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How to Prepare a Christmas Bible Study on John 1

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Today, I’d like to walk you through how you can use Logos to prepare a Christmas study, whether it be for your small group, or for the entire church. I’ll be studying my favorite account of Jesus’ advent: the Gospel of John.

But wait! The Christmas story is only found in Matthew and Luke’s gospel! I beg to differ. While those are indeed the two narrative treatments of the earthly events, John’s Gospel adequately recounts the spiritual and metaphysical side, as we’ll see today. Furthermore, John’s story takes us from Genesis through to Revelation.

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Share the Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible this Christmas

Books make wonderful presents. That’s why we think the Christmas season is the perfect time to share the treasures of God’s Word with your friends and family. Through December, you’ll find great deals on some of our best print books, with discounts up to 40% off.

One of the best deals we’re offering is on the NIV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible. The standard hardcover edition is 20% off and all three premium formats are 30% off! [Read more…]

5 Can’t-Miss Courses to Guide Your Bible Study This Christmas

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This Christmas, we’re encouraging Christians to look closer at God’s Word—to be intentional about the time they spend in Scripture. Because when you spend a little extra time and effort looking closer at God’s Word, familiar stories come alive with details you’ve never noticed before, and God’s Word takes on new power.

One of the best ways to get a fresh look at God’s Word is to learn from those who’ve spent a lifetime studying it. Mobile Ed courses provide expert guidance for your journey through Scripture. They take you step-by-step through important issues on a score of biblical books, topics, people, themes, doctrines, and more. Each course is taught by a trusted scholar and includes fascinating video lectures, reading suggestions, reflection questions, and more.

Here are five Mobile Ed courses we recommend to lend you a little guidance for your journey through Scripture this season. (And each one is 30% for a limited time!)

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Give the Gift of Bible Study This Christmas

lp_christmaspromoThis Christmas, Logos Bible Software is encouraging Christians around the world to look closer at the Bible.

The transformative power of Scripture is central to the mission of Lexham Press, too. We’ve been deeply transformed by the Bible, and publishing allows us to accomplish change through the world of words and ideas.

Are you looking for ways to share the wonder of God’s word with your friends and family this season? It can be difficult to give a digital book as a gift so we’ve placed the print editions of some of our best books on sale. Give the gift of Bible study this Christmas and help your friends and family focus on Scripture.

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Why Luther’s 95 Theses Start with a Critique of a Bible Translation

This week we are celebrating the 501-year anniversary of the Reformation, discounting many Reformed resources and featuring Reformation excerpts and reflections on the blog.

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The first of Luther’s famous 95 Theses—whose 501st anniversary we celebrate this week—is a critique of an erroneously translated phrase in Jerome’s translation of Matthew 4:17. In English we know this as, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Luther wrote in Thesis 1: [Read more…]

Is There Anything New to Say about the Christmas Story?

Biblical scholarship is essentially a lot of very careful reading of very old, very familiar stories—with the goal of discovering something new in them.

The well has not run dry. After two millennia, the Christmas story, for example, is still delivering fresh insights to Bible readers of all kinds—like a grandmother sending out packages to grandkids reliably every December.

Does the “greatest story ever told” have anything left to tell us? As you prepare your heart for the Christmas season, here are three reasons to turn back to the Christmas story in your Bible reading, three reasons (among others that could be mentioned) why this story keeps delivering new insights. [Read more…]

Why Luther’s 95 Theses Start with a Critique of a Bible Translation

The first of Luther’s famous 95 Theses—whose 500th anniversary we celebrate today—is a critique of an erroneously translated phrase in Jerome’s translation of Matthew 4:17. In English we know this as, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Luther wrote in Thesis 1,

When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, Poenitentiam agite, he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance. (See Luther’s Works, 31:25)

Luther does not come out and say that Jerome erred—not on October 31, 1517. But by at least May 30, 1518, writing to mentor Johann von Staupitz, he feels that the Roman church was indeed “misled by the Latin term, because the expression poenitentiam ag[ite] suggests more an action than a change in disposition.” It makes Jesus sound like he’s saying, “Do penance.” And, Luther says, “in no way does this do justice to the Greek.” (Luther’s Works, 48:67–68) What Jesus really said was, “Repent.” And as Luther says in the second of the 95 theses, he meant “inner repentance” producing “various outward mortifications of the flesh.” (31:25)
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3 Days Left to Save on Barth, Spurgeon, Anchor Yale Bible, & More

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Stock up for the new year with savings on resources that will help you uncover the wonder of the Word. This Christmas season, we’ve been featuring great deals on resources by some of our most popular authors.

Christmas may have come and gone, but you still have a few days left to save—but not very many! Christmas deals disappear on December 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Here are five deals from celebrated authors and teachers you don’t want to miss.

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One Week Left to Save up to 75% with Christmas Deals

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Christmas may be over, but there’s still time to save on resources to help you uncover the wonder of the Word. We’ve discounted over 130 Bible study resources: from commentaries and reference works, to theology, Mobile Ed courses, and even print books (perfect for any belated Christmas gifts)!

There are just seven days left to take advantage of these savings. Here are a few highlights you don’t want to miss.

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Free Christmas Devotional to Help You Look Closer at the Christmas Story

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Wisemen. Angels. Shepherds. A virgin mother. A long-expected king.

Few biblical stories are as familiar as the tale of Christ’s birth. During the holiday season, we hear it sung in malls, we see it on television, and we tell it to our children. But the Christmas story carries riches that won’t be uncovered by a cursory retelling; it holds deep, eternal truths that we sometimes miss—precisely because we know the story so well.

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