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Improve Your Ministry with Mobile EdAs Christians, we’re all called to ministry in one form or another. Whether it’s formal work in the church or love and support for someone who needs them, ministry is a huge part of who we’re called to be as followers of Jesus. But how do we do it in a biblical, God-glorifying way?

A biblical education can go a long way toward providing the skills we need to serve those around us. But if you have a family, a job (in or outside the home), or other responsibilities, how can you get this important education?

A new way to learn

Logos Mobile Education is your answer—it’s a new way to study, learn, and grow. There are many courses available that you can start on immediately, and dozens more coming in the near future. They’re all taught by world-class scholars and professors in a format that goes with you wherever you are.

Each course has personal video lectures, helpfully enhanced with on-screen text and broken into small, cohesive segments. These courses make it easy for you to study, whether you have five minutes or an hour. The videos are paired with searchable, highlightable transcripts featuring learning objectives and further readings. This makes your lectures more than just a one-time learning experience: they become reference material you can come back to again and again.

Start learning with Mobile Ed today

Get started with our Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle, which contains nine courses designed to help you grasp the basics of doctrine, the flow of Scripture, and even how to use Logos for your studies. And don’t forget to pre-order the Elyse Fitzpatrick Bundle, which gives you three courses on counseling and personal development:

With these practical courses, you’ll begin equipping yourself to better understand God and his Word and to make a deeper impact in the lives of those around you.

Get Logos Mobile Education, and start learning today.

Why Context Is Key—and What to Do about It

Bible-in-7-Acts_cover_6In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Peter Jackson devotes the first seven minutes to the story of the creation of the One Ring and the war against Sauron. Without this historical perspective, the audience would have no background for any of the events in this epic trilogy—context matters.

God’s story of redemption spans thousands of years, from the beginning of civilization to the destruction of the Second Temple and beyond. The Bible in Seven Acts brings the Bible’s historical and cultural context to life. Each volume provides comprehensive, in-depth analysis of biblical history’s most important people, places, and events.

Understand the context of Jesus’ birth

Say we want to understand the political and cultural climate in Judaea when Jesus was born. We could turn to Act VI: Herod to Jesus to find timelines that provide historical context for the reign of Herod the Great.

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We quickly learn that Herod “quelled all rebellion, and . . . seized control of key Jewish institutions . . . using them in concert with his personal army to maintain control of his kingdom.” 

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This insight into the fragile relationship between Herod and the Jewish people helps us understand Jewish hopes and expectations during the intertestamental period.

Perfect for studying and teaching alike

the-bible-in-seven-acts-with-slidesThe series’ slides make it easy to share what you learn. Pastors can use The Bible in Seven Acts to enrich their sermons with more depth and perspective. Ministry leaders will gain a level of biblical orientation normally available only to those who pursue seminary training or a Bible college degree. Students and academics will find The Bible in Seven Acts to be an invaluable study aid to enhance any curriculum, help in researching and writing stronger papers, and free up time for ministry, work, and family.

Each volume is interconnected with your existing Logos library to give you relevant, curated content with a click. We’ve done the research, so you can pursue new avenues of exploration without losing countless hours in the process.

And The Bible in Seven Acts is currently on Community Pricing, so you have a say in how much it costs! Get the whole story of the Bible—place your bid today.

What People Are Saying about Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary

lewis-and-shorts-latin-dictionaryIn case you haven’t seen the comments on Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary, here’s what some of you are saying:

“This is the most accessible and comprehensive of Latin dictionaries and at a price which should be an inducement to anyone who wants the best value for the least outlay. . . . I’ve [had a] bid on this since December 2011, please get it into production!”

This is THE Latin Dictionary—and while we’re all rating something we didn’t use in Logos, I compared the sample pages to the current edition as sold on Amazon for three-digit prices (paper!) and found no differences. I’m in at the maximum bidding price—let’s get this into production!

