Bible Study Magazine’s 6-Year-Anniversary Issue and New Editor

bible-study-magazine-november-december-2014Nov.–Dec. 2014 marks Bible Study Magazine‘s six-year anniversary issue and our 37th issue overall. We announced the print magazine six and a half years ago here on LogosTalk, and our six-year-anniversary issue may be our best yet!

Here are some highlights from our Nov.–Dec. 2014 issue:

Rooted in the City of Brotherly Love: Dr. Eric Mason

When Dr. Eric Mason first felt the call to plant churches nearly 14 years ago, he envisioned himself as a kind of itinerant preacher. “I wanted to model my work after the Apostle Paul’s by planting a church, spending two or three years getting it up and running, and then moving on to plant another.” But God had different plans in store—now, he is rooted in the city of brotherly love because “with inner-city ministry, you have to be in it for the long haul.” This has taught Mason an incredible amount about biblical literacy and discipleship.

Read the rest of the story by senior writer Jessi Strong in Bible Study Magazine Nov.–Dec. 2014.

From Soviet Soldier to Seminary President

Andrey Kravstev, like many who grew up in the Soviet Union in the 1980s, was educated in atheism and nationalism. At age 19, he witnessed the decline of the Soviet Union and the revelation of government crimes against the people. Kravstev was a soldier in the Soviet army at the time and quickly grew disillusioned. “I found a page from the New Testament—just one page from John 18 that included the dialogue between Jesus and Pilate. . . . That passage struck my heart.” Now, Kravstev is a seminary president and says things like: “Familiarity with the Bible on its own doesn’t mean anything unless there’s an application—unless there’s a way you see it changing your life.”

Read the rest of the story by Jessi Strong in Bible Study Magazine Nov.–Dec. 2014.

Out of Slavery: Exodus

In this issue, we follow Israel’s journey out of Egypt and into the wilderness. While it’s a journey that begins with a high note, it has equally low points. After all the miracles, Israel doubts God and twists worship to their own liking. Throughout this story, God chooses to align himself with this feckless people. He has a desire for them: that they would be holy, set apart in order to show his goodness and justice to the world.

It’s easy to look down on Israel’s faith—but as we study the story closely, we can see ourselves. Our redemption has been bought for us with a frightening and glorious act—one that the changed the world forever. We’ve been set free from slavery and raised to new life in Christ. What does this look like in your life? What is your response to this freedom?

Read Rebecca Van Noord’s full introduction to our theme for this issue, “Out of Slavery: Exodus,” and the themed section itself in Bible Study Magazine Nov.–Dec. 2014.

Truly Love, Dangerously—A Special Letter from the Editor

“My dear friends, No generation is exactly like the one before it. . . . When I look at our world, I see a place that’s more interconnected than ever before. I see the opportunity to leverage these connections to transform lives. I see that, for the first time in all of history, we could very well bring the news of God’s freedom, in Jesus, to the ends of the earth.”

Continue reading (or listen to) the last letter from the editor on the Bible Study Magazine blog.

We’re making Bible Study Magazine even better

We’ve redesigned Bible Study Magazine under the direction of Christine Gerhart, added a section especially on Bible study with Logos Bible Software (in extra pages), and put even more thought into how to help you take your Bible study to the next level. Although Bible Study Magazine launched as an award-winning magazine, we have never stopped improving it. Bible Study Magazine is all about helping you get into the Word so that you can effectively make our world a better place!

This serves as my last issue as editor-in-chief of Bible Study Magazine. Rebecca Van Noord is the new editor-in-chief. She loves Jesus and is passionate about Bible study. Van Noord has been managing editor of Bible Study Magazine since April 2011 and has been with the publication since April 2010. She is a fantastic editor and an accomplished author. Van Noord coauthored Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional and coedited 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. I look forward to you experiencing even more of her creativity. It’s been an honor to serve Jesus as Bible Study Magazine’s editor-in-chief.

You Can Still Get 3 Bible Studies for Free

Through September 4, you can get three free Bible studies when you order the Not Your Average Bible Study Series. You’ll get nine volumes for only $24.95, plus three more volumes that are still in production.

 

The story behind this series

not-your-average-bible-study-series-updates“Why has no one taught me to ask questions like these until now?” This was one of my first thoughts when working on my bachelor’s degree in biblical studies. In May 2008, when we started Bible Study Magazine, we decided to help people ask the types of questions scholars ask. We dedicated our “Not Your Average Bible Study” section to helping you draw your own conclusions about the biblical text, while showing how the Bible’s story is your story. Now, these studies are available for Logos Bible Software as digital books.

