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Proclaim Gets a Major Update!

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We think that everyone in a church, from the administrator to the media director, should be able to create compelling visual presentations. That’s the game-changing idea behind Proclaim. Intuitive features like Smart Media ensure that you don’t have to spend time matching font and text colors with your art. Proclaim’s collaboration-oriented design meets the unique needs of everyone on your team, from the senior pastor to the worship leader to the tech volunteer.

Meet the new Proclaim

Proclaim recently got a major update—here’s a rundown of what’s new:

Redesigned user interface

Embracing the flat aesthetic, we’ve eliminated gradients and reflections. The new UI improves performance, not just looks—now there are fewer graphical elements to move around.

Speed, stability & continuity

We’ve updated some of Proclaim’s core technology, making everything faster, more stable, and more consistent across platforms. Now, slides render identically on both Mac and Windows.

Customization that lasts

Smart Media is one of the ways Proclaim saves you a lot of time. And now, if you customize a slide—say, to match an uploaded background image—your changes will be preserved even if you change backgrounds. If you customize your slides, you’ll only have to do it once!

On-Screen Bible

The new On-Screen Bible service item brings your preaching passage to life with subtle animations. With three styles and eight colors to choose from, you’re sure to find a look that fits every presentation you build. Just type a passage into the Reference box and your animation is created in seconds. Check it out:

Affordable pricing for churches of every size

You can try the new Proclaim free for 30 days. If you decide to subscribe, Proclaim specialists are standing by, eager to help, at 855-715-6467.

Proclaim pricing scales to make exceptional church presentations affordable for churches of all sizes. We don’t charge per download, so you can install Proclaim on as many computers as you like. Likewise, we don’t charge per user—you can collaborate with as many volunteers as you like, without paying extra.

Your whole church benefits from Proclaim. Use it in youth group, Sunday school class, small group, children’s church, church proper, and anywhere else you can think of—all at no extra cost.

Download Proclaim for free at ProclaimOnline.com/Download.

Or break the price into smaller, more manageable interest-free monthly payments—call us at 855-715-6467 to get a phone-only subscription deal!

One of the Most Important Works You’ve Never Read

a-system-of-christian-theologyJohann Heinrich Alsted wrote: “The article of justification is said to be the article by which the church stands or falls.”  The Reformers sought to recover this vital doctrine, which is at the very heart of the gospel. Brave men such as John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Heinrich Bullinger, Theodore Beza, John Knox, and many others gave their lives—often literally—to recover this quintessential doctrine of grace.

But the Reformation recovery of these great truths was immediately threatened by two very different, but equally militant, movements—the Counter-Reformation and the Radical Reformation. The Reformers wrote a great body of literature to guide the church through the time’s treacherous waters, but one generation after the Reformation, there remained little in the way of a comprehensive, rigorously systematized synthesis of Reformed theology to preserve the Reformers’ legacy.

Christian ethics, the needs of the church, and more

In the midst of this battle for truth, the gifted scholar Amandus Polanus provided the Reformed churches with one of the earliest and most extensive Reformed systematic theologies: the Syntagma. This monumental achievement synthesizes the body of Reformed theology into a coherent and rigorous system. Not only does it preserve and defend the Reformers’ original theology; it also presents it in a precise, nuanced way. The Syntagma covers all the topics addressed in standard theologies, and addresses the church’s practical needs with an extensive treatment of Christian ethics.

Polanus’ importance as a preserver of the Reformed tradition and a shaper of its development is undeniable. As a student, he was trained at Basel by Calvin’s successor, Theodore Beza. He later became an influential professor at Basel, where he instructed important figures such as Johannes Wollebius and others who would become the next generation of Reformed theologians and ministers. Polanus’ work served as one of the primary sources that would go on to influence the enduring Reformed confessions, such as the Canons of Dort and the Westminster Standards.

Pre-order before the price goes up!

Lexham Press wants to produce the first-ever English translation of Polanus’ Syntagma, previously available only in rare Latin editions—but we need your help. The more pre-orders we get for this classic, the more quickly we can get it to you. Pre-order your copy of Polanus’ A System of Christian Theology today, and join Polanus in preserving the legacy of the Reformation.

