Every Good Sermon Has These 3 Qualities – Christian Article

Sometimes when people think about preaching, they think about a bunch of rules (i.e., there are three things that go into an introduction; the ways in which you make a good outline; if you are going to use illustrations, you ought to have one for every point). Those are the kinds of rules you get. But those rules don’t answer a basic question: What is the essence of good preaching? The rules get at the essence. I have taught preaching…

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Did the Gospel Writers Make a Mistake? – Christian Article

Five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in books and one you will find in the land they call holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will open to you. – Eusebius Jerome Possibly the most beautiful, serene place in all of the Galilee is the Mount of Beatitudes (or Mount Eremos in Greek, meaning “solitary” or “uninhabited”). Rising some 300 feet above the Sea of Galilee, this hill on the Galilee’s…

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How the KJV Is Partially Responsible for the NIV (Video) – Christian Article

When a Christian businessman tried to share Scripture with a non-Christian, he was met with laughter. Not because of the Word, but because of the words—the “strange” English of the KJV. In this clip from Authorized, the newest documentary from Faithlife Films, Mark Ward tells how one Christian’s frustration with the KJV led eventually to a new translation: the New International Version. To see all of Authorized, start a free trial to Faithlife TV Plus. You’ll get 14 days of…

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Save 47% for Just a Few More Days – Christian Article

Your chance to save up to 47% in January’s monthly sale ends soon! Plus, right now take $10 off your purchase of $50 or more. Save big on these works and many others this month: Cornerstone Biblical Commentaries (20 vols.) – 35% off“An enormously helpful series for the layperson and pastor alike, because it centers on the theological message of each book and ties it directly to the text. This approach has been needed for some time and will be an…

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Get Isaiah for Everyone—Free until Jan. 31 – Christian Article

Isaiah is a notoriously difficult book to study and teach, not only for its length (66 chapters) but also because of the challenge of unraveling Old Testament prophecy for modern hearers. Dive into the depths of Isaiah with January’s free book, Isaiah for Everyone, by John Goldingay—without getting overwhelmed. Each chapter in the book dissects a few key elements of each passage in Isaiah. For example, the section on Isaiah 40:1–11 expands on the command of verse 1 by asking:…

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How to Quickly See One Passage in Many Bibles – Christian Article

A Logos user recently asked this question: Is there’s a way to see one passage from multiple Bibles at the same time? Actually, there are several ways to accomplish this task, but I’ll focus on Power Lookup in this blog: Open a Bible to the passage you’re studying such as Deuteronomy 32:8–9 (A) Select (highlight) the entire verse range of the passage you’re studying (B) Right click on the selected text (C) Select from the right side of the Context…

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Haddon Robinson on the 2 Essential Elements of Preaching – Christian Article

Some time ago I went to church—I go to church regularly—and on this particular Sunday I did not have any responsibilities (i.e., I didn’t have to preach, I didn’t have to read the Scriptures). I had some friends who went with me. They were folks who, if you were taking a religious survey, would check “churchgoer occasionally.” One of these friends said that, when he and his wife go to church, they don’t like the music. They’re always singing the…

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The Significance of Tel Dan in the Genesis Narrative – Christian Article

The land God promised to Abraham and his descendants is a beautiful mosaic of rocky deserts, green valleys, rolling hills, and snow-capped mountains. These locations are home to familiar and beloved biblical sites frequented by pilgrims touring Israel, like Capernaum, Mount Tabor, and Jerusalem. However, east of the Galilee and nestled at the base of Mount Hermon in northern Israel is a piece of often overlooked real estate. But it’s one of the most significant places in all of Israel.…

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The Difference Between Textual Criticism and Translation – Christian Article

Textual criticism can explain some of the differences people notice between their English translations, such as the omission of “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” in the NIV of Romans 8:1 (compare Romans 8:1 in the KJV). However, many variations in translations are not text critical in nature; instead, they reflect the translation techniques and the decisions of translation committees. Understanding the differences between text-critical issues and translation issues is an important first step in the…

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How to Choose the Right Logos Package for You—and Save – Christian Article

Logos 8 launched on October 28, and since then thousands have either upgraded to Logos 8 or invested in Logos for the first time.  And all of them got a launch celebration discount.  Here’s how to get yours before the sale ends February 7—and how to make sure you get the package that’s right for you. 1. Sign in Truly, the simplest way to both see your savings and get an accurate recommendation is to sign into this page. If…

