John Webster (1955–2016): Surveying a Man and His Métier

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On May 25, 2016, Professor John Webster, one of the world’s great contemporary theologians, suddenly and unexpectedly entered glory. Within hours memorials began to appear. Following his training at the Bradford Grammar School and the University of Cambridge (MA, PhD), Webster took his first teaching post at St. John’s College at the University of Durham. After four years he moved to North America where he spent a decade teaching at the University of Toronto. He returned to England in 1996 with an appointment to the prestigious Lady Margaret Professorship of Divinity at the University of Oxford, which he left in 2003 for the open spaces of Bonnie Scotland. In Scotland he served at the Chair of Systematic Theology at the University of Aberdeen until 2013 when he took up an identical post at the University of St. Andrews.
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How Did We Get the New Testament?

newt-estamentThe Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology calls inspiration the “cornerstone of evangelical theology.” But how God’s Word moved from the mind of God to the biblical writers, to their immediate audience, and finally, to the translations you and I read is a complicated and fascinating process. Understanding that process can help you answer objections to the reliability of Scripture, overcome misunderstandings, and renew your appreciation for God’s Word.
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Organize Your Sermon Prep with This Easy-to-Use Tool

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If you’re a pastor, you know that avoiding those Saturday night cramming sessions takes planning and working ahead—but if you’re like some of the pastors I mentor, it can be tough staying organized. Fortunately Logos has a great tool baked right in to help you organize your notes and research, and even set up a sermon calendar for the year! In this post I’ll show you how to organize your work in folders using the Favorites tool.

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The Classic Theological Work That Was Almost Lost to History

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Deciphering handwritten passages in Greek and Hebrew is no one’s idea of a walk in the park. When the surrounding text is printed in Old Dutch, that task borders on impossible. But for Richard B. Gaffin Jr., translating Geerhardus Vos’ Dogmatiek was a labor of love. He and his eight-person team painstakingly translated 400,000 words into English, revealing an incredible work that had been lost to history. What we find is a rich and edifying treatment of systematic theology from one of the most important Reformed theologians.

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Enjoy 3 Free Lectures from Summer Session Scholars

mEdSSBlogheaderStudy in community with Mobile Education’s Summer Session courses taught by Dr. Michael Heiser, Dr. Darrell Bock, and Dr. Craig Evans and earn your New Testament Cornerstone Certificate in 6 weeks.
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When and How to Use the Septuagint in Your Bible Study

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I’m bad at reading the Bible quickly or in big chunks. I’m always getting stopped by interesting little questions (and interesting big ones). Here’s a representative example:

Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” (1 Corinthians 10:7 ESV)

I’ve puzzled over that word “play.” It seems a little out of place. What’s so bad about eating, drinking, and, of all things, playing?

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Should We “Dumb Down” the Bible When People Don’t Get It?

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I was trying to turn Psalm 1 into a singable song for the Bible club boys (6th grade on up) from the neighborhoods around my church. These were not young men with extensive church backgrounds and full-ride scholarships to elite Sunday schools. Their mastery of rap lyrics was, let’s say, somewhat superior to their knowledge of Scripture. But they had a capacity—and sometimes, I could swear, a desire—to learn.

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A Simple Trick for Finding Quotes in Your Logos Library

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A Logos user recently emailed this question to me:

Do you have any blog posts on how to find quotes of Church Fathers? For example, if I know of a quote in a certain writing of Augustine, is there a way to find that particular writing?

I’m not sure if there’s a blog post about that or not, but there is now!

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Esther Helps Us See God Behind the Scenes

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Last week, we featured two new titles in the Transformative Word series, Between the Cross and the Throne: The Book of Revelation and God Behind the Scenes: The Book of EstherIn this post, Wayne Barkhuizen, author of the Esther volume, explains the inspiration behind his work and how he hopes it can transform your life.

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3 Tips for Delivering Solid Sermon Illustrations

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A few years ago, a good friend of mine spent months studying the way Jesus used the physical world around him to illuminate Scripture. Salt, light, roads, flowers, birds, and bread are all examples of concrete, vivid illustrations Jesus pulled from everyday life. He told stories with tax collectors, Samaritans, Roman centurions, and farmers because those were the people around him.

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