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Last Chance to Win the $18,000 Francis Schaeffer Scholarship!

Friday, November 30, is your last chance to enter to win Knox Theological Seminary’s $18,000 Francis Schaeffer Scholarship and earn your Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) at no cost! You’ll study using a free Logos 5 Platinum library—a vast collection of powerful tools and books worth over $28,000 in print.

The MACCS prepares you for modern ministry with the Great Books’ classical training. It teaches you how the West thinks, and why. You’ll learn from Plato, Augustine, Aristotle, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Luther, Dante, Hobbes, Tocqueville, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, and others—all in a Christian cultural context.

Get classical training for modern ministry with Knox’s online MACCS—free! Enter to win the $18,000 Francis Schaeffer Scholarship. To learn more or apply now, call 1-800-210-6466 or visit SeminaryDegreesOnline.com/Degrees/MACCS.

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Only 4 Days Left to Get November’s Free Book!

Time’s running out to download a free copy of John Nelson Darby’s Synopsis of the Books of the Bible: Genesis to 2 Chronicles. You have until November 30 to add this remarkable book to your library—free!

Genesis to 2 Chronicles, the first volume in John Darby’s five-volume Synopsis of the Books of the Bible, provides chapter-by-chapter commentary on the first 14 books of the Old Testament. This series has played an important role in the emergence of fundamentalism and the development of American Christianity. Darby, the intellectual and theological forerunner of well-known preachers such as Dwight Moody and contemporary authors such as Tim LaHaye, was tremendously influential. From a dispensational interpretation of the Bible to the contemporary understanding of the Rapture and the End Times, the prominent features of evangelical theology are indebted to Darby’s influence.

Of the Synopsis of the Books of the Bible series, H. A. Ironside said, “I literally devoured these five volumes, giving almost every spare moment to them, so that I read them in two weeks’ time, and I think I am safe in saying that they opened up the Scripture in their comprehensiveness in a way that nothing else has ever touched.”

If you haven’t downloaded November’s free book, do it now! And while you’re on November’s free-book page, enter to win the entire five-volume Synopsis of the Books of the Bible!

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Get John Piper’s Good News of Great Joy Free on Vyrso!

We have lots of titles marked down at Vyrso.com/CyberMonday, including an exclusive digital edition of John Piper’s latest title Good News of Great Joy—free! You won’t find this offer anywhere else.

Good News of Great Joy is designed specifically for Advent 2012. This devotional, which begins Sunday, December 2, and goes through Christmas Day, aims to put Jesus at the center of your holiday season. Get yours now!

But Good News of Great Joy isn’t the only way you can go deeper into the Word at no cost. Here are two related giveaways:

1. Earn Your DMin Free with the $18,000 John Piper Scholarship!

The $18,000 John Piper Scholarship completely covers your DMin in Preaching and Teaching from Knox Theological Seminary! Enter to win at DMin.me/JohnPiper.

If you’ve ever thought about earning your DMin, you owe it to yourself to check out this degree program. You’ll prepare for life-changing ministry with a world-class education. You’ll do better ministry with instruction from scholars like Drs. Warren Gage, Haddon Robinson, and Samuel Lamerson. And you’ll get your own copy of the massive Logos 5 Portfolio library, which gives you the tools you need to take your ministry to new heights.

Enter now!

2. Enter to Win a Logos Gold Base Package!

Gold is a massive library for serious Bible study in English, Greek, and Hebrew. It offers a vast selection of resources (nearly 1,100, worth over $20,000) and Logos 5’s fast, intuitive, innovative design. Time to enter is limited—visit our Cyber Monday right now!

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Black Friday: Don’t Miss These Deals!

You can avoid the lines, the rush, and the craze during this year’s Black Friday madness. In fact, we want you to be able to enjoy your Black Friday shopping from the comfort of your own home. With the Like-athon, we gave you the power to create the ideal sale. And with nearly 9,000 Likes across Logos.com, you told us loud and clear what you wanted to see discounted!

Thanks to your collaborative efforts, Logos is ushering in the holiday season with our most-Liked products at incredible discounts! Start your holiday shopping off right with hundreds of dollars in savings on top products like:

The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament (44 vols.)

Print: $2,273  Regularly: $1,699.95

Only $1,399.95 with the coupon code BFRIDAY8

This decades-long project has become recognized by scholars, pastors, and serious Bible students as a critical yet orthodox commentary marked by solid biblical scholarship within the evangelical Protestant tradition.

Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (6 vols.)

Regularly: $269.95

Get it now for only $199.95 with coupon code BFRIDAY4!

With over 6,000 entries by 800 authors, this definitive collection is a landmark in biblical scholarship. The unabridged, six-volume Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary contains 7,200 packed pages, including numerous illustrations. Covering countless biblical subjects, the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary is a tremendous help for in-depth biblical exploration. During the Black Friday Like-athon, it’s 25% off!

A. W. Tozer Collection (57 vols.)

Print: $795  Regularly: $399.95

The Tozer collection can be yours for only $195.95 with coupon code BFRIDAY7

This collection consists of 57 books written by Tozer or compiled posthumously from his sermons and editorials. In all, this astounding collection contains approximately 11,000 pages filled with the inspirational, Christ-centered words only Tozer could pen.The 57 fantastic books of this collection are priced at 50% off for Black Friday.

These are only a few of the collections we’ve marked down during the Black Friday Sale. Visit Logos.com/BlackFriday by December 3 to see the complete list of deals available, including discounts on resources like:

  • IVP Dictionary of the Old Testament Bundle
  • Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
  • John MacArthur Bundle
  • Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software

Don’t forget, this holiday season is a perfect time to upgrade! Check out the custom upgrade discount calculator to see your special price to move to Logos 5.

What Is Exegesis—and Why Should I Care?

“Exegesis” sounds like a technical and abstract idea, but at its core, it’s quite simple.

Exegesis is drawing meaning from what the Scripture says.

Exegesis is going to the Bible to understand what it meant when it was written, and letting the author’s intent govern the way the Bible is interpreted. Exegesis can involve highly technical language analysis, but it doesn’t have to. In fact, you can do it right now.

What Is Exegesis? Watch How It Works!

Let’s try out some exegesis on Luke 17:11–19, where we see Jesus cleansing ten lepers, but only one thanks him. We start by looking the passage up in Logos 5.

A big part of exegesis is answering the question, “What did the author want to get across?” We see in Luke 1:1–4 and Acts 1:1–2 that this book is intended to be an exact account of Jesus’ acts and teachings, so we need to see what Jesus says and does in this passage:

  • Jesus cleanses ten lepers.
  • Only one comes back to glorify God and give thanks.
  • Jesus commends the thankful one.

Now that we’ve covered the elementary stuff, we can start doing exegesis, right? Well, actually, we’ve already started. We determined some of what the text means by letting it speak for itself—that’s what exegesis is.

Now Let’s Try the Exegetical Guide

We can exegete this text as deeply as we want with the Exegetical Guide. First, I right-click “giving thanks” in verse 16 and select “Exegetical Guide.”

This fetches all my grammars, apparatuses, and visualizations, plus a word-by-word breakdown of verse 16. I just want to see what “giving thanks” means, so I’ll find it in the breakdown:

We can see that “giving thanks” refers to being thankful, or feeling obligated to thank. Thankfulness via obligation? That doesn’t sound so good to me at first.

But when I open BDAG (a lexicon, or cross-language dictionary), I see that the word εὐχαριστέω was a diplomatic term: the party on the receiving end of a favor would assure the other party of their goodwill. In the New Testament, this word is almost exclusively used for giving thanks to God (exception: Romans 16:4).

And with Logos 5, I can also look up any New Testament word’s syntactic force, or how syntax determines its function. This is kind of nuts-and-boltsy, but sometimes we can learn what the text is saying by looking at both what a word means and how it’s used.

Great—it’s a participle showing manner. But what does that mean? Well, I get the definition on hover.

By looking at the syntactic force, I see that the leper’s actions took on a tone of returning goodwill to the Lord who just healed him.

When I see something like this, I ask myself these questions:

  • Has Jesus done me any favors? I can think of at least one.
  • What’s my attitude of thankfulness? Do I just carry on, happy to be blessed, or do I turn it into an opportunity to glorify God?
  • Do I even feel obligated to thank him?

Exegesis may sound purely academic, but it can lead you to ask life-changing questions.

What Is Exegesis? It’s Something You Can Do!

The Exegetical Guide is certainly one of my favorite tools in Logos 5, and it may be yours, too. You can get all the Exegetical Guide functions when you get Logos 5 Bronze, but the BDAG lexicon comes in base packages Platinum and above.

So start doing exegesis on your own! Check out your special Logos 5 pricing options with the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator.

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.

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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!