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Crossway Classic CommentariesGood theology begins with both biblical and cultural study.

After all, isn’t theology but a bridge to understanding God inside and outside our own cultural context? Theology is made for man, not for God; it’s through understanding cultural context that we move from thinking about theology to living it every day.

The pursuit of theology isn’t limited to students and professors. We’re all called to live and grow in the Word of God, and yet we all live in cultures that grow and develop under not-so-Christian influences.

The remedy? Study the Word of God. Then study the culture around you and become aware of the lenses through which you view the Word and the world.

Here are two series that will help you meet these goals:

1. Crossway Classic Commentaries (26 vols.)

Doing solid Bible study means consulting solid commentaries and study Bibles, and biblical exegesis that’s disconnected from the past is disconnected from the majority of Christendom. The Crossway Classic Commentaries series helps keep traditional interpretations of the Bible alive in the modern age. Alister McGrath and J. I. Packer bring the voices of the past to contemporary readers, testifying to the unchanging meaning of the Bible throughout the ages. Now, with the inclusion of Martin Luther’s recently released volume on Galatians, this 26-volume series covers 33 books of the Bible, all expounded by the legendary exegetes themselves—Thomas Manton, John Calvin, Charles Hodge, and J. C. Ryle, to name a few.

Keep your study of the Word planted firmly in the body of Christian history. Start studying the Crossway Classic Commentaries today for less than $26/month.

2. Engaging and Exegeting Culture Series (14 vols.)

Once you have a solid grip on the meaning of the biblical text, it’s time to bring that truth to everyday life. But that’s much easier said than done, and “everyday life” can mean many different things. That’s why Baker Academic produces the Engaging and Exegeting Culture Series—it’s a scholarly attempt to look at day-to-day living from a biblical perspective. Theology, argues Kevin J. Vanhoozer in Everyday Theology, is both the study of the Word and the application of that Word to the world. He goes further, saying:

“The reason why theology must study God and contemporary culture is the same reason why preaching must connect both with the biblical text and the listener’s context: because disciples do not follow the gospel in a vacuum but wend their Christian way through particular times and places, each with its own problems and possibilities.”

Thus, Christians must understand culture from a biblical perspective in order to produce a biblical theology (and application) of it.

That leaves us with a very important question: how do you exegete culture?

You’ll have to dig into this series to find out! For just $27.50/month or less, begin reading these volumes today. The price you see is unique to you—you won’t be charged for the volumes you’ve already purchased. (Just make sure you’re signed in.)

How do you engage both the culture around you and the Word of God? Let us know in the comments!

Round 1 Discounts Are Live!

Round 1 Ends Logos March Madness

The first Logos March Madness results are in! Thirty-two authors are advancing to round 2, and voting is open. We’ve already had some of our closest matchups ever—each and every vote matters!

Round 1 savings: get 30% off 400+ titles

Use coupon code LMM14R1 to get discounts on select titles from all 32 first-round authors, including:

Then vote for your favorite authors in round 2!

Make sure to take advantage of your 30% off, but don’t forget about the next round! Place your votes and invite your friends before March 17—only 16 authors will advance to round 3.

Get your votes in at LogosMarchMadness.com, and then check out the complete list of discounts.

Save on These 3 New Testament Commentaries

The Bible reaches across the centuries to speak truth into our lives. But the less we know about it, and the less we grapple with the passages that perplex and challenge us, the less we appreciate its life-giving power.

Sometimes all it takes is a little perspective to realize just how near God really is. If you’re looking for some fresh perspective on Scripture, now is a great time to get your hands on a New Testament commentary.

All through March, these three outstanding NT commentary collections are on sale:
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1. Kirsopp Lake New Testament Backgrounds Collection

Get 68% off this month

Generations of Bible students have relied on Kirsopp Lake’s critical treatment of the New Testament. His attention to detail and knowledge of biblical studies make these landmark works invaluable to students of the Bible.

With Lake’s research at your fingertips, you can explore the New Testament behind the scenes:

  • Dig into textual criticism on the New Testament.
  • Study historical evidence of Christ’s resurrection.
  • Explore the history of Mount Athos.
  • Examine notions of immortality in modern religions.
  • Investigate the roots of early Christianity.

TalmudHebraica2. A Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Hebraica

Get 21% off this month

John Lightfoot offers a unique commentary that captures the Jewish perspective on the social and cultural context of the New Testament’s people, places, and events. Lightfoot makes full use of the Talmud and other Hebrew and Aramaic literature to provide thorough commentary on the Gospels, Acts, Romans, and 1 Corinthians.

