Get the Best Price on Bible Teaching Outlines


The Teacher’s Outline and Study Bible is a fantastic resource for teaching Bible studies, small groups, or Sunday school classes. And it’s now on Pre-Pub. The price will go up when it launches, so now’s the time to get it at a good price.
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The Right Way to Use a Commentary

“There’s no way to know it without discovery.” — Sara Groves, songwriter

Groves isn’t talking about commentaries when she sings that line, but she’s describing a fundamental truth about deep knowledge: it only comes by discovery. And discovery cannot be rushed.

Ideally, anyone digging into a biblical text wants to understand what God is revealing about Himself. The truths will be big, so they must be studied slowly and from every angle.

Here’s how to use commentaries as tools for discovery, rather than shortcuts to answers. [Read more…]

3 Reasons To Study Greek, and 3 Reasons Not To


You want to learn New Testament Greek?

Presumably, you’re a Christian, so my advice on this topic will be written for those who desire to love God and neighbor in all they do—even and especially in learning New Testament Greek.

Thinking carefully at the outset about why you want to learn Greek will enrich your study and help ensure that your work is an offering to the Lord.

Here are three reasons not to study Greek—and three to study it.
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How to Spot a Falsely Attributed Quotation

I was looking for a Mother’s Day gift and I stumbled across a quotation on the website of a local massage therapist:

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. —C.S. Lewis

I’m a huge Lewis fan, and I immediately said to myself, C.S. Lewis never said that. I just knew.

First a techie lesson on how I confirmed my suspicion, then a few biblical and theological reflections on what it means to know a writer’s voice.
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The Bible as “Myth”

C.S. Lewis famously called the gospel of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection “True Myth.” What he meant was that 1) it really happened (“True”) and 2) it serves as a worldview-forming grand story (“Myth”) for Christians. Other religions and cultures tell such stories without necessarily believing that they really happened—take the Enuma Elish.
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How to Automatically Markup “In Jesus” Phrases


A Logos user and student of the Word recently asked if it’s possible to create a Visual Filter that automatically marks up the “in Jesus” phrases in the New Testament whether the phrase be:

  • in Jesus
  • in Christ
  • in Him
  • in Whom
  • Etc.

This is another insightful question and I’m happy to report the answer is yes! Since the Faithlife team has already labeled all the words in the New Testament referencing the person Jesus (Referent Dataset) all we have to do is create a proximity search with the Greek lemma “en” and we’re home free!
I know that’s clear as mud so let’s walk through it together:
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Why I Like C. S. Lewis

Today’s guest post was written by Ryan Pemberton, the author of the Walking with C. S. Lewis companion guide.

The wardrobe was foreign to me. As was the image of a faun carrying parcels under a lamppost in the snow, and the golden-maned lion, Aslan. All of those characters and features so central to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe were lost on me when I first read C. S. Lewis. I hadn’t grown up reading The Chronicles of Narnia, unlike so many friends. At 19, my first interaction with C. S. Lewis came in the form of Mere Christianity, a compilation of Lewis’s broadcast talks on Christianity delivered over BBC radio during World War II.
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See the Big Picture with the Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible (Print)

It’s far too easy to lose sight of the big picture when you’re studying Scripture. We’re so entrenched in humdrum of modern life, that we forget that the people we’re reading about lived actual, human lives too. They walked the sandy streets of ancient Jerusalem, stood on the shores of the Red Sea, ascended the peak of Nebo.

It’s only when we enter into the biblical world—truly attempt to understand the ancient context of Scripture—that a clear picture emerges. Doing that kind of digging can be time consuming. But even if you’re relying on the humble study Bible, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the depth you’ve come to expect with Logos Bible Software.

Lexham Press has teamed up with Zondervan to bring you the Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible. This print Bible brings together rich illustrations, diagrams, charts, maps, and study notes to help you piece together the context for the passage you’re studying.
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If Commentaries Were Sports Teams

As much as Americans love democracy, we want sports to be a simple meritocracy: may the best team win.

A lose-and-you’re-out tournament is our idea of a championship. We don’t what sportswriters telling us who they think is best; we want winners to prove who’s best. That’s why Americans love college basketball’s March Madness.

For years, Bible commentary fans have relied on “sportswriters” to tell them which commentaries are best. Carson and  Longman (through their commentary surveys) and Denver Seminary and Detroit Seminary (through their lists) have long determined the best commentaries for each Bible book. Bestcommentaries.com (the Sportswriters Association of the commentary world) has aggregated those votes and become the go-to resource for recommendations. But there has never been a definitive commentary championship.

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Get Supernatural Free with Any 3 New Lexham Releases


To celebrate Lexham Press’ newest releases, we’re giving away a digital copy of Dr. Michael Heiser’s Supernatural when you buy digital copies of three new releases. Just put three of these books in the cart, add Supernatural, and it’s yours free.
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