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5 Great Ways to Put the Rest of Your 2013 Book Budget to Use

500-book-mega-pack-blogThe year’s nearly over—there are only a couple of days left! If you have more 2013 book budget than you have time left to use it, here are some suggestions to help you take advantage of your funds while you still can.

1. The 500 Book Mega Pack

This isn’t just the biggest bang for your buck this season—it’s the greatest deal we’ve ever offered. You won’t find these 500 books in any base package, and you’ll get an unbelievable discount—more than 96% off! That’s an even better discount than you get with Portfolio.

These are resources you’d normally pay more than $10,600 for—and right now, you’re only paying $399.99. But you’ll have to hurry: this offer is only good through December 31. Come January 1, this collection will disappear entirely—you won’t find it at any price!

2. Logos bundles

Another great option for putting the rest of your annual budget to good use is to pick up one of our new, improved topical bundles, which come in various sizes to fit your budget. Whatever your interests—theology, language, ministry, culture—the perfect bundle is waiting for you. And for just a little while longer, all bundles are 50% off!

If you’ve already purchased one of last year’s bundles, now’s the perfect time to upgrade—you won’t pay for the books you already own, and you’ll get all the new content for half the price.

3. A new base package

Not a Logos 5 user? Now’s the time to jump into a new base package! Pick up one up today for 15% off, and put the power of Logos 5 to work for you.

Josh McDowell calls Logos “a must-have for anyone who is serious about understanding the Word.” You’re going to love doing deeper study in less time. And, as with our other deals, you’ll get a discount based on the titles you already own.

4. Book Cache

Still not sure what to do with your leftover budget? Start a Book Cache subscription! You can invest the rest of this year’s budget—and some (or all) of next year’s—in a special account to use on future Logos products.

With Book Cache, you can stockpile Logos credit and always have the funds available to take advantage of amazing deals. If your school or church offers a regular book budget, Book Cache is the perfect library-building tool.

Start your subscription today!

5. More Logos deals

We still have quite a few Christmas deals available—check out all the 12 Days of Logos deals, or, with coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFERS, get special savings on favorite Logos resources.

Don’t forget: with an interest-free payment plan, you can take advantage of Christmas deals, start using your new books right away, and stretch out your payments for up to 18 months!

Don’t let your book budget go to waste—take advantage of Logos savings before the end of the year!

Call Today for Phone-Only Deals!

In addition to taking advantage of our Christmas sale, right now you can call in for amazing deals on some of our top-selling products! We’ve selected a variety of resources—commentaries, collections, study resources, and more—so there’s something for everyone.

We’re not announcing the pricing here: to find out just how much you’ll save, call us at 800-875-6467 or email us at Sales@Logos.com. But we can say that these are some of the best prices you’ll find on some of our best-selling products. Don’t miss out—call now!

Here are just a few resources you can save on:

the-essential-ivp-reference-collection-version-3The Essential IVP Reference Collection 

Call us at 800-875-6467 to get the sale price!

The Essential IVP Reference Collection gives you works from many of today’s best biblical and theological scholars—you’ll get not only commentaries but also dictionaries covering biblical studies, NT Greek, theological terms, and apologetics and the philosophy of religion.

Charles Ryrie Collection

Call us at 800-875-6467 to get the sale price!

Renowned writer and theologian Charles C. Ryrie, one of the most respected and prolific Bible scholars living today, is a widely influential voice in evangelical Christianity. The Charles Ryrie Collection gives you many of Ryrie’s key works on inerrancy, the rapture, and premillenialism—texts that have profoundly influenced dispensationalist theology for the past half century.

the-united-bible-societies-new-testament-handbook-seriesThe United Bible Societies’ New Testament Handbook Series

Call us at 800-875-6467 to get the sale price!

This 20-volume set of detailed commentaries provides valuable exegetical, historical, cultural, and linguistic information on the original texts. The series has been especially useful to translators worldwide.

Have a certain product in mind? These aren’t all the sale items: call us at 800-875-6467 or email us at Sales@Logos.com to find out what else is on sale.

But don’t wait—these prices won’t last much longer!

Why I Did It—The Truth Comes Out

nevergiveupSee the frog? That’s me.

Whether it’s a good idea or not, I’m the guy that never wants to give up. When I see my favorite NFL team punting the ball or going for the field goal at “4th and goal” it drives me nuts—I would go for the first or the touchdown every time. Now I’m no football expert, and I am sure smarter, more experienced coaches than I, are simply playing the percentages, but there’s something in me that always wants to win now, or go out in a blaze of glory trying.

