Seminary Apps & Resources

Below find a list of tools and apps that I have found helpful during my time in seminary. The list will continue to grow as I learn of new items to add. If you have any suggestions please comment below. Most of these tools are free, while some suggestions carry a fee. Affiliate links help support this blog so don’t be shy :)
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General Academic

Zotero (FREE)
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research. A must for the serious academic and those who are just trying to make sure they follow the proper format for citing sources, take the guesswork and the legwork out of the picture.


Grammarly (FREE and Subscription for Advanced Features)
Grammarly makes sure everything you type is clear, effective, and mistake-free. Instrumental in writing academic papers (and also useful for business and personal use). The advanced features include helping you write succinctly and checking for accidental plagiarism.

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Vocation

Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood ($9.99 - $15.81)
The summer after my first year, I wondered to myself if I belonged in seminary, trying to survive in a Latinx-less space. This book changed that mentality and gave me the motivation I needed to return (while reminding me of my call). I highly recommend to all Latinx and People of Color in ministry (or considering ministry), especially those of us second+ generation (Third Culture) folk.

From Amazon: When the screams of innocents dying engulf you, how do you hear God’s voice? Will God and God’s people call you to life when your breath is being strangled out of you? For people of color living each day surrounded by violence, for whom survival is not a given, vocational discernment is more than “finding your purpose” — it’s a matter of life and death. Patrick Reyes shares his story of how the community around him — his grandmother, robed clergy, educators, friends, and neighbors — saved him from gang life, abuse, and the economic and racial oppression that threatened to kill him before he ever reached adulthood. A story balancing the tension between pain and healing, Nobody Cries When We Die takes you to the places that make American society flinch, redefines what you are called to do with your life, and gives you strength to save lives and lead in your own community.

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Educational Partnerships for POC

These institutions offer seminarians of color opportunities for continued education, discernment, and vocational support.
Fellowship for Theological Exploration (FTE)
The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) is a leadership incubator that inspires young people to make a difference in the world through Christian communities.

Since our founding in 1954, FTE has provided resources, events, networks, grants and fellowships to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders, pastors, and theological educators. FTE provides a forum through which gifted, purposeful students, young adults, and partners explore their passion, purpose and call.


Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI)
The Hispanic Theological Initiative’s mission is cultivating Latina/o PhDs for leadership positions in the academy, the church, and the world.


Hispanic Summer Program (HSP) & Through Hispanic Eyes (THE)
HSP’s mission is to supplement and enrich the theological and ministerial education being offered in ATS seminaries and universities, with academic courses and other activities directly addressing Latinx history, ministry, and theology.

Through Hispanic Eyes (T.H.E.) is a cross-cultural program created over a decade ago to help expand the reach and impact of the Hispanic Summer Program as a program of theological education that is shaped by a truly Latino/Hispanic perspective. While the Hispanic Summer Program sessions held each year are primarily for first degree masters level Latina/o students enrolled in ATS schools, T.H.E. seeks to engage and gather in constructive and critical conversation non-Latino seminary presidents, academic deans, faculty, as well as those very important staff members who work with students—admissions officers and student life directors. The main goal of the T.H.E. workshop is to focus on the issue of theological education from a Latino perspective while holding in tension some other important related issues—the hire and retention of Latina/o faculty, curriculum needs of Latina/o students, race, gender, immigration, student retention, and the reality of the U.S. Latino church.

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Biblical/Language Studies

The Bible Project (FREE)
The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. These videos were instrumental aids during my Old Testament Studies as well as preparing for the Bible Content Exam (PCUSA). I will continue to utilize them for New Testament studies and even for facilitating Bible study.

There are two sets of videos, image map versions (Labeled Read Scripture) which are most helpful in learning the structure, direct storyline, and characters. Check them out:
The other type is their Series Videos. These are more commentary focused and include videos on the individual books of the Bible plus other studies. I found the Read Scripture videos the most helpful for my studying, and the Series videos the most helpful for my theological reflection.


Logos 7 Bible Software Academic Basic (FREE)
For Students. For Scholars. For Free.
This tool is for serious Biblical and Hebrew / Greek scholarship. I *survived* Greek Exegesis because of this program and found it especially helpful for Old Testament Class and in preparing my sermons. With Logos 7 Academic Basic, you’ll discover insights that would remain forever hidden in a paper library. Logos hunts down every word you need in every resource, taking you to the right page in the right book—every time. And you can use it anywhere: mobile, web, or desktop.

Suggested Add-ons:
  • Lexham Press Study Bible and Dictionaries (FREE)
    A wonderful digital companion (think searchable) to your paper study Bible, especially since it’s free. The Faithlife Study Bible is the world’s largest study Bible, designed for digital with multiple layers of notes. It includes infographics, videos, tables, timelines, and over 100 articles written by scholars and pastors across the world. Three layers of notes allow you to dig deeper into the text as you find answers to your biblical questions. Based on the original languages of the Bible, it is translation independent, with seven supported English translations in the notes—read it alongside your favorite Bible translation.
  • NRSV Bible Logos Edition ($9.99)
    The NRSV is the standard Bible translation we use at the seminary, if there is another version more suitable for your studies Logos has it. The point in having the Logos Edition of your most used Bible is that you can cross-index with any study Bible (as above) as well as when doing language/word studies.

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