A Great Tool to Help Your 2015 Bible Reading

“We are all aware of the growing phenomenon of biblical illiteracy. Mitch Maher has set out to address this problem. His overview, Clarifying The Bible, indeed clarifies the whole Bible. A clear and likable communicator, Mitch knows his stuff. May the Lord use Mitch and this project to turn the tide of biblical illiteracy!” Dr. James “Jim” Hamilton Associate Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary As you think about your Bible reading plans for 2015, or your …

So What Are You Waiting For?

So what’s keeping you from talking to your elders about one of the most important decisions you will ever make? What’s keeping you from seeking counsel on matters related to vocation? What’s keeping you from an honest, denying-of-self, evaluation of God’s call upon your life? It goes without saying that God call men to be engineers, lawyers, architects, teachers, farmers, electricians, and plumbers. These are noble callings, indeed!  How we need followers of Jesus Christ to take seriously the cultural …

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3 Easy Ways to Get Logos 6 (and Special Gifts!)

The smartest way to study the Word is here: Faithlife just released Logos 6, the most intelligent Bible study software ever, equipping you for incredible insights in a fraction of the time. There are three easy ways to get Logos 6: a base package, a crossgrade option, and the core engine Plus, for a limited time, you can get 15% off your Logos 6 purchase! Here’s how it works: 1. Base package Study smarter with a vast, interconnected library paired …

3 Ways Christian Audio Book Summaries Will Save You Time & Money

First of All…What’s a Book Summary? The book summaries from Books At a Glance crunch each book into a 7-10 page, chapter-by-chapter summary, so that you can really learn the meaning, teachings, and arguments contained in the book…in just the time it takes you to read (or listen to!) 7-10 pages. These book summaries are much like the very popular “cliff notes” or “executive summaries” versions of books in the secular arena. Click HERE to Download Your Free Audio Book …

Freaked Out By Ordinary Sin

by Barbara Duguid Should our sin surprise us? In counseling earnest college students who love the Lord, I have seen many Christians who agonize over their daily struggle with very ordinary sins. Jane knows the gospel well, attends church faithfully, and reads her Bible every day, yet feels hatred toward her roommate. She idolizes her professors and strives to impress them by academic overachievement. Yet what really bothers Jane is her struggle with masturbation and pornography, which cast her into …

HCSB: Pursuing ‘Optimal Equivalence’

In the world of Bible translations there are two primary models or theories for bringing the ancient text into contemporary language. One is usually referred to as formal equivalence (or “literal” or “essentially literal”). The other is referred to as “dynamic” or functional equivalence.  Formal equivalence involves trying to make a translation that changes as little as possible from the original, or source, text. Word order changes are only made when necessary to make sense in the translated, or target, …

From Tyndale to Today: A New Study Bible

In a time when most people were ignorant of the Bible, William Tyndale resolved that if God would spare his life, even the boy plowing the fields would know the Scriptures better than the typical priest of his day. He also fervently promoted the teachings of the Reformation such as justification by faith in Christ alone. In 1536, the authorities condemned Tyndale as a heretic, strangled him, and burned his body, but not before he had launched the first English …

Better Sermons, Faster Study, More Insights: See How

Keeping up with your Bible study, let alone keeping it rich and exciting, is a daily struggle for many people. Whether you’re a pastor tired from late-night sermon prep, a seminary student buried under tedious tasks, an academic lacking the resources to make new discoveries, or a layperson wanting to be more confident in your biblical knowledge, there will almost always be roadblocks in your Bible study. Fortunately, these are the exact roadblocks Logos 6 was designed to alleviate. The …

Why Most Web Sites Are Hard To Use—And What To Do About It

Do you often feel confused or stupid (“Apparently I don’t know how to use the Internet!”) when trying to buy something online or trying to do research on a Web site? You’re not alone, and it might not be your fault. Most sites are unnecessarily difficult to use, and there is one core reason for this. Consider this illustration: A Story About A New Library Across the street from my office, the Ames Public Library just finished a massive renovation. …

Introducing the Holman Christian Standard Bible

By Micah Carter When it comes to the translation of God’s Word, we live in an unprecedented time in human history. In the last 40 years, English-speaking Bible readers have benefitted from both the continuance of translations in the KJV tradition (like the ESV) and new, original translations for contemporary readers (like the NIV). The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) is part of this incredible history of Bible translation in the English language. Released in 2004, the aim of this …