Birthday Sale: Save 50% on the Oswald Chambers Collection

Oswald Chambers, the Scottish minister best known for his beloved devotional My Utmost for His Highest, was born 138 years ago today. Celebrate his birthday by picking up the 24-volume Oswald Chambers Collection for only $95.88 with coupon code OC529—that’s 50% off the retail price!

Quotable and thought provoking, Chambers’ works are still cherished by Christians worldwide. Whether you’re new to Christianity or you’ve been studying the Scriptures for decades, you’ll find treasures liberally sprinkled throughout Chambers’ volumes:

“The diabolical nature of sin is that it hates God, it is not at enmity against God; it is enmity. When you get the nature of sin revealed by the Holy Spirit, you know that this phrase is not too strong—red-handed anarchy against God.”—from God’s Workmanship

“There are people to-day who are going through an onslaught of destruction that paralyses all our platitudes and preaching; the only thing that will bring relief is the consolations of Christ. It is a good thing to feel our own powerlessness in the face of destruction, it makes us know how much we depend upon God.”—from Baffled to Fight Better

“The aspect of the cross in discipleship is lost altogether in the present-day view of following Jesus. The cross is looked upon as something beautiful and simple instead of a stern heroism. Our Lord never said it was easy to be a Christian; He warned men that they would have to face a variety of hardships, which He termed bearing the cross.”—from Approved unto God

“In the New Testament everything centres in the Cross. The Cross did not happen to Jesus: He came on purpose for it.”—from Bringing Sons into Glory

Until you have stopped trying to be good and being pleased with the evidences of holiness in yourself, you will never open the wicket gate that leads to the more excellent way. The life ‘hid with Christ in God’—that is the more excellent way.”—from If Thou Wilt Be Perfect

“The questions that matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by these words ‘Come unto Me.’ Not—‘Do this’ and ‘Don’t do that,’ but ‘Come.’”—from Our Brilliant Heritage

“One great characteristic in the life of a man whose life is hid with Christ in God is that he has received the gift Jesus Christ gives. What gift does Jesus Christ give to those who are identified with him? The gift His Father gave him, The Father gave Him the Cross, and He gives us our cross.”—from Christian Disciplines

Learn more about Oswald Chambers—then save 50% on his works. To get the discount, pick up the Oswald Chambers Collection by the end of the day Saturday, July 28, with coupon code OC529!

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The massive Hermeneia and Continental Commentary bundle includes over 28,000 pages of valuable scholarship. This 63-volume bundle rarely goes on sale, but from now through July 31, you can get it for just $599.95. Save $600 by using coupon code HCC before 11:59 pm (PDT) Tuesday, July 31.

A Comprehensive Commentary Series

The Hermeneia and Continental Commentary series addresses and discusses some of the Bible’s toughest questions. The bundle uses ancient Semitic and classical languages, but it also provides English translations of Greek, Latin, Canaanite, and Akkadian comparative materials so that readers can compare the translations to the original-language sources.

The series’ authors, among them Paul J. Achtemeier, Dans Dieter Betz, Harold Attridge, and others, are some of the world’s most trusted biblical scholars.

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Logos 4: Multiple Translation Rings in the Bible Word Study Guide

I sometimes receive emails from Logos users asking about finding different search results for a Greek lemma (dictionary form of a word) when searching different Bibles. For example, a search for a Greek word in the NASB may yield three results, while the same search in the KJV only yields two hits.

Without going into a lot of detail or opinion about Greek texts (this Logos article offers much more information), I’ll point out that English-language Bibles are primarily based on one of two types of Greek texts: received text (KJV) and critical text (NASB). Some differences do exist between the two.

