Webinar Recap: Streamline Your Sermon Preparation

logos-5-webinar-free-trainingLast week, in a webinar hosted by Logos expert Todd Bishop, we outlined some key steps in assisting you with your sermon preparation using Logos 5.

Todd shared ways to create custom layouts that are easy to use and navigate. He also demonstrated how to manage your workspace to match your work preferences and explained how to save your shortcuts to your most-used workspaces so you can easily access them later.

If you missed the webinar, don’t worry! You can still watch the recording anytime you want and learn about streamlining your sermon preparation from this training session:

During this webinar, we featured the Tim Keller Sermon Archive, which includes 1,233 sermons covering Keller’s preaching from 1989 to 2011.  When integrated into your digital library, these transcripts are enhanced by amazing functionality.

We’re planning additional virtual training events like this. Let us know via Facebook or Twitter what type of training you’d like to see!

New Lower Price on the NIDNTTE!

new-international-dictionary-of-new-testament-theology-and-exegesisThe price has dropped on the five-volume New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis.

Pre-Pub prices often go up as a product gets closer to shipping. Typically, even when you pre-order early and the price goes up, you still get it at the lower price.

This is a rare exception where the Pre-Pub price has gone down.

We’ve been working with the publisher to make the NIDNTTE available for pre-order at a discount. So if you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, now’s your chance to pre-order this set at a much lower price!

We don’t know how long we’ll be able to offer the NIDNTTE at this price. You need to pre-order now to ensure your chance to get this discount. Even if the price goes up later, you’ll still get it at today’s price.

We also won’t charge your credit card until this product ships, and we’ll send you a reminder a few weeks in advance.

If you’ve already pre-ordered the NIDNTTE at the previous price, you do not need to worry about changing your order—we’ve already updated your account to use this new price.

About the NIDNTTE

Enhance your Greek studies with the valuable features in this latest version. You’ll get:

  • Thorough New Testament dictionary and exegesis
  • Works edited by highly acclaimed biblical scholar Moises Silva
  • New updates to entries, discussions, bibliographies, and indexes
  • Improvements to the original layout, featuring entries arranged in alphabetical order

Take advantage of this series’ new lower price and pre-order now! Remember, we won’t charge your card until it ships.

Pre-order the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis today!

Logos 5: Exploring Lemmas with the Same Root

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

A Logos user recently presented this question to me:

I’ve noticed Logos includes the root words for Greek lemmas in English Bibles with the reverse interlinear. How might these root words be used in actual Bible study?

Excellent question! While this blog post will certainly not exhaust all that could be said, hopefully a few insights may get you started using this tool.

First, let’s begin with a few definitions

  • The manuscript form of a word refers to the actual word the biblical author used.
  • The lemma or lexical form of a word refers to how the word is “looked up” or referenced in a traditional dictionary of lexicon.
  • The root is the word from which the lemma is derived.

In very simple terms, manuscript forms are derived from lemmas, which are derived from roots.

Let’s explore this more with a specific biblical example found in Galatians 6:1, in which Paul instructs: 

. . . if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness . . .

  • Open the ESV to Galatians 6:1 (A)
  • Right click the word restore (B)
  • Select Root | Search this resource (C)

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  • Click Aligned in the search panel (D) to see in a center column the various ways different lemmas with the same root are translated in English (E)

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  • Click Analysis to display a spreadsheet of the results (F)
  • Right click on a column header (G)
  • Select at least these categories: Reference, Lemma (Greek), Result, and Sense (please note that Sense does not appear in all Logos base packages) (H)

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  • Drag one at a time Lemma (Greek) and Sense to the top of the spreadsheet (I) in order to group the results according to these categories (J)

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Here’s what you’re viewing in the spreadsheet:

  • The various NT Greek lemmas derived from the same root (K)
  • The various ways the lemmas are translated in the ESV (L)
  • The sense or contextual meaning of each lemma (M)
  • Different senses or meanings for the same lemma (N)

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As you work with these results please keep these cautions in mind:

  • Don’t automatically assume a lemma has the exact same meaning as its root
  • Don’t automatically assume lemmas derived from the same root share the same meaning
  • Don’t automatically assume a lemma has the exact same meaning in every place it occurs in Scripture

With these cautions firmly in mind, it’s interesting to observe that running throughout the related lemmas are the ideas of repaircorrectprepareequip, and mature. Perhaps these lemmas and meanings provide further insights into the concept of restoring in Galatians 6:1.

