The Importance of Mentorship for New Christians

We all need others to encourage, challenge, and teach us, but this kind of mentorship is critical in the early stages of a new Christian life. But mentorship itself can be challenging, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the rhythms of walking through life with someone else. Making sure you have stimulating topics and questions for your mentee week in and week out can often be difficult. [Read more…]

Elyse Fitzpatrick: Idolatry and the Power of the Cross

Elyse Fitzpatrick is a respected counselor, author, and Bible teacher with a gift for applying biblical wisdom to personal and relational issues.

In the video below, she offers a brief word on the nature of idolatry as she introduces her course on the topic, Idolatry and the Power of the Cross: [Read more…]

5 Books of the Bible That Might Intimidate You . . . But Don’t Need To

When we decided to curate a list of resources for every book of the Bible, one of our priorities was to choose resources that would help people comprehend the most difficult books of the Bible.

All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for helping Christians mature and better obey God (2 Tim 3:16–17), so we should study all of it.

Here are five books of the Bible that might stump you on an initial read, with keys to help you unlock the book, plus resources for going deeper.

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Are Bible Translators Traitors?

A famous Italian proverb declares “traduttore, traditore,” which means, “translator, traitor.” Those who assume this is true are unaware [of] how difficult it is to produce a translation. Every translator at some point invariably discards the meaning of the original text. [Read more…]

How to Quickly See Tags in a Biblical Passage

A Logos user recently contacted me with the following scenario:

I know the Logos developers have tagged the biblical text with all sorts of labels or datasets. Normally I right click on words and scroll through the menu to see these tags. Is there, however, an easier way to view tags just while I’m reading the text? [Read more…]

How to Get a Book Bundle That’s Perfect for You

Buying books by the bundle gives you a lot of great books at a great price. But sometimes, you want to switch out a few books to make it the perfect bundle for your Logos library.

For a short time, you can build your own bundle from nearly 150 popular commentaries, reference works, and ministry helps. And the more you buy, the more you get. [Read more…]

What’s the True Cost of Bad Biblical Interpretation?

Prooftexting. Eisegesis. Missing the cultural setting. Taking passages out of context.

Common hermeneutical missteps can have big effects on your faith and your church. Just ask Hymenaeus or Philetus, whose teaching Paul rails against in 2 Timothy 2:17. [Read more…]

3 Truths and a Myth about Angels

This is a guest post by Lindsay John Kennedy.

Although many popular misconceptions exist, the Bible tells us quite a bit about angels. It may not answer all our questions, but what it says, it says clearly.

In this post, we draw from Michael Heiser’s Angels: What the Bible Really Says about God’s Heavenly Host to learn how the Bible speaks about angels, starting with a common misconception about the term “angel.” [Read more…]

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The modern Church has a lot to learn from ancient Christianity. Sure, some Christians may still recite the creeds or read Augustine, but there’s far more we could glean by reading more from the Early Church Fathers.

Returning to writings from the ancient Church shows us how pastors and theologians throughout history have responded to theological controversies—many of which we’re still dealing with today. [Read more…]

4 Truths for the Overly Responsible, Crazy Busy

If you’ve ever told yourself you should be doing more, you may be right.

Or you may have too high a view of yourself.

In this excerpt from Crazy Busy, free this month on Faithlife Ebooks, Kevin DeYoung provides four thoughts to help the overly responsible.

It is adapted from a chapter titled, “The Terror of Total Obligation.” [Read more…]