Get the Most out of Your Favorite Logos 6 Features with Specialized Collections

Ever wonder how to get the best performance and the most results out of your Passage and Exegetical Guides?

We’ve always said that having a bigger library helps get better results as you study the Bible. But now, for the first time, we’re creating collections around maximizing the performance of specific features in your software. Don’t just get a bigger library—get a library tailored to the type of study you do.

If you use any of these features regularly, these collections are especially for you!1

ancient-literature-collectionAncient Literature Collection

Turn your Silver library into a library that specializes in finding ancient-literature parallels to Bible passages. With this collection, you’ll have access to 25 additional volumes in your search for ancient texts that have implicit or explicit parallels and quotations of canonical Bible texts.

Find the Jewish and early Christian writings that engage your passages—add these volumes to your library today.

textual-variants-collectionTextual Variants Collection

Enhance your Gold library to maximize the Textual Variants results you’ll see in your Exegetical Guide. With these resources, you’ll fill out your Textual Variants section in its different resource categories, such as Apparatuses, Textual Commentaries, Ancient Versions, and Editions.

See ancient Aramaic, Latin, and Greek fragments that witness the variant readings we have in modern translations when you get this collection.

cultural-concepts-collectionCultural Concepts Collection

Augment your Bronze library’s potential for research on societies that both engaged with and were engaged by the Bible. With this collection, you’ll have additional source material to show how certain cultural values and standards are exhibited throughout ancient texts, as well as secondary material that studies the sociocultural aspects of the ancient world.

Sign in to your Logos.com account and check out your custom price on this essential collection.

timeline-collectionTimeline Collection

Travel from historical events in your Timeline to your library to find the event discussed at length. Put your study of historical theologies and ideas into context with detailed discussion of key events in biblical or world history.

Get the Timeline Collection: see your personalized price now, and grow your Bronze library’s scope of history and events.

Customize your library for your favorite features

Make sure you’re signed into your account so that you’ll see your custom Dynamic Price—a discount which takes into account any resources you already own. What’s more, you can get these on a payment plan to make the price right for you.

Add these collections to your library today!

  1. These collections do not contain the Logos 6 software that comes with each base package. A Bronze base package or higher is required to use the Timeline and Cultural Concepts tools; a Silver base package or higher is required to use the Ancient Literature section of the Passage Guide; and while Gold is not necessary to access the Textual Variants section of your Exegetical Guide, it does unlock the Online Manuscripts Dataset, allowing you to see high-quality images of the fragments and manuscripts that witness that text, giving you the full experience of Textual Variants feature. Any base package or crossgrade will get you at least the minimal experience of Textual Variants. []

Last Chance: Get Digital Curricula for over 50% Off

jacob-discerning-gods-presence-complete-church-curriculum-for-leaders-and-pastorsOver a year ago, we moved Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence to Community Pricing to see if we could offer digital curricula at a low price and gather enough interest to cover our production costs.

Now, we’re finally moving this resource off Community Pricing! The bidding closes on Friday, so you have just a few days to get Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence at over 50% off its regular price. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

Designed for digital

Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence is Bible study like you’ve never experienced before. Lexham Press designed this curriculum to help pastors and small group leaders maximize their planning and preparation time. The complete church curriculum includes infographics and a video for each chapter in the study. It also includes lesson plans and handouts for leading a Bible study or small group through the curriculum. Slide presentations, sermon outlines, and media resources give you everything you need to share with your entire congregation.

With Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence, you can:

  • Engage your congregation with a familiar story while discovering new and deeper insights.
  • Teach more effectively with materials designed to integrate, organize, and maximize efficiency in preparation.
  • Connect your church members as you journey along with Jacob and learn how his life lessons are relevant today.

Walking through life with Jacob

Everyone in your congregation or small group will benefit from the richness of content you’ve come to expect from Lexham Press. You’ll walk through life with Jacob, sharing in the discovery of new and deeper insights into this familiar story. You’ll learn—together—how Jacob’s life lessons are relevant today.

Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence will move off Community Pricing on Friday. Act now to ensure you get this amazing resource at the lowest possible price!

Place your bid on Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence today!

Jeff Struecker: From Black Hawk Down to Army Chaplain and Author

In a recent episode of the Mobile Ed Conversations podcast, former US Army chaplain Jeff Struecker discussed his journey in the Army Rangers and the call to ministry he received the day after he was involved in the battle that the film Black Hawk Down is based on. His two-course Chaplaincy Bundle is now available on Pre-Pub.

Get training on the chaplaincy

jeff-strueckerIf you’re thinking about becoming a chaplain or want to gain new skills and theological training from an on-the-ground perspective, consider Struecker’s two-course Chaplaincy Bundle from Logos Mobile Ed.

In these courses, you’ll learn about the unique role of a chaplain and how to minister to those around you most effectively. Struecker draws from both the truth of Scripture and the reality of his experiences on the battlefield. He also shows you how an incarnational ministry can start—even if you’re the only Christian around—and how it can be sustained.

Pre-order the Mobile Ed Chaplaincy Bundle today and get over 40% off!

3 Reasons You’ll Love or Hate The Screwtape Letters

Email_HeaderThe Screwtape Letters is a series of fictional letters written by C.S. Lewis. In this collection, an elder demon, Uncle Screwtape, is advising his young nephew, Wormwood, on the best way to ensnare and beguile the human he has been assigned.

Here are three reasons you’ll either love or hate The Screwtape Letters:

1. The letters apply to you

According to Uncle Screwtape, the true job of a demon is to undermine faith and prevent the formation of virtues. Reading The Screwtape Letters will polarize your feelings. It forces a type of introspection that is seldom achieved in our fast-paced society. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I consistently building virtue?
  • What virtues have I let slip?
  • What has taken their place?

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When you come face to face with this powerful appeal, you must draw back for self-examination. You’ll either hate this as it forces you to acknowledge your own failures, or love it as it spurs you on to strive for courage again.

2. They’re different each time you read them

Each time you read these fictional letters to Wormword, you’ll discover new insights. Upon rereading this last time, I was impressed anew with the historical context in which Lewis wrote (having published this work in 1942):

Now that it is certain the German humans will bombard your patient’s town and that his duties will keep him in the thick of the danger, we must consider our policy. Are we to aim at cowardice–or at courage, with consequent pride–or at hatred of the Germans?

Lewis recognizes the danger war poses to the individual’s soul. And he discusses it in a time of fierce rhetoric and virulent opinions, possibly the most turbulent time in the United Kingdom’s history. Given the current world situation, this admonition is as appropriate today as it was over 70 years ago.

This is only one example of the numerous insights presented in this work. If you prefer a book that is old, worn, and familiar each time you return to it, this is not the book for you. But if you enjoy the discovery that comes with a fresh reading, you will enjoy it for years to come.

3. They’ll help you see the world differently

How many times as we go about our day do we completely ignore the power of the enemy to mildly influence our decisions? Lewis questions our presuppositions when he writes:

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.

If, as Scripture states, we are in spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:12), then the battle rages around us every day. The great reformer Martin Luther understood this when he penned the beloved hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”:

And though this world with devils filled, should threaten to undo us.

We will not fear what God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.

If you prefer to go about your daily life blissfully unaware, don’t read this book. But if you seek to have your eyes opened, then this satirical piece is the perfect starting point.

Pre-order and save!

Discover insights in this book and 29 others when you pre-order the entire C.S. Lewis Collection. Lewis’ works engender deep and powerful responses; there is seldom middle ground.

The C.S. Lewis Collection contains 30 of Lewis’ most-loved works. And best of all, the Logos edition is fully tagged and searchable, providing you with the ability to gain insights from Lewis’ works like never before.

Pre-order today to save 30%!

Last Chance to Save on Logos 6 Video Training

What's New? Video Training

We told you about Morris Proctor’s Logos 6: What’s New? digital training manual on Pre-Pub, but don’t miss the Logos 6: What’s New? Video Training.

This is your last chance to get great content for the best price. Regularly $149.95, you can pre-order it now for just $99.95—that’s 33% off!

This deal won’t last long; it’ll be gone in four days. Don’t let these savings slip through your fingers! Once this resource ships, regular pricing will kick in.

Place your pre-order to save

Explore Logos 6’s new tools and updates with authorized Logos trainer Morris Proctor. He provides clear, step-by-step instructions to help you get the most out of your software. This video series also shows you the changes between Logos 5 and 6, allowing you to quickly master the new functions in Logos 6 and incorporate them into your own study.

