Written to scattered believers facing a variety of troubles, the Epistle of James addresses a universally relevant question: How are God’s people to live in God’s world? This side of heaven, trials and tribulations crowd into our lives, confronting us with failure and tears, doubts and disappointments, sorrow and groanings. In response, James offers us practical help, with an eye toward not becoming Christians so much as behaving as those who have been redeemed “by the word of truth.” Volume 1 (James 1:1-27) – Listen (Free) | Download (Free – 170 mb) | Purchase CD ($17.20) | Purchase DVD ($17.20) |…

The wind has changed. We live in a culture where people are increasingly embracing secular views. In fact, in recent years, secular beliefs have pushed to the forefront, and Christian views are becoming less acceptable and less expressible. So how do we live as Christians in this new normal—in a society that doesn’t like or understand what we believe, what we say, or how we live? And where is God in all of this? Alistair Begg addresses these questions in his timely and thought-provoking new book, Brave by Faith: God-Sized Confidence in a Post-Christian World. Walking us through the book…

Among the 14 winners of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) 2021 Christian Book Awards® in 12 categories are the NIV Study Bible, Fully Revised Edition (Zondervan, 2020) and The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians (Zondervan, 2020). [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, 35-Year-Old Bestselling NIV Study Bible Now Fully Revised and Updatedd] The Christian Book Award® program has recognized the absolute highest quality in Christian books since 1978. Based on excellence in content, literary quality, design, and impact, the Christian Book Award® program is the oldest and…

When did you last consider the Bible’s book of Revelation to be a wellspring of hope? Or have you always seen it as a declaration of judgment amidst confusing imagery? Of all the books of the Bible, Revelation is the one people seem to be the most afraid to study. They describe it in such terms as terrifying, mysterious, apocalyptic, and perplexing. Bible Gateway interviewed Margaret Feinberg (@mafeinberg) about her teaching video, Revelation: Extravagant Hope (Zondervan, 2021), part of the Beautiful Word Bible Study Series. Please describe the Beautiful Word Bible Study Series and your role in it. Margaret Feinberg:…

We have begun streaming Bible lessons on the book of Joel. You can access the videos from my website. And you can download a copy of the questions we are using for the Joel study at www.biblestudylessons.com/classbooks/index.php

Probably the most well known verse in the Bible about the definition of a foolish person is Psalm 14:1 — The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” The apostle Paul seems to build on that concept when he writes in Romans 1:20, “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” But the book of Proverbs was specifically written millennia ago to clearly contrast the dismantling ways of foolishness with the restorative properties of wisdom. According…

A bumper crop of titles encourages the use of native species, shares practical tips, and offers guidance and inspiration.

The firestorm over “American Dirt” raises the question of who gets to tell someone’s story.

If you are struggling with any kind of loss (your loved one died, you were let go from a job, your income dropped, a good friend moved away, your reputation was damaged, or a relationship ended) then the book For All Who Grieve is for you. Each chapter begins with the story of a couple who experienced the loss of a child and ends with a glimpse into the book of Lamentations to see how God ministers to grieving people. Along the way, you will consider the relationship between your grief and the themes: talk, tears, guilt, grievance, hope, and…

When the authorities caught up with my financial shenanigans, I went on the run. But Christ caught up with me. On September 13, 2013, I sat alone on the bunk in my cell, eating a cold egg sandwich at the federal correctional institution in Ray Brook, New York, a medium-security prison in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains near Lake Placid. It had been my home for 18 years. I walked out of the prison reception building feeling almost numb. I was nervous waiting for my daughter Jessica and my sister Donna, who would drive me six hours…

I came across this article on Biblia by Jeffrey Kranz that shows the top books of the Bible that Jesus quotes throughout the four Gospels. The top one, as you might have guessed, is the Book of Psalms! Jesus quotes from Scripture a lot, giving us a great example of why memorizing and quoting Scripture is edifying for the believer. Here are just four times when Jesus quotes the Book of Psalms. 1.) Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have…

