Howard Hendricks (1924–2013)

Howard HendricksHoward Hendricks, professor at Dallas Theological Seminary for over 60 years, author or coauthor of 23 books, and chaplain to the Dallas Cowboys (1976–1984), went to be with the Lord early this morning.

“To guide a person in the name of Jesus is a great privilege and a sobering responsibility; to misguide an individual is no minor matter to Him.”—Howard Hendricks, The Christian Educator’s Handbook on Teaching

Hendricks shaped more than 10,000 students in his lifetime—but his influence doesn’t stop there. Thanks to Hendrick’s personal mentoring of leaders like Chuck Swindoll, Tony Evans, and David Jeremiah, he has left his mark through their ministries, too. Being mentored as a young man played an important role in Hendricks’ life, and as he communicates in As Iron Sharpens Iron, the most dramatic spiritual and personal growth often happens through the influence of a mentor.

“Show me a man’s closest companions and I can make a fairly accurate guess as to what sort of man he is, as well as what sort of man he is likely to become.”—Howard Hendricks, As Iron Sharpens Iron

Hendricks’ enthusiasm for God’s Word was infectious. Convicted that the Bible was one of the most important means of spiritual development, he encouraged more than rote memorization and scriptural exegesis. To him, the Bible needed to become part of us.

“Do whatever it takes to become an acquisitive Bible reader. Marry the truth of the Word with your own interests and experience—through personal engagement in the process—so that you do more than remember a passage of Scripture—you make it your own.”—Howard Hendricks, Living by the Book

From our finite perspective, it’s impossible to see the impact of Hendrick’s faithfulness. Someday, in the light of eternity, we’ll see its full influence.

“Too many believers die with an unsung song still in them. They finish life at the top of the pile in their field but at the bottom of life in terms of fulfillment.”—Howard Hendricks, Color outside the Lines

Congrats to Last Month’s Bible College and Seminary Scholarship Winners!

$1,000 ScholarshipCongratulations to the latest recipients of the Logos Bible College and Seminary Scholarships, Marisa Ortloff and Luke Harmon! Marisa, who is getting her degree from Multnomah University in Portland, OR, was very excited to receive her $1,000 scholarship and new Logos 5 base package. Here’s what she said after winning the scholarship package:

“Wow! I am so grateful for this scholarship! Winning this scholarship will help me to continue my education and further my passion for educating the next generation!”

Luke is getting his degree in Southern California at Azusa Pacific University. He wanted to relay his gratitude for receiving this scholarship:

“The investment Logos has made in my life through this scholarship truly humbles me. It helps to set me up for success as I finish my degree and move on to further education and pastoral ministry.”

If you were to win one of these scholarships, you would receive $1,000 toward your tuition and a Logos 5 base package to help with your Bible study! The application process is quick and easy, too. Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit SeminaryScholarship.com or BibleCollegeScholarship.com, whichever applies to you
  2. Click the “APPLY NOW” button
  3. Watch the video then wait to be redirected to the application form
  4. Fill out the application form and click “Submit”
  5. Then you’re done!

There are four recipients of each scholarship each year—winners are chosen on January 10, April 10, July 10, and October 10. And the best part? It takes you only 15 minutes to apply!

Know someone who could use a scholarship?

Tell them about these opportunities! You can post a link to SeminaryScholarship.com or BibleCollegeScholarship.com on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog. You could even send your friends an email or give them a call.

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Tired of searching for scholarships? Four times a year, Logos awards at least two $1,000 tuition scholarships, along with copies of Logos 5 Bronze through their Seminary Scholarship and Bible College Scholarship programs!

The scholarships are open to all students currently enrolled in an accredited theological seminary or Bible college located in North America, or planning to enrolling within the next eight months. All you have to do is watch a demonstration of Logos Bible Software and fill out a brief application. Once your application is submitted, you’ll be entered to win a $1,000 scholarship and a digital theological library that, in print, would cost nearly $8,000!

5 Free Ways to Share Your Faith Online

ShareimageSharing Scripture with friends and loved ones has never been so easy—and Logos is working to make it even easier.

Every morning we post Scripture art to a few of our Facebook pages. We’ve received quite a few requests to make these images available for sharing, reusing, or downloading. We even had one fan enter our photo contest with the help of our Verse of the Day images. Well, good news—there are plenty of ways to share this free art, as well as other social content.

Here are five free ways to share Scripture online:

1. Follow Logos on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, and Instagram.

  • Repost, tweet, +1, and pin Scripture art and verses to encourage your friends and followers.

2. Download images from our Facebook and Instagram profiles.

  • Save these as your Twitter backgrounds, and add them to your Flickr albums or other image galleries.

3. Use the free Verse of the Day plugin on your blog.

  • It works with WordPress and Blogger.

4. Set up a group in Faithlife, and enable the free Verse of the Day plugin for your group.

  • Faithlife groups now feature the Verse of the Day plugin in the right sidebar, along with your group’s reading plan.

5. Download free Facebook Timeline covers.

  • Visit Twibbon and choose between a few free Facebook Timeline covers. Then tweet and share Twibbon with your friends!

6. BONUS: use Twibbon to add the Logos emblem to your Facebook or Twitter photo. This lets you connect with other Logos users quickly and easily—you’ll know them by their profile pictures.

What are some other ways you share Scripture on social media? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

Get 25% Off Your BibleTech Registration!

You don’t want to miss BibleTech 2013! For years, BibleTech has been a venue to connect people who are passionate about the ways technology is shaping how we interact with, and share, the Scriptures. This year’s conference will be no exception.

Check out the list of presenters to see the breadth of topics. Here are some highlights:

  • From Paper to Pixels: The Effects of Technology on the Bible—Look at the best practices for developers and publishers seeking to create technological solutions that encourage good Bible-reading practices while minimizing negative technological effects.
  • Pastor Hacks: How Technology Helped Me Survive a Year of Rural Bivocational Ministry—Learn some “pastor hacks” used to prepare sermons faster, keep track of member needs, plan worship services, and stay sane while balancing “part-time” ministry and full-time business.
  • Exploring NoSQL and the Bible—Explore the basics of NoSQL technologies with special focus on the experiences one developer for Bible Gateway has had using them.
  • Disruptive Electronic Books—Consider how the concept of a book will change: it will be smaller, incremental, database-driven and computer-customized to the person reading it. Formatting text on a computer screen will be replaced with dynamic two-way social multimedia.

Get acquainted with the speakers and catch up on their preparations for BibleTech:2013 by checking out their personal links. You can also view the official BibleTech:2013 schedule and plan ahead for your BibleTech experience.

BibleTech will be held at the Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant downtown neighborhood—walking distance from the historic Pike Place Market.

Experience a fresh look into the exciting ways that technology is affecting the way we study, visualize, and communicate the Scriptures. Register for BibleTech today, and save 25% with the coupon code BBLTCH!

Win the $18,000 Leith Anderson Scholarship!

Demetrius Walton

John Piper Scholarship winner: Demetrius Walton

Earn your Knox DMin free with a brand-new scholarship: the $18,000 Leith Anderson Scholarship! Enter to win at SeminaryDegreesOnline.com/Leith-Anderson before March 1.

You’ll attend onsite classes in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and complete the rest of your studies from home, on your own schedule. And you’ll use Logos 5’s enormous Portfolio library: a cutting-edge academic tool that’s yours for life.

Winner of the John Piper Scholarship: Demetrius Walton

Congratulations, Demetrius Walton—you won last fall’s John Piper Scholarship!

Demetrius is an army chaplain serving in the Middle East. His focuses are family ministry and marital counseling, and he trains other chaplains to be better counselors. Demetrius grew up in a New Age household, but thanks to Young Life, he started to move toward God; in 2000, with the help of The Navigators’ ministry, he became a Christian. He went on to teach at Bible college and serve as a missionary in Cambodia.

Demetrius’ comprehensive John Piper Scholarship will give him the financial means to grow as a teacher and a preacher. He plans to return to Asia—to China, to train and equip young pastors in the underground church.

