James, Saint James: Theological Provocateur

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The Epistle of James is one of the most practical books in the Bible. The exhortations within the letter encourage believers to put what they have learned in Christ into action. For James, knowledge and wisdom are not the end goal, but rather a means to an end. His desire is to see believers living out their faith, filled with grace and Godly wisdom.

James’ appeal is just as important as ever for students of Scripture. It’s not enough to simply study the Word of God if it doesn’t have any impact on your daily life. But deep analysis and relevant application are so hard to find in one resource. Enter the High Definition Commentary.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Logos Home Page

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True confession: I turned off the Logos home page within the Logos desktop software when it came out in Logos 4. I lazily assumed there was nothing there I wanted to see.

I was, to use a word favored by theologians and exegetes everywhere, wrong.

I now check the desktop home page pretty much every day.

Don’t repeat my error. If you are, you’re missing some good content, and free content.

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Best in Show: The Most Popular Products of 2015

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At Faithlife, our team works tirelessly to create and distribute the best Bible study resources on the planet—but we put out so many each year it’s hard to pick our favorites.

The great news is, we don’t have to. We’ve pulled together a list of the best resources from 2015—not our favorites, but yours. The products featured are the fan favorites: the best-selling, best-rated, most-wishlisted, most-read resources from 2015. Take a peek at last year’s favorites, as determined by you, our excellent customers.

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The Question That Reveals Everything You Believe About the Old Testament

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Answer me one question about an obscure story in Judges chapter 11, and I’ll tell you what your view of the whole Old Testament is. I’ve argued before that your view of the trees is determined by your view of the forest, and I think the story of Jephthah provides an excellent example of how this works.

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Are There Contradictions in the Gospels?

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The ancient historian Plutarch is famous for penning scores of biographies on political heavyweights like Julius Caesar, Marc Antony, and Alexander the Great. But as far as we know, he never wrote a word about Jesus. So what could he possibly have to teach us about the Gospels?

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How to Find Just About Anything in Your Logos Library

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This 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.

A Logos user recently contacted me with the following scenario:

I’m doing a series of sermons on the subject of prayer. I’d like to devote a message to the hindrances to prayer. What’s the best way to locate information from my books about this topic?

I really enjoy questions like this because it sets up one of my favorite Logos searches: a proximity search with groups of words.

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How to Resolve the Culture Wars . . . Maybe

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In the final chapter of his award-winning book, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief, George Marsden offers a constructive suggestion to Christians frustrated with the challenge of living in a pluralistic society.

He suggests we look to Dutch theologian and politician Abraham Kuyper.

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Why “Fruitless” Ministries Are Never Truly Hopeless

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We live in a world that expects results. Nobody wants to waste their life or spend their time on things that don’t matter.

That’s part of what makes it so devastating when our ministries feel fruitless—no one gives their life to Christ, the financial troubles never end, or the sermons fall flat. It feels as though all our efforts have been for nothing, or a wrong choice put us in the wrong place. We don’t have stories of transformed lives, people meeting Christ, or God’s hand in our work.

Yet.

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Delivering Biblically Sound Messages to Your Congregation

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Pastors face a difficult challenge every week—crafting sermons that are both faithful to the biblical text and relevant to their contemporary audience. It may be easy to focus on one aspect over the other but preaching God’s Word with both in mind is hard work. In his new book, Excellent Preaching, Craig Bartholomew explains how to preach so that the powerful message of the Bible penetrates the daily lives of your congregation.

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Why 10 Translations May Be Better Than 1 Greek (or Hebrew) Bible

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A clever and provocative author wrote something clever and provocative recently about Bible translation:

We are accustomed to say things like “something got lost in the translation,” which it frequently does. But can anything ever be gained? Let me pose a question for you all, without attempting to answer it myself . . . .

Here is my question. Suppose you take an average Greek-speaking Christian in Asia Minor about 200 A.D., and you give him a copy of the book of Ephesians in Greek, which he reads ten times. Now take a modern Christian who knows both English and French. Give him ten different translations of the book of Ephesians, 7 in English and 3 in French. He reads each one of them once through. Who now has a better grasp of the message of Ephesians?

I merely pose the question and run away.

Well I’m slow, and as he runs away I’m stuck here holding the bag. I simply have to take up this challenge and answer this fascinating, stimulating, clever, provocative question.

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