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One Week Only! Get 20% Off the Tyndale Bible Dictionary

TyndaleBibDictStarting this week, we’ll introduce a new weekly deal every Thursday! This week, you can get The Tyndale Bible Dictionary for 20% off with coupon code WEEKLYTBD at checkout.

Study 1,000+ topics with top scholars

The Tyndale Bible Dictionary is packed with significant biblical people, places, and terms, and it’s fully integrated with Logos 5’s Timeline and Bible Facts tools. You can easily set it as your preferred dictionary in Logos—then you’ll be directed toward this all-inclusive dictionary whenever you have questions about a person, place, or event.

Not only do coauthors Walter Elwell and Philip Comfort define the terms you want to know, but they also cross-reference articles that dig into the Bible’s context, significant words, translations, and more. The Tyndale Bible Dictionary contains over 1,000 articles and over 200 pictures on everything from the Aaronic priesthood to the Wilderness of Zin. It’s the most comprehensive, up-to-date, single-volume Bible dictionary available.

Elwell and Comfort’s introduction ends with a special prayer for their readers: “We pray that this volume will help you, the reader, in your study of God’s Word, and that such study will enrich your appreciation for the inspired Scriptures.”

Get it today!

Get The Tyndale Bible Dictionary for 20% off with coupon code WEEKLYTBD at checkout. But hurry, this sale ends July 31!

Already own this powerful resource? We’ll be offering great deals each week through our Weekly Sale email list. Sign up today and be the first to know about each week’s sale!





Time Is Money with the Lexham Bible Guides

lexham-bible-guides-pauls-letters-collectionLast week, Lexham Bible Guide: Romans shipped to customers, completing the Paul’s Letters Collection. To celebrate, we’ve placed the entire collection on sale. For a limited time, you can get it for $100.00 off! If you’ve been waiting to dive into this amazing resource, now is the perfect time.

Time is money

One of the biggest benefits of the Lexham Bible Guides is that they help you save time researching. We’ve all heard the phrase, “time is money,” but let’s put that phrase into a tangible context.

Pastors have an incredible number of job duties to perform each week. Between ministering to their congregation, meetings with staff, administrative work, and preparing sermons, it’s amazing they find the time to juggle all of these things during a workweek. Thom Rainer of LifeWay completed a large poll of pastors in the US regarding sermon prep time, a responsibility that is often invisible to typical church members. According to his results, the median sermon prep time is 13 hours per week!

According to Salary.com, the average senior pastor in the US makes almost $40.00 per hour. That means the typical pastor is “spending” $520.00 per week working on sermon prep, and that time could be invested elsewhere in the church, ministering or serving.

Saving time with Lexham Bible Guides

The Lexham Bible Guides are designed to jump-start your research, saving you valuable time by curating all of the best literature in one place.

Let’s say that using a Lexham Bible Guide will shave off a quarter of a pastor’s sermon prep time. That means using just a single Lexham Bible Guide will save a pastor $130.00 per week in terms of time saved. That reinvestment could pay for the entire Paul’s Letters Collection before the end of the first month.

Do you think those numbers were too generous? Even if a Lexham Bible Guide saved only 10 percent of sermon prep time, you would be saving over $50.00 per week. If you break up the collection into 13 individual volumes, each guide would still pay for itself in savings after the very first week.

Get it today!

We would all love to have more time to do the things we care about. For those researching the Bible, the Lexham Bible Guides will allow you to save time and money.

Jump-start your research. Get $100.00 off the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection today!

Why an Upgrade Now Is Better than an Upgrade Later

last-chance-logos-5-upgrade-saleAn upgrade to Logos 5 is the best way to get all the resources that make Logos 5 powerful, while getting the best deal on a new library. But don’t wait—upgrade discounts end August 5. Check out your custom discount before it’s gone!

Open doors you didn’t know existed

Datasets power your library. If you’re using Logos 5 as just an ereader, you’re not getting the full experience of what Logos 5 can do for your Bible study. Datasets were created to connect your resources and unveil new discoveries you didn’t even know you could find, like:

Pinpointing every time Jesus heals in the Bible with Logos 5’s Clause Search. Doing this type of research in print would take hours, but now you can find every Scripture passage that applies with one click.

