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Preaching in Cultural Context: An Interview with Dr. Leith Anderson

Dr Leith AndersonWe recently had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals. Dr. Anderson will be teaching one of Knox Theological Seminary‘s courses in January.

1. Please tell us some of your story and describe your time as a pastor.

My father pastored a large church in metropolitan New York City for 33 years, so I grew up in the church and in the parsonage. When I became pastor of a small-town church in Colorado, it was really different—a community of about 20,000 and a congregation of 100-plus. I had to learn a different culture. Then I became pastor of Wooddale Church in suburban Minneapolis, with another culture to learn. As the congregation grew into the thousands, the church culture began to change.

2. Please describe your upcoming course at Knox, “Preaching in Cultural Context.” What are some of the course objectives?

Just as missionaries must learn and adapt to new cultures and languages, so native preachers must learn and adapt to changing subcultures in their homeland. This course will study the theology of culture, how to analyze cultures, and how to preach in culturally relevant ways while remaining biblical.

3. With shifting demographics in America, what do you see as the biggest issue facing the church and its task of communicating Christ in this culture?

There are lots of issues, and they’re changing all the time. The challenge for preachers is to avoid preaching to a generation that died 50 years ago, to preach in today’s terms, and to stick with the Bible in our teaching.

4. What do you hope this class will accomplish? 

The class will compare the cultures and preaching of fellow students in ways that will make us all better preachers in our own cultures.

5. How does what you’re teaching in this class reflect what you’re seeing in the broader Christian spectrum as president of the National Association of Evangelicals? 

Through the National Association of Evangelicals, I get to know an amazing variety of churches, preachers, denominations, and organizations across America and beyond. I am amazed at the good God is doing in the USA and around the world. While there are always problems, I see this as the best of times, filled with opportunity. I look forward to everyone in the class seeing God’s amazing blessings and getting excited about seizing the opportunities of our generation.

6. What are some of the key thinkers and writers on culture who have influenced you?

Over half a century ago, Richard Niebuhr wrote Christ and Culture. It’s a classic on the different approaches Christians take to understanding how we view culture in every place and time. At the other end of our generation are today’s newspapers, magazines, movies, television, and videos, which are expressing the changes in current culture.

7. What do you hope a student will take away from the class?

Students will go home with a deeper understanding of their theology of culture, a fuller engagement with the distinctives of people in their own community, and an excitement to be part of what God is doing through their own churches and communities.

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Further your education. Further your ministry. Apply today to earn your DMin with Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software.

Create and Share Your Christmas Wish List

Giving (and getting!) the perfect Christmas gifts just got easier. Now you can put together a wish list of your favorite Logos resources and share it with your friends and family. They’ll know just what to get you—and if you would receive a discount on any of those resources, they will, too!

To get started, simply log in to your Logos.com account. (If you don’t have one, creating one’s a cinch.) Once you’re logged in, you’ll find “Add to wish list” links on live product pages and search results. Click them to build your wish list.

Then start browsing Logos.com and populating your wish list with those must-have items!

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Reviewing your wish list is as simple as going to your account’s dropdown menu and clicking the “Wish Lists” tab.

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Once you’re ready to share your list with friends and family, go to your wish list and click the share link.

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That will bring up a box with a link you can paste anywhere, or you can choose to click and share to Facebook, Twitter, Faithlife, and other networks.

Purchasing from someone’s wish list

Purchasing a gift from a wish list is easy, but you’ll need a Logos.com account. If you don’t have one, don’t worry—again, you can create one in moments.

Your friend or loved one’s link will direct you to a page full of their most wanted items. When you see an item you’d like to give, simply hit the “Add to cart” link. Want to purchase more than one item? Check all the corresponding boxes (directly to the left of the products) before hitting “Add to cart” up top.

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 At the shopping cart, you can see the item(s) you’ve chosen. You can go back and add to the cart, or remove any items that don’t belong. To the left of the shopping cart, you can also add gift certificates.

