(G) The Gospel according to John

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52 modules

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Instructor
Dr. Creasy

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$279.00

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The Gospel according to John stands shoulder to shoulder with the greatest works of ancient literature. In its final form, it is a remarkably unified work with a simple narrative strategy and a deceptively simple prose style.  Yet, of all the writings in the New Testament, John is the most subtle and multi-layered, moving us into profoundly intimate moments with Jesus and his disciples. In it we see Jesus through the eyes of an old man remembering precious moments from long ago, moments shaped through decades of reflection. In John, we probe the very depths of who Jesus is.  

 

In 2 John "the Presbyter" (or "the Elder") writes a personal letter to one of the Johannine communities, referred to in literary terms as "the chosen Lady and her children," and in 3 John he writes a personal letter to "Gaius," a member of another Johannine community.  In both he warns of deceptive teachers who are leading the communities astray, causing disagreement and dissension so serious that it endangers the very existence of those communities. The letters are brief, just a handful of verses, but in 1 John our author addresses the issues in depth.  Not technically a letter or an epistle, 1 John is more akin to a theological treatise.  In these lessons Dr. Creasy addresses 2 & 3 John, and then he moves on to 1 John, paving the way for the book of Revelation, the last work of the Johannine canon.

 

Carl Heinrich Bloch.  The Last Supper (oil on copper), 1876.
Museum of National History, Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød, Denmark.

 

This course includes 24 video lectures, with a comprehensive 40-page text introduction and syllabus, artworks, maps, PowerPoint slides, Knowledge Check quizzes, and more. 


On top of the interactive online material, you will also be able to contact Dr. Creasy and the Logos Team directly with any questions that arise during your studies. 


As you make your way through the lectures, Dr. Creasy will contact you with special opportunities to join him for online Virtual Office Hours" using our Webinar platform. 

Objectives

Lesson #1: Introduction to the Johannine Canon

 

The Johannine canon consists of the Gospel according to John; 1, 2 and 3 John; and the Book of Revelation.  As we have noted many times, all art—literary, musical and visual—mirrors the time and culture from which it emerges, and Scripture is no exception.  As the early Church spread throughout the Roman Empire in the second half of the first century, the teaching and preaching of the Apostles and others brought the gospel message to an enormously diverse audience of both Jew and Gentile, spread geographically from Jerusalem, Damascus and Antioch in the east; Alexandria, Cyrene and Carthage in the south; Mauretania, Spain and Gaul in the west; and St. Paul’s mission field of Asia Minor, Macedonia, Achaia and Rome in the north. 

Hundreds of “church” communities took root throughout the Roman Empire in the fertile soil of the gospel message, but each of those communities experienced and lived that message within its own historical, political and cultural context.  Although the core gospel message was the same, each community experienced and understood that message differently:  a highly urban community in Carthage or Alexandria, for example, might view the gospel very differently from one in a remote agricultural area of eastern Cappodocia. 

 

When we studied the synoptic gospels—Matthew, Mark and Luke—we learned that a “gospel” is not a biography of a person, although it does contain biographical information; it is not an historical account of a person, although it is rooted in historical time; it is not a fictional account of a person, although it does include miracles, wonders and the large dose of the supernatural; rather, a “gospel” is an account of the “good news” of the coming Kingdom of God and of the redemption of humanity through the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of a living faith tradition, guided by the Holy Spirit, 30-60 years after the events it portrays.

 

Consequently, each Christian community experienced and lived the gospel through its own interpretative lens.  It wouldn’t be until the 4th century that a series of 7 Ecumenical Councils (A.D. 325-787) defined precisely who Christ is and what he did, in a manner that most church communities could agree upon.

 

We don’t know precisely where the Johannine canon originated or who exactly wrote it (although tradition holds that it was the St. John the Apostle), but the five works within the canon differ radically from the synoptic gospels, St. Paul’s epistles and letters, and the other general epistles and letters of the New Testament.

 

In Lesson #1 we explore those differences, and we focus especially on the Gospel according to John, the jewel in the crown of the Johannine canon.

 

 

Lesson #2:  The Prologue (1: 1-18)

 

Unlike Matthew and Luke in the synoptic tradition, who introduce Jesus through a linear genealogy (in Matthew, Abraham to Jesus; in Luke, Jesus to Adam), John’s gospel takes flight on eagle’s wings, with soaring poetry:

 

“In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God . . .

and the Word became flesh

and made his dwelling among us.”

