Education

Adult Bible Study every Thurday

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Food…Fun…Fellowship

  Interesting lectures.  Stimulating discussions.

Donations accepted for supper served.


Orcutt Academy Of the Bible


The Library: [FREE OnLine Books]


Summit Theological Seminary

Christian Bible Institute      American Bible Academy

Central Christian College of the Bible

CCCB voted 2019 Best of Christian Online Colleges


Roger Chambers     Jack Cottrell      

  Peter J. Rasor II    James Smith


What is Practical Theology

The Association of Practical Theology

International Academy of Practical Theology

Dr. Jessy Jaison: Practical Theology

Many graduate programs are available, such as

https://mcmasterdivinity.ca/programs/doctor-practical-theology/


Read your Bible daily.  The best translation is the one you will actually read.  The best method is to read the Bible chronologically.  Download a chronological daily reading plan here.


BIBLE TRANSLATIONS


New English Translation (NET)

The NET Bible is a completely new translation of the Bible with 60,932 translators' notes! It was completed by more than 25 scholars (Dispensational) - experts in the original biblical languages - who worked directly from the best currently available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts.


World English Bible (WEB)

There are many good English translations of the Holy Bible. Unfortunately, almost all of them were either (1) archaic (like the KJV and ASV of 1901), or (2) covered by copyright restrictions that prevent unrestricted free posting on the internet. The World English Bible is a quality translation of the Holy Bible into modern English, that you may freely use and quote, either for personal or commercial purposes. The World English Bible is an update of the American Standard Version of 1901, which is in the Public Domain, and has been edited to conform to the Greek Majority Text New Testament.  The update has been undertaken by some very competent scholars. https://ebible.org/pdf/eng-web/eng-web_all.pdf


The following translators, Anderson, Campbell, Paul, and Rotherham, are scholars within the tradition of the Christian Church/Church of Christ.


Henry Tompkins Anderson:  The New Testament

Translated from the Sinaitic Manuscript discovered by Constantine Tischendorf at Mount Sinai. Cincinnati: The Standard Publishing Company, 1918. It is a revision of Anderson’s earlier translation of the New Testament, with alterations according to some of the readings of Codex Sinaiticus. Henry Tompkins Anderson (1812-1872) was a schoolmaster and a preacher in the Christian Church.  Anderson had been a close student of the Greek and Hebrew for thirty years. Noting many inaccuracies in the common version (KJV), he conceived the idea of making a thoroughly new translation, rather than a mere revision of the New Testament.  The version was prepared by Anderson shortly before his death in 1872.


Alexander Campbell: Living Oracles

The Sacred Writings of the Apostles and Evangelists of Jesus Christ, Commonly Styled the New Testament. Translated from the Original Greek, by Doctors George Campbell, James Macknight, and Philip Doddridge.  Published in 1826, it was based on an 1818 combined edition of translations by George Campbell, James MacKnight and Philip Doddridge, and included edits and extensive notes by Campbell.  Campbell was motivated by a belief that changes in the English language and the availability of improved critical editions of the Greek New Testament had made the Authorized King James Version obsolete.  In developing the translation, Campbell relied on the critical Greek text published by Johann Jakob Griesbach.  One notable feature of the translation is the replacement of traditional ecclesiastical terms such as "church" and "baptise" with alternative translations such as "congregation" and "immerse".  The Living Oracles has been described as a forerunner of modern language translations in its updating of the traditional King James language and use of the work of textual critics such as Griesbach.


William E. Paul:  An Understandable Version

This version of the New Testament was produced by consulting several Greek-English interlinear texts, a large number of English translations, and then confirming the meaning of each word from exegetical commentaries. Its purpose was to enhance the personal understanding and spiritual devotion of its publisher, his family members and those persons especially interested in Bible versions. First Edition, 1995.  Second Edition, slightly revised 2003. Third Edition, additional slight revision 2005.


Joseph Bryant Rotherham:  The Emphasized Bible.  The Emphasized Bible is one of the most innovative and thoroughly researched translations ever done by a single individual. Its presentation of emphases and grammatical features of the original language still reward careful study.  A strictly literal rendering may not be so pleasant to the ear as one where the apparent sense is chiefly aimed at, yet it is not euphony but truth that ought to be sought. There are tens of thousands departures from the original text in the current versions. Rotherham revised his New Testament twice to stay abreast of scholarly developments. He based his Old Testament translation on the comprehensive Hebrew text of Dr. C. D Ginsburg, which anticipated readings now widely accepted.The Rotherham Emphasized Bible is the World’s best English translation of the Hebrew and Greek text, and the most Poetic.