Once you’re happy with the items in your cart, hit “Proceed.” If you’re sending a shippable item and you don’t know the recipient’s address, you can always have the item shipped to you. We’ll send shippable items within 48 hours.

Most items are downloadable, though. Once a download gift is unlocked to your loved one’s account, they’ll receive a confirmation email within 48 hours.

Either way, after entering whatever shipping information you need, you’ll be prompted to enter your preferred form of payment, and voilà—you’ve just purchased the perfect gift!

Start browsing, building, and sharing your wish list today! 

Get Christmas Specials All December Long!

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Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is a short three weeks away. That means it’s time for some great discounts on Logos 5 base packages, 12 Days of Logos products, and new and improved bundles!

Logos 5Get 15% off a new Logos 5 base package

Through January 6, use coupon code L5CHRISTMAS to get 15% off any new base package! We’ve handpicked the most useful, in-depth commentaries, lexicons, language and grammar tools, and more, and with our bundling discounts and the Christmas sale, you’ll know you’re getting an outstanding value.

Instead of spending time and money putting together a collection piece by piece, pick from one of our carefully curated base packages at 15% off. There’s a library that’s right for everyone.

12 Days of Logos 2013 BlogThe 12 Days of Logos sale is back—and better than ever!

Each weekday through December 19, we’ll be placing a new item on sale. We’ve got a great lineup this year, and these prices won’t last long—don’t miss out! Head over to 12DaysOfLogos.com, sign up for the email list, and stay up to date on each day’s deal.

Today, the Word Biblical Commentary is on sale for 21% off—that’s up to $150 off the regular price!

The WBC delivers the best in biblical scholarship from some of our time’s leading scholars, emphasizing a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. Don’t miss out—use coupon code 12DAYS2013 and get it today.

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We’ve redesigned our topical bundles and, through January 6, marked them down by 50% (or more!). Each bundle includes all the resources from last year’s version, plus tons of new content. This means that if you already own a bundle, with Dynamic Pricing, you’ll save even more than 50%. For example, if you already own the XL Master Bundle, you’ll get 62% off the newest version!

Don’t wait, though—on January 7, all bundles will double in price. Get yours today.

Logos 5, special 12 Days deals, bundles on the topics you care about—this Christmas season, invest in the best for yourself and your loved ones. Take advantage of Christmas deals before prices go up!

Free Book: Horatius Bonar’s How Shall I Go to God?

how-shall-i-go-to-godAll December long, get Horatius Bonar’s How Shall I Go to God—free!

“In religion faith does not spring out of feeling, but feeling out of faith. The less we feel the more we should trust. We cannot feel right till we have believed.”
—Horatius Bonar

Who was Horatius Bonar?

Horatius Bonar (1808–1889) was a renowned author who came from a long line of ministers in the Church of Scotland. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1838, Bonar was ordained and became pastor of the North Parish, Kelso, where he remained for 28 years. He joined the Free Church of Scotland after “the Great Disruption” of 1843, and in 1853 he earned a doctor of divinity from the University of Aberdeen. In 1867, he took over ministry duties at Chalmers Memorial Church in Edinburgh, and in 1883 he was elected moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

A prolific author and “the Prince of Scottish hymn writers,” he wrote and edited numerous books, biographies, articles, poems, and tracts, plus over 600 hymns, including:

  • “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”
  • “Blessing and Honour and Glory and Power”
  • “Thy Way, Not Mine, O Lord”

In “How Shall I Go to God?” Bonar explores happiness, hope, prayer, death, and more. Bonar offers unique and interesting perspectives on life’s oldest questions.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page to download Bonar’s How Shall I Go to God. Then enter to win the 47 vol. Life and Works of Horatius Bonar before the end of December!

Why I Love Working at Logos: Evan Washkow

Evan WashkowIt’s not just the environment that makes a great workplace; it’s also the people.

