Is Your School a Logos Bible Software Partner?

You’ve seen announcements about our partnership with Knox Theological Seminary, and you know that Logos is the standard, indispensable tool for every one of Knox’s Preaching and Teaching DMin students. But what you may not know is that Logos Bible software is rapidly becoming an essential and fundamental tool for many Christian colleges and seminaries.

Logos Helps Students Succeed

Couple automatic, customizable citations for more than 27,000 available titles (and counting!) with the ability to do hours of research in seconds, and it’s no wonder that the students and faculty of educational institutions are making Logos a requisite in their regular curricula. Factor in the ability to use Logos on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, or the web and you’ve got one of the world’s most powerful and versatile tools for biblical research.

Students struggle to pay for higher education. The cost of credits and resources can often be prohibitive which leaves them to the hard, unnecessary choice of doing without the books they need to excel. When you factor in the time spent on research and homework, there’s often little time left for that important second job. With Logos, research is done in a fraction of the time, enabling students to do less searching and more reading. Our well-rounded base packages and bundles make books more affordable. Students are spending less money and saving more time, which results in a better educational experience.

Also, let’s be honest—many Bible colleges have amazing programs but struggle to keep up technologically. Students want a top-notch theological education without having to sacrifice the advantages that technology affords them.

Standardizing on Logos in their educational program keeps them on the cutting edge of Bible study while outfitting them with an amazing, portable theological library for life.

Here’s a sample of the prestigious schools that require Logos in their classes:

  • Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ashland Theological Seminary
  • Moody Bible Institute
  • Calvin Theological Seminary
  • Trinity Western University
  • Pacific Life Bible College
  • Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Florida School of Preaching
  • Liberty University
  • Concordia Seminary
  • Calvary Bible Theological Seminary
  • Texas Baptist Institute
  • Lancaster Bible College
  • The Master’s Seminary
  • And more

Include Logos in Your Curricula

The Preaching and Teaching DMin from Knox isn’t the only academic program requiring Logos. Institutions have made Logos a fundamental component for various classes, including:

  • Advanced Greek
  • Hermeneutics
  • Counseling
  • Bible Study Methods
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Computer Assisted Greek Study Tools
  • New Testament Biblical Theology
  • Old Testament Biblical Theology
  • Apologetics
  • And so many more!

If you want to start using Logos with your class syllabus, or already are but don’t see your school on our list, send us an email!

Students: Don’t Miss These Opportunities

There’s only a couple more days to enter to win the $20,000 Haddon Robinson Scholarship. If you’ve been thinking about getting your doctorate, the Preaching and Teaching DMin from Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software is perfect for you!

You can also enter to win a $1,000 tuition scholarship and a copy of Scholar’s Library from SeminaryScholarship.com or  BibleCollegeScholarship.com.

Lastly, if you are a student going to Bible college, seminary, university, or a similar institution, you are also eligible for our Logos Academic Discount Program.

Logos is an invaluable resource for  the students and faculty of any Bible school. Email us now, and find out how Logos can give students the tools they need to succeed.

The Holy Land: Help Logos Craft the Perfect Tours!

With Logos 4, you have tons of maps and pictures to help contextualize the text you’re reading. But imagine if you could actually gaze over the Sea of Galilee, walk the streets of Jerusalem, and stand on the Temple Mount. How would that enhance your understanding of—and perspective on—the Bible?

Now you have the opportunity to experience the Bible: to see firsthand the places and things you’re reading about. We’re introducing tours of Israel. To increase the appeal, we’re planning to offer a few different types:

  • General: This is the standard tour of Israel. Visit biblical sites with other tourists from around the world and learn from knowledgeable local guides.
  • Pastor/Church: How about a pastor-led tour of Israel? Your pastor can lead your church, teaching you as you go.
  • Author-Led: Enjoy a  tour of Israel led by your favorite author or theologian.
  • Scholarly: Be led through Israel by an expert in the area’s history and significant sites.
  • VIP/Custom: Tell us exactly what you want to see and we’ll customize the trip just for you. Want to take a more intimate group? Or really immerse yourself in one place?

Interested in Going? Let Us Know!

Since tours are a new endeavor for us, we’d love your feedback. Go to Faithlifetours.com and take the brief survey to let us know what tours you’re interested in. Your responses will help us arrange tours in the coming years.

While you’re at Faithlifetours.com, sign up for the Faithlife Tours email list to be the first to know when the site launches and get information about our first group of tours!

John Piper Testifies to the Power of the Logos Library

One of the strengths of Logos Bible Software is that you can create a unique theological library and search it in seconds. With more than 25,000 resources available, your library can be completely personalized to meet your needs.

