Pastors have an incredible number of job duties to perform. It’s amazing they find the time to juggle ministering to their congregation, meetings with staff and administrative work, and sermon prep every single week. Thom Rainer of LifeWay recently completed a large poll of pastors in the U.S. regarding sermon-prep time, a responsibility that is often invisible to typical church members. According to his results, the median sermon-prep time is 13 hours per week!
Wed, July 22, 2015 | Misc.|
Baptists have written many works that appeal to Christians from all theological traditions. Whether commentaries, church histories, or sermons, these works are perfect for both students, pastors, and researchers. If you haven’t placed your bid or pre-ordered these resources, do it soon before they ship. Otherwise, you’ll miss out on the chance to own them at the lowest price!
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The Founders Press Study Guide Commentaries offer solid exegesis, clear explanation, and practical insights into eight New Testament books. These concise resources are the perfect marriage of study guide and commentary, offering scholarly exposition in an easily digestible form. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary distinguished professor of New Testament Curtis Vaughan works section by section through the books of Acts, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, James, and 1–3 John.
Helpful for both pastors and laypeople, these six volumes are packed with accessible and practical insights. These well-loved guides aid readers in understanding the biblical text and applying it to everyday life—as well as helping pastors and leaders in sermon preparation and Bible study teaching.
The Anglican tradition has a long and vast history covering a wide theological and geographical spectrum. At the heart of Anglicanism is the conviction that theology should be based on a balance of Scripture, reason, and tradition. This balance is often referred to as the “three-legged stool.” If one of the legs gets too long, the stool will not balance properly.
It‘s all too easy to read Scripture as if it was written yesterday. But when we read the Bible through a modern lens, we open ourselves up to major misinterpretation. If we want to understand the Bible, we need to see it through the eyes of someone from the culture in which it was written. Logos’ Cultural Concepts tool helps you study the Bible in light of the historical and cultural context of the people who wrote—and lived—the stories in Scripture. [Read more…]
In a world afflicted with suffering, anger, addiction, and depression, how can Christians find joy?
Over the last decade, media has played a more prevalent role in the church than ever before.
And it shows no sign of slowing down.
By media, I mean everything from websites and worship presentations, to bulletins and podcasts. That flyer your administrator made for VBS? Guess what? It’s media! Your paper bulletin? Media! The accompanying track sister Elizabeth sang to? Media. It’s everywhere, and people can instantly spot sloppy, hastily thrown together work and the kind that shows you care.
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.
For nearly 20 years I’ve had the privilege of equipping Logos users like yourself how to get the most out of the software. One of my favorite things to teach is my personal system for organizing the many resources in the library. As you’ve probably already discovered, it doesn’t take long to amass 5,000 books or more. Unless you have an efficient method for managing your books, some—even many—will go under used or, even worse, never used. [Read more…]
Mon, July 20, 2015 | Misc.|
John and Lisa Bevere are the founders of Messenger International, an organization established to help individuals, families, churches, and nations realize and experience the transforming power of God’s Word. A minister and best-selling author, John delivers messages of uncompromising truth with boldness and passion. In his latest book, Good or God, he invites readers to engage with God on a new level:
Everyone’s Bible-study workflow is different. Hopefully we’re all following sound hermeneutics, but there’s infinite variation in how we actually apply those principles. Since no two workflows are exactly alike, Logos can be customized to fit your needs. You’ll save a ton of time in your sermon, lesson, or Bible-study prep with custom layouts. Once you know the type of study you’d like to perform and the resources you need to consult, it’s simple to customize Logos to match your preferred workflow.
It’s common to hear skeptics both inside and outside of the church ask questions like these. If we’re honest, in our own moments of doubt we’ve wondered the same things. In our hearts we want to see a united church, a church characterized by “one Lord, one faith, one baptism (Ephesians 4:5).” Though we may firmly hold to our own theological convictions, many of us may wonder, “Are denominational divisions ultimately a good thing?”