Thomas Jay Oord & Christy Gunter: Love Does Not Control

Gravity Commons Podcast
Gravity Commons Podcast
Thomas Jay Oord & Christy Gunter: Love Does Not Control

That love does not control seems obvious to many people. And yet the temptation to control—often with good motives — is strong. The long-term results of yielding to this temptation damage everyone.

Thomas Oord and Christy Gunter join us to talk about uncontrolling love from a theological and therapeutic perspective. They are both contributers to Love Does Not Control: Therapists, Psychologists, and Counselors Explore Uncontrolling Love.

Dr. Christy Gunter is the director of Client Services at an agency that serves families of Domestic and Family Violence in DFW. She’s the author of “Survivor Care: What Religious Professionals Need to Know about Healing Trauma” and has her doctorate in Global Health and Wellness, a M. Div., and a Master of Social Work with over 500 additional hours of specialized training in violence, assault, trauma-informed care, and other related topics.

Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. Oord is a best-selling and award-winning author, having written or edited more than twenty-five books. Academic Influence ranks him among the most influential theologians in the 21st century. Oord directs a doctoral program at Northwind Theological Seminary and directs the Center for Open and Relational Theology. He is known for his research and writing on love, open and relational theology, science and religion, evil and power, and the implications of freedom and relationships for transformation.

Connect with Gravity:

  • Leave us a message or ask a question about this or any other episode and we’ll answer it on a future episode.
  • Join our online community for free to get a curated list of interesting and edifying links each week, plus all kinds of other goodies.
  • Check out the Gravity Commons, a place to connect and learn with others in the Gravity community.
  • Check out Gravity Leadership Academy, our 12-month training intensive for Christian leaders who want to bring lasting transformation to their culture.
  • Are you interested in advertising on the Gravity Leadership Podcast? Contact us at

Our Sponsors:
* Check out HelloFresh: and use code 50gravity to get 50% off plus 15% off the next two months.

Support this podcast at —

Advertising Inquiries:

Privacy & Opt-Out:

Subscribe to the Gravity Podcast

Free Audio Course


Discover 8 key shifts to unlock a more resilient faith with our FREE audio course.

Just want to stay in touch?

Join our mailing list