Identify Biblical Themes with Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Today’s post is written by Gary H. Everett, author of Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. Gary received his MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is currently pursuing his doctorate. He has served as a missionary in Kampala, Uganda, pastored, and taught in Bible colleges.

A Unique Approach to Bible Study

Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is designed to guide readers into the biblical text using proposed thematic schemes that follow the redemptive structure of the Holy Bible. This way, readers know what a passage of Scripture is saying in respect to the overall theme, or message, of that particular book. These thematic schemes serve as a key unlocking the meaning of the Scriptures in a magnificent way. An accumulation of 30 years of Bible study, Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is a 7,981-page* resource especially designed to aid the preacher and teacher by helping them navigate through a sermon/teaching series so that there is a cohesive unity throughout a series of messages on a book of the Bible, guiding the listeners along a spiritual journey with a clearly defined destination, transforming each person to become more like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Identify the Central Theme of the Text

Every week a preacher wrestles with the central idea of the text. Sometimes he identifies it, and sometimes he is sidetracked by a secondary theme of interest. There is never-ending effort to identify the theme and preach the text correctly, and commentaries and other reference books offer little assistance in this area. I believe that the themes of each book of the Holy Bible can be established by following a procedure called composition criticism. Composition criticism is a relatively new and undeveloped field of biblical criticism. Historical-grammatical studies, textual criticism, and various forms of higher criticism have been used by scholars and pastors for centuries, but none of these has successfully “extracted” recognizable themes from each book of the Bible. Composition criticism has been of tremendous value in my efforts to identify biblical themes.

Amazingly, as one identifies and compares the themes of each biblical book, it becomes clear that the Bible is intricately woven into harmonious unity. We conclude that the themes and arrangements of these books were orchestrated by God Himself guiding approximately forty authors over 1,600 years of its writing and composition.

Don’t get bogged down in minutia before you grasp the big picture; let Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures help you follow the arc of the biblical story by helping you identify its themes. Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is currently on Pre-Pub. Pre-order now and add nearly 6,000 pages worth of valuable study material to your Logos resources.

*The page count on the product page says 5,755. We are working with Gary to update this number.

Get a Taste of the NICOT/NICNT with This 4-Volume Upgrade

The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament Upgrade adds valuable content to the already popular New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament.

If you have been interested in the 40-volume NICOT/NICNT but have been wary of the investment, the NICOT/NICNT upgrade provides a cost-efficient way to get a taste of the entire series.

This upgrade includes:

1. The Book of Hosea by J. Andrew Dearman

“Hosea’s complexities begin with translation and extend to its rich use of imagery. Andrew Dearman brings his considerable skills as a Hebraist and historian as well as his expert literary and theological sensitivities to bear on the interpretation of this important book. Serious engagement with the book of Hosea now starts with Dearman’s commentary.”—Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry professor of biblical studies, Westmont College

2. The Gospel of John by J. Ramsey Michaels

“This new commentary—part of Eerdmans’s acclaimed NICNT series—gives primary attention to John’s gospel in its present form rather than the sources or traditions behind it. J. Ramsey Michaels assumes that the John who authored the book is someone very close to Jesus and, therefore, that the gospel is a testimony to events that actually happened in the life of Jesus. Yet Michaels does not ignore the literary character of the gospel of John or its theological contribution to the larger Christian community from its own time to the present day. Through a detailed verse-by-verse commentary, Michaels reveals how the gospel of ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’ is a unified composition, intertwined with the synoptics, yet drawing on material none of them cover.”—D. A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

3. The Epistle to the Hebrews by Gareth Lee Cockerill

“It is no easy task to write a replacement for the work of such a scholar as F. F. Bruce on so demanding a book as Hebrews, but Cockerill amply justifies the trust placed in him by the editor of this series. In particular the attention that Cockerill pays to the author’s use of the Old Testament and to the book’s structure takes readers beyond Bruce’s work. The exposition of the letter is profound and practical and yet so clearly presented that preachers will be particularly grateful for this volume.”—I. Howard Marshall, professor emeritus of New Testament exegesis and honorary research professor at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland

4. The Letter of James by Scot McKnight

“McKnight has produced a readable and carefully organized commentary packed full of concrete insights. He brilliantly blends the best thoughts of earlier scholarship with innovative thinking, and remains sensitive throughout to both ancient context and his modern audience.”—Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

The NICOT/NICNT upgrade offers an overview to the whole series with a commentary on a minor prophet, a gospel, and two epistles. Acquaint yourself with the scholarship this commentary series is known for, but be warned: it will only whet your appetite for more!

