My Favorite Example of Engaging the Head & Heart in Preaching

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The screen printer standing in my living room was trying to sell me on a new four-color process for the kids Bible club shirts my church needed. One problem: he came to the door asking for “Mike,” not “Mark” because I kind of forgot to tell him the truth… (I used to use a pseudonymous email address out of overblown security concerns.)

We still joke about that. He’s now one of my best friends. But back then I had no idea of the wonderful story of God’s grace in his life. He and his wife were brand new to the area, and my wife and I invited them over and started a friendship. We found out that this clean-cut young man had, not too many years back, been a drug addict. As a last resort his non-Christian family had sent him to a Christian program in a rural area. Most guys go there to get clean, and they’re willing to use the God stuff temporarily if it will help them get their lives back from drugs and alcohol.

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How to Save a List of Favorite Bibles for the Text Comparison Tool

One of my favorite features for the observation phase of Bible study is Text Comparison. In the recent 7.3 update to Logos Bible Software, changes were made on how we select Bibles for this tool. Below are the simple steps for creating a saved Bible list which can easily be recalled for future use.

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Why the Ark of the Covenant Will Never Be Found

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I can still recall the thrill of seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark in the theater. A senior in high school, I had already been infected with the archaeology bug. This movie boosted my interest to a whole new level. As Providence would have it, I followed the path of Indiana Jones—at least academically. I’m still fascinated by the ark, but I no longer believe it is lost and awaiting discovery. I have Jeremiah to blame for that.

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What If People Really Studied Their Bibles in 2017?

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We all know the most respectable New Year’s resolution a Christian can make is “Read the Bible every day.” What if this year we didn’t just resolve to do it, but we actually did it?

Logos Bible Software is here to help you turn your resolution into reality. The Logos Pro team has put together a brand new, free 30-day course in which we’ll show you how to study Jonah 1:1–16 using the powerful tools in Logos. Thirty free videos, three simple steps: Observe, Interpret, Apply.

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Should Differences in Biblical Manuscripts Scare Christians?

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Many Christians are troubled by differences in wording among various Greek New Testament texts: The Bible has scribal errors in it? Then how can I be sure what I’m reading is God’s word?

I have taught New Testament Introduction to beginning seminary students for many years, and I’ve come to realize that there’s a simple path to clarity and comfort regarding this issue—simpler than diving into excessively complicated details about ancient manuscripts written in languages few Christians have the training or experience to assess reliably.

Here are three reasons Christians should not be troubled by textual variants.

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What Does “There Was No Room in the Inn” Mean?

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In last week’s blog post I referenced the Faithlife video, How Accurate Is the Modern Nativity Scene?, in which the teacher said the word translated inn in Luke 2:7 also referenced the upper room where Jesus and the apostles celebrated the Passover.

How did he discover that information?

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What Pop Music Can Teach Us about Interpreting Scripture

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“Let It Go” from Disney’s animated movie Frozen (2014) was and is a megahit. The melody is both powerful and catchy, and Idina Menzel can sing icicles off reindeers. The piece won the Oscar for best original song, reached the top five in the Billboard 100, and sold 10.9 million copies. It has now also achieved the status of Christmas song in Spotify playlists, as was written long ago by a prophet on Reddit.

But like some Oedipal monster, the pop song has eaten up the movie that gave it life. Because the Frozen story as a whole stands firmly against Elsa’s choice in that song. And this raises interesting questions about authorial intent in interpretation—both of pop music and of Scripture.

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Was Jesus Really Born in a Barn?

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Christmas is of course a wonderful time of the year as we focus on and celebrate the birth of our Lord. Sometimes, however, if we’re not careful, Christmas cards and carols offer a version of the nativity scene that may or may not be in Scripture.

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Should We Teach the Wrath of God to Children?

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It took me almost eight months of my dissertation time to exegete and catalog all the passages referencing the wrath of God, the topic of my work. During that same time, I continued to help on the weekends with an evangelistic children’s Bible club in which I’d served for many years. One Saturday morning, about two-thirds of the way through my cataloging project, I was working in Ezekiel. I’d made it to something like line 380 in my Excel spreadsheet on divine wrath language before wrapping up my study and heading off to the Bible study club.

During song time we sang, “My Hope is in the Lord.” The song leader drew the kids’ attention to the line, “No merit of my own, His anger to suppress.” He asked the kids, “Do you think God ever gets angry?” I still remember sitting behind the kids observing in dismay their response: with an unusual level of confident participation, they all answered, “NO!” I just sat there in shock thinking, Oh yes, yes he does…

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How to Use Logos for Your Christmas Sermon Prep

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The Christmas season is upon us. Please imagine with me we’ve been called upon to teach a class, preach a sermon, or deliver a devotion regarding the birth of Jesus. We know the subject of the message, but that’s all we’ve got. We don’t have the passage, the outline, or even the handout. We need help!

You’ll be glad to know Logos Bible Software will indeed provide that much needed assistance. Below I’ll outline the major, yet simple, steps to go from concept to outline to handout for the message.

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