Resources

We want to encourage every person who wants to go deeper in their faith, understanding, and discipleship to Jesus. We hope the following, books, apps, podcasts, courses, and YouTube channels will help everyone from the youngest to the oldest think, feel, reflect on what it means to follow Jesus in 21st Century London.

Video

The Bible Project
A YouTube channel that helps explain the Bible with short animations. There are videos for every book of the Bible and many of the core themes found in scripture. A great one for the visual learner.

Apps

YouVersion Bible App
Over 2,000 versions of the Bible in over 1,000 languages. Some versions come as an audiobook to help you through Leviticus and Numbers (x2 speed). This app includes 100s of reading plans and devotionals by well-known authors, theologians, and church leaders.
The Bible App for Kids
The Kid-friendly navigation on this app allows kids to find and select from some of the “big” stories of the Bible. This fun and engaging app can read the Bible story aloud and uses games and interactive animations to help explain the Bible in an age-appropriate way.
Reimagining the Examen
An app that helps you review your day in the presence of God. With unique Examens tailored to your mood, needs, and situation, the app invites you to pray from where you are, wherever you are. One to do just before bed.
Read Scripture
Read the Bible daily in combination with contextual videos by The Bible Project. This thematic reading plan constantly highlights the bigger picture of what you are reading. Spoiler: It all points to Jesus.

Podcasts

GodPod

Three academic theologians and a few biscuits. You can send your questions to them to answer or find a topic they have already spoken about on their website.  

The Bible Project

Like the YouTube channel but without the video. A great one for the auditory learner.

DJStrickland Podcast

Danielle Strickland is one of the best communicators in the world (Matt’s opinion!). On this inspiring and encouraging monthly podcast, Danielle chats with people from around the world about life in all its fullness.

Books

Third Person - John Peters

From our very own JP. This book explains our theology of the person and work of the Holy Spirit at St Mary’s. There are also loads of great stories and practical tips included too.  You can buy this for £7 at the back of church.

God’s Empowering Presence - Gordon Fee

Essentially a monster commentary on every reference to the Holy Spirit in the letters of Paul.
Not for the faint of heart. 

Rediscovering Scripture's Vision for Women: Fresh Perspectives on Disputed Texts - Lucy Peppiatt & Scot McKnight

Careful exegetical work on key New Testament passages that demonstrate God releasing women alongside men in all forms of ministry, leadership, work, and service on the basis of character and gifting rather than biological sex.

The Drama of Scripture: Finding our place in the Biblical story - Craig Bartholomew & Michael Goheen

This book helps the reader see the Bible as a single great story or drama in which we are all invited to play our part.

The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ - Flemming Rutledge

Another monster theological tome.

Celebration of Discipline - Richard Foster

One of Matt’s favourites. This provides meaty chapters on various practices that can help us connect with God.

How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People - Pete Grieg

Exactly what it says on the tin. 

The Jesus Storybook Bible - Sally Lloyd-Jones

A beautifully illustrated Bible for children (4+) to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the centre of God's great story and at the centre of their story too.

We Need To Talk About Race: Understanding the Black Experience in White Majority Churches - Ben Lindsay

An eye-opening book offering insights into the black religious experiences in white-majority churches. This book asks challenging questions of the reader and points to how we can work towards a truly inclusive church community.

Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us - Adele Calhoun 

The word discipline may make some of us want to run and hide, this book shows how desires and discipline work together to lead us to the transformation we're longing for--the transformation only Christ can bring. This is a practical book including 75 different practices (who knew there were so many!?) for the journey towards intimacy with Christ.

Everyday with Matt

Only the best devotional in the whole world. Monday to Friday you can read a short passage of the Bible and a short devotional written by someone in the St Mary’s family!
***** would recommend.