Searching the Bible in its historical context with Timeline. You won’t have to consult numerous historical resources to discover when exactly Paul wrote his letters to Corinth. With the Timeline, you can see exactly when historical events occurred, alongside relevant events from the same time period.

Is the “hand” a physical hand or a metaphorical hand of God? Discover any word’s meaning with the Bible Sense Lexicon. From right within the text, you can find out the Hebrew or Greek meaning behind English words.

Get all of Logos 5’s datasets when you upgrade to Gold or above—and tack on the upgrade-sale discounts when you upgrade today.

Don’t miss Logos 5’s resources

With each edition of Logos base packages, we add in a bunch of new datasets, tools, and resources. However, in order to make more room for new resources, we have to remove them as well. This doesn’t mean you’ll lose any products you already own, but if you wait until the next version, you’ll miss out on the opportunity to add to your library at the best possible price! You’ll never get a better deal on all these books than when you upgrade—it’s as simple as that.

Don’t wait until the next version to upgrade, because you may miss out on a resource you want at a fraction of the price it costs individually. We don’t know what will be removed from base packages during the next release, but you won’t want to miss out on these discounts while they last!

Check out all of our base packages at Logos.com/Upgrade—even choose from our new Reformed, Lutheran, Anglican, or Seventh-day Adventist base packages!

Upgrade now, pay over time

You know you want the new datasets, and the resources in the Gold upgrade look appealing, but the price just isn’t doable for you.

Don’t pay it all now, pay it over time—claim your discounts from the Logos 5 upgrade sale, and upgrade with a payment plan!

All discounts for a Logos 5 upgrade end August 5! Visit Logos.com/Upgrade to upgrade today.

New! Get the Best Price on over 95 Audiobooks

Blog Image 400x400Get the best possible price on over 95 new audiobook titles—pre-order today! Choose from titles by popular authors like Tozer, Piper, Keller, and more!

Take your reading with you

1. Pause on your iPad, play on your desktop—audiobooks sync automatically across platforms.

Listen to your audiobook in your car, press pause, open your desktop software, and start making notes in the text version of the book—exactly where you left off. Any book that has both text and audio versions will automatically sync across platforms!  Jump back and forth between the same book on multiple devices in the audio or text format and always pick up right where you left off. You won’t need to worry about finding your last spot.

2. Learn on the go.

Turn long trips, waiting in line, your workout, and repetitive tasks into productive learning with audiobooks! These titles are compatible with the free Logos mobile apps and work from your iOS or Android phone or tablet, or your desktop computer.

3. Listen at your ideal pace.

Feel like most audiobooks are read at the wrong speed? With these audiobooks, you can choose from four different speeds: 1x, 1.2x, 1.5x, and 2x. This feature is currently available in our iOS apps.

Limited time: get the best price on Packer, Edwards, and Keller!

For a limited time, get the best possible price on books by authors like J.I. Packer, John Piper, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Knowing God by J.I. Packer (with Audio)

A lifelong pursuit of knowing God should embody the Christian’s existence. According to eminent theologian J.I. Packer, however, Christians have become enchanted with modern skepticism and have joined the “gigantic conspiracy of misdirection” by failing to put first things first. Knowing God aims to redirect our attention to the simple, deep truth that to know God is to love his Word. Pre-order it now!

the-religious-affectionsThe Religious Affections (with Audio)

The Religious Affections—quite possibly the most important book written by America’s greatest theologian—explores the nature of true religion, true revival, and true conversion. Carefully distinguishing true Christianity from false faith, Jonathan Edwards uses his experiences as a pastor and leader of the Great Awakening as the basis for this book. Considered a masterpiece of religion and philosophy, this book continues to influence church leaders today. This product includes both the audio and Logos version of The Religious Affections. Pre-order it for 25% off!

The Cost of Discipleship (with Audio)

This book is quite simply one of the most profound and important books of the twentieth century. Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived his witness, and was both a thoughtful and engaging writer. Viewed against the background of Nazi Germany, Bonhoeffer’s book is striking, and it shares with many great Christian classics a quality of timelessness, so that it has spoken, and continues to speak powerfully, to the varied concerns of the contemporary world. Pre-order it now for 20% off!

