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How Do You Use Logos: Dave Moser

Dave MoserToday’s guest post is from Dave Moser, an MDiv student at Westminster Theological Seminary who blogs about Christ-centered Bible study at Armchair-Theology.net.

The sermon process begins with the Bible and ends in the heart.

Every preacher is different. Some are counselors; others are theologians. Some have trouble discerning the meaning of the text; others have trouble applying the text to the heart. I’m in the latter class: I love the truth of God’s Word, but I’m often unsure how to help it speak to others.

Here’s the three-step process I use in Logos to jump-start application:

The basic idea is to search all my counseling, discipleship, and Christian-living books for the passage I’m preaching on, so I can see how all the authors in my library apply it to everyday life.

Step 1: create an “application” collection

Logos allows you to group your library based on rules. If I want to add all my counseling resources to a collection, I can just type “subject:counseling”—the collection will contain every book I own on the subject. Here’s the rule I developed for my application collection:

subject:(discipleship, “christian life”, “pastoral care”, counsel, “spiritual growth”, sanctification, formation, holiness) OR (title:grow ANDNOT title:church)

I’m including books on counseling, discipleship, and Christian living because those are the books that deal with practical, everyday issues.

Here’s what it looks like in Logos:

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That’s 273 relevant books I can search to better connect with my audience!

To learn more, check out the collections tutorial on the Logos wiki.

Step 2: add the application collection to the Passage Guide

The Passage Guide is the one of Logos’ most helpful tools. It brings up all your commentaries on a given passage, shows you related images, and provides a lot of additional information.

You can modify the passage guide to 1.) include any collection you’ve created and 2.) show only results from that collection. Here’s part of what my application collection returns for Rom. 6:1–14:

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Every time I run my Passage Guide, I’ll be greeted with a similar list showing every place my passage shows up in my application resources.

For further reading, visit the Customizing the Passage and Exegetical Guides tutorial.

Step 3: apply the passage

Now it’s time to use these resources. Logos has all my matching books open to the right pages, so I can see all the ways my passage connects to day-to-day life. Here’s a sample:

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In just a few moments, I’ve learned how this passage can be powerful in the lives of:

  • Perfectionists
  • Addicts
  • Judgmental Christians
  • People considering divorce
  • Victims of abuse stuck in negative behavioral patterns

And that’s just the beginning. I never would have thought of all these application points on my own.

Not only did I find potential points of contact with my audience’s lives—if you look in the bottom left of the screenshot, you’ll notice that I also found a few great quotes and a hymn that pertains to the passage.

Now I have tons of ways to connect the Bible to my listeners. I can season the sermon with lines like, “If you’ve been dealing with an addiction . . .” or “If something’s hurt you and you feel like you can’t get out of a rut . . .,” and people will start to recognize just how relevant this passage is to their lives.

This quick search helps me do more effective ministry.

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If you aren’t using Logos 5, you’re missing out. Right now, you can get a custom discount on a Logos 5 upgrade—get yours today!

Your Last Chance to Save on the Chaplain’s Library!

612x612The brand-new Chaplain’s Library has been on sale for 15% off with coupon code CHAPLAINBP, but this introductory discount is disappearing at the end of the day tomorrow, June 27.

Here are four reasons you’re going to want to pick up the Chaplain’s Library before the price goes up:

1. It’s packed with important resources

The Chaplain’s Library wasn’t put together in a vacuum: as we built it, we consulted with chaplains on how to meet their unique needs. Whether you’re a working chaplain or you do a lot of crisis ministry, the titles in this collection will help you serve.

2. You can take your library with you

Chaplaincy is a 24-hour job. You never know when you might be called to comfort a grieving family member, speak at an event, or give counsel. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your most useful resources available wherever you are? With our free iOS and Android apps, you’ll always be equipped.

3. It’s essentially a base package

If you don’t have Logos 5 yet and you’d like to get a taste, the Chaplain’s Library is a great place to start. It has all the study tools of our Bronze base package, making it far more than just a collection of resources.

4. Did you see this endorsement?

Jeff Struecker is a former US Army chaplain and a copastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus, GA. He also served (as a ranger and sergeant) in the Battle of Mogadishu, memorialized in Black Hawk Down. He had this to say:

[Y]ou’ll find no better single biblical resource than this Logos package to help chaplains bring the presence of God to the men and women they work with every day.

