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Exegesis and Theology: Study Ephesians with Dr. Michael Allen

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Today’s guest post is by Dr. Michael Allen, Kennedy Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and dean of faculty at Knox Theological Seminary. Dr. Allen is here to tell us about his new Doctor of Ministry class on Ephesians.

I couldn’t be more excited about the class beginning in January on the exegesis and theology of Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. We’ll be focusing on two things:

  1. Sharpening our exegetical skills by looking at this particular letter
  2. Reflecting theologically upon its implications for faith and practice

Ephesians touches on so many important things in the Christian life—grace, election, ethnic reconciliation, sanctification and ethics, the church and her leadership, social organization, spiritual warfare, and the like.

What we’ll study

We’ll be studying this portion of God’s Word using the best of recent New Testament studies (Australian scholar Dr. Peter O’Brien’s highly respected commentary), as well as some of the greatest resources from the history of exegesis (gleaned from the Reformation Commentary on Scripture‘s volume on Ephesians, edited by Knox Seminary’s own Dr. Gerald Bray). We’ll be discussing not only academic commentary, but also pastoral reflection on how the text shapes congregational ministry (in the form of Eugene Peterson’s powerful Practice Resurrection).

Through the centuries, Ephesians has been a paradigmatic text for defining the life of God’s community, the church. And we want to look anew at its role in shaping our calling in a time of deep cultural transition, when—once again—we need to see the church be the church by God’s grace.

This class will be an opportunity to look carefully at a specific portion of Scripture, as well as to refine our ability to look at the Bible as a whole. It will hone your exegetical and synthetic skills so that you’ll be able to read and teach on Proverbs and Ruth, as well as Matthew and 1 Peter.

The importance of God’s Word in ministry

We really believe there’s no greater skill for those in ministry than the age-old calling to read the Word of God prayerfully and faithfully: considering its canonical context, attending to its place in the history of God’s work in the church, and eagerly listening for how it confronts us in light of contemporary challenges. And we believe that studying together—with men and women involved in this work from various churches and different cities, as well as with saints from ages past through their writings—will better equip us to listen to God’s Word and be witnesses to the gospel in our ministries and our lives.

Our hope and prayer is that this class will be an occasion when “you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17–19).

I hope to see you soon. Meanwhile, “grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Get your DMin through Knox Theological Seminary. Apply now at DMin.me/Apply!

Get Huge Savings When You Upgrade Your Book Bundles

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Bundled titles from Logos are one of the best ways to stretch your book-buying dollar. And this Christmas, when you grow your library with one of our special bundles, you can save even more!

New, improved bundles

A year ago, we unveiled special topical bundles to help you create a library catered to your specific interests. These bundles (now completely revised) came in multiple sizes and focused on areas like:

This year, we’ve made our bundles even more robust with tons of new content. The extra-large New Testament Studies Bundle, for instance, includes 36 new titles!

If you haven’t added one of these bundles to your library, now’s the time. The books in these bundles are already heavily discounted, and for a limited time, we’re taking an extra 50% off!

Already have a bundle? Upgrade for the best price!

If you already have a bundle from last year, here’s your chance to get an amazing deal on more books. Upgrade your bundle to this year’s version: with Dynamic Pricing, you’ll only pay for the brand-new content. Get more books for less—take this opportunity to upgrade your bundles!

If you already own the large Preaching Bundle, for example, why not purchase the newest version? Since you’re not going to be charged for books you already own, you’re only adding the seven new books at a greatly reduced bundled price—and then taking 50% off!

In fact, why not step into the extra-large Preaching Bundle, which adds scores of new books at 50% off? There’s no better opportunity to build your library.

Get the best value with the Master Bundle

The Master Bundle is where you’re going to get the best bang for your buck. In the extra-large version, you get all the books from all the the other collections. When we revised our bundles, we added nearly 500 new books to the Master Bundle—at 1,588 books, it’s the biggest bundle and, therefore, your best value!

You’ll add these books to your library at a significant value, subtract the price of the books you already own, and then take 50% off to boot. And when you pay with an interest-free payment plan, you can even stretch the payments out for up to 18 months.

Don’t miss this opportunity to grow your study library. Pick up one of these amazing bundles before the price goes back up!

Win a One-of-a-Kind MacBook Air, Logos 5, and More!

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This Christmas, we’re giving away a one-of-a-kind MacBook Air, Logos 5 Gold, and an awesome collection of Vyrso ebooks, including titles by John Piper, Tim Keller, Elyse Fitzpatrick, and Matt Chandler!1

 

We shipped off this brand-new MacBook Air to be customized in Amsterdam. It took more than four months, but the results are breathtaking. Packed with nearly 1,100 Bible study resources and running Logos’ smart features, it’s a superpowered Bible study platform—and a work of art.

And you could win it all—this one-of-a-kind MacBook Air, plus Vyrso ebooks and Logos 5 Gold!

Don’t miss this chance. Enter to win right now:

Then visit Logos.com/Christmas to see all our holiday deals, including 15% off base packages, 50% off our newly expanded bundles, and more!

  1. Entry closes January 6. We’ll select and notify the winner January 7. If you win and you already own Logos 5 and/or any of the above-mentioned books, you’ll receive Logos.com credit in place of the prizes. The winner will need to fill out a W-9 in order to claim their prize. By entering the giveaway, you’re opting to receive emails from Vyrso and Logos. []

The Logos Apps Just Got a Redesign!

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The whole suite of Logos mobile apps just got an awesome update. Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about version 4.0 of the Logos Bible app.

Redesigned for iOS 7 and Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Embracing the flat-UI design wave, we’ve eliminated gradients, shadows, and reflections, relying instead on a series of simple icons and beautiful typography. Our 4.0 apps fit right in on the latest version of your favorite operating system—either iOS 7 or Android 4.4 KitKat.

All-new homepage

The homepage now hosts three daily-use items:

  • A reference box for quick navigation to a specific passage
  • A list of daily readings you can edit in-app
  • Logos’ Verse of the Day image, to inspire and challenge you

When updates become available for any of your resources, you’ll also receive notifications here.

Slideout menu

In 4.0, we wanted to make it easy to get from anywhere to anywhere without compromising the uncluttered, text-focused reading experience we’ve always favored. So we introduced a slideout menu to simplify in-app navigation and bring the most-used features to the forefront.

Recent references

The most useful change in 4.0 is in the verse picker. Now, when you tap to select a reference, you can choose a verse one of three ways: from a canonical list, in your book’s table of contents, or in a list of verses you’ve recently read. The last option is particularly useful—you can pin references to remain at the top of the list so they remain ever accessible. While this isn’t truly new, it’s been relocated for accessibility; you might discover it for the first time in 4.0.

Exclusive to Android

In addition, Android users will enjoy three extra features:

  • Notes sharing—other apps can now send content to the Logos app. When you find a great illustration in your RSS reader or email, create a Logos note with just a few taps!
  • Android Beam—devices with near field communications (NFC) capability will now be able to beam references, books, and notes when placed back to back with other NFC-capable devices.
  • Store—browse Logos.com and buy new books right from your Android phone or tablet. It’s never been easier to find and acquire the Bible study tools you need!

Like it? Tell the world!

Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.”

As we launch 4.0, we need your help building a great reputation in the app stores. If you love 4.0 as much as we think you will, take a minute and review it. You’ll be helping more people discover and fall in love with Logos-powered Bible study.




Logos’ app wasn’t the only one to get a redesign. Check out the latest Faithlife Study Bible and Vyrso apps, too.

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If you don’t have our free Bible app, download it today to get the newest version!

Search for Faith-Filled Images with Logos 5

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Good news! Preparing an amazing sermon presentation or blog post with Logos 5 just got a little easier—and a lot more beautiful.

Lightstock: inspiring images for your sermons, websites, and more

Lightstock is the go-to source for attractive stock photography that evokes emotion with carefully curated, Christ-focused images. And now Lightstock integrates with Logos 5! Find attractive, faith-filled images in Topic Guide and Sermon Starter searches, pick the perfect ones for the passage or topic you’re studying, and then just click them—you’ll be taken straight to Lightstock.

Whether it’s your bulletin, sermon slides, website assets, worship backgrounds, or video bumpers, you’ll find Lightstock’s pictures ideal for all your ministry needs.

Great quality, great pricing

When you compare Lightstock’s costs to those of other stock-image sites, you’ll find that they’re not only low—they’re simple. $1 equals one credit. Images come in four sizes: x-small (approx. 500 px) for 5 credits, small (approx. 1,200 px) for 10 credits, medium (approx. 2,800 px) for 15 credits, and max (approx. 3,600 px) for 20 credits. Lightstock’s photos are both gorgeous and reasonably priced.

What’s really cool is that, unlike with a lot of other stock-photography sites, you won’t be able to find 99% of Lightstock’s photos anywhere else—no more tired, overused images in your media and services.

Check out Lightstock.com today, and start adding faith-filled images to your presentations, websites, and more—straight from Logos.

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Time’s running out! Take advantage of Christmas discounts on new base packagesspecial bundles, and some of our most requested products!

Then enter to win a one-of-a-kind MacBook Pro and Logos 5.

