All 12 Days of Logos deals good through January 2!

12 Days of Logos!

The 12 Days of Logos sale has come to an end, but this year’s deals have not. All the superb 12 Days deals will be available until 11:59 pm January 2 (PST). With over $800 in possible savings, these offers are too good to pass up. So don’t miss out on your chance to get bargains like:

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Don’t miss out—get any and all of these deals before time runs out! With the option of an 18-month payment plan,* Logos products have never been more affordable.

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Logos 5: Popular Highlights

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

In Logos 5, several features connect us to other Logos users: Community Tags, Community Ratings, sharing with Faithlife Groups, etc. Another community feature, Popular Highlights, appears throughout our resources. This new visual filter reveals how others mark up the text.

For example:

  • Open the daily devotional My Utmost for His Highest.
  • Note the gray underlining, followed by the number of highlights, scattered throughout the book. (A)

Example of popular highlighting in My Utmost for His Highest book

These markers merely show frequently highlighted text in the Logos community; all specific user info is anonymous. You may be encouraged to see the insights others found helpful, or you may wish to disable Popular Highlights.

To hide Popular Highlights in one resource:

  • Click the visual filters icon (A) on the resource’s toolbar.
  • Uncheck Popular Highlights. (B)

Hide popular highlights in one resource

To hide Popular Highlights in all resources:

  • Click the visual filters icon (A) on a resource’s toolbar.
  • Right-click on Popular highlights. (B)
  • Select Do not show in any resources. (C)

Hide popular highlights in all resources

10 Christmas Sermons Just Waiting to Be Preached

Today’s post continues Logos Talk’s Christmas Bible study. Check back throughout December for more ways to study the birth of Jesus!

Christmas is upon us, and it’s a vital time for good preaching. Students are coming home, families are gathering in their hometowns—and more people are pouring into your church. Maybe you’ve planned ahead for all the visitors. Maybe God has blessed your church with faster growth than you expected. Either way, Logos 5’s Sermon Starter Guide makes it easy to brainstorm Christmas sermon (or any sort of sermon) ideas in seconds.

In fact, we can come up with 10 exciting Christmas sermon concepts right now.

5 Passage-Based Christmas Sermon Ideas

Let’s say I want to preach about the birth of Jesus in Matthew 1:18–25. There’s a lot of content here, though—and lots of message ideas. The Sermon Starter helps me identify plenty of clear message ideas.

Clicking any one of these gives me more to go on, and even spawns new sermon ideas. For example, when I click “Angels as God’s messengers,” I see a scriptural overview of the messages angels relay. I can zero in on one of these passages and compare it to the message the angel gives Joseph in Matthew—yet another sermon idea!

And just like that, I have five Christmas sermon ideas to work with:

  1. Just how human was baby Jesus? (Jesus: Humanity theme)
  2. What makes this baby special? (Jesus: Divinity theme)
  3. Did Mary and Joseph see Christmas coming? (Prophecy: Jesus)
  4. God’s message from God’s messengers (Thematic outline on angels)
  5. The true story of Jesus’ birth (thematic outline on Jesus’ birth)

 5 Theme-Based Christmas Sermon Ideas

Now let’s say I want to find some Christmas sermon ideas, but I don’t have a particular starting verse in mind. The Sermon Starter works with themes as well as passages, so I just type in “Christmas.” It suggests the theme of “Jesus: Birth,” which I select.

Wow—plenty of sermon ideas here! The first four ideas link to the Topic Guide, which is an awesome place to see relevant Scripture and background information. The last points to Isaiah 9:6–7, where I could use the Bible Word Study to understand what “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,” and “Prince of Peace” mean.

