Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan—Transformational Curriculum

I didn’t expect for my perspective to change, but it did. All this time, Mary has been a distant figure to me—someone only sung and spoken about. Working on Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan was transformational.

When we set out to create a life-changing curriculum for churches for the advent and Christmas season, we didn’t expect to reexperience the advent of Christ ourselves. But he became lord over us in a more impactful way than ever before. As we related to Mary’s struggle to understand God’s son—and his transition from being a safe child to being the God she knew, couldn’t control, and needed to learn from—we were changed. We became better bearers of Christ’s image, and we realized how much more we had to grow.

Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan is about understanding what God wants to do in your life. By journeying with Mary, you’ll learn about your own journey. What transformation does Christ want to bring in your life? How is Christ moving from being a “safe zone” for you to being a God you can follow anywhere? You’ll study with an in-depth, applicable commentary, and you’ll share your insights with elegant infographicsartifact images, and maps—prebuilt as slideshows for you.

The curriculum has everything you need as a pastor, teacher or small group leader:

  • Preaching resources and sermon starters for pastors and teachers
  • Videos, slides, and media for the tech team
  • Bulletin inserts and handouts for the congregation
  • Discussion guides and videos for small group leaders
  • A take-home book for small group members, available separately for only $14.95

This is a comprehensive program for your entire church. You’ll dig deeper into the Bible—together. You’ll even learn the methods of better Bible study, thanks to information about the ancient world and Bible study tips.

Christ uniquely made you, just like he uniquely made Mary. Christ’s work in you and through you can bring transformation to the lives of others. This curriculum will help you in that process.

Pick up the complete curriculum today.

Logos 4: Create Your Own Topical 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.

In your Logos library, you probably have several topical Bibles, such as New Nave’s Topical Bible—big books of biblical cross-references arranged by topic. With topical Bibles, you can look up a concept like mercy and see, all in one spot, the most important “mercy verses.” These resources are a terrific help for studying any idea throughout the Bible.

Many times, though, you’ll come across a specific topic that isn’t in your topical Bible. Perhaps you’re researching love in John’s writings or praise in the Psalms. If you’re carrying out such research, I encourage you to create your own topical Bible with the use of Passage Lists. Here’s what I mean:

  • Choose File | Passage List.
  • Give the untitled passage list a specific name related to the topic you’re studying, like “Giving in the Gospels.” (A)
  • Open a Bible to a verse you’ve studied, such as Matthew 6:2. (B)
  • Right-click any word, like trumpet, within the verse. (C)
  • Select from the right-hand menu Reference Matthew 6:2. (D) | Add to passage list “Giving in the Gospels.” (E)
  • Note that the verse has been added to the list. (F)
  • Repeat these steps for as many references as you want. To add a full range of verses to the list, simply highlight all the verses in the range before right-clicking.
  • Choose File | “Giving in the Gospels” to reopen the list.


As you can see, this Passage List, along with all the other lists you create for additional topics and themes, becomes your custom topical Bible. When someone calls asking for verses about prayer in Proverbs, you’ll easily find those verses and share your discoveries. When you get an email from a friend inquiring about the role of Christians in politics, you’ll reply quickly with references you saved months ago.

Dr. Charles Stanley: Featured Contributor to the Faithlife Study Bible

“If you are being called to Christ, you are being called away from sin, to Him. There are some who take their call seriously. They are the ones who take the time to hear from God.”—Dr. Charles Stanley, from the Faithlife Study Bible article “Being Called to Christ”

Through September 30, we’re celebrating the ministry of Dr. Charles Stanley. The centerpiece of this celebration is the brand-new 46-volume Charles Stanley Collection. This collection, worth over $900 in retail value, can be yours for only $80 when you use the coupon code CSCOLLECTION.

If you’d rather just pick your favorites, you can create your own Charles Stanley sale. Through September 30, adding the coupon code CSBDAY80 to any of Dr. Stanley’s books will save you 15%.

Dr. Charles Stanley in the Faithlife Study Bible

Did you know that Charles Stanley is a featured contributor to the Faithlife Study Bible? Dr. Stanley is one of the many notable figures whose insights appear throughout the FSB. Besides Dr. Stanley, FSB contributors include:

When you download the Faithlife Study Bible* (free through March 2014), you’ll enjoy Dr. Stanley’s “Being Called to Christ”—plus many more outstanding articles.

Download the Charles Stanley Collection Today

You can save on the Charles Stanley Collection through September 30. That gives you less than 10 days to add 46 new books to your library for less than $1.75 per volume. Don’t waitsave more than 90% on the  Charles Stanley Collection with coupon code CSCOLLECTION now!

*Enter now and you could win a Scholar’s Library base package from Faithlife. This grand prize will add more than 475 books and commentariesworth nearly $8,000 in print—to your library. When you combine the Scholar’s Library with the powerful Faithlife Study Bible, you have the raw materials for profound Bible study. Enter now!

Free Books for Your App Insights

Want free books and some terrific discounts? Through October 19, we’re asking that you rate and review the Logos mobile app. Leave us honest ratings and reviews in the Apple, Google Play, and Amazon app stores and you’ll get free titles and outstanding savings.

We’re kicking this off by giving away Archibald A. Hodge’s The Life of Charles Hodge and taking 50 percent off Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart’s How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. Go get them now. But here’s the important part: before you settle down to start reading, take a few seconds to rate and review our app in the Apple, Google Play, and Amazon app stores.

It’s worth your time. For every 2,500 new reviews, star ratings, +1s, and “likes” we get, we’ll give you another free book.

It’s all organized in one spot—get The Life of Charles Hodge free and follow the giveaways.

It doesn’t get much simpler. Share your feedback, get a free book, tell your friends, and get more free books. Deepen your library and let us know what you think—love!—about the app.

Don’t wait—rate and review our app in the Apple, Google Play, and Amazon app stores today.

Abraham Ships Soon—Pre-Order It Today!

At some point in life, we all struggle with faith. God makes a promise, but the direction that promise takes us is uncertain. And when the path toward the promise doesn’t meet our expectations, we become frustrated and confused. In the process, we may choose to follow our own path.

Although Abraham was a man of faith, this winding path of belief accurately describes his journey. Especially in the earlier years of his relationship with God, folly was as present as faith.

Abraham: Following God’s Promise shows Abraham’s journey accurately and in full. You’ll encounter his life through history, culture, and literary analysis. More importantly, you’ll find out how his journey applies to your own life and to modern belief. As Abraham and Sarah step out in faith, you’ll walk with them. As they turn to Pharaoh instead of God, you’ll learn from their failures and confront your own. As they hold onto the hope for a son, you’ll feel their joy and turmoil.

The complete church curriculum version of Abraham: Following God’s Promise will help your entire church journey along God’s path. You’ll grow together as you observe the past and experience its meaning for the present.

You’ll get:
The study book:

Presenting/Preaching materials:

Group curriculum:

  • The leader’s book
  • lesson plans
  • teaching slideshows, which work on PowerPoint, Keynote, and Proclaim
  • 8 handouts with discussion questions, in Microsoft Word and PDF
  • intro videos for each lesson, which you can download after you check out. You can also order a DVD separately for $4.95.

Once your church or group adopts the curriculum, individual worshipers can purchase the book. In addition, individual small group or Sunday school leaders can purchase their own copy of the curriculum. If you’re leading a group or preaching, Abraham: Following God’s Promise Complete Church Curriculum is for you.

This curriculum ships October 1, 2012; pre-order yours now and get it at the Pre-Pub price!

4 Reasons the Westminster Bible Companion Is for Everyone

Ever needed a point of entry into a difficult Bible passage, whether for a sermon, a Bible study group, or your own understanding? The Westminster Bible Companion series has you covered. It’s researched and written with such clarity and precision that anyone could benefit from using it.

In this in-depth, approachable series, such renowned scholars as Walter BrueggemannJ. Gerald Janzen, and Eugene H. Peterson inform your study of God’s Word. Pre-order this balanced commentary and discover why it reaches to the masses.

1. It’s a commentary for your congregation.

Written with the everyday churchgoer in mind, these volumes offer applicable exegesis and valuable insight that speak to everyone.

2. It’s a commentary for your students.

These commentaries have been used by students for graduate-level exegesis and beyond. The classroom conversation never runs dry when the Westminster Bible Companion series is present, and it provides these very same study benefits for Bible study groups.

3. It’s a commentary for you.

For years, the Westminster Bible Companion Series aided pastors in sermon preparation, helped professors in research, and gave Bible study leaders points of entry for talking about difficult texts. Containing verse-by-verse commentary on the Bible’s entire text, this is easily one of the most accessible, complete commentaries you can find.

4. It’s hard to beat Pre-Pub prices.

See for yourself why this series is loved so dearly by student, pastor, and layperson alike. This “everyone” commentary is truly priced for everyone, to boot! Westminster’s preorder price is $249.95—if you were to order Westminster as hardcover copies, it would cost you over $800. This is easily one of our most affordable yet complete commentaries.

Head over to the Westminster Bible Companion Series page and read some of its sample pages. If you like what you see, grab it while it’s still on Pre-Pub. Once these books ship, the price will go up to our regular figure—$399.95.

Logos 4: Return to a Previous Logos Desktop Display

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.

As with a physical desk or a kitchen table, you can arrange your resources on the Logos desktop any way you want. Imagine you’ve meticulously moved books to just the right positions: Bible here, commentary there, dictionary in that corner, and so on. Then, unexpectedly, the Logos application closes, by design or accident. Or you’re on an airplane, and it’s time to turn off and stow all electronic devices. Or you mistakenly close the program. Or, for no apparent reason, your computer just decides to reboot.

Is all your desktop organization lost? Fortunately, no. Logos takes a snapshot of the desktop as the program closes. Try this:

  • Arrange the Logos desktop just like you want it.
  • Exit the program, but don’t close anything on the desktop.
  • Reopen Logos.
  • Choose the Layouts menu. (A)
  • Notice a snapshot called Application Closed on the right-hand side of the drop-down menu. (B)
  • Click the above-mentioned Application Closed snapshot to return to that Logos desktop!


Logos saves and lists up to 10 Application Closed snapshots. If this feature isn’t present on your computer, make sure to update your software to the recently released 4.6 version, which contains this new component.

Celebrate Dr. Charles Stanley and Save Big!

Dr. Charles Stanley—First Baptist Church Atlanta senior pastor, In Touch Ministries founder and president, New York Times bestselling author—turns 80 this month. To celebrate, we’ve created the brand-new 46-volume Charles Stanley Collection—and you can get it for only $80 with coupon code CSCOLLECTION.

Charles Stanley, “America’s Pastor,” has devoted his life to bringing Christians closer to Jesus Christ. His volumes guide you through temptation’s minefields, reaffirm your faith, and help you get more from the Bible. For the price of a few print editions, you’ll get:

If you were to purchase the Charles Stanley Collection at retail price, you’d pay more than $900. But through September 30, you’ll save over 90% when you use coupon code CSCOLLECTION. You’ll get nearly 13,500 pages of powerful content for only $80!

Not interested in picking up the Charles Stanley Collection for less than $2 a book? Use coupon code CSBDAY80 and create your own sale. Save 15% on any combination of Stanley books through September 30.

Join us as we celebrate Dr. Stanley’s ministry, and save more than 90% on the Charles Stanley Collection with coupon code CSCOLLECTION through September 30!

The Time Has Come to Apply for Your DMin!

The first round of Knox DMin classes kicked off in Bellingham, WA, on August 13. Students raved about the program, classes, and instructors. We put together this video to give you a little taste.

The next classes will be held in October in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The deadline to apply is September 19.

Don’t worry if you missed the first round of classes. One of the wonderful things about the program is that the classes run cyclically. You can start the program anywhere in the cycle and be on track to earn your doctorate in three years.

Highlights of the Knox Program

This DMin is full of dynamic additions to your education and ministry:

  • You’ll learn theology through technology. As you work through these courses, you’ll use your own Logos Bible Software 4: Portfolio Edition library to dig into the text. Portfolio is included in the price of the program; plus, your entire DMin curriculum is based in Logos, which gives you some considerable academic advantages.
  • You’ll learn from the finest scholars. Drs. Haddon Robinson, Bruce Waltke, Warren Gage, Samuel Lamerson, and others—these thinkers will pass on their knowledge and expertise directly to you.
  • You can keep your job and church. You’ll attend up to four onsite classes each year; do the rest of your studies wherever you want!

If you’ve ever considered furthering your education, you owe it to yourself to learn more about Knox Theology Seminary’s one-of-a-kind Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching. Check out details on the program now.

 What We Need for Your Application

The deadline to apply for October classes is September 19. Here are the items you’ll need:

  • Knox’s online application (you’ll need to sign in)
  • 3 reference forms—pastoral, personal, and academic
  • A letter of approval from your church’s governing body stating support for your enrollment
  • Official transcripts—undergraduate and graduate—sent directly from your previous institution(s) to Knox’s admissions office

Send your documents to:
Knox Theological Seminary—Admissions
5554 N. Federal Hwy.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308

Visit now for more information, and remember, the deadline to apply is September 19!

Got a Camera? Win Cool Prizes!

Early yesterday morning, our Facebook page crossed over the 50,000-fan threshold! 

We’d love the chance to get to know you better. The best way to do that, we’ve decided, is with another photo competition.

The 50,000 Fans Photo Contest

We want to see you using Logos on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device or simply sporting your Logos apparel. Have fun and be creative! Take a snapshot in the most unique location possible, compose an artistic photograph, or shoot a funny pic. Show us your vintage Logos products or your cool Logos control center. We might even reshare some of our favorites!

Once you have your pics ready, simply:

  1. Submit your photo by tagging us.
  2. Use the hashtag #BetterBibleStudy in your photo description.

We’ll be collecting entries through the end of the day September 28. Tweet, post, or pin as many interesting photos as you can before then!

We’ll choose 15 finalists based on the following factors:

  • “Likes,” +1s, retweets, repins, and other shares
  • Creativity
  • Image quality

After we choose the 15 finalists, we’ll open the competition up for a round of voting. Three winners will be chosen based on your votes. Those winners will choose between a Nexus 7 (16 GB), a Kindle Fire HD (32 GB), or $250 in Logos credit.

Start snapping those photos and sharing them with the hashtag #BetterBibleStudy. We look forward to seeing your most creative pics!