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Last Days to Save 40% in the New Year’s Sale – Christian Article

The Logos New Year’s sale ends January 31 and with it a chance to save 40% on books and resources. And since many of the resources are bundled—which means bundled savings is already applied—40% off means an extra layer of savings. Shop the sale now, starting with these highlights. Want to study your Bible more consistently? Try the CSB Spurgeon Study Bible Notes. Charles H. Spurgeon preached to over 10 million people in his lifetime, and his sermon manuscripts have…

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How Christian Love Stirred King’s Nonviolence – Christian Article

Today we honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Though best known as a civil rights activist, he was first a minister, his faith motivating his zeal and commitment to social justice. You can explore King’s life, theology, and activism in Martin Luther King Jr. for Armchair Theologians, part of the Armchair Theologians Series (13 vols.). In this excerpt, author Rufus Burrow Jr. describes an essential ingredient to King’s theory of nonviolence: agape. *** King integrated the concept of…

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How to Easily Locate Maps Related to a Passage – Christian Article

Knowing the geographical context of a passage certainly aids in our understanding of that passage. To assist with the discovery of that context, Logos provides us with the Atlas loaded with dozens of biblical maps. There are numerous ways to access and use this tool, but today’s blog focuses on a power user trick causing the Atlas to follow us from passage to passage in the Bible. Take this out for a ride: Open your preferred Bible (A) Open the…

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Why Did Jesus Choose to Live in Capernaum? – Christian Article

Quiet Capernaum (Kfar Nahum or “Nathan’s village”) wraps around the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It’s surrounded by lush, rolling hills that invite easy living—likely the reason a large number of Jews migrated there from Jerusalem after returning from Babylon. Of this region the first-century Jewish historian Josephus wrote: The country that lies over against this lake has the same name of Gennesaret; its nature is wonderful as well as its beauty; its soil is so fruitful that…

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What Book on Preaching Would You Recommend above All Others? – Christian Article

If a young preacher stepped into your office asking for your best book on preaching, what would you suggest? Before I go further, I ask that you would answer that question in the comments. With a little help, this post can be a wonderful resource for preachers looking to grow their craft. Here’s how I would answer it—not as the seasoned preacher, but as the young one. Below are the most formative preaching books and resources I’ve encountered over the…

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What Is Textual Criticism, and Why Is It Necessary? – Christian Article

The Bible was written at a time when the means for sharing documents were far different from the technology we have today. When the church in Thessaloniki received a letter from the apostle Paul in the mid-first century, the believers there would have read it aloud in their gatherings, and then devoted followers who recognized the value of Paul’s words would have produced handwritten copies of the letter to pass around to a wider audience. By the end of the…

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All Your Discount Options on Logos 8, Clearly Explained – Christian Article

It’s official: the Logos 8 launch discounts are ending February 7. Log in to see your savings. (And if you don’t know what all hullaballoo is about with Logos 8, watch this video.) You could save up to 40% on Logos 8 if you buy before February 7, so here’s the lowdown on all your ways to save. To save yourself time, simply log in to see your savings. Then you can ignore this post. Your discounts are automatically calculated…

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5 Highlights in the New Eerdmans Theology & Biblical Studies Collection – Christian Article

Hang around seminary libraries long enough and you’ll start to recognize certain publishers. And you’ll start to reach for their books more and more. Eerdmans is one of those. They were a consistent publisher in my bibliographies all throughout Bible school and seminary, so much that I had the publishing city memorized (Grand Rapids). Right now a massive Eerdmans collection is on Pre-Pub in Logos. I browsed the titles and was intrigued by many of them (one of those “I…

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How to Turn Your Sermon Audio into Transcripts Instantly – Christian Article

Since many of you are preachers and teachers, you may be interested to know that Faithlife Sermons now offers automatic sermon transcription. Faithlife Sermons is a sermon resource and database for preachers and teachers, where you can find sermon illustrations, sermon art, outlines, and other resources. You can also archive and organize your own sermons, which is where the sermon transcription feature comes in. With a full-text version of your sermon audio, you can search all your sermons easily and…

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