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What’s Next for the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary?

evangelical-exegetical-commentaryThe Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (EEC) is a digital-first commentary series written from an evangelical perspective that incorporates the latest in biblical scholarship. In addition to in-depth exegesis, each volume includes application and devotional suggestions, which will appeal to both students and pastors.

Since it was announced in 2010, seven EEC volumes have been released. If you’d like to test-drive those volumes and make sure they’re what you’re looking for, you can rent them for either a month or a year. You can also purchase them individually, but the best savings will always be on the whole set.

Recent volumes

The two most recent volumes in the EEC are Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs, by A. Boyd Luter, and Esther, by Anthony Tomasino. One Song of Songs reviewer wrote, “Do I recommend the commentary? Yes. Will I use it if I ever teach the book? Absolutely, it will be a first point of reference.”

Upcoming volumes

Since we’re still working on the EEC series, we often get asked, “When is the next volume coming out?” While we can’t give specific dates, here are three EEC volumes that are in the works:

To get these volumes (and others) as they’re released, order the whole set now!

The Pastorum Series: Bigger Collection, Bigger Savings

pastorum-series-collectionLogos’ Pastorum Series is a collection of resources for pastors. It launched in fall 2012 with the Pastorum Series Collection (7 vols.), which includes 300 Quotations for Preachers, 400 Prayers for Preachers, and five volumes of the Study, Apply, Share series. Since then, we’ve added 1,500 Quotations for Preachers to the series.

Now the entire set of resources is available as the twelve-volume Pastorum Series Collection!

Why people love it

The series has garnered many endorsements, including the following:

300 Quotations for Preachers and 400 Prayers for Preachers

“I regularly utilize prayers from the historical Church in Sunday worship and frequently quote ‘old dead guys’—the lions of the Church through the centuries—in my messages, so this pair of resources is proving highly valuable. Both are organized by author and by preaching theme and, being . . . part of Logos, they are easily searchable. Better yet, each quote or prayer is already placed on a PowerPoint slide you can drop right into your presentation. Highly recommended for all those who teach and preach the Bible!”

—Tim Morey, pastor of Life Covenant Church (Torrance, CA), author of Embodying Our Faith: Becoming a Living, Sharing, Practicing Church

“There are two main strengths of [300 Quotations and 400 Prayers]. First is the content. [Ritzema] was really thorough in pulling from many different people and over a long period of time. . . . Second is that it is organized extremely well, and that makes navigating it and finding what you need fast and effective. . . . These are the things that make this [resource] superior to going to Google and combing through random quotes . . . and then having to take what you find and make a slide for it.”

—Matt Dabbs, preaching minister at Westside Church of Christ (St. Petersburg, FL), blogger at Kingdom Living

Study, Apply, Share Series

“As a pastor, I’m always on the lookout for resources to help me with the main idea and structure of my weekly sermons. Jeff Miller, Elliot Ritzema, and the Logos team have done pastors and teachers a huge service by providing the Study, Apply, Share series of commentaries. Not only does it conveniently link each passage to digital resources and study tools, but there are suggested themes for each passage of Scripture. I especially appreciate the statistical slides, which are helpful for exploring the theme of each section but also can be used to better present those themes to my congregation. This is a wonderful resource, and one that every teacher will find helpful.”

—Matt Morton, professor of college ministries, Grace Bible Church (College Station, TX)

1,500 Quotations for Preachers

“There’s a wealth of good material here, especially for the preacher who wants to have her or his congregation aware of the history of the church and theology.”

—Abram Kielsmeier-Jones, blogger at Words on the Word

The Pastorum Collection

“As an entire collection, these resources are a tremendous help to the overworked preacher. . . . Miller helps preachers delve into the Bible, study deeply, and present relevant messages. Ritzema’s resources give preachers and worship planners a means of introducing the congregation to significant voices from Church history. Taken together, they help pastors and worship leaders plan Sunday worship in a cohesive way. I happily recommend this resource and believe that preachers will make good use of it.”

