Logos March Madness: Round 1 Results

Round 1 Deals - Blog Image - 400x400Round 1 of Logos March Madness is over! Thirty-two authors won’t advance, but you can get 30% off their selected works. Don’t miss great deals on books by:

  • Charles Ryrie
  • Warren Wiersbe
  • A.W. Pink
  • G.K. Chesterton
  • Norman Geisler
  • And 26 others . . .

Visit the Logos March Madness deals page to see all the round 1 deals—more than 700 books in all!

Round 2 voting is now open!

Thirty-two authors are in round 2—vote for your favorites to get bigger savings.

Round 2 matchups:

  • N.T. Wright vs. John Piper
  • Gordon Fee vs. F.F. Bruce
  • Michael Horton vs. J.I. Packer
  • Milliard Erickson vs. Louis Berkhof
  • Darrell L. Bock vs. John Calvin
  • William Barclay vs. Andrew Murray
  • D.A. Carson vs. John MacArthur
  • Martin Luther vs. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Leon Morris vs. Ben Witherington
  • R.C. Sproul vs. Craig Evans
  • Craig Blomberg vs. A.W. Tozer
  • Charles Spurgon vs. Saint Augustine
  • G.K. Beale vs. Dwight Moody
  • Thomas R. Schreiner vs. Scot McKnight
  • Craig Keener vs. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Douglas Moo vs. Jonathan Edwards

Voting ends March 12 at 5 p.m. (PST), so don’t miss your chance—vote now!

Time Is Running Out to Save 30% on C.S. Lewis!

Lewis CollectionThe C.S. Lewis Collection ships March 8—pre-order yours today to save 30%!

Experience Lewis’ works

You’ve learned about the importance of individual Lewis works, including Mere ChristianityA Grief Observed, and The Screwtape Letters. You can also check out a variety of perspectives on C.S. Lewis that will help you appreciate his work from different points of view.

Lewis is one of the most beloved and well-known authors. His wisdom and passion shines through each of his works, as evidenced by some of his most inspirational quotes.

Experience C.S. Lewis for yourself when you purchase the 30-volume set, featuring some of his most powerful works—including all three volumes of his letters.

Uncover the power of the Logos edition

Lewis’ works shine even brighter in the Logos edition. This tagged and fully searchable format allows you to search across all 30 volumes, including his letters. Gain a deeper understanding by cross-referencing the date of Lewis’ writings in addition to their content.

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Experience the enriching study you’ll get with Lewis’ literary masterpieces in the Logos format.

Pre-Pub pricing ends March 8!

With less than 48 hours left, don’t miss your chance to get this exciting collection at an incredible discount.

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Your Guide to March’s Deals

marsale_blogMarch’s deals are here, and you can save on more than 100 products. Not sure where to get started? Here are some of this month’s best offers:

  1. The top-selling products on sale: the Handbook on the Old Testament Series and I. Howard Marshal’s New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel
  2. The biggest discounts (in dollars): $200.00 off the WallBuilders American Foundations Digital Library and $149.00 off the 30-volume Baker Studies in Apologetics Collection
  3. The biggest discounts (in percentages): 47% off John Miley’s Systematic Theology and 46% off the Select Works of Simon J. Kistemaker
  4. Other highlights:

And don’t miss all the other great deals on a wide range of commentaries, theological works, language studies, and much more. Build your library with books by John MacArthur, Bryan Chapell, H.A. Ironside, and others.

Get Dozens of Eerdmans Resources at the Best Prices

Logos’ Pre-Publication program gets the titles you want into Logos, while also giving you the best discounts on those resources. Currently, there are dozens of valuable Bible reference works from Eerdmans available on Pre-Pub. You can get up to 34% off works on hermeneutics, biblical studies, preaching, history, philosophy, theology, and more.

Here are some great Eerdmans resources currently on Pre-Pub that you won’t want to miss:

eerdmans-lesslie-newbigin-collectionEerdmans Lesslie Newbigin Collection (8 vols.)

