Go Deeper: Resources for Further Study

For those interested in branching out or going deeper into Christian practice and belief, here are a few resources:

General Resources

 Bible Study with a Lutheran Perspective

  • Book of Faith: Open Scripture. Join the Conversation.
    "The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has made a commitment to encourage all members of our congregations, from children to adults, to dig deeper into our book of faith, the Bible. The Book of Faith Initiative recommends a new model for our church. A grass-roots approach embracing a common vision in which all are invited to open scripture and join the conversation. Each community is encouraged to decide how the Book of Faith Initiative will become a vital part of its own ministry."
  • Enter the Bible
    Luther Seminary offers here "a wealth of resources to help you grow in your faith, add depth to your Bible studies and truly discover the people, places and events of the Bible. Think of Enter the Bible as your guide, a helpful reference tool to accompany you in your reading of the Bible."
  • Online Resources: Delve deeper into the Bible
    Offered by Luther Seminary

The Texts of the Sunday's Lectionary

History of the Christianity

Morality, Ethics, and the Christian Life

  •  Living Lutheran: Lively Engagement in Faith & Life
    An online "magazine" hosted by the ELCA.
  • Journal of Lutheran Ethics
    A free, monthly, ecclesial online publication living out the Lutheran tradition of addressing social issues theologically, using the resources of historical, theological, and ethical tradition, biblical interpretation, and social sciences. From the ELCA.
  • A few good books (available on Kindle and in paperback)
    • Gill, Robin, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
    • Lovin, Robin W. Christian Ethics: An Essential Guide. Abington Press, 2009.
    • Lovin, Robin W. An Introduction to Christian Ethics: Goals, Duties, and Virtues. Abingdon Press, 2011.
    • Wengert, Timothy J., ed. Harvesting Martin Luther's Reflections on Theology, Ethics, and the Church. Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004.
  • Christian Ethics Reading Room
    Links to online and printed resources in Christian ethics, hosted by Tyndale Seminary.

Lutheran Theology and History

  • A few good books (available on Kindle as well as in paperback):
    • Lagerquist, L. DeAne, The Lutherans (Denominations in America). Greenwood, 1999.
    • Gritsch, Eric W. Gritsch and Jenson, Robert W. Lutheranism: The Theological Movement and Its Confessional Writings. Augsburg Fortress, 1975.
    • Arand, Charles P., et al. The Lutheran Confessions: History and Theology of The Book of Concord. Fortress Press, 2012.
    • Marty, Martin E. Lutheran Questions Lutheran Answers: Exploring Christian Faith. Fortress Press, 2007.
    • Gritsch, Eric W. A History of Lutheranism. Fortress Press, 2002.
  • A few biographies of Martin Luther (Available on Kindle as well as in paperback)
    • Marty, Martin E. Martin Luther: A Life. Penguin, 2008.
    • Brecht, Martin. Martin Luther: His Road to Reformation 1483-1521. Fortress Press, 1985.
    • Brecht, Martin. Martin Luther: Shaping and Defining the Reformation 1521-1532. Fortress Press, 1994.
    • Brecht, Martin. Martin Luther: The Preservation of the Church 1532-1546. Fortress Press, 1999.
  • Wabash Center: Religion on the Web: Christianity: Lutheran Church
    Links to online resources on the Lutheran church. Unfortunately, not all links are up-to-date,
  • Christian Theology Reading Room
    Links to online and printed resources in Christian theology and doctrine, from a variety of perspectives. Hosted by Tyndale Seminary.

The Contemporary Context

  •  Pew Research Center: Religion & Public Life
    The premiere source of survey information on contemporary religious life in the United States (and often around the world).
  • "America's Changing Religious Landscape"
    The most recent snapshot of American religion from the Pew Research Center: Religion & Public Life.
  • A few (advanced-level) books that examine the religious context in which we Americans currently live. (Available on Kindle and in paperback)
    • Chaves, Mark. American Religion: Contemporary Trends. Princeton University Press, 2011.
    • Chaves, Mark. Congregations in America. Harvard University Press, 2009.
    • Putnam, Robert T. and Campbell, David E. American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. Simon & Schuster, 2012.
    • Smith, Christian and Denton, Melina Lundquist. Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. Oxford University Press, 2005.
    • Smith, Christian. Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults. Oxford University Press, 2009.
    • Wolfe, Alan. The Transformation of American Religion: How We Actually Live Our Faith. University of Chicago Press, 2005.

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