Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Luminescing Logos: Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling and Brazos Theological Commentary

This was originally published in the Moody Mosiac, my school's newspaper:

Luminescing Logos

            As way of reminder for those who went off and had a wonderful summer forgetting everything that had to do with Moody, Luminescing Logos is a regular column that reviews two different Logos resources: One that you already own included in the Logos Silver base package, and one that is available for purchase in Logos’ massive resource library.
            One digital book that is well worth digging out of your deep library is the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling. As can be surmised from the title itself, this resource is part of the renowned Baker Reference Library. It contains over 1,400 articles concerning the controversial field of Christian psychology. However, this is quite a large discipline. One can indeed find articles on technical topics like “General Adaptation Syndrome” or “Homeostasis,” but much to the pastor’s delight, articles that deal with more general counseling issues are also found in plenty. For example, the entry on “Demonic Influence, Sin, and Psychopathology” is very helpful article to all who are in ministry.

            Like most encyclopedias, each article explains foundational aspects of the given topic and then lists essential books for further research. With the print version totaling around 1,300 pages and selling for $69.95 on Amazon, this resource helps make that initial five hundred dollars you laid down seem like quite a good investment.
            One of the best features of owning Logos is having access to the 39,000+ resources in the Logos store. One resource I would like to highlight is the Brazos Theological Commentary Set. This is not your ordinary exegetical commentary on Scripture. The authors employ what is called “theological interpretation of Scripture.” That is, they believe the apostolic doctrine provides the believer a correct lens to properly exegete Scripture. Otherwise, one may indeed remain biblical, yet end up a heretic, much like the Gnostics of the second century.
            So how does that actually change the style of the commentary? Whereas most exegetical commentaries deal primarily with the historical background of the text, issues of authorship, liberal arguments and what the original languages really say, the Brazos Theological Commentary Set deals directly with what the biblical text says about God, his ways, and how we must then live. For example, in the commentary on Esther, the author spends a third of the introduction addressing the question of why the book of Esther never mentions the name of God, instead of devoting space to its canonicity, which the author assumes. Because of this method, this commentary set is ideal for those seeking to be both devotional and theological without having to trudge through the endless abundance of historical data that seems to have no relevance to today’s society.

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