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.

Get 23% Off 30+ Years of Old Testament Research

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The 14-volume Old Testament Profiles & Commentaries of Cyril J. Barber collection, currently on Pre-Pub for 23% off, gives you more than three decades worth of Old Testament research. You’ll get valuable cultural insight, information drawn from an array of important commentaries, and modern application.

The series is gaining a lot of momentum on Pre-Pub, so don’t wait around until it hits full price: pre-order it today for 23% off!

Old Testament Profiles & Commentaries of Cyril J. Barber

Regularly $299.95get it for $229.95

This highly accessible series helps you connect biblical characters and ancient texts to the modern world. It includes 14 volumes on Exodus, Joshua–Kings, Ezra, and Esther, along with profiles of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Each volume pores over the historical events surrounding key events and people, connecting them to contemporary culture.

You’ll also get a devotional exposition of Joshua, an examination of the narrative of God’s power in Judges, and exhaustive profiles of the patriarchs in the Old Testament.

These volumes become even more powerful when coupled with the power of Logos 5. You can study these concise, engaging commentaries side by side with the biblical books they examine, search all 14 volumes in seconds, and go deeper in your study by connecting key terms to dictionaries and encyclopedias in your massive, interconnected library.

Get the best price on this powerful commentary series: pre-order the Old Testament Profiles & Commentaries of Cyril J. Barber for 23% off today! 

The Big Win: Missionary Exchanges Suitcase Full of Books for Logos 5

When traveling to a rugged, isolated region like the Appalachian Mountains, you only pack the essentials: good shoes, toothpaste, coats—you know, the typical can’t-leave-home-without-them items. But the suitcases of Bill Barker, a missionary with the North American Mission Board, SBC, were stuffed a little differently: one had the essentials, and the other was chock-full of his favorite theological resources.

If you can imagine how fun it is to carry around a giant bag of books (as in, not fun at all), then you know how meaningful a tool like Logos 5 would be for someone like Barker.

Bill Barker

Amazingly, out of more than 200,000 entries, Barker was the very worthy winner of our Christmas giveaway, which means he’s traded in his hefty suitcase for a one-of-a-kind MacBook Air, pre-loaded with Logos 5 Gold and a collection of Vyrso books.

Barker is thrilled to have won:

“The Logos edition of the MacBook Air has arrived, and I am looking forward to using it in the years ahead for my Bible study and my daily quiet time. As a missionary with the North American Mission Board, SBC, I spend a lot of time away from home working within the Appalachian Mountains. Over the years, when I left home to travel throughout Appalachia, I had two suitcases: one for clothing and one for my books.  With the MacBook Air from Logos, life has gotten simpler—now I simply pick up the Mac and head out the door. The Bible study tools I need are all neatly packed inside. I want to thank Logos for this wonderful gift.”

Barker plays a major role in reaching people in the Appalachians—organizing food drives, church plants, literacy missions, home repairs, and more. We couldn’t be more excited that he’s using his gift to spread the gospel to one of the poorest, most unchurched regions in America. His story is just one of the many testimonies we’ve heard over the years from people who’ve revolutionized their Bible study with Logos.

Take a massive, interconnected library wherever you go: explore Logos 5, the world’s most advanced Bible software, today.

24-Hour Deal: Get 60% Off the Healthy Relationships Bundle

Dating Like Airplanes--bigYesterday was the first day of Vyrso’s 10 Days of Love! Each weekday through February 14, we’ll be featuring a new 24-hour book bundle on growing closer to Christ and building healthy, loving relationships.

Pastors, wives, Christians trying to navigate the dating world—we’ve got a bundle for everyone. Plus, all the bundles are 60% off!

Over the next two weeks, we’ll also feature guest posts and interviews from some of your favorite Christian relationship experts. They’ll share their best marriage and relationship advice, discuss their personal struggles with love, and offer practical tips for being more caring and loving to those around you.

We’ll announce a new bundle every morning on the Vyrso blog and through our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages, so stay tuned for huge savings! And don’t forget to share your favorite bundles on your social channels with #10DaysofLove.

Take 60% off the Healthy Relationships Bundle

Regularly $62.95—get it for $24.99

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This bundle is packed with advice on growing closer to those around you and spending daily time with Christ. You’ll receive biblically sound dating advice from Caleb Breakey and a book of prayers by John MacArthur, and you’ll learn to share your faith—even with strangers—with the help of Chris Tomlinson’s Crave.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • At the Throne of Grace: A Book of Prayers by John MacArthur
  • Called to Stay: An Uncompromising Mission to Save Your Church by Caleb Breakey
  • Crave: Wanting So Much More of God by Chris Tomlinson
  • Dating like Airplanes: Why Just Fall in Love When You Can Fly? by Caleb Breakey
  • One-Minute Devotions for Couples by Bob and Cheryl Moeller

Discover how to put Christ first in your thoughts and relationships: download the Healthy Relationships Bundle today. But hurry—this bundle expires tomorrow, February 5, at 7:59 a.m. (EST). Get it right now!

Stay tuned for more deals

We’ll offer a new bundle for 60% off every weekday through February 14—subscribe to Vyrso Voice and never miss a deal!