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Big things are happening with the remarkable new  doctor of ministry from Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software. In a nutshell, we’ve teamed up to offer a revolutionary new theology degree in preaching and teaching that’s completely rooted in Logos 4—and that even includes your own Portfolio library  in the cost. That’s a pretty big deal.

But the deal gets sweeter.

Logos will fly you to your first onsite class for free if you apply before May 30*!

Get Your Doctorate Using Logos

The Knox DMin in Preaching and Teaching is the first DMin out there to combine first-rate theology with first-class technology. You’ve got plenty of reasons to get the Knox DMin, including the amazing professors (like Drs. Bruce Waltke and Haddon Robinson), the fantastic price and payment plan (just $18,000 over three years), and the Logos 4: Portfolio Edition—our largest base package—lumped into the cost! The entire program is built around Logos Bible Software, so you’ll graduate with a powerful theological library and the skills to use it to build life-changing sermons, curricula, Bible studies, and more.

Fly to Your First Class Free!

If you’re about to start earning your “Dr.,” the last thing you need on your mind is securing a plane ticket. So let Logos take care of it! If you apply to the DMin program before May 30*, your airfare to your first class is free. The deadline for this opportunity is only days away, so apply now—before it’s too late.

*Update: 

We are extending this exciting offer through Friday, June 1! This gives you two more days to apply to for the Knox DMin program and receive free airfare for your first class. What are you waiting for? Apply now!

 

Using Greek Apocryphal Gospels in Your Study (Part 1)

Greek Apocryphal Gospels

Since the Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments and Agrapha project made it to the “Under Development” stage of the Pre-Pub process, I’ve been spending part of my time working on it.

Specifically, I’ve been working on getting transcriptions of all of the fragmentary stuff and the agrapha together. It’s been fun, and I’ve been able to acquaint myself with these valuable fragments at a deeper level.

[Short aside: As I've worked on the transcriptions, I also translated them because I found it helpful for reference. So the resource will also include translations of the fragments and agrapha, which is new — not even mentioned on the Pre-Pub page yet!]

But, really, can this stuff be helpful and useful as you study the Bible? I think it can be, and that’s one reason why I wanted so much to start this project.

Let’s take a small fragment, P.Vindob. 2325 (aka “The Fayûm Fragment”) as an example.

This little guy, probably part of a larger scroll, was located in Vienna in 1885 among some papyri that Archduke Rainier had ferreted away. It probably dates to the early/middle third century (so, 200–250).

As you read it, it will sound very familiar. But the wording itself is different from other synoptic accounts of the same event. Here’s my provisional translation:

… and he brought out, as he said, that “In this night you will all fall away, as it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered.’” Peter said, “Even if everyone else does, I will not.” Jesus said, “Before the rooster crows twice, today you will deny me three times.”

Sound familiar? Yup. Sounds like the same thing which is mentioned in Mt. 26:30–35; Mk. 14:26–30; see also Lk. 22:34 and Jn. 13:38. But, at the same time, it is a bit different. Jesus isn’t explicitly referred to at the beginning, at least in the portion of the text we have. It makes you wonder what happened before this event. The quote of Zech 13:7 is introduced slightly differently ([κατα] το γραφεν vs. γεγραπται γαρ), but the substance of the quote is pretty much the same. It is missing Mk 14:28/Mt 26:32, the part about the disciples meeting in Galilee after Jesus is raised. The dialogue between Peter and Jesus is a bit shorter and simpler. And the text agrees with the Markan reading, that the rooster will crow twice (Mt./Lk. just say “crow”), but says it will be “today” without Mark’s further “this night” clarification.

There are enough differences between the Greek of P.Vindob. 2325 and Mark 14:26–30 that we can pretty safely assume P.Vindob. 2325 is not directly related to the Gospel of Mark. A minority view is that it could be from the Gospel of Peter, but that relies on shaky ground (reading “Peter said” as “I, Peter, said” through an alternate reconstruction).

