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!

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 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)

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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
     
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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.

New: Mobile Ed’s Discipleship Training Bundle

mobile-ed-discipleship-training-bundlePart of living the Christian life is discipling others. In the Great Commission, Jesus commanded his disciples to go and “make disciples” (Matt. 28:19).

This is an intimidating mandate. When we’re still in the process of growing in our walk with Jesus (which is always), we may not feel adequate enough to walk alongside someone else and help them grow. We may be held back by questions like, “What if I can’t answer their questions?” or “What if I don’t have the insight they need?” Mobile Ed’s three-course Discipleship Training Bundle was designed to help Christians answer those questions and to disciple effectively.

In ED101 Introducing Discipleship, Dr. Greg Ogden, author of the book Discipleship Essentials, looks at the idea of discipleship in the Bible and covers how to go about the discipleship process, providing practical steps for implementing a disciple-making strategy in your church. In PC151 Theology of Everyday Life, Dr. Dan Doriani looks at what the Bible says about everyday aspects of life, which will help you answer questions about work and your “calling,” food and the body, play and rest, and more. In BI181 Introducing Bible Translations, Dr. Mark Strauss helps you understand the translation philosophies behind the different versions of the Bible. You’ll learn how each brings out different aspects of the original languages. The next time someone asks you, “Which translation should I use?” you’ll have an educated answer.

These courses will help equip you to disciple others. You’ll be better prepared to come alongside someone, answer their questions, and grow with them.

Order the Discipleship Training Bundle today, or get it for free (along with Dr. Darrell Bock’s BI100 Learn to Study the Bible course) as one of Logos 6’s introductory offers.

Spurgeon Commentary Collection: Shipping Soon

spurgeon-commentary-collection-new-testament-lettersCharles Spurgeon was one of the most influential and prolific preachers of the modern era. Last year, Lexham Press released the first volume of the Spurgeon Commentary Collection, Galatians. Since then, we’ve been working hard to complete the remaining nine volumes in this series. We’re nearing completion of these volumes, and we’re proud to announce that they’ll be released by the end of the year!

You can order all nine volumes in the Spurgeon Commentary Collection for over 40% off. But hurry—you’ll only be able to take advantage of a deal this good while it’s still on Pre-Pub!

What makes this commentary different

Spurgeon’s writings on the Bible fill dozens of volumes and encompass both published books and spoken sermons. The Spurgeon Commentary Collection looks to collect his thoughts from across his corpus in an easy-to-use commentary format that is tied to the biblical text. We’ve gone back and curated excerpts from Spurgeon where he’s explicitly citing a verse and from places where he’s alluding to the text—something a simple search wouldn’t be able to do.

We’ve also enhanced the Logos editions with amazing functionality, tagging illustrations and application content with preaching themes so that they pop up when you’re using the Sermon Starter Guide. This functionality saves time if you’re preparing sermons or are trying to find content from Spurgeon on specific topics.

A glimpse at what’s coming

Our editors have wrapped up the majority of these nine volumes.

Here’s an illustration from Spurgeon Commentary: 2 Timothy to show you a glimpse of just one of Spurgeon’s nuggets of wisdom:

Good Soldiers Are Obedient (2 Tim 2:3)

Preaching Themes: Courage, Obedience

A truly good soldier of Jesus Christ knows nothing about difficulties except as things to be surmounted. If his Master bids him perform exploits too hard for him, he draws upon the resources of omnipotence, and achieves impossibilities. Wellington sent word to his troops one night, “Ciudad Rodrigo must be taken tonight.” And what do you think was the commentary of the British soldiers appointed for the attack? “Then,” they all said, “we will do it.”

So when our great Captain sends, as He does to us, the word of command, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15), if we were all good soldiers of the cross, we should say at once, “We will do it.”

Pre-order now!

Spurgeon was a truly gifted orator and author. The Spurgeon Commentary Collection is designed for functionality, usability, and readability to make Spurgeon’s writing easier than ever to understand and apply.

