Verse by Verse through the Epistles and Revelation—40% off through April 30

The Osborne New Testament Commentaries: Part 1 (6 vols.) are on sale this month only at 40% off.
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5 Reasons to Pre-Order the Apollos Old Testament Commentary

The Bible is both a divine and human book, and The Apollos Old Testament Commentary series takes both aspects seriously.  This collection is still on Pre-Pub, but it’s going to ship April 20. That means your chance to pick up this ten-volume series at a steep discount is disappearing fast. Here are five reasons to pre-order this collection today.
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The Key to Not Being a Bad Bible Reader

Psalm 37:8 is one of the most important illustrations of the most important concept in my new book, Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible. As I’ve been working on promoting the book, I’ve been talking about Psalm 37:8 in the KJV again and again. I’ve recited it probably 50 times to various people in the last year as I’ve explained my project:

Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. (Psalm 37:8 KJV)

But on Sunday at my church we read through the entire psalm in a contemporary translation and I, to my chagrin, noticed something: I’d spent so much time quoting the verse that I’d forgotten the context. I’d violated the cardinal rule of Bible interpretation. Bad Bible reader! Bad!

By itself Psalm 37:8 sounds oracular, proverbial. It sounds like a memory verse for a guy who is prone to blowing up at his kids. At least the first half of the verse sounds good for that purpose:

Cease from anger and forsake wrath.

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Carson, Duncan, Begg, Others on Scriptural Authority

If you had to prove why the Bible is God’s word, what would you say?

Even among Christians, confidence in the Bible’s authority is waning. Many are casting aside the doctrines of inerrancy and inspiration, with devastating consequences.

The God Who Speaks seeks to correct this. It’s a documentary about the divine authority of Scripture, and it features insights from some of today’s leading theologians on why Scripture is trustworthy.
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How to Execute a Hebrew Lemma Phrase Search


Today’s blog is based on a question from a Logos user who is digging deep into the Hebrew text:

I am trying to find every instance in the  OT where the Hebrew words are in an exact sequence.  For instance, if I search in English for “who did not know” in the OT, I get two results. But are there other verses that have the same Hebrew words, but have been translated differently? For instance, in Exodus 1:8 “who did not know” is translated from “אֲשֶׁר לֹא ידע”. So, I would like to see if there are other verses that have these Hebrew words in this sequence,  but translated differently than in Exodus 1:8 and Judges 2:10.

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Are Guardian Angels Really Biblical?

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.”

These are familiar words for those of us who make a holiday tradition of watching the classic film It’s a Wonderful Life. The angel Clarence helps George Bailey discover the unseen but tremendous significance his mundane life played in the lives of others. It’s a heartwarming story, full of hope and encouragement. But what about its theology? Are guardian angels—like Clarence—really biblical?
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How to Write a Funeral Sermon

If you are a preacher of the Word, you will one day have to preach a funeral. And that one day might be Tuesday. Even if you’ve heard a lecture in class on how to prepare for a funeral, it’s almost impossible for that lecture to cover all the bases: every death is different, because every human is a special creation of God.

Though every funeral sermon should also be, therefore, unique and different, the central task is still the same as that of any sermon: to faithfully herald what God has said in Scripture. You will have to face this question:

How can I write a faithful, concise, powerful, comforting sermon for this particular funeral service?

God has a great deal to say to the bereaved, and these principles will help you share his message at a funeral.
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What Did Jesus Mean by “Gates of Hell”?

“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah!… I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt 16:17–18). The “gates of hell”? Why did Jesus respond to Peter’s confession, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” in this way? (16:16)
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Learn to Highlight Biblical References in Lexicons


Just like English words, a lot of Hebrew and Greek words have multiple possible meanings. Many lexicons, therefore,  list all the possibilities for these biblical words. Some Hebrew and Greek dictionaries will also give biblical references where specific definitions occur.
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Celebrate Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lasting Legacy

“One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A legacy of courage

German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) is considered one of the most influential Christian martyrs in recent history. While his outspoken stand against injustice before and during World War II cost him his life, his collected writings on Christian commitment, community, and purpose continue to inspire and challenge people today.
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