Don’t miss this opportunity to equip yourself for life-changing chaplaincy at a phenomenal price. Pick up the Chaplain’s Library before Friday, June 27, and not only will you get a discount based on the titles you may already own—you’ll get an additional 15% off! (Remember, use coupon code CHAPLAINBP.)

Don’t wait: get your Chaplain’s Library right now.

Studying Romans? Here’s Why You Should Look to the Old Testament

romans-through-history-and-culture-seriesPaul’s letter to the Romans is as important as it is dense. In precise, nuanced Greek, Paul articulates Christianity’s theological foundations.

So how do we decipher the meaning of this ancient, foreign text? Here we have arguably the key to understanding the faith—and it’s packed with references to Jewish covenantal law, natural law, and the cultural background shared by Paul’s Greco-Roman audience, all in a language marked by countless dialects.

How can anyone hope to really understand this essential treatise?

Get ready to let Logos do the heavy lifting. Here are four reasons a strong background in the Old Testament will be an important asset in your study of Romans:

1. Paul was a rabbi

I’ve never met a rabbi before—let alone one from the first century—but Paul’s participation in the highest form of Jewish devotion and scholarship introduces an enormous package of context that you wouldn’t find in, say, Mark or Luke. Paul’s rabbinic background affected his interpretation of the prophets of the Old Testament—and you can bet he had the whole of Torah memorized.

2. Christianity: the prophesied Jewish eschatology?

Since Christianity is founded on the texts and traditions of Judaism, understanding how Judaism sees itself ending (its own eschatology) is key to understanding Christianity and the church. And what of the Jewish eschatology discourse from Romans 8:18–11:36? Paul introduces Old Testament quote after Old Testament quote in support of his theological conclusions—but how familiar are we with what he’s quoting?

3. Paul speaks often of the “Jew and Greek”

In Romans 3, Paul speaks often of what it means to be Jewish and what it means to be Gentile or Greek (and, ultimately, what it means to be Christian) in the first century. Is the weight of this argument lost on us? Perhaps some of it—but, by studying the Old Testament, we can get a perspective on the ethnic identity adapted by Israel over the centuries.

4. The Abraham discourse of Romans 4

How can we understand Paul’s argument for justification in chapter 5 if we don’t know, from chapter 4, who Abraham was? I don’t mean the bedtime-story Abraham—I mean Israel’s Abraham, the father of nations and the beginning of the Jewish ethnic heritage.

Let’s study the Old Testament and Romans!

Four of our most recently updated collections emphasize Romans or the Old Testament. Here’s how each can improve your study:

baker-walter-c-kaiser-collectionBaker Walter C. Kaiser Collection (6 vols.)

Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations is an important volume for understanding Jewish identity and God’s mandate to the Jewish people. If you plan on studying the latter half of Romans (8–16), this kind of background information might be useful. But it’s even more useful if you’re a pastor or student: numerous volumes cover teaching, preaching, and exegesis for the church.

Want to gain deeper insight into Romans? Use coupon code KAISER20 to take 20% off the Baker Walter C. Kaiser Collection!

Romans through History and Culture Series (5 vols.)

Romans was one of the theological texts at the epicenter of theological debate during the Protestant Reformation. The Romans through History and Culture Series takes you through the interpretation and application of Romans, from medieval and ancient times to today, to provide both a broad and a precise view of how Romans was read by Augustine and the early Church Fathers.

teach-the-text-commentary-seriesTeach the Text Commentary (6 vols.)

Teach the Text: Romans by C. Marvin Pate provides an outstanding high-level overview. Pate discusses Romans’ major hermeneutical issues, including the New Perspective on Paul (at Romans 3). You don’t need to know Greek to understand this, and even if you read it fluently, the rhetorical analysis will be invaluable.

Works of N.T. Wright (48 vols.)

Paul for Everyone: Romans parts 1 and 2 provide readable, scholarly approaches to Romans. N.T. Wright adapts the New Perspective on Paul very naturally, if that interests you—but he doesn’t hit you over the head with it, so you can disagree and still find value in his commentary. This collection also contains endless discourse on the man himself, so if you’re itching to study Paul, look no further!

Pick up your favorites, and start studying Romans with Logos 5 today.

