Wayne Grudem on Seeing the NT As a First-Century Reader

God’s Word is eternal, but between us and its earliest readers lies a chasm of time, culture, and language. Before we can apply Scripture to twenty-first-century life, we must first understand the world in which it was written.

Ask celebrated theologian Wayne Grudem, and he’ll tell you one of the best resources for glimpsing that world is a little-known work written nearly 100 years ago.

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Video: How to Create, Deliver, and Publish a Powerful Sermon

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You can preach excellent messages using the technology of a yellow legal pad. You can then shift those notes to Word. You can then create a PowerPoint. You can then email that PowerPoint, or put it on a thumb drive, and get it to your church sound guy.

Or you could focus on your sermon, and let Logos take care of the busywork for you.

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7 Reasons to Add Church Media to Your Easter Service

easter-mediaNot all pastors like using church media. That’s okay. Even the designers who make church media are sensitive about when and where to use it. There’s a fine line between adding to and distracting from a sermon or service. Some churches choose to avoid the line altogether by not using media.

But when used appropriately, church media is another powerful way to express your message.

As you put the finishing touches on your Easter service, here are seven reasons you may want to add church media:

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Should I Get Logos 7 Basic if I Already Own Logos?

By now, you’ve probably heard about Logos 7 Basic, the new, free version of Logos Bible Software. And if you already own Logos, you may be wondering, “What does that mean for me?” In fact, you may be one of the customers who flooded the blog with questions like:

“If I install the free version of Logos 7, will my copy of Logos 6 be deleted or overwritten?”

“I have Logos 6 and Logos Gold. Is there any reason why I should get Logos 7 Basic?”

Great questions. Here’s the answer:

When you get Logos 7 Basic, we’ll add new books and features to the resources you already own; you won’t lose a thing.

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Journey through the Bible with a Logos Mobile Education Subscription

Dig into the Dead Sea Scrolls with Dr. Craig Evans, discover the Apocrypha with Dr. David deSilva, and explore Acts with Dr. Darrell Bock.

With the Mobile Ed Subscription, you can access a diverse collection of courses from today’s top scholars. For $49.99/month, you’ll get the flexibility to view a rotating selection of courses at your own pace anytime, anywhere through Faithlife TV and Logos Bible Software. Course content is updated quarterly.

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Which Are More Accurate: Literal or Non-Literal Bible Translations?

We may hate to admit it, but if we’re honest with ourselves, even our favorite English Bible translations can at times be clunky. Here’s an example I was just teaching about in adult Sunday School. Check out the three phrases I bolded: “your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 1:3).

“Labor of love” sounds natural enough—but only because it’s a stock phrase in contemporary English, borrowed straight from the KJV. The other two phrases, however, don’t sound like anything I would ever say. When was the last time you thanked a coworker in a note for their “toil of hardship”? We just don’t write like that.

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What’s the Deal with All That Circumcision in the Bible?

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Circumcision is mentioned nearly 100 times in the Bible. It is a central focus for Old Testament and New Testament theology (Rom 4:9–12; Gal 2:1–12; 5:1–10).

If we’re honest, that just sounds absurd.

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6 Can’t-Miss Commentaries on Sale This Month Only

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There are just four days left to save up to 50% on church history, theology, and biblical studies resources in the March monthly sale. And if you’re ready to give a boost to your commentary collection, check out these can’t-miss deals before they disappear:

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4 Days Left to Get Your Free Devotional!

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On Easter, Jesus struck a staggering blow. Death is on its last legs, breathing its last rasping breaths. With all of creation, we await the day it stumbles into its grave at last and Jesus ushers in the renewed creation.

But the resurrection didn’t just change history, it shapes our everyday. We don’t live under the dominion of death; as believers, we have tasted the future of resurrection. Ours is a risen existence.

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How to Close All Panels at Once Inside Logos

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Logos Bible Software 7.5 recently released and it contains a small but powerful new icon that’s easy to miss unless you’re looking for it.

In the upper right of the program, between the Layouts menu and the Help icon, you’ll now see an X icon which executes the command Close All. (A)

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