8 Reasons Bible Dictionaries Are the Unsung Heroes of Bible Study

bible-dictionaries-blog-headerBiblical illiteracy, particularly in the US, is increasing at a staggering rate. Now more than ever it’s critical that the people of God not only read the Bible more frequently, but study the Bible. There are many ways to study Scripture, and numerous tools one can use—commentaries, original language resources, seminary-level courses, and sophisticated software. But one of the oft-overlooked yet most accessible study companions is the Bible dictionary.

In essence, a Bible dictionary is a tome of definitions of biblical names, places, people, events, and concepts. Some dictionaries take a short-and-sweet approach, while others are more exhaustive. But whatever their format, Bible dictionaries can be one of the most useful, beneficial reference books on your shelf.

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3 Ways to Streamline Your Bible Study with Logos Now

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What if you could spend the same amount of time studying for your next sermon, paper, lesson, or Bible study, but get more insight?

There is, unfortunately, no “give-me-insight” button in Logos. The sober truth is, there’s no substitute for hard, prayerful work—but technology and good training can indeed help streamline your study. That’s one of the reasons we created Logos Now: to give you access to powerful features that can help you get more out of your Bible study.

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Becoming an Effective Leader in the Local Church

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Today’s post is by guest contributor Michael Fuller.

Are good leaders made or born? That’s a debatable question with an unclear answer. Yet what is clear is that all effective leaders have one thing in common: they never stop learning and consistently adapt to leadership challenges.

Natural leaders can’t lead solely by instinct. They have to understand their ministry contexts, navigate a rapidly changing society, and help others see what is possible. Those who find leadership unnatural need to discover their own leadership abilities, understand the dynamics of leadership, and learn from proven leaders.

I fall into the latter category. Leadership does not come naturally to me. When I encounter situations that stretch my limits, followers that test my patience, and obstacles that blur my vision, I turn to the wisdom of experienced leaders for guidance.

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How to Leverage the Power of Cross-References in Your Bible Study

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One of the most popular ways to study the Bible is through cross-references. These cross-references may be embedded in a Bible translation itself or in a separate resource such as The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. Logos contains several features which, when taken together, make cross-reference work a breeze. Here’s how to use them.

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When (and How) to Use Multiple Bible Translations

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I want people who study the Bible to stop asking, “What’s the best Bible translation?” and feel free to use all the good translations we have. It’s what I called, last week, Ending Bible Translation Tribalism.

In my vision of the ideal world, Christians and Christian groups will still have their favored translations, but they will also make regular use of the many other good translations that God has permitted us to have. (And in this world fine milk chocolate would be very cheap and very good for you.)

I can’t assume that my little post ended Bible translation tribalism. You may still be thinking, “But not all translations are good! Translation X is flat out bad!”

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How to Group Books in Your Logos Library

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A fellow Logos user recently asked the following question:

I like grouping the resources in my Library according to Type so I can quickly see my commentaries, journals, etc. When I expand a specific Type, however, all the resources are just listed by title. Is there a way to further group the resources so I could see my commentary sets for example?

This is an excellent question and the solution is quite simple when we utilize sub-groups in the Details view in the Library. Here’s what I mean.

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11 Inspiring Quotes from Tim Keller

Keller-blog-header-lastchanceWith his compelling, challenging, and poignant preaching and writing, Tim Keller has been likened to none other than C.S. Lewis—though the New York pastor is quick to deflect comparisons to his hero.

Keller’s words have inspired millions of believers around the world, and he’s written more than 20 books addressing topics including apologetics, marriage, work, prayer, and a dozen more. We’ve collected 11 of his most provocative, inspiring quotations, each from one of his most influential, best-loved titles.
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How to Create Links to Specific Logos Resources

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I have redesigned quite a number of church websites, and there is one thing I never carry over from the previous design: written directions to the church.

I never give directions or ask for them. I can’t remember the last time I said to someone, “First, you head east on . . .” Instead I text someone a link. And I admit I get impatient when someone tries to give me directions instead of just providing me an address I can type into my smartphone.

Similarly, I try to avoid giving people complicated software directions: “Click the menu item, then click the dialog box, then click ‘Okay,’ then head east. . . .” Everywhere I can in my digital life I instead send direct links.

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Dig into Eschatology with These Discounted Resources

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When it comes to the study of the End Times, there are no shortage of perspectives—and plenty of controversy to go around. Consulting authors from differing views—and the most trusted from your own—is essential.

We’ve pulled together over 100 resources from a diverse group of authors to help you dig into a broad range of issues in eschatology. You’ll find excellent commentaries on Daniel and Revelation as well as resources on key issues in eschatology, all at a great discount.

Here are seven featured resources on major issues in eschatology.

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Which Bible Translation Is Best? All the Good Ones.

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I am on a mission to end Bible Translation Tribalism. If you don’t know what I mean by “Translation Tribalism,” see if any of these tribal stereotypes (some borrowed from another blogger) ring true for you:

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