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“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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.