There is great significance to words—not only what is said but how it’s said. We often choose to say something a certain way for emphasis, to direct the conversation, or to better communicate our point. We don’t overtly think about these devices, but they’re incredibly important if we want to fully understand what is being said. There is a deep connection between the feelings of the heart and the words of our mouth. Our innermost feelings often find a way to be vocalized, whether we mean it or not. The connection between the tongue and the heart is a major theme in the book of James. In this excerpt from High Definition Commentary: James, Steve Runge shows how James emphasizes the power of our words—and draws out the implications for our digitized world.
In Embracing God as Father, Dan Bush and Noel Due show us the loving heart of the Father towards his children. This love is revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and it is through him that we are adopted into God’s family. Both he and the Father are one in their love and joy and desire to bless us. Dan and Noel help us see God for who he truly is—and who we are as his sons and daughters.
It can be easy to reduce Jonah’s story to the version we might have learned in Sunday school when we were young. Being swallowed by a “big fish” is a story that engages our imaginations and teaches a valuable lesson about obedience. But by focusing on Jonah and the fish, we miss the important themes of mercy and grace that are present throughout the book.
Digging into the Scripture is the best way to expand your understanding of Jonah’s story. And once you’ve grasped all the nuances of the text, the next step is to apply these lessons and themes to your own life in practical ways.
But it can be difficult to take this next step.
Thu, April 23, 2015 | Products|
At the end of 2014, we shipped a massive update to the Lexham Bible Dictionary (LBD) that pushed the article count to over 5,000 articles and its word count to over 2.7 million words. In a few weeks, we’ll ship another update that includes over 1.3 million new words across over 1,800 more articles.
Have you ever picked up Wayne Grudem’s massive 1,300-page Systematic Theology? This update is the equivalent of adding two of those huge tomes to the LBD.
The most advanced Bible dictionary in existence is bigger than ever.
Not just more . . . better
In addition to adding 1,800 more articles, we’ve also revisited LBD’s most crucial and popular articles to ensure the content is up to our high standards. Our academic reviewers have tirelessly pored over thousands of articles, reviewing research and editing content so that you can find all the information you’re looking for—quickly and easily.
We’ve also updated thousands of links, enhancing the interconnectivity that can only be found in your Logos library.
Let’s say you want to see every dictionary article related to the canon. Our new mapping articles give you an overview of all the biblical traditions and the various critical issues related to canonization. From there, you can hone in on the particular area of research you’re most interested in. For example, here’s an excerpt from the “Overview of the Canon” article regarding the New Testament:
The New Testament consists of writings by Christians about Jesus, the early church, and the early church’s teachings. The New Testament canon of almost all present-day Christian groups includes 27 books ascribed to the apostles or people closely associated with them. Some of these books were universally accepted as part of the canon of the New Testament as far back as the earliest surviving canon lists, while others, such as Revelation, were disputed for centuries before ultimately being accepted. Only one present-day church, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, has a different New Testament canon. Two versions of the Ethiopian Orthodox New Testament canon exist; the “narrow canon” includes the same 27 books as other New Testament canons, while the “broader canon” includes several additional books. (However, the additional books of the broader canon are not necessarily viewed as having the same level of authority as the books of the narrow canon.)
For information about how the 27-book New Testament canon was established, the role heresies played in accelerating the process, and the relationship of the church fathers to the sacred texts, see this article: Canon, New Testament.
For more information on the books in the Ethiopian Orthodox broader canon of the New Testament, see these articles: Canon of the Bible, Traditions of the; New Testament; Sinodos; Didascalia, Ethiopian; Ethiopian Book of Clement; Book of the Covenant, Ethiopian.
We’ve also added links to related articles and updated thousands of bibliography entries with links to original sources that appear in Logos.
Information at your fingertips
Finding the most relevant information is easy with the LBD. The most relevant information is placed at the beginning of each article, letting you dig deeper as you continue reading. This makes it a great tool for Bible studies, Sunday school classes, small groups, and individual study.
Because digital books have no back cover, we’ll continue to add content that expands the scope of LBD and ensures it never goes out of date. When this new update ships, the dictionary will include 6,800 articles and over 4 million words. That’s the equivalent of a 10,000 page book in print!
