5 Reasons to Get Your MA from Knox Theological Seminary

5 Reasons to Attend KnoxKnox Theological Seminary’s Master of Arts programs aim to prepare you to carry responsible exegetical skills into a lifetime of ministry. These specialized tracks emphasize language and orient the training around Logos.

Here are five reasons you should choose Knox for your MA:

1. The curriculum is Christ-centered, gospel-driven, and mission-focused

Knox, committed to preaching Christ from all of Scripture, trains students for effective, Christ-centered ministry in the church, home, or workplace. Paul exhorts us in Romans 12:1 to present ourselves as a living sacrifice (in life and ministry) to God in light of God’s great mercy; Knox helps you carry out that living sacrifice by devoting your ministry to the gospel.

2. It’s affordable

Not only are the Knox degrees competitively priced, but Knox offers flexible payment options to help you honor God with your money and still pursue your theological education. Don’t let your finances keep you from a world-class education—learn more about your payment-plan options.

3. Your classes are flexible

Whether you live in Florida, in Alaska, or overseas, Knox has an education platform to meet your needs and suit your lifestyle. You can take classes on campus, online, or in a hybrid of the two. Knox’s online classes connect you with students from all over the world and pair you with exemplary professors to walk you through your studies, continually pushing you to academic excellence and pointing you to Christ.

4. You’ll learn from a top-notch faculty

From Moses and Joshua to Paul and Timothy, history shows that a good teacher can go a long way toward guiding your walk with Christ. At Knox, you’ll learn from some of the best teachers in modern biblical studies. Study theology, exegesis, church history, and more with such distinguished scholars as Michael Allen, Bruce Waltke, Jim Belcher, Gerald Bray, Bryan Chapell, and others—see the full faculty list.

5. You’ll learn with Logos Bible Software

Logos helps you go deeper in your studies in a fraction of the time. Many of your textbooks are available in Logos, allowing you to make use of powerful tools like the Passage Guide, Clause Search, Timeline, and more. Plus, with Logos’ bibliography tools, citing your references will be a breeze! Logos is the perfect tool to help you as you pursue your master’s with Knox.

Further your education and your ministry with an MA from Knox Theological Seminary. Learn more about Knox’s master’s programs, and get started today!

Save Big during Our Canadian Spring Sale

Canadian Spring SaleRight now, you can save big on 30+ resources in our Canadian Spring Sale—individual commentaries, collections, and more! This sale only lasts through midnight on Monday—don’t miss out.

Here are some of the resources on sale:

A Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament

Regularly $49.95—get it for $35.95

The Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament starts off with an analysis of the various definitions of “exegesis,” a notoriously difficult term to pin down, as well as an essay covering the discipline’s basic tools. From there, it discusses the major exegetical models: textual criticism, linguistic analysis, genre criticism, source, form, and redaction criticism, discourse analysis, rhetorical and narratological criticism, literary criticism, and canonical criticism. You’ll come away with a solid understanding of what exegesis means and how to do it.

encountering-the-new-testament-a-historical-and-theological-survey-3rd-edEncountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey

Regularly $44.99—get it for $35.99

Studying the New Testament can be not only exciting, but also intimidating. This highly readable survey is designed to make the adventure less daunting and more rewarding. It includes sidebars that address ethical and theological concerns and provide primary sources, focus boxes isolating key issues, chapter outlines, learning objectives, summaries, and study questions. You’ll find this introductory text both informative and engaging.

letters-to-the-church-a-survey-of-hebrews-and-the-general-epistlesLetters to the Church: A Survey of Hebrews and the General Epistles

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In this rich commentary, respected New Testament scholar Karen Jobes explores the cultural and theological background of Hebrews and the general epistles (James through Jude). Jobes writes from an evangelical perspective, addressing not only issues of historical relevance but also how these ancient books connect with Christian faith and practice today. Pastors, professors, students, and laypeople interested in deeper biblical study will find this resource accessible and spiritually meaningful.

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Pre-order David Guzik’s Commentaries for 28% Off!

David Guziks CommentariesDifferent commentaries engage Scripture in different ways, and it’s important to find one that meets your needs as a believer. With so many commentaries to choose from, though, picking the right one can be difficult. Enter David Guzik’s brand-new Commentaries on the Bible series, written to meet the needs of Christians everywhere. Pre-order the whole set today for 28% off!