These nine volumes are shipping soon, and you can get over 40% off this collection on Pre-Pub—pre-order the Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters today!

Explore the New BibleStudyMagazine.com

bible-study-magazine-eric-masonBible Study Magazine’s website just got a makeover! The new BibleStudyMagazine.com is dedicated to bringing you the best in Bible study—a fresh go-to resource for tips, methods, and insights.

Gain insights from BSM articles

BibleStudyMagazine.com now features our latest stories, which will be updated with every issue. Currently we’re showcasing articles from our November/December ’14 issue.

Our cover story, “Rooted in the City of Brotherly Love,” will take you firsthand into Eric Mason’s passion for urban ministries and his decision to invest in one church community instead of planting a church and moving on. Mason realized the importance of growing relationships and investing in a church community.

Discover another story, “Soviet Soldier to Seminary President,” that tells the story of a Ukrainian soldier’s journey of faith after a chance encounter with a page of Scripture. Andrey Krastsev, who once believed in the “bright future of communism,” now trains pastors to spread the gospel across Russia. His story is part of a series that shows how people around the globe apply the Bible to their own contexts.

Discover new interactives

Bible Study Magazine has an amazing design team dedicated to helping you visually explore the stories of the Bible. Draw connections from Jeffery Kranz’s article “Out of Slavery: Exodus”. This story sheds light on the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, as well as how each of the 10 plagues showed God fighting for his people.

Don’t miss any new content

We will be updating BibleStudyMagazine.com with new content from each issue.

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The Noet Desktop App Is Here!

Noet Research Libraries smallLast January, we announced Noet’s free mobile app, and now—after much anticipation—the desktop app is here! New Noet Research Libraries offer the world’s smartest humanities software. Each library pairs discipline-specific resources on literature, philosophy, and the classics together with smart study tools.

For a limited time, take 15% off any Noet Research Library. Choose from the Biblical Greek Research Library, Classical Studies Research Library, Ancient Philosophy Research Library, Literature Research Library, and more.

Explore all 14 Research Libraries now!

The first of its kind

Noet Research Libraries represent a massive innovation in the humanities field. Check out the software in action:

Do smarter humanities study

Noet Research Libraries equip you to engage some of history’s greatest minds and better understand both where society has come from and where it’s going. From Plato to Descartes to Austen to Milton—each research library represents a trove of rich intellectual history, coupled with intelligent tools to help you make new discoveries.

With Noet Research Libraries, you can:

  • Take your library anywhere: Noet syncs across all your devices, so your notes, highlights, and resources go where you go. Start studying on the bus on your way home, and pick up right where you left off on your desktop computer.
  • Explore the text’s cultural context: Connect classic works to their historical and social context with the easy-to-use Timeline. Filter events by location, culture, geography, and more to get the information you need.
  • Study primary texts and translations side by side: Compare original texts and modern translations, scrolling side by side in sync. Select any word, see its Greek or Latin translation and definition, then jump to other sources that use the same word.
  • Connect to the original languages: Even if you don’t speak a word of Greek or Latin, you can start grasping original-language nuances with glosses of word meanings and pronunciation examples.
  • Take advantage of automatic citations: Noet builds your bibliography for you! Copy and paste from any Noet resource, and your sources are cited for you in the style of your choice.
  • Convert your research papers into Noet ebooks: Add your personal research papers, blog posts, and articles into your Noet library—making them searchable, citable, and linked to other resources.

Get more out of history’s greatest works: take 15% off Noet Research Libraries today.

 

Bible Study Software Put to the Test: Logos 6 in Review

logos-6-reviewsOver the last month, many ministry leaders, authors, and speakers have given Logos 6 a spin and shared their thoughts. They’re writing blog posts, planning sermons, creating lessons, and studying the Word with the most advanced Bible study tool on the planet.

