Context Matters: Dr. John Walton Explains Why

mobile-ed-john-walton-background-of-the-old-testament-bundleThanks to Mobile Ed, you can sit under the dynamic instruction of professors like Dr. John Walton of Wheaton College from the comfort of your own living room.

Dr. Walton has been teaching about the the ancient cultures in which the Bible was written for more than 20 years. In his two-course set on Old Testament backgrounds, Dr. Walton teaches how to analyze the Old Testament text on its own terms, and understanding the original author’s intent in context.

Check out this animated preview to see the kinds of topics Dr. Walton addresses in these courses:

Context matters. That’s why we’ve built so many tools into Logos 6 to help you understand the culture in which the text was written. Cultural Concepts was designed with this very purpose in mind. Over 1,000 cultural concepts across 80,000 hand-labeled tags make ancient ideas accessible to modern readers like you and me.

Use tools like Logos 6′s Cultural Concepts and courses like Dr. Walton’s to deliver helpful and refreshing biblical insights to those around you.

Master Old Testament backgrounds with Dr. Walton’s two-course bundle, and get Logos 6 to continue learning with tools like Cultural Concepts.

Logos 6 Crossgrades: Get the Latest Bible Study Tools

crossgrade-options-logos-6It’s time for you to make the jump to Logos 6. Introductory offers are ending February 2, which means that if you wait any longer, you’ll miss out on 15% discounts and limited-time gifts with your Logos 6 purchase.

You’ve seen the amazing things Logos 6 can do, and a new Logos 6 library will give you the best experience: you’ll get key resources and tools that allow you to make new connections between texts and uncover biblical insights.

But maybe you’re happy with your current library, you prefer building your library book by book, or a base package just isn’t in your budget right now. That’s OK: we created a few options just for you!

They’re called crossgrades.

Crossgrading gives you Logos 6’s tools and capabilities without a whole new library. If you just want to study with Logos 6’s powerful functionality, a crossgrade is perfect for you. You’ll still keep all your current books and notes. Plus, if you decide to upgrade to a base package later, you can take advantage of Dynamic Pricing and only pay for what’s new to you.

You can choose from three different crossgrade options:

core-crossgrade-logos-6Core Crossgrade

Regularly $399.95, get it for $33.33/month (for 12 months)

Core Crossgrade offers all the tools and datasets you’ll find in Logos 6 Silver. This option is best if you want to get the basics but don’t need the entire suite of advanced tools found in Gold and higher. You’ll get Interactive Media like converters and infographics, the Ancient Literature tool, the Propositional Flow Outline, Factbook, and more.
 

feature-crossgrade-logos-6Feature Crossgrade

Regularly $599.95, get it for $47.50/month (for 12 months)

If you want Logos 6′s full functionality, Feature Crossgrade is for you. This is a great option if you’re happy with your current library, but you want all of Logos 6’s new tools, datasets, and media. In addition to all the tools and datasets in Core Crossgrade, you’ll get Textual Variants, the Psalms and Proverbs Explorers, the Sense Section, and more!
 

extended-crossgrade-logos-6Extended Crossgrade

Regularly $799.95, get it for $61.66/month (for 12 months)

Extended Crossgrade offers the best value: you’ll get all of Logos 6’s tools and datasets, plus a collection of additional resources—a $1,300.00 value! In addition to new tools, you’ll get a selection of Bible translations, interlinears, lectionaries, and classic works.

Choose your crossgrade today!

With payment plans, you can spread the cost of any crossgrade over 12 months: for example, with Feature Crossgrade, you could get all of Logos 6’s tools for less than $50 a month (or less than $1.10 a day). Start using your new software right away—without having to pay the full amount up front.

Now’s the best time to get Logos 6: select a crossgrade option today so you don’t miss out on all of their cutting-edge tools and functionality.

Or give us a call on the Upgrade Express at 888-875-9491—we’ll help you find the perfect option right away!