These are just a few of the audiobooks to add to your library! Choose from a wide variety of books, including audio Bibles like the LEBNT, ESV, and the Greek NT.

As always, when you buy a Logos resource, you get future updates for free. We’ve got even more powerful features planned for audiobooks, so stay tuned!

Check out the full list and get your favorites today.

Tips for Choosing a Church Curriculum

david-c-cook-bible-lesson-commentary-2014-2015With fall right around the corner, many pastors and church administrators are finalizing their plans for which curriculum to use for their adult Sunday schools, small groups, and even Sunday-morning preaching. For those that are still weighing the options, we’ve outlined some guiding questions and practical tips to save you time.

Suit your beliefs and needs

First and foremost, does the curriculum you’re considering line up with your church’s mission, vision, doctrinal beliefs, and culture? Will it provide growth where you need it most?

Be aware of your buying tendencies. Just because something is the least expensive—or the most impressive—doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for your church. Before you buy, set aside time to pray and to seek wisdom from other leaders in your church.

Should I choose uniform or age specific?

Do you want separate curriculum for the adults, youth, and children? Or do you want everyone studying the same material?

Many publishers and denominations create curriculum that follows the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL) / Uniform Series, a six-year study plan covering all major Bible themes. A few of the most popular include the Standard Lesson Commentary (15% off on Pre-Pub) and the David C. Cook Bible Lesson Commentary (21% off on Pre-Pub).

Uniform curricula make it easier for parents to take what they learn at church and discuss it with their kids, since everyone studies the same material. On the other hand, curricula that are age specific can help pastors focus on what their groups need most at their stage in life.

Still can’t decide? Use both: follow a uniform curriculum and let your youth and children’s pastors customize it as needed.

What about media?

studies-in-faithful-living-patriarchs-collection-complete-church-curriculumWhat types of media would make the teaching more effective and easier to understand? How much does it cost your staff to create this kind of media? Would your church members like the option of learning on their smartphones or tablets?

Premade videos, infographics, and presentation slides can save hours of prep time for pastors, as well as that part-time graphic designer / intern / youth leader who always seems a little stressed. Small group handouts and bulletin inserts also help keep people engaged, especially those with different learning styles or disabilities.

Whole-church curricula like The Studies in Faithful Living series take it a step further, providing pastors with sermon outlines, key points in the text, exegesis, and more, in addition to the media mentioned above.

Whether you choose a uniform or separate curriculum, or something packed with media and pastoral resources, remember the leaders who are teaching it. They can always use your prayers, encouragement, and most likely, a hot cup of coffee!

 

What other tips do you have for selecting a curriculum that fits your needs?

Celebrate John Knox’s 500th Birthday with Discounts on His Works

knoxThe six-volume The Works of John Knox is on sale for a limited time! Save 20% with coupon code KNOX14 at checkout. Get it now!

Who was John Knox?

The Protestant Reformation was no stranger to controversial figures. Among the ranks of John Calvin and Martin Luther stood another giant—this one Scottish, John Knox. He, like his predecessors and mentors, generated much contention, but also inspired many to preach a pure gospel and search the Scriptures.

Little is known about Knox’s early life, though many scholars agree that he was born circa 1514 in Haddington, near Edinburgh. At 25, he was suddenly and dramatically called to the preaching ministry—a calling that he responded to with reluctance and tears. His life was tumultuous, as were the times in which he lived and preached. As Reformed doctrine crept into Scotland, he was persuaded and joined the ranks of the reformers. In a short span, Knox went from a minister’s broadsword-bearing bodyguard, to a preacher, to a galley slave, to a student of John Calvin, to a traveling preacher, to a pen-wielding prophet decrying the bloody Queen of Scots, Mary Tudor.