Watch this short clip from the training video in which Proctor gives a detailed explanation of the new ways to interact with Logos 6’s Factbook:

Save now by pre-ordering your Logos 6 What’s New? Video Training today—don’t miss your chance to get the Pre-Pub price!

What’s New for the EEC in 2015?

evangelical-exegetical-commentaryCritical scholarship can be a slow process, but it’s worth it.

So much goes into a single volume of the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary—it’s a collaborative effort. But years of research and authorship are just the beginning.

Experts such as Wayne House (general editor), Bill Barrick (Old Testament editor), Hall Harris (New Testament editor), and Andrew Pitts (New Testament editor) work with the author to help develop their content and insight into what will be most helpful to you.

And that’s not all: each volume goes through copy editors, proofreaders, digital and print formatters, typesetters, designers, and electronic text developers. It’s an exciting process, and with each volume, we can’t wait to deliver it to you in print and in Logos.

New volumes coming soon

We have a number of volumes in the works. Here’s a quick glimpse of what we have coming in 2015:

  • Exodus: This volume is already available digitally in your Logos library if you have purchased the 44-volume Evangelical Exegetical Commentary. This volume will also be released in a two-volume print edition.
  • Esther: Like Exodus, Esther is also already available digitally in your Logos Library. It will also be released in print.
  • Jude: It’s almost there—the EEC academic editors have passed us Herbert Bateman’s finished Jude commentary for copy editing, formatting, and electronic text development. Look for this volume in the second quarter of 2015!
  • 1 and 2 Samuel: We have 1 Samuel in hand for copy editing from our academic editors already, and 2 Samuel is nearly complete! Harry Hoffner and Bill Barrick are working through a few final touches, then it’ll be ready for review and copy editing. Look for it this coming fall!
  • Philippians: Like 2 Samuel, this is also very close! Mark Keown is working with Andrew Pitts and Hall Harris in the final developmental stages. Once they’re done, it will also be ready for final review and copy editing. Also watch for this in the coming fall!

Many other volumes are close to completion, too. Jeremiah, 1 and 2 Chronicles, and Ephesians have all been authored and await academic review and final developmental insight.

And the rest, of course, are all in varying stages of authorship. We are committed to this series and we can’t wait to release each volume. We hope they’re a blessing to your research and ministry.

Don’t miss out on the individual EEC volumes available now. Or, get the entire 44-volume collection to make sure you never miss a new volume!

Dr. Bryan Chapell on Preaching with a Central Theme

It’s easier to catch a baseball than a handful of sand.

Dr. Bryan Chapell uses this example in his new Mobile Ed courses to illustrate the importance of keeping a unified theme in your sermons, rather than presenting a handful of scattered ideas. It’s not enough to have weighty content; you must tie it all together into a cohesive message. If you don’t, your listeners will probably miss what you are trying to communicate.

This is just one of the many insights you’ll glean from Mobile Ed’s two-course Bryan Chapell Preaching Bundle.

mobile-ed-bryan-chapell-preaching-bundleDr. Chapell is a well-known pastor and speaker, and he’s the author of Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon. In these two courses, Dr. Chapell walks you through the process of preparing and delivering expository sermons.

In CM151 Preparing and Delivering Christ-Centered Sermons I: Foundations and Structures, he begins by discussing the power of God’s Word and the importance of unity, purpose, and application in your sermons. He then provides step-by-step guidance on how to prepare an expository sermon, from selecting and analyzing texts to developing main points with divisions and illustrations that support these points.

In CM152 Preparing and Delivering Christ-Centered Sermons II: Communicating a Theology of Grace, he emphasizes the importance of redemptive messages. Dr. Chapell shows how the grace of God in Jesus Christ permeates the entire Bible and shows you how to keep this redemptive grace front and center in your sermons.

These two Mobile Ed courses provide you with a unique opportunity to enhance your sermons and learn from one of the very best instructors on preaching. You’ll be better prepared to preach through all genres of the Bible and better equipped to develop the key aspects of your sermon that will make your main point of application more memorable.

Order them on Pre-Pub today while they’re 40% off!

6 Reasons That Shouldn’t Stop You from Getting Logos 6

2-days-left-logos-6-introductory-offersIf you’ve been thinking about getting Logos 6, but you’re still on the fence, don’t wait any longer: now is the best time to get it, and you’ll be kicking yourself on Tuesday if you don’t get it now.

