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!

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.

Why Thomas Aquinas Is Important

Thomas Aquinas was a profoundly influential thinker from the thirteenth century. As a scholastic, Aquinas sought to understand Christian theology in light of the rediscovery of Aristotle’s works, and he redefined the relationship between revelation and reason, science and theology, and faith and philosophy for the next eight centuries. As a philosopher, Aquinas developed principles of just war and natural law, and outlined an argument for God’s existence from contingency—the intellectual forerunner to the modern Argument from Design.

During the Reformation, Aquinas’ influence waned. Calvin and Luther rarely interacted with his works, preferring Augustine and the Early Church Fathers. The Catholic Church still held his works in high regard, but other scholastics, such as Duns Scotus, were more influential in the Catholic Counter-Reformation. It wasn’t until the nineteenth century that Aquinas was elevated to his current status in the Catholic Church.

He also received renewed interest in Protestant circles as well. In the early nineteenth century, Herman Bavinck interacts with Aquinas a great deal in Reformed Dogmatics, mostly in his volume on the doctrine of God. In fact, Bavinck cites Aquinas 354 times in his 4-volume work. More recently, Norman Geisler has mentioned that Aquinas’ Summa Theologica is his favorite book after the Bible.

This isn’t to say Aquinas was a proto-Protestant. At the same time, it’s almost impossible—in any Christian tradition—to have a conversation about God’s attributes, simplicity, knowability, or any number of other topics without interacting with Aquinas.

You can get the Summa Theologica, the Summa Contra Gentiles, and the Catena Aurea in Logos today. We also recently announced a project to translate Aquinas’ commentaries on Isaiah and Jeremiah, as well as his 4-volume Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard. These three translation projects are available at a limited-time Pre-Pub discount. Pre-order them today!

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!

Adolf Schlatter’s “Faith in the New Testament” To Be Translated!

In a never-ending quest to provide the best in biblical scholarship, Logos announces a new project to translate Adolf Schlatter’s 1885 masterpiece Der Glaube im Neuen Testament (Faith in the New Testament) into English.

Schlatter uses Old Testament, Rabbinic, and primary source documents to communicate the early church’s view of both faith and belief. Spanning twelve chapters and totaling nearly six-hundred pages, Faith in the New Testament is a philological tour de force.

Who Is Adolf Schlatter?

Adolf Schlatter was a brilliant New Testament scholar and theologian. Educated at Tübingen University and the University of Basel, Schlatter was a prolific author and professor for more than twenty years. He authored hundreds of written works, including influential monographs on topics relating to the study of the New Testament, biblical history, New Testament Judaism, dogmatics, and a number of critical commentaries. He was frequently asked to speak at conferences and fill the pulpit of local churches.

Take It from the Experts

“Adolf Schlatter . . . was theologically the most important figure in the faculty of Protestant Theology at Tübingen in the first third of the century.”—Peter Stuhlmacher, professor of New Testament Emeritus, Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen

“Schlatter’s writings hold rich potential for summoning serious biblical scholarship back to its classic sources, methods, and aims.”—Robert Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

“Because of his immense, unbelievable learning and his theological insights into the heart of the New Testament message . . . [w]e can learn a lot from him today, when the theological climate is changing, because he did not go trodden ways and always give new insights into the biblical texts, which many have forgotten.”—Martin Hengel, one time Emeritus Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism, Tübingen

Pre-Order Your Copy Now!

We are placing Adolf Schlatter’s Faith in the New Testament on Pre-Pub for only $39.95! This is an unbelievable price for an important contribution to New Testament studies.

Once we have enough to cover the cost for translation and production, the work begins. Order your copy today!

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.

Celebrate Bible Study Magazine’s 10,000 Fans with 10 Days to Save!

Bible Study Magazine, the only magazine dedicated solely to Bible study, has 10,000 Facebook fans! To celebrate this milestone, we are offering a limited-time discount on Bible Study Magazine subscriptions.

For the next 10 days, you can get a 1-, 3-, or 5-year subscription to Bible Study Magazine for only $14.95 per year. Use coupon code BSM10K to start reading Bible Study Magazine for nearly 50% off the cover price. But act quickly; this offer ends Friday, April 27.

Subscribe today, and your first issue will include:

  • The Nancy Leigh DeMoss cover article—”A Timeless Message”
  • A discussion of the Heart/Mind Balance with New Testament scholar Scot McKnight
  • An interview with Joni Eareckson Tada
  • A special section on Proverbs
  • An 8-week study on James
  • and more

It’s not hard to see why more than 10,000 people like Bible Study Magazine on Facebook.

Bible Study Magazine’s Facebook community is truly one of a kind. Fans share personal insight, study methods, and Scripture, and we often print their Bible study tips in issues of Bible Study Magazine. That’s right, your Bible study tip could be featured in an issue of Bible Study Magazine!

If you haven’t joined the growing Facebook fan page, “like” BSM now. Then tell us how we can make the BSM community even better!

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to Bible Study Magazine for only $14.95 per year! Use coupon code BSM10K before Friday, April 27, and save nearly 50%!

Students Save with the Logos Academic Discount Program

Seminary and college are exciting experiences, from getting your acceptance letter to walking across the stage for your diploma. That’s terrific, but this experience is often as expensive as it is exciting. That’s why we started the Logos Academic Discount Program.

Special Discounts for Students

The Logos Academic Discount Program gives students and faculty access to thousands of resources at reduced prices. This gives students (and faculty) the freedom to pursue academic excellence with Logos’ advanced tools without worrying about the price tag.

How Do I Qualify?

Qualifying for the program is easy. You must be a student currently taking at least three credits or a full-time faculty or staff member at a Bible college, seminary, university, or a similar institution. Once your application is approved, you’ll have access to special savings through the Logos Academic Discount Program.

Spread the Word

Do you know someone who is eligible for the academic discount? Send them an email, a text, or a phone call and tell them to check it out! Here are some other ways you can help get the word out:

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So all you students and professors, should apply today! We look forward to partnering with you.