We want everyone using this series—we believe in it. This series will take you through a biblical book, verse by verse, showing you what the Scripture means for you today. But we don’t tell you what to think—we let you draw your own conclusions.

A series designed with today’s Bible reader in mind

The Not Your Average Bible Study Series empowers you to:

  • Understand the Bible’s ancient context
  • Ask the same questions scholars ask
  • Apply the Bible to your life, each step along the way
  • Tell the biblical story as part of your own story

This series works great for individuals or groups—it’s designed for both settings. We’ll even have print editions available later, for people who want to use them in a group but have group members who aren’t yet using digital books.

Whether you’ve been studying the Bible your whole life or you’re just getting started, this series will empower you to go deeper into the Bible.

Why you want to get it now

On September 5 this series’ price will go up to $54.95. We originally planned to only make this offer available until August 15, but we decided to extend the offer. Over 2,000 people have already ordered the collection and are enjoying the first nine volumes. Now’s your chance to jump into deeper Bible study.

Get the Not Your Average Bible Study Series today!

Get 4 Free Volumes: Not Your Average Bible Study

not-your-average-bible-study-seriesIf you’ve already pre-ordered the Not Your Average Bible Study Series, you’re getting 1–3 John, 1 Peter, and the Sermon on the Mount for free too! This is in addition to the already free Jude–2 Peter volume that comes with every pre-order. We’re giving the same deal to anyone who pre-orders through Thursday, July 31!

When we first listed the Not Your Average Bible Study Series, we decided to give away the Jude volume to everyone who pre-ordered it, while pricing the nine-volume collection at the incredibly low price of $19.95. But it turned out that Jude worked better when paired with 2 Peter, so we wrote the 2 Peter study and combined it with the Jude volume, but we still made it free for everyone who pre-ordered the collection. Yesterday, as we were looking over the upcoming volumes in the series—1–3 John, 1 Peter, and the Sermon on the Mount—we decided that we wanted to do something really special: offer the forthcoming volumes for free too!

Improve your Bible study abilities while studying the Bible itself

The Not Your Average Bible Study Series empowers you to:

  • Understand the Bible’s ancient context
  • Ask the same questions scholars ask
  • Apply the Bible to your life, each step along the way
  • Tell the biblical story as part of your own story

This series is already tested—as we originally ran most of these studies in Bible Study Magazine. This is one of the most popular sections of Bible Study Magazine. We regularly receive kind emails about how these studies help people get deeper into the Word, teach them to study the Bible better, and help them apply the Word to their life. And that’s why we made these studies into books—to make them available to an even wider audience.

These studies include answer boxes to write in, prayer prompts, and insightful questions. They explore how the biblical story is our story.

This crazy deal will help you get into the Word

Here’s how our crazy deal is going to go:

  • Pre-order now for $19.95, and get four volumes for free: 1–3 John, 1 Peter, 2 Peter–Jude, and the Sermon on the Mount. You have until Thursday, July 31 to get this price. We will ship the first nine volumes on August 1—as promised—and the additional three free volumes will automatically download as they’re released.
  • Right after we ship on August 1, we’re going to raise the price to $24.95—we will be charging for 2 Peter–Jude at that point, but still offering a serious discount on the rest of the collection. We will also still be offering 1–3 John, 1 Peter, and the Sermon on the Mount for free, for a two-week window. This deal will be available until August 14.
  • Come August 15, the price goes up to the full list price of $54.95.

The Not Your Average Bible Study Series is designed for individual or group use. So tell your friends—on your social networks and in person. We believe in these studies and know that they will help you get deeper into God’s Word. Pre-order the Not Your Average Bible Study Series today to get the best price and four free volumes!

Thanks for your support. Feel free to email me your questions: john@logos.com.

