3 Reasons the Pastoral Letters Matter Today

lexham-bible-guides-pauls-letters-collection (1)Three major theological issues addressed in the Pastoral Letters still affect the church today: women in ministry, church leadership, and the inspiration of Scripture.

When I was in ministry, I hoped people wouldn’t bring up these controversial issues because I never felt ready to explain them “on the spot.” I didn’t intentionally avoid complicated and controversial matters; I just needed time to figure them out on my own first. That time never came—until I sat down to review all the relevant material to write the Lexham Bible Guide: Paul’s Letters Collection on 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus.

I didn’t realize how complex the exegesis of 1 Tim. 2:11–15 was until I’d spent a week writing nearly 4,000 words on the subject. (That’s roughly equivalent to a 15-page paper, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman—I had to write only a handful of those in college and grad school.) With the Lexham Bible Guide on 1 Timothy now available, what took me a week to write should take you just 30 minutes to read. For comparison, it would take far longer to read Towner’s work on 1 Tim. 2:8–15 (NICNT, pp. 190–239), 50 pages that focus primarily on background issues and the interpretation of 1 Tim. 2:11–12.

Interpreting Paul’s 1 Timothy

In writing this volume of the Lexham Bible Guides, I discovered that nearly every Greek word in those two verses was open to interpretation, including gynē (“woman” or “wife”?), hēsychia (“total silence” or “polite attention”?), and authentein (“to have authority over” . . . but does that mean misusing authority, or just having authority?). Putting aside the discussion about whether Paul authored this letter, the ongoing debate over the possible nuances of meaning revolves around one essential question: Does this passage apply to all believers for all time, or only to specific situations like those Timothy faced at Ephesus? There are no easy answers, and sincere Christian men and women have put forward many thoughtful explanations accounting for various exegetical, social, historical, and theological aspects.

My discussion in this volume of the Lexham Bible Guides addresses the seven major questions that consume the attention of most interpreters. I’ve provided a basic overview of these essential questions and represented the major options for answering them.

Equipping yourself for the tough questions

Instead of dreading a conversation with a church member over this issue, you can feel equipped to explain the text and the primary reasons for debate. The Lexham Bible Guides were designed precisely with this goal in mind—providing you with a time-saving, well-researched introduction to major exegetical and theological issues.

Preparing for regular teaching and preaching can be challenging. You may have the commentaries or access to articles and books, but how much time do you have to wade through them? The Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection will save you countless hours in sermon and teaching preparation and give you the confidence to address the controversial issues.

Order the Paul’s Letters Collection today! 

Get up to $100 Off the A. T. Robertson Collection!

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A. T. Robertson was born on this day in 1863. Through November 13, you can use coupon code ROBERTSON1 to get up to $100 off the A. T. Robertson Collection, and coupon code ROBERTSON2 to get up to $15 off Grammar of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical Research!

What’s in the A. T. Robertson Collection?

You’ll get:

  • Commentaries on Matthew, Luke, Acts, Philippians, and James
  • Works on Greek grammar and textual criticism
  • Numerous lectures and addresses
  • A biography of John Albert Broadus
  • Robertson’s 1916 Stone Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary
  • His works on the life and ministry of Paul

Check out this excerpt from The Glory of Ministry: Paul’s Exultation in Preaching:

“There is no joy comparable to that of witnessing the conversion of souls under one’s own ministry. This was the joy of Jesus and it is possible for us to have it. A ministry in which souls are not saved misses the chief joy of service. It is small wonder that, in view of the solemn responsibility of such a ministry, Paul asks: ‘And who is sufficient for these things?’ The Greek order is even more emphatic: ‘And for these things who is sufficient?’ He has sketched in the bold contrast of life and death ‘these things.’ The word ‘sufficient’ means ‘fit’ or ‘qualified.’ Many a preacher has felt his utter inadequacy to meet such a situation. He has arrived, but he is not ready for his task. The stoutest heart may well sink before the work of the modern minister.”

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What’s so special about Grammar of the Greek New Testament?

At over 1,500 pages, Robertson’s Grammar of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical Research is one of the most exhaustive descriptions of New Testament Greek ever produced.

No English-language reference grammar since Robertson’s covers NT Greek in such detail. Though you should, of course, stay abreast of the latest advances by supplementing your study with newer grammars, this is a key exegetical tool, and—especially with these limited-time savings—a terrific value.

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Don’t miss out—this sale ends November 13. Use coupon code ROBERTSON2 to get Grammar of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical Research for up to $15 off, and coupon code ROBERTSON1 to get the A. T. Robertson Collection for up to $100 off!

Learn from 7 Great American Preachers

Right now, you can bid on sermon collections from some of American history’s most notable preachers. Without Logos, integrating these collections into your Bible study would be a challenge—they cover so much! With Logos, though, you can search by topic, jump to Scripture references, and access sermons from any of your devices. Revel in Beecher’s famous biography of Jesus, study the works of Rev. John Witherspoon, and be inspired by R. A. Torrey.

Here are seven collections you should bid on before it’s too late:


1. Henry Ward Beecher Collection

Regularly $239.95—current bid is only $50

Henry Ward Beecher was, in Spurgeon’s words, “the Shakespeare of the Christian pulpit”; in Lincoln’s, “the most influential man in America.” Famed as his time’s most powerful American public speaker, and noted for his uncompromising moral stances, Beecher achieved social reform, led a dedicated, Christ-serving congregation, and brokered international peace—all from behind the pulpit.

2. The Complete Works of Thomas Smyth

Regularly $149.95—current bid is only $20

Thomas Smyth, born in Ireland, was nevertheless a key character in America’s nineteenth-century formation of Presbyterian doctrine and practice. He rose to prominence in the years preceding the Civil War; his Unity of the Human Race, which defended slaves’ full humanity, earned him the ire of southern slave owners. This 10-volume collection gives you Smyth’s many sermons, lectures, treatises, church guidelines, reviews, discourses, and articles.

3. The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon

Regularly $79.95—current bid is only $21

John Knox Witherspoon was a Presbyterian minister, a president of what is now Princeton University, and a signer of the US Declaration of Independence. As a politician, he was a staunch nationalist and republican; as a minister, he was an evangelical opponent of the Moderate Party of the Church of Scotland. This collection includes essays, observations, letters, speeches, and 47 sermons by this great thinker and preacher.

4. Selected Works of R. A. Torrey

Regularly $39.95—current bid is only $8

Reuben Archer Torrey captivated massive crowds with his passionate yet sensible appeals to Scripture, and wrote classics in theology, apologetics, Bible exposition, Christian living, and other fields. Torrey, possessed of almost encyclopedic biblical knowledge, used this knowledge to help readers apply Scripture in practical ways. These four volumes are lesser-known titles—additional pieces of wisdom and insight for studying not only the Bible, but also the practicalities of Christian life and ministry.

More sermon archives on Community Pricing:

  1. Horace Bushnell Collection (20 vols.)
  2. The Henry Clay Trumbull Collection (34 vols.)
  3. Works of William Porcher DuBose (7 vols.)

Stay tuned for upcoming posts featuring sixteenth- and seventeenth-century sermons.

Take advantage of Community Pricing savings on these inspirational sermon archives—place your bids today!

Free Book: The Works of Richard Sibbes, vol. 1

the-works-of-richard-sibbes-vol-1All November long, you can get volume 1 of The Works of Richard Sibbes for free!

“The winter prepares the earth for the spring, so do afflictions sanctified prepare the soul for glory.”
—Richard Sibbes

When was the last time you went through trials? How did they affect your relationship with Christ—were you encouraged in your faith, or did you feel abandoned? In The Bruised Reed, Richard Sibbes, the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English theologian, takes on these questions and more. Sibbes uses the metaphor of bruising to describe how God enlightens us: hardships, we learn, come about as a way to drive us to God. Only when our pride is humbled are we able to grasp the sacrifices Christ made for us.

“I shall never cease to be grateful to Richard Sibbes, who was balm to my soul at a period in my life when I was overworked and badly overtired, and therefore subject in an unusual manner to the onslaughts of the devil. I found at that time that Richard Sibbes . . . was an unfailing remedy. His books, The Bruised Reed and The Soul’s Conflict, quieted, soothed, comforted, encouraged, and healed me.”
—Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Volume 1 of The Works of Richard Sibbes gives you not only The Bruised Reed, but also a preface by the editor and a detailed biography.

Download your free copy today, and then enter to win the complete Works of Richard Sibbes!

Get Over $150 Off Baker Studies on Paul!

The Logos edition of the Baker Studies on Paul Collection was released just last month—to celebrate, we’re offering a special discount all November long!

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Regularly $752.35—get it for $599.95 with coupon code BSPC13 through November 30

This month only, take over $150 off the original price of the Baker Studies on Paul Collection1. This collection gives you 37 volumes on the life, letters, and legacy of one of the early church’s most influential figures—resources that’ll set you up to study Paul’s missionary travels, conversion, and theological contributions, as well as his letters’ cultural and historical context.

You’ll get a wealth of powerful resources, including:

  • Titles by John Piper, D. A. Carson, Gordon D. Fee, and more!
  • Baker Exegetical Commentaries on Romans, 1 Corinthians, Philippians, and Ephesians
  • Understanding the Bible Commentaries on Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, Philippians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus

With Logos 5, this collection comes alive. All 37 volumes are easily searchable, and all Scripture passages link back to your preferred Bible translation and to the original-language texts. Significant theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a bounty of other resources in your Logos library. And, for a limited time, you can use coupon code GET15OFF to get 15% off Logos 5.

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Take advantage of November’s top product sale: use coupon code BSPC13 to get over $150 off the Baker Studies on Paul Collection (37 vols.)!

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What People Are Saying about 1,500 Quotations for Preachers

1500-quotations-for-preachers-with-slidesMany pastors and speakers enjoy sharing wise and inspirational quotes from the likes of Augustine, Calvin, Luther, and Wesley, but they don’t always have the time to search those authors’ works for just the right words. With 1,500 Quotations for Preachers, with Slides, the task is easy: quotes are organized by author, theme, and Scripture reference.

Here’s what people who use 1,500 Quotations are saying:

“Writers and pastors, do not pass by 1,500 Quotations for Preachers. This is a terrific resource, one I can guarantee is going to get a lot of use in the coming years. I’m thrilled to have it in my Logos library—and I’m sure you will be, too.” —Aaron Armstrong, BloggingTheologically.com

“This is a robust set of volumes that has obviously been put together by a preacher who knows what preachers need in a quotation compendium. Preachers of every stripe will find this a beneficial addition to their Logos collection.” —J. D. Greear, author of Gospel and Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart

“Preachers need to do better than merely combing resources for a pithy quote. They should invest themselves in the original sources as much as possible, and this makes it easy to dig into the original material.” —Joe Thorn, JoeThorn.net

“A striking quote, skillfully employed, resonates in the memory, enabling listeners to carry the sermon’s lesson with them during the following week. . . . This reasonably priced resource provides preachers with a vast array of thought-provoking material that will help illuminate and reinforce great biblical themes and theological truths.” —David Daniels, WiseReader.com

“If you preach or teach the Scripture, it’s worth your time to have this sort of resource working as a research assistant for you.” —Jeremy Writebol, JWritebol.net

Use coupon code PAM2013 and you’ll get 1,500 Quotations for Preachers, regularly $92.95, for just $74.95 through tomorrow, October 31. Get it now!

Get up to $225 off the Works of B. B. Warfield & the Princeton Theologians

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Sometimes we hear it said that ten minutes on your knees will give you a truer, deeper, more operative knowledge of God than ten hours over your books. ‘What!’ is the appropriate response, ‘than ten hours over your books, on your knees?’ Why should you turn from God when you turn to your books, or feel that you must from your books in order to turn to God?
—B. B. Warfield, The Religious Life of Theological Students

B. B. Warfield, the Lion of Princeton, left a legacy of vast theological importance. Born on November 5, 1851, he was the last of the great Princeton Theologians. Now, as we approach the anniversary of his birth, you can take advantage of some amazing offers from Logos.

Use coupon code BBWFIELD at checkout to get your savings. But don’t wait—these deals last only through November 5!

  1. Get up to $137 off the 20 vol. B. B. Warfield Collection. Study the life and thought of the man who defended divine inspiration against liberal theology. This collection includes the 10-volume Works of Benjamin B. Warfield, plus an additional 10 volumes of books, articles, and lectures.
  2. Get more than 50% off Calvin and the Reformation: Four Studies. Evaluate Calvin’s historical and theological impact with Warfield, August Lang, Herman Bavinck, and Émile Mourgue.
  3. Save up to $225 on the 55 vol. Princeton Theology Collection. You’ll get Warfield’s 20-volume collection, plus collections from the other three Princeton theologians: Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, and A. A. Hodge.

Remember, these deals are available only through November 5. Use coupon code BBWFIELD and start studying Warfield today!

Get Cutting-Edge Digital Curricula for Less

We want to offer designed-for-digital curricula at a very low price—so much so that we moved an already released product to Community Pricing, where you can set the price by bidding. Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence Complete Church Curriculum is now on Community Pricing at almost half off its original price; with enough bidders helping cover costs, the price could go even lower. What’s more, when this volume comes off Community Pricing, we’ll give software credit to everyone who already bought it at full price, and we’ll give all the winning bidders the lowest possible price!

We’re hoping the cost drops so low that we can offer Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence Complete Church Curriculum at a very low price for the foreseeable future. But to get there, we need more bidders—that’s where you come in.

Designed for digital

Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence is part of the Studies in Faithful Living Series, which we designed for the digital age to (1) make the jobs of small group leaders and pastors easier and (2) offer an even more enlightening curriculum to every participant.

