Resources I Use when I Want to Write

Bible Browser's Lexicon
Recently, I have been wanting to get into some more of the etymological studies of Scripture and this is the resource I have used most often. Admittedly, there is nothing flashy on the page that I've linked to and if you haven't used a lexicon before, it will seem completely batty and opaque. But I have a smattering of New Testament Greek stored back in the recesses of my brain, and so I become appropriately geeky when I take a peek into which words were actually used in the Scripture that I'm now reading in English.

Pray As You Go
This is a web service as well as an app available from Jesuit Ministries, based in the UK. What it involves is a daily Scripture reading, music and prompts for reflection, contemplation and prayer. I find it extraordinarily life-giving, as well as convenient (the new daily reflection automatically downloads to my phone every morning). I tend to use the daily meditation while on my morning commute, thus giving me an excellent start to my day, and I am striving to incorporate the Ignation Examen track in my nightly routine, as well.

The One You Feed
I've been listening to this interview podcast for a couple weeks now. They start off each episode asking their interviewee what the parable of the two wolves means to them. The ensuing conversation always seems to go in a new, fascinating direction, while still having everything to do with how different people incorporate balance and self-knowledge into their lives. I highly recommend to you a listen for a couple episodes, at least.

Easter People
Another podcast I've been listening to lately. This one is specifically Episcopal (making it one of two specifically Episcopal podcasts I know of) and the group of hosts describe themselves as "working for the Church but not in a church." It's somewhere between a culture cast, gameshow, and church-related talk show. Overall, I find it very enjoyable.

The Collect Call
This podcast is hosted by two lay people in the Episcopal Church. Each week, they read and talk about the collect for the week (the prayer that is designated for a particular Sunday, read near the beginning of the liturgy). This is a shorter podcast, but they pack a lot of really great stuff into a short time! And the hosts both design tweet-versions of the prayer, too, so that's pretty cool.

The Homebrewed Culture Cast
When I want to have more fun in listening, rather than hefty theological listening, I will usually go to this podcast. It's a bunch of pastors out on the West Coast who talk about whatever they want for about an hour. Literally, whatever they want. I don't get bored with the cast. They'll talk about current events, raising children, sometimes they'll have an interview. It's foul-mouthed, but worth a listen if you're into that kind of thing.

LectionaryPage.net
It's not much to look at, but this is the best online resources I have found when I want to see an entire Sunday lectionary in one place. And if you let the appearance of it sway your opinion of the content, you'll be missing out.

Pulpit Fiction
"Where two local pastors discuss the lectionary for the week." Robb McCoy (@FatPastor) and Eric Fistler (@PastorPirate) put out a podcast every week that includes a lot of solid reflections and preaching ideas on the Revised Common Lectionary for each Sunday. It also includes a healthy dose of irreverence, which I appreciate.

Working Preacher
This resources comes straight out of Luther Seminary, which is just up the way from where I live (thus I consider these thinkers very local). The Working Preacher website is something I almost treat as an umbrella site for all kinds of preaching tools relating to the lectionary readings. They put out a podcast and they also have a host of guest and resident bloggers who run the gamut between very academic and very opinionated commentaries.

On Being
"... Is public radio's ongoing conversation about meaning, religion, ethics and ideas." On Being is a show that I can go to if I need a jolt of intellectually stimulating and yet simultaneously grounded discourse. I love how the staff of this show is so ready to put all of their work online, free to anyone who feels drawn to take advantage if it.

Writers Almanac
I don't use this as a direct resource for my blogging. I use Garrison Keillor's daily radio show as more of a reprieve from stress and anxiety in my life. It's something I can reliably use as 5 minutes of calm in sometimes otherwise crazy days.

Classical MPR
Again, not a direct influence on the content of my writing. But I will often queue up the live stream on my computer or when I'm driving to find some calm and space for reflection.