Free Book: Horatius Bonar’s How Shall I Go to God?

how-shall-i-go-to-godAll December long, get Horatius Bonar’s How Shall I Go to God—free!

“In religion faith does not spring out of feeling, but feeling out of faith. The less we feel the more we should trust. We cannot feel right till we have believed.”
—Horatius Bonar

Who was Horatius Bonar?

Horatius Bonar (1808–1889) was a renowned author who came from a long line of ministers in the Church of Scotland. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1838, Bonar was ordained and became pastor of the North Parish, Kelso, where he remained for 28 years. He joined the Free Church of Scotland after “the Great Disruption” of 1843, and in 1853 he earned a doctor of divinity from the University of Aberdeen. In 1867, he took over ministry duties at Chalmers Memorial Church in Edinburgh, and in 1883 he was elected moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

A prolific author and “the Prince of Scottish hymn writers,” he wrote and edited numerous books, biographies, articles, poems, and tracts, plus over 600 hymns, including:

  • “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”
  • “Blessing and Honour and Glory and Power”
  • “Thy Way, Not Mine, O Lord”

In “How Shall I Go to God?” Bonar explores happiness, hope, prayer, death, and more. Bonar offers unique and interesting perspectives on life’s oldest questions.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page to download Bonar’s How Shall I Go to God. Then enter to win the 47 vol. Life and Works of Horatius Bonar before the end of December!

Last Chance: Don’t Miss Out on Black Friday Discounts!

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These special Black Friday offers have expired!

Today is your last day to save on our Black Friday specials! If you haven’t picked up any Black Friday deals yet, now’s the time to do so.

We took your most wished-for products and put them on sale for four days only. Here are a few of the most popular products:

Biblical Counseling Collection 

Regularly $299.95—$199.95 with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013

These 30 volumes are an amazing compilation of Christian counseling resources. The Biblical Counseling Collection features some of Jay E. Adams’ outstanding counseling titles, including The Christian Counselor’s ManualCompetent to Counsel, and A Theology of Christian Counseling. It includes works from 21 different authors, including Steve Farrar, Elizabeth George, Jerry Bridges, and Lou Priolo.

hebrew-and-aramaic-lexicon-of-the-old-testamentHebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT) 

Regularly $159—$119.95 with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013

Koehler, Baumgartner, and Stamm’s Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT) is widely recognized as the standard modern dictionary for biblical Hebrew. Combining scholarly thoroughness with easy accessibility, this dictionary meets the needs of a wide range of users.

Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible

Regularly $49.95—$35.95 with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013

The Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible is a groundbreaking reference tool that, first, seeks to marry the tasks of exegesis and theology with the goal of theological interpretation of Scripture. Second, it aims to provide a guide to understanding various interpretative approaches, and a tool for evaluating them in light of this goal.

the-bible-speaks-today-new-testamentThe Bible Speaks Today: New Testament

Regularly $99.95—$69.95 with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013

The Bible Speaks Today Series has been widely acclaimed for its combination of scholarship and application. Now, its bestselling New Testament volumes are available in electronic form. All who preach and teach the Word of God, or who want to study it earnestly, will benefit from these outstanding studies.

These aren’t the only products on sale! Check out all our Black Friday specials, and use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013 to get your savings.

Create Custom Notifications on Logos.com

We’re adding new products to Logos.com every day. If you subscribe to the blog and a handful of email lists, you’ll probably hear about most of them. But we know that “probably” isn’t good enough—you want to be sure. Luckily, Logos.com has custom RSS feeds. Use them to set personal alerts for the products and product types you care about most.

Start at Logos.com/Products/Search. In the sidebar on the left, you’ll find 13 different ways to segment your library (a), such as topic, resource type, author, genre, and more. In the header, you’ll see a dropdown menu that invites you to sort your search results by seven different criteria (b), like price, title, and popularity.

