It’s Not Too Late! Register for Pastorum Live

Pastorum Live is coming to Chicago June 5–6. There is still time to register and spend two days with 21 of the world’s leading Bible scholars examining scriptural themes like covenant, God’s kingdom, and the mission of the church.

Check out Pastorum Live’s speakers for this event. We promise you will leave challenged and equipped to go deeper in your studies thanks to sessions like:

Take Advantaged of Discounted Prices

Logos is now offering special discounts for Pastorum Live! Registration costs range from $99 to $149, with special rates for students, faculty, and church staff. So register for Pastorum Live today!

And Don’t Forget the Kindle Fire Giveaway!

Pastorum Live’s Kindle Fire giveaway ends May 28. If you have already entered to win, share the giveaway with friends and let them enter too! Jump over to the giveaway page and enter to win now!

Get Published!

Kirkdale Is Looking for New Authors

Kirkdale Press, a new publishing imprint from Logos, is specifically seeking out Christian storytellers in fiction and nonfiction genres. You wrote a mysterious spiritual thriller? Send it to Kirkdale. You’ve got a heartwarming romantic novel? Send it to Kirkdale. You penned down your mother’s advice and want to share it with other parents? Send it to Kirkdale (and get Mom a new Women’s Library as a thank-you for the inspiration). You wrote a cookbook full of delicious cupcake recipes? Don’t send that to Kirkdale. We’re only taking fiction and nonfiction now, but you can always send us cupcakes!

4 Reasons to Get Published with Kirkdale Press

You’ve probably looked at several publishers in your quest to get your book out to the world. Here’s why that search will always end at Kirkdale Press.

  1. Your book will immediately reach an audience. Lots of people have asked us for updates on new resources and promotions, and we’ll tell them all about your book.
  2. You’ll learn how to market yourself. The experienced Kirkdale team will help you strategize your marketing approach, so you’ll be able to get the word out about your contribution to Christian literature.
  3. Your book can integrate with Logos. A Kirkdale book is available in Vyrso format. You’ll be able to read your book in Logos 4 as well as on Vyrso apps and Biblia.com. Your book will also be available on ereaders such as the Kindle Fire or Nook.
  4. You’ll catch the benefits of Logos’ ebook expertise. We’ve made electronic Christian resources for 20 years. We’ve got developers anticipating new trends in the publishing industry, and we’re keeping on the cutting edge of publishing technology.

All these factors give Kirkdale authors the advantage in the growing ebook market. Here’s what some of our early authors have to say about working with Kirkdale Press.

“I had no idea how to market my work. . . . But Kirkdale does.  Now my book is being read all over the place, and I love it.”—Naomi Dathan, author of Whither Thou Goest, I Will Go

“Kirkdale Press is on the cutting edge . . . . They impressed me right away with their attention to each resource.”—John Bornschein, author of The Front Line: A Prayer Warrior’s Guide to Spiritual Battle

“From acquisition to editing to publicity, every person I worked with was wonderful. As a new author, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but all of my questions and concerns were addressed, and I was given a great deal of encouragement.”—Lucie Ulrich, author of Broken Vessels

You Could Be Kirkdale’s Next Author!

You did the hard work of writing a book—now it’s time to get your masterpiece out to the world. Kirkdale Press starts accepting submissions today. If you’re ready to publish your Christian fiction or nonfiction, send a query letter to Kirkdale Press.

Save Money by Registering for the Faithlife Women Conference Today!

The special registration price for the Faithlife Women conference ends tonight at midnight (PST). There are only a few hours left to register at the low price of $79!

The Faithlife Women conference comes to Dallas, TX, September 6–8. You don’t want to miss inspirational speakers like Angela Thomas, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Liz Curtis Higgs, Carol Kent, Hayley DiMarco, and worship leader, Gwen Smith! This conference will edify you and enrich your relationship with God.

