Your New Go-To Place for Theological Discussion

There are a lot of logical or cultural sayings people believe are biblical that can’t be found in the Bible. Right now, on Christian Discourse, there’s a conversation examining some of these familiar sayings.

Nate Smoyer asked: “What are common sayings or teachings you’ve heard, or have had spoken to you, that aren’t found in the Bible?”

Here’s one response:

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What common teachings do you know that are mistaken as biblical? Share them with the Christian Discourse community!

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Christian DiscourseChristian Discourse is a place for honest conversations about the things that matter most. It’s designed to guide you in exploring Christianity through discussion. You’ll find conversations on theology, apologetics, devotional thoughts, Bible questions, and more—all tied to Christian living. Discover biblical insights from followers of Christ on our culture’s most pertinent issues and our world’s most pressing troubles.

And here’s the best part: you can join in and contribute to the discussion. Your thoughts and concerns matter—Christian Discourse is a safe place to share them with your family in Christ.

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Can Christians Really Do “All Things”?

Bible Study Magazine with Lysa TerkeurstFrom infographics to insights, Bible Study Magazine provides you with engaging, in-depth articles that help you dig deep into the biblical text. The September–October ’14 issue on Philippians is no exception. Derek R. Brown sheds light on the deeper life-slogan behind the oft-quoted phrase, “I can do all things” (Phil. 4:13). Michael S. Heiser explains what Paul was saying when he warned the Philippians to “look out for the dogs” and “those who mutilate the flesh” (Phil. 3:2). Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine today, and you’ll also get the following articles on one of Paul’s most joyful letters:

  • A Fruitful Partnership: Nijay K. Gupta explores the financial rhetoric in Paul’s letter—helping us better understand the relationship between the church and money today.
  • Feeling Anxious? E. Tod Twist examines the Greek behind Paul’s exhortation to “not be anxious about anything” to understand how we really can “rejoice in the Lord always.”
  • Watch Your Language! Michael S. Heiser looks at Paul’s surprising use of scatological language in Philippians.

This issue also includes our regular lineup of Bible study insights. In this issue, you’ll receive:

  • A new eight-week Bible study on 1–3 John: Carrie Sinclair Wolcott writes about what it means to live as lights in the darkness.
  • A feature story on the Romanian church: Pastor Gelu Paul-Faina shares the challenges the Romanian church through both oppression and freedom.
  • A cover story on Lysa TerKeurst: The president of Proverbs 31 Ministries discusses her faith story and her Bible study methods.

For only $19.95 (30% off the cover price!), you can gain access to a full year of such insights and features.

Subscribe now and start your subscription with the September–October ’14 issue!

Just Released: Proverbs 31 Bible-Art Video

Sharing the beauty of the Word has never been easier—our new Proverbs 31 video brings Scripture to life through color, sound, and animation.

At Logos, not only do we write code that matters, but we also create original artwork to encourage and inspire. Our video team focuses on creating compelling graphics that help you see familiar verses with fresh eyes.

The Proverbs 31 woman—“a woman who fears the Lord”—has been a biblical role model for thousands of years, and this video was created to inspire growth in her honorable attributes.  Share this encouraging video with those you love.

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Fill your church and home with this newly-released Bible-art video. Here are three ways to enjoy and share our Bible artwork:

1. Stream Bible Screen

Bible Screen brings the Bible to life by streaming continuous Bible verse art and animation straight to your computer, TV, and digital photo frames. Featuring original Bible artwork that can be played with or without music, Bible Screen gives you all-day inspiration—for free.

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Want even more media you can share with your church? You’ll get these Bible-verse videos, along with a media library worth over $1,000.00—get 30 days of Proclaim Church Presentation Software for free!

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Be the first to get the latest Bible-verse videos, access hundreds of free tutorials, and hear what influential Christian leaders have to say about Logos. Don’t miss out: subscribe now!

Inspire your loved ones: share the Proverbs 31 video today!

Get Everything You Need to Excel This School Year

logos-back-to-school-saleOur back-to-school sale is here! Save on some of your favorite resources in three categories: commentaries, ancient languages, and reference works, plus 32 additional selections you’re going to love. Get these discounted works now—with some of our most popular resources on sale, these deals won’t last long!

Add hundreds of popular volumes to your library

We’ve reduced prices on some of our most-requested resources. And, for the first time, we’re offering a special option: buy all four products in the category to save even more! For example, the Hermeneia, BECNT, WBC, and ICC sets would normally cost you $4,709.80. But when you buy all four together from the back-to-school sale, you save over $1,600.00! That’s only $131 per month for 24 months with an interest-free payment plan.