Israel Loken, chair of the Bible and theology departments at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, says: “Logos has taken group Bible study to the next level with their new Studies in Faithful Living series. Deeply engaging, biblically accurate, and filled with life-changing applications, this series is destined to be the go-to resource for lay leaders for years to come.”

The complete church curriculum includes an ebook with infographics and a video for each chapter. It also includes lesson plans and handouts for leading your Bible studies and small groups, as well as slide presentations for each chapter. Sermon outlines and media resources enable you to share with your entire church.

Learn from the life of Jacob

Jacob’s life was characterized by deception. He deceived his father to obtain his brother’s blessing, and was later tricked by Laban. Throughout his life’s many ups and downs, Jacob struggled to recognize God’s presence. Even so, God remained with Jacob—just as he remains with believers today. In Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence, you’ll walk through life with Jacob and his family—learning along the way how their story is like your story.

With Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence Complete Church Curriculum, 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.

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

Logos Mobile Education Faculty Profile: Dr. Carl Sanders

Logos Bible Software recently announced an exciting opportunity for formal training in biblical and theological studies: Logos Mobile Education. Mobile Ed brings the professors, the library, the visual demonstrations of software features, and the online classroom community directly to you—on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. It’s education where you are.

Introducing Dr. Carl Sanders

Logos Mobile Education launched with the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle. The curriculum includes four Introducing Bible Doctrine courses (TH101–104), and all four share a professor: Dr. Carl Sanders.

Dr. Sanders has taught at the college and seminary level since 1999 at several schools: Bethel University (St. Paul, MN), Northwestern College (St. Paul), and Washington Bible College (Washington, DC), where he also served as chair of the Bible and Theology Department (2003–12). He’s an associate professor of theology at Lancaster Bible College’s Capital Bible Seminary (Lancaster, PA). Dr. Sanders earned his bachelor’s degree from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (Owatonna, MN), and his MDiv from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis. He also holds both a Master of Sacred Theology and a PhD in theological studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Sanders is well liked by his students for his down-to-earth presentation of Bible doctrine—students quickly learn that he loves talking about theology and has a quick wit. Among his strengths as a lecturer are his ability to distill information down to essential elements and his good-natured, fair way of explaining differences in theological positions. Sanders has a keen interest in urban ministry and has served for many years in racially diverse urban congregations. His interest in local church experience helps him practice theology in ways that reflect the diversity present in the body of Christ. He strives to make theology interesting and practical.

Start learning from Dr. Sanders and other leading scholars. Take the next step—or get started—on your journey to greater biblical and theological knowledge today with the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle.

Logos Mobile Education—it’s where you are.

Get Introductory Discounts on New Baker Collections!

Over the past year, we’ve made hundreds of new books from Baker Academic available in our format. If you don’t already have these books, now’s your chance to pick up a few bundles at discounted introductory prices.

You can get the following collections on sale through October 31—come Friday, November 1, the prices go up.

If you missed these titles as Pre-Pubs, or you’re simply looking to bulk up your library and get some nice discounts, this is your chance to get near-Pre-Pub savings on bestselling Baker collections. If you got some of these deals but missed a few, this is your second chance to complete your Baker library.

You’ll get an extra discount for any books you already own—just visit the product pages to see your special price!

  • With the Baker Gospel Studies Collection, you’ll get every volume on the Gospels in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament—David L. Turner on Matthew, Robert H. Stein on Mark, Darrell L. Block’s two massive volumes on Luke, and Andreas Köstenberger on John. You’ll also get every volume on the Gospels in the Understanding the Bible Commentary series—formerly known as the New International Biblical Commentary. In addition to books from these sets, you’ll get Craig Keener’s book on miracles and his two-volume commentary on John, plus books by Brad H. Young, Francis J. Moloney, Graham H. Twelftree, and others.
  • The Walter A. Elwell Reference Collection contains the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, the Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions, and other bestselling reference titles from Baker.
  • With the Baker Studies in Apologetics Collection, you’ll get books by Norman Geisler, Paul Copan, William Lane Craig, and others, plus Michael L. Brown’s four-volume Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus. Whether you’re defending your faith, building up your own worldview, or simply wondering how to engage others’ questions, this collection is the perfect starting point.
  • If you’re looking for the ultimate preaching-resource library, you can’t do better than the Baker Studies on Preaching Collection. It contains books on every preaching topic you can think of: method, delivery, exegesis, and theology of preaching. You’ll also get two books’ worth of sermon illustrations—2,250 total.
  • The Baker Studies in Counseling Collection gives you key introductions by Paul D. Meier, Frank B. Minirth, and others. You’ll also get the Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling, the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling, Thomas C. Oden’s four-volume Classical Pastoral Care, and much more.

Remember, these discounts expire on October 31 at midnight (PDT)—act quickly to get near-Pre-Pub prices!