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Using these two features, you can access RSS feeds for the specific product types you care about. Here are some example alerts you could create:

Once you’ve created the search for which you’d like a custom alert, right-click the RSS icon in the header and copy the link’s address.

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Paste the address into your RSS reader of choice—whenever we add a new product that fits your search parameters, you’ll be among the first to know.

What alerts have you set? Let us know in comments.

Why I Love Working at Logos: Evan Washkow

Evan WashkowIt’s not just the environment that makes a great workplace; it’s also the people.

Logos is not so much an employer as it is a collector of talented people who love what they do. To me, that’s the most exciting and important thing about working at Logos. Every day, I’m excited to go to work—to hang out with my work buddies, learn new coding techniques, crunch out some amazing web pages, and sometimes even play in a Super Mario Smash Brothers competition.

No drama, no mystery

I think the best thing about Logos’ core values is that there’s no drama, no mystery, no “Oh, what’s so-and-so thinking?” going on in the back of my mind. Everyone is open and honest. Because of that knowledge, I can go confidently from task to task, be myself, ask questions, and even have the freedom to push back on projects that “aren’t quite right.” Most of all, I appreciate the honest feedback that helps me grow as an individual.

In fact, this open and honest atmosphere helps everyone grow together, as a team. Each of us has their own strengths and weaknesses. When we’re open about them, we realize who we are, who we’re not, and also who our teammates are and are not. With this understanding, we get things done quickly by deferring to those who know more than us, and those more experienced individuals take the time to help us grow. Admitting that “I don’t know” is the first step to knowledge; the second is knowing how to find the answers. The atmosphere at Logos helps me to do just that, and as a result, I’m constantly growing and learning.

A fun work environment

Logos is also a fun place to work! Imagine limitless soda, limitless espresso, food-truck stakeouts in the summer, air hockey, ping-pong, Nerf wars, foosball, and gaming tournaments at the office—that’s Logos. We get a lot of work done each day, and we have a blast doing it. All these options (and more) help me work harder, longer, and faster—and help me enjoy my job that much more. They’re just kind of the cherry on top that makes my job feel fun, special, and important.

Logos has done more than just collect talented people. It’s succeeded in creating an atmosphere of growth and community: we’re encouraged to work hard and have fun!

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We’re hiring awesome people. Check out Logos.com/Careers today!

Get $100 Off the Lexham Genesis Collection

Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis CollectionDig deeper into the foundations of your faith, from creation through the lives of the patriarchs, with the Complete Genesis Collection, available now for $299.95—a 25% discount that saves you $100! This collection will only be available through December 2, the end of our Black Friday sale, so grab yours before it’s too late.

This collection includes both volumes of the Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection and the three-volume set of Studies in Faithful Living: Patriarchs Collection, Complete Church Curriculum.

Key features

The Lexham Bible Guides combine the expert curation of a Bible guidebook with the advanced technology of your Logos library. When time is short, you can quickly find what you need to grasp the basics of any passage. And when you have more time, you can turn to this same resource as your guide to in-depth study.

The collection:

  • Provides elegantly organized, comprehensive coverage that’s easy to use
  • Makes difficult and obscure passages accessible for teaching and further study
  • Annotates the differing opinions of top scholars and links you directly to their most relevant passages for further reading

The Studies in Faithful Living: Patriarchs Collection, Complete Church Curriculum enables you to lead your entire church into a deeper study of the lives of the founders of your faith. This all-in-one curriculum offers resources for everyone in your congregation—pastoral staff, worship leaders, small groups, and others who want to continue their studies throughout the week.

  • Discover the relevance of the patriarchs’ lives by sharing how God grew these imperfect men into inspiring leaders of the faith.
  • Help your entire church get connected. Sunday school classes, small groups, worship and media teams, church members—all will enjoy a richer Sunday-morning experience thanks to study and presentation materials integrated into your sermons.
  • Get sermon outlines, small group lesson plans, introductory videos, sermon-outline and discussion-group handouts (available in PDF and Microsoft Word formats), and teaching slideshows (available in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios for PowerPoint, Keynote, and Proclaim) that you can customize to fit your theme and your church.

