Hey hey, Episcopal seminary seniors! Around the world, Christian clergy are breathing one big collective sigh of relief and thinking, “Now that Christmas has passed, I finally get a break.”
But not you. HA! Oh, not you.
Just an hour from now — maybe a little more than that if you are lucky enough to live on the Best Coast — your travails with the General Ordination Exams will begin.
Before I continue, I should note that my wife frowned when she read my last GOE post and said, “You’re a little too cavalier here.” So if you’re reading this right now, I just want to take a moment to thank you for putting up with the bossy, know-it-all attitude I’ve cultivated on this blog. In real life I’m actually pretty shy.
Meanwhile, if you’re in the final throes of exam prep and are sneaking a peek at this site, here’s a quick roundup of useful links that may come in handy while you’re taking the GOEs. Bookmark this post and you’ll have them all in one place.
- Bible Gateway
- Unbound Bible (helpful for parallel translations)
- Interlinear Bible (both Hebrew and Greek from BibleHub)
- Hebrew Concordance (BibleHub)
- Greek Concordance (BibleHub)
- Timemap of the Letters of Paul (Harvard Divinity School)
- Episcopal Church Archives
- Episcopal Church Timeline
- Brief History of the Episcopal Church
- Historical Documents of the Church (BCP)
- What We Believe (Episcopal Church)
- Catechism of the Episcopal Church (BCP)
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library (free online ebooks, including Hooker, Cranmer and more)
Christian Ethics and Moral Theology
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (University of Tennessee at Martin)
- Book of Common Prayer (full text online)
- Revised Common Lectionary (Vanderbilt)
- The Lectionary Page (with a fantastic calendar function)
- Hymnary.org (pure magic for looking up hymns on any given Scripture or theme)
Practice of Ministry
… You don’t need any extra resources for this one. Just write from your heart. The practice of ministry, in the end, is what this is all about.
May God bless you and keep you, GOE-takers. I’m gonna be praying for you all week. Good luck!