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Pastors: How Big Should Your Book Budget Be?

librarybudgetShould your church provide you with a book budget? Do you need to make a case for one? Is it time to start thinking about increasing the budget for your growing library? Do you have any idea what’s an appropriate budget for your church size? These are the kinds of questions you can consider at ThePastorsLibrary.com.

Most church leaders will tell you that a comprehensive library is important for any pastor looking to lead a thoughtful and educated congregation. The ideal book collection includes reference materials, classic Christian thought, and analysis of current cultural trends—like other professionals, pastors need to be lifelong learners plugged into both classical and contemporary thought.

At The Pastor’s Library, you’ll find answers to questions like:

  • How can I get a book budget from my church?
  • What books/resources do I really need?
  • What are some of the key advantages of having a book budget?

You’ll also find budgeting resources and the amazing Book Budget-O-Meter. Just put in your congregation’s size and click the “Generate” button to see your suggested monthly budget. Continue Reading…

Why (and How) You Should Start Memorizing Scripture Today

God’s Word keeps us on the right path and draws us closer to him, guiding us through tough situations and giving us encouragement.

Paul wrote to Timothy, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16–17).

With the new Scripture Memory feature, you can memorize your favorite verses with easy-to-use tools, allowing you to grow in your relationship with God as you learn and understand his Word.

Don’t just read the Bible; know the Bible.

Right now, you can save big on a base package upgrade. Check out all of Logos 5′s powerful features, and upgrade to Logos 5 today.

What It’s Really Like to Use Logos 5

Our goal is to make the very best tools for Bible study, but measuring that success comes down to you. Your feedback is how we know we’re on the right track.

That’s why we care so much about endorsements—they paint a picture of what it’s really like to use Logos.

Here’s what Jon Micah Sumrall, lead singer of Kutless, has to say about Logos 5:

What others are saying:

“Logos 5 is an incredible tool that instantly connects me with everything and everyone I need to get the Word out, from its Timeline to smart searches to social sharing.” —Kirk Cameron, producer of Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure and star of the international hit Fireproof Continue Reading…

Get $20 off the Oswald Chambers Collection

220px-OswaldChambersCelebrate Chambers’ legacy

Oswald Chambers, born this day in 1874, lives on through his inspirational, thought-provoking devotions and sermons. To celebrate his life’s works, we’re offering $20 off the Oswald Chambers Collection—with coupon code CHAMBERS13 it’s only $99.95!

If you love My Utmost for His Highest (sold separately), you need to read Chambers’ books and full-length essays. The Oswald Chambers Collection brings you 24 of his best writings on topics that will challenge you as you grow in Christian disciplines. Here are some highlights from books in the collection:

“Conceit means my own point of view and I don’t care what anyone else says. ‘Be not wise in your own conceits,’ says Paul. Conceit makes the way God deals with me personally the binding standard for others. We are called to preach the Truth, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we get decentralized from Him if we become specialists. ” —from Approved unto God

“Spiritual maturity is not reached by the passing of the years, but by obedience to the will of God.” —Bringing Sons into Glory

“One great characteristic in the life of a man whose life is hid with Christ in God is that he has received the gift Jesus Christ gives. What gift does Jesus Christ give to those who are identified with him? The gift His Father gave him, The Father gave Him the Cross, and He gives us our cross.”—from Christian Disciplines Continue Reading…

Just Launched: Vyrso Ratings and Reviews

Vyrso LogoHelp others discover the books you love with Vyrso’s newly launched ratings and reviews. Recommending your favorite ebooks is easier than ever.

Did you read John Piper’s latest book in one sitting? Which John C. Maxwell title is your favorite? What devotional book have you found most helpful? Let us know! This new feature is designed to let you share your expertise and feedback with fellow book lovers.

Your Faithlife profile just got better

Every time you rate a book on Vyrso.com, your review appears under Resources on your Faithlife profile. Share what you’re reading with friends, family, and church members, and then start a Faithlife book group so you can all stay on the same page.

This new feature lets you respond to other reviews, so keep the conversation going by replying or giving great reviews an “Amen.”

Start rating titles today! Here are a few questions to get you started:

  • What’s the best ebook you’ve read this year?
  • Who’s the most promising up-and-coming Christian author?
  • What series would you recommend to a friend?

Share your reviews with the Logos community, and then subscribe to the blog to stay up to date on Vyrso’s special offers, new books, guest posts by bestselling authors, and more!

Celebrating 100,000 Forum Members and 500,000 Posts

Celebrating 500,000 PostsThe Logos forums have reached two important milestones—500,000 posts and 100,000 users. To celebrate, we’re planning something big and exclusive. If you’re not in the forums yet, now’s when you’ll want to join!

