What Does the Bible Say about Christians Taking Oaths?

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by Elliot Ritzema

I remember reading a description of a political meeting from the seventeenth century. In it, one speech was described as “pathetic.” That was jarring to me, since calling something or someone “pathetic” is an insult today. But back then, it merely meant that the speech was intended to move the listeners to compassion.

If word meanings change over time, even in the same language, imagine translating an ancient concept from one language to another! We often have to do this when we study the Bible, so it is always worthwhile to research the words’ ancient meanings. One example is the concept of oaths in James 5:12.

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5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Christianity’s Most Prolific Hymn Writer

fanny crosby hymns

Fanny Crosby wrote over 8,000 hymns over the course of her 95 years—perennial favorites “To God be the Glory,” “Blessed Assurance,” and “Rescue the Perishing” among them. But before she was a famous hymn writer (she didn’t publish her first until she was in her forties) Fanny penned fiercely political ballads, songs for minstrel shows, short stories, and nonreligious poetry.

To commemorate her death on this day 101 years ago, here are 5 other facts you probably didn’t know about Christianity’s most prolific songwriter.

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What Did Charles Spurgeon Sound Like? Probably This.

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On this day 124 years ago, Charles Spurgeon passed away. He is one of the most famous ministers in history,  but no one alive today truly knows what the great “Prince of Preachers” sounded like; no recordings of his more than 3,500 sermons exist. Nevertheless, an obscure project undertaken by a famous inventor may provide a clue.

Read on to learn more and listen to the recording for yourself.

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14 Quick, Detailed Profiles on the 12 Tribes of Israel

14 Quick, Detailed Profiles on the 12 Tribes of Israe

Whether you’re studying the Old Testament, researching Middle Eastern history, or taking a trip to the Holy Land, you’re sure to come across talk of the 12 tribes of Israel.

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A Detailed Look at How Satan and Jesus Interact throughout Scripture


In this post, you will learn how to find every place a Bible character appears in Scripture, even when that person’s name isn’t specifically mentioned.

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13 Terrific Bible Study Resources for Growing Your Faith

13 Terrific Bible Study Resources for Growing Your FaithWhether you’re a youth pastor, seminary student, Bible study leader, or just someone who loves God’s word, there’s always room to grow in your faith and knowledge of the Bible.

And we all know that growth comes from change, and taking the next step in your Christian life. But sometimes it’s hard to know what the next step is. It could be to ask your spouse for prayer, have an open and honest conversation with your pastor, find a new Bible study group, or start using the right tools and referencing the right resources.

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His Resting Place Shall Be Glorious: A Short Excerpt for Advent

His Resting Place Shall Be Glorious: A Short Advent Excerpt from Anticipating His Arrival

It’s now officially Christmas season. For many, this is also the time of Advent—the first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas—and the arrival of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Advent is often a signal, or reminder, that Christmas is coming and that the season is about more than just giving and receiving presents. It’s a time to remember and reflect on what matters to us most; faith and family.

The following excerpt comes from today’s advent reading in Anticipating His Arrival: A Family Guide through Advent.

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December’s Feature Update: What’s Coming Next in Logos Cloud


Every six weeks, we roll out new updates, features, datasets, tools, and more to Logos Cloud subscribers. No matter where you are in your Bible study, Logos Cloud is here to help you find your way faster, engage with scripture easier, and experience unbelievably powerful Bible study. Our top priority is to help you engage with the Word, and it’s so easy to get started with your first month free.

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Logos Cloud Resources Just Got Better: Enjoy December’s Book Update


Each month, the Logos Cloud team adds new books and media to your subscription at no added cost to you. That way, Logos Cloud never becomes old technology and you’re investing in a powerful Bible study software that grows with you.

This month’s additions bring even more power to Logos Cloud. You’ll see 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers and Writers, various Princeton Theological Review volumes, Introduction to Systematic Theology, The Messages series, Greater Men and Women of the Bible series, Natural History series, Histories series, and so much more!

Starting this month, enjoy access to these books:

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8 Resources to Bring Out the Best in Your Bible Study

Eight Essential Bible Study Resources Every Christian Should Have

With thousands of Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias, and commentaries available to help you study the Bible, which are the right choices? How do you know which resources are right for you?

There’s definitely no one size fits all answer, but if you’re looking for a resource to inspire your daily devotions, an insightful commentary to help you lead a Bible study group, or smart facts and maps to help you explore the biblical world, we’ve got you covered.

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