life in two minutes.

St. Patrick of Ireland is an excellent biography on his life. 

And somewhat related, the book The Search for God and Guinness is an excellent resource as well. Sometimes alcohol is a touchy subject within the church, but no matter how you might feel, the way the Guinness family saw their brewing as a calling from God and leveraged their success for the good of their city and employees is a marvelous example of what it looks like to leverage one's faith in business and industry.

Discipleship Guide PDF