Logos 6: Locate Verses for a Character Study

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.

A character study is a very rewarding type of Bible study. A character study is finding all mentions of a person in the Bible and then examining the characteristics of his or her life.

The challenge to this method of research is locating all biblical references to a person! That challenge just got easier with Logos 6. Let’s imagine we want to investigate Barnabas throughout the New Testament. Our research begins with listing of all mentions of the man. Try this:

  • Open a Bible, like the ESV
  • Navigate to a passage of Scripture which mentions the man Barnabas, such as Acts 4:36 (A)
  • Right click on a word referring to Barnabas, such as Joseph—his real name (B)
  • Select from the content menu Barnabas Person (C)
  • Select a search option, such as Search this resource (inline) (D)

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  • Notice only the verses referencing Barnabas now appear in the resource panel (E)

morris-proctor-locate-verses-for-a-character-study-2 As you move through the Inline Search hits, you’ll see that Barnabas is not only referred to by name, but also as good man, apostlecompanion, and more.

We have just combined the referent dataset with a right-click Inline Search to quickly locate all the times a person is mentioned in the Bible. A thorough examination of these verses will now yield some encouraging insights about this man of God in the early church!

For more detailed information about working with Inline Search, as well as the rest of Logos 6′s new tools, check out these new Logos 6 training materials:

Also be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Houston, TexasOklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Columbus, Georgia.

Last Chance: The Works of Jonathan Edwards Shipping Soon

the-works-of-jonathan-edwardsJonathan Edwards was an American theologian who left his mark on Reformed theology through his fiery preaching and extensive writings and is widely read by pastors, in seminaries, and the academy.

The critical edition of his writings—produced by Yale University Press—is one of the most important intellectual and publication achievements of the past century, containing notes, sermons, and treatises that have remained unpublished until now.

On January 19, we’ll ship this monumental collection and provide you with access the most dynamic edition of Edwards’ works available today.

Make sure to place your order in order to take advantage of the reduced Pre-Pub price of $899.95—30% off the regular price!

America’s premier theologian

Jonathan Edwards was the only son of Timothy Edwards, a minister, and Esther Stoddard, the daughter of a respected minister from Massachusetts. At 13, Edwards entered Yale College where he studied natural sciences along with theology and the humanities—graduating in 1720 as valedictorian. While at Yale, he began writing extensively on science—even drawing up a plan for a magnum opus on “natural philosophy” that was never completed. After graduation, he preached in a Presbyterian church as their “pulpit supply,” but not their pastor, while also teaching at Yale College.

In 1720, he began to record his famous “Resolutions” and felt overwhelmed by the grace of God, something he previously feared and hated. By 1727, he was ordained minister of the church at Northampton where his grandfather also pastored. In the same year, he married Sarah Pierpont, who also hailed from a family of ministers. Though his early years in Northampton were difficult, revival broke out in the congregation and began to spread throughout New England, becoming what we now call the first Great Awakening. Though criticized by traditional and Enlightenment-minded clergy, Edwards vigorously defended the revival from its critics, penning A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God to document the events first hand and to counter Old Light theologians who scoffed at the revival as “mere enthusiasm.”

Although a sought-after speaker throughout the region and abroad, Edwards was never very popular in his own church, and after withholding communion from erring members of his congregation, he was removed from the pulpit at Northampton. He took up the pastorate of a church in Stockbridge before replacing Aaron Burr Sr. as the president of the College of New Jersey (Princeton University). Jonathan Edwards died on March 22, 1758 from complications from a smallpox inoculation.

Edwards, the writer

Edwards’ writing spans a variety of topics, including theology and history, as well as natural and theoretical philosophy. Many of his writings came in the form of sermons, the most famous of which is “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”—an exposition on the fate of unrepentant humanity.

