Worthy Links to the Outside World
"Like cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a distant land." Proverbs 25:25
Sea of Galilee at Sunset
Worthy Links - Links to other note-worthy web sites.
Many of the links below are in the Christian world, but not all. As an Interim Pastor, I travel throughout the Midwest. Here and there I pick up a connection that, if not necessarily helpful to the reader, serves as a reference point for me.
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BibleAtlas.org An excellent online source for Bible maps with Bible history pertinent to each site.
A preliminary critique of the NET Bible: There is a wealth of information available here from a generally conservative point of view. NET Bible has a lot of bells and whistles that I have not yet discovered or learned how to use. I have not used the resource extensively.
But recently I have begun referring to its OT translation in the Book of Ruth. I have discovered that the translation offered is a paraphrase. While that may serve the purposes of the editors, it does not serve my purposes as a Bible student who places a premium on translations that accurately and consistently, if possible, represent an original Hebrew word with a consistently employed English word. I prefer a more word-for-word translation, such as the New American Standard Bible or New English Version. Paraphrases, almost by definition, employ an interpretive translation that, of necessity, represents the particular bias of the translator. I find myself not always agreeing with the decision of the translator. The dubious translation of Ruth 3:14 is a case in point.
On a more positive note, the footnotes employed by the editors are, at times, exceedingly helpful. I found myself, in one passage in Ruth, being swayed toward the interpretation of the NET Bible by the explanations of Hebrew syntax in the footnote.
On the other hand, I have scanned the footnotes for Ezekiel 40:1 - 48:35, a prime passage for revealing both the hermeneutical principles and resultant eschatology of a Bible scholar. The footnotes here were singularly unhelpful and bland from that perspective. They were relegated almost exclusively to giving Hebrew and metric explanations of dimensions used in the NET Bible translation. I suppose the editors felt that matters of interpretation and eschatology were adequately explained by the notes of Thomas Constable. Fortunately, he is both a conservative and a dispensationalist. Constable describes the city, the temple, and the distributed land in the closing chapters of Ezekiel as being Millennial. I believe he is correct.
Posted May 4, 2014
Sequel: I had occasion to compare the NASB translation of Hebrews 8:8 with the NetBible translation. The topic in the context is the inability of the First Covenant to achieve righteousness contrasted with the ability of the Second Covenant to do so. The NASB translation reads, "For finding fault with them ...." The NetBible reads, "But showing its fault ...." The NetBible footnote there reads, "The 'fault' or limitation in the first covenant was not in its inherent righteousness, but in its design from God himself. It was never intended to be his final revelation or provision for mankind; it was provisional, always pointing toward the fulfillment to come in Christ." Unless the NetBible is using a different Greek text than the one to which I have access, that footnote is completely bogus. Though I happen to agree with the footnote, the Greek word in question is autous, which is a plural reflexive pronoun. The writer, therefore is not talking about the (singular) covenant, but about the (plural) Hebrew people who could not and did not keep the First Covenant. (See the context of the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31:18-19, 22, 28-30.) I say all that to say this: The more I work with the NetBible, the less confidence I have in it.
Posted August 30, 2015
A great source for pictures and images of the Holy Land.
Posted January 5, 2017
Entry updated December 27, 2018
An invaluable tool for short answers on virtually any Bible or Bible-related question you can think of. This site has archived over 558,000 Bible questions. Use their Search Engine to locate multiple articles on most topics. The contributors are conservative, premillennial, and pre-tribulational.
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Harmony of the Gospels
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Short studies based on his understanding of the Bible.
Conservative site for inductive Bible Study. Has some excellent Bible Maps. Not thoroughly evaluated, but appears to be Dispensational and Premillennial. This site includes links to online Bible themes and expositions and introductions by individuals such as Theodore Epp and John MacArthur. These links take the viewer off-site.
DISCLAIMER. PRECEPTAUSTIN is an independent website and is not affiliated with Precept Ministries International. The resources on PRECEPTAUSTIN are provided for the purpose of edification of the body of Christ and should be consulted only after examining the Scriptures inductively (see Inductive Bible Study). The resources on this site are neither specifically endorsed by nor representative of the resources available at Precept Ministries International.
Products include Bible-study references, inspirational Christian materials, and financial/data-management references for Churches and small businesses. As the premier Bible study software provider, the company develops and publishes church and Bible study software products designed to simplify Biblical research.
A compendium of events that purportedly fulfill Biblical prophecy and portend an impending Rapture, Christ's return for His Church. To some degree this site is a bit of an overkill. Furthermore, the catstrophes of nature described in the Book of Revelation will take place after the Rapture, not before. Nevertheless, it's an interesting concept...
Translate from one language to another online for free. I have used it to convert English Bible studies into Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch. The free translations are "gisted," not syntactical. If you want a professional translation, you must pay for it.
More recently, I have discovered Google Translate as a helpful translation site. It seems very user-friendly. When translating into another language, it is helpful at times to retranslate your target translation back into English. Sometimes that can help you detect an English word that is ambiguous enough that hinders translation. Sometimes a certain amount of experimentation can help you choose more "fool-proof" English synonyms that more readily translate accurately into your target language. There is no substitute for a human resource who is at home in the target language, however.
An excellent, FREE, detailed, up-to-date set of notes in HTML format and PDF format on each book of the Bible by Dr. Tom Constable, a long-time Dallas Theological Seminary Professor. A virtual library with massive documentation. It's almost like having your own massive commentary on-line. Does not cover EVERY verse thoroughly, but a fantastic tool. You can down-load every book on to your own hard drive or examine it on-line! Don't miss it!