A few weeks ago it became clear, here at Logos, that we were within striking distance of a major milestone for our company, but it didn’t look certain that we would make it. Can you imagine how this messed with my head?

Instead of planning our work, and working our plan, I went into full on “bull-in-a-china-shop” mode to do whatever it took to hit the milestone. I knew there was no way my poor confused brain would be able to handle coming so close to the finish line, only to come crashing down in an unceremonious, yet spectacular, crash just inches short of crossing it.

Long story short: I “Mega Packed” Christmas.

The new 500 Book Mega Pack is my “blaze of glory” effort to end this year firmly across the finish line of our goals. Plain and simple, it is not normal, it is extremely rare, it is massively discounted, and it may be your only opportunity ever to take advantage of my obsessive compulsive desire to hit goals, and make you a huge winner too. I know that I can’t get there without you, so I had to do what it takes to reward you with an unbelievably compelling offer for helping me reach my goals.

With fewer than a dozen days left in the year, something spectacular had to be done to “move the needle” enough to guarantee victory. We had to do something extreme.

Mega Pack is extreme.

It is not just another product or promotion. It is the biggest discount we have ever offered. In fact, it is so good I actually asked my team not to allow dynamic pricing on it, because the discount was already bigger than anything we had ever done before. Credit to whom credit is due, and good news for you… my team fought for you, to make it even better, and pleaded to let you win twice and combine the best discount we’ve ever had with even further discounting from your dynamic price.

You’ll notice that Mega Pack doesn’t have the same look and feel of most of our marketing. It is hyped, sensational, and perhaps a bit cheesy. That’s my fault. I assure you I will back off the cheese and let our high standards of elegance return once this promotion is over. The reason for the cheese is to stand out and shake you by the shoulders and plead with you to realize the truth. We knew we had to make something this extremely incredible to get your attention and convince you to spend your money now—just so we could hit our goal for this year. We can both win, and that’s a good thing.

It really will go away, forever.

Now that you know the truth behind why this product is so incredibly discounted and hyped, you’ll forgive us for forcing everyone to place their orders for it before the end of the year, because the reality is we are really just trying to hit a goal, not make more money. As crazy as that sounds, it is the truth. That’s why we are discontinuing the product at the end of the year, even though we know it could make a lot of money in the future. The goal is right before us, and we need to hit it now, because once December 31 passes, it won’t matter anymore. I’d rather hit the goal now than make more money overall. I know, I have a problem. (Fortunately I know where to get some great biblical counseling books.)

Please don’t blame the team for my cheese.

Now I’ve been saying “me,” “my,” and “I” all over this post… but please don’t get it wrong, all the work that went into creating this massive product and promotion from scratch in just a few days was put in by the incredible team of amazing people at Logos, right before Christmas. All I did was be unreasonably obsessive compulsive and throw a wrench in the spokes of the well laid plans they were already executing on. Please reward the team’s work by buying the Mega Pack (and if you appreciate all their hard work, please show it with a kind word for them in the comments section below). Thanks!

So there you have it. The 500 Book Mega Pack is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get the best discount we have ever offered on a massive $10,000.00+ library of books, for a ridiculously small fraction of that price, and I can feel all warm and fuzzy about hitting a goal, (hmm I can’t help but feel that you are getting the bigger win here) but you have to act now!

Order the 500 Book Mega Pack online or call 888-875-9491 to order now!

You might not believe I’d say this…

I know it sounds crazy to hear me to say it, but the Mega Pack may not be for you. Really, you don’t have to buy it. Did you get that? One more time to be sure—don’t let the marketing hype push you into a bad financial position—seriously. It doesn’t matter how good the deal is if it is not a good idea for your finances. If you can’t afford this (or any impulse luxury you don’t need) don’t buy it. I’d rather completely miss this goal than push one person into dire financial straits.