Here’s a way to search both families of Greek texts at the same time:

  • Choose Guides | Make a new guide template (New Guide Template for Mac)
  • Name the new guide anything you like, such as Multiple Rings (A)
  • Click Bible word since this guide will examine words, not verses (B)
  • Click Translation in the Individual Sections menu on the left (C)
  • Click the drop-down list in the Translation item on the right (D)
  • Select from the drop-down list an English-language Bible based on the received text such as the KJV (E)
  • Click Translation again in the Individual -Sections menu on the left (C)
  • Click the drop-down list in the Translation item on the right (F)
  • Select from the drop-down list an English-language Bible based on the critical text, such as the NASB (G)
  • Repeat these steps for as many Bibles as you’d like
  • Close the Template Editor (H)

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  • Open a English Bible with the reverse interlinear option, such as the ESV, KJV, LEB, NASB, NIV, NKJV, NLT, or NRSV
  • Navigate to a New Testament passage, such as Hebrews 12:3 (I)
  • Right-click on a word, such as “weary” (as translated in many Bibles) (J)
  • Select Lemma | “your new guide” such as Multiple Rings (K)

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Now notice the multiple translation rings on display, showing the manner and number of ways this Greek lemma is translated. In the “weary” example above, the word appears three times in the received text and twice in the critical text.

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If you enjoy this type of customization and original-language work, you’ll enjoy Camp Logos 2. This seminar focuses on personalizing your system for enhanced use and employing language tools—even if you’re not a Hebrew or Greek scholar.

Camp Logos 2 is available both in DVD format and in live seminars. Register today for one of these Camp Logos 2 Seminars slated for this fall:

How Old Testament Writers Built Suspense

Think about the last suspenseful movie you watched. Remember the music that played just before something (typically bad) was about to happen? Imagine what the movie Jaws would have been like if there wasn’t that deep two-note dah-dum, dah-dum. Half the fun of those movies is knowing something is just about to happen. It’s the anticipation that often puts us on the edge of your seat.

We do something similar when we tell or write stories. Here’s what I mean. What if I were to say something like: “I heard a sound in the attic, so I walked upstairs. And as I was walking up the stairs . . .” What would you expect to come next? Instinctively you’d expect something surprising to happen right after this repeated sentence. The suspense is created by a linguistic device called Tail-Head Linkage. Tail-Head Linkage involves the restatement of an action from one sentence (the tail) at the beginning of the next one (the head). Repeating the information slows down the story and builds suspense because something surprising or important is about to happen.

The biblical writers use Tail-Head Linkage in the same way. In the Lexham Hebrew Discourse Bible and the Lexham High Definition Old Testament the  symbol is used to mark each place  in the Old Testament Tail-Head Linkage appears. Let’s look at an example.

Genesis 39 recounts the story of Joseph’s refusal of Potiphar’s wife’s advances. After resisting her day after day, the scene comes to a climax in v.12. Potiphar’s wife grabs Joseph’s garment, attempting to entice him again, but Joseph drops his garment and runs away.

Although we expect to immediately read of her reaction to Joseph’s blatant rejection, Tail-Head Linkage slows down the action. Notice that all the content of the second half of v.12 is repeated in the first half of v.13. This slowing down of the story builds suspense and tells us something important is about to happen. In this case, we find out that, rather than letting the incident go as she had done before, she concocts a story blaming Joseph for attempting to force himself on her. This false accusation leads to Joseph’s imprisonment, setting the scene for his eventual rise to second-most-powerful ruler in Egypt.

The Lexham High Definition Old Testament and Lexham Hebrew Discourse Bible locates each instance of Tail-Head Linkage in the Hebrew Bible It allows you to get the benefit of seeing how these devices work without knowing the original language. Locating these devices and understanding how they work help you more vividly and accurately communicate Scripture to others in your preaching and teaching.

For those who have studied Hebrew or are comfortable working with an interlinear, the Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible includes the Lexham High Definition Old Testament. Having both resources enables you to see the detail of the Hebrew and then what that looks like overlaid on the ESV translation. These two resources come bundled together with an introduction and glossary written to help you understand the function of each device.

