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Pre-order the Stewardship Ministries Collection Today!

stewardship-ministries-collectionToday’s guest post is by Jay Link, chief steward of Stewardship Ministries and author of several books, available in the Stewardship Ministries Collection (now on Pre-Pub).

This powerful and unique collection of writings sets the record straight on both the meaning and the application of stewardship in our lives.  Tragically, the church has reduced the word stewardship to money and giving, stripping it of its real power and potential to radically transform believers’ lives.

The meaning of stewardship

Consequently, I have felt it necessary to add the word life to stewardship to correctly identify the full scope of what stewardship is really all about. The fundamental concept of Life Stewardship is based on the fact that God owns everything (Ps. 24:1) and we, consequently, are merely caretakers, managers, or stewards of his property—charged to manage every resource entrusted to us according to his wishes.

Eight of the fourteen volumes in the extensive Stewardship Ministries Collection contain 44 chapters/lessons that unpack Life Stewardship and all its ramifications and applications. We are stewards of the gospel, our bodies, the limited time we are entrusted with, our relationships, the material resources we manage, the earth, the talents we have been blessed with—the list goes on. There is not one “room in our house” that is not directly impacted by this foundational Life Stewardship truth.

We believers will universally acknowledge that God owns everything.  Yet, the great tragedy is that we still live like we are the owners and the ones making all the decisions. The disconnect between what we intellectually say we believe and how we actually live out our lives is often massive.

Giving in the New Testament

How we give is also radically changed when framed in a context of Life Stewardship. The traditional question is something like, “How much of my stuff am I going to give to God?”  The proper question should be, “How much of God’s stuff am I going to keep for myself, and how much am I going to make available for his purposes?” You can see that this latter question changes the discussion entirely. You will come to realize that no one can really be a “generous giver.” We, at most, will only be “obedient couriers,” delivering God’s resources where God wants them delivered. We are just his “mailmen”!

One volume in this collection is a powerful series of six sermons entitled the Better Way Giving Series. Each sermon identifies and unpacks one of the six dominant giving characteristics found in the New Testament. It addresses both the didactic teaching passages on giving and illustrative examples of how believers gave in the New Testament. Each sermon contains a three-point outline, substantial Scripture references, appropriate illustrations, and challenging applications. This series has radically changed how people think about and practice their giving.

Becoming a light on the hill

The collection also contains extensive content directed to people whom the Lord has blessed with material surplus. It provides them with very clear guidance on how to properly and effectively steward the surplus wealth they have been entrusted with.

This collection may be some of the most radical biblical teaching you will ever study. Its content is not for the believer who is content with where they are.  It is for the believer who knows there is more, much more, to their walk with the King of Kings than they are presently experiencing.  It is for those who are looking for, maybe even longing for, a path that will enable them to break through to new levels of transformational living, empowering them to become a “light on a hill” in the midst of the darkness—allowing the world to see Christ in the flesh, in your flesh.

My hope for you with the Stewardship Ministries Collection is that, after studying it, you will not simply know more about stewardship—you will also be personally challenged and motivated to start living differently. This Life Stewardship collection has the power to totally transform absolutely every area of your life, if you apply its simple yet powerful truths and principles. And once your life has been appropriately transformed, you will be in a position to compellingly invite others to join you!

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Pre-order the Stewardship Ministries Collection today for just $49.95—$20 off the regular price!

Last Chance: Don’t Miss Out on Black Friday Discounts!

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These special Black Friday offers have expired!

Today is your last day to save on our Black Friday specials! If you haven’t picked up any Black Friday deals yet, now’s the time to do so.

We took your most wished-for products and put them on sale for four days only. Here are a few of the most popular products:

Biblical Counseling Collection 

Regularly $299.95—$199.95 with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013

These 30 volumes are an amazing compilation of Christian counseling resources. The Biblical Counseling Collection features some of Jay E. Adams’ outstanding counseling titles, including The Christian Counselor’s ManualCompetent to Counsel, and A Theology of Christian Counseling. It includes works from 21 different authors, including Steve Farrar, Elizabeth George, Jerry Bridges, and Lou Priolo.

hebrew-and-aramaic-lexicon-of-the-old-testamentHebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT) 

Regularly $159—$119.95 with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013

Koehler, Baumgartner, and Stamm’s Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT) is widely recognized as the standard modern dictionary for biblical Hebrew. Combining scholarly thoroughness with easy accessibility, this dictionary meets the needs of a wide range of users.

Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible

Regularly $49.95—$35.95 with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013

The Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible is a groundbreaking reference tool that, first, seeks to marry the tasks of exegesis and theology with the goal of theological interpretation of Scripture. Second, it aims to provide a guide to understanding various interpretative approaches, and a tool for evaluating them in light of this goal.

the-bible-speaks-today-new-testamentThe Bible Speaks Today: New Testament

Regularly $99.95—$69.95 with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013

The Bible Speaks Today Series has been widely acclaimed for its combination of scholarship and application. Now, its bestselling New Testament volumes are available in electronic form. All who preach and teach the Word of God, or who want to study it earnestly, will benefit from these outstanding studies.

These aren’t the only products on sale! Check out all our Black Friday specials, and use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013 to get your savings.

Get $100 Off the Lexham Genesis Collection

Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis CollectionDig deeper into the foundations of your faith, from creation through the lives of the patriarchs, with the Complete Genesis Collection, available now for $299.95—a 25% discount that saves you $100! This collection will only be available through December 2, the end of our Black Friday sale, so grab yours before it’s too late.

This collection includes both volumes of the Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection and the three-volume set of Studies in Faithful Living: Patriarchs Collection, Complete Church Curriculum.

Key features

The Lexham Bible Guides combine the expert curation of a Bible guidebook with the advanced technology of your Logos library. When time is short, you can quickly find what you need to grasp the basics of any passage. And when you have more time, you can turn to this same resource as your guide to in-depth study.

The collection:

  • Provides elegantly organized, comprehensive coverage that’s easy to use
  • Makes difficult and obscure passages accessible for teaching and further study
  • Annotates the differing opinions of top scholars and links you directly to their most relevant passages for further reading

The Studies in Faithful Living: Patriarchs Collection, Complete Church Curriculum enables you to lead your entire church into a deeper study of the lives of the founders of your faith. This all-in-one curriculum offers resources for everyone in your congregation—pastoral staff, worship leaders, small groups, and others who want to continue their studies throughout the week.

  • Discover the relevance of the patriarchs’ lives by sharing how God grew these imperfect men into inspiring leaders of the faith.
  • Help your entire church get connected. Sunday school classes, small groups, worship and media teams, church members—all will enjoy a richer Sunday-morning experience thanks to study and presentation materials integrated into your sermons.
  • Get sermon outlines, small group lesson plans, introductory videos, sermon-outline and discussion-group handouts (available in PDF and Microsoft Word formats), and teaching slideshows (available in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios for PowerPoint, Keynote, and Proclaim) that you can customize to fit your theme and your church.

Forget waiting in line at 4 a.m. to get the best deals of the season. Through December 2, curl up with your laptop and get $100 off the Complete Genesis Collection.

Black Friday Is Here—Take Advantage of Our 4-Day-Only Discounts!

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You’ve made your wish list, and you’ve been waiting eagerly to see the most popular items. Now the 2013 Black Friday sale is here! Use coupon code BlackFriday2013 to get big discounts on some of this year’s most wished-for Black Friday resources. Here are five standouts:

Tyndale Commentaries

Regularly $224.95—use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013 to get it for $189.95

For just a few days, you can take 15% off this trusted resource—the most wished-for product of all. This 49-volume commentary explains the whole of Scripture. Following a structural analysis, it takes each book section by section, drawing out the main themes and commenting on individual verses and problems of interpretation. 

commentary-on-the-new-testament-use-of-the-old-testamentCommentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

Regularly $53.95—use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013 to get it for $24.95

Take over 50% off this valuable product! Written by renowned theologians and professors G. K. Beale and D.A. Carson, this commentary fleshes out the NT allusions and quotes that correlate with the OT. Don’t miss your opportunity to get it for less than half the regular price.

International Critical Commentary

Regularly $1,750—use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013 to get it for $1,249.95

Get up to $500 off this 53-volume series, worth over $2,800 in print. This comprehensive, scholarly commentary set brings together all the relevant aids to exegesis: linguistic and textual, archaeological, historical, literary, and theological.

international-standard-bible-encyclopediaInternational Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Regularly $129.95—use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013 to get it for $99.95

A vital tool for any biblical scholar, this four-volume collection—winner of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Gold Medallion Award for Bible study / theology (1980) and the Gold Medallion Award for a reference work (1983, 1987)—includes 3,500-plus cross-references. Right now, you can add it to your Logos library for over 20% off.

