Get N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God on Pre-Pub!

paul-and-the-faithfulness-of-godFor more than a decade, N. T. Wright has been considered one of the leading experts on the life and theology of the apostle Paul. His highly anticipated Paul and the Faithfulness of God—widely regarded as his magnum opus—comes out next month, and you can pre-order it now for $40 off.

Trained at Oxford under the late George Caird, Wright has held teaching posts at some of the world’s leading universities. Not only is Professor Wright a New Testament scholar; he’s also deeply involved in the life of the church. From 2003 to 2010, Wright served as the bishop of Durham, considered the third-highest rank in the Anglican Church. In 2010, Wright left the pulpit and returned to the lectern to take up the position of research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

With Paul and the Faithfulness of God, Wright continues his study of Christian Origins and the Question of God. A number of Wright’s earlier books touched on Paul and his theology—Paul: Fresh Perspectives, Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision, commentaries on the Pauline letters in the New Testament for Everyone Series, a major commentary on Romans in the New Interpreter’s Bible, and numerous journal articles. Paul and the Faithfulness of God is considered by most to be Wright’s essential work on Paul—the culmination of a lifetime of study and reflection on the church’s most important theologian and missionary.

If you’re looking to start a serious study on the theology of Paul, you should pre-order Paul and the Faithfulness of God. Not only will you get arguably the most important study on Paul since E. .P. Sander’s watershed Paul and Palestinian Judaism—you’ll also get a gem of a book: Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul 1978–2013, 33 essays on Pauline theology that previously appeared in various journals.

Right now, you can pre-order both of these important works for just $99.95. Paul and the Faithfulness of God will be this generation’s most important work on Pauline theology—don’t miss your chance to own it at the Pre-Pub price!

Get up to $225 off the Works of B. B. Warfield & the Princeton Theologians

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Sometimes we hear it said that ten minutes on your knees will give you a truer, deeper, more operative knowledge of God than ten hours over your books. ‘What!’ is the appropriate response, ‘than ten hours over your books, on your knees?’ Why should you turn from God when you turn to your books, or feel that you must from your books in order to turn to God?
—B. B. Warfield, The Religious Life of Theological Students

B. B. Warfield, the Lion of Princeton, left a legacy of vast theological importance. Born on November 5, 1851, he was the last of the great Princeton Theologians. Now, as we approach the anniversary of his birth, you can take advantage of some amazing offers from Logos.

Use coupon code BBWFIELD at checkout to get your savings. But don’t wait—these deals last only through November 5!

  1. Get up to $137 off the 20 vol. B. B. Warfield Collection. Study the life and thought of the man who defended divine inspiration against liberal theology. This collection includes the 10-volume Works of Benjamin B. Warfield, plus an additional 10 volumes of books, articles, and lectures.
  2. Get more than 50% off Calvin and the Reformation: Four Studies. Evaluate Calvin’s historical and theological impact with Warfield, August Lang, Herman Bavinck, and Émile Mourgue.
  3. Save up to $225 on the 55 vol. Princeton Theology Collection. You’ll get Warfield’s 20-volume collection, plus collections from the other three Princeton theologians: Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, and A. A. Hodge.

Remember, these deals are available only through November 5. Use coupon code BBWFIELD and start studying Warfield today!

3 Days Only: All Pastor Appreciation Month Deals Are Live!

Pastor Appreciation Month

We’ve been building up to this moment all month long: all 21 Pastor Appreciation Month deals are now live! But October’s winding down—you have only three days left to get great deals on the resources pastors need, including a free ebook by John Piper.

Here’s a rundown of this month’s top deals:

Get 15% off a new Logos 5 base package

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With Logos 5, you can save hours of research time and start building more effective sermons. Have writer’s block? Use Logos 5’s Sermon Starter Guide to get your creative juices flowing. Need to know a biblical figure’s family tree? Use Bible Facts to get instant information on people, places, and events. Curious about a biblical word’s Greek or Hebrew roots? With a click, discover its original meaning. Coupled with top theological resources, Logos 5 is the perfect tool for powerful ministry—use coupon code PAM2013 to get it today for 15% off!