For more information about the Lexham Hebrew Discourse Bible and the Lexham High Definition Old Testament, check out these posts:

Millard J. Erickson: Solid Evangelical Scholarship

Looking for some solid evangelical, scholarly insight into biblical topics like Christology, the trinity, eschatology, and postmodernism? Check out the Millard J. Erickson Collection. Erickson, one of today’s most respected evangelical theologians, takes a balanced approach to these subjects.

Consider A Basic Guide to Eschatology: Making Sense of the Millennium for instance. This volume presents an overview and history of various end times views. Erickson presents basic arguments for postmillennial, amillennial, and premillennial views, treating the strengths and weaknesses of each position. He then goes on to discuss differing tribulational views.

A Basic Guide to Eschatology has received many positive reviews:

“Erickson is certainly one of the most prolific writers among contemporary Baptists. But this comment about quantity shouldn’t eclipse the high quality of Erickson’s writing. He does a superb job at explaining topics that can be difficult to understand—in this case, eschatology. In a concise, to-the-point fashion, Erickson examines strengths and weaknesses of each of the major schools of thought.”—Minister’s Packet

“Puts forth clearly and responsibly historically held post-, a-, and premillennial views. . . . A balanced and fair book.”—Reformed Review

“Erickson is to be commended for the fair, balanced, and careful treatment he has given to each position.”—Eternity

This Pre-Pub also includes The Word Became Flesh: A Contemporary Incarnational Christologya colossal contemporary understanding of Christology.

 “A massive compendium of information that will be valuable to anyone interested in contemporary theological trends. The review of contemporary Christologies in Part 2, for instance, provides excellent summaries of numerous recent studies. Erickson is a master of identifying the central arguments and key representatives of theological movements. Readers will find here a lucid, readable summary of conservative Christology. Erickson’s study will certainly become a standard textbook and resource in the field of Christology.”—Critical Review of Books in Religion

“Here is a well-informed, workmanlike overview of Christological discussion, ancient and modern, by an evangelical veteran.”—J. I. Packer

Erickson has taught at numerous schools, including Bethel University, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and Baylor University. There’s no question that he’s used to making complex ideas accessible to students. If you’re looking for a theological collection that’s thoughtful and exacting while still approachable and uncomplicated, you can’t do much better than Millard J. Erickson Collection. Get yours while it’s still on Pre-Pub.

Now on Pre-Pub: The J. I. Packer Collection

You’d be hard pressed to come up with a list of influential North American theologians that excludes J. I. Packer. Packer is one of those rare scholars whose works are beloved by both academics and laypeople.

As testimony to this fact, it didn’t take long for the four-volume J. I. Packer Collection to go from “Gathering Interest” to “Under Development” when it first showed up on Pre-Pub. But it isn’t too late to pre-order this collection at the low price of $44.95.

The collection includes:

God’s Will: Finding Guidance for Everyday Decisions

In this biblical and practical exploration of divine guidance, you’ll find solid foundations for understanding how and why God guides his people. Discover the role of Scripture, discernment, wisdom, the counsel of others, and the Holy Spirit in helping you determine God’s will.

Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way

“On his 80th birthday, Packer said that the greatest challenge for the twenty-first-century church was to re-catechize and disciple believers. These contributions from two of our best Christian thinkers help us to do precisely what Packer said is needed. It will help you to see how to make not just converts but, as Jesus tells us, disciples.”—Chuck Colson

Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God, rev. ed.

In this new edition of his classic Keep in Step with the Spirit, J. I. Packer seeks to help Christians reaffirm both the biblical call to holiness and the Spirit’s role in keeping our covenant with God. Packer discusses the merits and shortcomings of the current charismatic movement, as well as how Christ must always be at the center of true Spirit-led ministry.

J. I. Packer and the Evangelical Future: The Impact of His Life and Thought

“Students of J. I. Packer’s beloved Puritans may hear echoes of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress throughout this volume. Turning the pages feels like walking through the Interpreter’s House, with each essay introducing a series of poignant lessons from the Anglican theologian. . . . When historians examine the life of Packer, this volume will serve as a useful starting point.”—Chris Castaldo, Christianity Today 

Don’t miss this opportunity to get four works by one of the most influential evangelicals alive. Pre-order the J. I. Packer Collection now before it ships!

