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5 Reasons to Pre-order the Greg Laurie Sermon Archive

greg laurieWe just released the Greg Laurie Sermon Archive on Pre-Pub, and you’re going to want to get in on this important collection of sermons by one of America’s most beloved and revered pastors.

Here are five reasons you should pre-order your copy today:

1. You’ll get a contemporary look at timeless truth

Reading a preacher’s sermons is not only a great devotional practice—it’s an insightful look at how Scripture is used to inform and encourage people from different cultures and periods.

A study of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons is going to encourage and convict you; it’s also going to give you a glimpse of how Scripture addressed late-nineteenth-century concerns. With the Greg Laurie Sermon Archive, you’re going to see Scripture applied to contemporary issues and ideas in the way that only Greg Laurie can.

2. You’ll strengthen your studies with powerful content

This collection features nearly 1,200 sermons! All that sermon content will show up in your topic and reference searches, adding significant value to your own sermons and Bible studies.

3. You can access these sermons on multiple devices

As with most Logos books, you can access Laurie’s sermons on your desktop, tablet, and phone, plus online at Biblia.com. This means you’ll always be ready to inspire or challenge yourself with these powerful messages.

4. You’ll get them at the Pre-Pub price

If you pre-order these sermons while they’re on Pre-Pub, you’ll get them at a special reduced price, and you won’t be charged until this resource is completed and ready to ship. This is a compelling reason not to wait—pre-order yours today.

 5. Greg Laurie is excited to equip you

Don’t miss your opportunity to get the Greg Laurie Sermon Archive while it’s on Pre-Pub! Pre-order yours now.

Why Postmodernism Isn’t New

ancient-philosophy-bundle“Every age has its own outlook,” wrote C. S. Lewis; “We, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period.” But we need more than that—we need books that reach our conclusions long before we do, books that remind us that our new outlook isn’t so new after all.

We call our times postmodern, often with something like fear. But postmodernism is in large part a renovation of ancient ideas—ideas you should know.

Postmodernists say:

“Right and wrong are human interpretations”

Though moral relativism has a postmodern flavor, it dates back to the ancient Greeks. Plato ascribed it to Protagoras; later, Herodotus assessed other cultures’ customs without questioning their rightness and wrongness. Later yet, Sextus Empiricus determined not that morality is relative to culture, but that moral knowledge is itself impossible.

Is moral relativism postmodern? Yes, in the sense that it exists today; no, in the sense that it’s uniquely characteristic of postmodernism. Before your next debate on moral relativism, you should read Plato, who, fearing moral chaos, argued that morality must be not only in the actor’s self-interest but also based on objective truth.

“But objective truth doesn’t exist!”

We usually trace this postmodern claim back to Nietzsche’s assertion that there are no facts, only interpretations. But it, too, has ancient roots: in the fifth century BC, Protagoras argued that “Man is the measure of all things.” Later, Plato and Socrates clashed with the Sophists over the nature of absolute truth: while the Sophists venerated persuasion and rhetoric, Plato and Socrates responded that the measure of an argument isn’t its persuasiveness, but its truthfulness.

Much later, Kant argued that truth is merely nominal (“true” means something within language), not real—not a statement about a thing’s essence. “Kant drew out the limits of our mind,” said Hegel, “and because of this we can not have a knowledge of the absolute truth.” But Hegel still found a way to truth: his “dialectic,” which, like science, moves from increasingly accurate oppositions—thesis, antithesis—to synthesis, the resolution that best corresponds to what is real.

“What we experience isn’t the world—it’s just our perceptions of the world”

modern-philosophy-bundleAgain we turn to Plato. In The Republic, his Socrates explains that without philosophy, we are like bound prisoners in a cave who, having seen nothing else all our lives, see shadows on the wall and interpret them as real things. Without philosophy, Plato claims, we mistake erroneous perceptions for reality; with philosophy, we see the world as it really is. Around two thousand years later, though, Descartes argued that wax’s physical characteristics reveal nothing about the wax itself: after all, its color, scent, shape, size, hardness, and coldness are all subject to change. George Berkeley took doubt even further, arguing that the world doesn’t even exist: only our perceptions of it do. (Sound postmodern?)

