Save on Resources for Bible Teachers

Pastors, teachers, and church leaders regularly suffer from stress and burnout—the emotional and spiritual toll of day-to-day ministry can overwhelm even the best efforts of those in positions of leadership. If you’re feeling worn out, practical ideas and advice from other experienced teachers could be just the help you need.

Here are a few great resources on discipleship—they’re on sale right now!

college-press-discipleship-collection1. College Press Discipleship Collection

Regularly $49.95—on sale for $39.95 through Friday

This collection explores effective and Christ-centered discipleship, providing you with practical ideas that your church can use to encourage faithful service and bring up disciples.

2. Christian Educator’s Collection

Regularly $64.95—on sale for $54.95 through Friday

The renowned Christian Educator’s Handbook series has long been a popular source for practical and reliable information on teaching from a biblical foundation. Each book offers Christian educators sound insight into a wide variety of topics, from the best way to integrate a Christian worldview into the classroom to the state of adult education today. The series tackles each issue from a variety of angles, with contributing chapters by well-known evangelical authors.

patterns-of-discipleship-in-the-new-testament3. Patterns of Discipleship in the New Testament

Regularly $24.95—pre-order it for $18.95

As editor Richard Longenecker puts it: “[discipleship] needs better biblical rootage than it usually receives in the popular press and better personal application than it usually receives in scholarly writings.” Patterns of Discipleship in the New Testament seeks to provide both, encouraging you to grow in biblical knowledge as well as in practical discipleship.

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Pick up your favorites, and be sure to check out the full list of February deals and Pre-Pub products.

The Price Has Dropped on the Oxford History of the Christian Church!

oxford-history-of-the-christian-church (1)Pre-Pub prices usually start low and go up.

This is a rare exception: the Pre-Pub price on the Oxford History of the Christian Church has gone down!

We can now offer you an even lower price, but we don’t know how long this deal will last.

These are expensive, valuable volumes. Check out the numbers for yourself:

  • Normally, at full print list prices, you would pay more than $2,387.00 for the full set.
  • A while back, we looked around for the lowest prices available; the best deals we could find added up to $1,747.00.
  • Many of the individual volumes in this collection would cost you more than $100.00 each.
  • Three of these books list at over $200.00 each, all the way up to $255.00!

The main takeaway here is that these are important, sought-after volumes. People regularly pay hundreds of dollars for these books (and thousands of dollars for the set)—but now we’re able to offer the complete Oxford History of the Christian Church for $399.95.

Consider the price of the set, and think about how each of these books normally costs $100 to $300 each—if you’ve thought about getting only one or two of them, it’s a much better deal to pre-order the entire 16-volume set instead.

Not only will you get the books you want—you’ll also get everything the Oxford History of the Christian Church series has to offer.

And $399.95 is an even more amazing price when you consider the value of having these books in your digital library, with citations linked to their sources, powerful search features, automatic citations when you copy–paste, and so much more.

One other important thing to consider: we don’t know how long this price will last. This set could go into development tomorrow, next week, next month—we simply don’t know. And when it ships, the price will jump dramatically.

Pre-order now!

You have nothing to lose by pre-ordering. We won’t charge your card until the product ships (plus we’ll remind you a few weeks beforehand), and you can cancel at any time.

But you won’t always be able to get this set at this price, so don’t miss your opportunity—pre-order the Oxford History of the Christian Church now!

(If you’ve already pre-ordered, don’t worry—we’re still honoring our commitment that you’ll always get the best price by pre-ordering early. Your price has been automatically lowered to the new price, and there’s nothing you need to do to make sure you get the best deal.)

Your Last Week to Get February Deals

February Deals

For just a few more days, you can get big savings on all our February sale items! We have 180+ resources on sale this month—commentaries, dictionaries, biographies, and more. Don’t miss your chance: browse the February sale before it ends!

Here are a few of the most popular sale resources:

b-b-warfield-collectionB. B. Warfield Collection

Regularly $274.95—on sale for $142.95 (that’s 48% off!)

B. B. Warfield ranks among America’s greatest theologians and Reformed theology’s most ardent defenders. A prolific writer and accomplished scholar, Warfield defended Reformed confessionalism against the extremes of nineteenth-century modernist and revivalist theology. In doing so, he defined the parameters of theological method for the twentieth century.

Getting to Know Jesus Bible Study

Regularly $99.95—on sale for $76.95 (that’s 23% off!)

Getting to Know Jesus collects the entirety of Glen M. Copple’s critically acclaimed Bible study course. The 160 lessons engage each Gospel account, helping you understand Jesus’ life and teaching. The lessons include outlines, lesson objectives, commentary on the text, discussion questions, and a comprehensive bibliography.

a-dictionary-of-christ-and-the-gospelsA Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels

Regularly $79.95—on sale for $43.95 (that’s 45% off!)

This comprehensive study on the life of Christ covers every reference to Jesus’ life and teaching, as well as extensive entries on the four Gospels. Editor James Hastings compiled over 1,900 pages of notes from 100-plus international contributors and scholars.

Selected Works on the Life of Christ

Regularly $59.95—on sale for $43.95 (that’s 27% off!)

“The Life of Christ is an exhaustless theme. It reveals a character of greater massiveness than the hills, of serener beauty than the stars, of sweeter fragrance than the flowers; higher than the heavens in sublimity and deeper than the seas in mystery.” So begins James Stalker’s biography of Jesus. This collection gives you six of the best-known works on the life of Christ, from Stalker, F. W. Farrar, Samuel J. Andrews, and G. Campbell Morgan.

These aren’t all the products on sale! Check out the complete list, and pick up your favorites before these deals expire.

Equip Yourself for Life-Changing Preaching

mobile ed preaching bundleTwo passages shape much of Christian life and ministry: Matthew 28:19, which calls us to make disciples of all nations, and 2 Timothy 4:2, which calls us to be ready to preach the Word in season and out of season. Logos Mobile Education’s 10-course Preaching and Discipling Bundle helps you carry out these biblical mandates.

Change lives with training grounded in the Word

Logos Mobile Education is a new way to learn. Whether you’re continuing your biblical education, supplementing your formal training, or stepping into the world of biblical learning for the first time, Mobile Ed brings you solid theological content in a helpful, accessible format.

The Preaching and Discipling Bundle gives you 10 courses and 54 hours of teaching. Practical and relevant, this coursework helps you grow both in your ministry and in your everyday spiritual life.

The bundle aims to equip you for better preaching and assist you as you walk alongside your brothers and sisters in Christ. These courses aren’t just for pastors, though—whether you teach Sunday school classes, lead small groups, meet one-on-one in discipling or mentor relationships, or lead a megachurch, the bundle’s biblical lessons will help you learn and grow.

Pastoral ethics, theology of everyday life, and more

The Preaching and Discipling Bundle gives you four courses devoted purely to preaching:

You’ll also get valuable insights into discipling and pastoral ministry:

You’re looking at over 50 hours of personal, in-depth video teaching, plus a wealth of biblical information on some of the most important topics for the church.

And if you pre-order the Preaching and Discipling Bundle right now, you can get it for 44% off. Even better, you can get the Pre-Pub savings and spread out the costs with an interest-free payment plan—just call 888-875-9491 to get your plan set up!

Grow yourself. Grow your ministry. Pre-order the Preaching and Discipling Bundle today.

Augustine’s Philosophical Importance

Augustine_of_HippoAugustine is a hugely important figure in church history. He’s a big deal outside the church, too—in fact, he’s one of the most important figures in pure philosophy.

Here’s why.

Augustine beat Kant to his theory of subjective time

Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) was one of the fathers of modern philosophy. He argued, among many other things, that time doesn’t exist outside consciousness—that it’s “nothing other than the form of inner sense.” That subjective view of time has proved hugely important. Thing is, Kant wasn’t the first to think of it—Augustine, in the third century AD, came to more or less the same conclusion in book XI of the Confessions.