Forget waiting in line at 4 a.m. to get the best deals of the season. Through December 2, curl up with your laptop and get $100 off the Complete Genesis Collection.

Black Friday Is Here—Take Advantage of Our 4-Day-Only Discounts!

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You’ve made your wish list, and you’ve been waiting eagerly to see the most popular items. Now the 2013 Black Friday sale is here! Use coupon code BlackFriday2013 to get big discounts on some of this year’s most wished-for Black Friday resources. Here are five standouts:

Tyndale Commentaries

Regularly $224.95—use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013 to get it for $189.95

For just a few days, you can take 15% off this trusted resource—the most wished-for product of all. This 49-volume commentary explains the whole of Scripture. Following a structural analysis, it takes each book section by section, drawing out the main themes and commenting on individual verses and problems of interpretation. 

commentary-on-the-new-testament-use-of-the-old-testamentCommentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

Regularly $53.95—use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013 to get it for $24.95

Take over 50% off this valuable product! Written by renowned theologians and professors G. K. Beale and D.A. Carson, this commentary fleshes out the NT allusions and quotes that correlate with the OT. Don’t miss your opportunity to get it for less than half the regular price.

International Critical Commentary

Regularly $1,750—use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013 to get it for $1,249.95

Get up to $500 off this 53-volume series, worth over $2,800 in print. This comprehensive, scholarly commentary set brings together all the relevant aids to exegesis: linguistic and textual, archaeological, historical, literary, and theological.

international-standard-bible-encyclopediaInternational Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Regularly $129.95—use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013 to get it for $99.95

A vital tool for any biblical scholar, this four-volume collection—winner of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Gold Medallion Award for Bible study / theology (1980) and the Gold Medallion Award for a reference work (1983, 1987)—includes 3,500-plus cross-references. Right now, you can add it to your Logos library for over 20% off.

John Piper Collection

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Piper covers topics applicable to readers of all ages in this 24-volume series—grace, anxiety, perseverance, personal struggle, and more. These books are filled with messages of encouragement and love. Get the John Piper Collection now for 25% off!

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Want to see the rest of this year’s Black Friday deals? Check out all your options.

These deals expire Monday, December 2, so act fast! Use code BLACKFRIDAY2013 at checkout to receive your discounts.

10 Humbling Quotes on Thankfulness

Thankfulness QuotesThanksgiving is a time to get together with our closest friends and family, reflect on our blessings, and enjoy conversation over a delicious communal meal. It’s a time to thank God for every little thing he’s given us—and, hopefully, a time to remember how important it is to be thankful year-round.

Here are 10 quotes that remind us of the importance of giving thanks:

1. “If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to all happiness and all perfection, he must tell you to make a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you.” —William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

2. “The Christian’s life should be one of thankfulness to God.” —Charles Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, vol. 5

3. “We do not always know what is right. It is not always clear whether or not we should move. What we should say is not known in every situation. But there is one word which should never be far from our lips. It is ‘thanks’ (1 Thess. 5:18).” —Wayne Detzler, Living Words in Philippians

4. “Gratitude has a big job to do in us and our hearts. It is one of the chief ways that God infuses joy and resilience into the daily struggle of life.” —Nancy Leigh DeMoss, The Quiet Place

5. “It’s hard to give thanks for the consequences of evil. Gratitude in bad circumstances goes counter to our natural inclinations. But we are told to give thanks under every circumstance of life (Eph. 5:20).” —Al Detter, Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook

6. “The verbal utterances concerning Thanksgiving Day are mostly focused on visiting friends and loved ones, and of course, eating a bountiful turkey dinner. Yet without the biblical precedent of God’s people giving thanks, along with the example of the Pilgrims, we would not have this noteworthy holiday.” —Alvin J. Schmidt, How Christianity Changed the World

