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

Regularly $199.95—use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013 to get it for $149.95

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?

Last Chance to Get Introductory Pricing on Eerdmans Pre-Pubs!

This week’s your last chance to save on new Pre-Pubs from Eerdmans PublishingCome December 2, all Eerdmans Pre-Pub prices are going up! Like all Pre-Pubs, these titles won’t go up to full price until they ship—but the super-low introductory prices are going away for good.

You’ll get the greatest savings with the 309-volume Eerdmans Bible Reference Bundle. Add this gigantic collection to your library before December 2 and you’ll get over $500 off the regular Pre-Pub price. (Compared to the final price, that’s a full $1,000 off!)

Don’t miss individual Eerdmans collections

If you’re not in the market for an expansive collection like the Eerdmans Bible Reference Bundle, you can pick up these books as smaller collections or titles. And yes—these standalone resources are available for introductory Pre-Pub pricing until December 2, too!

Looking for some good New Testament studies? Check out these bundles:

Eerdmans Gospel Studies Collection (19 vols.)

This 19-volume collection puts the Gospels under the microscope. You’ll get:

You’ll save over $30 by pre-ordering this collection before December 2.

Eerdmans Pauline Studies Collection (15 vols.)

Paul has long been steeped in interest and controversy. If you’re looking for deep academic study on this important NT figure, you can’t go wrong with Eerdmans’ Pauline Studies Collection.

Scholars like Douglas A. Campbell, Michael J. Gorman, and Stephen Westerholm contribute accessible but academic-level looks at Pauline theology, Paul’s inclusion in the canon, anti-Judaism in Galatians, Paul’s views on leadership, and more.

And if you pre-order before December 2, you’ll take nearly $25 more off this important collection. Order yours today.

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Save now on these amazing Eerdmans collections and titles, or save over $500 when you invest in the enormous 309-volume Eerdmans Bible Reference Bundle before December 2! And don’t forget: you can even use an interest-free payment plan to spread out your payments for up to 12 months.

If you think you’ll be interested in these titles in the future, you owe it to yourself to pick them up at the lowest price possible.

Pre-order Eerdmans titles before Monday, December 2, and save!

Shining a Light on God’s Glory

the-glory-of-god-a-biblical-theologyToday’s guest post is from Philippe Paul-Luc Viguier, author of The Glory of God: A Biblical Theology and college pastor at Lake Hills Community Church in Castaic, California.

Can God’s glory be understood?

God’s glory is without doubt one of the most important concepts in the Bible. From creation to new creation, it saturates the pages of both testaments. Glory language is also commonly used in Jewish and Christian theological and devotional discussions.

The Glory of God: A Biblical Theology shows that God’s glory is not a distant, confusing, and esoteric reality; it is approachable, knowable, and applicable, especially through the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Studying God’s glory

This book provides a biblical theology of glory, beginning with a study of key biblical terms. It first looks at the main synonyms of “glory” in Hebrew; then it goes on to examine kabod, the main term used for God’s glory in the Old Testament, and doxa, the principal term used in the New Testament. Following the study of biblical terms, it turns to the extrabiblical definition of Shekinah, which proves to be an unfitting synonym for kabod.

The book then addresses two of Scripture’s most comprehensive passages in relation to glory: Exodus 33:12–34:35 and John 1:1–18. These chapters draw on eight aspects of glory: God’s kingly glory, God’s beaming glory, God’s essential glory, God’s revelatory glory, God’s praiseworthy glory, God’s messianic glory, God’s participatory glory, and God’s eschatological glory.

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This book is ideal for anyone who wants to know more about what glory means in the Bible—and what it means for believers today. Pre-order it now and get the special Pre-Pub price!

Logos 5: Instant Concordance

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.

With the recent release of Logos 5.2 comes a new feature that provides, in essence, an “instant concordance” for any Bible or other book in your library! Try this:

  • Click the Library icon.
  • Right-click the title of any resource (A).
  • Select Search this resource (B).

  • Notice that the search panel opens with the appropriate search type (Basic or Bible) already selected (C), as well as the resource set to be searched (D).

  • Type your desired query in the Find box, such as redemption or “love of God” (E).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results (F).

When you just want to search one specific resource, this trick provides instant access!

Please note: if this feature isn’t available to you, type update now in the Command box and press the Enter key to launch your free update to Logos 5.2.

 

A Place for Hope: An Interview with Dr. Gregory Jantz (Part 2)

Dr Gregory JantzRecently, Logos had the opportunity to speak with author Dr. Gregory Jantz, founder of A Place for Hope, a treatment center in Seattle for individuals struggling with addiction, depression, trauma, and other life challenges. This is the second part of a two-part interview—if you missed part one, catch up here.

Dr. Jantz, we currently have eight of your books in the Logos format, including Controlling Your Anger Before It Controls You. What can you tell us about anger? Is anger healthy or unhealthy to feel and express?

While planning this book, I realized I could exchange the word “anger” with the word “hurt.” Many times, we feel hurt and don’t know what to do with it, so it turns into anger. This book explains how to address our hurt before it becomes anger. Otherwise, the next stage is resentment, then bitterness. It creates an embittered spirit within us without our even realizing what’s occurring. [This embittered spirit] then leads to other issues, such as depression and addiction.

According to your book Healthy Habits, Happy Kids, how has culture affected interactions within families?

Culture has changed the act of sitting down to have a meal together, and that has nutritional consequences. Now we’re accustomed to this instant, fast-food culture, and even when families do sit down at the dinner table, it’s condensed because everyone is used to going so fast. Conversation is short because phones are out and texting goes on at the dinner table—that’s a problem.

You have two books that go together, Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Your Anger and Battles Men Face: Strategies to Win the War Within. What are the differences between men and women when it comes to dealing with internal struggles?

Women have a stronger tendency to internalize hurt and anger. Once internalized, that hurt and anger are transformed into something else. It may be depression; it may be an eating disorder. Men often deal with their anger more outwardly, perhaps through sports or some physical way of acting out.

In your book How to De-stress Your Life, what sources and solutions do you identify?

People become stressed, but they keep going and going. Then they become burned out, stop sleeping well, stop eating nutritiously, and yet still keep going. The final stage of stress hits, which is whole emotional exhaustion. This is the man in my office saying, “Dr. Jantz, it takes energy just to breathe.” The solution to this is to start administering self-care.

What does that self-care look like?

It’s dealing with the three deadly emotions: anger, fear, and guilt. A person who’s emotionally healthy knows not only how to manage those three, but also how to bring about a healthy response. They don’t injure themselves or others when they’re angry; they go to their faith when fear arises.

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All these titles are available in the Gregory Jantz Collection, currently on Pre-Pub for 25% off. Get yours before prices go up!