Start using the Lexham Bible Dictionary now. Download the Faithlife Study Bible app.
Wed, April 15, 2015 | Products|
With Logos’ Pre-Pub program, you can get great deals on books before they’re produced—an early adopter advantage! Lexham Press has a number of awesome projects currently on Pre-Pub and some of them are shipping soon. Lock in your Pre-Pub price today!
Here are seven Lexham Press titles on Pre-Pub you don’t want to miss:
New Lexham Press Titles
Embracing God as Father: Christian Identity in the Family of God (47% off)
In this theologically rich and deeply personal book, Daniel Bush and Noel S. Due show us the loving heart of the Father toward his children. Jesus said, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9)—he and the Father are one in their love and joy and desire to bless. Embracing God as Father helps us see God as he truly is and see who we are as his sons and daughters.
Projected release date: May, 2015
Live in Liberty: The Spiritual Message of Galatians (40% off)
The message of Galatians takes us into the heart of an experience—the enjoyment of God’s presence and everlasting peace—one which sets us free to love and be loved. In Live in Liberty, Daniel Bush and Noel Due bring out the spiritual message of Paul’s words, helping you apply it to your mind and soul so that you may experience the liberating presence of God.
Here’s what Tullian Tchividjian has to say about this book:
I travel a lot and meet a lot of people, and I’ve never been more convinced that the message of Galatians needs to be recovered in all of its liberating glory. Everywhere I go, people are exhausted. They’re exhausted relationally, emotionally, and spiritually. After talking to the spiritually exhausted people, I discover that their exhaustion is due to what they think they need to be doing in order to gain and maintain God’s love and favor. In theological terms, most Christians live their lives as if their justification depends on their sanctification: ‘if I do and become all that I must do and become, God will love me and accept me.’ The message of Galatians is that God’s love for sinners like you and me is one way—it is not dependent on what we do, but on what Jesus has done for us. We are accepted and approved by God because of Christ’s work, not our work. Church should be the one place in all of society where the weary and heavy laden should be able to go and find rest. But all too often they get to-do lists. This needs to change. We need a new Reformation. And that’s why I love Live in Liberty. Thank you Noel and Dan for reminding that ‘It Is Finished.’ I keep forgetting.
Projected release date: July, 2015
300 Illustrations for Preachers (43% off)
Following in the footsteps of our popular quotations and prayers volumes, 300 Illustrations for Preachers will help pastors effectively craft memorable and fresh sermons. These illustrations are tagged with preaching themes and Scripture references making them easy to incorporate directly into your sermon. With 300 Illustrations for Preachers, you’ll no longer need to comb through multiple books looking for an appropriate illustration.
Projected release date: June, 2015
Walking with C.S. Lewis (50% off)
In Walking with C.S. Lewis, Tony Ash opens a door for those who have never been introduced to Lewis or his writings. And those already familiar with Lewis will appreciate Ash’s thought-provoking commentary.
Projected release date: Q3, 2015
Steve Runge’s discourse resources are some of our most popular titles. By examining the linguistic and literary clues in the text, Dr. Runge is able to expose insights that are often overlooked. This linguistic and exegetical expertise is then illustrated in the High Definition Commentary series to further highlight the critical ideas in the text. Watch the Animated High Definition Commentary: Philippians in action:
There are three discourse resources currently on Pre-Pub:
Projected release dates: Q4, 2015
Make sure you get the best price—pre-order these Lexham Press titles today!
Wed, April 1, 2015 | Products|
Learn how to study the Bible and immerse yourself in its wonder with DIY Bible Study.
This highly visual curriculum leverages the power of Logos Bible Software to help you take your Bible study to the next level. With application-focused content, beautifully designed images, and practical video tutorials, DIY Bible Study gives you everything you need to study the Bible to the fullest extent.
This incredible resource is now available as an individual add-on—and right now, it’s on sale for 20% off!
Better Bible study
We built DIY Bible Study to be fully integrated into Logos Bible Software. We’re leveraging all of Logos’ amazing tools to help you study the Bible. As you work through this resource, your learning is framed by sections that teach you Bible study principles that are demonstrated within Logos itself. You’ll learn how to study the Bible and use the most powerful Bible software to accomplish your goals.