Respected pastor, teacher, and author John Piper recently recommended Logos for its unparalleled ease of use for study and research.

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We’re working hard to serve the church, and endorsements like this mean the world to us!

If you’re looking for ways to improve your Bible study, look no further than Logos Bible Software. We have the base packages to get you started and the resources you need to build your dream library.

Logos Is Looking for a Few Awesome People

One of the Best Christian Workplaces. A two-time Washington’s Best Workplaces nominee. Sound like somewhere you’d like to work? Does the idea of working in one of the country’s most beautiful cities (okay, we’re biased) appeal to you?  Would you thrive in an atmosphere where working hard and playing hard aren’t mutually exclusive?

Logos is growing, and we are looking for passionate, intelligent, and talented people to help us serve the church by creating amazing resources for Bible study.

Check Out These Jobs!

Here are a few currently open positions. For the complete list, see our Careers page.

We’re looking for a few awesome people. If you love creating amazing things and finding elegant solutions to complex problems in a fast-paced environment, we might be looking for you.

Go to our Careers page and see how you can join us in achieving great things.

Free Father’s Day Templates from Proclaim

Father’s Day is right around the corner. Why not use Proclaim’s free Father’s Day templates to give your service some continuity?

Proclaim has uploaded a new collection of 6 free Father’s Day templates to bring continuity to this Sunday’s service. With the free Father’s Day collection, you’ll get the following slides:

  • Welcome
  • Happy Father’s Day (pictured)
  • Bible —lay out your verses on custom-made Scripture slides
  • Sermon title
  • Song—perfect template for your worship songs
  • Standard Father’s Day background—ideal for announcements, tithes, prayer time, or anything else you need to communicate

This new Father’s Day series is just one of 13 free templates available in Proclaim. You can also upload your own art or subscribe to Graceway Media and choose from more than 10,000 breathtaking backgrounds. With Proclaim, your Sunday morning presentations will look amazing—and come together seamlessly.

To try this content out for your church service, simply download Proclaim and log in with your Logos account details. Select NEW to start a new presentation and grab the Father’s Day template to customize for your own service.

You’ll need an On Air license to use Proclaim with your church, but with prices starting at only $10 a month, there has never been a better time to get started!

Win the $20,000 Haddon Robinson Scholarship!

Last month you heard about the groundbreaking new Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching from Knox Theological Seminary and all the reasons why it’s the best DMin out there (world-class theological training, Logos-based curriculum, and low monthly payments, to name a few). Now there’s one more reason to check it out: you could get your doctorate for free.

Logos and Knox have launched the Haddon Robinson Scholarship, which covers your entire DMin. If you were to add up all the individual things the scholarship covers, you’d have a total value of over $20,000, but that’s just the big picture. Here’s a look at everything the scholarship entails.

Your Tuition ($12,750)

The three-year Knox DMin in Preaching and Teaching will train you to study theology as both a science and an art. You’ll learn from some of the world’s finest biblical scholars, including NIV and NASB translator Dr. Bruce Waltke and, of course, Dr. Haddon Robinson, one of Christianity Today’s “Top 25 Most Influential Preachers.” Here’s a look at just some of the courses the Haddon Robinson Scholarship will cover.

  • Enriching Preaching through Logos Bible Software
    You’ll become a Logos expert. This course teaches you to use Logos Bible Software to access thousands of illustrations and sermon texts and craft structured, powerful messages.
  • The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching
    You’ll learn how the Bible speaks—not simply what it speaks. This course develops an awareness of themes that span the entire Bible.
  • Preaching Christ in All the Scriptures
    You’ll hone your skills in preaching the message of the Messiah from the Old and New Testaments alike.

Your Own Portfolio Library ($4,290)

Each Logos base package gives you a library of resources and high-tech tools for better Bible study. Logos 4: Portfolio Edition is the biggest base package we’ve got. Every student’s Portfolio is included in the DMin program price, so with the Haddon Robinson Scholarship, it’s free. If you win the scholarship, you’ll get an enormous theological library (more than 1,600 books worth over $35,000 in print) at no cost!

  • 47 Bibles and interlinears
  • 482 commentaries
  • 48 preaching and teaching resources
  • 232 theological books
  • 86 original language grammars and tools
  • Hundreds and hundreds more resources!

Fees ($2,750)

This is the boring stuff: graduation fees, transcript fees, etc. You don’t have to worry about them, though; the Haddon Robinson Scholarship covers all these, too.

