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3 Reasons to Participate in Faithlife’s Resurrection Reading Plan

fsbeaster300x300Over at the Faithlife blog, we’re preparing for Easter with a reading plan focused on the Resurrection. Designed to help Bible studies, worship teams, families, and individuals explore the power of the Resurrection, it leads groups through 14 biblical passages on the Resurrection.

Here’s why you should participate:

  1. You’ll study the Resurrection with your friends and family. Faithlife allows you to share comments and questions within your group. With the Faithlife Study Bible app, each group member can view the same Logos-powered study notes with their preferred Bible translation. And with the Faithlife Prayer Widget, your group can share both prayer requests and how their prayers were answered.
  2. It’s free and easy to join. With the free Faithlife Study Bible app, the reading plan fits in your pocket or purse. You can catch up on the readings or join in discussion whenever and wherever you want.
  3. You’ll dig deeper and save time. The Resurrection reading plan is powered by the world’s leading Bible software, Logos 5, and each day’s reading is already planned out for you. And because Faithlife and Logos 5 connect seamlessly, your group can explore the Resurrection with the Faithlife Study Bible notes and of Logos 5′s tools and features.

Ready to join? Click here for instructions on how to join Faithlife and a reading group.

Get Updates on Products in the Anglican Tradition

Book of Common PrayerLogos is adding resources that focus specifically on the Anglican/Episcopalian tradition. To that end, Logos has made me the Anglican product manager and tasked me with identifying important works from the Anglican/Episcopalian tradition that we can add to our existing Anglican products. As someone who just completed a thesis on early nineteenth-century Anglicanism (particularly the Oxford or Tractarian Movement), I am aware of many products we can add and very enthusiastic about the pairing of Anglican products with Logos’ powerful platform.

Often considered the Via Media (middle way), Anglicanism has historically drawn on resources from a wide variety of Christian traditions in addition to its own. Consequently, Anglicans will benefit from having their own specific resources integrated into Logos’ extensive product line (some 32,000 titles from all Christian traditions).

The Anglican tradition has significantly influenced other Christian traditions. The King James Version of the Bible was produced at the command of King James I for use in Anglican worship. Anglican bishop Thomas Ken wrote the familiar Doxology “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” The poets John Donne and George Herbert were both writing from the Anglican tradition. More recently, the influential writings of C. S. Lewis, the biblical scholarship of N. T. Wright, the theology of J. I. Packer and John Stott, and the evangelistic/educational Alpha Course have all come out of Anglicanism. So, whether you are Anglican or not, this new product is good news. You’ll have access to the wealth of Anglican resources alongside the abundance of resources from other Christian traditions.

Under the mercy,
Benjamin Amundgaard

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Last Chance: Round 1 Ends Today!

MM_200X200-05Round 1 of Logos March Madness ends today at 5 p.m. If you haven’t voted, vote now! If you have voted, help your favorite authors—share them on Facebook and Twitter.

Once Round 1 is finished, 32 authors will remain, vying for your votes to move on. For each author in Round 2, we’ll discount a collection or title by 35%.

Here are a few authors predicted to win and move on from Round 1:

  1. N. T. Wright
  2. John Piper
  3. Charles Spurgeon
  4. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Want to see whose works will be discounted by 35%? Sign up to receive exclusive Logos March Madness updates!





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Need a Bigger Book Budget? Prove It.

Pastor's LibraryYou need more books.

Whether you’re a pastor, missionary, chaplain, or church leader, you know you need more books. Most churches and organizations know you need more books, too; that’s why they give you a book budget.

But what if you need more books than your budget allows? What if your book budget just isn’t up-to-date? What if you don’t have a book budget at all?

How do you prove that you need a bigger book budget?

It’s a difficult thing to prove objectively . . . unless you have some stats to back it up.

The Pastor’s Library survey is back!

It’s time to get you some current statistics. We’re getting thousands of pastors and church leaders to weigh in on important book budget matters, like:

  • Does your church provide you with a book budget?
  • How has the cost of books changed?
  • How big should your book budget be?
  • How do congregation sizes relate to book budgets?

