Spring into Scripture with Bible Study Magazine

BSM may juneSpring is a great time to dig into Scripture—and Bible Study Magazine is here to help.

Maybe you haven’t kept up with a New Year’s resolution to spend more time in the Word. Maybe you’ve been meaning to study more, but waiting for life to get less busy. You have the desire—and the ability—to know the Bible better, but you just can’t find the time. So what if you seized the opportunities you do have and started your day with spiritually rich, biblically insightful articles? You can do exactly that with a subscription to Bible Study Magazine. One BSM subscriber says, “I read these cover to cover. Outstanding information and inspiration.”

For only $19.95, you can have a year’s worth of insightful issues delivered right to your door. Here’s a peek at our May–June issue, featuring Kevin DeYoung:

  • “A Synagogue from Jesus’ Time” uses evidence from the recent archaeological find at Magdala to challenge our preconceived notions about synagogues. A unique infographic demonstrates how the synagogue’s structure and features shape our understanding of Gospel accounts.
  • Dr. Riad Kassis talks about advancing the Gospel in Lebanon and beyond with theological training that interprets Scripture in light of its context.
  • “4 Gospels, 4 Perspectives” emphasizes the distinct narrative approaches, literary techniques, and individual concerns of each Gospel writer. A helpful infographic complements the article, so you can keep track of the distinctions.

Bible Study Magazine is a great way to learn, grow, and get into the Word. If you want to fill your spring with spiritual wisdom, look no further. Subscribe today for just $19.95—that’s over 30% off the cover price!

One Week Left: Get up to 75% Off Logos March Madness Titles!

March Madness Last WeekYou only have one week left to save during Logos March Madness! Don’t wait—this year’s sale ends Wednesday, April 16.

Now’s the time to build your library at the best price: you can get up to 75% off select works by all 64 authors. See all the deals now.

This year’s top two authors: Carson and Lloyd-Jones

D.A. Carson was crowned this year’s champion, and for just one more week, some of his most popular works are discounted by 75%! You can save on Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to John, Exegetical Fallacies, The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism, and more. See all of Carson’s works on sale.

This year’s runner-up, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is one of our best-selling authors, and for the next week, select titles by Lloyd-Jones are a full 60% off! For less than $10, you can pick up Courageous Christianity, Glorious Christianity, Authentic Christianity, and other top works. See all of Lloyd-Jones’ works on sale.

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Until Wednesday, April 16, you can get special savings on select works from every other Logos March Madness author:

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How Do You Use Logos: Jeffrey Kranz

Overview BibleWe’re kicking off a new series about the many interesting ways people are using Logos 5. If Logos is an important part of what you do and create, we’d love to hear about it!

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In this first installment, we’re talking with Jeffrey Kranz, a former Logos employee whose Overview Bible Project is a labor of love for opening Scripture to those who may not be overly familiar with it.  I got together with Jeffrey and asked how Logos 5 is helping him in his efforts.

Tell us a little bit about OverviewBible.com. Where did the idea come from?

I started OverviewBible.com to help more people get the gist of every book of the Bible. I also post Bible study tips, infographics, and the like. The idea came after I noticed four things:

  1. When pastors preach through a book of the Bible, it takes a while. Congregants can forget what the book is all about because the focus is on smaller passages. I figured there had to be a way to get each book’s overall theme stuck in people’s heads.
  2. Bible dictionaries and handbooks give plenty of information on the individual books of the Bible, but I wanted to make something that gave people the big idea in three minutes or less.
  3. From time to time, friends would stop me in conversation and ask, “Wait—what’s that book of the Bible about again?” I figured they weren’t the only ones wondering what Habakkuk is about.
  4. We all know the Bible is important, and most of us wish we knew it better. I want to show off how interesting the individual books are so that others get curious enough to explore the Word for themselves.

How long have you been a Logos user?

Technically, I played with it on my parents’ computer a few times back in the Libronix days. I wised up and got my own Logos account in 2011, but really got hooked when Logos 5 came out in 2012. The more familiar I got with Logos, the more time I wanted to spend in it. Now I use the desktop and mobile apps nearly every day.

How do you use Logos 5 with OverviewBible.com?

How could I not use Logos 5 with OverviewBible.com? I do almost all my research in the software. When I was writing overviews on every book of the Bible, I had a method:

  • I’d read the book of the Bible in one sitting with Logos’ Bible app for iPad. I’d split the screen so I could read the Bible on the left and take notes on the right.
  • Because those notes are synced across my apps, I would open them in Logos 5 on my PC later. Then I’d dig into the original languages, consult commentaries and Bible dictionaries, and run lots and lots of morph searches.
  • Finally, I’d write my overview in WordPress. (By the way, OverviewBible.com is set up with Reftagger, so readers can just hover over a Scripture reference to see what that verse says.)