But rest assured—here are some answers for six concerns you may have:

1. I don’t want to lose my books.

One of the best things about investing in a Logos library is that once a book is yours, it’s yours forever. You purchase licenses to each book in your library, and you’ll always keep them—even if you upgrade or purchase a new base package.

And when you purchase a resource once, you’ll never have to worry about paying for it again. With Dynamic Pricing, we take everything you already own into account, so you’ll never accidentally pay for the same thing twice.

See your Dynamic Price on Logos 6 >

2. I already have enough books.

Even if you think you’ll never read through everything in your library, adding more books will make it more powerful and increase the value of the books you already own.

But if you’re completely satisfied with your library’s content, we created a series of Logos 6 options just for you. With a crossgrade, you can get all of Logos 6’s tools and functionality without adding a new library. These tools will integrate with your current library, and you’ll get all the latest search options, interactive media, original-language tools, and much more.

Explore your Logos 6 crossgrade options >

3. I don’t think I’ll use Logos 6’s full functionality.

Logos 6 ties your Bible study together through media resources, interactive tools, and in-depth study aids that allow you to go deep into the Word. There’s something for everyone, so even if you don’t use every single tool to its full potential, you’ll find something to enhance your study.

Do you prepare presentations each week for your congregation or classroom? Visual Copy will help you create high-quality slides as you study. Does your research focus on biblical stories and accounts? Use Cultural Concepts and the Factbook to dig into the context surrounding that Scripture. Are you researching the Bible’s original languages? Try out Textual Variants and the Sense Section to dig into the meanings behind different translations and meanings.

Even if you never use all of Logos 6’s tools, you’ll find something to improve your study and help you share your findings.

Check out these step-by-step tutorials that show you what Logos 6 can do and guide you through new tools and capabilities.

See what Logos 6 can do >

4. I can’t afford a new base package.

If a base package isn’t in your budget right now, you have a couple of options.

You can take advantage of interest-free payment plans and spread out the cost over up to 24 months. That means you only pay a fraction up front, pay for the rest over time, and start using your new software right away.

Or, if you already have a base package from a previous version, you could also upgrade to Logos 6 with a tradition-specific base package, getting all of Logos 6’s tools and functionality while taking advantage of Dynamic Pricing for books and resources you already own. Just sign in to discover how much you can save—it might be more than you’d expect.

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5. I have too many choices and I don’t know where to start.

With Logos 6, you can choose from standard base packages, tradition-specific tracks, crossgrades, and more. If you need help deciding which one is best, give our Logos 6 specialists a call at 888-875-9491! They can help you find the best base package for your type of study, select the best level based on the resources and tools you need, and make sure you get you the best deal on your new software.

They’re open late to answer your questions, so give them a call today!

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6. I’m just not convinced.

If you don’t believe us, take it from the people who know best! Here’s what current Logos 6 users are saying about their software:

After researching the product, I purchased the Gold package and have been using it every day. I will say there is a learning curve to this software, but it isn’t a wearisome task. It is actually a delight to learn.

—Jason G., Logos 6 Gold owner

Great updates! New resources for Psalms and Proverbs are fantastic for discovering relationships within each book. It seems I’m continually discovering new ways to look at and understand textual relationships.

—Ken V., Logos 6 Platinum owner

Excellent resource for real Bible study. The software collects the resources for you, all you have to do is read. I don’t know of any Bible software that comes close to Logos.

—Calvin C., Logos 6 Diamond owner

I do not know what I would do without Logos 6. It has been a godsend. . . . If you don’t have it, buy! It is worth it just for the Passage Guide and Exegetical Guide alone.

—Ian T., Logos 6 Portfolio owner

See what else people are saying about Logos 6 >

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Logos 6 introductory offers end this Monday, Feb. 2 at 11:59 p.m. (PST). And once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

Get 15% off and free gifts while you can, and give Logos 6 a test drive. See what you think for yourself, and if the library you choose isn’t for you, you can take advantage of your 30-day money-back guarantee.

Don’t miss out: get Logos 6 now!

Why I Love A Grief Observed

Email_HeaderLast night, I opened up C.S. Lewis’ A Grief Observed for the first time in several years. As I began to read, I remembered the first time I read Lewis’ work. It was a powerful and stirring point in my life. It helped me to read Scripture in a new light. Instead of the flat, two-dimensional perspective I had held for so long, the Bible now held an added element: emotion.