By combining a search for the root and the Analysis view of the results, you can explore in detail the various facets of a word!

If this was helpful to you, check out our other training materials to help you master your Logos software.

Empowering God’s People for Ministry

Mobile-Ed-LogoDuring the Protestant Reformation, a concept arose to prominence that has deep implications on our theology: the priesthood of all believers. This is the conviction that we are as priests before God, with access to the Father through his Son, without need of a merely human mediator.

This concept came implicit with two claims: that the Bible, God’s Word, would be returned to the hands of the people, and that the ministry would be returned as well. This is what Dr. Greg Ogden calls “vertical” and “horizontal” priesthood—vertical as we have access to God, and horizontal as we minister to those around us.

In Logos Mobile Education: ED201 Empowering God’s People for Ministry, Dr. Ogden delivers practical insight on restoring the ministry of believers, with this reformational foundation. His driving question is, “How do we see the ministry of the whole people of God come alive today?”

Everyone is called to ministry

Of course Dr. Ogden is quick to affirm that we are all called to ministry. He says:

. . . we’ve defined ministry through the lens of clericalism and said, ‘Ministry is what pastors do for us.’ This has led to what I call a ‘dependency model’ in ministry where the church is dependent upon the ministry that the pastors do to the people or for the people, and the people are dependent then upon the pastors.

He goes on to state that we need to adopt a view of the church that is more organic, where ministry is what everybody is called to. He says, “We need an equipping model of ministry, which positions pastors to help the saints discover the ministries that they are called to, to equip the saints for the work of ministry for the building up of the body of Christ.”

ED201The majority of this course is spent fleshing out that horizontal priesthood, as we learn what the Bible says about how we minister and care of those around us. After laying a biblical foundation, Dr. Ogden takes the principles established and delves into immensely practical content, including a response to the question of “calling.” He communicates a theology of small groups and lays a vision for biblical-ministry teams, life-transformation groups, disciple-making groups, and more. This is helpful, relevant material that anyone, church leader and person in the pew alike, will greatly benefit from.

Get this course—seven hours of video teaching, Logos tutorials, and enhanced transcripts—for only $259.95.

Add it to your library today!

What’s in a course?

Taking a course with Logos Mobile Education is a unique and exciting learning experience. With this course you’ll get:

  • Video teaching from Dr. Greg Ogden in short, digestible segments
  • Enhanced transcripts that link every word Dr. Ogden speaks to your library
  • Associated readings in Logos to take you deeper into the topic at hand
  • Logos tutorial videos so that you can do in-depth study on what you just learned

With Mobile Ed, you can take a course at your own pace, in your own way. Read it like an ebook, or watch the videos with your spouse. If you want a structured learning experience, we provide you with a syllabus, quizzes, and exams. Pair this with a reading plan and a Faithlife Group around this course, and learn in a community!

Limited time!

ED201 Empowering God’s People for Ministry is typically only offered in the 10-course Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle. But for a limited time, you can get it individually or bundle it with any other available courses you like! Plus, if you purchase this or any other available Mobile Ed course by September 30, we’ll give you $10 back in Logos credit for each course!

Head over to the Mobile Ed Mix-n-Match page and bundle the courses you want today.

200 Discounts You Don’t Want to Miss

september-logos-monthly-saleIt’s not too late to save on 200 resources on sale through the end of September! You don’t need a coupon code to take advantage of these awesome deals—just be sure to get them before the month is over.

Here are a few highlights from this month’s sale:

Read Greek in 30 Days or Less

Now 23% off!

