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Pre-order the Missions and Church Planting Bundle for 40% Off!

Logos_MobileEd_Bundle_CourseImageLogos Mobile Education’s four-course Missions and Church Planting Bundle is now available on Pre-Pub! Pre-order it today, and get ready to learn about the mission God has for his people.

In Genesis 12:2–3, God tells Abram:

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Michael Goheen states that this is God’s “blueprint for the entirety of redemptive history.” It’s a two-part plan, though, in which God first blesses his chosen people and then blesses all the nations through his people. We live in the second stage, and, as God’s people, we ought to feel the burden of carrying the blessing of the gospel to the ends of the earth (Matt 28:18–20).

The Joshua Group estimates that there are 7.1 billion people in the world today, and that 2.91 billion of them live in unreached people groups with little to no access to the gospel. We’re surrounded by those who have yet to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. From Memphis to Mogadishu, we have work to do!

Equip yourself for ministry

Whether it’s through prayer, financial support, or packing our bags and going, we should all be playing a part in bringing the gospel to the lost. But where to start, and how we get equipped?

Enter Logos Mobile Education.

The Logos Mobile Education: Missions and Church Planting Bundle gives you the training you need. These are courses you can take on your time, wherever you are—right within Logos. Through personal video lessons and their expertise with missions and church planting, Michael Goheen, Tim Sisk, and Don Fanning walk you through the important issues.

You’ll gain:

  • A biblical theology of world religions
  • A framework for engaging other worldviews and cultures
  • An understanding of the history of missions
  • Clarity on the current issues in missions today
  • A vision for church planting as participation in the Great Commission

In addition to the video lessons, you’ll get enriched transcripts that integrate into your Logos library, as well as C. Gordon Olson and Don Fanning’s helpful What in the World Is God Doing? The Essentials of Global Missions.

While the bundle is on Pre-Pub, you can get it for a full 40% off. Don’t wait—place your order today, and become better equipped to love God and love others.

Just Announced: Free Greek and Hebrew Flashcard App

Greek Flashcard App

We’re pleased to bring you a new app for Android and iOSFlashcards for Greek and Hebrew. It’s a powerful new tool for students of Scripture: whether you’re studying for a test or preaching through Ruth, the app will help you master precisely the words you need to learn, wherever you go.

When you sign in with your Logos account, Flashcards for Greek and Hebrew syncs your word-lists documents right to the app—if you have existing word lists, they’ll be automatically imported.

So, how do I create word lists?

It’s easy:

1. On your desktop, click the Documents menu in Logos.

2. Select Word List from the column on the left.

3. Rename your new word list at the top of the newly opened window.

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4. Click the Add button, and select which resource you’d like to add lemmas from. (In this case, we’ll choose the Lexham Hebrew–English Interlinear Bible.)

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5. In the Reference field, type the reference or range you’d like to pull in lemmas from. (We’ll be using Ruth.)

6. Logos generates a word list of all the lemmas in Ruth from the LHB! Now it’ll be available automatically in your Flashcards for Greek and Hebrew app.

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All your word lists sync in the cloud, so you can study the original languages wherever you are.

Get original-language resources with Logos 5

This app works seamlessly alongside Logos 5. If you’re going to use it to further your understanding of Greek and Hebrew, you’ll need the right sources—the original-language texts we’ve mentioned here are included in Logos 5 base packages from Bronze up. Get a Logos 5 base package (Bronze or higher) to start taking advantage of all that this app has to offer!

Learn wherever you go—download the free Flashcards for Greek and Hebrew for iOS or Android today.

Making Seminary More Attainable

Logos Mobile EducationFor some time, Logos and Knox Theological Seminary have been working together to bring quality biblical education to hundreds of students. Logos and Knox’s three seminary degrees—the MA in Christian and Classical Studies (MACCS), the MA in Biblical and Theological Studies (MABTS), and the Doctor of Ministry (DMin)—give you the tools, training, and support you need to carry out God’s mission for his church.

