Biblical Studies

What Luther’s Last Words Teach Us about Prayer – Christian Article

After the Reformer Martin Luther died, his friends who came to his room to remove his corpse found a note he had scrawled sometime in his final days: “We are beggars, that is true.” With those scribbled phrases, Luther summed up his own hard-won theological perspective on what it means to be a human being: we are all utterly dependent on divine grace alone. Our supposed merits are insufficient to win us any favor with God.  But Luther’s final sentence…

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Uncover the Keys to Modern Communication in 45 Minutes & Save Big in October’s Sale – Christian Article

Today’s audiences are hungry—but they don’t want the same “food” their parents and grandparents did. Canned stories don’t work anymore. People are longing to be fed with authenticity and personal transformation. Connection is key. But how do you build that connection? Learn effective new strategies to bolster your preaching in just 45 minutes with How to Communicate Effectively to Modern Audiences. In this course from Logos Mobile Ed, Grant Fishbook shares from over 20 years of experience creatively communicating the…

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5 Resources to Celebrate World Teachers’ Day – Christian Article

Teaching is often thankless and can be exhausting. Yet every day teachers impact society by the lives they touch. Since today is World Teachers’ Day, we at Faithlife want to say “thank you” to all teachers for the work you do.  Here are five unique resources for teachers—whether you or a loved one teach elementary or secondary school, homeschool . . . even homiletics. For school teachers Created to Learn: A Christian Teacher’s Introduction to Educational Psychology, Second Edition This revised and expanded…

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Last Chance: Save Up to 40% in September’s Monthly Sale – Christian Article

This September, we’ve got a ton of great deals to keep your bookshelf full all season long. From books on biblical studies to Church history, you can save up to 40% in the monthly sale. One notable book on sale this month is Peter G. Bolt’s excellent contribution to the New Studies in Biblical Theology collection, The Cross from a Distance: Atonement in Mark’s Gospel. Enjoy this excerpt—and get it on sale while you can! ___ By Peter G. Bolt,…

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What Children Get Right That Adults Get Wrong – Christian Article

By G. K. Chesterton, adapted from Heretics and Orthodoxy All the towering materialism which dominates the modern mind rests ultimately upon one assumption; a false assumption. It is supposed that if a thing goes on repeating itself it is probably dead; a piece of clockwork.  People feel that if the universe was personal it would vary; if the sun were alive it would dance. This is a fallacy even in relation to known fact.  For the variation in human affairs…

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Free Book: Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ – Christian Article

It’s free book time again! July’s free book is Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ by Thomas R. Schreiner.  Like most writers of a Pauline theology, Schreiner discerns something at the heart and soul of Paul’s theology: “. . . the supremacy of God in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.” Schreiner has stitched this theme into the book’s fabric, and the result is a deeply spiritual, robust Pauline theology.  Snag your free copy of Paul, Apostle of God’s…

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A Survey of the Use of the OT by Paul in His Sermon in Acts 13:16–41 – Christian Article

What follows below is a simple guide through Paul’s “word of exhortation” (Acts 13:15) to both Jews and Gentiles who listened in the synagogue in Pisidian Antioch in Acts 13:16–41. References in Acts are matched to their corresponding references in the OT. Acts 13:17–22 / Various — Paul surveyed Israel’s history from Abraham to Jesus. He spoke of God’s choice of Israel (Acts 13:17a; cf. Gen 12–50; Deut 7:6–8), the Exodus (Acts 13:17b; Exod 1–15), the wilderness wanderings (Acts 13:18;…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: June 4–7, 2019 – Christian Article

Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price! Think Along with an emphasis on emotions and the experience of God, we also need to practice careful thinking about God. So how are we to maintain a healthy balance of…

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Do We Have Personal Angels? – Christian Article

In Acts 12:15, the Christians praying for Peter could not accept that Peter had somehow been released from prison (cf. Acts 12:6–11). When Rhoda announced that Peter was at the door, “They said to her, ‘You are out of your mind.’ But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, ‘It is his angel!’” Why would they claim, “It is his angel”? Did they believe each person had an angel for some reason? Is this taught somewhere…

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The Love Myth: Can You Love Without Your Emotions? – Christian Article

By Matthew Elliot “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” (Matt 22:36) An “expert in religious law,” backed up by the Pharisees, poses this seemingly innocent question to Jesus in an attempt to trap him. Will he agree that some laws are greater than others? Jesus’ answer thwarts their expectations and overturns their religiosity: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” This is the…

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June’s Free Course: John Frame on Scripture – Christian Article

This month, pick up your free Mobile Ed course by John Frame: TH207 The Clarity of Scripture. In this short course, John Frame considers what the clarity of Scripture means. He describes it in light of God’s sovereignty, authority, and presence. Dr. Frame also explains how to understand the clarity of Scripture when reading passages in the Bible that seem unclear. Get your free course now! Also, this month, get two more courses for under $30: BI103 Principles of Bible…

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How Shall We Be Like God? – Christian Article

Ponder a paradox with me. In Genesis 1, we learn that God creates humanity in his own image and likeness. Exactly what that means has perplexed theologians for literally millennia. Some say being made in God’s image means that we have a mind, will, and emotions. Some see the image as referring to our ability to have a relationship with God and with others. Still others understand God’s image to be related to his command for Adam and Eve to…

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Announcing This Month’s Discounted Publisher: Logos Mobile Ed – Christian Article

