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…

3 Ways to Learn from Charles Spurgeon

Charles SpurgeonCharles Spurgeon’s impact was enormous. You’ll come across his name in Bible study guides, seminary-required curricula, and many of your resources in Logos.

“With whom among men can you compare [Spurgeon]? He combined the preaching power of Jonathan Edwards and Whitefield with the organizing power of Wesley, and the energy, fire, and courage of Luther.” —B. H. Carroll

On June 19, 1834, Spurgeon was born in Kelvedon, UK. At 15, he accepted Christ and joined a Baptist church. In fact, most people would describe his theology as Calvinist; Spurgeon, though, said that “if I am asked what is my creed, I reply, ‘It is Jesus Christ.’”

In honor of Spurgeon’s birthday, we’re highlighting a few resources for those looking to learn from his years of study:

charles-spurgeon-collection1. Charles Spurgeon Collection

Regularly $499—$399 using coupon code SPURGEON13

Through June 22, save $100 on the Charles Spurgeon Collection (149 vols.), an invaluable tool for both sermon preparation and personal understanding. The Charles Spurgeon Collection offers over 3,550 sermons, as well as many of Spurgeon’s commentaries and lectures, his autobiography, The Sword and the Trowel, and much more. 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…

Get $60 Off Resources for Church Leaders

aubrey-malphurs-collectionRight now, you can pre-order the Aubrey Malphurs Collection and get $60 off the regular price!

This eight-volume collection provides advice on planting, cultivating, and growing spiritually healthy churches. Malphurs helps you make the most of your leadership style, handle church budgets, raise up effective leaders, and more.

Designed with both experienced pastors and seminary students in mind, these titles are helpful for anyone with a passion for the church.

“Anyone who is a student of church health will greatly benefit from the sage wisdom Malphurs provides. This sort of insight is rare and valuable. Audrey helps us confront our assumptions so we can move toward health and vitality in our congregations.” —Alan Nelson, executive editor, Rev! magazine

“Aubrey Malphurs blows away the fog of misunderstanding that surrounds disciple-making in the church. His clear analysis of what a disciple is, and how a church can make one, is a welcome addition to the literature on this topic.” —Gary L. McIntosh, professor of Christian ministry and leadership, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

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Logos 5: Passage List of Red-Letter Verses

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Recently a Logos user asked:

Moe, is it possible to print just the red-letter verses (words of Christ) from a Bible?

I didn’t have an immediate answer, so I told him I’d have to get back to him. After a bit of thought, I discovered at least one possibility that I’d like to pass along to you:

  • From the ESV New Testament, I compiled a Passage List of all the verses containing red-letter text.
  • I exported that Passage List as a text file. You can use it to create your own Passage List:

Click here to download the file

  • Choose Documents | Passage List (if you’re using Logos 4, choose File | Passage List).
  • Name the file something like Red-Letter Verses in the ESV NT (A).
  • Click Add (B).
  • Select … a file (C).
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Last Chance: Take 20% Off Marriage and Family Resources

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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…

Research Genesis More Efficiently Than Ever

lexham-bible-guides-genesis-collectionNearly every theme in the Bible has a parallel in the book of Genesis—sin, guilt, pride, family, law, worship, God’s promises, and God’s will. Genesis portrays what it means to be human and how God wants us to live as his image-bearers. It recounts the despair present on earth and the hope God offers to all of creation. It explains the very personal relationship between Creator and creation. To truly understand the rest of the Bible, it helps to understand Genesis—the foundation for the rest of Scripture.

Bible study begins with Genesis

We don’t always have the time to research Genesis at a scholarly depth. We may have ministry priorities that depend on such knowledge, but other commitments won’t allow us the time to delve as deep into it as we would like. That’s why we began the Lexham Bible Guide series with Genesis. Capitalizing on the expertise of our research team—many of whom have presented academic lectures on Genesis—we can offer you the information you need, in a few clicks, while making it easy for you to go even deeper when you have the time. 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.

 

Check out the rest of Logos 5’s powerful features, and start using the Search Suggestions tool today—download Logos 5.