Win a Free Kindle Fire from Pastorum Live!

You can win a Kindle Fire from Pastorum Live!

Not only can you attend Pastorum Live and learn from scholars like Mark Strauss, Craig Keener, and Craig Evans, you can become better acquainted with their works via the free Logos app. The Logos Android app gives you mobile access to a selection of resources from the Logos and Vyrso libraries.

Imagine attending Pastorum Live to hear Daniel I. Block’s session, “What Pleases God? The Hebrew Key to Divine Satisfaction,” and then downloading his New American Commentary on Judges and Ruth for only $23.99—on your free Kindle Fire!

Don’t miss Logos’ special discounts for Pastorum Live! Registration costs range from $99–149, with special rates for students, faculty, and church staff. So register for Pastorum Live today!

You don’t have to attend Pastorum Live to win the free Kindle Fire! Jump over to the giveaway page and enter to win now!

10 Books to Enrich Your Prayer Life on the National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer, an annual day set aside in America to turn to God in prayer and meditation.

Nothing can replace the access believers have to God through prayer—it is an invaluable part of a Christian’s life. Yet in a 2010 Lifeway Christian Resources poll of 1,200 18–29-year-olds, only 35% of those who identified themselves as Christians ever prayed with others, and 38% seldom (if ever) prayed alone.

We are talking about God’s call to his people to respond to him through repentance, intercession, and supplication. Prayer is too important to neglect!

If you need to revitalize your prayer life or just understand prayer better, both Logos and Vyrso have you covered!

Prayer Resources from Logos

  • Prayer: Basic Training by Warren Wiersbe: join Warren Wiersbe as he probes Jesus’ high priestly prayer in this commentary on John 17.
  • How to Get Results through Prayer by Jerry Bridges: are some prayer methods more effective than others? Jerry Bridges says, “Yes!”
  • An Exposition on Prayer in the Bible (5 vols.) by Dr. James Rosscup: learn about more than 1,000 references to prayer in 61 of the Bible’s 66 books. This five-volume collection on prayer compiles 50 years worth of Dr. Rosscup’s teachings on prayer.
  • Transforming Prayers by Kenneth Boa: “I have delighted in and reveled in the beauty of nature for as long as I can remember,” states Boa in the preface of Transforming Prayers. Pairing each prayer with an inspirational photo of nature, he combines written words with a visual illustration of God’s glory for greater effect.
  • Nelson’s Personal Handbook on Prayer by James C. Wilhoit: designed to be thorough and cover a wide-range of topics for personal growth, this practical guide will walk the reader through all aspects of prayer.
  • More Logos resources on prayer

Ebooks from Vyrso on Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is more than an opportunity to set aside some time to pray for our country. We can use this day to remember the value of consistent prayer.

Free Book of the Month: A. W. Pink’s The Godhood of God

A. W. Pink’s The Godhood of God is May’s Free Book of the Month!

“God not only created everything, but everything which He created is subject to His immediate control. God rules over the works of His hands. God governs the creatures He has made. God reigns with universal dominion.”—A. W. Pink

Arthur Walkington Pink, pastor and biblical scholar, discusses the omnipotence and sovereignty of God in The Goodhood of God. This book extols the virtues of a God who is more than a distant figurehead or quiet spectator, but the supreme potentate of the universe.

Biographer Iain H. Murrary says, “The widespread circulation of [Pink’s] writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.”

You can get Pink’s book free throughout May, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the 40-volume A. W. Pink Collection.

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

Dr. Craig Evans on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Pastorum Live

Pastorum Live is coming to Chicago June 5–6. Register today and you will spend two days with 21 of the world’s leading Bible scholars examining scriptural themes like covenant, God’s kingdom, and the mission of the church.

An Interview with Craig Evans

Craig Evans, Payzant distinguished professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University, is one of Pastorum Live’s distinguished speakers. Dr. Evans taught for 21 years Trinity Western University, where he directed the graduate program in biblical studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. Author and editor of more than 60 books and hundreds of articles and reviews, Dr. Evans regularly speaks at conferences and retreats. He has also served as a consultant for the National Geographic Society.

We talked to Dr. Evans about his session, The Dead Sea Scrolls and New Testament Christology; here’s what he had to say.

Logos: How would you describe the importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Dr. Evans: It is, without a doubt, the most important discovery relating to the Bible. The Dead Sea Scrolls are hugely important for the OT, NT, and what lies between.

Logos: What significance do the Dead Sea Scrolls have for biblical studies?