Don’t wait—pre-order your copy before March 7, when the price goes up!

Grow Your Library with March Deals

March sale

This March, we have nearly 200 products on sale! You can get big savings on titles like Vocabulary of the Greek Testament, Learn to Read New Testament Greek, Revelation: Four Views, and many others.

Here are a few bestsellers:

r-a-torrey-collectionR. A. Torrey Collection

Regularly $119.95—on sale for $76.95 (that’s 36% off!)

This 15-volume collection features the most important works of Reuben Archer Torrey, one of the all-time great evangelists. Torrey’s writings are regarded as classics across many fields, including theology, apologetics, Bible exposition, and practical Christian living. Torrey possessed an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the Bible, and he used that knowledge to help readers apply Scripture in practical ways. These volumes represent a goldmine of biblical doctrine and teaching.

Alexander Strauch Church Leadership Series

Regularly $74.95—on sale for $54.95 (that’s 27% off!)

Understand leadership in the church with this eight-volume collection. Alexander Strauch delves into the qualifications of elders and deacons and the biblical roles of men and women; the collection also includes a helpful book on running productive meetings, plus two volumes on the life of Robert Chapman, a biblical leader worth emulating.

the-context-of-scriptureThe Context of Scripture

Regularly $299.95—on sale for $219.95 (that’s $80 off!)

The Context of Scripture is an impressive three-volume collection of ancient Near Eastern writings in English translation. Each translation is accompanied by cross-references to relevant biblical texts, allowing you to easily search for ancient writings that relate to a given passage. The translations also sport extensive notes and thorough bibliographies, so you can understand textual nuance and explore new areas of study.

Dogmatic Theology

Regularly $53.95—on sale for $43.95 (that’s 19% off!)

Called “one of the great systematic theologies in the modern era” and “a classic from a leading Reformed theologian,” William G. T. Shedd’s Dogmatic Theology is one of those monumental works that have truly stood the test of time. The editor, Alan Gomes, considers Dogmatic Theology “one of the finest theological systems ever produced . . . unequaled by anything produced by modern evangelicals.”

These aren’t all the products on sale! Check out all our March deals.

Logos March Madness Begins Today!

March Madness

It’s time: Logos March Madness deals are on their way!

Logos March Madness begins today and runs through March 31. We’ve pitted 64 authors against each other to compete for your votes—Charles Spurgeon, A. W. Tozer, R. C. Sproul, and others. You pick your favorite in each matchup, and the winning authors advance to the next round. Discounts start at 30% and go up with each round: 35%, 40%, 45%, 50%, 60%, and—for the winner—75% off!

Here’s the voting schedule:

  • Round 1: now–March 10 (after voting ends, first coupon codes kick in)
  • Round 2: March 10–14
  • Sweet Sixteen: March 14–18
  • Elite 8: March 18–21
  • Final 4: March 21–25
  • Championships: March 25–31

Each round ends at 4:59 p.m. (Pacific) on the final day of voting. After that, we’ll announce the latest coupon codes, as well as the next round’s matchups, within two hours. We’ll be putting a selection of each author’s works on sale, and you get to decide which authors get the biggest discounts.

Help choose the deals—head over to LogosMarchMadness.com and place your votes right now.

Then stay tuned for big discounts!

Prepare for Easter with 40 Days to the Cross

40 days to the crossThis Wednesday, Christians who follow the Western church calendar will enter a 40-day period of prayer, fasting, and spiritual reflection known as Lent. This spiritual practice is recognized by many high Christian traditions, but it’s also widely practiced in nonliturgical circles.

Lent is a season of preparation that traditionally includes penitence, prayer, and fasting; it culminates in the celebration of Easter.

A fresh perspective for Lent

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In addition to regular Bible readings, devotional resources can bring fresh perspective to this season. Lexham Press is pleased to introduce 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers, a resource that will guide you through Lent. You’ll journey with Augustine, Irenaeus, Thomas à Kempis, Thomas Aquinas, John Newton, Charles Spurgeon, and others as they offer insights into Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection.

