3 Reasons You’ll Love or Hate The Screwtape Letters

Email_HeaderThe Screwtape Letters is a series of fictional letters written by C.S. Lewis. In this collection, an elder demon, Uncle Screwtape, is advising his young nephew, Wormwood, on the best way to ensnare and beguile the human he has been assigned.

Here are three reasons you’ll either love or hate The Screwtape Letters:

1. The letters apply to you

According to Uncle Screwtape, the true job of a demon is to undermine faith and prevent the formation of virtues. Reading The Screwtape Letters will polarize your feelings. It forces a type of introspection that is seldom achieved in our fast-paced society. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I consistently building virtue?
  • What virtues have I let slip?
  • What has taken their place?

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When you come face to face with this powerful appeal, you must draw back for self-examination. You’ll either hate this as it forces you to acknowledge your own failures, or love it as it spurs you on to strive for courage again.

2. They’re different each time you read them

Each time you read these fictional letters to Wormword, you’ll discover new insights. Upon rereading this last time, I was impressed anew with the historical context in which Lewis wrote (having published this work in 1942):

Now that it is certain the German humans will bombard your patient’s town and that his duties will keep him in the thick of the danger, we must consider our policy. Are we to aim at cowardice–or at courage, with consequent pride–or at hatred of the Germans?

Lewis recognizes the danger war poses to the individual’s soul. And he discusses it in a time of fierce rhetoric and virulent opinions, possibly the most turbulent time in the United Kingdom’s history. Given the current world situation, this admonition is as appropriate today as it was over 70 years ago.

This is only one example of the numerous insights presented in this work. If you prefer a book that is old, worn, and familiar each time you return to it, this is not the book for you. But if you enjoy the discovery that comes with a fresh reading, you will enjoy it for years to come.

3. They’ll help you see the world differently

How many times as we go about our day do we completely ignore the power of the enemy to mildly influence our decisions? Lewis questions our presuppositions when he writes:

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.

If, as Scripture states, we are in spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:12), then the battle rages around us every day. The great reformer Martin Luther understood this when he penned the beloved hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”:

And though this world with devils filled, should threaten to undo us.

We will not fear what God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.

If you prefer to go about your daily life blissfully unaware, don’t read this book. But if you seek to have your eyes opened, then this satirical piece is the perfect starting point.

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Getting to Know Greg Monette: Faithlife’s Canadian Representative

Greg MonetteJust over a year ago, Greg Monette joined Faithlife as our Canadian market manager. Some of you may have seen him at conferences and events across Canada over the past year, but if you haven’t yet met him, here’s your chance to get to know him and hear about his upcoming events.

1. Tell us about yourself.

Joining the team at Faithlife was a proud moment for me. I knew I was becoming part of a special team of people working to improve the way the Bible is studied around the world. My one-year anniversary was this past October, and my pride in this company has increased drastically since I started.

I’m a passionate Canadian who cares deeply about biblical literacy in my country of origin. I’ve lived in Canada my entire life. Canada is home. My wife, Julie, and I have been married for six years and have a joint mission in helping the Christian community in Canada to become even more relevant in our own lifetime. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has changed our lives and we know the power it has to transform communities. We know about Jesus from the Bible and because of the separation in millennia that separates us from the person of Jesus it is crucial that people are equipped with solid tools to help them go deeper in their study of Scripture than they ever dreamed was possible.

This is what Faithlife’s signature software, Logos Bible Software, is all about. It is a time machine that takes us back close to the time of Jesus so that his message can continue to transform the world. I’m excited when other people discover the true meaning of a particular verse or passage of Scripture for the first time. There is no greater feeling than to know what Jesus’ words really mean!

2. What gets you excited about our products?

As previously mentioned, we are separated from the time of Jesus by more than two millennia. In order to comprehend his message, we need good tools to help us uncover the meaning of Scripture in its original context.

Logos Bible Software is a well-stocked toolbox that provides the student of Scripture with what they need to peel through the multiple layers that separate us from the intricate details of what the Bible really says. From original-language tools, commentaries, background information, archaeological discoveries, maps, and fresh video content describing the Holy Land, there is really no better toolbox that one could own other than living at Oxford, Cambridge, Duke, or any other world-class university full time.

