Ann Voskamp, Christianity in Nigeria, and No Pollyanna Prophets

bible-study-magazineWe often read Micah 5:2 at Christmastime: “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you one will go out for me, to be ruler in Israel; and his origins are from of old, from ancient days” (LEB). Reading this verse against the backdrop of Christ’s birth, we envision Micah as a gentle prophet bearing a gentle message. But Matt Morton explains that the context of Micah’s message reveals much more about its implications.

The January–February ’14 issue of Bible Study Magazine features this article and others as part our special section on the eighth- through seventh-century (BC) Minor Prophets. If you subscribe today, you’ll also get the following:

  • Do Prophecies Sometimes Fail? Explore the nature of biblical prophecy and how, sometimes, prophecies were designed to fail. (And why we should be glad they did.)
  • Making Sense of Severity. Divine justice in Nahum can be difficult to understand and explain. Here are some helpful steps for interpreting this prophetic book.
  • This Time, It’s Personal: Sometimes the prophets had to move beyond simply telling the truth. Sometimes, the message and the messenger were one.  
  • The Predestined, Yet Free, Prophet: How Jonah was free and God’s purposes were fulfilled anyway.

You’ll also receive a cover story featuring Ann Voskamp, a feature story on the state of Christianity in Nigeria, and an interview with Brad Lomenick, leader and director of Catalyst. Subscribe today!

Get Huge Savings When You Upgrade Your Book Bundles

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Bundled titles from Logos are one of the best ways to stretch your book-buying dollar. And this Christmas, when you grow your library with one of our special bundles, you can save even more!

New, improved bundles

A year ago, we unveiled special topical bundles to help you create a library catered to your specific interests. These bundles (now completely revised) came in multiple sizes and focused on areas like:

This year, we’ve made our bundles even more robust with tons of new content. The extra-large New Testament Studies Bundle, for instance, includes 36 new titles!

If you haven’t added one of these bundles to your library, now’s the time. The books in these bundles are already heavily discounted, and for a limited time, we’re taking an extra 50% off!

Already have a bundle? Upgrade for the best price!

If you already have a bundle from last year, here’s your chance to get an amazing deal on more books. Upgrade your bundle to this year’s version: with Dynamic Pricing, you’ll only pay for the brand-new content. Get more books for less—take this opportunity to upgrade your bundles!

If you already own the large Preaching Bundle, for example, why not purchase the newest version? Since you’re not going to be charged for books you already own, you’re only adding the seven new books at a greatly reduced bundled price—and then taking 50% off!

In fact, why not step into the extra-large Preaching Bundle, which adds scores of new books at 50% off? There’s no better opportunity to build your library.

Get the best value with the Master Bundle

The Master Bundle is where you’re going to get the best bang for your buck. In the extra-large version, you get all the books from all the the other collections. When we revised our bundles, we added nearly 500 new books to the Master Bundle—at 1,588 books, it’s the biggest bundle and, therefore, your best value!

You’ll add these books to your library at a significant value, subtract the price of the books you already own, and then take 50% off to boot. And when you pay with an interest-free payment plan, you can even stretch the payments out for up to 18 months.

Don’t miss this opportunity to grow your study library. Pick up one of these amazing bundles before the price goes back up!

Get 15% Off Logos 5—Then Customize It for 50% Off!

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If you’ve been on the fence about getting Logos 5, here’s your golden opportunity: this Christmas season, you can use coupon code L5CHRISTMAS to get 15% off a new Logos 5 base package!

2014 is right around the corner—make it the year you start doing deeper, more insightful Bible study. Know exactly where to start your research, put Scripture in historical context, and learn to tackle the Bible’s toughest passages. Regardless of your stage in life, Logos 5 equips you to be a better student and teacher of the Word.

Payment plans make it easy

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Our interest-free payment plans let you start making the most of your Bible study today—while only paying a relatively small amount up front. For example, you can start using Gold—which gives you the full suite of Logos 5 features—right away, and only pay about $140 a month, interest-free.

If you spend over $1,900 by purchasing Diamond or Portfolio or supplementing your base package with some of our new, expanded topic-specific bundles, you can even stretch out your payments from 12 months to 18!