Explore pertinent topics in missions, discipleship, and church structure with these select works from renowned missiologist Lesslie Newbigin. A prolific author and long-time missionary, Newbigin’s works laid the foundations of the missional church movement. The collection includes the popular The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, which provides a brilliant analysis of contemporary culture and suggests how Christians can more confidently affirm their faith in such a context.

eerdmans-ben-witherington-biblical-theology-collectionEerdmans Ben Witherington Biblical Theology Collection (6 vols.)

Join leading New Testament scholar Ben Witherington as he examines major themes in New Testament practical and biblical theology. Examine how the Bible treats aspects of everyday life in The Rest of Life: Rest, Play, Eating, Studying, Sex from a Kingdom Perspective. Gain a better understanding of the kingdom of God with Imminent Domain: The Story of the Kingdom of God and Its Celebration.

pentecostal-manifestos-seriesPentecostal Manifestos Series (6 vols.)

The Pentecostal Manifestos Series presents six volumes of theologically robust resources from Christianity’s fastest-growing movement. You’ll find surveys of Pentecostal contributions to Christian philosophy, thorough treatments of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, analysis of how science interacts with Pentecostal theology, and substantive biblical studies on Trinitarian doctrine.

eerdmans-miroslav-volf-collectionEerdmans Miroslav Volf Collection (6 vols.)

One of the most influential theologians alive today, Yale professor Miroslav Volf is often referred to as “theologian of the bridge,” due to his contributions to interfaith dialogue. The works in this collection explore topics such as Christian living; the intersection of faith, politics, and business; and the ways in which faith functions in a globalized, postmodern society.

jewish-origins-of-christianity-collectionJewish Origins of Christianity Collection (2 vols.)

Study and appreciate Christianity’s rich Hebrew heritage with the help of distinguished Christian scholar of Judaism Marvin R. Wilson. In Our Father Abraham, Wilson offers an informed theological guide to the Jewish foundations of the Christian faith. Exploring Our Hebraic Heritage illuminates theological, spiritual, and ethical themes of the Hebrew Scriptures that directly affect Christian understanding and experience.

eerdmans-bible-reference-bundle-2Eerdmans Bible Reference Bundle 2

You can get all the resources above, plus many more, at an even greater discount! This 233-volume bundle is packed with the quality scholarship Eerdmans is known for, featuring the work of today’s premier Bible scholars, theologians, philosophers, and church historians.

In addition to the above collections, you’ll get the 23-volume Eerdmans Reformed Thought and History Collection, the 16-volume Eerdmans Biblical Studies Upgrade, the 25-volume Eerdmans Lutheran Thought and History Collection, the four-volume Eerdmans Philosophical Theology Collection, and much more.

Pre-order yours today!

Meet Contemporary Challenges with March’s Free Book

Blog HeaderThrough March, download the Augsburg Commentary on 1 Corinthians for free!

The issues that faced the congregation in first-century Corinth are still applicable today. From divisions and factions, to sexual immorality, to controversies over the Lord’s Supper, to speaking in tongues, explore how Paul addressed issues that remain relevant to the twenty-first century. His words of advice, encouragement, and reproach for the church in Corinth remain fitting and useful even today.

Roy Harrisville’s commentary on 1 Corinthians brings Paul’s words into the modern context with detailed insight and practical application. Get this book for free during March!

Get a second book for 99 cents!

2 CorinthiansMaintain a consistent study with a second volume from the Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament: 2 Corinthians. Most scholars believe that the book we now know as 2 Corinthians was actually one of many letters to the Corinthian church.

After Paul’s departure from Corinth, partisan politics became a serious issue. In addition, a number of moral and theological problems surfaced. Because of his conscientious concern for new converts (2 Cor. 11:28), Paul appears to have carried on an extensive correspondence.

Noted Greek scholar William Frederick Danger, editor of the well-known BDAG volume, deals with these issues and more in his stimulating commentary on 2 Corinthians. Together, these two books maintain a close-knit message of patient rebuke and hope for reconciliation.

