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Win Logos 5 and a Windows Surface Tablet!

Logos 5 is here!

To celebrate, we’re giving away five base packagesStarter, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum—and, with Platinum, a brand-new Surface tablet running Windows 8 Pro.

Commentaries, sermon helps, original language works, your favorite Bibles—you’ll explore a massive networked library on your new Surface.

You’ll find exactly what you’re looking for with Logos 5’s smart, precise features—Clause Search, Bible Sense Lexicon, Search Suggestions, the Timeline, and more*.

And you’ll share your faith using Community Notes, Popular Highlights, and shared reading plans and prayer lists.

Already have Logos 5? If you win, we’ll refund your purchase in Logos credit. And if you’re still not sure about Logos 5, here are four reasons it’s worth it.

All Logos 5 base packages are marked down by 15% for launch, and that discount won’t be around for long. Don’t wait to get connected to the Word—get Logos 5 today.

* Features vary by base package. Check out the comparison page for more information.

Explore the Life of Mary This Advent Season

There’s no better time of year to explore the life of Mary than now, as we head into the Advent and Christmas season.

The Gospels mention Mary in only a few verses, so we easily assume there’s not much to learn about her life. Yet she was present as a silent witness and guiding force throughout Jesus’ early years, she was with him at the foot of the cross, and she continued his work as one of his disciples. Her story of sacrifice and devotion serves as a model for us as we seek to deepen our commitment to the Lord—and it provides the perfect church curriculum for this holy season.

A volume in the Studies in Faithful Living Series, Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan, is available as a complete church curriculum or an individual study guide, allowing your entire church to engage Mary’s rich and compelling story together. Both versions feature infographics, maps, thought-provoking questions and answer boxes, Bible study tips, and an annotated reading list for further study.

Here’s a peek at what you’ll find in chapter 2 of Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan:

Historical & Cultural Background. Luke does not tell us exactly where Elizabeth lived in Judah. He simply describes the area as “the hill country” (Luke 1:39). The book of Joshua lists nine cities in the hill country of the tribe of Judah (Josh. 15:48–54; see also Josh. 11:21). It’s likely Elizabeth and Zechariah lived in the hilly region to the southwest of Jerusalem.

Mary came from Nazareth, a Galilean city west of the Sea of Galilee (see Luke 1:26). Her journey from Nazareth to the hill country of Judah covered between 80 and 100 miles. Luke does not mention whether Mary made any preparations for the trip or how she traveled; she may have gone on foot or as part of a caravan. In Mary’s day, a person traveling by foot could cover about 20 miles per day. If Mary walked to Elizabeth’s home, it would have taken her four to five days. If she accompanied a caravan, she would have arrived in about three days.

Tip: Looking at a map can often shed light on a story. To see the distance Mary had to travel to see Elizabeth, open up Logos and select “Biblical Places” under the “Tools” menu, and then search for “Nazareth.” Select the map titled “Jesus’ Journeys to Jerusalem.” You’ll see Nazareth at the top in the region of Galilee, and the hill country of Judah in the south, west of the Dead Sea between the cities of Jerusalem and Hebron.

In either case, Mary demonstrated her courage as well as her desire for confirmation of God’s plan—such a journey would have been dangerous, especially for a young girl alone. Mary serves as a role model, not only for her obedience, but for her action. She overcome any fear she may have had about surrendering to God’s call on her life or facing the possible danger involved in confirming his will. Such complete surrender freed her to act in confidence.

Dig deeper into the life of Mary and take your faith to a new level of commitment as you and your congregation prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth. The complete church curriculum is available at a 25% Pre-Pub discount of $74.95, and the individual study guide is $14.95—that’s 50% off the regular price.

LeCrae and KB on the Faithlife Study Bible

Unashamed Tour“Being able to not only have your Bible right there, but to have all types of different tools and resources sitting in the palm of your hand gives you an endless amount of time to grow in your faith and grow in the Word.”—LeCrae on the Faithlife Study Bible

The Unashamed Tour has brought Christian hip-hop artists KB, LeCrae, and others from the 116 Clique around the United States. They’ve traveled from New York to Chicago to Seattle, with more stops to come, playing for sold-out crowds.