But Thomas Reid rejected that notion in compelling terms, arguing that common-sense belief in the world is the basis for all philosophy—that if you don’t believe in the world as perceived, the conversation is useless.

“We don’t have individual identities or souls”

Postmodernists from Foucault to Lacan to Riceour have argued that personal identity is unstable—that, without any essential “I,” we identify with images or stories to define ourselves. This thesis of shifting (or nonexistent) identity smacks of postmodernity, but it, too, is ancient. Plutarch wrote, in the first century AD, “Dead is the man of yesterday, for he is passed into the man of today . . . Nobody remains one person.” Heraclitus wrote that we cannot step into the same river twice: not only has the river changed; we have, too. Much later, Hume took Berkeley’s claim (“the physical world doesn’t exist”) even further, arguing that not even individuals really exist—we’re nothing but perceivers of perceptions.

But if the claims are old, so are the counterarguments. Spinoza argued that all things do have an essence, and that the nature of that essence is to persist in its being. Descartes argued, famously, that because we think, we exist.

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To engage with our time’s prevailing ideas, you need to know where they come from—you need to know philosophy, both ancient and modern. Noet’s Ancient and Modern Philosophy bundles equip you with the core texts of the Western philosophical tradition: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.

Pre-order the Ancient and Modern Philosophy bundles today, or build your library with the comprehensive Classical Foundations Bundle—everything you need to understand the origins of Western thought.

Then keep reading—where did history come from?

Win Logos 5 Silver, an iPad mini, and Ebooks from The Gospel Tour!

iPad mini giveaway

To help launch The Gospel Tour, featuring Matt Chandler and Tullian Tchividjian, we’re partnering with David C. Cook to give away Logos 5 Silver, a Logos edition of Chandler’s new book (To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain), and a Vyrso edition of Tchividjian’s new book (One Way Love)1! Twenty-four runners-up will also win copies of these terrific new titles. The giveaway runs through the end of the tour—enter to win by November 14.

The Gospel Tour kicks off September 23 in Birmingham, AL. Chandler and Tchividjian aim to spread the Gospel and return to the fundamentals of faith by delving into Jesus’ story and the grace he’s given all of us.

“I’m excited to get out on the road with my good friend, Tullian Tchividjian, to lay out for people the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to encourage you that there is a path toward Christian maturation that isn’t filled with guilt and shame and a type of penance, but rather an opportunity to gather together and be encouraged by the good news of Jesus Christ.” —Matt Chandler

Enter below to win an iPad mini, Logos 5 Silver, To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain, and One Way Love:

How has God’s love worked in your life? Share your story in the comments, and then tweet about it with the hashtag #MyGoodNews!

  1. Entry closes November 14. We’ll select and notify the winners by November 30. If you win and already own Logos 5 Silver and/or any of the above-mentioned books, you’ll receive Logos.com credit in place of the prizes. Winners will have to fill out a W-9 in order to claim their prizes. By entering the contest, you are opting in to receive emails from Logos and Logos partners. []

Get These Collections at the Best Prices!

Community Pricing lets you help pick the prices of brand-new Logos resources. It’s your best chance to build up your library for less. But because of those incredible prices, many products don’t last long in the Community Pricing stage. When you see a collection or book you want, place your bid! Once it leaves Community Pricing, you’ll miss out on that price for good.

Here are seven collections you’re about to miss:

oxyrhynchus-papyri

Oxyrhynchus Papyri

Regularly $299.95—current bid is only $150

In 1898, Bernard P. Grenfell and Arthur S. Hunt discovered thousands of papyri fragments just outside the ruins of the ancient city of Oxyrhynchus. These fragments turned out to be one of the most important papyri discoveries of all time, providing access to the editors’ transcriptions of over 1,800 fragments of detailed notes, translations, and commentary.

The Whole Works of the Rev. Ebenezer Erskine

Regularly $79.95—current bid is only $34

Ebenezer Erskine was a Scottish minister, talented orator, and key figure in the Secession Church in Scotland. He was known as a man of incorruptible integrity who acted with honesty and courage. This devotion led him to lead a group of ministers who resisted the Church of Scotland’s compromised rights. Included are this steadfast Puritan’s published sermons and poetry in their entirety, still worth studying today for any student of Puritan and Reformed thought.

text-and-studies-contributions-to-biblical-and-patristic-literatureText and Studies: Contributions to Biblical and Patristic Literature

Regularly $229.95—current bid is only $50

The early church leaders were prolific in their writing and historical documentation. While some of this work has been canonized, much has been forgotten. The Text and Studies: Contributions to Biblical and Patristic Literature collection resurrects these documents in a renewed and focused study, attempting to glean ancient wisdom and insight.