This entry updated December 17, 2018
StudyLight is source for Bible Study Tools, Original Language Toos, Historical Writings, and Pastoral Resources. I have not researched the whole site, but of particular interest to me are the site's online Lexicons, which provide definitions and the facility for studying the usages of various Hebrew and Greek original words behind the English text. Options are available for Strong's numbers for both the King James Version and the New American Standard Bible. To use the Lexicons directly the reader needs to know the appropriate Strong's Number. One way to do this is to access the Bible Dictionaries on site, plug in an English word, and be directed to the appropriate lexicon. An alternative method is to utilize the Strong's numbers provided on Blue Letter Bible.org.
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This entry updated December 27, 2018
Exposition of Genesis, Volume I, by Herbert Carl Leupold (1892-1972). At the time of writing, Leupold was Professor of Old Testament Exegesis in the Capital University Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. Though an amillennial, Leupold was a rock-ribbed conservative, stoutly defending a true understanding of God's Word against the pernicious hypotheses of critical (liberal) scholars.
Matthew Henry's Unabridged Commentary on the Whole Bible. Christian Classics Ethereal Library (evidently hosted by Calvin College). Note: Matthew Henry is a conservative commentator, but he is not dispensational. He does not interpret Biblical prophecy literally. He spiritualizes OT prophecies about Israel, applying them to the church, and is thus a subscriber to Replacement Theology (the unbiblical view that the Church has forever replaced Israel). For an example, see Henry's mistaken interpretation of Isa. 2:1-4 as meaning the Church. For this reason, in the view of WordExplain, this volume has limited value, and WordExplain does not endorse the entire contents of Matthew Henry's Commentary. Let the reader beware.
Like-Minded Churches in the Midwest
Like-Minded Churches: As you travel throughout the U. S., sometimes you are gone over a weekend and would like to know of a "Like-Minded Church" in your neighborhood. Here are a few. Most of these are independent. For the most part we will leave the denominational churches to you to sort out. I have personal knowledge of all the churches listed here, having attended almost every one.
Bethel Baptist Church, Newell, Iowa.
Christ Community Church, Omaha, Nebraska.
Cornerstone Church, Ames, Iowa.
Crosspoint Bible Church, Omaha, Nebraska.
Faith Bible Church, Sac City, Iowa.
Flint Hills Community Church, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.
Newton Bible Church, Newton, Kansas.
Northside Calvary Church, Racine, Wisconsin
Oakdale Evangelical Free Church, Meriden, Iowa.
Rexford Community Church, Rexford, Kansas.
Rocky Mountain Bible Church, Frisco, Colorado.
Scofield Church, Dallas, Texas.
Sherwood Bible Church, Kansas City, Missouri.
Whitewater Community Church, Whitewater, Kansas.
Turtle Lake Baptist Church, Turtle Lake, North Dakota.
Wichita Bible Church, Wichita, Kansas.
Cyber Financial consultants from a financially conservative, Christian perspective. Founded by Larry Burkett, now deceased. “Equipping people worldwide to learn, apply, and teach God’s financial principles so they may know Christ more intimately, be free to serve Him, and help fund the Great Commission.”
Crown Financial Ministries' Budget Guide. (Tremendous budgeting tool!)
Dave Ramsey Radio Show: Dave Ramsey gives conservative, Biblically-based financial counsel. He is big on becoming debt-free!
I like mutual funds because I personally don't wish to invest the time and energy to watch the Stock Market. Having been burned, however, by the bear market described below, I am personally tracking the market on almost a daily basis.
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Heart and Cholesterol Information: Low Fat Diet.
Weight Loss Resources: Low Cholesterol Diet Q & A.
2,000 Steps to a Healthier Heart! 4,000 steps of normal walking per day reduces the risk of cardiovascular events by 16-20% - as much as a statin, and WITHOUT any deleterious side effects!
Interim Pastor Ministries is a missional network of Interim Pastors who serve churches in pastoral transition.
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Golden Spur Ministries, founded by Cory Young, partners with the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys in ministering at Rodeo Bible Camps and providing national events coordination for ministries at professional rodeos throughout rural America.
Reid Saunders Association has been proclaiming the Good News of Christ and equipping churches to reach the lost since 2002. RSA is a member of the Luis Palau Association. Reid Saunders, our evangelist, has shared the Gospel in India, Uganda, and Albania as well as the US. "We can't wait to see where the Lord takes us in the future!!!" Reid is my nephew by marriage.
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A different take on contemporary trends.
The most truly balanced news site in the world. Matt Drudge often is the first to break stories. Truly independent, he is unafraid to expose the foibles of the left and right. Fantastic links to all major conservative and liberal journalists. I check it daily.
A global display of terrorism and other suspicious events.
Author of “Late Great Planet Earth,”Hal Lindsey is a news commentator from a Christian perspective especially as it relates to prophetic issues centering around the Holy Land.
"The One site for your News right Now."
“A fiercely independent news site committed to hard-hitting investigative reporting of government waste, fraud and abuse.” Founded by Joseph Farah, WND is staunchly conservative.
World Watch Daily: Koenig International News
"Christian news updated daily at Koenig's International News direct from the White House. News from a Christian perspective."
Posted January 6, 2017
"We are a grassroots pro-life educational organization committed to speaking up for the defenseless in Kansas on the issues of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and bioethics issues such as embryonic stem cell research (ESCR), human cloning, fetal experimentation and eugenics."
Educate yourself on an increasingly important topic. What do you know about Stem Cell Research and Cloning?
See Kansans for Life Cloning / Stem Cell page for an accurate discussion of the facts about cloning and stem cells.
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