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Top 5 Reasons to Earn Your Knox MACCS

Knox Theological Seminary’s new Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) equips you for modern ministry with the Great Books’ classical training. This MA, unparalleled by that of any other seminary in the world, is supremely relevant to Western ministry. And it’s fully online, so you can study anywhere. Here’s why the MACCS matters:

  1. You’ll engage Western culture by exploring its defining literary and philosophical works.
  2. You’ll follow Christian doctrinal development through ancient, medieval, and modern times.
  3. You’ll articulate both Christian and non-Christian worldviews.
  4. You’ll learn from some of today’s most trusted Bible scholars, among them Drs. Warren Gage and Sam Lamerson.
  5. You’ll explore the curriculum’s works with the world’s finest exegetical software—Logos 5.

Much More than Your Average Seminary Degree

With the MACCS, you’ll develop more than just an excellent understanding of Scripture. You’ll develop historical perspective, a philosophical habit of mind, moral imagination, and rhetorical skill. Here’s one pastor’s account of the MACCS’ richness:


Study Free with the Francis Schaeffer Scholarship!

Knox is offering one comprehensive scholarship and one hundred partial scholarships for a total of more than $200,000! Learn more and enter to win at KnoxSeminary.edu—it’s fast and simple.

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

Introducing Logos Bible Software 5

Bible study is about connection. The Bible connects us to the very words of God, and to study it is to make connections: between facts and feelings, texts and commentators, hearts and minds, ourselves and God and one another.

Logos Bible Software 5 is a significant update that is all about connection. Logos 5 connects the people, places, things, events, topics, and themes of the Bible with new and expanded databases. It is completely integrated with Faithlife, an online network for connecting your faith community, where you can share biblical insights, maintain a group prayer list, or read the Bible (or any book in your Logos library) in community with others. Logos 5 features new guides and tools for connecting the dots in your Bible study.

Experts have spent more than three years writing, editing, and tagging our unique databases of Bible knowledge. Dozens of books have been thoroughly tagged with special metadata about Bible outlines, preaching themes, historical events and Bible facts. Every original language word in the Bible has been reanalyzed and connected to new databases, while staying connected to modern translations. We have created nearly a million connections between our data elements and Bible verses.

All this connection is toward one end: helping you do more and better Bible study.

And, conveniently, all this connection makes that easier than ever before. In addition to powerful new tools for sermon preparation and topical study, Logos 5 contains many small updates and improvements that streamline your study. Logos 5 quickly becomes a transparent tool that gets all the overhead out of the way, so you can get connected to the Word.

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It’s time to upgrade to Logos 5! Check out your special pricing options with the discount calculator.

Put Our Research Team to Work for You!

Biblical history is tricky—it’s easy to mix up data. Most articles on a biblical period are meshed with academic debate, making it difficult to decipher the basics. And once you learn what you want to know, there’s often no clear research direction. The Bible in Seven Acts takes care of all these problems and more.

Find answers fast with The Bible in Seven Acts: Herod to Jesus. In an easy-to-follow format, this resource summarizes historical content and annotates related links to Logos resources. It provides a framework for biblical history and its context. It gives you stunning media to share what you learn, including event linestimelines, and slides for key people, movements, and ideas.

Each volume in The Bible in Seven Acts is an annotated synopsis and bibliography of the major people and events of biblical history—reimagined for the digital age. Hybrids between textbook-type surveys and annotated bibliographies, these volumes are built on technological resources available only in Logos. The interconnectivity of The Bible in Seven Acts with the Logos library provides you with relevant, curated content at a click. Produced by a highly educated Bible research team, the series does the heavy lifting for you.

With The Bible in Seven Acts, you’ll:

  •  Find things fast. There’s no need to locate, read, and annotate dozens of reference materials. Everything is in one spot.
  • See connections. The overview format leads you to research topics you may have never read about or heard of.
  • Gain perspective. You’ll learn about all the relevant historical and cultural issues related to this biblical era. Everything is elegantly organized.

The Bible in Seven Acts has what you need for in-depth research on biblical history or quick overviews in a pinch. The series leads you in the right direction with intelligent technology and research.