In 1559, after extensive traveling and writing, he returned to Scotland and “deployed his formidable preaching skills to increase Protestant militancy.” His preaching both caused riots and drew souls to love Jesus Christ, nearly in the same breath. Knox was elected the minister of the Edinburgh church, and wielding his preaching prowess as a weapon to cut the quick, applying his biblical exposition to Scotland’s situation.

the-works-of-john-knoxScotland’s political-religious climate was rapidly shifting, and there was much work to be done in the upheaval. Knox and several others, in light of the massive number of Protestant conversions, took pen to paper and wrote The Book of Church Order—upon which the entire Presbyterian church would be based. Even today, Presbyterians look to The Book of Church Order for polity and church-administration issues, and they look to Knox as their founder.

Knox is often portrayed as a fiery, courageous prophet, standing Elijah-like at the pulpit, decrying God’s enemies with a broadsword in one hand and a Bible in the other. Yet the reality is something different. Knox, by all accounts, was a timid, frail, and fragile man, who when “stripped of his God-given might and the thundering power of his calling, what remains is a mere mortal, a small man, ‘low in stature, and of a weakly constitution’.”

“Knox is a model for the ordinary Christian, especially the one who feels his own weakness but who nevertheless wants to serve Christ in a troubled world. Knox is eminently relevant to all Christians who have ever been forced to come face to face with their own littleness” (Douglas Bond, The Mighty Weakness of John Knox).

Learn more about his life and legacy

To celebrate Knox’s quincentennial, you can save 20% on the six-volume The Works of John Knox with coupon code KNOX14 at checkout—get yours now!

To learn more about Knox’s life and thought, check out these helpful volumes:

You Don’t Want to Miss Craig Evans’ New Courses!

Craig EvansEvery week, the Logos Mobile Ed department gathers to catch up, recap the week’s happenings in the studio, and discuss current projects. This week, many of our team members are working through Dr. Craig Evans’ six courses on New Testament backgrounds, currently available for pre-order.

As we went round the table, the resounding cry from all engrossed in Evans’ courses was “I’m definitely not tired of Dr. Evans yet!”

I had the privilege of working with Dr. Evans on many of these courses, and I heartily agree—I don’t think I could ever tire of this content. Dr. Evans, with an easy demeanor and a sharp tongue, delivers punch after punch of helpful insights derived from a broad knowledge base. He’s an expert in his field, and he brings all that expertise to bear for your learning benefit. If you consider yourself a student of the Bible, trust us: you won’t want to miss these courses.

The six-course NT backgrounds collection features in-depth content on the Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeology, the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts, and much more. Everything’s focused on one goal: bringing you a deeper understanding of the New Testament and its context.

Mobile Ed: designed for you

These Mobile Ed courses are designed just for you, to fit into any busy lifestyle. The lectures are broken up into short, digestible segments. The transcripts are as valuable as any Logos resource. You can search them, annotate them, and comb through them using the Passage and Topic Guides in Logos 5. This is an education attainable for anyone, from layperson to seminary grad, and it’s right where you are, on any device with Logos.

Get it for 42% off!

The six-volume Craig A. Evans New Testament Backgrounds Bundle is available for pre-order now at a massive 42% off. Don’t miss this chance to add Dr. Evans’ insights to your library—pre-order the bundle today!

Last Chance: Get 50% Off the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible

new-interpreters-dictionary-of-the-bibleHave questions about people, places, or theological concepts? With a Bible dictionary, you can find answers in thousands of articles by leading scholars.

If you already have a Bible dictionary, you know how valuable they are—you’ve already benefited from having that wealth of biblical information at your fingertips. But if you don’t have the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, you’re still missing out. And if you don’t pre-order it by the 17th, you’ll miss out on the Pre-Pub price!

The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible provides some of the best in contemporary biblical scholarship on a wide range of topics, including the Old and New Testaments, the Deuterocanonical books, and contextual studies of the ancient Near East, the Greco-Roman worlds, and their literatures.

Still not convinced?

“The New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary combines the latest biblical scholarship with the practical needs of pastors, teachers and students in a way that will deepen their understanding and enliven their experience of the living Word in Scripture.”
—Rev. Jim Harnish, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Tampa, Florida

“I’m looking forward to The New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary so I may continue with the work of the church. I’ve read many articles already, and it is very helpful when you are working on a sermon, a presentation, or preparing for a Bible study class.”
—Rev. Evelene “Tweedy” Navarrete-Sombrero, Holbrook United Methodist Church, Holbrook, Arizona

Hurry, because this deal expires on July 17! Pre-order the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible today.