This gives me five more starting points for more Christmas sermons:

  1. What is the origin of Advent?
  2. Jesus: God in the flesh
  3. The original Nativity
  4. Star of wonder, Star of light
  5. Four more names for baby Jesus

The Sermon Starter Guide makes it far easier to come up with sermon ideas—and it brings to light some concepts I wouldn’t have thought about otherwise. You’ll find all the tools we used today in Logos 5 Bronze and higher. If you haven’t already, upgrade to Logos 5 and subscribe to the Logos blog as we continue our Christmas Bible study.

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Stuff a Stocking with Bible Study Magazine!

Tired of giving socks and chocolate for Christmas? Wish you had a stocking stuffer that was a little more meaningful?

This year, why not give the gift of better Bible study with a subscription to Bible Study Magazine? For only $19.95, your friends and family will receive a year’s worth of Bible-study insights from scholars, archaeologists, and Bible teachers.

Here’s what’s included in the Jan.–Feb. ’13 issue:

  • A cover story featuring R. C. Sproul. The founder of Ligonier Ministries came to faith in an unexpected way and through an obscure passage of the Bible.
  • An interview with Jim Liske. The CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries shares how the Bible is transforming lives in prisons, revealing a fascinating approach to discipleship.
  • A new eight-week Bible study on the book of Jude.
  • Engaging, in-depth articles on the Gospel of John, including “Truth beyond the Facts” and “The Ironic, Iconic Messiah.”
  • Bible-Study Stategies for Moms: Sherry Surrat, CEO of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), shares how she makes time for Bible study.

Bible Study Magazine makes a great gift for anyone interested in getting into the Word. And it’s easy to give! Go to  and simply enter the gift-receiver’s shipping address. You’ll even have the option of downloading a Christmas card for a stocking stuffer.

Celebrate Christmas with the gift of better Bible study! Gift Bible Study Magazine now!

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Halfway There: Six More Amazing Deals Left!

12 Days of Logos

We’ve reached the halfway mark, but don’t worry—there are still plenty of deals left to unwrap!

Day 7 of the 12 Days of Logos brings you the Tyndale Commentaries at 17% off! This massive 49-volume collection is designed to help you understand what the text says and how it says it. The introduction to each biblical book gives a concise but thorough treatment of its authorship, date, original setting, and purpose. Following a structural analysis, the commentary draws out the book’s themes section by section and comments on individual verses and problems of interpretation. Additional notes discuss particular difficulties in detail. The aim throughout is to clearly explain the Bible’s true meaning.

Tyndale CommentariesWith Logos Bible Software, you can search the entire 49-volume series for any verse or topic. Your titles automatically integrate into custom search reports, passage guides, exegetical guides, and more.

This superb resource is only $185.95 with the 12 Days of Logos sale! That’s less than $4 per book. Explore your favorite biblical stories in greater depth, understand difficult passages, learn new things, and more—visit the 12 Days of Logos page to learn more about this remarkable series!

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Why Jesus’ Genealogy Matters

Today’s post continues Logos Talk’s Christmas Bible study. Check back throughout December for more ways to study the birth of Jesus!

Biblical genealogies can be boring. So when I begin reading Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus in Chapter 1, it’s easy to skip right over the first 17 verses and miss their significance. But with Logos 5, every passage of Scripture—even genealogies—is an opportunity to explore connections between people, places, and events, and uncover the truths they contain.

Since I’m already in Matthew 1, I don’t even need to leave my Bible to start exploring. I simply right-click on the word “Jesus”, select Person, and choose the new Bible Facts tool which opens in a new panel.

Matthew’s long list of names is now a visual guide for exploring the rich story of Jesus’ heritage throughout the Old Testament. Just clicking on any name lets me learn about each person and their significance in biblical history—from Boaz’s redemption of Ruth (Ruth 4:1–12) to Hezekiah’s cleansing of the Temple (2 Ch. 28:3–19).

I can also get a quick visual overview of these significant people and events using the new Timeline view in Bible Facts. I just click on one of the primary events listed for any person—say, Abraham. Now I am presented with an interactive timeline of the events that led up to Jesus’ birth.