Free Book & 15 Christmas Deals under $100

Stocking Stuffers

Right now, you can get A. W. Tozer’s And He Dwelt among Us for free! Use coupon code 12DAYS2013 to get your copy right now. In addition, as part of our Christmas sale, we have 15 other products on sale for under $100. Just use coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFERS to get your discounts.

And He Dwelt Among Us BlogAnd He Dwelt among Us

Regularly $11.95—get it FREE with coupon code 12DAYS2013

How could deity—with no beginning and no end—cross the gulf separating what is God from what is not God? How could the infinite ever become the finite? How could that which has no limit deliberately impose limitations upon itself? You could study the mystery of the Incarnation for years. Whether you’re already knowledgeable about the Gospel of John or you’re just beginning your studies, this is a great place to start.

AMG Bible Essentials

Regularly $99.95—get it for $74.96 with coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFERS

The AMG Bible Essentials collection puts all the essentials for inductive Bible study at your fingertips, including original-language resources and insightful helps for those preparing for Sunday school, Bible studies, and small group lessons.

hope-for-the-heart-biblical-counseling-libraryHope for the Heart Biblical Counseling Library

Regularly $109.95—get it for $93.46 with coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFERS

For more than 20 years, June Hunt has worked to provide biblically based counseling, help, and encouragement to thousands of Christians through the ministry of Hope for the Heart. This massive 100-volume library gives you helpful books on some of today’s key topics—marriage, abortion, time management, death, parenting, overeating, spiritual warfare, and more.

Evangelical Dictionary of Theology

Regularly $53.95—get it for $40.46 with coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFERS

This is a thoroughly revised edition of the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology—every article from the original edition has been revisited. The result is a completely new dictionary covering systematic, historical, and philosophical theology, as well as theological ethics.

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These aren’t all the sale items under $100! Don’t miss out—check out all our Stocking Stuffers, and pick up your favorites today. 

Then see even more special deals in the 12 Days of Logos sale!

Get 50% Off New and Improved Bundles

Get 50 Off Bundles

Logos bundles let you get the exact library you want, for much less than you’d pay for all the individual titles. And this year, they’re even better! We’ve added new, hand-picked resources specific to your favorite disciplines. From preaching to Pauline studies to counseling, we’ve got a bundle for everyone.

And the icing on the cake? Right now, you can get bundles for 50% offAnd depending on what you already own, you can save even more with Dynamic Pricing—for example, if you already own the XL Master Bundle, you can get a full 62% off the updated version.

Choose from 19 bundles

Get the resources you need to become an expert in your field. We’ve taken care of the busywork: sorting through thousands of titles and, for each topic, bundling together the must-have resources. And bundles come in small, medium, large, and extra-large, so you can pick your topic, price point, and size.

Here are a few favorites:

Master BundleMaster Bundle, ver. 2

Our most popular bundle, the Master Bundle includes key titles from a broad range of disciplines, making it ideal for any church leader, seminary student, or academic looking for a well-rounded library. The updated version includes over 400 new volumes on archaeology, church history, counseling, philosophy, original languages, and more.

Preaching Bundle, ver. 2

Improve your preaching skills, sermon writing, and ability to connect with your congregation. The updated XL Preaching Bundle includes 45 volumes’ worth of powerful advice, including resources like The 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching and The World’s Great Sermons (10 vols.). Discover new ways to grow your church, craft compelling sermons, and get your congregation motivated.

New Testament BundleNew Testament Studies Bundle, ver. 2

With 36 new volumes, the updated New Testament Studies Bundle gives you the very best in New Testament scholarship. This bundle covers everything from depictions of Christ in the media to gender roles in Luke and John to the poetry of the beatitudes, plus sociopolitical readings of the Gospels, the latest research in historical-Jesus studies, and more!

Marriage and Family Bundle, ver. 2

Grow closer to your spouse, improve your communication with your children, and learn to be a source of spiritual wisdom for your family. The Marriage and Family Bundle offers key biblical principles for parenting, an examination of misconceptions about marriage and sex, and tips for loving and leading your family. And if you already own the large bundle, upgrading will cost you less than $9 with Dynamic Pricing!

Explore all our bundles:

Don’t miss out—get 50% off new and improved bundles today!

Win Logos 5 Portfolio, a MacBook Pro, and 10 Vyrso Books!

Jacksonville Pastors Conference giveaway

 

Through January 22, we’re teaming up with the Jacksonville Pastors’ Conference to give away Logos 5 Portfolio, a MacBook Pro, and 10 Vyrso books!1

Running January 23–26, the Jacksonville Pastors’ Conference will feature some of today’s most influential pastors, authors, and speakers, including Albert Mohler, David Allen, Eric Mason, Tim Tebow. The goal of the conference is that “after attending . . . you will return home refreshed, renewed, energized, and eager to apply some new ideas and encouragement to your ministry.” The conference will be held in Jacksonville, Florida.