What would you do with the flexibility afforded by a comprehensive scholarship, a curriculum that lets you keep your job and church while you study, and a terminal degree? Serve abroad, like Demetrius? Step up in your local church? Support your family with answers from the Word? Whatever your goals, Knox’s Gospel-centered education can help you achieve them.

Earn your doctorate at no cost—enter to win the Leith Anderson Scholarship before March 1!

Herman Ridderbos: A Scholar of Substance

Ridderbos-blog-image_400x117Today’s guest post is written by Dr. Jim West. Dr. West is adjunct professor of biblical studies at the Quartz Hill School of Theology and pastor of Petros Baptist Church, Petros, Tennessee. He has written a number of books, including ‘Christ Our Captain’: An Introduction to Huldrych Zwingli, and numerous articles. He serves as language editor for the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament and language revision editor for the Copenhagen International Seminar.

The New Testament scholar Herman Ridderbos (1909–2007) will soon have many of his primary writings made available from Logos. These include The Coming of the Kingdom, Paul and Jesus: Origin and General Character of Paul’s Preaching of Christ, The Authority of the New Testament Scriptures, Bultmann, When the Time Had Fully Come: Studies in New Testament Theology, Paul: An Outline of His Theology, Studies in Scripture and Its Authority, The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary, and Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures.

As readers can see quite easily, Herman Ridderbos contributed to our understanding of the Synoptic Gospels, Paul, and the Pauline epistles, along with the Gospel of John. Those contributions were neither ‘flash in the pan’ nor faddish in nature: they were substantive and meaningful and still, even now, very much worth reading. Especially worthy of  notice are his volumes on the Kingdom and Paul’s theology, along with his little volume on Bultmann, which, though containing many points of disagreement, demonstrates that Ridderbos took the time to read, and ponder, the great Marburg Theologian’s ideas. Something that most Evangelicals cannot say of themselves or many of their mentors.

Ridderbos has been praised for his insightful work by many outstanding scholars. And he has been excoriated by others, who fail to grasp, I think, his overarching purpose and who instead focus on what they deem shortcomings. In other words, they wish Ridderbos to mirror their views instead of allowing him his own voice. A voice, it has to be said, which is very much worth hearing.

The opportunity to make use of Ridderbos’ works should not be ignored by anyone working in the Gospels or Paul. Anyone who can write the following deserves to be applauded for his courage and forthrightness:

ridderbos“In recent decades the question of the authority of the Canon has again been brought to the fore in New Testament theology. It is often said now that the authority of the Canon is to be accepted because and in so far as God speaks to us in the books of the Canon. But in this very criterion “in so far as” lies the difficulty of the problem and the danger of subjectivism. Some wish to return to the essential content of the Gospel as the “Canon in the Canon.” They search for an incontestable objective measure within Scripture. Others protest that this is a too static interpretation of the Canon. God speaks—so they say—now here, and then again there, in Scripture. It is the preaching, the kerygma, they say, in which Scripture again and again shows itself as Canon. This actualistic concept of the Canon is interpreted by others in a still more subjectivistic manner: Canon is only that which here and now (hic et nunc) signifies the Word of God for me. For one like Ernst  Käsemann, for instance, the Canon, as it lies before us, is not the Word of God nor identical with the gospel, but it is God’s Word only in so far as it becomes gospel. The question, what then is the gospel, cannot be decided through exposition of Scripture, but only through the believer who “puts his ear to Scripture to listen” and is convinced by the Spirit (cf. Käsemann, Evangelische Theologie, 1951–52, p. 21).

It is clear that on this approach the Canon of the New Testament as a closed collection of 27 books becomes a very problematical matter. Can we still hold fast to the creed of the Reformation: We accept all these books as holy and canonical? What basis remains for the Church to believe that God not only wishes to use the books of the Bible as a medium in which he speaks to us through the Holy Spirit, but that he wishes also to bind the Church to the Canon of the New Testament? Can we continue to call upon the self-evidence of Scripture? Or are additional considerations to be gathered out of Scripture itself whereby the place and significance of the Canon of the New Testament come to stand more plainly before us in the plan of God’s salvation? In the measure in which we lay emphasis upon the objectivity of the Canon upon Scripture as absolute authority, this question will have our attention.”

