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Writing Sermons That Work

Crafting a sermon requires so many elements—finding everything you need to prepare a powerful message can be time consuming.

That’s why we created the Sermon Starter Guide. Instead of spending hours each week doing preliminary research, you’ll find all the searching done for you. With hundreds of sermon illustrations, outlines, key passages, and more, you’ll have everything you need to put together sermons that’ll have a lasting impact on your church. Uncover word meanings in Greek and Hebrew, see what all your favorite commentaries have to say, and listen to sample sermons from respected preachers. And when you’re finished, simply export to Proclaim or PowerPoint.


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4 Ways to Improve Your Small Group

studies-in-faithful-living-patriarchs-collection-complete-church-curriculumSmall groups, no matter the size, always seem to have two people: the one who won’t stop talking and the one who sits in silence. It’s easy to encourage the conversation monopolizer to give others time to share.

But how do I inspire someone to participate? Creating a sense of trust is one step. But if the problem is a lack of engagement with the study material, my role as small group leader just got much more difficult. Researching and preparing a study each week is difficult in itself; finding creative ways to keep everyone engaged can be overwhelming.

Overcoming small group challenges

With these challenges in mind, we created the Studies in Faithful Living Series: Complete Church Curriculum. The collection explores the lives of Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph, with lessons that show how their faith journeys are relevant to ours today. Each eight-week study gives me everything I need to make leading a small group both easier and more dynamic. If I were leading a small group today, here is how I would use this series: Continue Reading…

The Anglican Church: Scripture, Reason, and Tradition

Richard HookerPart of what makes the Anglican Church the via media (middle way) is the conviction that its beliefs and practices must derive from a thorough integration of Scripture, reason, and tradition. Though it’s impossible to achieve a perfect equilibrium, Anglicans believe that we are in danger of teaching and living heresy if we highlight one of these categories such that it excludes the others.

Richard Hooker

One of the earliest understandings of the concept of integrating Scripture, reason, and tradition comes from Richard Hooker. He argues that the Church has authority to establish governance and order (reason) and that though it has authority in doctrine, it cannot deviate from the faith that has been handed on to it (tradition):

“Be it in matter of the one kind or of the other, what Scripture doth plainly deliver, to that the first place both of credit and obedience is due; the next where-unto is whatsoever any man can necessarily conclude by force of reason; after these the voice of the Church succeedeth. That which the Church by her ecclesiastical authority shall probably think and define to be true or good, must in congruity of reason overrule all other inferior judgments whatsoever.” —Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, book V, 8:2

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Share Sermon Notes and Collaborate Seamlessly in Logos 5

Powerful and elegant, the Notes tool comes with every version of Logos Bible Software. You can write as much as you like, and then connect your notes to a reference or passage. And with our new Publish and Collaborate features, Logos notes are more powerful than ever.

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Store in the cloud

Your notes are stored safely in the cloud, so they’re available on all your devices, in all your translations, all the time. That means that if you make a note on your phone in the Faithlife app in the LEB, it’ll be available later in Logos 5 when you’re studying in the NASB. And you can manage all your notes in one place at Documents.Logos.com. Continue Reading…

Last Chance: Take 20% Off Marriage and Family Resources

Father's Day

Time is running out—through June 16, take 20% off our Father’s Day sale items. These resources, ranging from individual titles to large collections, are among our most popular for marriage and parenting guidance. You can save on:

Marriage and Family Bundle (25 vols.)

Regularly$199.90get it now with coupon code DAD2013 for $159.92

This collection teaches men to become better husbands, fathers, and leaders. Download it to get techniques for cultivating a Christian worldview in your children, and learn how close family relationships can strengthen your child’s relationship with God.

the-essential-ivp-reference-collection-version-3The Essential IVP Reference Collection (18 vols.)

Regularly$190get it now with coupon code DAD2013 for $152

Download this collection and learn from the best of today’s biblical and theological scholars. You’ll get dictionaries covering biblical studies, the study of New Testament Greek, theological terms, and apologetics and the philosophy of religion.