“This is a massive resource (those 2019 pages are really tiny print on gigantic pages). It is also easily the best Latin English dictionary ever made. . . . I can imagine it takes quite a bit of effort to tag something so large.”

“Check how much it costs in paper, and then remember how useful it would be in digital format.”

This is a stellar dictionary—and at anything under $50 it’s an extremely low price, considering all the ways that you can leverage this dictionary in Logos. A hardcopy, it should be remembered, goes for at least twice that price. And no hardcopy can even begin to compete with what we can do with a Logos dictionary.”

Imagine you’re in the thick of writing a research paper, or up to your neck working through the Church Fathers, and you come across a Latin word. Maybe you know enough Latin to get you through most of the time—but not this time. Or maybe you don’t know Latin at all, but the word might make or break your argument, or might be the perfect anecdote to add to your sermon. You simply don’t know.

What’s a dictionary like this worth to you?

In print, you’d pay more than a hundred dollars. Or you’d have to track down a copy at a library. (Or you’d have to settle for an inferior dictionary.) And then you’d have to navigate your way through more than two thousand pages of dense text to find the entry you’re looking for. There’s a cost to each of those options—not only in dollars, but also in your time.

For something that’s worth this much, $24 is a steal—especially when you consider the value of the tagged, robust digital edition, fully integrated with your library and connected to Logos’ study tools.

Maybe it’s not for you. If that’s the case, don’t bid. Spend your money wisely.

But if you think you’ll ever need a dictionary like this, remember that it’s only available for $24 while it’s on Community Pricing, so now is the time to get it.

And if you’ve already bid on the product, leave your own comment at the bottom of the product page and encourage others to get it at the best price while they still can!

Are You Up to Date On N. T. Wright, the BECNT, and the ECC?

We recently reconfigured N. T. Wright’s New Testament for Everyone series, the BECNT, the ECC, and other popular commentaries. Now you can find all the available volumes in one place—on sale for a limited time!

baker-exegetical-commentary-on-the-new-testament-16-volsBaker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (16 vols.)

The BECNT is a standard name in biblical studies. Its accessible language and diversity of contributors uphold its reputation as a trustworthy commentary that puts biblical truth first. And whether you’re fluent in ancient Greek or you’re just starting to learn, using this commentary in Logos lets you approach the New Testament in its own language.

And, for two weeks only, the BECNT is on sale at an amazing discount! Until February 24, you can buy or upgrade the collection (now with the most recent volume on Galatians) for a low introductory price—and if you own any part of the collection, your price will be even lower, since you won’t pay for what you already own. Get an incredible discount, and use payment plans to make it even more affordable.

New Testament for Everyone Series (18 vols.)

N. T. Wright’s ambitious commentary series makes the New Testament’s topics and books accessible to everyone. Across 18 volumes, Wright translates and examines the entire New Testament, digging into the background of each book and delivering modern interpretations that bring together exegesis and practical application. Through February 24, you can use coupon code NT4EVERY1 to get 10% off!

(By the way, did you notice New Testament Prayer and Wisdom for Everyone arrive on Pre-Pub?)

Focus on the BibleFocus on the Bible Commentaries (41 vols.)

Featuring scholarship from Cyril J. Barber, Christopher W. Morgan, A. Boyd Luter, and others, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries series is truly Scripture-centric. By studying the text’s historical and cultural environment, the authors’ purpose and style, and the subject matter of the text itself, the series aims to bring you into the very heart of the Bible. Save 10% when you use coupon code FOCUS2014 through February 24!

Eerdmans Critical Commentary (8 vols.)

The Eerdmans Critical Commentary unpacks the biblical text using modern historical, textual, archaeological, and linguistic scholarship, making it easier to grasp theological and applicable meaning. Expand your preaching and your scholarship with the ECC, and save 10% when you use coupon code ECC2014 through February 24.

These sales end very soon—get (or complete) your favorites today!

Get 89% Off the Select Works of John Dewey

select-works-of-john-deweyHow do you judge a system of thought?

Do you judge it by how well it mirrors reality, or by how well it helps you solve problems and take action?

Most of the Western philosophical tradition treats philosophy as, in the words of Richard Rorty, a “mirror of nature”—a system dedicated to reflecting the world as it is. But language makes an imperfect mirror, and attempts to map reality through it can lead to fuzzy thinking. John Dewey helped found the tradition of American pragmatism, which maintains that philosophy is simply a tool to solve practical problems—one whose answers are good or bad insofar as they’re useful, not insofar as they mirror the world.

A refreshing absence of theory

There’s a lot to like about pragmatism. Most of today’s philosophy privileges theory: postmodern readings of classic texts, for example, use it to draw out arguments that the authors never intended to make. (Plato wrote the Phaedrus about love and rhetoric; Derrida, the postmodern godfather, read it about “play,” “trace,” and “différance.”) But Dewey’s pragmatism leaves no room for theory—all that matters is inquiry and, based on its results, the decision whether a given hypothesis is “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.” Objective and results-oriented, pragmatism amounts to a wholesale alternative to postmodernism—one that predates it by more than 50 years.

But what about absolute truth?

Though pragmatism departs from postmodernism in its rejection of theory, it parallels it in one extremely interesting area: its treatment of absolute truth. You’ll notice that Dewey is concerned with satisfactory and unsatisfactory outcomes, not right and wrong ones. Bertrand Russell draws out the distinction:

“Truth, as conceived by most professional philosophers, is static and final, perfect and eternal; in religious terminology, it may be identified with God’s thoughts, and with those thoughts which, as rational beings, we share with God. . . . [But] Dewey makes inquiry the essence of logic, not truth or knowledge. . . . Dewey, like everyone else, divides beliefs into two classes, of which one is good and the other bad. He holds, however, that a belief may be good at one time and bad at another . . . . Thus a belief about some event in the past is to be classified as ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ not according to whether the event took place, but according to the future effects of the belief.”

What, then, to make of pragmatism—so clear-headed in its lack of theoretical pretense, yet so dismissive of absolute truth?

Russell continues:

“Dewey’s divergence from what has hitherto been regarded as common sense is his refusal to admit ‘facts’ into his metaphysic, in the sense in which ‘facts’ are stubborn and cannot be manipulated. In this it may be that common sense is changing, and that his view will not seem contrary to what common sense is becoming. . . . It has seemed to me that [Dewey’s] belief in human power [as arbiter of truth], and the unwillingness to admit ‘stubborn facts,’ were connected with the hopefulness engendered by machine production and the scientific manipulation of our physical environment.”

That is, pragmatism is, in its emphasis on the human, uniquely of our time. Russell argued the point in 1945, and his conclusions continue to ring true. That makes understanding pragmatism singularly important.

Know the culture: get Dewey’s select works for 80%+ off

You’re a serious thinker. You’re interested in how the culture handles objective truth—and why. And for just a few more days, you can a great deal on an outstanding entry point into the cultural conversation: the 11-volume Select Works of John Dewey, on Community Pricing for 89% off. Because these are Logos books, they represent the most useful editions of Dewey’s works—ever—and because they’re on Community Pricing, they’re the best deal on Dewey you’ll ever see.

This collection won’t be on Community Pricing for long. Bid on the Select Works of John Dewey for 89% off!

Then keep exploring philosophy as a window into culture: browse the new Noet libraries at Noet.com/Products.
 
 
Or keep reading—what does math have to do with culture?

Get Introductory Savings On the Eerdmans Gospel Studies Collection

Eerdmans Gospel Studies CollectionRight now, you can pre-order the Eerdmans Gospel Studies Collection for over $30 off!