7. “Truly, we have much to thank God for, but if we would be thankful, we must set our hearts to do it with a will. We grumble and complain without thought, but we must think to give thanks.” —Samuel Logan Brengle, Take Time to be Holy

8. “Don’t complain when you’re in bad circumstances; cultivate a heart of thankfulness instead. If you’re not a thankful person, it’s because you think you deserve better circumstances than those you currently have. But if you got what you deserved, you’d be in hell. That goes for all of us. So be thankful for whatever God gives you. That will take all the sourness out of your life.” —John MacArthur, The Master’s Plan for the Church

9. “Thanklessness is a terrible disregard of God’s goodness.” —Lynn Garder, What the Bible Says about Suffering

10. “As we walk by the seashore, gaze in wonder at the stars, or smell the fragrance of a flower, we are to sense God speaking to us through His creation. And, seeing Him, we are to worship and give thanks.” —Larry Richards, The 365-Day Devotional Commentary

Spend today thanking God, but don’t let it stop there. Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday; it’s an ongoing state of praise and thankfulness for the many blessings in our lives.

Study the Old Testament with Logos Mobile Education

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Earlier this year, the era of Logos Mobile Education began with the Pre-Pub release of the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle. Mobile Ed brings the professors, the library, the visual demonstrations of software features, and the online classroom community directly to you—on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. It’s education where you are.

The Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle includes nine courses, several of which acquaint you with how the Bible presents a strategic, epic story in an intelligent, deliberate way. One of these courses is OT101: Introducing Old Testament; Its Structure and Story.

What will I learn in OT101?

OT101 traces the epic history of God’s activity with humanity through his people, Israel, by focusing on the major themes of those Old Testament books that narrate Israel’s history from the call of the patriarch Abraham through the return from exile. Genesis through 2 Kings, 1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah were originally written to capture this history and tell the theological story behind the events. The content of OT101 is not verse-by-verse exposition, but instead the important topics and threads that run throughout Israel’s story, showing how each book contributes to the Old Testament’s presentation of God’s plan to establish a people and kingdom.

Scholars divide this biblical history and its literary presentation into two sections: the Primary History (Genesis through 2 Kings, minus Ruth) and the Chronicler’s History (1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah). Consequently, OT101 proceeds as follows:

I. Understanding Narrative Structures

II. The Primary History

  • The Concept
  • Genesis: Blessing for the Nations
  • Exodus: Rescue and Relationship
  • Leviticus: Holiness
  • Numbers: Human Failings and Divine Faithfulness
  • Deuteronomy: Loyalty and Love
  • Joshua: Inheriting the Promise
  • Judges: The Need for a King
  • Samuel: The Rise of the Kingdom
  • Kings: The Demise of the Kingdom

III. The Chronicler’s History

  • The Concept
  • Chronicles: Experiencing Restoration
  • Ezra/Nehemiah: Building God’s House

Take the next step—or get started—on your journey to greater biblical and theological knowledge today with the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle.

Last Chance to Get Introductory Discounts on NIC Volumes and Collections!

NICOTUntil recently, individual volumes in the New International Commentary have only been available together. But now, having teamed up with Eerdmans Publishingwe’ve started offering these commentaries as standalone collections and individual titles!

The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT) and the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) bridge the cultural gap between today’s world and the Bible’s. Each volume aims to help us hear God’s Word as clearly as possible.

Get NIC volumes and collections before the price goes up

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The NICOT/NICNT is one of the most respected commentary sets in the world. Many of its volumes have become classics in their own right, and they’re all on sale until December 2:

The Historical Books CollectionsWe also have several new collections available on Pre-Pub. These topical collections are a great way to save on individual volumes without purchasing the entire NICOT/NICNT set.

Don’t miss out on these introductory prices! To get the maximum savings, pre-order your NIC volumes and collections before December 2.

