Free Online Biblical Training Courses

Over the last few months I have been interacting with hundreds of Christians in Africa through Facebook. What has become clear is that there is a real thirst to get further training in theology in order to be more effective in ministry. While Theology on the Web can support such training by providing free access to thousands of theological articles, commentaries and other books – it is an online library – and therefore does not offer any courses that visitors can follow.

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In response to these requests for biblical training courses I have been searching the Internet for suitable material. After looking at their material carefully I have decided to recommend BiblicalTraining.org to my visitors. This non-profit organisation is headed by Dr Bill Mounce and offers free access to a superb collection of courses taught by world-class theologians, which can be downloaded and shared with others. The courses are divided into three levels:

  1. Foundations: Classes that are appropriate for all followers of Jesus. When you begin, they do not assume you know anything about the Bible, and they will teach you basic Bible content and beliefs.
  2. Academy: The university-level classes will take you deeper than Foundations but not assume you want to be taking graduate-level classes
  3. Institute: These seminary-level classes can fully prepare you with the biblical and theological training you need to be an informed leader in your church

Institute Level Courses

Here is a list of BiblicalTraining.org’s current Institute and other related courses:

I am currently greatly enjoying working my way through Craig Keener’s course on Acts, distilled from his recent 4,000 page commentary on that book. The BiblicalTraining.org site requires you to register in order to download the courses, but is completely free. I will shortly be adding direct links to relevant courses on my websites.

Do you know of any good Bible training courses? Feel free to share them in the comments.

Foundation of Biblical Authority – James Montgomery Boice, editor

James Montgiomery Boice, ed., The Foundation of Biblical AuthorityI uploaded most of this book about 10 years ago in HTML. Technology has moved on since then, so I have re-scanned the material again to PDF and provided an option to download the entire volume as one file.

This books appears by kind permission of James Montgomery Boice’s widow.

James Montgiomery Boice, ed., The Foundation of Biblical Authority. London & Glasgow: Pickering & Inglis, 1979. Pbk. ISBN: 072080437X. pp.172. [Click here to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

Foreword: God Gives His People a Second Opportunity – Francis A. Schaeffer
 
1. The Church’s Doctrine of Biblical Inspiration – John H. Gerstner
 
2. Encountering Present-Day Views of Scripture – James I. Packer

3. The Witness of the Bible to its Own Inerrancy – Gleason A. Archer

4. Sola Scriptura: Crucial to Evangelicalism – R.C. Sproul

5. The Preacher and God’s Word – James Montgomery Boice

6. Evangelicals and the Doctrine of Inerrancy – Kenneth S. Kantzer

Preface: The International Council on Inerrancy

This volume is the first scholarly production of a new organization of pastors, professors, and Christian laymen: The International Council on Biblical Inerrancy. Founded in 1977, after a year of careful conversations and planning, the ICBI has as its purpose the defense and application of the doctrine of biblical inerrancy as an essential element for the authority of Scripture and a necessity for the health of the church. It was created to counter the drift from this important doctrinal foundation by significant segments of evangelicalism and the outright denial of it by other church movements. At one of its early meetings, the Council adopted the following statement as an expression of its purpose. [Continue reading]

Some Further Resources on the “Emerging Church”

I found the following entries in the Apologetics Index particularly useful and commend them to you. I thought that the Glossary was quite amusing.

1) Postmodernism and the Emerging Church Movement

2) Emerging Church – Distinctive Teachings and Goals

3) Emerging Church – Methods

4) Emerging Church – Standard Communication Strategies

5) Emerging Church – The Church’s Proper Role in Postmodern Culture – Light of the World

6) Emerging Church – Some Leading Figures in the Emerging Church movement

7) Emerging Church – Some Leading Voices Opposing the Emerging Church movement

8) Emerging Church – Glossary of Emergent Terms For Those New to the Conversation

9) Emerging Church – Conversation versus the Bible And Non-“Emerging” Christians: Truth

10) Emerging Church – Conversation versus… : Scripture

11) Emerging Church – Conversation versus… : Faith

12) Emerging Church – Conversation versus… : Doctrine

13) Emerging Church – Conversation versus… : Lifestyle

14) Emerging Church – Conversation… : Ministry

15) Emerging Church – Web Sites

16) Emerging Church – Recommended Books

17) Emerging Church – Footnotes

Comments are welcome, as are suggestions for further reading.