Knox DMin Classes Kick Off in Bellingham, WA

Dr. Samuel Lamerson

You’ve probably heard about Knox Theological Seminary’s DMin in Preaching and Teaching. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn world-class theology while mastering the world’s best Bible study software.

The first round of classes kicked off in Bellingham, WA, August 13! If you missed the first classes, though, you don’t have to wait for the DMin program to start over. One of the wonderful things about the program is that the classes run cyclically. You can start the program anywhere in the cycle and be on track to earn your doctorate in three years.

Here’s a rundown of the first two classes that students attended:

Enriching Preaching through Logos Bible Software

This course introduces students to a foundation of sound exegetical competence upon which to build an effective teaching and preaching ministry. Developed to teach pastors and teachers the latest software tools in exegetical analysis, this class stresses both skill and time efficiency. Students learn to use Logos Bible Software as a resource—a source of thousands of illustrations and sermon texts to enrich biblical teaching. The class develops the timeless principles of classical rhetoric, as first identified by Aristotle, to give structure and force to students’ messages.

This class is taught by Dr. Samuel Lamerson, whose teaching philosophy can be expressed in this Yeats quotation: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Dr. Lamerson seeks to light a fire in his students causing them to become lifelong students of God’s Word. He uniquely combines academic research and teaching with 16 years of pastoral experience, ranging from senior pastor to director of children’s ministries.

The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching

Dr. Warren Gage

Moving beyond textual analysis, this course helps students look at the totality of the biblical canon’s structure. Students look to the iconic aspect of the text, developing an awareness of form and a sense of symbol. Exploring the redemptive message of the Bible as story, students learn to tell the story of heaven’s bridegroom, who came to slay the great, red dragon, to rescue his beloved, and to take her to the palace of his father, the king.

Instructor Dr. Warren Gage believes that students should be trained to preach the Word, be prepared in season and out of season to correct, rebuke, and encourage, with great patience and careful instruction (2 Tim. 4:2–3). Passionate about biblical theology, Dr. Gage relishes the opportunity to prepare Knox students for the highest of all callings—the Gospel ministry of our lord Jesus Christ.

Get Started on Your Doctorate Today

The next classes will be held in October in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

  • The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching—October 15–19 
  • Biblical Theology and Preaching That Inspires—October 22–26

Deadline to apply is September 19, so apply now and save your seat for the next round of classes!

Know Your Way around Israel? Lead a Tour!

A couple of months ago, we mentioned upcoming Israel tours and asked for input on various tour models. (If you haven’t already, help us design these tours—go ahead and take the survey now!) From the survey results so far, we’ve noticed that the majority of you are interested in scholar-led tours.

These tours will be led by experts in Israel’s history and geography. The guides will provide information and insight as they lead you through the Holy Land’s most memorable and significant locations—the Mt. of Beatitudes, Qumran, and more.

Interested in Leading a Tour?

Are you proficient in, and knowledgeable about, Israel’s history? Have you traveled to the Holy Land multiple times? We might want you to help lead Israel tours! If you fall into these categories and are interested in leading one of the tours, send us an email at faithlifetours@logos.com. If you know someone that fits this description, encourage them to contact us, too.

We’re excited to hear from you!

And if you haven’t already, go to FaithlifeTours.com and sign up for the Faithlife Tours email list to be the first to know when the site launches!

How to Raise Money in a Meaningful Way

Youth workers are always trying to come up with that perfect fundraising idea. But how many car washes can you do? How many candy bars can you sell? Bake sales? Raffle tickets? In the end, you might raise enough money to go on a mission trip and change lives—but what if you could change lives while you were raising that money, too?

Improve the Way You Raise Funds

Logos has created Youth Group Fundraiser (YGF), a program that not only equips you to raise the money you need for awesome ministry events, but also makes a lasting impact in your students’, leaders’, and congregation’s spiritual lives.

What’s more, it’s free.

With YGF, we’ve taken three tried-and-true fundraising methods and combined them with an extremely successful profit-share presentation. One of our regional presenters puts on the presentation at no cost to you. And if you live in a region where presenters aren’t available, you can use our conference presentation video—the same video we show to rapt conference audiences worldwide.

With each Logos Bible Software purchase, your ministry will receive up to $250, and your congregation will enjoy a steep discount. You’ll provide your supporters, volunteers, teens, and congregation with the tools they need to take their Bible study to the next level.