So in just a few minutes, I am able to reacquaint myself with the story of the Old Testament—a story that Matthew’s readers would’ve been very familiar with.

By using the Bible Facts tool, I quickly begin to see that this genealogy is not merely a list of names—it’s a reminder of the Old Testament story. By going all the way back to Abraham, Matthew is stringing together God’s great work of redemption as the context for Jesus’ birth. The arrival of the Messiah, the “son of David” and “son of Abraham,” is what all biblical history has been leading up to.

And this just scratches the surface of what I can learn about Matthew 1:1–17 with the Bible Facts tool alone. If I wanted to explore further, I could answer questions such as:

  • How do God’s covenants with Abraham and David relate to Jesus’ birth?
  • Why does Matthew begin his genealogy with Abraham, whereas Luke begins with Adam?

With the Bible Facts tool, biblical genealogies are more than just names—they’re stories.

You’ll find all the tools we used today in Logos 5 Starter and higher. If you haven’t already, upgrade to Logos 5 and join us as we continue our Christmas Bible study.

Knox DMin—Study & Preach the Bible as a Whole

On the first day of Dr. Haddon Robinson’s DMin in Preaching and Teaching class, the first thing his students expected was a syllabus. What they got was a question. Dr. Robinson opened the Bible and asked, “What’s the big idea?”

Dr. Robinson’s question treats Scripture as one cohesive story, and so does the DMin overall. You’ll learn to see Christ in the Old Testament, even if you’re not expecting to—in the OT’s third-day motifs, for example, which point to the Resurrection. You’ll learn the literary techniques you need to follow the Bible’s patterns as they come together in one grand narrative. You’ll learn to read any given verse not as a stand-alone text but as one instance of a much larger story.

For these three DMin students, the education has been transformative:

Win the $18,000 John Piper Scholarship

If you’ve ever thought about studying the Bible at the highest academic level, you owe it to yourself to check out the DMin’s comprehensive John Piper Scholarship. You’ll get:

  • A world-class biblical education and a terminal degree
  • Logos 5’s enormous, smart Portfolio base package
  • $1,000 in Logos credit for additional books
  • Our academic discount, which multiplies that $1,000’s value

And because you’ll do almost all your studying from home, you won’t have to give up your current priorities as you earn your doctorate—free.

The entry deadline is December 31. Enter to win the John Piper Scholarship now!

7 Biblical Facts about the Angel Gabriel

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The angel Gabriel is one of the prominent characters in the Nativity narrative. He’s remembered as the angel who told Mary she would give birth to the Son of God. But what else can we know about him from the Bible?

In this video, one of our Logos Pros reveals facts about the angel Gabriel discovered using Logos Bible Software.

A quick check in Logos 6’s Factbook tool makes it easy to discover more about the angel Gabriel: I just look through the related verses and browse the Bible dictionaries the tool fetches for me.

  1. Gabriel is mentioned in the Old and New Testaments. He’s known for bearing good news of Jesus’ coming birth, but his first biblical appearance is in Daniel 8:16, when he is told to explain a vision to the prophet.
  2. Gabriel stands in the presence of God. This is how he describes himself to Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist (Luke 1:19). The Greek word for “stands” is paristánō, which means to wait before a superior. The Septuagint uses this word to describe how Joshua served Moses and how David assisted King Saul.
  3. Gabriel is one of only two angels explicitly named in the Protestant Bible. The other is Michael, a warrior archangel.
  4. The Bible doesn’t call Gabriel the “archangel.” The Book of Tobit (of Catholic and Orthodox canon) identifies the angels who stand in the presence of God as archangels, and so Gabriel has been called an archangel by tradition.
  5. Gabriel looks like a man (but see #6). The name Gabriel means “man of God” or “strength of God.” The second time Daniel encounters Gabriel (Daniel 9:21), he describes Gabriel as a “man [. . .] seen in the vision previously.” We don’t get any more details on Gabriel’s looks. Perhaps that’s because his messages are always so important.
  6. Gabriel scares people. When Daniel meets Gabriel, he is frightened and falls on his face. When Gabriel greets Zacharias, his first words are, “Do not be afraid.” Mary’s greeting is more celebratory, but Gabriel still follows up by telling her not to fear.
  7. Gabriel anticipates Jesus. Gabriel relays a prophecy concerning “Messiah the Prince” to Daniel. He tells Zacharias that John the Baptist will be a forerunner before the Lord. And most famously, he tells Mary that her son will be called “the Son of the Most High.”