Take this 10-minute survey now. Once we get enough responses, we’ll share the results. We’ll also help you gauge how big your book budget should be, so when you ask for a bigger book budget, you’ll have the numbers to back it up.

This survey helps everyone

When you take this survey, you’re not only helping yourself. You’re also helping all these people:

  • Your congregation. You’ll understand how much money you need for books—books to help you preach the Word to your church.
  • Your family. With a bigger book budget from the church, you’ll spend less of your family’s cash out-of-pocket on books, so you can spend it on other necessities.
  • Other pastors everywhere. Your response makes this survey more reliable, helping other pastors get the book budgets they need, too.
  • Logos (and therefore, you again). Our mission is to serve the church, and the better we know you, the better we can serve you.

So, you need a bigger book budget? Let’s prove it—take the Pastor’s Library survey right now.

20 Resurrection Sermons Just Waiting to Be Preached

More people go to church on Easter than on any other day of the year, and churches around the world are preparing for more visitors. How do you get ready for them without cutting into sermon prep time?

What if you could save so much time on sermon prep that planning for extra parking, extra seating, extra childcare, extra ushers, and other important things didn’t come at the expense of a great Easter sermon?

Or better yet: what if you could strategize the next two decades’ worth of Easter sermon ideas right now?

20 Easter sermon ideas right now? No way.

It’s not as tough as you might think—not if Logos 5 has your back. Just look up the resurrection of Christ in the Sermon Starter Guide!

Resurrection Sermons

Immediately, you’ll get a list of key passages that describe the resurrection, and each one could be your starting point for a sermon:

  1. Why the resurrection was important to David, Israel, and us (Ps. 16:8–11, Ac. 2:29–31)
  2. Jesus, Jonah, and you (Mt. 12:40)
  3. Who witnessed the resurrected Savior? (1 Co. 15:3–8)
  4. Jesus: alive forevermore! (Re. 1:17–18)

You’ll also see links to entries in the Topic Guide for “Easter” and the “Resurrection of Christ.” These entries connect you to more passages and resources that address these topics, leading to more sermon ideas:

  1. What is Easter, anyway?
  2. What the resurrection meant to Matthew
  3. What the resurrection meant to Mark
  4. What the resurrection meant to Luke
  5. What the resurrection meant to John
  6. What the resurrection meant to Paul
  7. What the resurrection meant to Peter

And then you’ll find a long, long list of pericopes (Bible excerpts) that relate to the resurrection. This can give you a good idea for Scripture to read during worship. And of course, there are plenty of sermon ideas here, too:

  1. Jesus is risen—now what? (Mt. 28)
  2. Do you recognize him? (Lk. 24:13–35)
  3. Are you a doubting Thomas? (Jn. 20:19–29)
  4. Jesus still provides (Jn. 21:1–14)

The Sermon Starter also gives you entire thematic outlines to work from, so you can go straight to Logos for a skeleton to use in your Easter message:

  1. Who foretold Jesus’ resurrection?
  2. How sure can we be of Jesus’ resurrection?
  3. Why was Jesus’ resurrection necessary?
  4. What happened when Jesus rose from the grave?
  5. How do we benefit from the resurrection of Jesus?

And on top of all this, the Sermon Starter searches your library for sermon ideas and includes them in the report! You’ll also get links to hymns, media, and more supplementary sermon material.

What’s #21? You tell me!

When I started writing this post, my working title was “7 Easter Sermons Just Waiting to Be Preached.” Then I opened the Sermon Starter and realized that seven sermon ideas really sold this tool short. There are so many Easter sermon ideas in Logos 5.

And that’s just Easter. Now imagine how Logos can help you prep for Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day . . . the list goes on and on.

Don’t go another Sunday without the world’s leading Bible-study and sermon-prep software. Get Logos 5.

Already have Logos 5? Learn to use it for richer Bible study and ministry with our educational resources!