TheGraceNTCom3. The Grace New Testament Commentary

Get 18% off this month

If you devoted your whole life to studying and teaching Scripture, and spent 20 years working with 13 other biblical scholars, you might be able to produce something akin to The Grace New Testament Commentary. This two-volume, 1,300-page collection provides the church with a complete commentary on the New Testament—one that’s not only accessible, but also affordable. All through March, you can get this valuable commentary on all 27 NT books for the special price of $32.95

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The March sale is the perfect time to build your library. These aren’t all the resources on sale—check out the rest right now!

New: 24-Month Payment Plans!

Logos 5You’re probably on a budget. Pastors often have a fixed amount they can spend on books every month, which makes any large purchase seem daunting. Students face a variety of costs—school, books, supplies. Everyone deals with day-to-day living expenses.

Big-ticket items, no matter how vital, can seem tough to budget for—that is, when you purchase them all at once.

The perfect budget-friendly solution

We introduced payment plans to address this problem, and now we’re sweetening the deal.

We’ve dropped the threshold for 18-month payment plans down to $900—that’s $1,000 less than it used to be! And now you can even go up to a 24-month plan on any purchase over $1,900.

What does this mean for you?

Let’s say you want to purchase Gold on a payment plan. Normally, you’d have to put it on a 12-month plan, and your cost would be $134/month. Now you can opt for an 18-month payment plan, and your monthly cost would drop to just $91!

But wait—there’s more. If you went with a 24-month payment plan, you’d be able to get Platinum for just $4 more a month! Who wouldn’t take that deal? You’d be getting a library worth $28,000 in print for just a few extra dollars each month. Or you could stick with Gold and add a few bundles or commentaries—as long as the cost ends up being $1,900 or more, you qualify for a 24-month payment plan.

Take advantage of a payment plan today!

If you’ve been on the fence about buying a Logos 5 base package, now’s the perfect time. Take advantage of our new payment-plan options—get Logos 5 today.

Rally Your Friends to Vote for Your Favorites!

SocialShare_Vote_800X800Dietrich Bonhoeffer or J. Gresham Machen? John Piper or Craig Evans? John Calvin or Richard Sibbes?

Logos March Madness launched this week, and these first matchups are down to the wire! (Last I checked, a few authors are winning by less than 50 votes.) If you haven’t already done so, head over to LogosMarchMadness.com right now and place your votes. Thirty-six authors won’t make it to the next round, so this is an important time to leave your mark.

Already voted?

You’re the one who decides who advances and, ultimately, who gets a 75% discount. If you’ve already voted,  you don’t have to wait until the next round to make an impact. Why stop at your one vote per matchup? Rallying your friends’ votes is just as important!

This year, we’ve made sharing even easier. You’ll see share buttons directly below each matchup, allowing you to ask (or tell) your friends to vote for your favorites. Who knows—those votes might make all the difference!

Share your favorite matchups right now!

Voting for round 1 ends this Monday, March 10, at 4:59 p.m. (Pacific). Don’t let it pass you by without casting your votes and sharing with your friends.

Rally your friends—go share your favorite Logos March Madness matchups.

Then check back on Tuesday for coupon codes and big savings!

A Library of Western Spirituality: Know the Foundations of Other Traditions

CWSUnderstanding your spiritual roots plays a vital role in defining your identity as a Christian. Understanding the spiritual roots of the world around you is just as vital to evangelism. The writings and teachings that powerfully affect your daily life may not be the ones that touch the person living across the street, sitting at the desk next to you, or even shaking your hand at church.

You only control half the process of communication. When words of love, wisdom, and counsel leave your mouth, they enter the interpretive system of the listener. That’s why it’s so important to understand the foundations of others’ beliefs—whether they’re part of similar traditions or different religions entirely.

And that’s why the Classics of Western Spirituality Bundle is such a powerful resource. It’s an entire library of spiritual writings from multiple faith traditions—poetry, songs, essays, theological treatises, meditations, mystical biographies, philosophical explorations, and more. You’ll get a diverse range of classic works, not only by famous authors like Augustine and Martin Luther but also by lesser-known (but still extremely important) writers like Maximus the Confessor and Moses de León.

Not only does the collection give you everything you need to discover the roots of your own beliefs and delve into their foundational texts—it also helps you find common ground to engage people who ascribe to beliefs you don’t share. You’ll be able to identify the specific differences between Christian traditions, Judaism, Islam, and a variety of Native American religions—knowledge that makes you more effective as an evangelist.

