Archive - November, 2012

Free Book of the Month: John Darby’s Genesis to 2 Chronicles

“To see classical dispensationalist theology at its best, one must read Darby . . .”—Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

John Nelson Darby’s Synopsis of the Books of the Bible: Genesis to 2 Chronicles is November’s Free Book of the Month!

Darby was a London-born deacon in the Church of England who traveled extensively. He delivered a series of lectures in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1837, and made seven visits to the United States and Canada, where he influenced such individuals as Dwight Moody and A. J. Gordon and initiated the Bible conference movement. Darby’s influence also appears in the writings of C. I. ScofieldCharles Henry Mackintosh, and William E. Blackstone, whose writings contributed to the rise of fundamentalism in America during the early twentieth century. More recently, Darby’s impact can be felt in books by Hal Lindsay, Tim LaHaye, and Jerry Jenkins.

You can get Darby’s book—part of the five-volume Synopsis of the Books of the Bible—free through the end of November, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the entire collection.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page now to get your free book and enter the giveaway!

Connect Your Study to a World of Knowledge

As a pastor or ministry leader, you devote much of your time to the practical, day-to-day needs of your congregation—a long way from the peace and quiet of a seminary library or the stimulating company of fellow theologians. Logos’ new Lexham Bible Guides invite you back into the on-going conversation about Scripture.

New releases on Ruth and Jonah have been added to the Lexham Bible Guides series. In addition to an overview and outline of each passage, these study books feature several innovate elements. They—

  • Organize all the research on each literary unit of Scripture.
  • Illuminate difficult and obscure passages, making passages more accessible for teaching or further study.
  • Provide comprehensive coverage that’s easy to use and elegantly organized. It addresses both biblical and theological issues—not just one or the other.
  • Annotate the differing opinions of top scholars and links you directly to their works’ most relevant passages.

When time is short, the Lexham Bible Guides provide a convenient summary of each biblical passage and its related historical and theological issues—so you can get back to the work of pastoral ministry. But they also make it possible to deepen your knowledge of Scripture, enrich your sermons, and keep up with the most recent biblical research.

Created by Logos’ Bible reference team, the Lexham Bible Guides summarize all the relevant research and commentary on a given passage—the best biblical content currently available—in one place. Each guide presents a broad range of theological perspectives, both familiar and challenging, for you to consider in your study.

Combining the best features of a printed commentary and an annotated bibliography, the Lexham Bible Guides take advantage of digital resources in your Logos library. You don’t have to wander the stacks of a library or flip through the pages of an index. With one click, the guides connect you instantly to relevant details, the most recent scholarship, and new research topics in your Logos library.

Join the conversation. Expand your knowledge, and sharpen your understanding of these Old Testament books. Pre-order the Lexham Bible Guide: Ruth and Lexham Bible Guide: Jonah, along with the volume for Genesis 1–11, now and get them at the low introductory price!

Visit Us on the Seattle Stop of the Unashamed Tour!

We’re extremely proud to be part of the 2012 Unashamed Tour. With artists like Lecrae, KB, and Trip Lee, you know this tour’s going to be packed with encouraging ministry and powerful hip-hop.

If you’re going to be at tonight’s show (11/8/12) at the Showbox in Seattle, make sure you drop by our booth! We’ll be there presenting our brand-new Logos 5 software. You’ll see just how exciting deep Bible study can be when you check out the latest version of our award-winning software.

Not in the Seattle area? Check out other dates on the Unashamed Tour. If you love big beats and strong rhymes, you’re going to want to experience them with people who share your passion for ministry.

But if you’re coming to the show tonight, we’d love to see you! Come visit our booth and check out Logos 5. Then join ReachLife Ministries’ Faithlife group to keep up with the Unashamed community.

Studies in Faithful Living Patriarchs Collection: Complete Church Curriculum

Equip your entire church or small group with 24 weeks of study material exploring the origins of our faith with the Studies in Faithful Living Patriarchs Collection: Complete Church Curriculum. Now until December 5, this three-volume collection is available at the Pre-Pub price of $224.95—over 15% off the retail price.