Classic Studies on the Synoptic Problem

Regularly $59.95—current bid is only $30

This collection of classic monographs on the Synoptic problem presents seminal works from eminent scholars—works that were instrumental in shaping the field of Synoptic scholarship. These foundational texts address major issues in Synoptic scholarship, such as the mixture of shared and unique material in each Synoptic account, and what this reveals about the date, composition, and interrelatedness of the Synoptics.

classic-studies-on-the-life-of-paulClassic Studies on the Life of Paul

Regularly $259.95—current bid is only $30

Each of these 18 texts explores a different aspect of Paul’s life. This collection pieces together his travels using every available historical record. It provides remarkable insight into the context of Paul’s ministry and his revolutionary teachings about Christ.

John Macpherson Collection

Regularly $49.95—current bid is only $40

John Macpherson was an author, a translator, and a Presbyterian minister. The John Macpherson Collection brings together six of his most important works on theology, doctrine, and Scottish church history. Included are Macpherson’s highly respected commentary on Ephesians, a collection of lectures on Scottish theology, Macpherson’s handbook on the Presbyterian church, and more.

jeremy-taylor-collectionJeremy Taylor Collection

Regularly $69.95—current bid is only $8

Known as the “Shakespeare of Divines,” Jeremy Taylor was a priest and writer from the time of Charles I through that of Charles II. The Jeremy Taylor Collection contains the two beloved devotionals, his essay on religious tolerance, The Golden Grove (a manual for personal devotion), and more.

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Bid now before you miss out! And make sure to check out all the Community Pricing deals.

3 Reasons to Upgrade to Logos 5

Since Logos 5 launched in November, we’ve outlined many of its remarkable benefits. You’ve heard about features like the Topic Guide, key resources like Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament, budgeting tools like our payment plans, and far more. Those are the specifics—here are three big-picture reasons you should upgrade to Logos 5:

1. Amazing discounts. During our Upgrade Sale, you can get the best price on a new Logos 5 base package. And with the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator, you’ll get extra discounts for books you already own! If you’ve been taking advantage of Community Pricing and Pre-Pub, you probably own resources that will bring your upgrade price even lower. Learn how.

2. Cross-platform accessibility. Your resources are available on more than just your home computer: you can access your books on your phone or tablet using the Logos app, or read anywhere you have internet at Bible.Faithlife.com. When you own a Logos resource, it’s yours across desktop, tablet, mobile, and web—and you don’t pay a cent extra! Here’s how it works.

3. Free software updates. Our talented developers are always working to make Logos 5 better. (Logos 5.1 included several new features and performance improvements: updates are more than just bug fixes.) When you upgrade, you’ll receive updates to Logos 5 for free!

See more reasons to upgrade at Logos.com/WhyLogos5, and then pick out the right base package for you.

Are You Studying These 4 Key Resources?

Logos Base PackagesAll of Logos 5′s features appear in Gold and above. When you upgrade to Platinum, Diamond, or Portfolio, what you’re investing in is valuable, often hard-to-find content, bundled to give you the best deal.

Here are four key resources included only in Portfolio:

1. BDAG/HALOTA Greek–English Lexicon of the New Testament (BDAG) and the Hebrew & Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT) stand as the authoritative texts on biblical grammar. These resources are must-haves for anyone looking to grasp original-language nuance. Jerker Blomqvist wrote in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review that BDAG “is without doubt the best tool of its kind that exists in any language, and the present edition is decidedly superior to the earlier ones.”

Most scholars pay extra to add the BDAG/HALOT bundle to their libraries—but if you upgrade to Portfolio, you won’t have to.

2. A. W. Pink Collection (40 vols.)—Widely considered the intellectual successor to Charles Spurgeon, A. W. Pink wrote widely about Christian doctrine and timeless cultural issues. Biographer Iain H. Murray notes that the widespread (and posthumous) circulation of Pink’s works “made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.” With Portfolio, you can trace this important writer’s thought across 40 books, plus 68 pamphlets and booklets. Continue Reading…

Students & Teachers: Save with Your Academic Discount!

