How to Do Bible Word Studies: A Fool-Proof Guide

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Word studies are a treasure trove . . . and a mine field. Somehow you have to weave through the dangers to get the treasures. Think for a moment: if you were about to enter such a field, what would you want to know about first? The gold or the bombs?

I’d want to know about the treasures first: do they make it worthwhile to even bother learning about the dangers? And then I’d want a detailed accounting of the dangers—so I can live to enjoy the good stuff.

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Get the First Volume of Journal of Theological Interpretation Free!

FBOTM_Feb16_BlogHeaderJoel B. Green’s Journal of Theological Interpretation, vol. 1 is free during the month of February! Get yours now.

Joel B. Green has been a respected professor of Theology for over 18 years, serving at Asbury Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological seminary. A prolific scholar, Green has written and edited 30 books, four of which have won awards. The Journal of Theological Interpretation, vol. 1, edited by Green, is a collection of articles and essays penned by some of the foremost theologians and scholars of our time.

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Save 70% on Some of the Greatest Reformed Works Ever Written

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Reformed theology has always had a vibrant community of theologians. John Calvin arguably wrote the first systematic theology with his Institutes of the Christian Religion. Since Calvin’s day, luminaries like John Owen, Charles Hodge, and Louis Berkhof have articulated distinctly Reformed points of view in their now-classic systematic theologies.

In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, popular pastors and writers such as R.C. Sproul and J.I. Packer brought Calvinism into the mainstream, compelling Time magazine to call New Calvinism one of the “ten ideas changing the world right now.”

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How to Personalize Your Logos Home Page

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This 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.

If you’re like most Logos users, your first introduction to your software each day is the Home Page. It’s  filled with lots of information encouraging Bible study through various means. After using your program for a while, however, you may desire a more customized look to this opening pane. If so, here are some practical hints to personalize the Home Page.

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How an Unlikely Friendship Transformed Protestant Art

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Friendship can overcome even the most intense disagreements.

Shaw and Chesterton flanking their mutual friend, the poet Hilaire Belloc.

Shaw and Chesterton flanking their mutual friend Hilaire Belloc.

Case in point: the Catholic apologist and satirist G.K. Chesterton found an unlikely friend in George Bernard Shaw, the modernist writer who famously balked at Christian mores.

The pair was a study in contrast, both physically and philosophically. On one occasion, Chesterton quipped to Shaw, “To look at you, anyone would think a famine had struck England.” Without missing a beat, Shaw returned, “To look at you, anyone would think you have caused it.”

Chesterton and Shaw often engaged in public debates (once on the tongue-in-cheek question of “Do we agree?”), but privately were close companions who held one another in great esteem.

But friendship can do more than bridge divides; sometimes, friendship changes minds.

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4 Things Francis Schaeffer Taught Me about Faith and Doubt

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Like all freshman at my little Bible college, I took a course called Philosophy and Christian Worldview. I learned a lot from the professor, but most of what I gleaned came from watching the flickering images of a goateed man wearing knickers, projected onto a ripped screen in the college auditorium.

A version of this story could be recounted by scores of Bible college and seminary students since the late seventies. The name of the film was How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture. The man in knickers was Presbyterian pastor and apologist Francis Schaeffer.

Schaeffer died the year I was born, but like many Christians my age, his work has made an enormous impact on the way I think about the Christian faith, culture, and what it means to be a rational person.

To mark today, the great apologist’s birthday, here are four lessons Francis Schaeffer taught me about faith, doubt, art, and culture.

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Help Your Congregation Turn Supernatural Insight into Action

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The praise for Dr. Michael Heiser’s The Unseen Realm has been unending since its release last year. Readers have given it 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon and one reviewer called it “the most thought provoking, thrilling, insightful book I have read all year.” Just perusing the reviews makes it clear that the insights found within The Unseen Realm are profound. Once you’ve wrapped your mind around the concepts and ideas Dr. Heiser is presenting, sharing that understanding with others is the next step.

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Just 2 Days Left to Save on Biblical Studies Volumes

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5 Ways the Logos Pros Can Help with Your Bible Study

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The mission of Faithlife is to “use technology to equip the church to grow in the light of the Bible.” And we really mean it. I didn’t take the job until I asked the VP who interviewed me, “What is your company mission?,” and he said, “to serve the church.” I have also listened with two critical ears to all the public statements of CEO Bob Pritchett since I arrived. I wanted to know if he would articulate Faithlife’s mission carefully, and I wanted to know whether he really cared about that mission. He did. He does.

The team I’m on, the Logos Pros, serves the company mission in a pretty direct way. We serve our users—you—by providing free software training with a “missional” twist. Every time you watch one of the Logos Pros’ many videos, or read one of our many posts on the Logos blogs, you get exegetical or theological insight along with the software training.

But there are many more ways we can help you get more out of your Bible study and learn how to use Logos. Here are just a few—one from each member of our team.

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Now through February 1, save on over 200 select volumes from three of our most popular collections: The New American Commentary Series, the Anchor Yale Bible, and The Library of New Testament Studies (LNTS). Included in these volumes are some of the most important theological and biblical works out there—and for a limited time you can add them to your library at a fraction of the cost.

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