Logos is not so much an employer as it is a collector of talented people who love what they do. To me, that’s the most exciting and important thing about working at Logos. Every day, I’m excited to go to work—to hang out with my work buddies, learn new coding techniques, crunch out some amazing web pages, and sometimes even play in a Super Mario Smash Brothers competition.

No drama, no mystery

I think the best thing about Logos’ core values is that there’s no drama, no mystery, no “Oh, what’s so-and-so thinking?” going on in the back of my mind. Everyone is open and honest. Because of that knowledge, I can go confidently from task to task, be myself, ask questions, and even have the freedom to push back on projects that “aren’t quite right.” Most of all, I appreciate the honest feedback that helps me grow as an individual.

In fact, this open and honest atmosphere helps everyone grow together, as a team. Each of us has their own strengths and weaknesses. When we’re open about them, we realize who we are, who we’re not, and also who our teammates are and are not. With this understanding, we get things done quickly by deferring to those who know more than us, and those more experienced individuals take the time to help us grow. Admitting that “I don’t know” is the first step to knowledge; the second is knowing how to find the answers. The atmosphere at Logos helps me to do just that, and as a result, I’m constantly growing and learning.

A fun work environment

Logos is also a fun place to work! Imagine limitless soda, limitless espresso, food-truck stakeouts in the summer, air hockey, ping-pong, Nerf wars, foosball, and gaming tournaments at the office—that’s Logos. We get a lot of work done each day, and we have a blast doing it. All these options (and more) help me work harder, longer, and faster—and help me enjoy my job that much more. They’re just kind of the cherry on top that makes my job feel fun, special, and important.

Logos has done more than just collect talented people. It’s succeeded in creating an atmosphere of growth and community: we’re encouraged to work hard and have fun!

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We’re hiring awesome people. Check out Logos.com/Careers today!

10 Humbling Quotes on Thankfulness

Thankfulness QuotesThanksgiving is a time to get together with our closest friends and family, reflect on our blessings, and enjoy conversation over a delicious communal meal. It’s a time to thank God for every little thing he’s given us—and, hopefully, a time to remember how important it is to be thankful year-round.

Here are 10 quotes that remind us of the importance of giving thanks:

1. “If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to all happiness and all perfection, he must tell you to make a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you.” —William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

2. “The Christian’s life should be one of thankfulness to God.” —Charles Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, vol. 5

3. “We do not always know what is right. It is not always clear whether or not we should move. What we should say is not known in every situation. But there is one word which should never be far from our lips. It is ‘thanks’ (1 Thess. 5:18).” —Wayne Detzler, Living Words in Philippians

4. “Gratitude has a big job to do in us and our hearts. It is one of the chief ways that God infuses joy and resilience into the daily struggle of life.” —Nancy Leigh DeMoss, The Quiet Place

5. “It’s hard to give thanks for the consequences of evil. Gratitude in bad circumstances goes counter to our natural inclinations. But we are told to give thanks under every circumstance of life (Eph. 5:20).” —Al Detter, Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook

6. “The verbal utterances concerning Thanksgiving Day are mostly focused on visiting friends and loved ones, and of course, eating a bountiful turkey dinner. Yet without the biblical precedent of God’s people giving thanks, along with the example of the Pilgrims, we would not have this noteworthy holiday.” —Alvin J. Schmidt, How Christianity Changed the World

7. “Truly, we have much to thank God for, but if we would be thankful, we must set our hearts to do it with a will. We grumble and complain without thought, but we must think to give thanks.” —Samuel Logan Brengle, Take Time to be Holy

8. “Don’t complain when you’re in bad circumstances; cultivate a heart of thankfulness instead. If you’re not a thankful person, it’s because you think you deserve better circumstances than those you currently have. But if you got what you deserved, you’d be in hell. That goes for all of us. So be thankful for whatever God gives you. That will take all the sourness out of your life.” —John MacArthur, The Master’s Plan for the Church

9. “Thanklessness is a terrible disregard of God’s goodness.” —Lynn Garder, What the Bible Says about Suffering

10. “As we walk by the seashore, gaze in wonder at the stars, or smell the fragrance of a flower, we are to sense God speaking to us through His creation. And, seeing Him, we are to worship and give thanks.” —Larry Richards, The 365-Day Devotional Commentary

Spend today thanking God, but don’t let it stop there. Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday; it’s an ongoing state of praise and thankfulness for the many blessings in our lives.

