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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Review: ESV Bible with Creeds and Confessions

    Crossway has been publishing different editions of their well-received ESV Bible for a while now. This year they have released the ‘ESV Bible with Creeds and Confessions’ to add to their collection. Since receiving my copy I have used it as my go-to Bible in my office, and put it through its paces! Looks Box The first thing you see, as you open the shipping box, is the presentation box. This has been very well designed, with red and gold colours. It really stands out. Cover Once again Crossway has outdone themselves in making a very nice-looking Bible. The edition I have is brown TruTone stretched over board. This gives…

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    Review: The Mind Muddler by Jo Boddam-Whetham

    “God made our minds to run on his trackbut instead we chose the track that was cracked.Like fools we live in a tunnel of lies;and fools without God can never be wise.” I do not think that a book like this exists in the children’s market – or at least, I have never seen a book that tackles this particular topic aimed at children (feel free to let me know of others in the comments!). Over the past few years, 10ofThose have been publishing a number of well thought out children’s books. The Mind Muddler joins this ever-growing collection, and it is one of the best so far. Let me…