Dr. Evans: Two basic things:

  1. For Old Testament studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls provide invaluable information relating to the text of the Hebrew Bible in the time of Jesus and just before. The scrolls supply missing materials (e.g., Ps 145:13; 1 Samuel 10–11) and confirm disputed readings (e.g., Ps 22:16). The Dead Sea Scrolls also give us some insight into the formation of the canon of Scripture at the time of Jesus.
  2. For New Testament studies the Dead Sea Scrolls provide invaluable backdrop information relating to the teaching of Jesus and several New Testament passages. The scrolls also provide backdrop info relating to criticisms directed against the ruling priests in Jerusalem—a priesthood Jesus encountered.

Logos: What can you tell us about your Pastorum Live session?

Dr. Evans: My lecture will focus on the contribution that the Scrolls make to our understanding of first-century Jewish messianic expectation. I look at the expectation of one who will be called a “Son of God” and “Son of the Most High” (4Q246), a Messiah, whom heaven and earth will obey, who will heal the wounded, give sight to the blind, raise the dead, and announce good news (4Q521). Also of significance is the Melchizedek figure in 11Q13, who will announce the jubilee, forgive sins, defeat Satan and his allies; in some sense, he represents God on earth. Here lies something very significant for New Testament Christology.

Don’t Miss Pastorum Live!

Dr. Evans is just one of the many dynamic teachers sharing profound insights at Pastorum Live. Take one look at the scheduled sessions and you’ll get a good idea of this conference’s practical and scriptural nature.

Sessions include:

Logos is now offering special discounts for Pastorum Live! Registration costs range $99–149, with special rates for students, faculty, and church staff. So register for Pastorum Live today!

Last Chance! Pick Up April’s Free Book of the Month

John Bunyan’s Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners has been April’s Free Book of the Month, but the month is nearly over. If you haven’t downloaded this freebie, now’s the time!

Bunyan’s spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, was written while imprisoned for preaching without a license. Grace Abounding tells of Bunyan’s mental torment over the state of his soul, and how doubt can spiral into a crises of belief. You will identify with Bunyan’s struggles, and rejoice at the depth of God’s grace to the chief of sinners.

Crowds of 3,000 people gathered to hear Bunyan’s Sunday sermons, and nearly half that number would show up for his 7 am weekday messages. Add this vibrant preacher’s classic work to your library now; download Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners.

When you go to our Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the Works of John Bunyon. This three-volume set, which sells for $79.95, includes over 60 of Bunyan’s literary and spiritual works! A winner will be chosen April 30, so enter now.

Don’t wait, download the Free Book of the Month. A new free book goes up on May 1st.

Identify Biblical Themes with Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Today’s post is written by Gary H. Everett, author of Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. Gary received his MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is currently pursuing his doctorate. He has served as a missionary in Kampala, Uganda, pastored, and taught in Bible colleges.

A Unique Approach to Bible Study

Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is designed to guide readers into the biblical text using proposed thematic schemes that follow the redemptive structure of the Holy Bible. This way, readers know what a passage of Scripture is saying in respect to the overall theme, or message, of that particular book. These thematic schemes serve as a key unlocking the meaning of the Scriptures in a magnificent way. An accumulation of 30 years of Bible study, Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is a 7,981-page* resource especially designed to aid the preacher and teacher by helping them navigate through a sermon/teaching series so that there is a cohesive unity throughout a series of messages on a book of the Bible, guiding the listeners along a spiritual journey with a clearly defined destination, transforming each person to become more like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Identify the Central Theme of the Text

Every week a preacher wrestles with the central idea of the text. Sometimes he identifies it, and sometimes he is sidetracked by a secondary theme of interest. There is never-ending effort to identify the theme and preach the text correctly, and commentaries and other reference books offer little assistance in this area. I believe that the themes of each book of the Holy Bible can be established by following a procedure called composition criticism. Composition criticism is a relatively new and undeveloped field of biblical criticism. Historical-grammatical studies, textual criticism, and various forms of higher criticism have been used by scholars and pastors for centuries, but none of these has successfully “extracted” recognizable themes from each book of the Bible. Composition criticism has been of tremendous value in my efforts to identify biblical themes.

Amazingly, as one identifies and compares the themes of each biblical book, it becomes clear that the Bible is intricately woven into harmonious unity. We conclude that the themes and arrangements of these books were orchestrated by God Himself guiding approximately forty authors over 1,600 years of its writing and composition.

