Gain Confidence for Evangelism with Bobby Conway

bobby-conwayWhen I first sat down for lunch with Bobby Conway, I knew right away that it wasn’t going to be your average meal. It wasn’t the food that was exceptional—it was the fellowship.

Dr. Conway is one of those guys who, when you meet him, you think “this guy is for real.” There’s no façade, no masquerade. There’s just Bobby. I could see right away why people would lower their defenses around him and be willing to hear what he has to say about Jesus. This is a guy I need to learn from.

Infectious faith

Whenever you get Dr. Conway talking about his faith, he gets excited. He is truly passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with believers and nonbelievers alike, and his energy is infectious. He knows from personal experience and the testimony of Scripture that the Christian life is one marked by deep joy and fellowship with Christ, and he can’t help but invite people into that. Yet he is realistic about the questions, the struggles, and the doubts that go along with it. This level of honesty is both charming and refreshing.

After working with Dr. Conway in the Mobile Ed studio, I came away encouraged in my faith and more excited and equipped for evangelism than ever before. I trust that if you take this course, you’ll feel the same.

 

Get the tools for evangelism

This course will benefit you, your church, and your community: it’ll help you understand the biblical call for evangelism, and it’ll equip you to go out there and tell people about Jesus. You can save 42% by pre-ordering, so place your order today—this exceptional course is worth it!

And don’t forget: with Logos Mobile Education, you can take this course at your own pace, right in your software or on your mobile device. The videos, readings, and transcripts go with you, wherever you are. It’s perfect for anyone with a busy schedule, and anyone who wants to grow in their witness.

Pre-order Introducing Evangelism with Bobby Conway today.

Logos 5: Use Proximity Search for a Phrase Search

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 emailed me stating he was studying Ephesians 2:4 and came across the phrase “but God.” He inquired about finding similarities to that phrase even though it may not be that exact English phrase, “but God.”

There are several ways to go about this, but here is fairly simple method that yields some good results:

  • Open a Bible containing the reverse interlinear option such as The Lexham English Bible (LEB) (A)
  • Navigate to a verse containing the desired phrase such as Ephesians 2:4 with the phrase but God (B)

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  • Right click on the word but (C)
  • Select Lemma δέ (D)
  • Select Search this resource (E)

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  • Notice the Search panel opens with the results (F)
  • Type this text after the search query that is the Find box: BEFORE 2 words (G)
  • Notice the search query now reads < Lemma = lbs/el/δέ > BEFORE 2 words (H)

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  • Right click on the word God (I)
  • Select the second entry for the lemma which is Lemma θεÏŒς (J)
  • Select Search this resource (K)

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  • Notice a second search panel opens with this text in the Find box: < Lemma = lbs/el/θεÏŒς > (L)

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  • Copy / Paste the above query into the first search panel following the words BEFORE 2 words (M)
  • Notice the complete query now reads: < Lemma = lbs/el/δέ > BEFORE 2 words < Lemma = lbs/el/θεÏŒς > (N)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the results

You just located all the places in the LEB that the Greek conjunction de appears 1 or 2 words before the Greek noun theos!

Look carefully and you’ll see all of the results are not the English phrase but God. (O)

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You’ll find many more searching instructions in the 2-volume set of Logos 5 Training Manuals.

Last Chance: Get 20% Off The New Interpreter’s Bible

new-interpreters-bibleOne of today’s top critical commentaries is coming to Logos, and for a limited time, you can get 20% off when you pre-order it.

The New Interpreter’s Bible provides in-depth analysis of the entire Bible and the Apocrypha, including introductions covering relevant historical and theological issues, exegetical commentary organized around coherent sections of text, thoughtful reflection sections, numerous visual aids, and more.

These 12 volumes feature leading scholars from a wide range of backgrounds—including Walter Brueggemann, Walter C. Kaiser Jr., N.T. Wright, James D.G. Dunn, Luke Timothy Johnson, and many others. You’ll get a wealth of scholarship from across the theological spectrum.