Using easy-to-understand techniques and grammatical explanations, this resource explains the basics of the Greek language. Whether you’re a student taking Greek for the first time or a layperson interested in learning the basics of Greek grammar, these 10 short lessons will provide you with a strong foundation. What’s more, with the Logos edition of Read Greek in 30 Days or Less, you have instant access to the texts of the Greek New Testament along with a wealth of dictionaries, lexicons, and language reference tools.

Dictionary of Biblical Imagery

Now 33% off!

Hundreds of articles on themes, metaphors, imagery, and patterns of Scripture are packed into this powerful reference work. You’ll explore everything from the Bible’s universal archetypes to specifics of its narratives with this Bible dictionary, acclaimed for being “a creative and usable reference tool that will enable a wide range of Bible students to read the Word of God with fresh insight and new understanding.”

The Origin of the Bible

Now 29% off!

Over a dozen authors and theologians contributed to this fascinating overview of the Bible’s origins. Focusing on the Bible’s divine inspiration, lasting authority, and infallibility, this volume provides a fascinating background of the Bible. This work includes an overview of how the Bible was first inspired, canonized, read as sacred literature, copied in ancient Hebrew and Greek manuscripts, and eventually translated into world languages.

These are just a few great titles on sale—be sure to check out the rest of this month’s discounted products!

Master the 15 Document Types: Part 1

Note-taking remains central to both personal Bible study and sermon preparation. Whether you’re journaling through the New Testament in your daily devotions, preparing to lead a small group, or doing research for your dissertation, Logos offers powerful, intuitive note-taking tools to improve every facet of your Bible study.

The documents menu in Logos 5 gives you 11 different document types (and Documents.Logos.com reveals four more). Each one works a little differently, so you’ll always have the right tool for the job.

To demonstrate the power of these documents, we created a Faithlife Group with samples of each document type—join right now to see them all!

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There are also four other document types that don’t appear in this menu, but may appear at Documents.Logos.com. Over the next two weeks, we’ll explore the capabilities of each—starting today with the first six types listed in the documents menu.

1. Bibliography

Logos 5 makes it easy to create, edit, sort, and print (or export) bibliographies for publication or personal reference. You can add citations from seven source types (I use “history” most often).

Students, rejoice—if you build a bibliography in MLA only to learn that your professor expects Turabian, don’t worry—you can switch between styles with a click.

Exporting or printing a bibliography is easy, too: just click the panel menu or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Command + P.

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2. Clippings

When you come across an insight you want to remember, turn to clippings—the fastest way to store definitions, ideas, observations, and other fragments of text.

It’s easy: create a new clippings document, then right click text to set it aside for later. The clippings document will remember exactly where you found everything, so you can cite all your sources. You can even add tags (to make clippings searchable) and notes.

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3. Notes

Logos’ notes make it easy to mark up your books. Just like writing in the margins, you can add your own thoughts and observations to personalize every book in your library—except in Logos notes, you’ll never run out of writing room.

Notes and clippings are very similar. Personally, I use clippings to gather insights from my library into one place while I study or prepare to preach. I use notes to store a searchable copy for a final product—like a sermon manuscript, a completed article, or a position paper.

Notes attached to Scripture references will place an inline icon across all your devices. Hover over it to preview the note, and click to open it.

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4. Passage list

This is the most helpful document when you’re studying systematically through a single topic or theme. Use search to find all the references of a specific word or phrase, and store the results for analysis.

The passage list really shines when you toggle over to memorization mode—you can use it to memorize a list of verses by progressively hiding more words as you become more familiar with the text.

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5. Prayer list

Prayer lists help you keep your promises to pray for friends or family. You can add requests, set the frequency, and share your lists in a Faithlife Group or at Documents.Logos.com. You can even record answers, so you’ll always have a record of God’s faithfulness in your life.

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Join the Logos Sample Documents Faithlife Group to see more examples of all 15 document types.

We’ll cover the remaining document types next week—stay tuned for part 2!

Last Chance: Get Big Savings on the Stanley E. Porter Language and Interpretation Collection

stanley-e-porter-language-and-interpretation-collectionThrough September 30, use coupon code LIC2014 to take more than 50% off the 24-volume Stanley E. Porter Language and Interpretation Collection!

