In Loving Honor: 12 Quotes on Evangelism from Billy Graham

This morning the world woke to the news that Billy Graham, arguably the most recognized evangelist in history, has passed into glory.

Born November 7, 1918, and born again at age 16 at a revival meeting, Graham became a household name for his evangelistic crusades. It’s safe to assume that most Christians in America personally know someone who was saved at a Billy Graham crusade.  

By the Lord’s grace, Graham had a formidable influence on the world for Christianity. These facts and statistics, gleaned from his Wikipedia page, give only part of the picture:
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See Every Cross Reference in a Passage

In response to last week’s blog post a fellow Logos user asked the following question:

Thanks for the helpful tip, but I have a slightly different scenario. How do I add embedded cross references in a Bible to a Passage List since the references themselves don’t appear, but only superscript letters?

This is a great observation and excellent question! To assist us, we’re going to add Power Lookup to the Passage List.

Here’s what I mean:

  • Choose Documents | Passage List
  • Name the document anything you like (A)

  • Open a Bible, containing embedded cross references identified with superscript letters, (B) to any passage (C)

  • Choose Tools | Power Lookup
  • Select, in the Bible, text containing embedded cross references (D)
  • Notice Power Lookup displays the text of those cross references (E)
  • Click Copy on the Power Lookup panel (F)

  • Click the Add link on the Passage List (G)
  • Select …clipboard from the drop down list (H)

  • Notice the verses from Power Lookup which are cross references from the Bible are added to the Passage List! (I)

For more tips regarding Power Lookup be sure to check out the Logos 7 Training Manuals Volumes 1-3 in print or digital.

And for a great way to learn to study the Bible with Logos register for Camp Logos Inductive in Atlanta April 23-25!

Also be sure to follow the new MP Seminars Faithlife group and receive a FREE download of the commentary Ephesians: Verse by Verse by Dr. Grant Osborne.

Morris Proctor
is a certified trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

False Friends and Dead Words

Earlier this week, Mark Ward examined some criticisms of the King James Version via the preface to the Revised Standard Version. He mentioned dead words and “false friends” as examples of how the English language has changed over 600 years. In this excerpt from his book, Authorized, Ward examines the case of a specific false friend: a word whose meaning has changed too subtly to notice.
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The God of Covenantal Relationship

The God of Scripture is always forming “covenants” with his creation. And he is faithful to his covenants—even when his creatures are not.

In this week’s video, we will research the idea of covenant and observe places in the Bible where God acts in relationship to his covenant. Then we’ll analyze places where he responds to those who break his covenant.
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The RSV Takes on the KJV

The translators of the Revised Standard Version (1952; 2nd. ed. 1971) didn’t mince words when comparing their work to the King James Version. The KJV “has grave defects,” they said. Its underlying Greek texts were “marred by mistakes, containing the accumulated errors of fourteen centuries.”

The RSV translators, on the other hand, possessed “more ancient manuscripts of the New Testament.” They were “far better equipped to recover the original wording of the Greek text.” [Read more…]

Reflecting on the Word

Logos Mobile Education is always developing new and helpful ways to use technology to equip the church to grow in the light of the Bible. With over two hundred courses available, education is our major strength. We love seeing people grow and succeed in expanding their understanding of God and his Word. As a part of that process, it’s important for those studying theology and related subjects to pause for times of devotion and reflection, but not everyone has a way to attend a chapel service at a seminary.

With this in view, wouldn’t it be great to sit down and reflect on the Word with Darrell Bock, Millard Erickson, or Bruce Waltke? We think so, and we designed a series of over forty reflections on biblical passages from top scholars for you to access when you need to be fed spiritually. It’s called Reflecting on the Word: Video Devotionals.

The collection is organized around the life of Christ, with readings from the Old and New Testaments. If you want to focus in on Christ’s resurrection to begin thinking about Easter, there’s a section called “The Resurrection of Christ” that looks at the resurrection accounts in the Gospels, and also the continued, unfolding significance of this event elsewhere in Scripture.

If you want to hear about expectation, mourning, suffering, and the struggle of the Christian life, there’s a section called “The Suffering of Christ” with passages focusing on those themes. This might be especially helpful for those who observe Lent in preparation for Easter.

The first set of reflections was published in 2016, with contributions from Tremper Longman, Ben Witherington, Michael Allen, and others. This year’s contributors include Kevin Vanhoozer, Michael Bird, and George Guthrie, among other top scholars. Both collections include an introduction to the church year by Peter Leithart, giving you a framework for moving through the sets in order. But even if you simply want to hear what a professor has to say about a passage you’re currently studying, this collection offers valuable insight.

Each reflection begins with a reading of the passage, and then the exposition follows. A link to the passage in Logos is included, along with the full transcript of the reflection. To give you a better sense of this resource, here’s a video reflection on Romans 4:13–25 from Douglas J. Moo.

Each reflection concludes with a response section, with one or two questions to think through and a space for capturing your own insights in response. For Dr. Moo’s reflection above, the questions are:

  • What specific obstacles stand in the way of your hope and faith in God’s promises?
  • What specific things strengthen your hope and faith in God’s promises?

We hope you can benefit from this collection. Right now you can get it at 40% off for $29.99 through March 31. Also, check out Dr. Moo’s course on Galatians here.

How to Find Specific Events on a Logos Timeline

Seeing a biblical or world event in its historical context can certainly aid our understanding of the event. Toward the end of discovering historical context, Logos Bible Software provides the tool appropriately called Timeline.

Today’s blog post is devoted to a small feature within the Timeline which assists us in viewing relevant events in the current Timeline:
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New Year, New Books

There’s so much to look forward to in 2018. Lexham Press has some exciting new books scheduled to release this year, including a brand new book by Dr. Michael Heiser. We just finalized our Spring 2018 Catalog where you’ll find all of our exciting forthcoming titles. Here are three highlights that are coming soon—and all three are available for pre-order right now.
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Now on Pre-Pub: This Will Help You Ask Better Questions

We’ve all experienced the easy group discussion questions and awkward silences. How do you get your small group to really dig into the conversation?

It’s all about having a better set of questions.

Each of the 51 volumes in the Good Questions Have Groups Talking series provides ready-to-use lessons built on 20 (or so) thought-provoking queries. They’ll help get your people talking as they encounter biblical truth, and save you hours of prep time.
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Search for Things, Not Words

The following piece is a preview of my regular column in Bible Study Magazine. The tips here will come out in the next issue. If you’re not yet a subscriber to BSM, click here.

Here’s a new Logos skill you may not yet have, a tool you’ll want to stick in your Bible study tool belt as I have done: searching for things rather than for words.

The point of Logos is not gaining some kind of proficiency certificate in the software (we don’t offer those); it’s studying the Bible. When I have a study project or a sermon prep or an article due—or just a personal question—I just want to get to answers quickly. That’s why, as often as I can, I make use of the tagging Logos has done in the Bible to search for things rather than words.
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