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This is a guest post by Peter Krol.
I loved seminary while it lasted. The academic environment, the spiritual fervor, the disciplined accountability. Lectures, discussion groups, and access to both an exceptional library and a brilliant faculty. What a treat.
So you can imagine my chagrin when it came to a premature end. I had to move across the state. Life’s expanding responsibilities held me by the collar. The seminary had to drop my tuition discount. And there was not yet such a thing as distance education. Mine was a cold, hard providence.
Starting today, you have eight weeks of free access to Dr. Bock’s course, Introducing the Gospels and Acts: Their Background, Nature, and Purpose.
The highly anticipated Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos 6 bundle is shipping on Thursday, November 19th! The courses showcase the unique and innovative learning tools of Logos 6 and guide users through their original language studies.
Studying in community allows Christians to ask questions, learn, and grow together. Christianity is not a religion of isolation. Jesus taught his followers to create a community of believers, and this Christian community keeps each member connected and accountable.
“Doctrines are not God: they are only a kind of map. But that map is based on the experience of hundreds of people who really were in touch with God—experiences compared with which any thrills or pious feelings you and I are likely to get on our own are very elementary and very confused.”
—C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Theology is complex. It is a journey meant to be shared with others whose lives have been touched by God. When Christians unite to study the Word they are able to access the Word in a new and powerful way, with combined insights and levels of experience. There are opportunities for Christians to join groups within the church, but what about individuals who want to dig deeper into specific theological topics? How can those individuals get plugged in?
This summer, for the first time ever, Mobile Ed users were able to learn together in online groups moderated by Mobile Ed’s very own editors. Participants in Summer Session courses explored the world of Jesus and the Gospels, examined a missional approach to world religions, and studied techniques for dynamic preaching all together in community, using Faithlife Groups for communication. This type of enhanced learning experience allows participants from all over the world to get involved, interact, and engage in discussion regarding various theological issues.
Although the final Summer Session course will be wrapping up soon, you can still access the discussion questions written by the course moderators and stimulate your thinking on these topics by reading the discussions that have taken place within each course’s Faithlife group. From daily prayer to lively debate, participants are encouraged to learn and grow together whether they are in a moderated course or are accessing the Faithlife group of another Mobile Ed course to engage with others who are working through the same material.
Last week, we had preaching expert Bryan Chapell in our Mobile Ed studio. While he was here, we let you submit questions on Facebook, and we filmed his answers!
Today through Friday, we’ll post a new daily video on the Logos Mobile Ed Facebook page with answers the questions you asked.
Like the page to see all the videos as we put them up!
Dr. Bryan Chapell is one of the nation’s foremost teachers of homiletics. He’s the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois and president emeritus at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he has served in leadership capacities for 30 years. Dr. Chapell is an internationally renowned preacher, teacher, and speaker. Chapell is the author of numerous books, including Each for the Other, Holiness by Grace, Praying Backwards, The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach, and Christ-Centered Preaching—a preaching textbook now in multiple editions and many languages. His newest book is Christ-Centered Worship.
Chapell was here filming his latest course, Preparing and Delivering Christ-Centered Sermons III. The first two courses in the series are available for preorder now.
Get the classes and start learning!
Here’s the first video, where Bryan answers the question, “What was the most valuable insight that you learned while writing Christ Centered Worship?”
Mobile Ed will post a new video from the Q & A with Bryan Chapell every day until Friday.
We’ve shown you how beautiful the Pacific Northwest is, but have you seen Faithlife’s hometown in Bellingham, Washington? It’s a pretty spectacular place.
This fall, Dr. Jeannine Brown and her husband Tim came to Bellingham to work with Faithlife’s Mobile Ed program. Their time here was a delightful mix of business and pleasure.
While Dr. Brown was busy with Mobile Ed, Tim got to know the town we call home.
Bellingham is full of all kinds of musicians. Accordions, beat-boxing, you name it. But if you were in Bellingham this fall, you might have got a special treat: Tim Brown. He’s been a musician for over 30 years, and while his wife was working with us, Tim took to the streets.
Tim says, “I bring a guitar with me on every trip. While in Bellingham, I did some busking and lots of walking. I enjoyed the old buildings and spent time learning about the town’s railroad history.”