KB and Lecrae share a mission—to preach the Gospel through their music.  Influential figures in urban culture, they focus on bringing the message of God to all they meet. This calling to be cultural missionaries manifests itself through their music.

The Power of Bible Study

Both men are passionate about Bible study, which is central to their music. They stress the importance of having context to bring to the Word. When delving into Scripture, they try to understand the author’s original intent. Knowing the culture and history behind the text is key to comprehending what’s being said.

That’s why they’re using the Faithlife Study Bible to do their biblical research. The FSB’s three layers of study notes, images and infographics, and incredible mobility make it the perfect on-tour study tool.

So what are you waiting for? Find out why LeCrae and KB are so excited about the Faithlife Study Bible—unlock it for free today!

Glance inside the Pastorum Series Collection

Enrich your preaching and enhance your sermon and worship planning with the Logos Pastorum Series. Now available as a seven-volume collection at a great price, the Pastorum Series collection will save you 23 percent off the regular price. We can’t begin to tell how much time it will save you.

The Pastorum Series offers pastors two types of resources: sourcebooks and sermon helps.

The sourcebooks, 300 Quotations for Preachers and 400 Prayers for Preachers, make it easy for you to find an appropriate prayer or quotation to use during a service or for any number of other occasions. Here’s a look at what you’ll find in the Quotations volume. The Prayers volume is organized in the same way.

 The Necessity of Depending on God

Genesis 17:1; Psalm 62:7; Isaiah 50:10; Hosea 12:6

Preaching Theme: Faith

“There is no other method of living piously and justly, than that of depending upon God.”—John Calvin

“Jesus Is Our Divinest Symbol”

Colossians 1:15–17

Preaching Theme: Jesus

“Jesus is our divinest symbol. Higher has the human thought not yet reached. A symbol of quite perennial, infinite character: whose significance will ever demand to be anew inquired into and anew made manifest.”—Thomas Carlyle

The sermon helps, the Study, Apply, Share series, empower you to jumpstart your sermon- and worship-planning process. They go through a biblical book passage by passage, prompting you with questions to dig deeper into the text and helping you make the most of your Logos library through links to relevant discussions. Application points, worship service ideas, and professionally designed slides make it easy for you to share information on words and themes in that book. Let’s take a look at the Study and Apply sections of Luke 5:12–16:

Luke 5:12–16

Study

  • What is leprosy, and what cultural stigma did it carry?
    • Luke 5:12 | The New American Commentary: Luke
  • What does the leper’s posture and address tell us about his view of Jesus?
    • Luke 5:12 | Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Luke 1:1–9:50
  • Why is it significant that Jesus touched the leper before He healed him?
    • Luke 5:13 | Holman New Testament Commentary: Luke
  • Why did Jesus charge the man to stay silent about his cleansing?
    • Luke 5:14 | The Interpretation of St. Luke’s Gospel

Apply

Preaching Theme: God’s Mercy

Leprosy was a painful disease that rendered a person ceremonially unclean. Jesus’ compassion led Him to touch this leper and heal him, restoring his health as well as his status in the community. Do you see others’ pain? May God open our eyes to see when others are hurting, and let us put our compassion into action by helping them.

Preaching Theme: Jesus’ Miracles

The leper showed that he trusted in Jesus by falling on his face before Him. He acknowledged Jesus’ ability to make him clean and Jesus’ right to exercise that ability. Sometimes Christians wrongly assume that God only worked miracles during biblical times. Do you believe that God still performs miracles? Let us follow the leper’s example by approaching the Lord and saying, “If you are willing, you can.”

Share

Preaching Theme: God’s Mercy

Worship Service Idea: Consider holding an interview in front of the congregation with a member who exhibits compassion.

Preaching Theme: Jesus’ Miracles

Worship Service Idea: Consider a short drama or skit that depicts Jesus’ miracle of healing the leper.

The Pastorum Series collection includes the following titles:

Save time and money. Buy all seven volumes individually, and you’ll spend $199.65. Save $30 by purchasing the complete series now at the Pre-Pub price of $169.95.