Study the Old Testament with Logos Mobile Education

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Earlier this year, the era of Logos Mobile Education began with the Pre-Pub release of the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle. Mobile Ed brings the professors, the library, the visual demonstrations of software features, and the online classroom community directly to you—on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. It’s education where you are.

The Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle includes nine courses, several of which acquaint you with how the Bible presents a strategic, epic story in an intelligent, deliberate way. One of these courses is OT101: Introducing Old Testament; Its Structure and Story.

What will I learn in OT101?

OT101 traces the epic history of God’s activity with humanity through his people, Israel, by focusing on the major themes of those Old Testament books that narrate Israel’s history from the call of the patriarch Abraham through the return from exile. Genesis through 2 Kings, 1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah were originally written to capture this history and tell the theological story behind the events. The content of OT101 is not verse-by-verse exposition, but instead the important topics and threads that run throughout Israel’s story, showing how each book contributes to the Old Testament’s presentation of God’s plan to establish a people and kingdom.

Scholars divide this biblical history and its literary presentation into two sections: the Primary History (Genesis through 2 Kings, minus Ruth) and the Chronicler’s History (1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah). Consequently, OT101 proceeds as follows:

I. Understanding Narrative Structures

II. The Primary History

  • The Concept
  • Genesis: Blessing for the Nations
  • Exodus: Rescue and Relationship
  • Leviticus: Holiness
  • Numbers: Human Failings and Divine Faithfulness
  • Deuteronomy: Loyalty and Love
  • Joshua: Inheriting the Promise
  • Judges: The Need for a King
  • Samuel: The Rise of the Kingdom
  • Kings: The Demise of the Kingdom

III. The Chronicler’s History

  • The Concept
  • Chronicles: Experiencing Restoration
  • Ezra/Nehemiah: Building God’s House

Take the next step—or get started—on your journey to greater biblical and theological knowledge today with the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle.

A Place for Hope: An Interview with Dr. Gregory Jantz (Part 2)

Dr Gregory JantzRecently, Logos had the opportunity to speak with author Dr. Gregory Jantz, founder of A Place for Hope, a treatment center in Seattle for individuals struggling with addiction, depression, trauma, and other life challenges. This is the second part of a two-part interview—if you missed part one, catch up here.

Dr. Jantz, we currently have eight of your books in the Logos format, including Controlling Your Anger Before It Controls You. What can you tell us about anger? Is anger healthy or unhealthy to feel and express?

While planning this book, I realized I could exchange the word “anger” with the word “hurt.” Many times, we feel hurt and don’t know what to do with it, so it turns into anger. This book explains how to address our hurt before it becomes anger. Otherwise, the next stage is resentment, then bitterness. It creates an embittered spirit within us without our even realizing what’s occurring. [This embittered spirit] then leads to other issues, such as depression and addiction.

According to your book Healthy Habits, Happy Kids, how has culture affected interactions within families?

Culture has changed the act of sitting down to have a meal together, and that has nutritional consequences. Now we’re accustomed to this instant, fast-food culture, and even when families do sit down at the dinner table, it’s condensed because everyone is used to going so fast. Conversation is short because phones are out and texting goes on at the dinner table—that’s a problem.

You have two books that go together, Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Your Anger and Battles Men Face: Strategies to Win the War Within. What are the differences between men and women when it comes to dealing with internal struggles?