—James Matichuk, MDiv, Regent College; blogger at Thoughts, Prayers, and Songs

Get resources for planning better sermons and lessons: order the Pastorum Series Collection today!

Not sure if you’re ready to buy yet? You can rent the whole collection for just $9.95/month!

How Well Do You Know These 2 Surprisingly Complex Biblical Stories?

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You may have noticed that, in the past year or so, we’ve been publishing books on subjects as varied as the epilogue of Ecclesiastes, Augustine’s and Luther’s views on marriage and sexuality, and Christianity and Judaism in Revelation 11. These books all started out as dissertations, and we thought they deserved a broader audience than they would have found sitting on a shelf in a seminary library.

We have two more dissertations on Pre-Pub that you won’t want to miss:

What’s the message of David and Goliath?

In Rethinking David and Goliath, Lisa A. Eary examines the familiar story of the Israelite shepherd boy fighting the Philistine giant (1 Samuel 17). Rejecting some popular understandings of the story, she argues that it’s less about overcoming giants than it is about seeing situations from God’s perspective and acting on faith in that belief. Eary’s dissertation was just completed in 2012, and you can help turn it into a book! Pre-order Rethinking David and Goliath today.

From Babel to Babylon

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In The Biblical Polemic against Empires, J. Lanier Burns, research professor of biblical studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, explores the Bible’s attack on Babylon. He started out with an interest in the events of Revelation 17–18 and continued into an exploration of the Old Testament, particularly Genesis 10–11 and various passages in the Prophets. He discovered that the biblical critique of Babylon is dominated by themes of deity, kingship, and city.

In summary, Burns writes, “Ancient Babylonians believed that gods, which were the personified, generative forces of the environment, governed the universe and could be manipulated through cult [that is, a sacrificial system]. This was the basic background of the biblical dispute (and the basic contrast of biblical theology). The faithful Hebrews believed that their personal, righteous, and living God governed creation according to His revealed will, and the cult memorialized His redemptive, historical acts for His covenant people.” Keep learning about the biblical critique of Babylon: pre-order The Biblical Polemic against Empires now.

These books won’t be on Pre-Pub much longer—pre-order yours today!

Why People Love the Spurgeon Commentary on Galatians

Spurgeon Commentary GalatiansLast fall, we released a unique publishing project—the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians. Spurgeon preached and wrote a great deal on Galatians, but he never wrote a commentary on it. So we did the legwork of gathering his insights into one volume.

The resulting resource is valuable for anyone interested in what Spurgeon has to say about any passage in Galatians. It collects his thoughts and organizes them according to exposition, illustration, application, and even theme—that way you can see what stories Spurgeon told about, say, evangelism.

Why it’s so useful

We asked several reviewers to tell us what they thought of the resource, and they were unanimous in their praise! Here are samples from three reviews:

“I would, without hesitation, recommend Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians. This is a very, very good resource, and one that will surely be a terrific addition to any Logos user’s library.” —Aaron Armstrong, Blogging Theologically

“With such a large amount of material spoken by Spurgeon and so little written, it can be very difficult to discover insights on particular passages or topics from this great pastor theologian. What that means is that Logos Bible Software combed through Spurgeon’s 3,500+ sermons for direct allusions to or quotations of the book of Galatians and compiled this commentary accordingly—all so that we can easily get to Spurgeon’s insight on a particular passage.” —Jason Brueckner, The Brave Reviews

“If you are among the thousands who appreciate Spurgeon’s teaching, this resource promises to dramatically decrease research and preparation time—good news for time-starved Bible preachers and teachers.” —David Daniels, WiseReader

Join these happy reviewers in benefiting from the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians—get your copy right now!

P.S. Want to receive future volumes in the Spurgeon Commentary Collection at a discount? Pre-order the Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters.

Finding the Right Sermon Illustrations

300-illustrations-for-preachersLast fall, we introduced a new book to help preachers illustrate their sermons: 300 Illustrations for Preachers. This collection of powerful illustrations, selected and edited by Jim L. Wilson, is categorized by theme and Scripture reference. It integrates seamlessly into your Logos library and is easily searchable using the Sermon Starter Guide in Logos 5.