Here’s what they’re saying about Logos 6:

Equipping church leaders

Communicating in-depth biblical insight to congregations is no small task. Tools like Cultural Concepts and Interactive Media are helping pastors put difficult ideas in simple, presentable terms. With Media Search, you get quick access to related images without interrupting study and planning!

Logos 6 does an excellent job of mixing classical study resources with interactive, digital resources. Logos 6 is a must have application for ministers, teachers, students, and anyone who loves to immerse themselves in biblical studies.

—Eric Dye (read the full review at ChurchMag)

As I go on using Logos, I am increasingly impressed by some of the technical tools available to me, tools that I am still discovering. These add, if not vast swathes of usefulness to my study processes, at least some real and helpful insights and nuances.

—Jeremy Walker (read the full review at reformation21)

Authoring new books

For the first time ever, Logos 6 gives you access to a semantic outline that covers the entire New Testament: the Propositional Flow Outline. Hours of exegetical research have already been done for you, taking the process out of your research and study. Your writing process is made even more simple with automatic citations, ensuring that you never forget where your information came from while securing your credibility as a writer.

Logos 6 will ever be before me during my work on the Philippians volume in the Baylor Handbook on the Greek NT.

—Dr. William Varner (read the full review at DrVarner.co)

. . . already my Bible study is reaching a new level of depth, and really, bringing me back to a passion for pursuing Jesus in his Word . . .

—Zach Hoag (read the full review at The Nuance)

Better Bible study

Logos 6 is your central place for all things related to Bible study. Using the new Everything Search, you can quickly assemble all of your resources on a given topic in one place, with one search. Factbook is the new encyclopedia for Bible information—use it to build a general understanding of a topic or to follow links to all your related resources for specific insights.

. . . Logos 6, is an amazing compendium of data and tools that comprise an exhaustive library of Bible study resources just a mouse-click away.

—Steve Howells (read the full review at Search The Bible)

After finishing Micah, I wanted to dig a little deeper on some of the themes from the book. I was able to search ‘justice,’ ‘mercy,’ and even ‘Micah’ to learn more. Logos pulled a plethora of resources from commentaries, Bible dictionaries, books on the topics, ancient texts, and even illustrated encyclopedias. I could see maps of where Micah lived and preached, a timeline that explained his place in relation to the other minor prophets, and an easy-to-understand overview of Micah.

—Amy Jackson (read the full review at Christianity Today)

At the forefront of academic research

Studying the ancient languages has never been easier. Logos 6’s new Ancient Literature section takes parallel passages and intertextual connections to a new level, exposing shared language and thought across relevant literature. And your scholarly journals are now more accessible with the new Journals Section—instantly connect your search queries to the latest theological discoveries and to insights from today’s leading scholars.

For personal and professional study—preparation of Sunday school lessons, for example, or of classroom lectures—Logos allows me to focus on the content rather than the process of getting it.

—Dan Olinger (read the full review at BJU.edu)

With the advent of Logos 6 comes some great new features for both pastors and scholars.

—Danny Zacharias (read the full review at DannyZacharias.net)

Bible study on the go

Logos’ mobility makes it a great tool for busy travelers. With new interactive infographics and Interlinear Explorers, not only can you study on the go, but you can prepare your message and create unique, engaging visuals for your next presentation. Capture complex concepts visually with the new Psalms Explorer and updated Timeline.

I’ve always loved reading the Bible but here’s the thing. I want to be able to do it on my computer. I want to be able to study the Bible in-depth wherever I am without lugging a pile of books along with me.

—Darlene Schacht (read the full review at Time-Warp Wife)

The ‘media’ search allows me to search all the media in my personal library and online. This is a wonderful tool for someone who is trying to put together a multimedia presentation on a particular topic.

—Stephen Altrogge (read the full review at The Blazing Center)

Empowering the Christian community

Community is an ever-growing strength of Bible study with Logos. Faithlife Groups make it easier than ever to connect with others studying the same topics as you. Create your own groups for private Bible study, or explore what others are reading and join the conversation! The new Visual Copy tool also helps you instantly share your findings across the web.

