Project Wittenberg is home to works by and about Martin Luther and other Lutherans. Here you will find all manner of texts from short quotations to commentaries, hymns to statements of faith, theological treatises to biographies, and links to other places where words and images from the history of Lutheranism live. Project Wittenberg is the first step towards an international electronic library of Lutheranism. As such, they are always adding and changing the site.
The Vocation and Education Unit of the ELCA provides a variety of education resources as well as links to ELCA Colleges, Campus Ministry sites and Seminaries. Also available at this site are some quotations from Martin Luther addressing his views on Christian education.
The Use of the Means of Grace is the ELCA’s statement on the practice of Word and Sacrament. It lays the foundation for how ELCA Lutherans understand God’s grace at work in the world through the ministries of Word and Sacrament. Click on a section below to read more:
Preface: The Triune God and the Means of Grace
Part I: Proclamation of the Word and the Christian Assembly
Part II: Holy Baptism and the Christian Assembly
Part III: Holy Communion and the Christian Assembly
Part IV: The Means of Grace and Christian Mission
Religion Online offers more than 6,000 articles and chapters by recognized religious scholars. Topics include Old and New Testament, Theology, Ethics, History and Sociology of Religion, Communication and Cultural Studies, Pastoral Care, Counseling, Homiletics, Worship, Missions and Religious Education. It also offers a search engine if you are looking for specific information on a topic.
Online Bible Resources:
The Oremus Bible Browser does not offer as many searchable Bible translations as other websites, however, it is one of the few that offers a free, searchable New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. This is the version used by churches that follow the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), which includes congregations of the ELCA.
Bible Gateway offers over 50 versions of the Bible in 35 different languages.
Enter the Bible is a guide to the Bible AND a study tool. You can create study plans, take notes, and join conversation with others. Their section on "Everything you want to know about the Bible but were afraid to ask" is a helpful guide for those who want to learn more about the Bible.
Full-Communion Church Websites:
ELCA Lutherans sometimes forget about the “Full Communion” relationships we have with other Christian denominations, many of which also provide excellent educational resources on their websites. Currently, the ELCA has five “Full Communion” relationships and is in dialogue with six other Christian denominations.
The denominations with which the ELCA is in Full Communion are:
The Episcopal Church, USA – their site contains some great downloadable resources for congregational growth.
The Moravian Church – famous for its Daily Texts which you can sign up to receive via email.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) – links its site to Ecunet—the online world’s oldest interactive Christian community.
The Reformed Church in America – provides an explanation of the theology behind the Revised Common Lectionary and other links to it online.
The United Church of Christ – is passionate about justice, so check out their multitude of resources on promoting justice.
The United Methodist Church. Check out the UMC’s spiritual gifts assessment along with the ELCA’s spiritual gifts assessment. Both are excellent resources!