Pastor Appreciation Month Keeps Getting Better

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“And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.”
—Jeremiah 3:15

Pastor Appreciation Month is off to a great start as pastors around the world are acknowledged and honored for their hard work and sacrifice. Our Pastor Appreciation Month sale lasts all month long, and it’s chock-full of great deals on popular resources!

Plus, get The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 14 for free the entire month!

Deal of the day

Get the best price with the deal of the day. A new deal will drop at midnight Monday–Saturday, but the price will only last 24 hours. Make sure you never miss a deal—visit Logos.com/Pastor-Appreciation-Month now to see today’s deal.

A new sneak peek

Here’s a look at upcoming daily deals:

Day 9 (tomorrow!): Baker Illustrated Reference Collection (6 vols.) Collection
Studying the Bible can be difficult, or even mundane, if you can’t fully grasp a passage’s historical, social, political, or geographic context. This collection presents six comprehensive, accessible, and illustrated volumes to deepen your understanding of the Bible and guide you through its many layers of context and meaning.

Day 10: The New Daily Study Bible: New Testament (DSB) (17 vols.)
In this fantastic commentary for pastors, teachers, students, and laity, the words of William Barclay continue to inspire readers with his scripturally sound exegesis. Barclay’s purposefully accessible writing style is evidence of his passion for bringing the Word of God to laity as well as to biblical scholars.

Day 11: The Life and Works of George Whitefield (13 vols.)
In these volumes, you’ll find hundreds of letters and journal entries that illuminate George Whitefield’s character and his earnest desire to bring all whom he encountered to Christ.

Day 13: Teach the Text Commentary Series (6 vols.)
This series gives pastors the best in biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from interpretation to communication for each book of Scripture.

Celebrate all month long

Have you taken time to honor your church leaders this month? It’s never too late to let them know how much they mean to you, so be sure to take time to show your gratitude.

Don’t miss a single deal—sign up to hear about every Pastor Appreciation deal. Plus, get 30 days of Proclaim Church Presentation Software for free!




Have you honored your pastor this month? Share your story in the comments!

Bible Study Magazine’s 6-Year-Anniversary Issue and New Editor

bible-study-magazine-november-december-2014Nov.–Dec. 2014 marks Bible Study Magazine‘s six-year anniversary issue and our 37th issue overall. We announced the print magazine six and a half years ago here on LogosTalk, and our six-year-anniversary issue may be our best yet!

Here are some highlights from our Nov.–Dec. 2014 issue:

Rooted in the City of Brotherly Love: Dr. Eric Mason

When Dr. Eric Mason first felt the call to plant churches nearly 14 years ago, he envisioned himself as a kind of itinerant preacher. “I wanted to model my work after the Apostle Paul’s by planting a church, spending two or three years getting it up and running, and then moving on to plant another.” But God had different plans in store—now, he is rooted in the city of brotherly love because “with inner-city ministry, you have to be in it for the long haul.” This has taught Mason an incredible amount about biblical literacy and discipleship.

Read the rest of the story by senior writer Jessi Strong in Bible Study Magazine Nov.–Dec. 2014.

From Soviet Soldier to Seminary President

Andrey Kravstev, like many who grew up in the Soviet Union in the 1980s, was educated in atheism and nationalism. At age 19, he witnessed the decline of the Soviet Union and the revelation of government crimes against the people. Kravstev was a soldier in the Soviet army at the time and quickly grew disillusioned. “I found a page from the New Testament—just one page from John 18 that included the dialogue between Jesus and Pilate. . . . That passage struck my heart.” Now, Kravstev is a seminary president and says things like: “Familiarity with the Bible on its own doesn’t mean anything unless there’s an application—unless there’s a way you see it changing your life.”

Read the rest of the story by Jessi Strong in Bible Study Magazine Nov.–Dec. 2014.

Out of Slavery: Exodus

In this issue, we follow Israel’s journey out of Egypt and into the wilderness. While it’s a journey that begins with a high note, it has equally low points. After all the miracles, Israel doubts God and twists worship to their own liking. Throughout this story, God chooses to align himself with this feckless people. He has a desire for them: that they would be holy, set apart in order to show his goodness and justice to the world.

It’s easy to look down on Israel’s faith—but as we study the story closely, we can see ourselves. Our redemption has been bought for us with a frightening and glorious act—one that the changed the world forever. We’ve been set free from slavery and raised to new life in Christ. What does this look like in your life? What is your response to this freedom?

