5 Guidelines for Picking the Right Bible Translation

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An experienced pastor I greatly respect, a truly world-class Bible expositor whose series through Ephesians changed my life, sat in a room with a bunch of skinny, exegetically deficient young preacher wannabes. I was the skinniest. He was trying to mentor our motley crew, providing one piece of wisdom after another, pieces I have always, by God’s grace, followed.

Except one. This pastor told us young men to get one Bible and stick with it. His point was not so much to stick with one translation (he himself checked multiple translations regularly) but to have one edition that you really get to know.

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How to Understand the New Testament’s Use of the Old Testament

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The New Testament’s use of the Old Testament has been described as the “master problem” of Christian theology. Jesus’ and Paul’s words on the subject are direct and, in a way, simple: Jesus didn’t come to destroy the law but to “fulfill” it (Matt 5:16–17); and Paul says we are “not under law, but under grace” (Rom 6:14). But how do you harmonize those and other NT statements about the law, and how do you work out their specific implications? That’s the master problem.

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3 Ways Biblical Theology Will Change Your Bible Study

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Biblical theology is notoriously difficult to define. As one clever theologian has quipped, “. . . everyone does that which is right in his or her own eyes and calls it biblical theology.” One reason for the confusion: a slim monograph on the the theme of social justice in the book of Amos, and a massive overview of the entire Bible could both properly be called biblical theology.

How could such a diverse array of resources be a part of the same discipline?

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The Concentric Circles of a Good Bible Word Study

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When seeking to determine the contextual meaning of a biblical word, it’s helpful to see where that word is used elsewhere in Scripture. Often times where and how a word is used in other parts of the Bible shed light on its meaning in the passage we’re studying.

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4 Ways to Emphasize Text in Your Sermon Slides

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When you’re trying to make a point, the way you talk changes. Maybe you change your rhythm. You switch from long, rapid sentences to short, slow fragments where every word carries more weight. Or you might drastically change your volume. You drop to a whisper or raise your voice in excitement or passion to draw your audience in.

Great preachers utilize numerous techniques to make their main points resonate with the people who hear them. Likewise, your sermon slides can visually emphasize the main ideas you want to get across.

Here are four ways your sermon slides can make your main points pop.

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The False Dichotomy Between the “Sacred” and “Secular”

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The tendency to emphasize the good of the spiritual realm to the neglect of the physical world has led many Christians to an unbiblical view of the world and a false dichotomy between the ‘sacred’ and ‘secular.’

—Kenneth T. Magnuson, professor of Christian ethics, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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8 Reasons Bible Dictionaries Are the Unsung Heroes of Bible Study

bible-dictionaries-blog-headerBiblical illiteracy, particularly in the US, is increasing at a staggering rate. Now more than ever it’s critical that the people of God not only read the Bible more frequently, but study the Bible. There are many ways to study Scripture, and numerous tools one can use—commentaries, original language resources, seminary-level courses, and sophisticated software. But one of the oft-overlooked yet most accessible study companions is the Bible dictionary.

In essence, a Bible dictionary is a tome of definitions of biblical names, places, people, events, and concepts. Some dictionaries take a short-and-sweet approach, while others are more exhaustive. But whatever their format, Bible dictionaries can be one of the most useful, beneficial reference books on your shelf.

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3 Ways to Streamline Your Bible Study with Logos Now

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What if you could spend the same amount of time studying for your next sermon, paper, lesson, or Bible study, but get more insight?

There is, unfortunately, no “give-me-insight” button in Logos. The sober truth is, there’s no substitute for hard, prayerful work—but technology and good training can indeed help streamline your study. That’s one of the reasons we created Logos Now: to give you access to powerful features that can help you get more out of your Bible study.

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How to Leverage the Power of Cross-References in Your Bible Study

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One of the most popular ways to study the Bible is through cross-references. These cross-references may be embedded in a Bible translation itself or in a separate resource such as The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. Logos contains several features which, when taken together, make cross-reference work a breeze. Here’s how to use them.

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Introducing the Lexham Press Philippians Bundle

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Paul wrote Philippians in chains from a Roman prison. The letter reveals clearly Paul’s deep love for the church in Philippi, but even more so, Paul’s hope and trust in Christ even under such dire conditions. All this makes the book of Philippians one of the most fruitful and inspiring in the New Testament. We need it’s message of perseverance, grace, and solidarity as much today as the church did then. 

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