Win a Tour of the Holy Land!

Jerusalem

Last summer, we announced that we were working on putting together tours of the Holy Land. Now we’re excited to bring you Faithlife Tours, a powerful way to connect with the Word. With Logos’ maps and infographics, you’ve studied the sites where the biblical stories took place.  But what if you could take a boat over the sea of Galilee, be baptized in the Jordan River, reflect on the Incarnation in Bethlehem, and stand on the Temple Mount?

Now, with Faithlife Tours, you can do more than read about the crucifixion—you can travel the Via Dolorosa and see firsthand the traditional sites of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Each tour is fully integrated with the Faithlife Study Bible, FaithlifeTour_Logoso you’ll have the tools you need to learn more. On your tour, you’ll visit Biblical places like:

  • Christ’s birthplace in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:1–6)
  • Mt. Carmel, where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18)
  • The Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a paralytic (John 5:1–15)
  • The Garden Tomb, believed by many to be the location of Jesus’ burial and resurrection (John 19:41)

To celebrate Faithlife Tour’s launch, we’re giving away a tour of Israel for you and a friend or loved one. Don’t want to take the chance and risk your preferred tour date getting filled?  Invest in a tour and enter anyway! If you win, you’ll get a full refund, and you’ll also win a Nexus 7 tablet, preloaded with the Faithlife Study Bible and the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible to help you study the passages related to the sites as you visit them.

Get the Faithlife Study Bible Free for Life!


We’re giving away 2.5 million copies of the Faithlife Study Bible!* Available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, or online at Bible.Faithlife.com, the world’s most largest, most advanced study Bible goes wherever you go! To get your free copy, just download one of the free FSB apps or go to FaithlifeBible.com/Giveaway now!

When you download the FSB, you’ll get:

  • Study notes for most popular translations
  • Free, built-in Bible dictionary
  • Articles from trusted Bible scholars
  • Photos, videos, infographics, and maps
  • Custom highlights and note taking
  • Notes you can share with friends

“The Faithlife Study Bible is a remarkable resource that allows you to probe deeply yet move quickly. You can glide effortlessly from passage to passage with insightful commentary, or view cross-references without leaving the Scripture you’re studying. Read through the Bible in a year, and dig in wherever you want with the Faithlife Study Bible. Incredible!”—Randy Alcorn

“Logos has done it again! The Faithlife Study Bible makes the Scriptures come alive. It takes you deep and makes it easy to study the Bible. Download it now and dig deep!”—Josh McDowell

“If the Word of God nourishes the soul, trains the mind, and is used by the Spirit to transform our lives, then what a priority it should be for those of us who trust in Christ to devour the revealed word of God. Logos has removed every obstacle imaginable with the Faithlife Study Bible. The commentaries, videos, articles, maps, and graphs take you as deep as you want to go while being easy to navigate. The Faithlife Study Bible is a steroid shot in the arm of reading the Bible through in a year.”—Matt Chandler

Go to FaithlifeBible/Giveaway and get the Faithlife Study Bible now!

* If you’ve already downloaded the FSB with a coupon code, we are doing away with the subscription model. Your Faithlife Study Bible is yours for life.

Limited Edition: Bible Study Magazine 2008–2009 Coffee Table Book

The coffee table book continues to hold a special place in readers’ homes and hearts. Now imagine such a book based on God’s Word.

The Bible Study Magazine 2008–2009 book is the only book of its kind. The Bible studies, DIY guides, tips, book reviews, humor, and archaeological and historical insights you have come to enjoy in Bible Study Magazine have been bound into book format for you to enjoy again and again. The book features seven issues—January–February 2009 through November–December 2009, plus the November–December 2008 inaugural issue—in one beautifully designed coffee table book.

Created for both display and study, the Bible Study Magazine 2008–2009 book includes the sold-out January–February 2009 issue featuring Kay Arthur, as well as interviews with Josh McDowell, Mark Driscoll, Randy Alcorn, Lee Strobel, John Piper, John MacArthur, and others.

All the tools and methods for insightful Bible study you expect from Bible Study Magazine are compiled here, along with teachings and insights from respected pastors and teachers. The Bible Study Magazine 2008–2009 book even includes a comprehensive Scripture index, making this beautiful publication a resource for further study of any Scripture passage covered in the magazine during its inaugural year.

Printed as a limited edition, the Bible Study Magazine 2008–2009 coffee-table book is available now. Order yours while supplies last!

Introducing 1,500 Quotations for Preachers

I have always enjoyed collections of inspiring quotations, but finding the right quotation is not always easy. Whether I’m looking for something relating to a topic or a to Bible passage, I often find that I miss good content because I’m not sure where to look. I attempted to solve that problem a few months ago with 300 Quotations for Preachers, which categorizes quotations by multiple themes and Scripture references, making them easier to find. The book also updates archaic language to make quotations easier to use in a modern context, and features excerpts of each quotation on an accompanying slide.

There was such a positive response to 300 Quotations that we have now undertaken a more ambitious project: 1,500 Quotations for Preachers. It does the same work of selection and categorization as the earlier book, but on a larger scale and with even more categories. This is new content; none of the quotations from the earlier book are repeated.

