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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.

For a Limited Time: Save on the Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary

Since 1976, the Expositor’s Bible Commentary has been a gold standard for evangelical scholarship. Now this world-class commentary is even better. You won’t want to miss the highly acclaimed Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Revised Edition (13 vols.), with 30 new contributors and 60% brand-new content.

Get yours for only $319.99 when you order before November 5—after that, the price will go up to $459.99. And don’t forget—you can also create a payment plan, starting at just $31.67/month!

“Every student, teacher, and pastor needs a foundational set of commentaries that covers the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (13 volumes) is that set. . . I have used the Expositor’s Bible Commentary over the years and look forward to using this newly revised edition for many years to come.”

Mark Futato, Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament and academic dean, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL

Enhance your library with the commentary pastors have been turning to for over three decades. Hurry—this offer ends November 5Get the Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Revised Edition (13 vols.)

Only 4 Days Left in the Pastor Appreciation Month Sale

All of the Pastor Appreciation Month deals are available now, but time is running out to take advantage of them: all Pastor Appreciation Month deals end November 1.

Here’s a roundup of last week’s Pastor Appreciation Month specials.

Politics according to the Bible

Regularly: $39.99

Only $4.99 with coupon code PAM15

Wayne A. Grudem provides a thoughtful, carefully reasoned analysis of over 50 issues—protection of life, marriage, family and children, economic issues and taxation, environment, national defense, foreign policy, freedom of speech and religion, quotas, and special interests. He applies these discussions to the current policies of the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States, but the principles discussed here are relevant for any nation.

Day One Biblical and Theological Studies Collection (24 vols.)

Retail: $315.31  Regularly: $269.95

Only $199.99 with coupon code PAM16

Each book in the Day One Biblical and Theological Studies Collection contains an introduction to important theological themes that have shaped the history of the church, along with outlines, maps, illustrations, and diagrams to help you grasp what you’re reading. Many books also include helpful chapter summaries, study guides, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading, making the Day One Biblical and Theological Studies Collection perfect for both individual and group study.

B&H Marriage and Family Collection (19 vols.)

Retail: $336.81 Regularly: $249.99

Only $199.95 with coupon code PAM17

The 19-volume B&H Marriage and Family Collection offers you the tools to help your marriage and family not merely survive, but flourish. The books in this collection provide practical relationship advice, all from a biblical perspective. You’ll learn about wise parenting, love and sex, wedding planning, dealing with the divorce, and caring for aging parents. And you’ll get it all from the best Christian counselors and most experienced pastors.

The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way

Regularly: $49.99

Only $24.95 with coupon code PAM18

Michael Horton’s highly anticipated The Christian Faith represents his magnum opus; it will be viewed as one of the most important systematic theologies since Louis Berkhof wrote his in 1932. A prolific, award-winning author and theologian, Professor Horton views this volume as “doctrine that can be preached, experienced, and lived, as well as understood, clarified, and articulated.” It is written for a growing cast of pilgrims making their way together and will be especially welcomed by professors, pastors, students, and armchair theologians.

Nelson Bible Reference Bundle (200 vols.)

Retail: $6000 Regularly: $899.95

Only $599.95 with coupon code PAM19

The Nelson Bible Reference Bundle (200 vols.) is a massive collection of Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, devotionals, and popular titles from your favorite Thomas Nelson authors. It makes Bible study, sermon preparation, and lesson planning quick, easy, interesting, and affordable. See all 200 titles now.

Check out the Pastor Appreciation Month sale page to see all 20 deals—all coupon codes expire at the end of the day October 31!  And don’t forget to enter to win a free Kindle Fire HD preloaded with the complete Abraham: Following God’s Promise curriculum!

 

Get Equipped with the Lexham Methods Series

Explore the Lexham Methods Seriesthe resource created to be your platform for personal study and sharing. By leveraging technology, your digital library, elegantly designed slides, and the work of a professional research team, Lexham Methods Series teaches you biblical interpretation methods and equips you to educate others.

Each volume is a biblical-interpretation handbook plus equal parts how-to guide and annotated bibliography—all designed for digital. Everything you would expect from a textbook and more, each volume links to your Logos library and includes slides for sharing what you learn.

Lexham Methods Series satisfies your need for a comprehensive yet introductory treatment of biblical interpretation methods. Unlike traditional books, it’s designed as a digital resource to maximize your learning, teaching, and research capabilities. It’s as much as a course providing key instruction as it is a thorough bibliography with curated links.

No need to invest your time in an immense amount of study, note taking, and research. We’ve done that work for you.

With the Lexham Methods Series, you’ll be able to:

  • Easily reference details about biblical interpretation methods—it’s a quick reference for an overview of a method, major elements and terminology involved, and examples of a method’s use.
  • Teach biblical interpretation methods—this educational resource instructs you via clear how-to sections with numerous examples. Whether you need a refresher or you’ve never learned a given interpretation method, this resource will guide you through what you need to know and provide you the opportunity to delve deeper.
  • Share what you’ve learnedprofessionally designed slides feature key terms, giving academics, pastors, and teachers the opportunity to present the major elements in a memorable way.
  • Find new research and resources—each volume introduces you to insights and content you may have never read about or heard of, and makes further research easy with curated bibliography links.
  • Illuminate unfamiliar interpretive methods—understand each step of each method so fully that you can teach others.
  • Broaden and deepen your biblical education—the history of these methods is presented clearly and accessibly, including key figures and moments in the historical development of a method, the steps involved in executing the method, and concrete examples of how to perform the method.