Just because it is the best discount we have ever offered, doesn’t mean you have to have it. Yes it is a great deal, but if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it. I’d hate to think that you made a poor financial decision for you or your family because I felt a compulsion to hit a goal that was set just for fun. We are not a publicly traded company, we have no one to impress, we are doing great, we aren’t even talking about what the goal is. I just thought it would be fun to hit the goal, and I wanted you to be blessed with an unprecedented opportunity to get a huge library of books that are sure to help you continue to explore and discover the wonders of the Word of God, at an amazing discount, so we both win big. You get an incredible deal, I get bragging rights. Hey wait a second, now that I “say it out loud” it doesn’t seem like I’m making such a great call here, what I am I going to do with bragging rights? Oh well, that ship has sailed. It’s alright if you are winning more than I am, I don’t mind.

Why are you reading when you should be dialing?

If money is no object, or if a payment plan of $39 per month or less is not a strain, you should be dialing 888-875-9491 right now. If you don’t call right now (and please note the area code is “888″ not “800″) or add the Mega Pack to your shopping cart in the next sixty seconds, I won’t feel sorry for you when you realize you really did want it come January, and the only way you can get it is to meticulously add 500 books to your cart and shell out $10,000.00 or so. I guess it is your call, $399.95 now or $10,000.00 later, hmm, tough call. OK, honestly I will feel sorry for you, so maybe I’ll shave a few thousand dollars off that $10,000.00 order, but it still won’t be $399.95 like it is now while you still have time.

Buy the 500 Book Mega Pack online or call 888-875-9491 to order now!

In Christ We See God’s Glory

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We are flesh. We are limited by human bodies in a world cursed with sin. The strongest among us are still weak. The healthiest among us still become sick. Our bodies don’t always work the way they’re supposed to. And eventually, our flesh will succumb to that last enemy, death.

Contrast our condition with that of God. He is not bound by flesh, for he is spirit (John 4:24). He is the Alpha and the Omega, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8). God does not fear sickness or death, for he alone has immortality; he dwells in unapproachable light, and no one has ever seen or can see him (1 Timothy 6:16). He is the King of the Ages, our immortal, invisible God, and to him belong the honor and glory forever (1 Timothy 1:17).

God became flesh for us

But beyond all his power and greatness, God’s defining attribute is love (1 John 4:8). And that incomprehensible love caused him to give up everything for us. Jesus—the Word of God, who is God—became a human.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” —John 1:14

God, who is spirit, became flesh. The one who is, who was, and who is to come stepped into our time. The Almighty made himself weak. The immortal God made himself mortal. The invisible God made himself visible—in Christ we see God’s incredible glory!

Perhaps no one put it more poetically than Charles Wesley in a verse of his well-known hymn “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”:

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail the incarnate Deity,
Pleased as man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Yet even that has been criticized for being too imprecise. He was not merely “veiled in flesh”—Jesus actually became fully human. The author of Hebrews wrote that “he had to be made like his brothers in every respect” (Hebrews 2:17).

The greatest sacrifice

Still, becoming one of us was not Jesus’ greatest sacrifice: “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). His entrance into this world as a human was just the first step leading up to the pinnacle of history, when Jesus—the immortal God—would die on a cross for our sins.

But Jesus did not stay dead! On the third day, God raised him back to life. And today, Jesus “is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven” (Hebrews 8:1). Christ’s body is now powerful, glorified, and imperishable.

One day, we who have placed our faith in him will be raised to a new body (1 Corinthians 15:42–44). Until then, let us praise God for the incredible gift we have been given—his Son, Jesus Christ, come in the flesh to dwell among us.

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Rediscover the wonder of God’s glory at Logos.com/Christmas.

Just Like He Promised

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As God was escorting Adam and Eve out of the only home they’d ever known, he paused for a moment to make a promise. They had eaten of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, breaking the only prohibition God had given them. They had sinned, and their punishment was to forfeit their perfect home and the peace they enjoyed there. God cast them into a life of pain and hardship, defined by labor. Sin permanently altered the world. But there was a single ray of hope—a promise (Genesis 3:15) that God renewed with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

God reminded each new generation that he’d not forgotten. He’d not forgotten their plight. He’d not forgotten his promise.

God keeps his promises

Theologians call this promise, the first of its kind, the Protoevangelium. I’ve often wondered if Joseph thought of it when the Angel of the Lord gave him the name of the child that Mary was carrying, renewing that promise yet again: “you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” —Matthew 1:21

Jesus’ arrival shouldn’t have surprised anyone. For years he’d been promising to come, but many people expected their God to arrive in a dramatic, victorious way. They believed the messiah should arrive triumphantly, astride a stallion, backed by the army of heaven. But God delivered on his promise in a humble roadside inn in one of the most modest towns in the whole country. There arrived the world’s hope. There, God proved once again that he keeps his promises.