What others say about the series

The New Interpreter’s Bible commentators are consistently aware that they are in conversation with preachers and teachers in the church. The New Interpreter’s Bible is the commentary preachers and teachers need for the years ahead.” —Patrick J. Wilson, The Christian Century

“The quality of both the commentary and the reflections sections is consistently high. The New Interpreter’s Bible is an invaluable addition to the library of both academician and pastor.” —Victor P. Hamilton, Asbury College

Once The New Interpreter’s Bible ships, the price goes up—forever. Don’t miss your chance to get 20% off this exceptional commentary. This offer ends August 7, so pre-order today!

12 Hours Only: Get 5 Books for $5 Each!

For 12 hours only, get five books for $5 each! This sale ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. (EDT)—don’t miss out! Here’s what’s on sale:

fifty-reasons-why-jesus-came-to-die1. Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper

Regular price: $8.95
Sale: $5 (44% off!)

Some of the most important questions Christians ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Who sent him to his death? The answer to the last question might surprise you. The suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to this one answer.

2. Historic Creeds and Confessions by Rick Brannan

Regular price: $8.95
Sale: $5 (44% off!)

The church’s history is filled with times of great theological debate. This collection of Historic Creeds and Confessions contain the workings of godly men who came together and drafted what they considered to be the heart of biblical truth.

words-of-wisdom-for-daily-living3. Words of Wisdom for Daily Living by Charles Spurgeon

Regular price: $8.95
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This volume contains concise stories and reflection on a variety of biblical, theological, and social topics. Spurgeon writes on pride and sloth, economic issues, and social issues, such as capital punishment.

4. The Best Is Yet to Come by Charles Ryrie

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Sale: $5 (50% off!)

What does the Bible say about the future of the world? How can the unusual events converging in our present day world be explained—wars, rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, and other disasters? Dr. Charles Ryrie explains biblical teaching about the end times.

do-yourself-a-favor-love-your-wife5.Do Yourself a Favor: Love Your Wife by H. Page Williams

Regular price: $8.95
Sale: $5 (50% off!)

This book is a practical manual for men who want to become who God intended them to be. The author’s focus is not that you see what is completely wrong with your marriage, “but that you should want to see what’s wrong under the love and light of the Holy Spirit.”

Don’t miss out! These huge discounts won’t last long: sale ends July 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

Get all five titles now!

Get 4 Free Volumes: Not Your Average Bible Study

not-your-average-bible-study-seriesIf you’ve already pre-ordered the Not Your Average Bible Study Series, you’re getting 1–3 John, 1 Peter, and the Sermon on the Mount for free too! This is in addition to the already free Jude–2 Peter volume that comes with every pre-order. We’re giving the same deal to anyone who pre-orders through Thursday, July 31!

When we first listed the Not Your Average Bible Study Series, we decided to give away the Jude volume to everyone who pre-ordered it, while pricing the nine-volume collection at the incredibly low price of $19.95. But it turned out that Jude worked better when paired with 2 Peter, so we wrote the 2 Peter study and combined it with the Jude volume, but we still made it free for everyone who pre-ordered the collection. Yesterday, as we were looking over the upcoming volumes in the series—1–3 John, 1 Peter, and the Sermon on the Mount—we decided that we wanted to do something really special: offer the forthcoming volumes for free too!

Improve your Bible study abilities while studying the Bible itself

The Not Your Average Bible Study Series empowers you to:

  • Understand the Bible’s ancient context
  • Ask the same questions scholars ask
  • Apply the Bible to your life, each step along the way
  • Tell the biblical story as part of your own story

This series is already tested—as we originally ran most of these studies in Bible Study Magazine. This is one of the most popular sections of Bible Study Magazine. We regularly receive kind emails about how these studies help people get deeper into the Word, teach them to study the Bible better, and help them apply the Word to their life. And that’s why we made these studies into books—to make them available to an even wider audience.

These studies include answer boxes to write in, prayer prompts, and insightful questions. They explore how the biblical story is our story.

This crazy deal will help you get into the Word

Here’s how our crazy deal is going to go:

  • Pre-order now for $19.95, and get four volumes for free: 1–3 John, 1 Peter, 2 Peter–Jude, and the Sermon on the Mount. You have until Thursday, July 31 to get this price. We will ship the first nine volumes on August 1—as promised—and the additional three free volumes will automatically download as they’re released.
  • Right after we ship on August 1, we’re going to raise the price to $24.95—we will be charging for 2 Peter–Jude at that point, but still offering a serious discount on the rest of the collection. We will also still be offering 1–3 John, 1 Peter, and the Sermon on the Mount for free, for a two-week window. This deal will be available until August 14.
  • Come August 15, the price goes up to the full list price of $54.95.

