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Reading Now: Greg R. Allison and Andreas J. Köstenberger, The Holy Spirit.

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings.

Ruth Haley Barton, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry. 

Ted Loder, Guerrillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle.

Juanita Campbell Rasmus, Forty Days on Being a One.

Douglas Kaine McKelvey, Every Moment Holy, Volume 1.

Kathleen M. O’Connor, Jeremiah: Pain and Promise.

Reading Next:  Kristen Kobes Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.

Megan Phelps-Roper, Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church.

Al Gini, The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure, and Vacations.

Eugene H. Peterson, Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers.

Eugene H. Peterson, The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways that Jesus is the Way.

Eugene H. Peterson, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology.

Paul Scott Wilson, Preaching as Poetry: Beauty, Goodness, and Truth in Every Sermon.

Micheal Brothers, Distance in Preaching: Rome to Speak, Space to Listen.

Klaus Issler, Wasting Time With God: A Christian Spirituality of Friendship With God.

The Frequency of listening is indicated with * being infrequently and **** being very frequently.

  • The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill ****
  • The Bible for Normal People **
  • Theology in the Raw ***
  • In Faith and Doubt **
  • Norsworthy **
  • A Jew and a Gentile Discuss *
  • The Robcast *
  • The Language of God *
  • Word on Fire Show *
  • BibleProject Podcast *
  • The Confessional *
  • Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi *
  • New Books in Biblical Studies*
  • Understanding Your Enneagram *
  • The Road Back to You*
  • Duke University Chapel*

General Recommendations

The New Oxford Annotated Study Bible (5th edition) – purchase here.

The HarperCollins Study Bible (revised edition) – purchase here.

The Baylor Annotated Study Bible – purchase here.

NIV Study Bible, Fully Revised Edition – purchase here.


The Jewish Study Bible (2nd edition) – purchase here.

The Jewish Annotated Apocrypha – purchase here

The Jewish Annotated New Testament – purchase here

An Introduction to Joy by Rob Bell

Totally Like Whatever, You Know? by Taylor Mali

Theories of Israel’s Emergence by Dr. Dale Manor

The Problem of Jericho by Dr. Dale Manor

The Bible Project YouTube page

Books That Greatly Impacted Me

  • Ruth Hailey Barton, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry. Purchase here.
  • Steven D. Boyer and Christopher A. Hall, The Mystery of God: Theology for Knowing the Unknowable. Purchase here.
  • Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination. Purchase here.
  • Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick-Fix. Purchase here.
  • Makoto Fujimura, Art and Faith: A Theology of Making. Purchase here.
  • John Mark Hicks, Searching for the Pattern: My Journey in Interpreting the Bible. Purchase  here.
  • ___________, Women Serving God: My Journey in Understanding Their Story in the Bible. Purchase a copy here.
  • Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. Purchase here.
  • Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Bretler, The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently. Purchase here.
  • C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity. Purchase here.
  • ________, The Screwtape Letters. Purchase here.
  • ________, The Great Divorce. Purchase here.
  • Adam S. McHugh, The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction. Purchase here.
  • Phyllis Trible, Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives. Purchase here.
  • Dallas Willard, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God. Purchase here.
  • __________, Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ. Purchase here.

Books I Read Every Year

  • Ruth Hailey Barton, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry. Purchase here.
  • Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick-Fix. Purchase here.
  • Adam S. McHugh, The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction. Purchase here.
  • Dallas Willard, Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ. Purchase here.

A Bible Reading Plan Generator. Customize your own Bible reading plan.

My Modern Wisdom Collection.

Sola – Multimedia Christian journal and blog

Martin Luther Insult Generator 

A Google Search for Pitweenies (Pitbull and Weenie Dog mix)

Women in Ministry

Community Without Barriers – Community Without Barriers is an extension of the Manhattan Church of Christ and the work of Dr. Thomas Robinson and Dr. Amy Bost Heneger. Community Without Barriers has the stated goal of showing that “the scriptures never intended to silence or disempower women in general in any aspect of the church’s work, public or private.” There are downloaded resources including sermons, study guides detailing the arguments for female inclusion in the church. There is also a Spanish translation of the Community Without Barriers Study Guide.

Where the Spirit Leads – This site has a directory of gender inclusive and egalitarian churches of Christ in the United States and Canada. Some of the information in the directory is outdated, but the list is still generally helpful in discovering gender inclusive and egalitarian churches of Christ. There is also an article titled “Focusing on the Questions” by Wiley Clarkson which presents a brief case for inclusion of women in church leadership on the basis of Galatians 3:26-29.