You’ll be prompted to the act of confession with readings from the Psalms, and reflect on Christ’s journey to the cross with readings from Matthew. In our busy world, it’s easy to neglect the simple act of self-examination. Probing response questions at the end of each devotional will prompt you to dig deep and then end your devotional in prayer.

40 Days to the Cross will help you contemplate our shared experience of Jesus’ death and resurrection—the very center of our faith.

Get 40 Days the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers for only $8.99 through Sunday!

Cuneiform Studies: Get a Window into the Ancient World

journal-of-cuneiform-studiesEarlier this month, we let you know about a new partnership with The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), an academic organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the culture and history of the Near East.

ASOR, in serving disciplines like biblical studies and archaeology, aims not only to facilitate conversations among academics but to make cutting-edge research accessible outside the academy. Toward this end, ASOR publishes three journals for scholars and lay audiences, and we’ve made several of them available on Pre-Pub. If you’re interested in emerging scholarship in biblical studies and archaeology, you’ll want these resources in your Logos library.

From Hittite ritual to Sumerian folktales

Cuneiform, which originated in what’s now Iraq and developed from pictographs, is one of the earliest-known systems of writing. The Journal of Cuneiform Studies (JCS) was founded in 1947 to explore this window into the ancient world. Featuring articles on the history and languages of the ancient Mesopotamian and Anatolian literate cultures, JCS is published once a year and includes over 140 pages per issue. This particular collection includes 21 years of the JCS catalog—you’ll receive a massive amount of recently published material in the field. With article topics ranging from Hittite ritual to Sumerian folktales, from the practices of Neo-Babylonian court scribes to analysis of archaeological artifacts, this collection gives you a wealth of cutting-edge scholarship.

Expand your understanding of the ancient world—the context of Scripture—with this valuable series. Make your Logos library a richer environment in which to learn about archaeology. Pre-order the Journal of Cuneiform Studies before the price goes up!

Interested in more from ASOR? Check out their other journals on Pre-Pub—Biblical Archaeologist / Near Eastern Archaeology (1992–2011) and the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (1992–2011).

Free Book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer!

BonhoefferDietrich Bonhoeffer was among the most interesting, inspiring people you’ll ever read about. Not only was he a theologian, a poet, a secret-service double agent, a musician, and one of the most famous martyrs of the twentieth century—he also played a role in the famous “July 20″ plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

And through March 31, you can get Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians for free!

The making of a martyr

In the wake of World War I, the Germans were desperate for a strong, proud leader who would guide Germany to economic and social recovery. When the enigmatic Hitler became chancellor and later dictator, much of Germany embraced his ambitious vision. But not everyone was fooled. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a gifted pianist who, despite his aristocratic family’s wishes, became a minister and theologian, was determined to remove the Nazis from power—even if it killed him.

Nothing—not even Hitler’s suffocating grip on civil liberties—could stop Bonhoeffer from preaching the truth. After being banned from openly teaching, Bonhoeffer worked in an underground ministry. After his ministry was discovered and the church became terrified to speak out against Hitler, Bonhoeffer joined the German secret service as a double agent, helping Jews escape Nazi oppression. He even turned down the chance to seek refuge in America, where he was touring as a guest lecturer, writing:

“I have made a mistake in coming to America. I must live through this difficult period in our national history with the Christian people of Germany. I will have no right to participate in the reconstruction of Christian life in Germany after the war if I do not share the trials of this time with my people.”

On April 5, 1943, after returning to Germany, Boenhoeffer was arrested for his resistance efforts. He spent the next year and half incarcerated, and was later moved to Buchenwald. Even while imprisoned, Bonhoeffer continued ministering and developing his theology, much of which is documented in his Letters and Papers from Prison.

On April 9, 1945, one month before Germany surrendered, Bonhoeffer was hanged. A witness said he approached the gallows “brave and composed” and kneeled on the floor “praying fervently to his God.” Even at the precipice of certain death, Bonhoeffer’s faith never wavered.

