Get $100 Off Spurgeon’s Works for His 180th Birthday

spurgeonCharles Spurgeon was born on June 19, 1834—180 years ago today. Learn from his legacy: use coupon code SPURGEON180 to take 20% off the Charles Spurgeon Collection. If you don’t already own any volumes in the collection, that’s $100 in savings!

Spurgeon’s road to the pulpit

When Spurgeon was 15, a snowstorm forced him to take refuge in a Primitive Methodist chapel. There he heard the passage that began his walk with God: Isaiah 45:22.

He was baptized soon after, and started teaching Sunday school. In the winter of 1850–51, he preached his first sermon. When Spurgeon was only 19, he was invited to preach at London’s famous New Park Street Chapel—at the time, the largest Baptist congregation in London. He quickly became a household name, and people traveled to hear him preach.

Persisting through trials

Along with fame came criticism. His preaching was plain-spoken and direct; not everyone appreciated his style. But, despite negative remarks, Spurgeon kept on preaching and impacting thousands.

By the end of 1856, though, tragedy stuck: while Spurgeon was preaching, someone in the crowd yelled “Fire!” The ensuing panic and stampede left several dead, and Spurgeon was devastated. The event had a deep influence on the rest of his life: he struggled with depression for many years, and even spoke of being brought to tears for no apparent reason.

But still his preaching ministry continued.

In 1861, Spurgeon’s congregation moved to the newly constructed Metropolitan Tabernacle, which seated 5,000 people and offered standing room for another 1,000. In addition to his preaching, Spurgeon founded the Stockwell Orphanage, which continued in London until it was bombed in the Second World War. (The orphanage became Spurgeon’s Child Care, which still exists today.)

Spurgeon continued to suffer from depression, in addition to a combination of rheumatism, gout, and Bright’s disease. Yet he kept preaching through June 7, 1891, less than eight months before his death.

Charles Spurgeon left a lasting impact not only on the people around him, but also on all of us who—years later—have learned from his insight.

Learn from his legacy: get $100 off his works

The Charles Spurgeon Collection gives you 86 volumes of Spurgeon’s commentaries and lectures, his autobiography, The Sword and the Trowel, and much more. It’s a terrific way to learn from his many years of teaching and pass his wisdom on to generations to come.

Learn from Spurgeon’s legacy: use coupon code SPURGEON180 and get $100 off the Charles Spurgeon Collection today!

 
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How to Unveil Obscure (and Surprising) Bible Characters in Just 5 Minutes

Do you know who Ehud is?

Me neither, before I started writing this post.

In fact, when I sat down to research him, I wouldn’t have had a clue where to start—or which resources to trust—without Logos 5. (Well, that or the Bible Study Magazine blog!) With Logos 5, though, it took only a single click to track down all the information I needed.

Five minutes later, I understood Ehud’s family tree, knew his biblical role and significance, and even had a list of clickable, relevant resources to go deeper in my research—all thanks to Logos 5′s Bible Facts tool.

Bible Facts empowers you to know biblical events, people, and places. It only draws from trusted resources, so you can be confident in your insights and your teaching. Don’t know the name of the person you’re researching? Bible Facts covers important unnamed characters, too, like the spies Joshua sent into Jericho and the Samaritan woman at the well.

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The most exciting story you’ve never heard

Thanks to Bible Facts, I understood Ehud’s character—he was an Israeli judge whose name meant “where is the glory?” But I wanted more of his story, which turned out to be better suited for an action movie than for an obscure biblical figure.

After jumping straight to the Bible verse he’s mentioned in and reading it side-by-side with the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (just one of 24 Bible-dictionary links provided), I discovered that Ehud was a lefty whose claim to fame was plunging a fatal message from God into the belly of a king.

