I started a lecture this week on “Electronic resources for sermon preparation.” That could be a never-ending lecture. However I tried to limit the resources to what would be most useful to first-year students and those just starting to preach. I have Logos and Bibleworks software on my Mac, and I use both for different purposes. However, if I was just starting to preach and I had to choose between the various Bible Software packages, I would go with Logos, especially now that Logos 4 Mac has been released.
UPDATE: Broken links repaired.
1. Bible Software
Watch the five videos at the top of the page
Manual for Logos 3:
Hundreds of free PBB books at Truth is still truth.
Use this blog to help you download PBB’s.
Accordance (for Mac)
Free Bible Software
Two hour training video
User created training videos
2. CD or Download Packages
How about all of Calvin’s commentaries for $20 or all of Spurgeon’s sermons for $20?
3. Online Resources
PERT: Puritan Electronic Research Tool
Enter chapter and verse to find books in PRTS library that have sermons on the text. You will find many of the older books on Google Books.
See verse in different Bible versions
Great for making progress in original language Bible reading
Prepare your sermon first before consulting this and the next two resources!
Use Bible Search to find sermons on book, chapter & verse,
Desiring God (John Piper) Scripture Index to Sermons
Grace to You (John Macarthur) Scripture Index to Sermons
Resources for New Testament Exegesis
This is provided by Dr Roy Ciampa of Gordon Conwell and also has useful links for OT Exegesis.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Huge number of online books and commentaries together with a Scripture Index search box that will search all the resources for references to that text.
See also Internet Christian Library
Complete Hebrew Bible in mp3
Download chapters of the Hebrew Bible to listen to
Sermon Quotations & Illustrations
You are best to find your own quotes and illustrations, but there are plenty websites out there if you do a Google search and use some discernment.
I read blogs for five reasons:
- For my own edification
- To build awareness of what’s happening in the wider Christian world
- To discover new resources
- To know what my congregation is reading
- To stimulate sermon ideas
These are the blogs I’ve found most useful for these purposes:
- Challies.com by Tim Challies
- Between Two Worlds by Justin Taylor
- DeYoung, Restless, Reformed by Kevin DeYoung
- The Gospel Coalition edited by Collin Hansen
- Albert Mohler’s Blog by Dr Al Mohler
- Ligonier by R C Sproul and others
I read many more blogs, but these are the ones that best serve the five purposes outlined above. Some others that I find beneficial, and that would also be especially helpful to beginning pastors and preachers are:
- Practical Shepherding by Brian Croft
- Feeding on Christ by Nick Batzig and others
- Kingdom People by Trevin Wax
Also worth keeping an eye on the evangelical portal of Patheos