My Favorite Example of Engaging the Head & Heart in Preaching

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The screen printer standing in my living room was trying to sell me on a new four-color process for the kids Bible club shirts my church needed. One problem: he came to the door asking for “Mike,” not “Mark” because I kind of forgot to tell him the truth… (I used to use a pseudonymous email address out of overblown security concerns.)

We still joke about that. He’s now one of my best friends. But back then I had no idea of the wonderful story of God’s grace in his life. He and his wife were brand new to the area, and my wife and I invited them over and started a friendship. We found out that this clean-cut young man had, not too many years back, been a drug addict. As a last resort his non-Christian family had sent him to a Christian program in a rural area. Most guys go there to get clean, and they’re willing to use the God stuff temporarily if it will help them get their lives back from drugs and alcohol.

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What Makes a Church “Healthy”? The 9 Marks Series May Have Answers.

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Throughout the New Testament, there’s a clear expectation that believers will be committed to the local church. But in the modern West, we confront a question the biblical writers never faced: “Which church?”

Even after you set aside the thorny denominational issues, yet more questions lurk beneath the surface. “What makes a healthy church?” And perhaps even more importantly, “How can I help my church become as healthy as possible?

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The Faithlife Study Bible Removes the Barriers to Understanding the Bible

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Imagine you’re sitting in a coffee shop with your Bible in front of you. You’ve been reading and re-reading a particularly challenging passage and have a number of unanswered questions bouncing around in your mind. Then imagine a friend sits across from you—but not just any friend: they’re an expert in Biblical Studies.

You could ask them all of your difficult questions as you studied the Bible. When a passage mentions some ancient city, you could ask them for the cultural context and they would give you all the relevant details. Or if you’re wondering about Jesus’ life, your friend could show you a detailed event timeline so that you can put all the gospel stories into perspective.

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How to Save a List of Favorite Bibles for the Text Comparison Tool

One of my favorite features for the observation phase of Bible study is Text Comparison. In the recent 7.3 update to Logos Bible Software, changes were made on how we select Bibles for this tool. Below are the simple steps for creating a saved Bible list which can easily be recalled for future use.

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This Weekend Only: Stream 7,000+ Christian Videos for Free!

blog-header_620x324Have you ever wanted to sit in on a class with Douglas Moo or Darrell Bock? Ever been curious about what it’s like to go on a dig with biblical archaeologists? Ever wished you could tune in to your favorite video streaming service and just find content that’s biblically-centered? This weekend, you can.

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The Challenging Message of the Book of Judges

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The book of Judges is filled with memorable stories. While there are examples of faithful believers scattered throughout its pages, many of these stories are filled with political intrigue and bloodshed. Perhaps the most difficult issue is to discern how these stories are relevant for today. On the surface, it may seem like Judges is just a collection of cautionary tales from the ancient world but what if the book provides a blueprint for modern cultural engagement?

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Introductory Discounts on Logos 7 End Soon!

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You can still get 10% off Logos 7, but not for long! Introductory discounts are ending soon. Here are three reasons to take advantage of these savings while you still can.

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Did Jesus Have a Sense of Humor?

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“Jesus never laughed,” or so the pamphlet said. An adolescent boy at the time, I found myself laughing at every little thing—too often during church services. Reading that pamphlet I wondered, “So he never laughed? What was wrong with him?”

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Have You Seen January’s Deals?

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If you haven’t checked out January’s monthly sale yet, now’s the perfect time. Choose from dozens of great resources on sale—commentaries, theological works, historical studies, and more. Not sure where to start? Here are six of this month’s best deals.

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Why the Ark of the Covenant Will Never Be Found

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I can still recall the thrill of seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark in the theater. A senior in high school, I had already been infected with the archaeology bug. This movie boosted my interest to a whole new level. As Providence would have it, I followed the path of Indiana Jones—at least academically. I’m still fascinated by the ark, but I no longer believe it is lost and awaiting discovery. I have Jeremiah to blame for that.

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