Additionally, we combed through the 40,000+ resources in the Logos library and selected the best sets, collections, bundles, and individual volumes for your study. Whether you’re a student, pastor, small group leader, or just someone who wants to get the most out of their Bible study, the back-to-school sale is one you can’t afford to miss.

Save on Logos 5

Bring all your resources together in one centralized location with a Logos 5 base package. When you plug your commentaries into the Passage Guide, you get a readily accessible list of cataloged resources at your fingertips—it’s like having your own personal research assistant. Use the Exegetical Guide to dig deeper into the Bible’s original languages, or let the Bible Facts tool survey your reference works to provide you with need-to-know information with one click. And with a 15% discount on new base packages, there’s never been a better time to get the best in Bible software.
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Plus, get a brand-new bundle!

You can be among the first to get this brand-new collection. The Baker Academic Bible Studies Bundle provides the best in recent scholarship on many topics you’ll want to explore. And, for a limited time, we’re offering this 175-volume bundle at 29% off—that’s only $111 per month for 24 months with an interest-free payment plan.

So what are you waiting for? Explore all of our back-to-school deals now!

15% Off New Base Packages: Get Yours Today!

If you’re looking to purchase a base package, now’s the time. Through September 12, you can save 15% on any new base-package purchase. Just use coupon code GETLOGOS5 at checkout to claim your savings.

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Logos 5 equips you with the most advanced theological library available. Each base package comes packed with top commentaries, devotionals, dictionaries, and more. And all these resources come together in a vast, interconnected network that makes deeper study simple—with a click, you can see Scripture references’ historical context, compare commentaries and primary texts side by side, and visualize the Bible with a rich library of infographics, maps, and photos. Plus, Logos syncs across platforms, so you can take your library wherever you go.

With seven base-package families to choose from, you can find the best library for you. The Starter library is a great way to get your feet wet, while Bronze comes with all the tools you need to dig into the Bible’s original languages. If you want to take your study even further, Silver will provide you with visual filters and precise Clause Search functions. Gold is our Bible study powerhouse, providing you with every Logos 5 tool offered. Base packages keep getting better with Platinum, Diamond, and finally Portfolio—our biggest Logos 5 base package. Check out our comparison chart to view base packages side by side, so you can decide which datasets, resources, and prices suit you best.

Get the most out of your software

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to get a Logos 5 base package, this is it. Shop the back-to-school sale through September 12, and add even more incredible resources to your base package—giving you an even more powerful library.

This is an awesome opportunity to get the world’s most advanced Bible software at a great discount. Through September 12, use coupon code GETLOGOS5 to take 15% off any new Logos 5 base package!

Time’s Running Out: Get $100 Off the Lexham Bible Guides

lexham-bible-guides-pauls-letters-collectionOur introductory sale on the complete Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection is coming to a close. Now is the perfect time to jump-start your research: you have just a few days left to get the whole collection for $100.00 off!

A quick recap

Lexham Bible Guide: Romans shipped on July 16, completing this 13-volume collection. The Romans volume is the largest and most complex Bible guide we’ve ever created: it’s over 650 typeset pages long and includes thousands of links to the Logos library. Each page is filled with carefully curated research, enabling you to study Romans from a multitude of scholarly perspectives.

Last week, we gave some context to the phrase “time is money,” using the Bible guides as an example. In terms of time saved, a pastor using a single Bible guide from this collection could save up to $130.00 per week. If you’re a seminary student, just think how much faster your writing will go when you use these Bible guides to maximize your research time.

Why people love it

We’ve been able to get the Lexham Bible Guides into the hands of a few reviewers, and here’s what they’re saying:

“This series does a very fine job of introducing interested persons to many of the letters of Paul and divulging to them just some of the treasures contained therein. . . . It is useful, in my view, not only for beginning students of the Bible but for those wishing to introduce various biblical texts to Sunday School classes, Bible study groups, and small group discussions.”
—Jim West, pastor of Petros Baptist Church, professor of biblical studies at Quartz Hill School of Theology, and blogger at Zwinglius Redivivus

“It is vitally important that anybody who seeks to understand the meaning of a text wrestles with an array of ‘camps’ or ‘voices.’ Thanks to the Lexham Bible Guides, in a matter of mere minutes, you are able to survey multiple highly respected theologians for their take on an issue.”
—Jason Brueckner, blogger at The Brave Reviews

“If you want to know how effective Logos Bible Software is, this is one of the most dynamic ways of finding out. . . . This is more than a sophisticated search.”
—Joel Watts, blogger at Unsettled Christianity

Enhance your research today: get $100.00 off the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection.