Three valuable collections in one must-have bundle

The Classics of Western Spirituality Bundle gives you three great collections from Paulist Press:

CWS-Pre1. Pre-Reformation Christianity

The Pre-Reformation Christianity collection packs the first 15 centuries of Christian spirituality into 55 volumes of powerful scholarship. From Origen and the postapostolic era to Johannes Tauler and the eve of the Reformation, this collection engages the core texts that led up to one of the most significant spiritual events in history—and deeply impacted the spiritual climate of Christianity for centuries to come.

2. Post-Reformation Christianity

The Post-Reformation Christianity collection offers the defining works from the Reformation through modern Christianity. You’ll find some of the biggest names in Christian theology, including Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Henry Newman. You’ll also discover some lesser-known gems, like Jeanne Guyon, Miguel de Molinos, and Elisabeth Leseur.

CWS-NonChristian3. Judaism, Islam, and Native American Religions

The 27 volumes in the Judaism, Islam, and Native American Religions collection provide perspective on these important spiritual traditions. For Christians, studying the theological works of people like Fakhruddin Iraqi, Sharafuddin Maneri, and Nachman of Bratslav will both highlight the radical differences between Christianity and other religions and reveal the common ground.

Explore the spiritual landscape of the Western world

Across 26 volumes and over 45,000 pages, the Classics of Western Spirituality Bundle provides unparalleled coverage of the Western world’s dominant religious perspectives. And right now, this massive bundle is available on Pre-Pub for 21% off!

Take advantage of this special price while you still can—when the collection leaves Pre-Pub, these savings will expire forever.

Pre-order the Classics of Western Spirituality Bundle today!

Proclaim Gets a Major Update!

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We think that everyone in a church, from the administrator to the media director, should be able to create compelling visual presentations. That’s the game-changing idea behind Proclaim. Intuitive features like Smart Media ensure that you don’t have to spend time matching font and text colors with your art. Proclaim’s collaboration-oriented design meets the unique needs of everyone on your team, from the senior pastor to the worship leader to the tech volunteer.

Meet the new Proclaim

Proclaim recently got a major update—here’s a rundown of what’s new:

Redesigned user interface

Embracing the flat aesthetic, we’ve eliminated gradients and reflections. The new UI improves performance, not just looks—now there are fewer graphical elements to move around.

Speed, stability & continuity

We’ve updated some of Proclaim’s core technology, making everything faster, more stable, and more consistent across platforms. Now, slides render identically on both Mac and Windows.

Customization that lasts

Smart Media is one of the ways Proclaim saves you a lot of time. And now, if you customize a slide—say, to match an uploaded background image—your changes will be preserved even if you change backgrounds. If you customize your slides, you’ll only have to do it once!

On-Screen Bible

The new On-Screen Bible service item brings your preaching passage to life with subtle animations. With three styles and eight colors to choose from, you’re sure to find a look that fits every presentation you build. Just type a passage into the Reference box and your animation is created in seconds. Check it out:

Affordable pricing for churches of every size

You can try the new Proclaim free for 30 days. If you decide to subscribe, Proclaim specialists are standing by, eager to help, at 855-715-6467.

Proclaim pricing scales to make exceptional church presentations affordable for churches of all sizes. We don’t charge per download, so you can install Proclaim on as many computers as you like. Likewise, we don’t charge per user—you can collaborate with as many volunteers as you like, without paying extra.

Your whole church benefits from Proclaim. Use it in youth group, Sunday school class, small group, children’s church, church proper, and anywhere else you can think of—all at no extra cost.

Download Proclaim for free at ProclaimOnline.com/Download.

Or break the price into smaller, more manageable interest-free monthly payments—call us at 855-715-6467 to get a phone-only subscription deal!

One of the Most Important Works You’ve Never Read

a-system-of-christian-theologyJohann Heinrich Alsted wrote: “The article of justification is said to be the article by which the church stands or falls.”  The Reformers sought to recover this vital doctrine, which is at the very heart of the gospel. Brave men such as John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Heinrich Bullinger, Theodore Beza, John Knox, and many others gave their lives—often literally—to recover this quintessential doctrine of grace.

But the Reformation recovery of these great truths was immediately threatened by two very different, but equally militant, movements—the Counter-Reformation and the Radical Reformation. The Reformers wrote a great body of literature to guide the church through the time’s treacherous waters, but one generation after the Reformation, there remained little in the way of a comprehensive, rigorously systematized synthesis of Reformed theology to preserve the Reformers’ legacy.