John Piper Collection

Regularly $199.95—use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013 to get it for $149.95

Piper covers topics applicable to readers of all ages in this 24-volume series—grace, anxiety, perseverance, personal struggle, and more. These books are filled with messages of encouragement and love. Get the John Piper Collection now for 25% off!

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Want to see the rest of this year’s Black Friday deals? Check out all your options.

These deals expire Monday, December 2, so act fast! Use code BLACKFRIDAY2013 at checkout to receive your discounts.

Study the Old Testament with Logos Mobile Education

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Earlier this year, the era of Logos Mobile Education began with the Pre-Pub release of the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle. Mobile Ed brings the professors, the library, the visual demonstrations of software features, and the online classroom community directly to you—on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. It’s education where you are.

The Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle includes nine courses, several of which acquaint you with how the Bible presents a strategic, epic story in an intelligent, deliberate way. One of these courses is OT101: Introducing Old Testament; Its Structure and Story.

What will I learn in OT101?

OT101 traces the epic history of God’s activity with humanity through his people, Israel, by focusing on the major themes of those Old Testament books that narrate Israel’s history from the call of the patriarch Abraham through the return from exile. Genesis through 2 Kings, 1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah were originally written to capture this history and tell the theological story behind the events. The content of OT101 is not verse-by-verse exposition, but instead the important topics and threads that run throughout Israel’s story, showing how each book contributes to the Old Testament’s presentation of God’s plan to establish a people and kingdom.

Scholars divide this biblical history and its literary presentation into two sections: the Primary History (Genesis through 2 Kings, minus Ruth) and the Chronicler’s History (1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah). Consequently, OT101 proceeds as follows:

I. Understanding Narrative Structures

II. The Primary History

  • The Concept
  • Genesis: Blessing for the Nations
  • Exodus: Rescue and Relationship
  • Leviticus: Holiness
  • Numbers: Human Failings and Divine Faithfulness
  • Deuteronomy: Loyalty and Love
  • Joshua: Inheriting the Promise
  • Judges: The Need for a King
  • Samuel: The Rise of the Kingdom
  • Kings: The Demise of the Kingdom

III. The Chronicler’s History

  • The Concept
  • Chronicles: Experiencing Restoration
  • Ezra/Nehemiah: Building God’s House

Take the next step—or get started—on your journey to greater biblical and theological knowledge today with the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle.

Last Chance to Get Introductory Discounts on NIC Volumes and Collections!

NICOTUntil recently, individual volumes in the New International Commentary have only been available together. But now, having teamed up with Eerdmans Publishingwe’ve started offering these commentaries as standalone collections and individual titles!

The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT) and the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) bridge the cultural gap between today’s world and the Bible’s. Each volume aims to help us hear God’s Word as clearly as possible.

Get NIC volumes and collections before the price goes up

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The NICOT/NICNT is one of the most respected commentary sets in the world. Many of its volumes have become classics in their own right, and they’re all on sale until December 2:

The Historical Books CollectionsWe also have several new collections available on Pre-Pub. These topical collections are a great way to save on individual volumes without purchasing the entire NICOT/NICNT set.

Don’t miss out on these introductory prices! To get the maximum savings, pre-order your NIC volumes and collections before December 2.

Take It from the Church Fathers: You Should Read Plato

Christianity is the West’s most important worldview. Plato was the West’s most important philosopher. But the two have far more in common than just importance—in fact, Plato helped set the intellectual stage for the early church.

Dean Inge, the famous professor of divinity, writes that:

Platonism is part of the vital structure of Christian theology . . . . [If people would read Plotinus, who worked to reconcile Platonism with Scripture,] they would understand better the real continuity between the old culture and the new religion, and they might realize the utter impossibility of excising Platonism from Christianity without tearing Christianity to pieces. The Galilean Gospel, as it proceeded from the lips of Jesus, was doubtless unaffected by Greek philosophy . . . . But [early Christianity] from its very beginning was formed by a confluence of Jewish and Hellenic religious ideas.” (Emphasis added)

the-works-of-platoIf you’re interested in Christianity’s origins, there are some very good reasons to be interested in Platonism:

  • Plato understood the self as divided between body and soul, with the soul more closely related to goodness and truth; this made Christianity’s later soul-body division easier to understand. (Some early Christians, like Justin Martyr, even regarded the Platonists as unknowing proto-Christians, though this conclusion was later rejected.)
  • Plato’s theory of forms prefigured the Christian understanding of heaven as a perfect world, of which the physical realm is a mere imitation.
  • Both worldviews assume the existence of absolute truth and unchanging reality; again, Plato’s thought helped prepare people for Christianity.
  • Augustine, at the end of a line of influence that began with Plato and passed through Plotinus, understood logic and reasoning—disciplines concerned with absolute truth—as important complements, not enemies, of faith. That faith-reason partnership would characterize Christianity through at least Kierkegaard. (Francis Schaeffer argues that the early existentialist brought modernity past the “line of despair” by conceiving of Christianity as accessible only through a leap of faith, beyond reasoning.)

This idea—Plato as important precursor to Christianity—is far from new.

Let’s look at a few other thinkers who’ve found Plato important:

Augustine

“The utterance of Plato, the most pure and bright in all philosophy, scattering the clouds of error . . .”

“I found that whatever truth I had read [in the Platonists] was [in the writings of Paul] combined with the exaltation of thy grace.”

Eusebius of Caesarea

“[Plato is] the only Greek who has attained the porch of (Christian) truth.”

Clement of Alexandria

“. . . before the advent of the Lord, philosophy was necessary to the Greeks for righteousness. And now it becomes conducive to piety; being a kind of preparatory training to those who attain to faith . . . . For God is the cause of all good things, but of some primarily, as of the Old and New Testaments; and of others by consequence, as philosophy. Perchance, too, philosophy was given to the Greeks directly and primarily . . . . For [philosophy] was a schoolmaster to bring ‘the Hellenic mind . . . to Christ.’ Philosophy, therefore, was a preparation, paving the way for him who is perfected in Christ.” (Emphasis added)

To Dean Inge and to the early Church Fathers, readers of Plato, let’s add one more name—C. S. Lewis, who writes:

“. . . if the average student wants to find out something about Platonism, the very last thing he thinks of doing is to take a translation of Plato off the shelf and read the Symposium. He would rather read some dreary modern book ten times as long, all about ‘isms’ and influences and only once in twelve pages telling him what Plato actually said. . . . The student . . . . feels himself inadequate and thinks he will not understand him. But if he only knew [that] the great man, just because of his greatness, is much more intelligible than his modern commentator.”

So, in the spirit of Lewis, let’s not comment on Plato any further. Take Lewis’ advice: go read the legendary thinker for yourself. Right now, the Works of Plato collection is on Community Pricing for $30—83% off!—which is an astonishing value for such influential texts, now in their most useful format ever.

Join Augustine, Eusebius of Caesarea, Clement of Alexandria, and C. S. Lewis.
Know your faith’s Platonic influences.
Bid on the Works of Plato collection before it leaves Community Pricing.

 
Then keep reading—what does math have to do with philosophy and culture?

Last Chance to Get Introductory Pricing on Eerdmans Pre-Pubs!

This week’s your last chance to save on new Pre-Pubs from Eerdmans PublishingCome December 2, all Eerdmans Pre-Pub prices are going up! Like all Pre-Pubs, these titles won’t go up to full price until they ship—but the super-low introductory prices are going away for good.

You’ll get the greatest savings with the 309-volume Eerdmans Bible Reference Bundle. Add this gigantic collection to your library before December 2 and you’ll get over $500 off the regular Pre-Pub price. (Compared to the final price, that’s a full $1,000 off!)

Don’t miss individual Eerdmans collections

If you’re not in the market for an expansive collection like the Eerdmans Bible Reference Bundle, you can pick up these books as smaller collections or titles. And yes—these standalone resources are available for introductory Pre-Pub pricing until December 2, too!

Looking for some good New Testament studies? Check out these bundles:

Eerdmans Gospel Studies Collection (19 vols.)

This 19-volume collection puts the Gospels under the microscope. You’ll get:

You’ll save over $30 by pre-ordering this collection before December 2.

Eerdmans Pauline Studies Collection (15 vols.)

Paul has long been steeped in interest and controversy. If you’re looking for deep academic study on this important NT figure, you can’t go wrong with Eerdmans’ Pauline Studies Collection.