(But hurry—this deal ends soon!)

Why You Haven’t Upgraded: 8 Questions Answered

SocialShare_612x612_4Logos 5 has been our most popular version ever, and thousands of customers have made the jump to the new software. But now, after August 5, upgrade discounts are ending.

Of course, it’s natural to have a lot of questions about upgrading your base package. It’s a big investment—both economically and educationally. We’ve heard questions as simple as “Which upgrade should I get?” and as complicated as “What dataset can help me find every place in the Bible where Jesus declares that he loves someone?

Since upgrade discounts are ending very soon, we wanted to address several important questions that you’ve maybe been wondering about. If, at any point while you’re reading this post, you want to upgrade, go to Logos.com/Upgrade to get your custom discount.

Let’s get started:

1: Is now really the best time to upgrade?

Short answer: yes. When we launched Logos 5, thousands of people were excited to get the new features and resources, and quickly upgraded to the new software. But, like me, many wanted to see how well Logos 5 performed before making the leap to the next level. Now, more than a year after launch, Logos 5 is our most acclaimed version ever!

Act quickly—the Logos 5 upgrade sale discounts are coming to an end. Upgrade discounts end August 5!

2: What does a dataset really do?

The secret sauce behind Logos 5 is Logos’ new datasets. If you’re using a previous version of Logos (or the free Logos 5 engine), you’re missing out on these powerful tools. Datasets make studying the Bible both quicker and more interactive.

Let’s say you’re doing a search in the Bible for how many times Jesus heals. Traditionally, you’d have to do several individual searches to get this information, and you’d miss every time Jesus is mentioned by a pseudonym like teacher, him, or rabbi. With Logos 5′s Clause Search, though, you can find answers in a matter of seconds. Imagine what types of study you could do, and what you could do with the time you save!

Take a look at the rest of Logos 5′s datasets and features to see how they could improve the way you study, teach, and share information about the Bible.

3: Do I really need more books?

Before you upgrade to a larger library, you might have questions. “I already have the books I want; why would I get more?” “What’s the point of having more resources?” Having more books isn’t necessarily about the books you use every time; it’s about the power of a networked library of resources.

More books means more connections between your books. You’ll find authors who share your same understanding, and you’ll also find authors with completely different views. You’ll benefit from resources that make your datasets more powerful, and you’ll understand more with illustrations that show the text from new angles.

In the end, more books equals more learning.

4: Am I going to lose the books I already own?

You’ve purchased several resources in Logos. Maybe you even own a previous base package. Will you lose your resources when you upgrade?

Definitely not!

When you buy a book in Logos, you buy the license to that book, and the license is yours forever. That means that when you upgrade to Logos 5, you keep everything you already own.

In fact, you’ll even get a custom discount based on your current library. That way you never pay for the same book twice.

5: I got the free update to Logos 5; isn’t that the same thing as an upgrade?

This is one of the most common questions about Logos 5. The answer is important: there’s a big difference between getting the free update and upgrading to Logos 5.

The free update is just the engine, without any resources or datasets—it’s missing all the tools that make Logos 5 powerful. You won’t have access to things like the Timeline or Clause Search, and you’ll miss out on the key resources that connect these datasets.

When you upgrade, you get the full experience. In a lot of ways, Logos 5 is like a car. If you don’t have fuel in the engine, the car won’t do what it’s intended. You can think of Logos 5′s datasets and resources as that fuel. Without them, you’re not using Logos to its full potential.

6: Which upgrade should I get?

Selecting the right upgrade can be tough. There are many levels of base packages, and you might have a very specific type of study you want to do. Which dataset would you benefit from most? Which resources would be best for your small group? What if you’re a pastor—which base package is best?

Our Logos 5 specialists want to hear these questions, help you pick the package that’s best for you, and get you the best possible deal on an upgrade. Call them today at 888-875-9491!

7: What if I don’t like the resource selection in an upgrade?

You understand the value of having a larger library, but maybe, despite the large savings, the resources in a given upgrade aren’t exactly what you’re looking for. Good news—you now have more options to choose from!

Over the past four months, we’ve released Reformed, Anglican, Lutheran, and Seventh-day Adventist base packages! Each gives you Logos 5′s main datasets, along with a resource selection built specifically for your tradition of choice.

Hurry: these tradition-specific base packages are 15% off for a limited time. Discounts end August 5!

8: What do I do if I have more questions?

If you still have questions, don’t worry! Our Logos 5 specialists are waiting to hear from you, and they’ll answer any questions you have about upgrading.

