Stephanie Bliese is a PhD student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, studying American Religious History with a minor in Global Christianity. In addition to blogging for our site and being a student, she works in seminary fundraising and inter-religious dialogue.
The Bible is the most sold book on Earth, with more copies in print than Harry Potter, Twilight, or any other megaseries you can think of. Despite its age and popularity, we are far from understanding the Bible completely, and there is a lively community of scholars and theologians examining the Bible for inspiration and spiritual guidance, both for their personal enlightenment and to share with their friends, family, and congregations. The sites collected here take different approaches to spreading God’s word and sharing the message of The Bible, and each site’s unique perspective can be interesting and useful to anyone studying Christianity either for pleasure or as a career pursuit.
Some sites that truly deserve to be on this list didn’t quite make it the first round, but you can now find them in the Additional Resources section.
Pastors aren’t the only leaders in the Christian world, but any leader in the church has a big responsibility to share the word of God and take good spiritual care of their parishioners. Learning to be a good leader in a Christian organization doesn’t happen automatically. The best clergy and church administrators have years of training and practice, and continue to learn more about Christian leadership even years into their careers. This segment of sites is dedicated to Christian leaders who have decided to share the skills they’ve learned over years of experience.
Brian Dodd has a vast amount of leadership experience with other church leaders, as well as over a quarter-century in service as a church volunteer and staff member. His thoughts on church leadership can inspire anyone who hopes to learn how to lead.
This is no ordinary coaching method for leadership. Dr. Tom Cocklereece uses “values-based renewal coactive coaching,” which is based upon leadership doing what you believe, changing what is necessary to succeed, and committing to collaboration.
Brandon Cox is a church planter, which requires a tremendous amount of leadership skills. He love to coach leaders to help fulfill God’s calling and His purpose for your life. Coaching can be accomplished via Skype.
Chris has maintained this site for several years, providing church leaders with resources that are vital and relevant. His role as a Worship Director at his church near Toronto has provided him with a way to tap into these resources and to provide insights on how they work.
This is an online magazine that should be in every Christian leader’s email box. Join the community, ask questions, and read about topics such as faith, culture, work, family, and attitude. The open dialogue is refreshing!
The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations provides this forum for sharing ideas and tools to help leadership formation among those congregations. Any church leader can benefit from these resources, which touch on topics such as finances, technical skills, and communication.
If your leadership is solid on the basics such as the gospel and the commandments, then where do you go from there? This site can help church leaders to create more relevant and effective ministries through strategy and by leveraging God’s laws to best fulfill your calling.
Christian leaders might need help in the areas of mission alignment, integrity, competencies, and teamwork. That’s where this site fits in, as it shapes a “Coaching Covenant” to help leaders through six-month-long blocks of coaching that can push leadership potential to its capacity.
Leadership is teamwork, because every person on that team is a leader…that’s the premise that Paul Andrew puts forth in his talks to leaders for nonprofit organizations. If you feel you aren’t equipped to be a leader, you might want to learn what Paul has to say.
Scott Couchenour offers his help by designing a program of sustainable leadership for the leaders in your church. This idea of sustainability can help overcome burnout, and can provide leaders with a renewed joy in Christian service.
The President of Oral Roberts University and Director of the National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL), Dr. Mark Rutland, offers his experience and knowledge to Christian leaders through this site. Leading by example and by advice based upon building the NICL, Dr. Rutland provides invaluable information and training.
This site takes leadership to another level, approaching each ministry with topics of concern. No matter if you are a senior pastor or a small group leader, this site values your potential with news, resources, and expert advice.
The challenge provided by this site is to learn how to provide “servant leadership” with little stress and with great success. The leadership can range from full-time to one-time projects, and they’re all treated equally from a Christian perspective.
This institute is saddened by lack of Christian leadership today, but excited by the potential that some changes can bring. A focus on a paradigm for holistic training that involves families, various teaching methods, and time management among other skills can bring renewed hope to Christian leadership.
If you attempt to influence the thoughts or actions of another person, then Gary Chapman considers you as a leader. The question is whether or not your skills are based upon godly and Biblical foundations – so head to this site to learn if your leadership is moving forward with that vision.
Dr. Hal Hadden, along with various major city leaders, offers a site that equips men to be Christian leaders based upon sound Biblical principles and a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. The possibilities of leadership with purpose is what charges this site with its energy.
The mission behind this leadership initiative is to bring leaders, educators, and advisors together to address the issues that face mission-related challenges to today’s Christian organizations. Although the focus is on the Pacific Northwest, anyone can learn from the principles established here, including leadership that is visionary and courageous.
Any Christian leader can take advantage of the “TCL One on One Coaching” offered by this organization by using a combination of phone, email, and face-to-face visits. Bring your leadership and personal growth to a new level with this approach!
As one of the premier lifelong learning resources for Christian leaders, this alliance can provide numerous resources, support, and training. As a member of this organization, a leader gains access to training sessions, webinars, magazines, community, and other valuable training tools.
Energize your leadership potential through the information provided by this site. Managed by Christianity Today, users can gain access to resources found nowhere else, touching on congregational care, administrative tasks, and outreach beyond the church.
This site, which is maintained by the Christian Leadership Center of the University of Mary, supports Catholic and Benedictine leadership missions. This site makes it easy for those who need content, tools, and news about events that can enhance any leader’s role.
J.D. Greear’s goal is to plant 1,000 churches by the year 2040 through his church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. This ambition requires a special vision and leadership, which he shares through his blog, Twitter, and Facebook.
Brian D. McLaren is a former college English teacher who has become a global network facilitator for Christian leaders. His focus is on bringing church planters and pastors together, but he also lectures about effective leadership at denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings across the globe.
Since 2004, Nelson Searcy has honed his knowledge about church planting and Christian leadership and made this material available through CDs and online. His reach is global, and he touches at least 500 new church leaders each week with his resources.
This simple and forthright blog from the pastors at Grace Church provides ample materials on leadership and teaching. Follow their resources online through this blog, on Twitter, or on Facebook.
As the pastor of one of the fastest-growing churches in America, Steven Furtick provides his skills to readers through this site. He often ministers to a global audience, and is the author of the acclaimed books, Sun Stand Still and Greater.
Although Sam Luce leads children at the Redeemer Church in Utica, NY, his adult side comes out in this blog about leadership, children’s ministry, and creativity. Leading adults isn’t easy, but leading children is an awesome task, and Sam provides his tips on how to avoid mistakes in that capacity.
Imagine building a Christian fellowship through relationships with others – that’s the spirit behind Tim Chester’s leadership role as pastor and church planter in Great Britain. The programs and structures follow when community is uplifted.
Christian rock is huge right now, and Christian inspired visual art, poetry, novels, and other artistic products are are business in their own right. This section of the list is devoted to sites that showcase Christian themed creativity of all stripes.
Mark Lawrence uses the computer to enhance his stunning artwork. He creates digital abstract contemporary paintings inspired by Bible verses, and shares his work with churches and online through sites like Flickr.
PraiseCharts is a place for lovers of Christian music to discover new tracks, share their favorites, and connect with a community of music lovers whose primary inspiration comes from religious belief and spirituality.
This blog provides resources for the Christian artist, and also offers galleries of stunning Christian artwork. A few of the art forms offered here include poetry, paper sculpture, polymer clay, paintings, mixed media, and charcoal drawings.
Stacy Lee shares her creative journey through arts and words as she discusses what her faith reveals to her during the process. Her gallery is divided into categories that include topics such as worship, Christmas, and “Eve’s Garden.”
This publication’s goal is to pursue the complete picture of Christ and to avoid “cotton-candy Christianity.” They hope to appeal to authors who want a venue to expose Christianity as a real faith and lifestyle, and to readers who also crave that perspective.
The author of the award-winning book, Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace, Sarah Bolme, offers her hard-earned insights on Christian publications. She not only helps Christian authors publish their books – she also guides them along by showing them how to market those books.
Since 1995, this site has offered excellent bimonthly reviews of books that merit critical attention. Although the primary focus is on Christian books, this site graciously provides perspectives from other faiths.
This British site offers a unique perspective on Christian fiction, including information about contests and a focus on short fiction. Each Sunday, the author posts upcoming information for the week to help readers become enthused about new authors and events.
Rebecca LuElla Miller has carved out a niche for herself as a writer, an editor, and a reviewer. She has gathered resources for other Christian writers as well as offering her insights on fiction through the perspective of a Christian lens.
Founded in 2007, this blog has since then featured thousands of songs from hundreds of artists across a wide swath of Christian music genres. The music is free, as well as the great insights into bands, and musicians.
