1. Here are some of the books I recommend quite frequently, especially to those interested in cultivating — or learning more about — progressive approaches to Christianity.

Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church, by Carol Howard Merritt

Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All of the Answers Learned to Ask Questions, by Rachel Held Evans

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint, by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression (A 40 Day Devotional), by Monica Coleman

The Heart of Christianity, by Marcus Borg

Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally, by Marcus Borg

The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James Cone



2. Here are some specific resources for LGBTQ+ friends and allies:


God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, by Matthew Vines

Torn: Rescuing the Bible from the Gays vs. Christians Debate, by Justin Lee

Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church, by Jack Rogers

Homosexuality and Christian Faith: Questions of Conscience for the Churches, ed. by Walter Wink

What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality, by Daniel Helminiak

What the Bible Says–And Doesn’t Say–About Homosexuality” (and other Soulforce resources)

Online Resources from GLAD


GLAD (Gay, Lesbian and Affirming Disciples)

PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

Gay Christian Network


3. Books for those wanting to learn more about postmodern approaches to Christianity:

What Would Jesus Deconstruct?, by John Caputo

Insurrection, by Peter Rollins

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