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!

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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 Dmin.me 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!

Save on the Updated JPS Commentary Collection

The JPS Tanakh Commentary Collection includes two new volumes: Ruth and Haggadah. This already-respected 11-volume commentary set is now better than ever!

Now through September 30, 2012, you can get this updated collection for just $289.95—use coupon code JPSTC to save over $100.

Important Hebrew Insight

JPSTC’s contributors include Nahum M. Sarna, Michael Fishbane, and other notable Hebrew scholars. Line by line, these authors discuss the text’s themes and nuances. With current research, essays on key biblical words and themes, charts, and maps, they create a Hebrew Bible guide accessible to anyone. Here’s what others are saying about individual JPSTC volumes:

“[The JPS Bible Commentary: Ecclesiastes] is an insightful and accessible commentary that reflects many years of deep engagement with the text.”—Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

“Without a doubt, [the JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot is] the finest commentary on the Haftarot I have studied.” —David L. Lieber (1925–2008), emeritus president, University of Judaism (American Jewish University)

“[The JPS Torah Commentary on the Haggadah] is a significant and valuable work that, in examining the Haggadah from an historical perspective, offers insight into Jewish history as well.” —Chicago Jewish Star

Get It Today

This collection includes the complete Torah commentaries plus commentaries on Jonah, Ecclesiastes, and the Haftarot; now it includes volumes on Ruth and the Haggadah, too. Get all 11 volumes for just $289.95 by using coupon code JPSTC before 11:59 pm (PDT) Sunday, September 30. Order today to save over $100!

Only 3 Days Left for Back-to-School Savings!

Time’s running out on the Logos Back to School sale! There are only three days left to save up to $1,600 on academic commentaries, lexicons, and more. Whether you’re a student or not, our Back to School Sale will help you save big on some of our most popular resources.

Here’s just a few of the amazing resources at amazing prices:

The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (23 vols.)

Retail: $899.95 

Only $689.95 with Coupon Code B2SNICOT

The NICOT has long been the gold standard in Old Testament exegesis. Such authors as Gordon Wenham, Bruce Waltke, Tremper Longman III, and Daniel Block make this a must-have series.

New International Commentary on the New Testament (21 vols.)

Retail: $879.95 

Only $679.95 with Coupon Code B2SNICNT

Begun in the late 1940s by an international team of New Testament scholars, the NICNT series has earned pastors’, students’, and scholars’ acclaim as a critical yet orthodox commentary marked by solid biblical scholarship within the evangelical Protestant tradition.

Pillar New Testament Commentary
(14 vols.)

Retail: $663  Regularly: $497.25

Only $399.95 with Coupon Code B2SPNTC

The Pillar New Testament Commentary writers interact with the most important, informed contemporary debates, avoiding undue technical detail. Their ideal is a blend of rigorous exegesis and exposition, scholarship, and pastoral sensitivity, with attention both to biblical theology and to the Bible’s contemporary relevance.

This Is Only the Beginning!

There’s more savings in the Back to School sale, but you have to act soon. All deals expire at the end of the day (midnight PDT) Thursday, September 13, 2012.

Head to the Back to School page, and check out these terrific deals. And don’t forget to take advantage of our interest-free payment plans and stretch your payments out for up to 12 months!

The Faithlife Study Bible Advantage: Part 1

The Faithlife Study Bible was designed for tablets, but it’s fantastic for your desktop Bible study, too! And it’s free through March 2014.

With the FSB, we’ve reimagined what it means to center your life on Scripture. The FSB doesn’t just have the tools you need to elevate your personal study—it can revolutionize the way your faith community shares the Word together.

The Features You Need

  • Study as deeply as you want—The FSB meets you where you are. New to Bible study? Immerse yourself in the first layer of notes and get a handle on the cultural background and significant points of the passage you’re studying. Once you’re more familiar with the message, you can move on to the next layers of notes and really put the passage under the microscope.
  • Use the Bible translation you like best—Download the FSB and you get the Lexham English Bible free! But don’t think you’re tied to that translation. The FSB syncs to whatever translation you use most.
  • Customize your notes—Create notes and highlights that are unique to you with
    • 9 highlight colors
    • 15 text colors
    • More than 50 markups and symbols
  • Study wherever you are—You may do most of your study at your desk, but you don’t have to. Your study is synced and stored in the cloud. Start reading at home in the morning and continue to dig deeper on your iPhone, your Android device, or any web browser with Biblia.com.
  • Remember more of what you learn—Connecting with information in multiple ways increases your retention dramatically. With access to tons of photos, videos, and infographics, you’ll engage the biblical text in ways that ensure you’re thinking both critically and creatively.
  • Enjoy the Lexham Bible Dictionary—With more than 1.5 million words in over 2,700 articles, the LBD gives you deep, scholarly content. And you can count on new articles and additions to existing articles developed in response to new discoveries, perspectives, and controversies.

The Study Bible That Grows with You

The Faithlife Study Bible keeps getting better. We’re continually writing new content, increasing its depth and breadth. With the FSB, you have a study Bible that’ll continue to grow with new notes, articles, maps, videos, infographics, and photos. And you can subscribe now through March 2014, absolutely free!

Logos 4: Collins Thesaurus 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.

I’m often asked if I still learn anything new about Logos. The answer is a resounding yes! The features and resources available in Logos make up a vast goldmine waiting to be explored. I recently noticed a topical Bible, currently available in most Logos base packages, that pulls together in one place numerous verses about a subject. Collins Thesaurus of the Bible organizes thousands of verses around nearly one thousand topics.

I encourage you to open this resource, display its table of contents, and explore its arrangement and riches. This is one of the most thorough yet user-friendly reference books I’ve ever encountered. If you enjoy doing topical and/or cross-reference work, you’ll benefit from this book. After familiarizing yourself with it, try this organizational tip for easy access:

  • Open the Library.
  • Click Prioritize. (1)
  • Enter this text in the Library’s Find box: title:collin’s. (2)
  • Drag Collins Thesaurus of the Bible from the left side of the library to the Prefer these resources list on the left. (3)
  • Make sure the Thesaurus is in the top five of your prioritized topical books.

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  • Navigate in a Bible to a passage like Ephesians 2:20–21. (4)
  • Right click on a word—temple, dwelling, etc. (5)
  • Select from the right menu Selection “your word” | Collins Thesaurus of the Bible. (6)
  • Notice that the resource jumps to an article about your subject even though it may not be the exact word.

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Please note that if you try to right-click the plural form of a word such as apostles or prophets in Ephesians 2:20 the thesaurus may not show up on the right menu. If this occurs try this:

  • Manually select the singular form of the word, leaving off the “s” (in other words manually highlight apostle rather than right clicking on apostles). (7)
  • Right-click on the selected singular form of the word. (7)
  • Select from the right menu: Selection “your singular form of the word” | Collins Thesaurus of the Bible. (8)

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Now enjoy the extensive cross-references, along with the actual verse texts, found in this book!

3 Reasons Logos Resources Are So Valuable

I talked to someone recently who pointed out that some Logos resources are public domain. His question to me was, “Why should I pay for books I could possibly find for free?”

This was a great question, and I was able to quickly rattle off three features that make Logos books invaluable.

1. Networked Resources

Every book in a normal library (whether physical or electronic) operates independently; the value of each book is primarily the information it carries. Your Logos resources, however, are linked together, building a vast network of information. When Logos creates an electronic book, we tag the contents by word, phrase, topic, and reference, making the whole of your library exponentially more valuable than the sum of its parts.

Logos senior vice president Dale Pritchett communicated this multiplying value in a fantastic 2010 blog post entitled “The ‘Network Effect.’

Not only do Logos books create an extensive network of information—they make up a growing ecosystem of platforms tying Bible study together. You can use your Logos library for study, discuss rich passages with your Faithlife Community, or easily share quotes and passages with your congregation via Proclaim.

What makes networked resources so amazing is that they’re completely searchable—in seconds! Imagine opening the 86-volume Baker Academic Biblical Studies Bundle and pulling up every one of the collection’s references to John 17 in moments. Now imagine that with thousands of resources.

2. Multiple Platforms Mean Constant Accessibility

Not only can you access your books from your PC or MacBook—you can access them with the iPhone or Android apps.

That’s not all! You can also read your books on any browser through Biblia.com or while connected with your friends and church on the Faithlife Community apps.*

3. Your Resources Are Updated for Free

We shared some updates to the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary in a blog post back in May. These included fixes to typos, bibliographic milestones, links to nearly 40,000 bibliographic citations, and thousands of references to new data types. All these updates happened behind the scenes without you having to lift a finger.

A customer recently commented in the forums how pleased he was to find his Oxford Bible Commentary updated—this is a product we haven’t sold in many years.

These are just a couple of reasons why Logos books are the most valuable electronic resources available. If you’re looking to start your own Logos library, make sure to check out our base packages. You’ll get tons of resources at pennies on the dollar, as well as fantastic features for Bible study!

 

*If you haven’t downloaded the Faithlife Study Bible, it’s free through March 2014 with the coupon code FREE. Once you have the study Bible, you’ll be guided to the Faithlife Community iPhone and Android apps.