Here are four more reasons to get involved:

1. You’ll get answers fast—There are more than 500,000 posts archived in the forums; you’re likely to find that someone else has already asked your question, so you’ll get your answer right away. If not, the forum community (which includes several Logos employees) is large, friendly, and very helpful.

2. You’ll build relationships—Bible scholars worldwide enjoy Logos’ power and convenience. You can meet many of them at Community.Logos.com, learn from them, and grow together.

3. You can suggest products—Have a specific resource you’d like to see in the Logos library? The Suggestions forum is the place to make it known.

4. You’ll be the first to know—All the latest initiatives, like Noet and Mobile Education, have their own forums. When you’re involved, you’ll get the latest news.

Continue Reading…

Diamond: Save on a Massive Theological Library

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If you’re considering an upgrade to Logos 5, or thinking about taking advantage of our huge upgrade sale to get a larger base package, you can’t go wrong with Diamond. Not only will you get all of Logos 5′s new features, including the Timeline, Bible Sense Lexicon, and Sermon Starter Guide—you’ll also get an enormous theological library.

Why Diamond?

Diamond includes more than 2,000 resources in one convenient collection. All these titles would cost you over $52,500 in print; plus, with the print editions, you wouldn’t get the benefits of Logos 5′s powerful features.

Adding so many features, datasets, and books to your existing library not only increases its size—it exponentially enhances its power. With more tagged, networked resources, you’ll explore rich new territory and experience next-level study.

When you upgrade to Diamond, you’ll get access to some of our best-selling resources. With titles like the Liddell and Scott Greek–English Lexicon, you’ll understand original-language context and meaning. And with a wide variety of commentaries, including Black’s New Testament Commentary, you’ll gain insight into challenging passages. Continue Reading…

Preaching Prophetically with Dr. Warren Gage

Dr. Warren Gage headshotToday’s guest post is by Dr. Warren Gage, professor of Old Testament and senior advisor to the president at Knox Theological Seminary. 

Is the account of the battle of Jericho retold in Revelation?

The church fathers interpreted Joshua’s battle at Jericho as foretelling the end of the world.  Did they understand something we’ve forgotten?

A whore and her scarlet, two spies (witnesses) sent into the great city, seven trumpets sound, a great city falls, the people of God rescued—is Joshua’s battle against Jericho the basis for nothing less than the dramatic narrative of the book of Revelation?

Modern expositors of Revelation have overlooked this completely. What have we missed?

Unravel Revelation with Dr. Warren Gage

These are some of the questions I’ll be covering in my class “Preaching Christ Prophetically,” in Bellingham, WA, October 1418. This class is part of Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software’s Doctor of Ministry (Preaching & Teaching track). Continue Reading…

Exclusive: 50% off Baker Books with #DailyDeal

Twitter Daily DealsEvery day, we present a Twitter #DailyDeal: a limited-time offer for 50% off one of our products.

This week, we’re partnering with Baker Academic to offer five books that will equip you in expanding your biblical knowledge.

Today’s #DailyDeal is the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology—“a first-class piece of evangelical scholarship . . . deserving a place in the library of every evangelical pastor, scholar, and local church,” according to the Trinity Journal. Use coupon code DD8029 to get it for 50% off today!

Here’s how to make sure you don’t miss a deal:

  1. Follow us on Twitter @Logos.
  2. Each day, look for the DailyDeal hashtag (#) for a new special offer.
  3. Click the tweet’s hyperlink and use the provided coupon code to get 50% off!

See a deal your friends might like? Share it with them by clicking “retweet” on each deal this week.

Follow us on Twitter and save 50% this week on Baker products!

Logos Mobile Education: The Digital Library Difference

LME LogoNext year will mark my 10th year of online seminary teaching. While my full-time job is with Logos as its academic editor, I’ve never completely said goodbye to being a professor, the job that I had while finishing graduate school. My transition to Logos gave me the chance to see what distance education (DE) was like, so I jumped in—I took some DE courses through the local community college to view the experience from a student perspective. My familiarity with both sides of the DE enterprise has helped shape the goals and strategy for Logos Mobile Education (Mobile Ed).

I’ve noticed an unfortunate trend in DE, particularly in seminary education: many DE seminary students do not have access to high-quality theological content appropriate to the level at which they are enrolled. That may surprise you, but it’s true. And it’s a key factor in explaining why the Logos library sets Mobile Ed apart from any other DE experience.

“I hope you live near a library”

One of the fundamental necessities for a quality, content-driven education in biblical studies is access to standard reference material. That’s why seminaries have libraries. Classroom lectures and required textbooks are where learning begins, not where it should end. Part of the discipline of doing genuine academic biblical study is learning to access scholarly material on your study topic. Traditionally, brick-and-mortar libraries have been the repositories for that material. This has largely changed in the DE model, in which accessible library resources are scarce. Continue Reading…