Holy Joys Podcast

10 Favorite Online Resources

September 13, 2023 Johnathan Arnold
Holy Joys Podcast
10 Favorite Online Resources
Show Notes

Johnathan and David discuss some of their favorite online resources.

Johnathan’s list:

  1. ccel.org — a wealth of free Christian books; allows you to make an account so that you can save notes and highlights
  2. newadvent.org — especially newadvent.org/fathers, which has the full text of many patristic works
  3. stepbible.org — Step Bible by Tyndale House, my favorite online Bible
  4. wesley.nnu.edu — Wesley Center Online with the full text of Wesley’s sermons, Notes on the Bible, etc.
  5. bestcommentaries.com — commentary recommendations on each book of the Bible
  6. thevcs.org — Christian art in conversation with Scripture
  7. bibleproject.com — a wealth of free Bible study resources (e.g., animated video overviews of each book of the Bible)
  8. bcponline.org — the Book of Common Prayer online
  9. lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu — the Revised Common Lectionary with readings and other liturgical resources
  10. biblehub.com — some free commentaries (e.g., Calvin’s Commentary) in an easy-to-read format

David's list:

1. The Wesley Center Online (free)

  • A database of Wesleyan and holiness materials created by Northwest Nazarene University.
  • I like it because it has some hard-to-get resources.

2. Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL.org)

  • Searchable
  • Includes Schaff’s 38-volume Church Father’s series
  • Calvin’s Commentaries
  • Works of Arminius (3 Vol. Nichols ed.)
  • No page numbers

3. NewAdvent.org (free)

  • Similar to CCEL
  • More readable in my opinion

4. The Revised Common Lectionary (lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu)

5. Papalencyclicals.net (free)

  • Every important document ever put out by the Roman Catholic Church
  • The search feature is difficult to use because titles are often only in Latin.

6. Perlego.com ($18/month)

  • This would be in my top two or three if it still had the daily subscription option.
  • Tons of contemporary books.

7. Wesley Scholar (wesleyscholar.com) (free)

  • An independent collection of Wesleyan-Methodist and early Christian works. 
  • Contains articles as well as original works.

8. Open Access Digital Theological Library (libguides.thedtl.org) 

  • Contains some free material
  • Contains PhD dissertations

9. Books.Google.com 

  • Used to be able to download as PDFs.
  • Gives all the information about a book including the nearest library or where to get it online.

10. Gutenberg.org (free)

  • Over 70,000 of free ebooks
  • Christian and secular books
  • Several different formats including actual facsimiles of pages
  • Everything is public domain
  • Searchable

Honorable Mentions:

JSTOR.org (fee)

  • Usually accessible through a student library account
  • Not really affordable for individuals.

Academia.edu (fee and free)

  • Up-to-date scholarship
  • Pay by subscription or by item
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