What P.Vindob. 2325 does tell is us that people were telling the story of Christ’s crucifixion (and resurrection) in all sorts of ways and that, at least in this instance, it sounds pretty much like what we’re familiar with. One common thought today is that P.Vindob. 2325 was a re-working and abridgment of the synoptic accounts.

There are all sorts of fragments like this, witnessing some portion found in the gospels—but not in completely the same way. While definitely not canonical, they are very interesting and enlightening.

There are also fragments that expand upon canonical material and fragments that give us completely new material. They  help us understand more about the sorts of tales and influences that were floating about in the early, early church. We’ll talk about these sorts of fragments next week!

Free Memorial Day Templates from Proclaim

You’ve been working for weeks on this Sunday’s Memorial Day service. If only your presentation had a cohesive look to tie the service together.

Don’t worry—Proclaim has you covered.

Proclaim has uploaded a new collection of 6 free Memorial Day templates to bring continuity to this Sunday’s service. With the free Memorial Day collection you’ll get the following slides:

  • Welcome
  • Happy Memorial Day (pictured)
  • Bible slide—Lay out your verses on custom made Scripture slides
  • Sermon title slide
  • Song slide—Perfect template for your worship songs
  • Standard Memorial Day background slide—Ideal for announcements, tithes, prayer time, or anything else you need to communicate

This new Memorial Day series is just one of 12 free templates available in Proclaim. You can also upload your own art, or subscribe to Graceway Media and choose from more than 10,000 breathtaking backgrounds. With Proclaim, your Sunday morning presentations will look amazing—and come together seamlessly.

To try this content out for your church service, simply download Proclaim and log in with your Logos account details. Select NEW to start a new presentation and grab the Memorial Day template to customize for your own service.

You’ll need an On Air license to use Proclaim with your church, but with prices starting at only $10 a month there has never been a better time to get started!

Exclusive Deals from Christian Companies—Sign Up Now!

One of our most popular email lists offers news about freebies, contests, giveaways, promotions, and special discounts from Logos. Recently the thought occurred to us, “What if we gave Logos users discounts and promotions from other Christian companies too?”

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This is an opt-in only email list! If you aren’t signed up to get these exclusive offers, you’ll miss out. Once you’re signed up, you will receive sales, special offers, and discounts.

These emails will come directly from Logos; we will not give your private information to third parties.

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Sync Your Reading Plans with Android 1.0

The Logos Android app just released the new 1.0 version! You can go to the Google Play store and download (or update) the app now.

Sync Your Reading Plans

Yes, you read that right. Sync your reading plans from your PC or Mac to your Android phone or tablet! Take your daily readings with you—wherever you go. Get caught up on your reading in the waiting room, at the DMV, or anywhere else you have internet access.

Choose one of the reading plan templates in Logos 4 or create a custom Bible reading plan to suit your needs. You can start right away, since Logos 4 lets you set the beginning and end dates for every plan—no matter when you start.

You can follow along with daily reminders on your Logos 4 homepage or on your Android device.

Other Changes in Android 1.0

There are a number of changes in the first non-beta release of the app. We’ve improved navigation (optimized for tablets) as well as improved UI styling, synced favorites, and saved searches. You can see a complete list in the “What’s New” tab on Google Play.

A Serious App for Serious Bible Study

The Logos Android app provides you the tools for serious study on the go. With the Android app you have:

1. Bible Word Studies

  • Get a stronger understanding of a passage with original language tools.

2. Passage Guides

  • Pull up a detailed report for any verse with cross-references, commentaries, media resources, and text comparisons.

3. Free Resources

  • Access up to 67 free resources when you sign in with a Logos account.

4. Advanced Search Capabilities

  • Search your entire library for a phrase or passage.

5. Customized Reading

  • Link two panels together so you can read your Bible and commentary together—and never lose your place.

Carry a Library in Your Pocket

Combine the free Logos Android app with a Logos base package and enjoy access to an expansive Bible study library—wherever you happen to be. Already have a base package? Grow your mobile library with nearly 20,000 Bibles, commentaries, reference guides, Christian living books, and more—all available from Logos and Vyrso.

