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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.

Celebrate John Knox’s 500th Birthday with Discounts on His Works

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Who was John Knox?

The Protestant Reformation was no stranger to controversial figures. Among the ranks of John Calvin and Martin Luther stood another giant—this one Scottish, John Knox. He, like his predecessors and mentors, generated much contention, but also inspired many to preach a pure gospel and search the Scriptures.

Little is known about Knox’s early life, though many scholars agree that he was born circa 1514 in Haddington, near Edinburgh. At 25, he was suddenly and dramatically called to the preaching ministry—a calling that he responded to with reluctance and tears. His life was tumultuous, as were the times in which he lived and preached. As Reformed doctrine crept into Scotland, he was persuaded and joined the ranks of the reformers. In a short span, Knox went from a minister’s broadsword-bearing bodyguard, to a preacher, to a galley slave, to a student of John Calvin, to a traveling preacher, to a pen-wielding prophet decrying the bloody Queen of Scots, Mary Tudor.

In 1559, after extensive traveling and writing, he returned to Scotland and “deployed his formidable preaching skills to increase Protestant militancy.” His preaching both caused riots and drew souls to love Jesus Christ, nearly in the same breath. Knox was elected the minister of the Edinburgh church, and wielding his preaching prowess as a weapon to cut the quick, applying his biblical exposition to Scotland’s situation.

the-works-of-john-knoxScotland’s political-religious climate was rapidly shifting, and there was much work to be done in the upheaval. Knox and several others, in light of the massive number of Protestant conversions, took pen to paper and wrote The Book of Church Order—upon which the entire Presbyterian church would be based. Even today, Presbyterians look to The Book of Church Order for polity and church-administration issues, and they look to Knox as their founder.

Knox is often portrayed as a fiery, courageous prophet, standing Elijah-like at the pulpit, decrying God’s enemies with a broadsword in one hand and a Bible in the other. Yet the reality is something different. Knox, by all accounts, was a timid, frail, and fragile man, who when “stripped of his God-given might and the thundering power of his calling, what remains is a mere mortal, a small man, ‘low in stature, and of a weakly constitution’.”

“Knox is a model for the ordinary Christian, especially the one who feels his own weakness but who nevertheless wants to serve Christ in a troubled world. Knox is eminently relevant to all Christians who have ever been forced to come face to face with their own littleness” (Douglas Bond, The Mighty Weakness of John Knox).

Learn more about his life and legacy

To celebrate Knox’s quincentennial, you can save 20% on the six-volume The Works of John Knox with coupon code KNOX14 at checkout—get yours now!

To learn more about Knox’s life and thought, check out these helpful volumes:

You Don’t Want to Miss Craig Evans’ New Courses!

Craig EvansEvery week, the Logos Mobile Ed department gathers to catch up, recap the week’s happenings in the studio, and discuss current projects. This week, many of our team members are working through Dr. Craig Evans’ six courses on New Testament backgrounds, currently available for pre-order.

As we went round the table, the resounding cry from all engrossed in Evans’ courses was “I’m definitely not tired of Dr. Evans yet!”

I had the privilege of working with Dr. Evans on many of these courses, and I heartily agree—I don’t think I could ever tire of this content. Dr. Evans, with an easy demeanor and a sharp tongue, delivers punch after punch of helpful insights derived from a broad knowledge base. He’s an expert in his field, and he brings all that expertise to bear for your learning benefit. If you consider yourself a student of the Bible, trust us: you won’t want to miss these courses.

The six-course NT backgrounds collection features in-depth content on the Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeology, the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts, and much more. Everything’s focused on one goal: bringing you a deeper understanding of the New Testament and its context.

Mobile Ed: designed for you

These Mobile Ed courses are designed just for you, to fit into any busy lifestyle. The lectures are broken up into short, digestible segments. The transcripts are as valuable as any Logos resource. You can search them, annotate them, and comb through them using the Passage and Topic Guides in Logos 5. This is an education attainable for anyone, from layperson to seminary grad, and it’s right where you are, on any device with Logos.

Get it for 42% off!