 

(John 1: 1, 14)

 

John introduces Jesus not as a descendant of Abraham or a descendant of Adam, but as the incarnate Word; as God, enfleshed.  This is an astounding claim, one that introduces John’s “high” Christology, and one that forms the very core of John’s gospel.  Unlike Matthew, Mark and Luke, John’s gospel is not linear, but cyclical, with the incarnate Word at its center and all other action radiating outward from it like pulsating rays of light. 

 

The Prologue, too, introduces fundamental thematic dichotomies of light/dark, descent/ascent, acceptance/rejection and insiders/outsiders.  Every character, every action in John’s gospel fits one category or the other, opposites in constant juxtaposition, constant tension.

 

John’s Prologue demonstrates superb poetic craftsmanship, each thematic element, each word choice, each grammatical nuance intricately intertwined, gossamer threads weaving light and shadow, a portrait of Christ emerging.

 

This is really, really good stuff!

 

 

Lesson #3:      First Encounter  (1: 19 – 2: 12)

 

We begin John’s “A Cycle” (1: 19 – 2: 12) in Jericho on the Jewish feast of Pentecost, A.D. 29.  With thousands of people fording the Jordan River to make their way up the old Roman Road to Jerusalem for the festival, John the Baptist is busy at the river, baptizing.  As he works, a delegation arrives from Jerusalem, sent by the priests and Levites at the Temple, to ask John who he is and what he is doing.  The confrontation is brief but bold, and in it we first meet Jesus, standing on the edge of the crowd, silent and watching.

 

The next day, as John and his disciples are heading back to the Jordan River, they pass Jesus heading in the opposite direction, and John says something very strange:  “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (1: 29).  It happens again the next day, and this time two of John’s disciples (Andrew, Peter’s brother; and John, our author) follow Jesus and spend the day with him. 

 

Through the ingenious use of “time markers” we follow Jesus as he gathers disciples, leaves Jericho and attends—with his newly found friends—a wedding at Cana.

 

This is exceedingly rich material, and we want to observe two things as we engage it:  1) John’s use of time markers; and 2) the “gaps” in the narrative that we must fill in, if we’re to understand the story.  As we read closely, this seemingly-simple narrative takes on layer upon layer of structural and stylistic complexity as the enigmatic figure of Jesus slowly emerges, like watching an old Polaroid SX-70 photo develop before your very eyes!

 

 

Lesson #4:      Nicodemus (2: 13 – 3: 36)

 

Lesson #4 begins the “B Cycle” (2: 13 – 5: 47), the 2nd Passover, with the story of Nicodemus, a prominent Jewish leader and a member of the Sanhedrin.  On this 2nd Passover Jesus enters Jerusalem with a whip and he clears the Temple, tossing tables and driving out the moneychangers.  In the synoptic gospels this scene occurs on Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, toward the end of the story; John positions it here, at the beginning of the story.  In John the “cleansing of the Temple” establishes Jesus’ knowledge and authority, in sharp contrast to the knowledge and authority of Nicodemus, “a ruler of the Jews” (3: 1). 

 

We are told “while he was in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, many began to believe in his name when they saw the signs he was doing.  But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all” (2: 23-24).  We then move directly to,  “[but] there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews . . .” (3: 1).  Nicodemus stands in sharp contrast to the crowds who believed in Jesus because of the “signs” he performed.  Nicodemus needs more than “signs”; he needs understanding, and hence he comes to Jesus at night for a private conversation.

 

Make no mistake:  Nicodemus is no ignorant buffoon, afraid of the crowds; he is a highly educated, insightful man, and his conversation with Jesus sparkles with insight and verbal play.  It also takes us to the very heart of Jesus’ identity and of how we come to know him.

 

 

Lesson #5:       The Samaritan Woman  (4: 1-54)

 

We leave the story of Nicodemus, a respected leader of the Jews, and we move directly to the story of the Samaritan woman, an outcast (as both a Samaritan and a marginalized woman) who has been married five times, and the man she is living with now is not her husband.  She is the town whore, the polar opposite of Nicodemus:  whereas, Nicodemus was knowledgeable but modest, the Samaritan woman is ignorant but brash; whereas, Nicodemus resides in Jerusalem, the center of piety and power, the Samaritan woman lives in Sychar, an anonymous village in “unclean” territory.