Read Rebecca Van Noord’s full introduction to our theme for this issue, “Out of Slavery: Exodus,” and the themed section itself in Bible Study Magazine Nov.–Dec. 2014.

Truly Love, Dangerously—A Special Letter from the Editor

“My dear friends, No generation is exactly like the one before it. . . . When I look at our world, I see a place that’s more interconnected than ever before. I see the opportunity to leverage these connections to transform lives. I see that, for the first time in all of history, we could very well bring the news of God’s freedom, in Jesus, to the ends of the earth.”

Continue reading (or listen to) the last letter from the editor on the Bible Study Magazine blog.

We’re making Bible Study Magazine even better

We’ve redesigned Bible Study Magazine under the direction of Christine Gerhart, added a section especially on Bible study with Logos Bible Software (in extra pages), and put even more thought into how to help you take your Bible study to the next level. Although Bible Study Magazine launched as an award-winning magazine, we have never stopped improving it. Bible Study Magazine is all about helping you get into the Word so that you can effectively make our world a better place!

This serves as my last issue as editor-in-chief of Bible Study Magazine. Rebecca Van Noord is the new editor-in-chief. She loves Jesus and is passionate about Bible study. Van Noord has been managing editor of Bible Study Magazine since April 2011 and has been with the publication since April 2010. She is a fantastic editor and an accomplished author. Van Noord coauthored Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional and coedited 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. I look forward to you experiencing even more of her creativity. It’s been an honor to serve Jesus as Bible Study Magazine’s editor-in-chief.

Don’t Miss October’s Discounts!

september-logos-monthly-saleWe have special deals running all October long, and you don’t have to miss a single one! Check out October’s monthly sale right now to see this month’s discounts.

Here are a few you won’t want to miss:

Basic Theology

Regularly $27.95get it for $21.95!

Charles Caldwell Ryrie takes the daunting topic of theology and creates an even-handed introduction and reference for a variety of major theological concerns. Ryrie delivers a systematic approach to Christian theology that will prove edifying to theologians at any level.

The Decades of Henry Bullinger (4 vols.) 

Regularly $99.95get it for $69.95!

The Decades of Henry Bullinger includes 50 godly and learned sermons, divided into five decades and containing the principal points of Christian religion. Bullinger’s sermons resonate with sympathy, love, grace, and tenderness not indicative of his time. With a passion for truth and God’s Word, Bullinger delivers messages that spurred and shaped the Reformation, yet still impact today’s church.

G. Campbell Morgan Collection (30 vols.)

Regularly $279.95get it for $229.95!

The 30-volume G. Campbell Morgan Collection is an excellent compilation of resources for anyone wishing to gain a more expansive knowledge of the Bible. This collection includes Morgan’s much-loved critical study of the Scriptures—the 10-volume Analyzed Bible—along with studies on the New Testament’s parables, a guide to the study of the Bible, and volumes on prayer, evangelism, and Christian living. This collection provides over 5,000 pages of wisdom and biblical studies that benefits pastors, theologians, and teachers alike.

These are just a few of the items on sale this month! Check out all of this month’s deals, and get big savings on some of our most popular works.

Logos 5: Ellipses in the Reverse Interlinear

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 friend and fellow Logos user recently emailed me the following scenario:

I came to John 1:34 in my study of the subject of election. As I looked at the verse in the NASB reverse interlinear, I noticed a dot (bullet) between the words “the” and “son”. What does that mean?

This is an excellent observation and question. First, I’ll set up what he was viewing.

  • Open the NASB to John 1:34 (A)
  • Notice the verse says “. . . this is the Son of God” (B)

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  • Click the Display link on the Bible’s toolbar (C)
  • Select InlineSurface, and Lemma (dictionary form of a word) (D)

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  • Notice the verse now reads “. . . this is the • Son of God” (E)
  • Look underneath the bullet and you’ll see a Greek lemma (F)

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In the reverse interlinear, this bullet represents an ellipsis.

The bullet may appear on the English line of text, meaning an original Hebrew or Greek word wasn’t translated in the English Bible, or the bullet may be on the lemma line, indicating an English word was inserted for clarification or smooth reading.

Even though the specific lemma wasn’t translated in John 1:34 in the NASB, with the interlinear information displayed, the lemma line is an active line of text.

  • Right click the bullet (G)
  • Select Lemma (H)
  • Select Search this resource (I)

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Look carefully at the search results, which display every occurrence of this word in the Greek text on which the English Bible is based, whether it’s translated in English or not (J).