He also wrote penetrating theological treatises, such as Freedom of the Will, The Great Christian Doctrine of Original Sin Defended, and Religious Affections—each of which provided forceful defenses of God’s activity in the world and of traditional Reformed doctrine.

Arguably his most intellectually creative work, The End for Which God Created the World, is a fascinating exposition that John Piper describes as “a vision of God” that “took me captive thirty years ago and has put its stamp on every part of my life and ministry.” Edwards also edited the diary of influential Native American missionary David Brainerd, helping to ensure its preservation.

With Logos, Edwards’ works are completely searchable. Whether you’re looking for every occurrence of the word “hell” in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” or “grace” in Religious Affections, Logos finds exactly what you are looking for. And whenever you perform a search in the Passage Guide or Sermon Starter Guide, Edwards’ relevant sermons are pulled into your results, allowing you to glean the most important material for your study. Edwards’ writings are now in a format that will benefit students, pastors, and scholars alike in both research and writing.

Get a glimpse into how you can use these works in your studies:

This discount is going away soon!

The Works of Jonathan Edwards will ship January 19. Until then, you can take advantage of this amazing content at an incredible price. Pre-order this collection for $899.95 (30% off the regular price) before it ships!

Don’t wait—pre-order The Works of Jonathan Edwards before January 19 and save!

Why You Need More Books (Even If You Think You Don’t)

It's not just about more books: it's about the connections between themIf you evaluate the value of Logos resources and the value of print books by the same standards, you’re bound to miss some of what makes Logos resources special.

To understand what you get when you add a book to your Logos library, you have to understand both how they differ from print books and how they integrate with your software’s tools.

Logos resources are more than just books

When you get new Logos resources, you get more than just texts to read. You can’t just think of Logos resources the same way as their traditional print counterparts, meant to be referred to occasionally or read from cover to cover. You also have to think of them as information and data sources.

A lot of people resist the idea of growing their library and fall into a trap of thinking, “I already have more books than I’ll ever be able to read.”

But remember—Logos resources aren’t the same as print books.

In the traditional sense, a book only provides value when you take it off the shelf and manually approach it—whether to read it from start to finish, or to look up a particular chapter or section you’re familiar with.

You can do all of that with a Logos resource; it’s easy to open a book and read it on your screen or jump to a specific section (just like you do with your print books!)—but that’s only a small part of its value. The value is found in specialized tagging and corresponding tools built around content in the Logos format.

Logos will expose content in the midst of your study—content that would’ve otherwise been left on your bookshelf. You don’t have to know what every book in your library contains: we’ll do that heavy lifting for you and present you with the most relevant information.

Here are a couple reasons why you’ll benefit from a bigger library:

  • You’ll get more out of Logos 6’s tools when they have an information source to pull from. Think of your Logos library as a giant database: the larger this source, the better your tools will perform. Your searches will be more comprehensive, your guides will contain more content, and you’ll have more primary and secondary sources to draw from in your research. Even if you never spend focused time studying new resources, they’ll help you from behind the scenes, powering your favorite tools.
  • Adding new books will increase the value of the resources you already own. You might think your library is completely sufficient for your study, and maybe that’s true. Maybe you won’t ever need to read or study more books. But what if your favorite books were even more valuable? That’s the power that comes from increasing the size of your library: when you add more resources, you’ll get more out of your existing resources. By linking your resources together, you’ll get additional relevant background information and link new pieces of information that you would’ve missed before.

Here’s how it works with sermons

Let’s say you have a library filled with sermons, like the Preaching and Sermons Bundle. You can treat your library just like you would a traditional library, selecting a sermon and reading through it—and that’s fine! But if you do that, you’ll miss out on what makes sermons in the Logos format so useful.

The sermons in your library have special tagging that labels them by criteria like title, preacher, passage, and content. This tagging powers the Sermon Starter Guide found in Logos 5 and 6; your tools pull from it to expose content.