Logos Book Credit ($1,000)

Most of the books for this program are included in the massive Portfolio library, but you might need to pick up a few handy reference books or biographies for further research. That’s why Logos includes a $1,000 book credit in the program cost. With your academic discount, you can stretch this credit out to get far more than $1,000 worth of Logos resources. It’s already a fine deal for students, but the Haddon Robinson Scholarship waives the cost entirely.

Win the Haddon Robinson Scholarship

You’ve got the opportunity to earn your doctorate for free—don’t let it pass you by. Enter to win the scholarship before June 28. On August 17, a winner will be selected to receive the entire DMin in Preaching and Teaching from Knox at no cost.

So enter to win the Haddon Robinson Scholarshipyou could earn your DMin for free!

Vote for Logos in the Social Madness Challenge!

Logos Bible Software was nominated in the medium business category of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s (PSBJSocial Madness competition. You can help us win by going to the #socialmadness page, clicking on the “Medium companies” tab, and voting now*.

Vote Now!

Logos’ Secret Weapon

This competition showcases the business world’s best social media growth strategies in a tournament-style challenge. What the PSBJ doesn’t realize is that Logos has a secret weapon. We have some of the most socially engaged fans on the planet! Just look at these numbers:

Not only are our fans engaged—they are incredibly involved. Thanks to you, we have repeatedly launched successful campaigns like:

It’s your invaluable engagement that helped us get nominated in the first place. If the PSBJ knew what a social media juggernaut our fans were, they might have had second thoughts about nominating us. We’re currently about 7,000 votes shy of first place. Let’s get mobilized and show them how social media is done!

Go to the #socialmadness page, click on the “Medium companies” tab, and vote now. Then tweet it, post it, and share it with your friends. Let’s get the word out!

Vote Now!

*Please note that scores are updated every morning.

Faithfulness in the Face of Adversity

Comenius Memorial in Potsdam, Germany

For every larger-than-life personality in Christian history, there are thousands of inconspicuous yet influential figures—figures like John Amos Comenius.

Comenius may be obscure, but this Moravian reformer’s influence has been recognized by such high-profile church leaders as:

  • Herman Bavinck: “[Comenius was] the greatest figure of the second generation of reformers.”
  • Andrew Bonar: “[Comenius was] the truest heir of Hus, the chief inspiration of Chalmers, and the first model of Carey.”
  • J. Hudson Taylor: “[Comenius was] the single greatest innovator of missions, education, and literature during the Protestant Reformation.”
  • Cotton Mather: “[Comenius was a man of] extraordinary accomplishments amidst inordinate adversity.”

Comenius’ overwhelming accomplishments are staggering in and of themselves:

  • He outlined an education system in Didactica Magna that would be adopted in Puritan New England, Holland, Scotland, Prussia, and Sweden.
  • He launched a number of successful missionary outreaches to marginal groups including Turks, Gypsies, and Jews.
  • He introduced plans to translate the Scriptures into the Turkish language.
  • He wrote more than 150 books which included titless on educational theory, history, devotion, cultural criticism, and theology.
  • He served as a chaplain to the king of Sweden.
  • He was pursued as a possible president for both King’s College in Cambridge and Harvard University in Massachusetts.

In Times of Great Sorrow

What’s amazing is that these accomplishments were achieved in the face of great affliction. After the routing of the Protestant armies in the Battle of White Mountain, enemy soldiers torched Comenius’ home. He and his family barely escaped with their lives. Like most Protestant pastors at the time, Comenius (and his entire family) lived as fugitives. During this transient period, his wife and two small children died of the plague.

In 1628, Comenius fled to Poland with a group of Protestants. He eventually married again, but his second wife died, leaving him with four children.

On June 12, 1656, the Comenius’ new home city of Leszno was burned to the ground by enemy Swedes at the end of the Thirty Years’ War. Once again, Comenius lost everything: his treasured library, years’ worth of work in the form of manuscripts, and all his personal belongings. Comenius and his family—now completely penniless— made it to Amsterdam, where he was welcomed as respected scholar. Looking back on his life, Comenius said, “My life was a pilgrimage; I never had a home.”

In spite of numerous setbacks and staggering hardships, Comenius never stopped working for his Lord, leaving behind an exceptional legacy that influenced figures like Wesley and Whitefield.

Moravian Church History Collection

John Amos Comenius is one of 12 volumes available in the Moravian Church History Collection—one of many collections up on Community Pricing right now. Bid now and you’ll get a dozen titles full of moving history, theology, and lectures. This is powerful literature on the some of the lesser-known figures in the second generation of reformers. Get it at the best possible price. Bid now!

