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Bibleworks 8 announced

November 21st, 2008

Bibleworks 8 has been announced. Details are available at the Bibleworks website ( Looks like a few more databases (mostly non-English and non-original language), some cross-reference functionality, and the inclusion of previously for-fee Greek and Hebrew grammars. Need to look more closely to see if it’s worth the $150 upgrade from version 7.

BibleWorks 7: Excellent software

November 14th, 2008

If you’re looking for a superb piece of Bible software, look at BibleWorks ( Pricey, sure, but you’ll never need another package. Tons of versions, aids, commentaries, etc. BAGD is available, as are Hebrew and Greek lexicons, instructional materials, maps, even sentence diagrams (in Greek!). Very cool! It’s all I use.

Where is the Biblical authority for preachers?

November 14th, 2008

A few days ago, a friend asked me where the Bible authorized paid preachers. He is struggling with some history at his home church where they split because the preacher wouldn’t submit to the elders leadership (which is a separate problem). That whole event started him asking why we have preachers. Doesn’t having a preacher take (whether really or just implicitly) the responsibility we have of evangelizing? How many people say (again, whether consciously or unconsciously): “Why do I need to go here or there teaching? Isn’t that the job of the Preacher? Won’t he do that?”

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