Last Week to Save on Logos 9 + Get a Special Bonus

Nab your Logos 9 launch discount before the end of February 1! Sign in to see your unique price.

Your chance to take advantage of the Logos 9 launch discount ends in just one week. You could save 15% or more, but only if you make your purchase before 11:59 p.m. (PT) on February 1.

Take a look at what’s new to Logos 9:

Here are five top reasons people are loving it (check out this blog post for even more):

1. Deeper Bible study, faster

Logos 9’s improved Factbook gives you roughly 10 times more results than Logos 8. Since all the information in our datasets has been pulled together and made accessible directly from the Factbook, it’s an incredibly simple, powerful place to start your study. 

Now, no matter whether you’re looking for more detail about a biblical person, place, significant event, or theological topic—or searching for Greek lemmas, Bible word senses, counseling themes, or biblical pericopes—you can start in Factbook. From there, you can open biblical passages, read definitions, access resources from your library, and more.

2. A sight for sore eyes

One of the most requested features is now here—Dark Mode! 

Loving the study of light in Dark Mode. I can’t speak for everyone, but for me, I spend a lot of time reading, and eye-strain and headaches are less common in Dark Mode.

—Michelle F.

3. Even smarter sermon preparation

With the improved Sermon Builder (previously called Sermon Editor), you can easily:

  • Write your sermon in Logos.
  • Add verses and quotations with a click.
  • Create slides and handouts.
  • Make sermon templates.
  • Present from Logos to Proclaim

4. Easy, efficient sermon storage & planning

Keep all your sermons in a single convenient place—and plan for new ones. With the new Sermon Manager, you can organize your sermon year around the lectionary, series, special events, and more. 

5. More help for helping others

With the Counseling Guide, you can search hundreds of topics ranging from anxiety to grief to terminal illness, and each search pulls up a wealth of information from the Bible and your library. 

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Check out more of what you can do with Logos 9, and be sure to grab your package before the 15% launch discount expires on January 1 at 11:59 p.m. (PT).

When you get Logos 9 before the end of January 1, you’ll also get this special launch bonus completely free: the Today in Christian History Dataset. Each day on your Logos Home Page, learn what happened on today’s date in Church history and the lives of Christian leaders. Plus, easily follow links to the new Factbook for related articles, books, and events.

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How to Pick the Right Logos 9 Package (& Save)

People are loving Logos 9.

This new version of Bible software brings a lot to the table for pastors and preachers. This is much more than Bible study software. It’s a ministry platform with tools for preachers and pastors to help make their ministries more effective and more time-efficient.

—Randy Brown, Bible Buying Guide

I love LOGOS 9 and am currently using it all the time in my studies. For me, it has become a regular part of research, sermon preparation, and even classroom instruction. 

Denny Burk

Over 30,000 people have already upgraded.

They’ve gotten a great deal because of the 15% off launch discount and Dynamic Pricing—and you can, too. 

Here’s how to access your special pricing before the launch discount ends February 1, plus tips for picking the package right for you.

1. Sign in

If you already have a Logos account, the absolute easiest way to see your savings and get a package recommendation is to sign in to this page.

When you do, you’ll immediately see a recommended package based on what you already own. You can take a look at what’s included in that package and your discounted price. 

And when you shop while signed in, you’ll see your discounted price on every product you consider, so you’ll know what your savings are before you head to the cart.

Sign in now.

2. Take a short quiz 

If you’re new to Logos and aren’t sure which package is right for you, start with this quiz. Since there are a lot of Logos 9 options to choose from, it quickly points you to an excellent choice for your needs and budget. 

After you answer a few simple questions about your church involvement, Bible study habits and goals, and how much you’re looking to invest, you’ll get a suggested package based on your answers. 

Take the quiz.

3. Go your own way

If you want to dig around and weigh all your options: 

  • Start here—see all the ways to get Logos 9. This one blog post summarizes your options and why each would be an ideal fit for you.
  • See what’s new in Logos. Maybe this is your first time hearing about Logos 9, or you need a refresher. This page gives you an overview of the new features.  
  • Understand upgrading. If you have an older version of Logos and want to know how to upgrade, you’ll love this simple summary. You may also want to check out the next point in this list . . . 
  • See how to upgrade only your features. If you know you don’t want more books, and just want new features, this is your guide.
  • Compare packages. Want the details of what’s different between each package? This page is for you. You can compare both libraries and features.

4. Purchase by February 1

No matter what package or upgrade you choose, you’ll want to get it before February 1 at 11:59 p.m. (PT) because that’s when the launch discounts end.

Again, the simplest way to see your discount as you shop is to sign in. That way you know exactly what your discount is.

