Different Approaches to Apologetics

mobile-ed-apologetics-bundleApologetics can be narrowly defined as “a defense of the faith.”

More broadly, however, apologetics involves communicating the truth of Scripture to those around you. This will, at times, involve defending the claims of the Bible, but it may also involve showing people how the gospel addresses their needs or the needs of a culture at large.

Mobile Ed’s four-course Apologetics Bundle gives you an in-depth look at several different approaches to apologetics. It will help you to more effectively articulate the truth of the gospel in the specific context in which you live.

Covenantal apologetics

In AP120 Introducing Covenantal Apologetics I: Foundations and AP121 Introducing Covenantal Apologetics II: Applications, Dr. K. Scott Oliphint begins by showing how God defends his own glory throughout the Bible. Dr. Oliphint lays the biblical and theological foundation for covenantal apologetics by looking at important doctrines like the doctrine of God, the doctrine of man, the doctrine of Scripture, and the doctrine of salvation. After establishing this foundation, he discusses the topics of common grace, worldview, and the problem of evil, with an emphasis on how they relate to the defense of the Christian faith.

Apologetics in the postmodern context

Dr. Jim Belcher looks at the importance of contextualization in apologetics in his course AP211 Show and Tell: Apologetics in the Postmodern Context. He examines the nature of our postmodern society, including some reasons for the rise of postmodernism and the ways that the moral relativism of postmodernism has influenced our culture. In discussing contextualization, Dr. Belcher warns of both undercontextualizing the gospel, which can lessen its relevance, and overcontextualizing the gospel, which can lead to a watering down of the faith.

Apologetics in an urban context

In AP221 Apologetics in an Urban Context, Dr. Carl Ellis uses sociology, anthropology, and history as springboards for looking at apologetics, specifically applying them to the African American experience. He begins by exploring different worldviews and models of apologetics. Dr. Ellis then moves into a detailed discussion of the sociology, history, and theology of African Americans and looks at how the gospel can address the core concerns of African Americans. He concludes by noting that in order to fulfill the Great Commission, “it is imperative that we begin to apply the word of God to all areas of life and in all cultural contexts.”

These four courses will provide you with a variety of approaches to apologetics. You’ll gain a better understanding of the purpose of apologetics and learn how to better practice apologetics.

The Mobile Ed Apologetics Bundle ships on March 10, so pre-order it now for 40% off!

Spring Roundup: Last Chance to Save!

spring_roundup_lastchanceYou’re running out of time to freshen up your Bible study with the Logos spring roundup! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to save on resources to encourage your knowledge of the Word.

Choose from inspiring biographies, exciting commentaries, and comprehensive Bible study resources—just use coupon code SPRING15 at checkout to save!

Here are some key resources you can use to enhance your study:

james-evangelical-exegetical-commentaryJames: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (EEC) (21% off)

The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series seeks to incorporate the latest in biblical scholarship with an evangelical perspective. It combines historical, literary, and theological explanations with ideas for applying the Bible to everyday life.

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mary: devoted to gods plan: complete church curriculum for leaders and pastorsMary: Devoted to God’s Plan: Complete Church Curriculum for Leaders and Pastors (15% off)


Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan
helps your entire church dig deeper into the life of Mary—together.

This complete church curriculum for leaders and pastors features infographics, maps, artifact images, thought-provoking questions, blank answer boxes, Bible study tips, an annotated reading list, and printable handouts. The complete church curriculum for leaders and pastors includes everything in the individual or group-member version, plus videos, small group lesson plans, sermon outlines, and teaching slideshows.

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the lion of princeton: bb warfield as apologist and theologianThe Lion of Princeton: B.B. Warfield as Apologist and Theologian (33% off)

In The Lion of Princeton, Kim Riddlebarger investigates Warfield’s theological, apologetical, and polemical writings, bringing clarity to the confusion that surrounds this key figure of the Princeton tradition.

