Focus on Christ with These Concordia Volumes!

Dive into God’s Word with the wisdom of the Concordia commentaries. Two works in this magnificent series are still available on Pre-Pub—don’t miss out!

Timeless and Practical

Conservative in their approach to biblical interpretation, the Concordia commentaries are ideal for pastors and students alike. Written with preaching pastors in mind, they interpret the text in light of its original oral, cultural, and religious context. They follow Martin Luther’s hermeneutical method—namely, interpreting Scripture with Scripture—to provide close, conservative readings of Holy Scripture.

As a theological commentary series, these commentaries steer away from textual criticism to focus on  Christology and spiritual application. The series testifies to John 1:1 in each of its volumes:

Matthew 11:2–20:34

Jeffrey Gibbs cogently interprets this middle section of Matthew, providing mature hermeneutical insight without overcomplicating the text. You’ll come back to this volume anytime you crack open the Gospel of Matthew.

Putting Christ at the center of his study, Gibbs explores two themes: Christ’s revelation of himself and the people’s perceptions of Christ. This leads us to consider some essential questions: How does Christ reveal himself to us through this Gospel? How do we respond?

Ezra–Nehemiah

Israel’s postexilic period is one of its most easily overlooked. Yet this uncertain era is one of Jerusalem’s most sensitive times. Jerusalem’s walls are smashed, its people deported and imprisoned, and its temple burned—so where is the hope of a loving and all-powerful God?

Andrew E. Steinmann shows us how, in these two powerful books, Jerusalem prepares herself for the Messiah’s coming. And with Jesus coming again, perhaps we should do the same.

Pre-order Before They Ship!

Make these commentaries yours while they’re still on Pre-Pub for $29.95 each—pre-order now!

Logos 4: Link to Images from Notes

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Several Logos users have recently asked me how to place images in the content area of a Note file. Currently, we can only type, copy–paste, or drag–drop text into the content section. We can, however, create a hyperlink to an image. Here’s how:

  • Choose File | Notes.
  • Name the untitled Notes document. (A)
  • Click Full in the upper-right corner of the document (B) so that you can see both the title and content of the note.
  • Click Add note (C) on the document’s toolbar.
  • Name the Note. (D)
  • Open a Logos resource to a page containing an image. (For example, type 1000 Bible Images in the Command box (E), and press the Enter key to open this book.)
  • Choose the panel menu (F) on the resource.
  • Click Copy location as: URL. (G) (Make sure to click URL.)
  • Close this resource. (H)
  • Click in the content box of the Note. (I)
  • Type some text in the content box, such as click here for a great picture. (J)

Insert Hyperlinks Example

  • Select (highlight) the text you just typed. (A)
  • Click the Hyperlink (chain links) icon (B) on the Note file’s formatting bar.
  • Execute a paste inside the address box (C) that appears underneath the icon. (This paste places the location of the image in the box.)
  • Press the Enter key to close the box.

Insert Hyperlinks Example 2

  • Click the new hyperlinked text (A) in the contentarea to jump to the image:
    • Windows: use Ctrl + click to follow the link.
    • Mac: use Cmd + click to follow the link.

Insert Hyperlinks Example 3

Even though the image is not directly in the Note file, it is just a click away!

Find Yourself in Mary’s Story

As believers, we all have a part in the story that God is telling, the great drama of redemption that he is unfolding. But sometimes we struggle to understand: What is my role in God’s story? We know now that Mary, the mother of Jesus, had a pivotal role. But when the angel Gabriel left her, after making his shocking announcement about her pregnancy, Mary must have wondered.

As central as her role was in giving birth to the Messiah, Mary remains a shadowy character in the biblical narrative. We hear about her only a few times in the Gospels. As one who often “pondered these things in her heart,” Mary rarely shares her thoughts with us—except once. Not long after her encounter with the angel, Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, and many of her questions seem to have been laid to rest as she sang her hymn of praise, the Magnificat.

The eight-week study Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan follows what we know of Mary’s life, offers detailed information about the time and place in which she lived, and considers the remarkable transition she made from mother of the infant Savior to follower of Jesus Christ.

