Food for Thought

This corner of our website is a place for you to find things that could spiritually feed you. Picking something to read or listen to in a bookstore or online can often be overwhelming, so we have narrowed things down to a list of what are staff and some of our small groups are “eating.”

Spiritual food includes: books, blogs, or articles our staff is currently reading or has read previously.  As well as podcasts and books our small groups are reading or planning to read soon.

As with all food, you may not have an appetite or taste for all the items listed, and that’s OK. We don’t always agree with or like everything here either, but it is typically good food for thought. Take a look at the menu and see if anything looks appetizing.


Books

A Place at the Table

In a culture built on consumption–especially of food – it is easy to forget the poor that Jesus cared so much about. Following the pattern of his successful Advent Conspiracy, Chris Seay invites readers on a journey of self-examination, discipline, and renewed focus on Jesus that will change their lives forever.

He challenges readers to eat like the poor for forty days in solidarity with a much-neglected group of people, and to donate the money they save on groceries to a charity or project that serves the poor in concrete ways. But he doesn’t expect them to go it alone. A Place at the Table includes a short chapter for each of those forty days with Scripture, reflections, prayers, encouragement, and tips for engaging the whole family in the process. The six-session DVD, shot in such locations as the Holy Land, Haiti, and Ecuador, will help small groups and entire churches go on a passionate journey of radical faith, personal action, solidarity with the poor, and extravagant grace.

The Gospel Comes with a House Key

Winner of the 2019 Christianity Today Book Award in the Christian Living & Discipleship Category

“This book is going to shake us all up in the most wonderfully destabilizing way.” ―Ray Ortlund, Lead Pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee

What did God use to draw a radical, committed unbeliever to himself? Did God take her to an evangelistic rally? Or, since she had her doctorate in literature, did he use something in print? No, God used an invitation to dinner in a modest home, from a humble couple who lived out the gospel daily, simply, and authentically.

With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Such hospitality sees our homes as not our own, but as God’s tools for the furtherance of his kingdom as we welcome those who look, think, believe, and act differently from us into our everyday, sometimes messy lives―helping them see what true Christian faith really looks like.

Out of the Silent Planet

The first book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which continues with Perelandra and That Hideous Strength, Out of the Silent Planet begins the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom. Here, that estimable man is abducted by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice and taken via spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra. The two men are in need of a human sacrifice, and Dr. Ransom would seem to fit the bill. Once on the planet, however, Ransom eludes his captors, risking his life and his chances of returning to Earth, becoming a stranger in a land that is enchanting in its difference from Earth and instructive in its similarity. First published in 1943, Out of the Silent Planet remains a mysterious and suspenseful tour de force.

The Pastor

In The Pastor, author Eugene Peterson, translator of the multimillion-selling The Message, tells the story of how he started Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland and his gradual discovery of what it really means to be a pastor. Steering away from abstractions, Peterson challenges conventional wisdom regarding church marketing, mega pastors, and the church’s too-cozy relationship to American glitz and consumerism to present a simple, faith-based description of what being a minister means today. In the end, Peterson discovers that being a pastor boils down to “paying attention and calling attention to ‘what is going on now’ between men and women, with each other and with God.”


Podcasts

Nomad Podcast

Stumbling through the post-Christendom wilderness, looking for signs of hope, the Nomad podcast highlights and interviews authors, scholars, artists, and Christians of all walks of life in an attempt to understand what Christianity is like in a growing secularization in hopes of finding a healthy future identity for the Church in post-Christendom.

Word of Life Church Podcast

Chess likes to listen to these sermons from Brian Zahnd, author of Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God. It’s always good for preachers to listen to other preachers, and this is one of Chess’ favorites.