How to Teach the True Meaning of Christmas to Your Kids

The rear seating in our 2004 Yukon must have some kind of magnetic field that provokes good questions from kids. This week it was, “Why do we decorate trees at Christmas? What does that have to do with Jesus being born?” I don’t remember asking such sophisticated questions at age 7.

But at age 37, I have an answer. [Read more…]

How to Choose the Right Bible Translation for the Task

What’s the best Bible translation? If you’ve been a Christian for very long at all, you’ve probably heard or maybe even asked this question.

But what if it’s the wrong question?

What if we shouldn’t be asking “Which translation is best?” but “Which translation is best for the task at hand?”

Which English Bible translations are most useful for evangelism? How about for close study? How about for shaking you out of a Bible-reading stupor? How about for reading in big chunks? How about for teaching children and other poor readers? How about for expository preaching? [Read more…]

Evidence of God’s Grace amidst the “War on Christmas”

What Flannery O’Connor said of the South is true of all America—but it seems truest at Christmas:

While the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted. The Southerner, who isn’t convinced of it, is very much afraid that he may have been formed in the image and likeness of God.

In our post-everything, skeptical-yet-credulous world, people may not know Jesus, but they’re not starting from a place of absolute ignorance. By God’s amazing grace, Christ has a cultural foothold in America—through Christmas. [Read more…]

Can “Elohim” Refer to Beings Other Than God?

Elohim is the most common name for Israel’s god in the Old Testament. In fact, it appears over 2,500 times in the Hebrew Bible. But Elohim can also refer to beings besides the Creator of Genesis 1—such as angels or mighty men or even to the false, lower-case-g gods worshiped by Gentile nations. With Logos we can quickly see the different ways this Hebrew term is translated, and then run a search to discover every place where the term refers to an entity other than the one true God.

To expand on this week’s Logos Pro Tech Tip, try changing your searchable resource to a different English version. See, for example, what results turn up when you search the New International Version for the following:

<Lemma = lbs/he/אֱלֹהִים> NOTEQUALS (God, God’s)>

(Or click here to run the search.)

In the upper left hand corner below the search icon, select the drop down arrow and ensure Match Case is checked. This will further limit your search by case and provide the results seen in the video. Don’t forget to uncheck it once finished.

Recommended Resources

  • You need a Hebrew Bible in order to search the Hebrew Bible. Try the Lexham Hebrew Bible.
  • It’s helpful to have multiple English translations of Scripture for Bible study. Logos 7 base packages all include such translations, and they’re all 20% off until midnight on Sunday, December 31.

3 December Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

Before this month and its busy holiday shopping is behind us, take a closer look at three of the best deals you’ll get this year.
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How to Use the Bible Browser When You’re “Just Looking”

Like many Christians during this season, I’ve been rereading the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke. Of course, in Matthew we find the Magi visiting Jesus at some point after his birth. Famously they testified, we saw his star when it rose.

Without getting into the specifics of what the star may have been, I started thinking that star or stars are mentioned frequently in Scripture in various contexts. So, I just wanted to explore various instances of how stars are mentioned in the Bible. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular. In fact, I didn’t know what I was looking for other than stars.

So during this “just looking” moment, I turned to a Logos feature that I’m learning to appreciate and enjoy more and more, the Bible Browser.

Take this out for a spin and see if you like it:

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Calvinist, by Les Lanphere, Is Bold Yet Self-Aware

The much-anticipated documentary from Les Lanphere finally dropped this September.

Calvinist gathered buzz before filming even began. Three days after launching his Kickstarter for the project, Lanphere met his goal. By the time it ended, he had more than doubled it. Prominent Reformed leaders even went out of their way to contact him to express their support and offer their help.

The documentary traces the resurgence of Calvinism in America over the last several decades, explaining the basic tenets of Calvinism along the way. [Read more…]

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

Logos 7 base packages are 20% off—just in time for Christmas. We want to make it simple for you to get what you need for Bible study, and we are offering our best price in years.

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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Is the Pope Right or Wrong on “Lead Us Not Into Temptation”?

Pope Francis recently created an international theological incident when he told an Italian TV interviewer that the classic, traditional wording from the Lord’s Prayer, “Lead us not into temptation,” is “not a good translation.” Instead he favors translating this particular petition in the Lord’s Prayer something like, “Don’t let us fall into temptation.” The pope argued,

I am the one that’s falling. It’s not [God] who’s leading me into temptation to see, then, how I fall. No, a father doesn’t do this. A father helps you to get up right away. The one who is leading you into temptation is Satan. That is Satan’s mission. The prayer that we say means: “When Satan leads me into temptation, please give me your hand.”

Is the pope’s (re-)translation of the Bible here right or wrong?

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Share the Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible this Christmas

Books make wonderful presents. That’s why we think the Christmas season is the perfect time to share the treasures of God’s Word with your friends and family. Through December, you’ll find great deals on some of our best print books, with discounts up to 40% off.

One of the best deals we’re offering is on the NIV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible. The standard hardcover edition is 20% off and all three premium formats are 30% off! [Read more…]