1,500 Quotations for Preachers features five books of quotations from different eras of church history—this is our additional level of categorization:

  • The Early Church
  • The Medieval Church
  • The Reformation
  • The Puritans
  • The Modern Church

With Logos 5, these quotations are integrated into the Sermon Starter Guide. It’s easy to find a relevant quote, whether you’re looking for information on a passage or on a topic. This integration can be seen already with 300 Quotations for Preachers and its companion volume, 400 Prayers for Preachers. I searched “resurrection” in the Sermon Starter Guide and found quotes and prayers on that topic:

resurrection

If I click on the first item under 300 Quotations, I get this quote from influential French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623–1662), along with a slide that makes it easy to share:

PascalIt would be impossible to find this quote by searching my library for “resurrection”—even though resurrection is the subject, Pascal doesn’t use that word. Sending the slide to PowerPoint or Proclaim allows me to view it at a larger size and incorporate it right into my sermon slides:

Pascal Slide

With 1,500 of the best quotations selected from almost 2,000 years of church history, you will have even more quotations to choose from and share. Pre-order 1,500 Quotations for Preachers today!

Logos 5: Sermon Starter Guide

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.

The Sermon Starter Guide, a new Logos 5 template located in the Guides menu, jumpstarts (not replaces) your message preparation. When you generate a report for a biblical theme or text, you’ll notice two important sections: Theme and Thematic Outlines. I wanted to make sure you know the mechanics of these two very helpful sections.

Undergirding all Sermon Starter Guide reports are approximately 230 popular preaching themes, identified by the Content Innovation Team (CIT) at Logos.

When you generate a report for a topic or theme, the Theme section provides a brief description of that specific theme or one closely related to it.

When you generate a report for a passage, the Theme section displays descriptions of all the themes that use your biblical reference as a key supporting passage. For example, if you build a guide for Colossians 3:16, you’ll see both Education and Music presented under the Theme section.

SSG Theme

 

The Thematic Outlines section uses the Dictionary of Bible Themes (DBT) as a source.

SSG Title Page

 

When you generate a report for a topic or theme, the Thematic Outlines section presents all the outlines from DBT containing your topic or a similar one as a part of the title of the outline. For example, if you build a report for the theme God:Wrath, you’ll see these titles under Thematic Outlines: Anger of God; Anger of Jesus Christ; Anger, divine; and Provoking God.

SSG Thematic Outlines

 

When you generate a report for a passage, the Thematic Outlines section presents all the outlines from DBT containing your passage somewhere in the outline. For example, when you create a guide for Deuteronomy 1:42, you’ll see these outlines under Thematic Outlines: Alienation, Defeat, Nature of sin, and Nature of warfare.

SSG Thematic

 

I certainly hope these behind-the-scenes explanations are helpful. Also, as former news anchor Dan Rather would say, a tip of the Stetson to the CIT for its hard work in compiling all of this useful data!

Coming Soon: Survey Your Congregation in Real Time

Can you imagine polling your congregation and including the results in your presentation—in real time? Soon you’ll be able to do just that using Proclaim church presentation software’s Signals feature; church members will be able to vote right from their mobile devices.

Just post a survey slide, and everyone will get a Survey Signal sent to their Logos or Faithlife Bible app. As they vote, results will appear onscreen. Now’s the perfect time to get your church familiar with Signals—the new Survey Signal feature is coming soon, and you can be one of the first in the world to use this cutting-edge tool. Download Proclaim now.


Available in Logos 5: Lexham English Septuagint, Alternate Texts

Base Packages II

One of the new resources released with Logos 5 (and available in collections from Bronze up, and also in the Minimal Crossgrade) is the Lexham English Septuagint. And now we’re happy to inform you that an associated resource, the Lexham English Septuagint: Alternate Texts, is ready.

The Lexham English Septuagint (LES) is a new English translation of the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Jewish Scriptures). It uses the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint as a starting point, creating a literal but readable translation.

Now, one of the things we’ve learned about translations of the Bible over, say, the past 40 years is that, well, there are a lot of translations. We have the KJV, the NASB, the NIV, the NRSV, the LEB, the CEB, and all sorts of other translations in English.

There were also a lot of translations back in the days when the Septuagint originated, and we have knowledge of some of these different translations. One of them, known as the Theodotion edition, evidences itself in a different edition of the book of Daniel. Theodotion’s Daniel, while having much the same content as what is known as the “Old Greek” edition of Daniel, simply says it in different ways. So much so that we know that these aren’t really transmission variations, but translation variations. Sort of like how the NIV and NASB both have different English words for Daniel (in most places) but are translating the same material.

The Lexham English Septuagint: Alternate Texts (LES:AT) resource includes Theodotion’s version of Daniel, as well as the additions to Daniel: Susanna, Bel, and the Dragon (yep, dragon!), the Prayer of Azariah, and the Song of Three Youths. The Prayer of Azariah and Song of Three Youths are traditionally inserted in Daniel 3, making the Septuagint version of Daniel 3 exactly 100 verses long in the LES!

