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

What's New? Video Training

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.

This is your last chance to get great content for the best price. Regularly $149.95, you can pre-order it now for just $99.95—that’s 33% off!

This deal won’t last long; it’ll be gone in four days. Don’t let these savings slip through your fingers! Once this resource ships, regular pricing will kick in.

Place your pre-order to save

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:

Save now by pre-ordering your Logos 6 What’s New? Video Training today—don’t miss your chance to get the Pre-Pub price!

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.

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

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!

Bigger Library, Better Research

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

Bigger libraries produce better research.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Save now, pay later

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

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

Get the payment-plan advantage

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

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

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

Logos 6: Balancing Surprise with Familiarity

Eli-300x300You wouldn’t know just by looking at it, but Logos 6 represents a giant leap forward for Logos Bible Software.

When we sat down to design Logos 6, we wanted it to be the same, but different.

It’s always important in design to maintain a balanced tension between familiarity and surprise. Too much familiarity, and a new design is underwhelming (“Ho hum. So what?”). Too much surprise, and it becomes inscrutable and off-putting (“That’s bizarre—kill it with fire!”).

So no, the interface hasn’t changed much, except that it’s more polished. No, the feature set hasn’t been radically altered. Logos is still built on the foundation of a large library of resources, with guides to mine those resources for information, and new tools to act on it. Search is still search, only better. Way better.

Yet Logos 6 is very different from past versions—not so much in how it does, but what it does. When we started deciding the feature list for Logos 6, we asked two questions:

  1. What are people doing with Logos?
  2. What aren’t people doing with Logos?

Find me something to read

We know pretty well what people are doing with it: Bible study—that is, a certain kind of self-guided textual research that primarily answers the question What do I need to read?

That’s what Logos Bible Software has been about since the very first version: find all the stuff you need to read or watch in order to understand and interpret some passage or idea.

The large-library concept is an obvious application of this premise. So is the homepage, and all the guides, and most of the tools and documents. Notes, clippings, highlights, passage lists, word lists, reading plans, and even sentence diagrams—they’re all just different ways to capture what you’ve read and what you think about it. Datasets like Biblical People and the Bible Sense Lexicon are, when you boil it down, more new exciting things to read.

So we’ve got that base covered.

I’ve read everything—now what?

After talking to users one-on-one and in the forums, we heard a common theme emerge: Logos is a fantastic tool for study, but studying is a means to an end, not just an end unto itself.

As it happens, most people are not digging through all these books to find nuggets of wisdom to hoard them for themselves, but to “spend” them on making something for others—a sermon, a lesson, an article, a paper, a blog post, or an email to a friend in need. It’s kind of beautiful when you think about it. Logos Bible Software delivers its treasure up to the user, who in turn multiplies it by giving it away to others.

That’s what the Logos 6 theme “delivering insight” is really all about.

Yet, Logos 1–5 only addressed one side of the “delivering insight” coin. They’re great at delivering insight to you, the person on the other side of the screen, but they don’t offer much in the way of tools and resources to help you deliver that insight to others.

We talked to one youth pastor in particular who said he used Logos Monday through Friday, then he spent his Saturday looking for visual aids online to spice up his slide show. That is, he was throwing every search term he could think of at what he called the “World Wild Web” and hoping for the best.

Enter Logos 6

We realized that a lot of what people need is to communicate what they’ve learned. They need to present it. So, building on our foundation of a library of resources, we designed the following brand-new tools to address that need:

  • Visual Copy: You’ve found the perfect quote that illustrates the exact idea you want to convey. You select it and copy it. Visual Copy gives you a place to paste it: a library of slide templates, specially selected to surgically target exactly what you’ve copied. No more fiddling around within presentation programs, and no more searching the Internet for a vivid and compelling rendering of that perfect quote (or one like it).
  • Media Search: Logos 5 introduced Image Search, which was a huge hit. Logos 6 extends that functionality to include maps, charts, videos, and audio clips. But what’s more, it also finds slides made by the Logos’ professional design team, as well as some hand-picked images from the web.
  • Interactive Media: Imagine a textbook with a few illustrations inside. Now imagine those illustrations can be manipulated and come to life. And further, that it’s not just one illustration of one example, but of lots of examples. We think these will be useful tools for learning and teaching, either one-on-one or in a classroom setting.

Logos 6 is the biggest release we’ve ever made: here’s a list of 44 new features, 16 updated features, 37 new exclusive resources, 10 new Media Collections, 16 new datasets, and 12 updated datasets.

But time’s running out to save on a new Logos 6 base package: discounts and introductory gifts disappear at 11:59 p.m. (PST) on February 2.

Don’t wait: get Logos 6 today!