Different Approaches to Apologetics

mobile-ed-apologetics-bundleApologetics can be narrowly defined as “a defense of the faith.”

More broadly, however, apologetics involves communicating the truth of Scripture to those around you. This will, at times, involve defending the claims of the Bible, but it may also involve showing people how the gospel addresses their needs or the needs of a culture at large.

Mobile Ed’s four-course Apologetics Bundle gives you an in-depth look at several different approaches to apologetics. It will help you to more effectively articulate the truth of the gospel in the specific context in which you live.

Covenantal apologetics

In AP120 Introducing Covenantal Apologetics I: Foundations and AP121 Introducing Covenantal Apologetics II: Applications, Dr. K. Scott Oliphint begins by showing how God defends his own glory throughout the Bible. Dr. Oliphint lays the biblical and theological foundation for covenantal apologetics by looking at important doctrines like the doctrine of God, the doctrine of man, the doctrine of Scripture, and the doctrine of salvation. After establishing this foundation, he discusses the topics of common grace, worldview, and the problem of evil, with an emphasis on how they relate to the defense of the Christian faith.

Apologetics in the postmodern context

Dr. Jim Belcher looks at the importance of contextualization in apologetics in his course AP211 Show and Tell: Apologetics in the Postmodern Context. He examines the nature of our postmodern society, including some reasons for the rise of postmodernism and the ways that the moral relativism of postmodernism has influenced our culture. In discussing contextualization, Dr. Belcher warns of both undercontextualizing the gospel, which can lessen its relevance, and overcontextualizing the gospel, which can lead to a watering down of the faith.

Apologetics in an urban context

In AP221 Apologetics in an Urban Context, Dr. Carl Ellis uses sociology, anthropology, and history as springboards for looking at apologetics, specifically applying them to the African American experience. He begins by exploring different worldviews and models of apologetics. Dr. Ellis then moves into a detailed discussion of the sociology, history, and theology of African Americans and looks at how the gospel can address the core concerns of African Americans. He concludes by noting that in order to fulfill the Great Commission, “it is imperative that we begin to apply the word of God to all areas of life and in all cultural contexts.”

These four courses will provide you with a variety of approaches to apologetics. You’ll gain a better understanding of the purpose of apologetics and learn how to better practice apologetics.

Learn more about the Apologetics bundle!

Logos 6: Opening Multiple Bibles on a Second Monitor

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 was recently emailed this question:

I study with a secondary monitor. I’d like to open on that screen a window containing several Bibles all linked together. How do I accomplish that?

This is an excellent question, with the answer utilizing several helpful Logos features. If you use multiple monitors with Logos, give the following steps a try.

First, open multiple Bibles in the same tile in the main Logos window:

  • Type ESV in the command box (A)

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  • Press the Enter key, which opens that Bible
  • Type NASB in the command box (B)

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  • Press the Enter key
  • Notice that the Bibles are probably in two separate tiles (C)

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  • Drag one Bible’s tab next to the other so they are both in the same tile (D)

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  • Open any additional Bibles you’d like
  • Makes sure all of your Bibles are in the same tile by dragging their tabs and placing them next to other Bible tabs (E)

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Next, place all Bibles in a floating window on the second monitor:

  • Right click any Bible tab (F)
  • Select Open all in a floating window (G)

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  • Notice all of the Bibles are now in a window separate from the main Logos window (H)

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  • Drag the floating window onto the second monitor

Now, place the Bibles in separate tiles in the floating window:

  • Click and hold a Bible tab in the floating window
  • Drag in and around the window noticing a blue highlighted area (I)

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  • Let go of the mouse, and the Bible will be placed in a tile where the blue highlight appeared (J)

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  • Repeat the above steps for the remaining Bible tabs so that all the Bibles are in separate tiles (K)

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Finally, link the Bible panels:

  • Chose the panel menu on a Bible (L)
  • Select Link set: A (M)

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  • Repeat the above steps for the other Bibles so they are all linked to set A (N)

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  • Type a reference like Matthew 6:33 in one of the reference boxes (O)

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  • Press the Enter key and notice that all of the Bibles move to that verse (P)

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As you can probably tell, using a second monitor enlarges your desktop for Bible study. Having your Bibles on another monitor allows you to use the main Logos window for guides, tools, searches, and other resources. You can also link the Bibles to a guide in the main window and the Bibles will follow that guide (or vice versa).

