The Ascension of Christ and Spirit of Pentecost

Christ's AscensionIn the Orthodox Church, the 40th day after Easter is celebrated as the day marking Christ’s ascension into heaven. The emphasis of this commemoration is our assurance not only that Jesus is truly the Son of God, but that he has not left his disciples without hope.

In the Gospel reading for this Great Feast, the Scriptures record:

“Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, ‘Peace to you. . . . Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.’

And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God.” —Luke 24:36–53 (NKJV)

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Last Chance: Get up to $388 Off Commentaries

If you haven’t picked out a graduation gift yet, you have only a few more days to save on some of our top commentaries! Written with serious students in mind, these commentaries are the perfect gifts for any grad. Through June 15, you can get up to $388 off three of our best-selling commentaries using the coupon codes below.

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International Critial CommentaryInternational Critical Commentary

The International Critical Commentary has long held a special place among works on the Bible. Its comprehensive, rigorous scholarship brings together all the relevant aids to exegesis: linguistic and textual, archaeological, historical, literary, and theological.

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Pillar New Testament CommentaryPillar New Testament Commentary

The PNTC seeks to make Scripture’s meaning clear. The authors interact with the most important, informed contemporary debate, yet avoid undue technical detail. The result is a blend of rigorous exegesis and exposition, of scholarship and pastoral sensitivity, with attention both to biblical theology and to the Bible’s contemporary relevance. [Read more...]

Is Satan Omnipresent?

Steven Furtick BSM CoverWe often have built-in assumptions about the way Satan works. But do these assumptions match up with Scripture? In his article in the July–Aug ’13 issue of Bible Study Magazine, Derek R. Brown poses four questions about Satan, like “Is he omnipresent?” and “Is he behind every temptation?” Some insights from Paul’s letters to the church in Thessalonica might surprise you.

It’s all part of the new July–Aug ’13 issue of Bible Study Magazine. If you subscribe today, you’ll also get the following:

  • An interview with Steven Furtick. This New York Times bestselling author shows how Bible study is transformative in “Beyond Baseline Christianity.”
  • A feature story on Christine Caine. The speaker, author, and human rights activist shares how Scripture and the Spirit motivate and drive her work.
  • A special article by John Piper. What does a life of faith look like? John Piper explains in “The Moment You Become a Christian.”
  • A new eight-week Bible study. How can the modern, fragmented church be Christ’s body? This new study on Ephesians explores what Paul says about unity in a broken world.
  • A themed section on the books of 1–2 Thessalonians. Find other challenging articles, like “Your Grace Is Too Small” and “How Many Times Is Jesus Coming Back?”

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The Geneva Bible Is Coming Soon to Logos!

Geneva BibleIf you’re at all interested in Reformed theology, the Geneva Bible, part of the English Bibles Collection, is an important resource to add to your library. It was the Bible read by the Puritans and the original study Bible of the English-speaking Reformers. It’s also one of our most requested Bible translations, and digitizing it will be no small project.

Why the Geneva Bible was translated

In 1553, Queen Mary ascended the British throne, which began a period of intense persecution of Protestants in England. More than 700 people fled England to escape persecution and settled in and around Geneva, Switzerland, in 1555. The refugees included Miles Coverdale, John Knox, and William Whittingham.

Geneva in the 1550s was the center of Reformed Protestantism. And because of the presence of Theodore Beza, it was also a growing center of biblical scholarship.

While there, the exiles began to see the need for a new translation of the Bible in their own language. The New Testament was finished in 1557, and the complete Bible—along with a revised New Testament—was finished in 1560. [Read more...]

Logos 5: Use Information with Any Resource

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.

I often tell people that Logos Bible Software is like an onion containing layer upon layer of features and data. Seemingly simple techniques can yield great rewards. Here’s one such simple trick.

To set this up, imagine we’re reading a Logos resource containing numerous references to people and places, as well scores of polysyllabic words. If you’re like I am, you won’t slow down long enough to look up the unfamiliar terms. You’ll just keep reading, hoping the context will clarify the meaning. But what if you had instant information for those obscure terms? Well, in most cases, you do—with a tool called Information. Try this:

  • Open a Logos resource, such as The Lexham Bible Dictionary, to the article for Jacob
  • Choose Tools | Information
  • Notice that the Information panel opens on the right-hand side of the screen (A)
  • Rest the cursor on a word in the resource, such as Rebekah, symmetrical, coherence, etc. (B)
  • Notice the data that appears in the Information panel—if the data doesn’t appear, try single-clicking the word—which probably includes a definition of the word (C)
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Songwriters: Last Chance to Write and Record with Paul Baloche

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Get 30% Off New Zondervan Collections!

We’re excited to announce that two very anticipated collections are now available on Pre-Pub! For the next two weeks, you can pre-order both the Zondervan Biblical Languages Collection and the Textbook Bundle for 30% off their regular prices.

Zondervan Biblical Languages Collection

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This collection, worth $781.65 in print, includes essential Bible study resources such as core textbooks, language grammars, reference works, and more—many of which are among the most respected works in their fields.

Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar, included in this collection, is one of the most popular introductions to Greek, used in universities and seminaries around the world. Over 200,000 students have learned biblical Greek under its guidance, proving it to be one of the most powerful resources for those looking to delve into the original languages.

This collection includes titles such as:

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Changing the Biblical Research Paradigm

Lexham Bible GuidesWhat if research could move you? What if it could change your everyday life—could actually make a difference in the way you think, act, speak? These questions drove us to create the Lexham Bible Guides.

For too long, biblical research has been a stagnant process—a tedious necessity. For too long, it has been inaccessible to people without seminary training. For too long, pastors have spent hours poring over books only to realize they still haven’t discovered an insight for their congregation.

How much good is an idea without an application? With only so many hours in the day, you have to weigh the value of the idea versus the time you could spend in discussion or study with others—and the insights that come from interaction.

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So if the entire research process could be streamlined, documented, and explained—providing you with what you really want and need and saving you valuable time—would you pay for it?

We know that you don’t want someone to give you the answers. That’s why you have, and should have, a library. [Read more...]

Get 25% Off Johann Gerhard’s Theological Commonplaces

Johann_GerhardJohann Gerhard was the premier Lutheran theologian of the early seventeenth century. Combining a profound understanding of Lutheran theology with a broad interest in ethics and culture, he had a significant influence on biblical, doctrinal, pastoral, and devotional theology.

Johann always remained steadfast in his commitment to spreading God’s Word, even though he faced many trials in his life. At various times, he suffered from asthma, dry fever, rheumatism, kidney trouble, and weakness of his entire body. His father died when Johann was only 16 years old. On top of his health and home-life struggles, he was threatened with imprisonment many times during the Thirty Years’ War. Still, he always remained faithful. He was known for his perseverance; to this day, it shines through in his writings.

His Loci Theologici are regarded as the standard for Lutheran orthodoxy, with topics ranging from the proper understanding and interpretation of Scripture to eschatology. [Read more...]

Who Should We Interview Next?

Who Should We InterviewLogos users are an involved community. Between blog subscribers, forum members, Facebook fans, and followers on Twitter and Google Plus, we have over 200,000 followers. It’s amazing to see the level of engagement among our users!

Photo contests and surveys, plus simple questions like “Who have you been reading lately?” and “Who do you think was the most influential pastor of the 20th century?,” have resulted in tons of responses.

So we thought we’d ask a new question: who should we interview next?

The Logos blog has featured quite a few interviews over the years, including:

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