This comprehensive curriculum offers a rich set of resources for individuals, small groups, and entire congregations. At its heart is an eight-chapter study guide that provides biblical commentary, historical and cultural background, and thoughtful application. The complete curriculum package expands this study guide into:

  • Eight sermon outlines with dynamic visual media for each sermon, including an introductory video and a customizable slideshow of maps, illustrations, Scripture references and questions for reflection.
  • An eight-week guide for small group leaders, including visual media and discussion-question handouts.

Mary provides a model of faithful surrender to God’s plan. As the Advent and Christmas season approaches, Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan and the companion Complete Church Curriculum will challenge you to consider your part in God’s ongoing story of redemption.

Pastor Appreciation Month Roundup: Oct. 6

To celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month, we’re revealing a new sale item every weekday through October 26. If you’ve been watching the Pastor Appreciation Month page, you’ve seen the five deals released so far. But if you’ve missed them, here are the live specials for the first week:

N. T. Wright Collection (34 vols.)

Retail: $502.82  Regularly: $429.95

Only $339.95 with coupon code PAM01

The N. T. Wright Collection combines 34 of Wright’s most beloved works in a collection rich in theological depth, engaging in tone, and compelling in biblical wisdom.

Roy Zuck Vital Issues Series (12 vols.)

Retail: $158.88 Regularly: $139.95

Only $99.95 with coupon code PAM02

The Roy Zuck Vital Issues Series draws on the wisdom and research of dozens of esteemed evangelical scholars and writers to address the issues and challenges of contemporary living.

Bible Study Magazine

Retail: $29.70 Regularly: $19.95

Only $14.95 with coupon code PAMBSM

In each 48-page issue of this one-year subscription, you’ll get sound advice and enriching insights from pastors and scholars who have spent a lifetime applying the Bible to their lives and teaching others to do the same.

The Works of Dr. Robert A. Morey (33 vols.)

Retail: $458.49 Regularly: $299.95

Only $219.95 with coupon code PAM04

This collection contains more than 5,400 pages of material addressing a host of important apologetics topics, such as open theism, the core doctrines of the faith, radical Islam, cults, the afterlife, reincarnation, and the Trinity.

Tony Evans’ Understanding God Series (10 vols.)

Retail: $121.84 Regularly: $109.95

Only $69.95 with coupon code PAM05

Tony Evans’ Understanding God Series includes 10 volumes of Evans’ most significant works on Christian living. This set includes The Battle Is the Lord’sThe Promise, and Our God Is Awesome. These bestselling works are Evans’ guide to spiritual discipline, growing in knowledge and faith, and developing a deeper understanding of Christianity’s principal aspects.

Keep watching the Pastor Appreciation Month Sale page for new deals. All coupon codes expire October 31!

Brand-New Content Added to the Faithlife Study Bible

The Faithlife Study Bible is a dynamic and growing resource. Already an enormous study Bible, the FSB has added all-new content to its already exhaustive notes.

These new additions include Faithlife Study Bible sidebars by respected and high-profile contributors, including:

Along with new sidebar notes, more than 20,000 words have been added in additional notes on Genesis, Ephesians, and Philippians. We’ve even revised notes throughout the FSB.

We’ve also added new articles—more than 66,000 words—to the Lexham Bible Dictionary (bundled free with the FSB). They treat subjects like:

  • Baptism
  • Joseph
  • Early Christian worship
  • Trinity
  • Rhetorical criticism
  • And much more

A study Bible with no page constraints is a study Bible that’ll grow with you! And the FSB adds new study notes, maps, media, and articles all the time.

Download the Faithlife Study Bible free through March 2014 and you’ll get:

  • Three layers of study notes—go deeper into the meaning of the text.
  • The Lexham Bible Dictionary—learn from more than 2,800 articles.
  • Rich media—augment your study with tons of photos, videos, and infographics.
  • Community Notes—share favorite verses, thoughts, and questions with your church, small group, etc.
  • Reading plans—read through the Bible with groups.
  • Devotions—reflect on the Faithlife Study Bible’s daily devotionals.
  • Smart searches—find what you’re looking for when you need it.
  • Highlighting—customize your notes with more than 80 colors and symbols.
  • Document sharing—share notes, lesson plans, outlines, and more with your groups.
  • The freedom to study anywhere—use the FSB in Logos 4 or on your mobile device.

If you haven’t downloaded the Faithlife Study Bible, why wait any longer? Get it free today!

