10 Thought-Provoking Quotes from Abraham Kuyper

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Abraham Kuyper was one of the most extraordinary individuals of his time. A prolific intellectual, theologian, and politician, he devoted much of his writing towards developing a public theology. His passion was to faithfully understand and engage culture through a Christian worldview. In his view, seeing Jesus as King is foundational to bridging the gap between the believer’s life inside the church and outside the church.

In Pro Rege, Kuyper argues that Christians can only engage culture fully when they realize that Jesus is the ruler of the world. The insightful and challenging reflections found in this volume have great relevance to modern Christians as we wrestle with the same questions Kuyper was in his day. And for the first time ever, volume one of this classic work is available in English. We’re so excited that his stimulating reflections are available in English that we’ve pulled together 10 of his most poignant quotes to share with you.

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3 Tips for Using Logos on a Touchscreen Laptop

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I can hardly believe I did it, because I loved my nine-year succession of four MacBooks and two iMacs, but I just moved back to the PC world for some of my daily work.

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks: I love running Logos on a light, touchscreen, Windows laptop. (Note: tips for Mac users will also appear in this post. Don’t run away.)

I was with Logos Bible Software for Mac in its earliest days, before it achieved parity with the Windows app. For years the experience between Mac and Windows has been nearly identical. But there is one thing that necessarily sets the Logos Windows app apart from the Logos Mac app right now: touchscreens. There are currently no touchscreen Apple laptops.

In time-honored Internet fashion, here are three tips for using Logos on a Windows touchscreen laptop or tablet (such as the Surface Pro).

1. Hit F11 to go to full-screen reading mode

When I’m actually reading a book rather than just referencing it, and when I’m sitting down (say, on my daily bus rides), I hit F11 to go into Reading Mode:

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(Cmd+Alt+R on the Mac does something similar but with a little more toolbar visible:)

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2. Hit Ctrl+Alt+Left to rotate your screen to portrait.

To me it feels more natural—and more comfortable in the hand—to read my laptop in portrait mode, like so:

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The quickest and easiest way to make this happen is to hit Ctrl+Alt+Left (this is a Windows system shortcut). Then tap the forward and backward buttons on the touchscreen with your finger—or just touch the right side of the screen to advance a page and the left side of the screen to go back a page.

Hit Ctrl+= to increase text size, and your screen will automatically move from two-column to one-column (this is what I prefer, though to each their own).

Hit Ctrl+Alt+Up to go back to normal landscape mode when you’re done.

(With a little app—I have used Display Rotation Menu—you can switch screen orientations quickly on Mac, too.)

3. Quickly swipe to select text, then highlight it

This third tip won’t work on a Mac yet; it’s only for touchscreens (though it works very nicely and intuitively on iOS): to select text you swipe quickly from the first word you want to highlight to the last one.

This took me a little time to master, because my muscle memory kept telling me to select text the way iOS does (in most apps apart from Logos), selecting one word by pressing long on it, then extending the selection one way or the other with a little handle.

Once you’ve selected text on your Windows touchscreen laptop, you can highlight it quickly if you have already chosen a shortcut key in your highlights palette. I assigned “Y” to Yellow, and that’s the color I use most frequently for highlighting. So after I’ve selected some text I jab the “Y” key and my text is highlighted (cool Millennials such as myself now “jab” keys on their keyboards; it’s just what we do). Then I keep reading.

Logos on all platforms

I am now, like Logos, running all the major consumer software platforms—except Chrome OS (and sorry, Linux users, you don’t count as a major platform and I don’t think you want to; the whole point of being a nerd is vengeful exclusion of those who persecuted you in high school—I should know). I’m on Windows 10 at work, Mac OS X at home, iOS on my iPad, and Android on my phone. In order to serve you, dear reader, I’m trying to make sure I experience Logos as you do, no matter what platform you’re on.

The Logos web app, of course, may one day effectively put Logos on every OS imaginable (and Biblia.com is useful right now if you’re away from your own computer and need to access your library). But for now there are little differences among the platforms. If you’re on Windows, I’ve just shown you some things you can do. (If you’re on Mac, you can use points 1 and 2.)