The problem that started it all: given the Genesis 1 account of creation, shouldn’t creation have occurred sooner—that is, as soon as possible? Augustine argues that time itself was created when the world was created; God, eternal, is exempt from linear time and all notions of before and after. It’s here that Augustine beats Kant to the punch. “What, then, is time?” he wonders. “If no one asks of me, I know; if I wish to explain to him who asks, I know not.” He concludes that the present is all that really exists; the past exists only as memory; the future, as expectation. Time is in and of the human mind, and that’s Kant in a nutshell.

Augustine beat Descartes to his cogito

modern-philosophy-bundleCogito, ergo sum,” wrote René Descartes (1596–1650)—“I think, therefore I am.” Descartes resolved to doubt all that could be doubted, and concluded that pretty much all sensory input is subject to skepticism. That position admits as trustworthy only the bare fact of mental existence. (By the way, Descartes later concluded that his own extreme doubt, though possible, was unreasonable—since God is good, he wouldn’t lead us astray; therefore, the senses can be trusted.) Descartes’ cogito has been enormously influential.

But Augustine, in his Soliloquia, comes to the very same conclusion:

“You, who wish to know, do you know who you are? I know it. Whence are you? I know not. Do you feel yourself single or multiple? I know not. Do you feel yourself moved? I know not. Do you know that you think? I do.” (emphasis added)

Sorry, Descartes.

Augustine incorporated and modified Platonism

ancient-philosophy-bundleFor Augustine, the writings of Plato were “the most pure and bright in all philosophy, scattering the clouds of error”—in fact, Platonism helped bring Augustine to Christianity. Through Plotinus, Augustine adopted many of Plato’s teachings:

  • Augustine’s City of God is to his City of Man what Plato’s higher plane—the plane of forms—is to our lower world.
  • Plato believed in absolute, unchanging reality; for Augustine, this made Christianity’s radical claims, which he came to later in life, easier to accept.
  • Both thinkers treated logic and faith as complementary, not opposed.

What’s really interesting is that Augustine, unlike his Platonist predecessors, adapted Platonism into new philosophy that better conforms to Scripture. Let’s return to Genesis 1, for example. For Plato, and later Aristotle, creating something from nothing was unthinkable: in the Timaeus, Plato argued that a demiurge, or creator god, sculpted the universe’s forms from some preceding primitive matter. But Genesis is explicit—God created something from nothing—and so Augustine sees no room for confusion. Before him, Christian Platonists (like Origen) tended to incorporate Plato’s thought in whole; after him, Platonism answered to Scripture.

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Augustine took the philosophy of the past and modified it for emerging Christianity. He developed original philosophy that prefigured the work of many of modernity’s most important thinkers. He’s important—and so is the larger conversation he’s such a big part of.

You can get the Logos editions (in both English and Latin) of Augustine’s Confessions and Select Letters for just $34.94—for such influential thought in such a research-friendly format, that’s a steal. Likewise, Noet’s Ancient and Modern Philosophy bundles give you the essential works of Kant, Descartes, Plato, and others.

Join the conversation: pick up Augustine’s Confessions and Select Letters, the Ancient Philosophy Bundle, and the Modern Philosophy Bundle right now.

Or start studying the ultimate classical library: Noet’s immense Classical Foundations Bundle, which gives you 124 volumes spanning philosophy, history, literature, and the classics.

 
Then keep reading—what do philosophy and theology have to do with math?

Craig Groeschel, Christianity in Hong Kong, and a Prophet on the Run

SubscribeNow270x350If you tithe, will God “open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need”? While Malachi 3:10 is often used to encourage tithing among parishioners, the passage is not primarily about giving—or getting. In the latest issue of Bible Study Magazine, Douglas Mangum addresses the historical and literary context of Malachi’s message.

