• The LST is written from a Reformed perspective. As such, it is deficient for the purpose of supporting Confessional Evangelical teaching. This is unfortunate, since it is an integral component of the LOGOS Theology Guide. Meanwhile there are no Lutheran surveys of theology that are so foundationally linked to a guide on this level that we can draw on with the same confidence. We must therefore, take what LOGOS offers with a critical eye, weighing it against our Confessions, even though this guide is as much a part of the Lutheran LOGOS collection as it is the Reformed.
    1. What happens to my current software? I have Logos 8 Lutheran Portfolio; will I lose what I now have if I don't purchase Logos 9 Lutheran Portfolio?
      1. Nothing. If you don't upgrade then you will keep your current access to resources and features. You just won't get access to the new features or any of the books that have been added to the Logos 9 Lutheran Portfolio. You are also able to purchase a lower package without any loss of function or resources.
      2. There may come a time when Faithlife no longer supports Logos 8, but that will be a) two to four years at least away, and b) next year they're releasing Logos 9 Basic which you can purchase to get access to a limited number of new functions with your resources, which will then be supported longer than Logos 8, and you can keep doing this until they decide to stop offering a free engine upgrade
      3. There was a post I saw of one still using Logos five, upgrading to Logos nine. This tells me that Logos eight will be likely be supported for much longer than two to four years. You may also try the four day free trial to a subscription for a free fourteen day trial of the features of Logos, problem with this is the subscription comes with a library as well, so the benefits of the added library is also being tried out. However you can try the value of the increased program benefits and slso see some of the new books in the library if you go this route. You could simply by the Feature upgrade, getting the Features and included library in the added feature set but no added library resources, you keep everything you have, just add the features. You can add the libraries of feature sets or packages later at your discretion or just as you did till now, continue with the old version of Logos. I have Logos six went with Logos Six Now, upgraded to Logos Six Now upgrade to Connect no Library (special concession to Logos Now subscribers) and have bought some some library packages in Logos seven and eight. Logos Connect upgrades automatically the feature set while I pay the subscription, I will revert to Logos eight very limited features since I bought Logos eight starter package with features should I discontinue my subscription. That is the difference between subscription and base package, when you cease the subscription you lose the subscription package. If you buy a base package you keep the package. Only problem would be if the online features are lost if the company ever goes out of business, but everything, including most if not all the features you have and are downloaded onto your computer are yours to keep even if they go out of business, which is not likely to happen. A benefit of the package, also a benefit if you lose internet connection but still have computer function. Say a note book and power failure!
    2. If we are not professionals, why should anyone prepare for the Office of the Public Ministry? Why go through 7+ years of Biblical Languages, Homiletics, Systematic Theology, History, Missiology, etc? Why not just jump up, like Joseph Smith, Charles T. Russell, and Elijah R. Poole (AKA Elijah Muhammed) and declare that God has selected you to be His spokesman? If I am not a professional in the areas of Exegesis, Apologetics, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Liturgy, Hermeneutics, Church History and Missiology, then WHO IS? We are called and ordained servants of the Word - not Jackleg "Preachers" whose "mandate" is the number of ears that they can tickle.
      1. No mention of Rosa Young, the Alpha Synod, or the Lutheran churches in Alabama and North Carolina. Sigh....
        1. Reading the article on Baptism and salvation I found an interesting quote: "The Corinthians conceived of baptism as a sacrament which united them to Christ and thus gave them protection from all spiritual powers, unlimited authority and a confident hope of final resurrection. This erroneous view may have led some of them to be baptized on behalf of their dead, unbelieving relatives." M. O. Fape, “Baptism,” in New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, ed. T. Desmond Alexander and Brian S. Rosner, electronic ed. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000), 396. It just happens that the Church Catholic has shared the sacramental view of baptism for its entire history. It was only with the rise of the radical reformers/restorationists, beginning with the Anabaptists, that this understanding of baptism was challenged. The "erroneous view," in this case, lies not with the Corinthian Christians, but with the Anabaptist sympathizer who wrote this article. The Lutheran perspective on this is found in Augsburg Confession Article V: [V. Concerning the Office of Preaching] [1] To obtain such faith God instituted the office of preaching, giving the gospel and the sacraments. [2] Through these, as through means, he gives the Holy Spirit who produces faith, where and when he wills, in those who hear the gospel. [3] It teaches that we have a gracious God, not through our merit but through Christ’s merit, when we so believe. [4] Condemned are the Anabaptists and others who teach that we obtain the Holy Spirit without the external word of the gospel through our own preparation, thoughts, and works. Robert Kolb, Timothy J. Wengert, and Charles P. Arand, The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2000), 40. I suspect that this book, like many, suffers from the lack of a Confessional Evangelical perspective. It is a common short-sighted error that thinks only in terms of Calvin and Arminius, forgetting the one who preceded them both, Dr. Martin Luther.