What students are saying

With Knox and Logos, a seminary education is more attainable than you think! Tuition is handled through low monthly payments, and you have multiple payment options. (See what’s available for the MACCS, the MABTS, and the DMin.) No loans, no debt—just a solid education at a competitive price.

But don’t take our word for it. See what Knox students are saying!

“My experience with Knox Online has been very positive. I am a full-time pastor and a stay-at-home dad, so a program that allows me to finish my master’s from home is perfect. I don’t feel cheated for not being in the actual classroom, because the recorded lectures bring the classroom to me. The forums allow me to interact with other students so that we can learn and grow together. I would highly recommend Knox Online for those who want to pursue higher education, but also want the flexibility to continue to do what God has called them to do.”
—Ryan

“Knox Theological Seminary Online gives me the flexibility to further my education—flexibility that I need as a mother, writer, homeschool teacher, Sunday school teacher, and speaker. The online professors, dean, and registrar are all supportive and easily accessible to help with any issues that arise. The course content is challenging, edifying, and—through the work of the Holy Spirit—life-changing. If you’re considering a seminary education, I highly recommend Knox.”
—Angela

“The Logos/Knox program has been tremendous. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with the professors and the teaching assistants, as well as the support staff. Well done.”
—Steve

A new round of classes starts this May, including courses on the New Testament and church history, as well as a MACCS course on Plato and Augustine. Further your education—join us.

Get started on your master’s or DMin journey today!

The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching

Dr. Warren Gage headshotToday’s guest post is by Dr. Warren Gage, professor of Old Testament and senior advisor to the president at Knox Theological Seminary. Dr. Gage is joining us to talk about about his upcoming Doctor of Ministry class, The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching, a five-day intensive course held in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Apply for your DMin from Knox, learn using Logos, and study under Dr. Gage this June!

There was a special power in the ministries of Jesus, John the Baptist, Paul, and John the Beloved—one that needs a new awakening. The gospel preacher should understand that a large part of his or her calling is to be a “friend of the Bridegroom.”

Jesus explicitly understood himself as a bridegroom, a fact attested to by his wedding parables (Matt. 22:1–14, 25:1–13). John the Baptist’s astonishing ministry was preparing a repentant and cleansed people as a bride for Jesus (John 3:29–30). Paul’s great ministry was, likewise, consciously framed by his gospel purpose stated to the Corinthians, a church beset with issues of moral purity: “For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.” (2 Cor. 11:2, see also Eph. 5:22–33). Likewise, John the Beloved spoke in the most sublime poetry of the consummating vision of the bride of the Lamb descending from heaven, arrayed like a bride made ready for her groom (Rev. 21:1–4).

The bride of the Lamb

It is this destiny of the people of God—the fact that they have been chosen to be betrothed to the Lamb of Glory—that can transform the vision of the pastoral role and infuse the preaching role of the minister with great power. We pastors need the imagination to realize that worldly impurity can be transformed by Christ’s love into heavenly virginity. If God can bring forth life from death, why should it seem impossible for God to transform an impure people into the Lamb’s virgin bride?

This class is based on the theory that, if Christ is foreseen in the prophets and patriarchs of the Old Testament, surely their brides would likewise foresee the church, the bride of the Lamb.

It is centered on the forthcoming text entitled The Romance of Redemption: Biblical Types of the Bride of Christ.

The voice of the Bridegroom

This course explores the redemptive message of the Bible as story. It teaches us about heaven’s Bridegroom, who came to slay the great, red dragon, all to rescue his beloved and take her to the palace of his Father, the King. It teaches us to preach the message of the Bible as a wooing of the beloved, the church of all the ages. It teaches us, with John the Baptist, to hear the voice of the Bridegroom, and so to rejoice! (John 3:29)

If we look at the story of the Bible from this literary point of view, it is clear that the Bible is the story of a heavenly romance. Genesis begins with the account of a wedding. There is a bride (Eve) and a bridegroom (Adam) in a garden paradise. After a great expanse of time, the Bible ends in Revelation with the story of another wedding. Once again there is a bride (the community of faith) and a Bridegroom (Jesus) in a garden paradise. But now there is no serpent. There is nothing to disturb the everlasting bliss of the Bridegroom and his bride. We can thus understand why the ancient prophet comforted Israel with her nuptial hope: “as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you” (Isa. 62:5)!

