400 of History’s Most Powerful Prayers

Pastors often have occasion to pray in public. Whether for a special occasion, like a baptism, or a regular responsibility during a weekly worship service, they need to deliver prayers that communicate the state of their people before God.

In such situations, many us turn to prayers from the past. The Bible, especially the book of Psalms, is of course first on the list. The written prayers from leaders throughout church history, like Anselm of Canterbury, Clement of Rome, John Calvin, John Wesley, and George Whitefield are another resource. Prayers can also come from ancient documents and liturgies, like the Didache or the Liturgy of the Blessed Apostles. Though the writers of these prayers are no longer with us, their words still capture the thoughts, attitudes, and emotions of twenty-first-century believers.

The prayers of these heroes of faith, and many others, are collected in 400 Prayers for Preachers, with Slides. For those of us seeking the right word for any occasion, this resource has everything:

  • Material for service planning—All prayers are organized by theme (like suffering, reverence, or God’s faithfulness), Scripture references, and prayer type. This means that if you are preaching or focusing your worship service on a Scripture or topic, you can quickly find relevant prayers. If you are looking for a particular type of prayer—whether petition, praise, thanksgiving, intercession, or confession—this resource saves you the time you might otherwise spend hunting through your library.
  • Easy sharing—Each prayer is accompanied by a professionally designed slide that contains an excerpt from the prayer, making the prayer easy to share visually.
  • Updated language—For some prayers, archaic language (like “thee,” “thou,” and “beseech”) has been updated, so that the prayers are ready to use in a modern context.
  • Cited sources—Each prayer includes a bibliographic citation, enabling you to track it down in its original context.

When you need a prayer for any occasion, this resource makes it easy to find just what you need. Order it now at the discounted Pre-Pub price!

Brand-New Content Added to the Faithlife Study Bible

The Faithlife Study Bible is a dynamic and growing resource. Already an enormous study Bible, the FSB has added all-new content to its already exhaustive notes.

These new additions include Faithlife Study Bible sidebars by respected and high-profile contributors, including:

Along with new sidebar notes, more than 20,000 words have been added in additional notes on Genesis, Ephesians, and Philippians. We’ve even revised notes throughout the FSB.

We’ve also added new articles—more than 66,000 words—to the Lexham Bible Dictionary (bundled free with the FSB). They treat subjects like:

  • Baptism
  • Joseph
  • Early Christian worship
  • Trinity
  • Rhetorical criticism
  • And much more

A study Bible with no page constraints is a study Bible that’ll grow with you! And the FSB adds new study notes, maps, media, and articles all the time.

Download the Faithlife Study Bible free through March 2014 and you’ll get:

  • Three layers of study notes—go deeper into the meaning of the text.
  • The Lexham Bible Dictionary—learn from more than 2,800 articles.
  • Rich media—augment your study with tons of photos, videos, and infographics.
  • Community Notes—share favorite verses, thoughts, and questions with your church, small group, etc.
  • Reading plans—read through the Bible with groups.
  • Devotions—reflect on the Faithlife Study Bible’s daily devotionals.
  • Smart searches—find what you’re looking for when you need it.
  • Highlighting—customize your notes with more than 80 colors and symbols.
  • Document sharing—share notes, lesson plans, outlines, and more with your groups.
  • The freedom to study anywhere—use the FSB in Logos 4 or on your mobile device.

If you haven’t downloaded the Faithlife Study Bible, why wait any longer? Get it free today!

Get Resources from Your Favorite Resurgence Speakers

Resurgence 2012 is right around the corner, and this year’s lineup features some of the world’s most successful leaders. Catch Rick Warren, Greg Laurie, Mark Driscoll, James MacDonald, Craig Groeschel, and Miles McPherson in person on the R12 stage.

Resurgence 2012 isn’t the only place you can go to hear the voices of these influential men—Logos Bible Software connects you to their works. Build your library today with resources like Greg Laurie’s Why Believe?: Exploring the Honest Questions of Seekers, or get the Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive and dive into 10 years’ worth of thought-provoking messages.

Pick up James MacDonald’s discourse on the infallibility of the Scriptures in God Wrote a Book, or study the Bible Rick Warren’s way with Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods.

