I wanted to link a few of the references I mentioned in my sermon.
- Mark Noll, The Civil War as a Theological Crisis
- Rodney Stark, For The Glory Of God
- Also, though I didn't mention the book, Murray Harris offers a wealth of information regarding slavery. His book, Slave of Christ, is a comprehensive survey of slavery as a background to a biblical theology of devotion to Christ. I read the book in 2001 and have returned to it several times since.
Also, I mentioned as we closed that your small groups would be a great place to advance the discussion and talk about how we apply the truth of gospel to the current realities of human trafficking as well as how we can take action as a church.
IJM - Reality of Human Trafficking from International Justice Mission on Vimeo.
I recommend everyone read Angelise Anderson's BreakPoint article: Modern Day Slavery: A Task Bigger Than Wilberforce's. Also, check out International Justice Mission, and visit their "Take Action" page. IJM's founder, Gary Haugen, has authored several profoundly helpful books: Good News About Injustice, Terrify No More and Just Courage (read about Haugen here).
Three other organizations I would reccomend checking out are: