USEFUL ONLINE HOMILETICAL AND BIBLE CLASS RESOURCES
- TextWeek — leans left, but has a wide range of links to a variety of resources for the RCL.
- Lectionary at Lunch + — from CSL. Resources also available on the CSL iTunesU page.
- WorkingPreacher.org — out of Luther Seminary; value of commentary varies from writer to writer. YMMV.
- Year at a Glance — Exactly what it says. The Lectionary for the year, with links to the English texts.
- CSL iTunesU resources
- Concordia Theology — theological resources and reflection on current events from Concordia, St. Louis.
- Mockingbird — Episcopalians who have discovered Luther, and like him. Lots. Especially the whole Law/Gospel thing. Wide-ranging pop-cultural connections, as well as with various works of literature, music, and film. Their Resources page has some fine audio/visual resources, as does their Vimeo site, many of which are either sermons or from their conferences.
- Faith Lutheran Church, Capo Beach (Vimeo) — some fine presentations by Dr. Rod Rosenbladt and some others of the Concordia–Irvine faculty.
- GetReligion — a useful examination of religion in the press.
- Books and Culture
- 1517 Legacy
- New Reformation Press — some free resources, others may be purchased. The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church is fantastic, free, and is also available on the Faith, Capo Beach site above.
CHURCH FATHERS AND OTHERS
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) — The Church Fathers (Schaff’s work) are the most valuable resource to be found here, though there is much else. HERE is a link to a query string (which can be modified) which excludes most results which I have found to be less than useful.
- Early Christian Writers — the e-Catena is one of the more useful portions of this site.
- Institut für Neutestamentliche Textforschung — Home of NA28 & the Editio Critica Maior (ECM), the planned replacement/superset of the NA series.
- Evangelical Textual Criticism — Pretty much as the title reads.
- NT Gateway — A wide-ranging set of online resources for NT study.
- John Donne’s Sermons — Just why BYU hosts a collection of Donne’s sermons is unclear; it is good, however, that they do. While worth reading for their language alone, Donne shows — after much verbiage is conquered — just how to lay out a point for delivery.
- EBSCOhost — CSL grads may obtain a password to access this resource. Many, many periodicals.
- BibleGateway — If you need access to an English (or other) translation of the Bible, it is probably going to be found here.
- BookOfConcord.org — Sure, an old translation, but if you need something quick & searchable, this is useful.
- Project Wittenberg — various Lutheran resources.
BLOGS OF INTEREST
- Cranach: The Blog of Veith — Dr. Gene Veith’s blog on Patheos.
- The First Premise — Rev. Donavon Riley (LCMS). Something different.
- Peter Leithart — Federal Vision Reformed pastor and scholar. That said, there is much of interest to found here; hosted on First Things.
- LutheranForum.org — Pan-Lutheran. Some useful articles.
- Larry Hurtado’s Blog — From the author of Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity. Useful information and links on the early church and its context.
- Churchmouse Campanologist — Has an interesting series, Forbidden Bible Verses, in which those verses omitted from sequential readings in the 3-year cycle are examined.
- Strange Herring — thoughts and reviews of various sorts, mostly of movies.
- Biblical Studies and Technological Tools
COMMENTARY SERIES AND OTHER BOOKS I HAVE FOUND USEFUL
- Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible — This series has been consistently interesting.
- The Pillar New Testament Commentary — Those I’ve used have been consistently well-written and useful.
- It requires patience, but the Blackwell Bible Commentaries ([Book] Through the Centuries) can be panned for gold.
- William Arndt’s Concordia Commentary volume on Luke.
- Klyne R. Snodgrass, Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus. A massive examination of Jesus’ parables and his employment of them.
- While it is well past its sell-by date, there are definite teaching uses for the 1934 Popular Symbolics by Engelder, Arndt, Graebner, and Mayer. An updated book along these lines would be welcome, and of far more use for making distinctives clear than The Religious Bodies of America.
- Kolb & Nestingen’s Sources and Contexts of The Book of Concord contains much that is useful for why certain things are argued in the BoC. Its inclusion of a modern version of the Confutation is invaluable.
- Few sermon collections are worth the time it takes to read them; Selected Sermons of Norman Nagel, however, is an example of one that pays a reader well. A rare example of carefully-chosen phrasing and creative, yet orthodox exegesis in modern English-language Lutheran preaching.
- G. E. Ladd, The Presence of the Future. You’re not going to agree with everything, but you will rethink more than you expect.
- Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations. A useful little book for training in keeping an eye out for the Gospel direction from various OT passages.
- Robert Kolb, Make Disciples, Baptizing: God’s Gift of New Life and Christian Witness. Great little book on Baptism.
- Steven Paulson, Lutheran Theology. A run-through of Lutheran theology via a commentary on Romans. By G. Forde’s best-known student, likely not everyone’s cup of tea.
- Adolf Köberle, The Quest for Holiness. If you didn’t read it when it was assigned at sem, give it a chance.
- Harold Bloom, The American Religion: The Emergence of the Post-Christian Nation. Not a Christian book; more relevant than when published in 1992. This book describes well the gnosticism that’s been in the water for more than a few years; even if you know this already, it is useful as we consider where our audience comes from.
- J. L. Koerner, The Reformation of the Image. While (unsurprisingly) not always on theologically (not unexpectedly), this is a fascinating study of the changes in iconography stemming from the Reformation, especially in Lutheran areas. Interesting on its own, this is useful for rethinking the art and architecture in our own buildings in which we preach and teach.