Tanker Bob's Links
Note: Tanker Bob doesn't necessarily agree with every view expressed at all the sites listed. I stand by the plenary and verbal inspiration and inerrancy of the Scriptures in their original manuscripts. I believe God's character and will for us are clearly, authoritatively, and sufficiently revealed in the Scriptures, which God has preserved through the ages by his superintending providence. I find that Protestant Reformed Theology most accurately reflects God's will as revealed in the Scriptures--salvation by grace alone (sola gratia) through faith alone (sola fide) because of Christ alone (solo Christo), with the Scriptures being the sole infallible rule of faith and practice for the believer (sola Scriptura). Not every site or follow-on link listed adheres to these historically evangelical views, but I believe it is important to be familiar with a variety of views that we may encounter in our faith walk.
Online Bible & Study Resources
Protestant Creeds and Confessions
Other Christian Document Sites
Reformed Theology Sites
Other Reformed and Related Sites
General References and Resources
Presbyterian Church in America
Misc Interesting Places
Roman Catholic Sites
Words to the Background Hymn
The WWW Bible Gateway - The Bible on the web, with the ability to select a variety of translations. If you read only one book in your life, make this the one.
World Wide Study Bible - Great Study Bible tapping a variety of resources on the web.
Bible Study Tools on GOSHEN - Another very good Study Bible, with lots of versions available. All references online at the site.
Blue Letter Bible - Another outstanding Study Bible that hyperlinks great resouces, including some original language references.
The Unbound Bible - Yet another excellent online Study Bible that includes original language references.
The Biblical Studies Foundation - Home of the New English Translation (NET) Bible. I don't care for some of the translators' choices, but the expositional notes are good and cover for those unfortunate choices to some degree.
Bible Research - Michael Marlowe's outstanding Bible reference site. Briefly summarizes history of every major and most minor English Bible translation, Greek and Hebrew manuscript differences, and a lot of excellent links on the same. Highly recommended!
The GOSHEN Online Study Library - Nice collection of classic study helps like Vine's Expository Dictionary, Easton's Bible Dictionary, Nave's Topical Bible, etc., all interlinked. New resources added regularly.
World Wide Study Bible - Nice Study Bible online at Wheaton. Several translations available, including NIV. Commentaries from across the Christian era.
Calvin's Commentaries - Excellent analysis and comment on the Scriptures from an expert expositor and one of the original Reformers.
Protestant Confessions and Creeds - A collection of foundational statements found on servers around the country.
Apostle's Creed - Passed on orally from the time of the Apostles, finally recorded in the 9th Century. Those that doubt that the creed originated at the time of the Apostles need only consult Aristides' Christian defense to Emperor Hadrian in A.D. 126. It follows the creed almost exactly.
Nicene Creed - Started at the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325, and finalized at the Council of Chalcedon in A.D. 451. Cemented the Trinity at the core of orthodox Christian faith, with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit being three persons in one eternal substance.
The Canons of the Council of Orange (A.D. 529) - Resulted from the triumph of Augustine over Pelagius. Augustine held that man was totally degenerate, incapable of choosing salvation without God changing their hearts and drawing them to himself. Pelagius held that man was born innocent, that they had no sinful nature. At Orange, semi-Pelagians held that man could choose to be saved. The canons decisively state otherwise, in accordance with Scripture.
Belgic Confession of Faith (1561) - Contemporary with the Heidelberg Catechism below, an early Reformed creed laying out the theology of the Reformation. One of the Three Forms of Unity held as confessional by the Reformed Church denominations.
Heidelberg Catechism (1563) - One of the early Reformed teaching aids, based on a weekly exposition of Scriptural truths. Excellent exposition of Reformed theology and worthy of serious study. One of the Three Forms of Unity held as confessional by the Reformed Church denominations.
The Canons of Dort (1618) - Outgrowth of the Synod of Dordrecht, where Calvinism and Arminianism collided over God's sovereignty and man's free will.. Based on the Scriptures, Calvinism won out, and the canons resulted. One of the Three Forms of Unity held as confessional by the Reformed Church denominations.
Westminser Confession of Faith w/Scriptural Proofs - THE confession of faith for the Presbyterian Reformed Protestant, in HTML format. A decree of Parliment put together the Assembly of Divines in the mid-seventeenth century at Westminster Abbey in an attempt to unite the kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland without a monarchy. The result became the concise statement of Presbyterian side of the Reformed faith for all time. This is the current version used in the modern church. Full Scripture citations included with the references.
Westminster Larger Catechism - The master catechism for teaching and ruling elders in the Presbyterian churches, consisting of 196 faith-probing questions. Completed along with the Westminster Confession and the Shorter Catechism in 1647. New framed version has extensive Scripture references for every answer.