If you want to be a part of the action, there’s still time to register for Resurgence 2012. This year’s conference will take place in Irvine, CA, Oct. 9–10. Catch the speakers’ messages by registering for the conference, and purchase their Logos resources today!

Free Plane Ticket: Sign Up for the Next DMin Classes

Knox’s next DMin classes start in October in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. We’ve extended the application deadline through Oct. 1—and if you’re among the next 30 students accepted, we’ll cover your airfare up to $500!

That gives you only six more days to complete your application. Start it right now—it won’t take long.

Here are the October preaching classes:

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

Start earning your DMin in Preaching and Teaching with these transformative classes. If you’re among the next 30 students enrolled, you’ll fly free (or at least $500 cheaper). The deadline to apply is October 1—save your seat now!

The Time Has Come to Apply for Your DMin!

The first round of Knox DMin classes kicked off in Bellingham, WA, on August 13. Students raved about the program, classes, and instructors. We put together this video to give you a little taste.

The next classes will be held in October in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The deadline to apply is September 19.

Don’t worry if you missed the first round of classes. 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.

Highlights of the Knox Program

This DMin is full of dynamic additions to your education and ministry:

  • You’ll 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.
  • You’ll learn from the finest scholars. Drs. Haddon Robinson, Bruce Waltke, Warren Gage, Samuel Lamerson, and others—these thinkers will pass on their knowledge and expertise directly to you.
  • You can keep your job and church. You’ll attend up to four onsite classes each year; do the rest of your studies wherever you want!

If you’ve ever considered furthering your education, you owe it to yourself to learn more about Knox Theology Seminary’s one-of-a-kind Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching. Check out details on the program now.

 What We Need for Your Application

The deadline to apply for October classes is September 19. Here are the items you’ll need:

  • Knox’s online application (you’ll need to sign in)
  • 3 reference forms—pastoral, personal, and academic
  • A letter of approval from your church’s governing body stating support for your enrollment
  • Official transcripts—undergraduate and graduate—sent directly from your previous institution(s) to Knox’s admissions office

Send your documents to:
Knox Theological Seminary—Admissions
5554 N. Federal Hwy.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308

Visit Dmin.me now for more information, and remember, the deadline to apply is September 19!

Got a Camera? Win Cool Prizes!

Early yesterday morning, our Facebook page crossed over the 50,000-fan threshold! 

We’d love the chance to get to know you better. The best way to do that, we’ve decided, is with another photo competition.

The 50,000 Fans Photo Contest

We want to see you using Logos on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device or simply sporting your Logos apparel. Have fun and be creative! Take a snapshot in the most unique location possible, compose an artistic photograph, or shoot a funny pic. Show us your vintage Logos products or your cool Logos control center. We might even reshare some of our favorites!

Once you have your pics ready, simply:

  1. Submit your photo by tagging us.
  2. Use the hashtag #BetterBibleStudy in your photo description.

We’ll be collecting entries through the end of the day September 28. Tweet, post, or pin as many interesting photos as you can before then!

We’ll choose 15 finalists based on the following factors:

  • “Likes,” +1s, retweets, repins, and other shares
  • Creativity
  • Image quality

After we choose the 15 finalists, we’ll open the competition up for a round of voting. Three winners will be chosen based on your votes. Those winners will choose between a Nexus 7 (16 GB), a Kindle Fire HD (32 GB), or $250 in Logos credit.

Start snapping those photos and sharing them with the hashtag #BetterBibleStudy. We look forward to seeing your most creative pics!

Advance Notice on Discontinued Platform Support

On October 26, 2012, Logos will drop support for Windows XP and OS X 10.5 “Leopard.”

Windows XP

Your existing Logos 4 installs will continue to run, but future releases of Logos Bible Software will require Windows Vista SP2 or newer.

This will not disable any XP systems, but future book releases may use new features or data types only available in newer versions of Logos, and therefore, may not be usable on Windows XP systems.

Logos 4 depends on a number of Microsoft platform components, including the .NET framework. With the October 26, 2012, release of Windows 8, Microsoft is upgrading the .NET 4 platform to .NET 4.5, which is an “in-place” install replacing .NET 4 (which we’re planning to move to for many reasons, including performance and bug fixes).

