If you are interested to know which books have been influential for our preaching team, take a look at the list of recommendations below. Our pastors do not endorse everything written in these books (there may be multiple points of disagreement). Nonetheless, these books have influenced our theological understanding. If you’d like to discuss any of the books listed, send us an email! We will update these lists periodically.
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller
This book offers biblical guidance for prayer, including specific prayers for certain situations (grief, loss, love, and forgiveness). Learn to make your practice of prayer more personal and more powerful.
Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God by Rankin Wilbourne
Nothing is more practical for living the Christian life than union with Christ. This book will grow you understanding of why the gospel is such good news and help to answer some foundational questions about our identity, destiny, and purpose in Christ.
What does it mean to be holy? Why should we care? And how can we change? This is a book about God’s power to help us grow in personal holiness and to enjoy the process of transformation.
This gentle and poetic unmasking of Spurgeon's inner turmoil may be a soothing balm for your soul. If you don't struggle with depression yourself, it will help you to love those who do!
Are you overly concerned about what people think of you? Welch uncovers the spiritual dimension of people-pleasing and points the way through a true knowledge of God, ourselves, and others.
The covenants carry the Bible's story from start to finish and give root to the gospel. Discover (or rediscover) the Bible's unified covenantal story and its unfolding message throughout Scripture.
Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality by Nancy Pearcey
Addressing issues such as abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, and the hookup culture, this book boldly yet compassionately shows the manner in which secularism denigrates the body and undermines the basis for human rights.
The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
This series of four fantasy-adventure novels from singer-songwriter Andrew Peterson follows three siblings (Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli). They quickly find themselves at the center of a great mystery that will change their lives forever.
This book shows how the Bible formed and transformed the social, political, and religious institutions that have sustained Western culture for the past millennium.
Sojourn Academy Courses
View our 2020 Course Offerings
Sat, Feb 1, 9am–Noon
Instructor: Shelly Wildman
Shelly Wildman is the author of First Ask Why: Raising Kids to Love God through Intentional Discipleship, and she is coming to Houston to teach a parenting seminar for Sojourn’s current parents, future parents, and anyone else interested.
Sat, Mar 28, 9am–3pm
Instructor: Dods Pengra
The Enneagram is a helpful tool for self- and others-awareness. Through this course, you will gain insight into how the Lord has “wired” you and how best to serve and relate to friends, family, spouses, and the members of your Neighborhood Parish.
Union with Christ
Sat, May 30, 9am–1pm
Instructor: Brandon Barker
Union with Christ is "the central truth of the whole doctrine of salvation” (John Murray). This course will explore the mysterious reality that Christians are saved, not just by Christ, but in Christ. We live and move and have our being in living union with Christ.
Kids & Technology
Sat, Aug 22, 9am–1pm
Instructor: Street Grace
This course will help parents to navigate and discuss with their children topics such as phone safety, social media, pornography, gaming, and sextortion. There are also opportunities for parents to impact local schools and legislation.
Ethics & Politics
Sat, Sep 19, 9am–1pm
Instructor: Christi Williams
Faithful Christians have diverse political convictions, but it does not have to be a source of division. Christi Williams, a philosophy PhD and Sojourn member, will help to clarify the Bible’s essential teaching on pressing ethical/political topics.
Sat, Nov 7, 9am–1pm
This course explores fundamental questions such as: Is the Bible reliable? Who is God? What happened at the cross? And what is the Church? This is a course for everyone, whether exploring the faith or simply looking to grow and learn more.
2020 Discipleship Intensives
Each year, Sojourn hosts a number of 36-week discipleship intensives for covenant members who are looking to take a deep dive into Scripture and grow in their knowledge and observance of the teachings of Jesus. These intensives call for a high level of commitment, but they are not to be in competition with the Neighborhood Parish. Please approach this opportunity prayerfully, and seek the wisdom of others in your Parish, especially your Parish Leaders.
Intensives begin March 5th, 2020, and the registration deadline is February 6th. If you have any questions, please email Drew Knowles.
Parish Bible Studies
We encourage every Neighborhood Parish to organize a Bible Study. In some cases, two or more Parishes may collaborate in facilitating these studies. The Elders request that Neighborhood Parish Bible Studies choose from a list of approved study guides. Click the button below to see the current list.