• Books,  Reviews

    Review: James (Big Greek Idea)

    Over the past few months I have had the pleasure of looking over James: Big Greek Idea, the first in a new commentary series by Kregel Academic. I love the premise of this series! It provides a type of commentary that I have not seen before. It takes the benefits of a Greek language commentary (such as the NIGTC), and combines it with bits of an expositional commentary (such as the ProcTrust series), whilst also including details for teachers and language students. This makes the series, in my eyes, something to dip into regularly as I preach through a book. To make the most of this series you will need…

  • Books,  Reviews

    Review: Are you 100% sure you want to be an agnostic?

    A quick glance at the current landscape shows that agnosticism appears to be the trendy thing to be. Gone are the days of the ‘New Atheists’ with their outspoken opinions, and in their wake now stand the ‘nones’. People who don’t have a religious affiliation on their census. The people who asked whether God exists will reply ‘I don’t know’. The position that appears wise in a world torn between competing opinions. Peaceful, centred, not causing a ruckus. Agnostic – a trendy choice. But can you be agnostic about Jesus? To answer that question Andrew Sach and Jonathan Gemmell come along with their new book ‘are you 100% sure you…

  • Bible,  Musings,  Theology

    The revelation of the Trinity in Scripture is perfect

    “The revelation of the Trinity in Scripture is perfect”, says Fred Sanders in ‘The Triune God'[1]Sanders, F., 2016. The Triune God, M. Allen & S. R. Swain, eds., Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.. As Sanders says this, he means that the disclosure in Scripture of God’s identity is complete, sufficient, and the way it is meant to be. Or, to put it another way, we could not have done a better job of revealing the Trinity if we wrote the Bible ourselves.  When you really think about that statement, it leads to a realisation that, in Scripture, we have all the information that the True and Living God wants us to know.…

  • Bible,  Featured,  From the Couch to the study,  Reviews

    Logos 9 | 6 months later…

    It has been six months since Faithlife released Logos 9, and I thought it would be a good time to look and see the parts that I have used the most.According to my ‘screen time report’ from macOS, Logos is my most used application during the week, which already speaks for how prominent it is in my daily workflow. So I took note of the features that I use regularly, and the things that keep me coming back to them. Hopefully you, as the reader, will find this beneficial for seeing how you could do similar! Preaching mode When I started my detailed log, the very first entry was the…

  • From the Couch to the study

    Logos | Custom Highlights

    Logos has the ability to add custom highlights across your Bible. Not only are these helpful on the desktop, but they also sync onto mobile too! To add Dave’s highlight palettes to your copy of Logos, click the links below and press ‘Get a copy’: Structure Palette Chiasms Palette The team at Faithlife have kindly given ‘From the Couch to the Study’ viewers a discount on upgrading to Logos 9. To take advantage of it, please use the link below.

  • From the Couch to the study,  Reviews

    Logos 9 | Review

    Every couple of years Faithlife release an update to their flagship software Logos. The Faithlife developers have not taken a break, and even in the midst of a global pandemic, they have been hard at work. 2020 introduces us to the latest and greatest: Logos 9. Faithlife was kind enough to give me early access to this new version for review. I have been able to tinker with it for the past few days and use it day-to-day. Before full-time pastoral work, I worked in the software engineering field. I am, therefore, very interested in bringing the best of technology into church life. Faithlife is a company that does that…