Tortured for Christ: Free Ebook of the Month

It’s been five decades since Pastor Richard Wurmbrand stunned the world with his stories of persecution behind the Iron Curtain. With over 10 million copies in 60 languages, Tortured for Christ offers an inspiring true account of faith under fire that every Christian should read.

And this month, Wurmbrand’s classic is the Faithlife Ebooks Free Book of the Month. Add it to your library now.
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Vote for Your Favorites, Save on Someone Else’s

Logos March Madness is in the final round. Save 55% on resources eliminated in round 5—or more, with dynamic pricing—then go vote for your champions. It’s a battle between Old and New Testament exegesis in the courses final, and between exegesis and exposition in the commentaries final.

Check out the eliminated resources below—all 55% off.

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The Organized Mind of John Stott

For almost sixty years of his fruitful career as pastor, writer, and evangelical leader, John Stott used a system of note cards to keep track of quotations and stories that he wanted to use in his sermons and books. With the help of his faithful secretary Frances Whitehead, he filed these cards away in his office at All Souls Langham Place, the church in London where he pastored for many years. Here is one of those note cards, with the topic heading “Agnosticism” in the lower right corner:
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Get the Best Price on Bible Teaching Outlines

The Teacher’s Outline and Study Bible is a fantastic resource for teaching Bible studies, small groups, or Sunday school classes. And it’s now on Pre-Pub. The price will go up when it launches, so now’s the time to get it at a good price.
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The Right Way to Use a Commentary

“There’s no way to know it without discovery.” — Sara Groves, songwriter

Groves isn’t talking about commentaries when she sings that line, but she’s describing a fundamental truth about deep knowledge: it only comes by discovery. And discovery cannot be rushed.

Ideally, anyone digging into a biblical text wants to understand what God is revealing about Himself. The truths will be big, so they must be studied slowly and from every angle.

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3 Reasons To Study Greek, and 3 Reasons Not To

You want to learn New Testament Greek?

Presumably, you’re a Christian, so my advice on this topic will be written for those who desire to love God and neighbor in all they do—even and especially in learning New Testament Greek.

Thinking carefully at the outset about why you want to learn Greek will enrich your study and help ensure that your work is an offering to the Lord.

Here are three reasons not to study Greek—and three to study it.
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How to Spot a Falsely Attributed Quotation

I was looking for a Mother’s Day gift and I stumbled across a quotation on the website of a local massage therapist:

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. —C.S. Lewis

I’m a huge Lewis fan, and I immediately said to myself, C.S. Lewis never said that. I just knew.

First a techie lesson on how I confirmed my suspicion, then a few biblical and theological reflections on what it means to know a writer’s voice.
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The Bible as “Myth”

C.S. Lewis famously called the gospel of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection “True Myth.” What he meant was that 1) it really happened (“True”) and 2) it serves as a worldview-forming grand story (“Myth”) for Christians. Other religions and cultures tell such stories without necessarily believing that they really happened—take the Enuma Elish.
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The Mighty Have Fallen—in Price. Round 4 Discounts LIVE

Logos March Madness is nearing completion, and the discounts on runners-up are getting steeper. Get 50% off four bestselling commentary series and four popular Mobile Ed courses.

Here are the eliminated resources from round 4.
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How to Automatically Markup “In Jesus” Phrases

A Logos user and student of the Word recently asked if it’s possible to create a Visual Filter that automatically marks up the “in Jesus” phrases in the New Testament whether the phrase be:

  • in Jesus
  • in Christ
  • in Him
  • in Whom
  • Etc.

This is another insightful question and I’m happy to report the answer is yes! Since the Faithlife team has already labeled all the words in the New Testament referencing the person Jesus (Referent Dataset) all we have to do is create a proximity search with the Greek lemma “en” and we’re home free!
I know that’s clear as mud so let’s walk through it together:
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