The Profound Implications of the New Dead Sea Scrolls Discovery


From 1946–1956, the discovery of 11 caves on the West Bank of the Jordan River shook the world of biblical scholarship. Tucked away in those caves were ancient, earthen vessels containing what we now know as the Dead Sea Scrolls—a cache of manuscripts with profound implications for the text and history of Scripture.

Now, some 70 years later, the discovery of a 12th cave has the world of biblical academia reeling once again.

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Introducing a New, Free Version of Logos 7!


Meet Logos 7 Basic: a free version of our acclaimed Bible software that puts biblical insights within reach of anybody with a hunger for God’s Word.

That’s right: free Bible software.

Compare translations, take notes and highlight, consult devotionals and commentaries, look up Greek and Hebrew words, and much more—all with the help of intuitive, interactive tools.

You can get started now—there’s no credit card required.

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How to Find Significant Prepositional Phrases in Johannine Literature

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I was recently reading 1 John in which I came to the phrase in the world in 1 John 2:15. From my research, I realized John frequently uses the Greek word kosmos usually translated world. During my study I asked a few questions such as:

  • Where else in John’s writings does he use kosmos?
  • What other prepositional phrases does John use with kosmos such as in the world, from the world, into the world, etc?

Such detailed questions are actually very easy to answer with the Guide, Bible Word Study, which is available in Logos 7.

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Why Healthy Volunteer Programs Thrive on Delegation


My wife and I have been leading teams of Young Life leaders for the last several years. This year, she’s pregnant with twins. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that she can’t have the same expectations for herself as a volunteer team leader. As a result, we’ve had a lot of conversations about delegation.

If you’re a perfectionist (like my wife), delegation can feel like a personal failure. Let me assure you, it’s not.

Delegation is an important part of a healthy ministry and a key ingredient of discipleship. Delegating doesn’t mean you’re an incompetent leader or have a bad work ethic. It shows you care about what’s best for your ministry.

Here are eight reasons to delegate:

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A Trick to Help You Read New Testament Epistles as Actual Letters


As you well know, many of the New Testament books were originally composed as epistles or letters. Paul sent letters to the churches in Corinth, Philippi, Colossae, and so on. It’s easy, however, to lose sight of the “epistolary form” with the addition of chapter and verse numbers, pericope headings, text formatting, etc.

Fortunately for us, our Logos Bible Software contains a feature called Bible Text Only allowing us to hide these extra-biblical markings and thus read letters as letters.

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How to Find Your Perfect Logos 7 Library

Do you think you’ll buy a commentary set in the next year? What about a Bible encyclopedia or other reference work? In the next twelve months, do you think you’ll buy a few theological resources?

If you plan on buying any biblical or theological resources in the next year, take a minute to consider a Logos 7 library or base package. Why? You’d be hard pressed to find a more affordable way to purchase hundreds of biblical and theological resources. On average, you’ll save around 90% compared to purchasing all the titles separately. And often you can get a base package for less than the price of purchasing just a few of your favorite collections individually. (Check out this post to see what I mean.)

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3 Reasons You Should Read the Whole Bible This Year

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I’ve come to realize that in order to know the Bible there is no replacement for reading the entire thing.

I’m going to give three reasons why you need to aim to read even the portions of the Bible you somehow rarely get around to—and why I myself continue to reread the Bible even though I’ve already marked it “read” on Goodreads.

Give poor Obadiah and Nahum some love. Actually try to divine some intent behind genealogies rather than skipping them (hint: it’s there).

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Why Update a Beloved Translation? An Interview with Tom Schreiner


The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) is a beloved translation used by hundreds of thousands of Christians throughout the English-speaking world. Recently, Broadman & Holman have brought together some of the top biblical scholars to produce a revised edition of the HCSB: the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). Pastors and scholars such as David Platt, Tony Evans, Alistair Begg, and Robert Plummer have endorsed it, and David Dockery has touted the CSB as “a landmark achievement—beautifully combining accuracy and accessibility in a way that makes it ideal for Bible study, reading, teaching, and preaching.”

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How to Save a List of Favorites for Multiview Resources

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With the advent of Logos 7, a feature known as Multiview Resources allowed us to open numerous resources within the same panel. The recent release of 7.3 expanded that feature with the option of creating a saved list of resources which can easily be loaded.

Also, we now have the option of displaying Multiple Resources side by side or one upon the other.

Let’s quickly take a look at both of these improvements by creating a saved list of daily devotionals.

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My Favorite Example of Engaging the Head & Heart in Preaching


The screen printer standing in my living room was trying to sell me on a new four-color process for the kids Bible club shirts my church needed. One problem: he came to the door asking for “Mike,” not “Mark” because I kind of forgot to tell him the truth… (I used to use a pseudonymous email address out of overblown security concerns.)

We still joke about that. He’s now one of my best friends. But back then I had no idea of the wonderful story of God’s grace in his life. He and his wife were brand new to the area, and my wife and I invited them over and started a friendship. We found out that this clean-cut young man had, not too many years back, been a drug addict. As a last resort his non-Christian family had sent him to a Christian program in a rural area. Most guys go there to get clean, and they’re willing to use the God stuff temporarily if it will help them get their lives back from drugs and alcohol.

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