I’ve written text overviews of every book of the Bible, but 2014 has an even bigger project in store: infographics on every book. I’m doing the groundwork in Logos 5 now.

In short, there’s no way I’d take on this kind of project without Logos. It gives me a level of insight that otherwise I just wouldn’t have. A word of warning, though: if you’re a curious person, you can easily spend all day in Logos—it’s life-changing and addictive.

Which Logos 5 feature do you use most?

I think the morph search is the biggest time saver. I really enjoy being able to right-click any Greek or Hebrew word and generate a report on every place the Bible (or a specific set of passages) uses that word. Graphing out the results is fun, too. For example, I used this tool to find “the bossiest book of the Bible.”

Any books you’d particularly recommend?

I really enjoy Zodhiates’ original-language dictionaries for looking up Greek and Hebrew words. I also enjoy Bible dictionaries: I read Anchor Yale, the Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, and your own Lexham Bible Dictionary when I’m studying . . . and in my spare time.

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Logos 5 will revolutionize your study

If you’re not using Logos 5  yet, you won’t believe the deep study you’re missing. Check it out now, and see which base package is right for you!

Are you using Logos for a special project or labor of love? Head to the forums and tell us all about it. We just might feature it here!

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Pre-order the Missions and Church Planting Bundle for 40% Off!

Logos_MobileEd_Bundle_CourseImageLogos Mobile Education’s four-course Missions and Church Planting Bundle is now available on Pre-Pub! Pre-order it today, and get ready to learn about the mission God has for his people.

In Genesis 12:2–3, God tells Abram:

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Michael Goheen states that this is God’s “blueprint for the entirety of redemptive history.” It’s a two-part plan, though, in which God first blesses his chosen people and then blesses all the nations through his people. We live in the second stage, and, as God’s people, we ought to feel the burden of carrying the blessing of the gospel to the ends of the earth (Matt 28:18–20).

The Joshua Group estimates that there are 7.1 billion people in the world today, and that 2.91 billion of them live in unreached people groups with little to no access to the gospel. We’re surrounded by those who have yet to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. From Memphis to Mogadishu, we have work to do!

Equip yourself for ministry

Whether it’s through prayer, financial support, or packing our bags and going, we should all be playing a part in bringing the gospel to the lost. But where to start, and how we get equipped?

Enter Logos Mobile Education.

The Logos Mobile Education: Missions and Church Planting Bundle gives you the training you need. These are courses you can take on your time, wherever you are—right within Logos. Through personal video lessons and their expertise with missions and church planting, Michael Goheen, Tim Sisk, and Don Fanning walk you through the important issues.

You’ll gain:

  • A biblical theology of world religions
  • A framework for engaging other worldviews and cultures
  • An understanding of the history of missions
  • Clarity on the current issues in missions today
  • A vision for church planting as participation in the Great Commission

In addition to the video lessons, you’ll get enriched transcripts that integrate into your Logos library, as well as C. Gordon Olson and Don Fanning’s helpful What in the World Is God Doing? The Essentials of Global Missions.

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Logos 5: Locate Noun/Verb Combinations

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.

This question was recently submitted through our website:

I want to search for the combination of the word “spirit” and all the verbs used with that noun. How can I search for noun/verb combinations?

There are actually several ways to locate this information, but for now I want to emphasize a section in the Bible Word Study guide:

  • Choose Guides | Bible Word Study.
  • Type this in the word box: g:pneuma (A).
  • From the dropdown list, select the Greek word with the glossary breath; spirit (B).
  • If the report doesn’t generate on its own, press Enter to build it.

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  • Navigate to the section called Grammatical Relationships. (Please note: this section doesn’t appear in the Starter base package.) (C)
  • Notice the subsection Subject of…, which lists all the verbs in the NT associated with this Greek word! (D)

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To execute the same search for the most prominent Hebrew word translated spirit in the OT:

  • Type this in the Word box: h:ruah (E).
  • From the dropdown list, select the Hebrew word with the glossary spirit (F).

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  • Notice, again under Grammatical Relationships, the subsection Subject of…, which lists all the OT verbs associated with this Hebrew word (G).

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Target any biblical word to discover its original meaning—get Logos 5 today.

40,000 Books in 18 Months: A Crowdsourced Tagging Project

The Logos forums are a wonderful place. There’s always someone ready to answer your questions and help you get the most from your Bible study. Never has this been clearer than in light of the thread “Theology/Denomination Tags,” which has been home to a fascinating crowd-sourced tagging project for the last 18 months.

A forum user suggested that Logos ought to tag all 40,000 resources on Logos.com by denomination, so that people could know each book’s theological tradition at a glance. That sort of tagging represents a tremendous amount of work, and the poster was initially misunderstood by several in the forum community. But he persisted and clarified his vision. Another user pointed out that users already have the tools to create these tags themselves, and suggested that the community take on the project. Slowly, the two of them won over a number of Logos power-users and forum MVPs. Together, over the course of 250+ posts, they did it. Now you can benefit from their work—just join the “Logos Library Theology/Denomination Tags” group on Faithlife.com!