The Not Your Average Bible Study Series is designed for individual or group use. So tell your friends—on your social networks and in person. We believe in these studies and know that they will help you get deeper into God’s Word. Pre-order the Not Your Average Bible Study Series today to get the best price and four free volumes!

Thanks for your support. Feel free to email me your questions: john@logos.com.

Get 30% Off a Window into the Bible’s World

BiblicalArchaeologist-NearEasternArchaeology_20VWe’ve come to know a great deal about the world of the Bible. We collectively know so much, in fact, that it’s a challenge to survey all the available knowledge, even on a single city or era.

So, how do you grasp the full context of what you’re reading?

One of the best ways is to complement your study of the Bible with research into its cultures and history. And one of the deepest wells of expertise on the Bible’s world is Near Eastern Archaeology (formerly The Biblical Archaeologist), an academic journal devoted exclusively to biblical archaeology.

Rigorous, peer-reviewed scholarship

Near Eastern Archaeology covers the ancient world from Mesopotamia to the Mediterranean. It’s published by Boston University’s American School of Oriental Research, one of the most highly regarded academic organizations in the world. Logos’ Biblical Archaeologist / Near Eastern Archaeology collection gives you 74 issues, from 1992 through 2011—it’s a treasure trove of knowledge.

Here are just a few of the articles you’ll get:

Every article in Near Eastern Archaeology goes through rigorous peer review, so you can know you’re getting information you can trust.

Get 30% off for a limited time!

The Biblical Archaeologist / Near Eastern Archaeologist collection is on Pre-Pub for 30% off, but it won’t be there long—it’s nearly covered production costs, and when it does, the price is going up.

Get a window into the Bible’s world: pre-order Biblical Archaeologist / Near Eastern Archaeology for 30% off!

Understand Every Biblical Word’s Meaning

The Bible’s words hold so much meaning, but it’s hard to discover hidden nuance without knowledge of Greek or Hebrew. But, with Logos 5’s Exegetical Guide, you have all the power of extensive word studies readily available for any Bible verse or passage.

See how the Exegetical Guide can enhance your studies:

The Exegetical Guide helps you do a word study for any passage without prior original-language knowledge—explore complete sentence diagrams with parts of speech, verb tenses, alternative translations, and more for every single word. You can also further explore the biblical text by seeing the frequency of that word’s use throughout the rest of the Bible.

Get the Exegetical Guide and more when you upgrade to Logos 5 today! Just visit Logos.com/Upgrade to choose your new base package, but hurry—upgrade discounts disappear August 5.

One Week Only! Get 20% Off the Tyndale Bible Dictionary

TyndaleBibDictStarting this week, we’ll introduce a new weekly deal every Thursday! This week, you can get The Tyndale Bible Dictionary for 20% off with coupon code WEEKLYTBD at checkout.

Study 1,000+ topics with top scholars

The Tyndale Bible Dictionary is packed with significant biblical people, places, and terms, and it’s fully integrated with Logos 5’s Timeline and Bible Facts tools. You can easily set it as your preferred dictionary in Logos—then you’ll be directed toward this all-inclusive dictionary whenever you have questions about a person, place, or event.

Not only do coauthors Walter Elwell and Philip Comfort define the terms you want to know, but they also cross-reference articles that dig into the Bible’s context, significant words, translations, and more. The Tyndale Bible Dictionary contains over 1,000 articles and over 200 pictures on everything from the Aaronic priesthood to the Wilderness of Zin. It’s the most comprehensive, up-to-date, single-volume Bible dictionary available.

Elwell and Comfort’s introduction ends with a special prayer for their readers: “We pray that this volume will help you, the reader, in your study of God’s Word, and that such study will enrich your appreciation for the inspired Scriptures.”

Get it today!

Get The Tyndale Bible Dictionary for 20% off with coupon code WEEKLYTBD at checkout. But hurry, this sale ends July 31!

Already own this powerful resource? We’ll be offering great deals each week through our Weekly Sale email list. Sign up today and be the first to know about each week’s sale!