Ridderbos, Herman. “The Canon of the New Testament.” Revelation and the Bible: Contemporary Evangelical Thought, ed. Henry, Carl F. H. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1968; London: Tyndale, 1959. 191–192.

Can God Be Surprised?

The newest issue of Bible Study Magazine explores four tough questions, including, “Can God be surprised?” Part of the theme section “Your Temple Won’t Save You,” this article and others dig deep into the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations.

It’s the type of nuanced biblical scholarship that Bible Study Magazine has been producing for more than four years. Each issue features in-depth articles and an 8-week Bible study, as well as insights from Christian leaders.

What’s new in the Mar–Apr ’13 issue:

  • “Church in the City,” featuring Tim Keller. Find out how this pastor leads his congregation to deeper Bible study and spreads the gospel in an urban context.
  • Insights from Sally Lloyd-Jones. The author of the Jesus Storybook Bible discusses how to share the Bible with small children.
  • Off-the-beaten-track feature. A story about the Bible in China.
  • In-depth, ongoing Bible studies: This issue features “8 Ways to Pray,” a new study on the book of Psalms. Wisdom literature expert Miles Custis explores how expressions of grief, frustration, and fear fit the mold of worship.
  • Special section: Is the Ark of the Covenant lost forever? Find out if Indiana Jones ever had a chance. Also, are there two versions of Jeremiah? Michael S. Heiser reveals the history behind this biblical book in “Double Vision.”
  • Devotionals: What do you do when everything crumbles? What does it means to abandon super-human strength? See what Jeremiah and Lamentations have to say about grief.

In addition to this, each issue of Bible Study Magazine features stunning infographics and reviews of the latest Bible study materials. Bible Study Magazine will help you go deep into the Word and apply it to your life. What are you waiting for? Subscribe today!

You Could Be the Next Winner of the $25,000 Billy Graham Scholarship!

Steve LangellaKnox Theological Seminary’s $25,000 Billy Graham Scholarship is back! Enter to win at SeminaryDegreesOnline.com/Billy-Graham before March 1. If you win, you’ll earn your MA (Biblical & Theological Studies) at no cost.

You’ll get:

  • Logos 5’s vast Portfolio library, an academic advantage that’s yours for life
  • A $1,000 Logos.com credit for additional books
  • Logos’ deep academic discounts, so your $1,000 will go even further

What’s more, if you’re among the first 100 students to enroll this spring, you’re guaranteed at least a $2,520 scholarship.

Last fall’s winner: Steve Langella!

We’re pleased to congratulate Steve Langella, of Brooklyn, NY, on winning the previous Billy Graham Scholarship. Steve was born again in 1987; at the time, he was 24 and a bartender. He “began to feel restless and empty,” and one day he wanted nothing more than to go to church. He prayed, “Lord, I know that I am a sinner and that I have disobeyed you my whole life. Please save me and change my life.” God did, and Steve joined a church in Brooklyn, where came to realize that preaching and teaching were his spiritual gifts. In 2006, at 43, he decided to earn his BA in religion. Now he’ll be earning his master’s.

He says, “[this scholarship] will help me become better equipped to fulfill God’s calling in my life. It will . . . [afford] me the opportunity to continue my biblical education and not incur further debt . . . I believe that this scholarship will enable me to do what I could otherwise not to, which is sit at the feet of Gospel-centered men . . . and learn from their experience.”

The chance to become better equipped, to continue your biblical education debt-free, to fulfill your spiritual gifts—you could get all that, too. The Billy Graham Scholarship is back, and you could be the next winner!

Earn your master’s for free

Entry closes March 1. Don’t wait—enter to win at SeminaryDegreesOnline.com/Billy-Graham!

