Why Would a Church Ban the Bible?

We’re celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this month by exploring its hidden history. In this post, Dr. Mark Ward explains why publishing God’s Word was such a source of controversy in the Reformation era.

Learn more about the events that laid the foundation for the Reformation in our Reformation 500 timeline.

Maybe you’ve heard the story before: prior to the Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church forbade the translation of Scripture into common languages.

Now, Protestants had plenty to protest in this era, but it simply isn’t true that vernacular translation was totally forbidden. But the Roman Church did forbid it in some places at some times—and England, 1408, was one of them.

Why?

[Read more…]

How to Find Hymns That Relate to a Scripture Passage

My mentor years ago told me that outside of the Bible, one of the most important books to have in my library is a good hymnal (or two or three or more!). In light of that I was thrilled to recently receive the following question from a fellow Logos user:

Very often hymns are based on Scripture and very often that passage is referenced in the hymnal. Is there any way to search a hymnal or hymnals for a reference to a specific Scripture passage? For example, I’d like to know if any of the hymnals or song books in my Logos library make a reference to Romans 8:28.

This is a great question and the answer is a very easy and resounding yes! To do so, all you’ll need is the Logos Hymnal Media Resource and the Passage Guide.

[Read more…]

4 Ways to Thank Your Pastor this Pastor Appreciation Month

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. What do you give to a person whose calling is to spend himself for others? The key to good gift-giving is tapping into what the recipient values, even if it’s not what the giver values. Here are four suggestions of how to show your pastor some appreciation, written from the perspective of someone who’s actually done pastoral work.

[Read more…]

Logos 7 Under $200, Reformation Resources & Other Bargains

Here’s this week’s roundup of freebies, deals, and more from Faithlife.

Logos 7 under $200 for the first time

If you’ve ever wanted to get Logos but have been waiting for the best possible deal, the time is now. Through October 11, first-time base package purchasers can get Logos 7 Starter for under $200. This is the lowest price for Logos 7 we’ve ever offered online—33% off. In fact, if you’ve never purchased Logos, you can get $100 off any base package! Get a personal recommendation.

Get Logos 7 Starter for under $200 through Oct. 11.

[Read more…]

How Paragraph Breaks Can Help You Understand the Bible

Greek New Testament manuscripts often use paragraphs to indicate a shift in thought. But modern editors have not felt bound by these paragraph divisions: each Bible text may have its own.

Paragraphing is a necessary task for translation—and a help for interpretation. In my last twenty-four hours of Bible reading and preaching, I came across two separate places where paragraphing helped me ask interpretive questions—and achieve interpretive insights—I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.

[Read more…]

Get 3 Anchor Yale Bible Volumes for under $5!

This month only we’re giving away The Anchor Yale Bible: Romans—and you can add two more volumes from this series for under $5. But that’s not all: the complete series is available for half off!

[Read more…]

3 Tips for Professors Training the Next Generation of Ministers

Using Bible software is now a key ministry skill. And if you are training the next generation of pastors, missionaries, and Bible teachers, your students need you to teach them that skill whether they know it or not.

[Read more…]

Did the Writer of Chronicles Try to Scrub Away David’s Dirty Past?

Corporations cook their books. Politicians get caught taking bribes. Scientists fudge data. Should the writer of Chronicles be judged the same way?

It’s widely known that the books of 1–2 Chronicles are a reiteration of the history of Israel found in the books of 1–2 Samuel and 1–2 Kings. What isn’t as well known is that the writer of Chronicles carefully and deliberately omits any negative material about David and Solomon from his historical record. Try to find the account of David’s adultery and murder of Uriah in 1 Chronicles—you won’t be able to.
Why would the Chronicler omit it?

[Read more…]

5 Can’t-Miss Deals from October’s Monthly Sale

October monthly sale

October is here, and along with it come serious savings of 20 to 50% on your favorite Logos resources—from Church life and history to biblical studies and theology.

Shop the sale today! And be sure to check out these featured items:

[Read more…]

Get 50% off Resources Hand-Picked for Pastors

We’re celebrating pastors this month by offering half-off resources to strengthen your ministry. Choose from books and courses that help you be a more effective preacher, leader, or counselor. Each one is half off, so whatever you choose, you’ll save.

And don’t miss our Ministry Deals of the Week. Every Monday we’ll feature five additional deals on pastoral resources. These special savings only last for a week, so be sure to stock up on titles before they’re replaced every Monday at noon (PT).

Here are the can’t-miss pastoral resources on sale this month only.

[Read more…]