Some might say we’re spoiled. More than any time in history, Christian resources are readily available in abundance. We have easy access to books, sermons, podcasts, book reviews, interviews — and the list goes on and on. So I guess the question becomes: which resources should we use?
Well, a lot. And then some. Here are some that have influenced me. Hopefully they’ll help you as much as they’ve helped me.
- Tim Challies. When it comes to Christian blogging, no one does it better than Challies. Articles, Book Reviews, Book Recommendations — his site has become the “go-to” site for many of us.
- The Gospel Coalition. The idea of TGC started in a little coffee shop in Manhattan, NY. I’m not even sure D.A. Carson and Tim Keller saw this coming. All the bloggers on this site consistently produce outstanding content.
- Desiring God. I’ve never met anyone from DG, but they seem (and write) like the happiest people on the planet.
- Al Mohler. An excellent blog from one of the best Christian leaders alive.
- Thomas Rainer. All things church related. Pastors should love it.
- The Blazing Center. Multiple authors who showcase humility, vulnerability, and transparency (and humor).
- Trevor Nashleanas. Young Christian leader? Trevor’s your guy.
- Sam Storms. Perhaps the most outspoken advocate of reformed and charismatic theology.
Bonus: Top 300 Christian Blogs: Also, for a list every quarter of the top Christian blogs, be sure to check out this list from Kent Shaffer.
Pastors and Preachers
- Matt Chandler. A living miracle. And a preaching giant.
- Tim Keller. Christocentric. Contextualization. Clarity. Courage. It’s all there with Keller. He knows how to get to your head, but he also knows how to get to your heart.
- John Piper. Not sure that anyone preaches with more passion. I know he’s never gonna retire, so that I guess that means I’m never gonna stop listening.
- Paul Washer. Don’t always agree with Washer’s methodology, but man, fewer preachers compel me to pursue holiness like Washer.
- John MacArthur. When it comes to preaching, no one sticks to the text better than MacArthur. I like MacArthur a lot (and I’m a Continuationist).
Bonus: Steve Lawson has a podcast called “Expositor” which helps preachers with Expository preaching.
Which books should you read?
Time fails me to mention all of them here, but the following list should provide some helpful guidance.
- Here’s a good start from The Blazing Center: This 40 Books Every Christian Should Read
- For college students: 11 Books Every Christian in College Should Read
- Tim Challies has Book Recommendations on a plethora of subjects
- The Monergism site has a great bookstore
- Kevin DeYoung Recommends books on pastoral theology here
- Westminister Theological Seminary recommends theological books here
- The Reformed Bookshelf has a good list of Reformed books
Bonus: If you’re looking for a book recommendation on a specific subject, email me and I’ll send you a few recommendations.
- Tim Challies. Incredibly discerning, honest, frank, robust, prolific. Agree on most of his reviews (not all). If your book is heretical, you don’t want Challies to review it.
- Aaron Armstrong. Reads over 100+ books a year. Has helpful book reviews in between.
- The Gospel Coalition. Pull from various sources to reviews. Never biased. Always helpful.
- Andy Naselli. He’s a tough sell. But that’s what I appreciate about him the most.
- Dave Murray. Reads wisely and widely. Pastor’s heart. Very practical, helpful.
- Dave Jenkins. Reviews well, but also teaches others how to review well. Never harsh or off-putting. Always gracious.
- Banner of Truth
- IVP Press
- Baker Publishing Group
- B&H Books
- Tyndale House Publishers
- Reformation Trust Publishing
Bonus: Here’s a list of many (if not all) Reformed Publishers and Booksellers Online.
Bonus: Ligonier Ministries has theological training for $9 a month through their Ligonier Connect program.
Church Planting Networks
Thinking about planting a church or joining a church plant? Check out one of these Networks.
- Acts 29
- Redeemer City to City
- Newfrontiers USA
- Sovereign Grace Ministries
- Sojourn Network
Bonus: If you’re looking to plant a church or join a church plant and none of these work for you, email me and I’ll send you a few other recommendations.
- Ligonier Reformed theology at its best.
- Desiring God They will teach you how to love God. And be happy — in him.
- 9 Marks Fewer ministries have shown us how to do church better.
- The Gospel Coalition Books, blogs, books reviews, conferences. Everything.
- White Horse Inn Michael Horton and Company have great content.
- The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Know your role.
- Eternal Perspective Ministries Fewer authors have had more of an indelible impact on me than Randy Alcorn
- Am I Called? If you’re a young man aspiring to Pastoral Ministry, Am I Called? is an outstanding site for you.
- For The Church New, but has outstanding resources for the church.
Bonus: Matt Perman’s site, What’s Best Next, is an excellent source for all thing related to gospel-centered productivity.
Podcasts and Audio
- The Briefing
- Renewing Your Mind
- The Reformed Pubcast
- Theology Refresh
- Radical Together
- Ask Pastor John
Bonus: Look at the Book is an outstanding where someone (usually John Piper) takes time to explain in detail and particular text in the Bible via video.
Finding a Good Church Near You
Looking for a good church? Check out these church directories:
- The Gospel Coalition
- The Master Seminary
- 9 Marks
- Acts 29
- Sovereign Grace Ministries
- Newfrontiers USA
Bonus: If none of these church directories worked for you, email me and I’ll personally help you find a church.
Seminaries and Bible College
- Covenant Theological Seminary (St. Louis, MO)
- The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY)
- Reformation Bible College (Sanford, FL)
- The Master’s Seminary (Los Angeles, CA)
- Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (Grand Rapids, MI)
- Reformed Theological Seminary (Various locations)
- Westminster Theological Seminary (Glenside, PA)
- Westminster Seminary California (Orange County, CA)
- Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA)
- Boyce College (Louisville, KY)
- Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL)
- Bethlehem College and Seminary (Minneapolis, MN)
Bonus: If none of these Seminaries or Bible Colleges will work for you, email me and I’ll (potentially) help you find one that does.
- Personal Development: Michael Hyatt
Hyatt is my go-to guy online for most things blogging and personal development. I started following his work since 2011, and I haven’t looked back since.
These three guys have eBooks that have personally changed by life. If you are an aspiring author, I commend their work to you.
Questions and Comments: Did I miss any resources that you think I should add to this list? Comment below, or email me, and I’ll consider adding it.