For added power, make sure to save this arrangement as a layout so you don’t have to recreate it in the future.

For more Logos training, be sure to check out the new Logos 6 Training Manual: Volumes 1 and 2.

And for live, hands-on training, be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Columbus, Georgia and Louisville, Kentucky.

Bundle 8 Classics for Your Phone, Tablet, or Desktop

TabletBundleThe new Tablet Bundle is designed with your mobile device in mind. With this bundle, you’ll get top resources that you can read from cover to cover on your tablet, phone, or desktop.

The Tablet Bundle is the easiest way to load your mobile device with eight classic works by R.C. Sproul, N.T. Wright, John Piper, and others.

Get the Tablet Bundle today and save more than 40% on must-have resources by some of the world’s most popular theologians!

Explore biblical themes

Focusing on prayer, grace, Jesus, and the Christian life, the table bundle is an ideal resource, made for you to read cover to cover on your tablet or mobile device.

The Tablet Bundle features title you won’t want to miss. Get popular works from the most popular theologians in modern history. Consisting of Christian books for the whole family, this collection is perfect for reading with your loved ones. And best of all, you can get it right now for more than 40% off!

Expand your digital library

A Godward Life: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life by John Piper

This collection of 120 brief meditations concentrates on savoring the supremacy of God in all of life. These daily meditations encompass many topics—from intensely personal concerns to vital public and cultural issues—yet are all deeply rooted in Scripture. They are intended to help you place God fully at the center of every thought, every action, every choice, and every love—at the center of all that you are and all that you do.

Simply Christian by N.T. Wright

Simply Christian is essential reading for anyone who wants to consider the real fundamentals of Christianity or is intrigued by its claims about the place of justice, beauty, and love in our daily lives. Written in a lively and accessible style, though rooted in solid scholarship, this book describes the exciting relevance of the Bible and the Christian story for the contemporary world. N.T. Wright’s contribution to this intense debate brings fresh clarity to many puzzling questions.

Power and Peace in Prayer by R.A. Torrey

This title is designed so that it can be read in one sitting. R.A. Torrey’s classic text is a spiritual gem that has remained popular for over 100 years, celebrating the power of prayer. Beginning with the importance of prayer, Torrey’s practical guidebook covers the how, the when, and—most importantly—the why of praying. This version is an excellent devotional resource for any Christian library.

The Tablet Bundle also includes Christian Perfection by P.T. Forsyth, The Unexpected Jesus by R.C. Sproul, Sovereign Grace by D.L. Moody, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis, and The Gifts of the Child Christ and Other Tales by George MacDonald.

Take your new books anywhere

The free Logos mobile app syncs your notes and highlights from device to device, allowing you to access your same notes whether you wrote them on your desktop, tablet, or smartphone. And with intelligent bookmarking, you can start reading on your phone, take a break, and seamlessly resume reading from your desktop or tablet.

Download the Logos app for iOS and Android today!

Save over 40%!

Regularly $97.60, the Tablet Bundle offers all eight books for just $54.95. This is a fast and easy way to build your mobile library with books to read from start to finish—and save money while doing it!

Start reading on your phone or tablet right now: get the Table Bundle today!

Logos’ Best Sellers of 2014

Top50-AppMessage 2We’ve compiled a list of 2014’s top 50 best-selling Logos resources so you can see which ones are favorites among Logos users! These resources cover topics like theology and New Testament studies, and they range from large collections to single-volume commentaries.

Browse all of 2014’s best-selling resources today—you’ll be sure to find a few to add to your library.

Take a closer look at five of 2014’s best-selling resources under $100 each:

1. Bible Study Magazine—$19.95

Bible Study Magazine delivers tools and methods for Bible study, as well as insights from respected Bible teachers, professors, historians, and archaeologists. In every 48-page issue, you’ll get sound advice and enriching insights from the pastors and scholars who have spent a lifetime applying the Bible to their lives and teaching others how to do the same.

2. I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible—$14.95

I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible visits some of the Bible’s most obscure passages, unveiling their ancient context to help you interpret them today. Many people ignore these baffling passages, but Dr. Michael Heiser helps you appreciate their importance. Read this book, and you’ll never have to be bored by the Bible again.

