Freedom, Love, and the Law in Galatians

In Galatians 5 Paul discusses the freedom believers have in Christ. He writes, “For freedom Christ has set us free” (5:1), and, “You were called to freedom” (5:13). What is the extent of this freedom? Some believers view it as a license to live however we want, but is this what Paul intended? Dr. Doug Moo tackles this issue in his course NT341 Book Study: Paul’s Letter to the Galatians:

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3 Free Lectures from Theologians You Should Know

Images of Darrell Bock, Craig Evans, and Douglas Moo from Logos Mobile Education

Darrell Bock, Craig Evans, and Douglas Moo are three people whose names come up often around here—and for good reason. Their biblical commentaries and reference works are studied in seminaries across the globe. They are continual best-selling authors and have trained pastors and students of the Bible for decades. Many people would love to take a front row seat in each of their classrooms, but that would require moving across the country … three times.

That’s why we created Mobile Ed—to bring their teaching to you.

We invited each of these scholars (and over a hundred more) to record their course material in our studios. Then we enriched their lectures with “smart” transcripts, recommended readings, quizzes, and more.

So that we can share their insight with as many people as possible, we are giving open access to three lectures from our most popular courses. You’ll learn four steps for better Bible study, experience life under Roman rule, and improve your understanding of Paul’s letter to the Romans.

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How Cultural Context Makes Bible Stories Come Alive

Reading the Bible like a Screenplay
When I read the New Testament, sometimes I feel like a director who has just been handed an unfinished screenplay. The dialogue and descriptions are scarce. The characters are doing things that don’t make sense. The story isn’t cohesive. The ending is bizarre.

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What to Do When an Apostle Won’t Return Your Calls

steveRungeThe use of language, whether it’s Greek or English, spoken or written, is a true art form—perhaps the only one we practice every day. Instead of choosing colors from a palette or notes from a scale, we choose from a list of vocabulary, grammar, and linguistic devices in order to create meaning. The possibilities are endless.

This variety gives our speech and our writing vibrancy, but it can also cause confusion. How often do we stop and ask, “What did you mean by that?” Even though we practice the art of language every day, our messages are not always received as they’re intended.

When reading the New Testament we need this clarity more than ever. When we come across a confusing passage, we can’t exactly pick up the phone and ask an apostle, “What did you mean by that?” However, we can analyze the linguistic devices they used, and this can help us understand the New Testament authors’ true intentions.
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Get the Most out of Logos with Logos Academic Training

49558With a research tool as powerful as Logos, having a guide show you how to use it to its fullest potential is a must. More valuable still is having this guide available down the road—when you really need it.

In LT161 Logos Academic Training, certified trainer Morris Proctor teams up with Mobile Ed to show you how to use Logos 6’s new tools and essential features to do the research you need, whenever you need. In addition to the training videos, you receive word-for-word transcripts that integrate into your Logos library. So when it’s late at night, your deadline is tomorrow, and you can’t remember how to find all of the places King David is quoted in the New Testament, just search your library and you’ll find a video like this waiting to help you.

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Learn Greek and Hebrew without Going (Back) to Seminary

Many pastors who attend seminary find that the traditional approach to learning Greek and Hebrew does not work for them. First-year courses usually focus on memorizing charts, paradigms, vocabulary, and more. The overwhelming amount of memorization causes many to quit before reaching their end goal: learning how to use Greek and Hebrew to interpret Scripture.

Even after making it all the way through their original-language coursework, many pastors find that years of ministry slowly chip away at the paradigms and rules they worked so hard to master—leaving only a vague recollection of declensions, tenses, and grammatical constructs they spent years (and thousands of dollars) struggling to retain.

This is a frustrating situation—why memorize something you’re not going to use? In this video you’ll hear the story of a student who experienced these frustrations and how that inspired the creation of the Mobile Ed courses Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos 6.

The New Approach to Learning Greek and Hebrew

LA_151-161_310x335These Mobile Ed courses eliminate the need for memorization. You’ll learn the same grammatical concepts you’d study in your first year of seminary, but you’ll jump right in to how to use those concepts to interpret Scripture.

Because the courses are a part of your Logos library, you’ll learn how Logos’ language tools and resources can do the heavy lifting for you so you can focus on your exegesis. Instead of memorizing complicated paradigms, you’ll focus on understanding Greek and Hebrew in a practical way that helps you interpret the Bible.