Fundraising Simplified

What really makes YGF work is all the difficult preparation we’ve already done for you. Don’t know where to start? Our trained event representatives will help you build momentum, and our step-by-step calendar will keep you organized. What about promotional materials? We’ve created your posters, flyers, and PowerPoint slides. With the Youth Group Fundraiser content and calendar, you’ll put on a stellar event with very little effort.

Get your free fundraiser kit now at the Youth Group Fundraiser page and start building funds—and changing lives.

Never Miss a Logos Deal Again

Want the latest Logos news, specials, freebies, and promotions delivered straight to your inbox? Don’t want information and offers that don’t pertain to you? We’ve got you covered. Our recently updated notifications page includes more than 30 specific email lists offering exclusive deals and relevant products—and nothing more.

The page even shows you how often to expect emails from each list. If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your notifications, do it now!

If you don’t have a Logos.com account yet, it’s easy to create one. Simply register at Logos.com and get notifications about the areas of Bible study most important to you.

Here’s a few email lists you may be interested in:

  • Faithlife Study Bible: News and information about the Faithlife Study Bible
  • Vyrso Free Books: Free books from Christian ebook store Vyrso.com
  • Logos Families: News and information for leading your family biblically
  • Logos Teens: Products and titles for teenagers
  • Logos Youth Ministry: News and articles about youth ministry
  • Partner Offers: Very special offers from your favorite Christian companies

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Update your notifications now and get connected to the information you want.

Come to the Faithlife Women Conference—FREE!

We have exciting news!

You may have heard about the new Faithlife Women Conference that Logos and groups like Compassion International are putting on in September. Faithlife Women is shaping up to be a once-in-a-lifetime event, and with today’s announcement, it’s getting even better: we’ve worked out a partnership to make the conference FREE to the first 2,500 attendees! If you can get to Dallas September 6–8, you can hear from Faithlife Women’s outstanding speakers and authors completely free of charge.

We have an amazing lineup scheduled for you. You’ll hear Angela Thomas reveal what the Bible says about joy, listen to Liz Curtis Higgs discuss grace, and be blessed by Dr. Lois Evans’ unveiling of Psalm 91’s “secret place.” Those are just a few standouts among many terrific speakers and workshops.

Not only will you experience first-rate ministry—you’ll be edified by worship from Gwen Smith and music by the acclaimed Robbie Seay Band.

But that’s not all.

Want to get backstage at the conference? We’re giving away an exclusive lunch with some of our speakers! We’ll choose two women (both of whom can bring a friend) to share this special luncheon with Liz Curtis Higgs, Kasey Van Norman, Arlene Pellicane, Leslie Vernick, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Kendra Smiley, and Gwen Smith. Get in on the contest now.

Save your place!

Registration is still required, and seats are going fast. Register for free at FaithlifeWomen.com/conference and get your tickets today.

P.S. Share this post on Facebook, tweet it, text your girlfriends, email the women at church, call your mom—tell everyone you know about the Faithlife Women Conference.

Get Your Doctorate Using Logos: New Classes Start Soon!

Knox Theological Seminary’s DMin in Preaching and Teaching  is a sure-fire way to equip yourself for lifelong ministry. You may have heard about the program when we announced it in May, but just to recap, here’s why this particular Doctor of Ministry is a big deal:

You’ll learn world-class theology with the best Bible software on the planet—Logos.

The next two onsite classes are gearing up in October. These courses delve into theology from a unique standpoint: that theology is just as much art as it is science.

The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching

October 15–19 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

This class shows you how to analyze the text, but it doesn’t stop there. You’ll move beyond analyzing the text to examine the beautiful structure of the entire biblical canon. In this course, you’ll develop a firm grasp of the following practices:

  • Analyzing details in context of the “big picture”
  • Recognizing recurring themes throughout the Word
  • Working with different forms of biblical text
  • Identifying biblical symbolism
  • Implementing exegetical theology into preaching

The class is a fine way to start your doctorate, but why stop with just one course when you can knock out two?

Biblical Theology and Preaching That Inspires

October 22–26 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Building on the previous class, this course focuses on developing your knowledge of the Scriptures and equipping you to proclaim them powerfully. You’ll learn to express the Word of God in ways that stir up your congregation to rejoice. You’ll communicate sound doctrine—doctrine that grounds your followers in the truth and motivates them to know more.

Learn Theology through Technology

As you work through these courses, you’ll use your own Logos Bible Software 4: Portfolio Edition library to dig into the text. Portfolio is included in the price of the program; plus, your entire DMin curriculum is based in Logos, which gives you some considerable academic advantages.