Free Book of the Month: John Darby’s Genesis to 2 Chronicles

“To see classical dispensationalist theology at its best, one must read Darby . . .”—Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

John Nelson Darby’s Synopsis of the Books of the Bible: Genesis to 2 Chronicles is November’s Free Book of the Month!

Darby was a London-born deacon in the Church of England who traveled extensively. He delivered a series of lectures in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1837, and made seven visits to the United States and Canada, where he influenced such individuals as Dwight Moody and A. J. Gordon and initiated the Bible conference movement. Darby’s influence also appears in the writings of C. I. ScofieldCharles Henry Mackintosh, and William E. Blackstone, whose writings contributed to the rise of fundamentalism in America during the early twentieth century. More recently, Darby’s impact can be felt in books by Hal Lindsay, Tim LaHaye, and Jerry Jenkins.

You can get Darby’s book—part of the five-volume Synopsis of the Books of the Bible—free through the end of November, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the entire collection.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page now to get your free book and enter the giveaway!

Connect Your Study to a World of Knowledge

As a pastor or ministry leader, you devote much of your time to the practical, day-to-day needs of your congregation—a long way from the peace and quiet of a seminary library or the stimulating company of fellow theologians. Logos’ new Lexham Bible Guides invite you back into the on-going conversation about Scripture.

New releases on Ruth and Jonah have been added to the Lexham Bible Guides series. In addition to an overview and outline of each passage, these study books feature several innovate elements. They—

  • Organize all the research on each literary unit of Scripture.
  • Illuminate difficult and obscure passages, making passages more accessible for teaching or further study.
  • Provide comprehensive coverage that’s easy to use and elegantly organized. It addresses both biblical and theological issues—not just one or the other.
  • Annotate the differing opinions of top scholars and links you directly to their works’ most relevant passages.

When time is short, the Lexham Bible Guides provide a convenient summary of each biblical passage and its related historical and theological issues—so you can get back to the work of pastoral ministry. But they also make it possible to deepen your knowledge of Scripture, enrich your sermons, and keep up with the most recent biblical research.

Created by Logos’ Bible reference team, the Lexham Bible Guides summarize all the relevant research and commentary on a given passage—the best biblical content currently available—in one place. Each guide presents a broad range of theological perspectives, both familiar and challenging, for you to consider in your study.

Combining the best features of a printed commentary and an annotated bibliography, the Lexham Bible Guides take advantage of digital resources in your Logos library. You don’t have to wander the stacks of a library or flip through the pages of an index. With one click, the guides connect you instantly to relevant details, the most recent scholarship, and new research topics in your Logos library.

Join the conversation. Expand your knowledge, and sharpen your understanding of these Old Testament books. Pre-order the Lexham Bible Guide: Ruth and Lexham Bible Guide: Jonah, along with the volume for Genesis 1–11, now and get them at the low introductory price!

Studies in Faithful Living Patriarchs Collection: Complete Church Curriculum

Equip your entire church or small group with 24 weeks of study material exploring the origins of our faith with the Studies in Faithful Living Patriarchs Collection: Complete Church Curriculum. Now until December 5, this three-volume collection is available at the Pre-Pub price of $224.95—over 15% off the retail price.

The patriarchs are not only the first to walk in covenant with God—they are examples for us today showing that God’s love is based on his faithfulness, not ours. Abraham often stumbled in his walk with God, even repeating mistakes along the way. He often tried to find his own solution as he struggled to accept God’s timing. Abraham’s son Isaac transferred the covenant from one generation to the next. And Isaac’s son Jacob insisted on taking control of his own life, often tricking others—even his brother and father—to get his own way. Jacob wrestled with trusting God on God’s terms, but when God showed himself faithful, Jacob became the father of a nation. Among Jacob’s 12 sons, Joseph was God’s choice to continue the covenant, though his father’s favoritism and his brothers’ scheming threatened to ruin them all. God took actions that were meant for evil and used them for good, just as he does in our lives today.

