How to Engage with Art and Culture

Daniel A. SiedellAs Christians, how do we engage with art and culture? Whether we try to avoid it and remain unstained by the world, or we press into it in an attempt to redeem it for God’s glory, we all have to ask ourselves this question. So, what passages of Scripture help us answer it, and how do we interpret them and apply them today?

Dr. Daniel A. Siedell, visiting professor of Christianity and culture at Knox Theological Seminary, is teaching a Doctor of Ministry class in March addressing this exact topic. If you’re currently enrolled in Knox’s DMin program, or if you would like to further your education and begin your studies, this is well worth your time. You can apply by visiting DMin.me or, if you’re already a Knox student, register by emailing the registrar.

Dr. Siedell has sent us a letter to share with you, inviting you to take this remarkable class:

Dear prospective Christ & Culture student,

I feel your pain. The world of art and culture is indeed confusing and intimidating. St. Paul tells us to be as innocent as doves and as wise as serpents and to dwell on all that is good. And yet we are surrounded by cultural artifacts—movies, television shows, paintings, literature, music, and a host of other images, objects, and events—that may or may not be “good” and worth dwelling on, and we worry that we will lose what’s left of our innocence, not to mention that of our children or our parishioners.

But are art and culture always something to be avoided? Must we always keep them at arm’s length? So much of what we hear and read about art and culture inside and outside the church is negative and polemic, so it’s easy to get the impression that the arts and culture should simply be avoided if they cannot be used as tools for communicating what we think are Christian virtues.

But what about those paintings, novels, comic books, films, and songs—those artifacts of popular and high culture—that move us, that attract us, that describe us? As Christians, how can we justify our interest in, and perhaps even love of, them—especially if they don’t seem to offer an explicitly Christian message, or perhaps they even challenge it?

Join me at Knox Seminary the week of March 10 and we’ll devote a week to thinking and talking about art, culture, and theology from every conceivable perspective. But we’ll also experience art—we’ll explore what happens when we listen to music, look at a painting, read a novel, watch a film, and listen to a poem. In short, we’ll explore how to listen to works of art and culture. We’ll take this week to let art be art, to let it breathe as an aesthetic experience that opens us to God and to the world, in ways that just might surprise us. And we’ll think about how our experience of art and culture can help us understand vocation, deepen our pastoral work, discipleship, counseling, and parenting, and even help us understand preaching and the proclamation of the Gospel itself.

But ultimately, in listening to art and culture, we’ll discover what it reveals about ourselves—about who we are before God and our neighbor.

I look forward to spending the week with you.

Grace and Peace,

Daniel A. Siedell, PhD

Join Dr. Siedell and other brothers and sisters in Christ as they engage Scripture and art, and discover how God intended us to relate to the expressions of the world around us. Apply today, or request more information at DMin.me.

Try the New Reftagger Beta!

Reftagger BetaIt’s been more than five years since Logos released Reftagger, the web tool that converts Bible references into links with hover-preview. Since then, it’s been installed on more than 13,000 websites and used to preview more than 20 billion verses. The newly updated Reftagger is even better. It’s coming very soon, but the beta is available now!

If you already have Reftagger installed, you already know how wonderful it is, and you can jump to the new version right now.

What does it do?

Reftagger automatically detects Scripture references and converts them into links to an online Bible. It even creates a preview when readers hover over the reference, so they don’t have to leave your website. The hover-preview also shows social icons, making it easier than ever for visitors to share Scripture.

How does it look?

It looks like this: 1 John 4:9. It works on verse ranges too, like this: 1 John 4:9–10. And it even handles a variety of reference formats, like I Jn. 4:9.

You can customize the colors, version, and sharing options to match your site, and the newly redesigned hover-preview looks great on websites of any style.

How does it work?

Paste the script into the footer of your website with JavaScript enabled, and voilà! All your Scripture references will be hyperlinked automatically.

Choose from two done-for-you themes—light or dark—or customize everything, including the background, text color, sharing options, and translation.

Grab the new script from the forums, and install it on your website today!

January Deals End Tomorrow!

All January long, we’ve offered over 300 resources at huge discounts, but these deals end tomorrow. You don’t want to miss the best prices on your favorite books, and to make it easy, we’ve gathered all of January’s deals into one place. Check them out—this is your last chance to take advantage of January sales!

studies-in-the-dead-sea-scrollsStudies in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Regularly $219.95—on sale for $164.95 (that’s 25% off)

The Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls collection gives both students and scholars a look at the scrolls’ historical and contemporary significance for the Christian faith. This 12-volume collection rediscovers the purity texts, war texts, exegetical texts, temple scrolls, and more, all in easy-to-read language.

Studies in Jesus and the Gospels

Regularly $349.95—on sale for $274.95 (that’s 21% off)

Reconstruct the world and person of Jesus and his followers with this 23-volume collection. In each volume, the authors apply the latest critical and methodological practices to the synoptic gospels, revealing a wealth of fascinating issues surrounding the life of Jesus.

ivp-evangelical-theology-collection (1)IVP Evangelical Theology Collection

Regularly $189.95—on sale for $129.95 (that’s 32% off)

Gain insight into the biggest issues facing the contemporary church with the IVP Evangelical Theology Collection. InterVarsity Press assembled essays from 11 conferences, featuring respected Christian thinkers like Dennis L. Okholm, Timothy R. Phillips, and Mark Husbands.

The Expositor’s Bible

Regularly $199.95—on sale for $98.95 (that’s 51% off)

The Expositor’s Bible brings together the body of Christ around the essentials of the Christian faith. It’s the standard among expository commentaries, and its authorship represents every branch of Protestantism. Warren W. Wiersbe urges, “If you can locate the six-volume edition of the Expositor’s Bible, buy it immediately!”

college-press-biblical-studies-collection (1)College Press Biblical Studies Collection

Regularly $79.95—on sale for $54.95 (that’s 31% off)

The College Press Biblical Studies Collection covers a multitude of topics, including baptism, challenges faced by the church in Acts, and difficult cultural issues in the Old Testament, as well as what the Bible says about the challenges Christians face in everyday life.

P.S. don’t forget to pick up your free book this the month—the Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges: Hebrews.

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Act now—this sale end tomorrow! 

Want to see if your favorite products are on sale? Check out the complete list of over 300 deals.

Time’s Running Out: Save on This Top-Selling Commentary

Cornerstone CommentariesThe Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series (CBC) is famous for its evangelical scholarship. It equips you with important exegetical and theological knowledge: you’ll study the message and history of each key passage of Scripture, learning about both text and context. And through Friday, January 31, you can use coupon code CBC2014 to get it for 11% off!

“An enormously helpful series for the layperson and pastor alike because it centers on the theological message of each book and ties it directly to the text. This approach has been needed for some time and will be an invaluable supplement to other commentary series.” —Grant Osborne, professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

This commentary will equip you with the exegetical and theological knowledge you need to apply the Bible to modern life. You’ll study passage by passage, and pay special attention to context and important themes.

A trusted commentary on the whole Bible

The CBC is an amazing value, especially when you consider that it covers the entire Bible, allowing you to tackle even those hard-to-interpret passages. For example, take David Baker, Dale Brueggemann, and Eugene H. Merrill’s commentary on Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Many people don’t pay much attention to Leviticus, but Baker, Brueggemann, and Merrill explain three reasons you should: theological, religious, and historical. (Leviticus gives a history of the people of Israel, explains the who, where, when, and how of worship, and gives a background look at how Christians shaped the ancient Near East.)

Leviticus is just one example of an important yet sometimes-hard-to-read passage that the CBC helps you understand. Plus, with 40 contributors, the CBC is theologically balanced—you’re getting up-to-date, respected commentary you can trust.

Don’t wait—time’s almost up! Use coupon code CBC2014 and get the Cornerstone Biblical Commentaries at the best price.

Last Chance! Get 44% Off the Mobile Ed Bible And Doctrine Foundations Bundle

logos-mobile-education-bible-and-doctrine-foundations-bundleA few months ago, we announced the very first Logos Mobile Education courses, gathered in the Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle. On February 3, the bundle is shipping—this is your last chance to pre-order it at 44% off!

Learn from some of the most experienced professors in the field

The Mobile Ed professors—among them Drs. Mark Futato, Lynn Cohick, and Michael Goheen—are some of the most respected in their fields. They each have a minimum of 10 years’ experience, as well as considerable experience teaching in the local church.

Video lectures are broken down into short segments and filmed in a one-on-one format: the professor speaks directly to you. Screencasts relevant to the lecture content provide hands-on training you can apply in your ministry. Best of all, Mobile Ed courses stay with you. Your videos, notes, books, graphics, screencasts—they’re all right there whenever you need them.

Integrate your learning with Logos

Mobile Ed is different from any other form of education: it was created to work seamlessly with your Logos software. As you study, you’ll be able to easily click through to the right book, the right page—even the right sentence. That’s a huge time saver. Plus, your video lectures are completely searchable within your library, so you’ll be able to use them time and time again. This isn’t a textbook you’ll use for only one class. It’s a library of information you’ll keep pulling from long after you’ve finished your formal coursework.

One of the greatest benefits of Logos is that you can take your research, notes, and entire library with you no matter where you go—even on your smartphone or tablet. The same goes for Mobile Ed. Logos 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. No matter whether you’re at a coffee shop or on an airplane, you’ll have everything you need to learn.

Lock in the Pre-Pub price, and take up to 12 months to pay!

The pre-order price breaks down to just $110 per course. That’s an amazing deal, but if you’re still not sold, just call us at 800-875-6467 and we’ll set you up with a payment plan. As with any other Pre-Pub, your card won’t be charged until the courses ship—and you can lock in the Pre-Pub price and split the costs up over 12 months.

Don’t miss out: pre-order the Logos Mobile Education: Bible Doctrine and Foundations Bundle today!

Go Seahawks! Logos Bible Software Roots for the Home Team

12th man 2The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl, and Logos stands firmly behind them! Here’s proof: a 12th Man flag flying high at Logos HQ.

From the beginning, this has been a season of high expectations. The Hawks were favored to beat out longtime rival San Francisco for the NFC West crown, and many predicted that the team would contend for the NFC Championship and even a Super Bowl title. The Seahawks have lived up to every expectation.

Earlier this season, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized the Seahawks’ fans as the loudest in the world. Their passion and savvy create a home-field advantage for the Seahawks—one so measurable that the team has taken to calling their fans the 12th Man. Since 2005, Seahawks opponents have committed more false-start penalties than any other team—130—due in large part to the noise in Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.

As the Hawks prepare for their February 2 showdown with the Denver Broncos, the team’s loyal fans are wearing signs of solidarity back home. Logos is no exception.

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Seahawks: Logos Bible Software stands behind you!

How are you supporting the Seahawks? Let us know: tweet @Logos using #SB48!

Add Over 1,200 Timothy Keller Sermons to Your Library

timothy-keller-sermon-archive-1989-2011This week, we released another update to the Timothy Keller Sermon Archive, completing the 1,233-sermon set! If you own the archive, you should have already received your update (and downloaded your new resources) automatically. If you haven’t received your update yet, simply restart your software.

“Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Timothy Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians.” —Christianity Today

Since its launch last year, Tim Keller’s sermon archive has earned a glowing five-star rating. The archive integrates over 20 years of preaching into your Logos library, allowing you to search Dr. Keller’s sermons by passage or topic—which, without Logos, would be nearly impossible. You’ll be able to study Keller alongside your favorite Bible translation or commentary,  and take all 1,233 sermons with you wherever you go.

If you haven’t already downloaded the Timothy Keller Sermon Archive, now’s the time! Get the entire archive today.

Get $100 Off Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry

berit-olam-studies-in-hebrew-narrative-and-poetryThrough February 4, pre-order the 13-volume Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry commentary series and get $100 off!

Berit Olam (“The Everlasting Covenant”) gives you the latest developments in literary analysis of the ancient Hebrew texts. This collection is an enormous breakthrough in biblical scholarship and commentary—it’ll help you find answers that are both theologically meaningful and wide in scholarly scope. It represents some of the best linguistic and historical research available in English.

Immerse yourself in Hebrew storytelling & poetry

The authors reflect a variety of traditions, yet they share the same desire—to help you better appreciate the craft, poetry, and storytelling of the ancient Hebrew world.

The series looks not only at the historical context in which the Scriptures were written, but also at how Christians throughout the ages have interpreted them.

“Berit Olam, an outstanding contribution to biblical literature, is a multivolume commentary filling a needed niche in the field . . . recognizing the fine arts of storytelling and poetry that make up the biblical corpus and therefore contributing to a fuller understanding and appreciation of the art forms that constitute the biblical text.” —Robin Gallaher Branch

What stands out about this collection is that it doesn’t place any one hermeneutical method above the others. Instead, it combines a look at Christian thought throughout the ages and attention to historical detail to give you a well-rounded commentary on 27 books of the Bible.

Get it first—at the best price!

Through February 4, you can pre-order Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry for 28% off—that’s $100 in savings! This is a Pre-Pub you don’t want to miss.

Get it as soon as it ships: pre-order yours now!

Logos 5: Drag Items to Open Them

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.

Just in case you haven’t discovered yet, Logos isn’t one-size-fits-all—rather, it’s customizable in numerous ways. For instance, maybe when you click a shortcut icon or menu item, the feature opens in a location you don’t prefer. If so, try this simple trick: rather than clicking the option, drag and drop it in the precise place you desire.

For example:

  • Choose the Tools menu (A).
  • Click, hold, and drag Information (B).

  • Notice the highlighted blue portion of the screen as you drag (C).

  • Drop Information when the blue section is in the area you desire (D).

This easy tip will save you time as you manage your Logos desktop.

4 Ways to Get the Logos News You Want

Computer keyboard mailLogos offers more than 40,000 titles, plus lots of other tools and resources. With a selection like that, it can be hard to make sure you’re hearing about the products you care about.

Here are four ways to make sure you stay in the know:

1. Logos user survey:

Are you a pastor? A professor? A student? Do you study the original languages? What mobile platforms do you use? Questions like these not only help us serve you better right now; they help us ensure we’re moving in the right direction to serve you tomorrow.

You can start the survey, stop at any time, and then pick up wherever you left off. Feel free to skip questions that don’t apply (or you don’t feel like answering). Start the survey now!

2. Faithlife profile:

The info on your Faithlife profile not only helps us get to know you better—it helps other users in the Logos forums get to know you, too.

Oh, and when you’re filling out your Faithlife profile, make sure you include your birthday (and sign up for the Personalized Offers email list) so we know when to send you your gift!

3. Email lists:

We have an amazing number of email lists, and that’s by design. We want you to get the news you want and skip the information you’re not going to care about.

Not only do we have lists for special offers, freebies, and company news; we have a ton of lists based on your interests and preferences, like:

  • Greek studies
  • Theology
  • Orthodox resources
  • Pauline studies
  • Church history and biography
  • And many more

Head to the email-list and RSS-feed page and choose the news you want!

4. Wish lists:

Your wish list is a great way to keep track of what you’d like to add to your library. Not only will you be able to remember which resources you’ve been considering—we’ll even let you know when one of your wish-list items goes on sale.

Start populating your wish list now!

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