“Am I a Christian?” One Reporter’s Blunt Question to Tim Keller

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It’s ironic that the two Christian holidays most widely appropriated by secular culture, Christmas and Easter, celebrate events secularism necessarily denies. Indeed, the miracles of the virgin birth and the resurrection are often the targets of skeptics. Those marks are well chosen; as many Christian apologists have argued, the truth of Christianity rises or falls on the historical validity of the resurrection.

But of course, there are those who question these doctrines yet still consider themselves, in some sense, Christian. There are people like Nikolas Kristof.

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What If People Really Studied Their Bibles in 2017?

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We all know the most respectable New Year’s resolution a Christian can make is “Read the Bible every day.” What if this year we didn’t just resolve to do it, but we actually did it?

Logos Bible Software is here to help you turn your resolution into reality. The Logos Pro team has put together a brand new, free 30-day course in which we’ll show you how to study Jonah 1:1–16 using the powerful tools in Logos. Thirty free videos, three simple steps: Observe, Interpret, Apply.

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Should Differences in Biblical Manuscripts Scare Christians?

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Many Christians are troubled by differences in wording among various Greek New Testament texts: The Bible has scribal errors in it? Then how can I be sure what I’m reading is God’s word?

I have taught New Testament Introduction to beginning seminary students for many years, and I’ve come to realize that there’s a simple path to clarity and comfort regarding this issue—simpler than diving into excessively complicated details about ancient manuscripts written in languages few Christians have the training or experience to assess reliably.

Here are three reasons Christians should not be troubled by textual variants.

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Reflect on These 5 Inspirational Christmas Quotations

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With Christmas just a few days away, all the preparations should be complete. The tree has been decorated, the stockings hung, the presents wrapped, and all the dinners planned. Amidst all these arrangements, take a moment to pause and reflect on the Christmas story.

This Christmas, we’ve been encouraging Christians around the world to look closer at God’s Word. Because when we study it, reflect on it, and meditate on it, we can get fresh insight and discover new meaning within this familiar story.

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What Pop Music Can Teach Us about Interpreting Scripture

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“Let It Go” from Disney’s animated movie Frozen (2014) was and is a megahit. The melody is both powerful and catchy, and Idina Menzel can sing icicles off reindeers. The piece won the Oscar for best original song, reached the top five in the Billboard 100, and sold 10.9 million copies. It has now also achieved the status of Christmas song in Spotify playlists, as was written long ago by a prophet on Reddit.

But like some Oedipal monster, the pop song has eaten up the movie that gave it life. Because the Frozen story as a whole stands firmly against Elsa’s choice in that song. And this raises interesting questions about authorial intent in interpretation—both of pop music and of Scripture.

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Should I Get a Base Package, Logos Now, or the Logos 7 Full Feature Set?

When we dreamt up Logos 7, we knew we wanted to give our current customers more and clearer upgrade options.

The fact is, every Logos user is different. Some of us are out to build our libraries bigger and bigger. Others are passionate about owning Logos features. Some of us just want to use Logos features, and ownership is less important. And for many of us, the bottom line is, well, the bottom line: price.

As we’ve spoken with customers the last few months, we’ve found that there are three upgrade options many are turning to. So which is right for you: a base package, Logos Now, or the Logos 7 Full Feature Set?

Read on. This post can help you decide.
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How the Coming of Christ Gave Us the Right to Be God’s Children

adoption children of god Among the great “Christmas texts” in Scripture, there is, arguably, one passage that surpasses all others in both majesty and power. In John 1, the apostle manages to squeeze one of the clearest declarations of the incarnation in just 18 verses. Beginning with the pre-existence of the eternal Word, John describes in detail one of the central mysteries of the Christian faith: how the second person of the Trinity became man—in order to reveal the glory of God. It’s a familiar passage. But like so many familiar passages of Scripture, a closer look can reveal precious truths hidden beneath the surface. And in the case of John 1, it reveals a profound revelation concerning just what it means to be a child of God. [Read more…]

Should We Teach the Wrath of God to Children?

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It took me almost eight months of my dissertation time to exegete and catalog all the passages referencing the wrath of God, the topic of my work. During that same time, I continued to help on the weekends with an evangelistic children’s Bible club in which I’d served for many years. One Saturday morning, about two-thirds of the way through my cataloging project, I was working in Ezekiel. I’d made it to something like line 380 in my Excel spreadsheet on divine wrath language before wrapping up my study and heading off to the Bible study club.

During song time we sang, “My Hope is in the Lord.” The song leader drew the kids’ attention to the line, “No merit of my own, His anger to suppress.” He asked the kids, “Do you think God ever gets angry?” I still remember sitting behind the kids observing in dismay their response: with an unusual level of confident participation, they all answered, “NO!” I just sat there in shock thinking, Oh yes, yes he does…

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10 Practical Tips for Family Devotions This Christmas

christmas-family-worshipIf I thought I was a pretty scintillating Bible teacher, the kind that makes people sit on the edge of their seats, the kind that is also able to put the cookies on the lower shelf and interest even kids, that thought was shattered when my own kids got old enough for family devotions (age 2). You have never seen such bored kids, kids achieving new and powerful levels of bored. I confess that this caused no small level of frustration for me. Nothing tests my sanctification more than trying to promote theirs.

But what good is all the stuff I learn about the Bible in my extensive Logos Bible Software library if I can’t teach any of it to the three little people in the world whom I love most? And at Christmas, I feel extra pressure: candy canes, presents, and Rudolph are fun, but how do I stoke wonder and even excitement about what we’re actually celebrating, one of the most precious Christian truths, the incarnation?

After some trial and error, and error, and error, and error, and a few times basically giving up, I’ve been having “Bible time” with the kids with reasonable consistency for a good while now. Here’s all I know.

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Get a Free Christmas Devotional and Encourage Others with This Inspiring Video

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The Bible is at the very heart of who we are at Faithlife, and this Christmas, we’re encouraging Christians all over the world to take a closer look at God’s Word.

The fact is, for many of us, the Christmas story has become familiar. So familiar, that we often miss its true power. We know the story well, but the details become muddled, the context gets lost, and the season passes by us with too few moments of reflection on its eternal significance.

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