Archives for February 2014

3 Helpful Commands You Might Not Know About

Logos 5Logos 5 offers so many time-saving features that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Here are three I use on a regular basis:

1. “Update Now”

You can force an update by typing “Update Now” into the command box, which directs Logos to search for updates to both the software and all your resources. Resource updates include things like additional links, typo fixes, and—of course—downloads of new books you’ve recently purchased. Logos updates itself on its own, but Update Now starts the process immediately.

2. “Close All”

My favorite layout includes an exegetical guide, a passage guide, a half-dozen Bibles, four commentaries, and the info tool. I usually start there and, as I study, open even more books, guides, and Bibles. It’s not uncommon for me to end up with three dozen tabs open across four different panes. It would take at least two minutes to close them individually, but I can close them all at once by typing “Close All” into the command box.

3. “Facilitate Serendipitous Discovery”

Many Logos users have multiple thousands of books. With a theological library that large, you might have books you’ve never read—or even opened. The Facilitate Serendipitous Discovery (FSD) command opens a resource at random, so you can get to know even more of your library. Type “FSD” into the command box to start exploring. I use this command daily, and I’m still finding new things.

Bonus: drag to shortcuts bar

All three of these commands can be saved to the shortcuts bar. Just type them and then, rather than pressing enter to execute, drag the command from the dropdown menu into your shortcuts bar, to the right of the command box.


As you can see, “update now,” “close all,” and “FSD” are the first three items on my shortcuts bar. You can add your favorite Bibles, books, tools, and layouts, too.

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Mission and Tradition: Seeking Balance in Ministry

Jim BelcherKnox Theological Seminary has assembled a remarkable faculty of world-class scholars and educators. When you enroll in a Knox/Logos Doctor of Ministry or master’s program, these experts become your instructors and lecturers.

Featured faculty member: Dr. Jim Belcher

Dr. Jim Belcher holds a BA from Gordon College, an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Georgetown University; he’s the author of Deep Church and In Search of Deep Faith. Dr. Belcher is Knox’s associate professor of practical theology.

Both his books and his lectures are saturated with wisdom gained from years of pastoring, parenting, and teaching. His passion for teaching the Christian life and faith is contagious—it shows not only in his lectures, but also in the lives of his students. His teaching ministry is shaped by the words of Nicholas Wolterstorff, who said that “Shalom is God’s cause in the world and our human calling . . . We are workers in God’s cause, his peace-workers. This missio Dei is our mission.” Dr. Belcher takes these words to heart, living out this mission and instilling the same dedication to God’s work in his students.

Explore the emerging and traditional churches

In June, Dr. Belcher will be teaching a five-day intensive Doctor of Ministry course in Fort Lauderdale, FL, titled Mission and Tradition: Seeking Balance in Ministry.

“This course will explore the emerging and traditional churches, as we seek to discover a third way to be the Church in the 21st century. Deep Church is the phrase C. S. Lewis used to describe the body of believers committed to mere Christianity. Unfortunately church in our postmodern era has been marked by a certain shallowness. This course brings hope to those who may be fed up with contemporary pragmatism by offering alternative visions for this present culture. While some traditional churches have reacted negatively and/or defensively, we will seek to bring the best insights from all sides of the issue to forge a third way between emerging and traditional: a missional church committed to both its own culture and its Christian tradition, valuing innovation in worships, arts, and community (mission) but also creeds, confessions, and historic patterns of worship and discipleship (tradition).”

Take the first step toward furthering your ministry with Dr. Belcher: ask about a Doctor of Ministry degree from Knox Theological Seminary with Logos. If you choose to earn a Knox DMin, you’ll get the tools you need to think critically about the world around you and engage in fruitful kingdom ministry.

Learn more, or apply for the DMin program today!

The Pastorum Series: Bigger Collection, Bigger Savings

pastorum-series-collectionLogos’ Pastorum Series is a collection of resources for pastors. It launched in fall 2012 with the Pastorum Series Collection (7 vols.), which includes 300 Quotations for Preachers, 400 Prayers for Preachers, and five volumes of the Study, Apply, Share series. Since then, we’ve added 1,500 Quotations for Preachers to the series.

Now the entire set of resources is available as the twelve-volume Pastorum Series Collection!

