This will be a brief intro followed by a list of different websites I like to use for various aspects of my Christian life.
1. Biblegateway.com – Access to over 20 English translations, as well as over 40 different languages. You can do a quick search by verse, or if you know some of the words in the passage you’re looking for, you can search that way too. You can even search by topic, which is really cool if you want to do a specific study, say on money. Type that in, and not only do you get the verses that have the word “money” in them, you also get related words and verses. There are also reading plans, audio Bibles, and for those with smart phones, an application for people on the go.
2. Studylight.org – This is another good one. It has the search and different translations like Biblegateway, but what makes this site cool is the option to see/hear/know the original language. I love this part about it because, as we know, the Bible was written long ago, and it wasn’t in English. It was in Hebrew, Greek, and some parts Aramaic. So on this site, you can go to a verse, say Ephesians 2:8. The verse pops up and gives you options like verse in context, the entire chapter, links to discussion groups, and, the original language. Click on that and it’ll show the verse in English and in the original language (in this case, Greek). Click on a word that is underlined and another window will pop up with the original word, the transliterated word, the pronunciation (as well as an audio recording), its part of speech and its definitions. How cool is that? This is important because in order to apply the Bible correctly in our lives, we need to interpret it correctly. And a huge part of that is understanding what the text meant to the original hearers of the Word. One small way we can do that, apart from actually learning Greek and Hebrew, is to use this site.
3. Blueletterbible.org – This was introduced to me at my small group last week, so I haven’t had the chance to really play around with it, but from first looks, it’s super cool. The one thing that really sticks out for me is the hymn link. This will take whatever verse you look up, and link you to any hymns that are related to that passage. So cool, right? As a musician, I love this! For example, type in John 1. The chapter will show up, and on the left you see symbols. Click on the music symbol on verse one (the symbol will only show up if there are songs to link to) and a box will pop up above it. A scroll down option is in that box. Click on it and you will see the songs you can connect to. In this case, four hymns show up: The Heavenly Word Proceeding Forth; High Word of God; O Savior Whom This Holy Morn; and, Word Supreme, Before Creation. Highlight one of them and click “Go.” If you don’t know the song, that’s fine. It connects you to Cyber Hymnal, another great website, which has the lyrics and a Midi file to play you the melody. Sweet.
1. http://teampyro.blogspot.com/ – This is one of my favorites to go to. Smart, witty and extremely biblical, the four contributors (Dan Phillips, Phil Johnson, Frank Turk and Pecadillo) range from pithy statements of truth to deep examinations of various topics (sometimes random, sometimes current events)
2. albertmohler.com – Well, I get my updates on the phone, so this was my first time looking at the new and improved website. You can search by topics! Awesome! Anyways, Dr. Mohler is a man I respect very much. One of the smartest people you’ll ever meet, he keeps up to date with current events, and then does an excellent job of analyzing how we as Christians ought to view these things.
3. http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/ – I really like this guy. I first heard of him when I read his book, “Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be.” He is biblical, intelligent, and thought-provoking. He strives be very practical, not just knowledgeable.
4. gty.org – This site essentially has all of Pastor John MacArthur’s sermons and resources available to you. You can listen to sermons, read articles and be encouraged. One aspect I really like is the daily devotionals. Pastor John not only breaks the passage down for you, but provides encouragement and exhortation to apply what is taught in God’s word.
5. Biblebb.com – This is one of the best places to go for topical searches. It categorizes Pastor MacArthur’s sermons by different topics.
After looking at what I wrote, I want to point out that I’m not being paid by Grace Community Church (where Pastor MacArthur pastors) to write this. I really just have a tremendous amount of love and respect for that man. I am a proud and thankful member of Evangel Bible Church of Berkeley, and we can be found at EBCB.org, my last, but not least, favorite place to go. It has almost all of Pastor John Shim’s sermons, as well as sermons from guest preachers and intern pastors. Feel free to check it out!
If you have any sites you like to use, please leave a comment and let me know where!