Sojourners Sermon Preparation Resrouces
"With "Preaching the Word," every month you'll receive the best biblical commentary available from more than 30 years of Sojourners - including exclusive access to articles previously unavailable online."
Congregational Resource Guide
From the Website's Mission Statement "An effort of the Alban Institute in consultation with the Indianapolis Center for Congregations and other specialists, the Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) exists to help congregational leaders connect with resources that will enable them to face challenges and foster vitality in their communities of faith."
The Hartford Institute for Religion Research
"Hartford Seminary's Hartford Institute for Religion Research has a thirty-two year record of rigorous, policy-relevant research, anticipation of emerging issues and commitment to the creative dissemination of learning. This record has earned the Institute an international reputation as an important bridge between the scholarly community and the practice of faith."
ARDA--Association of Religion Data Archives
The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) collects and publishes data on religious membership, beleifs, and practices and brings together data from governmental, academic, and church sources. They strive "to democratize access to the best data on religion" in the United States.
Faith and Wisdom
"Faith and Wisdom is a cooperative project of seven North American Christian denominations. Its purpose is to serve leaders in church and society by assembing information about the best learning opportunities available. Seminaries, colleges, lifelong learning centers, retreat centers and para-church organizations throughout the world offer these learning opportunities."
Resources for American Christianity
"This web site seeks to assist leaders and participants in Christian communities, scholars and other interested publics in better understanding the impact, trends and trajectories of Christianity in American society." The site focues on projects supported by the Lilly Endowment Inc.
Transformingchurch.com offers a wide range of articles [click "resource toolbox"] designed to help Christian leaders reorient their congregations and ministries for twenty-first century discipleship. The site boasts a variety of contributors and is oriented toward the "emergening" and "transformational" church paradigms.
Massachusetts Bible Society
Locating reliable progressive online resources for studying the Bible can be very difficult. Fortunately, the 200 year old Massachusetts Bible Society has developed and organized many helpful tools. They offer resources from tips on how to select the right translation for you to an opportunity to pose questions about the Bible to world renowned biblical scholars.
The Bible Workbench
The Bible Workbench is a weekly resource for adult study groups and preachers. The scholars and editors work each week to explain, contextualize, and then apply the Bible in a way that makes it relevant for contemporary Christians. This is a great tool for anyone working to take the Bible seriously without subscribing to biblical literalism.
Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy
"Formed in January 2002 with a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to the Research Foundation of the State University of New York," the Roundtable on Religion and and Social Welfare Policy works to encourage discussion about and deepen knowledge of current events involving social welfare policy in the United States. They are an excellent source of both information and informed commentary.
Liberals Like Jesus
This site "is designed to help those who recognize how liberal Jesus of Nazareth really was and offers insights on many of the controversial issues of our day in accordance with that view of Jesus."
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