The six-volume Craig A. Evans New Testament Backgrounds Bundle is available for pre-order now at a massive 42% off. Don’t miss this chance to add Dr. Evans’ insights to your library—pre-order the bundle today!

New: Get Individual Mobile Ed Courses!

logos-mobile-education-bible-and-doctrine-foundations-bundleLast year, we launched our first Logos Mobile Education courseware—the nine-course Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle—and started getting some wonderful feedback.

For the first time ever, learners like you are experiencing a video-based education that ties seamlessly into a theological library. They’re learning about the basics of the Bible and church doctrine from world-class scholars and professors. They can connect to a wider community, search lectures for passages or themes, take notes, and learn at their own pace.

Now we want to make sure you have the same opportunities, even if you’re not looking for an entire Mobile Ed bundle. We’re pleased to announce that you can now get any of the nine Bible and Doctrine Foundations courses individually!

Here are the nine courses:

Bible foundations

logos-mobile-education-ot101-introducing-old-testament-its-structure-and-storyIn these courses, Mark Futato and Lynn Cohick help you unpack the Old and New Testaments and grasp their major themes, genres, and narrative challenges.

Biblical interpretation

Reading involves interpretation. There’s no way around it—we all interpret Scripture. But how do we make sure we’re interpreting faithfully? Mike Heiser and Mike Goheen guide you through the methods and tools of interpretation and introduce you to the unified biblical storyline: your guidepost for hermeneutics.

Theology

logos-mobile-education-th101-introducing-bible-doctrine-i-theology-divine-revelation-and-the-bibleThese four courses, each taught jointly by Ronn Johnson, Carl Sanders, and Mike Heiser, guide you through the foundations of systematic theology, beginning with the Bible, God, man, and the church. They ask big questions and turn to Scripture for big answers.

Logos training

Certified Logos trainer Morris Proctor gives you in-depth instruction on how to use Logos Bible Software. With this training under your belt, you’ll be able to get the most out of your studies.

These individual courses are a great way to continue learning in any area you want. But don’t forget: you’ll get the most savings by picking up the full nine-course bundle.

Choose your favorite individual courses, or grab the entire Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle today!

Ends Soon: Get 44% Off the Mobile Ed Preaching Bundle

“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.”
—John Wesley

The church enjoys an abundance of people eager to share God’s nourishing Word through preaching, but many of us feel ill-equipped. Preaching isn’t a skill you can master in a few years; it’s a lifelong endeavor. And yet the heart of the matter is always this: to preach Christ and him crucified, and to preach from the Bible what God wants his people to hear.

How can we prepare for this challenging task?

Logos Mobile Education’s 10-course Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle will ground you in the rich heritage of biblical preaching, motivate you with a theological understanding of why we preach, and equip you with the foundational elements of preaching, from research to structure to delivery. For those of you who—like me—haven’t had the opportunity to finish (or even attend) seminary before entering formal ministry, this is a wonderful toolbox.

Right now, you can get 44% off the Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle: it’s about to leave Pre-Pub, so you should get it now before the price goes up.

You’ll get four courses on preaching from seasoned preachers Gary Carr and Kent Edwards, as well as courses on discipleship and ministry from Greg Ogden, Bev Hislop, Dan Doriani, and Michael Goheen. Each course comes with video and text; each is broken down into short segments you can learn from on your time, wherever you are. And when you’re ready to dig even deeper, each course has an abundance of recommended readings to help you as study, as well as Logos tutorials to help you get the most out of your software for sermon prep and research.

Continue learning and growing and, in the words of Ben Witherington, “your congregation will rise up and call you blessed.”

Get 44% off the 10-course Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle before the price goes up!

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at William Varner’s Commentary on James

WilliamVarnerToday’s guest post is from Willam Varner, author of the volume on James in the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary. For the last 18 years, Varner has been a professor at The Master’s College and a pastor at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA.

The origins of the volume

In 2008, I was invited by Stanley Porter to write a commentary on James from the perspective of discourse analysis. The project fell through, but when I finished writing, a small publisher named Kress Publications picked it up. It was a 200-page linguistic commentary that identified the peak of the book (3:13–18) and used the bipolar description of wisdom (as either from above or from below) as the book’s metatheme, conveyed by each individual paragraph.

