Joni's Favorite Links

Biblical Training
Where you turn for Bible study opportunities when you are homebound, or on a limited income? My friend Dr. Bill Mounce and a trusted team of biblical experts developed Biblical Training – the site offers accelerated courses of study in the Bible for free. This is great news for any Christian on a limited income who wishes to deepen his knowledge of the word of God. Whether it’s lay leaders, missionaries, people with disabilities – or even pastors – this is a great site for furthering your Christian education!

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.

Spurgeon's Morning Devotional
Actually, there’s lots more on this website than just Spurgeon’s daily devotionals, but if you’re looking for fresh words about the Christian life from a former century, Spurgeon’s your man. There are many pages to explore and investigate on, including a vast library of rich sermons you can download. Have fun exploring!

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!

Has absolutely every book or essay from the Puritan classics and more.

Desiring God Ministries
I'm a huge fan of John Piper and especially love his poetry.

Writer's Almanac
There's nothing more refreshing than ending a work day with a good poem.

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.

International Space Station
We all know the international space station is floating around up there, but you might be surprised to see how it's grown over the years.

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.

Blessings of Being Single
If you are single, God has something very specific to say to you—and I think you'll be surprised! Enjoy this video and article by Dr. John Piper as he details the bountiful blessings of being single.