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A situation like this may raise more questions than it answers, but Logos guides and resources can help:

  • Generate an Exegetical Guide (Guides | Exegetical Guide) for John 1:34 and pay close attention to the Apparatuses section, containing resources pointing out differences in the original language texts (K)
  • Generate a Passage Guide (Guides | Passage Guide)  for John 1:34, and in the Commentaries section, locate critical or textual commentaries you may own, which normally explain the variances in the original-language texts (L)

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While this scenario certainly isn’t an everyday occurrence in your Bible study, when you do come across an ellipsis, you know there’s some assistance for you in Logos.

If you’re looking for more assistance in navigating reverse interlinears, check out our other training materials.

Introducing the 125-Volume Romans Collection

the-romans-collection-125-volumesWe heard you liked Paul’s epistle to the Romans.

So we handpicked 125 diverse and key volumes in the study, interpretation, translation, and exegesis of Paul’s magnum opus. We made sure to encompass a wide variety of traditions, perspectives, and levels of scholarly depth to create a well-rounded collection.

What exactly is it?

The Romans Collection is an enormous collection of modern commentaries, classic commentaries, and monographs that study Romans’ socio-historical context, Greek text, Pauline thought, Jewish background—you get the idea.

We’ve pulled together commentaries from Pillar, the New American Commentary, the College Press NIV Commentary, the Socio-Rhetorical Commentary, the International Critical Commentary, and many more.

This collection even features classics—Charles Hodge, John Calvin, Henry Cowles, J.B. Lightfoot, Charles Gore, Albert Barnes, and many others.

It also includes perspectives from almost every Christian tradition imaginable (Evangelical, Baptist, Methodist/Wesleyan, Anglican, Roman Catholic, Reformed, Charismatic/Pentecostal, Lutheran, Unitarian, and more).

That’s a lot of stuff on Romans

Yes, but we’re just getting warmed up. These statistics just scratch the surface:

  • Over 90 volumes are commentaries
  • Over 40 of those commentaries were published in the past 40 years
  • Over 40,000 pages contain verse-by-verse commentary (imagine that in your Passage Guide)
  • Over 30 volumes deal specifically with Paul based on the context or content of Romans

That must be expensive . . .

Individually, these volumes would cost you $2,838.50 from our store, but bundled together with an introductory discount, you save more than 70%! Right now, you can get this expansive for only $749.95. Don’t have $749.95 sitting around? Monthly payments come to around $67/month for just 12 months.

If $67/month is still too steep, don’t be surprised to find your personal price a bit lower. Dynamic Pricing can significantly lower your price if you already own any of this collection’s volumes. You’ll only pay for the books you don’t already own in Logos.

Visit Logos.com and sign in to see your personalized discount.

So, what’s the catch?

If it seems like a dream come true, we hate to burst your bubble, but this dream won’t last forever. The Romans Collection’s price is increasing to $1,199.95 on October 24, so act fast to secure these savings!

Get $100 Off This Month’s Top Product!

logos-top-product-october-interpretationThis month only, you can save $100.00 on one of our best-selling theological resources—Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (INT).1

Through October 31, you can add this 43-volume collection to your Logos library at a special discount. Just use coupon code INTERPRET at checkout to save.

Enhance your understanding of key biblical texts

The Interpretation series takes a closer look at the ancient biblical text by incorporating a dialogue with the critical questions and problems of contemporary life and faith.

Each commentary expands on specific passages that are commonly used in teaching and preaching—you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of early biblical concepts that were once complex and difficult to communicate with aspiring Bible scholars.

What people are saying about the INT

Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (INT) has received widespread acclaim because of the meaningful way it offers an interpretation of biblical text, combining historical scholarship and theological purpose from teachers, preachers, and serious students of the Bible:

The Interpretation series from Westminster John Knox Press is clearly established as a rich source for teaching and preaching. They have tapped the talents of a varied and esteemed group of contributors, resulting in what is clearly the essential comprehensive commentary series on the Bible.

—W. Eugene March, A.B. Rhodes Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

The Interpretation series is an invaluable resource for any leader or scholar interested in interpreting the biblical text to the broader church. Its works are essential for pastors, educators, and church libraries.

—Brian K. Blount, president and professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary

Get it today!

Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (INT) gives you full-length commentaries on the Old and New Testaments, as well as a detailed introduction by each of its 41 esteemed authors.

Take advantage of limited-time savings on this renowned resource—get $100.00 off Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (INT) today when you use coupon code INTERPRET at checkout.