Last Chance: Get $300 Off the Nelson Bible Reference Bundle!

Nelson Bible ReferenceYou’re about to miss one of the year’s best deals: through June 30, you can use coupon code NBRB2014 to take $300 off the 200-volume Nelson Bible Reference Bundle!

The Nelson Bible Reference Bundle gives you an incredible selection of resources—Bibles, commentaries, devotionals, maps, and more. Little wonder that it’s earned a glowing average rating of five out of five stars. One reviewer said, “The sheer volume of material in this bundle is mind boggling. Worth every penny.” Another said that he “Wouldn’t want to study without it!

Huge savings on the Word Biblical Commentary

The Nelson Bible Reference Bundle gives you quite a few popular resources—the Preacher’s Commentary Series, the MacArthur Pastor’s Libraries, and more—but the most popular by far is the highly acclaimed 59-volume Word Biblical Commentary. With more than 50 contributors, the WBC delivers some of our time’s best, most interesting biblical scholarship.

On its own, the WBC costs $699.95. But now you can get the entire Nelson Bible Reference Bundle for just $599.95—that’s $100 less than you’d pay for the WBC alone!

Get 200 volumes for just $3 each

This deal is a no-brainer. If you want some of the best commentaries, studies, and devotionals at an amazing price, this is your chance. Through June 30, use coupon code NBRB2014 to get $300 off the Nelson Bible Reference Bundle!

Ends Soon: Get 44% Off the Mobile Ed Preaching Bundle

“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.”
—John Wesley

The church enjoys an abundance of people eager to share God’s nourishing Word through preaching, but many of us feel ill-equipped. Preaching isn’t a skill you can master in a few years; it’s a lifelong endeavor. And yet the heart of the matter is always this: to preach Christ and him crucified, and to preach from the Bible what God wants his people to hear.

How can we prepare for this challenging task?

Logos Mobile Education’s 10-course Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle will ground you in the rich heritage of biblical preaching, motivate you with a theological understanding of why we preach, and equip you with the foundational elements of preaching, from research to structure to delivery. For those of you who—like me—haven’t had the opportunity to finish (or even attend) seminary before entering formal ministry, this is a wonderful toolbox.

Right now, you can get 44% off the Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle: it’s about to leave Pre-Pub, so you should get it now before the price goes up.

You’ll get four courses on preaching from seasoned preachers Gary Carr and Kent Edwards, as well as courses on discipleship and ministry from Greg Ogden, Bev Hislop, Dan Doriani, and Michael Goheen. Each course comes with video and text; each is broken down into short segments you can learn from on your time, wherever you are. And when you’re ready to dig even deeper, each course has an abundance of recommended readings to help you as study, as well as Logos tutorials to help you get the most out of your software for sermon prep and research.

Continue learning and growing and, in the words of Ben Witherington, “your congregation will rise up and call you blessed.”

Get 44% off the 10-course Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle before the price goes up!

3 June Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

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Each month, we put a wide selection of resources on sale, allowing you to pick up items you’ve been wanting for a fraction of the regular price. This month, we’ve got some huge discounts available—but you don’t have much time left!

Here are three deals you don’t want to miss:

qumran-biblical-dead-sea-scrolls-database1. Qumran Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls Database

Regularly $179.95get it for $87.95 (that’s 51% off!)

The biblical Dea Sea Scrolls have had a profound impact on our understanding of the development and transmission of the Hebrew Old Testament, but traditionally they’ve only been available in expensive, hard-to-navigate print volumes. With the morphologically tagged Logos editions, everyone can access this biblical treasure trove.

2. Hudson Taylor Collection

Regularly $239.95get it for $109.95 (that’s 54% off!)

The Hudson Taylor Collection gives you a portrait of the life and works of this great missionary. You’ll get his devotional and autobiographical works, a biography of Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission by his family and fellow laborers, Marshall Broomhall’s stirring biography The Man Who Dared, and an edited volume of addresses from Hudson Taylor and other prominent nineteenth-century evangelists, including D.L. Moody, J.A. Broadus, and Henry Clay Trumbull.

bh-church-growth-collection3. B&H Church Growth Collection

Regularly $299.95get it for $208.95 (that’s 30% off!)

