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Adolf Schlatter (1852-1938)

Adolf Schlatter in his study.

Do we know Jesus? If we no longer know him, we no longer know ourselves“—Do We Know Jesus? Daily Insights for the Mind and Soul (Kregel Academic, 2005).

As the world spiraled toward a second World War, Adolf Schlatter knew his time on earth was coming to a close. Schlatter had stood behind the lectern of some of Europe’s most prestigious universities, authored important scholarly monographs, and ministered to students and parishioners. But his final days were spent in prayer and agony for the German church, which he feared was being swallowed up by fascism. On the morning of May 19, 1938, at the age of 85, Adolf Schlatter entered into the eternal rest of his Savior, whom he treasured and proclaimed faithfully all his life.

Since his death in 1938, Schlatter’s contribution to biblical scholarship has remained relatively unknown to many English-speaking evangelicals. While the works of other important German scholars like Karl Barth—a student of Schlatter’s—have enjoyed a wider audience among English-language readers, Schlatter’s writings have remained largely untranslated. In the latter part of the 20th century, Schlatter’s contribution to New Testament theology and exegesis has experienced an awaking of sorts among American evangelicals—and this is a great thing for us all. Some of his most important works have since been translated into English and given a wider audience, bringing his contribution to New Testament studies into the foreground of mainline evangelicalism.

Faith in the New Testament by Adolf Schlatter: English and German

Logos has commissioned the first-ever English translation of Adolf Schlatter’s Der Glaube im Neuen Testament (Faith in the New Testament). We believe that good scholarship should be available to all, so we’ve placed Schlatter’s Faith in the New Testament on Pre-Pub. Once there’s enough interest, we will begin the translation process. So in honor of the 74th anniversary of Schlatter’s passing, why not pre-order a copy of Faith in the New Testament and help make Adolf Schlatter’s works more available than ever before!

10 Dynamic Warren Wiersbe Quotes

Born May 16, 1929, beloved author, pastor, and preacher Dr. Warren Wiersbe is best known for the Old Testament “Be” Series and New Testament “Be” Series of expositional Bible studies, which have sold more than four million copies. But not many know that Wiersbe’s first foray into publishing had more to do with his love of magic tricks than with his spiritual pursuits.

As a teenager, Wiersbe wrote a book and sent his manuscript to the L. L. Ireland Magic Company. In 1944 they published his For Magicians Only: Action with Cards. This early success fed Wiersbe’s desire to write. 68 years later, he has written more than 150 books.

Here are 10 inspiring Wiersbe quotes:

1. “The Christian life is not a playground; it is a battleground, and we must be on our guard at all times.”—from The Bumps Are What You Climb On

2. “This modern emphasis only on personal salvation makes us lose sight of the grandeur and glory of God’s church. I am not minimizing our personal experience with Christ, but I am affirming that it is not the primary goal that God has in mind. He is building His church. He is building up the Body of Christ. The glory and greatness of our personal salvation is but a reflection of what God is doing corporately in and through His church.”—from Prayer: Basic Training

3. “You don’t have to read very far in your Bible to discover that God forgives His servants and restores them to ministry.”—from Be Amazed

4. “The immediate purpose of prayer is the accomplishing of God’s will on earth; the ultimate purpose of prayer is the eternal glory of God.”—from On Earth as It Is in Heaven: How the Lord’s Prayer Teaches Us to Pray More Effectively

5. “For the most part, the people we serve in our congregations don’t look like Josephs, Esthers, or Davids, nor do we; but the same God who glorified himself in the lives of ‘ordinary people’ in ancient days will glorify himself in our lives today if we will trust him.”—from 10 Power Principles for Christian Service

6. “God’s people don’t live on explanations; they live on promises.”—from Be Heroic

7. “We may be statistics and numbers as far as the world’s computers are concerned, but we are precious individuals as far as our Shepherd is concerned. He knows his sheep personally.”—from Be What You Are

8. “Satan wants us to think that our ‘disobedience detours’ must become the permanent road for the rest of our lives, but this is a lie.”—from Be Obedient

9. “The most important meeting we as leaders attend is that daily personal meeting with the Lord, before the day begins, when worship and meditation increase our faith as we receive the orders for the day.”—from On Being a Leader for God

10. “If you serve only to earn a salary, you will never do your best as long as you think you’re underpaid. If you minister to get recognition, you will start doing less when people don’t show their appreciation. The only motivation that will take you through the storms and keep you on the job is, ‘I’m serving Jesus Christ.’ “—from On Being a Servant of God

You can find uplifting Wiersbe books through both Logos and Vyrso including the 27-volume Warren Wiersbe’s Old Testament “Be” Series and The Bible Exposition Commentary: An Exposition of the New Testament Containing the Entire “Be” Series.