Shipping Soon: The Works of John Wycliffe

This is your last chance to grab The Works of John Wycliffe (12 vols.) before the collection ships and the price goes up! Pre-order before the 11th and get the works of this important early Bible translator and theologian for a remarkably low price.

One of the Earliest English Bible Translators

Wycliffe translated the Bible from the Latin Vulgate as early as the 1380s, spreading understanding of the Bible from the clergy to the laity. So widespread was his Vulgate translation that, to this day, over 150 copies still exist despite attempts to destroy these same copies.

One of the Earliest Protestants

John Wycliffe had a sharp mind for philosophy and theology. This collection’s works lay out his philosophies, his political and ecclesial positions, and his lasting legacy.

A century before Martin Luther, John Wycliffe opposed the Catholic Church using similar theological platforms. His ideas challenged the church and laid the foundations for a more complete dissension 100 years later.

12 Volumes Shipping Soon!

Snag this essential collection while the price is still $79.95. On October 11, the price will go up to $99.95, so grab these influential works today!

A Theological Interpretation Collection like No Other

It’s true. This collection is unlike our other interpretation collections. Most collections on Bible interpretation, hermeneutics, or theological interpretation guide the reader into producing his or her own informed interpretation of biblical texts—these collections are, essentially, discussions of the act of interpretation itself. The Baker Academic Theological Interpretation Collection, however, gives you something else.

Practical Interpretations for Practical People

These volumes replace lofty academic discourse with an emphasis on immediate action. Guiding you to healthy biblical interpretations, they maintain a practical focus so that you won’t miss the Bible’s call to action as a necessary part of Christian life. These volumes will never leave you wondering what to do with your biblical interpretation.

Specialized for Contemporary Interpretation

As you study and interpret the Bible for today, you’re facing specific needs for your congregation, classroom, or small group. The Baker Academic Theological Interpretation Collection gives you specific answers and specialized focuses on theological interpretation, allowing you to dive right into hermeneutics.

Bringing Together Scholars You Trust

You know the names Joel B. GreenRichard S. Briggs, and Craig G. Bartholomew—and if you don’t, you certainly can’t afford to miss these thinkers any longer! Joel Green is series editor for the New International Commentary on the New Testament (one of today’s most popular commentaries), Richard Briggs is a rising star who studied under the great Anthony C. Thiselton, and Craig Bartholomew is an internationally acclaimed Old Testament scholar who brings the OT into twenty-first-century relevance.

Save 40% with Pre-Pub!

What would normally cost you $318.96 now costs only $189.95—but for a limited time only. Pre-order yours today!

Find the Perfect Quote for Any Occasion

I love to share favorite quotations. They enable me to say what I want to say—better than I could say it myself. There’s something about a well-turned phrase from a well-respected author that speaks deeply to people’s hearts.

Many preachers have had the experience of trying to remember a quote that could make our message stick in the minds of our listeners. So we rack our brains, wondering where it was that Augustine talked about people’s hearts being restless, or Charles Spurgeon made that comment about the Gospel being like a lion, able to take care of itself if it is let out of its cage. Or was it the Bible being like a tiger?

That’s why I’m so excited about 300 Quotations for Preachers with Slides. It includes quotations from hundreds of years of church history from such leading writers and preachers as John Calvin, G. K. Chesterton, John Chrysostom, and Thomas à Kempis. Unlike many other books of quotations, however, this one has several stand-out features:

  • It provides material for sermon prep. Find quotations by searching for author, theme, or Scripture reference. Whether you’re looking for a Bible passage or a quote that relates to a theme, this resource enables you to find exactly what you need—fast.
  • It makes sharing easy. All quotations come with a professionally designed slide featuring an excerpt, making it easier to share with others.
  • It updates language. For some quotations, archaic language (like “thee” and “thou”) has been updated, making the quotations ready to use in a modern context.
  • It takes you to the source. Each quotation includes a bibliographic citation, enabling you to track it down in its original context.

This resource puts you in touch with wisdom from the past—and helps you do the same for others. Reserve your copy at this discounted Pre-Pub price!

Time’s Running Out to Pre-Order the Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible Bundle

The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible and the High Definition Old Testament are getting rave reviews. After hearing from several scholars how valuable this resource will be, we’ve decided to release the resource, even though it’s not quite finished.

The first portion—Genesis through 2 Kings—is complete and ready to go. We wanted to get it into your hands, even though the rest of the Old Testament won’t be finished for another year.

