When (and How) to Use Multiple Bible Translations

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I want people who study the Bible to stop asking, “What’s the best Bible translation?” and feel free to use all the good translations we have. It’s what I called, last week, Ending Bible Translation Tribalism.

In my vision of the ideal world, Christians and Christian groups will still have their favored translations, but they will also make regular use of the many other good translations that God has permitted us to have. (And in this world fine milk chocolate would be very cheap and very good for you.)

I can’t assume that my little post ended Bible translation tribalism. You may still be thinking, “But not all translations are good! Translation X is flat out bad!”

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How to Create Links to Specific Logos Resources

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I have redesigned quite a number of church websites, and there is one thing I never carry over from the previous design: written directions to the church.

I never give directions or ask for them. I can’t remember the last time I said to someone, “First, you head east on . . .” Instead I text someone a link. And I admit I get impatient when someone tries to give me directions instead of just providing me an address I can type into my smartphone.

Similarly, I try to avoid giving people complicated software directions: “Click the menu item, then click the dialog box, then click ‘Okay,’ then head east. . . .” Everywhere I can in my digital life I instead send direct links.

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Which Bible Translation Is Best? All the Good Ones.

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I am on a mission to end Bible Translation Tribalism. If you don’t know what I mean by “Translation Tribalism,” see if any of these tribal stereotypes (some borrowed from another blogger) ring true for you:

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Top Bible Study Resources, as Picked by the Logos Pros

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The Logos Pro team exists to provide free training to users of Logos Bible Software. Our 10-Day Bible Study Challenge has helped thousands of people learn Logos and study their Bibles.

Of course, it’s going to take more than 10 days for you to learn the Bible. Bible study is, in fact, a lifelong calling for all Christians. I polled the Logos Pros at Faithlife, and these are their recommendations for books that will help you dig deeper in your study.

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An Advanced Bible Study Skill Anyone Can Master

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For many years I taught a weekly Bible class to impoverished adults. These people were highly skilled in areas of life I did not understand, but most of them had deep difficulty reading with any proficiency. I had to find a way to help them read the Bible, and the simple solution I stumbled across was one they quickly grasped—and one that I’ve found has helped me read better myself.

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The Power of Naming the Bible Study Practices You Do Naturally

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Most of the skills involved in good Bible reading are things people do intuitively anyway. So why bother reading a Bible study magazine or purchasing Bible software—plus all the resources (commentaries, books, hermeneutics manuals) that make that software worth having?

Because, ironically, we are blind to things we do intuitively. It’s by acknowledging, describing, and finally naming our reading practices that we grow in our ability to read the Bible (or any book).

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And They Were Exceedingly Astonished

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Stop and be astonished, if you can, at a statement from Jesus in Mark 10 that certainly astonished his disciples: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mark 10:25).

It’s hard to be surprised by this little saying if you’ve grown up with the Bible, or even if you’ve just known it for a long time. It’s commonplace. It’s like hearing, “Did you know that a fifteen-minute call could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance?” To which the appropriate response is an eye roll and an “everybody-knows-that.”
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Have I Lost My Old Logos or Libronix Books?

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I first encountered Logos Bible Software in the Libronix days—in what historians of technology now call “the 1990s.” I somehow came into possession of some random CDs with Logos books on them. I confess I didn’t use them so much as I “amassed” them.

Around that same time I got a fantastic deal on the Expositor’s Bible Commentary in another Bible software platform which shall remain nameless out of respect for the dead.

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Why Words Mean What They Do, and Why It Matters for Bible Study

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Out of the inscrutable neuron maelstroms we know as “the brains of small children,” there often come what speech pathologists call “the darnedest things.” My kindergartener said yesterday—and I promise I have no idea where this came from—“What if ‘Lutheran’ meant ‘disqualified’?”

I immediately took his question down verbatim for future blog use. It’s my job. And because my boy has a wannabe linguist-theologian for a father, my own neuron maelstrom—which, since I’m an adult, is easier to scrute—started whirling . . . What if, indeed?

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Introducing the New and Improved Logos Pro Training Page

logos pro pageThe better you learn how to use Logos Bible Software, the more you’ll get out of your Bible study. Logos is designed to provide insight into the Bible. Every tool has that ultimate goal.

If you want to learn how to use Logos—because you want to study the Bible—you’ve got to check out the new Logos Pro page. There are tons of brief, helpful videos which, instead of overwhelming you with detail, will show you how to do one thing each. And you’ll get a theological or exegetical tidbit from each one, too.

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