The Clock’s Ticking: Get Your Upgrade Discount While You Can!

Enhance and grow your library

If you’ve been holding off on upgrading to Logos 5, you don’t have much time left. The Logos 5 upgrade sale ends August 5!

If you act now, you can still combine your Logos 5 upgrade discount with your Dynamic Pricing ownership discount. This ownership discount subtracts the cost of books that are already in your library—in addition to the significant upgrade discounts, we’re cutting out the cost of resources you already own.

Whether you’re coming from an earlier version of Logos or you own Logos 5 and want the best price on the tools and resources you’re missing, check out your special pricing with the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator.

What you’re missing out on

We’ve covered a lot of reasons for upgrading now. If you’re considering an upgrade but want to do a little more research, check out some of our recent posts:

Don’t wait! Your discount ends soon

You only have a couple weeks to take advantage of your custom upgrade discount. Lock in your discount, spread the cost over several months, and even get your money back within 30 days—you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Upgrade to Logos 5 today and save!

Logos 5: Combine Clause, Passage List, and LN Numbers for a Unique Search

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.

A Logos user recently emailed me this question:

Is there any way to use Logos 5 to locate every place where Jesus talks about sin? I know I can simply search Jesus AND sin and that will get me some (21) hits, but I am sure there are allusions and alternate words (for sin) that would not be included in that search.

I informed him that by combining several Logos tools, we can get very close to what he wants. One of the current solutions to the question involves several steps—please note: depending on your base package, you may not be able to complete this exercise.

But let’s have a go at answering this excellent question:

  • Click the Search icon
  • Select Clause as the search type (A)
  • Select The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition from the resource drop-down list (B)
  • Type this text in the Find box: person:Jesus (C)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search, which locates all the places in the New Testament where Jesus is mentioned regardless of the words used to reference him (D)

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  • Choose the Search panel menu (E)
  • Select Save as Passage List (F)

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  • Notice that Logos creates a new Passage List document containing all of the verses from the search results (G)
  • Click the Search tab to return to the Search panel (H)

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  • Change the search type to Bible (I)
  • Select from the resource drop-down list a Bible, such as the ESV (J)
  • Select from the range drop-down list the Passage List that was just created (K)

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  • Type this in the Find box: < LN 88.105 – LN 88.318 >, which represents all of the Greek words in the New Testament that according to the Louw-Nida Lexicon have “negative” or unethical meanings (L)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search, which locates the verses in which both the person Jesus and an “unethical” word appear in the same verse (M)

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As you look at the results, some of the verses will not apply directly to the user’s specific question, but many will be exactly what he was looking for!

Tips for Choosing a Church Curriculum

david-c-cook-bible-lesson-commentary-2014-2015With fall right around the corner, many pastors and church administrators are finalizing their plans for which curriculum to use for their adult Sunday schools, small groups, and even Sunday-morning preaching. For those that are still weighing the options, we’ve outlined some guiding questions and practical tips to save you time.

Suit your beliefs and needs

First and foremost, does the curriculum you’re considering line up with your church’s mission, vision, doctrinal beliefs, and culture? Will it provide growth where you need it most?

Be aware of your buying tendencies. Just because something is the least expensive—or the most impressive—doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for your church. Before you buy, set aside time to pray and to seek wisdom from other leaders in your church.

Should I choose uniform or age specific?

Do you want separate curriculum for the adults, youth, and children? Or do you want everyone studying the same material?

Many publishers and denominations create curriculum that follows the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL) / Uniform Series, a six-year study plan covering all major Bible themes. A few of the most popular include the Standard Lesson Commentary (15% off on Pre-Pub) and the David C. Cook Bible Lesson Commentary (21% off on Pre-Pub).

Uniform curricula make it easier for parents to take what they learn at church and discuss it with their kids, since everyone studies the same material. On the other hand, curricula that are age specific can help pastors focus on what their groups need most at their stage in life.

Still can’t decide? Use both: follow a uniform curriculum and let your youth and children’s pastors customize it as needed.