Get 50% off the Welwyn Commentary Series (WCS)

Welwyn Commentary Series

Regularly $699.95—get it for $349.97 with coupon code PAM2013

This massive commentary series is designed for pastors who use commentaries for week-to-week preaching. These commentaries offer the best biblical research—works of exegesis, hermeneutics, and history—as well as insights from day-to-day pastoral ministry. From Levitical rituals and symbols to the crying pleas of the Minor Prophets, this series emphasizes Scripture’s relevance today.

Get 25% off the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series: New Testament

Understanding the Bible

Regularly $239.95—get it for $179.96 with coupon code PAM2013

This series offers pastors, students, and laypeople accessible, user-friendly information without sacrificing serious scholarship. Each of the 18 volumes breaks down the barriers between the ancient and the modern world. The contributors tackle interpretation using the full range of critical methodologies and practices, presenting section-by-section exposition, highlighted key terms and phrases, and transliterated Greek words.

Get 25% off the New Testament for Everyone Series (N. T. Wright)New Testament for Everyone

Regularly $179.95—get it for $134.96 with coupon code PAM2013

N. T. Wright provides not only guides to all the books of the New Testament, but also his own fresh translation of the entire text. You’ll get highly readable discussion, background information, useful explanations and interpretations, and reflections on why the text matters today.

There are only three days left to take advantage of Pastor Appreciation Month deals. Save on top pastoral resources before time runs out!

Pre-order These Christian Ethics Collections Before They Ship!

Right now, you can pre-order several Christian ethics collections at up to 40% off! Written and compiled by experts in the field, these works address many of today’s most pressing ethical issues. And they’re about to ship—don’t miss out!

Pre-order these collections today:

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Augsburg Fortress Ethics Collection

Regularly $199.95—Get it for $184.95 on Pre-Pub

Discover the sources and traditions behind today’s ethical principles and norms. The Augsburg Fortress Ethics Collection gives you nine volumes of diverse contemporary and classical Christian thought. Trusted scholars and theologians discuss war, sexuality, abortion, globalization, the environment, immigration, politics, science, and more.

Select Works of John Howard Yoder

Regularly $96.95—get it for $57.95 on Pre-Pub

This collection gives you three important texts illuminating Yoder’s wisdom and theological depth. Preface to Theology introduces Yoder’s theology straight from his seminary curriculum and reveals his passionate commitment to Christology. The War of the Lamb and Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution present Yoder’s writings and theology on pacifism, violence, and just-war and just-peacemaking theory. These posthumously published works address theological needs still present today.

tt-clark-studies-in-ethics (1)T&T Clark Studies in Ethics

Regularly $99.95—get it for $74.95 on Pre-Pub

The T&T Clark Studies in Ethics collection offers a helpful overview of the field, as well as modern research on various ethical issues. It discusses general approaches to ethics and paves new roads in ethical thought. With titles like Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed, Moral Theology for the Twenty First Century, and Living for the Future, you’ll find trustworthy Christian perspectives on a variety of tough issues.

Baylor Ethics Collection

Regularly $109.95—get it for $72.95 on Pre-Pub

This collection of Baylor volumes presents valuable writing on general Christian ethics, as well as such important topics as pacifism and ecology. Harry J. Huebner’s massive Introduction to Christian Ethics represents a new standard in Christian ethics studies, covering ancient, modern, and postmodern traditions and figures. Living with Other Creatures and Greening Paul represent current scholarship on the relationship between Christianity, Scripture, and the ethics of ecology. And Nonviolence: A Brief History presents John Howard Yoder’s influential Warsaw lectures.

wipf-and-stock-studies-in-ethicsWipf & Stock Studies in Ethics

Regularly $84.95—get it for $64.95 on Pre-Pub

The Wipf & Stock Studies in Ethics collection presents four studies on the relevance of Christian ethics to today’s complex issues, as well as a text on methods of ethical analysis. You’ll learn about Gospel-centered nonviolence, the current injustices of the world economy, biblical writings on homosexuality, and the relevance of theology to issues of life and death.

Pre-order these collections today, and check out all our other Pre-Pub products!

Logos 5: Syntax Search Finds Direct Object

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.

We read in John 3:16 that “God so loved the world.” Grammatically, world is the direct object of the verb loved. So maybe we wonder, “Where else in the New Testament does world function as a direct object?”

One way to find out is with a simple syntax search:

  • Click the Search icon to open the search panel.
  • Select Syntax as the search type. (Note that Syntax search doesn’t appear in the Starter base package.) (A)
  • Select All Passages from the range dropdown list (B).
  • Select the CSGNT from the Bible dropdown list (C).
  • Click Query (D).
  • Select English Object (Cascadia) (E).

  • Type world in the English Object box (F).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

We’ve just discovered all the places any Greek word translated world serves as a direct object in the New Testament! (G)

To locate a specific Greek word functioning as an object of a verb, try this:

  • Select Object (Cascadia) from the dropdown query list (H).

  • Type this in the Greek Object box: g:kosmos (I).
  • Select the Greek word that appears in the dropdown list under the box (J).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

This time, we found every place the Greek lemma kosmos serves as an object of a verb! (K)

Notice some of the results:

  • Gain the world
  • Condemn the world
  • Love the world
  • Save the world
  • Convict the world
  • Judge the world
  • Reconcile the world
  • Overcome the world

This simple search launches a very interesting topical study regarding kosmos.

 

Will It Preach?

Bible Study Magazine NovemberHow do you preach on that imprecatory psalm? What do you do with that seemingly bizarre vision in Ezekiel? And where do even begin with the book of Nahum—easily the most unpopular book of the Bible?

If you’ve been asked or done the asking, you know that these passages present special challenges for the preacher. It can be tempting to avoid or at least gloss over them. In the November–December ’13 issue of Bible Study Magazine, we address the passages least likely to see a pulpit. From the violence of the Minor Prophets to the strange visions of Ezekiel to the tedium of the genealogies, we ask “Will It Preach?” and “How?”

Here’s what else the issue offers:

  • An interview with David Platt on discipleship and an active church culture in “No More Spectators.”
  • A response to the ongoing conflict in Egypt. Tharwat Wahba, professor and chair of missions at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, explains how Egyptian Christians are responding to violence and offers hope.
  • Insights from June Hunt on studying the Bible and counseling others.

You’ll also get the latest book reviews, an eight-week Bible study on Ephesians, and more!

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Get Cutting-Edge Digital Curricula for Less

We want to offer designed-for-digital curricula at a very low price—so much so that we moved an already released product to Community Pricing, where you can set the price by bidding. Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence Complete Church Curriculum is now on Community Pricing at almost half off its original price; with enough bidders helping cover costs, the price could go even lower. What’s more, when this volume comes off Community Pricing, we’ll give software credit to everyone who already bought it at full price, and we’ll give all the winning bidders the lowest possible price!

We’re hoping the cost drops so low that we can offer Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence Complete Church Curriculum at a very low price for the foreseeable future. But to get there, we need more bidders—that’s where you come in.

Designed for digital

Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence is part of the Studies in Faithful Living Series, which we designed for the digital age to (1) make the jobs of small group leaders and pastors easier and (2) offer an even more enlightening curriculum to every participant.

Israel Loken, chair of the Bible and theology departments at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, says: “Logos has taken group Bible study to the next level with their new Studies in Faithful Living series. Deeply engaging, biblically accurate, and filled with life-changing applications, this series is destined to be the go-to resource for lay leaders for years to come.”

The complete church curriculum includes an ebook with infographics and a video for each chapter. It also includes lesson plans and handouts for leading your Bible studies and small groups, as well as slide presentations for each chapter. Sermon outlines and media resources enable you to share with your entire church.

Learn from the life of Jacob

Jacob’s life was characterized by deception. He deceived his father to obtain his brother’s blessing, and was later tricked by Laban. Throughout his life’s many ups and downs, Jacob struggled to recognize God’s presence. Even so, God remained with Jacob—just as he remains with believers today. In Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence, you’ll walk through life with Jacob and his family—learning along the way how their story is like your story.

With Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence Complete Church Curriculum, you can:

  • Engage your congregation with a familiar story while discovering new and deeper insights.
  • Teach more effectively with materials designed to integrate, organize, and maximize efficiency in preparation.
  • Connect your church members as you journey along with Jacob and learn how his life lessons are relevant today.

Place your bid on Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence Complete Church Curriculum today!

How to Retrieve Your Deleted Logos Notes

Documents.Logos.com lets you store your study notes, presentations, sentence diagrams, reading plans, and more—all in one place. And if you delete an important document, it’s easy to get your work back.

Here’s how to undelete files:

  1. Log in at Documents.Logos.com with your Logos.com credentials.
  2. Using the dropdown menu in the top-left corner, filter documents by visibility.
  3. Select “Deleted” to see all your deleted documents.

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  1. Just undelete the document you want back!

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If you don’t remember deleting a document, but you can’t seem to find it at Documents.Logos.com, it may be attached to a Faithlife group. Use the dropdown menu under your username to view your current groups and the documents associated with them.

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Documents.Logos.com makes it easy to collaborate and share. Start using it today!

How Ancient Thought Agreed (and Disagreed) with the Early Church

Stoicism, a school of Hellenistic thought founded in the third century BC and popular through AD 529, was more than a philosophy—it was a way of life. In this scope as a worldview, it was, writes Paul Tillich, “the only real alternative to Christianity in the Western world.”

But, fascinatingly, Stoicism shared more than scope with Christianity. It came to many of the same conclusions about how to think and live.

Who were the Stoics?

stoics-of-the-roman-era-collectionBeginning with Zeno of Citium, the Stoics located happiness not in goods or success but in virtue alone; they emphasized self-control as the path beyond destructive emotions. This self-control took the form of:

  • Meditation. The Stoics would, visualizing their personal futures, imagine the worst possible outcomes—not as distant, unlikely events, but as present sufferings. They sought to realize that even the worst misfortunes can be survived and are not worth fearing.
  • Training. They practiced rigorous physical discipline, from sexual abstinence to hard exercise to the avoidance of tempting foods.
  • Self-vigilance. They monitored their thoughts and emotions, seeking to avoid lust, greed, and ambition in favor of reason.

Seneca and Epictetus argued that a properly practicing Stoic was, in a sense, beyond misfortune. The Faithlife Study Bible’s article on Paul and the Stoics notes, “Stoics believed that the ideal sage was one who could face calamity and misfortune with casual indifference, feeling neither sorrow nor regret. Stoics were proud of their ability to endure hardships and often paraded their fortitude and strength through ‘hardship catalogs,’ which listed the adversities they had endured.” (It’s that serene indifference to misfortune that colors our modern sense of stoic.)

Similar notions of the self

If contemplation, discipline, and vigilance sound familiar, it’s because the early church and Stoicism were in so many ways alike. Both were characterized by:

  • An emphasis on hardship. As the FSB points out, Paul’s letters also feature “hardship catalogs”—for example, 2 Cor. 4:8–9 and 6:9–10. And, like the Stoics, Paul believed that enduring hardships leads to growth in character: he writes, “we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character” (Rom. 5:3–5; cf. 1 Cor. 9:24–27).
  • A sense of man’s depravity, and a constant self-examination. Like the early Christians, the Stoics regarded humanity’s natural state, with its lust, ambition, and other impulses, as deeply flawed. Both worldviews focused on the observation of self and the suppression of wrong thought.
  • An inner freedom from the world. Adherents to both worldviews lived apart from the world’s shortcomings and hardships. The early Christians looked with hope to the world that is to come; the Stoics reminded themselves that all is predetermined and that misfortune is illusory.
  • An aversion to excess. Since the Stoics and the Christians both regarded greed as wrong thinking, they shared a distaste for material excess. For the Stoics, mere wealth wasn’t bad—it simply wasn’t good. “Wealth consists not in having great possessions,” said Epictetus, “but in having few wants.”