Christian ethics, the needs of the church, and more

In the midst of this battle for truth, the gifted scholar Amandus Polanus provided the Reformed churches with one of the earliest and most extensive Reformed systematic theologies: the Syntagma. This monumental achievement synthesizes the body of Reformed theology into a coherent and rigorous system. Not only does it preserve and defend the Reformers’ original theology; it also presents it in a precise, nuanced way. The Syntagma covers all the topics addressed in standard theologies, and addresses the church’s practical needs with an extensive treatment of Christian ethics.

Polanus’ importance as a preserver of the Reformed tradition and a shaper of its development is undeniable. As a student, he was trained at Basel by Calvin’s successor, Theodore Beza. He later became an influential professor at Basel, where he instructed important figures such as Johannes Wollebius and others who would become the next generation of Reformed theologians and ministers. Polanus’ work served as one of the primary sources that would go on to influence the enduring Reformed confessions, such as the Canons of Dort and the Westminster Standards.

Pre-order before the price goes up!

Lexham Press wants to produce the first-ever English translation of Polanus’ Syntagma, previously available only in rare Latin editions—but we need your help. The more pre-orders we get for this classic, the more quickly we can get it to you. Pre-order your copy of Polanus’ A System of Christian Theology today, and join Polanus in preserving the legacy of the Reformation.

Don’t wait—pre-order your copy before March 7, when the price goes up!

Grow Your Library with March Deals

March sale

This March, we have nearly 200 products on sale! You can get big savings on titles like Vocabulary of the Greek Testament, Learn to Read New Testament Greek, Revelation: Four Views, and many others.

Here are a few bestsellers:

r-a-torrey-collectionR. A. Torrey Collection

Regularly $119.95—on sale for $76.95 (that’s 36% off!)

This 15-volume collection features the most important works of Reuben Archer Torrey, one of the all-time great evangelists. Torrey’s writings are regarded as classics across many fields, including theology, apologetics, Bible exposition, and practical Christian living. Torrey possessed an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the Bible, and he used that knowledge to help readers apply Scripture in practical ways. These volumes represent a goldmine of biblical doctrine and teaching.

Alexander Strauch Church Leadership Series

Regularly $74.95—on sale for $54.95 (that’s 27% off!)

Understand leadership in the church with this eight-volume collection. Alexander Strauch delves into the qualifications of elders and deacons and the biblical roles of men and women; the collection also includes a helpful book on running productive meetings, plus two volumes on the life of Robert Chapman, a biblical leader worth emulating.

the-context-of-scriptureThe Context of Scripture

Regularly $299.95—on sale for $219.95 (that’s $80 off!)

The Context of Scripture is an impressive three-volume collection of ancient Near Eastern writings in English translation. Each translation is accompanied by cross-references to relevant biblical texts, allowing you to easily search for ancient writings that relate to a given passage. The translations also sport extensive notes and thorough bibliographies, so you can understand textual nuance and explore new areas of study.

Dogmatic Theology

Regularly $53.95—on sale for $43.95 (that’s 19% off!)

Called “one of the great systematic theologies in the modern era” and “a classic from a leading Reformed theologian,” William G. T. Shedd’s Dogmatic Theology is one of those monumental works that have truly stood the test of time. The editor, Alan Gomes, considers Dogmatic Theology “one of the finest theological systems ever produced . . . unequaled by anything produced by modern evangelicals.”

These aren’t all the products on sale! Check out all our March deals.

Logos March Madness Begins Today!

March Madness

It’s time: Logos March Madness deals are on their way!

Logos March Madness begins today and runs through March 31. We’ve pitted 64 authors against each other to compete for your votes—Charles Spurgeon, A. W. Tozer, R. C. Sproul, and others. You pick your favorite in each matchup, and the winning authors advance to the next round. Discounts start at 30% and go up with each round: 35%, 40%, 45%, 50%, 60%, and—for the winner—75% off!

Here’s the voting schedule:

  • Round 1: now–March 10 (after voting ends, first coupon codes kick in)
  • Round 2: March 10–14
  • Sweet Sixteen: March 14–18
  • Elite 8: March 18–21
  • Final 4: March 21–25
  • Championships: March 25–31

Each round ends at 4:59 p.m. (Pacific) on the final day of voting. After that, we’ll announce the latest coupon codes, as well as the next round’s matchups, within two hours. We’ll be putting a selection of each author’s works on sale, and you get to decide which authors get the biggest discounts.

Help choose the deals—head over to LogosMarchMadness.com and place your votes right now.

Then stay tuned for big discounts!

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