Back to School Sale: Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics

Today’s post on Karl Barth is from Matthew Wilcoxen. Matt is a PhD student at Charles Sturt University, focusing on Barth and the concept of time. He is a graduate of Biola University and Talbot School of Theology.

The term classic is applied to a work with lasting influence—a singular exemplar of a new mode of thought, one that leads to widespread imitation and sharp critique. A classic of Christian theology must also, of course, be an attempt to say afresh the message of the Bible. As the dust settles on the life of Karl Barth, it becomes increasingly clear that his magnum opus, the Church Dogmatics, deserves a place on this top shelf of Christian intellectual history, where it sits rightfully alongside the works of Augustine, Aquinas, and Calvin.

Karl Barth the Professor

The son of a Reformed minister, Barth (1886–1968) was himself stimulated to study theology through a confirmation class he took as an adolescent. He went on to study at Bern, Berlin, Tübingen, and then Marburg, receiving a thorough initiation into the liberal Protestant theology regnant on the continent in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. During WWI, Barth was busy studying the Epistle to the Romans. This would lead to multiple editions of a landmark commentary. In the words of one contemporary, the important second edition published in 1922 was a “bomb that fell on the playground of the theologians.” This book was so revolutionary that it catapulted Barth to the top rungs of the German academy, landing him a professorship in Göttingen. From here he would go on to teach at Münster, Bonn, and—after being expelled from Germany by the Nazis—Basel, where he would spend the rest of his career and write the bulk of the nearly-9,000-page Church Dogmatics.

Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics

The Church Dogmatics unfolds the same insight as the commentary on Romans—that revelation, the sovereign act of God, occurs outside of and in spite of all human possibilities. Through the study of, in particular, Luther, Reformed Christology, and Anselm’s Proslogion, Barth found the tools at his disposal to build a theological system on the objective reality of God in the incarnate Christ. Thus “in Christ”—applied to both God and human beings—is the method and the content of the 13 part-volumes of the Church Dogmatics. So not only due to his contemporary influence, but because Barth refuses to take as given anything other than Immanuel, “God for us,” Barth’s theology is continually solidifying its status as a classic.

This method of building a theological system engages Barth in lengthy scriptural exegesis, engagement with all strands of Western Christian theology, and critical interactions with modern philosophy. And since Barth sees true human existence in Jesus Christ, ethics is never treated as ancillary to theological reflection; in the Church Dogmatics, themes like prayer, sanctification, and other issues central to Christian discipleship figure quite prominently. There is something here for everyone—the student, the preacher, or even the accomplished scholar.

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As part of our Back to School Sale, you can pick up a copy of Barth’s classic Church Dogmatics for just $379.95 (with coupon code B2SBarth). Check out Barth and all the other amazing deals we have on sale for our Back to School Sale.

Win an iPad and a Base Package from the Glorious Ruin Tour!

The Glorious Ruin Tour, featuring Tullian Tchividjian, kicks off September 20 in Fort Worth, Texas. Glorious Ruin, Tchividjian’s latest book, looks into the gloriously counterintuitive truth of a God who suffers with you and for you.

Glorious Ruin is now available for pre-order on Vyrso.com.

“Why then do we suffer? Why does God allow so much of it? What, if anything, are we supposed to learn through it? And, most importantly, when will it end? Nothing forces us to confront the deeper questions of life quite like suffering. Nothing makes us face the gnawing emptiness inside more nakedly. Nothing confirms our suspicion more powerfully that this is not how things are supposed to be.” —Tullian Tchividjian

Thanks to Logos’ ecosystem of related resources, Glorious Ruin will connect to relevant titles in your digital library, deepening its themes and references. You’ll read it on the go with the Logos, Vyrso, or Faithlife mobile app. And as always, you’ll be able to read on the web with Biblia.com.

To pre-order Glorious Ruin, visit Vyrso.com today!

To mark Glorious Ruin’s launch, Logos has teamed up with David C. Cook to bring you an awesome chance to win a copy. If chosen, you’ll also win a brand-new third-generation iPad equipped with a Logos Silver Library! This giveaway will run through the last date of the 2012 leg of the Glorious Ruin Tour, November 8. The winner will be announced Monday, November 12.

 


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Win a Scholar’s Library from Faithlife

The minds behind the world’s most advanced study Bible want to strengthen your ministry by giving you comprehensive tools for biblical study. Enter now and you could win a Scholar’s Library base package from Faithlife. This grand prize will add more than 475 books and commentaries—worth nearly $8,000 in print—to your library. When you combine the Scholar’s Library with the powerful Faithlife Study Bible, you have the raw materials for profound Bible study.

By itself, the Faithlife Study Bible equips you for dynamic Bible study. You start with the complete biblical text in the trustworthy Lexham English Bible translation and then add:

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Knox DMin Classes Kick Off in Bellingham, WA

Dr. Samuel Lamerson

You’ve probably heard about Knox Theological Seminary’s DMin in Preaching and Teaching. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn world-class theology while mastering the world’s best Bible study software.

