Logos 8


Logos 8 is out, and of course they’re hyping it madly right now.

Certainly I think they should drop hints, and say things like, “Logos 8 coming out in two months” to stir excitement. I actually just had the money to upgrade and spent it on something else! So advance notice is always a good thing.

Logos needs to hire some new writers to explain their new features. I know that sometimes some of the features in Logos they hype I have honestly no idea what they do. Supposedly, they’ve now got work flows.

No clue what that is.

They’ve got Canvas.

Not sure what that is.

I think it’s something akin to the sentence diagramming feature. I didn’t know how to use that, so I use it in other ways to examine the verse. It may be that Canvas is something I wrote to WordSearch suggesting several times – an extra overlay you can make notes and highlights on as needed. If so, that’s really cool.

Logos is saying that these features are fantastic, and revolutionary. Anything logos calls revolutionary must be impressive, because their program is revolutionary as it is.

Should you upgrade? I’ll say, yes. I love the changes Logos instituted with 7, and the concept of “you buy the books and own them forever” is a really good idea. Certainly, the concept of “you only own the version you pay for during its lifespan” by Quickverse bankrupted that company. You can find rant after rant from other Logos owners who explained to the company that the money they paid was a one time thing, and they’ll never be able to do that again.

Logos listened, Quickverse didn’t.

So now I own all the books I bought in Logos 6 and Seven. Logos 8 will add to that.

You should get – if you get anything – the Logos Baptist upgrade. Logos now is committed to making sure you’ve got “Visions of St. Elise of Cyan” bundled in to the regular Logos. The Baptist one reallly has them confused – they’re mostly theologically liberal New Calvinists – so they’ve got titles in the Baptist Family that have titles of “sovereign Grace”, “Calvin’s Institutes” and “Modern Ariminianism”. You just can’t explain it to a New Calvinist that Baptists aren’t Arminian or Calvinist. At all. They don’t get it. In their minds, you’re either one or the other. The concept of a third doctrinal stance simply makes no sense to them.

The biggest feature of Logos – I swear they read this blog – is that you end up with a million note files after two years of regular Logos use. They’ve now got ways to organize your note files, so you now can find that fragment of a note file you started on Haggai.

It’s always a joy to me to upgrade Logos. I did enjoy buying Swordsearcher last year – that was a great moment for me. But often, adding something to Logos is amazing to me. I love it. You add a Greek lexicon or a primer, and suddenly you’re getting a LOT more responses when you search for things, or right click on a word.

Do you have Logos yet? Most people don’t. I’d get the Logos Basic 7 for now – Logos 8 Basic won’t come out until February or so.

you’re going to be amazed at how much information you get, very quickly when you use it.

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Tithe


Tithe.

I thought about this yesterday on a long drive to the middle of somewhere. There is a growing segment of IFB Christians who still maintain, despite a verse in the New Testament spoken by Jesus Christ, claim we are not bound by tithe today.

Whenever anyone talks about tithe, the cynical Christian immediately thinks, “He needs money.”

Well, you can’t pay tithes to me. And I don’t accept offerings. Do not send me money.

If you have extra cash lying around and want to make an offering, I suggest instead doing almsgiving. Go and donate money to a needy family, and just think my name as you’re doing it. If there’s any rewards from it, maybe the Lord will bless me for your good works.

Let’s get the command from Jesus Christ out of the way first.

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” (Matthew 23:23, KJV)

Let’s look instead at spiritual principles.

Why is there a tithe?

Yes, it was an agrarian society. We’re no longer in one.

The Levites had absolutely no land inheritance at all. They could not farm. They had six cities where they lived – that was it.

“But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.” (Numbers 18:24, KJV)

The tithe was instituted so that the Levites could dedicate themselves to the ministry of God.

We, as Christians don’t have Levites any more.

We have Pastors.

If you pay your Pastor less than a McDonald’s worker, it means he has to work a day job. And that means he’s going to have little time for dedicating himself to the Ministry of God.

The tithe today serves to take care of the costs of the church building, and those that dedicate themselves to the ministry of God. And if the Pastor preaches well, the biblical command is that you pay them twice as much.

“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” (1 Timothy 5:17, KJV)

The word honour is τιμῆς in the Greek, times (Tee mess). That means “Price” or “Worth”. The reference in Matthew 27:6 & 9 about what to do with Judas’s coins that he threw on the floor is literally this same word. In Acts 4, same word.

Look up the average pay for a Baptist pastor in your area. In mine, that’s $65,000 a year.

If they preach well, then the command is you double that – $130,000 a year.

If tithe is not for today, how are they to dedicate themselves to the labor of the ministry?

Offerings?

People tend not to pay offerings to a point that equals tithe. They say “I can pay MORE offerings than tithe.”

I bet you don’t.

The Lord CLEARLY says in Matthew 23 that the Pharisees and Scribes should have indeed paid tithes. The Biblical model is that the tithe was instituted to ensure that the priests (today pastors) could dedicate themselves to the ministry without having to work. And if the Lord commands something and you won’t do it, then clearly, when it;s up to you, you’re not going to do it either.

