The popularity of Wikipedia is stunning. For those not familiar with it, it is a “democratized” version of an on-line encyclopedia. It should not be understood as a scholarly source but I like to think of it as a quick desk reference on various topics. Here are some wiki topics that might be of interest to preachers:

UPDATE: See theopedia’s helpful resource on Expository Preaching


3 responses to this post.

  1. Don’t forget theopedia:

    It’s basically a wikipedia about theology from a reformed point of view.

  2. Being open-content or as you describe “democratized” and subsequently not a scholarly source makes Wikipedia less of a reference and more of a forum for preachers.

    Information on wiki-type sites is not necessarily discreditable simply because of the source. If the information properly cites another credible source, then it can be considered as credible as that source. However, the sources often cited on Wikipedia are those considered to be credible by standards other than that which we are adjured to uphold by the scriptures.

    Christ set one standard of source: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber…. I am the door.”

    The Word of God also commands us not to receive those who come to us and confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh and which abide not in the doctrine of Christ.

    Wikipedia has a policy against information that is not from a Neutral Point of View (NPOV). Therefore the preacher will face many challenges to his own opinions.

    With these standards in mind, Wikipedia is a forum for credible preachers willing to cite the authoritative source of the scriptures. I advise not to strive with unbelievers, but reprove, rebuke, and exhort as we are commanded by the scriptures.


  3. Posted by HelloWorld on April 28, 2007 at 11:48 am

    Peace people

    We love you

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