Scholars like Douglas A. Campbell, Michael J. Gorman, and Stephen Westerholm contribute accessible but academic-level looks at Pauline theology, Paul’s inclusion in the canon, anti-Judaism in Galatians, Paul’s views on leadership, and more.

And if you pre-order before December 2, you’ll take nearly $25 more off this important collection. Order yours today.

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Save now on these amazing Eerdmans collections and titles, or save over $500 when you invest in the enormous 309-volume Eerdmans Bible Reference Bundle before December 2! And don’t forget: you can even use an interest-free payment plan to spread out your payments for up to 12 months.

If you think you’ll be interested in these titles in the future, you owe it to yourself to pick them up at the lowest price possible.

Pre-order Eerdmans titles before Monday, December 2, and save!

Shining a Light on God’s Glory

the-glory-of-god-a-biblical-theologyToday’s guest post is from Philippe Paul-Luc Viguier, author of The Glory of God: A Biblical Theology and college pastor at Lake Hills Community Church in Castaic, California.

Can God’s glory be understood?

God’s glory is without doubt one of the most important concepts in the Bible. From creation to new creation, it saturates the pages of both testaments. Glory language is also commonly used in Jewish and Christian theological and devotional discussions.

The Glory of God: A Biblical Theology shows that God’s glory is not a distant, confusing, and esoteric reality; it is approachable, knowable, and applicable, especially through the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Studying God’s glory

This book provides a biblical theology of glory, beginning with a study of key biblical terms. It first looks at the main synonyms of “glory” in Hebrew; then it goes on to examine kabod, the main term used for God’s glory in the Old Testament, and doxa, the principal term used in the New Testament. Following the study of biblical terms, it turns to the extrabiblical definition of Shekinah, which proves to be an unfitting synonym for kabod.

The book then addresses two of Scripture’s most comprehensive passages in relation to glory: Exodus 33:12–34:35 and John 1:1–18. These chapters draw on eight aspects of glory: God’s kingly glory, God’s beaming glory, God’s essential glory, God’s revelatory glory, God’s praiseworthy glory, God’s messianic glory, God’s participatory glory, and God’s eschatological glory.

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This book is ideal for anyone who wants to know more about what glory means in the Bible—and what it means for believers today. Pre-order it now and get the special Pre-Pub price!

Get up to 20% Off Eerdmans OT and NT Studies Collections

eerdmansLast Thursday, we announced an exciting partnership with Eerdmans—and, with it, the brand-new Eerdmans Bible Reference Bundle, an enormous 309-volume library. What’s more, as part of our partnership with Eerdmans, we’re offering quite a few new smaller collections and bundles—whatever your interests, you’ll probably find a matching Eerdmans product.

Here are two Eerdmans collections you can pre-order now for the best price:

eerdmans-old-testament-studies-collectionEerdmans Old Testament Studies Collection

Regularly $278.40—pre-order it for $232 (17% off!)

Full of ritualistic sacrifices, pantheistic religions, and nomadic oral narratives, the Old Testament is a theologically challenging and culturally distant text. In the Eerdmans Old Testament Studies Collection, scholars like Bruce K. WaltkeWalter BrueggemannCraig G. Bartholomew, and Daniel J. Berrigan light the way to solid hermeneutics and fruitful study.

Analyzing Israelite national identity, the Hebrew text, canonicity, prophecy, and law, this collection clears away misunderstandings, processes cultural and linguistic difficulties, and provides recent scholarship on the OT.

eerdmans-new-testament-studies-collectionEerdmans New Testament Studies Collection

Regularly $347—pre-order it for $277.60 (20% off!)

This collection gathers the insights of some of the brightest New Testament scholars—among them Bruce W. Longenecker, Robert W. Wall, and Richard B. Hays—presenting their careful research and lively commentary on the NT’s wide variety of topics. You’ll get a first-class overview of the New Testament, perfect for solidifying and refreshing foundational knowledge of the text, plus many engaging studies on specific subjects.

Experience an interactive study of Roman house churches, explore Luke’s portrayal of women, examine Jesus’ attitude toward the Law, study differing interpretations of the book of Revelation, and learn about poverty (and Paul’s teaching on it) in the first century.

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Don’t miss out—pre-order these collections today, or pre-order the Eerdmans Bible Reference Bundle to get even more books at an even bigger discount!

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