Resources For The Living Gospel: A Trinity Park Book List

From January to July of 2014 I went through a sermon series called The Living Gospel where we took key areas of our lives like church, marriage, parenting, work, money and mission and answered the question “What would it look like for me to live in line with the Gospel in this ‘dirt under the fingernails’ area of my life?”

Some have asked me what resources I used to pull together my thoughts on these topics. Of course, my only primary source is the Bible. Every other source is a distant second. But I have found some stellar secondary sources to help me along the way.

Here are the resources I used as I preached this series (in no particular order):

Church

Jack Miller, Outgrowing the Ingrown Church
John Stott, The Living Church
Graham Tomlin, The Provocative Church
Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity
Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in our Holiness
Michael Horton, A Better Way

Marriage

Tim Keller, The Meaning of Marriage
John Piper, This Momentary Marriage
Dave Harvey, When Sinners Say I Do
Brian Chapell, Each for the Other
Tim Lane & Paul Tripp, Relationships: A Mess Worth Making
Sheldon Vanauken, A Severe Mercy

Parenting

Paul Miller, A Praying Life
Kevin DeYoung, Crazy Busy
Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting
Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart
David & Kelli Pritchard, Going Public (1)
Catherine Vos, The Child’s Story Bible
Sally Lloyd Jones, The Jesus Storybook Bible

Work

Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor
Tim Keller, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness
Gene Veith, God at Work
Sebastian Traeger & Greg Gilbert, The Gospel at Work (2)
Dalton Conley, Elsewhere U.S.A. (3)
David Brooks, Bobos in Paradise (4)

Money (5)

Tim Keller, Counterfeit Gods
Paul Tripp, Sex & Money
Randy Alcorn, The Treasure Principle
David Platt, Radical (6)
Christian Community Development Association: Overview of Ministry Philosophy

Mission

Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert, When Helping Hurts
James Davison Hunter, To Change the World
Michael Goheen, A Light to the Nations
John Piper, Let the Nations be Glad
Tim Keller, Center Church
Tim Keller, Ministries of Mercy

General

Deitrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
Francis Schaffer, True Spirituality
Paul Tripp, Dangerous Calling

Notes:

(1) I don’t advocate public school for everyone, only that it’s a viable option for believers

(2) Includes a great section on how to discern your calling.

(3) Has good insights on how technology is changing the we we live, but I don’t agree with all of his conclusions.

(4) This book is an excellent commentary not just on work but on money, spirituality & other aspects of our cultural moment.

(5) There is a dearth of good resources (at least that I have found) in the area of money.

(6) Platt’s clarity of vision and focus have been very encouraging but I think his applications of how to be radical are too narrow.