Bonhoeffer and a Prison Reflection

Today marks the beginning of the Days of Remembrance, the United States’ annual commemoration of the Holocaust.

Between 1933 and 1945, the Nazi regime systematically persecuted and murdered an estimated six million Jews, as well as millions of others it deemed “politically, racially, or socially unfit.”1 Though well documented, the horrors of the Holocaust remain unfathomable. [Read more…]

5 Insights for Interpreting the Deaths of Ananias and Sapphira

The Death of Ananias by Raphael

The story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 is difficult. It strikes many readers as harsh, a return to Old Testament retribution. “Why this swift act of judgment? Why no opportunity of for repentance and restoration?”

No amount of commentary will ever take the edge off this passage—and that may be the point. [Read more…]

8 New IVP Books Coming to Logos—and How to Get Them for Less

One made N.T. Wright change his mind on Romans 8; another is now the go-to book on New Testament hymns. Browse these upcoming additions to Logos.

Hang around theological libraries long enough and you’ll see three little letters over and over again on book spines: IVP. [Read more…]

Thoughts from Spurgeon, Carson, & More in Your Logos

With collected works in Logos, you bring renowned Christian theologians right into your studies. It’s like having them next to you to say, “Psst, if you don’t mind, I have a thought on that.” [Read more…]

What Is the Return of the Unclean Spirit in Luke 11?

There are certain passages that make you scratch your head, even if you’ve read them before.

Luke 11:24–26 is one of them.

Here’s how Joel Green, author of the Luke volume in the New International Commentary of the New Testament (NICNT), treats verses 23–26. We include his comments and footnotes so you can dive deeper into the argument and get a sense for how NICNT works. [Read more…]

Did Jesus Go to Hell After He Died?

Christ’s Descent into Hell by Follower of Hieronymus Bosch

Some versions of the Apostles’ Creed say Jesus descended into hell. Did he?

For centuries, Christians have proclaimed, “. . . he [Jesus] descended into hell . . .” Other versions of the creed say “the grave.”

Why do we say those words at all, and what are the implications of one versus the other?

This brief post is only an introduction to the matter. I’ll present the main relevant biblical texts, a brief overview of the primary interpretations, and a quick note about how I used Logos Bible Software to find this information.

Finally, I suggest resources for further study.

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Act Fast—These Deals Are out the Door

In all the excitement of Logos March Matchups, you may have missed other deals running this month on Logos.com.

Here’s your chance to snag discounted books before the month ends. [Read more…]

Meet Your Champions: A Little about the Winning Bundles and Courses

Logos March Matchups is a wrap—but the deals are just beginning.

Meet your champions.

At the above link, you can browse the two winners—the Hebrews bundle and the Gospels and History Mobile Ed bundle—as well as the runners-up in both categories.

Here’s a bit of commentary on each one: [Read more…]

3 Reasons You Want The Biblical Illustrator: Old Testament

“Alas! One of the ‘Logos moments’ for which I have been waiting! This cornucopia of homiletic input has regularly been my last phase of sermon preparation.”

That is what one preacher had to say about the Biblical Illustrator: New Testament Collection coming to Logos. [Read more…]

Before You Preach a Narrative Text, Study Your Hero

Samson Slaying the Lion (1628) by Peter Paul Rubens


You will preach narrative far better if you know this literary archetype.

The Bible is full of stories, and most of them revolve around a hero. From Abraham to Moses to Deborah to the True and Better Hero, much of Scripture is a hero’s journey. [Read more…]