Archives for June 2012

Get a Full Scholarship—Your DMin Could Be Free!

Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software have teamed up to provide the one-of-a-kind Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching—the optimal degree for deepening your knowledge of Scripture and advancing your ministry to new heights. Getting your doctorate is a huge commitment, and depending on the school, it can be staggeringly expensive.

Now it doesn’t have to be.

This Scholarship Makes the Knox DMin Free

Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software are covering the entire academic cost of the program with the Haddon Robinson Scholarship. If you win and you have an MDiv equivalent, and if your application is accepted by Knox, your entire DMin education is free!

Never heard of the Knox/Logos DMin? It’s a new program that completely changes the game when it comes to doctoral-level education. You can explore the reasons why it’s the best DMin out there—but here’s the executive summary.

  • You’ll learn from some of the world’s foremost Bible scholars, including Dr. Haddon Robinson, one of Christianity Today’s “Top 25 Most Influential Preachers.”
  • You’ll become a Logos expert—we’ll train you in the use of our software.
  • You’ll be equipped to teach, preach, and lead the Church in the digital age.
  • You’ll get your own Portfolio Editionour largest base package—included in the price.
  • You could win your entire DMin education for free!

A $20,000 Value—Free!

The Haddon Robinson Scholarship lets you earn your Doctor of Ministry at no cost. It covers the whole shebang:

  • Tuition—$12,750
  • Fees—$2,750
  • Logos 4: Portfolio Edition—$4,290 (Actually, this massive library would cost over $35,000 if you were to purchase every title in print!)
  • Logos 4 book credit—$1000
  • Estimated total value—$20,000+

The scholarship is named for Dr. Haddon Robinson, one of the faculty members you’ll learn from in the Knox/Logos DMin program. Preaching Magazine named him one of the 25 most influential preachers of the past 25 years in 2010. He was ranked by Christianity Today in the top 10 of its “Top 25 Most Influential Preachers” from 1956–2006. A 1996 Baylor University poll named him as one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, and in 2008 he received the E. K. Bailey Living Legend Award.

The Haddon Robinson Scholarship could be your ticket to getting your DMin for free—and becoming a stronger preacher and teacher yourself!

How to Get the Haddon Robinson Scholarship

It’s simple: enter to win before June 28. On August 17, a winner will be selected to receive their entire Knox DMin in Preaching and Teaching at no cost.

The more you share this opportunity, the better your odds will be. So jump in—enter to win the Haddon Robinson Scholarship and earn your DMin for free!

Show Dad Some Love with These Father’s Day Deals!

Looking for a special Father’s Day gift for Dad? How about a  present for that significant father figure or mentor in your life? Look no further! We have gifts that’ll make his Father’s Day amazing.

Base Packages

If your dad doesn’t already have a base package, this is the perfect time to get him get into the Word like never before.

Imagine Dad opening up his own copy of Scholar’s Library: Platinum. With more than 1,200 resources worth nearly $18,000, the Platinum base package will propel his Bible study forward by leaps and bounds. And with our free Android and iPhone apps, he’ll be able to take his study (and most of his resources) on the road! He can even access his resources online through Biblia.com.

Don’t miss an opportunity to save big on a base package for Dad!

Special Father’s Day Discounts

You can save big on these bestselling resources for fathers. These deals end June 18.

B&H Marriage and Family Collection (19 vols.)

Retail: $336.81 Regularly $249.99 Only $212.49 with coupon code DadsDay01!

What does the Bible teach about maintaining healthy marriages and reconciling broken families?

The 19-volume B&H Marriage and Family Collection offers you the tools to help your marriage and your family not merely survive—but flourish. These books provide practical relationship advice from a biblical perspective. You’ll learn about wise parenting, love and sex, wedding planning, dealing with divorce, and caring for aging parents—and you’ll get it all from the best Christian counselors and the most experienced pastors.

Men’s Ministry Catalyst Collection (5 vols.):

Retail: $74.75 Regularly: $67.95 Only $57.76 with coupon code DadsDay02!

Written by avid outdoorsman and former television personality, Jim Grassi, these books go beyond biblical basics and dive deep into focusing on Christ and his calling in our lives. Grassi uses stories from his personal adventures and the experience of other figures in the sports world to show God at work in an arena where he is rarely mentioned or given credit.

This series is perfect for those driven to experience Christ in their daily lives. With study questions and personal applications at the end of each chapter, Grassi both challenges and encourages. This series is not only a riveting read, but a call to share Christ with others and seek him for direction in overcoming our obstacles, whether large or small.

Morris Proctor Father’s Day Bundle (PC) or (Mac)

Regularly: $82.85 Only $59.95 with coupon code DadsDay03!

The Logos 4 Bible Software Training Manuals help you get the most out of your Logos software. Written and compiled by certified and authorized trainer Morris Proctor, these manuals are made up of 51 total sections, each covering a specific Logos 4 topic. Morris opens each section with practical introductory comments, then gives step-by-step instructions for using Logos’ many advanced features.

With this bundle, you can pick up both volumes of the Logos 4 Bible Software for PC Training Manuals (for either PC or Mac) and also get the Logos QuickCard Set and the Logos 4 Keyboard Shortcuts Mousepad!