Benjamin Wilson: The emphatic diaglott. first published in 1864. It is an interlinear translation with the original Greek text and a word-for-word English translation in the left column, and a full English translation in the right column. It is based on the interlinear translation, the renderings of eminent critics, and various readings of the Codex Vaticanus. It includes illustrative and explanatory footnotes, references, and an alphabetical appendix.  Mr. Wilson became active in the Restoration Movement in 1840, but became a follower of Dr. John Thomas in 1851.  Dr. Thomas was convinced that rebaptism was necessary if the one being immersed did not see and feel blood when being baptized.  Dr. Thomas separated from the Restoration Movement and began the Christadelphians, which are a millenarian Christian group who hold a view of Unitarianism. After Wilson's death the copyright was purchased by the Watchtower Society which from 1902 distributed Wilson's work widely around the world. For this reason Wilson's name is often incorrectly associated with Jehovah's Witnesses.


Easy English Bible  - “Our vision for the Easy English Bible is to help people from every country to read and understand the Bible, and apply it to their lives. Our mission is to help people to read, understand, and apply the Bible to their lives by providing a Bible Translation, Bible Commentaries, and Bible Studies in Easy English. Please check this website if you know people who have reading difficulties.”


Revised English Bible - Completed in 1989, it is a English-language translation that is a complete update of the New English Bible of 1970. Read Wikipedia’s helpful article here.  The British wording may be different than what we Americans are used to.  

Don’t confuse it with the Revised English Bible of 1877.  


FREE BIBLE SOFTWARE


https://www.e-sword.net/

e-Sword is the original free Bible software program. Started in 2000, the program was primarily available for the PC. There are thousands of free books which can be added -

http://www.biblesupport.com/ — the archive of user-made e-Sword modules, resources and tools!  You will be delighted with this EXCELENT FREE software.


http://www.crosswire.org/

 The CrossWire Bible Society is an organization with the purpose to sponsor and provide a place for engineers and others to come and collaborate on free, open-source projects aimed at furthering the Kingdom of our God. ... The name was a pun of sorts, with the original idea that the Cross of Christ is our wire to God. Over the years, the meaning has grown into one more appropriate to what a Bible society is. The main purpose of a Bible Society is to distribute Scripture to as many people within a domain as possible.


http://www.bibleanalyzer.com/

The BibleAnalyzer is another Bible software program which has the look and feel similar to e-Sword. The program is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. It is a freeware cross-platform program. The good: Similarity to e-Sword makes it easier to maneuver and understand. The bad: All of the resources are old.


https://www.bible.com/

YouVersion by LifeChurch.tv provides this app for free (2,062 Bible versions in 1,372 languages.)n For people who want a Bible app, this is the place to go. The good: it is a free app which focuses on the Bible, yet it is user-friendly. The bad: There are no commentaries, no dictionaries, no other resources to purchase. (However, that can be good thing as well  because it lets you focus on the Word.)  You’ll have to come up with The Ugly!


http://sourceviewbible.com/

SourceView Bible – promotes a new approach to Bible study including searching and seeing the Bible in various spheres. The app contains all kinds of stats, graphs, and different ways to view information.


https://www.accordancebible.com/

Accordance is a program written exclusively for the Mac. It is written with the Mac user in mind. I’m told the interface is very “Mac-friendly.”


COMMERCIAL BIBLE SOFTWARE


There are two that I highly recommend, and use daily.

WordSearch:  Looking for a Bible software to better help you understand the Bible? Wordsearch Bible offers a Bible study software for pastors, lay leaders, and teachers.

LOGOS: With Logos 8 Fundamentals You'll Find the Truth for Yourself as You Study the Word. Save Time on Research. Grow in Your Faith. Devotionals & Commentary.


Online Educational Resources


STEP Bible: This is a Tyndale House project to build high quality free reliable Bible tools, with the aim of enabling anyone who wants to study the Bible seriously to do so. This has grown out of the free Tyndale Toolbar which is being used by thousands of people all over the world.  Various skill sets are needed, from non-specialists who can work accurately and patiently, to highly skilled Bible scholars and programmers.


The Electronic British Library Journal:  The EBLJ is the journal of scholarly research into the contents and history of the British Library and its collections. It is the successor to the British Library Journal, which appeared in twenty-five volumes between 1975 and 1999. Its purpose is to advance knowledge of the British Library's collections by demonstrating their wealth and the ways in which they are used by researchers. It is available free to all users of our website.


Biblical Studies.org.uk.  Making Biblical Scholarship Accessible Since 2001.


