What If I’m Wrong? Confronting Doubts about the Christian Faith

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This post is adapted from the transcript of Dr. Mike Licona’s Mobile Ed course Philosophy of History (CS151).

Toward the end of my graduate work, I started to have questions about my faith. It wasn’t because I’d heard some arguments against Christianity. To be honest with you, at that point I wasn’t even exposed to too many folks who weren’t Christians.

But I wondered, “How do I really know that Christianity is true?” I had been brought up in a Christian family, in a nation that is pretty much Christian, at least by name, and I had only really been exposed to the Christian worldview. I had heard about other worldviews like Islam and Buddhism and Hinduism and atheism, but I really just didn’t know too much about them.

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Visualize the Bible in a Whole New Way

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For modern readers of the Bible, studying the ancient context of the text can be extremely difficult. There are so many unfamiliar details that get lost in translation. Cultural concepts that would have been woven into the fabric of these ancient societies are foreign to us. Massive structures like the temple in Jerusalem must be pieced together in our minds using only the descriptions found in the text.

When we’re able to visualize these things—whether they’re an abstract concept or a physical object—they come alive.

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Douglas Moo or F.F. Bruce? Crown the LMM Champion!

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After weeks of intense competition, only two authors remain in this year’s Logos March Madness. You’ve made your voice heard, and now F.F. Bruce must face Douglas Moo in one final bout.

You have until March 31 to cast your ballot and crown the Logos March Madness 2017 champion. Go to LogosMarchMadness.com to vote now, and don’t miss the best deals available in Logos March Madness so far:

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Martin Luther’s Legacy Lives on in This New Documentary

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It’s been half a millennium since Martin Luther struck the spark that lit the fire of Reformation across the world. Much has changed since that revolutionary act, but one thing is certain: we are living in the legacy of Luther.

In the new documentary Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer, filmmaker Stephen McCaskell walks us through the key events that shaped the life of the man who has shaped the modern church. Get an up-close look at someone who, despite his flaws and missteps, was used to preserve the gospel of grace.

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Biblical Studies & the Myth of Neutrality

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Neutrality is a myth.

Put in biblical terms, either you love the Lord or you don’t. Every thought you think, every choice you make, every word you say, flows from that heart and is determined by its fundamental direction, whether toward God or away from him. There are no fully objective human arbiters of opinion.

And yet even evangelicals who share this conviction sometimes slip into a mythological world in which neutrality is possible. I’ve developed a special highlighting style in Logos to mark these little slip-ups, because I just can’t let such statements go by without scrawling out my disapproval. (I’m an emotional reader, not just an analytical one.)

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Select Tim Keller Resources Are Now 45% Off!

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In a surprise upset, New Testament scholar F.F. Bruce has defeated New York pastor and apologist Tim Keller in Round 4 of Logos March Madness! With John Stott, B.B. Warfield, and R.C. Sproul also knocked out of the running, we’re down to the final matchups before the Logos March Madness Championship.

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What Is Exegesis & Why Does It Matter?

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One of the few framed items in my school office features the words of Ezra 7:10: “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.”

The pattern has three steps:

  • Study the word.
  • Practice or do the word.
  • Teach the word.

Before you teach the word to others, you need to practice it. You must practice what you teach and preach. But before you practice and teach the word, you have to know what it says. So you must study it. You must exegete it.

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How to Hear the Greek Text Read Aloud in Logos

In a recent blog I wrote about the pronunciation of biblical names. In response, someone asked this question:

Where in Logos can one hear how Greek words are pronounced?

So just in case you didn’t know, I’ll show you where to go to hear various Greek texts read aloud by Faithlife’s own Dr. John Schwandt, Executive Director of Mobile Education.

Editor’s Note: The read-aloud functionality below requires The Greek Audio New Testament, which is available to add to your Logos base package here.. If you have the Logos 7 Full Feature set (also included in most older Logos base packages), you also have access to individual Greek word pronunciation; for a short demo, see this informal video.

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What’s in a Name? If You’re Reading the Bible, Lots.

I remember having my world turned upside down when I learned that there is a positive version of name-calling in the Bible. It’s everywhere. What might come to mind for you are places like Matt. 3:8 where John the Baptist greets the religious leaders coming to see him as “You brood of vipers.” How’s that for a warm welcome! But the kind that I am talking about is the kind we typically just gloss right over without noticing.

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Why Biblical Character Studies Are So Powerful

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Moses. Noah. Ruth. Hezekiah. These biblical characters can seem larger than life. Their stories are so grand, their significance so great, it’s easy to forget they were real people—with real struggles—that God chose to use in spite of their weaknesses.

That’s one reason character studies are so powerful. Whether you’re studying for personal devotion or preparing a lesson or sermon, when you dive deep into the lives of biblical characters, you realize that there was nothing special to set them apart; God didn’t choose these individuals because of any intrinsic greatness. In fact, God delights in using sinful, flawed people who nevertheless turned to him in reliance on his grace. In short, character studies remind us that God uses messed-up people like you and me.

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