3 More Ways to Change Your Life with Faithlife

The most crucial thing a person can do is increase their faith in Jesus. Our relationship with Christ is eternal, and likewise, what we do for him has eternal significance. In a recent post, I listed two ways God wants to transform your life this year. Here are three more ways to change your life using Faithlife.

1. Discuss God’s work with others.

When we discuss what God has done and is doing with others, we grow. We learn from others and are able to support one another. The journey with God happens together. Paul remarks in his first letter to the Corinthians: “And if one member [of the church] suffers, all the members suffer together; if a member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26 LEB). To help you in the process of journeying in faith with others, Faithlife reading plans are connected to group functionality—so you can easily connect online to discuss God, the Bible, and life with Christ. Faithlife.com provides you with a place to discuss God’s work together. You can do this as publicly or privately as you like; with Faithlife.com, you control who sees what in each group you create. You also know the level of privacy of the group you’re joining and the messages you’re sending.

2. Listen to what others have to say about God.

Surrounding yourself with people who can lead you in the right direction is critical to success. Paul remarks, “Do not be deceived! ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’ Sober up correctly and stop sinning, for some have no knowledge of God—I say this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:34). Listening to the first part of Paul’s message, it’s obvious that as believers we must surround ourselves with people who will help us in the process of learning about God, but the second part of Paul’s words—“I say this to your shame”—means that believers must be those who spread the knowledge of God. Faithlife.com provides a community where you can speak with others about God’s work among us, while providing a platform for you to contemplate and learn about the work you must do for God.

3. Act on God’s desires.

Simply knowing what God says, or talking about it, is useless. God wants for us to act on his Word and on his work among believers. Near the end of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he remarks: “Be on alert, stand firm in the faith, act courageously, be strong. All your actions must be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:13–14 LEB). We must do good with our knowledge by loving others and following through on what God requests (compare 1 Corinthians 16:1–4, 15–18). Faithlife is about all aspects of your faith life having a place online and in an app, in a format that works for the online context of faith. But it’s my hope that the interactions you have with others on Faithlife.com, and your use of the Faithlife Study Bible, will result in you doing more for others in all of your life.

Now you may have read these three ways—and perhaps even the other two I listed—and said to yourself, “I know, I know—I will.” I can empathize with that response, but the truth is that we all need to be reminded and we all need accountability. That is one of the many reasons why we created the Faithlife app and Faithlife.com. Create a group to dialogue about the Bible together, and to support one another and suddenly you will be set up for success. If you set a goal to read through the Bible this year but have fallen behind, it’s not too late to begin Read the Bible together today.

The Francis Schaeffer Scholarship Winner Announced!

PameliaWe have a winner: Pamelia Harris!

Pamelia, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is the executive director at Mount Bethel Baptist Church. She’s involved with the New Visions Community Development Corporation, which, using Dave Ramsey’s financial principles, has helped more than 2,500 low- to moderate-income homeowners save money and rebuild credit. She’s active in her church’s food pantry, she’s helped start a women’s ministry, and she’s helped write curricula for women’s Bible studies. Pamelia mentors girls and young women through the Delta Academy. She wants to be used by the Lord to “help single mothers become women of God and raise successful children.”

Pamelia wasn’t sure if she could afford seminary, and now that’s not a problem. She says, “It [her Knox master’s degree] will help me in every area of my life and ministry and give me more confidence in the Word when counseling women.”

In short: “I’m over the top!” Congrats, Pamelia!

$18,000 more—the Francis Schaeffer Scholarship returns

Starting today, the Francis Schaeffer Scholarship is back! Enter to win at SeminaryDegreesOnline.com/Francis-Schaeffer-Scholarshipentry closes March 1.

You’ll get:

  • Ministry training grounded in the West’s literary and cultural traditions
  • Logos 5 Platinum, worth over $28,000 in print
  • A $400 Logos credit for additional books, and Logos’ deep academic discount for the duration of your enrollment

And if you’re among the first 100 students to enroll in the MACCS spring semester, you’re guaranteed a partial scholarship of over $2,000.

Earn your master’s for free—enter to win at SeminaryDegreesOnline.com/Francis-Schaeffer-Scholarship!