Helpful books, websites, and internet resources. Unless otherwise noted, books are Amazon links to the Kindle version.
I’ve given my best effort to only list books that don’t contain attacks on LGBTQ people. If you find I’ve missed a reference, please tell me so I can remove it or post a warning.
Books on Bible/Faith and LGBTQ
This list is far from exhaustive, but I’ve found these books particularly helpful.
- Justin Lee, Torn – founder of Gay Christian Network (now Queer Christian Fellowship).
- Kathy Baldock, Walking the Bridgeless Canyon – Kathy runs Canyonwalker Connections, a LGBTQ Christian advocacy site.
- Matthew Vines, God and the Gay Christian – Vines made a YouTube video that went viral, leading him to write this book and found The Reformation Project.
- Sandra Turnbull, God’s Gay Agenda – Pastor of The Glory Center (formerly Glory Tabernacle) in Bellflower CA
- James Brownson, Bible, Gender, Sexuality – a well-known and respected seminarian.
- David Gushee. Changing Our Mind, 3rd Ed – this book is notable because it doesn’t address the clobber passages in the usual way. I heard Gushee give this talk in person.
Books about Lonnie Frisbee
Although Lonnie Frisbee died before his time and churches he helped found and grow avoid mentioning him, I find his story inspiring.
- Roger Sachs wrote the authorized biography Not by Might, Nor by Power as a single volume. He has since expanded it to three volumes: Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3.
- Lee Allen Howard, a gay man, wrote Lonnie Frisbee: Catalyst for Revival, another biography of Lonnie Frisbee. Much of Howard’s telling of Frisbee’s life is similar to the Sachs series, and he cites both Sachs and the KQED video. The end of the book is from a LGBTQ Christian perspective.
- The KQED TV production, Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher, is no longer available as a DVD. At this writing (May 2020) you can watch it on Amazon Video.
Books I used in Bible Schools
Note: One of my Bible school professors – author of several books listed here – had a well-known moral failure affecting his life and ministry. It doesn’t detract from the education I received or the value of these books.
- Burton H Throckmorton Jr, Gospel Parallels – this hardback book on the Synoptic Gospels is an updated version of a book I was using in 1988 in one of my first classes. There are other Gospel harmonies available as Kindle books, for example George W Knight’s A Simplified Harmony of the Gospels.
- Jonathan Welton, Understanding the Whole Bible – an overview of he Bible, breaking it into covenants rather than dispensations. We had an entire semester of lectures that became the basis for this book.
- Jonathan Welton, New Age Masquerade – a look at Christian supernatural manifestations and how New Age and other religions have counterfeited them. The Christian is meant to be supernatural, don’t let fakes keep you from the real.
- Jonathan Welton, New Covenant Leaders – on being a leader that is open-hearted, servant-minded, and transparent.
- Joe McIntyre, Who We Are in Christ – a look at our supernatural identity through being born again.
- Roberts Liardon, God’s Generals, vol 1 – biographies of faith leaders – John G Lake, Aimee Semple McPherson, Kathryn Kuhlman, AA Allen, and others – how they succeeded and how they failed. I recommend the entire series, currently at six volumes, but we only used this first volume in school.
End Times books
I started out a believer in the rapture, and lived through the “Jesus is coming back any day” time of the 70s and 80s. Around 2001 or so I moved away from an “imminent rapture” view. I had heard of alternative end-time views and eventually adopted a Partial Preterist viewpoint. This series of books by Jonathan Welton touches on reading Matthew 24 and the Revelation and “what happens now?”
- Jonathan Welton, Raptureless, 3rd ed – this book wraps a lot of preterist theology in an easy-to-read format, with references for further study. Focus is on Matthew 24 and other passages apart from the Revelation.
- Jonathan Welton, The Art of Revelation – a companion volume to Raptureless, looking at the Revelation, why it was written as it was, and how to read it.
- Jonathan Welton, Understanding the Seven Churches of Revelation – a look at the letters to the seven churches, with historical context.
- Jonathan Welton and Jim Wies, The Advancing Kingdom – if there is no rapture, where do we go from here? A look at the kingdom growing and advancing and powerful.
Miscellaneous Books I Recommend
- My current favorite study Bible – Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible – is available in Kindle, hardback, soft binding, and leather. First released in NIV11, it’s now available in NKJV and NRSV as well (these editions not available in leather binding).
- Revised Common Lectionary (citations only, without text). You can also find this free on the web at Vanderbilt Divinity Library. This is a full three-year cycle of readings – Gospel, Psalm, OT, and NT. You can use it devotionally. I recommend this for new preachers to use as a resource for preaching texts, because it helps keep you out of “ruts”.
- Jonathan Welton, New Covenant Culture – formerly published as Normal Christianity, this book looks at the difference between “average Christianity”, and “Jesus and the book of Acts”.
- Steve Shaw, The Green Ladder – three paradigm shifts in kingdom thinking – gospel of salvation vs gospel of kingdom, shame identity vs saint identity, and God’s sovereignty vs partnering with a sovereign God.
- Joe McIntyre, Throne Life – our position in Christ. A complement to Who We Are in Christ, mentioned above.
- Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth – an invitation to participate in the supernatural.
- Bill Johnson and Michael Seth, When Heaven Invades Earth for Teens – Although I’m well past my teens, I liked this book. We can learn to expand our relationship with Christ and expect the miraculous.
- Bill Johnson, The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind – how learning to think the way Jesus thinks gives ability to live without guilt and shame, and enter into new opportunities to be Jesus to others.
- HA Maxwell Whyte, The Power of the Blood – a newly revised and expanded edition of a classic. Bishop Randy Morgan strongly recommends this book, as I do.
- Billye Brim, The Blood and the Glory – another recommendation from Bishop Randy Morgan as well as from me.