How to Do Bible Word Studies: A Fool-Proof Guide

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Word studies are a treasure trove . . . and a mine field. Somehow you have to weave through the dangers to get the treasures. Think for a moment: if you were about to enter such a field, what would you want to know about first? The gold or the bombs?

I’d want to know about the treasures first: do they make it worthwhile to even bother learning about the dangers? And then I’d want a detailed accounting of the dangers—so I can live to enjoy the good stuff.

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4 Things Francis Schaeffer Taught Me about Faith and Doubt

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Like all freshman at my little Bible college, I took a course called Philosophy and Christian Worldview. I learned a lot from the professor, but most of what I gleaned came from watching the flickering images of a goateed man wearing knickers, projected onto a ripped screen in the college auditorium.

A version of this story could be recounted by scores of Bible college and seminary students since the late seventies. The name of the film was How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture. The man in knickers was Presbyterian pastor and apologist Francis Schaeffer.

Schaeffer died the year I was born, but like many Christians my age, his work has made an enormous impact on the way I think about the Christian faith, culture, and what it means to be a rational person.

To mark today, the great apologist’s birthday, here are four lessons Francis Schaeffer taught me about faith, doubt, art, and culture.

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Get Dozens of Acclaimed Monographs for Just $9.99 Each!

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Now through February 1, save on over 200 select volumes from three of our most popular collections: The New American Commentary Series, the Anchor Yale Bible, and The Library of New Testament Studies (LNTS). Included in these volumes are some of the most important theological and biblical works out there—and for a limited time you can add them to your library at a fraction of the cost.

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What’s New in the Latest Logos Now Release

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The latest tools, features, interactives, and media are shipping with Logos Now 6.9! If you want the latest Logos innovations but don’t want to wait for the next major release, then Logos Now is for you. Learn more about starting your Logos Now subscription.

Here’s what’s new in Logos Now 6.9.

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Get Select NAC Volumes for Just $7.99 Each!

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Now is the perfect time to build up your commentary collection. Until February 1, we’re offering fantastic discounts on individual volumes from some of our best-selling commentary series. Volumes from the New American Commentary are going for $7.99 a pop! If you’re filling in the gaps of your commentary library, don’t miss your chance to save at least 59% on one of our most loved series.

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22 Christian Stories Your Pastor Never Told You

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Over the course of 2,000 years, Christianity has spread to every corner of the world. According to the Pew Research Center, there are 2.4 billion Christians in the world, a staggering 33% of the entire world population—and that’s just today. That figure doesn’t account for the billions of others who have followed Christ over the last 20 centuries.

The lives of the billions of people who have followed Christ throughout history together form the Christian story. Many chapters from that story we’ve heard time and again—Martin Luther and his 95 theses; Athanasius’ fight for doctrinal purity; John Wesley’s prolific ministry. But thousands of fascinating tales are just waiting to be celebrated and explored.

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January’s 5 Most Popular Deals

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You have less than a week left to save on more than 100 products in January’s monthly sale. Not sure where to start? Here are five of this month’s most popular products.

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Build Up Your Library with the Biblical Studies Sale

BiblicalStudiesSale_BlogHeader_620x325Now through February 1, save on over 200 select volumes from three of our most popular collections: The New American Commentary Series, The Library of New Testament Studies, and for the first time, individual volumes from the Anchor Yale Bible.

Included in these volumes are some of the most important theological and biblical works out there—and for a limited time you can add them to your library at a fraction of the cost.

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Tim Challies and Going All in with Ebooks

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An open letter to Tim Challies, in response to a recent blog post.

Dear Tim,

The people in my office at Faithlife, makers of Logos Bible Software, read your post “Going All-in With Ebooks” with excitement—and not just because we sell ebooks (including quite a few of them to you, and some of them by you). We read with interest because we are interested in reading. We like books, as do our users, and we like all kinds of books: biography, history, fiction, memoir, and, preeminently, theology and biblical commentary.

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Strengthen Marriages in Your Church with This Free Resource

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Have you ever spent time digging into the Song of Solomon? More than that, have you ever applied the verses in Song of Solomon to your love life or the love lives of those you’ve counseled?

As a pastor, you’ve probably served as a marital or pre-marital counselor at some point. Whether you’re married, dating, or single, the words recorded in Song of Solomon help us understand God’s design for love. As we strive to have a relationship that glorifies God, the words in Song of Solomon are both timeless and beautiful—but they can often feel obscure or hard to understand.

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