The story goes that while escorting Eglon, the Moabite king, to Jericho, Ehud tricked Eglon by promising a confidential revelation. Eglon foolishly dismissed his court attendants, giving Ehud (and the double-edged sword he had secretly bound to his right thigh) a private audience. As Ehud slowly ascended Eglon’s throne, he said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” The message, it turned out, was plunging his sword all the way to the hilt into the portly king’s stomach.

Ehud snuck out of the palace and sounded his trumpet in the hills of Ephraim, calling the Israelites down to encircle the Moabite troops west of the Jordan. Under Ehud’s leadership, they killed 10,000 Moabites, freeing them from 18 years of oppression and ushering in 80 years of peace in Israel.

Not bad for an “obscure” character.

Even more insights await . . .

Finding this information was simple. Going even deeper into the story and connecting it to other resources was a breeze. Why? Because Logos 5 lifts the curtain on stories and people considered “obscure” and “mysterious” and lets you enjoy an unparalleled look at Scripture.

What’s more, Bible Facts is just one tool included in Logos 5—here are all the other tools you get.

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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.

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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:

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Save Time with Resources from Lexham Press

Lexham PressFor the last few years, Lexham Press has been creating resources with one goal in mind: to provide biblical content that advances scholarship and equips the church.

By helping lead the move to digital-first content, we’re offering products that are more useful than ever before. (Their value will only increase as you add more resources to your digital library.) Our aim is to create an interconnected collection of resources that, together, allow you to save time and energy.

Let’s take a look at how Lexham products can equip a pastor for better sermon preparation—or simply better study. We’ll be using three resources:

We’ll start with Philippians 2:5–11.

The origins of Philippians 2:5–11

This passage is one of the most important statements regarding Christ’s model of servanthood. A good starting point would be the discussion on the origins and different interpretations of this section. The Lexham Bible Guides are specifically designed to support this type of research. By curating all the most important interpretations and critical analyses of the text, the guide sets you up to get an overview and then choose the direction of your study.

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What’s in a word?

Once you have your exegetical background, you’ll want to find an application that’s appropriate for your congregation. Study, Apply, Share: Philippians helps you jump-start your sermon planning with application suggestions and slides for sharing. Let’s say you decide to focus your sermon or study on obedience and submission, homing in on Jesus’ emptying of himself (Phil. 2:7).

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The Greek verb for “to empty” will be of particular interest:

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A case study in submission

Now you have most of the framework for your sermon, but you want something memorable to drive your point home. The High Definition Commentary: Philippians provides this punch with professionally designed graphics.

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With your application in mind—to empty ourselves means to humble ourselves in obedience to Godyou review the commentary and find just what you need for emphasis:

“It’s what Jesus does with all His power and authority: He chooses to humble Himself instead of using His divine power to assert Himself. Paul elaborates on this in 2:8. He tells us that Jesus was obedient to death. We joke about doing things ‘to death,’ but this is the real deal!”

This example shows you how Lexham Press helps you create outstanding material and free up time to pursue God’s other priorities for your life.

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3 Days Left: Get $670 Off the Fathers of the Church Series

Fathers of the Church SeriesIn just three short days, we’re shipping a massive collection of influential texts from the early church. Through June 19, you can pre-order the 127-volume Fathers of the Church Series for $670 off! 

The Fathers of the Church Series gives you the primary texts you need to become an expert on early Christian thought, understand the history behind modern theology, and appreciate Christianity’s impact on history. After it ships, though, the price will never be this low again.

A rare look into 5 centuries of church history

The series covers a vast swath of Christian history: it includes works from both the Ante-Nicene and the Post-Nicene eras, from both the Greek and the Latin Fathers of the Nicene era, and especially from Augustine of Hippo. You’ll get an unparalleled look at Tertullian’s foundations for Latin apologetics and Christianity, Chrysostom’s homilies, Jerome’s profoundly influential Commentary on Matthew, and much more.