Few sites offer the reviews, interviews, giveaways, and concert news that this site provides for its readers. If you can name a contemporary Christian band or musician, you’ll probably find them here.
A high school junior who is the child of a missionary couple started this site and continues to write about Christian music and musicians. Despite her age, this site is polished, well-written, and engaging.
The author of this blog participates in the Thomas Nelson Publishers book review blogger program (BookSneeze.com). The selections are varied – guidebooks, fiction, and other genres – and Emily doesn’t always post a positive review, which can be refreshing.
Avid readers, authors, and bloggers who focus on Christian publications can gain access to books, reviews, marketing help, and promotions once registered on this site. The bookstore is a great asset for self-published authors and small presses.
Christian scholars will enjoy this blog, which focuses on manuscripts, the languages, literature, scholarship, and history of Middle Eastern culture. HMML also is a microfilm repository that helps preserve the actual document against theft and destruction.
Criswell College maintains this outstanding blog about Christianity and culture – which is a broad topic with a broad audience in mind. The college also uploads radio shows that present various conversations about culture with a Christian perspective.
Crosswalk is a wonderful resource for Christians who want to enjoy community and insights into American culture, including arts, social media, books, music, politics, and family. Readers can enjoy devotionals, blogs, and insights that can expand anyone’s worldview.
A working mom with four children still finds time to read and review books for other readers. She reviews for various publishing companies, and the books all come with a Christian perspective, if not about Christianity.
If you ever fretted about which books you might hand to your child for reading, this site takes that worry away. Christian mothers provide ratings and reviews for other moms, so it can be easy to choose which books will provide the best reading material for kids.
Carrie is a stay-at-home Christian mom who loves to read and who also writes wonderful reviews for her blog readers. Some of the genres and topics in this blog include romance, science fiction, YA fiction, Disney Books, and general fiction.
Alise is a Christian mom who has a full life, but she still has time to read and share her insights on books, articles, culture, and her own growth as a Christian. As a writer, Alise has an elegant way of standing up to her own perception of her faith, despite what she sees as constant challenges.
An author takes readers along on his various life journeys, such as the time he moved his wife and four kids into his parent’s basement so he could pursue his dream of writing full time. His five books and other adventures await readers who follow this blog.
Susan is a Christian writer and reader who offers more than book reviews. She also provides readers with insights into her daily life, written in a manner that suggests she’s writing a letter to a friend.
Christian women today can obtain news stories and reviews about books related to cultural issues such as justice and evangelism, pregnancy and parenting, pop culture, health, and church from this site. Various writers provide Christian insights into these topics, encouraging debate and discussion.
Both dedicated Christian scholars and lay-members of the church study the Bible to learn stories about Christ’s life and about the development of the religion, as well as lessons on how to live well. These sites offer different perspectives on The Bible, from daily quotations to deeper analysis of scripture.
Jeannie is into the third reading of her One Year Bible, and she now supplements her daily Bible verses with the book, The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word, by Joyce Meyer. Now she categorizes her scriptures to make it easier for her readers to choose verses to learn.
This blog discusses themes, insights, and instructions from the Bible as they pertain to everyday modern living for those who want to make their personal lives into extensions of God’s mandate.
Readers can learn more about the scriptures through this blog, which examines the Bible through commentaries. The focus of this in-depth study is on Jonah and Luke.
This blog offers a unique opportunity for readers. They can send their questions to David Roach and he answers those questions in the blog. Categories include the Bible and culture and the Bible as it pertains to life.
The Blue Letter Bible contains over 4,000,000 links to over 165,000 pages of Biblical references and Bible versions. Readers can enjoy concordances and other study tools to help learn the Bible better.
This is the largest source about Biblical films on the Internet, providing readers with posts about films and a few free downloads. The insights into these films include those in the past, the ones currently showing and upcoming movies.
There’s no easier way to receive this Christian Bible ministry on a daily basis. Just visit the site or read the Bible verses through email, Facebook, Twitter, text message, iGoogle, or RSS feed.
This site provides free study tools for students and other people who want to learn about the Word of God. As part of the Theology on the Web ministry, this site offers a wide variety of reliable resources.
BLT isn’t a sandwich – it’s all about Bible, Literature, and Translation. More of a scholarly blog, the material in these posts can take Bible students deeper into understanding the scriptures.
