Merry Christmas from Logos Bible Software (& me!)

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This is a wonderful video highlighting key aspects of the significance of the birth of Christ for us. At the same time, if you’re not familiar with Logos Bible Software, this video shows off some of the software’s best features.

The software itself is FREE and they do offer a few FREE books here and here (with more added occassionally).

For the latest free Logos books, check here.

If you’re interested in having more efficient Bible study, I highly recommend trying out Logos. It can save you hours of time looking up things and show you connections in the Bible that you never knew existed.

Want to know more about Logos? Leave a comment here and I’d love to contact you individually about why Logos is so helpful!

And to everyone: Merry CHRISTmas!

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Introducing eChristian Resources–Your source for quality FREE electronic Christian resources!

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Many of you have appreciated my occasional sharing of FREE Christian downloads (at least my blog stats tell me you do!). I have exciting news to share with you:

I have launched a one-stop site for FREE electronic Christian resources – eChristian Resources!

The idea for the site and blog goes back at least 5 years to 2008 when I ran a blog called Free Christian Music. My idea then was to share links to free and legal Christian songs “to aid people in their worship of God and to lead others to Christ through the truths conveyed in music.”

That vision has expanded to a wide assortment of FREE Christian resources that are available for download on the internet. Categories include:

  • eBooks (Kindle/NOOK/ePub/PDF)
  • Music
  • Audiobooks
  • Bible Software (Logos/WORDsearch/Olive Tree)
  • Christian Courses
  • Images
  • some physical Christian items
  • and more!

My purpose in creating this site is to expand the number of people who benefit from the free deals available. While a few people follow my blog here for the freebies, I imagine that others who have downloaded here do not follow because they’re not interested in my commentary on other matters. I understand this. I’ve never wanted my sharing free deals to be about me. So, I’ve launched eChristian Resources to be for anyone who desires electronic Christian freebies, regardless of whether they know me.

I truly believe that the Lord can and does work through the kinds of free offers I share. I’m excited to have a resource site that God can use to bring about spiritual fruit and maturity. Like I said earlier, this is a dream I’ve had for the past 5 years, and I’m so thankful the dream has finally become a reality!

Please spread the word about my new site! I want as many people as possible to benefit from what I share. It will be dedicated exclusively to free deals for the above mentioned categories and more.

If you come across a free deal you think I should include on my new site, please contact me here.

Changes to Dan’s Bible & Books Notebook:

Just so you know, I will still be posting here at this blog. I intend to continue to attempt to grasp the whole of Scripture and engage with Christian literature. If you have benefited from these types of posts, I invite you to continue to follow this blog.

If you have followed this blog primarily for the free Christian deals, then please follow eChristian Resources! I also invite you to like my new site on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.

FYI, I will be deleting all the free Christian deals posts here at this blog. All of them have been transferred to my new site.

Thank you to all of you who have ever visited this blog! I am excited to continue to connect with you, whether here or at my new site.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Dan Radke

Journey Through the Old Testament this Fall

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For those of you who don’t know, I have the wonderful privilege of teaching two introductory survey of the Old Testament courses to junior and senior high school students (18 in total) this Fall. Throughout the semester, I anticipate sharing various helpful things from these classes as I prepare for each week’s sessions and discuss with students the meaning of the OT. Stay tuned for helpful goodies here on my blog including book overviews, insights into key events and themes, questions, resources, quotes, and probably more.

For my senior high students, they will be reading Paul Benware’s Survey of the Old Testament (Moody Publishers, 2003), a highly readable book with full-color pictures, charts, and maps. I chose this particular book as their textbook because it is fairly succinct (without being too simple), but also looks inviting through its helpful images and appealing design. I hope this proves to be a good choice.

In his book, Benware is fairly clear about the purpose of his writing, which happens to fit very well with one of my main goals for the classes. Here it is:

The purpose of this study to to assist the Bible student in seeing the pattern, progression, and unity of the Old Testament Scriptures and to be able to think through the entire Old Testament. A person must see the ‘big picture,’ and then he can begin to relate the various parts to this comprehensive view (13-14).

In addition to this, I also want to stress seeing Christ in the Old Testament (something not addressed enough in the textbooks my students will read). Far too many Christians (both young and old) would say that Jesus comes on the scene at Bethlehem in Matthew, while either forgetting or not realizing that He is present all the way back in Genesis 1 and throughout the OT. I have been blessed to come across two great resources that are helping me learn about this grand topic.

Will you join my students and I in a quest to see the “big picture” of the Old Testament and then follow with us as we relate parts of the OT to the whole, stopping occasionally to see Jesus along the way?

New Blog Look & Tags Added

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Hi everyone! I’m excited to announce a few updates to my blog. First, as I’m sure you have noticed by now, I have changed the template for my site to a Notepad theme. I was beginning to not like the dark, more complicated theme I had before. This new theme I’m hoping is simpler and easier on the eyes to read.

Second, I am happy to announce that I have added tags to all of my posts and plan to add them to future posts. Towards the bottom of the sidebar on the right you will find a “cloud” of the tags here on my blog. Basically, by using tags I allow you, the reader, to find posts on my blog that relate to a topic of interest to you. The types of tags are:

I invite you to explore the cloud of tags to your right to find a topic of interest to you! Also, if you have any suggestions for ways I can improve my blog or topics you would like me to cover in the future, do not hesitate to comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

A Fresh Start

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It has been two years…

Wow! When I first started this blog two years ago, I was a fresh college graduate who hoped to blog often. I had read parts of and studied dozens of books relating to Biblical Studies and History in college, and since I was done with formal education for a while, I wanted to keep up the habit of reading and analyzing books. And of course continue my study of and reflection on Scripture. Like I had said, I was hoping to post at least once a week, if not more often.

Well, things in life happened that turned my focus away from these goals and toward other things. For instance, beginning to work jobs. First, a part-time, then a full-time, and now two part-time jobs. Also, entering into a courtship with a beautiful, Christian lady. And then marrying her. We’ve been married now almost ten months. Obviously, God had different plans for me the last two years than posting here at this blog.

Why the return now? Two factors in particular have led me to come back to post:

  1. Over this summer I will be spending many hours preparing a series of lectures and assignments for two Bible Survey classes I am scheduled to teach this upcoming school year for Jr. High and Sr. High students. I am hoping to post the results of my research along the way and get responses from you, my readers.
  2. For my birthday yesterday I was given a book that I am very eager to read. As I have started doing so, I thought again about the possibility of posting reactions, favorite quotes, questions, etc. from the book on this blog for your enjoyment and (hopefully) edification. I want to make this possibility a reality.

So, there you have it: two solid reasons for me to be back here and actually make this blog something worthwhile. You will see these two reasons reflected in my new title for this blog: Dan’s Bible & Books Notebook.

Would you do me a favor? Give me some grace and allow me another chance to earn your time reading this blog. I do hope to make it a beneficial experience for you. And please provide any feedback you wish.

To God alone be the glory!

Grace in Christ,
Daniel P. Radke

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