Why I Like C. S. Lewis

Today’s guest post was written by Ryan Pemberton, the author of the Walking with C. S. Lewis companion guide.

The wardrobe was foreign to me. As was the image of a faun carrying parcels under a lamppost in the snow, and the golden-maned lion, Aslan. All of those characters and features so central to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe were lost on me when I first read C. S. Lewis. I hadn’t grown up reading The Chronicles of Narnia, unlike so many friends. At 19, my first interaction with C. S. Lewis came in the form of Mere Christianity, a compilation of Lewis’s broadcast talks on Christianity delivered over BBC radio during World War II.
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See the Big Picture with the Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible (Print)

It’s far too easy to lose sight of the big picture when you’re studying Scripture. We’re so entrenched in humdrum of modern life, that we forget that the people we’re reading about lived actual, human lives too. They walked the sandy streets of ancient Jerusalem, stood on the shores of the Red Sea, ascended the peak of Nebo.

It’s only when we enter into the biblical world—truly attempt to understand the ancient context of Scripture—that a clear picture emerges. Doing that kind of digging can be time consuming. But even if you’re relying on the humble study Bible, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the depth you’ve come to expect with Logos Bible Software.

Lexham Press has teamed up with Zondervan to bring you the Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible. This print Bible brings together rich illustrations, diagrams, charts, maps, and study notes to help you piece together the context for the passage you’re studying.
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If Commentaries Were Sports Teams

As much as Americans love democracy, we want sports to be a simple meritocracy: may the best team win.

A lose-and-you’re-out tournament is our idea of a championship. We don’t what sportswriters telling us who they think is best; we want winners to prove who’s best. That’s why Americans love college basketball’s March Madness.

For years, Bible commentary fans have relied on “sportswriters” to tell them which commentaries are best. Carson and  Longman (through their commentary surveys) and Denver Seminary and Detroit Seminary (through their lists) have long determined the best commentaries for each Bible book. Bestcommentaries.com (the Sportswriters Association of the commentary world) has aggregated those votes and become the go-to resource for recommendations. But there has never been a definitive commentary championship.

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Sketching a History of Christian Thinking


It’s quite daunting to imagine that the way we interact with the culture around us, interpret the Bible, and even minister to one another is influenced by our predecessors of the faith. The first steps in Christian thinking were made by men like Origen, Tertullian, and Irenaeus. By tracing their lives along with others from the apostolic age, we gain a better understanding and appreciation for how Christian thinking has evolved and matured over the past 2,000 years.
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Two Ways to Study the Divine Council


I have recently been rereading the magnificent book, The Unseen Realm, by Faithlife’s own, Dr. Michael Heiser. If you have yet to order and study this material, I wholeheartedly encourage you to do so! Whether you agree, disagree or just scratch your head while moving through this work, I promise you, your Bible reading will never be the same after The Unseen Realm. It really is life changing!
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You Voted, Now Save: 35% off Round 1 Titles!


Round 1 has come to a close, and your favorite commentaries and courses are moving on to Round 2 of Logos March Madness 2018. And starting now you can save 35% on the runners up.

Check out these highlights of Round 1 deals:

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Showcasing the Latest Releases from Lexham Press


The latest releases from Lexham Press cover a wide range of topics, but they’re all united by a common theme—helping you connect God’s Word to real life. Commentaries, bible studies, or theological works—these are powerful books that challenge you to think about what you truly believe. Whether it’s revealing the lies pastors are prone to believe or removing the filters we view Scripture through, reflecting on these hard truths help us reorient our lives towards Christ.
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Your Vote Determines the Discount: LMM 2018 Is Here!

Logos March Madness 2018 has arrived. This year we’re pitting some of our most popular commentary series against each other in a resource rumble that leaves only one series standing.

And for the first time, you have two brackets to vote in. Make your picks in the Logos bracket to crown the commentary champ, then click over to the Mobile Ed bracket where you can pick your favorite courses.

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When Google Met God: Billy Graham’s 1998 TED Talk

Billy Graham, a titan of evangelism and possibly the most well-known evangelical pastor of the 20th century, passed from this life to his reward last week.

While many will rightly mention his crusades, his relationships with many U.S. presidents, or his friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., most probably do not remember the surprising time Billy Graham lectured a group in Silicon Valley about the future, death, technology, and God.
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A Systematic Theology for Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and I took this opportunity to pick up a new Lexham Press title by the late African-American theologian Charles Octavius Boothe: Plain Theology for Plain People.

Our American culture has changed since this book was first published in 1890. People don’t call each other “plain” anymore, so I want to make certain readers understand that Boothe’s title is loving and not disdaining. He writes in the preface, “This little book’s only mission is to help plain people in the study of the first principles of divine truth.”
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