Most base packagescurrently 15% off with coupon code BASE15—include Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the Old Testament and Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. These two volumes offer a book-by-book outline of the scriptures with pages of introductory notes and studies on key topics. Pick up a base package today and get these and scores of other powerful resources for pennies on the dollar!

Have a favorite Wiersbe quote or book? Leave us a comment!

 

Logos High 5: What’s Your Favorite Bible Translation?

We asked our Facebook fans which Bible translation they prefer and received nearly 300 replies. After tallying the top five choices, we want to know what you think.

Vote on the Logos High 5 to tell us which Bible translation is your favorite!*

We know there are different versions of (and revisions to) many of these translations. You might love the original New American Standard Bible more than the 1995 update. We’re keeping it simple; a vote for the New American Standard Bible is a vote for either edition of this work.

We still have our most popular Bibles (including the Logos High 5 translations) available for only $10. Pick one up today!

Which is your preferred Bible translation?

Want to make a case for your favorite High 5 translation or tell us which other translation should have made the top five? Leave us a comment.

*We launched this post earlier today and were running into problems with the polling plugin. If you voted earlier, you will need to vote again. We are terribly sorry for any inconvenience.

Enrich Your Walk at the Faithlife Women Conference

Need an opportunity to get away with girlfriends and strengthen your faith? Looking for a Mother’s Day gift that will have you and your mom digging through the Bible together?

The Faithlife Women conference is bringing together acclaimed speakers to talk about issues like love, family, marriage, and hope. Join us September 6–8 in Dallas, TX, and learn practical, life-changing truth straight from Scripture.

Speakers include:

Angela Thomas

Angela has authored 11 books, including the bestsellers Do You Think I’m Beautiful, My Single Mom Life, and When Wallflowers Dance. Angela ignites passion for knowing God by using her life experiences to teach scriptural principles.

Liz Curtis Higgs

Liz is the author of 28 books, including the bestselling Bad Girls of the Bible series. She’s an award-winning columnist for Today’s Christian Woman. Liz has also written articles for Faith and Friends, Woman Alive, and Enhance. More than 4,000 churches nationwide are using her video Bible study series, Loved by God.

Dr. Lois Evans

Dr. Evans divides her service between Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church and the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Board of Directors, the Dallas Baptist University Woman’s Auxiliary Board, the NRB Television Board, and The Urban Alternative Board of Directors. She has authored a number of books, including Seasons of a Woman’s Life and Stones of Remembrance.

And don’t miss powerful worship times with a unique artist:

Gwen Smith

Gwen Smith inspires women toward the heart of God through stories, songs, and Scripture. She is the author of Broken into Beautifulwhich shares a title with the heart-stirring song that she cowrote and recorded. Her latest CD, Uncluttered, was released in early 2011.

For a limited time, we’ll be offering the conference at a discounted rate of $79. After May 21, the price goes up to $99.

Go to faithlifewomen.com/live to register, or call our sales team at 1-800-875-6467! We’ll see you at the Faithlife Women Conference!

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5 Reasons You Need a DMin from Knox

Ever wonder how a doctorate degree could enhance your ministry?

A doctor of ministry is the go-to degree for people already ministering at churches and on the mission field. DMin curricula include lots of lengthy written assignments, stacks and stacks of expensive textbooks, and plenty of academic exercises.

But Does Academic Work Carry Over into Ministry?

You’ll spend weeks, quarters, or semesters perfecting one project in seminary. You’ll also have a heads-up on projects and assignments in your syllabus and the structure of a classroom to help you prepare for tests and papers.

You don’t get that kind of leeway in ministry.