Gordon College Biblical Biblical eSources:  This site has been developed in order to provide solid biblical studies materials freely to all of the Internet community. Jesus always spoke the language of the people. The Christian faith needs to be expressed via the digital medium which is the native tongue of many of our students and denizens of the twenty-first century.  


http://biblicalelearning.org/ :  Digital Bible Free online Resources for the Global Christian Community.  Biblicalelearning.org is an evangelical organization committed to the historic Christian faith (cf. Apostles’ Creed). Its goal is to capture, distribute and link to high quality biblically-based teaching by leading experts, and make their instruction freely and universally available.  


Bible Odyssey:  This is a lovely site to spend time investigating. Founded in 1880, the Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible based on the Humanities’ core disciplines. With over 8,000 members worldwide, it represents and convenes scholars whose life work is in biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies. The SBL promotes the academic study of the Bible and of sacred texts generally.


The Bible Project:  A very helpful site put on the web by professors and others connected with Western Seminary. Visual storytelling meeting the Bible. Watch illustrated videos about the Bible for free. We believe the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus.  Helpful downloadable resources.


Ebiblestudy:  eBibleStudy.org is a collection of free Bible study lessons written by Bible professors from Oklahoma Christian University, an A Cappella university.  The studies are excellent.  


StudyLight:  has more Bible commentaries, encyclopedias, dictionaries, lexicons and original language tools than any other website on the Internet! Explore our site and benefit from all the amazing features and resources that will help to illuminate the Word of God like never before.


Biblical Themes

Leroy Garrett: Alexander Campbells Rules of Interpretation

Donald G. Hunt:  The Unfolded Plan of God


Studies on Apologetics


How to do a Communion Meditation


Augustianism

Augustine’s defection from the Apostolic Faith and subsequent slander of Pelagius

   Scores of scholars have been heaping data that demonstrate Augustine defected from the theology of the church held from the beginning up to 412 AD.  Augustine was teaching rhetoric in Milan, and Ambrose, Archbishop of Milan, was renown for his rhetorical ability.  Augustine first came to Ambrose to improve his teaching, but soon was captured by Ambrose’ faith. Ambrose converted Autustine from Manichaeism about 386 AD.

   Around 412 AD Augustine defected from the Free Will doctrine held by the church and reverted to the determinism of the pagan religion of Manichaeism. Pelagius was just one of the faithful who protested Augustine’s defecture.  The five points of Calvinism (TULIP), indeed Calvin’s theology is Augustinian.

In Praise of Pelagius

Pelagius and Pelaianism

The Myth of Pelagianism


Calvinism or Arminianism

When did Calvinism begin

Calvinism Considered

A Comparison between Calvinism and Arminianism

Arminianism vs  Calvinism

Society of Evangelical Arminianism

Is Calvinism Biblical? This paper is to stimulate discussion on the philosophies that undergirded Augustinism and Calvinism.

Gordon Clark:  - Clark is Calvinistic, committed to Covenant Theology, and very opposed to Dispensationalism.

        Faith and Saving Faith

        God’s Hammer - The Bible and Its Critics


Christology

Christianity vrs. Liberalism

Alan Strange: An Introduction to J. Gresham Machen

J. Gresham Machen:

     Christianity and Liberalism - This is a must read. As relevant today as in 1923!

      The Virgin Birth of Christ

      The Life of Christ

      The Origins of Paul’s Religion


Death of Jesus the Christ

M.R. DeHaan - The Chemistry of the Blood

Vaughn Elliott  

     Nobody Left Behind.  

     The Sinner’s Prayer


Discrimination

Dr. Voddie Baucham is Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia. Previously he served as pastor of Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas.  Dr. Baucham has his D.Min. From Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, followed by post-graduate studies at Oxford, England.  Dr. Baucham is the author of numerous books, including Expository Apologetics: Answering Objections with the Power of the Word, The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World, and Family Shepherds: Calling and Equipping Men to Lead Their Homes.

A sermon by Dr. Baucham: We are ONE in Christ.  


Podcasts that help understand the Biblical view:

Cultural Marxism

Defining Social Justice

Ethnic Gnosticism

Racial Reconciliation

The Sin of Sodom on Display in America

Defining Social Justice

By What Standard?

The Woke Church Movement and the Gospel


Sexism and Space Exploration - You need to read this article!

The Danver’s Statement

The Nashville Statement

Jack Cottrell: Some Vital Feminist Concerns

Wayne Grudem: Grounds for Divorce

John Piper and Wayne Grudem: Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Grasham: Early Women Preachers on the Eastern Seaboard

G.P. Waters: Women in the Pulpit


Church History


Catholicism

Cottrell & Sparagna  The Doctrine of Purgatory

Bishop Strossmayer's Speech on Papal infallibility.  Amazingly this was spoken at the 1870 Vatican Council which gave the pope infallibility. This is a must read.

