An Apologist Confronts His Doubt

Mike Licona was at a spiritual crossroads, and he couldn’t have reached it at a more inconvenient time.
An apologist confronts his doubts
As the apologetics coordinator for the Southern Baptist Convention’s mission board, Mike gained the reputation of a stalwart defender of Christianity. He’d written two books on the historicity of the Resurrection. He traveled the country, debating the philosophical merits of Christianity on college campuses and in churches. But as he continued his doctoral studies, Mike felt a familiar presence lurking near the edges of his consciousness. The unsettling specter he thought he had banished had returned.

His wife Debbie could sense it too. Mike describes the moment they acknowledged its unwelcome reappearance. “One night I’m lying in bed and I figured my wife was asleep. We probably hadn’t said anything for half an hour. And then I just heard her voice pierce into the darkness. ‘You’re doubting again, aren’t you?’”

He could avoid it no longer. Doubt had made a dramatic re-entry into the apologist’s life. But this time was different. This time he would face it head on.
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Do I Need Yet Another Commentary Series?

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The IVP New Testament Commentary Series is on sale now through June 30th. Save $89 when you get the whole set.

A question I’m sometimes asked is, “Jonathan, do I really need another commentary series?” My answer is always a resounding, “Yes!”

I understand the hesitation: print books are heavy, are difficult to pack and store when you move, and become unwieldy when you try and reference multiple sources at once. If you’ve ever had your desk covered with commentaries, left for two minutes, and then tried to remember which commentary you were just reading, then you know the frustration. Logos fixes that.

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Create About-the-Author Pages for Your Logos Resources

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.

As you well know, before reading a book, it’s helpful to become acquainted with its author. The more we know about the writer, the more we can place the words of the resource in the context of his or her worldview. For example, we enjoy the daily devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, but do we know Oswald Chambers? When did he live? What was his theological bent?

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Uncover Treasure in Scripture with the Factbook

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In our fast-paced world, it’s important to set aside time with God. But even if you take the time to meditate and reflect on God’s Word, some passages are so embedded in the context of the ancient world that they’re challenging—and frustrating—to interpret. Many of us would love to really dig into the historical, literary, and cultural context of a passage—but have no idea where to begin.

Logos 6 can break down some of those barriers with just a few clicks. The Factbook is your one-stop guide for information on any biblical concept or area of study. It’s a massive, interactive, biblical encyclopedia with articles, media, and more culled from resources across your Logos library. 

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Engage with Us on Youtube and Win


Become our most engaged Youtube fan between now and June 26 and win Spurgeon’s 10-volume New Testament Commentary Collection from Lexham Press. The series, which is valued at $149.99, directs you to places where Spurgeon explicitly cites a verse, and where he alludes to it, meaning you no longer need to comb through thousands of sermons to find what you need. 25 runner-ups will win Spurgeon’s Galatians commentary, a $21.95 value. Entering is easy—here’s all you need to do:

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The Theological Controversy That May Have Cost Charles Spurgeon’s Life

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Conviction—it’s a word that most associate with Charles Spurgeon. The “Prince of Preachers” wasn’t known for backing down from necessary controversy. Between pamphlet writing, lectures, and preaching, Spurgeon clearly and passionately argued for the truth of Christianity against ministers who were backing away from orthodoxy.

Near the end of his life, Spurgeon became entangled in a controversy that became so heated, it may have contributed to his death at the age of 57.
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The Surprising Connection Between God’s Fatherhood and Eschatology

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What does the concept of God’s fatherhood have to do with eschatology? Though the connection isn’t immediately apparent, it’s real. And grasping its significance can change the way we think about our spiritual identity, how we live the Christian life, and, most of all, our relationship with our heavenly Father.
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Unlock the Treasure and Get Up to $800 in Free Gifts!

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Legend has it that in 1816, an American man named Thomas J. Beale, and 30 men he was traveling with, came upon an untapped gold and silver mine while hunting buffalo somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. It took more than a year and a half, but eventually they mined over three tons of gold and silver—estimated to be worth $63 million in today’s money!

But they were concerned. What would happen to their fortune if they were to perish in the wilderness? They wanted to be certain their families would receive their hard-earned wealth if tragedy should strike.
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Understanding Textual Criticism Just Got Much Easier


Textual criticism can be pretty intimidating. Sometimes, it’s hard to even know where to start. Today, I’ll show you how you can incorporate this essential task into your study using Logos 6. You can investigate textual differences in the Bible at any level, consult textual commentaries, browse all of your apparatuses, compare modern Greek and Hebrew editions as well as ancient versions, or get access to the original manuscripts—all in one place.

Let me walk you through a textual variant in the Gospel of John and show you how to discover the original reading of this text:
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Learning to Deal with Differences in the Church

Mending a Fractured ChurchThe night before he was crucified, Jesus prayed for the unity of his followers.

And I do not ask on behalf of these only, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their word, that they all may be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, that they also may be in us, in order that the world may believe that you sent me. And the glory that you have given to me, I have given to them, in order that they may be one, just as we are one—I in them, and you in me, in order that they may be completed in one, so that the world may know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me. (John 17:20–23, LEB)

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