You can get more information about the Logos app on our Android page.

Download the app today!

It’s Not Too Late! Register for Pastorum Live

Pastorum Live is coming to Chicago June 5–6. There is still time to register and spend two days with 21 of the world’s leading Bible scholars examining scriptural themes like covenant, God’s kingdom, and the mission of the church.

Check out Pastorum Live’s speakers for this event. We promise you will leave challenged and equipped to go deeper in your studies thanks to sessions like:

Take Advantaged of Discounted Prices

Logos is now offering special discounts for Pastorum Live! Registration costs range from $99 to $149, with special rates for students, faculty, and church staff. So register for Pastorum Live today!

And Don’t Forget the Kindle Fire Giveaway!

Pastorum Live’s Kindle Fire giveaway ends May 28. If you have already entered to win, share the giveaway with friends and let them enter too! Jump over to the giveaway page and enter to win now!

Get Published!

Kirkdale Is Looking for New Authors

Kirkdale Press, a new publishing imprint from Logos, is specifically seeking out Christian storytellers in fiction and nonfiction genres. You wrote a mysterious spiritual thriller? Send it to Kirkdale. You’ve got a heartwarming romantic novel? Send it to Kirkdale. You penned down your mother’s advice and want to share it with other parents? Send it to Kirkdale (and get Mom a new Women’s Library as a thank-you for the inspiration). You wrote a cookbook full of delicious cupcake recipes? Don’t send that to Kirkdale. We’re only taking fiction and nonfiction now, but you can always send us cupcakes!

4 Reasons to Get Published with Kirkdale Press

You’ve probably looked at several publishers in your quest to get your book out to the world. Here’s why that search will always end at Kirkdale Press.

  1. Your book will immediately reach an audience. Lots of people have asked us for updates on new resources and promotions, and we’ll tell them all about your book.
  2. You’ll learn how to market yourself. The experienced Kirkdale team will help you strategize your marketing approach, so you’ll be able to get the word out about your contribution to Christian literature.
  3. Your book can integrate with Logos. A Kirkdale book is available in Vyrso format. You’ll be able to read your book in Logos 4 as well as on Vyrso apps and Biblia.com. Your book will also be available on ereaders such as the Kindle Fire or Nook.
  4. You’ll catch the benefits of Logos’ ebook expertise. We’ve made electronic Christian resources for 20 years. We’ve got developers anticipating new trends in the publishing industry, and we’re keeping on the cutting edge of publishing technology.

All these factors give Kirkdale authors the advantage in the growing ebook market. Here’s what some of our early authors have to say about working with Kirkdale Press.

“I had no idea how to market my work. . . . But Kirkdale does.  Now my book is being read all over the place, and I love it.”—Naomi Dathan, author of Whither Thou Goest, I Will Go

“Kirkdale Press is on the cutting edge . . . . They impressed me right away with their attention to each resource.”—John Bornschein, author of The Front Line: A Prayer Warrior’s Guide to Spiritual Battle

“From acquisition to editing to publicity, every person I worked with was wonderful. As a new author, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but all of my questions and concerns were addressed, and I was given a great deal of encouragement.”—Lucie Ulrich, author of Broken Vessels

You Could Be Kirkdale’s Next Author!

You did the hard work of writing a book—now it’s time to get your masterpiece out to the world. Kirkdale Press starts accepting submissions today. If you’re ready to publish your Christian fiction or nonfiction, send a query letter to Kirkdale Press.

Save Money by Registering for the Faithlife Women Conference Today!

The special registration price for the Faithlife Women conference ends tonight at midnight (PST). There are only a few hours left to register at the low price of $79!

The Faithlife Women conference comes to Dallas, TX, September 6–8. You don’t want to miss inspirational speakers like Angela Thomas, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Liz Curtis Higgs, Carol Kent, Hayley DiMarco, and worship leader, Gwen Smith! This conference will edify you and enrich your relationship with God.