Not only has Logos provided this help in studying God’s Word, but has blown my expectations even more with how much they provide for you to learn.

—Mike Mobly (read the full review at Before the Cross)

Where Logos 6 really shines is in its new features. The team has done a fantastic job of doing some really cool new things to enhance your study experience.

—Aaron Armstrong (read the full review at Blogging Theologically)

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Logos 6: Factbook

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.

Just like the CIA publishes The World Factbook with facts and figures about the countries of the world, Logos 6 presents the Factbook (replacing Bible Facts in Logos 5), which produces reports about biblical people, places, things, and events, as well as a host of other subjects. In addition to being opened from numerous hyperlinks throughout the program and the Context menu, the Factbook is housed and accessed from the Tools menu.

Try this:

  • Choose Tools | Factbook
  • Type a subject in the box (A), such as a:
    • Biblical book, like Ephesians
    • Biblical person, like Moses
    • Biblical place, like Jericho
    • Biblical thing, like sandal
    • Biblical event, like feed 5000
    • Biographical person, like John Wesley
    • Topic, like baptism
    • Cultural concept, like marriage
    • Preaching theme, like mercy
  • Select your desired item from the drop-down list (or press the Enter key if your item is already highlighted in the list) (B)

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The various sections in a report differ depending on the subject under study, but expect to see information types like:

  • Media
  • Dictionary articles
  • Search results from your library
  • Referent dataset
  • Community tags
  • Miscellaneous links to Wikipedia and searches

For quick access to the Factbook, right click a word in a Bible and open the Factbook from the Context menu! The more you use it, the more you’ll be impressed with this goldmine of information neatly organized in a hyperlinked article for almost any subject related to biblical studies.

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.

The Screen Is for Scripture

proclaim-church-presentation-software-logoAs you know, Faithlife built Logos Bible Software to get you into Scripture and study the Bible with smart tools and resources.

And Faithlife also built Proclaim Church Presentation Software with the same dedication to the Word. Proclaim allows thousands of churches all over the world to deliver insight with less time and frustration.

You can use Proclaim’s On-Screen Bible to show Bible verses with engaging animations that draw people into the Word. The Scripture is the most important thing to present. With On-Screen Bible, you can quickly insert an engaging animation that presents the Bible in context.

Here’s how easy it is to add an On-Screen Bible item to a presentation:

It’s simple: click “Add Item”, then “On-Screen Bible”. Type in the references you want to display, choose a translation and look of the animation, and include a book introduction if needed. Proclaim does the rest—building a beautiful animation instantly.

Proclaim comes with over $1,000.00 worth of free media, including the popular Verse of the Day series. Professional designers bring the Bible to life with these amazing works of art! Use these to highlight a passage or set the tone for your service.

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The Bible Screen motions, taken from the Verse of the Day series, are another beautiful way to show Scripture. Put a group of them together to play before church to draw people into deeper study and reflection. During the offering, show verses about giving or emphasize a particular verse from the sermon. The animations have enough movement to draw your attention without taking away from what is written.

 

 

 

 
Use Proclaim Signals to easily engage your congregation using their mobile phones. With Proclaim Signals, you can send a link to a mobile device with whatever Bible verse you have on the screen. No more flipping pages back and forth—simply tap the Proclaim Signal and you’ll be taken to the correct verse. People can easily follow you wherever you’re teaching from. Signals don’t stop with Bible verses—you can send calendar invites, contact cards, donation requests, or web links making it easier than ever to connect with your congregation.

Scripture belongs on the screen. Everything we do points to Scripture, so it should take a prominent place in the presentation. Proclaim helps pastors build beautiful presentations, but it does more than that: it’s about engaging people and encouraging them to go deeper in their study of the Bible.

You can get Proclaim free for 30 days. Download it today and place the emphasis where it belongs.