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Study and Devotional Resources
On-Line Bible (New Revised Standard Version)
- oremus Bible Browser (A favorite tool of some of East Church’s Bible Study members - this tool is a very fast way to look up lectionary passages. In six translations no less!)
- Bible Gateway - another favorite tool of East Church Bible students. This is a serious power tool. Bible Gateway makes it easy to search passages, and return the search result in your choice of every imaginable translation as well as many languages other than English. This is an amazing resource for comparative reading of our scriptures. There's a “verse of the day,” a blog, devotions, discount offers on books and more — everything a student of the Bible could wish for.
Common Lectionary Readings (provided by the Vanderbilt Divinity School; this lists only Sunday readings but provides the text (NRSV version) as well as the scripture listings)
Enter the Bible, from the Luther Seminary: study guides and other helpful reference materials for Bible students of all types.
Daily Lectionary Readings (provided by the MACUCC; this lists the Common Lectionary readings for week days as well as Sundays in a printable PDF format but does not provide the text)
You can follow the Stillspeaking Daily Devotional on Twitter!
“SAMUEL” [Scripture and Mission: A United Church of Christ Electronic Library]
- the Codex Sinaiticus project. “Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament.” (text from the project’s web site). The research and conservation project is an exhaustive documentation of the manuscript (portions of which currently reside in four different countries!) to provide researchers with the next best thing to the Codex itself. NPR, reporting on the project, wrote that the “Codex Sinaiticus Web site is a veritable treasure trove for researchers and others. The site grants access not only to images of the pages, but also to the new transcription of the text, which allows scholars to search for word patterns, among other uses. The digitized version offers breathtaking detail of the codex, which is written by hand in Greek on animal skin.”
Nurturing the Spirit
- The Massachusetts Bible Society provides a bridge between the faithful and the skeptical by promoting biblical literacy, understanding, and dialogue in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Through small groups, lectures, video, and the web, we provide a safe place to explore the Bible in the context of the many voices of Christian interpretation.
Listing of Labyrinths on the South Shore
- Enjoy NPR’s thought provoking weekly program “on Being”. The companion podcast is extremely well done and is available from iTunes.
- Ask The Question - A United Church of Christ web site which seeks to provide answers to questions such as “What am I going to do with my life? How can I make a difference? For what purpose was I created? Am I called to be a minister in the United Church of Christ?” (Warning: it plays music when the home page loads. Nice music to be sure but maybe not what you expect if you visit while at work!)
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