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10 More Warren Wiersbe Quotes

Warren WiersbeToday we celebrate the birthday of one of America’s most beloved pastors. Warren Wiersbe, author of more than 80 books and former pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, turns 84 today.

Last year, we remembered his birthday with 10 dynamic quotes. Here are 10 more powerful quotes, taken from his “Be” series of commentaries.

1. “Each member in the body of Christ is important (1 Cor. 12:12–31), and we all need one another and to minister to one another. Since there’s no competition in the work of the Lord (John 4:34–38; 1 Cor. 3:5–9), there’s no need for us to promote ourselves. The important thing is that God receives the glory.” from Be Available: Judges

2. “‘Christ died,’ is only a fact in history, like ‘Napoleon died.’ The Gospel message is that ‘Christ died for our sins’ (1 Cor. 15:1–4, italics mine).” from Be Comforted: Isaiah

3. “Impatience was one of Israel’s besetting sins, and God was helping them learn patient obedience; for it’s through ‘faith and patience’ that God’s people inherit what He has promised (Heb. 6:12). God is never in a hurry. He knows what He’s doing, and His timing is never off.” from Be Strong: Joshua Continue Reading…

Now on Pre-Pub: Spurgeon on Galatians

Spurgeon Commentary GalatiansThe words of Charles Spurgeon, the great nineteenth-century Baptist preacher, fill more than 100 volumes. He preached and wrote a phenomenal amount about the Bible, but only wrote commentaries on Psalms and Matthew. His content spans across all other biblical books, but it isn’t easy to find or use.

That’s why we’ve decided to create the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians. When we created this resource, we had a few goals in mind:

  • Organize Spurgeon’s work into commentary format, curated and made accessible by verse and chapter
  • Tag content—such as illustrations—to make it easier to find in the Logos platform
  • Update Spurgeon’s language for readability
  • Highlight the content that’s most applicable to a modern audience

If you already own Spurgeon content in your Logos library, you may be wondering why you couldn’t just perform a search in Logos to find what you’re looking for. Of course, a search could turn up some of the same content, but this hand-edited resource provides content that a search would not. For example, the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians picks up on allusions in Spurgeon’s writing, whereas a search for a particular verse range would find only explicit citations. Continue Reading…

Help Us Make Logos 5 Globally Accessible

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We would love to make Logos available in every language, but we don’t have the in-house language skills to support more than the Spanish versions we currently offer.

If you’re a bilingual Logos user, we’d like your help in translating our software to your native language.

The plan

Our commitment to you is this: if you and other volunteers translate at least 90% of the software, we’ll publish it. You’ll be able to switch between languages in the program settings. Work on more than 20 languages is already underway; the first ones are German, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Korean, and French.

In addition, we’d like to do complete localization for a handful of languages: translating not only the software itself, but also everything that accompanies it—help files, datasets, web content, and service emails. (Hiring bilingual customer-support staff, too.)

If you’d like to read more about this project, see what Bob Pritchett, our CEO, said in the forums. Continue Reading…

6 Reasons to Add Classic Commentaries to Your Library

Classic CommentariesOver the past year, we’ve added hundreds of classic commentary volumes to our system, including commentaries on every book of the Bible, plus a handful of nineteenth-century commentary sets, like the Cambridge Greek Testament and Meyer’s Commentary.

In the middle of all these releases, you may have missed the 40-volume collection of commentaries on the Minor Prophets. If you haven’t yet placed your bid, here are six reasons to do so:

1. Add breadth and depth to your scholarship

C. S. Lewis famously wrote:

“Every age has its own outlook. It is especially good at seeing certain truths and especially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books. . . . Not, of course, that there is any magic about the past. People were no cleverer then than they are now; they made as many mistakes as we. But not the same mistakes. They will not flatter us in the errors we are already committing; and their own errors, being now open and palpable, will not endanger us. Two heads are better than one, not because either is infallible, but because they are unlikely to go wrong in the same direction.

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Get 15% Off a Base Package—Take up to 12 Months to Pay!

Logos 5 Spring SaleIf you’ve been thinking about buying Logos 5, now’s the time to act. With Logos’ Spring Sale, you can take 15% off the price of a base package.

Take advantage of a payment plan

Choose which base package is best for you, use coupon code SPRINGSALE to lock in your 15% discount, and pay with up to 12 easy payments. You don’t have to wait to start digging into God’s Word. We’ll split your bill up into a manageable, interest-free payment plan, and you can get started using Logos 5′s smart, intuitive features right away.

Is Diamond or Portfolio what you have in mind? For every purchase over $1,900, we offer an extended payment plan of 18 months—that’s an extra six months to pay! You’d have to make a $1,105 price jump from Platinum to get Diamond in a one-time payment. However, when you factor in an 18-month payment plan, Diamond costs just $10.62 more per month*—that’s 658 more books for just a few extra dollars per month. Continue Reading…

The Biblical Polemic against Empires

The Biblical Polemic Against EmpiresHow many times have we heard that the Bible is a strange and ancient book with little relevance for the modern world? In The Biblical Polemic against Empires, Lanier Burns, research professor of theological studies at Dallas Seminary, provides ways to understand the Bible and its importance in our lives. He argues that we best understand the Bible when we comprehend the ways that biblical authors presented truths in the contexts of Egypt, Babylon, Hellenism, and Rome.