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Learn more about the Knox Doctor of Ministry program, and apply now to join Dr. Gage in Florida this June.

Mission and Tradition: Seeking Balance in Ministry

Jim BelcherKnox Theological Seminary has assembled a remarkable faculty of world-class scholars and educators. When you enroll in a Knox/Logos Doctor of Ministry or master’s program, these experts become your instructors and lecturers.

Featured faculty member: Dr. Jim Belcher

Dr. Jim Belcher holds a BA from Gordon College, an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Georgetown University; he’s the author of Deep Church and In Search of Deep Faith. Dr. Belcher is Knox’s associate professor of practical theology.

Both his books and his lectures are saturated with wisdom gained from years of pastoring, parenting, and teaching. His passion for teaching the Christian life and faith is contagious—it shows not only in his lectures, but also in the lives of his students. His teaching ministry is shaped by the words of Nicholas Wolterstorff, who said that “Shalom is God’s cause in the world and our human calling . . . We are workers in God’s cause, his peace-workers. This missio Dei is our mission.” Dr. Belcher takes these words to heart, living out this mission and instilling the same dedication to God’s work in his students.

Explore the emerging and traditional churches

In June, Dr. Belcher will be teaching a five-day intensive Doctor of Ministry course in Fort Lauderdale, FL, titled Mission and Tradition: Seeking Balance in Ministry.

“This course will explore the emerging and traditional churches, as we seek to discover a third way to be the Church in the 21st century. Deep Church is the phrase C. S. Lewis used to describe the body of believers committed to mere Christianity. Unfortunately church in our postmodern era has been marked by a certain shallowness. This course brings hope to those who may be fed up with contemporary pragmatism by offering alternative visions for this present culture. While some traditional churches have reacted negatively and/or defensively, we will seek to bring the best insights from all sides of the issue to forge a third way between emerging and traditional: a missional church committed to both its own culture and its Christian tradition, valuing innovation in worships, arts, and community (mission) but also creeds, confessions, and historic patterns of worship and discipleship (tradition).”

Take the first step toward furthering your ministry with Dr. Belcher: ask about a Doctor of Ministry degree from Knox Theological Seminary with Logos. If you choose to earn a Knox DMin, you’ll get the tools you need to think critically about the world around you and engage in fruitful kingdom ministry.

Learn more, or apply for the DMin program today!

Equip Yourself for Life-Changing Preaching

mobile ed preaching bundleTwo passages shape much of Christian life and ministry: Matthew 28:19, which calls us to make disciples of all nations, and 2 Timothy 4:2, which calls us to be ready to preach the Word in season and out of season. Logos Mobile Education’s 10-course Preaching and Discipling Bundle helps you carry out these biblical mandates.

Change lives with training grounded in the Word

Logos Mobile Education is a new way to learn. Whether you’re continuing your biblical education, supplementing your formal training, or stepping into the world of biblical learning for the first time, Mobile Ed brings you solid theological content in a helpful, accessible format.

The Preaching and Discipling Bundle gives you 10 courses and 54 hours of teaching. Practical and relevant, this coursework helps you grow both in your ministry and in your everyday spiritual life.

The bundle aims to equip you for better preaching and assist you as you walk alongside your brothers and sisters in Christ. These courses aren’t just for pastors, though—whether you teach Sunday school classes, lead small groups, meet one-on-one in discipling or mentor relationships, or lead a megachurch, the bundle’s biblical lessons will help you learn and grow.

Pastoral ethics, theology of everyday life, and more

The Preaching and Discipling Bundle gives you four courses devoted purely to preaching:

You’ll also get valuable insights into discipling and pastoral ministry:

You’re looking at over 50 hours of personal, in-depth video teaching, plus a wealth of biblical information on some of the most important topics for the church.

And if you pre-order the Preaching and Discipling Bundle right now, you can get it for 44% off. Even better, you can get the Pre-Pub savings and spread out the costs with an interest-free payment plan—just call 888-875-9491 to get your plan set up!

