God Wasn’t Alone before He Created the World (Says the Bible)

As finite beings in a finite universe, it’s almost impossible for us to imagine what God was doing before time and matter as we know it was created. Was God alone? Was he adrift in a vast nothingness? Does the Bible give us any indication what life was like before the universe existed?

These are some of the questions that Dr. Michael S. Heiser (Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) answers in his provocative and enlightening book The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible.

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Logos Pro Tech Tip: Reforming the Way You Study the Works of Jonathan Edwards

Few American theologians have shaped Christian thinking, preaching, and even revival practices as much as Jonathan Edwards. And Edwards left many volumes of memoirs, letters, sermons, and notes. His “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is probably the most famous English sermon ever written, and is studied to this day by students of American literature. However, the popularity of this sermon has led some to dismiss Edwards as merely a “hellfire and brimstone” preacher.

In this week’s video, we’ll take a look at the Works of Jonathan Edwards, Yale Edition, and discover how easy it is to search for key terms and theological concepts inside the writings of this towering Christian figure.
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Why Luther’s 95 Theses Start with a Critique of a Bible Translation

The first of Luther’s famous 95 Theses—whose 500th anniversary we celebrate today—is a critique of an erroneously translated phrase in Jerome’s translation of Matthew 4:17. In English we know this as, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Luther wrote in Thesis 1,

When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, Poenitentiam agite, he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance. (See Luther’s Works, 31:25)

Luther does not come out and say that Jerome erred—not on October 31, 1517. But by at least May 30, 1518, writing to mentor Johann von Staupitz, he feels that the Roman church was indeed “misled by the Latin term, because the expression poenitentiam ag[ite] suggests more an action than a change in disposition.” It makes Jesus sound like he’s saying, “Do penance.” And, Luther says, “in no way does this do justice to the Greek.” (Luther’s Works, 48:67–68) What Jesus really said was, “Repent.” And as Luther says in the second of the 95 theses, he meant “inner repentance” producing “various outward mortifications of the flesh.” (31:25)
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Bryan Chapell’s 5 Genius Answers to Common Preaching Questions

If you want to do expository preaching right, Bryan Chapell’s classic Christ-Centered Preaching is a must read. (And if it’s not already on your digital bookshelf, it should be!)

Dr. Chapell is senior pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois, and president emeritus at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Over the years, he has been asked countless questions about how to best share God’s Word. Here are his answers to five common inquiries.
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How to Save Custom Concordance Reports, and Save Time!


One of my favorite Logos 7 features is the Concordance which allows us to conduct a word count, develop a lemma list, and much more. As I’m sure you’ve discovered, a few minutes are necessary the first time we create a Concordance report for an interlinear Bible. And since only a select number of resources are saved in the tool’s history, we may have to spend another few minutes building the report for the same resource in the future.

With the recent release of Logos 7.10, however, that scenario disappeared. We can now save Concordance resources in the panel’s history!

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Try Logos 7 Platinum Free, Nov. 1–14

Starting November 1, you can enjoy free, unlimited access to every feature and resource of Logos 7 Platinum during a special two-week free trial event. It’s a bit like test-driving a car, but with no strings. You don’t even have to leave the house.

Yes, it’s all free

Logos 7 Platinum includes more than 900 carefully curated library resources, including commentaries, theology dictionaries, encyclopedias, Greek/Hebrew resources, sermon collections, and much more.

Purchased separately, these resources would cost you more than $22,000! And this package normally retails for just over $2,000. But during this two-week window (Nov. 1–14), you can try it all for free.

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Pastoral Ministry

We are all tempted to believe lies about our identities that shape our daily lives. As Dayton Hartman puts it, “Our hearts, apart from God’s regenerating grace, are literally lie-producing and lie-believing machines.” But Hartman is convinced there are unique lies that pastors often believe, specifically related to their identity as a pastor.

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Why Logos’ Typography Matters

I once gave a presentation at my church on “Why Bible Typography Matters.” It was announced a month or so in advance, and people started making comments to me about it. Someone said, “You’re going to talk about Bible typology—like how Joseph prefigures Christ? I love that!” Someone else said, “How can you talk for a whole hour about Bible topography? What is there to say about levels of elevation in Bible lands?”

I tried to explain that typography is the art and science of arranging text on a printed page. This did not persuade anyone I was aware of to get excited, but they all dutifully showed up anyway.

They ended up paying great attention, and they asked truly great questions at the end. The sound guy later told me, “When I saw your topic I expected to be bored out of my mind, but I was actually on the edge of my seat!”

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Last Chance: Get Your First Logos Base Package for under $200

If you’ve never owned Logos before, you can get your first base package for less than $200–but only through October 31. You’ll you get a library of more than 100 valuable Bible study resources—plus tools that make them even more useful.

Don’t miss your chance: Get Logos 7 Starter now.

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Why Bible Teachers Should, Like, Care about Proper English

“Should we split infinitives? Can we say ‘to boldly go where no one has gone before’?” A sharp teenage girl in my church recently asked me this.

Great question. How do we judge what is “correct” English, anyway? And should Bible teachers even, like, care?

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