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Save Big on Robert Webber Collections!

The Robert Webber Collection (2 vols.) is new to Pre-Pub. To celebrate this offering, we’re having a huge sale on the four-volume Robert Webber Ancient-Future Collection. Through July 29, use the coupon code WEBBERSALE and get the Ancient-Future Collection for only $44.95—that’s an extra $15 off!

When Webber began to focus on liturgical worship and early-church practices in the ’70s and ’80s, he found himself out of step with many of his evangelical peers. Decades later, he’s proved himself ahead of his time. Many of today’s evangelical churches are looking to translate church history into the modern worship experience.

Robert Webber gives you a look at the history and practice of passionate spiritual formation with The Divine Embrace. And he brings his incredible insight to bear on how the next generation’s leaders are bringing sweeping change and renewal to the twenty-first-century church in The Younger Evangelicals: Facing the Challenges of the New World. These two volumes are on Pre-Pub for only $19.95.

Save on the Ancient-Future Collection

For a limited time, you can also add the Robert Webber Ancient-Future Collection (4 vols.) to your library for only $44.95. This collection includes:

Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World

“Here is a faith for our time that finds in the ancient traditions the power to speak to the postmodern world. This book amounts to an introduction to Christianity from the theme of Christus Victor. It draws from Webber’s own experience of growth as a hearer of God’s Word and is backed up with an impressive set of endnotes, charts, and bibliography.”—Clark H. Pinnock, professor of theology, McMaster Divinity College

Ancient-Future Evangelism: Making Your Church a Faith-Forming Community

“A simplistic and reductionist understanding of salvation has led to an obsession with conversion to the detriment of discipleship. Dr. Robert Webber provides a helpful framework to all who desire a deeper perspective on this significant subject. Every Christian disturbed by the lack of depth in the church should read Ancient-Future Evangelism.”—Dr. Appianda Arthur, president, Global Leaders Initiative, Colorado Springs

Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World

“The rhythm of Christian-year spirituality is part of the heritage of liturgical wisdom that Robert Webber has long been relaying to evangelicals enthusiastically and with flair. The layout of it here is the spiritual equivalent of a combined course of antibiotics and vitamins; both pastors and people who take the course will benefit greatly.”—J. I. Packer, professor of theology, Regent College

Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative

“[Robert Webber has] introduced so many of us to the early church as a period of unique theological insight, spiritual vitality, and prophetic correction. [He does so] in a way that energizes practicing pastors and lay Christians. It was said of Princeton’s Peter Brown, ‘He rescued the past from the tyranny of stereotypes.’ That is also true for Robert Webber, especially when it comes to worship.”—John D. Witvliet, director, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship; professor of worship, Calvin Theological Seminary

Something dramatic happens when we allow the early church to inform our ideas about worship, ministry, and community life. Robert Webber’s legacy encourages us to embrace an ancient–future faith.

Get the Robert Webber Collection (2 vols.) on Pre-Pub for only $19.95. Then use the coupon code WEBBERSALE before 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on Sunday, July 29, and pick up the Robert Webber Ancient-Future Collection (4 vols.) for only $44.95!

Logos 4: Use Field Search to Find Background Information

My good friend Corey Howse, pastor of Connection Hill Primitive Baptist Church, recently asked me if there’s any way to create a collection of resources that facilitates finding background or introductory information for the individual books of the Bible. An excellent question—and I hope this suggestion helps out:

  • Create a collection of all your favorite resources (Tools | Collections) that contain such introductory information—study Bibles, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, Bible handbooks, etc. Don’t worry about a specific collection rule; just drag the books one at a time into the Plus these resources section of the Collections panel. (A)
  • Name the collection something like Book Context or Book Background. (B)

