Growing Spiritually with Introducing Spiritual Formation

mobile-ed-pd201-introducing-spiritual-formationThe Christian life involves growth. The importance of maturing spiritually and growing deeper in our relationship with God cannot be overstated. However, many believers struggle to know exactly how to do that. How does one grow to be more like Christ? What exactly is involved in spiritual development? Gary Thomas’ Mobile Ed course PD201 Introducing Spiritual Formation will help you answer questions like these.

Gary Thomas is an expert on the topic of spiritual formation and is an engaging speaker. He’s authored several books on growth and the Christian life, including The Glorious Pursuit: Embracing the Virtues of Christ and the award-winning Authentic Faith: The Power of a Fire-Tested Life.

Thomas begins this course by highlighting the fact that God desires relationship with his people, and from that foundation, he examines what a relationship with God looks like.

Thomas surveys approaches to Christian spirituality taken by different historical groups—monastics, Eastern Orthodox, Puritans, charismatics, and more—looking at how their practices reflected their specific spiritual emphases. Drawing on that survey, he reviews a variety of “spiritual pathways,” or ways that individuals can best relate to God based on their personal, God-given natures.

He makes the point that we often seek spiritual formation in a selfish way, looking for what we can get out of our relationship with God. He advocates instead the pursuit of an authentic faith—one that is based in sacrifice rather than selfishness—and holiness. Thomas explores how holiness relates to several key areas, including our bodies, marriage, family, pleasure, and death. In order to show how holiness develops and is expressed in these spheres of our lives, he looks into the spiritual virtues of humility, gentleness, and thankfulness.

Introducing Spiritual Formation provides a thorough overview of spiritual formation with detailed examples and engaging personal stories to illustrate the content. The course will help you stay focused on the goal of spiritual formation: a deeper relationship with the Lord.

This course ships December 19: order yours today to get 40% off!

Christmas Exclusive: Get Brand-New Commentary Collections

This Christmas, we’ve hand selected 12 different Christmas collections full of great commentaries just for you. If you’re planning to preach on one of these books of the Bible, lead a Bible study during the Christmas season, or even just further your personal study on books like Luke, Matthew, the Psalms, and more, then these are the perfect collections for you. Each collection comprises over 40 volumes of commentaries that all focus on a single book of the Bible.

For example, here are just five of the volumes included in the Luke Christmas collection:

A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel according to St. Luke

The depth of analysis found in the International Critical Commentary (ICC) has yet to be surpassed in any commentary collection. One of this series’ best features is the extensive amount of background information given in each volume’s introduction, where all the analysis is provided before the actual commentary begins. Each volume packs more information into the introduction than you’ll often find in the body of most commentaries!

The Gospel of Luke: The New International Greek Testament Commentary

This commentary series is established on the presupposition that the theological character of the New Testament documents calls for exegesis that is sensitive to theological themes as well as to the details of the historical, linguistic, and textual context. Such thorough exegetical work lies at the heart of these volumes, which contain detailed verse-by-verse commentary preceded by general comments on each section and subsection of the text.

Luke for Everyone

Tom Wright’s guide to Luke, which includes a wealth of information and background detail, provides insights for our understanding of the story of Jesus and its implications today. Here’s what others had to say:

In this series [Wright] excels as a communicator, making this the most exciting study guide since Barclay’s Daily Study Bible.

The Expository Times

College Press NIV Commentary: Luke

This commentary places modern readers in the shoes of the first readers of Luke’s Gospel. The assumption behind this commentary is that we can only know what Luke means if we know what Luke meant. We’re especially fortunate in this regard to be examining the Gospel of Luke, since Luke—more than any other Gospel writer—tells us what the message of Jesus meant in a later day. To give his readers this information, Luke provides a sequel—the book of Acts. This commentary therefore looks at the Gospel of Luke from the perspective of Acts, the best commentary on Luke’s Gospel, and with a view toward the modern church.

New American Commentary: Luke

Since commentaries are a fundamental tool for expositors or teachers seeking to interpret and apply Scripture in the church or the classroom, the New American Commentary focuses on communicating the theological structure and content of each biblical book. The writers seek to illuminate both the historical meaning and contemporary significance of Scripture.

When combined with the power of Logos 6, these commentaries become even more powerful, allowing you to quickly search and find your passage of study with just a few clicks!

These collections won’t be available for long, so don’t miss your opportunity to take advantage of these deals!

Now Available in Print: Connect the Testaments Gift Bundle

Connect the Testaments Gift EditionThe Christmas season is here, and many of you are trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your “nice list.” Lexham Press is pleased to announce a special gift edition of Connect the Testaments, bundled with Letters to a Christian—both in print. These two books will make the perfect gift for anyone looking to connect to the Word.

The gift edition of Connect the Testaments is hardbound with an elegant dust jacket, making it a beautiful addition to any library.

Connect the Testaments is designed to help you in your daily pursuit of God. Each day you’ll read from the Old Testament, the New Testament, and poetic literature. Daily devotionals offer insights into the text, explanations for difficult passages, and glimpses into how the Scripture passages are connected—as well as what those connections teach us about living for Jesus.

The Christian life is a journey—and we need not take it alone. In Letters to a Christian, the unique insights from former Bible Study Magazine editor-in-chief John D. Barry will be an encouragement to Christians at any point in their walk with Jesus. With this compilation of letters from the editor, he invites you to join him on his journey of personal exploration, faith, and transformation. As we follow Jesus, we walk alongside fellow pilgrims, and we trace the steps of those who have gone before. We all have something to learn from one another.

This limited-time offer won’t last forever!

To guarantee delivery in time for Christmas, you must place your order by December 17.

This is the perfect gift for that certain someone looking to mature their faith. The Connect the Testaments Gift Bundle will only be available for a limited time—order yours today!

Explore and Share Scripture This Christmas Season


Not only can you explore Scripture with exclusive Christmas collections, topical bundles, and special 12 Days of Logos deals this Christmas season, but you can also use this video to turn your focus back to the meaning of it all: Jesus coming as the light of the world.

Check out this video, and share it with your friends and loved ones as a reminder of what the Christmas season is all about: 

And if you use Proclaim, you can find this video in your media library to share with your congregation. Proclaim Pro Media subscribers will also receive a second matching video, customized with their church name. This video can be used as a visual sermon illustration, shown as a welcome video for your Christmas Eve service, or shared with your congregation for encouragement throughout the Advent season.

And don’t forget to check out all the ways you can save this Christmas: add exclusive limited-time collections to your library, enter to win Logos 6 Collector’s Edition and a MacBook Pro, and take advantage of some of this year’s best deals and exclusive collections before they’re gone!

Explore the Christmas sale today!

3 Tools That Simplify Original-Language Study

original-language-toolsLogos 6 delivers new original-language tools for everyone. Track down textual differences across the original manuscripts, master the basics of the biblical languages, or discover the frequency and forms of any Greek or Hebrew lemma.

Three of Logos 6’s top original-language tools are Textual Variants, Greek and Hebrew Alphabet Tutors, and Morphology Charts. Regardless of your level or Greek or Hebrew knowledge, with these tools, you’ll be able to begin investigating the Bible’s original languages—no seminary degree required.

1. Textual Variants

Investigate textual differences in the Bible at any level. Consult textual commentaries, browse all of your apparatuses, compare modern Greek and Hebrew editions as well as ancient versions, or get access to the original manuscripts, all in one place.

In this video, I’ll walk you through a textual variant in the Gospel of John and show you how to discover the original reading of this text:

2. Greek and Hebrew Alphabet Tutors

Learn the basics of the original languages without stepping foot in a classroom. The new Greek and Hebrew Alphabet Tutors teach you the alphabet, pronounce the letter for you in your choice of pronunciation style, then show you how transcribe the letter. Check out this video to see this interactive tool in action:

3. Morphology Charts

See every form of a Greek or Hebrew lemma and see where it appears in the Bible. The new Morphology Charts let you track down specific word forms and see their occurrence in the Greek, Hebrew, or English text.

In this video, I’ll teach you to use this interactive tool to track down a specific word form and discover where this form appears in the New Testament:

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Start streamlining your original-language study: find your perfect Logos 6 base package today!

Logos’ Christmas Sale Is Here!

The Christmas season is upon us! This Christmas, invest in a gift that keeps giving back all year long. With Logos 6, you can get a gift that truly gives back for years to come. Logos 6’s Bible study tools and resources will not only boost the power of your Logos library, but they’ll also help you and your congregation discover deep insights into God’s Word.

Exclusive limited-time collections

We know you have a lot going on this Christmas, but dedicating time to the reason for the season is important. That’s why you can also get special limited-time Christmas collections.

These collections are compilations of 40+ different commentaries, each on one of twelve books of the Bible. With collections on Luke, Matthew, Isaiah, Psalms, and more, you can take a deeper look at the story of the coming of the King and the prophecies that predated that event.

These collections are also massively discounted—many of these resources would normally cost over $1,500.00 when purchased individually, but right now you can get them for less than $300 when purchased together.

These Christmas collections are brand new and will only be offered during this Christmas sale, so don’t miss out!

15% off topical bundles

This Christmas, you can also get topical bundles for 15% off! These bundles will help stack your library with books on the topics that pique your interest. With topics like church history, Bible backgrounds, New Testament studies, and biblical interpretation, you can take the opportunity to grow your library at an even better price.

12 Days of Logos

Not only can you get these amazing collections and bundles on sale, but starting December 4, twelve of our top products will be on sale during the 12 Days of Logos! A new discounted product will be revealed each weekday, so be sure to sign up to get daily email updates so you don’t miss a single Christmas deal:

Check out the Christmas sale now!

We hope you have a very merry Christmas this year.

Logos 6: Passage Links in Guides

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.

Looking up biblical cross-references in print books is tedious and time consuming—having to turn page after page after page. With Logos, cross-reference work has always been a breeze. Click a link, and Logos looks up the verse in your preferred Bible. And in Logos 6, cross-reference work just got even easier. Scattered throughout various guides are individual sections with biblical cross-references, such as:

  • Passage Guide | Cross References
  • Sermon Starter Guide | Passages
  • Topic Guide | Related Verses (A)


Now at the bottom of such sections, you’ll see two links:

  • Save as Passage List, which places all the cross-references in a new Passage List document (B)
  • Open passages in your preferred Bible (C), which places these verses in a temporary filter in your preferred Bible’s panel (much like an Inline Search(D); click the Remove filter link in the Bible to return it to a normal view (E

For complete written instructions on all the new Logos 6 features, check out the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual or attend our in-depth Camp Logos in Arizona or Tennessee.

1 Day Only: Mega Monday!

CyberMondayMegaPackThe Cyber Monday clock is ticking: today is the last day to save on 50 resources, phone-only specials (when you call 888-875-9491), and more during our four-day Black Friday sale.

Get it now: the Cyber Monday Mega Pack

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Get 145 titles for 85% off! If you were to pick these up at any other time, you’d pay over $2,000.00. But today only, you can add 145 books to your library for around $2.00 a title—that’s 30,000 pages for less than $300, and you could save even more if you already own some of these resources. This limited-time product was created for Cyber Monday, and when it’s gone, it’s gone for good.

Hurry: the Cyber Monday Mega Pack will vanish forever when the countdown hits zero!

Last chance to save on Black Friday deals

Today’s the last day to get Black Friday savings on some of our best-selling resources:

Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12–14

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Explore one of evangelism’s most troublesome issues: spiritual gifts. This book expounds the crucial passage, 1 Corinthians 12–14. Partisans on both sides of charismatic issues are challenged by the unbiased consideration of nuances in the Greek text found in 1 Corinthians. Get Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12–14 and study this subject in depth.

Paul and Pauline Theology Collection (15 vols.)

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The Paul and Pauline Theology Collection presents 15 volumes of in-depth study on Paul’s works, thought, world, and legacy. It includes contributions from top New Testament scholars, including Krister Stendahl, Christiaan Beker, E.P. Sanders, Terence L. Donaldson, and others. Citing ancient and modern sources and using the latest scholarly methods, this collection allows readers to view Paul in fresh light.

College Press NIV Commentary (42 vols.)

Regularly $769.95—get it for $429.95 (44% off!)

This collection delivers verse-by-verse explanation of the biblical text that’s as informative as it is accessible. In addition to the book introductions in each volume of commentary, this collection includes two entire volumes dedicated to Old and New Testament introduction. This series brings together top-notch biblical scholarship and the clarity of the most popular modern translation of the Bible. The clear exposition makes this set useful for sermon preparation and Bible study.

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Get the most out of Black Friday

Don’t forget that right now, you can also take 15% off any Logos 6 base package. Plus, if you spend at least $500, you’ll get special gifts! Black Friday deals offer the perfect opportunity to earn rewards—the more you spend, the more gifts you’ll get!

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The A.W. Pink Collection: Last Chance to Save!

november-top-product-a-w-pink-last-chanceTime’s running out to save over 30% on the A.W. Pink Collection. Use coupon code AWP2014 to save on this month’s top product before it’s too late!

Gain valuable insights

A.W. Pink’s works include several important expositional resources, including his popular Gleanings series:

  • Gleanings in Genesis
  • Gleanings in Exodus
  • Gleanings in Joshua
  • The Life of David
  • Gleanings from Elisha: His Life and Miracles
  • An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount
  • An Exposition of John
  • Gleanings from Paul: Studies in the Prayers of the Apostle
  • An Exposition of Hebrews

These works have supplied the firm backbone around which many pastors and teachers have built their libraries through the years. This well-loved series is an essential part of any theological library.

Discover a pastor’s heart

The words of A.W. Pink echo through time. Pink’s pastor’s heart comes through in his resources covering important topics, warming the souls of readers even today. In his discourse on eternal security, he comforts his readers as a shepherd might comfort their lambs:


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In addition to Pink’s work in various books of the Bible, the collection includes the following individual titles:

  • The Beatitudes
  • Comfort for Christians
  • The Doctrine of Sanctification
  • Eternal Security
  • A Guide to Fervent Prayer
  • The Nature of God
  • Objections to God’s Sovereignty Answered
  • Practical Christianity
  • Profiting from the Word
  • The Satisfaction of Christ: Studies in the Atonement
  • And many more!

Whether you’re reading for personal enrichment, preparing to lead a small group, or shepherding a flock of your own, the A.W. Pink Collection provides timeless value.

This 40-volume set is normally $249.95. But for November, you can get it for 30% off the regular price.

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Black Friday Is Here: Get Huge Savings!

BF_BlogImageOne of your best chances to save (and snag some incredible resources) is here: for the next four days, take advantage of huge Black Friday savings. Save big on 50 resources and get 24-hour deals, including special offers on works by beloved authors like N.T. Wright and A.W. Tozer.

Today’s 24-hour deals

For the next three days, you can get two 24-hour deals every day except Sunday. Today’s deals are on collections by A.W. Tozer and N.T. Wright—get them before they’re gone!

A.W. Tozer Collection (57 vols.)

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Get nearly 11,000 pages of powerful content from one of history’s most dynamic and passionate preachers, A.W. Tozer. In this practical and invigorating series, Tozer calls the church back from lethargy and empowers you to reclaim the gospel’s power, establishing God as the center of your life.

Works of N.T. Wright (48 vols.)

Regularly $679.95—get it for $379.95 (44% off!)

Explore New Testament theology, unpack the gospel’s truth, and dig into the Apostle Paul’s words. This collection combines 48 of N.T. Wright’s most beloved works to offer a collection rich in theological depth, engaging in tone, and compelling in biblical wisdom.

Special 4-day deals

38443Understanding the Bible Commentary Series (36 vols.)

Regularly $499.95—get it for $99.95 (80% off!)

Learn to navigate the Bible’s most difficult terrain. These 36 volumes break down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds, revealing the power and meaning of the biblical texts to contemporary readers.

Exegetical Summaries Series (27 vols.)

Regularly $554.95—get it for $349.95 (36% off!)

This series takes you through every level of biblical exegesis: you’ll get phrase-by-phrase analysis, lexical summaries for nearly every word, comprehensive commentary comparisons, and more. Get answers to the most significant exegetical and interpretive questions, discover a text’s interpretive history, and survey the scope of everything written about each verse and phrase.

Exegetical Fallacies, Second Edition

Regularly $16.99—get it for $9.95 (41% off!)

Learn to discern improper interpretation techniques and how to make sound grammatical, lexical, cultural, theological, and historical Bible study practices. With D.A. Carson’s accessible style and plain language, Exegetical Fallacies will be edifying in your Bible study.

Mobile Ed: Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle (9 courses)

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Learn from today’s leading scholars, including Drs. Mark Futado, Michael Heiser, and Carl Sanders, as they guide you through essential introductions to the Old and New Testaments, doctrine, and biblical interpretation. Explore the Hebrew language, the Psalms, Pauline studies, Christian doctrine, the Bible’s core messages and themes, and more.

Calvin 500 Collection (108 vols.)

Regularly $999.95—get it for $599.95 (40% off!)

Get the largest collection of John Calvin material available in the English-speaking world. This definitive collection contains all of Calvin’s Commentaries, five editions of The Institutes in three languages, four volumes of The Letters and correspondence, dozens of tracts and treatises, ten biographies, and twenty volumes of secondary literature on the history and influence of Calvinism.

Early Church Fathers Protestant Edition (37 vols.)

Regularly $229.95—get it for $159.95 (30% off!)

This is one of the most important collections of historical, philosophical, and theological writings available to the student of the Christian Church. Explore key documents that offer the most comprehensive witness to the development of Christianity and Christian thought during the period immediately following the Apostolic Era.

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Don’t forget—you can also take 15% off any Logos 6 base package. Plus, if you spend at least $500, you’ll get special gifts! Black Friday deals offer the perfect opportunity to earn these rewards—the more you spend, the more gifts you’ll get.