For example, let’s say I’m preaching about the image of God, and I want to emphasize the importance of every individual. Searching through 300 Illustrations for Preachers by topic, I find this:

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Theme: Image of God

Matthew 10:29–31; Luke 12:6–7

“Oliver Chanler of Geneseo, NY explained why no one had ever cleaned a portrait of George Washington that hung in his parents’ home. ‘Suspect that’s because no one thought it was of great value.’ The family had always supposed the portrait was a common copy. Appraisers declared it an original Gilbert Stuart portrait worth around $300,000. It eventually sold at auction for $925,000.

We treat those things of great value with more care than things we consider common. Can we remember that each person is an original with great worth in the Lord’s eyes?”

—Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

I can find this illustration by searching thematically (image of God) or by Scripture (Matthew 10:29–31 or Luke 12:6–7). I even have a link to the original article in case I want to dig deeper. So however I chose to prepare my sermon, I have an easily accessible and effective way to help my audience remember that all people, no matter their appearance, are special because they are made in God’s image.

300 Illustrations for Preachers is an incredible value, and it’s very close to leaving Community Pricing at just $7. The more people bid on it, the lower the price goes—pre-order your copy today!

Then check out all the Lexham Press resources on Community Pricing.

Now Available: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary on Esther

Esther CoverThe story is a familiar one, made popular by Sunday school teachers, novels, and movies: her people threatened with extinction, Queen Esther must summon the courage to approach the Persian king Xerxes in order to save the Jews. But is the book of Esther only about being brave, or is there more to it?

Anthony Tomasino, director of the biblical studies program and associate professor of Bible, Old Testament, and Hebrew at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, examines this well-known story in Evangelical Exegetical Commentary: Esther. He studies the Hebrew text to bring out motifs of feasting, sovereignty, assertiveness, and reversal.

He also investigates the book’s connection with the celebration of Purim, the issue of assimilation into a foreign culture, the theme of the invincibility of the Jewish people, and the conspicuous absence of God’s name. He does all this while also stepping back to examine the big picture through the lens of biblical theology, helping readers apply the text to today by giving applications and devotional implications.

Evangelical Exegetical Commentary: Esther is the most recent volume in the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (EEC) series. If you have purchased the EEC, this volume will download to your account automatically.

The other currently available EEC volumes are 1, 2, & 3 John, Exodus, Ezra & Nehemiah, JamesColossians & Philemon, and Ecclesiastes & Song of Songs. Buy the whole set now and save!

Get 50% Off 300 Christmas Quotations and Prayers

Quotes_Book-Cover300x200Christmas is coming. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, and pastors are planning services that anticipate and celebrate the coming of God in the flesh. It’s a unique challenge every year: in an environment that too often focuses on “Christmas spirit” rather than the Holy Spirit, how can churches reach people in fresh ways with the good news of Jesus’ birth?

To help meet this annual challenge, we’re offering 300 Christmas Quotations and Prayers. Over the past year, we released 300 Quotations for Preachers, 400 Prayers for Preachers, and 1,500 Quotations for Preachers (a five-volume collection divided by church era). In the same vein as those editions, 300 Quotations and Prayers for Christmas:

  • Provides material for service planning and sermon prep—All quotations and prayers are organized by Scripture reference and theme (like Birth of Jesus, Epiphany, or Fulfilled Prophecy). This means that if you’re preaching or focusing your worship service on a Scripture or topic, you can quickly find relevant quotations and prayers. This saves you the hours you might otherwise spend hunting through your library.
  • Makes sharing easyEach quotation and prayer is accompanied by a professionally designed slide that contains an excerpt, making it easy to share.
  • Updates language—For some quotations and prayers, archaic language (like “thee,” “thou,” and “beseech”) has been updated, so they’re ready to use in a modern context.
  • Takes you to the source—Each prayer includes a bibliographic citation, enabling you to track it down in its original context.

300 Quotations and Prayers for Christmas features 250 quotations, 50 prayers, and 30 Scripture passages, all relating to Christmas, Advent, and Epiphany. We’ve also included five benedictions. Rather than going through the Pre-Publication process, we’re making it available immediately. Just use coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFERS to get it for 50% off!

