Church Media Is More Important Than Ever

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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.
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Learn to Organize Your Library at Camp Logos

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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…]

Win an iPad mini, Logos 6 Gold, and 5 John Bevere Books!

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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:
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Customize Logos to Match Your Workflow

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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.

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Are Denominational Divisions a Good Thing?

IMG_3724“If Christianity is true, why are there so many denominations? Shouldn’t there just be one church?”

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?”
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Why Should Christians Study the Apocrypha?

Martin Luther on the Apocrypha
Martin Luther described the Apocrypha as “books which are not considered equal to the Holy Scriptures, while at the same time . . . are profitable and good to read.” Luther translated these books and included them between the Old and New Testaments in his German Bible, even though he didn’t include them in the canon. Why would a Protestant like Luther be interested in the Apocrypha if he didn’t believe it was on the same footing as the Old and New Testaments?

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Understand Jonah through Ancient Literature

Ancient Literature Collection (25 vols.)One of the most exciting features of Logos 6 just got better.

With the Ancient Literature Tool, you can study ancient Near-Eastern manuscripts, church fathers, and other relevant literature. We’ve hand-selected the very best ancient sources so you can connect passages with ancient Jewish and Christian parallels and allusions. They’re all included in the Ancient Literature Expansion Collection.

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See Bible Search Results at a Glance

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.

I remember years ago as a young Bible student reading that John, the beloved disciple, used the word love more than other New Testament writers. Back then, of course, it was difficult at best to verify that claim. I just relied on input from trusted authors. Now with Logos, however, substantiating most any biblical claim is just a few clicks a way. For example, let’s apply a feature known as Graph Bible Search Results to the above statement regarding John:

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How to Grasp the Flow of Thought in a Passage

LogosPro_blogThere are few things more frustrating than hearing Bible verses taken out of context, especially if you consider yourself a serious student of the Bible. You know what I’m talking about—some well-meaning Christian quotes a verse. He’s uncovered a spiritual truth that perfectly addresses a personal challenge. The only problem? He’s completely ignored the surrounding context! The New Testament wasn’t written in isolated, versified chunks of unrelated texts. Each verse flows from a greater context. When we ignore the logical flow of a biblical passage or book, we risk misinterpretation. Understanding the flow of thought of a biblical passage is essential to good hermeneutics and sound application of biblical principles.
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What Makes a Sermon Biblical?

What is biblical preaching?Most Christians would agree that a biblical sermon is a good thing, but how many would actually be able to define what makes a biblical sermon biblical?

“The fact is, most people think biblical communication is a style,” says Dr. J. Kent Edwards, tenured professor of preaching and leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and founding pastor of Oasis Community Church in Yorba Linda, California. “In many cases, people will think that to preach biblically means to work through verse by verse, through a biblical text: ‘This morning, we are at Romans 5:3c, and we’re going to continue by looking at part “d” of this verse, and we’ll see how far God takes us.’ That’s a style. That’s just a style.”

In contrast to a particular style of preaching, Dr. Edwards teaches in his new Mobile Ed course, CM102 Invitation to Biblical Preaching I: Theological, Historical, and Pragmatic Reasons for Preaching, that biblical preaching is an entire philosophy that extends to all different styles of preaching.

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