Archives for January 2018

3 Reasons You Should Read the Work of James K.A. Smith

A book series I’ve heard a lot of talk about in recent years is James K. A. Smith’s “Cultural Liturgies” trilogy: Desiring the Kingdom, Imagining the Kingdom, and Awaiting the King (plus the one-volume popularization I really enjoyed, You Are What You Love). Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College and editor of Comment magazine.

I will not provide a thorough review of the trilogy here—that might take a few years; they’re the kinds of books that need to percolate. Rather, I will mention just three emphases I have found helpful in his books generally. [Read more…]

What Does the Vision in Ezekiel 1 Mean?

We are prone to make assumptions about God and His favor when life has us down due to sin, mistakes, or incomprehensible circumstances. Of all the Scripture passages we might turn to during these times, the bizarre vision that opens the book of Ezekiel would not register high on our list. However, reading this passage with its original ancient context in mind reveals a powerful message for its original recipients and for every believer.
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Biblical Insight on Shepherding God’s People

One of the most common biblical metaphors for leaders is “shepherd.” God’s entrusted leaders are charged with the weighty responsibility of tending to and feeding the people of God as a shepherd would his flock. The act of “shepherding” means more than simply feeding the flock; rather, this choice verb refers to all acts related to the care of the flock.
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An Easy Way to Keep Track of Biblical Passages Referenced in Books

If you’re like me, as you’re reading a meaty book such as a theology or hermeneutics resource, you’re paying close attention to the biblical passages the author includes in each chapter. Often as we reread the verses, we’re reviewing the content of each chapter.
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Celebrating the Life and Work of Dr. Tony Ash

Today’s post was written by David Swearingen, a longtime friend and colleague of Dr. Tony Ash.

Dr. Anthony Lee “Tony” Ash, author and narrator of Walking With C.S. Lewis, a new Lexham Press video curriculum, died after a short illness on December 6, 2017; he was 86 years old.
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What Should New Testament Preachers Do with Old Testament Promises?

Some time ago my wife and I visited a church we’d never been to before and heard a message from one paragraph in Joshua 1. Take particular note of the promises (bolded), because the preacher did:

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

A stirring passage. And the preacher, who was a gifted speaker, skillfully weaved its themes into a unified sermon. We profited from it. We love to hear God’s word preached with care and feeling.
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Resolve to Apply the Bible This Year

The New Year is a great time to recommit to the daily study of God’s Word. Reading the Bible and digging into its message is one of the best resolutions anyone can make. As you commit to this endeavor for 2018, equally dedicate yourself to applying the Word of God to every aspect of your life.
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How to Copy a Logos Document

In a recent blog post I erroneously communicated we could not make copies of Logos files. I was thinking of the absence of that feature on the Documents menu, but I totally forgot about making copies at

So in this blog post, I’ll correct the record and show you how to copy a Logos file:

  • Choose the Documents menu (A)
  • Click the Share documents link in the lower left of the menu (B)

  • Notice your web browser opens to your personal page (C)
  • Rest the cursor on the file you wish to copy (D)
  • Click the Actions drop down list on the far right (E)
  • Select Duplicate (F)

  • Return to the Logos Documents menu (G) and you’ll see a copy of the file (H)

I apologize for the original oversight of this feature, but I hope you can now make use of multiple copies of existing files!

For more detailed information about Logos Documents, secure your copy of the Logos 7 Training Manuals Volumes 1-3 in print or digital.

Also be sure to follow the new MP Seminars Faithlife group and receive a FREE download of the commentary Ephesians: Verse by Verse by Dr. Grant Osborne.

Morris Proctor
is a certified trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Abraham Kuyper’s Theology in Practice

In his two massive theological commentaries, Common Grace and Pro Rege, Abraham Kuyper develops a robust public theology, fully addressing the intersection of faith and culture. Too often, theology simply resides in the lofty chambers of academia, without any real connection to the life of the common man. That is why Kuyper’s encounters with Islam during his travels around the Mediterranean are so crucial for a full understanding of his public theology.
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One Thing Every True Evangelical Has in Common

Some people doubt evangelicalism exists—it’s too fractured to be called an -ism. And in the last year the value of the label has been fought over more vociferously than ever. What is “evangelicalism”? Is it even a useful concept anymore?

I believe it is still a useful concept, and I’ll tell you why: there’s a little something called “biblicism” which, thankfully, is still recognizable in basically all sectors of evangelicalism. It’s weakened in some places and under threat in all, but I still see it as a unifying center for evangelicalism. [Read more…]