Simply put, Logos Bible Software brings the best of the best of biblical research and study into our own homes and for our convenience. Millions of hours of research and development (by hundreds of employees and sub-contractors) has made this possible.

3. What’s your favorite feature in the software?

My favourite feature in Logos Bible Software is still the fact that I can have thousands of commentaries, theological works, and original-language tools on my laptop wherever I am. My library goes with me. It doesn’t matter if I’m in a coffee shop, in an airplane, at home at my desk, or on vacation. I have a library that rivals many Bible colleges on my MacBook Pro! I still find this jaw-dropping.

I went to seminary and would spend hours in the library checking out commentaries, then would use commentaries to hold open other commentaries so that I could write down quotations. Not any more. I just highlight the section from Logos Bible Software that I want to include in my research and copy and paste it into my document, and the footnote is automatically produced for me! This is my favourite feature. I would purchase the software if this was all it did. But boy does it do a lot more than that!

4. What add-on product can you not live without?

This is a bit of shameless self-promotion, but I won’t be able to live without a copy of my own book, The Wrong Jesus. It’s in Pre-Pub right now, and I’m hoping it will become a Logos resource in the next year!

5. What is your market like? Who do you serve?

My market is Canada. Yes, that’s a big market. Canada is the second largest country in the world in land size (next to Russia), though our population is only one tenth the size of the US.

I present at conferences across the country and introduce Canadians to Faithlife and our signature product, Logos Bible Software. People often think that my target audience is pastors. Although pastors make up a significant segment of the Canadian Logos customer base, the majority of users are actually laypeople. We also have excellent relationships with a number of Canadian seminaries and Bible colleges.

6. What are some goals or plans you have for your market?

My number-one goal for the Canadian market this year is to present Logos at more conferences than ever before. We know that when we introduce people to the power of this software, they will understand what the hype is all about. I can remember when Starbucks first opened up in Nova Scotia where I live. People weren’t quite sure about it. Now, everyone knows about Starbucks and it has made a great impression on Canadian coffee drinkers. I’m totally convinced Logos Bible Software will do the same thing in the Canadian Christian market.

7. What are some upcoming events you’ll be at?

I’m excited to be presenting at the Apologetics Canada Conferences in both Vancouver and Toronto in March and April. I’m also really looking forward to returning to Saskatchewan to the Women’s Journey of Faith conference this Spring. Jodi Kozan (president and founder of WJOF) has created, in my opinion, the model for running a women’s conference in Canada. These are just a couple of the many conferences I will be presenting at this Spring.

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Learn more about Greg and his work on his website, GregMonette.com, or get to know him on the forums!

Earn Logos Credit: Become a Screencaster!

l6-overview-gold-featuredAre you a Logos power user? Do you show your friends your favorite software tricks?  Have you blogged about your favorite Logos tools or created tutorials for them? Do you want to earn Logos credit?

If so, we need your help!

We’re hiring Logos screencasters to create three- to five-minute instructional training videos. As a screencaster, you’ll teach others how to master Logos Bible Software by walking them through real examples and amazing discoveries.

Training videos are an effective way to teach others how to take advantage of Logos’ tools. We’ve found that when people see these demonstrations, they’re more likely to use the software to study the Bible. With your videos, you’ll help others learn to use Logos and engage the Bible on a deeper level.

You’ll get Logos credit for each video you produce, and the workload is up to you: you can create as many or as few videos as your time allows.

Do you have what it takes?

We’re looking for screencasters with:

  • A background in biblical studies or languages
  • A love for teaching
  • A high level of Logos knowledge and proficiency

You’ll also need to provide your own video and audio equipment for creating each screencast.

Here’s an example of a video you could create:

Apply today!

Don’t worry about sending your résumé; we just want to see what you can do! Send us a sample screencast video showing how you’d teach someone to use your favorite Logos feature, resource, or workflow.

Start earning Logos credit for your work: send your video to careers@faithlife.com today!

Take Your Logos-Edition Books Everywhere

Your Logos-edition books travel like no other books you own. For serious study, use Logos 6 on your Mac or PC to unlock the full potential of your Logos resources. And when life pulls you away from your desk, access those same books on your phone or tablet through the Logos Bible! app.

