Why Bible Scholars Believe We Can Trust Scripture

why-trust-scriptureWhen someone asks, “How can I trust the Bible?”, there are numerous passages in Scripture that we can turn to which affirm God’s sovereignty and the truth of his Word (2 Timothy 3:16–17, Matthew 5:18, Proverbs 30:5–6, 2 Peter 1:20–21). But quoting Scripture isn’t the only way we can respond to objections to the Bible’s authority (1 Peter 3:15). When the conversation isn’t rooted in a shared faith in Jesus, it helps to have more tools.

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7 Ways Logos 7 Will Revolutionize Your Personal Bible Study

revolutionize-2You study the Bible because you love it, not just because you’re “supposed” to; you genuinely enjoy your time diving deep in the Word. Experiencing those “aha!” moments, discovering obscure inter-testamental connections, unearthing layers of meaning in original languages and historical-cultural contexts, and gleaning ageless wisdom from theologians throughout history—nothing thrills you like studying, really studying the Bible.

We want to fuel that passion! Here are seven ways Logos 7 will help you get more out of the Bible study you love.

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How to Get Logos 7: All Your Options, Clearly Explained

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Logos 7 is here, and we want to make it easy for you to get started.

Need a bigger library? Just want the features? Working with a limited budget?

Whatever your situation, there’s a Logos 7 option to match. And if you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to call us at 888-875-9491. We’re happy to help you sort through your options.

Meanwhile, I’ll walk you through all the different ways you can get Logos 7, explaining why customers typically choose one path over another.

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Do We Really Believe in Christ’s Kingship?

Orange-Kuyper-Quote“Crown Him with Many Crowns.” “King of Glory.” “You Are My King.” “Lead on, O King Eternal.”

Christians often sing praise songs about Christ as King. But do we really think of him that way?

According to theologian and statesman Abraham Kuyper, far too often the answer is a resounding “no.”

In Pro Rege, a magisterial exploration of the Kingship of Christ, Kuyper outlines the implications of Christ’s reign over every dimension of life. Kuyper says we Christians regularly fail to acknowledge our true place in creation. We aren’t just God’s creation; we are God’s possession:

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How I Learned to Love Greek Lexicons

learn-love-lexiconDuring my time in seminary, fourth-semester Greek was synonymous with “pain.” This “pain” took the form of two, massive exegetical papers, each 30 pages in length.

Those papers were seemingly insurmountable obstacles that stood in the way of any person hoping to finish their seminary degree. An exegetical paper is intimidating because the content to be covered is very technical, and the time expenditure to complete the task is great.

I remember very clearly working on a section in one of those exegetical papers: the diachronic word study. For those who don’t know, a diachronic word study is the process of tracing a Greek word’s usage throughout history from Ancient Greece to the New Testament, and on to the time of the early church.

One of the most difficult parts of this word study process was navigating the lexical resources we were tasked to reference in our paper. Lexicons are heavy tomes filled mostly with unintelligible scribbles in barely-legible sized font. There were so many abbreviations in these volumes, I felt like I needed a decoder ring to navigate effectively.

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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?

Matthew Emerson

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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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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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Is Your Bible Study Missing a Thematic Perspective?

TW-Promo-BlogHeaderCommentaries are a beloved and vital resource for modern students of the Bible. They give us expert insight into each verse of each chapter of each book of the Bible, and are often a great starting point for deeper research. But one thing the standard commentary typically doesn’t include is an emphasis on the themes of the given book. That’s where a thematic Bible study series truly shines.

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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