.NET 4.5 will run on Windows Vista SP2 and later versions of Windows, but specifically NOT Windows XP.

Very few Logos users remain on XP, and continuing to support XP in new releases takes development and testing resources, and makes it more difficult to use other capabilities only offered on newer versions of Windows.

OS X 10.5 “Leopard”

Your existing install will continue to run, but future releases of Logos Bible Software will require newer versions of OS X.

This will not disable your system, but future releases may use new features or data types only available in newer versions of Logos, and thus will not be usable on OS X 10.5.

We have even fewer users on OS X 10.5 than on XP. And coincidentally OS X 10.5 “Leopard” was released on October 26, 2007, meaning that it will be five years since its release and it is now three major releases out of date. Dropping 10.5 support in future releases will free up development and testing resources and allow us to do more.

Give Us Your Feedback

We’ve learned that nobody likes to get “discontinuation” news at the last minute. So this is our first advance notice, your chance to speak up if there’s a really compelling reason we should not drop either platform on October 26, 2012.

Jump over to the forums to give us your feedback:

Save a Bundle during the Logos Labor Day Sale!

For many, Labor Day marks the end of summer activities and a return to serious Bible study. In keeping with this tradition, we’re discounting four bestselling books and collections for Labor Day. These titles will add both diversity and functionality to your sermon preparation, Sunday school lesson, or home and study-group discussion—not to mention your personal edification.

This sale has everything you need for first-rate study: a 17-volume commentary on the New Testament, a Bible dictionary, a 4-volume scholarly Bible encyclopedia, and a dictionary dedicated entirely to theological history and development.

The Life Application Bible Commentary

Retail: $249.95  Regularly: $199.95

Only $149.95 with coupon code LABORDAY1

Like many commentaries, the 17-volume Life Application Bible Commentary collection walks you through the New Testament verse by verse, giving you explanations, backgrounds, biographies, and geographic information. Where this series really excels is in its valuable suggestions and questions for application. Each section is full of life-giving wisdom for you and your ministry.

Let the Life Application Bible Commentary help you prepare your sermons, Sunday school lessons, youth-group talks, and small-group discussions.

Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible

Retail: $45.00

Only $29.95 with coupon code LABORDAY2

Eerdmans has a reputation in the academic community for publishing trustworthy and relevant materials. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible is no exception. With nearly 5,000 entries, this dictionary explains every book, person, place, significant event, and distinctive term or expression found in the Bible.

The Eerdmans editorial team  has incorporated articles that explore and interpret important focuses of biblical theology, text and transmission, Near Eastern archaeology, extrabiblical writings, and pertinent ecclesiastical traditions—all of which help make the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible the most comprehensive and up to date one-volume Bible dictionary on the market today.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979–1995)

Retail: $149.95  Regularly: $129.95

Only $99.95 with the coupon code LABORDAY3

Imagine searchable access to nearly 9,000 scholarly entries on biblical topics, including 3,500 cross-references, nearly 1,500 photos, and over 300 maps. You’ll quickly see why this encyclopedia won the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Gold Medallion Award for Bible Study and Theology and the Gold Medallion Award recipient for Best Reference Work!

“I use this set more than any other reference work I own. Great articles on every major doctrine, person, place, and event in the Bible. This one is indispensable!”—Dr. Kim Riddlebarger

The Dictionary of Historical Theology

Retail: $69.95  Regularly: $44.95

Only $29.95 with coupon code LABORDAY4

This is a must-have resource for anyone interested in Christian theology’s history and development. The volume features more than 300 entries detailing the theological figures, movements, and texts that have shaped Christian thought. The 173 contributors to The Dictionary of Historical Theology, drawn from international and interdenominational circles, trace theology’s development from the early church to today.

“There are well crafted articles by excellent scholars, and topics which take me beyond familiar terrain. It would be a worthwhile addition to one’s reference collection.”—Denver Journal

“Recommended not only for academic and seminary libraries but for community libraries whose members have an interest in Christian theology.”—Library Journal

Taken individually, any of these products will dramatically improve your Bible study. Add them together and you have a powerful storehouse of networked resources. Don’t miss your opportunity to advantage of these discounts!

These superb Labor Day savings are available only through September 5, 2012. Get them now!

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!