Why people love it

The series has garnered many endorsements, including the following:

300 Quotations for Preachers and 400 Prayers for Preachers

“I regularly utilize prayers from the historical Church in Sunday worship and frequently quote ‘old dead guys’—the lions of the Church through the centuries—in my messages, so this pair of resources is proving highly valuable. Both are organized by author and by preaching theme and, being . . . part of Logos, they are easily searchable. Better yet, each quote or prayer is already placed on a PowerPoint slide you can drop right into your presentation. Highly recommended for all those who teach and preach the Bible!”

—Tim Morey, pastor of Life Covenant Church (Torrance, CA), author of Embodying Our Faith: Becoming a Living, Sharing, Practicing Church

“There are two main strengths of [300 Quotations and 400 Prayers]. First is the content. [Ritzema] was really thorough in pulling from many different people and over a long period of time. . . . Second is that it is organized extremely well, and that makes navigating it and finding what you need fast and effective. . . . These are the things that make this [resource] superior to going to Google and combing through random quotes . . . and then having to take what you find and make a slide for it.”

—Matt Dabbs, preaching minister at Westside Church of Christ (St. Petersburg, FL), blogger at Kingdom Living

Study, Apply, Share Series

“As a pastor, I’m always on the lookout for resources to help me with the main idea and structure of my weekly sermons. Jeff Miller, Elliot Ritzema, and the Logos team have done pastors and teachers a huge service by providing the Study, Apply, Share series of commentaries. Not only does it conveniently link each passage to digital resources and study tools, but there are suggested themes for each passage of Scripture. I especially appreciate the statistical slides, which are helpful for exploring the theme of each section but also can be used to better present those themes to my congregation. This is a wonderful resource, and one that every teacher will find helpful.”

—Matt Morton, professor of college ministries, Grace Bible Church (College Station, TX)

1,500 Quotations for Preachers

“There’s a wealth of good material here, especially for the preacher who wants to have her or his congregation aware of the history of the church and theology.”

—Abram Kielsmeier-Jones, blogger at Words on the Word

The Pastorum Collection

“As an entire collection, these resources are a tremendous help to the overworked preacher. . . . Miller helps preachers delve into the Bible, study deeply, and present relevant messages. Ritzema’s resources give preachers and worship planners a means of introducing the congregation to significant voices from Church history. Taken together, they help pastors and worship leaders plan Sunday worship in a cohesive way. I happily recommend this resource and believe that preachers will make good use of it.”

—James Matichuk, MDiv, Regent College; blogger at Thoughts, Prayers, and Songs

Get resources for planning better sermons and lessons: order the Pastorum Series Collection today!

Not sure if you’re ready to buy yet? You can rent the whole collection for just $9.95/month!

3 Expanded Collections You Don’t Want to Miss

pillar-new-testament-commentary-blogWe’ve updated three more collections to make it even easier to keep your library up to date. The Pillar New Testament Commentary and Exploring the Bible now contain all the volumes in each series, and the Tabletalk Magazine collection now brings you 289 issues, from 1989 to 2013.

Do you have all the issues and commentaries? Visit the product pages and find out—if you can add a product to your cart, you’re missing volumes, and you can add them at a special price!

1. Pillar New Testament Commentary (15 vols.)

Did you know that Pillar has two full commentaries on Romans, by Leon Morris and Colin G. Kruse? This updated collection now includes both, giving you twice the scholarship on Paul’s theological masterwork.

2. Tabletalk Magazine (289 issues)

Featuring over two decades of award-winning biblical studies, devotional guides, and stimulating articles on Christian history and theology, Christian living, and Bible scholarship, Tabletalk Magazine continues to deliver outstanding content read by hundreds of thousands every month. Now updated to include issues through February 2013, the Logos edition helps you dig deeper into Tabletalk‘s Bible studies and theological and historical articles.

3. Exploring the Bible Commentary (16 vols.)

Acclaimed by pastors and students alike, the Exploring the Bible Commentary helps you understand, apply, and live according to the Word. It emphasizes tough questions and real-world applications.

3 ways to save

Logos makes it easy to get the volumes you want:

1. You won’t pay for what you already own. See the discounted price on the product page? As long as you’re logged in, that figure takes into account all the issues or volumes you’ve already bought.

2. You can pay at your convenience, but use your new resources right now. With Logos’ payment plans, you can pick up entire commentary sets and spread out the cost so it fits your budget. Make manageable monthly payments, and start using every volume today!

3. You’ll save by buying in bulk. If you were to purchase each Pillar commentary individually, you would pay around $622.26. By upgrading with the collection, you can get the entire series for $524.95.

Complete your collections today!

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!