 

Unlike Jesus’ subtle and insightful exchange with Nicodemus, Jesus’ jousting with the Samaritan woman is startling, as they trade insults.  Both the encounter with Nicodemus and the encounter with the Samaritan woman lead to truth, but they arrive by totally different paths.

 

 

Lesson #6:      The Pool of Bethesda  (5: 1-47)

 

In Lesson #6 Jesus heads back to Jerusalem where he meets a man at the pool of Bethesda who has been profoundly disabled for 38 years.  The man believes, as do others, that when the water stirs, the first person in the water will be healed.  But someone always gets there first! 

 

The crippled man has enormous faith:  he has watched the water intently for 38 years, looking for the first ripple, believing that the water will heal him.  But he has faith in the wrong thing.  Notice how Jesus redirects the man’s vision from looking at the water to looking at him.  And when he does, the man is healed.

 

The healing takes place on the Sabbath, and of course this stirs up immediate opposition from the religious authorities.  Jesus counters not with a story, a witty retort or a brilliant one-liner—as he so often does in the synoptic gospels—but with a lengthy theological discourse, reinforcing Jesus’ identity and his relationship with God the Father.

 

 

Lesson #7:      The Body and Blood of Christ  (6: 1-71)

 

Lesson #7 begins John’s “C Cycle” (6:1 - 20:31), the 3rd Passover, with a dazzling discourse on the Eucharist, a reflection on the body and blood of Christ.  To set up the discourse, John begins with Jesus and his disciples crossing to the east side of the Sea of Galilee (the “other side”) where Jesus teaches the crowds and multiplies the fish and the loaves.  He then retreats to the mountains.  Later that night, Jesus wants to return to Capernaum, but blocked by the lingering crowd, he walks across the water, meeting his disciples midway on the lake, where they take him into their boat.

 

The next day the crowd makes its way around the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, finding Jesus already at Capernaum.  When they ask him how he got there, he counters by saying, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled”  (or, “You don’t care about me; you just want breakfast!”), 6: 26.  He continues, “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you” (6: 27). 

 

This leads Jesus to compare the manna in the desert, which God gave to sustain the Israelites during their 40 years in the wilderness, to the genuine bread—his body and blood, which God gives to sustain us during our wilderness journey through life.  And Jesus does not compromise, invoking symbol or metaphor:  “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.  For my flesh is true [i.e. “genuine”] food, and my blood is true [i.e. “genuine”] drink” (6: 53-55). 

 

In light of Leviticus 17, this is scandalous, and his disciples say so:  “This saying is hard [i.e., sklhrovß, “hard,” “rough,” or “unyielding”]; who can accept it” (6: 60).  Jesus does not back down, however, insisting on a literal understanding of his words, refusing to dilute his statement to make it more palatable.

 

Jesus’ discourse on the Eucharist introduces the first of seven “I am” statements, metaphors that lead us deeply into Jesus’ identity:

 

1.  “I am the bread of life” (6: 35)

2.  “I am the light of the world” (8: 12)

3.  “I am the gate for the sheep” (10: 7)

4.  “I am the good shepherd” (10: 11)

5.  “I am the resurrection and the life (11: 25)

6.  “I am the way and the truth and the life” (14:6)

7.  “I am the true vine” (15:1)

 

 

Lesson #8:      Tabernacles and Tension (7: 1–52)

 

Autumn brings increasing conflict and tension within Jesus’ family, with the crowds and with the religious authorities in Jerusalem.  As the feast of Tabernacles nears Jesus’ “brothers” (ajdelfoiv, those of his immediate family named in Mark 6: 3—James, Joses, Judas and Simon) urge him to go to Jerusalem, but in a tone of mocking sarcasm:

 

“‘Leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples also may see the works you are doing.  No one works in secret if he wants to be known publically.  If you do these things, manifest yourself to the world.’  For his brothers did not believe in him.  (7: 3)

                                                                                  

 

At first Jesus refuses to go “because the Jews were trying to kill him” (7: 1), but he soon relents, making his way secretly to Jerusalem, arriving halfway through the feast.  And, indeed, he walks into a hornet’s nest.  During a series of heated exchanges with the crowds, the religious leaders dispatch temple guards to arrest him, but afraid of triggering a riot they fail to do so.