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Last Chance: Save on the David W. Baker Old Testament Bundle

mobile-ed-david-w-baker-old-testament-bundleThe two-course David W. Baker Old Testament Bundle is shipping soon: pre-order these courses for 40% off before the price goes up!

These courses are more than just academic studies—they cover content important for both life and ministry. You’ll discover the practicality of wisdom literature, the beauty of Hebrew poetry, and the relevance of Old Testament prophecy. Dr. Baker is excited to show you that, even among the Minor Prophets, there’s an abundance of rich material that will preach.

If you’re just starting to read and study the Old Testament, or if you’ve been hesitant to preach or teach through the Old Testament’s challenging genres, these courses are perfect for you! You’ll get two valuable courses, which integrate into your Logos library:

  • OT102 Introducing the Old Testament: Its Poetry and Prophecy (4 hours)
  • OT232 A Survey of Amos, Joel, Obadiah, and Malachi (6 hours)

Dr. David W. Baker is professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Ashland Theological Seminary, and he has authored a number of commentaries, including volumes in the NIV Application Commentary series, the Tyndale Commentaries, and the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series. If you’re looking to better understand God’s message in the Old Testament, Dr. Baker is the perfect guide.

Last chance to save!

Save 40% on these courses while you can by pre-ordering the David W. Baker Old Testament Bundle. Claim yours today!

New to Mobile Ed?

Logos Mobile Education is advancing the standard of theological education. With Mobile Ed, you can learn from renowned teachers and integrate their carefully designed courses with your Logos library. Mobile Ed is a new way to learn, as well as a new way to grow in your ministry, scriptural knowledge, and spiritual walk.

Learn more about Logos Mobile Ed.

Master the 15 Document Types: Part 2

Logos 5′s documents menu gives you 11 different document types (and Documents.Logos.com reveals four more). Each one works a little differently, so you’ll always have the right tool for the job.

Last week we explored the first five; this week we’ll tackle the remaining ten.

To see examples of all 15 document types, join the Logos Sample Documents Faithlife group.

6. Reading plan

Logos scores top marks as a research tool. Tagging powers some of the most useful searching available anywhere. Tools like Clause Search and the Bible Word Study eliminate thousands of hours spent flipping pages and scanning book indexes.

But if you’d like to read a book from cover to cover, Logos performs just as admirably, thanks to the reading-plan document type. Construct a reading plan for any book in your library on a schedule that fits your lifestyle. Reading plans are especially helpful on devotionals, like the one below that I built for Lent based on 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers.

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7. Sentence diagram

If, like many, you learned sentence diagramming on the first day of your hermeneutics class, you’ll love this document type. Import a passage in either an English translation or its original language, and use a huge set of tools to chart your way through the text. I particularly love the pencil tool, which interprets my squiggles into perfectly straight lines.

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8. Word-find puzzle

It’s not all hard work in the documents menu—the word-find puzzle turns a Scripture passage into an brain-expanding mental exercise that’s more a game than a study tool. It’s easy to use, and it’s great for the moments when you need to look up from your study and catch your breath. And if you teach a children’s Sunday school class, these puzzles will be a big hit!

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Note: These next two types—syntax search & visual filters—represent the overlap between the documents menu and your search tools. Both are search types that can be saved for later use or shared with others on Documents.Logos.com.

9. Syntax search

Find Syntax Search—a powerful language tool that empowers you to find particular sentence structures in Scripture—under the search menu. But since these searches are complex and take longer than usual to construct, you can also save your search parameters as a document.

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10. Visual filter

Perform a real-time search in the text of your Bible using a visual filter. You can create visual filters, then turn them on or off using the display menu (which looks like a Venn diagram) whenever you have a Bible open.

In the example below, I’ve created a visual filter that highlights all the imperative verbs, drawing attention to the call to action at the end of Peter’s sermon in Acts 2. I started with a new filter (created from the documents menu), switched over to “morph” search and typed an “@” in the search box. Logos suggested various parts of speech for me to choose from. I chose verb, and Logos suggested various tenses, voices, moods, and so on. I chose the imperative mood. In the final step, I chose the “On Fire” style for Logos to mark imperative verbs.

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11. Word list

Good Bible scholars spend hours tabulating the number of times a word is used in a particular passage. But a word-list document will do that for you in three clicks.

With a Bible and new word list open side by side, just highlight the passage you’re studying, and choose to “add from selected text.” From there, you can drag the various columns up to group the entire list according to that criteria.

