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In Why I Am a Baptist, Clarence Larkin walks you through a short history of the Baptist tradition and details why it’s different from other Protestant denominations. Learn about the origin of Baptists, infant baptism, church doctrines, and more! This is the perfect resource to help anyone grow in the Baptist tradition.

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Get 15% off Baptist base packages

We’ve just released a new line of Logos 5 base packages with libraries specially catered to the Baptist tradition—and for a limited time, you can get 15% off any Baptist base package!Baptist BP

Each base package comes loaded with all of Logos 5’s smart and easy-to-use tools, coupled with a world-class library of Baptist resources.

For example, with Gold, you’ll get 135 volumes on Baptist history alone, plus 200 volumes of biblical commentary and hundreds more on original languages, theological studies, preaching topics, and more. Your massive library also comes with all of Logos 5’s powerful tools, so you can save time, better understand Scripture, and connect the Word to key Baptist commentaries and resources.

Discover which base package is right for you: explore all Baptist base packages and save 15% today!

It’s the Final Countdown: 4 Days Left to Save

We’re down to the final days of the Logos 5 upgrade sale. If you’ve been on the fence about making your Bible study even better (and saving a bunch of money in the process)—now’s the time.

The Logos 5 upgrade sale ends August 5In four days, when the clock strikes midnight on August 5—and you’re still floundering through your latest sermon or investing what seems like the millionth hour into tomorrow’s research paper—you’ll have wished you upgraded to Logos 5.

But if you upgrade now, you can shave off hours of sermon-preparation time, get tomorrow’s paper done today (with all the sources cited for you), and save yourself a ton of stress (and money).

Check out your custom upgrade discount, and upgrade before it’s too late!

Save with multiple discounts

If you don’t upgrade soon, you’ll miss out on huge, limited-time discounts that could save you hundreds of dollars and hundreds of hours of research time:

  1. Discount #1: Your custom upgrade discount gives you limited-time savings on Logos 5 base packages. This discount is only available through August 5, so take advantage of it while you still can!
  2. Discount #2: Dynamic Pricing takes into account everything in your Logos library—including resources and datasets—and guarantees that you’ll only pay for what’s new to you. Even if you don’t own a base package, but you’ve purchased commentaries, collections, or individual volumes, your resources add to your discount. If you’re using resources in an older version of Logos, no worries—these titles factor into your Dynamic Pricing discount, too. Regardless of when you bought your resources—10 days ago or 20 years ago—you’ll get credit for the resources already in your library.

If you’re not ready to pay for your base package in full, that’s not a problem! We offer interest-free payment plans for up to 24 months, so you can take advantage of better Bible study tools and resources today while spacing out your cost into small, easily manageable payments.

So what are you waiting for? This is your final opportunity to get an amazing deal on Logos 5.

Save time and money: take advantage of your custom upgrade discount and start using Logos 5 today!

Get One-Time Discounts on Bundles and Top Resources

L5 Upgrade SaleRight now, we’re offering limited-time discounts on base-package upgrades. What’s more, when you upgrade or buy a new base package, you get to take advantage of exclusive, one-time discounts on bundles and top resources.

All you need to do is add a Logos 5 base package to your cart, then make your library even better with 50% off bundles and big savings on some of our most popular resources!

Get 50% off bundles

Bundles are the simplest, most cost-effective way to personalize your library and get specific resources to help you grow in your field. We offer bundles to help you be a better preacher, counselor, original-language expert, and more. And when you upgrade, you get to choose from all of them for 50% off!

Why add more resources to your library? Because the more titles you have in your library, the more powerful each individual resource becomes. Logos 5 links together every resource in your library by citation, topic, phrase, and more. The more resources in your library, the more unique connections Logos makes between them—and the more you get to benefit from revealing searches and new biblical connections.

Upgrade and get these bundles for 50% off:

Check out all of our bundles!

Huge discounts on top resources

When you upgrade, you get special savings on commentaries, Bibles, dictionaries, and more! Here are just a few resources you can get extra savings on:

These deals are only available when you upgrade or buy a base package. Save on top resources and bundles: take advantage of your custom upgrade discount and upgrade today!

Last Chance: Get $300 Off the Nelson Bible Reference Bundle!

Nelson Bible ReferenceYou’re about to miss one of the year’s best deals: through June 30, you can use coupon code NBRB2014 to take $300 off the 200-volume Nelson Bible Reference Bundle!

