Is God the Origin of Evil?

mobile-ed-david-w-baker-old-testament-bundleLast week we had the privilege of working with Dr. David Baker in the Mobile Ed studio, filming a few of his upcoming courses on the Old Testament.

Dr. Baker is a highly respected Old Testament scholar and prolific author. Some of his works include The NIV Application Commentary: Joel, Obadiah, Malachi and the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch.

Dr. Baker answers the question “Is God the origin of evil?” by explaining the context of Amos 3:3–8 in this video from OT232 A Survey of Amos, Joel, Obadiah, and Malachi:

Watch more video clips from Dr. Baker’s two-course Mobile Ed: David W. Baker Old Testament Bundle, and add these courses to your library today!

Logos 6: Find Verses in Which a Biblical Person Spoke

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.

Recently, I’ve been studying the life of Hagar in Genesis 16. In verses 7–8, the angel of the Lord found her and asked her two questions:

  • Where have you come from?
  • Where are you going?

These are two very profound questions regarding our direction in life, but we’ll save that discussion for another day. In this post, I simply want to focus on the fact that Logos identifies the angel of the Lord as the speaker of the questions by showing a megaphone icon. I was curious as to where else in Scripture the angel of the Lord spoke, so here’s what I did:

  • Open a Bible, like the ESV or NKJV, to Genesis 16:7 (A)
  • Find the megaphone icon in verse 8 identifying the angel of the Lord as the speaker (B)

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  • If the icons are not present:
    • Click the visual filters icon on the Bible’s toolbar (C)
    • Select Speaker labels (D)

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  • Right click any word in the questions from the angel of the Lord (E)
  • Select Angel of the Lord SPEAKER (F)
  • Select Search this resource (G)

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  • Notice that the search results display all the verses in which the angel of the Lord is identified as the speaker (H)

morris-proctor-find-verses-in-which-a-biblical-person-spoke-4 This simple search makes for rewarding research. Try it with:

  • Isaiah in Matthew 1:23
  • Sadducees in Matthew 22:24
  • Gabriel in Luke 1:28

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.

Get Dozens of Eerdmans Resources at the Best Prices

Logos’ Pre-Publication program gets the titles you want into Logos, while also giving you the best discounts on those resources. Currently, there are dozens of valuable Bible reference works from Eerdmans available on Pre-Pub. You can get up to 34% off works on hermeneutics, biblical studies, preaching, history, philosophy, theology, and more.

Here are some great Eerdmans resources currently on Pre-Pub that you won’t want to miss:

eerdmans-lesslie-newbigin-collectionEerdmans Lesslie Newbigin Collection (8 vols.)

Explore pertinent topics in missions, discipleship, and church structure with these select works from renowned missiologist Lesslie Newbigin. A prolific author and long-time missionary, Newbigin’s works laid the foundations of the missional church movement. The collection includes the popular The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, which provides a brilliant analysis of contemporary culture and suggests how Christians can more confidently affirm their faith in such a context.

eerdmans-ben-witherington-biblical-theology-collectionEerdmans Ben Witherington Biblical Theology Collection (6 vols.)

Join leading New Testament scholar Ben Witherington as he examines major themes in New Testament practical and biblical theology. Examine how the Bible treats aspects of everyday life in The Rest of Life: Rest, Play, Eating, Studying, Sex from a Kingdom Perspective. Gain a better understanding of the kingdom of God with Imminent Domain: The Story of the Kingdom of God and Its Celebration.

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The Pentecostal Manifestos Series presents six volumes of theologically robust resources from Christianity’s fastest-growing movement. You’ll find surveys of Pentecostal contributions to Christian philosophy, thorough treatments of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, analysis of how science interacts with Pentecostal theology, and substantive biblical studies on Trinitarian doctrine.

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One of the most influential theologians alive today, Yale professor Miroslav Volf is often referred to as “theologian of the bridge,” due to his contributions to interfaith dialogue. The works in this collection explore topics such as Christian living; the intersection of faith, politics, and business; and the ways in which faith functions in a globalized, postmodern society.

jewish-origins-of-christianity-collectionJewish Origins of Christianity Collection (2 vols.)