There’s also a prebuilt, year-long reading plan included with DIY Bible Study. In just 10 minutes a day, you can go through the entire resource, digging deeper into the Bible with each lesson. It’s also easily used as a handbook during your regular study. We wanted it to be as flexible and as accessible as possible so anyone could benefit from it, no matter where you find yourself on your walk with Jesus.
Step into the Scriptures
Following the grand narrative of the Bible can be difficult if you haven’t spent years studying the Scriptures. Following the narrative of a single book of the Bible can be just as difficult. With DIY Bible Study, both of these endeavors become much easier.
The book of Acts is a labyrinthine story about establishment of the early church and the spread of the gospel. It bridges the gap between the life of Christ (the Gospels) and the teachings of the church (the New Testament letters). Acts is a witness to the Holy Spirit’s work in the lives of people, the direct continuation of Jesus’ ministry.
Geography plays an important role in Acts, as Luke traces the progress of the Gospel away from Jerusalem out to the “end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). DIY Bible Study gives you the tools to help you understand the structure of the book, geographically and temporally.
This map depicts many of the locations in the Graeco-Roman Empire—the setting of the book of Acts:
And there are so many events to keep track of in the book of Acts, it takes two slides to recount all of them:
Once you’ve wrapped your head around the physical themes of the book, you can start to tackle the theological themes presented by Luke. Acts is an inspirational account of the early church, stirring us to move forward with the work of God, toward the “end of the earth.”
The Bible is your story
With DIY Bible Study, you’ll get an overview of the entire Bible, one study at a time. You’ll also discover methods to improve your study, and you’ll be introduced to helpful study tools.
Learn to study the Bible and enjoy it more than ever before with DIY Bible Study—on sale for 20% off!
Wed, March 25, 2015 | Products|
In the latest issue of Bible Study Magazine, we featured the book of James. And to help you maximize your study of this letter, we’ve put together the Lexham Press James Bundle. You can get all the resources you need to study the book of James and share its message.
Purchased individually, these volumes would cost almost $100.00, but you can get the whole bundle for only $64.95—that’s more than 30% off!
Improve your understanding of James
Let’s take a look at how these resources equip you to get the most out of James.
James contains more than twice the average amount of imperative commands compared to other books of the Bible. These commands give us a glimpse into his concern for the early church—and they give us practical instruction for living out the gospel. James 1:19–20 is one example of this practical advice. James: Simply the Gospel from the Not Your Average Bible Study series provides us with reflective questions to consider as we are shaped by the transformative power of Scripture:
In William Varner’s To Love God and to Love Others: A Devotional Commentary on James, we can begin to understand the relationship between James 1:19–20 and the themes of the entire letter:
From Varner, we learn that James 1:19–20 could be viewed as a sort of table of contents for the rest of the letter. Varner goes even deeper into the themes of James in his Evangelical Exegetical Commentary volume on the letter:
Steve Runge’s High Definition Commentary: James examines the linguistic and literary clues in the text to help us fully understand what James is communicating. These important concepts are highlighted with creative illustrations:
Please note that High Definition Commentary: James is currently on Pre-Pub—once it’s available, it will download immediately.
Get all of these resources on James today!
If you’re working through James, the Lexham Press James Bundle will help you get the most out of this immensely practical book. Separately, these resources would cost almost $100.00, but you can get them for over 30% off in this bundle.
Get the Lexham Press James Bundle, and maximize your study of James today!
Tue, March 17, 2015 | Products|
Many of you have already discovered the High Definition Commentary series and have found it to be a highly approachable, illustrative commentary. These one-of-a-kind resources use principles of linguistics and biblical exegesis to illuminate key principles and the overall message of Scripture. With the amazing slides included in the High Definition Commentaries, you’re seeing these key principles in a completely new way.
Lexham Press is excited to announce a new way to experience the High Definition Commentary series: the Animated High Definition Commentary: Philippians. We’ve taken the stationary slides and created stunning animations of these key principles, making these resources more accessible than ever!
The Animated High Definition Commentary: Philippians is now available on Pre-Pub—pre-order yours today.
Bring Philippians to life!
With material adapted from High Definition Commentary: Philippians, here’s a sample of what you’ll get:
These animations will cover the complete book and are expected to be around 90 minutes long.
