Free Book of the Month: The Epistle to the Hebrews

“Every student of the Epistle to the Hebrews must feel that it deals in a peculiar degree with the thoughts and trials of our own time.”

Thus begins Brooke Foss Westcott’s The Epistle to the Hebrews, August’s Free Book of the Month.

This classic reference work takes you deep into Hebrews through extensive verse-by-verse exegetical commentary and multiple dissertations on related subjects. An extensive introduction covers this important epistle’s title, history, and purpose.

“Bishop Westcott’s treatise is, and will doubtless finally take its place as, a classical work. This it deserves, not only from the fulness and completeness of the materials he has assembled, and the refined and scholarly judgment with which they are handled, but from the clear, the just, and the measured views which he takes on all the difficult problems connected with the Epistle. There is a wonderful charm too in his wider views, regarding the deep subjects treated of in the Epistle.”—The Church Quarterly Review, 1891

Westcott studied at Cambridge’s Trinity College from which he graduated in 1848. He stayed at Trinity, where, in 1849, he attained fellowship and was ordained as a deacon and priest. He received honorary degrees from Oxford (1881) and Edinburgh (1883). In 1890, he became bishop of Durham.

His Hebrews commentary is part of the 14-volume Classic Commentaries on the Greek New Testament. Enter to win this commentary set—worth $239.95—at our Free Book of Month page. And download your free book today!

Huge Savings on a Massive Academic Collection from Baker Publishing

Logos has teamed up with Baker Publishing to provide amazing academic resources at incredible prices. Take the Baker Academic Biblical Studies Bundle, for example. Here you have 86 volumes of outstanding scholarship from respected contemporary scholars and theologians for only $999.95.

This bundle is made up of the following collections:

If you were to purchase these Pre-Pubs individually, you would pay more than $1,400—and that’s at Pre-Pub prices! To purchase this collection retail would cost you over $2,500. Right now, though, you can order this collection for just $999.95. But don’t wait—the price goes up to $1,399.95 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT) Sunday, August 12.

Baker and its imprints Baker Academic and Brazos Press, are established, trustworthy publishers of Christian academic works. No matter your theological background, you’ll find Baker’s academic books full of healthy, vibrant, and irenic research material written by some of the best-known names in Christian academia. With the massive Baker Academic Biblical Studies Bundle, you get resources from such biblical luminaries as:

When you add this 86-volume bundle (which, in print, would run past 30,000 pages) to your collection, it becomes part of a vast network of biblical resources—a network worth far more than the sum of its parts. Imagine walking up to a shelf of books and saying, “Show me the information you have on James 1:5,” and then having all your books open and arrange themselves, giving you access to the information you need. This is precisely what you get with your Logos library. $999.95 is a terrific price for all these books; for the power you’re adding to your Logos resources, it’s nothing short of amazing.

The price of this Pre-Pub goes up at 11:59 p.m. (PDT) Sunday, August 12. Act now and you’ll add inspiring resources to your library at a phenomenal price. Pre-order this amazing collection today!

Happy Birthday: Logos Talk Turns Seven!

The Logos blog header as it first appeared.

It was 2005 when we published our first blog. To give you some perspective, that was the same year that Google launched Google Earth, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 hit stores, and Apple rolled out the first iPod Nano.

A lot has happened at Logos since Bob’s first post went live on July 29, 2005. Looking back at the last seven years on Logos Talk is like opening a time capsule. The blog is a living record of exciting announcements, like:

The second iteration of the Logos blog image.

Logos Talk’s Top Posts

There are nearly two thousand posts on Logos Talk, and those posts have been viewed millions of times over the last seven years. Here are some of the most popular posts:

Bringing you the latest announcements, promotions, interviews, training articles, and windows into Logos’ corporate culture has been a blast, and we’re looking forward to sharing more exciting news in the future. Stay tuned!

Have some ideas of things you’d like to see more of on Logos Talk? Leave us a comment and tell us about them.

3 Crucial Lessons from William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce, British politician and prominent abolitionist, died July 29, 1833. Here are three lessons from the man whose faith helped end slavery in England and inspire America’s abolitionist movement.

1. Experience life through the lens of faith.

Prior to his conversion, William was not known as an industrious individual. As a student at St. John’s College, he invested most of his time in social activities and idleness. William committed himself to frivolity, even after being elected into Parliament at 21. As he said himself, “the first years in Parliament I did nothing—nothing to any purpose.”

After a sudden conversion experience, William began to see his work (and world) in a whole new light.

“The gospel freely admitted makes a man happy. It gives him peace with God, and makes him happy in God. It gives to industry a noble, contented look which selfish drudgery never wore; and from the moment that a man begins to do his work for his Saviour’s sake, he feels that the most ordinary employments are full of sweetness and dignity, and that the most difficult are not impossible. And if any of you, my friends, is weary with his work, if dissatisfaction with yourself or sorrow of any kind disheartens you, if at any time you feel the dull paralysis of conscious sin, or the depressing influence of vexing thoughts, look to Jesus, and be happy. Be happy, and your joyful work will prosper well.”