Don’t get bogged down in minutia before you grasp the big picture; let Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures help you follow the arc of the biblical story by helping you identify its themes. Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is currently on Pre-Pub. Pre-order now and add nearly 6,000 pages worth of valuable study material to your Logos resources.

*The page count on the product page says 5,755. We are working with Gary to update this number.

How to Subscribe to Logos RSS Feeds

Logos has several helpful RSS feeds that bring you our latest blogs, news, and product information. If you’re not sure how to use an RSS feed, this post will get you started.

RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is a quick and efficient way to get up-to-date information from multiple sources in a single place. It’s like having your favorite websites send updates directly to you.

Getting started with RSS is a simple, three-step process:

1. Find an RSS Reader That Works for You

If you want to read RSS feeds, you’re going to need an aggregator—a single program that compiles your feeds.

There are lots of choices out there, but it’s pretty easy to find online articles explaining the pros and cons of various programs. Many browsers integrate RSS readers, or you can even subscribe to RSS feeds in Microsoft Outlook. In my opinion, you can’t beat Google Reader:

  • It’s free.
  • It syncs with your Gmail account.
  • You can access it from any browser.
  • You can subscribe to any page (RSS feed or not).
  • There are a number of mobile apps.
  • It’s super easy to use.

Other popular aggregators include NewsCrawler, Bloglines, and NewsGator; if you’re a Mac user, you can also check out aggregators like Shrook or Cyndicate.

Don’t get bogged down in the myriad of choices; find a simple one that works for you and get started!

2. Find an RSS Feed and Subscribe

Keep your eye out for this symbol: . It lets you know that a website has an RSS feed. (You also see a small orange rectangle that says RSS or XML, but these are rare nowadays.) These buttons are typically links to a website’s feed. You may have noticed that certain browsers detect feeds automatically.

Subscribing is just a matter of copying a site’s RSS feed into your aggregator. Every RSS reader is a little different, so get to know the best way to subscribe to a feed with your reader. When you click on a site’s feed button, you will often get helpful instructions. Once you get the hang of it, it’s an easy process.

3. Read Your Feeds

Once you’ve subscribed to some feeds, your aggregator will automatically check for updates. There’s really nothing more you need to do! Log in and find a list of the newest information from your favorite websites in one place.

Don’t Miss These Logos RSS Feeds

Here are some Logos RSS feeds to get you started:

  • Logos Talk: Get the latest info on new projects and promotions, learn about Logos culture, find tips on using the software, and hear about upcoming features.
  • Pre-Pubs: Don’t miss out on all the newest Pre-Pubs.
  • Community Pricing: Keep up to date with new additions to the Community Pricing program.
  • Logos Press Releases: Stay on top of the latest Logos news.

If you aren’t an RSS user yet, you’ll love getting all of your favorite website updates compiled into one easy-to-navigate reader. Subscribe to our RSS feeds and get started now!

10 Inspirational A. W. Tozer Quotes

Aiden Wilson (A. W.) Tozer was born in a small farming community in Western Pennsylvania on April 21, 115 years ago. His spiritual path opened up when, as a 15-year-old, Tozer responded to a street evangelist. Five years later, with no theological training, he began pastoring his first church.

Tozer spent the rest of his life as a pastor, rising to national prominence during his tenure at Southside Alliance Church, Chicago, IL (1928–1959). Tozer wrote the spiritual classic The Pursuit of God during his time in Chicago, and over his lifetime authored more than 40 books. His steadfast call to repentance and faith earned him the nickname “the 20th-century prophet.”

On May 12, 1963, he went to be with his Lord after suffering a heart attack. The epitaph on his tombstone simply reads: “A. W. Tozer—A Man of God.”

To celebrate this remarkable man of faith, I put together 10 of my favorite Tozer quotes:

  1. “I want the presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all to do with religion. You would never get me interested in the old maids’ social club with a little bit of Christianity thrown in to give it respectability. I want all that God has, or I don’t want any.”—from The Counselor
  2. “I wonder also how many Christians in our day have truly and completely abandoned themselves to Jesus Christ as their Lord. We are very busy telling people to “accept Christ”—and that seems to be the only word we are using. We arrange a painless acceptance.”—from Who Put Jesus on the Cross?
  3. “The world lives in such a time of crisis. Christians alone are in a position to rescue the perishing. We dare not settle down to try to live as if things were normal.”—from Born After Midnight
  4. “But a lot of people have gone too far and have written books and poetry that gets everybody believing that God is so kind and loving and gentle. God is so kind that infinity won’t measure it. And God is so loving that He is immeasurably loving. But God is also holy and just.”—from The Attributes of God, Volume One
  5. “I can only say, let us be tolerant wherever we can be, and let us be charitable toward all those we cannot tolerate. But let us not imagine for a minute that we are called upon to take a top-of-the-fence stand, never knowing exactly what we believe.”—from Faith Beyond Reason
  6. “It is a high Christian privilege to pray for one another within each local church body and then for other believers throughout the world. As a Christian minister, I have no right to preach to people I have not prayed for. That is my strong conviction.”—from Tragedy in the Church: The Missing Gifts
  7. “In some circles, God has been abridged, reduced, modified, edited, changed and amended until He is no longer the God whom Isaiah saw, high and lifted up.”—from Whatever Happened to Worship?
  8. “No matter what the circumstances, we Christians should keep our heads. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind. It is a dismal thing to see a son of heaven cringe in terror before the sons of earth.”—from The Warfare of the Spirit
  9. “Rightly understood, faith is not a substitute for moral conduct but a means toward it. The tree does not serve in lieu of fruit but as an agent by which fruit is secured. Fruit, not trees, is the end God has in mind in yonder orchard; so Christ-like conduct is the end of Christian faith.”—from Size of the Soul
  10. “The only fear I have is to fear to get out of the will of God. Outside of the will of God, there’s nothing I want, and in the will of God there’s nothing I fear, for God has sworn to keep me in His will.”—from Success and the Christian: The Cost of Spiritual Maturity

Leave us a comment with your favorite Tozer quote!

On the Road with Matt Chandler’s Explicit Gospel Tour

Scott Lindsey’s job is pretty cool. Since 2001, he has presented Logos Bible Software at more than 300 conferences, and worked with ministry leaders like Dr. David Jeremiah and Kay Arthur.

Recently Scott has been on the road with Matt Chandler and the Explicit Gospel Tour.

I talked to Scott this morning and mentioned that riding from state to state in a windowless bus didn’t look that appealing. Scott replied, “Yeah, I don’t envy the rock star lifestyle at all. It’s like being shaken around in a brown paper bag.” Turns out, high-profile ministry isn’t always so glamorous.

But Scott reminded me that exciting things are happening. Conferences like this give Logos an opportunity to partner with dynamic ministries.

On the Explicit Gospel Tour, Matt Chandler attests to the need for intimacy with God’s Word, and we get to come alongside and provide people the tools to build upon that foundation.

In the end, being able to equip people to grow in their understanding of God’s Word is worth a few days in a windowless bus.

If you can make it to Anderson, SC tonight, don’t miss an opportunity to see Logos presented and spend an evening with Matt Chandler! There are still a few seats left for the Explicit Gospel Tour at NewSpring Church; tickets are $15 at the door.

There are also tickets available for Saturday night’s Orlando, FL event!

Scott would love to see you there.

Introduce Yourself to Bible Study with Logos

Can you relate to any of the following statements?

  • I want to learn to study the Bible.
  • I want to learn to use Logos Bible Software.
  • I want to understand Bible study resources like commentaries, concordances, and cross reference books.
  • I want a simple model for teaching basic Bible study methods to others.

If one (or all) of these statements apply to you, you need Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software.

Morris Proctor, authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software, has dreamed of a product that would not only introduce people to Logos, but also to the basics of Bible study. This vision has led to the creation of Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software, an exciting video training resource introducing you to Bible study and Logos.

Master-teacher, Morris Proctor, explains the origin of the Scriptures and walks you through the Bible’s story. He continues with descriptions of numerous Bible study resources such as study Bibles, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and more.

Using numerous custom graphics, Morris explains the basics of five methods of Bible study:

  • Book Study
  • Passage Study
  • Word Study
  • Topic Study
  • Devotional Study

After each method, Morris shows you how to incorporate Logos features into your Bible study including:

  • Home Page
  • Passage Guide
  • Exegetical Guide
  • Bible Word Study
  • Passage List
  • Notes
  • Highlighting
  • And more!

With this training you’ll learn the foundations of both Bible study methodology and Logos!

Watch Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software’s nearly four hours of material right on your computer. And like the Camp Logos DVDs, you will work at your own pace using the hyperlinked menu.

You would expect to pay handsomely for a resource like this, but Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software is on Pre-Pub for only $39.95! Pre-order your copy now.