 

Throughout John 7 opposites clash:  Jesus (being drawn to Jerusalem) and Jesus (afraid to go); Jesus and his brothers; Jesus and the crowds at the festival; Jesus’ supporters and those in the crowds who oppose him; Jesus and the religious leaders; the religious leaders and Nicodemus.  The chapter bristles with opposition, with tension and conflict.

 

 

Lesson #9:      A Light in the Darkness (8: 1 – 9: 41)

 

Lesson #9 opens with the story of the woman caught in the very act of adultery and Jesus’ stunning response to it.  The story then turns to the second of seven “I am” statements:

 

1.  “I am the bread of life” (6: 35)

2.  “I am the light of the world” (8: 12)

3.  “I am the gate for the sheep” (10: 7)

4.  “I am the good shepherd” (10: 11)

5.  “I am the resurrection and the life (11: 25)

6.  “I am the way and the truth and the life” (14:6)

7.  “I am the true vine” (15:1)

 

The statement stands in sharp contrast to the darkness of the world and to the utter blindness of the religious leaders who refuse to accept Jesus, who find his statements preposterous, and who think him to be stark-raving mad.  Indeed, in commenting on John’s gospel the great Oxford literary scholar and Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis, remarked:

 

“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.”

                              (Mere Christianity, London: William Collins Sons, 1952, p. 54.)

 

Only those who stand in the light can see; the religious leaders cannot.  This is illustrated perfectly in the story of the man born blind that immediately follows Jesus’ white-hot exchange with the religious leaders.

 

 

Lesson #10:  The Good Shepherd (10: 1 – 11: 54)

 

Lesson #10 opens with two more “I am” statements, presenting Jesus as the good shepherd; it closes with Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead and his stunning statement, “I am the resurrection and the life”:

     

1.  “I am the bread of life” (6: 35)

2.  “I am the light of the world” (8: 12)

3.  “I am the gate for the sheep” (10: 7)

4.  “I am the good shepherd” (10: 11)

5.  “I am the resurrection and the life (11: 25)

6.  “I am the way and the truth and the life” (14:6)

7.  “I am the true vine” (15:1)

 

We know from the synoptic gospels that Jesus raised two people from the dead in Galilee:  Jairus’ 12-year old daughter (Matthew 9: 18-26; Mark 5: 21-43; Luke 8: 4-56); and the widow of Nain’s son (Luke 7: 11-17).  Neither of these appears in John’s gospel; conversely, raising Lazarus does not appear in the synoptic gospels.

 

Raising Lazarus is the centerpiece of John’s gospel.  It provides the supreme example of Jesus as the good shepherd, and it also offers conclusive evidence that Jesus and the Father are one (10: 30).  In addition, it sets the stage for Jesus’ arrest, trial and crucifixion, for when word spreads that Jesus has raised Lazarus from the dead, the Sanhedrin holds an emergency session, and “from that day on they planned to kill him” (11: 53).  As Peter’s confession of faith and the Transfiguration mark the turning point in the synoptic gospels, so does Jesus raising Lazarus mark the turning point in John’s gospel.

 

Lesson #11:     Final Passover (11: 55 – 12: 50)

 

In Lesson #11 Jesus enters Jerusalem for his final Passover.  We have studied this story three times now:  in Matthew, Mark and Luke.  John’s gospel, however, approaches the story very differently.  Rather than tell us what happened, as the synoptic gospels do, John invites us to join the inner circle and sit at the table.  We attend a dinner party at Bethany and we smell the perfume that Mary pours on Jesus’ feet; we walk with Jesus on the “triumphal entry”; we share Jesus’ fear as he contemplates what lies ahead; and we hear intimate conversations between Jesus and his disciples. 

 

Lesson #11 draws Jesus’ public ministry to a close.  What follows is the most sustained, intimate sequence in all of Scripture.  As Jesus steps into the shadow of the cross and the dreadful darkness of suffering and death, we walk with him.  Night envelops us.  Blackness grips our souls.  We stand at the foot of the cross . . . and we  wait.

 

 

Lesson #12:     The Last Supper (13: 1 – 14: 31)

 

After the diner party at Bethany and Jesus’ “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem, we skip the extended drama of Holy Week portrayed in the synoptic gospels—the scourging of the Temple (which John places at the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, not at the end); the daily, escalating encounters with the religious leaders; and the verbal sparring with Jesus’ opponents—and we move directly to the Last Supper, which begins with Jesus washing his disciples’ feet, an event unique to John’s gospel.  During dinner, Jesus speaks of Judas’ betrayal and of Peter’s denial, and he offers encouragement to his disciples, emphasizing the sixth of his seven “I am” statements:

 

1.  “I am the bread of life” (6: 35)

2.  “I am the light of the world” (8: 12)

3.  “I am the gate for the sheep” (10: 7)

4.  “I am the good shepherd” (10: 11)

5.  “I am the resurrection and the life (11: 25)

6.  “I am the way and the truth and the life” (14:6)

7.  “I am the true vine” (15:1)

 

During the conversation Jesus stresses his oneness with the Father, prompting Philip to ask, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us” (14: 8), to which Jesus replies:  “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip?  Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (14: 9).

 

 

 

Lesson #13:  The Genuine Vine (15: 1 – 16:33)

  

Leaving the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples walk past the Temple’s southern steps, turn left at the southeastern corner of the Temple platform, cross the narrow Kidron Valley and head up the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane.  As they begin their ascent, they turn and look toward the Temple, whose golden doors glow in the light of a Passover full moon rising from east, above the Mount of Olives.  Josephus writes:

 

“The temple had doors also at the entrance, and lintels over them, of the same height with the temple itself. They were adorned with embroidered vails [sic], with their flowers of purple, and pillars interwoven; and over these, but under the crown work, was spread out a golden vine, with its branches hanging down from a great height, the largeness and fine workmanship of which was a surprising sight to the spectators, to see what vast materials there were, and with what great skill the workmanship was done.”

(Jewish Antiquities, XV, 11)

 

When Jesus and his disciples see the beautiful golden vine, illuminated by the Passover moonlight, adorning the Temple doors, it prompts Jesus seventh “I am” statement:

 

1.  “I am the bread of life” (6: 35)

2.  “I am the light of the world” (8: 12)

3.  “I am the gate for the sheep” (10: 7)

4.  “I am the good shepherd” (10: 11)

5.  “I am the resurrection and the life (11: 25)

6.  “I am the way and the truth and the life” (14:6)

7.  “I am the true vine” (15:1)

 

 

Lesson #14:     The Lord’s Prayer (17: 1-26)

 

We all know the “Lord’s Prayer,” as Matthew reports it in Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” (6: 9-13).  But Jesus never prayed this prayer (“This is how you are to pray,” he said): rather, Jesus used this prayer as a model to teach us how to pray. 

 

Many times in the gospels we observe Jesus praying, but only on rare occasion do we hear what he says.  In Lesson #14 John allows us sit with the disciples and to listen as Jesus prays for himself, for his disciples . . . and for us.

 

 

 

Lesson #15:  Jesus Arrested (18: 1-40)

 

In Lesson #15 Jesus is arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane and taken to the home of Annas, who was high priest from A.D. 6-15.  The Roman Prefect, Valerius Gratus (Pontius Pilate’s predecessor), removed Annas from office, but Annas still exerted considerable influence among the religious leaders.  John skillfully alternates the inquiry before Annas, with Peter’s denial in the courtyard:  Annas/Peter/Annas/Peter.

 

Annas then sends Jesus to his son-in-law, Caiaphas, appointed high priest by Gratus in A.D. 18, who delivers Jesus to Pontius Pilate, the current Roman Prefect, A.D. 26-36.  John weaves a masterful account of Jesus’ trial before Pilate, a story with significant “gaps” that we need to fill, a story that is illuminated by Jesus’ and Pilate’s movement into and out of the Antonia Fortress (much as Jesus’ bodily movements illuminate the story of the woman caught in adultery).  Although Pilate makes every effort to save Jesus, it is to no avail:  Jesus refuses to cooperate.

 

In Lesson #15 we examine Pilate’s character and possible motives as we make our way through the trial.