Lexham Methods Series is designed by people who spent years in biblical education and decided, “This could be done better. Let’s transform the category.” Change the way you study, teach, and research. Make your work smoother, easier, and better. Pre-order the Lexham Methods Series today.

New Endorsements for Reformed Dogmatics

Geerhardus Vos was among the Reformed tradition’s finest theologians. The contemporary of J. Gresham Machen, Herman Bavinck, and other famous thinkers, Vos lectured at Princeton alongside such able systematicians as B. B. Warfield and Abraham Kuyper. Their remarkable grasp of systematic theology almost certainly influenced Vos’ thought and writings.

Vos who understood that good biblical theology leads to the acceptance of important propositional truths self-published his five-volume Reformed Dogmatics (originally Gereformeerde Dogmatiek). Now Logos is working with Dr. Richard Gaffin and a team of translators to complete the first-ever English translation of Vos’ important work.

Here are a few of the endorsements for this translation:

“Written in tight prose and moving from question to answer, Vos’ work allows us to watch his fruitful mind work as he represents both historic Reformed orthodoxy as well as fresh insights driven from his approach that highlights the progressive and organic nature of revelation.

Clearly these volumes are worth our attention and I highly commend Gaffin and Logos for bringing them to an English speaking audience.”—Kelly M. Kapic, professor of theological studies, Covenant College

“‘Precision’ is the word. Vos’ understanding is clear, his definitions are to the point, and his explanations are crisp and cogent.”—Fred G. Zaspel, adjunct professor of systematic theology, Calvary Baptist Seminary

Pre-order this first-ever English translation today to get these essential volumes at the low Pre-Pub price. You’ll get the first two chapters as soon as you place your pre-order, and further chapters as we finish them. Don’t miss out—place your order now!

Sale: The Origins of the Reformation

Today’s guest post is by Dr. Jim West.  Dr. West is adjunct professor of biblical studies at the Quartz Hill School of Theology and pastor of Petros Baptist Church in Petros, Tennessee. He has written a number of books and articles, and he serves as language editor for the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament and language revision editor for the Copenhagen International Seminar series.

“The Reformation” is a misnomer if ever there were one, for in fact there was no one Reformation any more than there was just one Reformer. “The Reformation,” when used by students and the general public, usually refers to the Reformation of Martin Luther, which commenced at the end of October in the year of our Lord, 1517.

Even then, though, Luther’s intent wasn’t as earth-shattering as later ages took it to be. For Luther, the placement of a series of theses in Latin on the church door at Wittenberg Castle was nothing more than an invitation to debate. In other words, Luther didn’t see his act as the commencement of a revolution; he saw it as an academic exercise.

“The Reformation” is, then, little more than a label derived from historical hindsight focusing on a series of events over a period of time across a wide geographical landscape. Each Reformer had roots sunk in fertile ground, and their work was simply the coming to fruition of generations of shift in the Roman Catholic Church.

Hence, it would be more appropriate to speak of “Reformations” in the same way that we now speak of “Judaisms” and “Christianities.”  The Reformation was no monolith.

Who, then, were the Reformers who gave birth to the Reformations most closely associated with them? They were Huldrych ZwingliMartin Luther, and John Calvin, in just that order.

Each of these Reformers was the father of his own Reformation.  Each was, originally, independent of the others, and in many ways they tried very hard to retain that independence even when their common foe, the Church of Rome, was the target.  Each contributed to the Reformation in his own unique way.

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The Reformation Day Sale

In preparation for Reformation Day, we’ve discounted several Reformation resources. Get Luther’s influential 95 Theses free, and save up to 40% on other Reformation titles, from now until 11:59 p.m. (PDT) October 31, 2012. Learn more about the principles and people of the Reformation by picking up these discounted titles:

95 Theses

Retail: $4.95 Regularly: $0.95

FREE with coupon code REFDAY

Nailed to the door of the Wittenberg Church in October 1517 to provoke discussion, this is one of the most significant documents in Christian history. Many believe this particular document to be the spark that gave birth to the Protestant Reformation. The Logos edition provides the 95 Theses in parallel English and Latin translations.

Luther’s Works (55 vols.)

Regularly: $259.00 

Only $229.00 with coupon code REFDAY1

This massive collection contains Luther’s exposition and commentary on Scripture, as well as his sermons, theological writings, and other materials. The final volume in the set contains an index of quotations, proper names,

History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin (8 vols.)

Regularly: $139.95

Only $89.95 with coupon code REFDAY2

Not only did History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin become a bestselling and widely praised account of the Reformation—it remains one of the most compelling and influential Reformation histories more than a century after its original publication.

The Decades of Henry Bullinger (4 vols.)

Retail: $220 Regularly: $99.95

Only $59.95 with coupon code REFDAY3

The collection opens with an explanation of Bullinger’s works. Bullinger then covers the Four General Synods, or Councils, and explains the historical significance of the various creeds that came from these councils. His sermons follow—messages that spurred and shaped the Reformation and that still impact today’s church.

The Works of John Knox (6 vols.)

Retail: $249.95 Regularly: $99.95

Only $84.95 with coupon code REFDAY4

This is the standard edition of Knox’s texts. Knox, a Scottish clergyman and a leader of the Protestant Reformation, was a pivotal figure in the creation and organization of the National Reformed Church in Scotland.

All these discounts end at 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday, October 31, so pick up yours now!