The patriarchs are not only the first to walk in covenant with God—they are examples for us today showing that God’s love is based on his faithfulness, not ours. Abraham often stumbled in his walk with God, even repeating mistakes along the way. He often tried to find his own solution as he struggled to accept God’s timing. Abraham’s son Isaac transferred the covenant from one generation to the next. And Isaac’s son Jacob insisted on taking control of his own life, often tricking others—even his brother and father—to get his own way. Jacob wrestled with trusting God on God’s terms, but when God showed himself faithful, Jacob became the father of a nation. Among Jacob’s 12 sons, Joseph was God’s choice to continue the covenant, though his father’s favoritism and his brothers’ scheming threatened to ruin them all. God took actions that were meant for evil and used them for good, just as he does in our lives today.

As we walk alongside these men, we see how much their struggles resemble our own, and we learn how their faith is relevant for us today. This all-in-one curriculum package has all the resources you need for six full months of exploring Scripture together:

  • Preaching resources and sermon outlines for pastors and teachers
  • Videos, customizable slides, and media
  • Discussion guides and videos for small group leaders
  • Bulletin inserts and handouts for the entire congregation
  • An individual book, available separately, for members of the congregation and small groups to study during the week

When you order the Studies in Faithful Living Patriarchs Collection: Complete Church Curriculum, Abraham: Following God’s Promise will download immediately when orders are processed. The remaining studies, Jacob: Discerning God’s Promise and Joseph: Understanding God’s Purpose, will download automatically as they are released. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the entire collection at the Pre-Pub price!

Top 5 Reasons to Earn Your Knox MACCS

Knox Theological Seminary’s new Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) equips you for modern ministry with the Great Books’ classical training. This MA, unparalleled by that of any other seminary in the world, is supremely relevant to Western ministry. And it’s fully online, so you can study anywhere. Here’s why the MACCS matters:

  1. You’ll engage Western culture by exploring its defining literary and philosophical works.
  2. You’ll follow Christian doctrinal development through ancient, medieval, and modern times.
  3. You’ll articulate both Christian and non-Christian worldviews.
  4. You’ll learn from some of today’s most trusted Bible scholars, among them Drs. Warren Gage and Sam Lamerson.
  5. You’ll explore the curriculum’s works with the world’s finest exegetical software—Logos 5.

Much More than Your Average Seminary Degree

With the MACCS, you’ll develop more than just an excellent understanding of Scripture. You’ll develop historical perspective, a philosophical habit of mind, moral imagination, and rhetorical skill. Here’s one pastor’s account of the MACCS’ richness:

Study Free with the Francis Schaeffer Scholarship!

Knox is offering one comprehensive scholarship and one hundred partial scholarships for a total of more than $200,000! Learn more and enter to win at KnoxSeminary.edu—it’s fast and simple.

You’ll deepen your love for the Gospel and get classical training for modern ministry with Knox’s online MACCS. To learn more or apply now, call 1-800-210-6466 or visit SeminaryDegreesOnline.com/Degrees/MACCS.

Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection

Act now and you’ll get all 13 volumes of Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection for over 20% off the regular price.

As Christians, we must grasp the exegetical and theological issues of Paul’s letters to powerfully and persuasively teach the New Testament. If only you had the time you need to get to know these 13 books inside and out, to be aware of all the issues, and to understand Paul’s writings, individually and collectively. Thanks to the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection, you do have time—because we’ve done all the research for you.

Among the apostles, Paul and his dramatic conversion reveal God’s redemptive work at its most dramatic. God worked both in and through Paul, to transform him and to spread the Gospel. Paul not only risked his life to establish churches throughout the ancient world, he was also used by God to author much of what would become the New Testament. From the road to Damascus to a Roman prison and every missionary journey in between, the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection empowers you to interpret some of the most theologically crucial chapters of the Bible. Each volume immerses you so completely in the Scripture that even familiar passages disclose new lessons and applications. For complex issues—and there are more than we can count in Paul’s letters—we’ll guide you through and provide links to additional resources in your Logos library.