Love, hate, grief, joy, and sorrow all flowed out of the text. With Lewis’ writing, a new dimension was added to my understanding. A few months later, I had the privilege of preaching through John 11. The depth of Jesus’ emotions swept over me as I read John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” To imagine the divine Son of God weeping struck me afresh as I thought of my own personal losses.

As Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham remarks in his introduction:

I had yet to learn that all human relationships end in pain—it is the price that our imperfection has allowed Satan to exact from us for the privilege of love.

The powerful grief of Lewis’ journals captures many of our hearts. Whether we have lost a spouse or not is irrelevant. Through our lives, each of us has lost friends, siblings, parents, or children. This is why A Grief Observed is, in my opinion, one of the finest works in Lewis’ repertoire.

The cathartic power of self-expression

Lewis illustrates the personal nature of loss as he writes:

For the first time I have looked back and read these notes. They appall me. From the way I’ve been talking anyone would think that H.’s death mattered chiefly for its effect on myself. Her point of view seems to have dropped out of sight. Have I forgotten the moment of bitterness when she cried out, ‘And there was so much to live for’?

And still, even as this personal pain impresses itself upon each and every one of our lives, there is incredible value in self-expression and reflection. Those of us who have suffered the death of a loved one are sometime so afraid to express our sense of loss to a friend. But here, even as Lewis ridicules his own selfishness, it is its very expression that has allowed him to acknowledge it—and to move beyond it.

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The process of moving forward

And so, Lewis limits the contents to four manuscript books:

I resolve to let this limit my jottings. I will not start buying books for the purpose. In so far as this record was a defence against total collapse, a safety-valve, it has done some good. The other end I had in view turns out to have been based on a misunderstanding. I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process.

Lewis asks the hard questions—questions that any one of us might, in a similar fit of despair, find ourselves asking. And yet, there is comfort within this short book: the comfort that we are not alone. That this path, no matter how rocky, and filled with obstacles, has been traveled before us by another.

Discover Lewis for yourself

A Grief Observed is part of the 30-volume C.S. Lewis Collection. The Logos editions of C.S. Lewis’ works allow you to not only read the depth of his writing, but to discover new elements as well. With Logos, you can search his writings to compare his powerful thought and emotion, as well as to discover the same thread running through his other works and letters. You’ll get digital, searchable volumes of Lewis’ best works that allow you to study his insights like never before.

For a limited time, get the C.S. Lewis Collection for 30% off. Pre-order now to lock in this special price!

Engaging Our Culture with Exodus: Gods and Kings

There has been a recent influx of successful Hollywood films based on biblical stories. Last year’s Noah and the more recent Exodus: Gods and Kings have been popular at the box office, but controversial among Christians for their departures from the biblical stories they are based on.

Dr. Tremper Longman explains more:

Realize the opportunity

While these films may not accurately reflect the Bible, they do provide unique opportunities to engage our culture. Asking “What did you think of the movie?” is almost always a good bet for starting a conversation. In the case of the Exodus film, the question provides a great opportunity for talking about the biblical story with non-Christians, and yet how many of us take advantage of it?

One problem may be that we ourselves don’t understand the stories of the Bible as well as we’d like. We may wonder, “What if they ask me a question I don’t know how to answer?” or “What if they know more than I do?” or “What if I say something stupid and look like an idiot?” The release of Exodus: Gods and Kings should inspire us to dig deeper into the biblical story in order to understand the Bible’s context and message more fully so we can communicate that to our friends and neighbors who have seen the movie.

Get prepared

mobile-ed-ot306-book-study-exodusOne resource that will help you better understand the message of the book of Exodus is Dr. Tremper Longman’s Mobile Ed course OT306 Book Study: Exodus. Dr. Longman is professor of biblical studies at Westmont College, author of over 25 books, and an excellent biblical guide. He takes you step by step through the events of Exodus, then explains how these events connect to Jesus’ life and ministry in the New Testament. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the real story of Exodus—and how it points to Jesus.

While Exodus: Gods and Kings overlooks and misrepresents key aspects of the biblical story, it also presents opportunities for us to share with others who God is and what his plan is for his people. After all, we are part of the same story.

Save $150.00 when you pre-order Tremper Longman’s Mobile Ed course on Exodus!