Has Science Made Christianity Obsolete?

This is a guest post by Christopher Reese, general editor of the Dictionary of Christianity and Science. Pre-order the dictionary before 9/22 to save 18%.

Many influential sectors of our culture today promote the idea that Christianity and science are mutually exclusive—that Christianity represents superstition and dogma, while science represents reason and evidence. Many skeptics claim to follow science rather than religion, and some believe that science will eventually banish religion to the dust heap of history. The so-called new atheists, in particular, are notorious for pitting science against religion, equating religion with belief in fairies or Santa Claus.

It was for these reasons that I jumped at the chance to help develop and edit the Dictionary of Christianity and Science.

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How I Prepare, Preach, and Publish Sermons When Time Is Short

Good pastors are busy people. I was reminded of this last week when I filled in for my own pastor and had to fit sermon prep for a Sunday morning message into my own schedule. Amidst entertaining two out-of-town guests and two out-of-continent guests (we had a blast!) I had to find about seven hours of prep time. When I finally got to sit down Saturday afternoon while kids were napping, I found myself very naturally turning right to Logos.

I use Logos, SoundFaith, and other Faithlife products because I literally do not know how I would do my work without them in the limited time I have. I want to offer you some (I hope) time-saving, Bible-study-enhancing insight into my own sermon preparation, preaching, and publishing process.

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Don’t miss the NIV Application Commentary: Mark from Zondervan, free to you during the month of September. Add a second volume to your library for only $1.99! Get both now.

This month’s Plus One is the NIV Application Commentary: Job. [Read more…]

Think These Biblical Passages Contradict? Not So Fast.

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One of the more vexing problems in the Old Testament is how to parse the parallel accounts of 1  Chronicles 21:1–17 and 2 Samuel 24:1–25.

1 Chronicles 21:1–2:

Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, ‘Go, number Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, and bring me a report, that I may know their number.’

2 Samuel 24:1–25:

Again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, ‘Go, number Israel and Judah.’ So the king said to Joab, the commander of the army, who was with him, ‘Go through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and number the people, that I may know the number of the people.’

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4 Ways Free Bible Software Will Help You Survive Your Classes

If you’re a busy student trying to get the most out of your Bible education, Logos 7 Academic Basic is designed for you—and it’s free. Here are four reasons to consider Logos 7 Academic Basic: [Read more…]

Why Parenting Strategies Don’t Work (and 14 Gospel Principles That Do)

This is a guest post by Paul Tripp.

We’re hosting Paul Tripp’s latest conference live via Faithlife! Join us on Friday, September 29 (7pm-10 p.m. EDT) and Saturday, September 30 (9 a.m.–12 p.m. EDT). Do those dates or times not work? Don’t worry! A streaming license allows you, your group, or your church to replay the event as many times as you want through October 31. Register now.

In 1997, I wrote my first book, Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens. I felt God calling me to write more books, but I was equally as persuaded that Age of Opportunity would be my only one on the topic of parenting. But for the past two decades, as I saw how people were using that book (and my brother Tedd’s book Shepherding a Child’s Heart), I grew increasingly uncomfortable.

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And here’s something that rarely comes around: Through September 30, all Zondervan collections on Logos.com (including those in this Publisher Spotlight sale) will feature Dynamic Pricing. That means when you purchase a larger collection, you’ll only pay for what’s new to you—not for Logos resources you already own.

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Logos Pro Summer Training: What Can We Learn about Mary from an Old Testament Law?

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. 

The Passover is an Israelite celebration with tremendous significance across both testaments. Today the Passover echoes through Christian churches every time the Lord’s Supper is celebrated—because the original Lord’s Supper was itself a Passover meal (see Luke 22:7–22).

It was no accident that Christ established his New Covenant—“this is the new covenant in my blood”—during the celebration of a Jewish feast. There are rich connections between Yahweh’s deliverance of his enslaved people at the exodus from Egypt and Yahweh’s deliverance of his people from much more persistent chains, chains of sin, in the New Covenant. The slaughtering of a lamb is, obviously, a resonant image from the beginning to the end of Scripture.
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Logos Pro Summer Training: One-Hit Wonders in the Bible

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. 

Shakespeare used around 17,000 different words to write his plays; some of them he used only once, such as imbecility. Words that appear just one time in a given text are called hapax legomena. The New Testament contains quite a number of these. (A Logos user made a full list here.)

Biblical hapax legomena present a unique challenge to translators, because we discover what words mean by observing how they’re used. When these rare words occur, translators are forced to search usage outside of the Bible to discover their meaning.

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