Connecting the Dots Between Humanity and God

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“How can God be three and one? How can God take on a human nature? If God planned everything, how can I be responsible? Do my prayers make any difference in God’s plan? Will we finally know everything when we get to heaven?

“These are questions that recognize some of the mysterious tensions that Scripture presents to us. They are good questions, but wrong answers to good questions can rob us of a full and fulfilled Christian life, and they rob God of his proper glory. Proper answers—answers that allow the mystery of God and His ways to shine brightly—will evoke in us proper worship.”

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Are You Preparing Your Church for Christmas?

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If you’re a church leader, by now you’re probably knee-deep in preparation for Christmas. From planning extra services to crafting upcoming sermon series to fit the season, there’s a lot to keep track of.

And there are plenty of resources out there to help you do it. With so many Christmas-themed books, small group and Sunday school curricula, workbooks, journals, and DVD series to wade through, how do you know what to trust?

How can you be confident that what you have is biblical, up-to-date with recent scholarship, and trustworthy?

Our brand new Mobile Ed & Faithlife TV Plus church subscription bundle includes thousands of videos on all the key subjects you want your congregation to master—discipleship, leadership, apologetics, theology, and much more.

And yes, we have videos that are perfect for Christmas, too!

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Why Difficulties in the Bible Are a Good Thing

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Jen Hatmaker recently launched a kerfuffle in the evangelical blogosphere (meteorologists have started to assign these kerfuffles their own names, like hurricanes) by reconsidering her stance on a hotly contested biblical doctrine. I won’t get into that particular issue here (though I do not think it is trivial). It’s part of her reasoning for changing her position that interests me in this post:

Thousands of churches and millions of Christ-followers faithfully read the Scriptures and with thoughtful and academic work come to different conclusions…. Godly, respectable leaders have exegeted the Bible and there is absolutely not unanimity on its interpretation. There never has been.

Empirically, she’s got a point. Lots of them, actually. Logos sells the Counterpoints series, after all. Christians of all sorts disagree about all sorts of Bible statements. Combine this fact with our culture’s viewpoint that what one sees has everything to do with where one is standing—and what do you get?

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How to Get the Most Out of Sermon Editor

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Some pastors spend 30 hours or more preparing a single sermon. Even if you treasure every moment of those hours, there are parts of the process of writing a sermon that take longer than they need to—and more importantly, distract you from focusing on the parts that matter. Logos 7’s new Sermon Editor feature helps you transition from studying to sermon writing, and from sermon writing to preaching.

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Get a Head Start on Savings with Early Black Friday Deals!

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The end of the year is fast approaching; put your book budget to good use with early savings for Black Friday! Get up to 60% off some of our most popular titles, including resources by John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, J.I. Packer, Jerry Bridges, William Barclay, and many more!

Then, come back on Black Friday (November 25) for even more deals!

Get started now with these highlighted resources, then browse all Black Friday Deals.

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How to Find Everywhere the New Testament Uses the Old Testament

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Years ago as a young Christian I was involved in a discipleship class. I remember very well studying Satan tempting Jesus in Matthew 4. My mentor emphasized how Jesus quoted Deuteronomy to counter the enticements of the enemy. He explained this wasn’t the only time Jesus quoted Scripture, but rather he often used the Old Testament in his life and ministry. My teacher concluded by encouraging the other students and me to do likewise.

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The Relevance of the Prophets for Today

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The books are long and complex. They include strange visions, speak of skeletons come to life, and frequently describe God’s wrath and judgment.

Studying the Major Prophets can be intimidating to say the least. The language, imagery, and poetry of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel can make it difficult to discern their message, let alone understand how their message relates to the lives of believers today.

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Everything You Need to Know about Dynamic Pricing

BuildYourLogosLibraryLogos 7 is here, and with Dynamic Pricing you could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

If you read that statement and you’re thinking “Okay, but what is Dynamic Pricing?” then this post is for you. But even if you’re thinking “Yeah I already know about Dynamic Pricing. I just haven’t looked into upgrading yet,” then this post is also for you. Because if you own an earlier version of Logos, you could get started with Logos 7 for a lot less than you might think.

Here’s everything you need to know about Dynamic Pricing, and how it makes upgrading to Logos 7 a very sweet deal.

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If the Bible Is Clear, Why Are There So Many Opinions?

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Leaders of the Protestant Reformation, particularly Luther but also Calvin, affirmed the doctrine of the clarity of Scripture. Basically, the doctrine (as it has developed) teaches that all Christians can and should read the Bible with spiritual profit, no magisterium necessary.

And yet one of the biggest arguments against this view is the sheer size of the Logos Bible Software products list: if the Bible is so clear, why do we have so many commentaries and journals and books and dictionaries, all of which by no means agree and some of which exist for the major purpose of disagreeing with all who have gone before?

In a series of three articles, I want to clarify the doctrine of the clarity of Scripture, show the value of Bible difficulties, and suggest a way forward in a world full of conflict over the Bible.

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How to Cure Pastor Burnout

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It’s no secret that being a pastor is hard. Your sermons can take 30 hours or more per week. Some people expect you to be available constantly. You’re often exposed to the worst moments and darkest secrets of people you care about. You don’t clock out at the end of the day. And it’s all too easy to fall prey to the feeling that there’s always more to sacrifice for the people you serve.

And still, statistics suggest that the vast majority of pastors love their jobs.

Despite that passion, the accumulation of stress and its negative impact on health leads some pastors to give up their calling. If you want to lead your church for as long as you can, you have to take care of yourself.

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