Extended Deadline: Show Us Your Favorite Logos Features, and You Could Get Logos Credit

Last month, we told you about a fun way to get $100 in Logos credit, and today, we’re extending the deadline to September 1!

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Does Jesus Contradict the Old Testament on Polygamy?

By David Instone-Brewer, adapted from the forthcoming Moral Questions of the Bible: Timeless Truth in a Changing World (Lexham Press, 2019).

Jesus used the same Old Testament text to teach monogamy as used by the Jews of the diaspora and at Qumran. Polygamy had been useful in times of war for childless widows, but now it was causing hardship. [Read more…]

What This Little-Known Social Theory Has to Do with Your Sermons

By Jeffrey Arthurs, adapted from Preaching Points: 55 Tips for Improving Your Pulpit Ministry.

Remember ERP: Estimated Relationship Potential. This is a social science theory from the field of interpersonal communication which demonstrates that when we meet someone we quickly form an estimate of the potential for a relationship. We start to calculate: What kind of relationship is possible here? What will the nature of our relationship be? Will it be a romantic relationship? Will it be an authoritative relationship? Maybe I want to avoid this person. [Read more…]

Clock Is Ticking: Best Commentary Sale Ends in Hours

Hurry, the Best Commentaries Sale ends in hours. Save up to 50% on the highest-rated commentaries for every book of the Bible now through August 15 at midnight.  

Whether it’s Carson’s John commentary or Waltke’s superb work on Proverbs, right now you can save on the top commentaries for literally every book of the Bible.  [Read more…]

Preaching? Drain the Liquid Before You Give It to Others

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By Jeffrey Arthurs, adapted from Preaching Points: 55 Tips for Improving Your Pulpit Ministry.

In an issue of Leadership journal, Lee Eclov tells the story of a researcher named Hillary Koprowski, who was a leader in the search for the polio vaccine in the 1940s. Koprowski and his team had done animal tests successfully, and the next step involved a powerful but unwritten rule of scientific research: Before testing an oral vaccine on other humans, the researcher must try it himself. 

So late one winter afternoon in 1948, he and his assistant whipped up a polio cocktail and the two men drank from small glass beakers. They tilted their heads back and drained the liquid fully. They agreed it tasted like cod-liver oil. The assistant said, “Have another?”

“Better not,” Koprowski said, “I’m driving.”

Lee Eclov says that every preacher has to take the same gutsy step. We have no right to give other people our “holy vaccine” until we’ve drained the liquid ourselves. And sometimes it does taste like cod-liver oil.

As preachers we must drain the liquid. Preach to yourself before you preach to others. Ask yourself, “Am I living the life I’m recommending to others?” “Authenticity” is one of the god-terms of our culture—and rightly so. Of the members of the old rhetorical trio of ethos, pathos, and logos, Aristotle said that ethos is number one. Your character, trustworthiness, experience, and sincerity—your ethos—are the most persuasive tools you possess. 

So this week and every week when you’re doing your sermon preparation, remember to drain the liquid yourself.

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This post is adapted from “Drain the liquid” by Jeffrey Arthurs in Preaching Points: 55 Tips for Improving Your Pulpit Ministry, edited by Scott M. Gibson (Lexham Press, 2016).

 

Free Book: God’s Kingdom through God’s Covenants

It’s August 1, and that means the new free book of the month is here!

August’s free book is God’s Kingdom through God’s Covenants: A Concise Biblical Theology by Peter J. Gentry and Stephen J. Wellum.  [Read more…]

Finding the Gospel in Stranger Things

Even if you haven’t watched it, you have probably heard of Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things

The show has been growing in popularity and viewership since Netflix released season one in July 2016. Within four days of season three’s release, over 40 million households had started it, and over 18 million had finished all eight (hour-long) episodes.1 [Read more…]

The Top-Ranked Bible Commentaries, All on Sale

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Whether it’s Carson’s John commentary or Waltke’s superb work on Proverbs, right now you can save on the top commentaries for literally every book of the Bible.  [Read more…]

Free Book: Tom Schreiner’s Esteemed Work on Pauline Theology

Get July’s free book while you can. This month it’s Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology by renowned scholar Thomas Schreiner. 

You can also get two other books for $2 and $3, respectively. I’m particularly interested in deSilva’s book on New Testament kinship culture, Honor, Patronage, Kinship and Purity[Read more…]

Show Us How You Use Logos, and You Could Get Logos Credit

One of the best things about Logos is discovering the surprising things it can do—and how those little surprises help you explore the Bible more deeply.

And with the number of fun, useful features in Logos, you can make your workflow nearly as unique as you are.  [Read more…]