Using The Bible in Seven Acts: Herod to Jesus is like having a research team do your initial work and organize it with links so that you can read further to draw your own conclusions. It’s like having a media team come up with smart ways to present what you’re learning so that it’s more memorable when you share it.

Pre-order The Bible in Seven Acts: Herod to Jesus for a special low introductory price. The price will go up soon—so pre-order now!

Check Out Logos’ First Windows 8 App!

The release of Windows 8 is right around the corner, and we’re already offering our first Windows app. With the free Verse of the Day app, you’ll get a daily artist-created Scripture tile on your start screen.

You can browse through the last 30 verses, share the day’s verse, or jump to Biblia.com to read the whole passage.

If you’re already running Windows 8, download the app now. Once you’ve tried it out, rate and review it! We’d love to know what you think.

Running Logos 4 on Windows 8

Going to be picking up Windows 8 when it’s available? We recommend running Logos 4.6.

To check which version you’re currently running, click on the help icon (question mark in the upper-right-hand corner of the Logos homepage) and choose “About Logos Bible Software” from the dropdown menu. When the new window opens, you’ll see the version listed at the top (example).

If you’re not running the current version of Logos 4, type “Update now” into the Command Bar (example). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (example) and begin downloading them.

Jarrid Wilson Talks Social Media and His New Devotional

If you’ve never heard of Jarrid Wilson, then get ready, because it won’t be long before his name is mentioned alongside top ministry leaders.

Jarrid represents the new wave in ministry, one that uses social media and technology to preach the Gospel. Jarrid’s use of Twitter, Facebook, his podcast, and his blog has enabled him to spread the Word to tens of thousands of people all around the world.

Jarrid was kind enough to talk to us about his ministry and his brand-new devotional, 30 Words: A Devotional for the Rest of Us.

What compelled you to write a devotional?

30 Words is more than a devotional: it’s an experiment for an everyday person who is looking to gain further knowledge of God’s character. I wrote 30 Words in hopes that it would be set apart from other devotionals, something people can reread whenever they are looking for a fresh wind of encouragement or inspiration.

How is this devotional different from others?

There is plenty of material both for individuals brand-new to their faith, and for those looking to become the next great theological mind. But what I realized is that there fails to be much content for the middle man. “A devotional for the rest of us” is for anyone looking to deepen their relationship with God, no matter where they are on their walk with Him. 30 Words is a bridge.

What drew you to publishing with Kirkdale Press?

Simple. Kirkdale Press is family. Not only are they incredibly gifted at what they do, but they have an incredible heart for authors who are passionate about their work. I am truly honored to work with Kirkdale Press, and I am thankful God allowed me to publish my first book through them.

Social media plays an important role in your ministry. What do you find so compelling about social media?

Matthew 28:18–19 is a simple statement that encapsulates my yearning for ministry through social media. We are called to make disciples of “all nations,” and I believe that through the power of social media, we are able to take the Gospel to the homes of millions across the world. Social media has a tendency to turn the everyday introvert into an everyday extrovert. And by using that to my advantage I am able to speak words of truth, hope, grace, and love to people all across social media platforms.

What are some challenges and potential benefits for the church in incorporating social media into its reach and mission? 

I believe that God has gifted us with many tools in sharing the Gospel, and that one of those tools for today’s age is social media. I can’t begin to understand why a Church wouldn’t want to use this tool to help their mission in sharing Christ. Although not everyone is social savvy, you’d be surprised by how many people you can reach through a single tweet or Facebook post.

What are some great and not-so-great examples you’ve seen of social media being used by Christians?

I can’t begin to explain how many people I see who claim to love Jesus in their bios, but who have yet to resemble Him in their tweets or posts. It hurts my heart to see people tweet malicious statements in the name of Christ, all because they have the comfort of hiding behind a username. We are called to be the difference, and I believe our greatest struggle in the social media world will be to not conform to how the world uses it.

Jarrid’s devotional 30 Words is published through Kirkdale Press, and it’s available now.

Lisa Chan Discusses Being a Pastor’s Wife

I was happy to catch a few minutes to chat with upcoming Defined by God speaker Lisa Chan. Lisa has been married to pastor, speaker, and writer Francis Chan for 18 years. I asked Lisa about some of the struggles pastors’ wives face.