As we walk alongside these men, we see how much their struggles resemble our own, and we learn how their faith is relevant for us today. This all-in-one curriculum package has all the resources you need for six full months of exploring Scripture together:

  • Preaching resources and sermon outlines for pastors and teachers
  • Videos, customizable slides, and media
  • Discussion guides and videos for small group leaders
  • Bulletin inserts and handouts for the entire congregation
  • An individual book, available separately, for members of the congregation and small groups to study during the week

When you order the Studies in Faithful Living Patriarchs Collection: Complete Church Curriculum, Abraham: Following God’s Promise will download immediately when orders are processed. The remaining studies, Jacob: Discerning God’s Promise and Joseph: Understanding God’s Purpose, will download automatically as they are released. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the entire collection at the Pre-Pub price!

Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection

Act now and you’ll get all 13 volumes of Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection for over 20% off the regular price.

As Christians, we must grasp the exegetical and theological issues of Paul’s letters to powerfully and persuasively teach the New Testament. If only you had the time you need to get to know these 13 books inside and out, to be aware of all the issues, and to understand Paul’s writings, individually and collectively. Thanks to the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection, you do have time—because we’ve done all the research for you.

Among the apostles, Paul and his dramatic conversion reveal God’s redemptive work at its most dramatic. God worked both in and through Paul, to transform him and to spread the Gospel. Paul not only risked his life to establish churches throughout the ancient world, he was also used by God to author much of what would become the New Testament. From the road to Damascus to a Roman prison and every missionary journey in between, the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection empowers you to interpret some of the most theologically crucial chapters of the Bible. Each volume immerses you so completely in the Scripture that even familiar passages disclose new lessons and applications. For complex issues—and there are more than we can count in Paul’s letters—we’ll guide you through and provide links to additional resources in your Logos library.

The Lexham Bible Guides direct you to the best commentaries for the subject you’re researching. The Paul’s Letters Collection offers a complete introduction to each literary unit of each book, helping you hone in on more thorough research in a fraction of the time you usually spend searching commentaries and other resources. They provide an overview of each passage’s structure, its place within the book and the canon, major issues within the passage, key word studies, and applications to help you present this depth of research in a way that’s relevant for your faith community—including customizable slides to use in your presentations.

Each volume provides you with the tools you need to find answers quickly. The collection summarizes content from resources throughout your Logos library and organizes it in an easy-to-follow format, guiding you deeper in your study of Paul’s letters:

When you order the Lexham Bible Guide: Paul’s Letters Collection, Lexham Bible Guide: Ephesians will automatically download once orders are processed. The remaining volumes will download automatically as they are released. You’ll benefit from this collection now and for years to come.

What’s New in Logos 5 Base Packages

Logos 5 base packages are the place to begin building your library.

If you’re a new user, a Logos 5 base package is the best way to start your study. You’ll get an integrated theological library—hundreds, even thousands, of books—at up to 91% off. And you’ll get a suite of the most powerful tools for digital Bible study available anywhere.

If you’re an existing user, upgrading will get you Logos 5’s remarkable new features, plus hundreds or thousands of new books.

New base packages

With Logos 5, we’ve revamped the base package lineup. We now have seven main base packages. Logos 4’s Home, Bible Study, and Leader’s packages have merged into Starter. Bronze is the new Scholar’s. And Diamond is the new package between Platinum and Portfolio. Check out the entire base package lineup to see the new packages.

Thousands of books

All our base packages are better than ever. We’ve added close to a thousand books, bringing the total number of base package resources to 2,543. Even if you’re moving to the Logos 5 version of your current package, you could be getting hundreds of new books.

What’s new in base packages?

  • Portfolio took a big jump from 1,669 books to 2,528. It’s the biggest library we’ve ever offered. Portfolio also gives you the biggest discount, and it qualifies for an 18-month payment plan.
  • Diamond is brand-new, with 1,951 books, plus all the Logos 5 features. If you currently own Platinum, Diamond is your recommended upgrade. Diamond also qualifies for an 18-month payment plan.
  • Platinum went from 1,244 books to 1,277. It includes all the features, plus the core critical texts and original language tools.
  • Gold went from 689 books to 1,030. If you want all the new Logos 5 features, this is the place to begin.
  • Silver now has 692 books. It has most of the Logos 5 features.
  • Bronze, which replaces Scholar’s, now has 421 books. It has some of the core Logos 5 features.
  • Starter is new to the lineup. It has 213 books and just enough features to give you the basic Logos 5 experience.

