Life-Long Learning ~ Resources

Last week, using some tips from David Mathis, I brought forth the importance of life-long learning and gave some tips about how to make it more worthwhile (you can read that article here). However, sometimes we don’t know where to start or what to do. Therefore having some easy to use resources can be helpful for all of, so below is a list of various resource sites, helpful blogs, and specific Christian starting points.
Resource Sites:
The following sites are places you can go to search for various information meant to instill aspects of learning into your daily routine.
  • iTunes U: iTunes had become a tremendous platform for may colleges and universities (secular and Christian) to place video of some of their classes. Obviously you don’t get credit for following along, but that’s not the point. There are classes available in a wide variety of disciplines and interests, from productivity to business management or mathematics to Christian history.
  • Coursera: Like iTunes U, Coursera contains courses from a wide variety of disciplines, although not quite as extensive (personally, I prefer iTunes).
  • Open Syllabus Project: Open Syllabus Project is a unique concept not geared at actually teaching you classes. Instead, you can search for the syllabus of specific classes or specific disciplines. While you may lack the teacher’s lectures, having the syllabus provides reading lists that you can utilize (and if you really want to go the extra step, you could even complete the assignments).
  • Quora: Quora is supposed to be a forum to ask questions about anything and then experts in particular fields will respond. Sometimes you can find some unique and interesting information here.
  • Ligonier Connect: Ligonier Connect can act as a great discipling tool or individually. They have a wide array of online series available all dealing with Christian topics. There is a small monthly fee, but if you use the resource, the fee is worth it.
  • Theological Resources: The Theological Resources website falls underneath the ministry of John MacArthur and is a website directed at bringing together the resources of The Master’s University, The Master’s Seminary, and Grace Community Church by collecting various lectures, sermons and chapel messages, and more for a person to browse through freely.
Blogs:
There are hundreds of blogs out there, some better than others. Even limiting ourselves to those of the highest quality would yield hundreds of results. Instead, I have tried to simply include specific sites here because of their great breadth and/or their great depth.
  • Desiring God: Most know the ministry of John Piper, but the website for his ministry yields much more than just his sermons and articles (although those are great for you as well). Many of his books are available for free download in a variety of formats, the blog consistently includes articles from other respected scholars on topics from the Christian life to Bible study.
  • Grace to You: The ministry dedicated to the teachings of John Macarthur, the Grace to You website includes devotionals, sermons, videos (check out the Strange Fire Conference videos), and daily podcasts.
  • Truth for Life: Like Grace to You only focused on the teachings of Alistair Begg. If you have not heard his teaching before, I would highly recommend it.
  • The Gospel Coalition: The Gospel Coalition usually has a wide range of articles and resources covering all kinds of topics. Furthermore many of the best authors have moved their blogs over to the Gospel Coalition’s website, so you can read authors like D.A. Carson, Kevin DeYoung, and Thabiti Anyabwile.
  • Al Mohler: Al Mohler’s website is more specific, mostly dealing with major news stories from a Christian worldview. Basically you will find two forms of content: access to his daily podcast called “The Daily Briefing” addressing the most noteworthy stories from a biblical worldview and his blog. Unfortunately Mohler only releases blog articles on rare occasions, but when he does, they are spectacular and worthy of attention.
  • David Murray: David Murray offers great articles, but there are two aspects that compel me to include him on this list. First, Murray is taking 2017 to devote more time to digital detox, something we can all benefit. Second he often provides links to some good resources from around the web.
  • Tim Challies: If you follow any Christian blogging, you have heard of Tim Challies. He has set the standard on many levels. While I enjoy many of his thoughts, you will find three things beneficial: his occasional articles on productivity, his book reviews can help you find books, and his daily ‘A la Carte’ which lists out interesting articles from around the web (not all Christian, but all insightful and intriguing).
Some Specific Options for Christians:
Below is a list of specific resources that are beneficial to Christians. You will note that there are a number of ‘Reformed’ resources here. While I may disagree with the eschatology, it is not severe enough that I would cut off contact with them. Instead I feel comfortable recommending them because their teachings are still extremely solid and beneficial. Eschatology is not a salvific issue and is something that each of you can work through yourself.
  • John Frame History of Western Philosophy: Last year John Frame released a tremendous textbook called A History of Western Philosophy and Theology. The lectures coinciding with the textbook are available on iTunes free. While the textbook isn’t necessarily needed, I would seriously recommend purchasing it (you can do so by clicking here).
  • John Frame and Christian Apologetics: Another good one by John Frame are his lectures on Christian Apologetics.
  • Shepherd’s Conference: The Shepherd’s Conference consists of some of the best teachings you will find. It is my first choice when searching for sermons to listen to or watch. Here you will find messages dating back to 2001.
  • Calvin’s Institutes: Covenant Theological Seminary has put together lectures on John Calvin’s Institutes. Note, these are audio lectures only.
  • English Puritans by J.I. Packer: J.I. Packer did a series on English Puritans for Reformed Theological Seminary which they have added to iTunes U for your listening.
  • Romans from Reformed Theological Seminary: Romans is an intensely rich book that I think Christians should spend more time going through (in depth, not just quoting the Romans Road). You can click the link to watch the video lectures and download the notes.
 
It is my hope that you will be encouraged to engage in life-long learning and that these resources will be helpful both in motivating you and giving you some options on how to move forward.
Photo “Studying” courtesy of user Steven S. and Flickr.