Even More Father’s Day Deals

Visit our exclusive Father’s Day page to see all these special savings—and more! But hurry—Father’s Day is right around the corner. Don’t get caught scrambling at the last minute for that perfect gift. Get your dad something he is going to love.

Receive your gift in time for Father’s Day by choosing overnight shipping for your DVD order, or call us at 1-800-875-6467 to order a gift download instead of delivery.

National Camp Logos in Bellingham, WA—June 21–22

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.

mp|seminars TipsIt’s time for the highlight of our year: National Camp Logos, which will take place June 21–22. As it is every year, Camp Logos will be hosted in Bellingham, Washington, home to Logos Bible Software.

As a software owner, you know how incredibly powerful Logos is. If, however, you’re like most Logos users, you’re only taking advantage of a fraction of its capabilities. Let us help you unleash the power of Logos at this two-day hands-on training seminar.

You will learn to:

  • Customize Bible study guides for your method of study
  • Locate just the information you need with pinpoint searching
  • Organize your research in detailed note files
  • Create information-filled study folders ready for future use
  • And much, much more

Included in National Camp Logos:

  • Extended training sessions
  • Question-and-answer sessions with Logos leadership
  • Previews of upcoming Logos products
  • Tour of the ever-expanding Logos headquarters
  • Catered meals

To learn more or register for National Camp Logos, please click here.

Free Book of the Month: H. A. Ironside’s The Four Hundred Silent Years

“Harry Ironside is a great example of a preacher full of God’s Word.”—R. Kent Hughes

H. A. Ironside’s The Four Hundred Silent Years  is June’s Free Book of the Month!

Henry “Harry” Allen Ironside was one of the twentieth century’s greatest preachers. He held honorary degrees from Wheaton College and Bob Jones University and was frequently invited to lecture at Dallas Theological Seminary.

After serving as a Salvation Army officer for a brief period, Ironside joined the Plymouth Brethren and started what would become a highly successful itinerant ministry of preaching and teaching. He served as pastor at Moody Memorial Church from 1930 to 1948, preaching more than 7,000 sermons during his lifetime.

In The Four Hundred Silent Years, Ironside draws from sources like C. M. Grant’s Between the Testaments and the Apocrypha to piece together the timeline between the prophet Malachi and the Gospel of Matthew.

You can get Ironside’s book free throughout the end of June, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the 65-volume Works of H. A. Ironside collection.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page to download your free book and enter the giveaway!

Using Greek Apocryphal Gospels in your Study (Part 2)

Greek Apocryphal Gospels

As the Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments and Agrapha project is now in the “Under Development” stage of the pre-pub process, and since I’ve done some work on it, I thought it would be fun to write about some of the material.

Most folks aren’t familiar with this stuff, but it is very interesting and can even be helpful when looking at the events recorded in the New Testament.

In Part 1 of this two-part post, we talked about P.Vindob. 2325, an apocryphal fragment which has similarities with the gospel accounts of Jesus predicting Peter’s betrayal (Mt 26:30–35; Mk 14:26–30) .

There are also fragments of things that expand or add to canonical material, like P.Berol. 11710, two small fragments dating back to the sixth century that share a short interaction between Nathanael and Jesus, which perhaps expands a bit on Jn 1:47–51. One snippet from those small fragments: “The Rabbi also said, ‘Nathanael, walk in the sun.’ Nathanael answered him and said, ‘Rabbi Lord, you are the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.'”

These additions should not be considered canonical. But the influence of the Johannine themes (the light/darkness motif via “walk in the sun”; Nathanael calling Jesus “the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,” see Jn 1:29) are notable. For whatever reason, the author of this expansion thought these things were important enough to frame in this manner.

Some fragments give accounts of things altogether unknown. P.Oxy 840, dated to the fourth century, tells the story of a Pharisee and high priest (named Levi?) talking with Jesus and his disciples in the temple complex about purity. This one even has Jesus giving this Levi a “woe” statement:

“Woe to you, blind ones who do not see. You have washed in these running waters in which dogs and pigs have been cast night and day, and have cleansed the outsides of your skin, which also the prostitutes and the flute-girls anoint and wash and scrub and beautify for the lust of men.”

Yikes! There are elements that the gospels use in railing against Pharisees (a “woe” statement, talking about cleansing the outside and neglecting the inside, see Mt 23:25-37) but the substance is altogether unknown outside of this fragment. We can see, perhaps, how a segment of early Christianity continued portray the Pharisees in a derogatory manner.

Does this stuff interest you at all? Then you should check out the Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments and Agrapha. It will include the Greek of these fragments and other documents. The fragmentary papyri and agrapha will also have translations. The larger apocryphal gospels will have newly-written introductions along with bibliographies. Each fragment will also have a short introduction; the agrapha will probably have an introduction for each source of agrapha. These introductions will also discuss parallels/relationships with the New Testament.

All of these things add to the understanding we have of how scripture was used and even how it was mis-used in the early days of the development of Christianity. We learn more about what sorts of stories they told, what sorts of sermons they preached, and how they tried to understand the gospel and tell it to others. By understanding even a little more about the cultural milieu of those early days of the development of Christianity, we end up with more insight to the gospel itself and how it was received by those who heard it.