  • More than 1,600 books—worth nearly $30,000 in print
  • $1,000 of credit for books from Logos.com
  • Training in how to use Logos for scholarly research
  • Sources that cite themselves when you copy–paste
  • All your textbooks on your Mac, PC, and mobile devices
  • A massive library to use for lifelong ministry

The Knox DMin in Preaching and Teaching gives you all this and more. You can learn more about the program professors, how Portfolio works into the degree, and the courses themselves at DMin.me, which is where you need to go to apply for these fantastic classes. The deadline to register is September 17, so save your seat today and learn to approach theology as both science and art.

Get Interactive with Abraham Complete Church Curriculum!

Are you the kind of Bible reader who likes to fill the margins with handwritten notes? Do you feel compelled to underline significant verses when working through a reading plan? For many people, this record of study makes their own Bible more significant to them. That’s why Abraham: Following God’s Promise includes fill-in-the-blank boxes [see an example] where you can write and save your answers to reflection questions, giving you the option of leaving the same kind of record in your Logos book.

An eight-week self-study program, Abraham: Following God’s Promise combines in-depth interpretation, theology, and application insights. And to help you reflect on the material’s relevance to your life, each section of the program contains questions encouraging you to pause and contemplate the reading and your response.

Beneath each question, fill-in-the-blank boxes allow you to record your thoughts in your Logos book. As a personal study tool, Abraham: Following God’s Promise combines the best of the digital features you’ve come to expect from Logos resources—interconnectivity with other Logos materials, memorable media, and in-depth Bible study—with the appeal of the personal notation possible in print Bibles.

As a group-study resource, Abraham: Following God’s Promise becomes a powerful tool for weekly small-group meetings. Take your digital book to your group and review the material together. With the answers to your reflection questions saved in your book, you can easily share your reflections and insights with others.

In addition, if your pastor has adopted Abraham: Following God’s Promise as your church’s curriculum, you can take your digital book to church on Sunday morning and follow along.

As your pastor preaches the sermon series, compare your insights. Your entire church—as individuals, as groups, and as a congregation—can grow together in a deeper understanding of Abraham’s story. You can discover its relevance for you and your church community starting today.

Abraham: Following God’s Promise provides a robust Bible study for those who want to grow in their understanding of Abraham’s life and its significance today. Known for providing tools for original-language study, Logos now provides an in-depth Bible study program for those who want to go deeper but who may not have training in original languages. Join us by purchasing the single volume self-study program or the complete church curriculum for pastors and leaders today.

Happy Birthday: Logos Talk Turns Seven!

The Logos blog header as it first appeared.

It was 2005 when we published our first blog. To give you some perspective, that was the same year that Google launched Google Earth, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 hit stores, and Apple rolled out the first iPod Nano.

A lot has happened at Logos since Bob’s first post went live on July 29, 2005. Looking back at the last seven years on Logos Talk is like opening a time capsule. The blog is a living record of exciting announcements, like:

The second iteration of the Logos blog image.

Logos Talk’s Top Posts

There are nearly two thousand posts on Logos Talk, and those posts have been viewed millions of times over the last seven years. Here are some of the most popular posts:

Bringing you the latest announcements, promotions, interviews, training articles, and windows into Logos’ corporate culture has been a blast, and we’re looking forward to sharing more exciting news in the future. Stay tuned!

Have some ideas of things you’d like to see more of on Logos Talk? Leave us a comment and tell us about them.

3 Crucial Lessons from William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce, British politician and prominent abolitionist, died July 29, 1833. Here are three lessons from the man whose faith helped end slavery in England and inspire America’s abolitionist movement.

1. Experience life through the lens of faith.

Prior to his conversion, William was not known as an industrious individual. As a student at St. John’s College, he invested most of his time in social activities and idleness. William committed himself to frivolity, even after being elected into Parliament at 21. As he said himself, “the first years in Parliament I did nothing—nothing to any purpose.”

After a sudden conversion experience, William began to see his work (and world) in a whole new light.

“The gospel freely admitted makes a man happy. It gives him peace with God, and makes him happy in God. It gives to industry a noble, contented look which selfish drudgery never wore; and from the moment that a man begins to do his work for his Saviour’s sake, he feels that the most ordinary employments are full of sweetness and dignity, and that the most difficult are not impossible. And if any of you, my friends, is weary with his work, if dissatisfaction with yourself or sorrow of any kind disheartens you, if at any time you feel the dull paralysis of conscious sin, or the depressing influence of vexing thoughts, look to Jesus, and be happy. Be happy, and your joyful work will prosper well.”

