Why Ruth Risked Everything by Staying with Naomi

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It’s a heart-rending scene: Their husbands are dead. Their prospects in Moab are bleak. But a rumor stirs in the fields: The devastating famine that brought Naomi and her daughters-in-law from Bethlehem to Moab has ended. It’s time for Naomi to go home.

Naomi’s daughters-in-law Ruth and Orpah insist on returning with her to Judah, but Naomi urges them to remain with their families in Moab. Orpah tearfully follows Naomi’s wishes, but Ruth emphatically refuses. “Where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge,” she insists. “Your people shall be my people, and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16).

Ruth’s devotion to her mother-in-law is beautiful and inspiring. But by remaining with Naomi, she makes a profound personal sacrifice. To really understand the tremendous risk Ruth took by sticking with Naomi, we need to understand the relationship between the people of Israel and Moab.

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D.A. Carson: The First Logos March Madness Hall-of-Famer

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Logos March Madness is back, and round one is underway! If you haven’t yet, rally your friends and vote for your favorite authors—those eliminated from this round will get a 30% discount, but the winners will advance to round two, and maybe further! That’s good news for you: the longer the authors last, the deeper the discounts on their selected works.

If you’ve scanned the matchups, you probably noticed one former champion is conspicuously absent. Nope, it wasn’t an accident: D.A. Carson is taking a breather from the competition. Carson was champion three out of four years! What better way to celebrate world champions and record breakers than induction into a hall of fame?
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Is Yahweh a God of War or Peace?

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This is a guest post by Robert B. Chisholm, department chair and Senior Professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.

It’s easy to become confused while reading the prophets’ depictions of God. Malachi, for instance, warns that God is a powerful warrior who will consume all evildoers in the fire of his judgment (Mal 4:1). In contrast, Isaiah anticipates God’s kingdom as a time of peace—when nations will beat their weapons into farming tools (Isa 2:2–4). God himself looks forward to the day that “They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isa 11:9).

So, is God for war or for peace?

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Let the Logos March Madness Commence!

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The clash of the titans starts today! For the next 30 days, 64 theological all-stars will face off in an epic contest for your votes. For each author matchup, pick your favorite and rally your friends to vote your champions through. From scrappy challengers like A.W. Tozer and R.C. Sproul to heavyweights Augustine, Calvin, and Spurgeon, there are plenty of authors to root for. Check out all the matchups now and start voting!

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5 Ways the Doctrine of the Trinity Is Surprisingly Practical

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Even the best metaphors fail to capture the complexities of God’s being. In fact, when Christians attempt to explain the Trinity, they often stumble into metaphors that sound suspiciously like the very heresies Trinitarian theology was developed to counteract!

But even if you conquer the intimidating task of explaining the meaning of the Trinity, you may face an even more momentous challenge: demonstrating why it matters.

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How to Open Your Favorite Logos Books to the Right Spot, Every Time

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A fellow Logos user recently emailed this question to me:

I do my Bible study in the morning which usually consists of reading Scripture followed by reading commentaries and other Logos resources. Often times, I don’t have time to finish the commentary reading at home, so how can I access it later in the day on my iPad and finish reading?

Excellent question with a simple solution through the power of synchronization!

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Leap Day-Only Special: Save 70% on a Huge Sermon Library

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Leap day comes but once every four years. Mark this rare occasion with an equally rare deal.

Save 70% on the Classic Sermon Library Builder (100 vols.)—today only. Get 100 volumes of rich and compelling sermons from some of history’s most distinguished preachers for less than $1.50 each!

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SALE: The New Perspective on Paul, Karl Barth’s Theology, and More

BlogHeader_620x325There’s still time to take advantage of the Wipf and Stock sale. While we celebrate this great partnership, you reap the benefits! Through Monday, 126 of the best titles from Wipf and Stock are on sale—each volume, collection, commentary, and journal is 35% off. Don’t wait to start shopping, the sale ends February 29 at midnight.

Here are three can’t-miss collections to pique your interest.

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What Does It Mean to Be Unequally Yoked with Unbelievers?

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How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep.”

When Frodo Baggins says these words at the end of the movie The Return of the King, they carry the full weight of someone who is grieving deeply. These words echo some of my relationships. I often wonder: “With all the damage that has been done, how can we ever return to how things used to be?” And, “Was there ever really anything to our friendship at all?”

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Pre-Order New Crossway Collections and Save 20% on Other Crossway Titles

Blog Image_620x325Some of Crossway’s greatest works are now available for pre-order on Logos.com!

Committed to historical, Christian truths, these collections contain some of the most beloved writings in theology, biblical studies, ministry, and Christian living. Leading lights such as Bruce Ware, Thomas Schreiner, Gerald Bray, Wayne Grudem, and Elyse Fitzpatrick provide engaging insights from a biblical perspective. Check out some of the new Pre-Pubs from Crossway.
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