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A Vision for Good Practice in Reader/Preacher Training (Article/Note/Report)
The report of the Reader Task Group.
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Anglicans Online (Website)
Anglican news from across the world, in-depth articles exploring the issues of the moment, and a comprehensive listing of online resources for Anglicans
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Bible Gateway (Website)
Bible resources and translations
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Bible Study Tools (Website)
Largest free online Bible website for verse search and in-depth studies.
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Biblical Studies - New Testament (Booklist)
A suggested list of books for initial studies of the New Testament.
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Biblical Studies - Old Testament (Booklist)
A suggested list of books for initial studies of the Old Testament.
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Candle Atlas of the Bible (Book)
An attractively produced compact atlas.
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Christians on the Internet (COIN) (Website)
COIN exists to encourage and help churches, church organisations and individuals to make sensible use of the Internet, seeking to ensure an active Christian presence on the Internet to serve as a witness to the wider world.
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Commentaries on the Revised Common Lectionary, from the Anglican Diocese of Montreal, Canada (Website)
Comments are designed as brief commentaries on the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary suitable for any adult who wants to understand the lessons for the week. Each lesson has a brief commentary, with a link to the biblical text, and a brief outline of the whole biblical book.
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Common Worship Almanacs for PalmOS and iCal (Website)
Almanac files for Palm, iCal and other calendar software
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Creative Spirit (Audio/Video)
An excellent inspirational resource; a catalyst to enable us all to look again at familiar events from the Christian story from unusual, unexpected or just different angles; an aid to reflection, meditation, discussion and spiritual growth.
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Doctrine (Booklist)
A suggested list of books for initial studies of Christian Doctrine
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Further information for the 'Echoes of Exodus' feature in The Reader Spring 2007 (Article/Note/Report)
Comparisons between Luke and Deuteronomy made by Professor Christopher Evans
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Further resources for the 'Friends Romans' feature in The Reader Autumn 2005 (Article/Note/Report)
Additional resources for studying the Letter to the Romans
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Further resources for the 'On the Way: An Introduction to Mark's Gospel' feature in The Reader Winter 2005 (Article/Note/Report)
Additional resources for studying Mark's Gospel
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How to Read the Bible (Article/Note/Report)
A framework for approaching Bible study, and a prompt to refreshing our reading.
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In the Footsteps of St Paul (Book)
Based on Edward Stoughton's Radio 4 series of the same title. He writes as a journalist in a fresh, simple style, describing Paul the man , and not analysing his letters or theology.
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Lectionary Reflections Year A (Book)
Consists of short pieces originally published in the Church Times. They provide an accessible way into the readings for each Sunday which Readers will find useful in sermon preparation.
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Mark - the fundamental Gospel (Article/Note/Report)
An overview of Mark's Gospel; reflecting upon its role when originally written and its place in the 21st century - a Gospel for our times?
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Mark 16.1-8; The Unfinished Sentence (Article/Note/Report)
A reflection upon Mark 16v1-8 - one of the alternative Gospel readings for Easter Day in the Revised Common Lectionary - Year B
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Mountains of Matthew (Article/Note/Report)
Sermon preached at the Commissioning of Readers in the Diocese of Southwark, Southwark Cathedral, 26th January 2008
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Online Revised Common Lectionary (Vanderbilt Divinity Library) (Website)
Revised Common Lectionary readings provided by the Vanderbilt Divinity Library - also art and prayers on the theme.
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Orchestration of the Gospels (Article/Note/Report)
A consideration of four different interpretations of one very special life.
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oremus (Website)
A valuable source of liturgical material, oremus is a form of daily Christian prayer published on the Internet, and also contains various other resources for prayer and worship.
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Paul and his World (Book)
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Preaching from the Old Testament (Article/Note/Report)
Some useful hints about preaching from the part of our Bible which was Jesus' own scripture.
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Preparing for Mark (Article/Note/Report)
A consideration of the range of resources available on Mark's Gospel.
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Preparing for Matthew - commentaries on the first Gospel (Article/Note/Report)
A review of the wealth of scolarship available on Matthew's Gospel.
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RE online (Website)
REonline is 'a virtual RE Centre' - a collaborative project of the Association of Church College Trusts and managed by The Culham Institute.
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Reader ministry in times of bereavement (Article/Note/Report)
A report of a course organised by Durham Diocese to provide training for Readers in the care of the bereaved and the conduct of funerals.
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Reading the Bible in Context (Article/Note/Report)
What God's Word may have been to his people in one context may be totally misunderstood by us in another. Being alert to context - both the context of each biblical story and our own cultural context helps us to guard against sinful use of Biblical text.
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ReJesus (Website)
Jesusí life, the lives of his followers, Spirituality, Creativity.
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Resource & Refresh (Course Programmes)
A rolling programme of short residential events in April and September each year for resourcing and refreshing Readers.
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Resources to accompany the 'Unfinished Business' feature in The Reader Summer 2006 (Article/Note/Report)
A presentation of Mark's Gospel in worship.
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Scripture Union (Website)
The website of Scripture Union, a non-denominational, Christ-centred international movement, founded in 1867, working in partnership with individuals and churches across the world.
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St John's Extension Studies (Course Programmes)
A range of courses established to make some of St John's wide range of teaching resources available to students unable to come to College for a full-time course.
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Temple Theology (Book)
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Test of Faith (Website)
The Faraday Institute in partnership with Contrapositive New Media have produced materials on science and faith that are relevant and accessible for everyone, with contributions from leading scientists and theologians.
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The Anglican Centre in Rome - Courses (Course Programmes)
The courses run by the Centre offer opportunities for meeting and dialogue through studying ecumenical theology in its many facets as students explore our common Christian heritage as displayed in this 'eternal city'. Many are particularly suited to Reader Ministry.
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The Bible from Scratch (Book)
Introductions to all 66 books of the Protestant canon (and a discussion of the place of the Apocrypha), overviews of the whole Bible and introductions to the major sections of both testaments.
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The Lectionary Page (Website)
Text of collects, readings and Psalms from ECUSA. Includes both RCL and BCP texts.
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The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (Website)
LICC aims to help Christians engage biblically and relevantly with the issues they face, and demonstrate that Christ is indeed relevant to the deepest needs of contemporary people.
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The Text this Week (Website)
A wide variety of resources for study and liturgy based on the 3-year Revised Common Lectionary cycle.
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The Three Wise Ones (Article/Note/Report)
A nativity play for Family Worship. All-age drama, from small kids (mouse), to teens (animals, camel rent manager, etc), to adults.
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Then opening their treasures they offered Him gifts (Article/Note/Report)
A consideration of the gifts offered to the infant Jesus by the Wise Men - and a reflection on who they were.
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Tyndale House (Website)
Bible study materials and centre for research/study .
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UCCF: The Christian Unions (Website)
UCCF provide resources aimed primarily at university and college students, including bible study materials.
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Why myrrh? (Article/Note/Report)
While the gift of myrrh may have symbolic meaning it was also a very practical gift.
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Word on the Web (Website)
Church Army resource site, providing free, daily Bible reading notes as well as other resources.
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