Burns connects our modern concerns with the ancient world by exploring biblical arguments in three areas—deity, kingship, and city:

  1. Attitudes toward deity: Ancient nations and empires, including Israel, were theocracies. Governments represented divine interests and powers. Not only was secularity in a modern sense unknown, but so was the notion of citizens selecting their leaders. Idolatry was a particularly heinous sin for the Israelites; other gods were mere projections of the desires of a sponsoring empire. The realms of gods and people were in a constant state of conflict and chaos. People served their gods in a frenzied way, trying to magically manipulate them in hopes of gaining prosperity.
  2. The tyranny of kingship: The Bible presents emperors as representative of sinful humanity, proud in their attempts to be gods and greedy in their appetites. These kings seem far removed from our lives until we realize that we have gods of our own choosing, idols drawn from various entertainments or escapes from daily pressures. Continue Reading…

Theology in Conflict: Remembering Barth and Van Til

This week, we celebrate the birthdays of two of the twentieth century’s most significant theological minds: Karl Barth and Cornelius Van Til. Although they were theological adversaries, they were both men of faith who exercised enormous influence over the contours of theology in Europe, North America, and beyond.

Save $50 through May 11 on the 40-volume Works of Cornelius Van Til with coupon code VANTIL13 and Barth’s Church Dogmatics with coupon code BARTH13.

karl barthKarl Barth

Born on May 10, 1886, Barth was trained as a pastor but schooled in German Protestant Liberalism. However his time as a pastor during the First World War caused him to reject his theological upbringing for a theology based upon God’s dialectical revelation. Barth first made a name for himself with his commentary The Epistle to the Romans, but it wasn’t until his unfinished 10,000-plus-page Church Dogmatics that Barth articulated the full breadth of his dogmatic vision.

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Christ Is Risen! The Eastern Orthodox Celebration of Pascha

Easter (or “Pascha,” the Greek word for “Passover”) has yet to come for the Orthodox Church. While many Christians celebrated on March 31, a full five weeks separate the celebrations this year—Pascha takes place this Sunday, May 5. Let’s take a brief look at not only the history behind these differences, but also the manner in which Eastern Christians celebrate the Lord’s resurrection.

The dating of Easter has always been a complicated issue, going all the way back to the second century. At that time, the main divide was between those who celebrated on precisely the 14th day of Nisan (the Jewish Passover) and those who celebrated on the Sunday following the 14th of Nisan. This variance came to a head at the first Council of Nicaea (AD 325), when that assembly of bishops decided to regulate the celebration to always occur on a Sunday, or what had come to be called “the Day of the Lord” (Rev. 1:10).

A 19-year cycle of celestial calculations was developed, and this cycle, connected with the Julian calendar, has remained in use in the East. An 84-year cycle came to be used in the Western half of the empire, and so the first discrepancy (since the first Council of Nicaea) began to occur. With the assistance of the best astronomers and scientists of the time, Pope Gregory XIII revised the Julian calendar in 1582 in order to improve its accuracy. A reform of the Western lunar calendar—connected with the dating of Easter—also occurred. Continue Reading…

Save $400 on the NICOT/NICNT!

the-new-international-commentary-on-the-old-and-new-testamentThis month only, you can use coupon code NICOTNT to save $400 on the New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament!

The NICOT/NICNT is one of the most respected commentary sets in the world. Many of its volumes have become classics in their own right:

  • F. F. Bruce’s commentary on Acts
  • Douglas Moo’s commentary on Romans
  • Gordon Fee’s commentary on 1 Corinthians
  • Bruce K. Waltke’s commentary on Proverbs
  • Leon Morris’ commentary on John
  • And more

But because it’s so prestigious, it doesn’t go on sale often. That’s why this sale is a big deal. Ordinarily you’d pay $1,699.95, but with coupon code NICOTNT, you’ll put $400 back in your pocket. In fact, with the special sale price and a payment plan, you’re looking at monthly payments of just $113.33. Continue Reading…

One Day Only: Save on Resources for Prayer

 

National Day of Prayer

An Exposition on PrayerToday is the National Day of Prayer: a day of unified prayer for our communities and each other. In honor of the day, we’re offering a 25% discount on An Exposition on Prayer in the Bible—that’s $40 off the original price. Use coupon code PRAYER2013 to receive your discount.

In An Exposition on Prayer, James E. Rosscup teaches about the importance of praying without ceasing, thanking God through prayer, praying prayers that are saturated in God’s Word, and more. This five-volume collection gives insight into the importance and power of prayer.

Get more powerful prayer resources

We’re also offering a 10% discount on the following resources. Use coupon code NDOP2013 to receive your discount.

NavPress Prayer Collection (4 vols.)

Study topics such as praying through the Holy Spirit, praying as a leader, and empowering children to pray with faith. Whether you’re looking to pray for those around you as a pastor, as a parent, or as a friend, you’ll find practical, scriptural encouragement to improve your prayer life. Continue Reading…