Complex Conversations

Jun 09 - Jul 14

09:15 am


It seems that there are topics in today’s world about which we don’t know how to have a conversation, at least not without screaming at one another.

The issues are multi-layered. Our convictions are often personal and sometimes filled with passion. And multiple angles make the issues incredibly complex.

Frankly, the Church hasn’t always helped bring clarity or compassion to the conversation.

We’re all eager to know a better way when it comes to hot-button discussions, and we want to be a church that leans into the conversations with which our culture is wrestling.

This summer, you’re invited to Complex Conversations, a series on some of today’s most contentious topics.


Below is a list of books that helped shape, influence, and inform this series. We don’t necessarily agree with all the content in these books, but found them helpful as we seek to follow Jesus and engage in complex conversations. 

People to be Loved
Preston Sprinkle

Preston Sprinkle

Jesus and John Wayne
Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Where the Light Fell
Philip Yancey

Crucial Conversations
Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Emily Gregory

We Can’t Talk About That at Work
Mary-Frances Winters

Not In It to Win It
Andy Stanley

Stride Toward Freedom
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Everybody Always
Bob Goff

The Secular Creed
Rebecca McLaughlin

Faith for Exiles
David Kinsman & Mark Matlock

Is God Anti-Gay?
Sam Allberry

The Genesis of Gender
Abigail Favale

Born Again This Way
Rachel Gilson

Does the Bible Support Same-Sex Marriage?
Preston Sprinkle

Gay Girl, Good God
Jackie Hill Perry

A War of Loves
David Bennett

Tom Holland

David Kinnaman

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self
Carl R. Trueman

The Space Between Us
Sarah Bauer Anderson

Political Visions & Illusions
David T. Koyzis

Jesus and the Powers
N.T. Wright & Michael F. Bird

Under Our Skin
Benjamin Watson

The Anatomy of Peace
The Arbinger Institute