This tool allows you to effectively use a large library. You don’t have to maintain an intimate knowledge of every sermon in your library or spend hours searching for the right information: the Sermon Starter Guide will help you get at what you need to know without a time-intensive search. Whether you’re a pastor looking to see how others have approached a topic, or you’d just like to hear sermons on a specific biblical passage, you’ll quickly have all of your library’s relevant information right in front of you.

All of a sudden, the special markup and tooling found in the Logos format give you a lot more from your collection of sermons than just the ability to open and read them one by one.

In a traditional library, your works aren’t helping you when they sit on the shelf, so it makes sense to limit the size of your library to the books that you refer to regularly. That’s simply not the case with Logos libraries—they’re the equivalent, plus more.

How does this help me?

You’re getting more out of your books when they’re in the Logos format than when they’re just print resources, but what is that “something more?”

It’s where you’ll find unexpected insights. They might come from an author you’ve never heard of, a book you never expected to read, or a resource you forgot was even in your library.

When you add a book or collection to your library, you might not know how you’ll use it in the future. But you’ll only have the ability to do powerful searches and study if you own the resources.

You can often get books for just a couple dollars—when compared with the potential influence an insight or piece of wisdom can hold, the value becomes clear. You’ll be able to discover insights that will inspire you and help you impact others—even if you never read the book cover to cover.

So, what are the best ways to get more books?

If you don’t have a Logos 6 base package, that’s where you should start. Base packages are the ideal foundation for your library: you’ll get a combination of tools, datasets, and resources. If you’re looking for a specific recommendation, try Logos 6 Gold: not only will you get a great selection of books, you’ll also get all of Logos 6’s tools and media.

Get Logos 6 now!

If you already have a Logos 6 base package, consider one of these options:

Cultivate a Big-Picture View of Scripture: This App Makes It Easier

every-day-bible-appThe Bible is a big book. Many people read it faithfully every day for years, and still never develop a big-picture view of it.

For example:

  • How does the story of the Exodus foreshadow the earthly ministry of Jesus?
  • Why would God direct the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute?

The reading plan and devotional built into the Every Day Bible app make answers to these and other difficult questions more accessible. Pairing Old and New Testament passages with a selection of biblical poetry each day, Every Day Bible invites you to develop a big-picture view of scripture, discovering connections between passages that you may not have noticed before.

And it’s not too late to jump into a year-long journey through scripture with Every Day Bible. You can start today at EveryDayBible.com, or—if you prefer—by downloading the Every Day Bible app for your Android or iOS device. The app is brilliantly simple—when you fire it up each day, you’ll jump right into the text with nothing new to learn or figure out.

So if this is your year to cultivate a big-picture view of scripture, the Every Day Bible app is ready to help.

Get this exceptional app—designed by the same team that brought you Logos 6—for free right now!

Individual Preaching and Discipling Courses Now Available!

mobile-ed-preaching-and-discipling-foundations-bundleLogos Mobile Ed’s Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle is a 10-course bundle that covers a wide array of topics related to ministry. It provides great teaching by leading speakers on topics like preaching, discipleship, ethics, and specific areas of ministry. We recognize that some of you may not want all 10 since the course topics are so diverse, so we’re making them all available individually.

Preaching

In CM100 Basic History of Preaching, Dr. Gary Carr highlights important preachers from the early church to today. In CM101 Basic Elements of Preaching: An Introduction to Homiletics, he surveys the basic elements of preparing and delivering a sermon.

Dr. J. Kent Edwards discusses why preaching is important in CM102 Invitation to Biblical Preaching I: Theological, Historical, and Pragmatic Reasons for Preaching. In CM103 Invitation to Biblical Preaching II: Preaching Biblical Sermons, he moves from exegesis to exposition, providing the tools necessary to prepare and preach a biblical sermon.

Discipleship

In ED101 Introducing Discipleship, Dr. Greg Ogden examines the biblical mandate to make disciples and provides a disciple-making strategy that can be used by churches or individuals. In ED201 Empowering God’s People for Ministry, he shows that all believers, not just church leaders, are called to minister.

Pastoral ministry

Dr. Michael Goheen identifies the missional calling of the church in PC101 Pastoral Ministry in a Missional Church, and describes how churches can be structured in a way to best fulfill this calling. In PC131 Shepherding Women, Dr. Bev Hislop looks at the biblical portrayal of women and discusses ways to enhance the pastoral care of women.

Practical theology

In PC151 Theology of Everyday Life, Dr. Dan Doriani looks at what Scripture has to say about practical, everyday areas of life, such as food, friendship, work, calling, and more. In PC201 Pastoral Ethics, he uses the Ten Commandments as a lens for analyzing Christian ethics.

Watch these previews to get a taste of each individual course:

 
You still get the most savings by ordering the 10-course bundle, but now you can also tailor your studies by getting each of these great courses by themselves.

Check out all Mobile Ed courses today!

Lexham Theological Wordbook: A Unique Resource Built for Logos 6

lexham-theological-wordbookLexham Press built a number of original resources specifically for Logos 6. We’ve made the Lexham Bible Dictionary bigger and better than ever, and DIY Bible Study helps you step into the story of the Bible.

But one of the most exciting new resources we’ve built is the Lexham Theological Wordbook. This resource is designed to make the original biblical languages accessible to people from all interest levels. Plus, it’s designed to work seamlessly with your Logos Bible Software library.

A new spin on a lexicon

For any serious student of Hebrew and Greek, there are a number of lexical resources that are required for study—resources like the Hebrew–Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT) and the Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament and Early Christian Literature (BDAG). These resources are geared toward intense academic work, which can make them less accessible to students and virtually inaccessible to anyone without formal training.

That’s where the Lexham Theological Wordbook aims to fill the gap. We’ve designed this wordbook to be useful for students who are learning the biblical languages, as well as accessible to a general audience who might be interested in understanding the Bible in its original context. The wordbook accomplishes this by organizing entries by concepts rather than Greek or Hebrew lemmas.

For example, the entry on “truth” begins with a brief summary of the concept and its theological applications:

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Once you’ve seen the overview of the concept, the lexical information is listed to give you an understanding of how individual words or phrases affect the meaning of the overall concept. Each lemma is glossed and defined, and example scriptural uses are provided:

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And since this resource was designed with Logos 6 in mind, all the concepts are linked to the Bible Word Study tool, the Sense Section, and other relevant Logos tools.

An amazing tool for original-language study

Whether you’re a student, a pastor, or just interested in the Bible in its original context, the Lexham Theological Wordbook is an invaluable resource:

The Lexham Theological Wordbook is an excellent tool. It is easy to use, provides precisely the lexical information one is looking for, and is completely reliable. No student or scholar of Scripture should work without it. Highly recommended!

—Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College

The Lexham Theological Wordbook uniquely blends together the benefits of lexicons and theological dictionaries while simultaneously showing how the meaning of Greek and Hebrew words informs biblical theology.

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The Lexham Theological Wordbook is exclusively available in most Logos 6 base packages. Right now, you can get 15% off any Logos 6 base package—but hurry, this offer ends soon.

Get the Lexham Theological Wordbook and hundreds of other amazing resources today!

Understand the Biblical World with Logos 6’s Cultural Concepts Tool

cultural-concepts-tool-logos-6With Logos 6, you get innovative tools that help you discover biblical insights by identifying connections that were difficult to find. One of these tools is Cultural Concepts.

Cultural Concepts leverages a brand-new dataset that’s the first of its kind in the world of biblical studies. Before this tool existed, you’d have to manually identify connections between the biblical text and extrabiblical literature that provided additional background and explanation on that passage’s cultural context.

But with Cultural Concepts, those connections are already established for you.

How to access Cultural Concepts

There are two primary ways to use this tool in your studies. The first way you can access Cultural Concepts is through the Passage Guide—this is the best approach when you’re preparing a sermon or Bible study lesson on a specific passage. The Passage Guide links to Factbook entries for each cultural concept—just navigate to the Cultural Concepts section in the Factbook, and you’ll get links to ancient literature, Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, and more. The second way is to simply right click any cultural concept right within your Bible’s text. If a cultural concept is tagged, it will show up in your context menu, and you can click on it to open its Factbook entry for further exploration.

The importance of cultural context

David Witthoff, team lead for the dataset’s creation, explains how Cultural Concepts came about:

The project started with a goal to help users find relevant cultural material that may be related to a passage they are studying. We thought that having a sort of index where ‘marriage’ or ‘sacrifice’ occurred, we could help students of the Bible find other examples of similar practices. By bringing these connections to users, we offer a way to make comparisons and contrasts between the Bible and the ancient world . . .

It was also created because there isn’t really a way to search conceptually. You can find keywords through word searches, but we went a level higher than this with concepts because the same words aren’t always used in relation to one concept.

Identifying the meaning behind cultural concepts helps you understand the biblical world in its ancient context. This tool delivers relevant cultural information from a world so different from ours today; it helps us develop a fuller, more comprehensive interpretation so that we can apply our findings to our lives, guiding modern application of biblical texts.

To see how to use Cultural Concepts, check out this step-by-step video tutorial:

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Now’s the best time to get Logos 6: time is running out to save with introductory offers!

For a limited time, you can save 15% on any Logos 6 purchase—including upgrades and crossgrades. Plus, you can get up to $900.00 worth of gifts with your purchase.

What are you waiting for? Get Logos 6 today!

5 Faithlife Groups Anyone Can Join

faithlife logoSome Faithlife Groups are just for you and a handful of other people—like your small group, or you and an accountability partner. But not every group needs or wants complete privacy.

You can join Faithlife Groups that use unique document-sharing capabilities, but there are a lot more ways to interact with your faith community.

If you want to explore Faithlife Groups but haven’t started one of your own yet, here are five groups anyone can join right now:

1. Prayer Partners

The prayer-list feature helps your group keep track of prayer requests. Prayer Partners is a public, user-created group that lets you share prayer requests with fellow believers who love to pray. If you have a passion for prayer, or want prayer yourself, check out this Faithlife Group.

2. Community Study Bible

There are lots of ways to use Community Notes, and this user-created group hopes to create a massive collection of insights from anyone and everyone. The group has over 150 members, and together they share thoughts on passages, notes from sermons, favorite verses, and more. If you want to see Community Notes in action, join Community Study Bible.

3. Natural Theology

To explore what can be known about God through natural human capacity, check out Prayson Daniel’s group, Natural Theology. The group shares and discusses quotes and articles about natural theology, reading plans and notes for famous works like Summa Theologica, and more. Join Natural Theology today and start a conversation. Or, grab some friends, and start a theology-based group of your own!

4. Faithlife Groups 101

If you consider yourself a hands-on learner, Faithlife Groups 101 is for you. Created by an experienced user, this public group gives you free reign to interact with new and experienced users (even some Faithlife employees!) and experiment with features until you’re comfortable starting a group of your own. Want to know how other people use Community Notes? Documents? Discussions? Ask away!

5. Faithlife Beta

Faithlife Beta is where users can make their voices heard. If you have requests about new features or fixes, this is one of the best places to go. If you use Faithlife Groups, join Faithlife Beta to give you a direct line to the developers who work on it every day. You can also use this group to test new features and provide feedback, so we can keep making Faithlife Groups a better tool for you and your faith community.

Faithlife Groups are perfect for small groups, families, and churches: start one today!

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With Logos 6, you get the tools of Logos Bible Software and the collaborative power of Faithlife Groups.

Get Logos 6 now and take advantage of introductory offers!