Time Is Money with the Lexham Bible Guides

lexham-bible-guides-pauls-letters-collectionLast week, Lexham Bible Guide: Romans shipped to customers, completing the Paul’s Letters Collection. To celebrate, we’ve placed the entire collection on sale. For a limited time, you can get it for $100.00 off! If you’ve been waiting to dive into this amazing resource, now is the perfect time.

Time is money

One of the biggest benefits of the Lexham Bible Guides is that they help you save time researching. We’ve all heard the phrase, “time is money,” but let’s put that phrase into a tangible context.

Pastors have an incredible number of job duties to perform each week. Between ministering to their congregation, meetings with staff, administrative work, and preparing sermons, it’s amazing they find the time to juggle all of these things during a workweek. Thom Rainer of LifeWay completed a large poll of pastors in the US regarding sermon prep time, a responsibility that is often invisible to typical church members. According to his results, the median sermon prep time is 13 hours per week!

According to Salary.com, the average senior pastor in the US makes almost $40.00 per hour. That means the typical pastor is “spending” $520.00 per week working on sermon prep, and that time could be invested elsewhere in the church, ministering or serving.

Saving time with Lexham Bible Guides

The Lexham Bible Guides are designed to jump-start your research, saving you valuable time by curating all of the best literature in one place.

Let’s say that using a Lexham Bible Guide will shave off a quarter of a pastor’s sermon prep time. That means using just a single Lexham Bible Guide will save a pastor $130.00 per week in terms of time saved. That reinvestment could pay for the entire Paul’s Letters Collection before the end of the first month.

Do you think those numbers were too generous? Even if a Lexham Bible Guide saved only 10 percent of sermon prep time, you would be saving over $50.00 per week. If you break up the collection into 13 individual volumes, each guide would still pay for itself in savings after the very first week.

Get it today!

We would all love to have more time to do the things we care about. For those researching the Bible, the Lexham Bible Guides will allow you to save time and money.

Jump-start your research. Get $100.00 off the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection today!

Why an Upgrade Now Is Better than an Upgrade Later

last-chance-logos-5-upgrade-saleAn upgrade to Logos 5 is the best way to get all the resources that make Logos 5 powerful, while getting the best deal on a new library. But don’t wait—upgrade discounts end August 5. Check out your custom discount before it’s gone!

Open doors you didn’t know existed

Datasets power your library. If you’re using Logos 5 as just an ereader, you’re not getting the full experience of what Logos 5 can do for your Bible study. Datasets were created to connect your resources and unveil new discoveries you didn’t even know you could find, like:

Pinpointing every time Jesus heals in the Bible with Logos 5’s Clause Search. Doing this type of research in print would take hours, but now you can find every Scripture passage that applies with one click.

Searching the Bible in its historical context with Timeline. You won’t have to consult numerous historical resources to discover when exactly Paul wrote his letters to Corinth. With the Timeline, you can see exactly when historical events occurred, alongside relevant events from the same time period.

Is the “hand” a physical hand or a metaphorical hand of God? Discover any word’s meaning with the Bible Sense Lexicon. From right within the text, you can find out the Hebrew or Greek meaning behind English words.

Get all of Logos 5’s datasets when you upgrade to Gold or above—and tack on the upgrade-sale discounts when you upgrade today.

Don’t miss Logos 5’s resources

With each edition of Logos base packages, we add in a bunch of new datasets, tools, and resources. However, in order to make more room for new resources, we have to remove them as well. This doesn’t mean you’ll lose any products you already own, but if you wait until the next version, you’ll miss out on the opportunity to add to your library at the best possible price! You’ll never get a better deal on all these books than when you upgrade—it’s as simple as that.

Don’t wait until the next version to upgrade, because you may miss out on a resource you want at a fraction of the price it costs individually. We don’t know what will be removed from base packages during the next release, but you won’t want to miss out on these discounts while they last!

Check out all of our base packages at Logos.com/Upgrade—even choose from our new Reformed, Lutheran, Anglican, or Seventh-day Adventist base packages!

Upgrade now, pay over time

You know you want the new datasets, and the resources in the Gold upgrade look appealing, but the price just isn’t doable for you.

Don’t pay it all now, pay it over time—claim your discounts from the Logos 5 upgrade sale, and upgrade with a payment plan!

All discounts for a Logos 5 upgrade end August 5! Visit Logos.com/Upgrade to upgrade today.

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