The Nelson Bible Reference Bundle gives you an incredible selection of resources—Bibles, commentaries, devotionals, maps, and more. Little wonder that it’s earned a glowing average rating of five out of five stars. One reviewer said, “The sheer volume of material in this bundle is mind boggling. Worth every penny.” Another said that he “Wouldn’t want to study without it!

Huge savings on the Word Biblical Commentary

The Nelson Bible Reference Bundle gives you quite a few popular resources—the Preacher’s Commentary Series, the MacArthur Pastor’s Libraries, and more—but the most popular by far is the highly acclaimed 59-volume Word Biblical Commentary. With more than 50 contributors, the WBC delivers some of our time’s best, most interesting biblical scholarship.

On its own, the WBC costs $699.95. But now you can get the entire Nelson Bible Reference Bundle for just $599.95—that’s $100 less than you’d pay for the WBC alone!

Get 200 volumes for just $3 each

This deal is a no-brainer. If you want some of the best commentaries, studies, and devotionals at an amazing price, this is your chance. Through June 30, use coupon code NBRB2014 to get $300 off the Nelson Bible Reference Bundle!

Infographic: Everything You Need to Know about John MacArthur

More than 50 years in ministry, 3,000 sermons preached, 120 books written—John MacArthur is one of the most influential theologians of our time.

Today, MacArthur turns 75. Celebrate his big day by taking 50% off more than 3,000 of his sermons and enjoying a powerful infographic that shows his life and impact!

Get 50% off 3,000+ sermons by John MacArthur

Originally $399.95get it for $199.95

MacArthur Sermon ArchiveFor a very limited time, you can pre-order the 3,127-sermon John MacArthur Sermon Archive for 50% off! The archive offers spiritual insight, biblical wisdom, and fully searchable, interlinked sermons. Covering nearly five decades’ worth of MacArthur’s ministry, it features expository preaching that illuminates the meaning of the Bible and the message of the gospel.

Plus, with the new Sermon Finder tool, building on insights from your favorite sermons is simple. The Sermon Finder lets you quickly connect any Bible verse or passage to relevant sermons from MacArthur. You’ll discover how MacArthur tackled some of the toughest verses, and you’ll enrich your study and sermons with his biblical wisdom. Pre-order the John MacArthur Sermon Archive for 50% off today!

See MacArthur’s life and impact

Thanks to Tim Challies of Challies.com, here’s a gorgeous infographic that shows you MacArthur’s life and impact.

Celebrate John MacArthur’s 75th birthday: enjoy this infographic, and then share it with friends and family!

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How to Unveil Obscure (and Surprising) Bible Characters in Just 5 Minutes

Do you know who Ehud is?

Me neither, before I started writing this post.

In fact, when I sat down to research him, I wouldn’t have had a clue where to start—or which resources to trust—without Logos 5. (Well, that or the Bible Study Magazine blog!) With Logos 5, though, it took only a single click to track down all the information I needed.

Five minutes later, I understood Ehud’s family tree, knew his biblical role and significance, and even had a list of clickable, relevant resources to go deeper in my research—all thanks to Logos 5’s Bible Facts tool.

Bible Facts empowers you to know biblical events, people, and places. It only draws from trusted resources, so you can be confident in your insights and your teaching. Don’t know the name of the person you’re researching? Bible Facts covers important unnamed characters, too, like the spies Joshua sent into Jericho and the Samaritan woman at the well.

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The most exciting story you’ve never heard

Thanks to Bible Facts, I understood Ehud’s character—he was an Israeli judge whose name meant “where is the glory?” But I wanted more of his story, which turned out to be better suited for an action movie than for an obscure biblical figure.

After jumping straight to the Bible verse he’s mentioned in and reading it side-by-side with the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (just one of 24 Bible-dictionary links provided), I discovered that Ehud was a lefty whose claim to fame was plunging a fatal message from God into the belly of a king.

The story goes that while escorting Eglon, the Moabite king, to Jericho, Ehud tricked Eglon by promising a confidential revelation. Eglon foolishly dismissed his court attendants, giving Ehud (and the double-edged sword he had secretly bound to his right thigh) a private audience. As Ehud slowly ascended Eglon’s throne, he said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” The message, it turned out, was plunging his sword all the way to the hilt into the portly king’s stomach.

Ehud snuck out of the palace and sounded his trumpet in the hills of Ephraim, calling the Israelites down to encircle the Moabite troops west of the Jordan. Under Ehud’s leadership, they killed 10,000 Moabites, freeing them from 18 years of oppression and ushering in 80 years of peace in Israel.