The 4-volume The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament Upgrade is currently on Pre-Pub for only $119.95, but this popular series won’t be on Pre-Pub long. Add this to your NICOT collection now, or purchase the upgrade by itself and find out why the New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament is one our most popular collection of commentaries.

How to Subscribe to Logos RSS Feeds

Logos has several helpful RSS feeds that bring you our latest blogs, news, and product information. If you’re not sure how to use an RSS feed, this post will get you started.

RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is a quick and efficient way to get up-to-date information from multiple sources in a single place. It’s like having your favorite websites send updates directly to you.

Getting started with RSS is a simple, three-step process:

1. Find an RSS Reader That Works for You

If you want to read RSS feeds, you’re going to need an aggregator—a single program that compiles your feeds.

There are lots of choices out there, but it’s pretty easy to find online articles explaining the pros and cons of various programs. Many browsers integrate RSS readers, or you can even subscribe to RSS feeds in Microsoft Outlook. In my opinion, you can’t beat Google Reader:

  • It’s free.
  • It syncs with your Gmail account.
  • You can access it from any browser.
  • You can subscribe to any page (RSS feed or not).
  • There are a number of mobile apps.
  • It’s super easy to use.

Other popular aggregators include NewsCrawler, Bloglines, and NewsGator; if you’re a Mac user, you can also check out aggregators like Shrook or Cyndicate.

Don’t get bogged down in the myriad of choices; find a simple one that works for you and get started!

2. Find an RSS Feed and Subscribe

Keep your eye out for this symbol: . It lets you know that a website has an RSS feed. (You also see a small orange rectangle that says RSS or XML, but these are rare nowadays.) These buttons are typically links to a website’s feed. You may have noticed that certain browsers detect feeds automatically.

Subscribing is just a matter of copying a site’s RSS feed into your aggregator. Every RSS reader is a little different, so get to know the best way to subscribe to a feed with your reader. When you click on a site’s feed button, you will often get helpful instructions. Once you get the hang of it, it’s an easy process.

3. Read Your Feeds

Once you’ve subscribed to some feeds, your aggregator will automatically check for updates. There’s really nothing more you need to do! Log in and find a list of the newest information from your favorite websites in one place.

Don’t Miss These Logos RSS Feeds

Here are some Logos RSS feeds to get you started:

  • Logos Talk: Get the latest info on new projects and promotions, learn about Logos culture, find tips on using the software, and hear about upcoming features.
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If you aren’t an RSS user yet, you’ll love getting all of your favorite website updates compiled into one easy-to-navigate reader. Subscribe to our RSS feeds and get started now!

10 Inspirational A. W. Tozer Quotes

Aiden Wilson (A. W.) Tozer was born in a small farming community in Western Pennsylvania on April 21, 115 years ago. His spiritual path opened up when, as a 15-year-old, Tozer responded to a street evangelist. Five years later, with no theological training, he began pastoring his first church.

Tozer spent the rest of his life as a pastor, rising to national prominence during his tenure at Southside Alliance Church, Chicago, IL (1928–1959). Tozer wrote the spiritual classic The Pursuit of God during his time in Chicago, and over his lifetime authored more than 40 books. His steadfast call to repentance and faith earned him the nickname “the 20th-century prophet.”

On May 12, 1963, he went to be with his Lord after suffering a heart attack. The epitaph on his tombstone simply reads: “A. W. Tozer—A Man of God.”

To celebrate this remarkable man of faith, I put together 10 of my favorite Tozer quotes:

  1. “I want the presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all to do with religion. You would never get me interested in the old maids’ social club with a little bit of Christianity thrown in to give it respectability. I want all that God has, or I don’t want any.”—from The Counselor
  2. “I wonder also how many Christians in our day have truly and completely abandoned themselves to Jesus Christ as their Lord. We are very busy telling people to “accept Christ”—and that seems to be the only word we are using. We arrange a painless acceptance.”—from Who Put Jesus on the Cross?
  3. “The world lives in such a time of crisis. Christians alone are in a position to rescue the perishing. We dare not settle down to try to live as if things were normal.”—from Born After Midnight
  4. “But a lot of people have gone too far and have written books and poetry that gets everybody believing that God is so kind and loving and gentle. God is so kind that infinity won’t measure it. And God is so loving that He is immeasurably loving. But God is also holy and just.”—from The Attributes of God, Volume One
  5. “I can only say, let us be tolerant wherever we can be, and let us be charitable toward all those we cannot tolerate. But let us not imagine for a minute that we are called upon to take a top-of-the-fence stand, never knowing exactly what we believe.”—from Faith Beyond Reason
  6. “It is a high Christian privilege to pray for one another within each local church body and then for other believers throughout the world. As a Christian minister, I have no right to preach to people I have not prayed for. That is my strong conviction.”—from Tragedy in the Church: The Missing Gifts
  7. “In some circles, God has been abridged, reduced, modified, edited, changed and amended until He is no longer the God whom Isaiah saw, high and lifted up.”—from Whatever Happened to Worship?
  8. “No matter what the circumstances, we Christians should keep our heads. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind. It is a dismal thing to see a son of heaven cringe in terror before the sons of earth.”—from The Warfare of the Spirit
  9. “Rightly understood, faith is not a substitute for moral conduct but a means toward it. The tree does not serve in lieu of fruit but as an agent by which fruit is secured. Fruit, not trees, is the end God has in mind in yonder orchard; so Christ-like conduct is the end of Christian faith.”—from Size of the Soul
  10. “The only fear I have is to fear to get out of the will of God. Outside of the will of God, there’s nothing I want, and in the will of God there’s nothing I fear, for God has sworn to keep me in His will.”—from Success and the Christian: The Cost of Spiritual Maturity

