3 Resources to Energize Your Faith and Equip You for Battle

The Logos Pentecostal and Charismatic Package gives you trustworthy commentaries, devotionals, and other inspiring resources for fresh perspectives, insights, and a more vibrant spiritual life.

Take this opportunity to supplement your current base package with powerful works from a Pentecostal and Charismatic perspective. You can choose from many different options to help you find the package that fits your library and your budget. But here are three featured resources you’ll want to check out: [Read more…]

Over 1,900 Sermons in One Resource—Now 22% Off

Known for his evangelistic zeal and uncompromising commitment to the Word of God, Adrian Rogers was one of the greatest preachers, respected Bible teachers, and Christian leaders of our time.

For over fifty years, he consistently presented the good news of Jesus Christ with strong conviction, compassion, and integrity. And his sermons live on, continuing to touch millions of lives around the globe.

Now you can add over 1,900 of his sermon transcripts to your Logos library for 22% off, during the Logos July Sale. [Read more…]

Born Again . . . and Again . . . and Again

Was Jesus open to the idea of reincarnation? The question may seem odd, but it’s one that many people, even biblical scholars, contend has a positive answer. The idea comes from a passage you’ve likely read dozens of times:

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but in order that the works of God might be made manifest in him (he was born blind). We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:1–4) [Read more…]

Introducing Logos 7 Fundamentals: Bible Software for under $100

There are a few key tools you need for studying the Bible in-depth: some good dictionaries and encyclopedias, a handful of solid commentaries, a Bible atlas, and of course a few Bible translations. And maybe even a few word study resources.

Assembling a library like that book by book quickly adds up. And if you’re like many people, you might not know which books you should get—or how to use them once you have them. [Read more…]

You Don’t Know Romans if You Don’t Know Rhetoric

To fully understand Romans, you not only need to understand the social history of the book but also rhetoric—the ancient art of persuasion.

In A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Romans (10 hour course), Dr. Ben Witherington III provides a socio-rhetorical analysis of Paul’s letter to the Romans. Considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, Dr. Witherington examines the social setting of Paul’s writing and explores the culture of first-century Rome to reveal the specific issues Paul’s Roman audience was facing. [Read more…]

How to Avoid Repeating a Sermon for the Same Audience

A Logos user presented the following scenario to me:

I’m a traveling itinerate preacher speaking in various churches, but do revisit the same churches periodically. If I start using the Sermon Editor to archive my messages, is there a way to search the files by location so I don’t preach the same sermon in the same church? [Read more…]

The Intersection of Revelation and Reason

The relationship between human reason and divine revelation has been a perennial topic of discussion among philosophers and systematic theologians. Throughout Church history, Christians have been tempted to make revelation and reason mutually exclusive. But both are essential to a true understanding of the faith.

The inaugural Theology Connect conference—held in Sydney in July 2016—was dedicated to surveying the intersection of revelation and reason. The fruit of this conference has been drawn together in Revelation and Reason in Christian Theology. [Read more…]

Classic Revival Sermons, Hymns, Memoirs, and More

 

George Whitefield was perhaps the most famous preacher of the eighteenth century—and for good reason. He fearlessly and tirelessly preached an unashamed gospel through a life completely consecrated to God. He was renowned for his powerful oratory, leaving massive crowds mesmerized, and it’s estimated he preached well over 15,000 times to millions and millions of people in America and the UK. [Read more…]

Interpret Scripture, Unlock Meaning, and Dig Deeper in Your Studies

The Bible is a vast book, simple enough for a child to understand, yet so deep that the most committed scholars never master its contents. With the Bible’s complexity in mind, how do we interpret the Bible correctly? Why do biblical experts disagree on interpretation?

These are important questions every Christian should be able to answer. And now you can through Mobile Ed’s interactive video course, Biblical Interpretation: Foundational Certificate Program, 40% off this month through the Logos Publisher’s Spotlight sale. [Read more…]

How Our Spiritually Unhealthy Culture Impacts Pastors

Maintaining a healthy spiritual life is critical for pastors. But just as critical are the spiritual lives of those who surround a pastor—those in a position to encourage, reprove, and restore them, as well as others in ministry leadership.

In this month’s free book, Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy—an environment that actively undermines the wellbeing and efficacy of church leaders and thus the entire Church body.

In this excerpt from Dangerous Calling, Tripp reveals how this unhealthy culture begins and its natural result:

When the Word of God, faithfully taught by the people of God and empowered by the Spirit of God, falls down, people become different. Lusting people become pure, fearful people become courageous, thieves become givers, demanding people become servants, angry people become peacemakers, complainers become thankful, and idolaters come to joyfully worship the one true God. The ultimate purpose of the Word of God is not theological information but heart and life transformation. Biblical literacy and theological expertise are not, therefore, the end of the Word but a God-ordained means to an end, and the end is a radically transformed life because the worship at the center of that life has been reclaimed. This means it is dangerous to teach, discuss, and exegete the Word without this goal in view. It should be the goal of every seminary professor. It should be his prayer for every one of his students. It should cause him or her to make regular pastoral pleas to the students. It means recognizing that this student’s future ministry will never be shaped by his knowledge and skill alone but also, inevitably, by the condition of his heart.

Think about it. When a pastor has left his office and is at home yelling at his wife, he’s not ignorant of the fact that his yelling is wrong. At that point he doesn’t care what is right or wrong, because something else is ruling his heart. When a pastor is responding to issues in his church in ways that are more political than pastoral, it’s not because he’s ignorant of the selfishness of this response but because he’s more committed to building his kingdom than God’s. When a pastor is eaten with envy over the ministry position of another, he isn’t giving way to envy out of ignorance of its danger but because his self-absorbed heart feels entitled to what is a blessing and not a right.

Have we accomplished our training task if we produce generations of graduates who have big theological brains but tragically diseased hearts? Must we not hold together theological training and personal transformation? Should we not require every seminary classroom to be faithful to God’s intended purpose for his Word? Shouldn’t every seminary professor have pastoral love for his students? Shouldn’t every instructor long to be used of God to produce a growing love for Christ in each of his students?

I am convinced that the crisis of pastoral culture often begins in the seminary class. It begins with a distant, impersonal, information-based handling of the Word of God. It begins with pastors who, in their seminary years, became quite comfortable with holding God’s Word distant from their own hearts. It begins with classrooms that are academic without being pastoral. It begins with brains becoming more important than hearts. It begins with test scores being more important than character. The problem with all of these things is that they’re subtle and deceptive. They don’t exist in a black-or-white world of either/or but in a messy world of both/and. Yes, every seminary professor would say that he cares about the hearts of his students. All of us would say that we want to stimulate love for Christ. The question is, does this goal shape the content and process of the theological education to which we have given ourselves?

Tripp, P.D. (2012). Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

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Dangerous Calling gives a diagnosis and offers cures for issues that impact every member and church leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the all-important war that rages in our churches today

Along with getting Dangerous Calling for free, you can also get two more Tripp books for under $8. Redeeming Money and Sex in a Broken World are available for $3.99 each but only through July!