Not bad for an “obscure” character.

Even more insights await . . .

Finding this information was simple. Going even deeper into the story and connecting it to other resources was a breeze. Why? Because Logos 5 lifts the curtain on stories and people considered “obscure” and “mysterious” and lets you enjoy an unparalleled look at Scripture.

What’s more, Bible Facts is just one tool included in Logos 5—here are all the other tools you get.

Learn how Logos 5 equips you to be an even better student of the Word: for a limited time, get a new base package for 15% off!

Already have Logos? Take advantage of your custom upgrade discount on Logos 5 and get a deeper look at Scripture.

Get 60% Off the Classic Sermon Library Builder: That’s 7 Cents a Sermon!

Classic Sermon Builder LibraryFor a limited time, you can take 60% off the 100-volume Classic Sermon Library Builder!

It normally costs $499.95, but for a limited time, you can get it for just $199.95—that’s $300 off, or 7 cents a sermon.

This enormous collection brings together the wisdom of some of history’s greatest, most beloved pastors. It helps you create compelling sermons fast—you’ll be able to pull insights from preachers like D.L. Moody, John Wesley, George Whitefield, and others. The archive covers classic sermons from the fourth century through the twentieth, and addresses doctrinal issues, practical topics, and some of the Bible’s most difficult passages.

Plus, with Logos 5’s new Sermon Finder tool, it’s never been easier to learn from your favorite pastors. Just search for any Bible verse or passage—the Sermon Finder sweeps through your sermon archives and returns a list of all the sermons that address that verse. With the Sermon Finder and the Classic Sermon Builder Library, you can access some of the most profound pastoral insights in history.

This deal disappears on June 30, so don’t wait: get 60% off the 100-volume Classic Sermon Builder Library today!

Save big on sermon Pre-PubsD.A. Carson Sermon Library

Right now, you can get introductory savings on sermon archives from some of your favorite pastors. Here are a few sermon archives available for pre-order:

Craft powerful sermons in less time: get 60% off the Classic Sermon Library Builder, and then save on sermon-archive Pre-Pubs!

New: Learning from Your Favorite Preachers Just Got Easier

BlogIMG_400x400We’re thrilled to announce a brand-new tool in Logos 5: the Sermon Finder, which connects you to sermons on any given passage.

Simply search the Passage Guide for a passage or verse: the Sermon Finder pulls results from your sermon archives and presents them in an elegant list of clickable links. You can quickly discover how specific Bible verses inspired your favorite pastor’s sermons, and then enrich your own sermons with their insights.

How is this different from before? Whereas the standard search tool finds every place a preacher mentions a Bible passage, the Sermon Finder brings you only the complete sermons that cover the passage you’re studying.

For example, are you curious how John Piper tackled how “the Word was made flesh” in John 1? Or how Tim Keller addressed fanaticism in Mark 13:24–37? All you need to do is a simple Passage Guide search: you’ll have access to every relevant sermon preached by your favorite pastors on the verse you’re studying. In short, Sermon Finder makes your sermon libraries even more powerful and accessible.

Get 60% off the Classic Sermon Library Builder—that’s only 7 cents a sermon!

classic-sermon-library-builderFor a limited time, you can get 60% off the new 100-volume Classic Sermon Library Builder. For just $2 a volume, you can enrich your sermons, research papers, and personal study with insights from some of the world’s most respected pastors—that works out to just 7 cents a sermon!

You’ll get over 2,600 sermons from leading pastors:

  • John Wesley
  • R.A. Torrey
  • D.L. Moody
  • George Whitefield
  • And others

For just $199.95, pick up the Classic Sermon Library Builder today! But hurry—this deal ends June 30.

The best deals on new sermon libraries

Want to make your sermon library even more powerful? You’ll get the best deal on new sermon archives with Logos Pre-Pub. Right now, for instance, you can pre-order the D.A. Carson Sermon Archive and get 553 of Carson’s sermons for just $89.95—that’s 36% off!

Here are a few other Pre-Pubs you don’t want to miss:

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Don’t have Logos 5? Now’s the time to upgrade. For a limited time, you can get triple discounts on a Logos 5 upgrade and build more compelling sermons, faster. Discover your custom upgrade discount, and upgrade today!

