A Missional Approach to World Religions with Dr. Michael Goheen

logos-mobile-education-missions-and-church-planting-bundleReligious pluralism, the idea that all religions are equal, is an urgent issue facing Christians today. How do we uphold the gospel’s universal truth—and the exclusive nature of Christ’s work of redemption—in a world where all religions are treated as equal sources of truth? How can we share with our Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist neighbors what Christianity has to offer them?

How Christianity fulfills others’ needs

Dr. Michael Goheen answers these questions and more in his course Missional Approach to World Religions—part of the Logos Mobile Education: Missions and Church Planting Bundle.

In this course, Dr. Goheen—author, professor of missiology, and pastor—begins by explaining how we must understand world religions from the perspective of the gospel. He provides a framework from Scripture as he develops a theology of religions. Dr. Goheen examines the practices, origins, and beliefs of three major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. He identifies their points of contact with Christianity so you can understand the needs of people who follow these religions, what they are seeking, and how Christianity can fulfill their needs.

Dr. Goheen also emphasizes the importance of providing an authentic witness based in a comprehensive application of the gospel to our lives. He concludes in his course: “Our witness to adherents from other religions certainly will come in our words, certainly will come in our deeds, but behind them all must be a life that is being . . . transformed by the power of the gospel and the work of the Spirit. It’s then that our words will carry power, as we seek point of contact as we dialogue in a listening and loving and humble way. Our witness comes not only in words but also in deeds, and both of them are rooted in a life more and more being shaped by the gospel.”

 

Missional Approach to World Religions will help you understand the core beliefs and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, and it will give you confidence to be a better witness to your neighbors.

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Hermeneia provides in-depth analysis for studying the text when used in Logos 5′s Passage Guide. With the Passage Guide, you can quickly compare commentaries and reference works for a clearer understanding of a biblical passage.

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For example, the end of 1 Peter can sound extremely familiar, but can be difficult to immediately understand. Peter Achtemeier addresses this issue in his Hermeneia volume:

This verse and the following two consist in an adapted quotation of LXX Ps 33:13–17a*, with v. 10* patterned after vv. 13–14* of the psalm. While there are some variations between the two texts, principally in changing the address from second to third person, it is difficult to know whether they were due to a different Greek text of the psalm followed by our author, were the result of quoting by memory, or were made deliberately to make a point. Since the changes do result in conforming the psalm verses more closely to the present context in which v. 10* repeats the logic of v. 9* and thus reinforces it, and do remain minor in scope and extent, they are not beyond the kind of change for which memory could be held responsible, with the remembered text presenting itself as in even closer conjunction to the point being made than its “original” version.

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Logos 5: Use the Exegetical Guide Verse by Verse

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.

The Exegetical Guide houses one of my favorite Logos features, the Word by Word section, which analyzes each Hebrew or Greek word in a passage. Among the wealth of information found here are the manuscript and lemma forms of words, morphological and syntactical data, links to lexicons, and the meaning of the original words as suggested in the Bible Sense Lexicon dataset (not contained in all Logos base packages). Much of my personal Bible study and sermon preparation is spent in this invaluable section.

Word by Word will automatically investigate every word in every verse we’re studying if we like, but this comprehensive coverage can make for a lengthy report. For example, if we’re examining Joshua 1:1–9, the Word by Word section displays data for all nine verses at once! Thus, you may find yourself scrolling through a long list of words.

Here’s a little trick I employ with the Exegetical Guide so that I only research one verse at a time, yet I never have to type anything to move to another verse:

  • Open a Bible containing the reverse interlinear option such as The Lexham English Bible (A)
  • Choose the panel menu on the Bible (B)
  • Select a Link set letter, such as A (C)

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  • Choose Guides | Exegetical Guide
  • Choose the panel menu on the Exegetical Guide (D)
  • Select the same Link set letter you just selected for the Bible (E)

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  • Type in the Bible’s reference box the first verse in the passage you’re about to study, such as Joshua 1:1 (F)
  • Notice that the Exegetical Guide follows the Bible to the same verse because both panels are linked to the same set (G)
  • Observe that the Word by Word section is only examining the words in that one verse (H)

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  • Choose the panel menu of the Bible (I)
  • Select Show locator bar (J)

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  • Notice the locator bar, appearing under the Bible’s toolbar, contains previous and next arrows (K)

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  • Click the drop-down list to the left of the previous and next arrows (L)
  • Select Verse (M)

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  • Note that you have just set the previous and next arrows to take you to the previous or next verse in the Bible
  • Click the next (down) arrow (N)
  • Watch the Bible AND the Exegetical Guide move to the next verse, such as Joshua 1:2 (O)
  • Look in the Word by Word section to see analysis of the words just in verse 2 (P)

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You can see that by utilizing linking, the locator bar, and previous and next arrows, we can easily move through a passage a verse at a time without extra typing and scrolling through long lists of words!

If you like this arrangement, don’t forget to save it as a layout so you don’t have to reset the configuration the next time you want to use it.

If you found this trick helpful, you’ll thoroughly enjoy Logos Timesaving Tips, a downloadable Logos video resource with complete video instructions for over 100 helpful Logos features! Get it today.

Your New Go-To Place for Theological Discussion

There are a lot of logical or cultural sayings people believe are biblical that can’t be found in the Bible. Right now, on Christian Discourse, there’s a conversation examining some of these familiar sayings.

Nate Smoyer asked: “What are common sayings or teachings you’ve heard, or have had spoken to you, that aren’t found in the Bible?”

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What common teachings do you know that are mistaken as biblical? Share them with the Christian Discourse community!

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Can Christians Really Do “All Things”?

Bible Study Magazine with Lysa TerkeurstFrom infographics to insights, Bible Study Magazine provides you with engaging, in-depth articles that help you dig deep into the biblical text. The September–October ’14 issue on Philippians is no exception. Derek R. Brown sheds light on the deeper life-slogan behind the oft-quoted phrase, “I can do all things” (Phil. 4:13). Michael S. Heiser explains what Paul was saying when he warned the Philippians to “look out for the dogs” and “those who mutilate the flesh” (Phil. 3:2). Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine today, and you’ll also get the following articles on one of Paul’s most joyful letters:

  • A Fruitful Partnership: Nijay K. Gupta explores the financial rhetoric in Paul’s letter—helping us better understand the relationship between the church and money today.
  • Feeling Anxious? E. Tod Twist examines the Greek behind Paul’s exhortation to “not be anxious about anything” to understand how we really can “rejoice in the Lord always.”
  • Watch Your Language! Michael S. Heiser looks at Paul’s surprising use of scatological language in Philippians.

This issue also includes our regular lineup of Bible study insights. In this issue, you’ll receive:

  • A new eight-week Bible study on 1–3 John: Carrie Sinclair Wolcott writes about what it means to live as lights in the darkness.
  • A feature story on the Romanian church: Pastor Gelu Paul-Faina shares the challenges the Romanian church through both oppression and freedom.
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The Proverbs 31 woman—“a woman who fears the Lord”—has been a biblical role model for thousands of years, and this video was created to inspire growth in her honorable attributes.  Share this encouraging video with those you love.

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We’ve reduced prices on some of our most-requested resources. And, for the first time, we’re offering a special option: buy all four products in the category to save even more! For example, the Hermeneia, BECNT, WBC, and ICC sets would normally cost you $4,709.80. But when you buy all four together from the back-to-school sale, you save over $1,600.00! That’s only $131 per month for 24 months with an interest-free payment plan.

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