Gospel-Centered Counseling with Logos Bible Software

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Logos is well-known for their incredible bible software. I have mentioned in other posts how easy it is to do a word search in Logos. The speed in which you can search commentaries and original languages is simply amazing. One of my favorite features they offer is the ability to get a jump-start in your study process by entering a word or scripture and Logos searches all your resources to give you everything you need to get started. Often times it’s that jump-start and clarity that get you going.

Something Logos offers that you might not be aware of is bible classes complete with video, additional reading,  and notes that allow you to follow along. For the purposes of a review on my blog Logos graciously gave me a copy of Elyse Fitzpatrick’s , Gospel-Centered Counseling on Logos Bible Software

Elyse delves deep into the importance of and practical aspects of Gospel Centered Counseling. No matter where you serve in your local church practical and spiritual this mobile education course in counseling and personal and professional development—build the fundamental character principles every growing and learning Christian must have. Elyse Fitzpatrick brings over 24 years’ of biblically-focused counseling to your education, helping you understand the importance of a rock-solid identity in Christ, and teaching you methods for imparting this knowledge to others.

I have listened to several of the videos already and have found them encouraging and practically helpful. Elyse not only gives you practical teaching she walks it through with you by discussing case studies.

Here is a short video of Elyse talking more about her class on the Logos Mobile Education platform.

A Christian Worldview isn’t enough?

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I came across this article via twitter by Stephen Altrogge based on the idea that a Christian worldview isn’t enough for our kids. I then went on to read more of his articles which I enjoyed. So I am sure that my thoughts below are only clarifications, and our disagreements are mostly semantic in nature but I think the clarifications are helpful.

The past 10 years or so of children’s ministry have been marked by the conversation around family ministry. This conversation needs to be had and continues. I believe that families and churches getting on the same pages is key in the facing the next challenge together.  That challenge is a gospel worldview.

Found this quote so convicting. I turn to so many things before I turn to scripture. I so often view scripture as helpful rather than essential. Seeing the scripture as sufficient will fundamentally change your life.

The word of God is perfect and complete, giving us all we need to know about Christ, salvation, and godliness. Or as the church father Athanasius put it, “The sacred and divinely inspired Scriptures are sufficient for the exposition of the truth.” 2

Of the four attributes of Scripture, this may be the one that evangelicals forget first. If authority is the liberal problem, clarity the postmodern problem, and necessity the problem for atheists and agnostics, then sufficiency is the attribute most quickly doubted by rank-and-file churchgoing Christians.

Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung
Taking God At His Word (Crossway, 2014), p. 45

What I Need to Read? 1-30-2015

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I thought I would try and give you some weekend reading on a regular basis. I’ll let you know what books I am reading what blog posts have caught my attention during the week.

What books I am reading right now.

Tale Of Three Kings By Gene Edwards

Out Of The Silent Planet By C.S. Lewis

Blogs I am reading right now.

 A Word to Famous Pastors – Great post about the dangers and blessing of Christian fame. Todd Pruitt at Mortification of Spin

24 Free Ebooks from John Piper – If you love books there is nothing better than free books. Check out these books from John Piper.

The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People [Infographic] – I am a sucker for a good info graphic. This one was fascinating check it out. My routine is most like Mozart… interesting.

How Evangelicals are changing their minds on gay marriage – Please pray for your pastors and leaders. That they would lead with Biblical integrity, conviction and love. It pains me that so many are tossing aside hundreds of years of orthodoxy faith for temporal relevance. God help us to navigate such complex issues with truth and love.

We want methods, but we need mystery

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I was reading The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis to my 7-year-old boy. This is my 4th time through the Narnia books. I find so many profound truths littered through Lewis’ brilliant series. The one that struck me last night was from the end of the book. The kids return from many adventures in Narnia and they went to the Professor to tell him why four coats were missing. He believed them because he too had been to Narnia. The Professor told them something quite profound, he said:

You wont get into Narnia again by that route. Nor would the coats be much use by now if you did! Eh? What’s That? Ye, of course you’ll get back to Narnia again someday. Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don’t go trying to use the same route twice. Indeed, don’t try to get there at all. It’ll happen when you are not looking for it.