The Lexham Bible Guides direct you to the best commentaries for the subject you’re researching. The Paul’s Letters Collection offers a complete introduction to each literary unit of each book, helping you hone in on more thorough research in a fraction of the time you usually spend searching commentaries and other resources. They provide an overview of each passage’s structure, its place within the book and the canon, major issues within the passage, key word studies, and applications to help you present this depth of research in a way that’s relevant for your faith community—including customizable slides to use in your presentations.

Each volume provides you with the tools you need to find answers quickly. The collection summarizes content from resources throughout your Logos library and organizes it in an easy-to-follow format, guiding you deeper in your study of Paul’s letters:

When you order the Lexham Bible Guide: Paul’s Letters Collection, Lexham Bible Guide: Ephesians will automatically download once orders are processed. The remaining volumes will download automatically as they are released. You’ll benefit from this collection now and for years to come.

What’s New in Logos 5 Base Packages

Logos 5 base packages are the place to begin building your library.

If you’re a new user, a Logos 5 base package is the best way to start your study. You’ll get an integrated theological library—hundreds, even thousands, of books—at up to 91% off. And you’ll get a suite of the most powerful tools for digital Bible study available anywhere.

If you’re an existing user, upgrading will get you Logos 5’s remarkable new features, plus hundreds or thousands of new books.

New base packages

With Logos 5, we’ve revamped the base package lineup. We now have seven main base packages. Logos 4’s Home, Bible Study, and Leader’s packages have merged into Starter. Bronze is the new Scholar’s. And Diamond is the new package between Platinum and Portfolio. Check out the entire base package lineup to see the new packages.

Thousands of books

All our base packages are better than ever. We’ve added close to a thousand books, bringing the total number of base package resources to 2,543. Even if you’re moving to the Logos 5 version of your current package, you could be getting hundreds of new books.

What’s new in base packages?

  • Portfolio took a big jump from 1,669 books to 2,528. It’s the biggest library we’ve ever offered. Portfolio also gives you the biggest discount, and it qualifies for an 18-month payment plan.
  • Diamond is brand-new, with 1,951 books, plus all the Logos 5 features. If you currently own Platinum, Diamond is your recommended upgrade. Diamond also qualifies for an 18-month payment plan.
  • Platinum went from 1,244 books to 1,277. It includes all the features, plus the core critical texts and original language tools.
  • Gold went from 689 books to 1,030. If you want all the new Logos 5 features, this is the place to begin.
  • Silver now has 692 books. It has most of the Logos 5 features.
  • Bronze, which replaces Scholar’s, now has 421 books. It has some of the core Logos 5 features.
  • Starter is new to the lineup. It has 213 books and just enough features to give you the basic Logos 5 experience.

To see the complete list and find out which books are in each base package, view the comparison chart on the upgrade calculator.

You won’t lose any of your current books

When you upgrade to Logos 5, not only will you get all the new books—you’ll keep all your existing books!

Get the new features

These base packages are far more than just libraries. They’re how to get the new features: Timeline, Topic Guide, Sermon Starter Guide, Clause Search, Bible Facts, Bibliography, Scripture Memory Tool, Search Suggestions, and more.

We’ve also enhanced and updated the Passage Guide, Exegetical Guide, and Bible Word Study with new data.

And you’ll get new community features, which let you share reading plans, popular highlights, notes, and more, as well as view community ratings and community tags.

What’s more, we’ve given the entire interface a fresh new look. Logos 5 has a new layout and new icons, colors, and fonts. Everything is sharper, cleaner, and better organized. We’ve rearranged the homepage, and we’ve given you more ways to customize your experience.

If you’re on a Mac, the first thing you’ll notice: it’s blazing fast. We’ve made lots of changes under the hood, which means you’ll see significant speed improvements over Logos 4.

And if you’re on a touch-enabled Windows computer—and that includes computers running Windows 8—you’ll be able to tap anywhere you would click.

That’s just the start. We’ll be going into more detail on each of these features—along with all the features we don’t have room to list here—in the coming weeks. But if you’re ready to learn more right now and see screenshots and videos of Logos 5 in action, head on over to the features page.