What about media?

studies-in-faithful-living-patriarchs-collection-complete-church-curriculumWhat types of media would make the teaching more effective and easier to understand? How much does it cost your staff to create this kind of media? Would your church members like the option of learning on their smartphones or tablets?

Premade videos, infographics, and presentation slides can save hours of prep time for pastors, as well as that part-time graphic designer / intern / youth leader who always seems a little stressed. Small group handouts and bulletin inserts also help keep people engaged, especially those with different learning styles or disabilities.

Whole-church curricula like The Studies in Faithful Living series take it a step further, providing pastors with sermon outlines, key points in the text, exegesis, and more, in addition to the media mentioned above.

Whether you choose a uniform or separate curriculum, or something packed with media and pastoral resources, remember the leaders who are teaching it. They can always use your prayers, encouragement, and most likely, a hot cup of coffee!

 

What other tips do you have for selecting a curriculum that fits your needs?

Pre-order the Ancient Christian Writers Bundle for $180 Off!

AncientChristian_collectionCoverThe Ancient Christian Writers Bundle is available now for pre-order from Logos—get it for 20% off!

An important library addition

With 65 volumes and almost 20,000 pages, Ancient Christian Writers is one of the premier modern English-language collections of early Christian writings. All together, these books would cost you between $1,500.00 and $2,000.00 in print, but if you pre-order them from Logos, you can get the entire set for less than half that price.

If you already own the Early Church Fathers or Fathers of the Church series, Ancient Christian Writers forms an important complement. It contains a number of important writings not available in the other sets. You’ll get Origen’s Exhortation to Martyrdom and his influential commentary and homilies on the Song of Songs, Jerome’s Commentary on Ecclesiastes, and John Chrysostom’s Baptismal Instructions, along with writings of Paulinus of Nola, Prosper of Aquitaine, Theodoret of Cyrus, and others.

Ancient wisdom, modern translation

Even where there is overlap, you can use Logos to easily compare the translations side by side. The study of the early church is a developing and sometimes contentious field, so the differences in translation and interpretation between editions can be as eye-opening as comparing different translations of Scripture.

Ancient Christian Writers gives you the wisdom of the early church with modern translations and scholarship. Logos makes that wisdom instantly accessible and searchable and connects it to the broader history of the church and development of theology.

Pre-order today to lock in the best price!

Webinar Review: Harness the Power of Logos Searches

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This week, a group of Logos users enjoyed a free hour-long training on harnessing the full potential of Logos 5′s powerful search tools. We covered using search operators, using Louw-Nida numbers, narrowing searches to only the most relevant results, and making the most of the powerful Clause Search tool.

If you missed it, don’t worry! You can watch the recording right now and reap all the benefits of this important training:

In the webinar, we featured the Themelios theological journal, a publication with a long, rich history of excellence. When you get this 111-issue collection, your searches in Logos 5 will yield results from theological thought leaders where they were first published.

We’d like to do more virtual training events like this—but only if it’s something you want. Make your opinion known! Let us know via Facebook or Twitter what type of training you’d like us to put together next.

Then make sure you’re in the loop: subscribe to the webinar email list below. When we schedule the events you want, you’ll be among the first to know about it.





Celebrate John Knox’s 500th Birthday with Discounts on His Works

knoxThe six-volume The Works of John Knox is on sale for a limited time! Save 20% with coupon code KNOX14 at checkout. Get it now!

Who was John Knox?

The Protestant Reformation was no stranger to controversial figures. Among the ranks of John Calvin and Martin Luther stood another giant—this one Scottish, John Knox. He, like his predecessors and mentors, generated much contention, but also inspired many to preach a pure gospel and search the Scriptures.

Little is known about Knox’s early life, though many scholars agree that he was born circa 1514 in Haddington, near Edinburgh. At 25, he was suddenly and dramatically called to the preaching ministry—a calling that he responded to with reluctance and tears. His life was tumultuous, as were the times in which he lived and preached. As Reformed doctrine crept into Scotland, he was persuaded and joined the ranks of the reformers. In a short span, Knox went from a minister’s broadsword-bearing bodyguard, to a preacher, to a galley slave, to a student of John Calvin, to a traveling preacher, to a pen-wielding prophet decrying the bloody Queen of Scots, Mary Tudor.

