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Ridderbos: One of the 20th Century’s Most Influential New Testament Scholars

Between Logos and Vyrso, we currently offer more than 26,000 resources. Some titles flit across my radar, while others encourage me to look more closely. Occasionally, though, I come across a resource that I get really excited about. The nine-volume Herman Ridderbos Collection falls into the latter category.

I spent a couple of years preaching through the gospel of John, and Ridderbos’ The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary became one of my favorite resources for preparation. I loved it so much that I purchased and consumed Paul: An Outline of His TheologySoon I was scouring used bookstores and shopping online for more of Ridderbos’ works.

Here’s a few Ridderbos gems:

“The ransom that Christ had to pay for the ‘many’ was nothing less than his being delivered up to God’s judgment in the place of ‘the many.’ In this sacrifice Jesus suffered in anticipation, as it were, all that those who are his would have had to endure according to the law on account of their sins. But in it he also gave them the guarantee of their perfect redemption. He opened the gates of paradise (Luke 23:43), gave them assurance of the kingdom (Luke 22:29, 30); in short, he laid the judicial foundation of the entire preaching of the gospel.”

“The dominant clue for all interpretation of Scripture is thus Christ, not man; it is man sub specie Christi and not the reverse.”

“Without the New Testament the Old is but a torso; and the New Testament dangles in mid-air, as it were, if one does not see its foundations in the Old. Nevertheless, it is in the New Testament that what is symbolically contained in the Old achieves its full explication and fulfillment.”

“In Jesus’ apocalyptic preaching the human being is not only referred to the future for salvation, but also to the presence of the grace of God, to the freedom and the calling to live out of this new beginning as a child of God.”

“John the Baptist’s preaching was so ominous and alarming because he said that the ‘axe was laid unto the root of the trees,’ and that he who was coming held ‘the fan in his hand.’ Now it appears that with Jesus’ coming, on the one hand, the fulfillment has become a fact, but, on the other, that the time of grace has also been extended. This extension is important, but the preaching of grace is no less important. The gospel itself now operates with an entirely new force, and an intensified content; it is the preaching of the fulfillment; it is the message of the grace of God revealed in Christ which now starts its course in this world.”

One of my favorite features of  Ridderbos’ theology is his emphasis on heilsgeschichte, or God’s hand in the Old Testament narrative, a story of salvation culminating in Christ—the center point of redemption. My exposure to Ridderbos has encouraged me to pay closer attention to the salvific thread running through the Scriptures.

If you’re looking for solid material from a modern theologian, look no farther than the Herman Ridderbos Collection. This assortment is on Pre-Pub, but it’s currently under development. Pick it up before it ships and these nine volumes will be yours for only $99.95!

And the Winner of the $20,000 Haddon Robinson Scholarship Is . . .

We have a winner! Out of more than 24,000 entries, Stephen L. Kolk of Madison, WI, won the Haddon Robinson Scholarship.

Stephen, a 12-year Logos user, was thrilled: “The Dr. Haddon Robinson DMin Scholarship excites me as I think about what I could do with it and how I could use it to build, expand, and apply my knowledge of Logos software. My wife and I talked about it, and she thinks this wonderful gift is something that suits my abilities and passions.”

Hailing from Grand Rapids, MI, Stephen is a 1976 Calvin College graduate. He has served the Christian Reformed Church in a variety of capacities—youth leader, deacon, treasurer, elder—and he’s currently teaching at High Point Church in Madison, WI.

Stephen and Trudi, his wife of 36 years, have raised two sons while living in Michigan, Connecticut, Minnesota, Washington, and Wisconsin.

From all of us at Logos and Knox Theological Seminary—Congratulations Stephen!

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See the Haddon Robinson Scholarship Winner Chosen Live!

We announced the Haddon Robinson Scholarship in early June. This $20,000+ scholarship covers the entire academic cost of the one-of-a-kind Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching program from Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software.  Now the time has come to announce a winner!

Will You Win the Haddon Robinson Scholarship?

The winner of the Haddon Robinson Scholarship will be announced at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time), tomorrow, July 11. Head to DMin.me/Webinar to watch the winner be chosen by Knox’s Drs. Warren Gage and Sam Lamerson!

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The scholarship is named for Dr. Haddon Robinson, one of the faculty members you’ll learn from in the Knox/Logos DMin program. Preaching Magazine named him one of the 25 most influential preachers of the past 25 years. He was ranked by Christianity Today in the top 10 of its most influential preachers for 1956–2006. A 1996 Baylor University poll named him one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, and in 2008 he received the E. K. Bailey Living Legend Award.

Want to add some Robinson resources to your library? For a limited time, save 25% on the following books with the coupon code HRSALE! But act quickly—the coupon code expires at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time), July 20.

Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages, Second Edition

This updated modern classic speaks to a new generation of preachers, who face a world markedly different than that of the book’s first printing. While retaining its original outline and Robinson’s 10-stage process of sermon development, this new edition offers significant improvements. Many of the illustrations and arguments have been updated, the prose has been changed to gender-inclusive language, each chapter is enhanced with suggestions for further study, and the discussions of narrative and inductive preaching have been expanded.

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Biblical Sermons: How Twelve Preachers Apply the Principles of Biblical Preaching

Haddon Robinson presents 12 preachers’ expository messages, each illustrative of the principles of biblical preaching. For each message, Biblical Sermons provides Robinson’s accompanying comments, as well as an interview with each preacher.

“This volume is the flesh and blood which brings life to the skeleton in Biblical Preaching. Its clear and constructive content is both an intellectual and devotional experience.”—William McRae, Ontario Theological Seminary

Biblical Sermons provides greater substance and meaning to an appropriate approach to expository preaching.”—Gerald Mathisen, Moody Bible Institute

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Making a Difference in Preaching

Making a Difference in Preaching compares and contrasts Robinson’s perspectives of the preacher as theologian and evangelist. The section entitled “The Preacher and the People” consists of chapters urging the preacher to think intentionally about the people to whom he or she preaches. Each chapter contains discussion and reflection questions and a list of books for further reading. The book is well suited to pastors looking for refreshing insights into their preaching, as well as seminary students or lay speakers.

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Be sure to go to DMin.me/Webinar to find out who wins the Haddon Robinson Scholarship at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) tomorrow. Then pick up some Haddon Robinson resources for 25% off with the coupon code HRSALE!

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Save Now with the Calvin Birthday Sale!

“Wherever we find the Word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God.”—John Calvin

Today is John Calvin’s 503rd birthday. To celebrate this important Reformer, we’ve reduced the price of three fantastic Calvin resources. Purchase any (or all) of these products with the appropriate coupon codes before 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time), Friday, July 13, and get incredible discounts.

We are also featuring Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (2 vols.) on Pre-Pub. Get the best price by pre-ordering now.

Calvin 500 Collection (108 vols.)

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In 2009, Logos put together this special collection to celebrate Calvin’s 500th birthday. The Calvin 500 Collection is the largest collection of Calvin materials ever assembled. You get every one of Calvin’s commentaries, five editions of Institutes (in three languages), four volumes of letters and correspondence, ten biographies, a collection of tracts and treatises, and twenty volumes on the history and influence of Calvinism. You’re not going to find a better source of Calvin material anywhere.

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Calvin’s Calvinism (2 vols.)

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No theologian has been so widely acclaimed and assailed as John Calvin. His teachings have spawned movements and sparked controversy throughout the centuries. Wars have been fought both to defend and to destroy what has become known as Calvinism, a system of thought that Calvin’s followers used as a foundation for political and theological revolutions in Western Europe and America. The breadth and depth of the global engagement with Calvin’s works since they first appeared four centuries ago—and their continuous publication since then—testify to Calvin’s importance and lasting value for the church today.

“The fundamental issue for John Calvin—from the beginning of his life to the end—was the issue of the centrality and supremacy and majesty of the glory of God.”—John Piper

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John Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life

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Professor and renowned Reformation historian Herman Selderhuis reveals a man who had an impressive impact on the development of the West, a man who was first of all a believer struggling with the way God governed both the world and Calvin’s own life.

“This is simply one of the best biographies of Calvin I have seen. Selderhuis has managed admirably to combine keen academic insight with a clear, engaging writing style and many delicious details. For all who are curious about Calvin, Selderhuis’s John Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life is the place to begin.”—Frank A. James III, president, Reformed Theological Seminary

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Institutes of the Christian Religion (2 vols.)

The definitive English-language edition of one of the church’s monumental works is currently on Pre-Pub. Under the supervision of John McNeill, a team of expert Latinists and Calvin scholars worked to produce what has become the standard-setting English-language edition of Institutes. The team collated all previous editions (Latin, French, German, and English); verified, corrected, and expanded references and notes; and added new bibliographies. Ford Lewis Battles’ translation preserves the rugged strength and vividness of Calvin’s writing, but it also conforms to modern English and renders heavy theological terms in simple language. The result is a translation that achieves a high degree of accuracy and, at the same time, is eminently readable. Scholars consider this the authoritative edition of Calvin’s Institutes.

Pre-order Institutes today and get it at 38% percent off when it ships!

Calvin continues to be one of the most influential theologians in history. Celebrate his 503rd birthday with Logos Bible Software!

6 More Days to Save $300 on Boice!

Today is James Montgomery Boice’s birthday. To celebrate, we’re extending our sale on Boice’s Expositional Commentaries through Friday, July 13. Purchase Boice’s Expositional Commentaries by 11:59 pm next Friday night (PST) using coupon code JULYBOICE and you’ll save $300!

Boice, born July 7, 1938, studied at both Harvard and Princeton, eventually going on to receive his doctorate in theology from Switzerland’s University of Basel.

In 1968, he joined Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA, as pastor; he served there until his death in 2000. When he accepted the position, the church had 350 regular attendees. By 2000, the church had grown to more than 1,200.

Alongside his pastoral duties, Boice served as the chairman of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy, founded the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, served on the board of trustees for both the Bible Study Fellowship and the Huguenot Fellowship, and served as associate editor for Christianity Today and editor for Eternity. On top of all that, Dr. Boice spoke on the Bible Study Hour radio program for 31 years.

Throughout Boice’s life, people were drawn to the authority and clarity of his teaching. The 27 volumes in Boice’s Expositional Commentaries represent his uncomplicated and clear instruction. Order these commentaries before the end of the day Friday, July 13, with coupon code JULYBOICE and get the collection for only $99.95—that’s a $300 savings off the regular price!

22 Years’ Worth of Timothy Keller Sermons Available on Pre-Pub!

Logos is publishing New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller’s 22-year digital transcript collection, the first-ever comprehensive release of Keller’s sermons. Keller is senior pastor of what has been dubbed “one of Manhattan’s most vital congregations.” Since 1989, Keller’s powerful sermonsfocusing on the character, ministry, and work of Jesus Christ, have helped Redeemer Presbyterian Church grow from 50 people to a congregation of more than 5,000.

Containing more than 1,200 expositional sermons, the massive Timothy Keller Sermon Archive integrates completely with the rest of your Logos resources. Find sermons in seconds that illuminate the passage you’re studying, or search the entire Keller archive for topics pertaining to your study, sermon, or small group.

This collection is currently on Pre-Pub, so the price won’t be this low forever. Act now to get Keller’s complete archive at 50% off! Pre-order it today!

July 6, 1415: The Martyrdom of John Huss

“Lord Jesus, it is for thee that I patiently endure this cruel death. I pray thee to have mercy on my enemies.”—The last words attributed to John Huss

At the end of the fourteenth century, John Wycliffe’s influence was beginning to permeate the Christian world. Wycliffe’s convictions, such as his affirmation of the priesthood of every believer and his belief in the right of every believer to have access to Scripture in his or her own language, ran contrary to the era’s religious culture.

Wycliffe’s ideas were by no means universally popular. It is said that, upon reading Wycliffe’s works, an indignant scribe in Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic) responded, “O good God, do not let this man come into our beloved Bohemia.” Wycliffe’s influence couldn’t be stopped, though, and his teachings circulated into Bohemia in the 1380s.

John Huss (born in Bohemia in 1369) discovered Wycliffe’s teachings while at the University of Prague. Huss went on to be ordained as a priest and, at the turn of the century, made rector of the University. Although many of Wycliffe’s works were  denounced by the church, Huss helped translate and distribute Wycliffe’s work. The Bethlehem Chapel, where Huss took over preaching duties, soon became a platform for Huss’ reform-minded teachings.

It wasn’t entirely Huss’ reformist thinking that put him outside the church’s good graces. Complex political and ecclesiastic issues, including an attempt to depose two popes (Benedict XIII and Gregory XII) and elect a third (Alexander V), were creating turmoil in the church. With King Wenceslaus of Bohemia, Huss backed this new pope. But when Huss took a stand against indulgences being sold to finance Alexander’s crusade against the other popes, he angered Wenceslaus and found himself at odds with the entire leadership of the church—with no king to protect him. Huss was excommunicated and forced into exile.

In 1414, the Council of Constance was organized to put an end to the church’s papal controversy. Huss was called before the council to give an account of his doctrine. Although he attended under the promise of safety, he was immediately arrested. During Huss’ incarceration, the council declared Wycliffe a heretic (May 4, 1415). Wycliffe’s books were burned and his body was exhumed and incinerated, his ashes thrown into the river.

Huss was brought before the counsel, and his beliefs—Christ (not the pope) being head of the church; predestination; separation of church and civil power; a belief that communion be available in both bread and cup to all (wine was often withheld from the laity)—were enough to have him condemned as a heretic.

On July 6, 1415, Huss was given an opportunity to recant. When he refused, he was taken to the cathedral, stripped, and led to the courtyard. Tied to the stake and given one last chance to renounce his beliefs, Huss responded, “Lord Jesus, it is for thee that I patiently endure this cruel death. I pray thee to have mercy on my enemies.” Peter of Mladonovice, a follower of Huss and witness to his execution, wrote that Huss sang Psalms while being engulfed by flames.

Huss’ execution started a rebellion. His followers (called Hussites) defeated many of the emperor’s attacks and continued to call for reforms. Hussite thought didn’t just outlive its founder—it went on to change the world. Wycliffe’s and Huss’ radical ideas were soon fanned into flame by Martin Luther.

The John Huss Collection is currently available on Community Pricing. Bid now and help set the price on this amazing seven-volume collection! And while it’s on Pre-Pub, you can also have the twelve-volume Works of John Wycliffe for only $79.95!

Lock In the Best Price on the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series!

The Understanding the Bible Commentary Series: Old Testament is an example of the intelligent, relevant, and engaging resources published by Baker Books. Each author in this 16-volume series bridges the gap between ancient Hebrew language and practice and contemporary understanding. You can pre-order the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series on Pre-Pub right now for only $99.95—but the price goes up Monday, July 9.

The goal of this series is to tear down the walls that keep modern readers puzzling over the ancient world. Through a section-by-section analysis of the biblical text, highlighted key phrases and terms, and transliterated Greek and Hebrew, this commentary makes the Old Testament’s significance clear to contemporary readers.

Some readers worry that focusing on accessibility sacrifices scholarship. Not so with the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series. Every chapter ends with supplemental in-depth technical and textual information. Pastors and Bible students will find the Scripture and subject indexes, not to mention the bibliographies, helpful for digging deeper into their studies.

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Pre-order this collection today and enrich your networked Old Testament resources. You can get this on Pre-Pub at $99.95, but time is of the essence. The price goes up to $179.95 on Monday, July 9. Order now!

Free Book of the Month: Selected Sermons of George Whitefield

“The Judge is before the door: he that cometh will come, and will not tarry: his reward is with him. And we shall all (if we are zealous for the Lord of hosts) ere long shine as the stars in the firmament, in the kingdom of our heavenly Father, for ever and ever.”—George Whitefield

Selected Sermons of George Whitefield is July’s Free Book of the Month!

George Whitefield (1714–1770), a contemporary of John and Charles Wesley, was an influential figure in the Great Awakening. He toured New England, England, Scotland, and Wales, preaching to crowds that at times numbered in the tens of thousands.

How Can I Get It?

To download your free book, all you need is a Logos.com account—and it’s completely free to register. Our system currently requires a credit card on file for all “purchases”; this includes free items. But don’t worry—you won’t be billed for your free book.

If you had an account in the past but forgot your password, changing your password is easy.

When registering, you’ll be able to sign up for various email lists. Read through these and check boxes for updates that interest you. Make sure you click the Freebies, Contests, and Giveaways list. Now that you have a Logos account, you don’t want to miss out on all the giveaways and free items we make available (like the Faithlife Study Bible!).

Your Logos.com account is useful for downloading your favorite Christian books from Vyrso.com, and it’s also your gateway to the Faithlife community.

How Can I Read It?

So you’ve signed up for an account and got your free book. Now what? You can enjoy Selected Sermons on the following platforms:

  • Logos 4: It doesn’t matter if you’re new to Bible study or you have a DMin; this award-winning software takes you deeper into the Word. Invest in one of our base packages or download the free engine (PC or Mac).
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  • Faithlife app: Read Whitefield alongside the Faithlife Study Bible.

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You can get Whitefield’s book free through the end of July, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the 13-volume Works of George Whitefield collection.

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

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Save $300 on Boice’s Expositional Commentaries

James Montgomery Boice’s Expositional Commentaries presents Scripture in an easy-to-read fashion without sacrificing any of its depth or profundity.

As respected theologian and pastor R. C. Sproul said, “Dr. Boice’s commentary series is a treasure for the church and for her pastors. No expository preacher can afford to be without it.” And for the next week, you can get the 27-volume Boice’s Expositional Commentaries collection for only $99.95 with the coupon code JULYBOICE! If you were to pick up this collection at any other time, you’d pay $399.95—but today you’ll save 75%. This is the lowest price we’ve been able to offer on this collection in years!

For more than 30 years, Boice pastored Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. He was president and cofounder of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, the parent organization of The Bible Study Hour radio broadcast, which Boice led and contributed to for more than 30 years. He also served as chairman of the International Council of Biblical Inerrancy for over 10 years.

Boice pours a lifetime of preaching and teaching into these 27 commentaries. With remarkable skill, Boice presents the biblical narrative (as well as important doctrines) in a way that relates to the lives of all believers. If you’re looking for biblical resources that can be used for reference or read devotionally, the Boice’s Expositional Commentaries collection is a perfect fit.

No matter where you turn in this series, you’ll be edified by powerful content written from a pastoral perspective. Check out these gems:

“If you have been called to faith in Jesus Christ, you are part of the radically changed community, the new humanity.”

“Grace reigns, not because God is gracious to us no matter what we do, but because grace has created in us a genuinely godly walk.”

“Christianity has been the most powerful, transforming force in human history, and the book of Romans is the most basic, most comprehensive statement of true Christianity.”

“There’s nothing today’s church needs so much as to rediscover the doctrine, spirit, and commitments of the early Christian community.”

“If we allow God to use us, we become important spiritually. For the Lord Jesus Christ himself is seen in the conduct of his followers.”

Don’t wait. This is an incredible resource at a once-in-a-lifetime price. Purchase Boice’s Expositional Commentaries by 11:59 pm (PST) Friday, July 13, using coupon code JULYBOICE and you’ll save $300!