Notes from Pastorum Live 2012

As the first-ever Pastorum conference wrapped up, I could sense the excitement in the crowd. Groups of people stood together discussing various sessions and what they’d taken away from the conference, even remarking that this was one of the best conferences they’d recently attended.

Many of Pastorum’s speakers used Logos to give their engaging, encouraging, challenging presentations allowing attendees to follow along on their computers or mobile devices.

I was amazed at how approachable the presenters were. I observed speakers locked in one-on-one conversation with many attendees. One of the presenters told me about meeting a man on the way to get coffee. As they walked, the man poured out his heart to the speaker. What neither of them could have known was that the lecture the speaker intended to give was exactly what that man needed to hear!

I had the privilege of getting to know many of the speakers—thinkers who I had previously known only through their books. As I sat across the table from David Garland, Craig Keener, and Richard Briggs discussing authorship, conferences, and people who’ve influenced our Christian lives, I thought to myself: Awesome—where else but Pastorum could this sort of connection possibly happen?

As we left the conference, a number of speakers told me that they’d had a fantastic time. They had enjoyed the interaction with the audience just as well as the interaction with each other. Many of the speakers don’t often get the chance to connect with their colleagues, and Pastorum made such connection possible. They were excited about next year, hinting—a full year in advance—at wanting to return.

In all, Pastorum was a tremendous success, at least for this attendee. If what we experienced this year is a sign of what’s to come, I’m already excited for next year!

June 7, 1891: Charles Spurgeon Preaches His Last Sermon

On June 7, 1891, Charles Spurgeon stood before the congregation gathered at London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle and began his Sunday message with these words: “Those who associate themselves with a leader must share his fortunes . . .”

Spurgeon’s brilliant message equated the spoils shared by David’s men with the spoils we share through our affiliation with Christ. But to those associated with the Metropolitan Tabernacle, this message would go on to hold special significance. Unbeknownst to anyone one at the time, this would be Spurgeon’s last sermon.

Spurgeon preached his first sermon in December 1853 to London’s largest Baptist congregation at New Park Street. It wasn’t too long before his powerful messages caused the church to outgrow its 1,200-seat auditorium. The church moved a couple times before the 1861 dedication of the current Metropolitan Tabernacle at the intersection of Elephant & Castle. Spurgeon  spoke to 6,000 attendees every Sunday for 30 years, preaching to more than 10,000,000 in his lifetime.

It’s hard for modern readers to grasp how popular and controversial Spurgeon’s preaching was for nineteenth-century listeners, many of whom wrote Spurgeon off as overly dramatic and sacrilegious. Spurgeon never feared causing contention when he felt the topic deserved it. In a sermon titled “Baptismal Regeneration” (June 5, 1861), he challenged the validity of child baptism. This sermon sold more than 350,000 copies and created such a public uproar that Spurgeon withdrew from the ecumenical Evangelical Alliance.

The “Prince of Preachers” struggled with illness for most of 1891. Some time after preaching his last sermon, he went to the French Riviera to rest and recover, but he died the following January. More than 60,000 people attended his funeral on February 9, 1892.

Spurgeon’s last sermon, delivered 121 years ago today, ended with these words:

“Those who have no master are slaves to themselves. Depend upon it, you will either serve Satan or Christ, either self or the Saviour. You will find sin, self, Satan, and the world to be hard masters; but if you wear the livery of Christ, you will find him so meek and lowly of heart that you will find rest unto your souls. He is the most magnanimous of captains.

“There never was his like among the choicest of princes. He is always to be found in the thickest part of the battle. When the wind blows cold he always takes the bleak side of the hill. The heaviest end of the cross lies ever on his shoulders. If he bids us carry a burden, he carries it also. If there is anything that is gracious, generous, kind, and tender, yea lavish and superabundant in love, you always find it in him. These 40 years and more have I served him, blessed be his name! and I have had nothing but love from him. I would be glad to continue yet another 40 years in the same dear service here below if so it pleased him. His service is life, peace, joy. Oh, that you would enter on it at once! God help you to enlist under the banner of Jesus even this day! Amen.”

The Complete Spurgeon Sermon Collection

We have the Complete Spurgeon Sermon Collection (63 vols.) available on Community Pricing right now. You can add over 3,550 of Spurgeon’s sermons to your library for a fraction of their actual value. Bid now!

“I have turned to Charles Spurgeon in these days for help, and I have not been disappointed. . . . I think the word ‘indefatigable’ was created for people like Charles Spurgeon.”—John Piper

“The greatest Bible preacher outside of Scripture.”—Mark Driscoll

“As sermons they stand alone. Unequalled by any other published sermons, by men now in the pulpit or by those of other generations.”—The Standard