Nelson Electronic Library Logos Package Advice

Mr. Ward,

I saw your demo in Dr. Olinger’s class for Logos. I came across this page on eBay and was wondering of you had any advice on it.

Thanks,

John

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John,

Good question. Many (I might even say most) of those resources are available for free online. I would hold out till you can get one of the official Logos packages or, better, get BibleWorks (if you’re planning to use Greek, that is).

Check out these sites for some of that free material (I use all of these, some every day):

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Tim Keller MP3s

A friend e-mailed after my post yesterday recommending Tim Keller’s The Reason for God . He suggested I provide a link to Keller MP3s on the Internet.

I have not listened to even the majority of these recently collected Keller resources, but if you want to start somewhere I suggest listening to a few talks on “defeater beliefs,” evangelistic material which made it into his book.

Or try these two stimulating lectures I just listened to in the last two days, delivered at the Highland Theological College in Scotland. Remember that he ties some of his advice to his specific situation in NYC. And these lectures will mean more to you if you have a well-formed philosophy of expository preaching.

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The Reason for Buying Keller

I began listening to Tim Keller MP3s at the recommendation of a friend a few years ago. He never fails to stimulate and challenge me. (And he’s a real wit.) As I heard him give wise point after incisive comment about evangelism, I knew I had to buy whatever book he put out on the subject.

I wasn’t disappointed. The Reason for God has been a real help to me as I prepare myself for difficult questions in evangelism. (Right now, I’m not getting any difficult questions because my current harvest field thinks it’s already Christian, but that won’t always be.)

Here’s a sample, from a section on responding to questions on the problem of evil:

If you have a God great and transcendent enough to be mad at because he hasn’t stopped evil and suffering in the world, then you have (at the same moment) a God great and transcendent enough to have good reasons for allowing it to continue that you can’t know.

Sample some more here. Buy the book here.

14º

I write today to commemorate the cold outside today in Greenville. 14º when I walked to work. I could barely read J. P. Louw’s article on NT lexicography in this book, the air was blasting me so forcefully.

It is too cold for sentient life. I did see some freshmen outside, however.

How to Highlight a Book

These are a busy dissertation writer’s tips for highlighting a book:

  1. Use yellow for any statements that grab you.
  2. Use orange for a statement that grabs you but is right next to another statement that already grabbed you, so you can keep them separate.
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  3. Highlight in such a way that what you highlight forms a complete sentence. It’s not as difficult as it sounds, and it will help you as you scan the book in the future or take notes.
  4. Use pink for organizing statements, such as “This chapter has two primary objectives, first… second….” This will orient you on the page quickly. I often do this before I actually read a given section.
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  5. In an important book I go through my highlights after reading and pretty well copy them all down into Evernote. I try to make my notes form a narrative that describes the book’s contents.
  6. I write in the margins. I didn’t always. I use Pigma Micron pens for that.
  7. I like clickable highlighters so I don’t have to fiddle with a cap.

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