for further reading and study

As a follow up to our conversation on Episode 321 of The Next Right Thing (What We Wish We’d Known), John and I wanted to share some of the resources that have been helpful to us over the years as we have become intentionally curious about what we didn’t understand as it relates to the LGBTQ community and our faith.

There are of course many wonderful resources available, I’m simply sharing ones that we have found personally helpful so far. Note: Not all of these resources arrive at the same theological conclusion and some are more explicit in their conclusions than others. However, they all lead with compassion and have been helpful to us in some way, specifically as parents and spiritual directors.

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Heavy Burdens: Seven Ways LGBTQ Christians Experience Harm in the Church by Bridget Eileen Rivera

Love is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community by Andrew Marin

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans

Walter Brueggeman: How to Read the Bible on Homosexuality

Embracing the Journey: A Christian Parent’s Blueprint to Loving Your LGBTQ Child by Greg and Lynn McDonald

Embracing the Journey Ministries founded by Greg and Lynn McDonald.

Mission: “To build bridges between LGBTQ+ individuals, their families, and the church, not in spite of the Bible but because of the Bible, drawing parents and children into a deeper relationship with each other and vertically with God.”

Canyon Walker Connections founded by Kathy Baldock

Mission: “To repair the division existing between social and Christian conservatives and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities through education, training, encouragement, and dialogue in both secular and religious environments.”

Unclobbering the Tangled Mess Pt. 1 with Kathy Baldock

A video series exploring the history of cultural and religious discrimination against the LGBTQ community in America

Making Things Right Podcast with Brian Nietzel

Author and theologian Dr. David Gushee joins Brian in a discussion for those wanting to examine what they believe. Dr. Gushee brings his personal and theological journey to help us dig in on what the Bible and Christian history are calling us to. Episode 5: The Quieter Middle: An Invitation To Re-examine

From North Point Church with Andy Stanley: I Love My Church


From South Bend City Church with Jason Adam Miller

Help to sort through questions surrounding the Bible and theology related to LGBTQ+ identity and inclusion:

If you’re curious our personal story, check out my new book: How to Walk into a Room: The Art of Knowing When to Stay and When to Walk Away.