The Power and Pitfalls of Studying Biblical Lists

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Christianity cannot be boiled down to a list of words—say, positive character qualities to be cultivated and opposite, negative qualities to be avoided.

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Even the Bible Needed Upgrading, but Don’t Let That Scare You

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Wait a minute. The Bible needed an upgrade?

Those sound like fighting words to anyone with a high view of Scripture. An upgrade implies that something needed updating, but the Bible is timeless!

That’s true, but in this case I would have to excuse myself from the ring. I wouldn’t want to tangle with those responsible for the improvements: the biblical writers and, well, the Spirit of God.

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Wedding Season Is Almost Here: A Practical Guide for Pastors

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Has your Facebook feed been full of engagement announcements over the past few months? It’s no surprise: almost 40% of engagements occur between November and February. With summer just months away, wedding season is almost here. And as a wedding planner, I have spent the last few weeks meeting lots of brides and grooms. When I sit down with a couple, one of the first questions I get is “Do you know anyone who can officiate my wedding?”

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A Simple Method to Keep Track of Notes and Resources During Sermon Prep

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Recently in the gym, I watched a trainer utilize a weight machine in an unorthodox fashion to focus on one small muscle. Then, I overheard him tell his client, “I like to use this machine in an unconventional way so it does what I need.”

That’s the sentiment in this week’s post. In Logos Bible Software, the Clippings document is officially designed to assist with the writing of papers in an academic setting. We can, however, use it in an unofficial, practical way to store data to be used in a message or lesson.

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D.A. Carson & N.T. Wright: Save 45% on Hall of Fame Bundles!

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Logos March Madness is in full swing, and already some matchups are shaping up to be real squeakers. As of this writing, Faithlife’s own Dr. Michael Heiser has a narrow lead over John Wesley, and Walter Brueggemann is neck-in-neck with John Wesley; just two percentage points stand between these theological titans and advancing to the next round.

Meanwhile, Geerhardus Vos has a healthy nine-point lead against Karl Barth. Still, with two days left for Round-1 voting, it could be anybody’s game.

There are two names you won’t see in this year’s competition: D.A. Carson and N.T. Wright have hung up their jerseys and taken up residence in the Logos March Madness Hall of Fame.

But that’s good news for you: throughout Logos March Madness you can save 45% on bundles of some of their most celebrated works.

D.A. Carson Treasury (30 vols.)

Get 30 key titles from one of the most respected New Testament scholars in the world, bundled for a great discount. Among the widely-popular works included are Hermeneutics, Authority, and Canon; Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to John; Christ & Culture Revisited; and Biblical Interpretation and the Church.

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The N.T. Wright Treasury (54 vols.)

New Testament scholar and prolific author N.T. Wright has had a profound influence on the Church. This treasury of some of his best works include entries in his New Testament for Everyone series, his monumental The Resurrection of the Son of God (good luck reading this behemoth before Easter!), and Paul and the Faithfulness of God. You’ll get 54 volumes by Wright for 45% off—and with Dynamic Pricing, you could save even more.

Get this hall-of-fame bundle now.

Regular Price: $729.99

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Save 30% on Hermeneia Commentaries & More

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Each month, we shine the spotlight on a celebrated Christian publisher, offering great deals on some of their most popular works. This month, we’re featuring resources from Fortress Press. Here are the deals you don’t want to miss:

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30 Simple Words That Will Draw You Closer to God

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In today’s culture, it’s hard to feel productive unless we’re moving fast. We try to squeeze the most out of every moment. We listen to an informational podcast during our morning workout; we speed read through a chapter from that business book during our morning commute; we check our email while in the middle of a conversation. But sometimes the most fruitful thing we can do is slow down and intentionally pursue God.

Jarrid Wilson, a speaker, blogger, and author, wrote 30 Words: A Devotional for the Rest of Us, to encourage, inspire, and convict us to dive into a deeper relationship with God, even when our day seems overfull. 30 Words guides the reader through reflection and practical application on 30 different words—like compassion, purpose, and patience.

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How to Use—and How Not to Use—the Amplified Bible

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I’m working on a project, and I need your help. I’m looking for insights Bible readers have gained into Scripture by comparing English Bible translations. The lone rule is that you can’t know Greek or Hebrew. (You can reach me at mark.ward@faithlife.com.)

I mentioned this request to an astute friend and diligent Bible student, a grandmother who works full time as a writer-editor. Super sharp. A day later I received this:

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5 Basic Bible Study Techniques You Should Never Ignore

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“Measure twice, cut once.”

It’s a memorable adage, and good advice with application beyond carpentry. But after measuring and cutting for years, you may be tempted to cut the measuring frequency in half. After all, you’re an expert.

But even experts make careless mistakes.

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Logos March Madness Is Here. Vote Now, Save in 7 Days!

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The annual battle of the theological titans is upon us: Logos March Madness begins now. For the next 30 days, you can vote for your favorite theological all-stars in a battle royale that will leave just one author standing.

No matter the outcome, the real winner is you. Logos March Madness lets you choose the resources you want discounted. The further your champion makes it through six rounds of voting, the higher the discount on a selection of their works.

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