John and Lisa Bevere are the founders of Messenger International, an organization established to help individuals, families, churches, and nations realize and experience the transforming power of God’s Word. A minister and best-selling author, John delivers messages of uncompromising truth with boldness and passion. In his latest book, Good or God, he invites readers to engage with God on a new level:
We’re excited to announce some new and improved collections from Baker Publishing. With these resources, you’ll get top scholarship, practical study guides, inspiration for preaching, and more. And as always, collections save you much more than buying books individually.
Baker Academic Craig L. Blomberg Collection (5 vols.)
We’ve put together some of Craig Blomberg’s best works, including his recent Can We Still Believe the Bible? and A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis. With Blomberg, you’ll get top-shelf scholarship on biblical authority, exegesis, and New Testament interpretation. And until July 24 at 11:59 PM, you can get them for 20% off with coupon code BLOMBERG20. If you already own a few volumes, you’ll get an even steeper discount with Dynamic Pricing.
How should Christians relate to the Old Testament Law? Ever since Paul addressed this issue in his epistles, theologians have agreed that our relationship to the Law has changed on account of the death of Christ. But grasping the exact nature of that change has proved more difficult—not to mention controversial. Martin Luther proclaimed “whoever knows well this art of distinguishing between Law and gospel, him place at the head and call him a doctor of Holy Scripture.”
Tom Schreiner has entered into this centuries-old debate with his work 40 Questions about Christians and Biblical Law, July’s Free Book of the Month. Schreiner is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Praised by Simon Gathercole as “an enormously valuable volume”, this work contains timely answers to Christians’ questions regarding the role of the Law in the Christian life.
I sat down with Schreiner to learn how modern-day Christians should think about the Old Testament Law.
Everyone’s Bible-study workflow is different. Hopefully we’re all following sound hermeneutics, but there’s infinite variation in how we actually apply those principles. Since no two workflows are exactly alike, Logos can be customized to fit your needs. You’ll save a ton of time in your sermon, lesson, or Bible-study prep with custom layouts. Once you know the type of study you’d like to perform and the resources you need to consult, it’s simple to customize Logos to match your preferred workflow.
It’s common to hear skeptics both inside and outside of the church ask questions like these. If we’re honest, in our own moments of doubt we’ve wondered the same things. In our hearts we want to see a united church, a church characterized by “one Lord, one faith, one baptism (Ephesians 4:5).” Though we may firmly hold to our own theological convictions, many of us may wonder, “Are denominational divisions ultimately a good thing?”
During the summer, church life slows down. Many small groups go on hiatus, and schedules fill up with travel plans and other adventures. During this downturn, pastors and ministers look forward to fall and winter when things start to pick up again. Summer is the perfect time for long-term planning—including your preaching ministry.
Are you looking forward to the next ministry season? The Lexham Press Preaching & Teaching Bundle includes 40 practical resources focused on sharing God’s Word with others. Built for pastors, teachers, and other ministry leaders, this bundle has everything you need to make your teaching more efficient and more effective.
With this bundle, you’ll save 60% off what you would have spent to purchase all the titles individually. And if you preach or teach in the church, you’ll find these volumes to be invaluable as you study, prepare, and present your lessons.
Perhaps Cosimo I de’ Medici was right to be paranoid. After all, he only became the Duke of Florence after his predecessor was assassinated by a distant cousin. Then, after claiming the title, de’ Medici had to endure the petty manipulations of some of the most powerful men in Florence. Everyone was eager to use him for their own personal and political gain. And of course, members of the aristocracy were regularly the target of assassination by fellow noblemen vying for titles, wealth, and political clout. Suffice it to say, sixteenth-century Italy was a hornet’s nest of conspiracy, intrigue, and shifting alliances. So when de’ Medici purchased one of the most extravagant palaces in Europe, he required safe passage from his new home to government headquarters. To pass through the crowded city streets would be treacherous at best, not to mention common. He wanted to commute in style.
Martin Luther described the Apocrypha as “books which are not considered equal to the Holy Scriptures, while at the same time . . . are profitable and good to read.” Luther translated these books and included them between the Old and New Testaments in his German Bible, even though he didn’t include them in the canon. Why would a Protestant like Luther be interested in the Apocrypha if he didn’t believe it was on the same footing as the Old and New Testaments?
With the Ancient Literature Tool, you can study ancient Near-Eastern manuscripts, church fathers, and other relevant literature. We’ve hand-selected the very best ancient sources so you can connect passages with ancient Jewish and Christian parallels and allusions. They’re all included in the Ancient Literature Expansion Collection.
Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.
I remember years ago as a young Bible student reading that John, the beloved disciple, used the word love more than other New Testament writers. Back then, of course, it was difficult at best to verify that claim. I just relied on input from trusted authors. Now with Logos, however, substantiating most any biblical claim is just a few clicks a way. For example, let’s apply a feature known as Graph Bible Search Results to the above statement regarding John: