Dr. Bryan Chapell on Preaching with a Central Theme

It’s easier to catch a baseball than a handful of sand.

Dr. Bryan Chapell uses this example in his new Mobile Ed courses to illustrate the importance of keeping a unified theme in your sermons, rather than presenting a handful of scattered ideas. It’s not enough to have weighty content; you must tie it all together into a cohesive message. If you don’t, your listeners will probably miss what you are trying to communicate.

This is just one of the many insights you’ll glean from Mobile Ed’s two-course Bryan Chapell Preaching Bundle.

mobile-ed-bryan-chapell-preaching-bundleDr. Chapell is a well-known pastor and speaker, and he’s the author of Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon. In these two courses, Dr. Chapell walks you through the process of preparing and delivering expository sermons.

In CM151 Preparing and Delivering Christ-Centered Sermons I: Foundations and Structures, he begins by discussing the power of God’s Word and the importance of unity, purpose, and application in your sermons. He then provides step-by-step guidance on how to prepare an expository sermon, from selecting and analyzing texts to developing main points with divisions and illustrations that support these points.

In CM152 Preparing and Delivering Christ-Centered Sermons II: Communicating a Theology of Grace, he emphasizes the importance of redemptive messages. Dr. Chapell shows how the grace of God in Jesus Christ permeates the entire Bible and shows you how to keep this redemptive grace front and center in your sermons.

These two Mobile Ed courses provide you with a unique opportunity to enhance your sermons and learn from one of the very best instructors on preaching. You’ll be better prepared to preach through all genres of the Bible and better equipped to develop the key aspects of your sermon that will make your main point of application more memorable.

Order them on Pre-Pub today while they’re 40% off!

Get February’s Free Book & Save 98% on the Plus One!

justification-reconsidered-rethinking-a-pauline-themeFebruary’s free book is here! And all month long, you can save over 98% when you get the Plus One, The Deliverance of God.

After decades of discussion, these two incredible books show that there is still room for mutual understanding between these differing perspectives.

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Throughout February, get Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme for free! This short study by Stephen Westerholm surveys the Pauline-studies landscape. Over the years, a lot has been written about what the Apostle Paul meant when he spoke of justification by faith, not the works of the law.

Justification Reconsidered seeks to provide a readable treatment of the topic, and it was named one of Desiring God’s Top 14 Books of 2014. This resource will explore strengths and weaknesses on both sides of the discussion.

the-deliverance-of-god-an-apocalyptic-rereading-of-justification-in-paulSave 98% on this month’s Plus One!

This month’s Plus One is Douglas Campbell’s The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul.

Pushing beyond both Lutheran and “new” perspectives on Paul, Campbell uncovers issues relating to the Apostle’s most famous—and troublesome—texts. The new perspective on Paul is still important today.

Regularly $55.00, you can get this respected work for only 99 cents!

Enter to win the Two Horizons Commentary

Don’t miss your chance to win the 10-volume Two Horizons Commentary. Published by Eerdmans, this series will allow you to engage both concentrated biblical exegesis and meaningful theological reflection without slighting the significance of philological, historical, and social-scientific questions. Scholars focus their primary interests on theological readings of texts, past and present.

Learn from experts like Joel B. Green, Peter Enns, and J. Gordon McConville as they examine 14 books of the Bible—five from the Old Testament and nine from the New Testament. Visit the Free Book of the Month page to enter!

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Only 6 Hours Left: Don’t Miss Logos 6 Introductory Offers

6-hours-left-to-save-on-logos-6You only have six hours left to get 15% off Logos 6 and qualify for introductory offers.

We’re here to help you get started with the perfect Logos 6 base package. Just give our Logos 6 specialists a call before midnight (PST) with any questions you still have: 888-875-9491

If you’re not sure where to start, check out Logos 6 Gold: it gives you all of Logos 6’s tools, media collections, and interactives, plus a vast library of resources that will help you explore the Word in new ways.

Here’s what people are saying about Logos 6 Gold:

I wasn’t expecting that much of an improvement over Logos 5 in Logos 6. Thanks, Faithlife! I use Logos every day for my biblical needs.

—Daniel J., Logos 6 Gold owner

The exegetical commentaries included are worth it alone! It makes going through my MA in theology much easier as hours of research are just a click away. By far the best and more powerful software out there to study God’s Word.

—Shannon, Logos 6 Gold owner

I love it. I use Logos in nearly every aspect of my Bible study, my two jobs (one ministerial and one secular), and with my family worship time. It is invaluable and I praise God for tools such as this to help broaden my understanding of his Word.

—Jonathan B., Logos 6 Gold owner

Logos 6 is backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can get started without worry. And with interest-free payment plans, you can take up to 24 months to pay.

Don’t miss out on Logos 6 introductory offers! Get Logos 6 before midnight, or give us a call to talk through your options: 888-875-9491

Your Time Is Up: Get Logos 6 before the Clock Strikes Midnight

last-day-logos-6-introductory-offersThis is it. When the clock strikes midnight, Logos 6 introductory offers will be gone: if you don’t take advantage of them now, you’ll miss out. You can get 15% off and up to $900.00 worth of free gifts when you purchase Logos 6 today.

Just over three months ago, we introduced Logos 6. Logos 6 is all about delivering insight: over the years, we found that users were making incredible discoveries in the software, but we also knew it shouldn’t stop there. The purpose of finding these insights is to share them with others. And Logos 6 reflects just that, providing new ways for you to pass along your findings to your congregation, your classroom, and your loved ones.

We held fast to the tools you know and love, while making some major updates and creating all-new resources specifically designed for Logos 6 to help you study and share the Word like never before.

You’ve seen some of the amazing things you can do with Logos 6:

Ministry leaders, bloggers, and users just like you are praising Logos 6—see what people are saying about it.

Choose the best option for you

You also have more ways than ever to experience the software. Choose from the popular standard track of base packages, or get a base package tailored to your tradition.

Or, if you just want all of Logos 6’s new tools and functionality, you can opt for a crossgrade option: just integrate the new tools and features that make Logos 6 so powerful into your current library.

But I already got Logos 6 . . .

If you already have Logos 6, you’re already studying with the best in Bible software! But you can still get more out of these introductory offers before they disappear.

You can still get 15% off any Logos 6 purchase. If you don’t yet have Gold or higher, upgrade to experience Logos 6’s full suite of study tools. Or if you’re happy with your current level, consider getting a great deal on a second or third base package—it may cost less than you’d expect, and you can round out your library with essential resources for just a few dollars a book.

You can use an interest-free payment plan to get the base package you really want. Only pay a fraction of the total cost up front, and spread out the rest of the cost over up to 24 months. You’ll be able to start studying with all your new tools resources right away.

This is your last chance!

Introductory offers will disappear tonight at 11:59 p.m. (PST). This is your last opportunity to get these deals.

Don’t wait: get Logos 6 today!

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Still have questions? We’re here to help! Give us a call until midnight tonight (PST), and we’ll answer your questions and help you find the perfect base package: 888-875-9491

6 Reasons That Shouldn’t Stop You from Getting Logos 6

2-days-left-logos-6-introductory-offersIf you’ve been thinking about getting Logos 6, but you’re still on the fence, don’t wait any longer: now is the best time to get it, and you’ll be kicking yourself on Tuesday if you don’t get it now.

But rest assured—here are some answers for six concerns you may have:

1. I don’t want to lose my books.

One of the best things about investing in a Logos library is that once a book is yours, it’s yours forever. You purchase licenses to each book in your library, and you’ll always keep them—even if you upgrade or purchase a new base package.

And when you purchase a resource once, you’ll never have to worry about paying for it again. With Dynamic Pricing, we take everything you already own into account, so you’ll never accidentally pay for the same thing twice.

See your Dynamic Price on Logos 6 >

2. I already have enough books.

Even if you think you’ll never read through everything in your library, adding more books will make it more powerful and increase the value of the books you already own.

But if you’re completely satisfied with your library’s content, we created a series of Logos 6 options just for you. With a crossgrade, you can get all of Logos 6’s tools and functionality without adding a new library. These tools will integrate with your current library, and you’ll get all the latest search options, interactive media, original-language tools, and much more.

Explore your Logos 6 crossgrade options >

3. I don’t think I’ll use Logos 6’s full functionality.

Logos 6 ties your Bible study together through media resources, interactive tools, and in-depth study aids that allow you to go deep into the Word. There’s something for everyone, so even if you don’t use every single tool to its full potential, you’ll find something to enhance your study.

Do you prepare presentations each week for your congregation or classroom? Visual Copy will help you create high-quality slides as you study. Does your research focus on biblical stories and accounts? Use Cultural Concepts and the Factbook to dig into the context surrounding that Scripture. Are you researching the Bible’s original languages? Try out Textual Variants and the Sense Section to dig into the meanings behind different translations and meanings.

Even if you never use all of Logos 6’s tools, you’ll find something to improve your study and help you share your findings.

Check out these step-by-step tutorials that show you what Logos 6 can do and guide you through new tools and capabilities.

See what Logos 6 can do >

4. I can’t afford a new base package.

If a base package isn’t in your budget right now, you have a couple of options.

You can take advantage of interest-free payment plans and spread out the cost over up to 24 months. That means you only pay a fraction up front, pay for the rest over time, and start using your new software right away.

Or, if you already have a base package from a previous version, you could also upgrade to Logos 6 with a tradition-specific base package, getting all of Logos 6’s tools and functionality while taking advantage of Dynamic Pricing for books and resources you already own. Just sign in to discover how much you can save—it might be more than you’d expect.

Get started with a payment plan >

5. I have too many choices and I don’t know where to start.

With Logos 6, you can choose from standard base packages, tradition-specific tracks, crossgrades, and more. If you need help deciding which one is best, give our Logos 6 specialists a call at 888-875-9491! They can help you find the best base package for your type of study, select the best level based on the resources and tools you need, and make sure you get you the best deal on your new software.

They’re open late to answer your questions, so give them a call today!

Give us a call at 888-875-9491

6. I’m just not convinced.

If you don’t believe us, take it from the people who know best! Here’s what current Logos 6 users are saying about their software:

After researching the product, I purchased the Gold package and have been using it every day. I will say there is a learning curve to this software, but it isn’t a wearisome task. It is actually a delight to learn.

—Jason G., Logos 6 Gold owner

Great updates! New resources for Psalms and Proverbs are fantastic for discovering relationships within each book. It seems I’m continually discovering new ways to look at and understand textual relationships.

—Ken V., Logos 6 Platinum owner

Excellent resource for real Bible study. The software collects the resources for you, all you have to do is read. I don’t know of any Bible software that comes close to Logos.

—Calvin C., Logos 6 Diamond owner

I do not know what I would do without Logos 6. It has been a godsend. . . . If you don’t have it, buy! It is worth it just for the Passage Guide and Exegetical Guide alone.

—Ian T., Logos 6 Portfolio owner

See what else people are saying about Logos 6 >

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Logos 6 introductory offers end this Monday, Feb. 2 at 11:59 p.m. (PST). And once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

Get 15% off and free gifts while you can, and give Logos 6 a test drive. See what you think for yourself, and if the library you choose isn’t for you, you can take advantage of your 30-day money-back guarantee.

Don’t miss out: get Logos 6 now!

Why I Love A Grief Observed

Email_HeaderLast night, I opened up C.S. Lewis’ A Grief Observed for the first time in several years. As I began to read, I remembered the first time I read Lewis’ work. It was a powerful and stirring point in my life. It helped me to read Scripture in a new light. Instead of the flat, two-dimensional perspective I had held for so long, the Bible now held an added element: emotion.

Love, hate, grief, joy, and sorrow all flowed out of the text. With Lewis’ writing, a new dimension was added to my understanding. A few months later, I had the privilege of preaching through John 11. The depth of Jesus’ emotions swept over me as I read John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” To imagine the divine Son of God weeping struck me afresh as I thought of my own personal losses.

As Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham remarks in his introduction:

I had yet to learn that all human relationships end in pain—it is the price that our imperfection has allowed Satan to exact from us for the privilege of love.

The powerful grief of Lewis’ journals captures many of our hearts. Whether we have lost a spouse or not is irrelevant. Through our lives, each of us has lost friends, siblings, parents, or children. This is why A Grief Observed is, in my opinion, one of the finest works in Lewis’ repertoire.

The cathartic power of self-expression

Lewis illustrates the personal nature of loss as he writes:

For the first time I have looked back and read these notes. They appall me. From the way I’ve been talking anyone would think that H.’s death mattered chiefly for its effect on myself. Her point of view seems to have dropped out of sight. Have I forgotten the moment of bitterness when she cried out, ‘And there was so much to live for’?

And still, even as this personal pain impresses itself upon each and every one of our lives, there is incredible value in self-expression and reflection. Those of us who have suffered the death of a loved one are sometime so afraid to express our sense of loss to a friend. But here, even as Lewis ridicules his own selfishness, it is its very expression that has allowed him to acknowledge it—and to move beyond it.

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The process of moving forward

And so, Lewis limits the contents to four manuscript books:

I resolve to let this limit my jottings. I will not start buying books for the purpose. In so far as this record was a defence against total collapse, a safety-valve, it has done some good. The other end I had in view turns out to have been based on a misunderstanding. I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process.

Lewis asks the hard questions—questions that any one of us might, in a similar fit of despair, find ourselves asking. And yet, there is comfort within this short book: the comfort that we are not alone. That this path, no matter how rocky, and filled with obstacles, has been traveled before us by another.

Discover Lewis for yourself

A Grief Observed is part of the 30-volume C.S. Lewis Collection. The Logos editions of C.S. Lewis’ works allow you to not only read the depth of his writing, but to discover new elements as well. With Logos, you can search his writings to compare his powerful thought and emotion, as well as to discover the same thread running through his other works and letters. You’ll get digital, searchable volumes of Lewis’ best works that allow you to study his insights like never before.

For a limited time, get the C.S. Lewis Collection for 30% off. Pre-order now to lock in this special price!

You Have 3 Days Left to Get the Best Deal on Logos 6

3-days-left-logos-6-introductory-offersYou only have three days left to get introductory deals on Logos 6, and there are three reasons you shouldn’t wait any longer to take advantage of them:

1. You want to get 15% off. Whether you’re buying a new base package, upgrading, or crossgrading, you’ll get a great discount when you get Logos 6 today. You could save hundreds of dollars on your purchase. Plus, you’ll get credit for resources you already own—your custom price might be a lot lower than you think.

2. You want free gifts. Depending on how much you spend during your Logos 6 purchase, you can earn up to $900.00 in free gifts—a $50.00 promotional code for a future purchase, free Mobile Ed courses, and more. You’ll love these gifts, but your chance to get them is running out.

3. You want to start using Logos 6’s amazing new tools. The sooner you get Logos 6, the sooner you’ll start gaining insight from its powerful tools. You’ll find a wealth of biblical information with the Factbook, do powerful original-language study with Inline Search, and immerse yourself in the Bible with visual and interactive tools.

I want Logos 6—how do I choose?

Check out all of our base-package options—there’s something perfect for everyone. You can also get a customized recommendation, or call one of our Logos 6 specialists at 888-875-9491—you’ll get answers to all your questions, and they’ll help you find your perfect library.

I’m still not convinced . . .

Still not sure you’re ready to get Logos 6? Maybe you haven’t seen everything it has to offer. But if you’re still not sure, just do one little thing: call 888-875-9491 to get an offer based on your specific needs and budget. You’ll be glad you called.

Remember, introductory offers end February 2—you don’t want to wait to get Logos 6!

Engaging Our Culture with Exodus: Gods and Kings

There has been a recent influx of successful Hollywood films based on biblical stories. Last year’s Noah and the more recent Exodus: Gods and Kings have been popular at the box office, but controversial among Christians for their departures from the biblical stories they are based on.

Dr. Tremper Longman explains more:

Realize the opportunity

While these films may not accurately reflect the Bible, they do provide unique opportunities to engage our culture. Asking “What did you think of the movie?” is almost always a good bet for starting a conversation. In the case of the Exodus film, the question provides a great opportunity for talking about the biblical story with non-Christians, and yet how many of us take advantage of it?

One problem may be that we ourselves don’t understand the stories of the Bible as well as we’d like. We may wonder, “What if they ask me a question I don’t know how to answer?” or “What if they know more than I do?” or “What if I say something stupid and look like an idiot?” The release of Exodus: Gods and Kings should inspire us to dig deeper into the biblical story in order to understand the Bible’s context and message more fully so we can communicate that to our friends and neighbors who have seen the movie.

Get prepared

mobile-ed-ot306-book-study-exodusOne resource that will help you better understand the message of the book of Exodus is Dr. Tremper Longman’s Mobile Ed course OT306 Book Study: Exodus. Dr. Longman is professor of biblical studies at Westmont College, author of over 25 books, and an excellent biblical guide. He takes you step by step through the events of Exodus, then explains how these events connect to Jesus’ life and ministry in the New Testament. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the real story of Exodus—and how it points to Jesus.

While Exodus: Gods and Kings overlooks and misrepresents key aspects of the biblical story, it also presents opportunities for us to share with others who God is and what his plan is for his people. After all, we are part of the same story.

Save $150.00 when you pre-order Tremper Longman’s Mobile Ed course on Exodus!

Bigger Library, Better Research

If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ve probably noticed something about using Logos:

Bigger libraries produce better research.

We are committed to serving a body of believers who preach, teach, write, and research for the good of the church. To that end, we love making new ways for the church’s preachers and theologians to expand their libraries. Lately, we’ve updated several series—check them out and enhance your library with the latest collections today!

anchor-yale-bible-reference-libraryAnchor Yale Reference Library (33 vols.)

Fans of the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary and the Anchor Yale Bible love the Anchor Yale Reference Library, so we’ve recently expanded it from 29 volumes to 33! In this collection, you’ll find the three-volume Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, Raymond Brown’s two-volume The Death of the Messiah, from Gethsemane to the Grave, John Meier’s four-volume A Marginal Jew, and dozens of other monographs and introductions to specific philosophical, theological, or exegetical topics.

analytical-bible-expositorAnalytical Bible Expositor (27 vols.)

The Analytical Bible Expositor is made for preachers and teachers of the Word. Covering almost every book in the Bible, these commentaries expound the main points of Scripture in a teachable way, allowing you to adapt and build your own sermons around John G. Butler’s outlines. And with verse-by-verse commentary and book introductions, the details of Scripture are at your fingertips so that nothing is overlooked.

the-fathers-for-english-readersThe Fathers for English Readers (14 vols.)

Get scholarly biographies of the early Church Fathers. These are the figures who shaped and formed Christian theology in the early years of Christianity and formed the first exegesis of Scripture as it was being canonized. If you own a base package, you probably own Schaff’s translation of their works—now get classic biographies to help put those works into context. Written by Cambridge and Oxford scholars—the fathers of modern scholarship—these volumes provide essential insights into Christian historical theology and patristics.

the-works-of-st-thomas-aquinasThe Works of St. Thomas Aquinas (18 vols.)

Thomas Aquinas was a pioneer of Christian theology and the philosophy of God. He influenced Christian thought and culture by reintroducing Aristotelean methods and processes to the theological sciences, thus setting Christianity’s course for the next 800 years. No theologian today grapples with Christian theology without passing through Thomistic influence. Get these essential works and see for yourself the indelible intellectual shift Aquinas brought to the church.

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Why wait? Add any of these to your existing payment plans so you can begin reading and writing today! And with Dynamic Pricing, any volumes you own in these collections will be discounted from your personal price—make sure you’re signed in on Logos.com, and your custom price will display on the product page.

Get Logos 6 Today & Take up to 24 Months to Pay

payment-plans-logos-6Stay on budget and start using Logos 6 today: with a budget-friendly, interest-free payment plan, you can take up to 24 months to pay for Logos 6 and break up your cost into small, manageable payments.

Introductory savings end February 2: take advantage of them while you can and only pay a small amount up front.

For example, if you got Logos 6 Diamond, you’d get more than 2,000 resources and all of Logos 6’s smart tools. Plus, you’d take advantage of the 15% discount, plus get a $50.00 promotional code for a future purchase, a free Mobile Ed course, and a two-year subscription to Pro Media—that’s almost $300.00 worth of free gifts and more than $500.00 off your base package—and you’d only have to pay $127.19 today to get it.

Save on Logos 6 Diamond today, or see which base package we recommend for you.

Spending different amounts qualifies you for different payment-plan lengths. Here’s how it breaks down:

  • Spend at least $900 and take advantage of a 12-month payment plan
  • Spend at least $1,800 and take advantage of an 18-month payment plan
  • Spend more than $1,800 and take advantage of a 24-month payment plan

Save now, pay later

PlatinumWith a payment plan, you can download Logos 6 Gold today for just $78.19 a month for 18 months; plus you’ll get a $50.00 promotional code and a free Mobile Ed course.

If you went one level higher and got Platinum, you’d qualify for a 24-month payment plan. You’d get 393 more resources for just $2.95 more a month!

Get the payment-plan advantage

Payment plans are a win-win: you get the introductory discounts and free gifts, but you only spending a small amount today.

There are only a few days left to get these deals, though. In just six days, these introductory offers will be gone forever. Don’t miss your chance: get Logos 6 today!

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Want to talk through your payment-plan options? Give us a call on the Upgrade Express and let us help you find the best plan for you: 888-875-9491