Computers and the internet, like all of creation, can be used for great good or for great evil. As Christians we have the privilege and obligation to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). The goal of Trinity Baptist Church in having an internet site is to do just that. We have provided sidebar links that will take you to our Baptist affiliations on all levels, as well as agency intities that are pertinent to all facets of Baptist life. Other resources available in the sidebars include a search engine to the ESV Bible, a calendar of Trinity Baptist events, random quotes, a weekly Bible verse, and access to recent audio sermons by Pastor Rod.
This page in particular is intended to provide you with links to other resources on the web which reside outside of the confines of our church’s web site. There are an abundance of Bible-study resources found on the Internet, most of it is totally free of charge.
e-Sword is a powerful Bible software that will greatly enhance your personal Bible study as well as speed up preparation for Sunday-school lessons or family devotions. With its modular approach, you can build your Bible with any number of versions. Some modern versions are not available due to copyright restrictions. There are also map, commentary, and dictionary modules available. The options seem endless. The best part about e-Sword is that it is absolutely free. The only drawback seems to be that it is available only for Windows operating systems.
MacSword is the Macintosh equivalent to e-Sword. Though not as many Bible versions are available, The English Standard Version has signed on with this project, and other translations are sure to join the project over time. With the smooth Aqua look of MacSword, this is a deceptively powerful Bible reader. As feature-packed as MacSword is it’s hard to believe it too is free.
Internet Bible-resource Sites
Bible Gateway: If you don’t want to download software to your computer, or if the software you use doesn’t have your favorite Bible version, then you can find all you want and more at the Bible Gateway.
ICL Net: More than just Bible translations, The Internet Christian Library is a depository of church documents, and links to other sites of similar interest. You will never exhaust the resources found at ICL Net.
The ESV Bible: This is the parent site you are redirected to when you search a bible passage in the margin of Trinity’s website. One of the more recent Bible translations, the ESV Bible is considered one of the best word-for-word translations available today. There are even a number of on-line daily Bible reading programs at this site to help you in your daily devotions.
The Spurgeon Archives: Baptist History is incomplete without, and must have its beginning with the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Serving in the Metropolitan Tabernacle Church in London in the last half of the nineteenth century, Spurgeon is still the classical model of a Baptist preacher. This site embodies the definitive Spurgeon.
The Reformed Reader is a site devoted to Baptist history and Baptist biography. If you are interested in finding out more about your Baptist heritage, this is a good site to start.
Here are a few other great resources on Baptist history:
- The Baptist History and Heritage Society
- The American Baptist Historical Society
- Baptist Theology, which is a ministry of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
- Baptist Studies Online
- The Baptist Center for Theology and Minsitry
The Cyber Hymnal: Not just lyrics of all you favorite hymns, but midi files of the tunes, plus biographies of the authors of the lyrics and the tune. Sometimes you might even find a picture of the authors. This is a very exhaustive source for traditional hymnody.
The Center for Church Music: This site is very similar to the above cite which lists a few of the more classical hymns and tunes that the Cyber Hymnal somehow misses. Still very good.