Christmas: a reminder of his faithfulness

Even though God has kept all his promises throughout history, and preserved his Word in a compelling, error-free record; even though God has never given me any reason to doubt his faithfulness, power, or love; yet I still doubt—not always actively, but I’m often surprised when God keeps a promise to me. Why?

I don’t know all the reasons, but each year, the Christmas season reminds me that God’s faithfulness outlasts my belief in him. God’s goodness exceeds my expectations. Even though Adam and Eve were long gone, even though their descendants had long stopped believing, he fulfilled his promise.

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Rediscover the wonder of God’s faithfulness at Logos.com/Christmas.

 

Get Today’s Deals with Tomorrow’s Budget

Logos 5 Spring SaleRight now, you can use coupon code L5CHRISTMAS to get 15% off a new Logos 5 base package. This is a great time to get special savings on your dream library: with an interest-free payment plan, you can include a base package in your 2014 budget without breaking the bank. Lock in your discounts and start using your new library today—but spread out the payments over up to 12 months!

Expand your library with the 500 Book Mega Pack

Base packages are already an awesome deal, but for a limited time, you can add even more books at an incredible discount. The 500 Book Mega Pack gives you 500 classic titles for just $399.95—that’s 96% off! None of these titles appear in any base package, so you’ll get tons of additional content to enhance your studies.

500-book-mega-pack-blogJust like with base packages, when you add this collection to your library, you can pay later and start benefiting from your new resources right away. And if you purchase the 500 Book Mega Pack with Logos 5 Platinum or higher, you can even spread out the costs over a full 18 months!1 Platinum plus the 500 Book Mega Pack will give you a total of 1,870 resources—for less than $1.20 each. With an 18-month plan, all those resources will cost just $129 per month. You’ll get all of Logos 5’s features, and your library, interconnected with additional resources, will become even more powerful.

Time is running out!

You need to act now to take advantage of these savings—come midnight on December 31, the 500 Book Mega Pack will be gone forever.

Get 15% off a new Logos 5 base package today, and make the payments easy with the plan that’s right for you. Just use coupon code L5CHRISTMAS at checkout, but hurry—these discounts won’t last long!

  1. Extended 18-month payment plans are available only for purchases over $1,900. []

Get Our Bestselling Bundles for 50% Off!

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Bundles are one of the best ways to get the library you want at a fantastic price. Whether you want to be a better counselor, improve your sermon-writing skills, or get comfortable across multiple disciplines, each will help you become an expert in your field.

Now’s the time to build your library with powerful, applicable resources: get 50% off topical bundles!

Bestselling bundles, huge savings

If you can’t decide between our 19 new and improved bundles, start with our bestsellers:

Master Bundle, ver. 2, XL (1,588 vols.)Master Bundle

Regularly $14,779.90—get it for $7,389.95 (or $416/month for 18 months)

The Master Bundle is our bestselling bundle for a reason: it features essential resources across the most popular disciplines and includes every resource from the individual bundles—at a massive discount. Learn about preaching, counseling, healthy families, healthy churches, biblical history, and more. Whether you’re a preacher, a teacher, a seminarian, or a layperson looking to expand the scope of your biblical knowledge, if you want a lot of books at an incredible price, this is the bundle for you.

Marriage and Family Bundle, ver. 2, L (27 vols.)

Regularly $219.90—get it for $109.95

Establish a strong Christian foundation in your home, and learn how to teach others to do the same. Get tips for better communication with your spouse and children, and learn to balance ministry with family life. This bundle includes resources written specifically to help men become better husbands, leaders, and fathers.

Preaching Bundle, ver. 2, XL (45 vols.)Preaching Bundle v2

Regularly $339.90—get it for $169.95

This 10-volume collection is packed with some of history’s best sermons and other resources to help strengthen your preaching ministry. Start crafting more effective sermons, become a more powerful public speaker, and learn from the greats. If you’re a church leader wanting to change lives and grow in your ministry, this bundle is for you!

Philosophy & Apologetics Bundle, ver. 2, XL (28 vols.)

Regularly $237.90—get it for $118.95

Get accessible, scriptural answers to the toughest theological questions. Learn how to respond to the teaching and arguments of Mormonism, examine the relevance of the creation vs. evolution debate, study the problems Islam presents to Christian apologetics, and much more. This bundle provides relevant resources that respond to some of today’s biggest philosophical debates.