If my favorite tech reviewer, David Pogue, was right once to compare the Mac vs. PC debate to a religious war, then I’m a relativist peacenik sticking roses in gun barrels. I want Macs and PCs both to stick around (and iOS and Android), putting pressure on each other to innovate. A touchscreen laptop wasn’t something I ever thought I’d care to have, but it has proven genuinely useful, not least in my reading in Logos.

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Mark L. Ward, Jr. received his PhD from Bob Jones University in 2012; he now serves the church as a Logos Pro. He is the author of multiple high school Bible textbooks, including Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption.

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“Get behind Me” or “Be Gone”: How to Explore Textual Variants in Matthew 4

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After the ink dried on the last page of the last book of the New Testament, there was a period of fourteen centuries in which book-making technologies changed relatively little. The codex—the standard paper book—replaced the scroll fairly early on in that period, due in no small part to the influence of Christianity. But every book in Europe was still produced by the dip-scratch, dip-scratch of scribes hunched over writing desks with pens and inkwells.

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How Do Ancient Artifacts Shed Light on the New Testament?

archaeology-1Archaeologists study ancient cultures through the careful exhumation and examination of artifacts; their work sheds light on important biblical questions. For example, nearly all of pottery unearthed in Galilee came from a single Jewish village and not from Gentile potters, suggesting that contrary to the notion that Galilean Jews were “more lax” or “less strict,” they were actually very observant of Jewish food and cleanliness laws.

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Build Your Library with 6 Commentaries Under $30

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Do you like commentaries? Do you like saving money? If you do, then the monthly sale is always a good place to look. You can save on both individual volumes and popular commentary collections. And if you’re looking for some bargains, check out these six volumes, all under $30:

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3 Handy Shortcuts to Generate a Passage List

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In a comment on a recent LogosTalk blog post, a reader asked a question about saving verses from a Guide to a Passage List. The question reminded me about numerous shortcuts for getting verses into a Passage List document. If you frequently use Passage Lists , then you may enjoy some of these shortcuts!

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10 Fascinating Questions Answered by Biblical Theology

NSBT_620x324_blankBiblical theology asks questions of the Bible—what does it teach or say about a topic, what is the significance of a repeated theme or event—and then carefully studies the text in context to find answers from the Bible itself. Here are 10 questions you might have found yourself asking, along with answers drawn from editor D.A. Carson’s New Studies in Biblical Theology series.

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Why Jesus’ Kingship Should Change Our Approach to Culture

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All Christians agree that Christ is God—the doctrine of the Trinity is at the core of what we believe, and the church affirmed Jesus’ divinity in its early councils. Though we know the Bible affirms this, it even more clearly presents Jesus as our King. A quick Logos search shows that even Christ’s enemies called him a king (Matt 27:11; John 18:37; 19:19; Acts 17:7). Over a hundred verses in the New Testament affirm Jesus as Lord. Elsewhere he is even called the King of other kings (for example, 1 Tim 6:15; Rev 17:14). And in Matthew 28:18, Jesus himself says that he has all authority in heaven and earth.

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D.A. Carson Recommends: 4 Books on Biblical Theology (On Sale Now!)

NSBT-blogFor a limited time individual volumes from one of the most respected series on biblical theology are $9.99 each. And when you get 12 or more volumes, you’ll receive a coupon code good for up to $50 off your next purchase!

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Shop the NSBT sale now and get all 35 volumes to secure your $50 coupon code.

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How to Use a Commentary to Study the Psalms

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Dig and dig and dig, and you’ll never reach the full depths of the Bible. Your lifetime will be a journey to the center of its worth. That doesn’t mean the Bible-gold you’ve discovered so far is iron pyrite; it simply means you should never stop digging.

And here’s the great thing: the wealth of other diggers is available to you. Many of them wrote down what they discovered. They were fallible diggers, yes, some more so than others . . . But for a tiny investment you can have what it took them a lifetime to amass.

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