Everything you need, and nothing more

Pastor Guzik forgoes formality and dives straight into the text—no lengthy introductions or extensive footnotes here, so you can get straight to the Scripture. Guzik provides helpful insights and context without risking information overload: the commentaries are designed so that the average reader can pick one up and start learning.

Packed with helpful insights and context, these commentaries examine the Bible in a way that’s easy to understand. Whether you’re an everyday Christian, a Bible teacher, a preacher, or a Sunday school or small group leader, Guzik’s clear exposition, engaging voice, and accessible style make his commentaries the perfect companions for your personal Bible study.

Connected commentaries

This collection takes you through 62 books of the Bible—including the entire New Testament—and gives you almost 8,000 pages’ worth of insight. Logos transforms these commentaries into instantly searchable databases that integrate with every book in your library, so you can get the answers you need and plunge into Scripture right away.

There’s never been a better time to get your hands on this powerful collection. Right now, all 62 volumes of David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible are on Pre-Pub for $70 off the regular price. Pre-order yours now, before this deal is gone!

Get Answers to Tough Questions with the Lexham Bible Guides

lexham-bible-guide-genesis-1-11Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah has created quite the stir. Regardless of whether we agree with his portrayal of Noah, we must admit he does raise some interesting questions about this important biblical account. After seeing the movie, I left the theater wanting to know more—wanting to find answers to these tough questions. I’m sure others did, too. But where can we find all the best scholarship and interpretations collected in one place? The Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 1–11 is our answer.

Let’s take a look at how the Lexham Bible Guides can help us find some answers to these controversial issues.

The nephilim

In the film, Aronofsky includes a giant clan that helps Noah build the ark; he calls them “the watchers”—conflating several traditions from the ancient world and later literature (and perhaps adding his own spin). Let’s see what the biblical text and other significant literature have to say about Genesis 6:1–4:

The dominant view, held by Sarna, is that [the nephilim] are the offspring of the union between the sons of God and the daughters of humankind, and thus are also the “mighty men” or “heroes” (gibborim) of Gen 6:4. This interpretation finds support in the Septuagint, which translates the word nephilim as “giants.”

This section from the Lexham Bible Guide also lists a number of other perspectives and where you can find them:

Nephilim

The Lexham Bible Guides list all the major interpretations of critical issues, so you can compare and contrast each viewpoint and come to your own conclusions.

Ancient Near Eastern flood stories

As you’re digging deeper into the biblical flood account, you might discover that it has parallels in other ancient cultures. Aronofsky could be pointing to these other stories by setting his film outside any recognizable period in history. The Lexham Bible Guide includes sections that dig into the flood story’s historical and cultural background:

Ancient Flood Stories - updated

These are just two examples of how the Lexham Bible Guides can serve as the ultimate resource as you seek answers to the tough questions raised in the Bible. We’ve done all the research for you. Begin your search now, while the questions are fresh in mind.

With the Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 1–11 or the Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection, you can take your research to new depths—and save time in the process. Order yours today!

Save on These 3 Valuable Counseling Resources

dan-b-allender-counseling-collectionIt’s part of life: whether you’re a licensed counselor or a compassionate friend, people are going to come to you for advice. When they do, it’s important that you be ready with counseling that’s both helpful and biblical.

Why walk that road alone? Some of the world’s most respected, experienced counselors have put together resources to help you.

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1. The Dan B. Allender Counseling Collection

In a society where masking one’s emotions is the norm, it’s difficult to come to grips with the reality of deep spiritual suffering. Here, author and psychologist Dan B. Allender gives his unique perspectives on emotions, love, and childhood sexual abuse, and presents biblical ways to address these topics.

Filled with practical helps and biblical encouragement, the three-volume Dan B. Allender Counseling Collection will equip you to grasp the hope and freedom found in Christ.

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Today’s most pressing marriage and family issues require advice from Christian pastors and counselors. That’s why the 19-volume B&H Marriage and Family Collection is ideal for pastors, teachers, parents, and anyone else seeking advice for restoring and maintaining healthy relationships. It’ll help your marriage and family not merely survive, but flourish.