The first round of classes kicked off in Bellingham, WA, August 13! If you missed the first classes, though, you don’t have to wait for the DMin program to start over. One of the wonderful things about the program is that the classes run cyclically. You can start the program anywhere in the cycle and be on track to earn your doctorate in three years.

Here’s a rundown of the first two classes that students attended:

Enriching Preaching through Logos Bible Software

This course introduces students to a foundation of sound exegetical competence upon which to build an effective teaching and preaching ministry. Developed to teach pastors and teachers the latest software tools in exegetical analysis, this class stresses both skill and time efficiency. Students learn to use Logos Bible Software as a resource—a source of thousands of illustrations and sermon texts to enrich biblical teaching. The class develops the timeless principles of classical rhetoric, as first identified by Aristotle, to give structure and force to students’ messages.

This class is taught by Dr. Samuel Lamerson, whose teaching philosophy can be expressed in this Yeats quotation: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Dr. Lamerson seeks to light a fire in his students causing them to become lifelong students of God’s Word. He uniquely combines academic research and teaching with 16 years of pastoral experience, ranging from senior pastor to director of children’s ministries.

The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching

Dr. Warren Gage

Moving beyond textual analysis, this course helps students look at the totality of the biblical canon’s structure. Students look to the iconic aspect of the text, developing an awareness of form and a sense of symbol. Exploring the redemptive message of the Bible as story, students learn to tell the story of heaven’s bridegroom, who came to slay the great, red dragon, to rescue his beloved, and to take her to the palace of his father, the king.

Instructor Dr. Warren Gage believes that students should be trained to preach the Word, be prepared in season and out of season to correct, rebuke, and encourage, with great patience and careful instruction (2 Tim. 4:2–3). Passionate about biblical theology, Dr. Gage relishes the opportunity to prepare Knox students for the highest of all callings—the Gospel ministry of our lord Jesus Christ.

Get Started on Your Doctorate Today

The next classes will be held in October in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

  • The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching—October 15–19 
  • Biblical Theology and Preaching That Inspires—October 22–26

Deadline to apply is September 19, so apply now and save your seat for the next round of classes!

Know Your Way around Israel? Lead a Tour!

A couple of months ago, we mentioned upcoming Israel tours and asked for input on various tour models. (If you haven’t already, help us design these tours—go ahead and take the survey now!) From the survey results so far, we’ve noticed that the majority of you are interested in scholar-led tours.

These tours will be led by experts in Israel’s history and geography. The guides will provide information and insight as they lead you through the Holy Land’s most memorable and significant locations—the Mt. of Beatitudes, Qumran, and more.

Interested in Leading a Tour?

Are you proficient in, and knowledgeable about, Israel’s history? Have you traveled to the Holy Land multiple times? We might want you to help lead Israel tours! If you fall into these categories and are interested in leading one of the tours, send us an email at faithlifetours@logos.com. If you know someone that fits this description, encourage them to contact us, too.

We’re excited to hear from you!

And if you haven’t already, go to FaithlifeTours.com and sign up for the Faithlife Tours email list to be the first to know when the site launches!

The Lexham Bible Dictionary: A Growing, Dynamic Resource

In March, Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. announced that, after publishing encyclopedias for the last 200 years, they would not be printing books any longer. With information changing so rapidly, their encyclopedias were obsolete as soon as they were printed. Instead of focusing on physical books, Encyclopædia Britannica made the decision to focus on digital editions.

The beauty of electronic resources is that they don’t have to be static—they can be dynamic and flexible! As a world leader in electronic publishing, we’ve known this for a while. Take, for example, the Lexham Bible Dictionary.

The Lexham Bible Dictionary includes more than 1,500,000 words in 2,700-plus articles from over 250 different contributors. Not only can you expect in-depth, scholarly content—you can count on new articles and additions to existing articles developed in response to new discoveries, perspectives, and controversies. With the Lexham Bible Dictionary, you’re getting the latest information and the freshest perspective.

The Lexham Bible Dictionary is part of the bundle of resources that come with the Faithlife Study Bible. And you can get the Faithlife Study Bible for free with the coupon code FREE—through March, 2014. Once you download the Faithlife Study Bible, the Lexham Bible Dictionary will be part of your Bible study notes and a stand-alone resource you can access through Logos 4, with our mobile apps (iOS and Android), and on Biblia.com.

Use the coupon code FREE and get the Faithlife Study Bible now!

How to Raise Money in a Meaningful Way

Youth workers are always trying to come up with that perfect fundraising idea. But how many car washes can you do? How many candy bars can you sell? Bake sales? Raffle tickets? In the end, you might raise enough money to go on a mission trip and change lives—but what if you could change lives while you were raising that money, too?

Improve the Way You Raise Funds

Logos has created Youth Group Fundraiser (YGF), a program that not only equips you to raise the money you need for awesome ministry events, but also makes a lasting impact in your students’, leaders’, and congregation’s spiritual lives.

What’s more, it’s free.

