From professional to personal, Christian blogs have much to offer to those who pursue the study of the Word. The following 25 blogs may prove to be the best Christian blogs are you not reading yet — and they come from students, pastors, organizations and musicians. These blogs are new, beginning in April of 2009, with the majority created in 2010. [click to continue…]

Christian History is an engaging and interesting subject. And, you don’t have to be a theology major at a major institution to take Christian history classes. Here are 21 open courseware classes on Christian history that you can take for free.

  1. Foundations of Western Culture II Renaissance to Modernity: Follow the social and scientific changes in the Western world from the Renaissance to contemporary culture. This class overviews the “general loss of a supernatural or religious perspective upon human events. The course is offered by MIT.
  2. Foundations of Theology: Offered by Notre Dame, one of the foremost theological schools, this class follows the evolution of the early church and discusses the Bible’s role as a reference for Christians.
  3. Medieval Literature: Dante, Boccaccio, Chaucer: Analyze how religtion and spirituality are depicted in Medieval literature in this class from MIT.
  4. Jews and Christians Throughout History: This class from Notre Dame discusses how Christians and Jews have interacted since the time of Christ. It covers anti-Semitism in Christianity and how Christians and Jews might work together in the future.
  5. Catholic Theology: This class from Religion-Online teaches about Catholic theology from a collection of texts and resources.
  6. The New Testament: Discover the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from Religion Online.
  7. After Colombus: This class from MIT explores how Colombus brought Christianity to the New World, and challenged ideas about spirituality and identity.
  8. Introduction to the Old Testament: This course from Yale teaches different methods of interpreting, critiquing and understanding the Old Testament.
  9. Wesley: This class from Religion Online teaches students about John Wesley and his school of theology.
  10. Arthurian Literature and Celtic Colonization: An interesting course from MIT on how the Catholic Church and early British imperialism influenced culture, identity and history.
  11. Christian Ethics: A class from Religion Online that explores the intentions, history and dynamics of Christian ethics and principles.
  12. Major Authors: John Milton: This class from MIT explores John Milton’s work, and particularly how his work Paradise Lost tackled controversial concepts like original sin and temptation.
  13. Congregational Life: This class from Religion Online explores the dynamics of Christian church congregations, including small churches and seminaries.
  14. The Ancient World: Rome: Explore religious trends and ideology that shaped Ancient Rome, paving the way toward Christianity in this class from MIT.
  15. Evangelical – Conservative Theology: This course from Religion Online explores evangelism and American Christianity.
  16. The Nature of Mission: In this course from Religion Online, you’ll explore world missions in China and the concept of baptism, as you look at the nature of mission work.
  17. History of Western Civilization: This Boise State course covers history including the Reformation and the Crusades.
  18. The Age of Reason: Europe in the 18th and 19th Centuries: This history class from MIT covers a time period that shaped European Christianity.
  19. Learning from the Past: Drama, Science, Performance: This class from MIT explores how the works of Shakespeare, Rembrandt, Moliere and Descartes influenced an intersection of scientific method and ideas about religion, art, and society.
  20. Death: This course from Yale covers the concepts of immortality, death and suicide, including from a religious perspective.
  21. From Self and Other to We: This class from Gresham College explores the notion of self and the other in regard to philosophical and religious systems.

There is no better way to improve your knowledge about the history of Christianity than by studying these history, theology and philosophy classes offered by the various universities mentioned here. It is really amazing how much of an education you can get from using open courseware offered by colleges all over the country for free. Everyone should take advantage of the wealth of knowledge offered by open courseware classes; regardless of your field of study. You can rest assured that there is a wealth of information out there about your chosen profession and about other subjects you have interest in. Be sure to explore these and the many other open courseware classes out there.

Bible is one of the most pious and religious books of Christian religion, filled with ample teaching and learning for benevolence and thoughts of humanity. As religious scripture is filled with stanzas of wisdom and knowledge, it would be a matter of precious pride for anyone to grab and learn them. Learning Bible is the best method to appreciate and practice the Christian faith. To ease the task of learning Bible, following tips could help a person in a great manner and to a larger extent.