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Purchase Logos 9 before February 1, 11:59 p.m. (PT) and receive the Today in Christian History Dataset FREE. Each day on your Logos Home Page, learn what happened on today’s date in Church history and the lives of Christian leaders. The dataset includes links to the new Factbook for related articles, books, and events.

Sign in to see your recommended Logos 9 package and nab your launch discount before it ends on February 1 at 11:59 p.m. (PST).

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2 Important Questions Everyone Should Ask about the Book of Romans

Saint Paul Writing His Epistles, Valentin de Boulogne (1591–1632). Source: commons.wikimedia.org

 

By Grant R. Osborne

Who was Paul’s audience in Romans?

Paul’s writings and the book of Acts give us more data about him than they do about the Roman church. We know nothing about its origins and only a little about its history. Some have claimed that Peter founded it, but that is unlikely, as Acts tells us he spent the early years of the church near or around Jerusalem. It is even less likely that Peter and Paul founded it together. [Read more…]

Learning Logos: New to Logos? Start with the Factbook!

If you’re new to Logos Bible Software, you may be wondering where to start your Bible study. With all of the possibilities, should you start with the Home Page? A Guide?  A Workflow? I suggest starting with the Factbook, which quickly provides you with a lot of information plus links to even more Logos features! [Read more…]

Logos Tech Tip: 2 Unbelievably Simple Tools to Cultivate Spiritual Health

In Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Peter Scazzero lists 10 characteristics of emotionally unhealthy spirituality, including “Doing for God, instead of being with God.” The sad truth is that we often see good spiritual practices as just things we do, rather than ways of being with God. 

But two easy-to-use Logos features can help. [Read more…]

How to Power Your Sermon Presentation—from the Pulpit

Image courtesy of Faithlife Media

Picture this: you’ve prayerfully completed sermon preparation, and it’s time to share the Word. Your sermon slides are ready, and you’re in the sanctuary. 

Your tablet shows you all your sermon notes and slides—and you control which slides show onscreen when. (No more asking the AV team for “Next slide, please” or losing track of which slide comes next.) [Read more…]

The Rundown on Logos 9 Discounts Disappearing Soon

It’s official: February 1 is your last day to nab launch discounts on the new Logos 9. Log in to see your savings

Don’t know what all the excitement is about? Check out this video:

Here’s a look at the discounts ending at 11:59 p.m. (PT) on February 1, with a quick tip before we dive in.  

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To save yourself time, simply log in to see your savings

Because your discounts are automatically calculated based on what you already own, you’ll see your special purchase price on every option when you sign in before you start shopping.

But if you want the deets, here they are:

New or returning to Logos? 15% off

Whether this is your first time or your ninth time buying Logos software, you’ll get 15% off the package of your choice. 

Awesome news—that includes a complete upgrade (library + features) and additional library upgrades. (For example, you’d save 15% on your purchase of Logos 9 Silver. If you then wanted to upgrade to the Logos 9 Gold library, you’d save 15% on that, too.)

Explore packages.

Pre-launch Faithlife Connect subscriber? 20% off

If you subscribed to Faithlife Connect Essentials or Premiere before Logos 9 launched on October 26, you’re in even better shape. You’ll get 20% off your complete upgrade or library upgrade, plus the normal 2% return on any purchase.

(Oh, and even if you only want to purchase a feature upgrade—which would give you access to those features forever—you’ll still save money. Your discount for feature upgrades is 5%.)

Get a package recommendation.

Academic discount: up to 45% off

Are you faculty, staff, or a student? You could save up to 45%

There are a lot of ways your discounts could shake out, so the best way to see your discount is by logging in.

But here’s a peek:

  • Faculty upgrade: 40% off all things Logos 9. (And if you’re also a Faithlife Connect Essentials or Premiere subscriber, make that 45% off.)
  • Student/staff: 30% off all things Logos 9 (35% off if you’re also a Faithlife Connect Essentials or Premiere subscriber).

Explore your academic discount

Note: These discounts for students, faculty, and staff will remain in effect even after the launch celebration, as they are part of the Logos Academic Discount program. If you aren’t already taking advantage of the academic discount, click that link—you’ll find out how to enroll!

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Now that you’ve got the details, sign in to see your unique Dynamic Pricing! And if you need help deciding what to get, take this handy quiz or get in touch with our resource experts

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Learning Logos: See Search Results at a Glance with Charts

As I was reading through 1 Corinthians, I came to 2:7, which states in the ESV:

But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. [Read more…]

How to Read the Bible with ‘Open Ears’—& What That Really Means

By Peter Leithart

How do we become good readers of the Bible? . . . 

We become good readers of the Bible in the same way that we become faithful followers: we become good readers of the Bible by having our ears open to God’s Word. I want to use that phrase, the “open ear,” in a couple of different ways.

How to read the Bible—step 1: Hear everything God says

. . .  We want to have our ears open to God’s Word in the sense that we want to hear everything God says to us.