Foundations for the Family Series (4 vols.)

Regularly: $44.95get it now with coupon code DAD2013 for $35.96 Continue Reading…

Make Logos Even Better!

notesLogos makes tools for real people like you. The more we know about you, the better we can invest our time and energy into resources that serve you well. Your feedback is an integral part of our improvement.

If you’d like to influence Logos’ direction by helping us get to know you better, please invest a few moments to take our user survey. It covers a lot of ground, so feel free to take your time. You can pick up wherever you left off, whenever you want. Answer the questions you’re comfortable answering, and skip any questions that don’t apply to you.

While you’re at it, update your account profile at Logos.com. You can add a picture and whatever information you’re comfortable with to help others on the forums or at Faithlife.com get to know you better.

These aren’t the only ways to communicate with Logos. Our world-class customer service team is standing by at 800-875-6467 to answer questions and help you resolve concerns, and you can always speak your mind right here in comments, on Twitter, on Facebook, and on the Logos forums.

Start taking the survey today, and help us continue to provide you with the service and products you’ve come to expect!

Find Exactly What You’re Looking For

With research, sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Maybe you want to become more knowledgeable in pneumatology, but you aren’t exactly sure where to begin. Or maybe you want to look up a word in its original language, but you can’t remember how it’s spelled.

Start out your research on the right foot with Logos 5’s Search Suggestions tool. Just begin typing a word to choose from a list of suggested words and phrases. Come back later, and Search Suggestions provides new recommendations based on your previous research. Even type a word or phrase phonetically in English, and see it automatically converted into Greek or Hebrew.

Whether you don’t remember how to spell a name or you’re not quite sure where to begin your study, Logos 5 helps you search the Bible faster and more effectively than ever.

 



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The Ascension of Christ and Spirit of Pentecost

Christ's AscensionIn the Orthodox Church, the 40th day after Easter is celebrated as the day marking Christ’s ascension into heaven. The emphasis of this commemoration is our assurance not only that Jesus is truly the Son of God, but that he has not left his disciples without hope.

In the Gospel reading for this Great Feast, the Scriptures record:

“Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, ‘Peace to you. . . . Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.’

And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God.” —Luke 24:36–53 (NKJV)

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Is Satan Omnipresent?

Steven Furtick BSM CoverWe often have built-in assumptions about the way Satan works. But do these assumptions match up with Scripture? In his article in the July–Aug ’13 issue of Bible Study Magazine, Derek R. Brown poses four questions about Satan, like “Is he omnipresent?” and “Is he behind every temptation?” Some insights from Paul’s letters to the church in Thessalonica might surprise you.

It’s all part of the new July–Aug ’13 issue of Bible Study Magazine. If you subscribe today, you’ll also get the following:

  • An interview with Steven Furtick. This New York Times bestselling author shows how Bible study is transformative in “Beyond Baseline Christianity.”
  • A feature story on Christine Caine. The speaker, author, and human rights activist shares how Scripture and the Spirit motivate and drive her work.
  • A special article by John Piper. What does a life of faith look like? John Piper explains in “The Moment You Become a Christian.”
  • A new eight-week Bible study. How can the modern, fragmented church be Christ’s body? This new study on Ephesians explores what Paul says about unity in a broken world.
  • A themed section on the books of 1–2 Thessalonians. Find other challenging articles, like “Your Grace Is Too Small” and “How Many Times Is Jesus Coming Back?”

Subscribe today to get this issue!

Songwriters: Last Chance to Write and Record with Paul Baloche

Paul Baloche

Proclaim is partnering with  Integrity Music and LeadWorship.com to give someone the opportunity of a lifetime! Enter before June 15 and you could be writing a song with Paul Baloche, the man behind well-known worship songs like

  • “Open the Eyes of My Heart”
  • “Above All”
  • “The Same Love”
  • “Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)”
  • And so many more!
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