The LES:AT also includes an alternative version of Tobit, which is found in Codex Sinaiticus. Again, it is largely the same story, just a different translation.

The work on these books was not complete when Logos 5 and the LES were initially released. It has since been completed. Folks who have upgraded to Logos 5 packages that include the LES are already licensed for the Additional Texts volume. You should receive it soon, if not already, as an automatic download.

For a limited time, you can still save at least 15% on a base package. With the addition of Lexham English Septuagint: Alternate Texts, this is the ideal time to upgrade to Logos 5.

Strengthen Your Ministry at Pastorum Live

Join us for the Pastorum Live conference in Chicago April 11–12, 2013.

At Pastorum, Bible scholars and pastors will unpack the mission of the church as displayed in Scripture, starting at the very beginning. You and your peers will overview God’s plan from Genesis to Revelation, and find ways for your local church to carry out the mission of our God and King.

Not only will you revive your theological knowledge—you’ll sharpen it with Drs. Mark Futato, Mike Goheen, John Walton, and others. During each session’s panel discussion, these speakers will share ideas for applying academic subjects in your church. You’ll see how the cultures of the Bible parallel or contrast with today’s environment.

Register by January 31 and pay only $79! The first 300 people to register will receive all Pastorum 2013 video content for free.

Register now!

New DMin Track: Theological Exegesis

Today’s post is built around content from Michael Allen, coordinator of the theological exegesis track and D. James Kennedy Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Knox Theological Seminary.

Knox Theological Seminary is proud to introduce the world’s first Doctor of Ministry track in theological exegesis. In this program, you’ll learn to interpret and explain Scripture in the context of theology, taking what has been mostly an academic conversation and connecting it to the lives and communities of Christians worldwide.

The track emphasizes canonical, creedal, and contextual biblical interpretation:

  • You’ll read each passage in light of the scriptural canon’s broader context, and you’ll see how each piece fits into the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and his kingdom.
  • You’ll use the church’s creeds and confessions (past and present) as prompts to refine your interpretive work, and you’ll learn to see the past as a constant presence for the community of faith.
  • You’ll understand the Word’s answers to modern questions and struggles.

Classes start this month with Michael Allen’s “Hebrews: Exegesis and Theology.” As you study Hebrews, you’ll learn to read the Old Testament overall by studying how the epistle’s anonymous author exegetes Israel’s Scriptures. You’ll familiarize yourself with both classical and contemporary works, growing in your capacity to recognize wisdom in disparate sources. And you’ll see how this ancient text addresses compelling issues today.

Knox’s theological exegesis track is your chance to master nuanced interpretation and life-changing preaching without giving up your ministry responsibilities. Take the first step toward your DMin—explore the new track at DMin.me/course-tracks/exegesis.

Building a Sermon with Logos 5


It’s Saturday night, and your preaching pastor or Sunday school teacher is sick / has a family emergency / is on a plane to Hawaii. And now you’re suddenly teaching in the morning. What do you do?

I’m going to show you how to build a memorable, powerful sermon with Logos 5’s new Sermon Starter Guide. Hopefully this will shave hours off your prep time—hours that you can spend with your family or give to other ministries in your church.

Let’s build a sermon on Philippians 2:1–4.

I’ll start by typing in Php 2:1–4 in the Sermon Starter Guide search bar:

Logos automatically recognizes that the core message of this passage is humility. What a terrific place to begin! As soon as I hit enter, Logos 5 populates my list with thematic outlines and topics that I can click on to explore things like humility, encouragement, or pride.

Logos 5′s thematic outlines are particularly time-saving in the sermon-building process. They provide lists of cross-references, set up in bullet-point outlines of particular themes you may want to treat in your sermon. If you’ve found one that you’d like to use as a foundation, export it to your word processor—Word, OpenOffice, etc.—or, if you want to show it off to your church or group, put it straight into a presentation program like Proclaim.

I want to focus on “Christlikeness” as my core message, so I’ll pick that outline. Once I’ve exported it to my word processor, I can delete points or add my own.

My sermon now looks like an outline of Bible verses summarized with headers. While it would be great to simply read the Bible to my audience, I think it might be helpful to look up other quotations, sermons, and stories that relate to becoming like Christ. Further down in the Sermon Starter Guide is a section called “Illustrations,” which has its own section on Christlikeness. I find some quotes I like in Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations & Quotes, namely from Charles Spurgeon, which leads me to Spurgeon’s sermon “Christ’s People—Imitators of Him.”

The Sermon Starter Guide has given me several threads to explore, with dozens of resources I can pull into my sermon to help me explain the passage to my group. Whether I want to make my sermon more conversational for a general audience or more exegetical for an informed audience, I can easily follow these threads deeper and deeper until my sermon has the substance and strong points I want, all guided by a single theme.

Every step of the sermon-building process in Logos 5 has been designed to give you substance and save you time. In less than 20 minutes, you can have an outline supported by a dozen or more Scripture passages and guided by a single theme. You can be well on your way into researching illustrations, stories, and visualizations to make your sermon come alive.

Upgrade your base package—get Logos 5

Sermon Starter is available only in Logos 5 Bronze and higher, so upgrade your base package now to experience the best in Bible study.