2. Bloom where you are planted.

William struggled with his Parliament position in light of his new faith. Religious enthusiasm was not socially accepted in high society, and he worried about finding himself at odds with his peers. For advice, he reached out to Anglican clergyman John Newton (writer of “Amazing Grace”). Newton responded by telling William, “It is hoped and believed that the Lord has raised you up for the good of his church and for the good of the nation.” This gave William the encouragement he needed.

As he later wrote in his diary, “My walk I am sensible is a public one; my business is in the world; and I must mix in assemblies of men, or quit the post which Providence seems to have assigned me.”

His decision to stay in Parliament would help change the nation and end the slave trade.

3. Have the stamina to pursue your God-given passions until the end.

In William’s time, more than 11 million people had been captured in Africa and forced into labor in the West Indies, with Britain controlling the majority of that slave trade. Putting an end to Britain’s role in this unacceptable practice became William’s driving passion, no matter the cost to himself.

“As soon as ever I had arrived thus far in my investigation of the slave trade, I confess to you sir, so enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable did its wickedness appear that my own mind was completely made up for the abolition. A trade founded in iniquity, and carried on as this was, must be abolished, let the policy be what it might,—let the consequences be what they would, I from this time determined that I would never rest till I had effected its abolition.”

Slavery, a booming business, contributed much to the British economy. Though few were directly involved in the slave trade, most wealthy families benefited from it somehow. The resistance to abolishing slavery was fierce, but William was resolute.

For 20 years, William worked as an abolitionist, often without seeing positive results. But on July 26, 1833, the House of Commons voted to abolish the slave trade. Upon hearing the news, William said, “Thank God that I have lived to witness [this] day.” He died three days later.

Interested in learning more? Explore Logos’ books on William Wilberforce!

Know Technology? BibleTech 2013 Needs Presenters!

We’re already looking forward to BibleTech 2013, which will be held March 15 & 16 in Seattle, WA. This will be our fifth BibleTech conference, each one focused on the intersection of Bible study and technology. It’ll be of interest to anyone who wants to hear about the ways technology is affecting how we translate, interpret, communicate, and transmit the Scriptures.

At BibleTech, you won’t just listen to speakers address the tech issues most important to you—you’ll also interact and network with industry leaders and others who share your interests. Plenty of BibleTech attendees initiated long-lasting friendships and working relationships at past conferences.

Wanted: A Few Good Presenters

Once again, we’re putting out a call for programmers, publishers, tagging experts, information and library scientists, technologists, thought leaders, design gurus, information architects, webmasters, and anyone else working at the intersection of the Bible and technology. Come lead conference sessions and round-table discussions! To be considered, all you have to do is fill out our Call for Participation form!

We’re going to get a lot of entries, so we encourage you to be as descriptive as possible when sharing your topic ideas. If you have multiple ideas for sessions, feel free to fill out multiple entries.

We’ll close the call for participation Friday, November 30, to give ourselves time to choose the best session speakers for next year. Please submit your topic by then!

Keep Up with the Latest BibleTech News

We’ll be updating the BibleTech website as things develop. If you want up-to-the-minute information, like BibleTech on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Birthday Sale: Save 50% on the Oswald Chambers Collection

Oswald Chambers, the Scottish minister best known for his beloved devotional My Utmost for His Highest, was born 138 years ago today. Celebrate his birthday by picking up the 24-volume Oswald Chambers Collection for only $95.88 with coupon code OC529—that’s 50% off the retail price!

Quotable and thought provoking, Chambers’ works are still cherished by Christians worldwide. Whether you’re new to Christianity or you’ve been studying the Scriptures for decades, you’ll find treasures liberally sprinkled throughout Chambers’ volumes:

“The diabolical nature of sin is that it hates God, it is not at enmity against God; it is enmity. When you get the nature of sin revealed by the Holy Spirit, you know that this phrase is not too strong—red-handed anarchy against God.”—from God’s Workmanship

“There are people to-day who are going through an onslaught of destruction that paralyses all our platitudes and preaching; the only thing that will bring relief is the consolations of Christ. It is a good thing to feel our own powerlessness in the face of destruction, it makes us know how much we depend upon God.”—from Baffled to Fight Better

“The aspect of the cross in discipleship is lost altogether in the present-day view of following Jesus. The cross is looked upon as something beautiful and simple instead of a stern heroism. Our Lord never said it was easy to be a Christian; He warned men that they would have to face a variety of hardships, which He termed bearing the cross.”—from Approved unto God