How Knox’s Degrees Fit Your Busy Life

Scott_LindseyToday’s guest post is by Scott Lindsey, our ministry relations director here at Logos.

To say my life is “crazy busy” is an understatement. I’ve been married to the love of my life for 21 years. I have five amazing children. My wife and I home school. And I travel. When I say “travel,” I mean over 100,000 miles per year. They know me at many major airports. I have a “United Airlines” tattoo. (Ok, maybe not.)

In 2012, Logos and Knox Theological Seminary created a game-changing partnership. A partnership combining the best in theological resources and technology with a world-class faculty and seminary. When I first heard about the partnership, I thought, “Where have you been all my life?” I’ve always wanted to go to seminary, but moving my family, quitting Logos, and going back to school fulltime is not an option. But the Logos/Knox program is a very viable option!

Three weeks ago, I started my seminary journey—I enrolled in the MABTS program at Knox. It’s exceeded my expectations on many levels:

  1. The classroom comes to you. Technology allows Knox to bring the lectures to your computer screen with world-class instructors like Drs. Bruce Waltke, Warren Gage, John Frame, Gerald Bray, Samuel Lamerson, and others. I’ve even watched lectures on my iPhone while sipping coffee at my favorite coffee shop.
  2. Portfolio! Imagine a $78,000 theological library at your fingertips. As I mentioned, I’m a big fan of Logos, but as a student, I’m learning much more about this amazing tool. And when I graduate, the library will be mine forever. I did my MBA through distance education, and graduated with about 20 books. This time, I’ll graduate with over 2,500 books for a lifetime of learning.
  3. Learning at my own pace. Yes, I have lots of assignment deadlines now, but I get to decide when to do the course lectures, readings, and other materials. I can watch lectures at 31,000 feet, finish course readings on my iPad in bed, or do my writing assignments during my lunch break with my laptop. When I think about all the time I’ve wasted on trivial things like TV, surfing the web, and posting what I eat to Facebook, I realize I would rather use that time to learn more about my God and my faith.

So, if you heard about the Knox/Logos partnership and thought to yourself, “I would love to do that, but my life is just too crazy!”—believe me, you can do it! And you’ll be glad you did.

You’ll deepen your love for the Gospel and get in-depth training for effective ministry with Knox’s online MABTS. To learn more or apply now, call 1-800-210-6466 or visit SeminaryDegreesOnline.com/Degrees/MABTS.

What’s the Significance of Biblical Words?

If you missed the Pastorum Live 2012 conference, you missed out on powerful teaching from 21 of evangelicalism’s leading scholars. Pastorum Live featured more than just lofty theology; it was scholarly teaching instantly applicable to your study and ministry.

In this short clip, Dr. Mark Futato explains what the specific word choices in Scripture can tell us about God and his character.

Join Dr. Futato, Ed Stetzer, Dr. John Walton, Jonathan Dodson and many others in Chicago April 11–12 for Pastorum 2013. When you register for Pastorum by Friday, March 8, you’ll receive a discounted rate—only $79! Register now!

How to Endorse Logos, Even if You’re Not Famous

Base Packages IIWe love helping people get into the Word. Every time someone gives us a shout-out, it tells us that we’re on the right track. That goes for prominent Christians and everyday users alike. Like Jayson said a few weeks ago, every single endorsement matters, including yours.

In fact, anytime you want to comment on a product, you can write a public review on our website.

3 reasons your review is important:

  • You help others make an informed decision. You get to list all your favorite features, titles, articles, and the like, along with areas in which a product could improve. Your honest review might be just what someone else needs to start using Logos 5 to study the Word.
  • You keep us accountable to excellence. You can rate any product up to 5 stars, call out the ways in which a product helps you with Bible study, and help guide Logos Bible Software as we pursue our company mission to serve the church.
  • You get to share new ways to use our software. We have a pretty big group of people working here (and we’re hiring more!), but there’s no way we can cover every single way that Logos 5 can improve Bible study in every walk of life. But you know how it helps you, and you can share your story with others like you.