Take It from the Church Fathers: You Should Read Plato

Christianity is the West’s most important worldview. Plato was the West’s most important philosopher. But the two have far more in common than just importance—in fact, Plato helped set the intellectual stage for the early church.

Dean Inge, the famous professor of divinity, writes that:

Platonism is part of the vital structure of Christian theology . . . . [If people would read Plotinus, who worked to reconcile Platonism with Scripture,] they would understand better the real continuity between the old culture and the new religion, and they might realize the utter impossibility of excising Platonism from Christianity without tearing Christianity to pieces. The Galilean Gospel, as it proceeded from the lips of Jesus, was doubtless unaffected by Greek philosophy . . . . But [early Christianity] from its very beginning was formed by a confluence of Jewish and Hellenic religious ideas.” (Emphasis added)

the-works-of-platoIf you’re interested in Christianity’s origins, there are some very good reasons to be interested in Platonism:

  • Plato understood the self as divided between body and soul, with the soul more closely related to goodness and truth; this made Christianity’s later soul-body division easier to understand. (Some early Christians, like Justin Martyr, even regarded the Platonists as unknowing proto-Christians, though this conclusion was later rejected.)
  • Plato’s theory of forms prefigured the Christian understanding of heaven as a perfect world, of which the physical realm is a mere imitation.
  • Both worldviews assume the existence of absolute truth and unchanging reality; again, Plato’s thought helped prepare people for Christianity.
  • Augustine, at the end of a line of influence that began with Plato and passed through Plotinus, understood logic and reasoning—disciplines concerned with absolute truth—as important complements, not enemies, of faith. That faith-reason partnership would characterize Christianity through at least Kierkegaard. (Francis Schaeffer argues that the early existentialist brought modernity past the “line of despair” by conceiving of Christianity as accessible only through a leap of faith, beyond reasoning.)

This idea—Plato as important precursor to Christianity—is far from new.

Let’s look at a few other thinkers who’ve found Plato important:

Augustine

“The utterance of Plato, the most pure and bright in all philosophy, scattering the clouds of error . . .”

“I found that whatever truth I had read [in the Platonists] was [in the writings of Paul] combined with the exaltation of thy grace.”

Eusebius of Caesarea

“[Plato is] the only Greek who has attained the porch of (Christian) truth.”

Clement of Alexandria

“. . . before the advent of the Lord, philosophy was necessary to the Greeks for righteousness. And now it becomes conducive to piety; being a kind of preparatory training to those who attain to faith . . . . For God is the cause of all good things, but of some primarily, as of the Old and New Testaments; and of others by consequence, as philosophy. Perchance, too, philosophy was given to the Greeks directly and primarily . . . . For [philosophy] was a schoolmaster to bring ‘the Hellenic mind . . . to Christ.’ Philosophy, therefore, was a preparation, paving the way for him who is perfected in Christ.” (Emphasis added)

To Dean Inge and to the early Church Fathers, readers of Plato, let’s add one more name—C. S. Lewis, who writes:

“. . . if the average student wants to find out something about Platonism, the very last thing he thinks of doing is to take a translation of Plato off the shelf and read the Symposium. He would rather read some dreary modern book ten times as long, all about ‘isms’ and influences and only once in twelve pages telling him what Plato actually said. . . . The student . . . . feels himself inadequate and thinks he will not understand him. But if he only knew [that] the great man, just because of his greatness, is much more intelligible than his modern commentator.”

So, in the spirit of Lewis, let’s not comment on Plato any further. Take Lewis’ advice: go read the legendary thinker for yourself. Right now, the Works of Plato collection is on Community Pricing for $30—83% off!—which is an astonishing value for such influential texts, now in their most useful format ever.

Join Augustine, Eusebius of Caesarea, Clement of Alexandria, and C. S. Lewis.
Know your faith’s Platonic influences.
Bid on the Works of Plato collection before it leaves Community Pricing.

 
Then keep reading—what does math have to do with philosophy and culture?