Studying these texts in Logos 5 equips you to get more from your research. You won’t read in a vacuum; instead, you’ll explore these documents alongside the best Bible dictionaries, maps, and timelines, so you can fully immerse yourself in ancient culture. Links to other patristic writings bring you straight to the source—not just to the right book, but to the right page—giving you instant context. Footnotes appear on mouseover, as well as references to Scripture and extrabiblical material in your library, and you can perform near-instant searches across all these volumes.

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Learn from some of Christianity’s most important texts

AugustineThe Fathers of the Church Series includes some of the most compelling, revolutionary thought in Christian history. Here are a few of the “firsts” included here:

  • Justin Martyr’s First and Second Apologies represent some of the first Christian philosophical writings, including the first philosophical exposition of the logos and one of the first attempts to reconcile faith and reason.
  • Origen’s Commentary on the Gospel according to John, Books 13–32 is widely thought to mark the beginning of Christian scriptural exegesis. This version offers the first full English translation.
  • Augustine of Hippo’s most influential work, the Confessions, is arguably the first Western autobiography. City of God also offers one of history’s most profound treatises on Christianity and government.

The Fathers of the Church Series offers brilliant scholarship and an unparalleled look at historical, literary, and theological advances in Christian history.

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New Collections from Piper, Bonhoeffer, Packer, and Others!

crossway-john-piper-collectionWe’ve recently built (or expanded) collections featuring some of your favorite authors. Thanks to Dynamic Pricing, you can add these collections and only pay for the volumes that are new to you!

Here are five of our most recently configured collections:

1. Crossway John Piper Collection

Featuring Piper’s theological works on justification and his pastoral wisdom on suffering, prayer, and perseverance, this collection from Crossway (now 39 volumes) helps pastors meet the church’s theological and doctrinal needs. Complete your collection with a special introductory discount: use coupon code PIPERCRSWAY to get 15% off until June 25!

2. Works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the pastor, professor, and martyr, proved to be one of the twentieth century’s leading theologians: his teachings on discipleship and ecumenism still dominate theological discussion today. This collection—now complete with volume 14—provides a comprehensive translation of his life’s writings, from his personal letters to his doctrinal dissertation to extensive coverage of his defiance of Nazi doctrine. No other work covers so much: you’ll get over 8,000 pages, most of them written by Bonhoeffer himself.

crossways-ji-packer-collection3. Crossway J.I. Packer Collection

This recently expanded collection gives you both timeless theology and practical wisdom for everyday life and ministry. For just $10 per book, you’ll get some of Packer’s most recent works—Keeping the Ten Commandments, Weakness Is the Way: Life with Christ Our Strength, Affirming the Apostles’ Creed, and more.

4. William Mitchell Ramsay Collection

W.M. Ramsay, an atheist, set out to Asia Minor to demonstrate the implausibility of the New Testament. He ended up affirming its historical integrity. This expanded 24-volume collection gives you a fascinating window into the Holy Land, unearths valuable proofs of the testimonies of Luke and Paul, and follows Ramsay’s journey from atheism to faith.

5. Baker Millard J. Erickson Collection

A leader in contemporary theology, Millard J. Erickson provides tightly argued theological teachings. Along with the latest edition of Christian Theology, this collection (now expanded to eight volumes) contains his contemporary theological books on the Godhead, eschatology, and postmodernism. You’ll see how theology is shifting during the present generation, and you’ll get a solid backdrop of core Christian teaching with which to analyze current theological trends.

 
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Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Machen’s Ordination with Discounts on His Works

J.G.MachenToday is the 100th anniversary of J. Gresham Machen’s ordination. To celebrate, you can use coupon code MACHEN2014 to get 33% off the J. Gresham Machen Collection!

Who was J. Gresham Machen?

John Gresham Machen (July 28, 1881–January 1, 1937) was a professor of New Testament at Princeton Seminary from 1915 to 1929. After arguing against the emerging modernist theology at Princeton, Machen became one of the principal founders of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, where he taught until his death. Machen is considered the last of the great Princeton Theologians (after Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, A.A. Hodge, and B.B. Warfield), and his works reflect their tradition of conservative Calvinist orthodoxy.