Was Francis a pastor when you first married him?

Yes, he was working with a church. The church had gone through a terrible time, and there was a split with the senior pastor. We left on our honeymoon thinking maybe he would take over temporarily at that church, but in two months’ time, Francis felt like, “You know what, I think God wants us to start our own church and for me to really head out and lead.” And so Cornerstone was founded after two months of marriage.

What’s the biggest challenge pastors’ wives face today?

That’s an interesting question. I think one of the biggest challenges is authenticity. It’s so easy to slide into a position or a title and find your identity in that instead of being an authentic, godly woman—one pursuing Christ, walking in step with the spirit, and focused on what he wants, rather than what people want or think. We all know that’s part of the territory, but if you can learn to keep your eyes forward and on Christ, you can learn how to deal with it in a better way.

What advice would you give to pastors’ wives who are struggling with authenticity and feeling like they have to fit into a mold that other people put them in?

I think the best way is to not spend too much time thinking about it—usually if we focus on the problem, it just gets bigger and bigger. But if we turn our focus and choose to say, “No, I’m going to go after Christ, I’m going to grow in my walk with God, I’m going to learn to listen to his voice and do the things he asks me to do”—that’s really the only answer. And I know it seems really oversimplified, but sometimes our biggest problems have very simple answers. That would be my biggest advice—just follow after God and that’s what it’s all about.

My husband gives this illustration that if you’re learning to be a mountain-bike rider, you have to look where you want to go. In other words, if you look where you don’t want to go, like the cliff or rut, your bike will automatically go where you don’t want to go. So to stay on the right path, you look at where you want to go. And so for us, as pastors’ wives, let’s not look at this big cesspool of “Oh people expect so much of me, and this is so terrible”—you’re going to go that way—but if you just say “I’m going to be a women of God, a child of God after him,” all the other stuff falls into place because you’re just following after God.

What will you be speaking on at the Defined by God conference, and how will it help pastors’ wives?

I’m pretty sure that I’m going to be speaking about having a steadfast love, and I’m going to be sharing a lot that I’m saying here; I want to refocus and resimplify because we tend to overcomplicate, and I know that’s my tendency, and the Lord is just showing me how much I need to step back and simplify and do the next step that’s right in front of me. What does God have for me right now, today? I don’t want to worry so much about the future and get ahead of myself.

What would you say to women who are thinking about coming but are on the fence?

I know that as pastors wives, we hear a lot of messages—maybe sometimes we get to attend some with our husbands, we’re listening, we’re reading, so sometimes it can feel like it’s just gonna be one more thing on our plates. But I think the uniqueness of this is that it will be just pastors’ wives instead of a women’s conference or couples’ retreat, and so to me, that’s the fun of this. Wow, we’re all very like-minded, we have the same struggles, the same desires, husbands who are in the same place in ministry, and so there’s camaraderie and the ability to feel united with so many women who are in the same place. And I’m just asking women to consider how much of a blessing it is to come together with other women to understand exactly where you’re at.

Come see Lisa and more fantastic speakers at the Defined by God conference in San Diego, CA,  November 1–3.

Register now for FREE!

400 of History’s Most Powerful Prayers

Pastors often have occasion to pray in public. Whether for a special occasion, like a baptism, or a regular responsibility during a weekly worship service, they need to deliver prayers that communicate the state of their people before God.

In such situations, many us turn to prayers from the past. The Bible, especially the book of Psalms, is of course first on the list. The written prayers from leaders throughout church history, like Anselm of Canterbury, Clement of Rome, John Calvin, John Wesley, and George Whitefield are another resource. Prayers can also come from ancient documents and liturgies, like the Didache or the Liturgy of the Blessed Apostles. Though the writers of these prayers are no longer with us, their words still capture the thoughts, attitudes, and emotions of twenty-first-century believers.