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Caring for People God’s Way presents Christian counseling in a systematic, step-by-step manner, and then applies that process to the most common issues faced by Christian counselors. You’ll learn to address stress and anxiety, trauma, perfectionism and obsessive-compulsive disorder, grief, loss, anger, suicide, personality disorders, gambling, sexual addictions, and more.

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These aren’t all the products on sale this month—check out the rest of our April Sale resources.

Get 50% Off Baker Books with Twitter #DailyDeals!

Every day, we offer a Twitter #DailyDeal: a limited-time offer for 50% off one of our products. This week, we’re partnering with Baker Publishing to offer 50% off five powerful study resources!

Today’s #DailyDeal is the Handbook on the Historical Books, which Eugene H. Merrill (professor of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary) calls “an important addition to the literature on the Old Testament historical books.” Use coupon code 22862 today to get it for 50% off.

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See a deal your friends might like? Share it with them by clicking “retweet” on each deal this week.

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Logos 5.2a: Updates to Library View

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.

Logos 5.2a recently came out. It introduces several changes, including enhancements to the View and Prioritize features.

The view icon has been replaced by a dropdown list with three options:

  • Cover displays a thumbnail preview of each resource.
  • Tile presents the resources in a simple list.
  • Details organizes the resources in a customizable spreadsheet.

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The Library remains in “browse” mode; therefore, the Browse link has been removed, while the Prioritize (B) link toggles the Prefer these resources pane on and off, so you can easily designate your favorite resources (C).

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You can see all the changes in 5.2a here.

If you haven’t downloaded this free update, just type update now in the Command box and press Enter!

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Haven’t upgraded to Logos 5 yet? You’re missing out! Get Logos 5 today.

The Resurrection Changes Everything

04-19_PsalmWe don’t like to talk about death. When we absolutely have to, we fall back on euphemisms like “passed on,” “no longer with us,” or “didn’t make it.” Left to our own devices, we’ll ignore it entirely.

The arts are more willing to engage the drama and inevitability of death; as a culture, we read novels and watch movies to try to make sense of it. On our own, though, we’re sociologically and psychologically unequipped to deal with death’s reality.

I’m convinced that we support huge cosmetology and plastic-surgery industries not only because of our worship of beauty, but because we fear aging as the harbinger of death. Not only do we want to elude death; we long to avoid the very things we associate with it. As Paul tells us in Romans 8, we, like all of creation, struggle to be liberated from our bondage to decay.

You do not give me up

David wrote many Psalms while under great duress, and one of my favorites is Psalm 16. Unlike many of David’s laments, this Psalm acknowledges his troubles in a grateful and almost casual manner.

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also rests secure.
For you do not give me up to Sheol,
or let your faithful one see the Pit.”
Psalm 16:9–10

Within the context of Psalm 16, this is a powerful testimony of trust for someone under the constant threat of death. In light of Christ’s Resurrection, it becomes something else entirely . . .

When Peter addresses the gathered crowd at Pentecost, he calls this Psalm prophetic. More than just David trusting God to preserve his life, Psalm 16 becomes a prophecy of Christ’s defeat of death and his complete reset on what it means to be human.

The Resurrection changes everything

Psalm 16 was right—both contextually and prophetically. God delivered David from immediate threat, and Christ from the grave. We’re beneficiaries of both David’s confidence and Christ’s triumph, and through us all of creation benefits.

Death has been declawed and gagged. We ride in Christ’s train as his victory parade publicly shames the powers and authorities who sought to subject us to corruption and decay. The Resurrection is our hope, life, and victory.

In a culture that fears and shrinks away from death, we have a privilege and sacred responsibility to share our optimistic assurance that death doesn’t have the final answer. God is at work through the power of the Resurrection, redeeming the world to himself, and he will never willingly give us up to Sheol or let his faithful ones see the pit.

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Good Friday: Sorrow and Hope

04-18_IsaiahAround the world, today is a day to remember God’s sacrifice.

Good Friday is also known as Holy Friday, or Great Friday. In Germany, this same day is often called Sorrowful Friday. These drastically different names capture not only important aspects of Good Friday’s purpose, but also the dual nature of the emotions surrounding this day.