3. New Dictionary of Biblical Theology—$49.95

At the heart of this work is an A-to-Z encyclopedia of over 200 key biblical-theological themes, such as atonement, creation, eschatology, Israel, Jesus Christ, the kingdom of God, redemption, suffering, wisdom, and worship. Students and communicators of the Bible will find articles exploring the theology of each biblical book. And for those interested in the wider discipline of biblical theology, major articles explore foundational issues like the history of biblical theology, the challenges raised against biblical theology, and the unity and diversity of Scripture.

4. Read Greek in 30 Days or Less—$25.95

This volume covers Greek’s most essential grammatical concepts in 10 short lessons, with easy-to-understand techniques and useful examples from the New Testament and other Greek texts. This is a great tool for quickly building your Greek skills, regardless of your previous knowledge.

5. The Bible Speaks Today: New Testament—$99.95

This 22-volume series offers both in-depth analysis and practical application. John Stott (series editor and author of eight volumes) and other biblical scholars accurately expound the texts, clearly explain the messages, and relate the books to contemporary life. If you want a readable, insightful look at the New Testament, this is the collection for you.

Add these best-selling resources and more to your library today!

Save on the Latest Resources from Dr. Steven Runge

High Definition Commentary: JamesDr. Steve Runge wants to help everyone grasp the intricacies of biblical text, whether they know the original languages or not. To that end, he’s spent years studying discourse analysis and presenting his findings in ways that anyone can understand.

Filled with custom-designed slides and helpful illustrations, his High Definition Commentaries examine the linguistic and literary clues in the text, highlighting what you need to know. Each commentary follows the flow of a biblical book, presenting the big ideas of each passage and applying Dr. Runge’s linguistic and exegetical expertise to guide your study.

Listen as he explains the unique way these resources approach the text:

Be sure to also check out the recent webinar where he explains his process in greater detail.

Dr. Runge is currently working on the High Definition Commentary: James. And now is the time to pre-order—we lowered the Pre-Pub price to only $19.99, but that price will go up when it ships.

Want to save on the earlier volumes? Just use coupon code GNTDBSALE to take 15% off Philippians, Romans, or any of the following discourse resources from Dr. Runge:

But hurry—these discounts are only good through February 27.

Add Dr. Runge’s discourse resources to your library today!

Stay Up to Date with Themelios, Preaching the Word & More

We recently expanded five noteworthy collections with the newest volumes that have shipped from Pre-Pub. Now’s the best time to get into the most up-to-date commentaries and journals in Logos—download them immediately and use a payment plan to fit your budget.

Sign in to your account and check out these products to see if your library is up to date!

Preaching-the-WordPreaching the Word Series (36 vols.)

Proclaim the truths of Scripture as you guide your congregation or classroom through the Bible. The Preaching the Word commentary series was written for you, enriching even your personal study of the Bible with page-turning exposition on 43 New and Old Testament books. Written by preachers for preachers, this down-to-earth series meets pastors and teachers at any level, without compromising Scripture’s significant theological and practical meaning.

BrazosBrazos Theological Commentary on the Bible (19 vols.)

Now including Christopher R. Seitz’s volume on Colossians, this commentary tackles exploring theological interpretation—a potentially divisive chore most commentaries shy away from—on some of the most theologically packed books of the Bible. Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox scholars contribute a wellspring of knowledge in a widely accessible, but broadly academic way.

PhilippiansClassic Commentaries and Studies on Philippians (33 vols.)

Combining our previous two Classic Commentaries and Studies on Philippians collections—as well as six other classic works—this giant collection is ideal for any level of exegetical or hermeneutical study on Philippians. Familiar authors like Alfred Plummer, John Calvin, F.B. Meyer, and C.J. Ellicott join 29 other authors to bring you 33 different perspectives and scholarly backgrounds for approaching and interpreting Philippians.

Themelios-1975-2014-117-issuesThemelios 1–39 (1975–2014) (117 issues)

Now updated through 2014, Themelios provides in-depth theological work on a variety of issues—from the study of Scripture to contemporary movements in the church. Book reviews, editorials, and opinion pieces provide thought-provoking insights into challenging contemporary issues. And with articles written by D.A. Carson, Rodney Decker, J.V. Fesko, Wayne Grudem, Stanley Porter, and many others, these articles are guaranteed to keep you coming back. You’ll especially want these in Logos 6, as this journal is tagged to appear in the Journals section of your Passage Guide and Factbook, automatically bringing the relevant discussions right into your own studies.

