I’m always asked for sites and books I recommend to ministers that help with the study and proper exegesis of the Bible. I reviewed old emails to find a harmony to the lists. Sometimes the answers change dependent upon the situation but by far and large here is the Top List of Resources for Bible Study!
Recommended resources and a tiny bit about why I like the resource.
Go to WebSites
Yeah, I said it. There are times when you simply don’t know the rest of the verse or where it is even though you know the first few words or the pertinent parts. A simple Google search “by an ox comes much increase proverbs bible verse” renders: Proverbs 14:4, just what a Bible student needs.
While you could possibly use Blue Letter Bible to review multiple translations at once, BibleGateway is a lot more seamless of a user experience that counts for a lot when you are simply searching for a particular verse in various versions and translations. Also BibleGateway offers a year-end analysis of the most-popular verses searched, read, etc. this information often helps pastors as they plan their message series throughout the year…at least I hope it does.
Blue Letter Bible
I love the Lexicon Tool on this site. When viewing a verse in the King James Version, a user can click “TOOLS” and receive a list of every word/phrase in its original language and that original wording can be linked back to its Strong’s Dictionary entry with a sound clip for proper pronunciation. Blue Letter Bible also offers a group of free online courses helpful in understanding the Christian faith via The Blue Letter Bible Institute.
CARM (Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry)
For years CARM was my one stop shop for apologetics and Christian research. As a young preacher/teacher/evangelist, I can’t tell you how indispensable this site was not only to my own growth, but the growth of those who I’ve ministered to over the years. From the simplest questions to the most difficult theological debates; Matt Slick has been providing the information to keep the Body of Christ growing strong.
Hmmm….how to say this without sounding like a fan-boy…Jon Courson is one of my favorite Bible teachers….ever. Many of my cohorts and friends can tell you I’m a bit of a fan. This man has never met me, never seen or heard of me and he has been one of the single greatest blessings to my personal walk with God and my ministry in my life. The Search Light website has a plethora of Bible teachings sort-able by Book/verse or Topic,
For more than 30 years Pastor John Piper has been tackling the profundity of the Scriptures and teaching what is in my opinion a very balanced and semi-conservative word. Desiring God not only archives his messages, blog posts and writings, it all archives the writing of ministers, teachers, faithful sisters in the Body who have encouragement and exhortation for all believers. Behold, where else can you find a pastor who practically and with intellectual fervor and deep-care approaches the question: “Can the dead respond to the Gospel?”
I’ve bought and lost so many copies of the Apocrypha, but no more. With Sacred Texts, you can review the copies of various holy books of various religions. This might not make every pastor's list, however nothing helps truly understanding your friends, family, and surrounding community more than understanding their sacred texts. From the Vedas and Upanishads to the Pyramid Texts to the I-Ching or even to the Unkulunkulu: you can read and understand them all.
Since we’ve began Epiphany we’ve always set aside time for Q&A. You know why? Because learning only truly happens when there’s a question. It means that there was an attempt to download and process some information but a gap appeared a misunderstanding or gap in assumptions. No matter the cause, a question will either bring clarification or more questions—both should be welcomed. Got questions answers questions, from Christians and non-Christians about all sorts of things. Got Questions Top 3 questioned topics are typically: Women pastors, homosexuality and tattoos / body piercings.
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