Grow yourself. Grow your ministry. Pre-order the Preaching and Discipling Bundle today.

The Grand Story of God’s Work: An Interview with Michael Lawrence (Part 2)

Michael-LawrenceDr. Michael Lawrence is the author of Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry, which you can get for free through the end of the month. Lawrence holds an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a PhD from Cambridge University; he has served as associate pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and more recently as pastor of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, OR. This is the second part of a two-part interview—if you missed part one, catch up here.

The title of your book invites the question, what does biblical theology have to do with the life of the church?

Everything. If biblical theology is essentially a reading strategy—a way of reading the Bible as a single book telling a single story—then the answer to that question is the same as the answer to “What does the Bible have to do with the life of the church?”

Of course, these days, too many evangelicals assume that the Bible has very little to do with the life of the church. We turn instead to methodology, best practices, media, structures, cultural exegesis, and music, to name just a few. We assume that if we master these things, the church will grow. There’s no question you can grow a crowd through all sorts of methods. But the church is not merely a crowd; it’s the bride of Jesus Christ. And Jesus nurtures and cleanses his bride through the Word.

As I’ve heard David Helm say many times, “God does his work through his Word, in a world gone awry.” I think that’s exactly right. And it’s because I believe passionately in the sufficiency of the Word for the life and growth and health of the church that I think biblical theology is at the heart of what we do as church leaders.

Does systematic theology play into the life of the church as well? How do biblical and systematic theology relate?

Systematic theology is incredibly important to the life of the church. I spend an entire chapter talking about that, and then another chapter thinking through how systematic and biblical theology relate to each other. If biblical theology tells us how God said what he said, then systematic theology summarizes what God said and applies it in our lives. If we don’t understand how God said it, we’ll get our summary wrong. But if we never summarize and apply, what’s the point? I’m a pastor, not an academic with boundaries to draw and defend, so maybe it’s easier for me to call a ceasefire between the two disciplines and think about how they work together in ministry.

Who are some of the authors who have most influenced how you do theology?

The five men I dedicated my book to all had a profound impact on me in seminary: Meredith Kline, David Wells, Rick Lints, Scott Hafemann, and Gordon Hugenberger. In some ways, this book is an attempt to give to others what they first gave to me. Since then, I’ve read quite a bit more. I’ve been hugely influenced by Geerhardus Vos. I’m constantly edified by the work of Graeme Goldsworthy, Richard Gaffin, and Edmund Clowney. I think Ligon Duncan is one of the finest practitioners of biblical theological preaching alive today. And the work Vaughn Roberts has done to make biblical theology accessible to lay audiences is superb. But I still come back again and again to the combination of self-critical cultural exegesis and careful biblical theology that my Gordon-Conwell professors taught me. I was privileged to sit under them.

Can you tell us a bit about 9Marks?

9Marks is a parachurch ministry that grew out of Mark Dever’s passion to encourage pastors and local churches in healthy gospel growth driven by a profound conviction of the sufficiency of the Scriptures. It has since grown into a chorus of like-minded pastors and writers, each of whom, in their own distinctive setting and voice, seeks to remind and encourage us that Christ loves his church and that he’s given us, in his Word, the resources we need to feed and lead and grow it.

9Marks hosts a number of conferences and workshops each year, both in DC and in various other locations around the world. There’s a small paid staff in DC. There’s a fantastic, resource-rich website. And of course there are books. But really it’s a band of brothers scattered far and wide, who together are committed to not only building biblically healthy churches, but also encouraging other pastors to do the same.

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Get Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church free through the end of February! And don’t miss your chance to win the entire 9Marks Series.

The Grand Story of God’s Work: An Interview with Michael Lawrence (Part 1)

Michael-LawrenceDr. Michael Lawrence is the author of Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry, which you can get free through the end of February! Lawrence holds an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell and a PhD from Cambridge University. He has served as associate pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and more recently as pastor of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, OR.

Can you tell us a bit of your story?