Download your books to your devices

With the Logos app on your phone or tablet, you can read or study from wherever your life takes you, even if you venture far from a Wi-Fi network or cell tower. Just take a moment to download the books you want to use while you’re offline.

Here’s how:

Launch the Logos app, and navigate to the library view:

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The information card on each book contains a download button so you can easily download individual resources. In addition to the books I’m reading at the moment (or Mobile Ed courses I’m working through), I like to have the ESV, The NET Bible Notes, The Bible Knowledge Commentary, and the Lexham Bible Dictionary on my mobile device at all times.

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Pro tip: The “Download All” button in the top right does exactly what you think. But if you use the search box to filter your library, “Download All” will only download your search results. For example, if I want to take my ethics books with me on a road trip, I could filter the library with “mytag:ethics” and use “Download All” to keep all of those books on my device.

You can use 12 different search filters to navigate your library:

  • author:
  • abbrev:
  • epubdate:
  • lang:
  • mytag:
  • pubdate:
  • publisher:
  • rating:
  • subject:
  • series:
  • title:
  • type:

Use these filters to quickly find and download the exact resources you’d like to have at your fingertips all the time.

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Take your Logos edition books with you everywhere! Visit Logos.com/Apps to learn more.

Last Chance to Save on Logos 6 Video Training

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We told you about Morris Proctor’s Logos 6: What’s New? digital training manual on Pre-Pub, but don’t miss the Logos 6: What’s New? Video Training.

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Explore Logos 6’s new tools and updates with authorized Logos trainer Morris Proctor. He provides clear, step-by-step instructions to help you get the most out of your software. This video series also shows you the changes between Logos 5 and 6, allowing you to quickly master the new functions in Logos 6 and incorporate them into your own study.

Watch this short clip from the training video in which Proctor gives a detailed explanation of the new ways to interact with Logos 6’s Factbook:

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What’s New for the EEC in 2015?

evangelical-exegetical-commentaryCritical scholarship can be a slow process, but it’s worth it.

So much goes into a single volume of the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary—it’s a collaborative effort. But years of research and authorship are just the beginning.

Experts such as Wayne House (general editor), Bill Barrick (Old Testament editor), Hall Harris (New Testament editor), and Andrew Pitts (New Testament editor) work with the author to help develop their content and insight into what will be most helpful to you.

And that’s not all: each volume goes through copy editors, proofreaders, digital and print formatters, typesetters, designers, and electronic text developers. It’s an exciting process, and with each volume, we can’t wait to deliver it to you in print and in Logos.

New volumes coming soon

We have a number of volumes in the works. Here’s a quick glimpse of what we have coming in 2015:

  • Exodus: This volume is already available digitally in your Logos library if you have purchased the 44-volume Evangelical Exegetical Commentary. This volume will also be released in a two-volume print edition.
  • Esther: Like Exodus, Esther is also already available digitally in your Logos Library. It will also be released in print.
  • Jude: It’s almost there—the EEC academic editors have passed us Herbert Bateman’s finished Jude commentary for copy editing, formatting, and electronic text development. Look for this volume in the second quarter of 2015!
  • 1 and 2 Samuel: We have 1 Samuel in hand for copy editing from our academic editors already, and 2 Samuel is nearly complete! Harry Hoffner and Bill Barrick are working through a few final touches, then it’ll be ready for review and copy editing. Look for it this coming fall!
  • Philippians: Like 2 Samuel, this is also very close! Mark Keown is working with Andrew Pitts and Hall Harris in the final developmental stages. Once they’re done, it will also be ready for final review and copy editing. Also watch for this in the coming fall!

Many other volumes are close to completion, too. Jeremiah, 1 and 2 Chronicles, and Ephesians have all been authored and await academic review and final developmental insight.

And the rest, of course, are all in varying stages of authorship. We are committed to this series and we can’t wait to release each volume. We hope they’re a blessing to your research and ministry.

Don’t miss out on the individual EEC volumes available now. Or, get the entire 44-volume collection to make sure you never miss a new volume!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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!

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!