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  • Open the Search panel.
  • Select Basic as the Search type. (C)
  • Select the Book Context collection from the second drop-down list above the Search box. (D)
  • Click the first drop-down list above the Search box. From here, we select the specific portions of text in the resources that we want to search. (E)
  • Click the arrow to the left of the Search Fields option in the list. (A search field is like the name, address, phone, etc., sections on an order form. Logos divides the resource text in resources into various fields so that we don’t have to search all the text in a book, but can zero in on specific parts of the book.) (F)
  • Select the fields Large Text and Heading Text. (Depending on which resources you included in the collection, one or both of these fields will be present in the list. These fields usually include the headwords in dictionaries, chapter titles in books, etc. We’re only going to search the text in these fields, rather than all of the text in all the resources.) (G)

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  • Type the name of a biblical book, like Galatians, in the Search box. (H)
  • Press the Enter key.
  • Select By Title to arrange the search results by title.
  • Click the arrow to the left of any resource to reveal a link to introductory information for Galatians. (I)
  • Click the link to jump to that location! (J)

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Since this is probably a search you’ll execute over and over again add this power user step:

  • Drag the tab of the open Search panel (with results) to the Shortcuts bar.
  • Click the new Shortcuts icon each time you want to execute a Bible background search.

When the Search panel opens just type in the name of a biblical book and press the Enter key to locate that book’s background material!

Ridderbos: One of the 20th Century’s Most Influential New Testament Scholars

Between Logos and Vyrso, we currently offer more than 26,000 resources. Some titles flit across my radar, while others encourage me to look more closely. Occasionally, though, I come across a resource that I get really excited about. The nine-volume Herman Ridderbos Collection falls into the latter category.

I spent a couple of years preaching through the gospel of John, and Ridderbos’ The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary became one of my favorite resources for preparation. I loved it so much that I purchased and consumed Paul: An Outline of His TheologySoon I was scouring used bookstores and shopping online for more of Ridderbos’ works.

Here’s a few Ridderbos gems:

“The ransom that Christ had to pay for the ‘many’ was nothing less than his being delivered up to God’s judgment in the place of ‘the many.’ In this sacrifice Jesus suffered in anticipation, as it were, all that those who are his would have had to endure according to the law on account of their sins. But in it he also gave them the guarantee of their perfect redemption. He opened the gates of paradise (Luke 23:43), gave them assurance of the kingdom (Luke 22:29, 30); in short, he laid the judicial foundation of the entire preaching of the gospel.”

“The dominant clue for all interpretation of Scripture is thus Christ, not man; it is man sub specie Christi and not the reverse.”

“Without the New Testament the Old is but a torso; and the New Testament dangles in mid-air, as it were, if one does not see its foundations in the Old. Nevertheless, it is in the New Testament that what is symbolically contained in the Old achieves its full explication and fulfillment.”

“In Jesus’ apocalyptic preaching the human being is not only referred to the future for salvation, but also to the presence of the grace of God, to the freedom and the calling to live out of this new beginning as a child of God.”

“John the Baptist’s preaching was so ominous and alarming because he said that the ‘axe was laid unto the root of the trees,’ and that he who was coming held ‘the fan in his hand.’ Now it appears that with Jesus’ coming, on the one hand, the fulfillment has become a fact, but, on the other, that the time of grace has also been extended. This extension is important, but the preaching of grace is no less important. The gospel itself now operates with an entirely new force, and an intensified content; it is the preaching of the fulfillment; it is the message of the grace of God revealed in Christ which now starts its course in this world.”

One of my favorite features of  Ridderbos’ theology is his emphasis on heilsgeschichte, or God’s hand in the Old Testament narrative, a story of salvation culminating in Christ—the center point of redemption. My exposure to Ridderbos has encouraged me to pay closer attention to the salvific thread running through the Scriptures.

If you’re looking for solid material from a modern theologian, look no farther than the Herman Ridderbos Collection. This assortment is on Pre-Pub, but it’s currently under development. Pick it up before it ships and these nine volumes will be yours for only $99.95!