Why Words Mean What They Do, and Why It Matters for Bible Study

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Out of the inscrutable neuron maelstroms we know as “the brains of small children,” there often come what speech pathologists call “the darnedest things.” My kindergartener said yesterday—and I promise I have no idea where this came from—“What if ‘Lutheran’ meant ‘disqualified’?”

I immediately took his question down verbatim for future blog use. It’s my job. And because my boy has a wannabe linguist-theologian for a father, my own neuron maelstrom—which, since I’m an adult, is easier to scrute—started whirling . . . What if, indeed?

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Finding Christian Unity Amidst Theological Diversity

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It’s common today to hear of the fractured church, the shattered church, the hopelessly broken church. Estimates of the number of denominations can be disheartening, ranging from several hundred to tens of thousands, depending on how you define “denomination.” These statistics are disconcerting to some in light of Christ’s prayer in John 17:21, which sets the stakes for unity pretty high: Jesus asked God the Father “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” The oneness of the church is a sign and witness to the world that Jesus was who he said he was. The implications of getting this wrong are significant. However, by determining what beliefs are essential to orthodoxy and what are not, we can confidently serve alongside Christians with whom we disagree on the nonessentials—thus living out to a greater extent the unity Jesus prayed for.

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5 April Deals You Need to Check Out

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April’s monthly sale gives you more than 100 products to choose from, covering a wide range of topics and resource types. Browse all the deals, or check out these five featured deals—invaluable works at great discounts.

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Blog Image_620x325 CopyThe Tim Keller Collection contains some of Keller’s most popular works, including The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and Generous Justice. To celebrate this addition to our Logos Library, you can pre-order the Keller collection for just $99.99 and save 20% off the normal Pre-Pub price of $129.99. But hurry—this deal ends tomorrow, April 5 at 11:59 p.m.

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How to Find Old Testament Quotes in the New Testament

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I’m currently assisting a young preacher with his sermon on Matthew 5:43-48. The passage begins like others before it with the phrase, “You have heard that it was said,” followed by what specifically was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” (esv) This of course begs the question, “Was this an accurate quotation from the Old Testament or did the religious leaders of the day alter it?” In other words, what is the source of the statement?

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A Third Way in the Print versus Digital Battle

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In a recent blog post, Logos Pro Mark Ward took a both-and approach to the print vs. digital argument, holding that some resources are designed for a digital medium and others work better as a physical book you can hold in your hands. We agree, but we’d like to add a third option: print and digital.

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Tim Keller’s Most Popular Works Are Coming to Logos!

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For the very first time, Tim Keller’s bestselling works are available to pre-order! Containing all of his New York Times bestsellers (The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and Prayer) plus other popular titles such as Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, Every Good Endeavor, Preaching, and more, this collection provides works that touch every aspect of the Christian life. Whether it is apologetics, preaching, counseling, or praying, Tim Keller provides biblically grounded wisdom to help you on your Christian walk.

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Logos March Madness started with 64 authors facing off for your votes. After six rounds, and thousands of votes cast, you’ve chosen N.T. Wright as the 2016 Logos March Madness champion! Wright wins the title, but you also win. Get 70% off more than 50 of his works, including Paul and the Faithfulness of God, The New Testament and the People of God, volumes from the New Testament for Everyone Series, and much more!

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Introducing the New and Improved Logos Pro Training Page

logos pro pageThe better you learn how to use Logos Bible Software, the more you’ll get out of your Bible study. Logos is designed to provide insight into the Bible. Every tool has that ultimate goal.

If you want to learn how to use Logos—because you want to study the Bible—you’ve got to check out the new Logos Pro page. There are tons of brief, helpful videos which, instead of overwhelming you with detail, will show you how to do one thing each. And you’ll get a theological or exegetical tidbit from each one, too.

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What Does the Word ‘Faith’ Mean in Hebrews 11?

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This is a guest post by Andrew B. Perrin. assistant professor of religious studies and co-director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University. 

A few years ago I Googled “faith” and discovered that the top two hits were a George Michael video on YouTube, which made me chuckle, and a Wikipedia entry, which reads, “The precise understanding of the term ‘faith’ differs among the various Christian traditions.”

How can Christians differ on their view of faith? Isn’t faith a belief in Jesus’ death, resurrection and our subsequent salvation? Or does faith entail more than this, as Heb 11:1, the only place a definition of “faith” is provided in the New Testament, seems to indicate? For the author of Hebrews, “faith” is not just about a distant reality but about how our actions connect to that reality.

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