How to Navigate the Tension between Kingdom and Culture

navigate-tensionTo be a Christian is to live in tension; the tension between the now and the not yet, the is and the is to come, between what has been promised and what has yet to be fulfilled. And we experience this tension daily as we are called to live as citizens of the Kingdom of God exiled in a foreign land: the culture of the world. It’s a lifelong pursuit, learning to live in this tension with integrity and grace.

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Let Logos 7 Streamline Your Sermon Prep

perfect-for-every-pastorPastoral ministry is as tough as it is rewarding. Between church services, Bible studies, visitations, community involvement, board meetings, and any number of emergencies, it’s hard to find focused time for quality sermon prep. Logos 7 offers a lifeline to busy pastors like you, getting you from preparation to the pulpit faster—without sacrificing quality.

Your own personal sermon prep assistant

Imagine sticking your head out of your office, and giving a personal research assistant a topic or Scripture passage. In seconds he fires back a list of relevant sermon ideas, preaching themes, and sermon outlines. With Logos 7’s Sermon Starter Guide, that’s what you get. Not only that, you’ll be directed to an archive of sermons from well-known preachers and teachers, so you can see how they have carefully handled the same passage or topic. The Sermon Starter Guide gives you a great foundation to begin building your sermon.

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Setting the Stage for Biblical Understanding: An Interview with Matthew Emerson and Heath Thomas

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We recently had the chance to talk with two authors from the Transformative Word series to get their take on what makes this series valuable. Matthew Emerson wrote the volume on Revelation and Heath Thomas wrote the volume on Habakkuk.

What makes the Transformative Word series unique?

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Matthew Emerson: In my experience writing my Revelation volume and perusing the others published so far, Transformative Word is unique in a few ways. First, the series is unique in its aim. Each volume is an overview of a particular biblical book. While some commentaries provide overviews in their introductions, these titles seek to do so in a way that is directly applicable to the reader. Second, Transformative Word is unique in its audience. Many publishers go for the “scholarly but for lay people” market, but I think Lexham has actually pulled it off with this series. These volumes are written by those with scholarly ability who nevertheless are deeply connected to and involved in the church, perhaps even vocationally. The authors thus bring both academic ability and pastoral sensitivity to their writing.

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3 Surprising Traits Every Healthy Church Member Shares

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There are plenty of unexpected things in the Bible: floating axe heads, a talking donkey, water turned to wine, apocalyptic horsemen. But scour the New Testament all you like, and there’s one thing you’d be hard pressed to find: a churchless Christian. And before you cry, “Ethiopian eunuch!” (Acts 8:26–39), let’s just agree he gets a free pass; a local church hadn’t yet been established in his home country.

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9 Reasons I Use Logos When I Preach

pastors-need-logosLogos 7 is my preferred tool for sermon preparation, but history proves you don’t have to use Logos in order to teach the Bible carefully and effectively. Somehow Paul managed pretty well without it. Augustine and Chrysostom reportedly didn’t use it either. Calvin, Luther, Edwards, Spurgeon, Bavinck, Lloyd-Jones, Frame; pick your heroes (I’m writing this, so I get to pick mine). I for one am thrilled if you live and preach the Bible, whether you use Logos to do it or not.

I’m confident that I preach and teach more effectively because I have Logos, but let me make something clear: I’m not saying digital is better than paper, or even that Augustine would have done better exegesis if he’d had Logos. Chesterton had it right:

If I set the sun beside the moon,
And if I set the land beside the sea,
And if I set the town beside the country,
And if I set the man beside the woman,
I suppose some fool would talk about one being better.

This is all true. Digital isn’t “better” than paper.

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3 Ways to Enrich Your Studies This Month

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September’s deals are here! With each monthly sale, our goal is to offer a wide range of resources, so you can enrich your study with books that will help you better understand the topics you’re interested in, and grow in areas you’re focused on. This month, you can choose from a mix of commentaries, theological studies, history, language guides, Mobile Ed courses, and more.

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Is Your Bible Study Missing a Thematic Perspective?

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Thematic studies center their exegesis around a specific theme or topic found in scripture, providing a unique, often narrative-driven perspective on the biblical book. This allows our theology to be shaped by the grand exegesis of scripture as opposed to having a single verse attempt to explain a theme or inform our theology. And our understanding of the Bible, as a whole, is enhanced when we’re able to properly grasp the themes and topics woven within Scripture.