Women have a stronger tendency to internalize hurt and anger. Once internalized, that hurt and anger are transformed into something else. It may be depression; it may be an eating disorder. Men often deal with their anger more outwardly, perhaps through sports or some physical way of acting out.

In your book How to De-stress Your Life, what sources and solutions do you identify?

People become stressed, but they keep going and going. Then they become burned out, stop sleeping well, stop eating nutritiously, and yet still keep going. The final stage of stress hits, which is whole emotional exhaustion. This is the man in my office saying, “Dr. Jantz, it takes energy just to breathe.” The solution to this is to start administering self-care.

What does that self-care look like?

It’s dealing with the three deadly emotions: anger, fear, and guilt. A person who’s emotionally healthy knows not only how to manage those three, but also how to bring about a healthy response. They don’t injure themselves or others when they’re angry; they go to their faith when fear arises.

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All these titles are available in the Gregory Jantz Collection, currently on Pre-Pub for 25% off. Get yours before prices go up!

Advance Your Bible Study with Lexham Press

Lexham-Press-logo_Black_1000x588Logos Bible Software just moved all of its original content under the imprint of Lexham Press. Lexham Press provides biblical content to advance scholarship and equip the church. We create digital-first Bible study resources, scholarly works, and Bible Study Magazine. Our designed-digital content never goes out of date because we continuously update it.

Here are four ways Lexham Press advances your Bible study.

Study the Bible

Lexham Press publishes the Bible in its original languages and literal, English translations. With thousands of explanatory notes, you can read the Bible through the lens of the translators. Our digital editions of the Bible in its original languages are morphologically tagged; behind each one is research that capitalizes on over 20 years of Bible technology developed by Logos Bible Software. See how we can improve your Bible study.

Interpret the Bible

Whether you’re a scholar or new to Bible study, Lexham Press helps you interpret the Bible. Our products simplify the process of learning and speed up research. We also provide original translations of historical theology, present the work of top theologians in elegant formats, and publish original research. Increase the efficiency of your Bible research.

Preach the Bible

Freeing up a pastor’s time benefits the entire church. Often, time is lost finding that perfect quote or prayer, designing a slide, or asking the right interpretation questions. Lexham Press gives the preacher back time by resolving these difficulties while making sermons more memorable and exciting. Free up your time with our pastoral content.

Apply the Bible

Lexham Press helps you apply the Bible—making the Bible more accessible and exciting. Our devotionals and application focused commentaries take full advantage of the technology of Logos Bible Software. Enrich your devotional time with our resources.

To advance your Bible study, speed up your sermon preparation, and help you find answers fast, we’re working with top Bible scholars from around the world, and employ a team of scholars and editors. We’re here to further God’s Kingdom with you.

Study, interpret, preach, and apply the Bible with Lexham Press. Check out the content catalog today at LexhamPress.com.

Stream Free Bible Art to Your Mobile Devices

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Bible Screen brings Scripture to life by streaming nonstop Bible verse art and animations straight to your computer, television, digital photo frames, tablet, or phone.

Featuring original artwork that plays with or without music, Bible Screen gives you all-day inspiration through one simple application.

Bible Screen is more than a screensaver—it’s a new way to share your faith. By streaming continuous biblical art in your home, church, classroom, or workplace, you can use Bible Screen to inspire yourself and others. Check it out:

Turn any screen into a digital photo frame

Bible Screen isn’t just for computers, Roku screens, and digital photo frames. With Bible Screen, you can turn any screen into a digital photo frame—even your tablet, iPhone, or Android device.

Why turn your phone and tablet off when you can use them to showcase your faith? While you’re charging your device, you can stream Bible text animations and Scripture art. When you’re at your desk, at a coffee shop, or with your loved ones, you can stream beautiful biblical inspiration. Wherever you are, Bible Screen is a great way to share and enjoy the Word.

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Start streaming free Bible art today: download Bible Screen for your iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android device.