Did you see that Vine of the cat scared by a cucumber? Or scrutinise who wore what to the Grammys and BAFTAs this year? Or find yourself addicted to Trumping Donald?
As well as chewing gum for the eyes, the internet’s also great for serving up food for the soul. Here, a handful of Moorlands College staff recommend their choice of theology blogs, websites and Twitter accounts worth chewing over.
At a time when social media polarises us further into doctrinal comfort zones, perhaps we could all benefit from sampling a larger menu.
Andrew Wilson’s Think Theology blog
Andrew is a leading light in writing and speaking about applied theological issues. As a church leader he speaks ministerially, pastorally and academically.
Timothy Keller’s blog
From ‘across the pond’ Tim seeks to write in a lucid and balanced way, especially about having a theological vision.
Ian Paul’s blog
My final favourite is Ian’s, who is the general editor of Grove Books. He writes well from a clearly evangelical viewpoint on some hot potatoes, such as gender and sexuality.
Colin Bennett is Vice-Principal (Development) and Director of Training for the Community and Family Studies Course. He is a regular writer and speaks on family, youth and community issues.
Andy Du Feu
I’d like to recommend Twitter lists and accounts to subscribe to. How do you find a list you might be interested in? Visit someone’s Twitter profile. Click “Lists” if it is there. Alternatively, just search for a list using key words, such as theology, reformed, charismatic, etc. There are some good accounts to follow, such as @TheologyNetwork.
You can also pick your favourite theologian—they might just be there. For example, @alisteremcgrath often shares his reflections.
Andy du Feu is Director of Youth and Community Work, and BA Course Leader. He is a qualified youth worker, and has worked in local authority, voluntary, and church settings. Andy has contributed to various publications, and speaks at youth events and churches with his own high-octane and dynamic flavour. And, of course, he’s on Twitter.
Gailyn Van Rheenen’s website
Gailyn managed to corner the best website name for the personal blog of a missiologist; but he deserves it.
Eddie Arthur’s website
Always insightful and often provocative as he muses on mission and the state of the world.
Ian Kirby is Vice-Principal (Academic) and Director of Cross Cultural Training. Ian regularly speaks at churches and events and previously resided in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, for ten years.
Maggi Dawn’s blog
Maggie is currently based at Yale University, where she is Dean of Marquand Chapel and Associate Professor of Theology and Literature in the Divinity School.
Paula Gooder’s website
Working as Theologian in Residence for the Bible Society, Paula seeks to find creative and inspiring ways to help people to engage more with the Bible.
Sharon Prior is Senior Tutor and Lecturer at our Midlands Regional Centre, and is fuelled by a passion to see people make a difference where they are.
This site is run by UCCF and provides access to very informative articles which are a combination of reading, listening and watching! Areas covered include apologetics, worldviews, religions, suffering etc created by many different individuals such as N. T Wright, Douglas Groothuis, Alister McGrath, and Josh McDowell; they are classified into categories: introductory, intermediate and advanced—a really great resource.
Theology on the Web
Devised and run by Rob Bradshaw, this site has everything! Over 32,000 free articles are now available on a wealth of different subjects: biblical, theological, historical and archaeological.
Includes reviews and ratings of biblical, theological and practical Christian works by the likes of Carl Trueman, Don Carson, Scot McKnight and Tremper Longman. Sponsored by Accordance and Logos it also provides handy direct links from the books to major retail suppliers as well – great for librarians!
Tony Thomson is the Librarian, and Director of Learning Support. With the Moorlands College library housing over 40,000 titles, Tony knows the best books and sites to recommend.
Although relatively familiar with some of their books (Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church by Michael Lawrence being a personal, well-thumbed favourite), I only recently discovered 9Marks on Twitter. In line with their general ethos to nurture healthy churches, their tweets are deeply practical. For example, in recent days they’ve explored why “belonging before believing” is a bad idea; outlined steps that churches can take to promote congregational singing, and asked what pastors should preach about hell.
I can’t think of anyone more quotable—or a contemporary writer and speaker more inspirational—than Gerard Kelly. His unique, poetic way with ideas and words results in popular theological books and talks that are challenging, eye-opening and moving in equal measure. Church Actually: Rediscovering the Brilliance in God’s Plan from 2012 never fails to sock me sideways every time I’m drawn back to reading it, over and over again. His tweets offer a brief glimpse into theological riches.
Steven Furtick, Elevation Church
I’m stretching the goalposts of the brief, here, but Steven’s sermons from his Elevation Church network in Charlotte, USA, make for valuable listening (either online, or via the Elevation Church app). They’re also available as online videos, but towards the end of a sermon you might find yourself nudging down the volume as he gets increasingly excitable and energetic…
Neil Tinson is Moorlands College’s Marketing Manager, occasionally teaches on a number of our courses, and is himself currently studying for an MA in Applied Theology with Moorlands. He spends much of his time trying to convince people that Comic Sans is theologically unsound.