Leave us a comment with your favorite Tozer quote!

On the Road with Matt Chandler’s Explicit Gospel Tour

Scott Lindsey’s job is pretty cool. Since 2001, he has presented Logos Bible Software at more than 300 conferences, and worked with ministry leaders like Dr. David Jeremiah and Kay Arthur.

Recently Scott has been on the road with Matt Chandler and the Explicit Gospel Tour.

I talked to Scott this morning and mentioned that riding from state to state in a windowless bus didn’t look that appealing. Scott replied, “Yeah, I don’t envy the rock star lifestyle at all. It’s like being shaken around in a brown paper bag.” Turns out, high-profile ministry isn’t always so glamorous.

But Scott reminded me that exciting things are happening. Conferences like this give Logos an opportunity to partner with dynamic ministries.

On the Explicit Gospel Tour, Matt Chandler attests to the need for intimacy with God’s Word, and we get to come alongside and provide people the tools to build upon that foundation.

In the end, being able to equip people to grow in their understanding of God’s Word is worth a few days in a windowless bus.

If you can make it to Anderson, SC tonight, don’t miss an opportunity to see Logos presented and spend an evening with Matt Chandler! There are still a few seats left for the Explicit Gospel Tour at NewSpring Church; tickets are $15 at the door.

There are also tickets available for Saturday night’s Orlando, FL event!

Scott would love to see you there.

Introduce Yourself to Bible Study with Logos

Can you relate to any of the following statements?

  • I want to learn to study the Bible.
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If one (or all) of these statements apply to you, you need Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software.

Morris Proctor, authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software, has dreamed of a product that would not only introduce people to Logos, but also to the basics of Bible study. This vision has led to the creation of Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software, an exciting video training resource introducing you to Bible study and Logos.

Master-teacher, Morris Proctor, explains the origin of the Scriptures and walks you through the Bible’s story. He continues with descriptions of numerous Bible study resources such as study Bibles, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and more.

Using numerous custom graphics, Morris explains the basics of five methods of Bible study:

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  • Topic Study
  • Devotional Study

After each method, Morris shows you how to incorporate Logos features into your Bible study including:

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With this training you’ll learn the foundations of both Bible study methodology and Logos!

Watch Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software’s nearly four hours of material right on your computer. And like the Camp Logos DVDs, you will work at your own pace using the hyperlinked menu.

You would expect to pay handsomely for a resource like this, but Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software is on Pre-Pub for only $39.95! Pre-order your copy now.

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With contributions from leading biblical scholars, the Word Biblical Commentary is a worthy addition to any pastor’s, scholar’s, or student’s library. The WBC emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence making this a must-have collection for anyone serious about biblical studies.

Use one of our interest free payment plans right now, and spread the cost of the 59-volume Word Biblical Commentary out over 12 months.

Leave us a comment and let us know which WBC volume is your favorite!

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It’s not hard to see why more than 10,000 people like Bible Study Magazine on Facebook.

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Liddell and Scott: The Indispensable Tool for Classical Greek Students

If you’re serious about studying Greek but don’t have a copy of Liddell and Scott Greek-English Lexicon (LSJ), it’s time to consider getting the central reference work for all scholars of ancient Greek authors and texts.

With Logos, you’ll get the most useful edition of LSJ ever assembled. It’s the only edition in which hundreds of pages and 26,000+ articles of ‘supplement’ material have been integrated into the text of the main lexicon, allowing users instant access to the 1996 revisions and additions without flipping through pages. And like all Logos reference works, the electronic edition links to all the other reference books in your library—including over 198,000 links to the free Perseus Classics Collection!

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