Riddlebarger provides a biographical overview of Warfield’s life and traces the growing appreciation for Warfield’s thought by contemporary Reformed thinkers. Furthermore, he evaluates the fundamental structures in Warfield’s overall theology and examines Warfield’s work in the field of systematic theology.

Get it now and save with coupon code SPRING15 at checkout!

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Don’t wait: this sale ends at 11:59 p.m. (PST) on March 3. Find the perfect resources to rejuvenate your study today!

Logos March Madness 2015 Is Here!

Round 1 Deals - Blog Image - 400x400 2Logos March Madness kicks off today! We have 64 authors pitted against one another for your votes. Pick your favorite author in each matchup and rally your friends to help vote them through. With names like N.T. Wright, D.A. Carson, and Douglas Moo, you have plenty of authors to choose from—check out all the matchups now and start voting!

Winning authors advance to the next round; the more rounds an author wins, the more you’ll save on their selected works! Once an author is eliminated, their selected works will go on sale. Discounts start at 30% and progress to 75% off for the champion.

Rounds end at 5:00 p.m. (PST) on the end date and the next round begins immediately after.

Here’s when each round will take place:

  • Round 1: March 2–6
  • Round 2: March 6–12
  • Round 3: March 12–16
  • Round 4: March 16–20
  • Round 5: March 20–24
  • Championship round: March 24–29

Powerful Bible study made simple

Logos 6 makes all your resources searchable and more accessible—you can do hundreds of hours of research in minutes. Search any verse or topic—like marriage, prayer, or grace—and get all the relevant commentaries, reference works, and media resources you need to get started.

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Logos 6: Opening Multiple Bibles on a Second Monitor

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 was recently emailed this question:

I study with a secondary monitor. I’d like to open on that screen a window containing several Bibles all linked together. How do I accomplish that?

This is an excellent question, with the answer utilizing several helpful Logos features. If you use multiple monitors with Logos, give the following steps a try.

First, open multiple Bibles in the same tile in the main Logos window:

  • Type ESV in the command box (A)

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  • Press the Enter key, which opens that Bible
  • Type NASB in the command box (B)

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  • Press the Enter key
  • Notice that the Bibles are probably in two separate tiles (C)

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  • Drag one Bible’s tab next to the other so they are both in the same tile (D)

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  • Open any additional Bibles you’d like
  • Makes sure all of your Bibles are in the same tile by dragging their tabs and placing them next to other Bible tabs (E)

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Next, place all Bibles in a floating window on the second monitor:

  • Right click any Bible tab (F)
  • Select Open all in a floating window (G)

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  • Notice all of the Bibles are now in a window separate from the main Logos window (H)

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  • Drag the floating window onto the second monitor

Now, place the Bibles in separate tiles in the floating window:

  • Click and hold a Bible tab in the floating window
  • Drag in and around the window noticing a blue highlighted area (I)

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  • Let go of the mouse, and the Bible will be placed in a tile where the blue highlight appeared (J)

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  • Repeat the above steps for the remaining Bible tabs so that all the Bibles are in separate tiles (K)

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Finally, link the Bible panels:

  • Chose the panel menu on a Bible (L)
  • Select Link set: A (M)

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  • Repeat the above steps for the other Bibles so they are all linked to set A (N)

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  • Type a reference like Matthew 6:33 in one of the reference boxes (O)

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  • Press the Enter key and notice that all of the Bibles move to that verse (P)

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As you can probably tell, using a second monitor enlarges your desktop for Bible study. Having your Bibles on another monitor allows you to use the main Logos window for guides, tools, searches, and other resources. You can also link the Bibles to a guide in the main window and the Bibles will follow that guide (or vice versa).

For added power, make sure to save this arrangement as a layout so you don’t have to recreate it in the future.

For more Logos training, be sure to check out the new Logos 6 Training Manual: Volumes 1 and 2.

And for live, hands-on training, be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Columbus, Georgia and Louisville, Kentucky.

Last Chance: Save on Top Lenten Resources

SocialShare_1200x630_V2Through March 2, you can save up to 33% on popular Lenten titles from authors like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, N.T. Wright, John Chrysostom, and others. Get resources for navigating and growing this Lenten season with 24 products ideal for prayer, meditation, and remembering Christ.