Christian-History-MagazineChristian History Magazine (issues 1–108)

From Augustine to C.S. Lewis and Francis of Assisi to Jonathan Edwards, Christian History Magazine spans 2,000 years of tumultuous history, from the dangers of early American missionary work to the growth and persecution of Christians in Russia, India, China, Nazi Germany, and beyond. Get fascinating articles on the Puritans, the Huguenots, and the Waldensians. Study the birth of Western monasticism and the medieval shift that facilitated the Crusades. These 108 magazines will flood your library with very readable biographies, events, movements, and periods relevant to the legacy of every Christian. And when studying significant movements and Christians in your Logos 6 Factbook, related articles from this magazine appear as links.

Visit Logos.com and sign in to see if you qualify for Dynamic Pricing discounts, and update your collections today!

Which Biblical-Interpretation Bundle Is Right for You?

mobile-ed-studies-in-biblical-interpretation-bundle-lWe all know that reading the Bible is very important, but how much time do we invest in really digging deep to understand and interpret it? It’s challenging to make sure we’re interpreting the text in light of the historical, social, and literary contexts in which it was written. Reading and understanding are both a part of growing “in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18).

The Mobile Ed Studies in Biblical Interpretation Bundle is designed to help you better understand and interpret the Bible. In this bundle, leading experts on the biblical world guide you through the nuances of the biblical contexts.

Furthermore, for the first time, you can choose from three different sizes of bundles, depending on how deep you want to go with your study. The small bundle has two courses, the medium bundle has four, and the large bundle has seven.

Small bundle

The small bundle includes two courses surveying important aspects of biblical interpretation. In BI103 Principles of Bible Interpretation, Dr. Craig Keener, author of the IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, gives basic training in the principles of biblical interpretation, drawing on his extensive research on the ancient world. In BI131 Introducing Literary Interpretation, Dr. Jeannine Brown, author of Scripture as Communication: Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics, teaches the importance of seeing each book in its own literary context, as well as the importance of genre.

Medium bundle

In the medium bundle, you’ll get two additional courses that take a closer look at interpreting the different literary genres found in the Bible. In OT201 Old Testament Genres, Dr. John Walton, author of Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, walks you through the genres of the Old Testament and discusses their various purposes. In BI260 Interpreting New Testament Genres, Dr. William Klein teaches the nuance of New Testament genres and is a guide to the best practices for interpreting each book in light of those genres.

Large bundle

The large bundle adds three more courses on specific areas of biblical interpretation. In NT201 The Cultural World of the New Testament, Dr. David deSilva, author of An Introduction to the New Testament, teaches about the major cultural elements present in the biblical world and provides historical context for the study of the New Testament. In BI190 The Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament: Methodology and Practice, Dr. Brown provides a great framework for understanding how the New Testament authors quoted the Old Testament, guiding you through the interpretive principles in play and walking you through application studies for practice. And in BI271 Interpreting New Testament Narrative: Studies and Methods, Dr. Brown focuses on the narrative genre of the New Testament Gospels and provides a holistic approach to reading and understanding the Gospel narratives.

Gain a better understanding of the Bible with the Studies in Biblical Interpretation Bundle—pre-order it today and get 40% off!

Logos 6: Study Bibles in the Passage Guide

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.

A fellow Logos user recently presented me with this scenario:

I’m a big fan of the commentaries section in the Passage Guide. I noticed that my study Bibles are included in the section. Is there an easy way to list my study Bibles separately from the commentaries?

The answer is yes! In fact, it can be accomplished with a couple of different methods. What follows is one simple way to achieve what they want.

First, create a collection of study Bibles:

  • Choose Tools | Collections
  • Name the collection Study Bibles (A)
  • Place this in the rule boxtype:“Bible Notes” (Logos groups study Bibles and a few miscellaneous resources in the Type called Bible Notes) (B)
  • Drag any resources you wish to exclude from this collection from the Resulting Collection list to the Minus these resources section (C)

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  • Close the Collections panel

Next, generate a Passage Guide report:

  • Choose Guides | Passage Guide
  • Type a reference in the box, like John 1:1 (D)

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  • Press the Enter key to generate the report

Now, select Study Bibles in the Commentaries section:

  • Rest the cursor on the commentaries section title bar (E)
  • Click the Settings link that appears to the right (F)

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  • Select Study Bibles from the drop-down list (G)

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  • Notice only study Bibles now appear in the list! (H)

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With this method, selecting Study Bibles from the Settings list is necessary for each Passage Guide report. You can, however, create a custom template on the Guides menu to permanently add the Study Bibles section to it.

