Paul wrote Philippians in chains from a Roman prison. The letter reveals clearly Paul’s deep love for the church in Philippi, but even more so, Paul’s hope and trust in Christ even under such dire conditions. All this makes the book of Philippians one of the most fruitful and inspiring in the New Testament. We need it’s message of perseverance, grace, and solidarity as much today as the church did then.
Perhaps you’ve seen it: that little pyramid of circles next to the page number in a Logos resource. Click on the icon, but don’t be overwhelmed by the list of options that appears. You’ve just found “visual filters,” powerful tools for Bible study. They’re not scary once they’re explained. (You will be not-scared by the end of this post, guaranteed.)
There are many visual filters, depending on what resource you have open, but let me just hit the high points—the five major benefits of the five main visual filters you should use.
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!”
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?
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.
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.
With 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.
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.”
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.
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.