So, what do you think of Logos 5?

If you own a Logos 5 base package, write up a review and rate it on the product page! Here are quick links to each one—join the conversations at the bottom of each page (make sure you’re signed in).

Want to weigh in on products outside of base packages? You can review those, too—start now!

Logos March Madness—Get Back in the Game

Timeline coverLogos March Madness is back with an unbeatable selection of works. This March, all your favorite authors—N. T. Wright, D. A. Carson, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, and others—are competing for your votes, with 75% savings at stake.

Through the end of the month, we’ll be staging matchups between 64 of our bestselling authors. You’ll have the opportunity to vote in six rounds. And the more rounds an author wins, the greater the discount you’ll receive on his or her works—starting at 30%, and ending with the champion’s works marked down by 75%. The resources will go on sale only once the author has lost a round. It’s up to you to ensure that your favorite author wins, so vote early—and share often!

The resources will be listed on LogosMarchMadness.com, along with the coupon codes. Here’s this year’s schedule:

  • Round 1: 3/2–9
  • Round 2: 3/9–14
  • Sweet Sixteen: 3/14–19
  • Elite 8: 3/19–23
  • Final 4: 3/23–26
  • Championship: 3/26–30
  • Sale end: 4/15

There are just shy of 500 resources in this year’s Logos March Madness. With publishers like Baker, Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, and more on board, this year’s lineup is arguably the best we’ve ever had. Check out the bracket at LogosMarchMadness.com/Brackets.

Trying to guess which resources will be on sale?

  1. All chosen resources are single-author, single-publisher
  2. No collections will be included, but individual titles from collections may be
  3. Most works have not been on Pre-Pub within the last year
  4. Most resources are not included in base packages
  5. Search author pages on Logos.com
    1. Modern Authors
    2. Legacy Authors

Visit LogosMarchMadness.com today to view the brackets. And don’t miss any important updates or deals—be sure to sign up for the email alerts!

Who do you want to win? Let us know in the comments!

Recreating the World That Jesus Entered

Jesus’ entrance in our world marked the turning point of history. But Jesus did not enter onto an empty stage. What brought about the end of the Jewish state? What role did Herod the Great and his sons play in the politics of the day? What cultural and religious forces were at work when Jesus arrived?

Herod to Jesus (Act VI), volume 6 in Logos’ new series The Bible in Seven Acts, provides a complete survey of the historical and cultural setting of this pivotal period. Designed for pastors, teachers, and students, this resource gives you the tools you need to understand Jesus’ life and work against the backdrop of first-century Palestine and the Roman Empire.

Grasp the whole picture. For students and teachers, Herod to Jesus (Act VI) provides a clear and easy-to-follow snapshot of the entire historical period. Graphics—including timelines and event lines—put the whole story in perspective.

Make meaningful connections. In addition to its concise survey of the social, political, and economic setting of the world in which Jesus preached, Herod to Jesus (VI) links historical events and movements to the relevant biblical passages. Political intrigues, sectarian conflicts, and Messianic expectations all affected how Jesus was received.

Go deeper into the story. More than a textbook survey or an annotated bibliography, The Bible in Seven Acts is designed to take full advantage of the Logos digital platform. That means that one click takes you to relevant, curated content in the Logos library— comprehensive information written by the world’s best biblical scholars and historians.

For seminarians and students, Herod to Jesus (Act VI) provides an invaluable study aid. It makes your New Testament survey course make more sense. Compelling topics for papers or dissertations emerge from the details, and resources for in-depth research are at your fingertips in the Logos library, saving you hours of time in the library or scrambling online.

Pastors can use The Bible in Seven Acts to enrich their sermons with more depth and confidence than ever before. The resource includes slides to bring history vividly to life for your congregation. And the time you save by letting this series do your research leaves time for the other demands of ministry—and life.

Pre-order your copy of The Bible in Seven Acts: Herod to Jesus (Act VI) or the entire seven-volume series—you’ll get 25% off the regular purchase price.