Crush Your Exegesis Paper: 3 Secrets Every Student Should Know

tips-exegesis-papersI have written seminary-level exegesis papers, and I have graded them—dozens of them. And I’m going to tell you a few secrets I don’t think your teachers will mind me telling their students. They’ve already told you what you really need to know, namely how to exegete the Bible. Nothing I tell you will help you if you haven’t really listened to them first.

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Why Bible Scholars Believe We Can Trust Scripture

why-trust-scriptureWhen someone asks, “How can I trust the Bible?”, there are numerous passages in Scripture that we can turn to which affirm God’s sovereignty and the truth of his Word (2 Timothy 3:16–17, Matthew 5:18, Proverbs 30:5–6, 2 Peter 1:20–21). But quoting Scripture isn’t the only way we can respond to objections to the Bible’s authority (1 Peter 3:15). When the conversation isn’t rooted in a shared faith in Jesus, it helps to have more tools.

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Get the “Big Picture” of Logos 7’s Sermon Editor

big-picture-sermon-editorLogos 7 launched with a number of exciting and powerful new features, but the one that’s generating the most interest and questions is the Sermon Editor. You can get an overview of what Sermon Editor can do in this introductory blog post, and this dedicated training page.

With this blog post I’d like to continue the discussion about this very practical tool. While it’s outside the scope of any one post to fully explore the Sermon Editor, I’d like to provide an overview in the form of a “big picture.”

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7 Ways Logos 7 Will Revolutionize Your Personal Bible Study

revolutionize-2You study the Bible because you love it, not just because you’re “supposed” to; you genuinely enjoy your time diving deep in the Word. Experiencing those “aha!” moments, discovering obscure inter-testamental connections, unearthing layers of meaning in original languages and historical-cultural contexts, and gleaning ageless wisdom from theologians throughout history—nothing thrills you like studying, really studying the Bible.

We want to fuel that passion! Here are seven ways Logos 7 will help you get more out of the Bible study you love.

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How to Get Logos 7: All Your Options, Clearly Explained

Logos 7 upgrade

Logos 7 is here, and we want to make it easy for you to get started.

Need a bigger library? Just want the features? Working with a limited budget?

Whatever your situation, there’s a Logos 7 option to match. And if you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to call us at 888-875-9491. We’re happy to help you sort through your options.

Meanwhile, I’ll walk you through all the different ways you can get Logos 7, explaining why customers typically choose one path over another.

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Do We Really Believe in Christ’s Kingship?

Orange-Kuyper-Quote“Crown Him with Many Crowns.” “King of Glory.” “You Are My King.” “Lead on, O King Eternal.”

Christians often sing praise songs about Christ as King. But do we really think of him that way?

According to theologian and statesman Abraham Kuyper, far too often the answer is a resounding “no.”

In Pro Rege, a magisterial exploration of the Kingship of Christ, Kuyper outlines the implications of Christ’s reign over every dimension of life. Kuyper says we Christians regularly fail to acknowledge our true place in creation. We aren’t just God’s creation; we are God’s possession:

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3 Things That Logos Can Do for the Lay Leader

logos-lay-leader-2Pastors are sometimes forced to squeeze their sermon prep into odd time slots, but that’s what lay leaders must always do. Lay leaders work full-time jobs and have families. I’ve been on both sides of the altar; I know the pressures.

I have stayed up till 1, sometimes 2, on Saturday nights preparing; I had a good friend who for years got up at 4:00 am on Sundays to prep for his class. Needless to say, I rely heavily on my Bible study tools—and I want to lay out the basics of what Logos can do for the 1:30 am Bible student.

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How to Copy–Paste Bible Text from Logos without Leaving Your Word Processor

copy-paste-bible-textAfter more than a year as a Logos Pro, I’m still occasionally surprised to discover things I never knew Logos could do.

I already knew about the Copy Bible Verses tool in Logos. I use it so regularly that I made a shortcut to it in my menu bar:


But I just learned that you can use Logos to insert Bible text while you’re in other apps—pretty much anything with a text field.

There are two ways to do this.

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How I Learned to Love Greek Lexicons

learn-love-lexiconDuring my time in seminary, fourth-semester Greek was synonymous with “pain.” This “pain” took the form of two, massive exegetical papers, each 30 pages in length.

Those papers were seemingly insurmountable obstacles that stood in the way of any person hoping to finish their seminary degree. An exegetical paper is intimidating because the content to be covered is very technical, and the time expenditure to complete the task is great.

I remember very clearly working on a section in one of those exegetical papers: the diachronic word study. For those who don’t know, a diachronic word study is the process of tracing a Greek word’s usage throughout history from Ancient Greece to the New Testament, and on to the time of the early church.

One of the most difficult parts of this word study process was navigating the lexical resources we were tasked to reference in our paper. Lexicons are heavy tomes filled mostly with unintelligible scribbles in barely-legible sized font. There were so many abbreviations in these volumes, I felt like I needed a decoder ring to navigate effectively.

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How to Navigate the Tension between Kingdom and Culture

navigate-tensionTo be a Christian is to live in tension; the tension between the now and the not yet, the is and the is to come, between what has been promised and what has yet to be fulfilled. And we experience this tension daily as we are called to live as citizens of the Kingdom of God exiled in a foreign land: the culture of the world. It’s a lifelong pursuit, learning to live in this tension with integrity and grace.

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