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Take a Personal, Guided Tour Through the Gospels

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“Location, location, location.” Anyone familiar with real estate has certainly overheard this mantra at some point. The geographic features of a particular location influence so much of our human experience. Even beyond the aspects of climate, landscape, and natural resources, geography leaves a lasting mark on the development of societies and cultures in any given area.

Many of the most well-known narratives in Scripture are rife with geographical elements that are often overlooked because of our distance from the Holy Land. Many of Jesus’ parables and illustrations are steeped in geographic details, but some of these important and distinctive details are lost in translation—we’re simply too far removed from these locations to understand their geographic significance. Imagine having a personal tour guide of Jerusalem and the surrounding area, giving you an on-the-spot explanation of what you’re seeing and how it informs the biblical text.

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Introducing Logos Bible Software 7

Logos Bible Software 7 is here

After nearly two years of preparation, Logos 7 has arrived! Our latest release represents the most complete Logos experience yet—with new tools to take you from that initial spark of insight to sharing biblical truth with others. We’ve made it faster to get started in Logos, easier to uncover essential biblical insights, and simpler to share what you’ve learned.

Like you, we’re passionate about studying God’s Word, and we know what it’s like to uncover something from Scripture that you just can’t keep to yourself. Even if you’re not creating a sermon or Bible study, biblical insights inevitably spill over into everyday conversation.

That’s what drove us as we created our latest release. Logos 7 is all about that process of digging into the Word, discovering biblical truth, and delivering what you’ve learned to the people you serve and love. More than any previous version, Logos 7 is fine-tuned for every step of in-depth Bible study, from start to finish.

New ways to start your study

Getting started in Logos is easier than ever with new Quickstart Layouts tailored to different types of study and core Bible study tasks. Just select a preformatted layout, and Logos 7 opens all the features and resources you need to begin your study.
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Of course, not everyone uses Logos to drill into one specific passage. Some of us study by topic or resource, and the new Courses Tool provides the perfect starting point.Choose from dozens of carefully designed learning plans that pull together key resources, media, and Logos features. You can even work through one of the Mobile Ed courses included in all of our Logos 7 Libraries!

 

 

New tools to deepen your study

We’ve created lots of new datasets, tools, and media for your Bible study—and made the ones you already rely on even better.

image03New sections in the Passage Guide take you straight to the most relevant information. See everywhere systematic theologies, biblical theologies, and confessional documents mention any biblical verse, and access grammatical information about any word in any Old Testament verse.

New datasets and Visual Filters help you customize your study. Build a browsable index for any resource in your library with the Concordance Tool. This new feature is perfect for Greek and Hebrew study—browse repeated terms and lemmas and quickly identify key themes in the text. Or link your English and original language Bibles using the new Multiview Resources panel. Click, and the Corresponding Words visual filter lights up the text with eye-opening patterns.

Make fresh discoveries with new interactive media. Explore a first-century tomb and learn more about the significance of the resurrection for the Christian life. Get a crash course in biblical manuscripts and textual criticism. Or sort and explore every miracle in the Bible with a new interactive—visualized in the “bubble” style of our popular Psalms and Proverbs Explorers.

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Find (and create) the right media, instantly. We’ve improved Visual Copy and added easy ways to search and browse all your media with the new Media Tool. Finding, sharing, and presenting the perfect image, video, infographic, or other media is easier than ever.

 

 

 

A new way to share what you’ve learned

Equipping preachers has always been at the heart of what we do. That’s one reason I’m so excited about Logos 7’s new Sermon Editor. Now you can write your sermon inside Logos with smart editing and styling tools created just for sermon prep. Sermon Editor even gives you a headstart on your sermon slides as you type, helps you create handouts, and formats your sermon manuscript or outline with easy-to-read speaking prompts.image01

This barely scratches the surface of what’s new. Take a look at everything we’ve made for your Bible study, and let me know what you think. I hope you’re as excited by Logos 7 as I am!

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Visit Logos.com/7 to learn more about our latest release.

The Osborne New Testament Commentaries Come Highly Recommended

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Last month, we announced the Osborne New Testament Commentaries written by respected biblical scholar Grant R. Osborne. As a culmination of his life’s ministry, he’s bringing his academic acumen to an accessible, application-focused commentary. Osborne highlights the riches of the New Testament, making each book valuable for pastors and all who consider themselves students of Scripture.

Decades of research, writing, and teaching has earned Osborne immense respect from his peers. Richard E. Averbeck declares him one of the “premier New Testament commentators of our day.” and George H. Guthrie calls him a “first-tier biblical scholar.” With such glowing affirmations, it’s no wonder the endorsements for his new commentary series have been flowing in.

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