If Something in the Bible Is Weird, It’s Probably Important

One of the things I enjoy telling people in conversations about Bible study is that “if it’s weird, it’s important.” Numbers 5:11–31 certainly qualifies in both respects. The strangeness of the passage is easily detectable, but only careful Bible study makes its importance apparent.

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Video: Wayne Grudem Responds to His Critics

Last summer, a theological debate exploded across the internet on a subject many would have thought was settled all the way back at the Council of Nicaea: the Trinity.

No one was arguing for a fundamental reinterpretation of this historic Christian belief. Instead, theologians and bloggers were arguing about the nature of the relationships within the Trinity.

All parties agreed that during his time on earth, the Son of God was subordinate to the Father. But what about prior to the incarnation? Is the Son of God eternally subordinate to the Father? [Read more…]

Get Instant Help Outlining Biblical Books

Perhaps you’re a:

  • Pastor preaching through a book in the Bible
  • Teacher guiding your pupils through a book study
  • Student of the Bible wanting to get a grasp of a biblical book

So for whatever reason you want to see the big picture of Genesis, Exodus, or any book in the Bible. Sometimes seeing how others have outlined a book will assist you in getting a bird’s eye view yourself.

Well, tucked away inside the software is a little tool that allows you to see at a glance various “outlines” of a book. So let’s take a look at this big picture aid called Compare Pericopes:

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The First Great Theological Battle in the History of the Church

In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul sought to correct a church that had lost the heart of the gospel. Dr. Grant Osborne calls this letter “the first great theological battle in the history of the church.” At the core of the disagreement was the place of traditional Jewish religious practices for Gentle converts to Christianity. The Jewish Christians of the Galatian churches believed that Gentles had to become Jews—be circumcised and submit to the Mosaic law—before they could be saved. These Judaizers were convinced that the law was still the heart of the gospel, rather than Jesus’ actions on the cross.

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3 Christian Documentaries You Can Watch for Free Right Now

Video can be a great tool to help you further your theological knowledge. Whether it’s providing material for Sunday school classes, small groups, or your congregation, biblical video content can start meaningful conversations in your church and deepen learning.

Right now, your entire church can get free access to over 7,000 videos, including lectures by biblical scholars like Douglas Moo and Darrell Bock on evangelism, discipleship, leadership, counseling, apologetics, and more.

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The Unspoken Question at the Heart of the Trinity Debate

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In this post,  Dr. Peter Leithart weighs in on the recent debate concerning relationships in the Trinity. Don’t miss Michael Bird’s overview of the debate over at the Logos Academic Blog. Then, visit this blog next Tuesday for an exclusive video of Wayne Grudem responding to his critics.

And for multiple perspectives on this issue—including video lectures from Wayne Grudem and Bruce Ware—check out the Mobile Ed course Perspectives on the Trinity: Eternal Generation and Subordination in Tension (40% off until June 9). 

The recent Evangelical brawl about the Trinity has focused on the work of Bruce Ware and Wayne Grudem, both of whom have denied the eternal generation of the Son and said that the Son is eternally “subordinate” to the Father.

On the first point, the critics are entirely correct, as both Ware and Grudem now admit. The debate concerning eternal “subordination” has been more chaotic and proportionally less illuminating. Some critics responded as if Ware and Grudem were Arians, teaching that the Son is ontologically inferior to the Father, a being somewhat less than fully divine. Both vehemently deny this charge. Ware and Grudem are instead talking about a taxis of equally divine persons, and Grudem has produced an impressive catalog of reliable Protestant theologians who also talk of the eternal “subordination” of the Son. If nothing else, he has demonstrated that his terminology isn’t novel.

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5 Deals from P&R Publishing Available This Month Only

This month we’re shining the spotlight on P&R Publishing. For the next 30 days you can save 30% on some of this beloved Reformed publisher’s most popular titles! Here’s a rundown of what’s on sale:

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Has the Gospel-Centered Pendulum Swung Too Far?

The American evangelical church likes to ride pendulum swings. I’m not talking about the revolving door of theologically vapid church marketing gimmicks. I mean things that you and I do. You know, us: the kind of people who read Bible software blogs, who take biblical study and doctrine seriously.

In the most recent issue of Themelios—a theological journal you can get for free in Logos—Dane Ortlund helps us arrest one particularly powerful pendulum swing. His article, “Reflections on Handling the Old Testament as Jesus Would Have Us: Psalm 15 as a Case Study,” addresses the “remarkable resurgence of Christocentric interpretation,” an “impulse to resist moralistic and graceless readings” of Scripture. The relatively recent popularity of biblical theology and of “gospel-centeredness” are also part of this particular pendulum swing.

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Save 70% on This Bundle of 5 Fascinating Mobile Ed Courses

Some of the most challenging issues in biblical studies and theology are also the most rewarding. To help you tackle the doctrines and passages that have challenged theologians over the centuries, we’ve pulled together five essential courses by scholars like Michael Heiser, Craig Keener, and Peter Leithart.

You can get this bundle for 70% off until June 16. Don’t miss your chance to dig into these fascinating topics with help from the experts.

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How to Use the Sermon Starter Guide for a Topical Study

Recently, I had a Bible study leader contact me with the following scenario:

Sometimes I want to teach a topical lesson, but I’m not sure which verses in the Bible discuss the subject. Is there a straightforward way, in the software, to discover relevant verses?

Excellent question. And the answer is, Yes!, several times over. As I often tell Camp Logos attendees, there are six ways to do most everything in Logos.

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