Here’s how you benefit: let’s say you go for Gold, but customize your library to include the Preaching Bundle (XL), Counseling Bundle (L), Marriage and Family Bundle (L), Pastoral Leadership Bundle (XL), and Devotionals Bundle (XL), which together set you over the $1,900 mark. You’d get over 220 extra volumes catered to your interests, but with your 18-month plan, you’d still only pay about $140 a month.

Make your library even better

On top of getting 15% off a Logos 5 base package, for a limited time, you can snag topical bundles for 50% off. That makes now the perfect time to add hand-picked resources on the topics you love. Here are just a few options you can choose from:

Choose, customize, and save on the base package that’s right for you: for a limited time, get 15% off a new Logos 5 base package with coupon code L5CHRISTMAS, and then make your library even better with new and improved bundles for 50% off!

Win a One-of-a-Kind MacBook Air, Logos 5, and More!

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This Christmas, we’re giving away a one-of-a-kind MacBook Air, Logos 5 Gold, and an awesome collection of Vyrso ebooks, including titles by John Piper, Tim Keller, Elyse Fitzpatrick, and Matt Chandler!1

 

We shipped off this brand-new MacBook Air to be customized in Amsterdam. It took more than four months, but the results are breathtaking. Packed with nearly 1,100 Bible study resources and running Logos’ smart features, it’s a superpowered Bible study platform—and a work of art.

And you could win it all—this one-of-a-kind MacBook Air, plus Vyrso ebooks and Logos 5 Gold!

Don’t miss this chance. Enter to win right now:

Then visit Logos.com/Christmas to see all our holiday deals, including 15% off base packages, 50% off our newly expanded bundles, and more!

  1. Entry closes January 6. We’ll select and notify the winner January 7. If you win and you already own Logos 5 and/or any of the above-mentioned books, you’ll receive Logos.com credit in place of the prizes. The winner will need to fill out a W-9 in order to claim their prize. By entering the giveaway, you’re opting to receive emails from Vyrso and Logos. []

The Logos Apps Just Got a Redesign!

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The whole suite of Logos mobile apps just got an awesome update. Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about version 4.0 of the Logos Bible app.

Redesigned for iOS 7 and Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Embracing the flat-UI design wave, we’ve eliminated gradients, shadows, and reflections, relying instead on a series of simple icons and beautiful typography. Our 4.0 apps fit right in on the latest version of your favorite operating system—either iOS 7 or Android 4.4 KitKat.

All-new homepage

The homepage now hosts three daily-use items:

  • A reference box for quick navigation to a specific passage
  • A list of daily readings you can edit in-app
  • Logos’ Verse of the Day image, to inspire and challenge you

When updates become available for any of your resources, you’ll also receive notifications here.

Slideout menu

In 4.0, we wanted to make it easy to get from anywhere to anywhere without compromising the uncluttered, text-focused reading experience we’ve always favored. So we introduced a slideout menu to simplify in-app navigation and bring the most-used features to the forefront.

Recent references

The most useful change in 4.0 is in the verse picker. Now, when you tap to select a reference, you can choose a verse one of three ways: from a canonical list, in your book’s table of contents, or in a list of verses you’ve recently read. The last option is particularly useful—you can pin references to remain at the top of the list so they remain ever accessible. While this isn’t truly new, it’s been relocated for accessibility; you might discover it for the first time in 4.0.

Exclusive to Android

In addition, Android users will enjoy three extra features:

  • Notes sharing—other apps can now send content to the Logos app. When you find a great illustration in your RSS reader or email, create a Logos note with just a few taps!
  • Android Beam—devices with near field communications (NFC) capability will now be able to beam references, books, and notes when placed back to back with other NFC-capable devices.
  • Store—browse Logos.com and buy new books right from your Android phone or tablet. It’s never been easier to find and acquire the Bible study tools you need!

Like it? Tell the world!

Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.”

As we launch 4.0, we need your help building a great reputation in the app stores. If you love 4.0 as much as we think you will, take a minute and review it. You’ll be helping more people discover and fall in love with Logos-powered Bible study.

Logos’ app wasn’t the only one to get a redesign. Check out the latest Faithlife Study Bible and Vyrso apps, too.

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If you don’t have our free Bible app, download it today to get the newest version!

Get up to $200 Off the BECNT

BECNTWith today’s 12 Days of Logos deal, you can take up to $200 off one of our most popular resources! Deepen your library with the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, one of the very best collections for NT exegetical study. Just use coupon code 12DAYS2013 at checkout to save.

3 reasons you need the BECNT

  1. To balance scholarly questioning and biblical truth. By investigating a variety of viewpoints while maintaining a firm grasp on concrete meaning, the BECNT gives you an authoritative overview of each study passage.
  2. To learn from diverse theological perspectives. With contributions from Thomas A. Schreiner, Grant A. Osborne, Frank Thielman, and others, the BECNT fleshes out differing viewpoints to wrestle with in your own studies.
  3. To gain access to an awesome setup of NT Greek texts. Each volume shows you the original Greek words, directly followed by the corresponding transliterated and translated phrases. The BECNT opens up the New Testament, allowing you to understand language and context and, therefore, develop a deeper, more accurate study routine.

Don’t miss out—use coupon code 12DAYS2013 to get the BECNT for up to $200 off. Then stay tuned for more 12 Days of Logos deals!

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Time’s running out! Take advantage of Christmas discounts on new base packagesspecial bundles, and some of our most requested products!

Then enter to win a one-of-a-kind MacBook Pro and Logos 5.

Search for Faith-Filled Images with Logos 5

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Good news! Preparing an amazing sermon presentation or blog post with Logos 5 just got a little easier—and a lot more beautiful.

Lightstock: inspiring images for your sermons, websites, and more

Lightstock is the go-to source for attractive stock photography that evokes emotion with carefully curated, Christ-focused images. And now Lightstock integrates with Logos 5! Find attractive, faith-filled images in Topic Guide and Sermon Starter searches, pick the perfect ones for the passage or topic you’re studying, and then just click them—you’ll be taken straight to Lightstock.

Whether it’s your bulletin, sermon slides, website assets, worship backgrounds, or video bumpers, you’ll find Lightstock’s pictures ideal for all your ministry needs.

Great quality, great pricing

When you compare Lightstock’s costs to those of other stock-image sites, you’ll find that they’re not only low—they’re simple. $1 equals one credit. Images come in four sizes: x-small (approx. 500 px) for 5 credits, small (approx. 1,200 px) for 10 credits, medium (approx. 2,800 px) for 15 credits, and max (approx. 3,600 px) for 20 credits. Lightstock’s photos are both gorgeous and reasonably priced.

What’s really cool is that, unlike with a lot of other stock-photography sites, you won’t be able to find 99% of Lightstock’s photos anywhere else—no more tired, overused images in your media and services.

Check out Lightstock.com today, and start adding faith-filled images to your presentations, websites, and more—straight from Logos.

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Time’s running out! Take advantage of Christmas discounts on new base packagesspecial bundles, and some of our most requested products!

Then enter to win a one-of-a-kind MacBook Pro and Logos 5.

How to Get the Best Deal on Books You Love

XL_Master_BundleTopic-specific bundles are one of the very best ways to build your library—these carefully curated collections let you add hand-picked books on the subjects you love.

Because they’re so focused, they’re already really good deals: you can take full advantage of Logos’ bundling discounts (which make the whole more affordable than the sum of its parts), without adding books you don’t want.

But, for just a little while, you can save even more—way more.

Here’s how:

1. Take 50% off bundles

Most of the year, saving 50% on bundles is an exclusive perk reserved for base package owners—you normally can’t get that special discount unless you’re buying a base package. But this Christmas, you can take 50% off bundles without the big-ticket purchase!

If you really care about a topic—Paul’s letters, let’s say—you know you’re going to end up accumulating years’ worth of books on Pauline studies. Why not proactively get them right now, start studying your new library today, and save 50% over the long run?

2. Take advantage of Dynamic Pricing

Of course, if you’re deeply interested in a topic, you probably already own lots of books in the field. Good—that’s where bundles really shine. Dynamic Pricing means you won’t pay twice for books you already own; instead, you’ll get a custom discount based on your current library. It’s especially valuable if you already own bundles from last year. Let’s say you own the Master Bundle: when you upgrade to this year’s expanded version, which gives you tons of new content, you’ll save a remarkable 62%! Bundles were a smart investment then, and upgrading to version 2 is a smart investment now.

3. Get lots of books

You already know that bundling books is a much better deal than buying them one by one. Bundling bundles is a much better deal, too. The Master Bundle, ver. 2 rounds out your library with a vast selection of premium content: 1,588 volumes in the XL version. If you chose that XL library, you’d get 69% off what you’d pay for the individual resources at their regular prices. And that’s before both Dynamic Pricing and your extra 50% off!

If you pass on the Master Bundle, you’ll still benefit from bundling discounts. Most bundles come in sizes small through extra-large, so you’re in charge of both the content and the price point. Pick the largest size you can and you’ll get the best bundling deal:

The takeaway? Short of upgrading your base package, there’s simply no better way to build your library, especially if you’re interested in a few specific topics. And the more books you add, the more you save. But you can’t wait—these triple discounts won’t be around for long.

Don’t miss this special opportunity: take 50% off bundles on the subjects you love.

Then browse the rest of our Christmas deals!

Over 200 Sermons Added to the Timothy Keller Sermon Archive—Free!

timothy-keller-sermon-archive-1989-2011This week, we released another update to the Timothy Keller Sermon Archive, adding 205 new sermons to the collection. If you own the archive, you should have already received your update (and downloaded your new resources) automatically. If you haven’t received your update yet, simply restart your software!

Free updates for Logos resources

When you purchase a Logos resource, you’ll always receive the latest updates for free. In this case, that means tons of new content; in other cases, we make updates behind the scenes that you might not notice, like adding links or better navigation. The result is that your Logos experience always gets faster and better.

22 years of preaching, integrated into your library

Timothy Keller started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City in 1989. The church grew from 50 people to over 5,000, becoming known as “one of Manhattan’s most vital congregations.” Keller’s sermons focus on the character, ministry, and work of Jesus Christ. The Timothy Keller Sermon Archive includes 1,233 sermons, covering Keller’s preaching from 1989 to 2011. In the Logos editions, these transcripts are incredibly useful—Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and lots of other resources.

So far, we’ve released the 1989–1993, 1994–1998, 1999–2004, and 2005–2009 increments, covering a wide variety of topics. This is a collection you don’t want to miss!

Get the Timothy Keller Sermon Archive now.

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Time’s running out! Take advantage of Christmas discounts on new base packages, special bundles, and some of our most requested products!

Then enter to win a one-of-a-kind MacBook Pro and Logos 5.

Free Book & 15 Christmas Deals under $100

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Right now, you can get A. W. Tozer’s And He Dwelt among Us for free! Use coupon code 12DAYS2013 to get your copy right now. In addition, as part of our Christmas sale, we have 15 other products on sale for under $100. Just use coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFERS to get your discounts.

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Regularly $11.95—get it FREE with coupon code 12DAYS2013

How could deity—with no beginning and no end—cross the gulf separating what is God from what is not God? How could the infinite ever become the finite? How could that which has no limit deliberately impose limitations upon itself? You could study the mystery of the Incarnation for years. Whether you’re already knowledgeable about the Gospel of John or you’re just beginning your studies, this is a great place to start.

AMG Bible Essentials

Regularly $99.95—get it for $74.96 with coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFERS

The AMG Bible Essentials collection puts all the essentials for inductive Bible study at your fingertips, including original-language resources and insightful helps for those preparing for Sunday school, Bible studies, and small group lessons.

hope-for-the-heart-biblical-counseling-libraryHope for the Heart Biblical Counseling Library

Regularly $109.95—get it for $93.46 with coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFERS

For more than 20 years, June Hunt has worked to provide biblically based counseling, help, and encouragement to thousands of Christians through the ministry of Hope for the Heart. This massive 100-volume library gives you helpful books on some of today’s key topics—marriage, abortion, time management, death, parenting, overeating, spiritual warfare, and more.

Evangelical Dictionary of Theology

Regularly $53.95—get it for $40.46 with coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFERS

This is a thoroughly revised edition of the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology—every article from the original edition has been revisited. The result is a completely new dictionary covering systematic, historical, and philosophical theology, as well as theological ethics.

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These aren’t all the sale items under $100! Don’t miss out—check out all our Stocking Stuffers, and pick up your favorites today. 

Then see even more special deals in the 12 Days of Logos sale!