Save $400 when you get these courses on Pre-Pub. Pre-order now!

How to Become a Sermon Architect

mobile-ed-cm103-invitation-to-biblical-preaching-ii-preaching-biblical-sermons“Building a sermon is kind of like being an architect,” says Dr. Kent Edwards. “[If] you travel around the world, you’re going to see that there are many different styles of buildings. . . . Architecture is remarkably different, but there [are] certain basic rules that every architect has to follow. If they ignore those rules, the buildings will collapse.” Preachers are like architects in this way, says Edwards. “There’s no universal way to organize a sermon, but there are principles that have to be followed.”

In this clip from CM103 Invitation to Biblical Preaching II: Preaching Biblical Sermons, Dr. Kent Edwards describes one of these essential principles that every sermon must follow:

To get more training from Dr. Edwards on how to preach effectively, order his courses Invitation to Biblical Preaching I & II, or get them at a discount as part of the Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle.

Is God the Origin of Evil?

mobile-ed-david-w-baker-old-testament-bundleLast week we had the privilege of working with Dr. David Baker in the Mobile Ed studio, filming a few of his upcoming courses on the Old Testament.

Dr. Baker is a highly respected Old Testament scholar and prolific author. Some of his works include The NIV Application Commentary: Joel, Obadiah, Malachi and the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch.

Dr. Baker answers the question “Is God the origin of evil?” by explaining the context of Amos 3:3–8 in this video from OT232 A Survey of Amos, Joel, Obadiah, and Malachi:

Watch more video clips from Dr. Baker’s two-course Mobile Ed: David W. Baker Old Testament Bundle, and add these courses to your library today!

Jeff Struecker: From Black Hawk Down to Army Chaplain and Author

In a recent episode of the Mobile Ed Conversations podcast, former US Army chaplain Jeff Struecker discussed his journey in the Army Rangers and the call to ministry he received the day after he was involved in the battle that the film Black Hawk Down is based on. His two-course Chaplaincy Bundle is now available on Pre-Pub.

Get training on the chaplaincy

jeff-strueckerIf you’re thinking about becoming a chaplain or want to gain new skills and theological training from an on-the-ground perspective, consider Struecker’s two-course Chaplaincy Bundle from Logos Mobile Ed.

In these courses, you’ll learn about the unique role of a chaplain and how to minister to those around you most effectively. Struecker draws from both the truth of Scripture and the reality of his experiences on the battlefield. He also shows you how an incarnational ministry can start—even if you’re the only Christian around—and how it can be sustained.

Pre-order the Mobile Ed Chaplaincy Bundle today and get over 40% off!

Engaging Our Culture with Exodus: Gods and Kings

There has been a recent influx of successful Hollywood films based on biblical stories. Last year’s Noah and the more recent Exodus: Gods and Kings have been popular at the box office, but controversial among Christians for their departures from the biblical stories they are based on.

Dr. Tremper Longman explains more:

Realize the opportunity

While these films may not accurately reflect the Bible, they do provide unique opportunities to engage our culture. Asking “What did you think of the movie?” is almost always a good bet for starting a conversation. In the case of the Exodus film, the question provides a great opportunity for talking about the biblical story with non-Christians, and yet how many of us take advantage of it?

One problem may be that we ourselves don’t understand the stories of the Bible as well as we’d like. We may wonder, “What if they ask me a question I don’t know how to answer?” or “What if they know more than I do?” or “What if I say something stupid and look like an idiot?” The release of Exodus: Gods and Kings should inspire us to dig deeper into the biblical story in order to understand the Bible’s context and message more fully so we can communicate that to our friends and neighbors who have seen the movie.

Get prepared

mobile-ed-ot306-book-study-exodusOne resource that will help you better understand the message of the book of Exodus is Dr. Tremper Longman’s Mobile Ed course OT306 Book Study: Exodus. Dr. Longman is professor of biblical studies at Westmont College, author of over 25 books, and an excellent biblical guide. He takes you step by step through the events of Exodus, then explains how these events connect to Jesus’ life and ministry in the New Testament. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the real story of Exodus—and how it points to Jesus.

While Exodus: Gods and Kings overlooks and misrepresents key aspects of the biblical story, it also presents opportunities for us to share with others who God is and what his plan is for his people. After all, we are part of the same story.

Save $150.00 when you pre-order Tremper Longman’s Mobile Ed course on Exodus!