For more in-depth discussion about all the Bible study guides as well as custom templates, place your pre-order for the new Logos 6 Training Manual: Volumes 1 and 2.

And for live, hands-on training, be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Columbus, Georgia (Atlanta area).

Logos Training Webinars Are Back!

Webinar_FB_AD_1200x628Back by popular demand, Logos training webinars help you make the most of your investment in Bible study software. Visit Logos.com/Webinar-Archive to view all of our past events and sign up to hear about future training events!

For how advanced it is, Logos is pleasantly intuitive. You can pick it up and run with it when you need to, and when you want to do deeper, more powerful Bible study, Logos has all the capabilities you need.

For those who want to go further, we host a digital gathering from time to time—a training webinar where together we learn about the capabilities of this incredible tool. Sometimes we cover basics, and sometimes we range a little further. We always learn something new, and you’re invited to join us.

Check out our most recent training event:

Our most recent webinar—the first after a brief hiatus during the launch of Logos 6—featured Dr. Steve Runge, a scholar-in-residence here at Faithlife. Dr. Runge walked us through the scholarship behind the popular and growing High Definition Commentary series, which invites even English-only students of the Bible to explore the Greek text.

You can view this and all previous events at Logos.com/Webinar-Archive. Keep your ears open for the webinar-only coupon code that unlocks great savings on Dr. Runge’s books!

And while you’re at it, join the webinar email list so that you’ll be among the first to know when future events are planned.

What topics would you like us to cover in future webinars? Comment below to let us know!

Beth Moore Is Back

BSM_Blog_MarAprNow is the perfect time to transform your Bible study with Bible Study Magazine, and the March–April 2015 issue will help you do just that.

Get encouraged by Beth Moore and a one-year subscription to Bible Study Magazine for only $19.95 when you subscribe today!

Bible Study Magazine‘s editor in chief, Rebecca Van Noord, gives us a glimpse of how this issue explores the book of James:

Some instructions stick. For me, growing up, it was James’ warnings. Laced with poignant imagery, they didn’t just exhort; they captured my imagination . . . This issue, we delve into James’ concerns for the early church, including pure and undefiled religion, the tendency of double-mindedness, and myths about temptation and sin that are still common in modern Christian culture. We hope this issue helps you reflect on James’ teaching, and that his passion for the gospel sticks with you. May you, empowered by the Spirit, live a life that reflects that passion.

This issue not only takes a deeper look at the book of James, but also allows you to learn from renowned authors, teachers, and scholars like Beth Moore and Dr. Jacob Cherian.

Here’s a closer look at the March–April 2015 issue:

Beth Moore: an uncommon love

‘The beauty of putting in decades of Bible study is that you build a Rolodex of knowledge,’ says author and teacher Beth Moore. ‘I often look at young men and women who are just starting to have those light bulb moments and just beginning to get ravenous about the Scriptures, and it’s inspiring. I remember feeling that I could never get enough of God’s Word. I’d slap my desk constantly, thinking, “This is the most thrilling thing I’ve ever seen.” Now, 30 years in, I’ll see a word or a phrase in Scripture that immediately brings to mind a connection elsewhere in the Bible. It’s fun to be a part of that.’

Read the rest of the story by senior writer Jessi Strong in Bible Study Magazine’s March–April 2015 issue.

Dr. Jacob Cherian on teaching the Bible in India

While less than 3 percent of the population in India identify as Christian, according to official census data, the Indian church is growing at an enormous pace. And Dr. Jacob Cherian, vice president of Southern Asia Bible College, is working to get Bible study resources into their hands. ‘In many American churches, pastors have at least one theological degree. Here in South Asia, God is raising up churches. We have many churches where pastors have not received any formal training.’

Read the rest of the story by senior writer Jessi Strong in Bible Study Magazine’s March–April 2015 issue.

Commit to grow

Bible Study Magazine is full of inspiring content that will help you in your commitment to grow in your relationship with Christ. Every issue delivers tools and methods for Bible study and insights from respected scholarly and church voices. From feature stories and Bible study tips to Not Your Average Bible Study and A Moment with God, there’s something for everyone.

Bible Study Magazine is a great way to study, grow, and get into the Word.

Subscribe today for just $19.95—that’s over 30% off the cover price!