What is serious?
I've come to realise that we take a very casual view of the bible and its study as Christians. Jews and those who have been discovering the Hebrew roots of Christianity, this was not always the case.
Even in Constantinople in the 15th century, it was said that one commonly heard people discussing and debating theology in the markets of the city.
Small wonder then that we don't know what the bible has to say about how to deal with life's problems. For example, during the recession, how many people heard sermons from the pulpit about how to solve it?
Does the bible have nothing to say about Collateralized Debt Obligations, Subprime Lending, Fiscal Expansion or Land Monopolies? It's there. If Christianity can't meaningfully contribute to a discussion about these kinds of topics, then this is a clue as to why Christianity's relevance to a modern society is in doubt today.
I want my children to have a deep knowledge of the bible, be confident to investigate the bible whenever they meet a life issue they haven't encountered before, be confident and respectful in discussing life and society's issues from a biblical perspective and be a part of society's attempts to solve life's problems.
By this, I hope they will be able to be guided by the bible so that they meaningfully contribute toward setting government policy, ethically conduct themselves within their families, jobs, businesses and voluntary organisations.
Giving them a 21st century tool to be able to study the bible is a big step forward.
Faithlife, the producers of Logos, have an eBook store. These eBooks can be purchased and they are automatically included amongst the resources in a given Logos account.
These resources are then indexed and searchable from within Logos. Material from them will then appear in Passage Guides, and Topic Guides. Terrific.
Their eBook store has an abundance of material intended for children. Just use keywords such as "Kids", "Children" and "Student" to get you started.
As a way of introducing my children (aged 7-14) to Logos, I signed them all up for the free version of Logos, Logos Basic, which they can all access from their respective user accounts in Windows 10.
My 12 year old daughter has already set up her own prayer list and a reading plan.
They are OK for the 12 and 14 year old but not so much for the 7 and 10 year old.
Each have their own favorite bible translations so I'm gifting them (oldest to youngest) ESV, CEV and for the two youngest, GNB.
- Changed all the fonts to san serif
- Zoomed the program so that everything was 20% bigger.
- Prioritized the Lexham Bible, Dictionary and Study Bibles
- Modified one of the standard layouts to have two panels with the bible on the left and the Lexham Resources together with a Notes tab on the RHS. Saved the layout.
- Bought them suitable/preferred bibles
- Set these as their preferred bibles
- Cleaned up their home screens to reduce the stuff they wouldn't be interested in
- Started looking in the Faithlife eBook store for suitable resources to add.