  1. If you still do not know about where to start learning bible you can have reference to a chart of daily Bible readings as available from your congregation. This is helpful in special cases and conditions it you have desire to learn Bible as biography of Christ.
  2. Get yourself acquainted with the most favorite Bible stories and accounts. The best piece of learning as for Bible stories are as following

With the capability of the internet today, everyone has the opportunity to link up with others and mostly for Christians who want to establish social networks. As a devoted Christian, there are quite a number of websites that can help you to link up with the rest of the world. Here are the top seven.

My Church
For churches to build and outreach their community they have to network and through this they build a congregation. Therefore, we can say that this is content management system made for sermons, collaborative blog, event calendar, social network and a classified board for Christians to interact, accordingly.

CobbleStone Community Network
Cobblestone as community was formed to aid churches to encourage behavior that are important for the body of the local church. It can assist and aid you by helping people find chances to do service for others, to connect people within community for managing and disciplining responsible groups.

The Common Organization started in the spring of 2008 as a method to put things in order as found to be improper with churches and with focus to employ web with share needs and abilities of the churches.  The community is growing with aim to love their neighbor and share everything in common via the web with as user-friendly, safe and effective tool.

Unifyer was an effort by Pursuant, a full service fundraising agency in 2001 to assist non-profit organizations for communication and fundraising by online channel By 2008 Pursuant had 200 clients in several non-profit sectors. And at the dawn of 2009 Pursuant acquired the operations of Viscern, which added RSI and Ketchum, to the Pursuant family to offer a full set of development services and consulting to the entire non-profit market.

360 Connected Churches
This software develops relationship oriented community for church members in a safe, protected and easy-to-uses web atmosphere. This software let church members to personalize a profile, to compete with photos albums, blogs, favorite web sites, social networking and more. It assimilates and promotes church involvement with honest, open, vulnerable, private, and safe communication and relationship.

The City
This is a web based software and community tool to quench pastor’s desire to accommodate with technology to meet out in challenging and dynamic environment of a growing church. The community was formed to connect newcomers, engage people in deeper community, and multiply ministry and service activity.

Groups Interactive
This community was started as a group of Christian followers who devoted their professions to the cause of spreading Christianity with the help of online technology. This community is formed with sole objective of expansion and unity of the body of Christ. And the group is for churches to accomplish there pastoral need.

Online Christian College

August 18, 2009

An online Christian college offers you a way to get started in a career in the church and a great way to ensure that you remain rooted in the Christian faith and God. This type of college will help you get into a profession that allows you to impact other people’s life, positively.

Christian colleges that offer learning over the internet are cheaper compared to the traditional colleges. To get into these colleges, the minimum requirement is a high school diploma. The courses you need to take in high school include English, Math, Social Studies and Science. If you do not meet the requirements to attend an online Christian college, you can take some remedial classes.

Online colleges focus on Christian education to prepare you for a career as a theologian or even youth group leader. The colleges offer certificates, undergraduate and master’s degrees. An online Christian college offers a variety of majors including Bible and Theology, Christian Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Elementary Education and certificate programs. A major in Bible and Theology includes a study of theology, scripture and other related fields. This provides a good base for those who want to join the Christian ministries. The Christian Ministry program is good for those who want to join educational ministries. For those who have a calling to lead ministry, the Pastoral Ministry program is the best pick. It provides you with theological and biblical instructions that you can practically apply in the church and in your role as a church leader.

The online colleges offer you a lot of flexibility since you can take the programs from anywhere you want as long as you have access to the internet. These colleges work well for those who are either busy with work or have to stay home with their children. The online programs can be taken as you work therefore you will follow your own schedule. This allows you to get experience, income and also some stability while taking the program. To get into a career that ensures you cement your Christian faith, an online Christian college is a good choice.