Win the entire set

Enter to win the entire 15-volume Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament! This set addresses important exegetical and interpretive issues with the best of biblical scholarship. With step-by-step explanation and detailed analysis, this commentary series is designed for students, scholars, pastors, and laypeople. What’s more, each author presents information within the understanding that the faith and life of the church is central to understanding the Word of God.

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Get two volumes on 1 and 2 Corinthians today for only 99 cents!

Bible Study with Logos 6

BSM_Blog_MarAprEach issue of Bible Study Magazine features a “Bible Study with Logos 6” section, which shows you how Logos 6 can help you gain insight and understanding by tackling a complex Bible passage.

Here’s an example from the current issue of Bible Study Magazine—see the power of Logos 6 in action:

Let Your Yes Be Yes

By Elliot Ritzema

I remember reading a description of a political meeting from the 18th century. In it, one speech was described as “pathetic.” That was jarring to me, since calling something or someone “pathetic” is an insult today. But back then, it merely meant that the speech was intended to move the listeners to compassion.

If word meanings change over time, even in the same language, imagine translating an ancient concept from one language to another! We often have to do this when we study the Bible, so it is always worthwhile to research the words’ ancient meanings. One example is the concept of oaths in James 5:12:

But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your ‘yes’ be yes and your ‘no’ be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

Step 1: The Passage Guide

I often begin a study using the Passage Guide in Logos, which points me to commentaries, journals, cross-references, and ancient literature. Here I notice that Jesus’ statement about oaths in Matthew 5:33–37 is listed prominently among the cross-references. But for now, I want to use a feature that is new in Logos 6: the Cultural Concepts tool. I’m interested in how the concept of oaths was understood in the New Testament world.


Step 2: Survey Oaths in the Bible

Clicking on “Oath” tab opens a Factbook entry on the concept of oaths: passages throughout the Bible, key verses, dictionary entries, different senses, and a list of ancient works all related to the concept of oaths.

The Bible list under the Cultural Concepts tab gives me 128 passages, only some of which specifically use the word “oath.” This is one benefit of exploring a topic with the Cultural Concepts tool rather than doing a word study. Here I find that oaths were used frequently by people including Abraham, Jacob, David, and God himself. How then did James get the idea that it was bad to swear an oath?


Step 3: The New Testament Background of Swearing Oaths

To find an answer, it may be helpful to explore the concept in a dictionary or two. The Lexham Theological Wordbook says that “the perspectives on oaths and vows shift in the NT period. Jesus cuts through the cluttered and misguided practices of the religious leaders of his day in their swearing (ὀμνύω, omnyō) of oaths (ὅρκος, horkos) while at the same time pointing his followers to a higher standard than that of ot law (especially Matt 5:33–37).”1 This shift makes sense, especially since this passage from Matthew is from the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus explains how he fulfills the Law and the Prophets in unexpected ways.

Our exploration reveals that, although swearing oaths was a common occurrence in the Old Testament and in the cultural milieu of the New Testament, Jesus changed the attitude toward the practice. James continues that teaching, exhorting Christians to be honest at all times—not only when they have sworn an oath to do so.

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To get more articles about using Logos for Bible study, subscribe to Bible Study Magazine today! Plus, subscribers get special discounts inside each issue.

  1. Daniel DeWitt Lowery, “Oaths and Vows,” ed. Douglas Mangum et al., Lexham Theological Wordbook, Lexham Bible Reference Series (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2014). []

Resource Updates: February 2015


Whenever a resource you own is updated, you’ll get that updated content—for free—so your Logos library is always becoming more valuable and staying up to date with the latest improvements.

Here’s a list of Logos resources that were updated throughout February:

Added missing segment headings:

Updated bibliographic milestones:

Updated external links:

Updated to match the rest of the series:

Updated Bible fields and added page numbering:

Updated typos:

General resource updates:

Updated or additional content:

Factbook support:

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For powerful study made simple, get into the Word with Logos 6. With Logos 6’s study tools, you’ll get the most out of your resources as you discover new insights.

Find your perfect library today!

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.

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

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.

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

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!