Get a free book on BonhoefferBonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians

Learn more about Bonhoeffer’s extraordinary life and theology with March’s Free Book of the Month: Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians, which offers dozens of illustrations and insights into Bonhoeffer’s background and legacy.

Through March 31, get Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians for free! Then share this blog post to tell your friends and family about this amazing, limited-time opportunity.

P.S. You can learn more about Bonhoeffer’s life and theology from the man himself. Explore Bonhoeffer’s works on Logos.com.

3 Helpful Commands You Might Not Know About

Logos 5Logos 5 offers so many time-saving features that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Here are three I use on a regular basis:

1. “Update Now”

You can force an update by typing “Update Now” into the command box, which directs Logos to search for updates to both the software and all your resources. Resource updates include things like additional links, typo fixes, and—of course—downloads of new books you’ve recently purchased. Logos updates itself on its own, but Update Now starts the process immediately.

2. “Close All”

My favorite layout includes an exegetical guide, a passage guide, a half-dozen Bibles, four commentaries, and the info tool. I usually start there and, as I study, open even more books, guides, and Bibles. It’s not uncommon for me to end up with three dozen tabs open across four different panes. It would take at least two minutes to close them individually, but I can close them all at once by typing “Close All” into the command box.

3. “Facilitate Serendipitous Discovery”

Many Logos users have multiple thousands of books. With a theological library that large, you might have books you’ve never read—or even opened. The Facilitate Serendipitous Discovery (FSD) command opens a resource at random, so you can get to know even more of your library. Type “FSD” into the command box to start exploring. I use this command daily, and I’m still finding new things.

Bonus: drag to shortcuts bar

All three of these commands can be saved to the shortcuts bar. Just type them and then, rather than pressing enter to execute, drag the command from the dropdown menu into your shortcuts bar, to the right of the command box.

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As you can see, “update now,” “close all,” and “FSD” are the first three items on my shortcuts bar. You can add your favorite Bibles, books, tools, and layouts, too.

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Not studying with Logos 5 yet? You should be. Get it today!

A Legacy Library: How Lewis Sperry Chafer Learned from His Father

lewis-sperry-chaferLewis Sperry Chafer (born this day in 1871) was an American Presbyterian clergyman and educator, born in Rock Creek, Ohio. He studied at New Lyme Academy in Ohio, at Oberlin (Ohio) Conservatory and College, and under C. I. Scofield. He also taught Bible at the Philadelphia School of the Bible from 1914 to 1923. In 1924, he founded the Evangelical Theological College—now Dallas Theological Seminary.

His father, Thomas Franklin Chafer, was a Congregational pastor; he and his wife, Lomira Sperry Chafer, were devoted, caring parents. Thomas died when Lewis was just 11.

Books are heirlooms

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Despite his early passing, Lewis’ father left something behind. He left his library of books, including his beloved John Owen commentary, in which we found this flyleaf while converting the commentary to a Logos resource. First, the Owen commentary belonged to Thomas Franklin Chafer; then it was passed on to young Lewis; from there, it went with Lewis to seminary.

Leaving digital books to your children might not be something you think about when you’re building up your Logos library. But your books—the pages that brought you to a deeper understanding of God’s Word—are one of the most important things you can leave to your child. After all, why would you build up an entire library just for it to be forgotten?

With Logos, you can leave a legacy. Your license is transferable, and it never expires. You can pass your library down for the generations to come.

Thomas Franklin Chafer had it right when he left his library to Lewis—it must have meant so much more to build a library secure in the knowledge that he’d be passing it down to his son. Little did he know that, through Lewis, so many people would be trained up in the study of God’s Word! Lewis Sperry Chafer took that modest library and turned it into a legacy of his own: he went on to become one of the most beloved theologians of the early twentieth century, and he left behind a seminary that’s educated thousands of young teachers.

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Add Chafer’s writings to your own legacy library—get the Lewis Sperry Chafer Collection today.

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!