When (and How) to Use Multiple Bible Translations

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I want people who study the Bible to stop asking, “What’s the best Bible translation?” and feel free to use all the good translations we have. It’s what I called, last week, Ending Bible Translation Tribalism.

In my vision of the ideal world, Christians and Christian groups will still have their favored translations, but they will also make regular use of the many other good translations that God has permitted us to have. (And in this world fine milk chocolate would be very cheap and very good for you.)

I can’t assume that my little post ended Bible translation tribalism. You may still be thinking, “But not all translations are good! Translation X is flat out bad!”

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Do We Have to Prove Christianity Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?

prove christianity beyond reasonable doubt

Many Christians believe that for faith to be authentic, it must be free from any doubt. While this may be an ideal, it’s far from realistic. Many characters in God’s Word—including Abraham and John the Baptist—experienced episodes of doubt. Though hopefully such experiences are the exception rather than the norm, the truth is, most Christians occasionally struggle with doubt—even apologists.

So what is the proper relationship between faith and doubt in the lives of believers? To even come close to answering that question, we must confront an even more fundamental issue. Do we have to prove Christianity beyond a reasonable doubt?

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How to Group Books in Your Logos Library

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A fellow Logos user recently asked the following question:

I like grouping the resources in my Library according to Type so I can quickly see my commentaries, journals, etc. When I expand a specific Type, however, all the resources are just listed by title. Is there a way to further group the resources so I could see my commentary sets for example?

This is an excellent question and the solution is quite simple when we utilize sub-groups in the Details view in the Library. Here’s what I mean.

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How Should Christians Respond to the New Atheists?


The number of Americans who identify as atheists has doubled since 2007. Though that’s some dramatic growth, atheists still make up just a small percentage of Americans; somewhere between 3% and 9% of American adults don’t believe in the existence of God.

In spite of those small numbers, so-called New Atheists such as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens have penned book-length takedowns of religion that have thrusted atheism back into the spotlight.
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11 Inspiring Quotes from Tim Keller

Keller-blog-header-lastchanceWith his compelling, challenging, and poignant preaching and writing, Tim Keller has been likened to none other than C.S. Lewis—though the New York pastor is quick to deflect comparisons to his hero.

Keller’s words have inspired millions of believers around the world, and he’s written more than 20 books addressing topics including apologetics, marriage, work, prayer, and a dozen more. We’ve collected 11 of his most provocative, inspiring quotations, each from one of his most influential, best-loved titles.
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Share a Meaningful Bible Verse for Mother’s Day

Numbers 6:24–26

As you probably (hopefully) know, Mother’s Day is this Sunday. If your master plan to honor your wife, mom, grandma, or women who aren’t moms (but basically are) is already well under way, well done. And if you just realized Mother’s Day is on Sunday, well, here’s something to get you started, before you frantically Google “last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas.”

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Celebrate the National Day of Prayer Today

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How many of us learned a litany of easy-to-remember prayers growing up? Recite with me: “Now I lay me down to sleep . . . Jesus, tender shepherd, hear me, bless thy little lamb tonight . . . Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest …” And that’s to say nothing of the zany soundtrack of prayers-set-to-popular-tunes that many of us learned at summer camp or in Sunday school.

Giving our children tools to pray is important, don’t get me wrong—but our prayer lives must go deeper, even as children but especially as adults. Prayer isn’t just requests and rhymes. If we’re going to change the world, we must refocus our prayer on the One to whom we speak in prayer. We must become prayer warriors.

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How to Create Links to Specific Logos Resources

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I have redesigned quite a number of church websites, and there is one thing I never carry over from the previous design: written directions to the church.

I never give directions or ask for them. I can’t remember the last time I said to someone, “First, you head east on . . .” Instead I text someone a link. And I admit I get impatient when someone tries to give me directions instead of just providing me an address I can type into my smartphone.

Similarly, I try to avoid giving people complicated software directions: “Click the menu item, then click the dialog box, then click ‘Okay,’ then head east. . . .” Everywhere I can in my digital life I instead send direct links.

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Which Bible Translation Is Best? All the Good Ones.

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I am on a mission to end Bible Translation Tribalism. If you don’t know what I mean by “Translation Tribalism,” see if any of these tribal stereotypes (some borrowed from another blogger) ring true for you:

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How Archaeology Uncovers the World of Jesus


Many Christians treat biblical archaeology merely as a way to prove the accuracy of the biblical record, but this field of study has far more to offer than that. Archaeologists investigate the remains of human culture from antiquity, determining what information about the past can be recovered based on those objects. Archaeologists ask, “How do these remnants shed light on or relate to narratives and other literature that has survived from the past?” This has profound implications for the study of Scripture. Once we grasp the insights of biblical archaeology, the life of Jesus and the world he inhabited suddenly come into sharp focus.

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