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NOTE: These last four types do not appear in the documents menu, but you may see them on Documents.Logos.com.

12. Presentation

Your Proclaim presentations are stored and can be shared through Documents.Logos.com. If you haven’t used Proclaim, you can try it free for 30 days!

13. Resource collection

Create custom resource collections to quickly search subsections of your library. These subsections are then stored as resource collections on Documents.Logos.com, so you can share them with others.

A team from the Logos forums has created resource collections for virtually every denomination and belief tradition and made them available through their Faithlife group. You can benefit from their hard work right now!

And if you like that, you may also enjoy the Logos Author Collections group.

14. Guide template

Logos comes with five powerful done-for-you guides that search sections of your library with the right tools for the type of study you’re doing.

In addition to these five, you can create your own guides, mixing and matching tools suit your study needs. For example, I have a guide that searches all of my collections grouped by author, so I can quickly get an overview of what particular scholars have to say about a subject or passage. I have another guide that searches my collections grouped by denomination, so I can get an overview of how different faith traditions handle a subject or passage.

15. Highlighting palette

Logos comes loaded with several highlighting palettes, but you may prefer to create your own—perhaps matching the colors you’ve used for years in your favorite paper Bible. Your custom highlighting palette becomes a document that you can share with others on Documents.Logos.com.

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Get a Logos 5 base package today and get access to thousands of Bible study resources, plus powerful study tools like these 15 document types.

To see examples of each document type, join the Logos Sample Documents Faithlife group.

Not Your Average Bible Study for Your Church

not-your-average-bible-study-seriesLexham Press has shipped the three newest volumes in the Not Your Average Bible Study Series. If you’ve ordered the collection already, you should already have Sermon on the Mount: Living for God’s Kingdom, 1 Peter: We Are Refugees, and 1­–3 John: Radical Hospitality in your Logos library. For those of you who were waiting until these three volumes shipped, now is the perfect time to get them!

Updates to the Logos editions

In addition to shipping these three volumes, we’ve also gone back and updated Logos editions of the first nine volumes in the series.

Since these were developed for Bible Study Magazine, a print publication, we assumed that a physical Bible would be present with you as you worked through these Bible studies. In each volume, we included instructions to underline, highlight, and physically interact with your Bible.

These instructions don’t really work in a digital publication, especially one that is enhanced with all of the amazing features in Logos Bible Software. We’ve updated these instructions in the digital editions to utilize the various tools built into the software so that your study is more efficient than ever! These updates should be ready within a few weeks.

Ordering for your church or Bible study group?

The Not Your Average Bible Study Series works great for both individual study and group study—it’s designed for both settings.

Together, with your community, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the Bible’s ancient context
  • Ask the same questions scholars ask
  • Apply the Bible to your life, each step along the way
  • Tell the biblical story as part of your own story

If you’re interested in purchasing bulk orders of either the digital or print editions, our sales team (800-875-6467) is ready—give them a call today.

Whether you’ve been studying the Bible your whole life or you’re just getting started, the Not Your Average Bible Study Series will empower you to go deeper into the Bible.

Now’s your chance to jump into deeper Bible study.

Announcing the New Noet.com

Noet_LaunchPromo_Logos_Blog-V2Noet is committed to providing classical, ancient, and modern works for a wide range of scholarly application. And now, you can experience the new Noet.com.

Noet’s updated site is now here—visit Noet.com and see what’s new!

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You can also browse over 600 products ranging from history to philosophy to ethics. Add these timeless works and important resources to your library today.

Explore new ideas

Dive into rich content with our new blog. The Noet blog is focused solely on scholarly work. You’ll find substantial writing focused around important philosophical ideas, geared specifically toward students of the classics. Gain academic insight alongside the Noet community as you dive deeper into classic works and enter into discussions on pressing topics with like-minded scholars.

The Noet blog is dedicated to helping you study, updating you on new products, and giving you the support you need. Subscribe to the Noet blog to ensure that you never miss a beat.

Engage new resources

Explore the texts that shaped history through Noet’s newest titles—check out The Noet Introduction Series. This series equips you engage classic thinkers in their original Greek and Latin.

Each collection contains authoritative editions of the original-language manuscript with an English translation, as well as a contemporary Greek and Latin language textbook and a basic lexicon selected to fit the text at hand. It has never been easier for lovers of the classics to study these texts in the works’ original languages.

Get the most out of your classical studies with Noet. Visit Noet.com today!