Study and appreciate Christianity’s rich Hebrew heritage with the help of distinguished Christian scholar of Judaism Marvin R. Wilson. In Our Father Abraham, Wilson offers an informed theological guide to the Jewish foundations of the Christian faith. Exploring Our Hebraic Heritage illuminates theological, spiritual, and ethical themes of the Hebrew Scriptures that directly affect Christian understanding and experience.

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Bible Study with Logos 6

BSM_Blog_MarAprEach issue of Bible Study Magazine features a “Bible Study with Logos 6” section, which shows you how Logos 6 can help you gain insight and understanding by tackling a complex Bible passage.

Here’s an example from the current issue of Bible Study Magazine—see the power of Logos 6 in action:

Let Your Yes Be Yes

By Elliot Ritzema

I remember reading a description of a political meeting from the 18th century. In it, one speech was described as “pathetic.” That was jarring to me, since calling something or someone “pathetic” is an insult today. But back then, it merely meant that the speech was intended to move the listeners to compassion.

If word meanings change over time, even in the same language, imagine translating an ancient concept from one language to another! We often have to do this when we study the Bible, so it is always worthwhile to research the words’ ancient meanings. One example is the concept of oaths in James 5:12:

But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your ‘yes’ be yes and your ‘no’ be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

Step 1: The Passage Guide

I often begin a study using the Passage Guide in Logos, which points me to commentaries, journals, cross-references, and ancient literature. Here I notice that Jesus’ statement about oaths in Matthew 5:33–37 is listed prominently among the cross-references. But for now, I want to use a feature that is new in Logos 6: the Cultural Concepts tool. I’m interested in how the concept of oaths was understood in the New Testament world.

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Step 2: Survey Oaths in the Bible

Clicking on “Oath” tab opens a Factbook entry on the concept of oaths: passages throughout the Bible, key verses, dictionary entries, different senses, and a list of ancient works all related to the concept of oaths.

The Bible list under the Cultural Concepts tab gives me 128 passages, only some of which specifically use the word “oath.” This is one benefit of exploring a topic with the Cultural Concepts tool rather than doing a word study. Here I find that oaths were used frequently by people including Abraham, Jacob, David, and God himself. How then did James get the idea that it was bad to swear an oath?

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Step 3: The New Testament Background of Swearing Oaths

To find an answer, it may be helpful to explore the concept in a dictionary or two. The Lexham Theological Wordbook says that “the perspectives on oaths and vows shift in the NT period. Jesus cuts through the cluttered and misguided practices of the religious leaders of his day in their swearing (ὀμνύω, omnyō) of oaths (ὅρκος, horkos) while at the same time pointing his followers to a higher standard than that of ot law (especially Matt 5:33–37).”1 This shift makes sense, especially since this passage from Matthew is from the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus explains how he fulfills the Law and the Prophets in unexpected ways.

Our exploration reveals that, although swearing oaths was a common occurrence in the Old Testament and in the cultural milieu of the New Testament, Jesus changed the attitude toward the practice. James continues that teaching, exhorting Christians to be honest at all times—not only when they have sworn an oath to do so.

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To get more articles about using Logos for Bible study, subscribe to Bible Study Magazine today! Plus, subscribers get special discounts inside each issue.

  1. Daniel DeWitt Lowery, “Oaths and Vows,” ed. Douglas Mangum et al., Lexham Theological Wordbook, Lexham Bible Reference Series (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2014). []

Resource Updates: February 2015

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Whenever a resource you own is updated, you’ll get that updated content—for free—so your Logos library is always becoming more valuable and staying up to date with the latest improvements.

Here’s a list of Logos resources that were updated throughout February:

Added missing segment headings:

Updated bibliographic milestones:

Updated external links:

Updated to match the rest of the series:

Updated Bible fields and added page numbering:

Updated typos:

General resource updates:

Updated or additional content:

Factbook support:

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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