The web is one of the most important ministry tools we have. It is quite literally a bottomless well of information and resources. But sometimes, it just feels like there is no way to find the good stuff.
That’s why companies like Google have become the most powerful forces on the web. They are the proverbial gatekeepers of the information superhighway. But of course there is another way to find great stuff on the web. Community. Here at Seedbed we hope to serve our readers as curators of quality content on the web. Periodically, we will be pointing you towards resources that you may not have known about. In this first post we will be directing you to some of the larger, more inclusive websites that we think you should know about. Be looking for more posts in this series that go deeper on particular topics and leave feedback in the comments if you want to contribute!
- Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books on the internet. If it is in the public domain it is probably on the Gutenberg site. http://www.gutenberg.org/
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library. The name is a mouthful, but their resources are a wonderful asset for the Christian community. Their digital library contains classic works by all the church fathers. Our friend John Wesley has had his notes on the Bible accessed more than 1,764,131 times since 2005. http://www.ccel.org
- Vanderbilt’s Revised Common Lectionary service. If your church uses the lectionary or you do devotionally, this is the resource you need to know about. It offers full texts, PDFs of the readings and access to the calendars. http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/
- The Wesley Center Online. A collection of historical and scholarly resources about the Wesleyan Tradition, theology, Christianity, and the Church of the Nazarene. This is a one-stop-shop for all things Wesley! http://wesley.nnu.edu/
- Patheos. A huge directory of religion oriented blogs. Many of the premier Christian bloggers have been migrating to Patheos, including Asbury Seminary’s own, Ben Witherington III. http://www.patheos.com/Religion-Portals/Evangelical.html