You’re Running Out of Time: Get the Best Price on Logos 5

Logos-Base-PackagesBy now, you know a lot about Logos 5. You know how a large library helps you learn. You know how Logos helps you study like an expert. You even know about Logos 5’s secret sauce.

You probably also know that, for a limited time, you can get a custom upgrade discount on Logos 5. There’s really just one more thing you need to know: the Logos 5 upgrade sale is ending very soon.

If you’re on the fence, it’s time to upgrade to Logos 5!

3 ways to save

For a limited time, you can get not one but three types of savings:

  1. Bundling discounts: With or without upgrade savings, base packages are a terrific value. They bundle hundreds or thousands of resources for pennies on the dollar—the print equivalent of Portfolio, for example, would cost a full $78,000. That makes a base package a smart investment.
  2. Dynamic Pricing: Logos.com’s Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator looks at your current library and automatically adjusts your price: you won’t pay twice for books you already own.
  3. Your custom upgrade discount: For a limited time, the upgrade sale gives you a third way to save. Like Dynamic Pricing, this discount is based on what you already own; unlike Dynamic Pricing, it takes your whole library (datasets, tools) into account, not just your books. Let’s say you’re upgrading from Starter to Gold: you’ll get not only the bundling discounts built into Gold, not only Dynamic Pricing for the books you already own, but an additional upgrade discount, calculated just for you.

The Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator has already done the math: see your savings right here.

Lock in your discount, and pay on your own terms

The upgrade sale is ending soon, but maybe you’re not sure you want to budget for an entire base package right now. The solution? An interest-free payment plan, which lets you claim your savings before they expire, set up the payment schedule that’s right for you, and start using your new Bible study power tools right now.

Gold, for example, costs less than $100/month on an 18-month plan—and that’s before both Dynamic Pricing and your upgrade savings!

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You’re running out of time—your custom upgrade discount expires soon. You’ll be kicking yourself if you miss this opportunity, especially since payments plans make it so simple to handle budgeting on your own terms.

Don’t miss out: upgrade to Logos 5 before your savings expire.

New: Get Individual Mobile Ed Courses!

logos-mobile-education-bible-and-doctrine-foundations-bundleLast year, we launched our first Logos Mobile Education courseware—the nine-course Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle—and started getting some wonderful feedback.

For the first time ever, learners like you are experiencing a video-based education that ties seamlessly into a theological library. They’re learning about the basics of the Bible and church doctrine from world-class scholars and professors. They can connect to a wider community, search lectures for passages or themes, take notes, and learn at their own pace.

Now we want to make sure you have the same opportunities, even if you’re not looking for an entire Mobile Ed bundle. We’re pleased to announce that you can now get any of the nine Bible and Doctrine Foundations courses individually!

Here are the nine courses:

Bible foundations

logos-mobile-education-ot101-introducing-old-testament-its-structure-and-storyIn these courses, Mark Futato and Lynn Cohick help you unpack the Old and New Testaments and grasp their major themes, genres, and narrative challenges.

Biblical interpretation

Reading involves interpretation. There’s no way around it—we all interpret Scripture. But how do we make sure we’re interpreting faithfully? Mike Heiser and Mike Goheen guide you through the methods and tools of interpretation and introduce you to the unified biblical storyline: your guidepost for hermeneutics.

Theology

logos-mobile-education-th101-introducing-bible-doctrine-i-theology-divine-revelation-and-the-bibleThese four courses, each taught jointly by Ronn Johnson, Carl Sanders, and Mike Heiser, guide you through the foundations of systematic theology, beginning with the Bible, God, man, and the church. They ask big questions and turn to Scripture for big answers.

Logos training

Certified Logos trainer Morris Proctor gives you in-depth instruction on how to use Logos Bible Software. With this training under your belt, you’ll be able to get the most out of your studies.

These individual courses are a great way to continue learning in any area you want. But don’t forget: you’ll get the most savings by picking up the full nine-course bundle.

Choose your favorite individual courses, or grab the entire Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle today!

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