Jesus Is God: Jude and Peter Tell Me So


The epistles of Peter and Jude are often overlooked in preaching and Bible study. Not only are they nestled among the more popular letters of Paul and the book of Revelation, but portions of these epistles sound odd to our modern sensibilities. That wasn’t the case in the first century. We can better grasp the meaning of these letters if we understand what they have in common with influential ancient Jewish and Christian writings that were circulating at the time. One of those literary works is known to us today as 1 Enoch, a book Peter and Jude draw upon in their letters. [Read more…]

A Brief Introduction to the Heart of Abraham Kuyper

Last year Lexham Press released a book of daily devotions from the young Abraham Kuyper, Honey from the Rock.

Though most know Kuyper now for his Christian cultural engagement, in his time he was better known for his personal meditations.

George Harinck, professor of history at the Free University of Amsterdam and Theological University of Kampen, writes in his endorsement of the book: [Read more…]

3 Reasons to Study the Biblical Geography of Israel

Israel’s geography is more than side trivia for the events in the Bible—it’s the stage God chose to place the characters of his story.

The narrative unfolds across many different landscapes, from the Mediterranean coastal region to the lower Galilee to the southern desert and beyond. It’s an epic story of God’s kingdom expanding from a garden to the whole known world.

The Bible’s original audience would’ve known these places and regions and why they were important to the story. [Read more…]

How to Use Notes to Access Church Documents

Of all of the new Logos 8 features, I’m continuing to get more questions about Notes than any other. Regardless of the specific question, the key to understanding Logos 8 Notes is that it’s a single database rather than multiple files.

Once that big picture sinks in, the sky is the limit. Because we can add and tag individual notes, then access them in a variety of ways using the sidebar
with its various filters. [Read more…]

Want to Change Your Congregation? Kill the Taskmaster.

The first legalist you must agitate is yourself.

At the start of the year, many of us are mindful of how we want this year to be different. Which means sooner or later we have to ask, “How do I change?”

I’ve been thinking about how the Bible answers that question and what it means for preaching. [Read more…]

Why Logos 8 Author Guides Are a Helpful New Feature

Guest writer Adam B. Shaeffer holds an MA in Spiritual Formation from Talbot School of Theology and a PhD in Theology from Durham University. He is already a big fan of Logos 8.

There’s a feature in Logos 8 that may have sneaked past you—I know I missed it at first—and that is author guides.

Author guides offer a brief overview of an author’s life, social network, geography, and notable contributions, enhanced with links to the Factbook and Timeline. [Read more…]

This Is Probably the Best Time Management Book Ever: Interview with Matt Perman

Matt Perman deserves credit for helping a lot of people do more stuff. But that’s not the point of his book. Matt actually wants to equip you to do stuff that matters. I interviewed Matt recently on his exceptional time management book, What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done

Speaking personally, this book has been a game-changer for me as I balance family, PhD, work, exercise, artistic endeavors, ministry, sleep, really everything that goes into every single day to make it worthwhile. And, I know I’m not alone in that level of busyness. Enjoy the interview, and I encourage you to get your (digital) hands on this book now early in the New Year (or get a copy for your loved ones; they will thank you).

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Read Some Old Books in 2019

Guest writer Adam B. Shaeffer holds an MA in Spiritual Formation from Talbot School of Theology and a PhD in Theology from Durham University. He is already a big fan of Logos 8.

In my previous posts, I’ve highlighted some of the new features in Logos 8, but in this post, let me turn to an oldie but goodie: Reading Plans.

As I’ve already made clear in another post, I love C.S. Lewis. His imagination and clarity have been gifts to me through the years. It’s fair to say that he has shaped my thinking in some significant ways, and one of those is in his insistence on the value—no, the necessity—of reading old books. [Read more…]

Baptism as Spiritual Warfare


The pastor had been preaching a series of messages through 1 Peter. When it was time for 1 Peter 3:14–22, he sincerely announced, “We’re going to skip this section since it’s just too strange.” He was right and wrong that day. As odd as it is, this passage is one of the most compelling in the New Testament—if you understand what it’s saying.
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The Top 10 Posts of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we first want to thank you for being a Logos Talk reader. We hope the blog has educated and equipped you this year, and we look forward to more of that in 2019.

And now, here are 2018’s most-read posts.

Together we learned a lot about angels, language, and using Logos, and also remembered the legacy of the great evangelist Billy Graham. [Read more…]