In 1559, after extensive traveling and writing, he returned to Scotland and “deployed his formidable preaching skills to increase Protestant militancy.” His preaching both caused riots and drew souls to love Jesus Christ, nearly in the same breath. Knox was elected the minister of the Edinburgh church, and wielding his preaching prowess as a weapon to cut the quick, applying his biblical exposition to Scotland’s situation.

the-works-of-john-knoxScotland’s political-religious climate was rapidly shifting, and there was much work to be done in the upheaval. Knox and several others, in light of the massive number of Protestant conversions, took pen to paper and wrote The Book of Church Order—upon which the entire Presbyterian church would be based. Even today, Presbyterians look to The Book of Church Order for polity and church-administration issues, and they look to Knox as their founder.

Knox is often portrayed as a fiery, courageous prophet, standing Elijah-like at the pulpit, decrying God’s enemies with a broadsword in one hand and a Bible in the other. Yet the reality is something different. Knox, by all accounts, was a timid, frail, and fragile man, who when “stripped of his God-given might and the thundering power of his calling, what remains is a mere mortal, a small man, ‘low in stature, and of a weakly constitution’.”

“Knox is a model for the ordinary Christian, especially the one who feels his own weakness but who nevertheless wants to serve Christ in a troubled world. Knox is eminently relevant to all Christians who have ever been forced to come face to face with their own littleness” (Douglas Bond, The Mighty Weakness of John Knox).

Learn more about his life and legacy

To celebrate Knox’s quincentennial, you can save 20% on the six-volume The Works of John Knox with coupon code KNOX14 at checkout—get yours now!

To learn more about Knox’s life and thought, check out these helpful volumes:

Get $100 Off the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection

lexham-bible-guides-pauls-letters-collectionLexham Bible Guide: Romans—the longest and most anticipated volume in the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection—is finally here! We’ve been working on this final volume for almost a year now and, to celebrate its release, the whole collection is on sale. Get it now for $100.00 off!

The biggest Bible guide yet

Romans is Paul’s longest and most important epistle and is regarded as one of the most important writings in the history of the Christian faith. There are countless commentaries, essays, and books devoted to the interpretation of Romans throughout the centuries. With such a massive discussion to draw from, our research team spent over 1,500 hours researching and writing this Bible guide to ensure no stone was left unturned.

By the end of this long process, we wrote more than 200,000 words—that’s more than 650 typeset pages of carefully and purposefully curated research! There are also 39 Greek word studies, hundreds of bibliography entries, and thousands of links to the Logos library.

The collection is now complete

With this Romans volume, the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection is finally complete. When you account for all of the work that went into these Bible guides, the numbers are staggering: we’ve written almost 800,000 words—more than 2,000 typeset pages—on the 13 Pauline epistles.

All of our work allows you to enhance your research like never before! You will be able to find the most important pieces of discussion, quickly. You will discover connections within Scripture you’ve never seen before. And you will gain a unique perspective, a complete overview of all relevant literature—from exegetical topics to interpretive issues.

Get it today!

For those of you who already own the Paul’s Letters Collection, Romans should download to your library automatically. If you were waiting for this final volume to be completed before taking the dive into this amazing collection, now is the perfect time. Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection is $100.00 off for a limited time. Jump-start your research today!

Get One-Time Discounts on Bundles and Top Resources

L5 Upgrade SaleRight now, we’re offering limited-time discounts on base-package upgrades. What’s more, when you upgrade or buy a new base package, you get to take advantage of exclusive, one-time discounts on bundles and top resources.

All you need to do is add a Logos 5 base package to your cart, then make your library even better with 50% off bundles and big savings on some of our most popular resources!

Get 50% off bundles

Bundles are the simplest, most cost-effective way to personalize your library and get specific resources to help you grow in your field. We offer bundles to help you be a better preacher, counselor, original-language expert, and more. And when you upgrade, you get to choose from all of them for 50% off!