You need biblical answers now. You need to dig into the Scriptures, research current issues, and disciple people in God’s truth. You need a foundation of sound theology and immediate access to Christian information.

A traditional DMin program takes care of the theology part, but it doesn’t give you the tools to find answers now. In real-life ministry, you don’t have semesters on end to research what the Bible says on a given topic; you need answers by Sunday morning, by this week’s staff meeting, or by the end of this conversation.

So We Made a DMin That Uses Logos!

Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software have crafted a DMin in Preaching and Teaching that prepares you for today’s fast-paced, high-tech ministry environment. It’ll enrich and deepen your preaching and teaching with theological training from some of the world’s foremost Bible scholars:

  • Dr. Bruce K. Waltke, author of An Old Testament Theology
  • Dr. Haddon Robinson, one of Christianity Today’s “Top 25 Most Influential Preachers”
  • Dr. Sam Lamerson, professor of New Testament and pastor of 16 years
  • Dr. Warren A. Gage, professor of Old Testament and Chair of Christianity and Culture

And many of the textbooks you need to get your doctor of ministry are included in your very own Logos 4: Portfolio Edition. No kidding, people: your own Portfolio—our largest base package—is included in the price!

5 Reasons Why the Knox/Logos DMin Is So Important

The DMin in Preaching and Teaching from Knox gives you a few things that you won’t find in other programs:

  • You’ll learn from the finest scholars. You saw the lineup—these scholars will pass on their knowledge and expertise directly to you.
  • You’ll graduate a Logos expert. Your first class will prep you to use Logos like the tech-savviest of scholars. By the time you’re hooded, you’ll be a regular Morris Proctor
  • You can keep your job and church. You’ll attend up to four on-site classes every year; do the rest of your studies wherever you want!
  • Your ministry will have lifelong momentum. Armed with sound doctrine and the finest Bible research technology, you’ll be prepared to quickly find the answers your congregation’s needs.
  • Logos Bible Software will cover your airfare booking and costs for your first on-site class if you apply before May 30, 2012!

Make Your Doctorate Count!

If you’re ready to start earning your “Dr.,” get one that equips you for powerful lifelong ministry through world-class teaching and Logos Bible Software. Check out the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching from Knox today.

Win a Free Kindle Fire from Pastorum Live!

You can win a Kindle Fire from Pastorum Live!

Not only can you attend Pastorum Live and learn from scholars like Mark Strauss, Craig Keener, and Craig Evans, you can become better acquainted with their works via the free Logos app. The Logos Android app gives you mobile access to a selection of resources from the Logos and Vyrso libraries.

Imagine attending Pastorum Live to hear Daniel I. Block’s session, “What Pleases God? The Hebrew Key to Divine Satisfaction,” and then downloading his New American Commentary on Judges and Ruth for only $23.99—on your free Kindle Fire!

Don’t miss Logos’ special discounts for Pastorum Live! Registration costs range from $99–149, with special rates for students, faculty, and church staff. So register for Pastorum Live today!

You don’t have to attend Pastorum Live to win the free Kindle Fire! Jump over to the giveaway page and enter to win now!

Dr. Craig Evans on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Pastorum Live

Pastorum Live is coming to Chicago June 5–6. Register today and you will spend two days with 21 of the world’s leading Bible scholars examining scriptural themes like covenant, God’s kingdom, and the mission of the church.

An Interview with Craig Evans

Craig Evans, Payzant distinguished professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University, is one of Pastorum Live’s distinguished speakers. Dr. Evans taught for 21 years Trinity Western University, where he directed the graduate program in biblical studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. Author and editor of more than 60 books and hundreds of articles and reviews, Dr. Evans regularly speaks at conferences and retreats. He has also served as a consultant for the National Geographic Society.

We talked to Dr. Evans about his session, The Dead Sea Scrolls and New Testament Christology; here’s what he had to say.

Logos: How would you describe the importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Dr. Evans: It is, without a doubt, the most important discovery relating to the Bible. The Dead Sea Scrolls are hugely important for the OT, NT, and what lies between.

Logos: What significance do the Dead Sea Scrolls have for biblical studies?

