The new year is around the corner, which means now is the time to start thinking about how you want to grow, what you want to learn, and how you’re going to get there in 2016. Many people who desire rich theological education—but can’t move across the country to attend seminary—have found Logos Mobile Education to be the answer.
The Mobile Ed team has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on a number of fantastic courses, just in time for Christmas (we’re also having a Christmas sale). Many of these courses are shipping in two days, which means you can save up to 40% when you pre-order today. Check out the courses below, then scroll down to find our three tips for pre-ordering.
We’re celebrating Advent by giving away dozens of free books and beautiful Advent Art. In this post, Ryan Rotz reflects on the unexpected Advent lessons he’s learned from a notorious historical figure.
King Herod the Great is known by most Christians for his role in the Christmas story in Matthew 2. Afraid of losing the throne to a “newborn king of the Jews,” Herod tried to manipulate the three wise men into telling him where to find the rumored child; when that didn’t work, he ordered the killing of Bethlehem’s baby boys.
But there’s a lot more to Herod than just this one scene. Herod the Great’s life is a Hollywood blockbuster waiting to happen. There are overthrown kingdoms, political maneuverings, family feuds, love and betrayal, and unfortunately, a whole lot of death. It is an R-rated story, to say the least, but it can teach us something very important about the significance of Advent—if we look close enough.
In Galatians 5 Paul discusses the freedom believers have in Christ. He writes, “For freedom Christ has set us free” (5:1), and, “You were called to freedom” (5:13). What is the extent of this freedom? Some believers view it as a license to live however we want, but is this what Paul intended? Dr. Doug Moo tackles this issue in his course NT341 Book Study: Paul’s Letter to the Galatians:
Darrell Bock, Craig Evans, and Douglas Moo are three people whose names come up often around here—and for good reason. Their biblical commentaries and reference works are studied in seminaries across the globe. They are continual best-selling authors and have trained pastors and students of the Bible for decades. Many people would love to take a front row seat in each of their classrooms, but that would require moving across the country … three times.
That’s why we created Mobile Ed—to bring their teaching to you.
We invited each of these scholars (and over a hundred more) to record their course material in our studios. Then we enriched their lectures with “smart” transcripts, recommended readings, quizzes, and more.
So that we can share their insight with as many people as possible, we are giving open access to three lectures from our most popular courses. You’ll learn four steps for better Bible study, experience life under Roman rule, and improve your understanding of Paul’s letter to the Romans.
When I read the New Testament, sometimes I feel like a director who has just been handed an unfinished screenplay. The dialogue and descriptions are scarce. The characters are doing things that don’t make sense. The story isn’t cohesive. The ending is bizarre.
The use of language, whether it’s Greek or English, spoken or written, is a true art form—perhaps the only one we practice every day. Instead of choosing colors from a palette or notes from a scale, we choose from a list of vocabulary, grammar, and linguistic devices in order to create meaning. The possibilities are endless.
This variety gives our speech and our writing vibrancy, but it can also cause confusion. How often do we stop and ask, “What did you mean by that?” Even though we practice the art of language every day, our messages are not always received as they’re intended.
When reading the New Testament we need this clarity more than ever. When we come across a confusing passage, we can’t exactly pick up the phone and ask an apostle, “What did you mean by that?” However, we can analyze the linguistic devices they used, and this can help us understand the New Testament authors’ true intentions.
With a research tool as powerful as Logos, having a guide show you how to use it to its fullest potential is a must. More valuable still is having this guide available down the road—when you really need it.
In LT161 Logos Academic Training, certified trainer Morris Proctor teams up with Mobile Ed to show you how to use Logos 6’s new tools and essential features to do the research you need, whenever you need. In addition to the training videos, you receive word-for-word transcripts that integrate into your Logos library. So when it’s late at night, your deadline is tomorrow, and you can’t remember how to find all of the places King David is quoted in the New Testament, just search your library and you’ll find a video like this waiting to help you.
Many pastors who attend seminary find that the traditional approach to learning Greek and Hebrew does not work for them. First-year courses usually focus on memorizing charts, paradigms, vocabulary, and more. The overwhelming amount of memorization causes many to quit before reaching their end goal: learning how to use Greek and Hebrew to interpret Scripture.
Even after making it all the way through their original-language coursework, many pastors find that years of ministry slowly chip away at the paradigms and rules they worked so hard to master—leaving only a vague recollection of declensions, tenses, and grammatical constructs they spent years (and thousands of dollars) struggling to retain.
This is a frustrating situation—why memorize something you’re not going to use? In this video you’ll hear the story of a student who experienced these frustrations and how that inspired the creation of the Mobile Ed courses Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos 6.
The New Approach to Learning Greek and Hebrew
These Mobile Ed courses eliminate the need for memorization. You’ll learn the same grammatical concepts you’d study in your first year of seminary, but you’ll jump right in to how to use those concepts to interpret Scripture.
Because the courses are a part of your Logos library, you’ll learn how Logos’ language tools and resources can do the heavy lifting for you so you can focus on your exegesis. Instead of memorizing complicated paradigms, you’ll focus on understanding Greek and Hebrew in a practical way that helps you interpret the Bible.
Save $400 when you get these courses on Pre-Pub. Pre-order now!
“Building a sermon is kind of like being an architect,” says Dr. Kent Edwards. “[If] you travel around the world, you’re going to see that there are many different styles of buildings. . . . Architecture is remarkably different, but there [are] certain basic rules that every architect has to follow. If they ignore those rules, the buildings will collapse.” Preachers are like architects in this way, says Edwards. “There’s no universal way to organize a sermon, but there are principles that have to be followed.”
In this clip from CM103 Invitation to Biblical Preaching II: Preaching Biblical Sermons, Dr. Kent Edwards describes one of these essential principles that every sermon must follow:
To get more training from Dr. Edwards on how to preach effectively, order his courses Invitation to Biblical Preaching I & II, or get them at a discount as part of the Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle.