For a Limited Time: Save on the Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary

Since 1976, the Expositor’s Bible Commentary has been a gold standard for evangelical scholarship. Now this world-class commentary is even better. You won’t want to miss the highly acclaimed Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Revised Edition (13 vols.), with 30 new contributors and 60% brand-new content.

Get yours for only $319.99 when you order before November 5—after that, the price will go up to $459.99. And don’t forget—you can also create a payment plan, starting at just $31.67/month!

“Every student, teacher, and pastor needs a foundational set of commentaries that covers the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (13 volumes) is that set. . . I have used the Expositor’s Bible Commentary over the years and look forward to using this newly revised edition for many years to come.”

Mark Futato, Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament and academic dean, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL

Enhance your library with the commentary pastors have been turning to for over three decades. Hurry—this offer ends November 5Get the Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Revised Edition (13 vols.)

Only 4 Days Left in the Pastor Appreciation Month Sale

All of the Pastor Appreciation Month deals are available now, but time is running out to take advantage of them: all Pastor Appreciation Month deals end November 1.

Here’s a roundup of last week’s Pastor Appreciation Month specials.

Politics according to the Bible

Regularly: $39.99

Only $4.99 with coupon code PAM15

Wayne A. Grudem provides a thoughtful, carefully reasoned analysis of over 50 issues—protection of life, marriage, family and children, economic issues and taxation, environment, national defense, foreign policy, freedom of speech and religion, quotas, and special interests. He applies these discussions to the current policies of the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States, but the principles discussed here are relevant for any nation.

Day One Biblical and Theological Studies Collection (24 vols.)

Retail: $315.31  Regularly: $269.95

Only $199.99 with coupon code PAM16

Each book in the Day One Biblical and Theological Studies Collection contains an introduction to important theological themes that have shaped the history of the church, along with outlines, maps, illustrations, and diagrams to help you grasp what you’re reading. Many books also include helpful chapter summaries, study guides, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading, making the Day One Biblical and Theological Studies Collection perfect for both individual and group study.

B&H Marriage and Family Collection (19 vols.)

Retail: $336.81 Regularly: $249.99

Only $199.95 with coupon code PAM17

The 19-volume B&H Marriage and Family Collection offers you the tools to help your marriage and family not merely survive, but flourish. The books in this collection provide practical relationship advice, all from a biblical perspective. You’ll learn about wise parenting, love and sex, wedding planning, dealing with the divorce, and caring for aging parents. And you’ll get it all from the best Christian counselors and most experienced pastors.

The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way

Regularly: $49.99

Only $24.95 with coupon code PAM18

Michael Horton’s highly anticipated The Christian Faith represents his magnum opus; it will be viewed as one of the most important systematic theologies since Louis Berkhof wrote his in 1932. A prolific, award-winning author and theologian, Professor Horton views this volume as “doctrine that can be preached, experienced, and lived, as well as understood, clarified, and articulated.” It is written for a growing cast of pilgrims making their way together and will be especially welcomed by professors, pastors, students, and armchair theologians.

Nelson Bible Reference Bundle (200 vols.)

Retail: $6000 Regularly: $899.95

Only $599.95 with coupon code PAM19

The Nelson Bible Reference Bundle (200 vols.) is a massive collection of Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, devotionals, and popular titles from your favorite Thomas Nelson authors. It makes Bible study, sermon preparation, and lesson planning quick, easy, interesting, and affordable. See all 200 titles now.

Check out the Pastor Appreciation Month sale page to see all 20 deals—all coupon codes expire at the end of the day October 31!  And don’t forget to enter to win a free Kindle Fire HD preloaded with the complete Abraham: Following God’s Promise curriculum!

 

Get Equipped with the Lexham Methods Series

Explore the Lexham Methods Seriesthe resource created to be your platform for personal study and sharing. By leveraging technology, your digital library, elegantly designed slides, and the work of a professional research team, Lexham Methods Series teaches you biblical interpretation methods and equips you to educate others.

Each volume is a biblical-interpretation handbook plus equal parts how-to guide and annotated bibliography—all designed for digital. Everything you would expect from a textbook and more, each volume links to your Logos library and includes slides for sharing what you learn.

Lexham Methods Series satisfies your need for a comprehensive yet introductory treatment of biblical interpretation methods. Unlike traditional books, it’s designed as a digital resource to maximize your learning, teaching, and research capabilities. It’s as much as a course providing key instruction as it is a thorough bibliography with curated links.

No need to invest your time in an immense amount of study, note taking, and research. We’ve done that work for you.

With the Lexham Methods Series, you’ll be able to:

  • Easily reference details about biblical interpretation methods—it’s a quick reference for an overview of a method, major elements and terminology involved, and examples of a method’s use.
  • Teach biblical interpretation methods—this educational resource instructs you via clear how-to sections with numerous examples. Whether you need a refresher or you’ve never learned a given interpretation method, this resource will guide you through what you need to know and provide you the opportunity to delve deeper.
  • Share what you’ve learnedprofessionally designed slides feature key terms, giving academics, pastors, and teachers the opportunity to present the major elements in a memorable way.
  • Find new research and resources—each volume introduces you to insights and content you may have never read about or heard of, and makes further research easy with curated bibliography links.
  • Illuminate unfamiliar interpretive methods—understand each step of each method so fully that you can teach others.
  • Broaden and deepen your biblical education—the history of these methods is presented clearly and accessibly, including key figures and moments in the historical development of a method, the steps involved in executing the method, and concrete examples of how to perform the method.

Lexham Methods Series is designed by people who spent years in biblical education and decided, “This could be done better. Let’s transform the category.” Change the way you study, teach, and research. Make your work smoother, easier, and better. Pre-order the Lexham Methods Series today.

New Endorsements for Reformed Dogmatics

Geerhardus Vos was among the Reformed tradition’s finest theologians. The contemporary of J. Gresham Machen, Herman Bavinck, and other famous thinkers, Vos lectured at Princeton alongside such able systematicians as B. B. Warfield and Abraham Kuyper. Their remarkable grasp of systematic theology almost certainly influenced Vos’ thought and writings.

Vos who understood that good biblical theology leads to the acceptance of important propositional truths self-published his five-volume Reformed Dogmatics (originally Gereformeerde Dogmatiek). Now Logos is working with Dr. Richard Gaffin and a team of translators to complete the first-ever English translation of Vos’ important work.

Here are a few of the endorsements for this translation:

“Written in tight prose and moving from question to answer, Vos’ work allows us to watch his fruitful mind work as he represents both historic Reformed orthodoxy as well as fresh insights driven from his approach that highlights the progressive and organic nature of revelation.

Clearly these volumes are worth our attention and I highly commend Gaffin and Logos for bringing them to an English speaking audience.”—Kelly M. Kapic, professor of theological studies, Covenant College

“‘Precision’ is the word. Vos’ understanding is clear, his definitions are to the point, and his explanations are crisp and cogent.”—Fred G. Zaspel, adjunct professor of systematic theology, Calvary Baptist Seminary

Pre-order this first-ever English translation today to get these essential volumes at the low Pre-Pub price. You’ll get the first two chapters as soon as you place your pre-order, and further chapters as we finish them. Don’t miss out—place your order now!

Sale: The Origins of the Reformation

Today’s guest post is by Dr. Jim West.  Dr. West is adjunct professor of biblical studies at the Quartz Hill School of Theology and pastor of Petros Baptist Church in Petros, Tennessee. He has written a number of books and articles, and he serves as language editor for the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament and language revision editor for the Copenhagen International Seminar series.

“The Reformation” is a misnomer if ever there were one, for in fact there was no one Reformation any more than there was just one Reformer. “The Reformation,” when used by students and the general public, usually refers to the Reformation of Martin Luther, which commenced at the end of October in the year of our Lord, 1517.

Even then, though, Luther’s intent wasn’t as earth-shattering as later ages took it to be. For Luther, the placement of a series of theses in Latin on the church door at Wittenberg Castle was nothing more than an invitation to debate. In other words, Luther didn’t see his act as the commencement of a revolution; he saw it as an academic exercise.

“The Reformation” is, then, little more than a label derived from historical hindsight focusing on a series of events over a period of time across a wide geographical landscape. Each Reformer had roots sunk in fertile ground, and their work was simply the coming to fruition of generations of shift in the Roman Catholic Church.

Hence, it would be more appropriate to speak of “Reformations” in the same way that we now speak of “Judaisms” and “Christianities.”  The Reformation was no monolith.

Who, then, were the Reformers who gave birth to the Reformations most closely associated with them? They were Huldrych ZwingliMartin Luther, and John Calvin, in just that order.

Each of these Reformers was the father of his own Reformation.  Each was, originally, independent of the others, and in many ways they tried very hard to retain that independence even when their common foe, the Church of Rome, was the target.  Each contributed to the Reformation in his own unique way.

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The Reformation Day Sale

In preparation for Reformation Day, we’ve discounted several Reformation resources. Get Luther’s influential 95 Theses free, and save up to 40% on other Reformation titles, from now until 11:59 p.m. (PDT) October 31, 2012. Learn more about the principles and people of the Reformation by picking up these discounted titles:

95 Theses

Retail: $4.95 Regularly: $0.95

FREE with coupon code REFDAY

Nailed to the door of the Wittenberg Church in October 1517 to provoke discussion, this is one of the most significant documents in Christian history. Many believe this particular document to be the spark that gave birth to the Protestant Reformation. The Logos edition provides the 95 Theses in parallel English and Latin translations.

Luther’s Works (55 vols.)

Regularly: $259.00 

Only $229.00 with coupon code REFDAY1

This massive collection contains Luther’s exposition and commentary on Scripture, as well as his sermons, theological writings, and other materials. The final volume in the set contains an index of quotations, proper names,

History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin (8 vols.)

Regularly: $139.95

Only $89.95 with coupon code REFDAY2

Not only did History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin become a bestselling and widely praised account of the Reformation—it remains one of the most compelling and influential Reformation histories more than a century after its original publication.

The Decades of Henry Bullinger (4 vols.)

Retail: $220 Regularly: $99.95

Only $59.95 with coupon code REFDAY3

The collection opens with an explanation of Bullinger’s works. Bullinger then covers the Four General Synods, or Councils, and explains the historical significance of the various creeds that came from these councils. His sermons follow—messages that spurred and shaped the Reformation and that still impact today’s church.

The Works of John Knox (6 vols.)

Retail: $249.95 Regularly: $99.95

Only $84.95 with coupon code REFDAY4

This is the standard edition of Knox’s texts. Knox, a Scottish clergyman and a leader of the Protestant Reformation, was a pivotal figure in the creation and organization of the National Reformed Church in Scotland.

All these discounts end at 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday, October 31, so pick up yours now!

From Mother to Disciple: Mary’s Journey

Becoming a disciple of Jesus requires sacrifice, difficult decisions, and a willingness to be transformed—again and again. Putting on the new self in Christ demands change and perseverance. No one knew this better than Jesus’ mother, Mary.

Mary’s story provides a rich model for us as we seek to deepen our commitment to a life of discipleship. That’s why Logos has developed Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan, the second volume in the Studies in Faithful Living series. In this resource, we trace Mary’s journey of faith step by step as she follows God’s call. Mary’s continual shifts in identity presented challenging (and sometimes exhausting) sets of tasks: from those of a bride-to-be to those of an unwed pregnant woman to those of the mother of Christ. Toward her journey’s end, she encountered one more transformation—one only she would ever face. She went from being mother of God to child of God, from raising God’s son to following him, from teacher to disciple.

 

Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan walks you through the challenges of Mary’s journey. For her and for us, becoming a disciple of Christ requires humility, surrender, and an unwavering, sometimes blind faith in God’s plan. Mary’s devotion didn’t falter. Her journey wasn’t perfect—she sometimes misunderstood Jesus’ claims or urged him to act when he wasn’t ready to—but ultimately, she was willing to step back and allow God to lead her. Can we learn to do the same?

In Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan, you and your entire church or small group can follow Mary’s journey of faith, learning along with her what it means to become a disciple of Christ. As you explore history, culture, and literary insights into her story through this eight-week study, you’ll gain new insights into Mary, her perspective on Jesus’ life, and the dynamics between them.  Join us as we learn from Mary how to allow Christ to transform us. Order the individual book or the complete church curriculum now at the discounted Pre-Pub price!

Add 38 Years’ Worth of Theological Lectures to Your Library

The Florida College Annual Lectures (1974–2011) contain 38 years’ worth of teachings: over 600 lectures on a wide variety of theological topics. Now you can get them in Logos’ unique format. You’ll build a deeper research library with these searchable archives.

Why These Lectures?

Florida College is a Christian college near Tampa. Focused on Christ as our leader and spiritual authority, the college hosts annual lectures that are theologically conservative and consistently applicable.

Topics that Matter

A 38-year archive makes for 38 topics unpacked and explained. Among them are “Great Bible Doctrines,” “The Bible Doctrine of Sin,” apologetics, answers for young Christians, and individual studies on books of the Bible. These lectures will integrate with your Logos library, providing depth to your research, profundity to your sermons, and substance to your devotional time.

The Pre-Pub Offer Ends When It Ships

At $74.95 for the whole collection, they’re a terrific dealpre-order yours before the price goes up!

Logos 4: Word Count in Books of the Bible

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.

Sometimes, when studying a book or section of the Bible, we can pick up on an author’s theme by examining word usage. For example, John’s use of love in 1 John and Mark’s repeated reference to immediately in his gospel are enlightening.

With a Word List, we can easily discover the number of times a biblical writer used a given word. Try this:

  • Choose File | Word List.
  • Give the Word List a name that identifies it with the passage of Scripture being examined, such as 1 John Words.
  • Click Add (A) on the Word List.
  • Select a Bible from the dropdown list. (B)
  • Type a reference in the box, such as 1 John. (C)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the list.
  • Click Grid (D) to see the words in a spreadsheet.

Word List Example 1

  • Click the column header Count (A) to arrange the words according to the number of times they are used in the passage. (If Count isn’t visible, right-click a column header and select Count.)

Word List Example 2

In this 1 John example, please note the numerous occurrences of Greek lemmas translated love, know, and abide.

You can save these Word Lists and reopen them from the File menu.

Pastor Appreciation Month Roundup: Oct. 20

To celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month, we’re revealing a new sale item each weekday through October 26. If you’ve been watching the Pastor Appreciation Month page, you’ve seen all the deals released so far. But if you’ve missed some, here are this week’s live specials:

Christian Focus Marriage and Family Collection (7 vols.)

Retail: $107.75  Regularly: $89.95

Only $69.95 with coupon code PAM11

The Christian Focus Marriage and Family Collection will help you enhance your own relationships—and understand and minister to relationships in your circle of influence.

The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 14

Retail: $25.95 Regularly: $15.95

FREE with coupon code PAMFREE

A lifelong preacher, Baxter wrote extensively on biblical and historical conceptions of the term pastor. Vol. 14 of The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter features The Reformed Pastor, one of the most influential post-Reformation writings on the subject.

Lewis Sperry Chafer Collection (9 vols.)

Retail: $184.95 Regularly: $149.95

Only $99.95 with coupon code PAM12

Lewis Sperry Chaffer remains one of the most beloved theologians of the early twentieth century. This nine-volume collection contains his views and expositions on a myriad of topics, such as dispensationalism, salvation, evangelism, grace, the kingdom of Christ, and elements of living a holy life.

For Calvinism and Against Calvinism (2 vols.)

Regularly: $33.98

Only $16.95 with coupon code PAM13

This two-volume collection contains award-winning author Michael Horton’s For Calvinism, which takes you beyond Calvinism’s caricatures, and Roger Olson’s Against Calvinism, which offers objections to the “new Calvinism”—a movement embraced by the “young, restless, Reformed” generation.

The Works of Arminius (4 vols.)

Retail: $148.95 Regularly: $99.95

Only $74.95 with coupon code PAM14

The Works of Arminius (4 vols.) contains Jacob Arminius’ major works, including his dissertation on Romans 7, analyses of Romans 9, speeches, lectures, personal correspondence, and essays, as well as an in-depth biography. Students of Arminius and Calvin alike will benefit from Arminius’ works in searchable Logos editions.

Keep watching the Pastor Appreciation Month sale page for new deals. All coupon codes expire October 31!

Organize Your Christian Community with Faithlife’s Calendars and Events

Faithlife’s latest update is a huge step forward for your online Christian community. With the addition of events and calendars, you can organize all your group outings, celebrations, and services, all in one place.

Create a Faithlife Event

I just set up an Apples to Apples board game tournament at church. Setting up the event was simple. I clicked the “New event” button (example) to get started and then picked a name for the event (example). When it comes to choosing an event type, there’s a dropdown menu with 19 choices, like:

  • Birthday party
  • Class
  • Confirmation
  • Lecture
  • Graduation
  • General

Once I had the event named and scheduled, I filled out some details for everyone who’d been invited (example). Then all I had to do was send out invites. I could invite entire groups or choose individuals from specific groups (example).

Create Group-Specific Events

Need to create an event for just one of your groups? Simply:

  1. Go to your Faithlife group
  2. Click the Calendar tab (example)
  3. Create a new calendar event (you can even set recurring events, such as church services, small groups, and Bible studies) (example)
  4. View your events either as a list or in calendar view (example)

Start using Faithlife to organize your community of faith today!

If you haven’t joined the Faithlife communty, now’s the time. Sign in using your Logos account, or sign up for a free account!