A complete multimedia experience
Imagine working through the book of Philippians with these animations bringing the text to life. The narrator will help you examine the linguistic and literary clues in the text while the visuals help illustrate and apply the text. Dr. Steve Runge’s applicable and approachable examples throughout the text will come to life right before your eyes! These videos are perfect for a small group or your own individual Bible study.
And, if you already own the High Definition Commentary: Philippians, these animations will be integrated so that the resource becomes a complete multimedia experience.
Take advantage of this special offer
If you haven’t purchased the original yet, now’s the perfect time! You can get it for 30% off during Logos March Madness, and you’ll still be eligible for a $10.00 promotional code when you purchase both versions.
Pre-order the Animated High Definition Commentary: Philippians today!
Fri, March 6, 2015 | Products|
A few weeks ago, Lexham Press announced an exciting partnership with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Over the next few months, Lexham Press will be publishing three new books in collaboration with SEBTS. The first of these books is written by Dr. Bruce Riley Ashford, provost and dean of the faculty at SEBTS.
In Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians, Dr. Ashford shows how God wants our whole lives to be shaped by Jesus’ lordship. We must remove the barrier between “sacred” and “secular,” and allow the gospel to inform everything we do.
Cultural engagement for the modern Christian
We had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Ashford and discuss his new book and some of his thoughts on cultural engagement in a modern context.
How have your experiences shaped your view toward cultural engagement?
During my college years, I began to experience a nagging desire to understand how my Christianity related to the various courses I was taking, such as literature, philosophy, psychology, and biology. These courses were not “religious” in any obvious way, but I sensed that if Christ created the world and is Lord over it, then somehow he must be related to their subject matter. In effect, I was asking, “What relationship is there between Christianity and culture?”
Why is cultural engagement important to Christians today?
It seems to me that many Christians reduce “cultural engagement” to politics and reduce political involvement to certain forms of activism. Alongside of this sort of reductionism, Christians often put unrealistic hopes in the political process. In fact, this is a view I had held. But this view is a reductionist and unhelpful understanding of cultural engagement.
While politics is a very significant sphere of culture, it is only one sphere alongside others, such as art, science, education, and homemaking. As Christians, we should seek to shape all of our activities—artistic, scientific, educational, or political—in light of Christ’s lordship. We do this primarily as a matter of witness and obedience, but secondarily in the hopes that we can positively influence our society and its cultural institutions. Political activism is a short-term strategy, and is something that we need to do appropriately, but culture-making and cultural engagement represent a long-term strategy that will provide a more fully orbed and robust witness.
This long-term strategy will involve asking several questions any time we find ourselves making culture or interacting in a particular realm of culture. First, we should ask “What is God’s creational design for this realm of culture?” Second, “How has it been corrupted and misdirected by sin and idolatry?” Third, “In what ways can I help bring redirection to this realm by shaping my activities in light of Christ’s lordship rather than in submission to idols?”
What inspired you to write Every Square Inch?
I wanted to write a short, easily digestible book that provides a framework for understanding, making, and engaging culture. In the book, I start by building a brief theology of culture and providing a few case studies of exemplary Christians throughout history, such as Augustine of Hippo, Abraham Kuyper, Dorothy Sayers, and Francis Schaeffer.
Then, I spend the rest of the book trying to show how all of life matters to God: how each of us can serve faithfully as a representative of Christ, even as we interact in the arts (music, literature, cinema, architecture, interior décor, culinary arts); the natural sciences (biology, physics, chemistry); the social sciences (psychology, sociology); the public square (journalism, politics, economics, law); the academy (schools, universities, seminaries); sports and competition; and homemaking. Every dimension of our lives relates in some way to Christ and can in some manner be directed toward him.
As I wrote in the introduction to the book:
I write as an American, to other Americans, in our increasingly post-Christian democratic republic. I aim to equip Christians to think holistically about how the gospel informs everything we do in the world. It is my sincere hope that the barrier we have erected in our hearts between “sacred” and “secular” will be removed, so that we will awaken—perhaps for the first time—to the reality that Jesus is Lord over all of creation—not only the things we consider sacred, but also the things we consider secular.
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Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians is available on Pre-Pub for over 50% off—pre-order yours today!