I was born in Texas, grew up in South Carolina, and went to school in North Carolina, Boston, and Cambridge. My wife, Adrienne, and I met at Duke, we’ve been married almost 24 years, and we have five children ages 5 to 17. I went to school to be a medical doctor, but while I was in college, God got ahold of my life and propelled me into ministry, much to my family’s initial disappointment. (They’ve since gotten over it!) Three and a half years ago, we moved from Washington, DC, to Portland, OR, when I became lead pastor at Hinson Baptist Church.

From the brief bio above, you can see that, before the move to Portland, I’d lived my entire life (after Texas) within an easy drive of—if not within sight of—the Atlantic Ocean (or the North Sea). Neither my wife nor I have family west of the Appalachian mountains! So we certainly weren’t looking to move west. But Tom Schreiner, who’s from Oregon, encouraged me to take a look at Hinson. And with the blessing of the elders at Capitol Hill Baptist, where I’d served since 2002, we made the move in 2010. Honestly, it felt like moving back to the UK, in terms of both weather and culture. We went through culture shock all over again. But we’re so glad the Lord has brought us here.

Who did you have in mind when you wrote Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church?

I grew up in a typical Southern Baptist church in the deep south. As a result, I grew up knowing all the Bible stories almost by heart. But no one ever told me how to put all those individual stories together into one grand narrative of God’s work of redemption in the world. That didn’t happen until I got to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. So when I wrote this book, not only did I want to encourage seminary-trained pastors like myself to put biblical theology to work; I wanted interested lay leaders of all kinds—Sunday school teachers, lay elders, small group leaders, women’s ministry leaders, etc.—to benefit from it. The book is really for anyone who finds themselves teaching or applying the Bible to others in the church.

Why is it important that Christians know how to do biblical theology?

Whether they realize it or not, Christians are doing biblical theology all the time. They’re relating the OT to the NT, Israel to Jesus and the church, the Law to the gospel. That’s the work of biblical theology. So if you’re going to be doing something anyway, if it’s inescapable every time you pick up your Bible and read it, then I think you should know what you’re doing. If you don’t know what you’re doing, then it’s not that you won’t do biblical theology—it’s simply that you’ll do it badly, or even incorrectly. The Scriptures are the power of God for salvation. Therefore, we don’t want to misapply the Scriptures. We don’t want to misinterpret the Scriptures. Biblical theology is essential.

What drove you to write this book?

Can I say Jonathan Leeman? There’s nothing like an editor who believes in your project to drive you along! In fact, ever since I sat through Meredith Kline’s course on OT hermeneutics, I’ve had a passion for biblical theology. And after years of practical ministry, both in parachurch and local-church settings, I was convinced that this way of reading the Bible was crucial to faithful, fruitful ministry. Too many times I’d misapplied Scripture, or watched others do so, for no other reason than that I’d never been taught how to put the Bible together as a single story.

Too many times I’d taught moralistic lessons, or watched others do the same, because I had never been taught how the OT points forward to Christ and finds its fulfillment in him. So, I suppose, once I was introduced, I had the zeal of a new convert. I really want people to know how to read their Bibles, and this is the way to do it.

For the past three years, I’ve been preaching from a biblical-theological perspective in a church filled with older members who had always been taught that the OT was a book for and about the Jews, past and future, with little more for them as NT Christians than moral examples and a few messianic prophecies. I can’t tell you how encouraged I am as a pastor to have elders tell me how they feel like I’ve given them back the other half of their Bible, and how excited they are to find Jesus there!

There are a lot of books on biblical theology that examine various arcs of the Bible’s storyline, from scholars like Tom Schreiner, Desmond Alexander, G. K. Beale, and others. How does your book differ?

I’m not really trying to do biblical theology in my book, so much as give people the tools to do it themselves. In the middle section, I do tell the entire arc of the story from five different theological and thematic perspectives. But those are meant more as examples than as thorough treatments of a single biblical theological theme. Instead, my goal is to introduce people to the key concepts that biblical theology uses, relate those tools to two other sets of tools—exegetical theology and systematic theology—and then show what a difference biblical theology makes to our preaching, teaching, counseling, missions, and ethics. It’s a deeply interdisciplinary book, designed not to give you a biblical theology, but to encourage you to discover and use biblical theology for yourself.

