How to Become a Sermon Architect

mobile-ed-cm103-invitation-to-biblical-preaching-ii-preaching-biblical-sermons“Building a sermon is kind of like being an architect,” says Dr. Kent Edwards. “[If] you travel around the world, you’re going to see that there are many different styles of buildings. . . . Architecture is remarkably different, but there [are] certain basic rules that every architect has to follow. If they ignore those rules, the buildings will collapse.” Preachers are like architects in this way, says Edwards. “There’s no universal way to organize a sermon, but there are principles that have to be followed.”

In this clip from CM103 Invitation to Biblical Preaching II: Preaching Biblical Sermons, Dr. Kent Edwards describes one of these essential principles that every sermon must follow:

To get more training from Dr. Edwards on how to preach effectively, order his courses Invitation to Biblical Preaching I & II, or get them at a discount as part of the Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle.

BibleTech to Showcase Logos 6’s Innovations

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To create Logos 6, developers, scholars, and linguists all pitched in to solve problems, leverage data, and prepare the software for other cultures. And many of them will be presenting their most innovative work at this year’s BibleTech conference.

Here are four speakers you’ll hear from at BibleTech:

  1. Factbook is one of Logos 6’s most popular tools. Software developer Tom Philpot will talk about some of the critical challenges our development team faced in implementing it, and he’ll discuss the future of this exciting feature.
  2. Sean Boisen’s talk, “Seeing the Big Picture: Visualizing the Bible Data,” will discuss the ways that Logos datasets can be visually explored. He describes it like this:

    For many people, Bible study is about closely and carefully reading small portions of the biblical text. But growing quantities of Bible data, together with data visualization techniques, are creating new opportunities to literally ‘see the big picture’ of the Bible. These approaches uncover larger patterns that can both provide insight and direct personal study. This presentation will review the many datasets that Logos has developed and demonstrate how they offer new ways to visualize the Bible.

  3. Dr. Steve Runge, scholar-in-residence of High Definition Commentary fame, will discuss low-tech tools and strategies that can improve and simplify grammatical analysis and prevent Bible scholars from being overwhelmed by too much detail from advanced original-language databases.
  4. Rick Brannan made a tremendous contribution to the datasets in Logos 6. He’ll be speaking on the localization of these datasets—you’ll get a unique perspective on the information you use daily in your software.

Come hear these and 22 other riveting talks about the intersection of the Bible and technology at BibleTech.

There are only a few tickets still available: reserve your spot today!

Why You Should Get These 3 Expanded Series

We’ve recently expanded and compiled three new series—and until April 2, you can take more than 33% off each of these collections!

Get commentaries on Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians, critical studies on Paul’s writings, and introductions to the philosophical background of modern theological conversation—all at steep discounts.

Here are three reasons you’ll love each of these series:

Paul in Critical Contexts Series (8 vols.)

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  1. Get in on the most recent conversations on Paul in postcolonial, gender, and power contexts—and see the Bible’s interpretation in the world today.
  2. Study Paul’s writings one book at a time (Romans, Philemon, Galatians, 1 Thessalonians, and more) from modern sociocultural lenses.
  3. Get a 33% discount—just use coupon code PCCS15 before April 2.

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Eerdmans Interventions Series (7 vols.)

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  1. Introduce yourself to modern philosophers such as Žižek, Heidegger, and Hauerwas, as well as philosophical movements such as naturalism and scientific realism.
  2. Understand how these philosophies underlie academic and popular contexts, from biblical interpretation to philosophical apologetics to contemporary social issues.
  3. Save 33% when you use coupon code INTS33 before April 2.

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Classic Commentaries and Studies on 1 & 2 Thessalonians (21 vols.)

classic-commentaries-and-studies-on-1-and-2-thessaloniansRegularly $259.99—get it for $169.99

  1. Get access to a number of rare commentaries, including Puritan minister John Jewel’s exposition on the Thessalonian letters, Samuel Hick’s sermon on sanctification, and the Westminster New Testament’s Thessalonians and Corinthians volume by Robert Mackintosh.
  2. Explore studies on Thessalonians that provide a wide array of material—theology and doctrine, Greek exegesis, devotional application, preaching illustrations and aids, sociohistorical background, and more.
  3. Take 35% off this commentary until April 2 with coupon code CCS12TH33 at checkout.

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Want bigger discounts? If you own any of the volumes in these collections already, you qualify for a Dynamic Pricing discount, so you’ll only pay for those volumes that are new to you.

And to make these series even more budget friendly, you can add these to payment plans and download them today for a low monthly rate.

Add these series to your Logos library today!

Studying Paul’s Letters with Mobile Ed

mobile-ed-pauls-letters-bundlePaul’s letters are among the most beloved books of the Bible. Their balance of both deep theological insights and practical advice makes them invaluable resources for the church today.

In the Mobile Ed: Paul’s Letters Bundle, leading experts like Dr. Douglas Moo and Dr. Lynn Cohick walk you through these important letters. They describe the historical background and Paul’s purpose in writing each letter, explore the key themes Paul addresses, and explain how to best apply these important letters to our lives today.

These seven courses cover eight of Paul’s letters:

The Pastoral Epistles

In NT225 Survey of the Pastoral Epistles, Dr. Kenneth Waters surveys 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. He reviews seven major themes from these letters and looks at the question of who Timothy and Titus were. Dr. Waters places the letters in the context of Paul’s travels outlined in the book of Acts and discusses Paul’s purpose in writing them.

Galatians and Ephesians

In NT341 Book Study: Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, Dr. Douglas Moo talks about who the Galatians were. He walks through the text, highlighting major themes and showing how you can apply this letter in your life. Dr. Lynn Cohick provides a passage-by-passage analysis of Ephesians in NT343 Book Study: Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. In addition to providing in-depth analysis of well-known passages like Paul’s exhortation to “put on the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11), she takes a close look at the special topics of household codes and marriage in the first century.

Philippians

The bundle includes two courses by Dr. Robert Sloan, both on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. In NT344 Paul’s Theology and the Letter to the Philippians, Dr. Sloan provides a brief overview of major themes in Paul’s theology as a whole and shows where those themes are present in Philippians. In NT345 Book Study: Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, he walks through the letter in detail, exploring its key themes and historical background.

Colossians and Philemon

In NT347 Book Study: Paul’s Letter to the Colossians, Dr. Joshua Jipp looks at the situation in Colossae and explains how Paul’s letter addresses the challenges faced by that believing community. He also discusses how to read the genre of ancient letters. In NT348 Book Study: Paul’s Letters to the Colossians and Philemon, Dr. Constantine Campbell looks at Colossians, as well as Paul’s letter to Philemon. In addition to examining the content of these two letters, Dr. Campbell includes sections on preaching from them.

The Paul’s Letters Bundle contains a wealth of information on these important books. You’ll come away with a better understanding of their historical background and themes and be better equipped to apply Paul’s teaching in your own life.

Pre-order it now while it is nearly 40% off!

See Philippians in a Whole New Light

animated-high-definition-commentary-philippiansMany of you have already discovered the High Definition Commentary series and have found it to be a highly approachable, illustrative commentary. These one-of-a-kind resources use principles of linguistics and biblical exegesis to illuminate key principles and the overall message of Scripture. With the amazing slides included in the High Definition Commentaries, you’re seeing these key principles in a completely new way.

Lexham Press is excited to announce a new way to experience the High Definition Commentary series: the Animated High Definition Commentary: Philippians. We’ve taken the stationary slides and created stunning animations of these key principles, making these resources more accessible than ever!

The Animated High Definition Commentary: Philippians is now available on Pre-Pub—pre-order yours today.

Bring Philippians to life!

With material adapted from High Definition Commentary: Philippians, here’s a sample of what you’ll get:

These animations will cover the complete book and are expected to be around 90 minutes long.

A complete multimedia experience

Imagine working through the book of Philippians with these animations bringing the text to life. The narrator will help you examine the linguistic and literary clues in the text while the visuals help illustrate and apply the text. Dr. Steve Runge’s applicable and approachable examples throughout the text will come to life right before your eyes! These videos are perfect for a small group or your own individual Bible study.

And, if you already own the High Definition Commentary: Philippians, these animations will be integrated so that the resource becomes a complete multimedia experience.

Take advantage of this special offer

If you already own the original High Definition Commentary: Philippians and you pre-order the new Animated High Definition Commentary: Philippians, you’ll get a $10.00 promotional code when it ships.

If you haven’t purchased the original yet, now’s the perfect time! You can get it for 30% off during Logos March Madness, and you’ll still be eligible for a $10.00 promotional code when you purchase both versions.

Pre-order the Animated High Definition Commentary: Philippians today!

Chaucer, Shakespeare, Marlowe & More: Get 80% Off!

library-of-early-english-historyGet a firsthand look at English life and literature in the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries with the Library of Early English History. This massive collection comprises more than 25,000 commonly cited texts, giving you a wealth of resources for historical or literary study.

Examine great works of literature in a new way

Spanning from 1461 to 1683, this collection features early editions of some of English literature’s greatest works, including Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Malory’s Morte d’Arthur, William Shakespeare’s plays, Christopher Marlowe’s works, and many other plays, poems, and romances. You’ll also get a look at how English writers interpreted the classics, with Renaissance-era translations of ancient Greek and Roman works of literature. And Logos’ tools make it easy to look up unfamiliar terms or compare these early editions to others in your library.

Primary sources at your fingertips

In addition to classic literature, this collection also includes a wide range of royal statutes and proclamations; military, religious, legal, and Parliamentary documents; sermons; homilies; liturgies; and more. Look at everything from daily life to the decisions that shaped English history. Search the archive for any mention of specific people or places, easily finding what you want to know. These documents will enrich your study of any aspect English history—and with Logos, you can automatically cite your sources. These documents also give you invaluable context for studying literary works. Understand the political, social, and religious background behind works we still read today—and see them in a whole new light.

The Logos advantage

Whether you’re interested in history or literature, the Library of Early English History is an invaluable addition to your studies. And Logos’ research tools make it that much better. Search the archive quickly, study related texts side by side, and more. For a limited time, pre-order the Library of Early English History for only $249.95—80% off the regular price.