The Stanley E. Porter Language and Interpretation Collection is written by one of the world’s foremost experts in New Testament language and literature, along with contributions from esteemed scholars such as D.A. Carson, E.A. Nida, Craig A. Evans, and others.

Stanley E. Porter is a respected expert in Greek and New Testament studies worldwide. He has influenced New Testament studies as an author and editor for decades, and he’s best known for his works on verbal aspects in New Testament Greek. Porter includes helpful volumes centered on language and interpretation in order to create a well-rounded collection.

Get the most out of your studies

Make these works more valuable when you get them as Logos resources. Logos works with your Stanley E. Porter Language and Interpretation Collection as the perfect platform for furthering language and interpretation knowledge.

When you couple this collection with Logos 5, you’ll enjoy several features that enhance its functionality:

  • Use Scripture citations that link directly to English Bible translations, as well as other important terms that link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other resources in your digital library.
  • Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for.
  • Take the discussion anywhere—your new resource will automatically sync to your tablet, phone, or any other web-enabled device!

Using this collection in Logos Bible Software makes it the most efficient and comprehensive way to do research on the New Testament.

Save even more

For a limited time, you can get over 50% off this collection using coupon code LIC2014 at checkout. Plus, if you own any of these volumes already, you’ll earn an additional Dynamic Pricing discount—sign in to your Logos account, and it will be automatically applied when you visit the product page!

Hurry—this deal ends September 30. Get the Stanley E. Porter Language and Interpretation Collection today!

Transform Your View on Pauline Theology

transformation-the-heart-of-pauls-gospelThe Apostle Paul found the gospel message so compelling that he became a rootless wanderer and endured hardships and deprivation to spread this good news throughout the Roman Empire.

What was the “gift of righteousness” that Paul was so eager to share? In David deSilva’s forthcoming book, Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel, he examines Paul’s gospel message presented in his letters. In this excerpt from the book, deSilva argues that the justified life is a transformed life:

As Paul reflects on God’s saving intervention in his own life, on the results of his having trusted in Jesus, and on his quest to be justified before God through the way opened up by Jesus, he writes:

I died to the Torah through the Torah in order that I might live to God. I was crucified together with Christ; it’s no longer me living, but Christ living in me. The life I’m living now in the flesh, I live in faith toward the Son of God who loved me and gave himself up for me. (Gal 2:19–20)

Paul speaks of a dramatic and real change in his life. As he looks upon his life, he sees that the person he was is no longer driving or shaping his being or his practice. Instead Jesus Christ himself has taken on flesh in a new way in Paul, making Paul into a new person—a Christ-directed person, an extension of Christ’s own willing, being, and doing. This, I would propose, is Paul’s description of the justified life. Indeed, the verses preceding these, namely Gal 2:15–18, provide one of Paul’s densest discussions of justification through trusting Jesus as opposed to shaping one’s life after Torah-prescribed practices. This description of the justified life is a description of a transformed life. The person brought in line with God’s righteousness is the person whose flesh Christ himself has taken on.

What people are saying about Transformation

We sent advance reader copies to a few reviewers, and here’s what they’re saying:

Sadly, too much of what passes for Christian theology puts the gospel in a straightjacket and imagines salvation as little more than cosmic paperwork. deSilva’s approach in Transformation, exegetically cogent and carefully argued, bursts with power and possibility appropriate to the life-changing purpose of the work of God in Jesus Christ. The Snapshots series is off to a great start!”

—Nijay K. Gupta, assistant professor of New Testament, George Fox Evangelical Seminary

In Transformation, David deSilva opens up for us the life-changing gospel of Jesus that Paul preached but that many have reduced to a kind of easy believism with little substance. Readers will benefit from David’s careful reading of Paul’s letters, his in-depth knowledge of Paul’s culture, and his understanding of Paul’s interpreters (and misinterpreters). The result is an insightful reintroduction to the apostle and his message of transformation for individuals, communities, and the entire creation.”