In fact, he enjoyed it so much that he wrote a poem about it.
He says, “The poem reflects a moment in time. It’s a snapshot. A freeze-frame exploration of a beautiful fall morning.”
After he and Dr. Brown left Bellingham, Tim offered us the poem as a tribute to our home.
It’s called “One Way Holly.” Check it out:
One Way Holly
Four way crossing on one way Holly
Trees are turning
Leaves are falling
People walking and cars motor away
Autumn morning clouds are forming
Bless the sneezing girl along her way
Roomy sidewalk stop and standing
Blue skies peeking through the gray
In Bellingham on one way Holly
There’s turn taking
Four way crossing
Morning’s sliding smooth into midday
After leaving us with his poem, Tim had this to say of Bellingham:
“Bellingham is a wonderful conglomeration of beauty, history, weather, and interesting people. I also like that it’s a college town. Young people bring energy to the city. The extensive railroad boom (1890s) architecture was as impressive to me as the city’s obvious natural beauty.”
To Tim, the town and the moment are memories he will cherish. “The poem reminds me to be thankful for life’s perfect moments and everything in between. It will always remind me of our late September trip to Bellingham.”
If you’re ever in the neighborhood, stop by and see what we’re up to! Faithlife is always giving tours of our campus in downtown Bellingham. You can even tour our historic building, affectionately known as the Flatiron.
A lot of pastors, ministry leaders, and Christians want more biblical education. But as your family grows and your life gets busier, Bible college begins to feel out of reach.
That’s where Logos Bible Software’s Mobile Ed comes in.
Mobile Ed is changing the way people think about biblical education.
Sean Taylor has been a youth pastor for over a decade. See how he balances full-time ministry, a family of six, and the pursuit of biblical education:
Taylor says, “I went to college and got a degree in speech communication. I have wanted to pursue a master’s ever since leaving, but as my ministry grows, my family grows, and my time seems more divided, it just seems more of a pipe-dream than a reality.”
For a lot of ministry leaders, this is where the story ends: there’s no time.
You have to find the right balance between using the potential you already have as a leader, and maximizing your potential with spiritual growth.
For Sean, his desire for spiritual growth was sparked by tough questions he didn’t have the tools to answer.
“Logos Mobile Ed has really given me an opportunity to further my education, to deepen my understanding of God’s Word, in the convenience of my own home and in my own time frame.”
Check out Mobile Ed’s courses today, and find the biblical education that fits your life.
I have noticed something about most people around me. If I ask my friends, coworkers, or family members, “How’s life?” they inevitably answer, “Busy!” I am no exception. Working a full-time job, raising a family, and serving in local church ministry all take their toll. With everything going on, it’s a struggle to continue to learn and grow in understanding the Bible. But if the Word of God is the ultimate rule for faith and practice, how do we make sure we’re letting it inform everything we do?
If you’re like me—longing to learn more but struggling to find the time—there’s an answer: Logos Mobile Education.
Mobile Ed is a new way to learn, developed for you exclusively by Logos Bible Software. It’s a mobile learning experience, with personal video lessons from world-class teachers and super-powered transcripts, so you can follow along, highlight your favorite portions, and search through the lessons at any time to find what you need. Mobile Ed also interfaces beautifully with Faithlife, as Community Notes and Faithlife groups give you the perfect platform to go through a Mobile Ed course with your spouse, your small group, or your entire church.
These video lessons are broken up into bite-sized teaching segments. Instead of watching hours of lectures at a time, you can watch a cohesive, logical chunk, or as many as you like. You can grab your phone, tablet, or computer, and dive into a biblical and practical lesson, whether you only have five minutes on the bus or an hour while the kids take a nap. Mobile Ed goes with you, where you are, and fits into your lifestyle.
We are filming courses from the leading experts and teachers on many topics, including biblical counseling, practical theology, biblical interpretation, and so much more. If you want to better understand or teach the book of Romans, you can learn with Dr. Douglas Moo as he takes you through the book’s intricacies. If you desire to be a better mentor, friend, or counselor, don’t miss the three-course Elyse Fitzpatrick Bundle comprised of Gospel-Centered Counseling, Our Identity in Christ, and Idolatry and the Power of the Cross.
Check out Fitzpatrick’s introduction to her course, Idolatry and the Power of the Cross: