Share the True Joy and Meaning of Christmas

The True Meaning of Christmas

This Christmas season, explore the story of the Nativity—the holy night at the start of it all.

“‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’” —Luke 2:10–11


This Christmas, share this video with your friends and loved ones as a reminder of what the season is all about—Jesus’ birth. Come together around this ancient story, still so powerful today.

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” —Matthew 1:21

From all of us at Logos, thank you for a wonderful year! May you have a blessed Christmas season. We’re honored to help you rediscover the Word.

“‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.’” —Luke 2:14

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Continue exploring Scripture with the resources featured in our Christmas sale. While you’re there, enter to win the one-of-a-kind MacBook Air featured in the video, along with Logos 5 Gold and a Vyrso ebook collection!

Win $500 and a Huge Classical Library!

noet-classical-foundations-bundleThe Noet Humanities Scholarship is back! Two lucky winners will receive not only $500 but also Noet’s immense Classical Foundations Bundle—an $800 library of philosophy, literature, and history. Enter to win before April 15 at Noet.com/Scholarship.

A complete classical library

The Classical Foundations Bundle sets you up with the West’s core texts:

  • 39 volumes of essential ancient and modern philosophy: Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant
  • The legendary Harvard Classics collection, selected by a former Harvard president to deliver a college education on a five-foot shelf
  • Timeless works of world literature: Homer, Dante, Milton, Dostoyevsky, and more
  • 21 volumes of Greek and Latin resources
  • The 1,114-volume Perseus Classics Collection

And with Logos’ original-language tagging and smart searches, you’re not only getting essential scholarly works—you’re getting them in their most useful format ever. You’ll be ready to appreciate Greek and Latin nuance, make connections, and find precisely what you’re looking for. Enter to win this comprehensive library (plus $500!) at Noet.com/Scholarship.

In fact, if you know you want it, the best way to save is by pre-ordering the bundle right now—you’ll get 25% off, and if you win, you’ll of course get a full refund. Best-case scenario? You get a huge classical library—free—plus $500. Worst-cast scenario? You still get the library you want, and you still get the special introductory savings.

One-minute entry

No personal statements, résumés, or letters of recommendation—if you’re enrolled in a humanities degree program, you can enter in just a minute with nothing more than your phone number and email address. You can even improve your odds with extra entries: just fill out a few more steps in the entry form.

$500 and an enormous scholarly library? Not bad for a minute’s work! Enter to win at Noet.com/Scholarship.

Congratulations, Tabitha Shofner and Tom Derrick!

Tabitha-Shofner-Noet-Humanities-ScholarshipTom-Derrick-Noet-Humanities-ScholarshipTabitha Shofner (Eastern Kentucky University) and Tom Derrick (University of Leicester) are our two most recent scholarship winners!

Tabitha is studying art and liberal studies; Tom is working on his PhD in archaeology. Tabitha says, “Classic literature and philosophy are a font of inspiration, and their teachings have influenced the world. Noet is bringing these important thought-enablers to easier access and understanding.” Adds Tom, “I study Roman archaeology, so I am very fortunate that my time period has an ample selection of complementary surviving texts. I look forward to the release of the app and think that it will really help those of us who [utilize] Latin works.”

We think so, too. Congrats, Tabitha and Tom!

Win $500 and Noet’s Classical Foundations Bundle—enter to win right now at Noet.com/Scholarship.

Preaching in Cultural Context: An Interview with Dr. Leith Anderson

Dr Leith AndersonWe recently had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals. Dr. Anderson will be teaching one of Knox Theological Seminary‘s courses in January.

1. Please tell us some of your story and describe your time as a pastor.

My father pastored a large church in metropolitan New York City for 33 years, so I grew up in the church and in the parsonage. When I became pastor of a small-town church in Colorado, it was really different—a community of about 20,000 and a congregation of 100-plus. I had to learn a different culture. Then I became pastor of Wooddale Church in suburban Minneapolis, with another culture to learn. As the congregation grew into the thousands, the church culture began to change.

2. Please describe your upcoming course at Knox, “Preaching in Cultural Context.” What are some of the course objectives?

Just as missionaries must learn and adapt to new cultures and languages, so native preachers must learn and adapt to changing subcultures in their homeland. This course will study the theology of culture, how to analyze cultures, and how to preach in culturally relevant ways while remaining biblical.

3. With shifting demographics in America, what do you see as the biggest issue facing the church and its task of communicating Christ in this culture?

There are lots of issues, and they’re changing all the time. The challenge for preachers is to avoid preaching to a generation that died 50 years ago, to preach in today’s terms, and to stick with the Bible in our teaching.

4. What do you hope this class will accomplish? 

The class will compare the cultures and preaching of fellow students in ways that will make us all better preachers in our own cultures.

5. How does what you’re teaching in this class reflect what you’re seeing in the broader Christian spectrum as president of the National Association of Evangelicals? 

Through the National Association of Evangelicals, I get to know an amazing variety of churches, preachers, denominations, and organizations across America and beyond. I am amazed at the good God is doing in the USA and around the world. While there are always problems, I see this as the best of times, filled with opportunity. I look forward to everyone in the class seeing God’s amazing blessings and getting excited about seizing the opportunities of our generation.

6. What are some of the key thinkers and writers on culture who have influenced you?

Over half a century ago, Richard Niebuhr wrote Christ and Culture. It’s a classic on the different approaches Christians take to understanding how we view culture in every place and time. At the other end of our generation are today’s newspapers, magazines, movies, television, and videos, which are expressing the changes in current culture.

7. What do you hope a student will take away from the class?

Students will go home with a deeper understanding of their theology of culture, a fuller engagement with the distinctives of people in their own community, and an excitement to be part of what God is doing through their own churches and communities.

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Further your education. Further your ministry. Apply today to earn your DMin with Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software.

Create and Share Your Christmas Wish List

Giving (and getting!) the perfect Christmas gifts just got easier. Now you can put together a wish list of your favorite Logos resources and share it with your friends and family. They’ll know just what to get you—and if you would receive a discount on any of those resources, they will, too!

To get started, simply log in to your Logos.com account. (If you don’t have one, creating one’s a cinch.) Once you’re logged in, you’ll find “Add to wish list” links on live product pages and search results. Click them to build your wish list.

Then start browsing Logos.com and populating your wish list with those must-have items!

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Reviewing your wish list is as simple as going to your account’s dropdown menu and clicking the “Wish Lists” tab.

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Once you’re ready to share your list with friends and family, go to your wish list and click the share link.

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That will bring up a box with a link you can paste anywhere, or you can choose to click and share to Facebook, Twitter, Faithlife, and other networks.

Purchasing from someone’s wish list

Purchasing a gift from a wish list is easy, but you’ll need a Logos.com account. If you don’t have one, don’t worry—again, you can create one in moments.

Your friend or loved one’s link will direct you to a page full of their most wanted items. When you see an item you’d like to give, simply hit the “Add to cart” link. Want to purchase more than one item? Check all the corresponding boxes (directly to the left of the products) before hitting “Add to cart” up top.

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 At the shopping cart, you can see the item(s) you’ve chosen. You can go back and add to the cart, or remove any items that don’t belong. To the left of the shopping cart, you can also add gift certificates.

Once you’re happy with the items in your cart, hit “Proceed.” If you’re sending a shippable item and you don’t know the recipient’s address, you can always have the item shipped to you. We’ll send shippable items within 48 hours.

Most items are downloadable, though. Once a download gift is unlocked to your loved one’s account, they’ll receive a confirmation email within 48 hours.

Either way, after entering whatever shipping information you need, you’ll be prompted to enter your preferred form of payment, and voilà—you’ve just purchased the perfect gift!

Start browsing, building, and sharing your wish list today! 

Get Christmas Specials All December Long!

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Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is a short three weeks away. That means it’s time for some great discounts on Logos 5 base packages, 12 Days of Logos products, and new and improved bundles!

Logos 5Get 15% off a new Logos 5 base package

Through January 6, use coupon code L5CHRISTMAS to get 15% off any new base package! We’ve handpicked the most useful, in-depth commentaries, lexicons, language and grammar tools, and more, and with our bundling discounts and the Christmas sale, you’ll know you’re getting an outstanding value.

Instead of spending time and money putting together a collection piece by piece, pick from one of our carefully curated base packages at 15% off. There’s a library that’s right for everyone.

12 Days of Logos 2013 BlogThe 12 Days of Logos sale is back—and better than ever!

Each weekday through December 19, we’ll be placing a new item on sale. We’ve got a great lineup this year, and these prices won’t last long—don’t miss out! Head over to 12DaysOfLogos.com, sign up for the email list, and stay up to date on each day’s deal.

Today, the Word Biblical Commentary is on sale for 21% off—that’s up to $150 off the regular price!

The WBC delivers the best in biblical scholarship from some of our time’s leading scholars, emphasizing a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. Don’t miss out—use coupon code 12DAYS2013 and get it today.

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We’ve redesigned our topical bundles and, through January 6, marked them down by 50% (or more!). Each bundle includes all the resources from last year’s version, plus tons of new content. This means that if you already own a bundle, with Dynamic Pricing, you’ll save even more than 50%. For example, if you already own the XL Master Bundle, you’ll get 62% off the newest version!

Don’t wait, though—on January 7, all bundles will double in price. Get yours today.

Logos 5, special 12 Days deals, bundles on the topics you care about—this Christmas season, invest in the best for yourself and your loved ones. Take advantage of Christmas deals before prices go up!

3 Reasons You Should Subscribe to the Vyrso Blog

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Want to stay up to date on new books, hot-topic discussions, and awesome sales? Subscribe to the Vyrso blog!

Here are three reasons you should subscribe to Vyrso Voice:

1. You’ll get access to interviews from top Christian authors

Vyrso Voice is quickly becoming the go-to place for bestselling Christian authors to discuss new books, their ministry, upcoming conferences, and more. We’ve featured interviews and guest posts from authors like Tullian Tchividjian, Elyse Fitzpatrick, and Jared C. Wilson, and there are more on the way. (Our interview with Mark Driscoll comes out soon, so stay tuned!)

Here’s a rundown of some of our top interviews and guest posts:One Way Love

Bonus tip: want to get special sneak peeks into new books by authors like A. W. Tozer and Mark Driscoll? Then (you guessed it!) subscribe to Vyrso Voice.

2. You’ll be the first to know about Vyrso’s sales and freebies

Be the first in line for sales and freebies. Right now, we’re offering over 1,500 titles under $3, including resources by John Piper, D. A. Carson, Tim Keller, and others.

We also just kick-started our 24 Days of Vyrso sale—each day, we’ll introduce a new 24-hour book bundle, many at up to 70% off. Today’s deal is the Focus on God Bundle: get nine inspirational titles for over $100 off!

Stay tuned to Vyrso.com/24Days to take advantage of huge savings all month long.

3. You’ll join relevant discussions

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The Vyrso blog addresses a multitude of Christian topics. From marriage to leadership to pastoral tips, Vyrso Voice is packed with helpful advice. We also address relevant, hot-topic issues, like homosexuality and the church, immigration, social justice, and more.

Here are a few posts you’ll want to check out:

What are you waiting for? Download the free Vyrso app, and then subscribe to Vyrso Voice today!

Pre-order the Stewardship Ministries Collection Today!

stewardship-ministries-collectionToday’s guest post is by Jay Link, chief steward of Stewardship Ministries and author of several books, available in the Stewardship Ministries Collection (now on Pre-Pub).

This powerful and unique collection of writings sets the record straight on both the meaning and the application of stewardship in our lives.  Tragically, the church has reduced the word stewardship to money and giving, stripping it of its real power and potential to radically transform believers’ lives.

The meaning of stewardship

Consequently, I have felt it necessary to add the word life to stewardship to correctly identify the full scope of what stewardship is really all about. The fundamental concept of Life Stewardship is based on the fact that God owns everything (Ps. 24:1) and we, consequently, are merely caretakers, managers, or stewards of his property—charged to manage every resource entrusted to us according to his wishes.

Eight of the fourteen volumes in the extensive Stewardship Ministries Collection contain 44 chapters/lessons that unpack Life Stewardship and all its ramifications and applications. We are stewards of the gospel, our bodies, the limited time we are entrusted with, our relationships, the material resources we manage, the earth, the talents we have been blessed with—the list goes on. There is not one “room in our house” that is not directly impacted by this foundational Life Stewardship truth.

We believers will universally acknowledge that God owns everything.  Yet, the great tragedy is that we still live like we are the owners and the ones making all the decisions. The disconnect between what we intellectually say we believe and how we actually live out our lives is often massive.

Giving in the New Testament

How we give is also radically changed when framed in a context of Life Stewardship. The traditional question is something like, “How much of my stuff am I going to give to God?”  The proper question should be, “How much of God’s stuff am I going to keep for myself, and how much am I going to make available for his purposes?” You can see that this latter question changes the discussion entirely. You will come to realize that no one can really be a “generous giver.” We, at most, will only be “obedient couriers,” delivering God’s resources where God wants them delivered. We are just his “mailmen”!

One volume in this collection is a powerful series of six sermons entitled the Better Way Giving Series. Each sermon identifies and unpacks one of the six dominant giving characteristics found in the New Testament. It addresses both the didactic teaching passages on giving and illustrative examples of how believers gave in the New Testament. Each sermon contains a three-point outline, substantial Scripture references, appropriate illustrations, and challenging applications. This series has radically changed how people think about and practice their giving.

Becoming a light on the hill

The collection also contains extensive content directed to people whom the Lord has blessed with material surplus. It provides them with very clear guidance on how to properly and effectively steward the surplus wealth they have been entrusted with.

This collection may be some of the most radical biblical teaching you will ever study. Its content is not for the believer who is content with where they are.  It is for the believer who knows there is more, much more, to their walk with the King of Kings than they are presently experiencing.  It is for those who are looking for, maybe even longing for, a path that will enable them to break through to new levels of transformational living, empowering them to become a “light on a hill” in the midst of the darkness—allowing the world to see Christ in the flesh, in your flesh.

My hope for you with the Stewardship Ministries Collection is that, after studying it, you will not simply know more about stewardship—you will also be personally challenged and motivated to start living differently. This Life Stewardship collection has the power to totally transform absolutely every area of your life, if you apply its simple yet powerful truths and principles. And once your life has been appropriately transformed, you will be in a position to compellingly invite others to join you!

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Pre-order the Stewardship Ministries Collection today for just $49.95—$20 off the regular price!

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.