Why not tackle a new theology subject this summer, or gain new ministry skills and insights—and earn a certificate while you do? All while learning from some of the most esteemed scholars in Christian academia. This month only, save 40% on nine new Certificate Programs from Logos Mobile Ed. Each Certificate Program includes a selection of Mobile Ed Courses focused on one biblical study topic or key area of ministry and is based on content and learning level. Consider these…

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What’s with the Brackets around John 7:52–8:12? – Christian Article

In this excerpt from John for Everyone, esteemed New Testament scholar and professor N. T. Wright—whose books and courses are on sale for just two more days—explains why John 7:52–8:12 is often included in the Gospel, though there are good reasons for its omission. Whether the story “should” be there or not, it can help us better understand John’s Gospel and Jesus’ mission on earth. *** There is a puzzle about this story. It doesn’t really seem to fit here.…

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Every Logos Sale Ending at Midnight—Including Free Book – Christian Article

At midnight tonight, we pull down a number of incredible sales. Find links to all of them here so you don’t miss out. 20% off all Logos packages + free Mobile Ed Course Get your first base package ever or stack onto what you already have—no limits. And get a free course while you’re at it. Shop this sale. N. T. Wright sale Every book and course from the esteemed professor available in Logos—savings up to 30%. Shop this sale.…

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Only 2 More Days: All Logos Packages 20% Off – Christian Article

The final hours of the Logos package sale are upon us. Right now every Logos package is 20% off, with no limits to how many you can stack on each other. That’s great news for current Logos owners (see points #2 and #4 below) as well as new ones. Here are five quick reasons to jump on this sale. 1. Save on books through bundling On average, you save 90% on your books when you buy them as part of…

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10 Quotes on the Christian Life from John Stott – Christian Article

Nearly 50 years ago, the evangelical church was on the brink of shirking the call to global missions. As framer of the Lausanne Covenant in 1974, John R. W. Stott (1921–2011), an Anglican priest, was on the forefront of the movement to preserve modern missions endeavors. He founded the Langham Partnership to equip churches with biblical resources and training for global missions. While the Lausanne Covenant may have been Stott’s most significant contribution to modern Christianity, it was far from…

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Preachers, Mobilize Your Language and Send It Into Battle – Christian Article

By Jeffrey Arthurs It was said of Winston Churchill that “he mobilized the English language, and sent it into battle.” I exhort you, send your best words into battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil. Send language forth like soldiers massing for the charge, cutting the wire, and storming the stronghold. You can do this by using vivid verbs and nouns. Don’t say, “There was a major city”; say, “Chicago.” Don’t say, “The thief brought a weapon”; say,…

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26 Seminary-Level Courses to Listen to This Summer—All 25% Off – Christian Article

For many of us, summer means road trips, vacations, and a slower pace. It can also mean extra time to squeeze in some good theological training. Right now every audio course from Logos Mobile Education is 25% off. Stock up with courses on topics you’re interested in, and let’s get started. Intro courses Whether you’re new to theological studies or just want to brush up on the basics of the faith with biblical experts, these five courses are a great place to…

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Add 3 Books to Your Library for Less Than a Latte – Christian Article

April’s free book is here! This month only, get your free copy of A Theology of Matthew: Jesus Revealed as Deliverer, King, and Incarnate Creator by Charles Leland Quarles. Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner lauds the book in its foreword, saying: Quarles has given us an intellectual and theological feast. The work is written with wonderful clarity so that the message is accessible to laypeople. Still, the book’s message isn’t simplistic. Scholars and students will be challenged by the exegetical and…

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Over 50 Authors Featured . . . Who Would You Want to Shape You? – Christian Article

If you’ve ever said, “I’ve been meaning to read more _____ (insert theologian everyone has been reading for decades or centuries),” now’s your chance. Save 40% or more on collections from over 50 authors. This is more than a chance to save on important books, it’s an invitation to pattern your thinking after some of the greatest minds of all time. This includes living authors like D.A. Carson, J.I. Packer, and Peter Kreeft. It includes greats from the past like…

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Constantine, Conspiracy, and the Canon – Christian Article

Dan Brown’s bestselling conspiratorial thriller The Da Vinci Code seems like ancient history now. At its peak of popularity, the novel set records both for sales and for irritating scholars with its view that Jesus and the 12 apostles held to gnostic heresies. The book’s bizarre plot focuses on Jesus’ bloodline extending through a child born by Mary Magdalene. Within that narrative, Brown asserts that the New Testament canon was determined by the Roman Emperor Constantine—who was not friendly to…

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Like an Angel: The Shining Face of Stephen – Christian Article

What did it mean that Stephen’s “face was like the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15), and why did it look this way? We first meet Stephen as a deacon, “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5). He was appointed to coordinate meals for widows (cf. Acts 6:1–7), but he was also an evangelist. He was “full of grace and power…doing great wonders and signs among the people” (Acts 6:8). This grace and power go…

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Start the New Year with Our Bible Narratives Reading Plan – Christian Article

Stories shape us. When we read a story, we enter a world that the author has created and thus become shaped by that world. Experiencing the world of the story forms our imaginations of reality, our perceptions and affections, and even our worldview and beliefs. The same is true—perhaps even more so—with the stories of Scripture. Biblical narratives shape our imagination of who God is, what he is like, and what he expects of his people. The difference, of course,…

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