Why add more resources to your library? Because the more titles you have in your library, the more powerful each individual resource becomes. Logos 5 links together every resource in your library by citation, topic, phrase, and more. The more resources in your library, the more unique connections Logos makes between them—and the more you get to benefit from revealing searches and new biblical connections.

Upgrade and get these bundles for 50% off:

Check out all of our bundles!

Huge discounts on top resources

When you upgrade, you get special savings on commentaries, Bibles, dictionaries, and more! Here are just a few resources you can get extra savings on:

These deals are only available when you upgrade or buy a base package. Save on top resources and bundles: take advantage of your custom upgrade discount and upgrade today!

You Don’t Want to Miss Craig Evans’ New Courses!

Craig EvansEvery week, the Logos Mobile Ed department gathers to catch up, recap the week’s happenings in the studio, and discuss current projects. This week, many of our team members are working through Dr. Craig Evans’ six courses on New Testament backgrounds, currently available for pre-order.

As we went round the table, the resounding cry from all engrossed in Evans’ courses was “I’m definitely not tired of Dr. Evans yet!”

I had the privilege of working with Dr. Evans on many of these courses, and I heartily agree—I don’t think I could ever tire of this content. Dr. Evans, with an easy demeanor and a sharp tongue, delivers punch after punch of helpful insights derived from a broad knowledge base. He’s an expert in his field, and he brings all that expertise to bear for your learning benefit. If you consider yourself a student of the Bible, trust us: you won’t want to miss these courses.

The six-course NT backgrounds collection features in-depth content on the Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeology, the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts, and much more. Everything’s focused on one goal: bringing you a deeper understanding of the New Testament and its context.

Mobile Ed: designed for you

These Mobile Ed courses are designed just for you, to fit into any busy lifestyle. The lectures are broken up into short, digestible segments. The transcripts are as valuable as any Logos resource. You can search them, annotate them, and comb through them using the Passage and Topic Guides in Logos 5. This is an education attainable for anyone, from layperson to seminary grad, and it’s right where you are, on any device with Logos.

Get it for 42% off!

The six-volume Craig A. Evans New Testament Backgrounds Bundle is available for pre-order now at a massive 42% off. Don’t miss this chance to add Dr. Evans’ insights to your library—pre-order the bundle today!

Why Book Cache Fits My Life

Mark BarnesToday’s guest post is from Mark Barnes, pastor of Bethel Evangelical Church, Clydach in the UK.

One of my favourite things about Logos is the Community Pricing and Pre-Pub specials. By ordering resources in advance, I benefit from substantial discounts and immediate access to resources as soon as they’re released.

There’s one problem, though. When you order something on Pre-Pub, you usually don’t know exactly when it’s going to be released. And that might mean that if the Dictionary of Classical Hebrew or the John MacArthur Sermon Library happens to be launched at the same time my car insurance is due to renew, I might miss out.

Don’t miss out on the best deals

I might miss out, that is, were it not for for Logos’ Book Cache program. By purchasing Logos credit via a monthly subscription, I can make sure that when those Pre-Pubs arrive, I’m able to take advantage of them. All I had to do was to take out a Book Cache subscription, and then check the box on the credit section of my account page. Now, when Pre-Pubs are released, I don’t have to worry whether my credit card is already maxed out—I can automatically pay using the Logos credit I’ve already purchased through Book Cache.

Easily spread out the cost

Of course, there’s a second advantage to Book Cache. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for Logos resources in one month and then very little the next month, I can spread out my payments evenly over a longer period. That makes budgeting easier—and my wife much happier!

So if, like me, you’d love to have more than 3,000 John MacArthur sermons in your library (but you’re not sure you’ll have $199 on hand when the resource is ready), go ahead and order it. Then just take out a Book Cache subscription for $60 or $80 a month: by the time the sermons are released, you’ll already have most (if not all) of the credit you need, depending on the release date. With a $60 Book Cache subscription, you would pay for the archive in just four months, and have $40 in credit to put toward another resource. With a payment plan at about $62/month, it would take an extra three months to purchase the same sermons after they’re released. For me, that makes Book Cache a no-brainer.

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Get the most out of your book budget: subscribe to Book Cache today.

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