Have You Read the Most Thumbed-Through, Thumbs-Upped Books?

2015-YearInReview-Blog-Header_620x325In a poignant scene from a mid-90’s movie, a character is asked to select a favorite book from among a vast library. She responds rapturously, “I could no sooner choose a favorite star in the heavens!”

We know the feeling.

It would be near impossible for us to highlight just a handful of resources from our own library—so we let our users choose for us. We’re celebrating last year’s best-selling, most-read, and top-rated products as determined by the people who use our products everyday.

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What Does Church History Have to Do with Modern Ministry?

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“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” (Eccl 1:9)

This refrain from the beginning of Ecclesiastes is music to a historian’s ears. The cliché “those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” may ring true for those who ignore the past. The modern church often falls into the trap of chronological snobbery, assuming that current intellectual pursuits are inherently superior to the past. This causes pastors and church-goers alike to forego thousands of years of wisdom in favor of the newest scholarship.

In his new book, Church History for Modern Ministry, Pastor Dayton Hartman argues that church history is not old news, but a vital component of a healthy ministry. The previous struggles and conflicts of the church can help us refine and reform our doctrine and worship today. In this practical and engaging book, Hartman shows us that a deep understanding of our past can help us address contemporary issues facing the church.

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The Logos Feature That Makes Using BDAG a Breeze

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I have a long-standing, friendly argument going with an old professor of mine. It started when, as a budding young Greek student in seminary, I asked, “Should I get the paper version of BDAG or the digital version?”

“Paper,” he said, “because you can see the whole layout of each entry instead of only a tiny portion of that entry, which is what you get on your computer screen.”

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The Power of Theological Journals for Your Bible Study

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Commentaries, Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias are some of the most popular reference works we stock our digital libraries and bookshelves with. However, one resource that is often overlooked, but can be extremely beneficial to your studies, is a theological journal.

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In Remembrance: 6 Powerful Quotes from Charles Ryrie

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When I met Charles Ryrie, I had to shoulder my way through the throng of undergraduates just to shake his hand. He had just delivered a lecture during chapel at my little Bible college, and immediately following his closing prayer, the seats emptied and students surrounded him. Ryrie—who was already elderly and had to deliver his talk while seated in a wingback chair—graciously endured the onslaught. When I reached the front of the crowd I realized students weren’t simply shaking the hand of this patriarch of dispensational theology—many were asking him to sign their Bibles.

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What Your View of Judges 11 Says About Your View of the Entire Bible

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Last week I asked a question that struck a chord in readers. I promised that your answer to that question would “reveal everything you believe about the Old Testament.” Who knew so many people cared so deeply—and had done so much thinking—about whether or not Jephthah sacrificed his daughter in Judges 11?

But before I reveal what I believe about Jephthah’s daughter, let me point out what I do not believe: that everyone who voted differently than I did has a flawed view of the Old Testament. There is room for debate here, and at least one Old Testament scholar I respect greatly has argued in detail for the opposite view. (My replies are here.) In fact, I checked about 40 commentaries, and the proportion of yes and no votes was exactly the same as in the poll from last week’s post.

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Logos’ Most Wanted: Best Sellers and Wishlist Favorites

2015-YearInReview-Blog-Header_620x325Each year, we equip the church with hundreds of resources that deliver insight—so many, it’s hard to single out the best! Rather than pick our favorites, we’ve let our faithful users highlight the best products of 2015. And here they are: the best-selling, highest-rated, most-wanted resources from last year. From base packages to Bibles, there’s something to delight everyone.

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5 Ways to Transform Your Sermon Preparation and Delivery

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There are a lot of great deals in the monthly sale, but each month we spotlight a product that offers special value. This month’s featured product is the Pastorum Series Collection. This unique set of resources is always a great value, and right now it’s 30% off.

What makes this collection so great? Simple: you get the tools to develop and present more memorable sermons—while reducing your preparation time. Here are five ways you can transform your sermon prep and delivery using these resources.

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Understand the Biblical Writers on Their Own Terms

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The Greek text has much to offer those teaching and preaching, but gleaning these insights can be a frustrating experience. Too often, people expect that word studies or assigning a syntactic label to a construction is as good as it gets. But the new Discourse Analysis Bundle from Mobile Ed opens the door for those with an introductory knowledge of Greek to go deeper than they ever thought possible. In these courses, you’ll be introduced to significant discourse devices that the biblical writers used to prioritize and structure their message. You’ll learn how things like forward-pointing devices were used to help the original audience know that something important was about to be said.

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How to View All of Your Highlighted Resources in Logos

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A common question I receive from Logos users goes something like this:

As I read a Logos book, I highlight text. After finishing the book, how can I view all of my highlights in one place?

The short answer is to utilize the Quotes view in a Notes document. The longer answer is explained below.

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