—Michael J. Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary & University

Christian interaction with the world has long been hobbled by a stunted picture of what it means to be a Christian. We fail at what we are called to do, because we have far too narrow a picture of what we are called to be. David deSilva seeks to broaden our picture of the good news through a close reading of the Apostle Paul’s writings. But do not misunderstand, deSilva’s no revisionist. He is not rejecting traditional approaches to Paul, he is refocusing our attention on the big picture: The Christian life is about transformation. And I can think of no more timely and important message than that. A must read for any Christian who desires to take seriously the call to be salt and light in the world.”

—Jim Beilby, professor of theology, Bethel University

A snapshot

The Snapshots series, edited by renowned scholar Michael Bird, engages significant issues in contemporary biblical scholarship, making them accessible to busy students of the Word and applicable in the life of the church.

Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel is the first book in the Snapshots series, and we’re preparing to ship this volume in a matter of weeks.

Don’t miss out on this excellent perspective on Paul, order yours now while it’s still on Pre-Pub!

And the Winner Is . . .

try-proclaim-to-win-logos-5-goldThousands of churches go On Air every week with Proclaim Church Presentation Software, and we selected one of them to win a Logos 5 Gold base package.

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We have a shiny new Logos 5 Gold base package with your name on it.

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It’s easy for you to start building beautiful church presentations. If you haven’t seen Proclaim in action, now’s a great time to see what it can do for your church.

If you study with Logos, Proclaim is the perfect companion. Send media, Bible references, and text from Logos Bible Software to Proclaim with a simple click. Logos saves you hours of research; Proclaim saves you hours of presentation prep.

And now, you get 30 days of Pro Media for free, too!

What are you waiting for? Try it for free at ProclaimOnline.com/Download.

The Email That Changed This Man’s Bible Study

logos-5-baptist-base-packagesOne of the best parts of working in social media is being a direct line of contact for Logos users to share their stories. Sometimes those stories describe how Logos has transformed their study of the Word, sometimes they share how Logos has helped them spread the Gospel, and sometimes they share stories of generosity.

Pastor Tony Walker had been curious about Logos for a while, so he posted a Facebook status asking friends if it was worth the investment. Along with receiving a unanimous “yes,” he also got a phone call. It was from a family member asking Walker about his interest in Logos, along with which authors he enjoyed reading the most. Walker told them that he thought it would be helpful in his role as a youth pastor, as well as in preparation for an upcoming revival where he would be preaching.

An hour after that phone call, Walker received an email informing him that a Baptist base package was purchased for him by his family member, along with The Select Works of Jonathan Edwards (one of his favorite authors).

Walker posted on Facebook:

There have been several times in my life where there was something I either needed or wanted when God used someone else to do what I was unable to do. Often I have used those times as illustrations of God’s provision for someone who is unable, yet also unworthy. Things like this are an example of true Christian charity, giving to someone who you know will more than likely never be able to return the favor.

Walker shared this story with us via Facebook, so we followed up with him to get the scoop on his Logos experience.

What has impressed you most about Logos?

“The value of it. The amount of resources I receive for the price is drastically lower than what I’d pay for those books at a bookstore. Also the iPad and iPhone apps are great—being able to carry my entire library around with me is extremely helpful.”

What do you use Logos for the most?

“I’m the youth pastor at my church, and I teach an adult Sunday school class. Logos has been a great assistant when it comes to preparing lessons for both of those roles.”

Which Logos tools have been helpful?

“I’ve dabbled with the Timeline feature and I’m excited to dive into it further. My wife and I teach a kids’ class once a month, so we’ve been creating word searches in Logos. They’re easy to make, and it’s nice to have the puzzles directly complement the lesson.”

What are your plans for the revival?

“Each night I plan to teach on an aspect of God’s love. The first night will focus on 1 John 4:8—so a broad scope of God’s love—and then become more specific each following night. Logos has already been very useful with preparation for the revival.”

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Do you have a story to share with us? We love hearing how Logos has helped you understand and teach the Word of God! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to contact us directly.

If you want to start studying Scripture more thoroughly and with a massive and connected library, get a base package like Walker’s—check out our Baptist base packages!