Dr. Evans: Two basic things:

  1. For Old Testament studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls provide invaluable information relating to the text of the Hebrew Bible in the time of Jesus and just before. The scrolls supply missing materials (e.g., Ps 145:13; 1 Samuel 10–11) and confirm disputed readings (e.g., Ps 22:16). The Dead Sea Scrolls also give us some insight into the formation of the canon of Scripture at the time of Jesus.
  2. For New Testament studies the Dead Sea Scrolls provide invaluable backdrop information relating to the teaching of Jesus and several New Testament passages. The scrolls also provide backdrop info relating to criticisms directed against the ruling priests in Jerusalem—a priesthood Jesus encountered.

Logos: What can you tell us about your Pastorum Live session?

Dr. Evans: My lecture will focus on the contribution that the Scrolls make to our understanding of first-century Jewish messianic expectation. I look at the expectation of one who will be called a “Son of God” and “Son of the Most High” (4Q246), a Messiah, whom heaven and earth will obey, who will heal the wounded, give sight to the blind, raise the dead, and announce good news (4Q521). Also of significance is the Melchizedek figure in 11Q13, who will announce the jubilee, forgive sins, defeat Satan and his allies; in some sense, he represents God on earth. Here lies something very significant for New Testament Christology.

Don’t Miss Pastorum Live!

Dr. Evans is just one of the many dynamic teachers sharing profound insights at Pastorum Live. Take one look at the scheduled sessions and you’ll get a good idea of this conference’s practical and scriptural nature.

Sessions include:

Logos is now offering special discounts for Pastorum Live! Registration costs range $99–149, with special rates for students, faculty, and church staff. So register for Pastorum Live today!

Last Chance! Pick Up April’s Free Book of the Month

John Bunyan’s Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners has been April’s Free Book of the Month, but the month is nearly over. If you haven’t downloaded this freebie, now’s the time!

Bunyan’s spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, was written while imprisoned for preaching without a license. Grace Abounding tells of Bunyan’s mental torment over the state of his soul, and how doubt can spiral into a crises of belief. You will identify with Bunyan’s struggles, and rejoice at the depth of God’s grace to the chief of sinners.

Crowds of 3,000 people gathered to hear Bunyan’s Sunday sermons, and nearly half that number would show up for his 7 am weekday messages. Add this vibrant preacher’s classic work to your library now; download Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners.

When you go to our Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the Works of John Bunyon. This three-volume set, which sells for $79.95, includes over 60 of Bunyan’s literary and spiritual works! A winner will be chosen April 30, so enter now.

Don’t wait, download the Free Book of the Month. A new free book goes up on May 1st.

Why Thomas Aquinas Is Important

Thomas Aquinas was a profoundly influential thinker from the thirteenth century. As a scholastic, Aquinas sought to understand Christian theology in light of the rediscovery of Aristotle’s works, and he redefined the relationship between revelation and reason, science and theology, and faith and philosophy for the next eight centuries. As a philosopher, Aquinas developed principles of just war and natural law, and outlined an argument for God’s existence from contingency—the intellectual forerunner to the modern Argument from Design.

During the Reformation, Aquinas’ influence waned. Calvin and Luther rarely interacted with his works, preferring Augustine and the Early Church Fathers. The Catholic Church still held his works in high regard, but other scholastics, such as Duns Scotus, were more influential in the Catholic Counter-Reformation. It wasn’t until the nineteenth century that Aquinas was elevated to his current status in the Catholic Church.

He also received renewed interest in Protestant circles as well. In the early nineteenth century, Herman Bavinck interacts with Aquinas a great deal in Reformed Dogmatics, mostly in his volume on the doctrine of God. In fact, Bavinck cites Aquinas 354 times in his 4-volume work. More recently, Norman Geisler has mentioned that Aquinas’ Summa Theologica is his favorite book after the Bible.

This isn’t to say Aquinas was a proto-Protestant. At the same time, it’s almost impossible—in any Christian tradition—to have a conversation about God’s attributes, simplicity, knowability, or any number of other topics without interacting with Aquinas.

You can get the Summa Theologica, the Summa Contra Gentiles, and the Catena Aurea in Logos today. We also recently announced a project to translate Aquinas’ commentaries on Isaiah and Jeremiah, as well as his 4-volume Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard. These three translation projects are available at a limited-time Pre-Pub discount. Pre-order them today!