The True Story of An American Missionary on Trial

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When Dietrich Bonhoeffer was just a 27-year-old lecturer at Berlin University, he made a bold move: denouncing the principles of the new German chancellor, Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer was one of the first Germans to publicly challenge the new fuhrer, criticizing Hitler during a radio address. But before he could finish his talk, Bonhoeffer’s microphone was cut off. (Some speculate the young theologian was one of the first targets of Nazi censorship—others attribute the sudden ending to a technical glitch.)

Related post: Why “Fruitless” Ministries Are Never Truly Hopeless

Bonhoeffer’s Christian faith led him to spend his few remaining years taking a stand against the Nazis—leading an underground church movement, training new pastors, writing Christian books, and even plotting to assassinate Hitler. Twelve years after that broadcast, the Nazis executed Bonhoeffer at the concentration camp in Flossenburg.

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How to Quickly Open Bible Dictionaries in Logos

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I’m often asked what’s the best way to work with certain types of books such as, commentaries, lexicons, Bible dictionaries, etc. So in today’s post, I’ll demonstrate a method for accessing Bible dictionaries. If you’ve worked with Logos a while, you’ve discovered there are numerous ways to accomplish the same task. This is just one of several means to quickly open a Bible dictionary.

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[VIDEO] What Is the Meaning of ‘Prophecy’ in the Bible?

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What image comes to mind when you think of the prophets in the Hebrew Bible? When I think of the Old Testament prophets, I often have a limited perspective and mainly focus on how their God-inspired declarations connect to other passages of Scripture. In the margins and footnotes of our study Bibles (and certainly in Logos!), we have tools to help us do just that, quickly linking related passages of the Old and New Testaments. But when we simply move from one verse to another, jumping between prophetic foretelling and fulfillment, are we missing out on important scriptural context and application?

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The Logos Feature That Makes Using BDAG a Breeze

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I have a long-standing, friendly argument going with an old professor of mine. It started when, as a budding young Greek student in seminary, I asked, “Should I get the paper version of BDAG or the digital version?”

“Paper,” he said, “because you can see the whole layout of each entry instead of only a tiny portion of that entry, which is what you get on your computer screen.”

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In Remembrance: 6 Powerful Quotes from Charles Ryrie

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When I met Charles Ryrie, I had to shoulder my way through the throng of undergraduates just to shake his hand. He had just delivered a lecture during chapel at my little Bible college, and immediately following his closing prayer, the seats emptied and students surrounded him. Ryrie—who was already elderly and had to deliver his talk while seated in a wingback chair—graciously endured the onslaught. When I reached the front of the crowd I realized students weren’t simply shaking the hand of this patriarch of dispensational theology—many were asking him to sign their Bibles.

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What Your View of Judges 11 Says About Your View of the Entire Bible

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Last week I asked a question that struck a chord in readers. I promised that your answer to that question would “reveal everything you believe about the Old Testament.” Who knew so many people cared so deeply—and had done so much thinking—about whether or not Jephthah sacrificed his daughter in Judges 11?

But before I reveal what I believe about Jephthah’s daughter, let me point out what I do not believe: that everyone who voted differently than I did has a flawed view of the Old Testament. There is room for debate here, and at least one Old Testament scholar I respect greatly has argued in detail for the opposite view. (My replies are here.) In fact, I checked about 40 commentaries, and the proportion of yes and no votes was exactly the same as in the poll from last week’s post.

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Clinging to Faith in the Face of Adversity

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Stay the course. Hold fast. Press on. Go the distance. Cowboy up. Persevere. Persist. Endure.

There’s no shortage of ways to offer encouragement—even a Facebook like or a hang-in-there cat might do. But cute phrases and cheesy posters fall flat in the face of genuine hardship. In times of adversity, we don’t need a hashtag—we need hope. But even with eyes fixed on Jesus, it’s hard to imagine the summit when all you see is the climb. That’s when stories can be powerful.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Logos Home Page

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True confession: I turned off the Logos home page within the Logos desktop software when it came out in Logos 4. I lazily assumed there was nothing there I wanted to see.

I was, to use a word favored by theologians and exegetes everywhere, wrong.

I now check the desktop home page pretty much every day.

Don’t repeat my error. If you are, you’re missing some good content, and free content.

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The Question That Reveals Everything You Believe About the Old Testament

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Answer me one question about an obscure story in Judges chapter 11, and I’ll tell you what your view of the whole Old Testament is. I’ve argued before that your view of the trees is determined by your view of the forest, and I think the story of Jephthah provides an excellent example of how this works.

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Are There Contradictions in the Gospels?

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The ancient historian Plutarch is famous for penning scores of biographies on political heavyweights like Julius Caesar, Marc Antony, and Alexander the Great. But as far as we know, he never wrote a word about Jesus. So what could he possibly have to teach us about the Gospels?

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