Get the library you really want, with the resources you really need: take half off bundles today!

Get Christmas Deals under $100!

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From 15% off Logos 5 base packages to 50% off topical bundles to the 500 Book Mega Pack (at 96% off!), Logos’ Christmas sale has something for everyone! You can see all the deals at Logos.com/Christmas, but here are a few standouts under $100. Just use coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFERS to save:

lexham-high-definition-new-testament-esv-editionLexham High Definition New Testament: ESV Edition

Regularly: $79.95 | now: $59.96

This three-volume collection’s innovative visual presentation unlocks literary and grammatical insight previously available to only the most advanced Greek scholars. You’ll get a full New Testament, annotated to emphasize meaning, plus a glossary of critical terminology and an introduction to the discipline of discourse. This resource is unique to Logos Bible Software—there isn’t another study tool like it anywhere in the world.

R. C. Sproul Digital Library (24 vols.)r-c-sproul-digital-library

Regularly: $79.95 | now: $51.97

R. C. Sproul has become a standard-bearer of the Reformed tradition, influencing a new generation of Calvinists through his daily radio program and his writings. Now digitally compiled and networked with other Logos resources, Sproul’s works on theology and Christian living are more useful than ever before. This collection includes a single-volume commentary, a powerful dictionary of theology, and many articles compiled in one place for the first time. No matter your faith tradition, you’ll benefit from such a clear articulation of Reformed theology.

MacArthur Lifeworks Librarymacarthur-lifeworks-library-20

Regularly: $71.99 | now: $43.19

When it comes to Bible study, few are more diligent than John MacArthur: many have reported that he’s faithfully maintained 30 hours of Bible study a week throughout 30 years of ministry. Pick up the MacArthur Lifeworks Library and you’ll start benefiting from all that diligent study. In addition to MacArthur’s own works, this collection gives you many of the study tools that Dr. MacArthur most frequently cites, such as Larry Pierce’s Tense, Voice, Mood Analysis of the Bible and the New Strong’s Guide to Bible Words.

Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (EDT), 2nd ed.evangelical-dictionary-of-theology-edt-2nd-ed

Regularly: $53.95 | now: $40.46

Published in 1986, the EDT quickly became a go-to text for first-year theology students. The life’s work of Walter Elwell of Wheaton College, the EDT became all the more popular and useful after a thorough revision in 2001. The Logos edition is tagged by topic, so you’ll see its content in your Passage Guide and Sermon Starter, offering a helpful starting point for all your theological studies.

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Visit Logos.com/Christmas to see all 15 deals under $100. Hurry—these prices disappear soon. Don’t forget to use coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFERS at checkout to take advantage of these special Christmas prices!

24-Hour Deal: Get 70% Off the D. A. Carson Bundle!

social-200Vyrso’s biggest sale of the year continues with the latest 24 Days of Vyrso deal: for the next 24 hours, get 70% off the D. A. Carson Bundle!

D. A. Carson is one of today’s most notable Bible scholars. On top of his work as a respected professor, author, and speaker, Carson is president of The Gospel Coalition—a fellowship of evangelical churches committed to developing Christ-centered ministries. Carson has written or edited about 60 books, including an entire line of Gospel Coalition books coauthored and coedited with Timothy Keller. (These works include Gospel-Centered Ministry and The Holy Spirit, both of which are less than $3 on Vyrso!)

D. A. Carson Bundle

Regularly $46.97—get it for $13.99 through December 20!Scandalous

Here’s what you get:

  1. Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of JesusThis book discusses the irony, scandal, and greatness of the work done on the cross. Carson looks at Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection through the lenses of history and theology, highlighting significant theological truths.
  2. Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom CarsonBy sorting through his father’s journals and written prayers, D. A. Carson presents a firsthand look at the sacrifices and triumphs of full-time ministry during a little-known era in North American history. This book serves to remind anyone involved in church leadership that, although your role can bring great sacrifices, the joy of serving God is even greater.
  3. Collected Writings on ScriptureExplore a scholar’s reflection on the doctrine of Scripture. This book includes a collection of essays and critical book reviews that examine some of today’s most discussed theological issues.

Hurry! This bundle expires December 20 at 7:59 a.m. (EST)! Get the D. A. Carson Bundle for 70% off, and check Vyrso.com tomorrow for the next 24-hour bundle.

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!