Register now and experience a powerful getaway with your girlfriends, sisters, mom, or as a retreat for the ladies in your church. Invite all the women you know, but do it today! Tomorrow the cost to register is going up, so don’t wait. Register now!

Logos 4: Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software

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.

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Surrounded by eager observers at a local church, a Logos representative gave a detailed and exciting demonstration of Logos Bible Software. He thoroughly explained the Home Page, the Passage Guide, the Exegetical Guide, Bible Word Study, searching, and more. Following the presentation, an attendee remarked—

This program looks powerful and wonderful! I do have one question, though—What is a commentary?

This event illustrates an important point. Sometimes within Christian circles we may innocently assume everyone is operating from the same knowledge base. Surely everyone is familiar with Christian vocabulary and resources. We all know what redemption means. We all know where the Bible came from. We all know what commentaries, study Bibles, and lexicons are.

Of course, when we stop and think about it, we know this isn’t true. We have to start at the beginning, then learn and grow in any field of study—including our Christian disciplines.

With this in mind, we created the training video  Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software. In this instruction, I assume no prior knowledge of either Logos or the Bible itself.

In understandable terms, I explain what the Bible is, where it came from, and what distinguishes the various available Bibles. I then briefly describe numerous Bible study resources: commentaries, Bible dictionaries, topical Bibles, and more.

In addition, I introduce you to various ways of approaching Bible study, including:

  • Book Study
  • Passage Study
  • Word Study
  • Topic Study
  • Devotional Study

Then, at the heart of the training, I show you how to incorporate many Logos features into the five methods of Bible study listed above. In other words, with this training you’ll not only learn what a book study is—you’ll learn how to use Logos to accomplish it. This instruction not only introduces you to Bible study, it gets you going with Logos.

After completing this training, you’ll no longer just open Logos and randomly click around the software. You’ll proactively and systematically move through the software to facilitate different types of Bible study.

So if you’re new to either Logos or Bible study itself (or even both), this product was created with you in mind.

Even if you’re beyond the introduction stage, perhaps you know someone who can benefit from this training. This is an excellent way to get people started in their study of Scripture.

Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software is now available to pre-order at Logos.com. For more information, please click here.

What is one area of your Bible study that you would like to improve in? Leave a comment and let us know!

Adolf Schlatter (1852-1938)

Adolf Schlatter in his study.

Do we know Jesus? If we no longer know him, we no longer know ourselves“—Do We Know Jesus? Daily Insights for the Mind and Soul (Kregel Academic, 2005).

As the world spiraled toward a second World War, Adolf Schlatter knew his time on earth was coming to a close. Schlatter had stood behind the lectern of some of Europe’s most prestigious universities, authored important scholarly monographs, and ministered to students and parishioners. But his final days were spent in prayer and agony for the German church, which he feared was being swallowed up by fascism. On the morning of May 19, 1938, at the age of 85, Adolf Schlatter entered into the eternal rest of his Savior, whom he treasured and proclaimed faithfully all his life.

Since his death in 1938, Schlatter’s contribution to biblical scholarship has remained relatively unknown to many English-speaking evangelicals. While the works of other important German scholars like Karl Barth—a student of Schlatter’s—have enjoyed a wider audience among English-language readers, Schlatter’s writings have remained largely untranslated. In the latter part of the 20th century, Schlatter’s contribution to New Testament theology and exegesis has experienced an awaking of sorts among American evangelicals—and this is a great thing for us all. Some of his most important works have since been translated into English and given a wider audience, bringing his contribution to New Testament studies into the foreground of mainline evangelicalism.

Faith in the New Testament by Adolf Schlatter: English and German

Logos has commissioned the first-ever English translation of Adolf Schlatter’s Der Glaube im Neuen Testament (Faith in the New Testament). We believe that good scholarship should be available to all, so we’ve placed Schlatter’s Faith in the New Testament on Pre-Pub. Once there’s enough interest, we will begin the translation process. So in honor of the 74th anniversary of Schlatter’s passing, why not pre-order a copy of Faith in the New Testament and help make Adolf Schlatter’s works more available than ever before!

Proclaim: The Only Cloud-Based Church Presentation Software

With Proclaim church presentation software, your Sunday-morning presentations will look amazing. Use any of the free worship backgrounds (a combined value of over $100), upload your own art, or subscribe to Graceway Media and choose from thousands of stellar backgrounds.

Getting your team to collaborate on Sunday morning is easier than ever with Proclaim. Developing your presentation in the cloud means your contributors can work at their own pace—wherever they are.

On Air licenses start at just $10 a month—check out our tiered pricing and see how Proclaim fits your church’s budget.

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What Did David Know about Suffering? Excerpt from New Pre-Pub

Looking for daily inspiration from devotionals that focus on a common theme for each year? The 13-volume Day by Day Collection may be exactly what you need. Produced by UK-based charity Precious Seed International, the Day by Day Collection delivers 13 devotionals, each centered on individual subjects like prayer or biblical promises.

The content in the Day by Day Collection blends instruction with edification. You’ll come away each day feeling informed, challenged, and uplifted. These volumes are not just invaluable resources for personal devotion; they provide powerful material that you can incorporate into Sunday School lessons, small group discussions, and more.

As an example of Day by Day’s significant content, here is the July 5 entry from Day by Day: Christ Foreshadowed by Ivan Steeds:

The Extremity of Suffering

Psalm 22:14–15; John 19:28

Here was extremity indeed, an extremity in which His life, deprived of its natural support, is in the act of dissolution and strength is decayed. The idea of desperate exhaustion and debility is conveyed in the terms used to describe the Lord’s physical suffering in these verses. The terms are graphic indeed; the reality excruciatingly agonizing in its pain.

The picture shows us a whole frame dissolving, and it retains no firmness, no stability; it utterly yields and flows away in weakness. ‘I am poured out like water’ conveys the idea of exhaustion and of debility. He says, ‘All my bones are out of joint’, literally ‘have separated themselves’, torn from their sockets, as of a man stretched upon a rock.

‘My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels’ conveys the idea of the inner turmoil; it may also indicate the collapse of strength of spirit. As wax softens and melts and offers no resistance to heat, so the heart lay prostrate beneath subduing misery.

‘My strength is dried up like a potsherd’, He cries, like the broken piece of pottery lying baking in the eastern sun, parched and intolerably dry. He continues ‘My tongue cleaveth to to my jaws’, so there is the resultant, unremitting thirst to which He would give expression in the cry ‘I thirst’, Jn 19:28.

What we have here is a poignant and accurate description of the physical effects of crucifixion. Here is a degree of suffering of which we have no record of anyone enduring in the Old Testament. The words were David’s words, by God inspired, but the thoughts, the extremity, the anguish, were those of another, a greater than David. We await the New Testament to find to whom those these sufferings referred.

Finally the Sufferer says, ‘thou hast brought me into the dust of death’. In all His anguish Jesus realizes His Father’s hand, Is. 53:10; Acts 2:23. So, as in Isaiah 53, verse 10, the death of the Lord Jesus appears not merely as something which befell Him, and not merely as something divinely permitted, but as purposed and determined by God. He died because His people were thus sentenced, and He died the death of the cross to bear their curse; ‘Unto dust thou shalt return’ was Adam’s sentence, Gen. 3:19. ‘Thou hast brought me into the dust of death’. v. 15.

Pick up the Day by Day Collection on Pre-Pub for only $99.95—that’s less than $8 a volume for 13 daily devotionals!

Hurry! This ECPA-Winning Title Ships Tomorrow

There’s only one day left to pick up the Zondervan Practical Theology Collection (4 vols.) while it’s still on Pre-Pub!

Included in this four volume set is the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Edited by Bethel Seminary professor Glen G. Scorgie, this dictionary won the
2012 ECPA Christian Book Award in the Bible Reference category.

By itself, the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality retails for $39.99—more than half the $61.57 Pre-Pub price tag—and it’s worth every penny.

Check out these endorsements:

“The very publication of this work speaks to the contemporary interest in spirituality. So much spirituality, however, is uninformed, shallow, and vague. All the more reason to welcome this important dictionary. It is impressive in its scope, wide in what is included, and deep in the intent to strengthen life in the Spirit of Christ. Scan a few entries, and it will be evident what a valuable resource this can be.”—Leighton Ford, president, Leighton Ford Ministries

“The combination of substantial reflective essays on major themes in Christian spirituality and sharply focused articles on major figures and topics provides a rich mixture of insight, information, and inspiration. ‘Spirituality’ can be a subject that wafts into the ether, but in this broadly ecumenical and very well-balanced work, it is presented with real substance and genuine edification.”—Mark A. Noll, professor of history, University of Notre Dame

“The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality is a well-researched, comprehensive study of Christian spirituality from a broad evangelical perspective. . . . I give the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality my highest recommendation.”—Richard J. Foster, professor of theology, Friends University

“Engaging, comprehensive, informative, broad in perspective. Who thinks it is fun to read a dictionary? This one is! This is a dictionary to be read for enjoyment as well as information. The essays and articles are freshly written, thorough but concise. The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality reflects the deep respect and appreciation the writers have for their topics. Reading this dictionary is like taking a finely tuned course in the topics included. . . . I was fascinated and drawn from article to article . . . appreciating the fine scholarship, depth of research reflected, and careful writing that make the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality an excellent resource.”—Jeannette A. Bakke, faculty associate, Bethel Theological Seminary

“This is not the only dictionary about Christian spirituality in town. There are many around and some of them are very good. But this one, with its global interests and spiritual zeal, has an energy and breadth that lifts it into a new league. Moreover, as well as making a very good job of expanding our knowledge of Christian spirituality and all the sources that have shaped it, this important volume steers the reader through the people, movements, and issues with a reliable, generous, and grace-focused wisdom. It is a source not just of information about Christian spirituality but of real formation, through the Spirit, in the life of Christ.”—Christopher Cocksworth, bishop of Coventry, Church of England

“The more I read in the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, the more I wanted to read more! The initial essays provide a thoroughly excellent foundation, and the alphabetized entries that follow leave us intrigued to read others. I highly recommend this dictionary for all Christians, especially those who want to grow in their active practices of various spiritual disciplines, their devoted love for God and neighbor, and their fervent thanksgiving for global saints and the myriad ways God works in the world.”—Marva J. Dawn, teaching fellow in spiritual theology, Regent College

“Scholarship with a soul! This is a book like no other—scholarly breadth with spiritual depth in a dictionary. So many have written so much about Christian spirituality that it is difficult to connect the parts. Here is a readable resource that brings everything together. I kept turning the pages . . . not to read through, but to explore. Every article led me to another journey on a different page.”—Leith Anderson, president, National Association of Evangelicals

“The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality is a remarkable balance of broad, integrative essays and more than 700 succinct, informative dictionary entries. It combines a wide survey of the great movements in Christian spirituality while giving attention to the main contributors from all parts of the globe, past and present. The contributors include some of the great heavyweights of the movement while also incorporating significant voices from a variety of related disciplines and perspectives. The work is a must-have resource for every able scholar, pastor, and follower of Jesus.”—Gayle D. Beebe, president, Westmont College

Don’t wait: you’re going to want to add this collection to your resources today. Not only will you get this ECPA-winning book on spiritual formation—you’ll add three other powerful books on preaching and worship to your library as well. When it ships tomorrow, May 18, the price goes up. Order now!

10 Dynamic Warren Wiersbe Quotes

Born May 16, 1929, beloved author, pastor, and preacher Dr. Warren Wiersbe is best known for the Old Testament “Be” Series and New Testament “Be” Series of expositional Bible studies, which have sold more than four million copies. But not many know that Wiersbe’s first foray into publishing had more to do with his love of magic tricks than with his spiritual pursuits.

As a teenager, Wiersbe wrote a book and sent his manuscript to the L. L. Ireland Magic Company. In 1944 they published his For Magicians Only: Action with Cards. This early success fed Wiersbe’s desire to write. 68 years later, he has written more than 150 books.

Here are 10 inspiring Wiersbe quotes:

1. “The Christian life is not a playground; it is a battleground, and we must be on our guard at all times.”—from The Bumps Are What You Climb On

2. “This modern emphasis only on personal salvation makes us lose sight of the grandeur and glory of God’s church. I am not minimizing our personal experience with Christ, but I am affirming that it is not the primary goal that God has in mind. He is building His church. He is building up the Body of Christ. The glory and greatness of our personal salvation is but a reflection of what God is doing corporately in and through His church.”—from Prayer: Basic Training

3. “You don’t have to read very far in your Bible to discover that God forgives His servants and restores them to ministry.”—from Be Amazed

4. “The immediate purpose of prayer is the accomplishing of God’s will on earth; the ultimate purpose of prayer is the eternal glory of God.”—from On Earth as It Is in Heaven: How the Lord’s Prayer Teaches Us to Pray More Effectively

5. “For the most part, the people we serve in our congregations don’t look like Josephs, Esthers, or Davids, nor do we; but the same God who glorified himself in the lives of ‘ordinary people’ in ancient days will glorify himself in our lives today if we will trust him.”—from 10 Power Principles for Christian Service

6. “God’s people don’t live on explanations; they live on promises.”—from Be Heroic

7. “We may be statistics and numbers as far as the world’s computers are concerned, but we are precious individuals as far as our Shepherd is concerned. He knows his sheep personally.”—from Be What You Are

8. “Satan wants us to think that our ‘disobedience detours’ must become the permanent road for the rest of our lives, but this is a lie.”—from Be Obedient

9. “The most important meeting we as leaders attend is that daily personal meeting with the Lord, before the day begins, when worship and meditation increase our faith as we receive the orders for the day.”—from On Being a Leader for God

10. “If you serve only to earn a salary, you will never do your best as long as you think you’re underpaid. If you minister to get recognition, you will start doing less when people don’t show their appreciation. The only motivation that will take you through the storms and keep you on the job is, ‘I’m serving Jesus Christ.’ “—from On Being a Servant of God

You can find uplifting Wiersbe books through both Logos and Vyrso including the 27-volume Warren Wiersbe’s Old Testament “Be” Series and The Bible Exposition Commentary: An Exposition of the New Testament Containing the Entire “Be” Series.

Most base packagescurrently 15% off with coupon code BASE15—include Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the Old Testament and Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. These two volumes offer a book-by-book outline of the scriptures with pages of introductory notes and studies on key topics. Pick up a base package today and get these and scores of other powerful resources for pennies on the dollar!

Have a favorite Wiersbe quote or book? Leave us a comment!

 

Logos High 5: What’s Your Favorite Bible Translation?

We asked our Facebook fans which Bible translation they prefer and received nearly 300 replies. After tallying the top five choices, we want to know what you think.

Vote on the Logos High 5 to tell us which Bible translation is your favorite!*

We know there are different versions of (and revisions to) many of these translations. You might love the original New American Standard Bible more than the 1995 update. We’re keeping it simple; a vote for the New American Standard Bible is a vote for either edition of this work.

We still have our most popular Bibles (including the Logos High 5 translations) available for only $10. Pick one up today!

Which is your preferred Bible translation?

Want to make a case for your favorite High 5 translation or tell us which other translation should have made the top five? Leave us a comment.

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