Pastors have an incredible number of job duties to perform. It’s amazing they find the time to juggle ministering to their congregation, meetings with staff and administrative work, and sermon prep every single week. Thom Rainer of LifeWay recently completed a large poll of pastors in the U.S. regarding sermon-prep time, a responsibility that is often invisible to typical church members. According to his results, the median sermon-prep time is 13 hours per week!
Baptists have written many works that appeal to Christians from all theological traditions. Whether commentaries, church histories, or sermons, these works are perfect for both students, pastors, and researchers. If you haven’t placed your bid or pre-ordered these resources, do it soon before they ship. Otherwise, you’ll miss out on the chance to own them at the lowest price!
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The Founders Press Study Guide Commentaries offer solid exegesis, clear explanation, and practical insights into eight New Testament books. These concise resources are the perfect marriage of study guide and commentary, offering scholarly exposition in an easily digestible form. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary distinguished professor of New Testament Curtis Vaughan works section by section through the books of Acts, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, James, and 1–3 John.
Helpful for both pastors and laypeople, these six volumes are packed with accessible and practical insights. These well-loved guides aid readers in understanding the biblical text and applying it to everyday life—as well as helping pastors and leaders in sermon preparation and Bible study teaching.
The Anglican tradition has a long and vast history covering a wide theological and geographical spectrum. At the heart of Anglicanism is the conviction that theology should be based on a balance of Scripture, reason, and tradition. This balance is often referred to as the “three-legged stool.” If one of the legs gets too long, the stool will not balance properly.
It‘s all too easy to read Scripture as if it was written yesterday. But when we read the Bible through a modern lens, we open ourselves up to major misinterpretation. If we want to understand the Bible, we need to see it through the eyes of someone from the culture in which it was written. Logos’ Cultural Concepts tool helps you study the Bible in light of the historical and cultural context of the people who wrote—and lived—the stories in Scripture. [Read more…]
In a world afflicted with suffering, anger, addiction, and depression, how can Christians find joy?
Over the last decade, media has played a more prevalent role in the church than ever before.
And it shows no sign of slowing down.
By media, I mean everything from websites and worship presentations, to bulletins and podcasts. That flyer your administrator made for VBS? Guess what? It’s media! Your paper bulletin? Media! The accompanying track sister Elizabeth sang to? Media. It’s everywhere, and people can instantly spot sloppy, hastily thrown together work and the kind that shows you care.
Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.
For nearly 20 years I’ve had the privilege of equipping Logos users like yourself how to get the most out of the software. One of my favorite things to teach is my personal system for organizing the many resources in the library. As you’ve probably already discovered, it doesn’t take long to amass 5,000 books or more. Unless you have an efficient method for managing your books, some—even many—will go under used or, even worse, never used. [Read more…]
John and Lisa Bevere are the founders of Messenger International, an organization established to help individuals, families, churches, and nations realize and experience the transforming power of God’s Word. A minister and best-selling author, John delivers messages of uncompromising truth with boldness and passion. In his latest book, Good or God, he invites readers to engage with God on a new level:
We’re excited to announce some new and improved collections from Baker Publishing. With these resources, you’ll get top scholarship, practical study guides, inspiration for preaching, and more. And as always, collections save you much more than buying books individually.
Baker Academic Craig L. Blomberg Collection (5 vols.)
We’ve put together some of Craig Blomberg’s best works, including his recent Can We Still Believe the Bible? and A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis. With Blomberg, you’ll get top-shelf scholarship on biblical authority, exegesis, and New Testament interpretation. And until July 24 at 11:59 PM, you can get them for 20% off with coupon code BLOMBERG20. If you already own a few volumes, you’ll get an even steeper discount with Dynamic Pricing.
How should Christians relate to the Old Testament Law? Ever since Paul addressed this issue in his epistles, theologians have agreed that our relationship to the Law has changed on account of the death of Christ. But grasping the exact nature of that change has proved more difficult—not to mention controversial. Martin Luther proclaimed “whoever knows well this art of distinguishing between Law and gospel, him place at the head and call him a doctor of Holy Scripture.”
Tom Schreiner has entered into this centuries-old debate with his work 40 Questions about Christians and Biblical Law, July’s Free Book of the Month. Schreiner is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Praised by Simon Gathercole as “an enormously valuable volume”, this work contains timely answers to Christians’ questions regarding the role of the Law in the Christian life.
I sat down with Schreiner to learn how modern-day Christians should think about the Old Testament Law.