The “X” stands for “exposition,” of God’s Word, and this blog explores Biblical topics in general. The writings also encourage further study of theology, archaeology, ministry, and the relationship between God’s Word and life.
These sites have a lot to offer for someone looking to learn something new about Christianity, but they aren’t quite sure what. The massive amount of scholarly research that has been published on Christianity makes it hard to know where to start, and these sites are more approachable and fun to read.
If you want to engage in fascinating dialogue about religion and spirituality, this is one place where you can participate for inspiration, insight, and support. The emphasis is on spirituality and faith, and Pathoes fills this need.
Aristotle’s Feminist Subject is a blog that broadly discusses religious and ancient Greek teachings about women, and frequently touches on Christianity and the Bible. The blogger has primarily refocused her efforts to another blog, but the backlog here is well worth a look.
This online publication reaches out to readers with topics on everyday living, such as family, health, money, career, and opinion through various blogs. This is one site where Christians can find news that can touch lives as well.
Bill Blankschaen ‘s sole purpose with this blog is to inspire Christians with abundant faith through his writing. His experiences as a pastor, nonprofit leader, and scholar help him provide the resources that readers might need to live and think like leaders.
Christian singles can revel in this site, which provides opinion, advice, and Biblical resources for people who are seeking companionship. Readers also can find friendship, entertainment, and news on this blog as well as a supportive community.
If you want to learn about Christian history, this site provides a vast resource. Learn through video, podcast, and writings about ancient doctrines, early Christianity, and teachings. Sign up for the newsletter so you don’t miss out on new postings.
Scholars of New Testament Exegesis, Gnosticism, and the Nag Hammadi Library can find a comfortable place at this site. Learn through various tools such as writings, video, and galleries as well as events.
This “50-something stay at home mom” provides great writing on her stray thoughts on her life and learning as a born-again Christian. Feel free to engage with Barbara on her thoughts at this blog.
The Dubious Disciple alternately discusses scripture through the lens of a liberal, and sometimes skeptical, believer, and reviewing books with Christian ties. This blog is a great place for book recommendations or to explore a new point of view.
Mormon think promotes scholarly debate of the historical representation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and discussions of how Mormons are portrayed in the media.
A mom and her three daughters share their “Biblical womanhood” and other fun stuff on this blog. Meet Mom (Carolyn), Nicole, Kristin, and Janelle as they toss around thoughts like feta cheese on salads (or is it the other way around?).
This online publication is geared specifically to the Christian woman, with resources such as articles, devotions, and tools that can help any woman lead a spiritual and faith-filled life. Feel free to engage with the blog writers, too, who offer engaging topics for conversation.
Black, White, and Gray is a blog that is filled with thoughts from various authors who are sociologists as well as Christians. They share their perspectives and research on Christian faith and practice with readers on a regular basis.
Larry Miller once served as the Chairman of the Chesterfield County Republican Committee in Virginia, and he brings his perspective about the juxtaposition of politics and religion to this blog. His goal is to help others realize a way to help others through faith and prayer.
This site extends the “Christian Quote of the Day” website by providing a format where the quote is discussed by the author, Robert McAnally Adams, and his readers. Feel free to provide your insights, or just enjoy the daily quotes and Robert’s thoughts.
Peter Kirk combines his education in science with a degree in theology to provide some interesting insights on the Christian life. Enjoy a wide variety of topics treated in a very thoughtful manner.
This is a pleasant resource for any Christian filled with quotes about a wide range of topics. All quotes are handpicked to inspire and comfort readers, from Bible quotes to quotes about business, education, and faith.
If you’re into publication eye candy and book binding – specifically the Bible – you’ll get your fill at this blog. Learn about various bindings, coverings, and editions from a writer who is drawn to quality production and design.
If you need an online daily Bible study reading plan, go to this site to get one. You’ll also find daily scriptures, commentary, encouragement, and thoughts for reflection at this blog.
This Bible study graduate student is defending his thesis, and enjoying life in the process. He shares some rants and writings and enjoys the feedback – so join in on the often entertaining and refreshing conversation and share your thoughts.
An undergraduate student at Rutgers who is double-majoring in Greek and Latin and Ancient History and Classics, brings his perspective to this blog. Look for great historical posts and a lot of “Zeitgeist” debunking.
