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Websites that I have found useful in preparing lessons and leading groups

* updated regularly *

Ancient History Encyclopedia: from Assyria to the Ptolmeys and beyond.

Bible Gateway: access multiple translations and tons of free study materials

Biblical Archaeology Society: fascinating articles about what life was like during Bible times; free e-books available

Bible Project: videos covering various themes

Bible Study Tools: devotionals, commentaries, concordances, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc. – for free

Bruce Gore: Dr. Gore teaches at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. His lectures on church history are excellent (also available on YouTube)

Chabad: Jewish commentary and teaching on the Old Testament; provides interesting insight and background information

Christians for Biblical Equality: dedicated to helping women rise up and take their places in the Kingdom of God

Church of the Nazarene Manual: my denomination’s confessional statement and practical guide

Discipleship Place: free webinars, Bible studies and devotionals; print materials available at a reasonable price (operated by the Church of the Nazarene)

Jen Wilkin: free Bible studies

InterVarsity Press: free Bible studies; ebooks and print materials available

Jews for Jesus: helpful for understanding the connection between Judaism and Christianity

New Testament Gateway: a directory of academic resources across the internet, focusing on the books and history of the New Testament

Old Testament Gateway: a directory of academic resources across the internet, focusing on the books and history of the Old Testament

Society of Evangelical Arminians: articles on the differences between Calvinisim/Reformed/Doctrines of Grace teaching and Arminianism/Free Will/Wesleyanism

StudyLight: similar to Bible Study Tools above; good for studying the original Greek and Hebrew words

Utah Lighthouse Ministry: operated by Gerald and Sandra Turner, UtLM has done extensive research on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons); extremely useful reference tool

Wesley Center Online: a collection of scholarly resources rooted in the Wesleyan tradition (operated by Northwest Nazarene University)

Women’s Ministry Toolbox: geared toward women, but contains valuable insight and tips for leading small groups of any kind (operated by the Southern Baptist Convention)

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Books that I have found useful in preparing lessons and leading groups

* updated regularly *

10 Women Every Christian Should Know
Michelle DeRusha

Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Theology

“Be” Commentary Series
Warren Weirsbe

Beacon Bible Commentary Series

Boundaries
Henry Cloud & John Townsend (a must-read for teachers and leaders)

Crazy Love
Francis Chan

Creative Bible Teaching
Lawrence O. Richards & Gary J. Bredfeldt

Dictionary of Paul and his Letters
Gerald F. Hawthorne & Ralph P. Martin

Foundations of Wesleyan-Arminian Theology
Mildred Bangs-Wynkoop

Holman Bible Atlas

Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary

How to Read the Bible Book by Book
Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart

How to Read the Bible for All its Worth
Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart

Jesus and the Gospels
Craig Bloomberg

Kingdom of the Cults
Walter Martin

Teaching to Change Lives
Howard Hendricks

Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission
Amy Simpson

The Universe Next Door: a Basic Worldview Catalog
James Sire

Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words

Why Do Christians Shoot Their Wounded?: Helping (not Hurting) Those with Emotional Difficulties
Dwight Carlson

Zondervan Handbook to the Bible