Because the resource isn’t finished, we will only process your pre-order if you authorize us to do so. It won’t happen automatically, as with a normal Pre-Pub.

If you choose not to authorize the order, then we’ll wait until the bundle’s completed to process your order for the remainder of the Old Testament.

The good news is that if you pre-order the bundle before October 9, you get the content that’s currently available—plus the new content as we finish it—and you still end up paying the same price as if you wait until the entire Old Testament is completed.

Remember, the only way to get this content at the best price is to pre-order it soon. After October 9, we’ll send you a reminder to authorize us to process your order.

Here’s how you get the Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible Bundle at the best price:

  1. Pre-order right away before the price goes up.
  2. On October 9, the resource will go live.
  3. We’ll send you a reminder to authorize your order.
  4. We’ll process your order at the low Pre-Pub price, and you can begin using Genesis through 2 Kings right away.
  5. You’ll get new content automatically, free of any additional charge, as it’s completed.

What people are saying about the Lexham Hebrew Discourse Bible

“The authors of The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible have performed an invaluable service for all who base their study of the Old Testament on the Hebrew text. In the Introduction, they explain in plain English many biblical Hebrew discourse features and comment on their significance for interpretation. . . . This will be an indispensable tool for all who teach the Old Testament and all who seek to communicate its message to our world.”Daniel Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

“The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible now provides us with a visual representation of the discourse grammar of the Hebrew Old Testament, displaying a wealth of information for the student, pastor, and scholar. For those of us who teach discourse grammar, this tool is certain to become a primary resource. And for those of us who use discourse grammar to study, preach, and teach, this tool will become a quick favorite. It is one thing to read and talk about discourse grammar, it is another thing altogether to see it living in the text.”Miles V. Van Pelt, Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, academic dean, Jackson campus, Reformed Theological Seminary

“The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible represents a new departure in the study of the text. It promises to assist students in thinking through the flow of thought and the structuring of biblical texts.”James E. Allman, professor of Bible exposition, Dallas Theological Seminary

“Whether engaged in sermon preparation, Bible translation, rigorous first-hand research, or classroom instruction, [The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible] will aid the task by drawing attention to important elements of discourse grammar that are usually not highlighted in commentaries but that help us hear the message of Scripture. I highly recommend this resource for those concerned with reading Scripture for depth, not distance.”Jason S. DeRouchie, associate professor of Old Testament, Bethlehem College and Seminary

“The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible addresses an acute need and opens new horizons for the study and teaching of Biblical Hebrew at an intermediate level. I have been looking forward to a tool like this for many years.”Christo van der Merwe, professor in biblical Hebrew and Bible translation, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

“The Lexham Hebrew Discourse Bible will be an excellent resource for second-year Hebrew classes. It will encourage the student to think in terms of syntactic relationships between clauses. Its primary value lies in exposing the user to the argument structure of the biblical text and the pragmatic functions of its constructions. The Introduction shows great potential as a tool for introducing students to discourse grammar. Between the Introduction, the textual layout, and the search capabilities of the LDHB, the Hebrew instructor can easily explain the significance of word order and deictic expressions.”—Michael A. Lyons, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Simpson University

Pre-order today to get the best price!

Check out these posts for more information on the Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible and High Definition Old Testament.

Free Book of the Month: The Christian Doctrine of Prayer

“We can learn to swim only by getting into the water and striking out. We can learn to play the piano or violin only by playing it. Practice is the chief item in all the arts, and in none more than in the art of prayer.”—James Hastings

James Hastings’ The Christian Doctrine of Prayer is October’s Free Books of the Month.

Hastings explores the nature, principles, types, and value of prayer in this look at a complicated topic. Full of practical encouragement, The Christian Doctrine of Prayer gives helpful advice for those beginning in prayer, as well as for seasoned worshipers. Included are bibliographies, lists of books for further reading, examples, and a detailed table of contents.

James Hastings was born in 1852 in Scotland. A Presbyterian minister and theologian, he was the editor of many biblical works, including: Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.)The Greater Men and Women of the Bible (6 vols.), and Dictionary of the Apostolic Church (2 vols.). He died in 1922.

You can get Hasting’s book free through the end of October, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the 20-volume Great Texts of the Bible collection.

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