To see the complete list and find out which books are in each base package, view the comparison chart on the upgrade calculator.

You won’t lose any of your current books

When you upgrade to Logos 5, not only will you get all the new books—you’ll keep all your existing books!

Get the new features

These base packages are far more than just libraries. They’re how to get the new features: Timeline, Topic Guide, Sermon Starter Guide, Clause Search, Bible Facts, Bibliography, Scripture Memory Tool, Search Suggestions, and more.

We’ve also enhanced and updated the Passage Guide, Exegetical Guide, and Bible Word Study with new data.

And you’ll get new community features, which let you share reading plans, popular highlights, notes, and more, as well as view community ratings and community tags.

What’s more, we’ve given the entire interface a fresh new look. Logos 5 has a new layout and new icons, colors, and fonts. Everything is sharper, cleaner, and better organized. We’ve rearranged the homepage, and we’ve given you more ways to customize your experience.

If you’re on a Mac, the first thing you’ll notice: it’s blazing fast. We’ve made lots of changes under the hood, which means you’ll see significant speed improvements over Logos 4.

And if you’re on a touch-enabled Windows computer—and that includes computers running Windows 8—you’ll be able to tap anywhere you would click.

That’s just the start. We’ll be going into more detail on each of these features—along with all the features we don’t have room to list here—in the coming weeks. But if you’re ready to learn more right now and see screenshots and videos of Logos 5 in action, head on over to the features page.

Take advantage of personalized upgrade discounts!

All base packages and upgrades are discounted to celebrate the launch. In addition to the launch discounts, you’ll get a discount based on what you already own. Depending on your current library, your Logos 5 upgrade discount could be substantial. Visit the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator to see how big your discount is.

These discounts are available only during the launch period, so don’t wait. See your personalized discount now!

4 Reasons Everyone’s Upgrading to Logos 5

Last week was a bit of a blur for lots of us at Logos, but one thing is clear: everyone’s excited about Logos 5. So excited that Logos.com had to add two new Web servers after we crashed Thursday morning, and even then, we could barely keep up with the demand. You’ve been calling in, tweeting, sharing, pinning, and posting in the forums about how awesome Logos 5 is—thanks!

When I started playing with Logos 5 a few weeks ago, I was thrilled. I still get excited every time I open it. So do my friends in seminary. So do our pastors. So do the thousands of people who have jumped on board with Logos 5 since we launched.

If you haven’t upgraded to Logos 5 yet, you’re seriously missing out.

1. Amazing features

Upgrading to Logos 5 gives you access to remarkable new ways to explore and understand the Bible, whether it’s studying the Bible by topic, browsing all of Christian history on the Timeline, or examining the nuances of Greek and Hebrew with the Bible Sense Lexicon—and these are only a few of the remarkable new features in Logos 5!

2. More books

Logos 5 base packages are brand-new: not only do they all have new features, but they also include new books. We didn’t just throw a few more titles into the existing base packages—we took them apart and rebuilt them from scratch, making sure each package had books that complemented its new features. When you upgrade, you keep all the books you currently own and infuse your library with even more books that fit your Bible study needs.

3. New interface

Logos 5 just looks cool. It’s easy to navigate, and it gives you exactly what you need. It’s elegant and intuitive, and it’s no surprise that everyone else wants in on it.

4. Awesome discount

The Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator analyzes your current Logos library and creates a discount tailored to you. You only pay for what’s new to your library. You never lose your current Logos library. You keep your titles from Logos 4, Libronix, and any earlier version of Logos. In fact, your discount reflects your purchase history. Now throw a payment plan for up to 18 months into the mix, and you’re left with a phenomenal deal on phenomenal software.

When I started writing this post, I was a little worried that one of my coworkers would look over my shoulder and snicker at how excited I sound. I didn’t have to be, though. Everyone is excited about Logos 5—my coworkers, my church group, my friends, the thousands of brand-new Logos 5 users, and me. And with a lineup of reasons like these, you should be excited about upgrading, too.

For those of you who have Logos 5 already: did I leave out any good reasons to upgrade? Let me know in the comments!

It’s time to upgrade to Logos 5. See your special pricing options with the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator.