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Exploring the Christ Hymn: Humility in Philippians

Paul's Letters CollectionEvery community of believers struggles to maintain unity, and the church in Philippi was no exception. Selfish ambition and grumbling were tearing the community apart (Phil. 2:3, 14). In Philippians 2:3, Paul reveals the antidote to such disunity: act in humility, considering others more significant than yourself (Phil. 2:3). He then points the Philippians to the ultimate example of humility: the incarnation of Christ. For Paul, Christ modeled true humility when He took on human flesh. Jesus calls His followers to imitate His life of sacrifice.

The Christ hymn of Phil. 2:5–11 celebrates Christ’s life of selflessness, from His preexistence to His undeserved death to His exaltation. It can be difficult to unpack the theologically rich and complex ideas loaded in these short verses. Lexham Bible Guide: Philippians, the latest volume in the Paul’s Letters Collection, helps you dig deeper into this famous Christ hymn by identifying its key exegetical and theological issues and surveying the major commentaries, articles, and monographs in the Logos Bible Software library.

Let’s look at an excerpt from this volume, which covers one of the hymn’s most difficult topics:

Form of God

Paul opens the hymn by asserting that Christ Jesus was “in the form of God” (en morphē theou hyparchōn). As O’Brien (1991, 206) observes, the exegesis of this significant phrase influences the interpretation of the entire hymn. The phrase “form of God” not only stands at the beginning of the hymn, but it marks the first of several seemingly sequential statements regarding Jesus’ status. Continue Reading…

Get up to $388 Off Commentaries through June 15!

If you’re still looking for that perfect graduation gift, you have until June 15 to save on some top commentaries. Whether your grad is pursuing vocational ministry or simply looking for a better understanding of the Bible, commentaries make superb presents.

Through June 15, you’ll save on:

International Critial CommentaryInternational Critical Commentary

The International Critical Commentary has long held a special place among works on the Bible. Its comprehensive, rigorous scholarship brings together all the relevant aids to exegesis: linguistic and textual, archaeological, historical, literary, and theological.

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Pillar New Testament CommentaryPillar New Testament Commentary

Designed both for serious students and for general Bible readers, the PNTC seeks to make Scripture’s meaning clear. The authors interact with the most important, informed contemporary debate, yet avoid undue technical detail. The result is a blend of rigorous exegesis and exposition, of scholarship and pastoral sensitivity, with attention both to biblical theology and to the Bible’s contemporary relevance.

Get $53 off with coupon code PILLAR13 Continue Reading…

Get 25% Off the Post-Reformation Catholic Thought and Piety Collection (27 vols.)

post-reformation-catholic-thought-and-pietyWhat does it mean to pray? How is it that we enter God’s presence through devotion and meditation? What is the meaning of suffering? These are the kinds of questions asked by many of the sixteenth century’s great Christian mystics, scholars, and saints.

While polemical wars were waged between the Catholic Church and Protestant Reformers, many thinkers continued to focus on the internal battle waged within our own souls. This focus on interiority produced some of the greatest mystical, poetic, and devotional literature ever written. Now it’s compiled in the enormous Post-Reformation Catholic Thought and Piety Collection.

The sixteenth century was a time of incredible theological and spiritual development. Not only were substantial amounts of Protestant literature being produced; counter-reformers, poets, and mystics were also writing works that add essential context to the debates happening in and around the Protestant Reformation. Many such works are famous throughout all of Christendom, such as John of the Cross’ The Dark Night of the Soul or Teresa of Avila’s The Way of Perfection—but it’s often forgotten that these very devotional works were written during the heat of the sixteenth century’s doctrinal disputes. Continue Reading…

The Clock Is Ticking: Take $400 Off the NICOT/NICNT!

the-new-international-commentary-on-the-old-and-new-testament (1)Did you know you can save $400 on the New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament? It’s true: you can get $400 off right now with coupon code NICOTNT. But you’ll want to act fast—this offer is good only through the end of May.

Since the last time this went on sale, we’ve added four new volumes to the collection:

That means the NICOT/NICNT is better than ever. If you’ve been thinking of adding this world-class commentary set to your library, now’s the time.

Don’t forget payment plans

Really want to take advantage of this special sale, but don’t want to take the hit up front? Use one of our interest-free payment plans to make your purchase fit your budget. You can start benefiting from this amazing set of commentaries today—and take up to 12 months to pay! Continue Reading…

Get the Baker Academic Theological Studies Collection for Less

baker-academic-theological-studies-collectionConstruct a well-rounded theology with this robust collection of academic resources. The 15-volume Baker Academic Theological Studies Collection includes everything from The Doctrine of God to Violence, Hospitality, and the Cross. The list of contributors reads like a who’s-who of modern scholars—Craig L. Blomberg, John G. Stackhouse Jr., and others. Spanning all of systematic theology, this collection is a must-have for pastors and students alike.

We’ve been hustling to make the Baker Academic Theological Studies Collection available to you, and we’re happy to report that it’s currently under development—it won’t be long until it’s formatted and ready to be released. We can offer the Pre-Pub price only until then, so if you have these titles on your list, you’ll need to act quickly to get the best price.

If you’d like to read more about the specific titles included in this collection, you can visit the product page, but don’t wait too long. This price won’t last, and we wouldn’t want you to miss out.

Pre-order the Baker Academic Theological Studies Collection today!

10 Community Pricing Deals You’re About to Miss Out On

Community Pricing lets you choose the price you’d be willing to pay on amazing books. It’s one of the best ways to get a great deal on classic works—for some books and collections, we’ve seen savings of over 90%!

As soon as there are enough bids to push a product into the Pre-Pub stage, the price goes up substantially. This could mean doubling or tripling.

Costs are nearly covered for the following products—soon they’ll be leaving Community Pricing forever. By bidding now, you’ll lock in some of the best prices. In fact, with enough bids, prices can come down even further!

Classic Studies on the Apostolic Fathers (29 vols.)

Get it for only $30. Once it moves onto Pre-Pub, the price goes up to $199.95—that’s a savings of nearly $170!

The Complete Works of Thomas Manton (22 vols.)

This resource, regularly priced at $599.95, is about to cross over at only $40. Continue Reading…

Call Today for One-Day Sales and Free Books!

We’re now open six days a week! Our new hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday–Saturday.

To celebrate our new hours, we’re putting 10 different products on sale each Saturday in May. We’ve selected a variety of resources—commentaries, collections, study resources, and more—so there’s something for everyone. There are only two Saturdays left in May; don’t miss out on these discounts!

Among today’s deals, we have:

charles-spurgeon-collection (1)Charles Spurgeon Collection (149 vols.)

Regularly $499.95—call or email us for the sale price!

This collection is an invaluable tool in both sermon preparation and biblical understanding. The Charles Spurgeon Collection (149 vols.) offers over 3,550 sermons from one of the most gifted speakers and blessed Christian leaders of our era. Also included are many of Spurgeon’s commentaries and lectures, his autobiography, The Sword and the Trowel, and much more.

n-t-wright-collectionN. T. Wright Collection (57 vols.)

Regularly $429.95—call or email us for the sale price!

N. T. Wright has had a profound influence on the Church, and his writings are popular worldwide. The N. T. Wright Collection combines 34 of his most beloved works to offer a collection rich in theological depth, engaging in tone, and compelling in biblical wisdom. Continue Reading…

Don’t Miss Out: Spring Sale Ends May 20!

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If you’re looking to purchase a base package, now is the time. Through May 20, you’ll save 15% on any base package purchase. Just use coupon code SPRINGSALE at checkout to get your discount.

A massive library at a remarkable price

Not only is buying a base package a great investment—when you look at the pure volume of resources you’re getting, it’s an incredible deal.

Christ the Redeemer StatueFor example, Gold contains nearly 1,100 resources. If the average book spine is about 1 ½ inches wide (and many of these resources are much larger), this library would stand nearly 138 feet tall—8 feet taller than Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue! That’s a library your home office most likely wouldn’t fit, a library that would cost you thousands of dollars in print—about $21,000, to be exact. Just imagine adding the additional 900 resources in Diamond (a $52,500 print value total), or the additional 1,400 resources in Portfolio (a $78,000 print value total). Continue Reading…

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…