“In the New Testament everything centres in the Cross. The Cross did not happen to Jesus: He came on purpose for it.”—from Bringing Sons into Glory

Until you have stopped trying to be good and being pleased with the evidences of holiness in yourself, you will never open the wicket gate that leads to the more excellent way. The life ‘hid with Christ in God’—that is the more excellent way.”—from If Thou Wilt Be Perfect

“The questions that matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by these words ‘Come unto Me.’ Not—‘Do this’ and ‘Don’t do that,’ but ‘Come.’”—from Our Brilliant Heritage

“One great characteristic in the life of a man whose life is hid with Christ in God is that he has received the gift Jesus Christ gives. What gift does Jesus Christ give to those who are identified with him? The gift His Father gave him, The Father gave Him the Cross, and He gives us our cross.”—from Christian Disciplines

Learn more about Oswald Chambers—then save 50% on his works. To get the discount, pick up the Oswald Chambers Collection by the end of the day Saturday, July 28, with coupon code OC529!

Millard J. Erickson: Solid Evangelical Scholarship

Looking for some solid evangelical, scholarly insight into biblical topics like Christology, the trinity, eschatology, and postmodernism? Check out the Millard J. Erickson Collection. Erickson, one of today’s most respected evangelical theologians, takes a balanced approach to these subjects.

Consider A Basic Guide to Eschatology: Making Sense of the Millennium for instance. This volume presents an overview and history of various end times views. Erickson presents basic arguments for postmillennial, amillennial, and premillennial views, treating the strengths and weaknesses of each position. He then goes on to discuss differing tribulational views.

A Basic Guide to Eschatology has received many positive reviews:

“Erickson is certainly one of the most prolific writers among contemporary Baptists. But this comment about quantity shouldn’t eclipse the high quality of Erickson’s writing. He does a superb job at explaining topics that can be difficult to understand—in this case, eschatology. In a concise, to-the-point fashion, Erickson examines strengths and weaknesses of each of the major schools of thought.”—Minister’s Packet

“Puts forth clearly and responsibly historically held post-, a-, and premillennial views. . . . A balanced and fair book.”—Reformed Review

“Erickson is to be commended for the fair, balanced, and careful treatment he has given to each position.”—Eternity

This Pre-Pub also includes The Word Became Flesh: A Contemporary Incarnational Christologya colossal contemporary understanding of Christology.

 “A massive compendium of information that will be valuable to anyone interested in contemporary theological trends. The review of contemporary Christologies in Part 2, for instance, provides excellent summaries of numerous recent studies. Erickson is a master of identifying the central arguments and key representatives of theological movements. Readers will find here a lucid, readable summary of conservative Christology. Erickson’s study will certainly become a standard textbook and resource in the field of Christology.”—Critical Review of Books in Religion

“Here is a well-informed, workmanlike overview of Christological discussion, ancient and modern, by an evangelical veteran.”—J. I. Packer

Erickson has taught at numerous schools, including Bethel University, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and Baylor University. There’s no question that he’s used to making complex ideas accessible to students. If you’re looking for a theological collection that’s thoughtful and exacting while still approachable and uncomplicated, you can’t do much better than Millard J. Erickson Collection. Get yours while it’s still on Pre-Pub.

Now on Pre-Pub: The J. I. Packer Collection

You’d be hard pressed to come up with a list of influential North American theologians that excludes J. I. Packer. Packer is one of those rare scholars whose works are beloved by both academics and laypeople.

As testimony to this fact, it didn’t take long for the four-volume J. I. Packer Collection to go from “Gathering Interest” to “Under Development” when it first showed up on Pre-Pub. But it isn’t too late to pre-order this collection at the low price of $44.95.

The collection includes:

God’s Will: Finding Guidance for Everyday Decisions

In this biblical and practical exploration of divine guidance, you’ll find solid foundations for understanding how and why God guides his people. Discover the role of Scripture, discernment, wisdom, the counsel of others, and the Holy Spirit in helping you determine God’s will.

Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way

“On his 80th birthday, Packer said that the greatest challenge for the twenty-first-century church was to re-catechize and disciple believers. These contributions from two of our best Christian thinkers help us to do precisely what Packer said is needed. It will help you to see how to make not just converts but, as Jesus tells us, disciples.”—Chuck Colson

Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God, rev. ed.

In this new edition of his classic Keep in Step with the Spirit, J. I. Packer seeks to help Christians reaffirm both the biblical call to holiness and the Spirit’s role in keeping our covenant with God. Packer discusses the merits and shortcomings of the current charismatic movement, as well as how Christ must always be at the center of true Spirit-led ministry.

