Inside BST

  • An Early Easter Sermon

    The early church had no lack of excitement for the resurrection of Christ, as revealed in a sermon from Leo the Great (d. 461). In other words, the knowledge that Jesus really rose from the dead gave them reason to celebrate. We'll show you what we mean:

    And then there followed many proofs, whereon the authority of the Faith to be preached through the whole world might be based. And although the rolling away of the stone, the empty tomb, the arrangement of the linen cloths, and the angels who narrated the whole deed by themselves fully built up the truth of the Lord's Resurrection, yet did He often appear plainly to the eyes both of the women and of the Apostles not only talking with them, but also remaining and eating with them, and allowing Himself to be handled by the eager and curious hands of those whom doubt assailed. For to this end He entered when the doors were closed upon the disciples, and gave them the Holy Spirit by breathing on them, and after giving them the light of understanding opened the secrets of the Holy Scriptures, and again Himself showed them the wound in the side, the prints of the nails, and all the marks of His most recent Passion, whereby it might be acknowledged that in Him the properties of the Divine and Human Nature remained undivided, and we might in such sort know that the Word was not what the flesh is, as to confess God's only Son to be both Word and Flesh.

    Read the rest of this sermon and many more like it in our history archives.

  • Growing Daily with iBelieve.com

    BibleStudyTools.com is just one of many sites owned by Salem Web Network that help Christians focus on God's Word and living their faith. In fact, you may be familiar with many of our "sister sites," such as Crosswalk.com, Christianity.com, and GodTube.

    And, now, there's a new Salem site to help women grow daily as they examine their faith and life. Here's what you can expect:

    The purpose of iBelieve.com is to help women wrestle with the deeper issues of how their faith relates to the world around them. Twenty and thirty-something Christian women are facing a set of challenges unique to their generation, and with so many competing voices telling them how to raise their kids, run their homes, and go about their work, it can be hard to discern what God truly desires. Thankfully, God has given us His Word as a guide—and at iBelieve, you’ll find God’s truth on every page as we examine what it means to be a Christian woman in today’s culture.

    iBelieve features articles on faith, relationships, health & beauty, food & home, and motherhood. In addition, you’ll find your favorite bloggers regularly blogging on a wide range of topics. iBelieve also provides daily devotions for your personal quiet times, as well as e-cards and Inspirations to encourage you and your sisters in Christ.

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  • A New Bible: The Lexham English Bible

    Our love for translations of Scripture means that we're always looking for new, quality versions of the Bible to help you study. So, as you might expect, we get excited when we have something new to reveal, and today, that's the Lexham English Bible from our friends at Logos Bible Software.

    Here's part of why we like it as a second translation to complement your favorite:

    The LEB closely follows the original while remaining readable in contemporary English. The style of the translation is relatively literal, which stems from the desire to have the English translation correspond transparently to the original language text. The translators attempt—within these constraints—to produce a clear and readable English translation instead of a woodenly literal one.

    So, go ahead and try it out... and then take a look at all the translations we have on the site.

  • Hymns that Never Get Old

    John Charles Ryle left the world with a great treasure—a collection of hymns that communicate the truths of Scripture. He intended them for private reading to encourage believers, and even today, they haven’t lost any of their beauty and power. Here’s one to show you what we mean:

    1—When we cannot see our way,

    Let us trust and still obey;

    He who bids us forward go,

    Cannot fail the way to show.

     

    2—Though the sea be deep and wide,

    Though a passage seem denied,

    Fearless let us still proceed,

    Since the Lord vouchsafes to lead.

     

    3—Though it seems the gloom of night,

    Though we see no ray of light,

    Since the Lord Himself is there,

    ‘Tis not meet that we should fear.

     

    4—Night with Him is never night,

    Where He is, there all is light;

    When He calls us, why delay?

    They are happy who obey.

     

    5—Be it ours then, while we're here,

    Him to follow without fear,

    Where He calls us, there to go,

    What He bids us, that to do.

     

    If you haven’t explored Ryle’s Hymns for the Church on Earth, we’ve got it free on our site as part of our Christian classics collection.

    Tell us your favorite hymn in the comments below.

  • About Inside BST

    Inside BST goes behind the curtain of BibleStudyTools.com and into the minds of our editors and developers. You'll discover encouraging stories, information about the site, links that interest us, and devotionals.

    Contributors:

    John UpChurch, Senior Editor (BibleStudyTools.com)

    Alex Crain, Managing Editor (Christianity.com)

    Stephen McGarvey, Senior Director of Editorial

    Stephen Sanders, A/V Editor