A couple of months ago I was noodling through some baseball-related websites online and came across a site that I had never seen before. I shared this with some other baseball lovers on a discussion forum and like me, it was also new to them. For those interested in baseball history, it’s a treasure trove of information. I’ve been online for 25 years or more, but I had never seen that resource.
I was going through my web browser’s bookmark folder the other day, removing links to websites that were obsolete or no longer of interest to me. In doing that, I came across my list of Christian and Bible-related websites.
If you are a young pastor, you are in the process of building a library. Whether you build a library of books or you use a software program like Logos or Accordance for the bulk of your library, it takes a substantial financial investment. Most young pastors don’t have limitless funds. You may have some basic reference tools and perhaps a modest (or maybe even small) library of commentaries and theology texts. And you wish you had more.
As I was going through the links in my Christian/Bible-related folder, I thought about sharing a few of the ones that can be very helpful in supplementing your personal library. So here are some sites that you should bookmark. Maybe there’s one or two here that will be to you what that baseball site was for me.
The name 9Marks may be familiar to you. I have often linked to articles from 9Marks on Mondays. But they have a great selection of resources in their online articles and downloadable journals that you may find very helpful. You probably won’t find much in the way of Bible exposition, but you will find articles about church life, pastoral ministry, and theological/ecclesiastical trends. If you have an issue you’re dealing with in your church life or ministry, make sure you take a look at their resources page.
Wish you could take a seminary class? Some are available via iTunesU, but check out biblicaltraining.org for some college or seminary-level classes. You may find a class that you can download and work through at your own pace that will supplement your education. Here’s a link to their website.
Many of us use PowerPoint in our preaching and teaching. It can be helpful to show a map or other visual when we are explaining a text. Holylandphotos.org has a collection of over 5,000 images that can be used in your ministry. From all I can tell, these pictures are free for use. Check them out here.
Theological journals are a great way to keep up with current trends, new books, and discussions of theological issues. There are several online, but two I would recommend are The Master’s Seminary Journal and Themelios. Add to that Credo Magazine and you have a good collection of online periodicals to refer to. Some of these sites allow downloading PDF files. Look at The Master’s Seminary Journal here. Themelios can be found here. Credo Magazine can be found here.
Here is one of my favorites. Commentaries can be very helpful in understanding the meaning of a passage, but it can often be helpful to see how others are presenting the passage. The Gospel Coalition has an extensive set of links to both audio and document files of sermons and lectures. You can search by topic or by passage. Check it out.
The Instititute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (IBCD) has a decent collection of articles and talks (some audio) on very practical subjects relating to, uh, counseling and discipleship. Very helpful resources can be found here.
Finally, the Proclamation Trust is a British ministry that equips pastors to preach well. Their resources include sermons and instructional audio material. Look here.
I’m scratching the surface of Christian websites, but resources like these can extend your learning and provide help in your personal life, your sermon/lesson preparation, and your pastoral ministry.
Is there anything on this list that’s new to you? Oh, and if you’re interested in that baseball site, here you go.
Have a good week, and I will see you on Friday. Thanks again for stopping by! And don’t forget, Evernote is your friend.