Subscribe now to get the Mar–Apr ’14 issue, and you’ll receive these articles on the Minor Prophets:

  • A Family Picture: Obadiah contains some of the Bible’s most scathing remarks regarding the nation of Edom. Understand how this snapshot of a national dispute fits into the greater biblical narrative.
  • A Prophet on the Run: Catch the final installment of Not Your Average Bible Study on the rebel prophet, Jonah.
  • God of War or Peace? The prophets’ depictions of God can seem confusing. Is he a powerful warrior (Mal. 4:1)? Or is he a God of peace, who looks forward to a day when “nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isa. 2:2–4)?
  • Wrestling with God: When God reveals his plan to Habakkuk, it’s far from what the prophet expected. What lessons does this text have for us today?

You’ll also receive a cover story on Craig Groeschel, a feature story on Christianity in Hong Kong, and four book reviews. Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine today to get the Mar–Apr ’14 issue!

Get 23% Off 30+ Years of Old Testament Research

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The 14-volume Old Testament Profiles & Commentaries of Cyril J. Barber collection, currently on Pre-Pub for 23% off, gives you more than three decades worth of Old Testament research. You’ll get valuable cultural insight, information drawn from an array of important commentaries, and modern application.

The series is gaining a lot of momentum on Pre-Pub, so don’t wait around until it hits full price: pre-order it today for 23% off!

Old Testament Profiles & Commentaries of Cyril J. Barber

Regularly $299.95get it for $229.95

This highly accessible series helps you connect biblical characters and ancient texts to the modern world. It includes 14 volumes on Exodus, Joshua–Kings, Ezra, and Esther, along with profiles of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Each volume pores over the historical events surrounding key events and people, connecting them to contemporary culture.

You’ll also get a devotional exposition of Joshua, an examination of the narrative of God’s power in Judges, and exhaustive profiles of the patriarchs in the Old Testament.

These volumes become even more powerful when coupled with the power of Logos 5. You can study these concise, engaging commentaries side by side with the biblical books they examine, search all 14 volumes in seconds, and go deeper in your study by connecting key terms to dictionaries and encyclopedias in your massive, interconnected library.

Get the best price on this powerful commentary series: pre-order the Old Testament Profiles & Commentaries of Cyril J. Barber for 23% off today! 

The Grand Story of God’s Work: An Interview with Michael Lawrence (Part 2)

Michael-LawrenceDr. Michael Lawrence is the author of Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry, which you can get for free through the end of the month. Lawrence holds an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a PhD from Cambridge University; he has served as associate pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and more recently as pastor of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, OR. This is the second part of a two-part interview—if you missed part one, catch up here.

The title of your book invites the question, what does biblical theology have to do with the life of the church?

Everything. If biblical theology is essentially a reading strategy—a way of reading the Bible as a single book telling a single story—then the answer to that question is the same as the answer to “What does the Bible have to do with the life of the church?”

Of course, these days, too many evangelicals assume that the Bible has very little to do with the life of the church. We turn instead to methodology, best practices, media, structures, cultural exegesis, and music, to name just a few. We assume that if we master these things, the church will grow. There’s no question you can grow a crowd through all sorts of methods. But the church is not merely a crowd; it’s the bride of Jesus Christ. And Jesus nurtures and cleanses his bride through the Word.

As I’ve heard David Helm say many times, “God does his work through his Word, in a world gone awry.” I think that’s exactly right. And it’s because I believe passionately in the sufficiency of the Word for the life and growth and health of the church that I think biblical theology is at the heart of what we do as church leaders.

Does systematic theology play into the life of the church as well? How do biblical and systematic theology relate?

Systematic theology is incredibly important to the life of the church. I spend an entire chapter talking about that, and then another chapter thinking through how systematic and biblical theology relate to each other. If biblical theology tells us how God said what he said, then systematic theology summarizes what God said and applies it in our lives. If we don’t understand how God said it, we’ll get our summary wrong. But if we never summarize and apply, what’s the point? I’m a pastor, not an academic with boundaries to draw and defend, so maybe it’s easier for me to call a ceasefire between the two disciplines and think about how they work together in ministry.

Who are some of the authors who have most influenced how you do theology?