A Study of The Man of Sin

The Trinity Review_Antichrist is Coming April 15 2008   (Still relevant!)

Lord Acton On the Papacy


The Restoration Movement

   The Reformation Movement of Luther, Huss, Calvin, Wesley, et.al., had the goal of reforming the Roman Catholic Church, and end the many abuses of that denomination.    We, on the other hand, desire to go back entirely to the pattern of the church which God had given in the New Testament.  Our belief is if all followers of the Messiah would unite in the effort to restore the church in the Bible, the unity for which Christ prayed would be achieved.


History of the Restoration Movement.  This is a fascinating site by our Accapella brethren.


Thomas Campbell   

     Declaration  and  Address


Charles Dailey

    Restoration History

-01     -02     -03     -04     -05


Don DeWelt: The Church in The Bible

T.W. Phillips: The Church of Christ

John H. Waddey: Studies on the Restoration of New Testament Christianity

Roy Cogdill: The New Testament Church

W.L. Hayden: Church Polity

R.B. Ryans: New Testament Names

Hugo McCord: The Divine Name

Dave Miller: The Name “Christian” and the Bible


Baptism

The Connection of Baptism and Remission of Sins

John S. Sweeney: Comparison Chart on Baptism and Remission of Sins

John S. Sweeney: Baptism and Remission of Sins_a sermon

The DHMO controversy in theology.


Demonology / Spiritual Warfare

Ben Alexander: Exposing Satan’s Power

Rodger K. Bufford, Ph.D.: Counseling and the Demonic.  Volume 17 of the     

    Resources for Christian Counseling series. Series Editor: Gary R. Collins, Ph.D

Grayson H. Ensign, M.Div.: Bothered? Bewildered? Bewitched? Your Guide to

                                               Practical Supernatural Healing

                              Counseling and Demonization the Missing Link

                              VIDEO series – Can Christians Have Evil Spirits

-01     -02      -03     -04      -05

K. Neil Foster, Ph.D.:  Dangers in the Deliverance Ministry

Vern Poythress, Ph.D.: Spiritual Warfare (Prof Westminister Theological Seminary)

-01     -02     -03

Tricia Tillin: The Thorny Problem: Can a Believer be Demonized?


Gnosticism

What is Gnosticism?  Gnosticism is the most pervasive and popular alternatives to Christianity and is a Major Problem Facing the Church today!  Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, was the theologian from whom Roman Catholicism and Calvinism are derived. Around 412 AD, he reverted from the theology of all the Christian theologians preceeding him, and reverted to the gnosticism he held before becoming a Christian, a fact which he acknologed.

Christianity Today: The Gnostic Hunger for Secret Knowledge a series

Dr. Richard John Neuhaus says: “Modern Day gnosticism is the natural religion of Americans, including American Christians…Feel-good religion and spiritual pills to elevate our consciousness and enhance our sense of comfort with our presumably ‘real selves - these are American specialities of long standing.” [Quoted from Fleming Rutledge: The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ]

Peter Jones: The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back: An Old Heresy for the New Age

Banner of Truth: Gnosticism

Douglas Groothuis: What is Gnosticism?

Craig Carter: The New Gender Gnostics

M.J. Vermaseren: Studies in Gnosticism and Hellenistic Religions


Glossolalia

Carl Mitchell: The Cessation of Miraculous Gifts of The Holy Spirit

Mansell Pattison: Behavioral Science Research on the Nature of Glossolalia

Garett Reese: SPECIAL STUDY on Speaking in Tongues

The Psychology of Speaking in Tongues-A Review

Charles Dailey: The Gift of Tongues


Social Marxism

See above under Discrimination.


Theonomy

What is Theonomy?  A good review can be found on Wikipedia.

What is Christian Reconstructionism?  A good review can be found on Wikipedia.  

Ashley Johnson: The Covenants. A series of sermons that disputes Theonomy.

Richard John Neuhaus:  The Theonomist Temptation

Joel McDurmon vs. Jordan Hall: The Theonomy Debate


Miscellany

https://www.britannica.com/ - Explore the fact-checked online encyclopedia from Encyclopaedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of objective articles, biographies, videos, and images from experts.


How did the ancient civilizations keep track of time? They used the world's Oldest Clock.

  

Ryan Kelly, Director of Communications: Affordable Colleges Online, suggests the following for Religious College Students:

Religious Student's Resource Guidebook

Find Online Christian Colleges

Affordable Online Colleges and Student Resources

Christian Student Guide to Choosing a College & Scholarships  


Prof. Ferrell Jenkins’ Bible World