Building on my work in that smaller commentary, I wrote the much larger EEC commentary along traditional exegetical lines.

James: passage by passage

james-evangelical-exegetical-commentaryWhat’s unique about the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary is how each commentary is structured. In my own commentary, the analysis of each pericope follows the same steps. First I present the Greek text from the NA28, taking careful note of every textual variant. Next, I offer a translation and observe how 12 different English versions, from Tyndale through the NIV11, handle the translations. Then I interpret each verse phrase by phrase, trying to interact with what other commentators have said. After that, I offer a sentence-flow analysis of the pericope, something that many commentators omit in their effort to only discuss individual words.

Having analyzed the passage from the inside out, I look at the larger biblical-theological issues in the passage and, in a separate section, draw out the practical life issues and suggest one or two homiletical outlines as sermon ideas. The final section is a bibliography of journal articles for interested readers—they go deeper into some of the passage’s most interesting issues.

As you can see, I try to leave no leaf unturned—that’s probably why the commentary is nearly 650 pages long! I think the greatest compliment I’ve received on the book was when Scot McKnight wrote that “if you have Varner’s commentary you probably won’t need another one.” Even recognizing his overstatement, I think he was saying that I have tried to offer all that can be said about each pericope of James.

I would be profoundly grateful if the commentary could be useful to scholars, students, and pastors.

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Check out the new print edition of Willam Varner’s James: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary today, and—for the best deal—pick up the entire Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series!

Get the Best Price on Ben Witherington III’s Mobile Ed Course!

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Logos Mobile Education allows you to further your biblical education, wherever you are, equipped with a vast theological library and teaching from renowned professors. You’ll keep your home, church, and job—and you’ll avoid traditional education’s years of debt.

If you haven’t tried it yet, now’s the perfect time! We’ve put one of our newest courses on Community Pricing to help get it into the hands of more people. For an incredibly low price, you can own an amazing course from a top scholar—Ben Witherington III.

Know the context, background, and theology of John’s Gospel

logos-mobile-education-nt221-the-wisdom-of-john-a-socio-rhetorical-commentary-on-johannine-literatureWe worked closely with Ben Witherington III to produce NT 221: The Wisdom of John: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Johannine Literature. You’ll join Dr. Witherington in exploring the context, backgrounds, textual issues, and rich theology of John’s Gospel, his three epistles, and Revelation.

Dr. Witherington, one the world’s top evangelical scholars, walks you through one-third of the New Testament and covers several genres—you’ll encounter these familiar passages with fresh eyes. He examines the NT books not only as a group but also individually, with an emphasis on social and historical context.

By bidding with the community, you can lock in the lowest price yet on a Mobile Ed course. You’ll get 13 hours of video teaching from Dr. Witherington, along with enriched transcripts, further reading suggestions, and more. All of this lives right in your mobile or desktop software—it’s a flexible learning experience that only Logos could deliver. And, with Community Pricing, you’ll pay only a fraction of the normal cost.

This course is sure to enrich your preaching, teaching, and devotional life. You’ll come back to these lectures time and time again to benefit from Dr. Witherington’s insights into the wisdom of John.

The current bid is 79% off—go place your bid today!

Free Book: What’s in the Word by Ben Witherington III

witw1We’ve teamed up with Baylor University Press to give you Ben Witherington III’s What’s in the Word: Rethinking the Socio-Rhetorical Character of the New Testament for free! Just use coupon code BW3BAYLOR to get your copy.

Understand Scripture in context

What’s in the Word, written in Witherington’s usual clear, clever style, is a collection of essays on topics like “oral texts,” pseudepigrapha, New Testament word studies in light of their socio-rhetorical backgrounds, and more. Preachers and teachers will especially appreciate how Witherington’s work helps establish exegetical study historically.

James D.G. Dunn once said that the autonomy of the biblical text is an illusion, and that Scripture will always be read in a context, whether modern or historical. In What’s in the Word, Witherington explains how the recognition of the oral and socio-rhetorical character of the New Testament and its environment necessitates a change in how we read the New Testament literature.