All this information and more is only seconds away when I’m using the Factbook in Logos 6. You can use it to dig up facts on the other people involved in the story of Christ’s birth: Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, the Wise Men, the shepherds, take your pick!

You’ll find all the tools we used today in Logos 6 Gold and higher. If you haven’t already, upgrade to Logos 6!

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The Logos Christmas Sale Is Here!

The 2012 Logos Christmas specials are here! There are many ways to save on Logos resources this season. We’ve picked out some of the best products—now it’s time for you to study what you love at a dramatic discount.

Base Package Discounts

Throughout December, base packages are on sale for 15% off. What better way to celebrate the birth of Jesus than by spending more time in his Word? With Logos 5, you can explore the story of Christ’s birth with powerful, easy-to-use Bible-study tools. This is a great opportunity for you to start your library or purchase the perfect gift for a family member or friend.

Hand-Selected Bundles

Build your library with hand-selected collections! Our scholars have bundled the “must-haves” for different study topics at a rare discount: up to 75%. With dynamic pricing, you never  have to pay for products you already own. Drop bundles into your cart to see your special price. With over 19 collections to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect package.

This special offer is available only through December 31—order today to get the best price!

12 Days of Logos

12 Days of Logos has returned with more great savings! Now through December 18, we’ll be posting one new deal each weekday at These prices won’t last long, so you’ll have to act fast to take advantage of them.

Logos 5 and Surface Tablet Giveaway

We’re giving away five base packages—Starter, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and ­Platinum—and, with Platinum, a brand-new Surface tablet running Windows 8 Pro!  Commentaries, sermon helps, original-language works, your favorite Bibles—you’ll explore a massive networked library on your new Surface. Already have Logos 5? If you win, we’ll refund your purchase in Logos credit.

Spend this season in the Word. For more details on any of these promotions, visit the 2012 Christmas page.

Free Book of the Month: Dr. Ryrie’s Articles

Dr. Charles Ryrie, a key figure in dispensational theology, wrote dozens of articles published in academic journals and popular periodicals. December’s Free Book of the Month, Dr. Ryrie’s Articles, compiles a number of these works in one helpful resource. Articles include:

  • “Biblical Teaching on Divorce and Remarriage”
  • “The Significance of Pentecost”
  • “The Pauline Doctrine of the Church”
  • “Calvinistic Emphases in the Geneva and Bishops’ Bibles”
  • “The Doctrine of Capital Punishment”
  • And many more

On top of authoring over 25 books and a number of articles, Charles Ryrie served as professor of systematic theology and dean of doctoral studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and professor at what is now Cairn University.

“Ryrie’s greatest legacy may well be making the Scriptures he reveres more understandable to lay people.”—Larsen T. Bebbington

When you download this month’s free book, you can also enter to win all 31 volumes of Charles Ryrie’s Legacy Collection, which features books like:

  • Ryrie Study Bible, Expanded Edition (3 vols.)
  • The Role of Women in the Church
  • What You Should Know about Social Responsibility
  • What You Should Know about Inerrancy
  • First and Second Thessalonians
  • Ryrie’s Practical Guide to Communicating the Bible
  • And 25 more titles!

Don’t wait. Download Dr. Ryrie’s Articles now, and enter to win the Legacy Collection!

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