There are so many great resources out there (and so much trash too!). These are a few that we are recomending, and so sorry if we didn’t include your favorite (yet).
- Biola University’s Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts hosts wonderful devotional series for Advent and for Lent. Find them at http://ccca.biola.edu/ .
Hearts and Minds Books: https://www.heartsandmindsbooks.com/
Welcome to a bookstore which attempts to create a new space for serious, reflective readers. What distinguishes us most is our enthusiasm for the development of a uniquely Christian worldview where Christ’s Lordship is honored and lived out in relevant ways in the midst of our highly secularized, post-modern culture. We offer quality books for the sake of faithful Christian living. We serve business folk, scientists, artists, college students, moms, dads (and kids!), pastors, poets and politicos. We believe Biblical faith leads to “thinking Christianly” about every area of life. (from the website)
The selection is deep and the discounts too. Byron and Beth Borger are our favorite booksellers. Byron’s reviews are enlightening, and the shop is just south of York in Dallastown. It is certainly worth a visit online and in person (once the viral dust settles).
Promise and Deliverance (4 volumes) by S. G. DeGraaf, each available as a PDF https://www.monergism.com/promise-and-deliverance-4-volumes
It can be difficult to find a quality narrative Bible curriculum for teens and adults. The four volume Promise and Deliverance series by S.G. De Graaf, first published years ago, is still among the best. Many years ago Christianity Today called it “A landmark in interpreting the simple stories of the Bible” and that assessment is as valid as ever. For years the author, Reverend De Graaf, led a weekly class for those who taught Bible to children, both at Sunday schools and at day schools. This book is the fruit of repeatedly answering the question, “How do we tell this Bible story?” (from the website)
This is an invaluable review of hundreds of stories of the Bible that comprise the epic story of redemption. These readings provide much needed biblical literacy, theological reflection, and devotional vitality. I can’t imagine a much better devotional reading discipline than working through these four volumes, solo or with a small posse.
Here are two free recordings by Tim Keller that we found to be very reassuring in times like these. The first is entitled Living by Faith in Troubled Times and the second is Praying Our Fears.
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship provides resources for pastors and for those planning worship services. We actually think that you can plunder some of these resources for your own devotional use as well and for guidance in prayer. There is a link for Holy Week Resources and another for COVID-19 Resources.
Steve Garber is the Professor of Marketplace Theology & Director of the Program in Leadership, Theology & Society at Regent College in Vancouver. Recently the Church Life Journal asked him to pen some words on another Plague, the one written by Albert Camus. His insights are always spot on, and so deeply faithful, at the same time ancient and current.
My favorite campus ministry org, the Coalition for Christian Outreach, is striving to serve students during this massive exodus from campus. A bunch of us from Messiah attended the CCO’s Jubilee Conference in February, and we are still being carried along by great learning, worship joy, and the vast network of faithful college students that gathered from across the country! There is some great encouragement here, and maybe a job for a couple of you??