Logos 5’s Secret Sauce (and How It Will Transform Your Study)

Library ConnectionsYou’ve heard the term before: datasets. We sometimes mention them in emails and blog posts, and you can probably figure out most of what they are from the term alone. (Yes, they’re interconnected sets of biblical data.) But why should you care?

Because datasets are Logos 5’s secret sauce.

You won’t find them anywhere except in Logos 5. They’re not on any other website, in any other store, or even in the largest theological library out there. They were created exclusively for Logos 5 to help you study faster and better.

So, what makes these datasets so transformational? Here’s what they offer:

1. Access to game-changing scholarly research

Each of Logos 5’s 10 new datasets represents an intense research project by in-house scholars. Our research team spent years analyzing words, meanings, and biblical events—and connecting those ideas based on real human intelligence, not algorithms.

These datasets pull together massive amounts of information on world history, preaching themes, grammatical relationships, word senses, and more. They equip you to know who’s being referred to by each pronoun, verb, and noun, to see the meaning behind words, and to understand biblical events better by putting them in historical context. With this sort of data, you can complete tasks that would typically take hours—if not days—with a click.

2. Answers that take the guesswork out of Bible study

All this research and information may sound overwhelming, but—fortunately for you—getting the exact information you need is simple. That’s because you don’t need to go digging for answers: our tools and features do it for you. In fact, Logos’ tools are powered by the datasets themselves.

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Here’s an example: you want information on Zechariah—not Zechariah the trumpet player, not Zechariah the father of Able, but Zechariah the father of John the Baptist. Lucky for you, we’ve already disambiguated all 30 Zechariahs in the Bible. Just open the Bible Facts tool and search his name: the tool sweeps through the Biblical People, Places, and Things dataset to present you with a full list of relevant verses, family trees, beautiful artwork, and dictionary links.

That’s a whole lot of work and power, and all you had to do was click “search.”

This is why datasets are so transformational—they connect related information across your entire library and present you with answers, along with the facts you need to reach new insights.

Save hours of research time: upgrade to Logos 5 and take advantage of the game-changing power of datasets.

For a limited time, you can get your best deal on a Logos 5 upgrade—see your custom upgrade discount and save today!

Free Book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer!

BonhoefferDietrich Bonhoeffer was among the most interesting, inspiring people you’ll ever read about. Not only was he a theologian, a poet, a secret-service double agent, a musician, and one of the most famous martyrs of the twentieth century—he also played a role in the famous “July 20” plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

And through March 31, you can get Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians for free!

The making of a martyr

In the wake of World War I, the Germans were desperate for a strong, proud leader who would guide Germany to economic and social recovery. When the enigmatic Hitler became chancellor and later dictator, much of Germany embraced his ambitious vision. But not everyone was fooled. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a gifted pianist who, despite his aristocratic family’s wishes, became a minister and theologian, was determined to remove the Nazis from power—even if it killed him.

Nothing—not even Hitler’s suffocating grip on civil liberties—could stop Bonhoeffer from preaching the truth. After being banned from openly teaching, Bonhoeffer worked in an underground ministry. After his ministry was discovered and the church became terrified to speak out against Hitler, Bonhoeffer joined the German secret service as a double agent, helping Jews escape Nazi oppression. He even turned down the chance to seek refuge in America, where he was touring as a guest lecturer, writing:

“I have made a mistake in coming to America. I must live through this difficult period in our national history with the Christian people of Germany. I will have no right to participate in the reconstruction of Christian life in Germany after the war if I do not share the trials of this time with my people.”

On April 5, 1943, after returning to Germany, Boenhoeffer was arrested for his resistance efforts. He spent the next year and half incarcerated, and was later moved to Buchenwald. Even while imprisoned, Bonhoeffer continued ministering and developing his theology, much of which is documented in his Letters and Papers from Prison.

On April 9, 1945, one month before Germany surrendered, Bonhoeffer was hanged. A witness said he approached the gallows “brave and composed” and kneeled on the floor “praying fervently to his God.” Even at the precipice of certain death, Bonhoeffer’s faith never wavered.

Get a free book on BonhoefferBonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians

Learn more about Bonhoeffer’s extraordinary life and theology with March’s Free Book of the Month: Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians, which offers dozens of illustrations and insights into Bonhoeffer’s background and legacy.

Through March 31, get Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians for free! Then share this blog post to tell your friends and family about this amazing, limited-time opportunity.

P.S. You can learn more about Bonhoeffer’s life and theology from the man himself. Explore Bonhoeffer’s works on Logos.com.