Women in Ministry – A small website seeking to lend support to women in ministry serving in Churches of Christ. The site has several state goals as part of their mission:

  1. to encourage each other through conferences, gatherings, and online communities
  2. To provide support as sojourners on this common road
  3. To connect women who are geographically isolated from other women in
  4. To walk alongside each other on our spiritual journeys
  5. To provide and share resources relevant to our community

Christians for Biblical Equality International (CBE) – This site contains a multitude of resources including articles, blogs, book reviews and more. There is also an academic journal connected with CBE called the Priscilla Papers.

Beth Allison Barr, The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth. Purchase here.

Michael F. Bird, Bourgeois Babes, Bossy Wives, and Bobby Haircuts: A Case for Gender Equality in Ministry. Purchase here.

Aimee Byrd, Recovering From Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: How the Church Needs to Rediscover Her Purpose. Purchase here.

John Dickson, Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons. Purchase here.

Eldon J. Epp, Junia: The First Woman Apostle. Purchase here.

John Mark Hicks, Searching for the Pattern: My Journey in Interpreting the Bible. Purchase here.

____________, Women Serving God: My Journey in Understanding Their Story in the Bible. Purchase here.

Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. Purchase here.

Dorothy Lee, The Ministry of Women in the New Testament: Reclaiming the Biblical Vision for Church Leadership. Purchase here.

Scot McKnight, Junia Is Not Alone. Purchase here.

Philip B. Payne, Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters. Purchase here.

John G. Stackhouse Jr., Partners in Christ: A Conservative Case for Egalitarianism. Purchase here.

Church of Christ Specific

  • This article consists of an interview conducted with the Minter Lane Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas who appointed two females elders on December 8, 2019.
  • This article was published on March 26, 2019 and consists of a list of 10 Churches of Christ from across the nation that were then transitioning to inclusion of women in leadership in some fashion at their church. The list provides links to the Church’s websites with resources explaining their study of this issue.
  • This article is a follow-up to an article that listed churches of Christ that transitioned to more open roles for Women in the assembly. This article articulates the problems and arguments that are involved in appointing women as elders in the churches of Christ.
  • An article presenting 20 different passages from scripture that include women speaking or having authority over a man in the assembly and elsewhere.
  • This article discusses the results of a 2018 long-term study showing the negative effects traditional church of Christ theology has had on women.
  • This is a link to many articles concerning gender and church leadership by Richard Beck on his excellent blog “Experimental Theology.”

Non-Church of Christ Specific

  • This is an article by Ben Witherington III about why arguments against women in ministry aren’t biblical.

A podcast series called PreacHer. This podcast exalts female voices in the act and art of preaching. The reasoning behind this offering of female preaching is that churches are shrinking because of their harmful theology against women.

Magnifications – Online Jounral of Biblical reflections written by women in the Ston-Campbell movement.

Restoration Movement

“A Little Good News Today: Lessons From Our Past to Propel Us Into The Future.” Wes Crawford. Restoration Quarterly, 63, no 2 2021, 103-111.

“Twenty-Five Years of Restoration Scholarship: The Churches of Christ Part I.” Richard T. Hughes. Restoration Quarterly, 25 no 4 1982, 233-256.

“Twenty-Five Years of Restoration Scholarship: The Churches of Christ Part II.” Richard T. Hughes. Restoration Quarterly, 26 no 1 1983, 39-62.

Discovering Our Roots: The Ancestry of Churches of Christ. By C. Leonard Allen and Richard T. Hughes. Purchase here.

Renewing God’s People: A Concise History of Churches of Christ. By Gary Holloway and Douglas Foster. Purchase here.

Renewal for Mission: A Concise History of Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. By W. Dennis Helsabeck, Jr., Gary Holloway, and Douglas Foster. Purchase here.

Renewing Christian Unity: A Concise History of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). By Mark G. Toulouse, Gary Holloway, and Douglas Foster. Purchase here.

Renewing the World: A Concise Global History of the Stone-Campbell Movement. By Gary Holloway and Douglas Foster. Purchase here.

The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement. Edited by Douglas A. Foster, Paul M. Blowers, Anthony L. Dunnavant, and D. Newell Williams. Purchase here.

Hard-Fighting Soldiers: A History of African American Churches of Christ. By Edward J. Robinson. Purchase here

Reviving the Ancient Faith: The Story of Churches of Christ in America. By Richard T. Hughes. Purchase here.