Plus, when you purchase the four Lent staff selections, you’ll also get The Fathers of the Desert (regularly $29.99) for free—get all five resources today!

Start preparing your heart today with these popular titles:

Top Lenten resources

Continue your Lenten journey of fasting, prayer, and meditation by saving on popular products during the Lent sale. Ever wonder what resources others are looking to during Lent? Here are the best-selling products since Ash Wednesday:

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God Is on the Cross: Reflections for Lent and Easter

These 40 stirring devotions will guide and inspire you as they move thematically through the weeks of Lent and Easter, encountering themes of prayerful reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the cross. Passages from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s letters and sermons provide special encouragement as you prepare yourself spiritually for Holy Week and Easter Sunday.

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Lent for Everyone Collection

Using N.T. Wright’s For Everyone Bible translation, this collection covers the three years of the Revised Common Lectionary. Wright’s accessible biblical translations and thoughtful reflections and prayers make this collection a valuable resource for getting the most out of the Lenten season.

Save big on these two resources, as well as Barefoot Prayers and Meditations for Great Lent. Plus, when you purchase all four, you’ll also get The Fathers of the Desert for free!

Top resources for preaching and study during Lent

feasting-on-the-wordFeasting on the Word

This lectionary commentary series offers the most extensive resource for preaching on the market today. The 12 volumes of this series cover all the Sundays in the three-year lectionary cycle, along with movable occasions, such as Christmas Day, Epiphany, Holy Week, and All Saints’ Day.

the-lectionary-commentary-theological-exegesis-for-sundays-textsThe Lectionary Commentary: Theological Exegesis for Sunday’s Texts

An unprecedented, monumental work, the three-volume Lectionary Commentary offers superb exegetical essays on 513 biblical texts from the Revised Common Lectionary spanning the three-year liturgical cycle. Written by 78 pastors, priests, and teachers from a variety of Christian traditions, these essays are meant primarily to serve as exegetical jump-starts for busy preachers.

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Hurry—the Lent sale ends March 2 at 11:59 p.m. (PST). Start preparing your heart today!

Don’t Miss the International Critical Commentary Series

international-critical-commentary-seriesDon’t miss your chance to save over $500.00 on the International Critical Commentary Series.

Today and tomorrow, you can add this series to your Logos library at an incredible price.

Search original-language scholarship

The original-language scholars who contributed to this series possess a depth of knowledge available to you when you reference the International Critical Commentary. Even though you may not be familiar with ancient Greek works, the ICC provides access to those who are. For example, in his commentary on John 1–4, John F. McHugh notes:

Ἐν ἀρχῇ. The absence of the article is normal, even classical, in such prepositional phrases, especially in designations of time (BDF 255 [3]). Thus Thucydides writes (I 35,5) ὥσπερ ἐν ἀρχῇ ὑπείπομεν, and Plato (Timaeus 28b), ἐν ἀρχῇ δεῖν σκοπεῖν.

References to Plato and Thucydides are tagged in your Logos library, allowing you to do primary-source research. Here, the benefits of the Logos edition truly shine.

Gain devotional insights

In the same chapter, McHugh takes an introspective look at John 1:3:

One may then recall that in Gen 1, the creation proceeds from day to day, in a careful logical succession, establishing the conditions in which living things may grow until on the sixth day, when all is at last ready for the completion of the work, God creates the land-based beasts and finally the human race. In Genesis, all these things, from the first creation (light) to the last, were brought into existence through God’s Word. So in the Fourth Gospel, all proceeds towards the restoration of life for the entire human race on the sixth day of the final week of Jesus’ earthly life, with Paradise Restored.

Through careful exegesis, we rediscover the beauty of creation in the work of Jesus Christ. As McHugh points out, the careful crafting of Genesis 1 plays out in John’s Gospel as he gently leads the reader toward that final, restorative act: the passion week.

Enjoy the benefit of Dynamic Pricing

Continue to build your library with additional volumes. Once new commentaries are released in the Logos format, they become available to you at a steep discount. As we mentioned in aprevious post, you never pay for the same book twice.

What are you waiting for? Get the International Critical Commentary Series today and save!

Bundle 8 Classics for Your Phone, Tablet, or Desktop

TabletBundleThe new Tablet Bundle is designed with your mobile device in mind. With this bundle, you’ll get top resources that you can read from cover to cover on your tablet, phone, or desktop.

The Tablet Bundle is the easiest way to load your mobile device with eight classic works by R.C. Sproul, N.T. Wright, John Piper, and others.

Get the Tablet Bundle today and save more than 40% on must-have resources by some of the world’s most popular theologians!

Explore biblical themes

Focusing on prayer, grace, Jesus, and the Christian life, the table bundle is an ideal resource, made for you to read cover to cover on your tablet or mobile device.

The Tablet Bundle features title you won’t want to miss. Get popular works from the most popular theologians in modern history. Consisting of Christian books for the whole family, this collection is perfect for reading with your loved ones. And best of all, you can get it right now for more than 40% off!

Expand your digital library

A Godward Life: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life by John Piper

This collection of 120 brief meditations concentrates on savoring the supremacy of God in all of life. These daily meditations encompass many topics—from intensely personal concerns to vital public and cultural issues—yet are all deeply rooted in Scripture. They are intended to help you place God fully at the center of every thought, every action, every choice, and every love—at the center of all that you are and all that you do.

Simply Christian by N.T. Wright

Simply Christian is essential reading for anyone who wants to consider the real fundamentals of Christianity or is intrigued by its claims about the place of justice, beauty, and love in our daily lives. Written in a lively and accessible style, though rooted in solid scholarship, this book describes the exciting relevance of the Bible and the Christian story for the contemporary world. N.T. Wright’s contribution to this intense debate brings fresh clarity to many puzzling questions.

Power and Peace in Prayer by R.A. Torrey

This title is designed so that it can be read in one sitting. R.A. Torrey’s classic text is a spiritual gem that has remained popular for over 100 years, celebrating the power of prayer. Beginning with the importance of prayer, Torrey’s practical guidebook covers the how, the when, and—most importantly—the why of praying. This version is an excellent devotional resource for any Christian library.

The Tablet Bundle also includes Christian Perfection by P.T. Forsyth, The Unexpected Jesus by R.C. Sproul, Sovereign Grace by D.L. Moody, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis, and The Gifts of the Child Christ and Other Tales by George MacDonald.

Take your new books anywhere

The free Logos mobile app syncs your notes and highlights from device to device, allowing you to access your same notes whether you wrote them on your desktop, tablet, or smartphone. And with intelligent bookmarking, you can start reading on your phone, take a break, and seamlessly resume reading from your desktop or tablet.

Download the Logos app for iOS and Android today!

Save over 40%!

Regularly $97.60, the Tablet Bundle offers all eight books for just $54.95. This is a fast and easy way to build your mobile library with books to read from start to finish—and save money while doing it!

Start reading on your phone or tablet right now: get the Table Bundle today!

Logos’ Best Sellers of 2014

Top50-AppMessage 2We’ve compiled a list of 2014’s top 50 best-selling Logos resources so you can see which ones are favorites among Logos users! These resources cover topics like theology and New Testament studies, and they range from large collections to single-volume commentaries.

Browse all of 2014′s best-selling resources today—you’ll be sure to find a few to add to your library.

Take a closer look at five of 2014’s best-selling resources under $100 each:

1. Bible Study Magazine—$19.95

Bible Study Magazine delivers tools and methods for Bible study, as well as insights from respected Bible teachers, professors, historians, and archaeologists. In every 48-page issue, you’ll get sound advice and enriching insights from the pastors and scholars who have spent a lifetime applying the Bible to their lives and teaching others how to do the same.

2. I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible—$14.95

I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible visits some of the Bible’s most obscure passages, unveiling their ancient context to help you interpret them today. Many people ignore these baffling passages, but Dr. Michael Heiser helps you appreciate their importance. Read this book, and you’ll never have to be bored by the Bible again.

3. New Dictionary of Biblical Theology—$49.95

At the heart of this work is an A-to-Z encyclopedia of over 200 key biblical-theological themes, such as atonement, creation, eschatology, Israel, Jesus Christ, the kingdom of God, redemption, suffering, wisdom, and worship. Students and communicators of the Bible will find articles exploring the theology of each biblical book. And for those interested in the wider discipline of biblical theology, major articles explore foundational issues like the history of biblical theology, the challenges raised against biblical theology, and the unity and diversity of Scripture.

4. Read Greek in 30 Days or Less—$25.95

This volume covers Greek’s most essential grammatical concepts in 10 short lessons, with easy-to-understand techniques and useful examples from the New Testament and other Greek texts. This is a great tool for quickly building your Greek skills, regardless of your previous knowledge.

5. The Bible Speaks Today: New Testament—$99.95

This 22-volume series offers both in-depth analysis and practical application. John Stott (series editor and author of eight volumes) and other biblical scholars accurately expound the texts, clearly explain the messages, and relate the books to contemporary life. If you want a readable, insightful look at the New Testament, this is the collection for you.

Add these best-selling resources and more to your library today!

Freshen Up Your Study with Spring’s Best Deals

Spring Roundup

Freshen up your Bible study with the spring roundup! Save on exciting resources to encourage your knowledge of the Word. Choose from inspiring biographies, exciting commentaries, and comprehensive Bible study resources. Use coupon code SPRING15 at checkout to save!

Here are some great deals you won’t want to miss:

New Covenant Commentary Series26% off the New Covenant Commentary Series

Compiled by contributors with a diverse range of backgrounds, this five-volume set is devoted to biblical interpretation and theological reflection. Gain a clear view of both theology and application with this stimulating collection as it unwraps each selected New Testament book section by section.

Get it now for $69.99 with coupon code SPRING15 at checkout. 

Saint Chrysostom and Saint Augustine46% off Saint Chrysostom and Saint Augustine

Study two of church history’s towering figures with Philip Schaff—Chrysostom, the greatest of the Greek Fathers, and Augustine, the greatest of the Latin Fathers. “The memory of St. Chrysostom and St. Augustine can never die,” says Schaff. “They left their mark on every page of church history, and their teaching and example will continue to prepare preachers and encourage believers.”

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Knowing the Bible Series20% off the Knowing the Bible Series

Discover significant insights for learning and studying the Bible with these 12-week guides. This enlightening course guides you through each book and answers questions around those books’ important themes and passages. This series is perfect for anyone wanting to enrich their personal or group study.

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Make sure to check out the other inspiring biographies, exciting commentaries, and comprehensive Bible study resources on sale. See all deals today!

Save on the Latest Resources from Dr. Steven Runge

High Definition Commentary: JamesDr. Steve Runge wants to help everyone grasp the intricacies of biblical text, whether they know the original languages or not. To that end, he’s spent years studying discourse analysis and presenting his findings in ways that anyone can understand.

Filled with custom-designed slides and helpful illustrations, his High Definition Commentaries examine the linguistic and literary clues in the text, highlighting what you need to know. Each commentary follows the flow of a biblical book, presenting the big ideas of each passage and applying Dr. Runge’s linguistic and exegetical expertise to guide your study.

Listen as he explains the unique way these resources approach the text:

Be sure to also check out the recent webinar where he explains his process in greater detail.

Dr. Runge is currently working on the High Definition Commentary: James. And now is the time to pre-order—we lowered the Pre-Pub price to only $19.99, but that price will go up when it ships.

Want to save on the earlier volumes? Just use coupon code GNTDBSALE to take 15% off Philippians, Romans, or any of the following discourse resources from Dr. Runge:

But hurry—these discounts are only good through February 27.

Add Dr. Runge’s discourse resources to your library today!