J. I. Packer and the Evangelical Future: The Impact of His Life and Thought

“Students of J. I. Packer’s beloved Puritans may hear echoes of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress throughout this volume. Turning the pages feels like walking through the Interpreter’s House, with each essay introducing a series of poignant lessons from the Anglican theologian. . . . When historians examine the life of Packer, this volume will serve as a useful starting point.”—Chris Castaldo, Christianity Today 

Don’t miss this opportunity to get four works by one of the most influential evangelicals alive. Pre-order the J. I. Packer Collection now before it ships!

Get Portfolio at Its Lowest Monthly Price!

Our Portfolio base package is a mammoth resource library. It isn’t just the most comprehensive collection we’ve ever offered—it’s the best way to get the largest collection of quality content at the lowest possible price. We’re talking about more than 1,600 resources, worth more than $30,000 in print (the equivalent of a brand new, fully loaded Honda Accord!), for a fraction of the cost.

We’re Making Portfolio the Most Affordable It’s Ever Been!

We are launching a special extended payment plan option to put Portfolio within your budget. When you call or email to purchase our largest base package (or upgrade from your existing one), we’ll extend our interest-free payment plan to 18 months—that’s savings of $65–$100 a month!

But I Already Own Platinum

Scholar’s Library: Platinum is a robust package that includes more than 1,200 resources worth almost $18,000 in print. So what do you get by upgrading from Platinum to Portfolio?

Here’s a sample of some of the amazing content added to your library with an upgrade from Platinum to Portfolio:

As you can see, with Portfolio, you have the tools you need for academic-level study and research. If you’ve been mulling over purchasing or upgrading to Portfolio, now’s your chance. There’s never been a better time to invest in the largest library we’ve ever offered.

Our extended Portfolio payment plan for is only available through our sales team—call us 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PDT) at 1-800-875-6467, or email us at sales@logos.com. Order now!

Save Big on Robert Webber Collections!

The Robert Webber Collection (2 vols.) is new to Pre-Pub. To celebrate this offering, we’re having a huge sale on the four-volume Robert Webber Ancient-Future Collection. Through July 29, use the coupon code WEBBERSALE and get the Ancient-Future Collection for only $44.95—that’s an extra $15 off!

When Webber began to focus on liturgical worship and early-church practices in the ’70s and ’80s, he found himself out of step with many of his evangelical peers. Decades later, he’s proved himself ahead of his time. Many of today’s evangelical churches are looking to translate church history into the modern worship experience.

Robert Webber gives you a look at the history and practice of passionate spiritual formation with The Divine Embrace. And he brings his incredible insight to bear on how the next generation’s leaders are bringing sweeping change and renewal to the twenty-first-century church in The Younger Evangelicals: Facing the Challenges of the New World. These two volumes are on Pre-Pub for only $19.95.

Save on the Ancient-Future Collection

For a limited time, you can also add the Robert Webber Ancient-Future Collection (4 vols.) to your library for only $44.95. This collection includes:

Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World

“Here is a faith for our time that finds in the ancient traditions the power to speak to the postmodern world. This book amounts to an introduction to Christianity from the theme of Christus Victor. It draws from Webber’s own experience of growth as a hearer of God’s Word and is backed up with an impressive set of endnotes, charts, and bibliography.”—Clark H. Pinnock, professor of theology, McMaster Divinity College

Ancient-Future Evangelism: Making Your Church a Faith-Forming Community

“A simplistic and reductionist understanding of salvation has led to an obsession with conversion to the detriment of discipleship. Dr. Robert Webber provides a helpful framework to all who desire a deeper perspective on this significant subject. Every Christian disturbed by the lack of depth in the church should read Ancient-Future Evangelism.”—Dr. Appianda Arthur, president, Global Leaders Initiative, Colorado Springs

Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World

“The rhythm of Christian-year spirituality is part of the heritage of liturgical wisdom that Robert Webber has long been relaying to evangelicals enthusiastically and with flair. The layout of it here is the spiritual equivalent of a combined course of antibiotics and vitamins; both pastors and people who take the course will benefit greatly.”—J. I. Packer, professor of theology, Regent College

Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative

“[Robert Webber has] introduced so many of us to the early church as a period of unique theological insight, spiritual vitality, and prophetic correction. [He does so] in a way that energizes practicing pastors and lay Christians. It was said of Princeton’s Peter Brown, ‘He rescued the past from the tyranny of stereotypes.’ That is also true for Robert Webber, especially when it comes to worship.”—John D. Witvliet, director, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship; professor of worship, Calvin Theological Seminary

Something dramatic happens when we allow the early church to inform our ideas about worship, ministry, and community life. Robert Webber’s legacy encourages us to embrace an ancient–future faith.

Get the Robert Webber Collection (2 vols.) on Pre-Pub for only $19.95. Then use the coupon code WEBBERSALE before 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on Sunday, July 29, and pick up the Robert Webber Ancient-Future Collection (4 vols.) for only $44.95!