The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History. Edited by D. Newell Williams, Douglas A. Foster, and Paul M. Blowers. Purchase here.

The Christian Chronicle – Church Positions, Other Positions, Products and Services

Freed-Hardeman – Church Postings

Harding School of Theology Ministry – Job Opportunities 

Harding University – Church Connections 

Heritage Christian University – Church Openings

Lipscomb University – Community

Lubbock Christian University – Current Ministry Openings 

Abilene Christian University – MinistryLink

Ohio Valley University – Churches Looking for Ministers

Oklahoma Christian University – Ministry Jobs

Pepperdine University – Church Jobs [Contains both Church of Christ and Christian Churches/Churches of Christ job posting]

York College – Ministry Openings 

Carolina Christian College – Employment Opportunities 

Central Christian College of the Bible – Ministry Openings 

Dallas Christian College – Job Postings 

Great Lakes Christian College – Church Employment

Hope International University – Ministry Opportunity Network 

Kentucky Christian University – Ministry Openings

Lincoln Christian University – Open Ministry Listing

Louisville Bible College – Open Ministry Opportunities

Manhattan Christian College – Ministry-Based Career Opportunities 

Mid-Atlantic Christian University – Jobs Archive

Milligan University – Current Job Positions 

Nebraska Christian College – Ministry Positions

Ozark Christian College – Ministry Openings 

Point University – Churches and Ministries 

St. Louis Christian College – Ministry Opportunities 

Summit Christian College – Job Postings 



  • Michael F. Bird, Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction. Purchase here.
  • __________, What Christians Ought to Believe: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine Through the Apostles’ Creed. Purchase here.
  • Stanley J. Grenz, Theology for the Community of God. Purchase here.
  • Alister E. McGrath, Theology: The Basics. Purchase here.
  • _____________, Theology: The Basics Readings. Purchase here.
  • _____________, Christian Theology: An Introduction. Purchase here.
  • Daniel Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology. Purchase here.
  • Mark E. Powell, John Mark Hicks, Greg McKinzie, Discipleship in Community: A Theological Vision for the Future. Purchase here.
  • R. C. Sproul, Everyone’s A Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology. Purchase here.
  • Timothy C. Tennent, Theology in the Context of World Christianity: How the Global Church is Influencing the Way We Think About and Discuss Theology. Purchase here.

Gregg R. Allison, Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine. Purchase here.

Donald Fairbairn, Life in the Trinity: An Introduction to Theology with the Help of the Church Fathers. Purchase here.

David Bentley Hart, The Story of Christianity: A History of 2,000 Years of the Christian Faith.

Alister E. McGrath, Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought. Purchase here.


  • Matthew Barret, Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Purchase here.
  • Mark E. Powell, Centered in God: The Trinity and Christian Spirituality. Purchase here.
  • Fred Sanders, The Triune God. Purchase here.
  • __________, The Deep Things of God: How The Trinity Changes Everything. Purchase here.
  • __________, Fountain of Salvation: Trinity and Soteriology. Purchase here.
  • Scott R. Swain, The Trinity and the Bible: On Theological Interpretation. Purchase here.
  • __________, The Trinity: An Introduction. Purchase here.


  • Fred Sanders, “5 Myths About the Trinity.” Crossway Blog. Read here.
  • Fred Sanders, “Follow the Trinity by Following Christ: Discipleship in a Trinitarian Key.” The Gospel Coalition Blog. Read here.

  • Fred Sanders, “What Does the Old Testament Say About the Trinity?” Zondervan Academic Blog. Read here.


  • Bad analogies of the Trinity with St. Patrick. Watch here.


  • G. K. Beale, Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament: Exegesis and Interpretation. Purchase here.
  • _______ (ed.), Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. Purchase here.
  • __________, A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New. Purchase here.
  • Michael F. Bird, Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew About the Bible. Purchase here.
  • William P. Brown, Sacred Sense: Discovering the Wonder of God’s Word and World. Purchase here.
  • Greg Boyd, Inspired Imperfection: How the Bible’s Problems Enhance Its Divine Authority. Purchase here.
  • Gerald O’Collins, SJ, Inspiration: Towards a Christian Interpretation of Biblical Inspiration. Purchase here.
  • _____________, Revelation: Towards a Christian Theology of God’s Self-Revelation. Purchase here.
  • Peter Enns, The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It. Purchase here.
  • _______, How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers – And Why That’s Great News. Purchase here.
  • _______, Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. Purchase here.
  • Rachel Held Evans, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. Purchase here.
  • Timothy Michael Law, When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible. Purchase here.
  • William D. Mounce, Why I Trust the Bible: Answers to Real Questions and Doubts People Have About the Bible. Purchase here.

