Beth Moore Is Back

BSM_Blog_MarAprNow is the perfect time to transform your Bible study with Bible Study Magazine, and the March–April 2015 issue will help you do just that.

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Bible Study Magazine‘s editor in chief, Rebecca Van Noord, gives us a glimpse of how this issue explores the book of James:

Some instructions stick. For me, growing up, it was James’ warnings. Laced with poignant imagery, they didn’t just exhort; they captured my imagination . . . This issue, we delve into James’ concerns for the early church, including pure and undefiled religion, the tendency of double-mindedness, and myths about temptation and sin that are still common in modern Christian culture. We hope this issue helps you reflect on James’ teaching, and that his passion for the gospel sticks with you. May you, empowered by the Spirit, live a life that reflects that passion.

This issue not only takes a deeper look at the book of James, but also allows you to learn from renowned authors, teachers, and scholars like Beth Moore and Dr. Jacob Cherian.

Here’s a closer look at the March–April 2015 issue:

Beth Moore: an uncommon love

‘The beauty of putting in decades of Bible study is that you build a Rolodex of knowledge,’ says author and teacher Beth Moore. ‘I often look at young men and women who are just starting to have those light bulb moments and just beginning to get ravenous about the Scriptures, and it’s inspiring. I remember feeling that I could never get enough of God’s Word. I’d slap my desk constantly, thinking, “This is the most thrilling thing I’ve ever seen.” Now, 30 years in, I’ll see a word or a phrase in Scripture that immediately brings to mind a connection elsewhere in the Bible. It’s fun to be a part of that.’

Read the rest of the story by senior writer Jessi Strong in Bible Study Magazine’s March–April 2015 issue.

Dr. Jacob Cherian on teaching the Bible in India

While less than 3 percent of the population in India identify as Christian, according to official census data, the Indian church is growing at an enormous pace. And Dr. Jacob Cherian, vice president of Southern Asia Bible College, is working to get Bible study resources into their hands. ‘In many American churches, pastors have at least one theological degree. Here in South Asia, God is raising up churches. We have many churches where pastors have not received any formal training.’

Read the rest of the story by senior writer Jessi Strong in Bible Study Magazine’s March–April 2015 issue.

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Bible Study Magazine is a great way to study, grow, and get into the Word.

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Appreciating C.S. Lewis from Different Perspectives

Lewis CollectionOne of the best things about C.S. Lewis is his broad appeal. He wrote numerous volumes on multiple topics, spanning from medieval works to apologetics to children’s literature. In short, his genius is easily appreciated by many different viewpoints.

And so, we’d like to share some of the ways that Lewis has left a lasting impact on a wide range of people:

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The 30-volume C.S. Lewis Collection has been on the wish list of many users for quite a while, and we are proud to finally offer this collection in our format. During the introductory Pre-Pub period, this collection is on sale for only $279.97—30% off the regular price!

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Now on Pre-Pub: Logos 6 Training Manuals

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The Logos 6 Training Manuals were recently added to Pre-Pub. Take advantage of the best price by pre-ordering them now!

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Logos Training Manual: Volume 1

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Volume 1 covers the new features you need to know to jump-start your mastery of Logos 6. Learn shortcuts that get you deeper into the Word, and utilize time-saving features you never knew about. Pre-order volume 1 today for an overview of all of Logos 6′s features.

Logos Training Manual: Volume 2

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Volume 2 starts off with 38 sections that will help you unleash the power of Logos 6. Morris Proctor shows you how to utilize new shortcuts that will help you gain fresh insights into the Word and take advantage of Logos’ powerful tools. Pre-order volume 2 today for an in-depth look on how to operate Logos 6.

Logos Training Manual: Volumes 1 and 2

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Volumes 1 and 2 comprise 572 pages and represent the ultimate reference material for your Logos studies. Both come with an in-depth table of contents and a helpful index. Morris Proctor’s Logos 6 training manuals will teach you everything you need to know to get started with Logos 6. Pre-order both volumes for just $39.95, and use them as a complete and full reference for your questions.

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4 Handpicked Resources to Guide You through Lent

SocialShare_1200x630_V2Ash Wednesday marks the first of 40 days that many in the church spend praying, reflecting, and fasting, culminating in the celebration of the risen Christ on Easter.

This year, you can save on some of our staff’s favorite titles that will help you grow in your faith as you prepare for Lent.

Through March 2, you can save up to 33% on more than 20 popular Lenten resources.

Save on 4 staff selections & get a free book!

We chose four sensational titles that will encourage you as you prepare for Lent. Plus, when you get all four staff selections, you’ll also get the two-volume Fathers of the Desert for free!

Here are our picks:

god-is-on-the-cross-reflections-on-lent-and-easterDietrich Bonhoeffer’s God Is on the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter

Gain inspiration as you prepare for Holy Week and Easter Sunday with these 40 stirring devotions that will guide and inspire as you move thematically through the weeks of Lent and Easter. Encounter themes of prayerful reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the Cross in one of Bonhoeffer’s popular titles.

Stephen Cherry’s Barefoot Prayers: A Meditation a Day for Lent and Easter

Slow down your busy life during Lent and see how you can incorporate prayer in your life. Barefoot Prayers is a sequence of beautifully crafted prayer meditations, providing simple yet profound spiritual nourishment for the Lenten season.

lent-for-everyone-collectionN.T. Wright’s Lent for Everyone Collection

Get this valuable resource to help you get the most out of the Lenten season. Originally written as a source of encouragement during Lent, these three volumes exemplify thoughtful reflections based on Wright’s biblical translation and the Revised Common Lectionary.

Vassilios Papavassiliou’s Meditations for Great Lent: Reflections on the Triodion

Discover how to fast, and to fast not only from food but from sin; to fast with love and humility, as a means to an end and not an end in itself. This book with is full of inspiration and encouragement to help you through Lent.

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The Fathers of the Desert

This two-volume collection contains both an introduction to the Christian practice of monastic asceticism and a biographical survey of a number of the most famous and important of the desert fathers. And don’t forget—you can get this resource for free when you purchase all four staff selections!

With more than 20 resources to choose from, you’ll find something that will inspire you during your Lenten journey.

Start preparing for Lent today!

Darrell Bock on Cowboys, Cheeseheads, and the New Testament

mobile-ed-nt211-introducing-the-gospels-and-acts-their-background-nature-and-purposeWhat would someone be talking about if they said, “The Cowboys are going up to the frozen tundra to melt the Cheeseheads”? Any football fan will easily understand that sentence: the Dallas Cowboys are going to play a road game in Green Bay against the Green Bay Packers. However, if you don’t understand the cultural background of that statement, you will be confused. You might recognize the words, but the meaning will be lost: Are a bunch of hat-wearing, horse-riding gentlemen going to the Arctic to eat cheese?

Dr. Darrell Bock, author and senior research professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary, uses this illustration in his Mobile Ed course NT211: Introducing the Gospels and Acts: Their Background, Nature, and Purpose to show the importance of understanding the background of the New Testament:

In this course, Dr. Bock walks you through the background and “cultural scripts” of the New Testament. He highlights important events and figures from the Second Temple period and explains how they influenced the world in which Jesus was born. You’ll see how Jewish groups like the Pharisees and Sadducees developed as a reaction to the growing Greek influence known as Hellenism.

Dr. Bock also looks at the nature and purpose of the Gospels with an emphasis on Christ’s resurrection—the central event of the New Testament. You’ll come to understand the importance of having four Gospels with four unique perspectives. You’ll also learn what extracanonical Gospels like the Gospel of Thomas can teach us about the world of the early church. Dr. Bock discusses key events in the life of early church from the book of Acts, showing how persecution facilitated the spread of the gospel message.

NT211: Introducing the Gospels and Acts: Their Background, Nature, and Purpose will give you a better understanding of the historical and cultural background of the Gospels and Acts, as well as an appreciation of the unique themes of these books.

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3-Day Sale: Get 80% Off the Encyclopedia Britannica Noet Edition

EB-NoetEdition-PressRelease (1)Encyclopædia Britannica is one of the world’s most trusted sources of information. And now, for the first time, Encyclopædia Britannica has partnered with Noet to offer a new digitally enhanced and downloadable edition—available exclusively from Noet.

And for only three days, you can pre-order the Encyclopedia Britannica Noet Edition (EBNE) for 80% off!

Access more than 25,000 images, 10 million words, and 19,000 articles rigorously crafted by Encyclopædia Britannica editors and integrated into the Noet and Logos platforms.

Michael Ross, senior vice president and general manager of education at Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., says: “The Noet edition is unlike anything we’ve ever done before and represents a significant step forward for Encyclopædia Britannica. Noet offers the most advanced way to study the humanities, and Britannica offers some of the best reference articles available. Together, we’re helping students, teachers, and researchers all over the world gain greater access to the trustworthy information they need.”

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See the EBNE in action:

Make your library even more comprehensive

The EBNE significantly enhances the current data and resources in your library by connecting them to trustworthy Encyclopedia Britannica articles. EBNE’s advanced tagging will connect its content to primary resources, sermons, dictionaries, and commentaries across your library. You can jump from an EBNE article on Thomas Aquinas to the Latin version of Summa Theologiae to the English translation in seconds.

A simple Media Search also sweeps through more than 20,000 photos, over 2,000 art images, 1,567 maps, 279 flags, and 689 videos—all vetted and curated by Encyclopædia Britannica editors. With a click, send these images to your next presentation.

The EBNE also adds significant biblical data to your Timeline, making it more comprehensive and robust. Jump from a date in the EBNE to the Timeline in seconds and access new biblical dates, people, places, and concepts in your Timeline and Factbook tools. Search Plato in your EBNE, click on his birth date, and see a detailed Timeline view showcasing other key events during the Classical Greek era.

The EBNE will add massive amounts of information and media to your library.

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Encyclopedia Britannica Noet Edition offers the gold standard for general reference tools.

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Immerse Yourself in the Season of Lent with This Daily Devotional

40-Days-to-the-Cross_800x1200For your Lent devotional readings, pick up a copy of 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers for just $4.95.

The Gospel writers of the New Testament show Jesus spending 40 days in the wilderness, fasting, and being tempted by Satan. Following this pattern, Christians from many church traditions have marked the occasion of Jesus’ death and resurrection by a similar period of fasting known as Lent. The traditional calendar for Lent goes from Ash Wednesday to Easter, with exceptions for Sundays (typically a feast day). 40 Days to the Cross follows that format—40 devotionals spanning 46 days.

The season of Lent is one of anticipation; unlike Advent’s glorious culmination in the birth of Christ, Lent carries an element of mourning. Before we celebrate Easter and the joy of the Resurrection, the church commemorates the events leading to the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.

With 40 Days to the Cross, you’ll journey through the last days of Jesus’ ministry with readings from Mark’s Gospel. Accompanying each reading is a reflection from great Christian thinkers throughout the centuries—from Augustine and John Chrysostom to Dwight L. Moody and Charles H. Spurgeon. As an ebook available in the Logos and Vyrso formats, 40 Days to the Cross also allows you to journal at the end of each devotional entry.

40 Days to the Cross contains:

  • Daily confessions from the Psalms
  • Daily readings from the Gospel of Mark
  • Curated writings from church fathers and theologians like Iranaeus, John Chrysostom, and John Newton
  • Devotional reflection questions
  • Space for journaling responses

Use this daily devotional to jump-start your personal devotions during the Lenten season.

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Logos 6: Create Quick Collections to Improve Searching

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.

At Camp Logos, I often tell students that the challenge with Logos is not too little information, but too much information. For example, managing the results coming at us when we search all of our resources at once can be a steep hill to climb.

One secret to effective searching is creating multiple collections (user-created groupings of books used primarily for searching) and then only searching one collection at a time. At Camp Logos, I’ll encourage you to create two major types of collections:

  • Subject-matter collections, like history books or theology books
  • Author collections, like Tozer books or Piper books

By proactively creating these collections and searching only one at a time, you’ll retrieve information in more manageable portions.

Let’s imagine, however, that we forgot to create a collection, but we find ourselves in the midst of study only wanting to examine ethics books or resources written by Alfred Edersheim. In times like these, we can utilize quick collections in Logos 6.

For example, let’s imagine we’re studying sanctification in 1 Corinthians 1:30:

  • Open a Bible, like the ESV, to 1 Corinthians 1:30 (A)
  • Right click the word sanctification (B)
  • Select from the context menu the English word sanctification (C)
  • Select Search all resources (D)

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Notice that the search panel opens with thousands of hits, which is overwhelming (E). We then decide we just want to search ethics books, but we haven’t previously created that collection.

So try this:

  • Click the resources-to-search drop-down list, which currently says All Resources (F)

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  • Type this simple collection rule in the Find box: subject:ethics (G)
  • Select the line indicating the number of resources matching the rule (H)

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  • Notice that Logos automatically searches just those resources, which produces fewer hits (I)
  • Click the resources-to-search drop-down list again (J)

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  • Type this collection rule in the Find box: author:edersheim (K)
  • Select the line indicating the number of resources matching the rule (L)

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  • Notice again that Logos automatically searches just those resources (M)

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All of the rules we employ to create official collections on the Tools menu work here in the Find box to create quick collections! These quick collections are temporary and are no substitute for official collections, but they can be very helpful to streamline searching on the fly.

For thorough instructions on using all of Logos 6′s tools, place your pre-order for the Logos 6 Training Manual: Volumes 1 & 2.

And for live, hands-on training, be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Columbus, Georgia (Atlanta area).

Get the Most out of Your Favorite Logos 6 Features with Specialized Collections

Ever wonder how to get the best performance and the most results out of your Passage and Exegetical Guides?

We’ve always said that having a bigger library helps get better results as you study the Bible. But now, for the first time, we’re creating collections around maximizing the performance of specific features in your software. Don’t just get a bigger library—get a library tailored to the type of study you do.

If you use any of these features regularly, these collections are especially for you!1

ancient-literature-collectionAncient Literature Collection

Turn your Silver library into a library that specializes in finding ancient-literature parallels to Bible passages. With this collection, you’ll have access to 25 additional volumes in your search for ancient texts that have implicit or explicit parallels and quotations of canonical Bible texts.

Find the Jewish and early Christian writings that engage your passages—add these volumes to your library today.

textual-variants-collectionTextual Variants Collection

Enhance your Gold library to maximize the Textual Variants results you’ll see in your Exegetical Guide. With these resources, you’ll fill out your Textual Variants section in its different resource categories, such as Apparatuses, Textual Commentaries, Ancient Versions, and Editions.

See ancient Aramaic, Latin, and Greek fragments that witness the variant readings we have in modern translations when you get this collection.

cultural-concepts-collectionCultural Concepts Collection

Augment your Bronze library’s potential for research on societies that both engaged with and were engaged by the Bible. With this collection, you’ll have additional source material to show how certain cultural values and standards are exhibited throughout ancient texts, as well as secondary material that studies the sociocultural aspects of the ancient world.

Sign in to your Logos.com account and check out your custom price on this essential collection.

timeline-collectionTimeline Collection

Travel from historical events in your Timeline to your library to find the event discussed at length. Put your study of historical theologies and ideas into context with detailed discussion of key events in biblical or world history.

Get the Timeline Collection: see your personalized price now, and grow your Bronze library’s scope of history and events.

Customize your library for your favorite features

Make sure you’re signed into your account so that you’ll see your custom Dynamic Price—a discount which takes into account any resources you already own. What’s more, you can get these on a payment plan to make the price right for you.

Add these collections to your library today!

  1. These collections do not contain the Logos 6 software that comes with each base package. A Bronze base package or higher is required to use the Timeline and Cultural Concepts tools; a Silver base package or higher is required to use the Ancient Literature section of the Passage Guide; and while Gold is not necessary to access the Textual Variants section of your Exegetical Guide, it does unlock the Online Manuscripts Dataset, allowing you to see high-quality images of the fragments and manuscripts that witness that text, giving you the full experience of Textual Variants feature. Any base package or crossgrade will get you at least the minimal experience of Textual Variants. []

Justification Reconsidered: An Interview with Stephen Westerholm

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We recently spoke with the author, Dr. Stephen Westerholm, about his book.

Can you give a brief overview of your projects in regards to justification in Paul?

Dr. Stephen Westerholm, McMaster University

In the early days of the discussion around Sanders’ Paul and Palestinian Judaism, I wrote Israel’s Law and the Church’s Faith: Paul and His Recent Interpreters. There I summarized and interacted with the work of a number of scholars who had anticipated significant points in Sanders’ book as well as his own contribution.

My Perspectives Old and New on Paul: The “Lutheran” Paul and His Critics was initially intended as a revised version of the earlier book, though it ended up being more than double its length. Extended treatment was given to Augustine, Luther, Calvin, and Wesley, as well as to a number of scholars who had contributed to the debate after the writing of Israel’s Law; and my own position—that, in its essence, the traditional understanding of “justification” is true to Paul, though post-Sanders Pauline scholarship has rightly drawn attention to the situation in which Paul first formulated the “doctrine” and to its social implications—is developed at much greater length.

In Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme, I attempted to state the case in a more accessible way—and with some updating. Those have been my main projects, though I have written a number of articles as well on various aspects of the debate.

One of your goals for writing was to make your work more accessible. However, for those less familiar with the New Perspective on Paul, why is this topic so important? How does the NPP directly affect the church member?

The social implications of what Paul wrote about justification have been duly emphasized by scholars of the New Perspective; but, to my mind, they tend to misconstrue (in various ways) what Paul means by “justification” itself. Since the topic is central in several of Paul’s letters, its correct understanding is important for a grasp of Paul’s gospel. Since, historically, different views of what Paul wrote about justification have divided churches, we cannot understand current divisions in Christendom without grappling with the issue.

On an individual level, the “peace with God” that Paul speaks of as a consequence of being “justified” (Romans 5:1) is, for many, a crucial part of their Christian experience as well as of their Christian faith. The question whether traditional understandings of justification are based on modern Western distortions of Paul’s message is thus hardly of trivial—or merely academic—significance.

Additionally, you write, “Those who do what they ought to do are righteous” in the “ordinary” and Pauline “sense of the word.” Do you have difficulty explaining the concept of what we “ought to do” to a postmodern society?

I attempted, very briefly, to evoke a sense for the notion in the final chapter of Justification Reconsidered. I attempted to do the same thing at greater length in chapter 3 of Understanding Paul: The Early Christian Worldview of the Letter to the Romans. The rhetoric of our day may prefer to speak of personal values rather than moral obligations. Not far beneath the surface, however, a sense for the latter remains very much in place: witness the editorial pages of our newspapers, which give daily expression to moral indignation. With the opening section of C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, I believe that “right and wrong” continue to serve “as a clue to the meaning of the universe.”

In your conclusion, you mention “social implications.” Can you elaborate on what some of these might be?

In telling the Galatian (non-Jewish) believers that they ought not to be circumcised, Paul insisted that circumcision was part of a divine economy where obedience to the demands of God’s law served as the path to life in God’s favor, but where all who fail to yield such obedience are condemned. Placing all human beings in the latter category, Paul claims that the same path to life in God’s favor—through faith in Jesus Christ—has now been made available to all.

Hence, “Christian scholars today should feel free to find, in what Paul says about justification, a reason for denying that race, class, or gender can provide a basis for claiming, or for denying others a claim to, a right standing before God: Paul’s point, after all, is that human beings of all stripes are culpable before God, and God declares righteous any who believe” (Justification Reconsidered, 73–74).

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