What People Are Saying about 1,500 Quotations for Preachers

1500-quotations-for-preachers-with-slidesMany pastors and speakers enjoy sharing wise and inspirational quotes from the likes of Augustine, Calvin, Luther, and Wesley, but they don’t always have the time to search those authors’ works for just the right words. With 1,500 Quotations for Preachers, with Slides, the task is easy: quotes are organized by author, theme, and Scripture reference.

Here’s what people who use 1,500 Quotations are saying:

“Writers and pastors, do not pass by 1,500 Quotations for Preachers. This is a terrific resource, one I can guarantee is going to get a lot of use in the coming years. I’m thrilled to have it in my Logos library—and I’m sure you will be, too.” —Aaron Armstrong, BloggingTheologically.com

“This is a robust set of volumes that has obviously been put together by a preacher who knows what preachers need in a quotation compendium. Preachers of every stripe will find this a beneficial addition to their Logos collection.” —J. D. Greear, author of Gospel and Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart

“Preachers need to do better than merely combing resources for a pithy quote. They should invest themselves in the original sources as much as possible, and this makes it easy to dig into the original material.” —Joe Thorn, JoeThorn.net

“A striking quote, skillfully employed, resonates in the memory, enabling listeners to carry the sermon’s lesson with them during the following week. . . . This reasonably priced resource provides preachers with a vast array of thought-provoking material that will help illuminate and reinforce great biblical themes and theological truths.” —David Daniels, WiseReader.com

“If you preach or teach the Scripture, it’s worth your time to have this sort of resource working as a research assistant for you.” —Jeremy Writebol, JWritebol.net

Use coupon code PAM2013 and you’ll get 1,500 Quotations for Preachers, regularly $92.95, for just $74.95 through tomorrow, October 31. Get it now!

Introducing 300 Illustrations for Preachers

One of the hardest things about preaching is finding a suitable illustration. You’ve prayed, you’ve studied the text, and you’ve written your outline, but now you need a good story or quote to make sure your message has its intended effect. As a preacher myself, I know how hard it is to come up with new illustrations week after week that both have an impact and stay on topic.

To aid preachers in their continual quest for good illustrations, we’re introducing 300 Illustrations for Preachers by Jim L. Wilson. Wilson is a pastor and homiletics professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. For the past four years, he has regularly contributed illustrations to Sermons.Logos.com. Now we’ve collected and edited 300 of his best illustrations, optimizing them for use in your Logos library. Each illustration is:

  • Categorized by theme, so you can find it using the Sermon Starter Guide in Logos 5
  • Categorized by Scripture reference, so you can find it by searching for a particular verse
  • Linked to the source (if that illustration is based on a news story)

This resource is currently on Community Pricing, so you can decide how much you want to pay. Once it leaves Community Pricing, the price will go up, so pre-order your copy today!

The Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians Is Now Available!

When the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians was first announced, it received a positive response and quickly went into development. Now you can use it to study any passage in Galatians.

For example, let’s say you want to study Paul’s words about the curse of the law in Gal. 3:10–14. Just open the Passage Guide and type in the reference. The Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians shows up among your commentaries:

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If you click that link, you’re taken right to Spurgeon’s words on Galatians 3:10. In the middle of his exposition, Spurgeon provides an illustration on the futility of trusting in one’s own ability to keep the law. Illustrations are set off by a gray background:

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If you’re interested in Spurgeon’s thoughts on how to apply this passage (part of the larger section of Gal. 3:1–14), you can skip down to the end of the section to find the first of three applications:

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Finally, if you have some of Spurgeon’s other works in your library and want to read more from the sources mentioned in the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians, you can find them by looking beneath the application section:

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The Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians isn’t the only way to see Spurgeon’s thoughts presented in commentary format. Get Spurgeon’s insights into Hebrews, Philippians, 1 & 2 Peter, and five more books—pre-order the Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters while you can still get the Pre-Pub price!

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