That’s why we have the tithe.

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, Even this whole nation.” (Malachi 3:8–9, KJV)

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” (Matthew 6:19–20, KJV)

I know there’s a couple of readers I have who don’t believe in tithe. I’m just going to say, that’s not a me issue. that’s a you issue, between you and God.

I said my piece – see ye to it.

Herod and James


Very long and complicated article today.

I read recently where a “scholar” claimed they had no proof that Herod killed James the brother of John.

“Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.” (Acts 12:1–2, KJV)

Proof found!

You can sleep easy tonight.

The Meaning of ‘Doctrine’


What does the word doctrine mean?

διδασκαλίας is the word used in Mark 7:7. It comes from διδασκω, to teach.

Doctrine literally means teaching.

A lot of modern Christians rebel against Doctrine automatically. If I say we’re going over doctrine today, the standard reaction is rebellion.

If I say we’re going to be discussing sound teaching, then everyone’s interested.

Lesson of the day – be excited to learn sound doctrine!

Logos Reading Plan Error Fixed


Last year there was a strange error in the Logos reading plan that caused me to have to read almost all of Proverbs in one day.

That’s not too bad – I mean, I’ve done “read through the Bible four times in one year” reading plans. Those are tough. But almost all of Proverbs in one day? Prepare a guy for that!

Fortunately, Proverbs is split up evenly into two proverbs a day.

Quick Logos Tip


When you’re writing notes in your Bible Journaling, and you want to link a word to the Biblcal text, highlight the word or words, then go to the hyperlink spot on the toolbar. Click on it, then simply type the verses you want to link to, and press enter.

The words you wanted linked to a Bible passage are now linked to that passage.

An Argument in favor of Expository Preaching


I was discussing the concepts of preaching with my son in the faith yesterday. I literally opened my Bible to Matthew 1:1-17 and told him to write two sermons based upon the text.

This is expository preaching. You expound what is in the Bible text. I have always preferred Expository preaching, but most pastors today don’t do it.

Now, there’s some rules about expository preaching. We’ll get to those another time. Why should a pastor preach expositorally?

Reason One – be instant in and out of season. If you preach topically, you may end up accidentally skipping topics that God has placed in Scripture. Ever preach on greed or adultery? Many pastors today have entered the ministry, preached 20-24 years and retired never having preached on certain topics. If you’re always searching for a text to write, you run the risk of preaching on all the topics that interest you, and skipping ones that the congregation often needs to hear!

Reason Two – Keeping your job. Pastors today are being fired simply because they’ve preached on a topic the deacon board was offended by. This is an absolute abrogation of Pastoral authority that cannot be found in Scripture. Alas, we have it, and it will take far more influence than I have to ever abolish that unScriptural entity of a deacon board. If you’re preaching expositorally, then it’s really hard to argue when Matthew 5:27 comes right after Matthew 5:26. And now you can really start asking the deacon board if they have a problem with the inerrancy and inspiration of Scripture! A pastor cannot be fired for preaching on separationism, the Bible issue, idolatry, tithing, greed or adultery if they’re preaching expositorally.

Reason Three – you have to become a better preacher. If you resolve you’re going to preach through the New Testament, then sooner or later you’re going to run across a passage or verse you don’t understand. I guarantee that. So now you have to roll up your sleeves and dig into the text, opening your Textus Receptus and your Vine’s. You will end up knowing a LOT more about the Bible than you did before! And the congregation does as well.

Reason Four – your congregation will grow and mature as Christians. It’s hard to stay an unmatured Christian when the congregation is being fed meat instead of milk. Sermonettes make Christianettes or marionettes. Feeding your congregation baby food leaves you with a congregation of babies. But dig into the text and start explaining what the Bible means, and now people are adding to their understanding and beliefs about the Bible. Christians, according to John MacArthur, operate out of their beliefs. They forget what you exhort them to do, but they will always act according to their beliefs. By feeding them pure meat, you shape their beliefs, and the congregation grows spiritually.

Reason Five – The congregation now will accept the validity of the Pastor’s study time. If you’re preaching about how this word can only be found five times in the Bible, the congregation undergoes a change. They will begin to accept – even insist on – the need of the pastor to spend hours a day in study. Why? They’re getting FED! If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve caught onto certain Greek and Hebrew words. If I were your pastor, you’d expect this kind of teaching every Sunday – and you’d become so accustomed to it that the lack of it would make you start insisting I get study time. And love of study of the Bible is one of the hallmarks of the calling of a Pastor.

Expository preaching is often viewed as boring – the problem is, most preachers who preach expository are boring. It’s not the method of the preaching, but rather, the preacher with the method. If the Bible does not excite you, why are you in the pulpit? It’s not an easy job or an easy income – you want that, there’s jobs out there that ARE easy. The Bible should be your obsession if you’re called to preach or teach! I am often fascinated by the minutae present in Bible passages. I love reading a passage and realizing that what I just read in this book is echoed in this other book!

Preach expository. Your congregation is demanding it. They deserve it.