Take advantage of personalized upgrade discounts!

All base packages and upgrades are discounted to celebrate the launch. In addition to the launch discounts, you’ll get a discount based on what you already own. Depending on your current library, your Logos 5 upgrade discount could be substantial. Visit the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator to see how big your discount is.

These discounts are available only during the launch period, so don’t wait. See your personalized discount now!

4 Reasons Everyone’s Upgrading to Logos 5

Last week was a bit of a blur for lots of us at Logos, but one thing is clear: everyone’s excited about Logos 5. So excited that Logos.com had to add two new Web servers after we crashed Thursday morning, and even then, we could barely keep up with the demand. You’ve been calling in, tweeting, sharing, pinning, and posting in the forums about how awesome Logos 5 is—thanks!

When I started playing with Logos 5 a few weeks ago, I was thrilled. I still get excited every time I open it. So do my friends in seminary. So do our pastors. So do the thousands of people who have jumped on board with Logos 5 since we launched.

If you haven’t upgraded to Logos 5 yet, you’re seriously missing out.

1. Amazing features

Upgrading to Logos 5 gives you access to remarkable new ways to explore and understand the Bible, whether it’s studying the Bible by topic, browsing all of Christian history on the Timeline, or examining the nuances of Greek and Hebrew with the Bible Sense Lexicon—and these are only a few of the remarkable new features in Logos 5!

2. More books

Logos 5 base packages are brand-new: not only do they all have new features, but they also include new books. We didn’t just throw a few more titles into the existing base packages—we took them apart and rebuilt them from scratch, making sure each package had books that complemented its new features. When you upgrade, you keep all the books you currently own and infuse your library with even more books that fit your Bible study needs.

3. New interface

Logos 5 just looks cool. It’s easy to navigate, and it gives you exactly what you need. It’s elegant and intuitive, and it’s no surprise that everyone else wants in on it.

4. Awesome discount

The Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator analyzes your current Logos library and creates a discount tailored to you. You only pay for what’s new to your library. You never lose your current Logos library. You keep your titles from Logos 4, Libronix, and any earlier version of Logos. In fact, your discount reflects your purchase history. Now throw a payment plan for up to 18 months into the mix, and you’re left with a phenomenal deal on phenomenal software.

When I started writing this post, I was a little worried that one of my coworkers would look over my shoulder and snicker at how excited I sound. I didn’t have to be, though. Everyone is excited about Logos 5—my coworkers, my church group, my friends, the thousands of brand-new Logos 5 users, and me. And with a lineup of reasons like these, you should be excited about upgrading, too.

For those of you who have Logos 5 already: did I leave out any good reasons to upgrade? Let me know in the comments!

It’s time to upgrade to Logos 5. See your special pricing options with the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator.

Introducing Logos Bible Software 5

Bible study is about connection. The Bible connects us to the very words of God, and to study it is to make connections: between facts and feelings, texts and commentators, hearts and minds, ourselves and God and one another.

Logos Bible Software 5 is a significant update that is all about connection. Logos 5 connects the people, places, things, events, topics, and themes of the Bible with new and expanded databases. It is completely integrated with Faithlife, an online network for connecting your faith community, where you can share biblical insights, maintain a group prayer list, or read the Bible (or any book in your Logos library) in community with others. Logos 5 features new guides and tools for connecting the dots in your Bible study.

Experts have spent more than three years writing, editing, and tagging our unique databases of Bible knowledge. Dozens of books have been thoroughly tagged with special metadata about Bible outlines, preaching themes, historical events and Bible facts. Every original language word in the Bible has been reanalyzed and connected to new databases, while staying connected to modern translations. We have created nearly a million connections between our data elements and Bible verses.

All this connection is toward one end: helping you do more and better Bible study.

And, conveniently, all this connection makes that easier than ever before. In addition to powerful new tools for sermon preparation and topical study, Logos 5 contains many small updates and improvements that streamline your study. Logos 5 quickly becomes a transparent tool that gets all the overhead out of the way, so you can get connected to the Word.

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It’s time to upgrade to Logos 5! Check out your special pricing options with the discount calculator.

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