Machen’s influence can be felt today through the existence of the institutions he founded—Westminster Theological Seminary and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. In addition, his textbook on basic New Testament Greek is still used in many seminaries, including schools in the Presbyterian Church USA.

Get 33% off a selection of his works

2014Machen_Promo_Blog400x400To celebrate, through July 7, we’re giving you 33% off the J. Gresham Machen Collection! Just use coupon code MACHEN2014 to get your discount.

These seven volumes reflect Machen’s Calvinist views and reveal the depth and complexity of his thought. You’ll get 20 of his most influential sermons: What Is Faith, Christianity and Liberalism, The Origin of Paul’s Religion, and others. Throughout these resources, Machen illuminates the Bible’s teachings on the foundational tenets of the Christian faith.

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Logos 5: Displaying Strong’s Numbers

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.

In a recent Camp Logos, I was explaining how to do word studies with lemmas and Louw-Nida numbers. During a break, a participant pulled me aside to ask this question:

I see the value of what you’re teaching, but I cut my teeth on Strong’s numbers. Are these numbers still available in Logos, and if so, what’s the best way to see them?

If you, too, are fond of Strong’s numbers, I have good news for you: those numbers are indeed present in Logos, and they’re easily accessible!

  • Open a Bible containing the reverse-interlinear option, such as the Lexham English Bible.
  • Navigate to a passage (A).
  • Click the Display link on the Bible’s toolbar (B).

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  • Check the Inline, Surface, and Strong’s Numbers boxes (C).

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  • Notice that the Strong’s numbers are placed underneath the biblical words (D).
  • Click a Strong’s number to open your highest-prioritized dictionary containing an article for that number! (E)

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If you enjoy working with Strong’s numbers, pick up Logos Bible Software Training vol. 2, which contains an entire chapter devoted to Strong’s numbering system.

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at William Varner’s Commentary on James

WilliamVarnerToday’s guest post is from Willam Varner, author of the volume on James in the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary. For the last 18 years, Varner has been a professor at The Master’s College and a pastor at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA.

The origins of the volume

In 2008, I was invited by Stanley Porter to write a commentary on James from the perspective of discourse analysis. The project fell through, but when I finished writing, a small publisher named Kress Publications picked it up. It was a 200-page linguistic commentary that identified the peak of the book (3:13–18) and used the bipolar description of wisdom (as either from above or from below) as the book’s metatheme, conveyed by each individual paragraph.

Building on my work in that smaller commentary, I wrote the much larger EEC commentary along traditional exegetical lines.

James: passage by passage

james-evangelical-exegetical-commentaryWhat’s unique about the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary is how each commentary is structured. In my own commentary, the analysis of each pericope follows the same steps. First I present the Greek text from the NA28, taking careful note of every textual variant. Next, I offer a translation and observe how 12 different English versions, from Tyndale through the NIV11, handle the translations. Then I interpret each verse phrase by phrase, trying to interact with what other commentators have said. After that, I offer a sentence-flow analysis of the pericope, something that many commentators omit in their effort to only discuss individual words.

Having analyzed the passage from the inside out, I look at the larger biblical-theological issues in the passage and, in a separate section, draw out the practical life issues and suggest one or two homiletical outlines as sermon ideas. The final section is a bibliography of journal articles for interested readers—they go deeper into some of the passage’s most interesting issues.

As you can see, I try to leave no leaf unturned—that’s probably why the commentary is nearly 650 pages long! I think the greatest compliment I’ve received on the book was when Scot McKnight wrote that “if you have Varner’s commentary you probably won’t need another one.” Even recognizing his overstatement, I think he was saying that I have tried to offer all that can be said about each pericope of James.

I would be profoundly grateful if the commentary could be useful to scholars, students, and pastors.

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Check out the new print edition of Willam Varner’s James: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary today, and—for the best deal—pick up the entire Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series!