We’re About to Save You 1,360 Hours

lexham-bible-guides-pauls-letters-collection (1)If you research the Bible, prepare small group lessons, or preach, it would take you at least 1,360 hours of preparation to work through 1 Corinthians and supporting literature. That’s the equivalent of 170 workdays. How do I know this? Because we put more than 1,360 hours into Lexham Bible Guide: 1 Corinthians to save you time. Just think what you could do with that many hours:

  • Take about 12 semester-length college courses
  • Conduct more than 900 counseling sessions with members of your congregation, spending about 1.5 hours per session
  • Write your own book on 1 Corinthians—since you’ll have the historical and cultural background and the various viewpoints of top commentators from working through Lexham Bible Guide: 1 Corinthians
  • Develop 17 new outreach programs, spending about 80 hours planning each one
  • Work through a five-hour first-aid training course—272 times
  • Train approximately 170 volunteer staff members, spending eight hours with each one
  • Log all the required flight time to obtain a private pilot’s certificate, weather permitting
  • Spend 1,360 more hours with your family

 

One of the goals of Lexham Press is to create resources that reduce your preparation time so that you can teach and write more. The recently shipped 1 and 2 Corinthians volumes of the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection are perfect examples of this. We want to get you into the Word and reduce any friction that comes with doing so.

Pick up the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection and start saving time today. It will be well worth the investment.

Advance Your Bible Study with Lexham Press

Lexham-Press-logo_Black_1000x588Logos Bible Software just moved all of its original content under the imprint of Lexham Press. Lexham Press provides biblical content to advance scholarship and equip the church. We create digital-first Bible study resources, scholarly works, and Bible Study Magazine. Our designed-digital content never goes out of date because we continuously update it.

Here are four ways Lexham Press advances your Bible study.

Study the Bible

Lexham Press publishes the Bible in its original languages and literal, English translations. With thousands of explanatory notes, you can read the Bible through the lens of the translators. Our digital editions of the Bible in its original languages are morphologically tagged; behind each one is research that capitalizes on over 20 years of Bible technology developed by Logos Bible Software. See how we can improve your Bible study.

Interpret the Bible

Whether you’re a scholar or new to Bible study, Lexham Press helps you interpret the Bible. Our products simplify the process of learning and speed up research. We also provide original translations of historical theology, present the work of top theologians in elegant formats, and publish original research. Increase the efficiency of your Bible research.

Preach the Bible

Freeing up a pastor’s time benefits the entire church. Often, time is lost finding that perfect quote or prayer, designing a slide, or asking the right interpretation questions. Lexham Press gives the preacher back time by resolving these difficulties while making sermons more memorable and exciting. Free up your time with our pastoral content.

Apply the Bible

Lexham Press helps you apply the Bible—making the Bible more accessible and exciting. Our devotionals and application focused commentaries take full advantage of the technology of Logos Bible Software. Enrich your devotional time with our resources.

To advance your Bible study, speed up your sermon preparation, and help you find answers fast, we’re working with top Bible scholars from around the world, and employ a team of scholars and editors. We’re here to further God’s Kingdom with you.

Study, interpret, preach, and apply the Bible with Lexham Press. Check out the content catalog today at LexhamPress.com.

Get Cutting-Edge Digital Curricula for Less

We want to offer designed-for-digital curricula at a very low price—so much so that we moved an already released product to Community Pricing, where you can set the price by bidding. Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence Complete Church Curriculum is now on Community Pricing at almost half off its original price; with enough bidders helping cover costs, the price could go even lower. What’s more, when this volume comes off Community Pricing, we’ll give software credit to everyone who already bought it at full price, and we’ll give all the winning bidders the lowest possible price!

We’re hoping the cost drops so low that we can offer Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence Complete Church Curriculum at a very low price for the foreseeable future. But to get there, we need more bidders—that’s where you come in.

Designed for digital

Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence is part of the Studies in Faithful Living Series, which we designed for the digital age to (1) make the jobs of small group leaders and pastors easier and (2) offer an even more enlightening curriculum to every participant.

Israel Loken, chair of the Bible and theology departments at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, says: “Logos has taken group Bible study to the next level with their new Studies in Faithful Living series. Deeply engaging, biblically accurate, and filled with life-changing applications, this series is destined to be the go-to resource for lay leaders for years to come.”

The complete church curriculum includes an ebook with infographics and a video for each chapter. It also includes lesson plans and handouts for leading your Bible studies and small groups, as well as slide presentations for each chapter. Sermon outlines and media resources enable you to share with your entire church.

Learn from the life of Jacob

Jacob’s life was characterized by deception. He deceived his father to obtain his brother’s blessing, and was later tricked by Laban. Throughout his life’s many ups and downs, Jacob struggled to recognize God’s presence. Even so, God remained with Jacob—just as he remains with believers today. In Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence, you’ll walk through life with Jacob and his family—learning along the way how their story is like your story.

With Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence Complete Church Curriculum, you can:

  • Engage your congregation with a familiar story while discovering new and deeper insights.
  • Teach more effectively with materials designed to integrate, organize, and maximize efficiency in preparation.
  • Connect your church members as you journey along with Jacob and learn how his life lessons are relevant today.

Place your bid on Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence Complete Church Curriculum today!

What Informs Your Interpretation of Genesis?

lexham-bible-guides-genesis-collectionWhat influences your interpretation of Scripture? What is the origin of the particular interpretation you hold? Are you familiar with alternative interpretations? How would you defend your interpretation against others?

Although apologists are usually the ones asking these questions, anyone seeking to interpret Scripture should do the same. We think of ourselves as unbiased, logical people, but reading others’ opinions reveals whether we truly are. Such reading also informs our discussions about Scripture, making us better interpreters and better conversationalists, evangelists, and preachers.

Each part of Scripture deserves close examination, but Genesis holds a special place in the canon. It’s a rich, complex book that’s referenced throughout the Bible and that serves as a theological backdrop for much of Scripture. As such, it will shape how you interpret the Bible.

We all wrestle with questions about the origins of the world, the first sin, and where we came from. Genesis tells the story of humanity and God—our story.

The Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection unravels the book’s complicated differences of interpretation. It breaks down each passage, helping you understand what each section contributes and how they fit together. This collection will guide you into a deeper study of Genesis while simultaneously improving your understanding of the entire biblical narrative, which depends on this book’s foundational theology. Understanding Genesis will equip you to answer your own apologetic questions and others’.

Why spend hours in research when Logos can help? Leverage our research team’s work. Get into Genesis in a way that will enhance your understanding of it and the entire Bible. Pick up the Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection today.

Through October 18, use coupon code LBGGEN2 to save on Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection.

Lexham Bible Guides: Your Tools for Better Research

lexham-bible-guides-pauls-letters-collectionMy first college class on Paul’s letters overwhelmed me so much that I chose Paul’s shortest letter for my final paper. I knew that if I focused on anything longer than Philemon, I might miss something—there’s just too much published research about Paul and his letters.

As it turned out, I was right: I watched students around me struggle as they tackled Galatians, Romans, and Paul’s other long letters. In the sea of commentaries, they missed major points. If the Lexham Bible Guides had existed back then, my fellow students and I wouldn’t have had this problem.

Biblical research shouldn’t be this difficult. A requirement for entry shouldn’t be how fast you can read or access the right material.

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Understand Differences in Biblical Manuscripts

lexham-methods-seriesThere are translation differences, and there are source text differences. You know a source text difference when you see the notation “MT says” or “LXX says” in your Bible. These are the real differences in manuscripts. And unless you know what you’re looking at, they can be confusing, and perhaps even scary.

How do we trust that God’s Word has remained as he intended it? Textual criticism is the field of study that explores differences between biblical manuscripts and draws conclusions. It’s the field that determines the readings included in nearly all modern translations. It’s also the field behind all the challenging discussions about “biblical sources,” their “readings,” and their “vorlages” in Bible commentaries.

Few people work in this field of biblical studies nearly every day—our Bible scholars do. Their work in Lexham Methods Series: Textual Criticism, the first volume to be released in the series, makes textual criticism transparent and easy to understand. Learn about the technique, and grasp the terminology behind the very technical, but very important, work of discerning which biblical manuscript to translate and interpret. [Read more...]

Research Genesis More Efficiently Than Ever

lexham-bible-guides-genesis-collectionNearly every theme in the Bible has a parallel in the book of Genesis—sin, guilt, pride, family, law, worship, God’s promises, and God’s will. Genesis portrays what it means to be human and how God wants us to live as his image-bearers. It recounts the despair present on earth and the hope God offers to all of creation. It explains the very personal relationship between Creator and creation. To truly understand the rest of the Bible, it helps to understand Genesis—the foundation for the rest of Scripture.

Bible study begins with Genesis

We don’t always have the time to research Genesis at a scholarly depth. We may have ministry priorities that depend on such knowledge, but other commitments won’t allow us the time to delve as deep into it as we would like. That’s why we began the Lexham Bible Guide series with Genesis. Capitalizing on the expertise of our research team—many of whom have presented academic lectures on Genesis—we can offer you the information you need, in a few clicks, while making it easy for you to go even deeper when you have the time. [Read more...]