The five men I dedicated my book to all had a profound impact on me in seminary: Meredith Kline, David Wells, Rick Lints, Scott Hafemann, and Gordon Hugenberger. In some ways, this book is an attempt to give to others what they first gave to me. Since then, I’ve read quite a bit more. I’ve been hugely influenced by Geerhardus Vos. I’m constantly edified by the work of Graeme Goldsworthy, Richard Gaffin, and Edmund Clowney. I think Ligon Duncan is one of the finest practitioners of biblical theological preaching alive today. And the work Vaughn Roberts has done to make biblical theology accessible to lay audiences is superb. But I still come back again and again to the combination of self-critical cultural exegesis and careful biblical theology that my Gordon-Conwell professors taught me. I was privileged to sit under them.

Can you tell us a bit about 9Marks?

9Marks is a parachurch ministry that grew out of Mark Dever’s passion to encourage pastors and local churches in healthy gospel growth driven by a profound conviction of the sufficiency of the Scriptures. It has since grown into a chorus of like-minded pastors and writers, each of whom, in their own distinctive setting and voice, seeks to remind and encourage us that Christ loves his church and that he’s given us, in his Word, the resources we need to feed and lead and grow it.

9Marks hosts a number of conferences and workshops each year, both in DC and in various other locations around the world. There’s a small paid staff in DC. There’s a fantastic, resource-rich website. And of course there are books. But really it’s a band of brothers scattered far and wide, who together are committed to not only building biblically healthy churches, but also encouraging other pastors to do the same.

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Get Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church free through the end of February! And don’t miss your chance to win the entire 9Marks Series.

Examine Biblical Themes with the Lexham Bible Guides

lexham-bible-guides-genesis-collectionIf you began your yearly Bible reading plan in Genesis last month, you’re likely almost done with the book—and you undoubtedly have some questions. This year, take your annual reading plan to a new level—a deeper level that answers those questions.

The Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection is the ideal resource to help you grow in your understanding of Genesis and the Bible as a whole. Genesis is the foundation for the rest of Scripture. Almost any biblical theme you can think of—from the Old Testament or the New—has a parallel in Genesis.

The Genesis Collection helps you examine those themes. It guides you through your own exploration of some of the Bible’s most difficult and significant passages. You’ll gain new insights into verses you’ve read countless times—and you won’t need to invest countless hours reading commentaries. We’ve done the research for you.

The Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection

  • Provides comprehensive, easy-to-use coverage
  • Unpacks difficult passages and makes them accessible for further study
  • Explains top scholars’ various opinions, and links you directly to those resources in your Logos library for further reading

The Studies in Faithful Living: Patriarchs Collection

To extend your knowledge even further, order the three-volume Studies in Faithful Living: Patriarchs Collection. Walk through the narratives of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, and their families in eight-week studies that are perfect for sharing with small groups or your entire congregation.

The Patriarchs Collection:

  • Explores God’s unique relationships with imperfect people who grew to become champions of faith
  • Provides a rich learning experience for individuals, small groups, or entire congregations
  • Prompts reflection on how the lives of these early leaders hold lessons for us today

It’s not too late to make a new commitment to Bible study this year. Order the Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection and the Studies in Faithful Living: Patriarchs Collection today.

The Grand Story of God’s Work: An Interview with Michael Lawrence (Part 1)

Michael-LawrenceDr. Michael Lawrence is the author of Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry, which you can get free through the end of February! Lawrence holds an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell and a PhD from Cambridge University. He has served as associate pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and more recently as pastor of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, OR.

Can you tell us a bit of your story?

I was born in Texas, grew up in South Carolina, and went to school in North Carolina, Boston, and Cambridge. My wife, Adrienne, and I met at Duke, we’ve been married almost 24 years, and we have five children ages 5 to 17. I went to school to be a medical doctor, but while I was in college, God got ahold of my life and propelled me into ministry, much to my family’s initial disappointment. (They’ve since gotten over it!) Three and a half years ago, we moved from Washington, DC, to Portland, OR, when I became lead pastor at Hinson Baptist Church.

From the brief bio above, you can see that, before the move to Portland, I’d lived my entire life (after Texas) within an easy drive of—if not within sight of—the Atlantic Ocean (or the North Sea). Neither my wife nor I have family west of the Appalachian mountains! So we certainly weren’t looking to move west. But Tom Schreiner, who’s from Oregon, encouraged me to take a look at Hinson. And with the blessing of the elders at Capitol Hill Baptist, where I’d served since 2002, we made the move in 2010. Honestly, it felt like moving back to the UK, in terms of both weather and culture. We went through culture shock all over again. But we’re so glad the Lord has brought us here.

Who did you have in mind when you wrote Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church?

I grew up in a typical Southern Baptist church in the deep south. As a result, I grew up knowing all the Bible stories almost by heart. But no one ever told me how to put all those individual stories together into one grand narrative of God’s work of redemption in the world. That didn’t happen until I got to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. So when I wrote this book, not only did I want to encourage seminary-trained pastors like myself to put biblical theology to work; I wanted interested lay leaders of all kinds—Sunday school teachers, lay elders, small group leaders, women’s ministry leaders, etc.—to benefit from it. The book is really for anyone who finds themselves teaching or applying the Bible to others in the church.

Why is it important that Christians know how to do biblical theology?

Whether they realize it or not, Christians are doing biblical theology all the time. They’re relating the OT to the NT, Israel to Jesus and the church, the Law to the gospel. That’s the work of biblical theology. So if you’re going to be doing something anyway, if it’s inescapable every time you pick up your Bible and read it, then I think you should know what you’re doing. If you don’t know what you’re doing, then it’s not that you won’t do biblical theology—it’s simply that you’ll do it badly, or even incorrectly. The Scriptures are the power of God for salvation. Therefore, we don’t want to misapply the Scriptures. We don’t want to misinterpret the Scriptures. Biblical theology is essential.

What drove you to write this book?

Can I say Jonathan Leeman? There’s nothing like an editor who believes in your project to drive you along! In fact, ever since I sat through Meredith Kline’s course on OT hermeneutics, I’ve had a passion for biblical theology. And after years of practical ministry, both in parachurch and local-church settings, I was convinced that this way of reading the Bible was crucial to faithful, fruitful ministry. Too many times I’d misapplied Scripture, or watched others do so, for no other reason than that I’d never been taught how to put the Bible together as a single story.

Too many times I’d taught moralistic lessons, or watched others do the same, because I had never been taught how the OT points forward to Christ and finds its fulfillment in him. So, I suppose, once I was introduced, I had the zeal of a new convert. I really want people to know how to read their Bibles, and this is the way to do it.

For the past three years, I’ve been preaching from a biblical-theological perspective in a church filled with older members who had always been taught that the OT was a book for and about the Jews, past and future, with little more for them as NT Christians than moral examples and a few messianic prophecies. I can’t tell you how encouraged I am as a pastor to have elders tell me how they feel like I’ve given them back the other half of their Bible, and how excited they are to find Jesus there!

There are a lot of books on biblical theology that examine various arcs of the Bible’s storyline, from scholars like Tom Schreiner, Desmond Alexander, G. K. Beale, and others. How does your book differ?

I’m not really trying to do biblical theology in my book, so much as give people the tools to do it themselves. In the middle section, I do tell the entire arc of the story from five different theological and thematic perspectives. But those are meant more as examples than as thorough treatments of a single biblical theological theme. Instead, my goal is to introduce people to the key concepts that biblical theology uses, relate those tools to two other sets of tools—exegetical theology and systematic theology—and then show what a difference biblical theology makes to our preaching, teaching, counseling, missions, and ethics. It’s a deeply interdisciplinary book, designed not to give you a biblical theology, but to encourage you to discover and use biblical theology for yourself.

Come back tomorrow for the rest of the interview!

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Get Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church for free during the month of February! And don’t miss your chance to win the entire 9Marks Series.

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