The prayers of these heroes of faith, and many others, are collected in 400 Prayers for Preachers, with Slides. For those of us seeking the right word for any occasion, this resource has everything:

  • Material for service planning—All prayers are organized by theme (like suffering, reverence, or God’s faithfulness), Scripture references, and prayer type. This means that if you are preaching or focusing your worship service on a Scripture or topic, you can quickly find relevant prayers. If you are looking for a particular type of prayer—whether petition, praise, thanksgiving, intercession, or confession—this resource saves you the time you might otherwise spend hunting through your library.
  • Easy sharing—Each prayer is accompanied by a professionally designed slide that contains an excerpt from the prayer, making the prayer easy to share visually.
  • Updated language—For some prayers, archaic language (like “thee,” “thou,” and “beseech”) has been updated, so that the prayers are ready to use in a modern context.
  • Cited sources—Each prayer includes a bibliographic citation, enabling you to track it down in its original context.

When you need a prayer for any occasion, this resource makes it easy to find just what you need. Order it now at the discounted Pre-Pub price!

Brand-New Content Added to the Faithlife Study Bible

The Faithlife Study Bible is a dynamic and growing resource. Already an enormous study Bible, the FSB has added all-new content to its already exhaustive notes.

These new additions include Faithlife Study Bible sidebars by respected and high-profile contributors, including:

Along with new sidebar notes, more than 20,000 words have been added in additional notes on Genesis, Ephesians, and Philippians. We’ve even revised notes throughout the FSB.

We’ve also added new articles—more than 66,000 words—to the Lexham Bible Dictionary (bundled free with the FSB). They treat subjects like:

  • Baptism
  • Joseph
  • Early Christian worship
  • Trinity
  • Rhetorical criticism
  • And much more

A study Bible with no page constraints is a study Bible that’ll grow with you! And the FSB adds new study notes, maps, media, and articles all the time.

Download the Faithlife Study Bible free through March 2014 and you’ll get:

  • Three layers of study notes—go deeper into the meaning of the text.
  • The Lexham Bible Dictionary—learn from more than 2,800 articles.
  • Rich media—augment your study with tons of photos, videos, and infographics.
  • Community Notes—share favorite verses, thoughts, and questions with your church, small group, etc.
  • Reading plans—read through the Bible with groups.
  • Devotions—reflect on the Faithlife Study Bible’s daily devotionals.
  • Smart searches—find what you’re looking for when you need it.
  • Highlighting—customize your notes with more than 80 colors and symbols.
  • Document sharing—share notes, lesson plans, outlines, and more with your groups.
  • The freedom to study anywhere—use the FSB in Logos 4 or on your mobile device.

If you haven’t downloaded the Faithlife Study Bible, why wait any longer? Get it free today!

Get Resources from Your Favorite Resurgence Speakers

Resurgence 2012 is right around the corner, and this year’s lineup features some of the world’s most successful leaders. Catch Rick Warren, Greg Laurie, Mark Driscoll, James MacDonald, Craig Groeschel, and Miles McPherson in person on the R12 stage.

Resurgence 2012 isn’t the only place you can go to hear the voices of these influential men—Logos Bible Software connects you to their works. Build your library today with resources like Greg Laurie’s Why Believe?: Exploring the Honest Questions of Seekers, or get the Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive and dive into 10 years’ worth of thought-provoking messages.

Pick up James MacDonald’s discourse on the infallibility of the Scriptures in God Wrote a Book, or study the Bible Rick Warren’s way with Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods.

If you want to be a part of the action, there’s still time to register for Resurgence 2012. This year’s conference will take place in Irvine, CA, Oct. 9–10. Catch the speakers’ messages by registering for the conference, and purchase their Logos resources today!

Free Plane Ticket: Sign Up for the Next DMin Classes

Knox’s next DMin classes start in October in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. We’ve extended the application deadline through Oct. 1—and if you’re among the next 30 students accepted, we’ll cover your airfare up to $500!

That gives you only six more days to complete your application. Start it right now—it won’t take long.

Here are the October preaching classes:

  • The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching | October 15–19
  • Biblical Theology and Preaching That Inspires | October 22–26

Start earning your DMin in Preaching and Teaching with these transformative classes. If you’re among the next 30 students enrolled, you’ll fly free (or at least $500 cheaper). The deadline to apply is October 1—save your seat now!