For decades, churches have wrestled with declining membership and waning cultural engagement. Young adults have left the church, more and more people sleep in on Sundays, and for many the gospel seems irrelevant and unfocused. In the face of mounting challenges, how can the church continue to effectively, compassionately carry out the mission of God in a broken world? The books in the B&H Church Growth Collection confront the central challenges that hinder evangelism and impede vital growth.

These aren’t all the resources on sale this month—check out the full list, and pick up your favorites before these deals expire!

Last Chance! Get a Massive Library for 89% Off

pre-summer-pack-300x300The Pre-Summer Pack is a superb deal: you get 60 volumes of classic theology and commentary for 89% off, which works out to less than $3 per book.

But summer’s nearly here. On Monday, June 23, at 5 p.m. (Pacific), the Pre-Summer Pack is disappearing forever.

Don’t get left out: pick up the Pre-Summer Pack for under $3 per book!

Why choose the Pre-Summer Pack?

1. It’s a remarkable value

The raw stats: the Pre-Summer Pack gives you 60 volumes, or 17,506 pages. Because it’s so large, it normally costs $1,382.56, but for just a few more days, you can get it for just $149.95. That’s 89% off, or more than $1,232.00 in savings!

Even better: if you own any of these volumes, you’ll get an additional Dynamic Pricing discount—you won’t pay for the same book twice. This makes the Pre-Summer Pack an amazing way to round out your library.

Not sure if you qualify for Dynamic Pricing? See your price right now!

2. It gives you resources you can trust

The Pre-Summer Pack focuses on writers active in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The more classic titles include Spurgeon’s Messages to the Multitude, Franz Delitzsch’s A Day in Capernaum, H.B. Swete’s The Parables of the Kingdom, and Albert Schweitzer’s Paul and His Interpreters—gems that repay modern study in spades. Newer titles include Craig Evans’ and Stanley Porter’s New Testament Interpretation and Methods, Martin Hengel’s Studies in Early Christology, James D.G. Dunn’s volume on Galatians from Black’s New Testament Commentary, Joel R. Beeke’s What Is Evangelicalism?, John Polkinghorne’s Encountering Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible, and much more.

All told, you’re getting some of the most interesting new scholarship and some of the most trusted classic wisdom.

Decide for yourself: see everything that’s included.

3. It makes your whole library better

Sixty volumes is a lot of content—what if you’re not sure you want that much extra reading?

With Logos, you benefit from new books whether or not you read them cover to cover:

  • A bigger library makes for richer, more contextualized searches: adding the Pre-Summer Pack populates your search results with some of the most interesting thought from the last 200 years. What pastor or scholar wouldn’t want that chance to learn?
  • The Pre-Summer Pack adds content to the Passage Guide, too. You’ll get new perspectives, both classic and modern, on almost any passage in Scripture.
  • Adding classic titles gives you access to the citations in newer resources. With the Pre-Summer Pack, you’re not just getting new scholarship—you’re getting many more live cross-references in the books you already know and love, so you can understand how they engage the ideas that came before.

Metcalfe’s Law states that the value of a network is exponentially proportional to its size—that’s why a large library is such a treasure, and why the Pre-Summer Pack is such a superb value.

See everything the Pre-Summer Pack adds to your library.

Don’t miss out on this one-time-only deal!

On Monday, June 23, at 5 p.m. (Pacific), the Pre-Summer Pack is vanishing forever.

It’s not just the deal that’s going away—it’s the product itself. You’re never going to see it again.

If you’re still on the fence, don’t forget that you can lock in your savings with an interest-free payment plan: that way, you get to 1.) take advantage of your 89% off and 2.) handle payments on your own schedule.

Don’t miss out! Pick up the Pre-Summer Pack right now, before it’s gone forever.

Get 43% Off Some of the West’s Most Important Works

the-harvard-classics-and-fiction-collectionAugustine, Plato, Homer, Dostoyevsky—for a limited time, you can get the 71-volume Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection for 43% off!

The elements of an education

Around 100 years ago, Charles Eliot, the president of Harvard, made a bold two-part claim:

  1. That one could obtain all the elements of an education in the humanities by reading a collection of books that would fit on a five-foot shelf;
  2. That one could do it with a mere 15 minutes of reading a day.

