5 Basic Bible Study Techniques You Should Never Ignore

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“Measure twice, cut once.”

It’s a memorable adage, and good advice with application beyond carpentry. But after measuring and cutting for years, you may be tempted to cut the measuring frequency in half. After all, you’re an expert.

But even experts make careless mistakes.

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Logos March Madness Is Here. Vote Now, Save in 7 Days!

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The annual battle of the theological titans is upon us: Logos March Madness begins now. For the next 30 days, you can vote for your favorite theological all-stars in a battle royale that will leave just one author standing.

No matter the outcome, the real winner is you. Logos March Madness lets you choose the resources you want discounted. The further your champion makes it through six rounds of voting, the higher the discount on a selection of their works.

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5 Ways To Strengthen Your Ministry with Mobile Ed

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Pastors and church leaders have important roles that keep them very busy. How do you continue to grow and strengthen your ministry while keeping up with daily tasks? You can’t always fly across the country for a conference or afford to invite top scholars to visit your congregation. Maybe it’s been several years since your days at seminary, or perhaps seminary was never part of your story. How can you invest in yourself and your ministry?

Mobile Ed offers theological education and easy access to hundreds of courses that are easy to fit into a busy schedule. These courses offer the opportunity to continue learning anytime, anywhere. Here are five ways you can strengthen your ministry with Mobile Ed courses.

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How to Do a Bible Study on Abortion

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The Bible speaks in some way to anything you can think of, but it doesn’t speak explicitly to everything you can think of.

In other words, the Bible never uses the term “work ethic,” but it does tell us to do all to the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31). It doesn’t speak about insider trading or the use of DDT, but it does give general commands about cheating (Prov 10:9) and ruling wisely over creation (Gen 1:26–28).

God’s Word has something to say—in at least a general way—about every important issue there is, even if these issues are not mentioned by name.

The same goes for the controversial subject of abortion.

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Learn How to Pronounce Difficult Biblical Names

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I learned a long time ago as a young preacher to diligently practice in my study reading aloud the biblical text for my sermon. While this guideline is relevant for all passages, it’s especially true for texts containing biblical names. It’s quite embarrassing for this preacher from Tennessee to get in the pulpit and stumble over long and unfamiliar names!

Well in case you didn’t know, Logos 7 contains a couple of ways to hear biblical names pronounced: Read Aloud with a professional reader and the Factbook.

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48 Hours Left to Save 30% on the International Critical Commentary & More!

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This month we’re shining the spotlight on celebrated publisher T&T Clark with 30% off some of their most popular collections, including the International Critical Commentary (61 vols.).

Here are all the deals you’ll want to take advantage of while you still can.

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Deals Ending Soon: N.T. Wright, C.S. Lewis, Matt Chandler & More!

There are over 50 titles in February’s monthly sale that you won’t want to miss. You’ll find commentaries, reference works, devotionals, introductions, and more. But hurry: you only have four days left to save up to 66%!

Check out all of February’s deals.

Here are just five of the many topics covered by the diverse selection of resources.

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“A Commentary Written by a Churchman, for the Church”

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Ephesians presents modern readers with a difficult interpretive challenge. The themes found within the letter are deeply theological and the Apostle Paul writes with a complex writing style that is hard to decipher. Working through this biblical book is hard for even the most experienced biblical scholar.

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Listen: Logos Bible Software on the Shaun Tabatt Show

I recently had the chance to sit down with Shaun Tabatt and discuss Logos Bible Software. We talked about some of my favorite features in Logos, as well as the all-important issue of how to pronounce “Logos.”

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Mark L. Ward, Jr. received his PhD from Bob Jones University in 2012; he now serves the church as a Logos Pro. He is the author of multiple high school Bible textbooks, including Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption.

Why a 1,600-Year-Old Translation Belongs in Your Bible Study

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Image: St Jerome in His Study by Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1480

By the end of the fourth century, the common language of the Western world was Latin, but a complete and cohesive Latin translation of the Bible had yet to materialize. It wasn’t until A.D. 405 that a scholar named Jerome completed a Latin translation that would become a true standard for the Western world. By the thirteenth century, Jerome’s Bible was so ubiquitous, it became known as the versio vulgata: “the version commonly used.”

Today, we call it the Latin Vulgate.

But this historically important translation is often neglected by Protestants. Back in December 2015, I sat down with Faithlife’s Latin Editor Andrew Curtis to learn why (and how) Protestants should study the Latin Vulgate. At the time, Andrew was neck deep in the work of creating an unprecedented Latin-English interlinear Bible. Now that the project is complete, I asked him to remind us of the importance of the Vulgate and to provide some practical tips on how to use this important translation in Bible study.

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