How to Know That You Know the Bible

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I want to know the Bible. Do you?

There are many methods for Bible study out there, and every one I’ve ever seen has something of value to contribute. Let me add one, however, that I’ve never seen anyone else explain: borrow an open secret from teachers everywhere—consider using this scaffold worked out by pedagogical experts:

  1. Remember
  2. Understand
  3. Apply
  4. Analyze
  5. Evaluate
  6. Create

You may recognize these six steps as “Bloom’s Taxonomy,” a model created by educational theorists and in use, with a tweak or two, for the last 60 or so years. It helps teachers lead students steadily, in discernible steps, from ignorance to knowledge.

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9 Reasons I Use Logos When I Preach

pastors-need-logosLogos 7 is my preferred tool for sermon preparation, but history proves you don’t have to use Logos in order to teach the Bible carefully and effectively. Somehow Paul managed pretty well without it. Augustine and Chrysostom reportedly didn’t use it either. Calvin, Luther, Edwards, Spurgeon, Bavinck, Lloyd-Jones, Frame; pick your heroes (I’m writing this, so I get to pick mine). I for one am thrilled if you live and preach the Bible, whether you use Logos to do it or not.

I’m confident that I preach and teach more effectively because I have Logos, but let me make something clear: I’m not saying digital is better than paper, or even that Augustine would have done better exegesis if he’d had Logos. Chesterton had it right:

If I set the sun beside the moon,
And if I set the land beside the sea,
And if I set the town beside the country,
And if I set the man beside the woman,
I suppose some fool would talk about one being better.

This is all true. Digital isn’t “better” than paper.

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3 Ways to Enrich Your Studies This Month

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September’s deals are here! With each monthly sale, our goal is to offer a wide range of resources, so you can enrich your study with books that will help you better understand the topics you’re interested in, and grow in areas you’re focused on. This month, you can choose from a mix of commentaries, theological studies, history, language guides, Mobile Ed courses, and more.

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Sync Your Highlights Across Multiple Bibles in 5 Clicks

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I’ve had the privilege of teaching Camp Logos training seminars for many years now. And ever since the Highlighting feature appeared on the scene, there’s a very common question at Camp:

How can I highlight the text in one Bible and have those highlights show up in other Bibles?

Well, I have great news for you: that feature now exists in Logos 7! It’s a setting in the Visual Filter called Corresponding Notes and Highlights and it’s really cool.

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How to Identify a Passage’s Repeated Words in Seconds

repeated-wordsInductive Bible study consists of three phases: Observation, Interpretation, and Application. During Observation we’re encouraged to read the biblical text numerous times asking the journalistic questions Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. Also, during this initial step of Bible study we’re supposed to identify any repeated words which may indicate an emphasis or theme.

For example in Luke 15 words like “lost,” “found,” and “rejoice” occur frequently and they do indeed point to the main point of the chapter.

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Is Your Bible Study Missing a Thematic Perspective?

TW-Promo-BlogHeaderCommentaries are a beloved and vital resource for modern students of the Bible. They give us expert insight into each verse of each chapter of each book of the Bible, and are often a great starting point for deeper research. But one thing the standard commentary typically doesn’t include is an emphasis on the themes of the given book. That’s where a thematic Bible study series truly shines.

Thematic studies center their exegesis around a specific theme or topic found in scripture, providing a unique, often narrative-driven perspective on the biblical book. This allows our theology to be shaped by the grand exegesis of scripture as opposed to having a single verse attempt to explain a theme or inform our theology. And our understanding of the Bible, as a whole, is enhanced when we’re able to properly grasp the themes and topics woven within Scripture.

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6 Reasons Pastors Will Love the Sermon Editor in Logos 7

5-reasons-love-sermon-editorInsightful culture watcher David Foster Wallace says something in his famous essay on television that preachers need to hear—even though preachers probably already know it.

The staccato editing, sound bites, and summary treatment of knotty issues is network news’ accommodation of an Audience whose attention span and appetite for complexity have naturally withered a bit after years of high-dose spectation. (A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, 57)

Thankfully, the Christian community in America has not been affected by high doses of television. Churchgoers are constantly asking their pastors to extend their sermons by an extra hour.

No, actually not.

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What to Do When You Find an Interpretive Quandary

interpretive-quandaryThe viewpoints of Christians of the past are not authoritative over us in the same way the Bible is—or even the same way our pastors are (Heb. 13:17). Past generations of believers made theological errors just like us, because they were fallen and limited just like we are.

But, then again, they were not limited exactly like we are. As C.S. Lewis famously pointed out in Surprised by Joy, it is “chronological snobbery” to assume that we are more advanced in every way than people from centuries past. We shouldn’t get busy congratulating ourselves for avoiding their vices before we remind ourselves how far we fall from their virtues. We need to listen to how other Christians, in all centuries, have used the Bible.

One important element of Bible interpretation is to see how other Christians throughout history have used the passage you’re studying. Logos 7 provides three brand new datasets that you can use to help you do that with a minimum of page-flipping: the Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology, and Confessional Documents datasets.

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How to Hit the Ground Running in Logos 7

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For most of us, our first introduction to Logos Bible Software is the Home Page with its Passage/Topic box. By entering a biblical reference or subject in the box and clicking GO we can launch in-depth Bible study.

Also, if you’ve been to Camp Logos or watched the QuickStart videos you’ve heard me say the GO icon opens the Default Home Page Passage or Topic Study Screen. In other words, if we used GO, we had to take and learn to love what the software opened for us; we couldn’t customize the Home Page layouts.

That is, until Logos 7! With the latest version, we can combine the ease of use of GO with the power of customization, resulting in a quick and personalized Logos desktop.

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Take a Personal, Guided Tour Through the Gospels

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“Location, location, location.” Anyone familiar with real estate has certainly overheard this mantra at some point. The geographic features of a particular location influence so much of our human experience. Even beyond the aspects of climate, landscape, and natural resources, geography leaves a lasting mark on the development of societies and cultures in any given area.

Many of the most well-known narratives in Scripture are rife with geographical elements that are often overlooked because of our distance from the Holy Land. Many of Jesus’ parables and illustrations are steeped in geographic details, but some of these important and distinctive details are lost in translation—we’re simply too far removed from these locations to understand their geographic significance. Imagine having a personal tour guide of Jerusalem and the surrounding area, giving you an on-the-spot explanation of what you’re seeing and how it informs the biblical text.

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