Register now and experience a powerful getaway with your girlfriends, sisters, mom, or as a retreat for the ladies in your church. Invite all the women you know, but do it today! Tomorrow the cost to register is going up, so don’t wait. Register now!

Logos 4: Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software

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.

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Surrounded by eager observers at a local church, a Logos representative gave a detailed and exciting demonstration of Logos Bible Software. He thoroughly explained the Home Page, the Passage Guide, the Exegetical Guide, Bible Word Study, searching, and more. Following the presentation, an attendee remarked—

This program looks powerful and wonderful! I do have one question, though—What is a commentary?

This event illustrates an important point. Sometimes within Christian circles we may innocently assume everyone is operating from the same knowledge base. Surely everyone is familiar with Christian vocabulary and resources. We all know what redemption means. We all know where the Bible came from. We all know what commentaries, study Bibles, and lexicons are.

Of course, when we stop and think about it, we know this isn’t true. We have to start at the beginning, then learn and grow in any field of study—including our Christian disciplines.

With this in mind, we created the training video  Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software. In this instruction, I assume no prior knowledge of either Logos or the Bible itself.

In understandable terms, I explain what the Bible is, where it came from, and what distinguishes the various available Bibles. I then briefly describe numerous Bible study resources: commentaries, Bible dictionaries, topical Bibles, and more.

In addition, I introduce you to various ways of approaching Bible study, including:

  • Book Study
  • Passage Study
  • Word Study
  • Topic Study
  • Devotional Study

Then, at the heart of the training, I show you how to incorporate many Logos features into the five methods of Bible study listed above. In other words, with this training you’ll not only learn what a book study is—you’ll learn how to use Logos to accomplish it. This instruction not only introduces you to Bible study, it gets you going with Logos.

After completing this training, you’ll no longer just open Logos and randomly click around the software. You’ll proactively and systematically move through the software to facilitate different types of Bible study.

So if you’re new to either Logos or Bible study itself (or even both), this product was created with you in mind.

Even if you’re beyond the introduction stage, perhaps you know someone who can benefit from this training. This is an excellent way to get people started in their study of Scripture.

Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software is now available to pre-order at Logos.com. For more information, please click here.

What is one area of your Bible study that you would like to improve in? Leave a comment and let us know!

Adolf Schlatter (1852-1938)

Adolf Schlatter in his study.

Do we know Jesus? If we no longer know him, we no longer know ourselves“—Do We Know Jesus? Daily Insights for the Mind and Soul (Kregel Academic, 2005).

As the world spiraled toward a second World War, Adolf Schlatter knew his time on earth was coming to a close. Schlatter had stood behind the lectern of some of Europe’s most prestigious universities, authored important scholarly monographs, and ministered to students and parishioners. But his final days were spent in prayer and agony for the German church, which he feared was being swallowed up by fascism. On the morning of May 19, 1938, at the age of 85, Adolf Schlatter entered into the eternal rest of his Savior, whom he treasured and proclaimed faithfully all his life.

Since his death in 1938, Schlatter’s contribution to biblical scholarship has remained relatively unknown to many English-speaking evangelicals. While the works of other important German scholars like Karl Barth—a student of Schlatter’s—have enjoyed a wider audience among English-language readers, Schlatter’s writings have remained largely untranslated. In the latter part of the 20th century, Schlatter’s contribution to New Testament theology and exegesis has experienced an awaking of sorts among American evangelicals—and this is a great thing for us all. Some of his most important works have since been translated into English and given a wider audience, bringing his contribution to New Testament studies into the foreground of mainline evangelicalism.

Faith in the New Testament by Adolf Schlatter: English and German

Logos has commissioned the first-ever English translation of Adolf Schlatter’s Der Glaube im Neuen Testament (Faith in the New Testament). We believe that good scholarship should be available to all, so we’ve placed Schlatter’s Faith in the New Testament on Pre-Pub. Once there’s enough interest, we will begin the translation process. So in honor of the 74th anniversary of Schlatter’s passing, why not pre-order a copy of Faith in the New Testament and help make Adolf Schlatter’s works more available than ever before!