This 19-volume collection examines the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. You’ll learn about Jesus’ use of parables, analyze the literary features of the canonical Gospels, and assess the Gospel of Thomas. The collection includes an introduction to the Synoptic Gospels, studies on the Gospels’ named women, and comprehensive guides to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Here are just some of the titles you’ll get:

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Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

In Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness TestimonyRichard Bauckham argues that the four Gospels are closely based on the eyewitness testimony of those who knew Jesus personally.

“Bauckham has delivered a remarkable and insightful volume that is sure to offer a much-needed challenge to the status quo in modern gospel studies.” —Westminster Theological Journal

Women in the BibleGospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels

Richard Bauckham offers an in-depth study of both the individual women who appear in the Gospels and the specific passages in which they appear. This unique approach reveals that there is much more to be known about these women than previous studies have assumed.

“The texts that deal with women in the New Testament have been worked over so often it might seem that there is nothing left to say. In this masterful study Richard Bauckham easily proves this is not the case.” —Marianne Meye Thompson, professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

Studies on Jesus parablesStories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus

Klyne Snodgrass explores, in vivid detail, the context in which Jesus told his parables, the purpose they had in his message, and the ways they have been interpreted by the church and modern scholarship.

“I have been looking for a book like this on the parables all my career. I celebrate its appearance.” —Charles H. Talbert, distinguished professor of religion, Baylor University

These thorough studies are ideal for scholars, students, and anyone else interested in furthering their study of the Bible.

Get these volumes—and 16 more—for the best price: pre-order the Eerdman Gospel Studies Collection today!

How Well Do You Know These 2 Surprisingly Complex Biblical Stories?

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You may have noticed that, in the past year or so, we’ve been publishing books on subjects as varied as the epilogue of Ecclesiastes, Augustine’s and Luther’s views on marriage and sexuality, and Christianity and Judaism in Revelation 11. These books all started out as dissertations, and we thought they deserved a broader audience than they would have found sitting on a shelf in a seminary library.

We have two more dissertations on Pre-Pub that you won’t want to miss:

What’s the message of David and Goliath?

In Rethinking David and Goliath, Lisa A. Eary examines the familiar story of the Israelite shepherd boy fighting the Philistine giant (1 Samuel 17). Rejecting some popular understandings of the story, she argues that it’s less about overcoming giants than it is about seeing situations from God’s perspective and acting on faith in that belief. Eary’s dissertation was just completed in 2012, and you can help turn it into a book! Pre-order Rethinking David and Goliath today.

From Babel to Babylon

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In The Biblical Polemic against Empires, J. Lanier Burns, research professor of biblical studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, explores the Bible’s attack on Babylon. He started out with an interest in the events of Revelation 17–18 and continued into an exploration of the Old Testament, particularly Genesis 10–11 and various passages in the Prophets. He discovered that the biblical critique of Babylon is dominated by themes of deity, kingship, and city.

In summary, Burns writes, “Ancient Babylonians believed that gods, which were the personified, generative forces of the environment, governed the universe and could be manipulated through cult [that is, a sacrificial system]. This was the basic background of the biblical dispute (and the basic contrast of biblical theology). The faithful Hebrews believed that their personal, righteous, and living God governed creation according to His revealed will, and the cult memorialized His redemptive, historical acts for His covenant people.” Keep learning about the biblical critique of Babylon: pre-order The Biblical Polemic against Empires now.

These books won’t be on Pre-Pub much longer—pre-order yours today!

Free Book! Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry

biblical-theology-in-the-life-of-the-church-a-guide-for-ministryFebruary has begun, and it’s time for another free book. We’ve teamed up with 9Marks to give you a free copy of Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for MinistryGet yours now.

“I thoroughly appreciated Lawrence’s fresh approach to ecclesiology. While there are many treasures in this book, its primary richness comes from following the flow of redemptive history five times over . . . Looking at biblical theology like one stone with many facets was an exceptionally enlightening approach. This is a book to be read and reread.” —John MacArthur, pastor at Grace Community Church

Ideal for scholars and students

Michael Lawrence assesses the pastor’s tools of the trade—exegetical, biblical, and systematic theology—and commends biblical theology as the most useful. He helpfully distinguishes between biblical and systematic theology, but also emphasizes the importance of their collaboration in ministry.

Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church gives you an understanding of how each part of the Bible fits together. It presents the practical importance of biblical theology for ministry, using the discipline to give a complete history of the Bible from multiple angles. The book is rich in application and practical insight into counseling, missions, caring for the poor, and church relations.

Lay the foundations for more thoughtful ministry, or revisit the basics of your theology. Get your free book today!

Then enter to win the entire 9Marks series.

Mobile Ed: A Commitment to Lifelong Learning

Mobile Ed First LookLearning should never stop. A good biblical and theological education sharpens the mind, illuminates God and his character through his Word, and provides the tools we need to better love and serve the church. That’s why we’re so excited about Logos Mobile Education.

Logos Mobile Ed is uniquely positioned not only to deliver world-class lecture content in a useful and innovative way, but also to give students the ability to, with a click, delve into whole new worlds of background information, infographics and illustrations, cross-references, and all manner of reference materials.

A first look at the Mobile Ed courses

We’d like to give you a glimpse of Mobile Ed, and how using it can practically and immediately benefit your ministry, your family, and your faith. This video will walk you through an overview of Mobile Ed and the features and tools that surround the courses.

Redefining online education

Mobile Ed meets you where you are—it’s available on your desktop computer, on the web, and on your mobile devices. In a traditional course, you’re only as good as your notes. But with Mobile Ed, you always have the lectures and transcripts with you, and they’re searchable, to help you find what you’re looking for without wasting any time. If you’re not a Logos power-user, don’t let that stop you! Each course includes video tutorials on how to dig even deeper using Logos’ tools, features, and resources.

Join the revolution

There are quite a few courses available now, with many more coming soon. You can jump into Mobile Ed right away with the Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle, and pre-order other bundles that will be here soon. Here’s what’s available:

Get started with Logos Mobile Education today!

24-Hour Deal: Get 60% Off the Healthy Relationships Bundle

Dating Like Airplanes--bigYesterday was the first day of Vyrso’s 10 Days of Love! Each weekday through February 14, we’ll be featuring a new 24-hour book bundle on growing closer to Christ and building healthy, loving relationships.

Pastors, wives, Christians trying to navigate the dating world—we’ve got a bundle for everyone. Plus, all the bundles are 60% off!

Over the next two weeks, we’ll also feature guest posts and interviews from some of your favorite Christian relationship experts. They’ll share their best marriage and relationship advice, discuss their personal struggles with love, and offer practical tips for being more caring and loving to those around you.

We’ll announce a new bundle every morning on the Vyrso blog and through our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages, so stay tuned for huge savings! And don’t forget to share your favorite bundles on your social channels with #10DaysofLove.

Take 60% off the Healthy Relationships Bundle

Regularly $62.95—get it for $24.99

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This bundle is packed with advice on growing closer to those around you and spending daily time with Christ. You’ll receive biblically sound dating advice from Caleb Breakey and a book of prayers by John MacArthur, and you’ll learn to share your faith—even with strangers—with the help of Chris Tomlinson’s Crave.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • At the Throne of Grace: A Book of Prayers by John MacArthur
  • Called to Stay: An Uncompromising Mission to Save Your Church by Caleb Breakey
  • Crave: Wanting So Much More of God by Chris Tomlinson
  • Dating like Airplanes: Why Just Fall in Love When You Can Fly? by Caleb Breakey
  • One-Minute Devotions for Couples by Bob and Cheryl Moeller

Discover how to put Christ first in your thoughts and relationships: download the Healthy Relationships Bundle today. But hurry—this bundle expires tomorrow, February 5, at 7:59 a.m. (EST). Get it right now!

Stay tuned for more deals

We’ll offer a new bundle for 60% off every weekday through February 14—subscribe to Vyrso Voice and never miss a deal!

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