Give them a call right now at 888-875-9491, and get the upgrade that’s right for you!

Remember, discounts end after August 5! Go to Logos.com/Upgrade today to lock in your upgrade discount.

Try Proclaim’s Smart Media for Free

Proclaim_NewProclaim_SocialShare_612x612Proclaim Church Presentation Software helps pastors, worship leaders, and volunteers all over the world build elegant church presentations.

You can quickly format lyrics into beautiful slides, control the entire church service from your mobile device, and make last-minute changes with ease. Proclaim integrates with Logos 5, making it easy to share what you learn.

The power of Smart Media

Proclaim’s Smart Media library eliminates the need to edit slides, matching the best font, color, and text size to the background you choose. Enter your church name once and it appears in all the right places. That makes Proclaim easy to use: anyone in your church, from the media director to a first-time volunteer, can help create compelling presentations.

Try it free!

See how Smart Media can make your church presentations look great (and save you hours each week). Get Proclaim free for 30 days: download it with no strings attached!

Get 90% Off Classic Studies on Christology

classic-studies-on-christologyRight now, when you bid on the 28-volume Classic Studies on Christology, you can save 90%! These classic works explore the person and work of Jesus Christ, assessing his theological importance from a variety of perspectives.

Regarding Christology, William S. Plumer says, “As one is sound or corrupt here, so is he substantially right or wrong in the main. Both now and in the last day, the great question in determining character and destiny is the same: ‘What think ye of Christ?’”

Plumer, along with such notable scholars as Henry Barclay Swete, William Sanday, and Archibald Thomas Robertson present a range of theological perspectives in this collection, filling your library with diverse discussions on Christ’s birth, life, ministry, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and more—perfect for any in-depth Christological study.

The best part? With Community Pricing, you can get the best price on this collection. Currently, the suggested bid is set at just $30—that’s 90% off the collection’s regular price! Once it ships, you’ll add over 9,000 pages of scholarly insights to your library for just over $1 per volume.

This collection is nearing the 100% mark, so don’t wait: bid today to lock in your price.

Save on more classic works

If you haven’t yet tried Community Pricing, you’re missing out. You get to help choose the works we make into Logos resources, plus you’ll get the biggest savings on the newest titles. Just bid the maximum amount you’re willing to pay, and if the final price is lower, you’ll get that price.

See our full lineup of current deals, or check out these huge savings on Community Pricing right now:

50 Deals, 3 Days: Save on Galatians Commentaries

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For three days only, you can save big on featured Galatians commentaries. No matter what your area of study, you’ll find the perfect commentaries to complement your library—most for over 30% off!

Fifty titles are on sale, but here are five you won’t want to miss:

1. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Galatians

Regularly $44.99, now only $40.95!

In this volume, highly regarded New Testament scholar Douglas Moo provides commentary on Galatians. With a user-friendly design, this accessible commentary dives into Moo’s extensive research through chapter-by-chapter exegesis, helping you understand Galatians’ sociological, historical, and theological concepts, as well as their relevance—perfect for pastors, teachers, and students alike.

2. The Expositor’s Bible, vol. 5: Luke to Galatians

Regularly $44.95, now only $24.95!

The Expositor’s Bible—a recognized standard of expository commentary—was written on the basis that the Bible is the supreme and final authority on religion and morals. This volume offers biographical and literary introductions, along with in-depth commentary and exposition on each NT book from Luke through Galatians.

3. The Anchor Yale Bible: Galatians

Regularly $44.95, now only $31.25!

This volume provides verse-by-verse commentary on Galatians’ text, historical background and analysis, and original translations—including alternative translations, annotations, and variants. You’ll get insights into all the significant historical and linguistic knowledge from this book’s fresh and creative interpretation, helping you see Paul’s perspective in a new light.

4. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: Galatians

Regularly $18.95, now only $13.25!

With this commentary, you’ll gain a new understanding of Paul’s healing declaration in Galatians, helping you apply the same concepts to today’s divisions of race, social class, gender, and more. Highlighting both individual and social dimensions of justification by faith, this engaging volume provides readers with extensive historical background on the letter’s date, destination, purpose, form, and theological themes.

5. Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 41: Galatians

Regularly $44.95, now only $31.25!

The acclaimed Word Biblical Commentary offers the best in biblical scholarship, and this volume will help you grasp the struggles Paul faced within his Galatian churches. You’ll get a thorough discussion of Galatians’ authorship, date, textual problems, and more from leading New Testament scholar Richard Longenecker.

Get all these volumes and more—but don’t wait! These savings expire at 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday, July 24. See all the ways you can save today.