Westminster Shorter Catechism - The catechism for the Presbyterian laity. A cake-walk at only 107 questions. Printed version has extensive Scripture references for every answer.
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project - Bible Persbyterian Church project that links the catechism to its Scriptural support and a number of excellent commentaries on the catechism. An outstanding study resource.
Sum of Saving Knowledge - Based on the Westminster Confession, a treatise on salvation in HTML format.
Harmony of the Westminster Standards - Great compilation that cross-links the Westminster Standards by topic. Excellent reference and study resource.
Luther's 95 Theses - Not technically a creed or confession, but foundational in the history of Protestantism. Translated from the German, this is the document that lit the flame of Reformation in Europe. Though Luther was not the first Reformer or even the only Reformer of his day, when Martin Luther nailed these to the East Door of the Wittenburg Church on October 31, 1517, Protestantism was ignited for all time. Post tenebras lux--After darkness, light!
1689 London Baptist Confession - Reformed Baptist confession that largely parallels the Westminster Confession of Faith. The only major difference is in the acceptable mode of baptism, i.e. immersion (LBC 29.4) vs. pouring or sprinkling (WCF XXVII.III). Hypertext with Scripture links.
The Cambridge Declaration - Concise 1996 statement on the key issues in Protestant Theology by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.
The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy - Declaration of Scriptural inerrancy by the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy.
Danvers Statement - Summary of the Biblical concepts of manhood and womanhood.
Other Christian Documents Sites
The Ecole Initiative Early Church Documents - Incredible collection of early church documents.
Historic Church Documents - Collection at CRTA (home page below). Includes modernized notes from the original Geneva Bible of the Reformation period.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library - Super collection of ebook versions of Christian classics, including an ongoing project to put the entire 38 volume "Early Church Fathers" in ebook form.
The Spurgeon Archive - Collection of the writings and sermons from perhaps the greatest preacher ever.
Project Wittenberg - Luthern collection of selected works of Martin Luther and a few others.
The Divinity Library, Vanderbilt University - Another collection.
Reformed Theology Sites
Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics - Excellent source for information and resources on Reformed Theology. Treasures include the Westminster Confession(w/Scripture references) and Catechisms, and Luther's 95 Theses. Covers the gamut of topics including science and Scripture, ethics, eschatology, soteriology, and the five points of Calvinism.
Genevan Institute for Reformed Studies - The Genevan Institute was founded to provide a center where committed reformed scholars and students can work together to study and do research in areas related to the historic reformed faith and its application to contemporary situations.
Center for the Advancement of Paleo Orthodoxy Home Page - Distinctively biblical and historic consortium of networked think tanks, publications, and scholars. Brings Biblical light to current issues.
Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals - Group dedicated to preserving the voice of the Reformation in modern times. They wrote the The Cambridge Declaration, reaffirming classical evangelical doctines (see link above). Publishes an outstanding bi-monthly theological journal called Modern Reformation. These folks are on the front line!
The Foundation for Biblical Studies Home Page - The Foundation for Biblical Studies (FBS) is a Reformed apologetics ministry that deals with a wide range of subjects: from Reformed theology, biblical ethics, church history, eschatology, and politics to cult/occult groups, etc.
Sola Scriptura! - Another good Reformed Theology resource and information site.
The Strait Gate - Good Reformed site with some good resources and links.
Contra Mundum - Literally "Against the World." An online Reformed magazine with some back issues.
The Credenda/Agenda Home Page - Credenda Agenda is a free, bimonthly periodical exploring all areas of life from a biblical, classical Protestant perspective.
The Preterist Archive - Preterism: "An eschatological viewpoint that places many or all eschatological events in the past, especially during the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70." (R.C. Sproul, The Last Days According to Jesus, p. 228) Interesting collection of material on-line. Covers full and partial preterism.
Heritage Baptist Church - Great Reformed Baptist site in the tradition of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Excellent collection of Reformed links.
Westminster Theological Seminary - One of the three best Reformed seminaries (IMHO) in the US, with the other two immediately below. They have two campuses, one in S. California and one in Philadelphia, PA.
Reformed Theological Seminary - Another good Reformed seminary, this one in Orlando, Florida.
Knox Theological Seminary - Another good Reformed seminary, started by Dr. D. James Kennedy. This one is located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Other Reformed and Related Sites
First Presbyterian Church of Rowlett - The Blue Banner Web Site - Home of some great Windows-based Reformed resources and the Westiminster Forum, as well as public defenses for mainstream Reformed theology.
The Bible Presbyterian Church Online - A very conservative Reformed denomination with some good resources online. Holds to the Westminster Standards as its confessional heritage.
The Reformed Church in the United States - Another historic and conservative Reformed denomination. Holds to the Three Forms of Unity--Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, and Canons of Dort--for its confessional basis, Scripture alone for its rule of faith.
Life Bible Presbyterian Church - A beacon of hope in a land that sorely needs the gospel.
The Reformed Reader - A very nice Reformed Baptist site in the tradition of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Containts numerous Reformed links and online resources. Includes the 1599 Geneva Bible notes in modernized form.
The Christian Observer Home Page - A Reformed journal in publication since 1813. Lots of good links and resources.
The Covenant Family Fellowship - Super resources on family worship from the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Synod.
EPC - Evangelical Presbyterian Church homepage. Another Reformed denomination. Unfortunately, they've already started to slip down the slippery slope by ordaining women in opposition to the clear teaching of God's word.
Grace Community Church Homepage - Home church of Dr. John MacArthur, a dynamic, Reformed (but slightly dispensational) Bible expositor.
Home Page of the Banner of Truth Trust - Banner of Truth publishes a wide range of books by reformed writers and the Banner of Truth magazine.
Grace Alone - Homepage of the Emmanuel OPC Church in New Jersey. Good source of Psalter midis and some etexts.
Grace Reformed Church - RCUS church in Lancaster, California. This is a Christ-centered, Reformed flock that glorifies God in accordance with His commands and ordinances. Great church!
Home Page of Covenant United Reformed Chuch in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Reformed Presbyterian Church (Covenanted) aka Steelites - A branch of the Reformed church still holding to the National and Solemn League Covenants from c. 1644 Scotland, and modified in 1712 at Auchensaugh. There's a nice biography of Rev. David Steele here.
General References and Resources
Ephesians 4 Group - The Ephesians Four is a Nonprofit organization whose goal is help the church of God grow in the knowledge and image of Christ, our Savior. They give away an awesome FREE CD with 20 meaty reformed references in QuickVerse format. It used to be in the more useful Logos format, and I regret the change. Repeat, it is no kidding FREE. Can one man make a difference? Bob and Lisa Brown believe so in the Lord.
Hall of Church History - Neat site dedicated to the history of the Christian church. Everything here from heretics to heros of the faith.
Reformed Links - Good collection of Reformed sites, including many Reformed denominations.
Christian Resource List - Vast collection of links to all kinds of Christian resources. If you can't find it from here, it may not exist!
Gospel Communications Network - Central site with links to a wide variety of Evangelical ministries on the web.
CBD home page - Christian Book Distributors, where I bought almost all my Christian library. Mail order house with the best prices, nicest staff, and best collection of books and materials.
Ages Software - Unbelievable resources inexpensively packed on CD ROMs. Great computerized Christian literature and references in Adobe PDF format.
Soli Deo Gloria Ministries - Super source for historical Reformed literature, specializing in Puritan authors.
Still Waters Revival Books - Semi-commercial outlet. Lots of ebooks online, plus many more to order from the company. Specializes in classic Reformed and Puritan works. Very conservative, from Canada.
Rare Christian Books - They specialize in Christian Books, Tracts & Sermon Tapes that focus on the victorious life in Jesus Christ.
Logos Bible Software from Logos Research Systems, Inc. - Home of the premier computerized Bible study software. Powerful search engine, including topical indexing, and lots of references to suit both the beginning inquirer and experienced, technical language studiers. A bit more expensive than the competition, but well worth the difference. The new Logos System X is absolutely without peer. I highly recommend it.
Parsons Bible Study Software - The other major Bible study software provider. Capable, but less powerful and fewer meaty references than Logos.
The Legacy: WWW Reformed & Puritan Christian Literature - This is a bookmark page focused on Reformed & Puritan WWW Internet Literature. Great collection of links to great writings.
GOSHEN/Internet Christian Resource Directory - Tremendous directory and web search site with lots of quality links to Christian resources.
Chalcedon Foundation Home Page - Group dedicated to Christian research and communication.
Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood - Excellent information and discussion on the God-ordained relationship between men and women.
Dominion Witness Publications - Canadian company selling some good children's books and teaching materials.
Friends of William Tyndale Home Page - Site dedicated to the pre-Reformation reformer who produced the first English Bible.
Renewing Your Mind Online - The premier Reformed teaching ministry. Dr. R.C. Sproul serves meat to help mature Biblical Christians seeking to glorify God in their lives.
Coral Ridge Ministries Home Page - Dr. D. James Kennedy's dynamic ministry to win America for Christ one heart at a time.
Insight for Living - Home page for Chuck Swindoll's conservative Biblical ministry.
Grace to You -- Home Page - Dr. John MacArthur's Radio ministry. Dr. MacArthur is pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA, and president of The Master's College and Seminary.