Come back tomorrow for the rest of the interview!

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The Online Experience with Knox Theological Seminary

Knox LogosToday, biblical education is more accessible than ever before. Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software have teamed up to offer several enriching degree programs in a distance-education format: you can earn your Doctor of Ministry or master’s degree from a well-respected, accredited institution, regardless of where you are.

But starting a new educational endeavor can be daunting; you might not be sure what to expect. Here’s a taste of what it’s like to take a master’s-level online class from Knox.

A carefully chosen curriculum

Knox offers an exemplary faculty, with world-class scholars in every area of study. These experienced educators will lead you through all sorts of material in a video-lecture format. Each week (or module) will have a handful of lecture videos, often 30 minutes in length. The videos are helpfully edited so that you don’t have to sit through irrelevant course announcements or other material—instead, you’ll get the meat of the content, taught by leading scholars in the field.

The readings are carefully chosen and thoroughly relevant to the lectures and assignments. Assigned textbooks are, more often than not, available from Logos; your online professor will make note of it when they are. For readings that are not yet in Logos, you’ll usually get a PDF or online article of the assigned portion, making it easy to complete your assignments.

Interactive coursework

Assignments tend to fall into three categories: forum posts and responses, quizzes, and papers. All three categories are simple to turn in—with the upload submission format, you don’t have to worry about your paper getting lost in a professor’s junk-mail folder!

The forum discussion posts are short, engaging pieces, designed to both interact with the material and facilitate discussion with your classmates. You’ll post a couple such articles per eight-week class, as well as several graded responses to your fellow students’ articles.

The quizzes and tests tend to be predominantly multiple-choice—though essay questions are common in midterms and final tests—and are simple to accomplish, review, and submit.

A unified community

In each online class, there’s a thriving community of students seeking to glorify God through their studies. The discussions are lively, and students tend to connect deeply with one another, sharing life and ministry stories, praying for each other, and going far above and beyond the assignments to engage the material together.

Find the degree that suits you

Knox has teamed up with Logos to offer the Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies (MABTS), the Master of Arts in  Classical and Christian Studies (MACCS), and a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program, with three tracks available. These degrees will strengthen your ministry as well as your spiritual life; plus, with Logos forming the backbone of the curriculum, your studies will be connected directly to the world of biblical scholarship.

Learn more about the MABTS, the MACCS, or the DMin, and start furthering your education and ministry today!

Further Your Ministry Without Putting It on Pause

Improve Your Ministry with Mobile EdAs Christians, we’re all called to ministry in one form or another. Whether it’s formal work in the church or love and support for someone who needs them, ministry is a huge part of who we’re called to be as followers of Jesus. But how do we do it in a biblical, God-glorifying way?

A biblical education can go a long way toward providing the skills we need to serve those around us. But if you have a family, a job (in or outside the home), or other responsibilities, how can you get this important education?

A new way to learn

Logos Mobile Education is your answer—it’s a new way to study, learn, and grow. There are many courses available that you can start on immediately, and dozens more coming in the near future. They’re all taught by world-class scholars and professors in a format that goes with you wherever you are.

Each course has personal video lectures, helpfully enhanced with on-screen text and broken into small, cohesive segments. These courses make it easy for you to study, whether you have five minutes or an hour. The videos are paired with searchable, highlightable transcripts featuring learning objectives and further readings. This makes your lectures more than just a one-time learning experience: they become reference material you can come back to again and again.

Start learning with Mobile Ed today

Get started with our Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle, which contains nine courses designed to help you grasp the basics of doctrine, the flow of Scripture, and even how to use Logos for your studies. And don’t forget to pre-order the Elyse Fitzpatrick Bundle, which gives you three courses on counseling and personal development:

With these practical courses, you’ll begin equipping yourself to better understand God and his Word and to make a deeper impact in the lives of those around you.

Get Logos Mobile Education, and start learning today.

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