With YGF, we’ve taken three tried-and-true fundraising methods and combined them with an extremely successful profit-share presentation. One of our regional presenters puts on the presentation at no cost to you. And if you live in a region where presenters aren’t available, you can use our conference presentation video—the same video we show to rapt conference audiences worldwide.

With each Logos Bible Software purchase, your ministry will receive up to $250, and your congregation will enjoy a steep discount. You’ll provide your supporters, volunteers, teens, and congregation with the tools they need to take their Bible study to the next level.

Fundraising Simplified

What really makes YGF work is all the difficult preparation we’ve already done for you. Don’t know where to start? Our trained event representatives will help you build momentum, and our step-by-step calendar will keep you organized. What about promotional materials? We’ve created your posters, flyers, and PowerPoint slides. With the Youth Group Fundraiser content and calendar, you’ll put on a stellar event with very little effort.

Get your free fundraiser kit now at the Youth Group Fundraiser page and start building funds—and changing lives.

Never Miss a Logos Deal Again

Want the latest Logos news, specials, freebies, and promotions delivered straight to your inbox? Don’t want information and offers that don’t pertain to you? We’ve got you covered. Our recently updated notifications page includes more than 30 specific email lists offering exclusive deals and relevant products—and nothing more.

The page even shows you how often to expect emails from each list. If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your notifications, do it now!

If you don’t have a Logos.com account yet, it’s easy to create one. Simply register at Logos.com and get notifications about the areas of Bible study most important to you.

Here’s a few email lists you may be interested in:

  • Faithlife Study Bible: News and information about the Faithlife Study Bible
  • Vyrso Free Books: Free books from Christian ebook store Vyrso.com
  • Logos Families: News and information for leading your family biblically
  • Logos Teens: Products and titles for teenagers
  • Logos Youth Ministry: News and articles about youth ministry
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And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Update your notifications now and get connected to the information you want.

Get Notes and Highlighting on Your Android Device!

If you use Logos’ Android Bible app, now you can add new functions for mobile Bible study, among them notes, highlighting, and resource text selection. Interact with the Word: save your thoughts and comments on any verse or book, and mark the text with colors and symbols.

You’ll get:

  • Notes: Attach your thoughts and comments to a verse or book for future reference.
  •  Highlighting: Mark the text your way with more than 80 colors and symbols.
  • Languages: Access the original Greek and Hebrew with a simple tap-and-hold on any word in the Bible. You’ll instantly see the term’s lemma and morphology.
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With your free Logos account, you can grow your mobile library on your own terms, choosing from Logos’ and Vyrso’s  27,000-plus Bibles, commentaries, reference guides, Christian living books, and other titles. Just sign in with your Logos account to start browsing.

The Android Bible app helps you experience fuller, richer Bible study wherever you go—and it’s absolutely free.

Learn more about Logos’ Bible app for Android by visiting the Android page, or simply download the app today from the Google Play store.

Get Your Doctorate Using Logos: New Classes Start Soon!

Knox Theological Seminary’s DMin in Preaching and Teaching  is a sure-fire way to equip yourself for lifelong ministry. You may have heard about the program when we announced it in May, but just to recap, here’s why this particular Doctor of Ministry is a big deal:

You’ll learn world-class theology with the best Bible software on the planet—Logos.

The next two onsite classes are gearing up in October. These courses delve into theology from a unique standpoint: that theology is just as much art as it is science.

The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching

October 15–19 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

This class shows you how to analyze the text, but it doesn’t stop there. You’ll move beyond analyzing the text to examine the beautiful structure of the entire biblical canon. In this course, you’ll develop a firm grasp of the following practices:

  • Analyzing details in context of the “big picture”
  • Recognizing recurring themes throughout the Word
  • Working with different forms of biblical text
  • Identifying biblical symbolism
  • Implementing exegetical theology into preaching

The class is a fine way to start your doctorate, but why stop with just one course when you can knock out two?

Biblical Theology and Preaching That Inspires

October 22–26 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Building on the previous class, this course focuses on developing your knowledge of the Scriptures and equipping you to proclaim them powerfully. You’ll learn to express the Word of God in ways that stir up your congregation to rejoice. You’ll communicate sound doctrine—doctrine that grounds your followers in the truth and motivates them to know more.

Learn Theology through Technology

As you work through these courses, you’ll use your own Logos Bible Software 4: Portfolio Edition library to dig into the text. Portfolio is included in the price of the program; plus, your entire DMin curriculum is based in Logos, which gives you some considerable academic advantages.

  • More than 1,600 books—worth nearly $30,000 in print
  • $1,000 of credit for books from Logos.com
  • Training in how to use Logos for scholarly research
  • Sources that cite themselves when you copy–paste
  • All your textbooks on your Mac, PC, and mobile devices
  • A massive library to use for lifelong ministry

The Knox DMin in Preaching and Teaching gives you all this and more. You can learn more about the program professors, how Portfolio works into the degree, and the courses themselves at DMin.me, which is where you need to go to apply for these fantastic classes. The deadline to register is September 17, so save your seat today and learn to approach theology as both science and art.