Academic DiscountDid you know that if you’re a student, faculty member, or staff member of an accredited academic institution, you can get exclusive discounts on Logos products?

Logos’ Academic Discount Program offers deep discounts on Logos software, commentaries, devotionals, and thousands of other resources that will enhance your library and equip you for powerful Bible study. This program helps Bible schools, colleges, and universities equip their students, faculty, and staff with the world’s premier Bible software.

Do you qualify?

To qualify for the Academic Discount Program, you must be one of the following:

  • A currently enrolled degree-seeking student taking at least three credits
  • A current faculty member whose primary profession is teaching
  • Or a currently employed fulltime staff member

Your seminary, university, college, or Bible school must also be approved. Not sure if you qualify? Fill out the online application to find out. Continue Reading…

How to Find Exactly What You’re Looking For

Logos 5′s Search Suggestions feature makes searching Scripture easier and more precise. Even if you’re not quite sure what to search for, Search Suggestions walks you through the steps.

Don’t remember how to spell an original-language word? Sound it out and start typing—Search Suggestions converts phonetic spellings to Greek or Hebrew. It recognizes basic, Bible, Clause, morphology, and syntax searches, prompting you with examples before you’re even finished typing. It even remembers your previous searches and recommends new topics.

See how it works:

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Haven’t upgraded to Logos 5 yet?

Time is running out! The easiest way to get your discount is to use the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator at Logos.com/Upgrade, but if you’d prefer to talk through your options, call us at 800-875-6467. Don’t wait—these discounts end soon!

Switching Platforms Is Easy—and Free!

Logos PCSwitching your Logos study from a PC to a Mac, or vice versa, is not only easy—it’s completely free.

Your Logos license is multiplatform, so you can make the switch without any stress.

It’s the same when you upgrade your base package—regardless of whether you’ve changed platforms since purchasing Logos, you can still take advantage of your custom upgrade discount and switch to either a Mac or a PC without additional fees. If you need help switching platforms, visit the Logos 5 Installation Guide.

Logos’ free apps, which offer a simplified version of the software, also work across multiple platforms, including iPhone, Android, iPad, and Kindle Fire. All you need to do is download the app and sign in to your Logos.com account, and you’ll have access to your licensed content.

Logos iPhoneTake your Bible study anywhere

Desktop, mobile, tablet—Logos syncs across all your devices. When you make a note on your desktop in the morning, you can read it on your mobile device later in the day. Similarly, if you highlight a favorite passage on your tablet device, it’ll carry over to your desktop, too.

When you switch to a new mobile device or desktop computer, Logos is right there with you. The time and effort you invest in your Bible study—from notes to reading plans to highlights—stay with you forever.

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Get the smartest tools and best theological resources with Logos 5.

Find out how much you can save with your custom upgrade discount, and upgrade today!

Win Logos 5 Gold, an iPad mini, and 8 Vyrso Ebooks!

iPad Giveaway

Through October 31, we’re teaming up with The Resurgence Conference (R13) to give away Logos 5 Gold, an iPad Mini, and eight Vyrso books!1

Resurgence 2013, running November 5–6, will feature some of today’s most influential pastors and authors, including Mark Driscoll, Rick Warren, Matt Chandler, Greg Laurie, James MacDonald, Crawford Loritts, and others.

“We don’t make the Bible relevant, we show the relevance of the Bible.” —Mark Driscoll

The Resurgence aims to teach “a lifetime of lessons from ministry leaders who have seen God’s faithfulness as they responded to his call.” The main location will be Mars Hill Church in Seattle, with four broadcast satellite locations—Bellevue, WA; Reno, NV; Orlando, FL; and Albuquerque, NM.

Don’t miss out on this giveaway! Here are the Vyrso books you could win:

  1. Entry closes October 31. We’ll select and notify the winner November 1. If you win and you already own Logos 5 and/or any of the above-mentioned books, you’ll receive Logos.com credit in place of the prizes. The winner will be requested to fill out a W-9 in order to claim their prize. By entering the giveaway, you’re opting in to receive emails from Logos and Logos partners. []