Here are the Vyrso books you could win:

  1. Breakthrough Prayer
  2. Whosoever Will
  3. Women’s Ministry in the Local Church
  4. Building Your Leadership Resume: Developing a Legacy That Will Outlast You
  5. Sex and the Supremacy of Christ
  6. The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective
  7. The Miracle You’ve Been Searching For
  8. A Woman Seeking God
  9. Exploring the Evidence for Creation: Reasons to Believe the Biblical Account
  10. Through My Eyes: A Quarterback’s Journey

Read all these books using the free Vyrso app for iOS and Android, include them in your Bible study while using Logos 5 on your new MacBook Pro, or read online at Biblia.com.

Don’t miss out! This giveaway ends January 22—enter today:

  1. Entry closes January 22. We’ll select and notify the winner January 23. If you win and you already own Logos 5 and/or any of the above-mentioned books, you’ll receive Logos.com credit in place of the prizes. The winner will need to fill out a W-9 in order to claim their prize. By entering the giveaway, you’re opting to receive emails from Vyrso and Logos. []

Share the True Joy and Meaning of Christmas

The True Meaning of Christmas

This Christmas season, explore the story of the Nativity—the holy night at the start of it all.

“‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’” —Luke 2:10–11


This Christmas, share this video with your friends and loved ones as a reminder of what the season is all about—Jesus’ birth. Come together around this ancient story, still so powerful today.

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” —Matthew 1:21

From all of us at Logos, thank you for a wonderful year! May you have a blessed Christmas season. We’re honored to help you rediscover the Word.

“‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.’” —Luke 2:14

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Continue exploring Scripture with the resources featured in our Christmas sale. While you’re there, enter to win the one-of-a-kind MacBook Air featured in the video, along with Logos 5 Gold and a Vyrso ebook collection!

Win $500 and a Huge Classical Library!

noet-classical-foundations-bundleThe Noet Humanities Scholarship is back! Two lucky winners will receive not only $500 but also Noet’s immense Classical Foundations Bundle—an $800 library of philosophy, literature, and history. Enter to win before April 15 at Noet.com/Scholarship.

A complete classical library

The Classical Foundations Bundle sets you up with the West’s core texts:

  • 39 volumes of essential ancient and modern philosophy: Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant
  • The legendary Harvard Classics collection, selected by a former Harvard president to deliver a college education on a five-foot shelf
  • Timeless works of world literature: Homer, Dante, Milton, Dostoyevsky, and more
  • 21 volumes of Greek and Latin resources
  • The 1,114-volume Perseus Classics Collection

And with Logos’ original-language tagging and smart searches, you’re not only getting essential scholarly works—you’re getting them in their most useful format ever. You’ll be ready to appreciate Greek and Latin nuance, make connections, and find precisely what you’re looking for. Enter to win this comprehensive library (plus $500!) at Noet.com/Scholarship.

In fact, if you know you want it, the best way to save is by pre-ordering the bundle right now—you’ll get 25% off, and if you win, you’ll of course get a full refund. Best-case scenario? You get a huge classical library—free—plus $500. Worst-cast scenario? You still get the library you want, and you still get the special introductory savings.

One-minute entry

No personal statements, résumés, or letters of recommendation—if you’re enrolled in a humanities degree program, you can enter in just a minute with nothing more than your phone number and email address. You can even improve your odds with extra entries: just fill out a few more steps in the entry form.

$500 and an enormous scholarly library? Not bad for a minute’s work! Enter to win at Noet.com/Scholarship.

Congratulations, Tabitha Shofner and Tom Derrick!

Tabitha-Shofner-Noet-Humanities-ScholarshipTom-Derrick-Noet-Humanities-ScholarshipTabitha Shofner (Eastern Kentucky University) and Tom Derrick (University of Leicester) are our two most recent scholarship winners!

Tabitha is studying art and liberal studies; Tom is working on his PhD in archaeology. Tabitha says, “Classic literature and philosophy are a font of inspiration, and their teachings have influenced the world. Noet is bringing these important thought-enablers to easier access and understanding.” Adds Tom, “I study Roman archaeology, so I am very fortunate that my time period has an ample selection of complementary surviving texts. I look forward to the release of the app and think that it will really help those of us who [utilize] Latin works.”

We think so, too. Congrats, Tabitha and Tom!

Win $500 and Noet’s Classical Foundations Bundle—enter to win right now at Noet.com/Scholarship.