Don’t miss your chance to save on this amazing resource. Pre-order yours today!

Pro Tips: Factbook and Bible Book Guides

factbook-collectionLogos 6 cuts straight to the meat of Bible study.

Let’s say you wanted to begin a study of the first letter to Timothy. How would you begin such a study using Logos?

With paper-and-ink books, you’d have to open up each individual commentary on Timothy and read through their introductions to begin to get a grasp on this Pauline epistle—then you’d open up your Bible dictionaries to learn about Timothy and his relationship with Paul.

Even in Logos, one might be tempted to open up each commentary individually and begin reading. But this doesn’t save time—it’s actually no different than owning all of the print volumes on Timothy and studying manually.

Where the Factbook comes in

The Factbook sorts relevant information on the Bible’s books and characters so that you can begin any study with ease.

For example, you can get instant access to what your library has to say about the authorship and date of composition of 1 Timothy or the major themes running through this epistle. You can also look up Paul’s disciple Timothy and get links to all the articles on him in your dictionaries and encyclopedias. Everything you want to know about Timothy, the date of composition of 1 Timothy, and on the themes of the epistle is all a click away.

Search results coming up empty?

We’ve always said that a bigger library brings better results.

If your Factbook results are looking slim, we recommend expanding your library with more reference works, especially high-profile commentaries, such as the Word Biblical Commentary, the New American Commentary, and the International Critical Commentary, or dictionary series that pay dividends in the long term, such as The IVP Bible Dictionaries Series.

And now we’ve made it even easier to get the results you want with Factbook. With the Factbook Collection, you’ll get 22 volumes of commentaries, Bible handbooks, and dictionaries that are each specifically tagged to bring articles into your Factbook.1 You’ll boost your study with such works as the revised International Standard Bible Dictionary (ISBE), the Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary, the Holman Concise Bible Commentary, and the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible.

Not only will you get top-notch reference works, but in this collection they come at a deeply discounted price. The ISBE alone would cost you $129.95, so for $80 more you can add 18 other modern dictionaries and commentaries to your library and round out your study with expert research on any biblical topic. And if you already own any of these volumes, your own custom price will be even lower!

Get detailed Bible study delivered to your fingertips

Get the Factbook Collection today and grow your library’s research capacity at an unbeatable price!

  1. This collection does not contain the Logos 6 software that comes with each base package. A Logos 6 base package or crossgrade is required to access the Factbook tool, and for best performance, we recommend Logos 6 Bronze or higher. []

Dr. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge on Why You Need Another Commentary

fortress-commentary-on-the-bibleRecently, we spoke with Dr. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge about the Fortress Commentary on the Bible, an exciting two-volume commentary that’s now available on Pre-Pub.

Here’s what she had to say about this resource:

Why a two-volume commentary set? Aren’t there enough multivolume commentaries to satisfy the average reader?

I’ve said to myself in the past: “The world doesn’t need another Bible commentary—therefore, don’t ever write one!” However, I made an exception for this project because of its hermeneutical perspective, one that is akin to what I have been teaching in my Bible classes in the seminary setting. Interpretation requires a process of attending to and negotiating between the text in its historical setting, the “world in front of the text,” the history of interpretation and commentary, and contemporary concerns and theological questions. Levels A, B, and C address those dimensions in a way that is accessible and helpful to the reader who is not an expert.

Did the editors work to coordinate views across the two volumes? Across books?

The editors did not aim at a single viewpoint, but sought creative and engaged scholars who would be enthusiastic about the challenge to focus on history, reception, and current ethical conversations with the biblical text.

You worked primarily on the New Testament. What are some of the highlights of this volume?

Yes, I worked on the NT volume, while my coeditors recruited the authors for each book. Then I was responsible for editing particular articles. I particularly recommend Deborah Krause’s articles on 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, Sylvia Keesmaat’s Colossians, and Jaime Clark-Soles’ chapters on the Johannine epistles. Of special interest to me is Neil Elliott’s introduction to Paul’s letters: “Situating the Apostle Paul in his Day and Engaging his Legacy as Our Own.” Elliott states eloquently the interpretive challenge and promise of reading these influential letters today.

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The Fortress Commentary on the Bible is now available on Pre-Pub. Save over 30% when you pre-order this new resource today!

Is God the Origin of Evil?

mobile-ed-david-w-baker-old-testament-bundleLast week we had the privilege of working with Dr. David Baker in the Mobile Ed studio, filming a few of his upcoming courses on the Old Testament.

Dr. Baker is a highly respected Old Testament scholar and prolific author. Some of his works include The NIV Application Commentary: Joel, Obadiah, Malachi and the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch.

Dr. Baker answers the question “Is God the origin of evil?” by explaining the context of Amos 3:3–8 in this video from OT232 A Survey of Amos, Joel, Obadiah, and Malachi:

Watch more video clips from Dr. Baker’s two-course Mobile Ed: David W. Baker Old Testament Bundle, and add these courses to your library today!