Tackle the Unique Interpretive Challenges of the Gospels

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The Gospels are central to the Bible. Their description of the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus provide the very foundation of Christianity, and this importance is underlined by the fact that there are four separate Gospel accounts. However, having multiple accounts presents challenges for interpretation. How do we deal with four distinct narratives of the life of Christ? Should we attempt to harmonize them, or seek to understand each Gospel on its own? How do we interpret several accounts of the same story—especially when they are presented with seemingly contradicting details? How should we understand Jesus’ miracles and teaching?
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4 Steps to a Bigger, Stronger Logos Library

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I still remember walking slack-jawed into my systematic theology professor’s study. I was instantly surrounded by the faded spines of thousands of books, dodging wobbly towers of commentaries, encyclopedias, and monographs stacked floor to ceiling. There was an entire wall devoted to decades’ worth of theological journals. Still another wall of shelves housed over 100 volumes of commentaries on the book of Romans alone. As a young Bible college student, I wasn’t just impressed, I’d discovered what would become one of my life’s passions: the accumulation of books—and lots of them!
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Time is Running Out on Back-to-School Deals

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Take advantage of these great back-to-school deals on commentaries, theologies, dictionaries & reference works, original languages works, and more! These deals end August 31 at 11:59 PM (PT).

Here are four recommended resources:

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Discover for Yourself What It Means to Be “in Christ”

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Today’s 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.

I remember years ago as a young believer hearing about the doctrine of our identification with Christ. Learning about the truth of being in Jesus radically changed my understanding of the Christian life. I discovered this doctrine is paramount in Paul’s writings. [Read more…]

3 Strategic Uses for the Oxford Humanities Reference Collection

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For over 500 years, Oxford University Press has published authoritative works by the world’s leading scholars. With the five-volume Oxford Humanities Reference Collection, you can incorporate that renowned scholarship into your study. And if you pre-order this collection by September 2, you’ll get 56% off.

Here are 3 ways the Oxford Humanities Collection will enhance your study.

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The Best Way to Build a Solid Reformed Library

Build a solid reformed libraryWhether you already own a base package or not, if you have an interest in the Reformed tradition there’s no better way to build a Reformed library than with a Logos 6 base package. The Reformed packages contain great resources that are not found in any other packages.

The Reformed base packages are the only ones to include landmark systematic theologies like those from Muller, Bavinck and Vos. Looking for the collected writings of B.B. Warfield, Charles Hodge, Charles Spurgeon, Augustus Toplady, Thomas Boston, A.W. Pink and much more? Look no further. Plus, Reformed base packages include hundreds of commentaries, pastoral resources, and reference works like the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary.

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Save on Scholarship from N.T. Wright

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There’s still time to save 24% on all four volumes of N.T. Wright’s Christian Origins and the Question of God, but this deal ends August 31. These works are some of the most important contributions to contemporary New Testament studies—don’t miss this opportunity to add them to your library at a great discount.
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Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Dictionaries

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Like any specialized field, theology and biblical studies have developed their own unique vocabularies. That terminology has been refined over thousands of years—and often familiar terms are used in unique ways. For instance, although the terms “dichotomy” and “trichotomy” can be used in a variety of contexts, in theology they have a very distinct meaning—namely, they identify two major views regarding the makeup of human beings. Trichotomists say human beings are comprised of body, soul, and spirit, while dichotomists argue for a two-fold distinction: soul/spirit and body.
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6 Essential Resources for Ministry

ministry collectionPastors, preachers, teachers, and other ministry leaders are constantly looking for ways to be more faithful and effective. One way to do that is by building a solid library. But every library has room to improve. Often, ministers will fill their libraries with respected commentaries, the latest theological resources, solid Bible reference works, and their favorite scholars’ systematic theologies—and that’s wonderful.

But how strong is your lineup of resources specifically written to help you become more effective in ministry?
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The Missing Piece in Your Evangelism

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There’s a slew of evangelistic methods out there, but one element is key to their effectiveness: prayer. If prayer is absent from our methodology, we’re missing one of the most essential elements of effective evangelism. But how can we incorporate prayer throughout the evangelistic process? In ED121 Introducing Evangelism, Bobby Conway focuses on the importance of prayer and presents eight ways to pray in order to improve evangelism. Watch this clip to learn how to empower your evangelism through prayer.
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