I came across this article on Biblia by Jeffrey Kranz that shows the top books of the Bible that Jesus quotes throughout the four Gospels. The top one, as you might have guessed, is the Book of Psalms! Jesus quotes from Scripture a lot, giving us a great example of why memorizing and quoting Scripture is edifying for the believer. Here are just four times when Jesus quotes the Book of Psalms. 1.) Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have…

Want to know what matters to God? Look at what matters to Jesus. Starting January 1st, the Jesus 15-day devotional invites you to take a closer look at Jesus. Ponder his life. Consider his ways. Take a moment to search the heart of the One who would rather die for you than live without you. With these free excerpts from Max Lucado’s forthcoming book, draw near to the Jesus who loves you just the way you are but refuses to leave you that way. Get to know Jesus and understand more clearly the person you were created to be. Knowing…

In a society frantically searching for happiness, bestselling author Max Lucado provides a personal plan for a life filled with a lasting and fulfilling joy that often eludes the world. This joy, supported by Jesus’ teaching and supplemented by modern research, is the topic of his new book: How Happiness Happens. And you can get 5 days of free excerpts from it in your email inbox by signing up here. The guiding question of the book is simple: Do you feel happy? It’s a question that all of us ask of ourselves at some point. For the Christ-follower, we know…

Is there any book of the Bible that sparks as much controversy and confusion as the book of Revelation? Some believers form strong dividing lines over different interpretations. Many Christians scratch their heads as they read through John’s illustrative visions. And others avoid reading Revelation altogether. Perhaps you share the curiosity of one of our church members who recently asked me, “Why did God have to end the Bible like that?” It’s a fair question. What are we to make of this seemingly odd conclusion to God’s Great Book? The purpose of this post is not to engage (let alone…

A fellow Logos user recently emailed me an excellent question: Is there a way to find the words in a particular NT book (e.g. Philippians) that are unique to it? In other words, they are not used elsewhere in the NT? Even though at first glance the question sounds like a huge task, actually it’s quite simple through the use of Word Lists: Choose Documents | Word List Name it Philippians (A) Click Add (B) Type Philippians in the Reference box (C) Press the Enter key Give Logos a moment and it will list every Greek lemma in Philippians Choose…

In my recent book, Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible, I argued that there were two major kinds of archaic words in the KJV, not one. And in the most flagrant example I’ve ever seen of plagiarism by time machine, I just discovered a commentator from 150 years ago saying precisely the same thing. In his Lectures Exegetical and Practical on the Epistle of James, published in 1871, Robert Johnstone quotes a verse from the King James Version: If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own…

Larry W. Hurtado has been one of the leading scholars on early Christology for decades. He has written dozens of articles and a number of books examining not just what early Christians believed or wrote about Jesus, but what their devotional practices tell us about the place of Jesus in early Christian worship. Hurtado’s new book, Honoring the Son, is a clear and concise distillation of more than 30 years of research into New Testament Christology. Here’s how David B. Capes encapsulates Hurtado’s impact on Christological studies in his foreword to Honoring the Son: One could say that Hurtado’s work,…

Instructions for publishers. Each year, Christianity Today honors outstanding books of special interest to the Christian community. In the January/February 2019 issue, CT will feature the best books published between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018, divided into categories according to subject and genre. We will also announce the winner of our "Beautiful Orthodoxy" Book of the Year. Here are the awards categories: Apologetics/Evangelism Biblical Studies Children & Youth Christian Living/Discipleship The Church/Pastoral Leadership Culture and the Arts Fiction History/Biography Missions/The Global Church Politics and Public Life Spiritual Formation Theology/Ethics CT Women* CT’s “Beautiful Orthodoxy” Book of the Year**…

For just a few more days, May’s Free Book of the Month gives you an excellent resource to explore the different interpretations of the warning passages in Hebrews. In Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews, well-respected biblical scholars engage these critical passages using the four views format. This applicable work seeks to resolve the tension between the strong warnings against sin and the hope we have in Christ by wrestling with the difficult questions of apostasy, the security of salvation, and the intersection between the sovereignty of God and the free will of man. The clear exegetical arguments…

As I have aged and grown in my own intellectual acumen (for better or worse), I’ve noticed a pattern in other intellects. There are certain people whose beliefs, convictions, methods and strategies are based upon the last book they read. In other words, they are highly impressionable.