Archives for July 2018

Introducing Logos 7 Fundamentals: Bible Software for under $100

There are a few key tools you need for studying the Bible in-depth: some good dictionaries and encyclopedias, a handful of solid commentaries, a Bible atlas, and of course a few Bible translations. And maybe even a few word study resources.

Assembling a library like that book by book quickly adds up. And if you’re like many people, you might not know which books you should get—or how to use them once you have them. [Read more…]

You Don’t Know Romans if You Don’t Know Rhetoric

To fully understand Romans, you not only need to understand the social history of the book but also rhetoric—the ancient art of persuasion.

In A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Romans (10 hour course), Dr. Ben Witherington III provides a socio-rhetorical analysis of Paul’s letter to the Romans. Considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, Dr. Witherington examines the social setting of Paul’s writing and explores the culture of first-century Rome to reveal the specific issues Paul’s Roman audience was facing. [Read more…]

How to Avoid Repeating a Sermon for the Same Audience

A Logos user presented the following scenario to me:

I’m a traveling itinerate preacher speaking in various churches, but do revisit the same churches periodically. If I start using the Sermon Editor to archive my messages, is there a way to search the files by location so I don’t preach the same sermon in the same church? [Read more…]

The Intersection of Revelation and Reason

The relationship between human reason and divine revelation has been a perennial topic of discussion among philosophers and systematic theologians. Throughout Church history, Christians have been tempted to make revelation and reason mutually exclusive. But both are essential to a true understanding of the faith.

The inaugural Theology Connect conference—held in Sydney in July 2016—was dedicated to surveying the intersection of revelation and reason. The fruit of this conference has been drawn together in Revelation and Reason in Christian Theology. [Read more…]

Classic Revival Sermons, Hymns, Memoirs, and More

 

George Whitefield was perhaps the most famous preacher of the eighteenth century—and for good reason. He fearlessly and tirelessly preached an unashamed gospel through a life completely consecrated to God. He was renowned for his powerful oratory, leaving massive crowds mesmerized, and it’s estimated he preached well over 15,000 times to millions and millions of people in America and the UK. [Read more…]

Interpret Scripture, Unlock Meaning, and Dig Deeper in Your Studies

The Bible is a vast book, simple enough for a child to understand, yet so deep that the most committed scholars never master its contents. With the Bible’s complexity in mind, how do we interpret the Bible correctly? Why do biblical experts disagree on interpretation?

These are important questions every Christian should be able to answer. And now you can through Mobile Ed’s interactive video course, Biblical Interpretation: Foundational Certificate Program, 40% off this month through the Logos Publisher’s Spotlight sale. [Read more…]

How Our Spiritually Unhealthy Culture Impacts Pastors

Maintaining a healthy spiritual life is critical for pastors. But just as critical are the spiritual lives of those who surround a pastor—those in a position to encourage, reprove, and restore them, as well as others in ministry leadership.

In this month’s free book, Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy—an environment that actively undermines the wellbeing and efficacy of church leaders and thus the entire Church body.

In this excerpt from Dangerous Calling, Tripp reveals how this unhealthy culture begins and its natural result:

When the Word of God, faithfully taught by the people of God and empowered by the Spirit of God, falls down, people become different. Lusting people become pure, fearful people become courageous, thieves become givers, demanding people become servants, angry people become peacemakers, complainers become thankful, and idolaters come to joyfully worship the one true God. The ultimate purpose of the Word of God is not theological information but heart and life transformation. Biblical literacy and theological expertise are not, therefore, the end of the Word but a God-ordained means to an end, and the end is a radically transformed life because the worship at the center of that life has been reclaimed. This means it is dangerous to teach, discuss, and exegete the Word without this goal in view. It should be the goal of every seminary professor. It should be his prayer for every one of his students. It should cause him or her to make regular pastoral pleas to the students. It means recognizing that this student’s future ministry will never be shaped by his knowledge and skill alone but also, inevitably, by the condition of his heart.

Think about it. When a pastor has left his office and is at home yelling at his wife, he’s not ignorant of the fact that his yelling is wrong. At that point he doesn’t care what is right or wrong, because something else is ruling his heart. When a pastor is responding to issues in his church in ways that are more political than pastoral, it’s not because he’s ignorant of the selfishness of this response but because he’s more committed to building his kingdom than God’s. When a pastor is eaten with envy over the ministry position of another, he isn’t giving way to envy out of ignorance of its danger but because his self-absorbed heart feels entitled to what is a blessing and not a right.

Have we accomplished our training task if we produce generations of graduates who have big theological brains but tragically diseased hearts? Must we not hold together theological training and personal transformation? Should we not require every seminary classroom to be faithful to God’s intended purpose for his Word? Shouldn’t every seminary professor have pastoral love for his students? Shouldn’t every instructor long to be used of God to produce a growing love for Christ in each of his students?

I am convinced that the crisis of pastoral culture often begins in the seminary class. It begins with a distant, impersonal, information-based handling of the Word of God. It begins with pastors who, in their seminary years, became quite comfortable with holding God’s Word distant from their own hearts. It begins with classrooms that are academic without being pastoral. It begins with brains becoming more important than hearts. It begins with test scores being more important than character. The problem with all of these things is that they’re subtle and deceptive. They don’t exist in a black-or-white world of either/or but in a messy world of both/and. Yes, every seminary professor would say that he cares about the hearts of his students. All of us would say that we want to stimulate love for Christ. The question is, does this goal shape the content and process of the theological education to which we have given ourselves?

Tripp, P.D. (2012). Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

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Dangerous Calling gives a diagnosis and offers cures for issues that impact every member and church leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the all-important war that rages in our churches today

Along with getting Dangerous Calling for free, you can also get two more Tripp books for under $8. Redeeming Money and Sex in a Broken World are available for $3.99 each but only through July!

Save 25% on Audio Courses through July

 

From biblical languages to New Testament studies, Mobile Ed audio courses enable you to integrate seminary-level classes into your daily life.

Imagine learning Greek while taking care of chores or deepening your understanding of biblical interpretation on the drive to work. And with audio courses on sale at 25% off for a limited time, now’s the time to start. [Read more…]

How to Find Words Unique to a Book in the Bible

A fellow Logos user recently emailed me an excellent question:

Is there a way to find the words in a particular NT book (e.g. Philippians) that are unique to it? In other words, they are not used elsewhere in the NT?

Even though at first glance the question sounds like a huge task, actually it’s quite simple through the use of Word Lists: [Read more…]

Unparalleled in Our Times: Save on Renowned Commentary Set

Albert Mohler, Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, says The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series is “nothing less than a library of faithful exegesis and exposition” that is “unparalleled in our times.”

And this month only, you can get the complete set of The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series (33 vols.) for 35% off. Already own volumes in this series? Dynamic Pricing customers have a rare opportunity to snag the entire set at an even deeper discount—you’ll get the best deal possible without paying for the same volume twice.

From beloved and respected Bible scholar and preacher John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series continues to be one of today’s top-selling commentary collections. Each volume:

  • Gives a verse-by-verse analysis in context
  • Provides rigorous exegesis of the New Testament
  • Addresses key theological themes and issues in the biblical text
  • Illuminates the biblical text in practical and relevant ways
  • Provides points of application for passages

And in the Logos editions, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for, and take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps.

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