William P. Brown, The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder. Purchase here.

Francis C. Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. Purchase here.

Peter Enns, The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Does Not Say About Human Origins. Purchase here.

Scot McKnight, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture After Genetic Science. Purchase here.

Janet Kellogg Ray, Baby Dinosaurs on the Ark?: The Bible and Modern Science and the Trouble of Making It All Fit.

John Walton, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Purchase here.

________, The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate. Purchase here.

________, Ancient Near Eastern Thoughts and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible. Purchase here

_______ et alUnderstanding Scientific Theories of Origin: Cosmology, Geology, and Biology in Christian Perspective. Purchase here.


  • Brian S. Rosner, Known By God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity. Purchase here.

Richard Bauckham, Jesus and the God of Israel: God Crucified and Other Studies on the New Testament’s Christology of Divine Identity. Purchase here.

_____________, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospel as Eyewitness Testimony. Purchase here.

_____________, Jesus: A Very Short Introduction. Purchase here.

Michael F. Bird, How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature — A Response to Bart D. Ehrmnan. Purchase here.

__________, Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus. Purchase here.

__________, Jesus the Eternal Son: Answering Adoptionist Christianity . Purchase here.

__________, Jesus is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels. Purchase here.

__________, Are You The One Who Is To Come?: The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question. Purchase here.

Gerald O’Collins, SJ, Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus. Purchase here.

James D. G. Dunn, Christology in the Making: An Inquiry Into the Origins of the Doctrine of the Incarnation. Purchase here.

Michael J. Gorman, Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology. Purchase here.

____________, Participating in Christ: Explorations in Paul’s Theology and Spirituality. Purchase here.

Larry W. Hurtado, Honoring the Son: Jesus in Earliest Christian Devotional Practice. Purchase here.

Luke Timothy Johnson, The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels. Purchase here.

_______________, Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospel. Purchase here.

Johnathan T. Pennington, Jesus the Great Philosopher: Rediscovering the Wisdom Needed for the Good Life. Purchase here.

Patrick Schreiner, The Ascension of Christ: Recovering a Neglected Doctrine. Purchase here.

John Stott, The Cross of Christ. Purchase here.

Stephen J. Wellum, The Person of Christ: An Introduction. Purchase here.

N. T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God. Purchase here.

________, The Resurrection of the Son of God. Purchase here.

________, Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision. Purchase here.


  • Fred Sanders, Fountain of Salvation: Trinity and Soteriology. Purchase here.


  • Gregg Allison, The Church: An Introduction. Purchase here.
  • Edmund P. Clowney, The Church. Purchase here.
  • Everett Ferguson, Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries. Purchase here.
  • ___________, The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today. Purchase here.
  • Peter J. Leithart, Baptism: A Guide to Life from Death. Purchase here.
  • Jürgen Moltmann, The Church in the Power of the Spirit. Purchase here.
  • Thomas R. Schreiner, The Lord’s Supper: Remembering and Proclaiming Christ Until He Comes. Purchase here.
  • Miroslav Volf, After Our Likeness: The Church As the Image of the Trinity. Purchase here.
  • Guy Presentiss Waters, The Lord’s Supper as the Sign and Meal of the New Covenant. Purchase here.
  • Ben Witherington III, Making a Meal of It: Rethinking the Theology of the Lord’s Supper. Purchase here.
  • ______________, Troubled Waters: Rethinking the Theology of Baptism. Purchase here.


  • Richard Bauckham, Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World. Purchase here.
  • Scott W. Sunquist, Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory. Purchase here.
  • Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. Purchase here.
  • _________________, The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission. Purchase here.


  • Craig L. Blomberg, Kenneth L. Gentry Jr., and Robert B. Strimple, Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond. Purchase here.
  • Scot McKnight, The Heaven Promise: Engaging the Bible’s Truth About Life to Come. Purchase here.
  • J. Richard Middleton, A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology. Purchase here.
  • Jürgen Moltmann, Resurrected to Eternal Life: On Dying and Rising. Purchase here.
  • ____________, Theology of Hope: On the Ground and the Implications of a Christian Eschatology. Purchase here.
  • ____________, The Spirit of Hope: Theology for a World in Peril. Purchase here.
  • ____________, The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology. Purchase here.
  • Jerry L. Wall (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology. Purchase here.
  • Catherine Wessinger, The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism. Purchase here.
  • N. T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. Purchase here.