2. Bloom where you are planted.

William struggled with his Parliament position in light of his new faith. Religious enthusiasm was not socially accepted in high society, and he worried about finding himself at odds with his peers. For advice, he reached out to Anglican clergyman John Newton (writer of “Amazing Grace”). Newton responded by telling William, “It is hoped and believed that the Lord has raised you up for the good of his church and for the good of the nation.” This gave William the encouragement he needed.

As he later wrote in his diary, “My walk I am sensible is a public one; my business is in the world; and I must mix in assemblies of men, or quit the post which Providence seems to have assigned me.”

His decision to stay in Parliament would help change the nation and end the slave trade.

3. Have the stamina to pursue your God-given passions until the end.

In William’s time, more than 11 million people had been captured in Africa and forced into labor in the West Indies, with Britain controlling the majority of that slave trade. Putting an end to Britain’s role in this unacceptable practice became William’s driving passion, no matter the cost to himself.

“As soon as ever I had arrived thus far in my investigation of the slave trade, I confess to you sir, so enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable did its wickedness appear that my own mind was completely made up for the abolition. A trade founded in iniquity, and carried on as this was, must be abolished, let the policy be what it might,—let the consequences be what they would, I from this time determined that I would never rest till I had effected its abolition.”

Slavery, a booming business, contributed much to the British economy. Though few were directly involved in the slave trade, most wealthy families benefited from it somehow. The resistance to abolishing slavery was fierce, but William was resolute.

For 20 years, William worked as an abolitionist, often without seeing positive results. But on July 26, 1833, the House of Commons voted to abolish the slave trade. Upon hearing the news, William said, “Thank God that I have lived to witness [this] day.” He died three days later.

Interested in learning more? Explore Logos’ books on William Wilberforce!

Pastors’ Wives Conference: Get Refreshed

Being a pastor’s wife comes with its own unique set of challenges:

  • You’re expected to be a perfect wife and parent (even though you’re only human).
  • You’re expected to model hospitality (even when you don’t feel hospitable).
  • You do a lot of behind-the-scenes work (that goes unnoticed).
  • Your husband’s job often keeps him away from home (with office hours, meetings, visits, and emergencies).

Sometimes getting away to relax, get refreshed, and reconnect with Jesus makes all the difference. Join like-minded pastors’ wives in San Diego for a weekend of faith and fun!

If your husband works in ministry, the Defined by God conference is the perfect opportunity for you to recharge your battery and connect with others who understand the challenges you face.

For the November 1–3 conference, Logos has brought together top speakers from around the world to discuss topics like refining your romance, battling isolation, praying for your husband and the church, balancing your family and ministry, and so much more.

Hear from speakers like:

Amy Groeschel

Amy Groeschel is the wife of Pastor Craig Groeschel of Oklahoma’s lifechurch.tv. She and Craig have six wonderful children, and they are thoroughly enjoying their mission “to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ.” Amy advocates social progress, including the eradication of human trafficking and poverty. She is the coauthor and teacher of a four-part discipleship Bible study entitled SOAR.

Jani Ortlund

Jani Ortlund, executive vice president of Renewal Ministries, loves connecting women with the Word of God. Her chief passion in life is serving Jesus Christ through writing, speaking, and discipling. Jani and her husband, Ray—pastor of Immanuel Church—have four married children and seven grandchildren, and they minister in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lisa Chan

Lisa has been married to Francis Chan for 18 wonderful years. He was the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA, where he served for 16 years before God called their family to new adventures in India, Thailand, China, and—currently—inner-city San Francisco. Francis and Lisa enjoy serving alongside their five kids and hope to expand their family through adoption very soon.

Lauren Chandler

Lauren Chandler is a wife and a mother of three. She is passionate about making much of Christ through writing and singing music, leading worship, blogging, and speaking. Lauren and her husband, Matt, have overcome tremendous challenges, beginning with the November 2009 discovery of a malignant tumor in Matt’s brain. The Lord has been infinitely merciful, providing peace and comfort in uncertainty as well as joy in times of victory and healing.

Go to faithlifewomen.com/definedbygod to register, or call our sales team at 1-800-875-6467. We’ll see you at the Defined by God conference!

Not a Pastor’s Wife but Looking to Get Away?

Join us September 6–8 in Dallas, TX, for the Faithlife Women conference! Enrich your walk with well-known speakers like Liz Curtis HiggsCarol KentAngela Thomas, and Arlene Pellicane. Register now!