Joni's Favorite Links

  • Buzz About the Universe:
    Just think of what David the psalmist was able to observe about the night sky when he wrote, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4). More than 3,000 years ago, he could only glimpse a tiny part of the heavens with his naked eye. But, oh, what we can observe about the universe now. In this 209 second clip, you’ll be impressed!
  • The Sistine Chapel:
    When Ken and I visited the Sistine Chapel, it was so crowded we could hardly enjoy the paintings. It's why I love this ‘virtual tour’ of Michelangelo’s masterpiece. Just click and drag your arrow. In the lower left, click on the plus (+) to move closer, or on the minus (-) to move away. You can also use the scroll button on your mouse.
  • The Spurgeon Archives:
    Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about Charles Haddon Spurgeon – there's even a great daily devotional that highlights the best of this heralded Reformed Baptist preacher.
  • The Billy Graham Library:
    There's something reassuring and comforting about this website – from the music to the virtual tour, it'll be a great incentive for you to plan a visit to The Billy Graham Library the next time you're in North Carolina.
  • The Gospel Coalition:
    If I'm at my computer on Sundays, you'll usually find me perusing – founded by Tim Keller and Don Carson, the site is an intriguing collection of great articles, book reviews, sermons, videos, and blogs, all of which focus on the preeminence of Jesus Christ and the renewal of the contemporary church in the gospel of Christ. It's a rich repository of Reformed resources and I'm always blessed by the speakers and writers who contribute to the site. If you want to know what's happening in the contemporary Gospel-centered church, this is your link.
  • Justin Taylor-Between Two Worlds Blog:
    I don't subscribe to many blogs, but I definitely recommend the daily insights Justin Taylor dishes out – vice president of editorial at Crossway Books, Justin has his finger on the pulse of everything that's cutting edge and contemporary in the Gospel-centered church around the world. Read a few of his posts, and sign-up today!
  • Paige Benton Brown:
    Paige may be the most gifted Christian communicator of our day (that is, if you like your theology deep and practical). She completed a masters degree at Covenant Theological Seminary after graduating from the University of Mississippi. Paige served on staff with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Vanderbilt University and at the University of Virginia. She was a teacher on staff at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, then taught at Tim Keller's Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC. On this link, Paige Benton Brown gives an unforgettable message at the Gospel Coalition National Women's Conference 2013, titled, "In the Temple: The Glorious and Forgiving God (1 Kings 8).
  • Story of Jesus:
    If you plan to travel overseas, this is a great link to keep handy. Pick a language - any language around the world - click on it, and you will hear a 20 minute presentation of the story of Jesus. Its' a great evangelism tool.
  • World Clock:
    You’ll sit breathless in front of this world clock as it ticks away in real-time everything from world births, deaths, to the US national debt and more. Great for researching statistics!
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day:
    Truly, the heavens declare the glory of God -- and just think, He's given each star a name!
    You can sign up for a poem-a-day and be refreshed and renewed by either timeless or contemporary poetry (I love it when they highlight Robert Frost).
  • Praise Charts:
    Find out the top worship and praise songs congregations around the world are singing.
  • Orthodoxy Today:
    A great site if you want to see how a Reformed Theological perspective plays out in the moral and social issues of our day. It’s a bit heady, but worth ferreting through -- you’ll find great articles and links for research and study.
  • Mt. Everest Journey
    As a quadriplegic, I'll never climb Mount Everest. But this 'virtual' trek up the north face of the world's highest mountain provides a bone-chilling experience of the climb. (It follows the trek in which 15 Sherpa lost their lives in an avalanche).
  • Historic Places Then and Now:
    This is a fascinating look at "then and now" images of the countryside in Europe. If you are fascinated with photos from World War II, you'll love this – drag your mouse from left to right to see the scene today. Drag it back, and you are in 1944.
  • Help for Writers:
    If you are an author, you know how difficult it is to organize and keep track of all your notes and ideas. It's a challenge to bring order out of chaos when you're writing a book. Although this app is a little pricey, it could be well worth the investment – especially if you are a budding author.