Intrigued, the publisher P.F. Collier and Son challenged him to prove it, and Dr. Eliot started compiling the West’s most important works. The resulting library is the renowned Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection.

Eliot knew his stuff: his five-foot shelf is packed with fascinating, influential titles. Here are just a few:

And here’s the full list. Poetry, prose, philosophy, drama, economics, historically important works in science and medicine—there’s no way you could read these books, even for just 15 minutes a day, and not learn.

A snapshot of the culture

Agree or disagree with their arguments, these books have been active agents in shaping the West’s worldview—we’re talking about Adam Smith and Charles Darwin and Augustine. That makes them a singularly useful resource for anyone interested in understanding our times (1 Chron. 12:32). The collection’s works of Greek philosophy help you understand the intellectual climate leading up to early Christianity. Its works of modern philosophy help you get to know some of the best-known arguments both for and against God. Its many, many intersections with theology help you separate the sophistical and the orthodox. While the collection overall isn’t Christian, it’s a great resource for cultural study.

A superb value (and a limited-time sale)

A traditional education in the humanities costs a lot—just ask any Harvard student! Right now, though, the Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection is selling for just $142.95: that’s less than one semester’s textbook budget. (Of course, tuition also pays for things like professors and classrooms; Eliot certainly understood the difference.)

If you’re an ambitious learner, the Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection is a terrific way to take charge of your ongoing education.

Start learning for 43% off: get the Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection today!

Infographic: Everything You Need to Know about John MacArthur

More than 50 years in ministry, 3,000 sermons preached, 120 books written—John MacArthur is one of the most influential theologians of our time.

Today, MacArthur turns 75. Celebrate his big day by taking 50% off more than 3,000 of his sermons and enjoying a powerful infographic that shows his life and impact!

Get 50% off 3,000+ sermons by John MacArthur

Originally $399.95get it for $199.95

MacArthur Sermon ArchiveFor a very limited time, you can pre-order the 3,127-sermon John MacArthur Sermon Archive for 50% off! The archive offers spiritual insight, biblical wisdom, and fully searchable, interlinked sermons. Covering nearly five decades’ worth of MacArthur’s ministry, it features expository preaching that illuminates the meaning of the Bible and the message of the gospel.

Plus, with the new Sermon Finder tool, building on insights from your favorite sermons is simple. The Sermon Finder lets you quickly connect any Bible verse or passage to relevant sermons from MacArthur. You’ll discover how MacArthur tackled some of the toughest verses, and you’ll enrich your study and sermons with his biblical wisdom. Pre-order the John MacArthur Sermon Archive for 50% off today!

See MacArthur’s life and impact

Thanks to Tim Challies of Challies.com, here’s a gorgeous infographic that shows you MacArthur’s life and impact.

Celebrate John MacArthur’s 75th birthday: enjoy this infographic, and then share it with friends and family!

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Image courtesy of Challies.com

Get 60% Off the Classic Sermon Library Builder: That’s 7 Cents a Sermon!

Classic Sermon Builder LibraryFor a limited time, you can take 60% off the 100-volume Classic Sermon Library Builder!

It normally costs $499.95, but for a limited time, you can get it for just $199.95—that’s $300 off, or 7 cents a sermon.

This enormous collection brings together the wisdom of some of history’s greatest, most beloved pastors. It helps you create compelling sermons fast—you’ll be able to pull insights from preachers like D.L. Moody, John Wesley, George Whitefield, and others. The archive covers classic sermons from the fourth century through the twentieth, and addresses doctrinal issues, practical topics, and some of the Bible’s most difficult passages.

Plus, with Logos 5′s new Sermon Finder tool, it’s never been easier to learn from your favorite pastors. Just search for any Bible verse or passage—the Sermon Finder sweeps through your sermon archives and returns a list of all the sermons that address that verse. With the Sermon Finder and the Classic Sermon Builder Library, you can access some of the most profound pastoral insights in history.

This deal disappears on June 30, so don’t wait: get 60% off the 100-volume Classic Sermon Builder Library today!

Save big on sermon Pre-PubsD.A. Carson Sermon Library

Right now, you can get introductory savings on sermon archives from some of your favorite pastors. Here are a few sermon archives available for pre-order:

Craft powerful sermons in less time: get 60% off the Classic Sermon Library Builder, and then save on sermon-archive Pre-Pubs!

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