Use coupon code BW3BAYLOR through June 16 to get What’s in the Word for free!

P.S. Through June 16, you can also enter to win the entire Ben Witherington III Collection. Head over to the Logos Academic blog and enter to win before it’s too late!

5 Reasons to Get Your MA from Knox Theological Seminary

5 Reasons to Attend KnoxKnox Theological Seminary’s Master of Arts programs aim to prepare you to carry responsible exegetical skills into a lifetime of ministry. These specialized tracks emphasize language and orient the training around Logos.

Here are five reasons you should choose Knox for your MA:

1. The curriculum is Christ-centered, gospel-driven, and mission-focused

Knox, committed to preaching Christ from all of Scripture, trains students for effective, Christ-centered ministry in the church, home, or workplace. Paul exhorts us in Romans 12:1 to present ourselves as a living sacrifice (in life and ministry) to God in light of God’s great mercy; Knox helps you carry out that living sacrifice by devoting your ministry to the gospel.

2. It’s affordable

Not only are the Knox degrees competitively priced, but Knox offers flexible payment options to help you honor God with your money and still pursue your theological education. Don’t let your finances keep you from a world-class education—learn more about your payment-plan options.

3. Your classes are flexible

Whether you live in Florida, in Alaska, or overseas, Knox has an education platform to meet your needs and suit your lifestyle. You can take classes on campus, online, or in a hybrid of the two. Knox’s online classes connect you with students from all over the world and pair you with exemplary professors to walk you through your studies, continually pushing you to academic excellence and pointing you to Christ.

4. You’ll learn from a top-notch faculty

From Moses and Joshua to Paul and Timothy, history shows that a good teacher can go a long way toward guiding your walk with Christ. At Knox, you’ll learn from some of the best teachers in modern biblical studies. Study theology, exegesis, church history, and more with such distinguished scholars as Michael Allen, Bruce Waltke, Jim Belcher, Gerald Bray, Bryan Chapell, and others—see the full faculty list.

5. You’ll learn with Logos Bible Software

Logos helps you go deeper in your studies in a fraction of the time. Many of your textbooks are available in Logos, allowing you to make use of powerful tools like the Passage Guide, Clause Search, Timeline, and more. Plus, with Logos’ bibliography tools, citing your references will be a breeze! Logos is the perfect tool to help you as you pursue your master’s with Knox.

Further your education and your ministry with an MA from Knox Theological Seminary. Learn more about Knox’s master’s programs, and get started today!

Knox Doctor of Ministry: A Degree for Ministers

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As a minister of the Word, you have a high calling. The work of biblical ministry requires the minister to be able to draw from the entirety of Scripture to benefit and enrich the church body:

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness”
—2 Timothy 3:16

That’s why Knox Theological Seminary is committed to equipping pastors in biblical preaching and teaching. With a Knox DMin, you’ll learn the exegetical and homiletical skills you need to preach Christ from all of Scripture.

A DMin from Knox is affordable and flexible. You’ll do much of your course work wherever you are, so you can keep your job and continue your ministry where God has you. You can complete up to three DMin courses online; in addition, a couple of times each year, you’ll fly in for Knox’s one-week intensives, where you’ll study with world-class professors like Bryan Chapell, Gerald Bray, Michael Allen, Jim Belcher, and others.

“I just returned home from two very fruitful weeks at Knox in the DMin program. I am eager to get back into the classroom. This is an excellent program and the Logos connection makes it very affordable. Thank you Knox and Logos.”
—Jim, a Knox DMin student

This May and June, you can take some incredible classes, including:

  • DM872: The Epistle to the Hebrews: Exegesis and Theology (online), with Dr. Michael Allen
  • DM836: The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching, with Dr. Warren Gage
  • DM856: Mission and Tradition: Seeking Balance in Ministry, with Dr. Jim Belcher
  • DM916: Scripture and Doctrine, with Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh

Now’s a great time to start earning your doctorate—request more information about a Knox DMin, and start futhering your ministry today!

Learn more about Knox’s DMin program.

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