How to read the Bible—step 2: Don’t put words in God’s mouth

. . . We want to hear precisely what God says to us. We don’t want to put words in God’s mouth, and when we read the Bible, and when we attempt to interpret it, we don’t want to read things into the text that he hasn’t actually spoken. We don’t want to make God say something that he hasn’t said.

How to read the Bible—step 3: Keep ‘open ears’

Be careful not to miss any nuance: fullness

At the same time, we want to make sure we’re trying to hear everything that he says to us. We want to hear every nuance of his voice. We want to hear every detail of what he has revealed to us. 

In Protestant circles—at least today—the problem at this point has more to do with our inability to hear everything God says than to hear it accurately. We are so concerned about accuracy that we sometimes miss the fullness of what God has revealed.

We need to have our ears open so that we can both hear what God says, and not put any words in his mouth but also hear everything he says. Hear it in its complete fullness. Hear it in all its beauty and all its power.

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Receive everything God says

Old Testament symbolism of the “open ear”

But the Bible speaks about the open ear in another sense. The open ear is a symbol of obedience. Psalm 40 talks about this. After Psalm 40 recounts the different offerings that God does not desire, Psalm 40 says, “But my ears you have opened.” 

The kind of sacrifice that God actually wants from his people is not simply to go through the motions of a ritual sacrifice. 

What God wants is the sacrifice of the open ear, and that means the sacrifice of obedience, the sacrifice of responsiveness to God’s Word.

Psalm 40 is alluding back to [Exod 21] and the ritual that was done for a servant who wanted to become a permanent servant in his master’s house. If a servant came to the point where he was going to be let go and decided he’d want to stay and serve his master for the rest of his life, he would be taken to a doorway and an awl would be poked through his earlobe, and that hole in his earlobe would be the opening of his ear as a mark of his permanent servanthood to his master. It’s an appropriate symbol. After all, he has just decided that his ear is going to be opened to his master’s voice forever. To symbolize that, he would poke a hole in his earlobe.

Priests were household servants in God’s palace, and so during the priestly ordination, their right ear was smeared with blood—a symbol of the open ear that they should have to the Lord and Master of the house that they were serving.

How to read the Bible—step 4: Obey God’s Word

To have an open ear means to be obedient to God’s Word. To become a good reader of God’s Word, we need to become obedient and faithful disciples.

The obedience-insight cycle

This has many different dimensions to it. There is a relationship between obedience and insight into Scripture. As we understand more of the Bible, as we plumb its depths more and more, the Spirit uses that to make us more faithful to God—but on the other hand, as we are obedient to Jesus Christ, as we follow him, as we risk ourselves and our reputation to serve him and to be faithful to him, then that gives us further insight into Scripture

There is a cycle between obedience and insight, between being an obedient hearer of the Word and being an attentive reader of the Word.

Obedience is exegesis

Obedience also is a form of exegesis. Exegesis is the process of interpreting the Bible, and when we obey the Bible, we’re not just basing that on an interpretation, but our actions are themselves a kind of interpretation of the Scriptures. The way we live together as communities of Christians, the way we live together as the Church, is an interpretation of the gospel. It presents to the world the truth of the gospel, and it presents to the world a good—or often a very bad—interpretation of what the gospel commands and what the gospel calls us to.

The fullness of obedience

Obedience should be understood in its fullest sense. When we think of obedience, we tend to think of God’s commands, and that’s appropriate. God does issue commands. He tells us things that we ought to do, and our ears should be open to those commands, and we should obey them and do what he says.

But obedience also means believing what he claims. 

Our ears are open to hear what he has to say to us. Obedience also means that our ears are open to his promises, so our only hope in life and in death is in Jesus Christ, who is the “Yes” and “Amen” of all of God’s promises.

Having an open ear also means that we receive God’s Word in order to sing it and to speak it. Singing the psalms, singing the hymns of Scripture, singing hymns that are based on Scripture is part of having an open ear because what comes into our ears comes out of our mouths as praise.

Having an open ear means trembling at the threats that God issues and the warning that God gives those who fall away and turn from him.

If we are going to be good readers, we need to have our ears opened by the Spirit so that the Spirit can write the Word of God on our hearts, so that we can be obedient to him.

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This post is adapted from the course Typological Hermeneutics: Finding Christ in the Whole Bible, taught by Peter Leithart.

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Got Big Bible Study Goals? Here’s Your Secret Weapon to Reach Them

If you’re like me, you probably set out each new year with lofty Bible study goals. And then, well—life happens. A few random distractions can quickly turn much-intended goals into a nice idea shelved for next year. 

But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, you could have an incredible, faith-bolstering year studying God’s Word using just a few of the powerful tools in Logos 9 [Read more…]