Dr. Robert Cargill is the assistant professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Iowa. His research is based upon Biblical studies and the sciences, and his posts are very thought provoking.
This blog’s author has progressed beyond the Book of Acts and Pauline theology to include book reviews, commentary, and other books from the Bible to expand on the original premise. Enjoy the posts that often are used as teaching materials and food for further discussions.
”Gigantology” is all about “giants” of the Bible, including Goliath, King Og, and the Anakim. Enjoy the cultural as well as spiritual aspect of including giants in the Bible – and you can help speculate why they exist and how they might contribute to today’s faith.
This site is maintained by a nonprofit organization that seeks to change the negative Christian stereotypes in the world by applying positive resources. The hope is to use education and support to help Christians better understand how some words and actions create that negative image.
If you seek to become more like Jesus, use this site to learn how to accomplish that goal. Renovare is a nonprofit organization that encourages intentional living through Christian discipleship.
This student of the ancient Near East shares his studies, research, and thoughts on this blog. Some of the fascinating scholarly writing focuses on Second Temple Judaism, early Israelite religion, and textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible.
Gary and Michelle Amirault and friends espouse a positive message from the Bible in an effort to debunk negative messages and bad publicity coming from earlier Christian teachings. The goal is to harmonize all scriptures with God’s attributes as a loving, omnipotent, and omniscient power.
Dr. Jim West has one foot in the church and the other foot in a college. This position provides him with an interesting perspective on his leadership and for others who want to learn more about the contents and meaning contained in Biblical scripture.
This site seeks to share Biblical lessons and perspectives through commentary, sermons, lectures, and radio. Videos also are used to impart knowledge about the site and to engage new users.
The disabled often aren’t addressed in Christian sites, so this blog helps fill that void. Readers can enjoy discuss of issues that combine Christianity and theology with disability ministry, thanks to Jeff McNair, a special education teacher who has been involved for over three decades with ministry to adults with intellectual disabilities.
Young Christians bring a different perspective on religion and spirituality to the table and this blog provides one format for that discussion. The discussion is rooted in scripture, but the topics may surprise you – these writers are taking on the world.
Matt Stone takes on the world religions, but from a spiritual rather than a religious perspective. Designed for open minds that seek to spread the word through alternative venues, Matt welcomes discussion and comments.
Take a nerd and the gospel and put them together – what you end up with is an attempt to break down barriers so other nerds might understand how Christianity can relate to their lives. The goal is to build a network to tweak the message so that it pertains to today’s culture.
The Voice of the Martyrs is a nonprofit organization that assists the worldwide persecuted church. Founded by a pastor who was imprisoned for his faith, this blog helps to spread the word about this important mission.
A self-professed “part-time” Christian decides to go “fulltime” in his living based upon Biblical lessons. His vision now is to establish a global community of believers who want to redefine the experience of being a Christian and witnessing that change to others.
This site is filled with eye candy that leads to writings that reflect a passionate follower of Christ. His personal mission is to know God, obey Jesus, make disciples, and plant churches – if this message resonates with you, then check out his blog.
Mike is a chaplain who works with a hospice organization. He also is an ordinary guy who loves Chicago, baseball, James Taylor, and Apple computers…but, he also wants to leave a legacy of writing about a Jesus-shaped life that may inspire others to follow.
April DeConick, a professor of Biblical studies at the University of Michigan, provides insights into Christianity and the “Jesus tradition” through literature and memory. Her posts, which are thoughtful and insightful, can challenge some traditional thought and provide insights that can inspire.
Mark Goodacre is associate professor of the New Testament at Duke University. His blog hones in on the New Testament and Christian origins, providing readers with historical and theoretical insights.
Christian Song Writers is a place where Christian musicians and song writers can find the best resources available in order to improve their song writing abilities. It offers multiple sites and other feedback that can help anyone looking to enhance their craft.
Biblesnet.com is a site that offers over 100 Christian Topics which will help you to Know God better, Love Jesus Christ more, and Glorify Him in practical ways. One category the site offers is Bible Studies which highlights multiple aspects of the bible.
Christian Blog Devotionals was created by Debra Torres, who blogs about “real” Christian experiences and with the intent of giving people hope and to understand god is here to help us all. She has many interested posts including a post she made about her experience at the polls while voting on Nov 6th entitled: Heal Our Land: A Christian Devotion