What did they create?

The team made collection rules for every major denomination and theological category they could think of—78, to be exact.

A collection rule is a set of criteria according to which Logos can search your library. For example, I have a custom collection rule for Lexham Press books—”Publisher:Lexham.” It creates a collection for all the Lexham Press books I own; when I buy new ones, they’re added automatically. I can then quickly search my Lexham collection, or even add it to custom guides.

The forum team created a rule like that for every theological group, from the pre-Reformation to the Reformation and everything in between. Many of these rules are very involved—the Puritans rule, for instance, contains 26 authors, one seminary, and one publishing house.

How can I get it?

When the group reached consensus last month, a forum user created an open Faithlife group around the project. You can join it right now, click the Documents tab, and add their work to your Logos library.

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There are two major takeaways here:

First, the Logos forums host a very special digital community. If you’re not involved, you’re missing out. Join the conversation at Community.Logos.com.

Second, Faithlife.com is the glue that holds together the Logos ecosystem. It enables community and collaboration on a remarkable scale. Join the “Theology/Denomination Tags” group, and start benefiting today.

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shepherd press 26 books 99Vyrso has partnered with Shepherd Press to offer you 26 titles for just 99 cents each! For a limited time, you can choose from books by Paul David Tripp, Rick Horne, John Crotts, Tedd Tripp, Dave Harvey, and other top Christian authors. Get all 26 titles right now for just $25.74!

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Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

The things your child does and says flow from the heart. Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child’s heart through life’s challenges and joys.

instructing-a-childs-heartInstructing a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp and Margy Tripp

We need to provide our children with a consistent, persuasive, biblical framework for understanding the world God has made and their place in it. Instructing a Child’s Heart goes hand in hand with Shepherding a Child’s Heart—it helps you not only inform your child, but also persuade them of the wisdom and truthfulness of God’s ways.

When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage by Dave Harvey

Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly heavy luggage. The Bible calls it sin, and understanding its influence can make all the difference for your marriage. With humor and honesty, Harvey speaks about sin and the power of the gospel to overcome it. He opens the delightful truth of God’s Word, and encourages you to see the glorious picture of what God does when sinners say “I do.”

broken-down-house-living-productively-in-a-world-gone-badBroken-Down House: Living Productively in a World Gone Bad by Paul David Tripp

Sin has ravaged the house that God created. This world sits slumped, disheveled, and in pain, groaning for the restoration that can only be accomplished by the hands of the one who built it. How can you be an active part of the restoration at the heart of God’s plan? This book will help you live productively in the here and now.

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Free Book! Moyise’s Jesus and Scripture

JesusAndScriptureApril’s free book is here, and it’s just waiting to help you understand what Jesus said about Scripture, how he used it in his teaching, and how it affected his ministry. Get Jesus and Scripture for free right now!

In this illuminating guide, Steve Moyise analyzes the quotations from, and allusions to, the Old Testament in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, laying out the scriptural palette Jesus drew from. From there, Moyise examines the views of several major scholars—Borg, Crossan, Dunn, France, Kimball, Vermes, and Wright—showing how different reconstructions of Jesus’ Scripture usage can alter your understanding of his historical significance.

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Jesus is the model for how we love, serve, pray, forgive, and live. Jesus and Scripture helps you see how Jesus can teach us to teach. No ministry has had a greater impact on the world than Jesus’. Period. If you’re in ministry (or you just want to make a difference in the world), sit at the feet of Jesus, and discover how Scripture created the framework of his teaching and laid the foundation for his ministry. By wrestling with contemporary scholarship on Jesus’ use of Scripture, Moyise helps you see how shifts in understanding can shape your perception of Jesus’ impact.

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Faithlife TV: Streaming Biblical Content

Faithlife TVLooking for Christian television that features helpful, informative content about the Bible? Look no further than Faithlife TV.

First, you’ll get segments of Logos’ groundbreaking Mobile Ed courses. Enjoy teaching by professors from Calvin Theological Seminary, Wheaton College, Dallas Theological Seminary, and other top schools!

Not only will Faithlife TV give you helpful instruction—you’ll also get a first-hand look at the amazing content available with Mobile Ed.

Second, you’ll get beautiful artwork from Bible Screen (also available on Roku). Experience professionally designed art and animations inspired by your favorite Scripture passages.

Faithlife TV also presents you with studies on Bible characters, as well as book discussions.

Get Faithlife TV for yourself!

You can check out Faithlife TV by watching it in your browser or subscribing to the Faithlife TV Roku channel.

Check it out today, and leave us a review in the Roku store!