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Get 25% Off Leadership Resources for Independence Day!

Independence Day

Independence Day represents our freedom, which we enjoy thanks to the Founding Fathers’ courage and leadership. Even in the face of trial, they remained faithful in their fight for liberty. They were confident in their pursuit of change, and they fought for what was best for our country. To this day, we benefit from their willingness to stand up for what’s right.

In honor of this very important day in American history, we’re putting some of our top leadership resources on sale through July 4.  Just use coupon code INDEPENDENCE13 to get 25% off all products included in our Independence Day sale, including:

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Pastoral Leadership Bundle

Regularly $399.90—only $299.92 with coupon code INDEPENDENCE13

Benefit from years of pastoral wisdom as these authors walk you through a host of issues. With volumes on healthy relationships, compelling preaching, and congregational sins, this base package supplement is a mine of helpful information and biblical thought. With titles like Mastering Pastoral CounselingFresh Ideas for Discipleship & Nurture, and Learning to Lead, it provides a wide variety of insights into leadership. Continue Reading…

Save Time on Sermon Prep with Proclaim

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Many pastors spend more than half their work week on Sunday sermon preparation, and sometimes that takes away from other important pastoral responsibilities. Saving time on sermon prep can be extremely beneficial.

Here’s how you can save a tremendous amount of time with Proclaim:

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You invest hours in every message. If you work in a traditional word processor or presentation software, it’s only a matter of time until a lightning storm or hard-drive crash wipes out all your work. Proclaim and Logos 5 eliminate this problem with cloud-based storage. Simply put, the notes you make in Logos 5 and the presentations you build in Proclaim are automatically backed up on our servers. That means that if your computer dies or you switch computers in the middle of preparation (for example, from an office desktop to a notebook at a coffee shop), all your work comes with you.

Collaborate in the cloud

Another benefit of the cloud: it’s easy to work with a team. Delegating responsibilities to others lightens your own load and gives others a sense of ownership. Continue Reading…

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Scripture in the Anglican Tradition: The Story of the King James Bible

the-holy-bible-king-james-version“[W]hat has influenced the whole history of England and America more than the King James Bible?” —Leland Ryken

The King James, or Authorized, translation of the Bible is one of the most popular and influential books ever published. In his history of the King James translation, God’s Secretaries, Adam Nicolson reckons that more than five billion copies have been sold since the KJV’s completion in 1611. Its influence goes beyond its intended use “to be read aloud in churches” into the realm of poetry, literature, music, and politics. In his book In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture, Alister McGrath argues:

Without the King James Bible, there would have been no Paradise Lost, no Pilgrim’s Progress, no Handel’s Messiah, no Negro spirituals, and no Gettysburg Address. These, and innumerable other works, were inspired by the language of this Bible. Without this Bible, the culture of the English-speaking world would have been immeasurably impoverished.

The Oxford English Dictionary counts 257 English idioms that the King James translation coined or popularized. Phrases such as “out of the mouths of babes” and “fly in the ointment” are still part of the popular lexicon. Continue Reading…

Writing Sermons That Work

Crafting a sermon requires so many elements—finding everything you need to prepare a powerful message can be time consuming.

That’s why we created the Sermon Starter Guide. Instead of spending hours each week doing preliminary research, you’ll find all the searching done for you. With hundreds of sermon illustrations, outlines, key passages, and more, you’ll have everything you need to put together sermons that’ll have a lasting impact on your church. Uncover word meanings in Greek and Hebrew, see what all your favorite commentaries have to say, and listen to sample sermons from respected preachers. And when you’re finished, simply export to Proclaim or PowerPoint.

Check out the rest of Logos 5′s intuitive features, and download Logos 5 today.

4 Ways to Improve Your Small Group

studies-in-faithful-living-patriarchs-collection-complete-church-curriculumSmall groups, no matter the size, always seem to have two people: the one who won’t stop talking and the one who sits in silence. It’s easy to encourage the conversation monopolizer to give others time to share.

But how do I inspire someone to participate? Creating a sense of trust is one step. But if the problem is a lack of engagement with the study material, my role as small group leader just got much more difficult. Researching and preparing a study each week is difficult in itself; finding creative ways to keep everyone engaged can be overwhelming.

Overcoming small group challenges

With these challenges in mind, we created the Studies in Faithful Living Series: Complete Church Curriculum. The collection explores the lives of Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph, with lessons that show how their faith journeys are relevant to ours today. Each eight-week study gives me everything I need to make leading a small group both easier and more dynamic. If I were leading a small group today, here is how I would use this series: Continue Reading…

The Anglican Church: Scripture, Reason, and Tradition

Richard HookerPart of what makes the Anglican Church the via media (middle way) is the conviction that its beliefs and practices must derive from a thorough integration of Scripture, reason, and tradition. Though it’s impossible to achieve a perfect equilibrium, Anglicans believe that we are in danger of teaching and living heresy if we highlight one of these categories such that it excludes the others.

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One of the earliest understandings of the concept of integrating Scripture, reason, and tradition comes from Richard Hooker. He argues that the Church has authority to establish governance and order (reason) and that though it has authority in doctrine, it cannot deviate from the faith that has been handed on to it (tradition):

“Be it in matter of the one kind or of the other, what Scripture doth plainly deliver, to that the first place both of credit and obedience is due; the next where-unto is whatsoever any man can necessarily conclude by force of reason; after these the voice of the Church succeedeth. That which the Church by her ecclesiastical authority shall probably think and define to be true or good, must in congruity of reason overrule all other inferior judgments whatsoever.” —Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, book V, 8:2

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Share Sermon Notes and Collaborate Seamlessly in Logos 5

Powerful and elegant, the Notes tool comes with every version of Logos Bible Software. You can write as much as you like, and then connect your notes to a reference or passage. And with our new Publish and Collaborate features, Logos notes are more powerful than ever.

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Store in the cloud

Your notes are stored safely in the cloud, so they’re available on all your devices, in all your translations, all the time. That means that if you make a note on your phone in the Faithlife app in the LEB, it’ll be available later in Logos 5 when you’re studying in the NASB. And you can manage all your notes in one place at Documents.Logos.com. Continue Reading…

Last Chance: Take 20% Off Marriage and Family Resources

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Time is running out—through June 16, take 20% off our Father’s Day sale items. These resources, ranging from individual titles to large collections, are among our most popular for marriage and parenting guidance. You can save on:

Marriage and Family Bundle (25 vols.)

Regularly$199.90get it now with coupon code DAD2013 for $159.92

This collection teaches men to become better husbands, fathers, and leaders. Download it to get techniques for cultivating a Christian worldview in your children, and learn how close family relationships can strengthen your child’s relationship with God.

the-essential-ivp-reference-collection-version-3The Essential IVP Reference Collection (18 vols.)

Regularly$190get it now with coupon code DAD2013 for $152

Download this collection and learn from the best of today’s biblical and theological scholars. You’ll get dictionaries covering biblical studies, the study of New Testament Greek, theological terms, and apologetics and the philosophy of religion.

Foundations for the Family Series (4 vols.)

Regularly: $44.95get it now with coupon code DAD2013 for $35.96 Continue Reading…

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If you’d like to influence Logos’ direction by helping us get to know you better, please invest a few moments to take our user survey. It covers a lot of ground, so feel free to take your time. You can pick up wherever you left off, whenever you want. Answer the questions you’re comfortable answering, and skip any questions that don’t apply to you.

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