Differing notions of the divine

But, though Stoicism shared much with Christianity, it differed profoundly in its account of the divine. For the Stoics, the universe was “a vast quasi-rational being with intelligence and will” (FSB), whose animating force they called (what else?) logos. They didn’t believe in the afterlife; they did believe that the universe would end and then repeat itself.

(You’ll notice that the Stoic outlook far anticipated cosmologies we regard as modern. The notion of God as the universe’s totality reappeared with Spinoza and, famously, Einstein; eternal recurrence was taken up by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.)
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Of course, Christianity’s and Stoicism’s distinct understandings of divinity entailed differing ways of life. Sharyn Dowd, in Reading Mark, notes that:

The Stoics . . . were also determinists; they believed that everything that happened was caused by the universal divine logos that pervaded and controlled all nature and human life. Therefore, the Stoics did not believe in petitionary prayer. People should accept the life circumstances decreed for them by the divine and not seek to change those circumstances in any way. (Emphasis added)

Even the Christian ascetics, so like the Stoics in their emphasis on discipline and their distaste for worldly excess, operated within different spheres and worked toward different goals:

  • For the Stoics, the work of self-examination was largely private. For the early Christian ascetics, penance and self-examination were deeply public, instantiated in professions of faith and confessions.
  • The Stoics sought self-control in order to master the self. The ascetics sought self-control in order to renounce the self.
  • For the Stoics, dependence on the world was to be replaced by dependence on oneself—”The wise person,” taught Seneca, “is self-sufficient.” Paul, in contrast, taught that Christians are profoundly dependent on God (FSB).
  • For the Stoics, love was at best suspect, toxic to self-sufficiency. For Paul and the early Christians, love was everything (FSB).

But despite these key differences, the parallels between Stoicism and Christianity—an emphasis on hardship, an understanding of humanity as innately flawed, a vigilant self-examination, an inner freedom, an aversion to excess—are remarkable.

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diogenes-laertius-lives-of-eminent-philosophersStoicism was the immediate context within which early Christianity flourished—the great alternative in terms of scope as a worldview, the status quo that the church rejected in radical ways. To know the one is to better know the other.

Noet offers the key Stoic texts in the Stoics of the Roman Era Collection (currently 81% off on Community Pricing!), which sets you up with the core works of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. The early Stoics—Zeno, Cleanthes, and Chrysippus—left us less, but we can still study them in Diogenes Laertius’ invaluable Lives of Eminent Philosophers, on Community Pricing for 83% off.

Keep learning about Stoicism and Greco-Roman context: place your bids on the Stoics of the Roman Era Collection and Diogenes Laertius’ Lives of Eminent Philosophers.

Then deepen your library with Noet’s vast Classical Foundations Bundle—39 volumes of essential ancient and modern philosophy, 21 volumes of Greek and Latin resources, the famous Harvard Classics (designed as a Harvard education on a five-foot shelf), and the 1,114-volume Perseus Classics Collection.

P.S. Still not convinced that philosophy matters?

Create a Legacy at Your School with Logos 5!

Logos 5What if every seminary student had cutting-edge academic tools—word studies, lexicons, exegetical guides, reverse interlinears, and other original-language resources? What if they could study from an immense library of networked texts, full of classics, commentaries, and contemporary titles? And what if they could create bibliographies with ease?

For students at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), this isn’t a fantasy—it’s a reality!

Underwritten by generous donors and a small portion of students’ technology fees, DTS will be equipping more than 2,000 students with Logos 5 to aid their theological studies. This means that every student, no matter their income or educational program, will have access to the very best tools and resources for their biblical studies.

Logos 5: an invaluable tool

The best part of the DTS program is that, when students’ formal education is over, they’ll be able to take Logos 5 into their future ministry!

Logos 5 is more than a tool capable of academic-level study. It’s an important resource in the lives of pastors, counselors, youth leaders, and teachers. With Logos 5, these graduating students will be equipped with an immense library and helpful features to support a life’s work in the Word.

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