Thru the Bible with Dr. J. Vernon McGee - Outstanding expositional Bible teaching with a down-home flavor. The late Dr. McGee covers the entire Bible in 5 years. Come and jump on the Bible bus!
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries - Dynamic speaker on Christian apologetics. Logical thinker who challenges believers and non-believers alike.
Involved Christian Radio Network - Great collection of online programming from a variety of ministries. Listen to your favorite shows over the web!
FishNet - Collection of web sites of interest to Christians. Also contains Dallas/Ft. Worth Christian Directory.
The Bible--God's Word--Wholly Inspired and Infallible - Site dedicated to the literal exposition of the Holy Scriptures. Hung up on the KJV, but lots of great study materials online.
Presbyterian Church in America Sites
The Official Website of the Presbyterian Church in America - Homepage of the fastest growing Reformed denomination in America..
Christ Church of Arlington - My current church in Northern Virginia. Stop in and see us!
Coral Ridge Online - Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church home page. Contains lists of resources available from Coral Ridge Ministries, sound files of Dr. D. James Kennedy's Easter sermons, and links to other CRM efforts.
New Life Church of Central Brevard - PCA church in Rockledge, FL, led by Pastor Brent Drake. New church plant with a heart for Christ. This was my church when I lived in Florida.
Christ Presbyterian Church, New Haven - PCA church at the Yale Divinity School.
Our Daily Bread - Excellent Biblical devotion from the Radio Bible Class ministry.
Grace to You: Drawing Near Daily Devotion - From John MacArthur's daily devotional book Drawing Near.
Miscellaneous Interesting Sites
Christian Computing - Online version of the publication, with links to back issues. Good software reviews that separate the wheat from the chaff.
Christian Guide to Small Arms - Interesting site with good technical information.
Christianity and Homosexuality Home Page - Good resources about dealing with homosexuality and AIDS.
Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM) - An interesting evangelical site.
GraceWeb - Understanding Christianity - General Christian information site.
ICCDM Home Page - Inter-City Christian Discernment Ministry. Interesting site, but keep your own discernment out in front.
Audio Books - Classics in MP3 format for your listening pleasure.
OCF Home Page - Officer Christian Fellowship, working to reclaim the military for Christ.
Legal Assistance - See you at the pole legal assistance sources.
Primitive Baptist Web Station - Another Baptist site.
FREE! The Freedom Forum Online. - News about free press, free speech, free spirit and journalism issues worldwide.
The Rutherford Institute - Legal assistance to combat religious persecution in America.
Way of Life Literature Home Page - Fundamental Baptist, not Reformed, but some good information.
Roman Catholic Sites - You can't minister effectively to people if you don't know what they believe and can't address their questions.
The Vatican - Home page of the Vatican in Rome.
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH - The new catechism in HTML format.
New Advent Catholic Website - Claims to be the largest Roman Catholic web site. Has the Catholic Encyclopaedia online and a myriad of Catholic-specific references.
Catholic Doctrinal Concordance - List of Roman Catholic doctrines and Scriptural references from the Roman Bible. I recommend careful scrutiny of the context of verses cited in support of purely Roman doctrines like transubstantiation, mortal sin, purgatory, indulgences, etc. Also note that Protestants don't accept the entire Roman Old Testament canon as Scripture (neither did/do the Jews, either in Christ's time or now). Protestants, like the church in Jesus' day, only recognize the OT canon that Jesus validated--the Palestinian Canon of the Hebrew Bible.
Catholic Information Center on the Internet - Collection of Roman Catholic information and links.
Catholic Alliance - Roman Catholic arm of the Christian Coalition, taking pro-life and pro-family stands of today's issues. Contains resources and new updates.
Catholic Answers Home Page - Pretty comprehensive RCC apologetic page.
The Church Apologetics Index Page - Roman Apologetics information.
The Council of Trent - Text of the famous Counter-Reformation council. Still held as authoritative by the RCC. The canons on justification are particularly interesting in light of Ephesians 2:4-10, Galatians 3:1-9, etc.
A Mighty Fortress is Our God
This great hymn of the faith was written during the Protestant Reformation by the great reformer, Martin Luther. He wrote both the words and the music. Based on Psalm 46, it extols God's almighty power and absolute sovereignty, and our utter dependence on Him alone for our salvation. Unlike some of the vacuous mantras that we hear today, Luther's hymn drips with theological significance and deep worship of the Creator. BTW, the British Color Sergeant in the movie "Zulus" quotes Psalm 46 several times, drawing special comfort from the last several verses just before a major assault on their position.
That word above all earthly pow’rs,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours Thro’
Him who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.
Midi file from: Joyful Noise Music Company, Logos Hymnal, (Fort Worth, TX: Joyful Noise Music Company) 1994.
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Last updated November 11, 2004