It is good indeed

To some, Good Friday may seem to be an ironic name; what could be “good” about the day humanity murdered the deity that created it? But to Christians, Good Friday serves as a reminder not just of the death of Jesus, but of the hope we now have because of it. We don’t experience this day like the disciples and Jesus’ friends and family did, because we already know how it ends. What starts with death ends with life, salvation, and restoration. The Faithlife Study Bible reminds us, “because of Good Friday, we can thank God for Easter.”

Spoiler alert: evil loses

Sorrowful Friday is right, too. On this day, the only perfect human being ever to live was slain for our imperfections. This day was the epitome of sin in the world, and it’s a painful reminder of the evil that still dwells on this earth. It’s still here, waging war against God and his goodness.

We know that evil will lose, yet some days it feels as if evil has already won—as if the one we put our hope in didn’t conquer the way we expected. Some of the things people experience every day can feel like defeat: the loss of a loved one, crippling financial burden, heartbreak, or depression.

But remember:

“[H]e was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.”
—Isaiah 53:5

As Christians, we can have satisfaction and peace knowing that evil didn’t win. This is not the end. Easter is coming.

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Looking for resources for study or meditation this Easter season? Check out our specials for Holy Week.

Why Phyllis Tickle Loves Our New Anglican Base Packages

Phyllis Tickle LogosPhyllis Tickle is one of the most interesting and important voices speaking to and for Christians today. A force in the Christian publishing world for nearly a quarter of a century, Phyllis has a lot to say about the trends of Christian belief and practice. Though she just celebrated her 80th birthday, Tickle’s analysis of new movements in Christianity continues to set the tone for current scholarship and reflection.

Tickle’s most recent work focuses on what she calls “Emergence Christianity.” Her two books on the subject—The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why and Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters—have quickly become seminal texts for anyone wanting to learn about this important movement.

Recently, I offered Phyllis Tickle, an Episcopalian, one of our Anglican base packages to review and endorse, if she felt so inclined. After using the package for a week or so, and asking me a number of questions to try to get at what we were doing and why, she had this to say:

Those of us who have already been using the Logos Bible packages and libraries for years are always going to be enthusiastic anytime Logos ventures into new territory or adds yet another base package. We are especially enthusiastic, of course, when that new addition plays directly into areas of our own particular interests, as is the case here; for as an Episcopalian, I fell into the Anglican base package like a child suddenly let loose in a carnival of impossible delights and unimagined wonders, not to mention of some totally fascinating and/or previously unsuspected esoterica.

An Anglican base package, like every other Logos package, is a tool, of course, not a carnival. It is designed as a tool and defined as one. Yet one of the major hallmarks of a good tool, one of the chief criteria for evaluating it, in fact, is to ask whether or not it delights, whether or not it sits comfortably in the hand, whether or not it gives both satisfaction to the eye and resolution to the tasks which it was created to address. This one does; and though it may not be properly represented as a carnival of delights (although I still contend it is that, too) the base package should most certainly be represented as a tool that can render the Anglican heart wiser in its affections and send the Anglican mind back to its daily work rejoicing.

The usefulness of the base packages for clergy,  academics, and licensed lay workers is almost too obvious to warrant comment (though it does bear saying that I cannot imagine anyone’s undertaking seminary training nowadays without having a base package duly tucked, quite literally, into his or her tool box.) Since I am neither professional clergy nor a practicing academic, however, and since, pray God, my days of graduate school are all well behind me, I can speak credibly only about the pleasure and the comfort and, perhaps, even the glory  of having, ready to hand at the click of a mouse, the primaries of Anglicanism . . . its great documents, its ecclesial proceedings and decisions, its political debates and theological arguments, etc. . . . as well as authoritative and respected commentaries on everything from our evolving theology over the centuries to our ever-evolving and shifting role in the political and secular life of the world.

A base package may not be for everyone . . . in fact, I doubt that it is . . . but for professionals and also for all of us who yearn toward more intimacy with who and what we are and more familiarity with the ways by which we and our theological forebears arrived at our own place in history, it is a benison of the first order.

See what so impressed Phyllis Tickle—get an Anglican base package today. Use coupon code ANGLICANBP to get 15% off!