 

 

Lesson #16:  Excursus:  Judas, the Betrayer

 

Judas is a much more complex character than we often experience in a liturgical context.  A disciple from the start, Judas was with Jesus for his entire 3-year public ministry; Judas witnessed Jesus’ teaching, preaching and healing; Judas was present at Peter’s confession of faith, and Judas believed that Jesus was the Messiah. 

 

So why does Judas betray Jesus?

 

In Lesson #16 we explore Judas’ character and possible motives, in depth.

 

 

Lesson #17:    The Crucifixion (19: 1-42)

 

The Persians introduced crucifixion as a capital punishment as early as the 6th century B.C., and the Carthaginians, Macedonians and Romans employed it until the Emperor Constantine outlawed crucifixion in A.D. 337, out of deference to Christ. 

 

The Greeks had an aversion to crucifixion, although the historian Herodotus tells of the crucifixion of the Persian General Artayctes, who commanded forces in the 2nd Persian invasion of Greece under Xerxes (a central  character in the Book of Esther), 480-479 B.C.

 

The Romans used crucifixion frequently, however; indeed, Crassus, the Roman General who defeated Spartacus in the slave revolt of 73-71 B.C. crucified 6,000 captive slaves, lining the Via Appia with them, and the historian Tacitus tells us that during the siege of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 no fewer than 600,000 Jews fought the Romans and those captured were crucified, up to 500 per day.

 

Crucifixion involved a prolonged, excruciatingly painful death by being nailed to a cross with tapered iron spikes, 7-9” long, generally taking three or more days to die.

 

In Lesson #17 we examine this brutal method of execution, as John presents it.

 

 

Lesson #18:     The Resurrection (20: 1–31)

 

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single most important event in Scripture.  Indeed, in addressing the church in Corinth Paul writes:  “But if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead?  If there is no resurrection of the dead, then neither has Christ been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, then empty is our preaching; empty, too, your faith” (1 Corinthians 15: 12-14).  Without the resurrection of Christ, our faith—no matter how authentic, how deeply felt, or how worthily expressed—is worthless.

 

The Gospel according to John offers a dramatic account of Jesus’ resurrection, including Peter and John’s footrace to the empty tomb, Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene and his disciples, as well as the story of  “doubting Thomas.”   

 

 

 

 

Lesson #19:   Epilogue (21: 1-25)

 

John’s gospel ends with chapter 20, but one issue is still unresolved:  Peter’s denial.  The synoptic gospels do not address it, but John’s does.  Peter was leader among the twelve, and with Jesus’ resurrection and ascension he will play a key role in the birth and growth of the Church, preaching his first sermon with the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Jewish feast of Pentecost, A.D. 32 (Acts 2: 14-41), at which 3,000 people are “saved.”

 

When we left Peter, however, he was utterly devastated by his denial of Christ.  Judas betrayed Jesus, and he hanged himself as a result, but what of Peter?  How do we get him back?  John offers a brilliant narrative on Peter’s “reinstatement,” a narrative that is so subtle and psychologically insightful that it is dazzling to read.

 

In this lesson we do so.

 

 

Lesson #20:   Final Thoughts

 

Finishing our study of Matthew, Mark, Luke/Acts and John brings us to a major milestone in our verse-by-verse study through the entire Bible, Genesis through Revelation.  In our final lesson we review what we’ve covered, emphasizing that is not an historical account of a person, although it is rooted in historical time; it is not a fictional account of a person, although it does include miracles, wonders and the large dose of the supernatural; rather, a “gospel” is an account of the “good news” of the coming Kingdom of God and of the redemption of humanity through the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of a living faith tradition, guided by the Holy Spirit, 30-60 years after the events it portrays.

 

In this concluding lesson, we revisit the authorship, audience and purpose of each gospel account, recalling how each gospel is structured, how each differs stylistically, and how each gospel develops its own point of view and perspective on the gospel message.

 

Having studied all four gospels (and Acts), we have a detailed, 3-dimensional portrait of Christ, but it’s not a complete one.  As the four gospels portray the person and work of Christ—as understood by four different faith communities in the second half of the first century—so does the Holy Spirit continue to guide us and deepen our understanding of Christ through the teaching of his Church, until this very day. 

 

Plus 4 bonus lessons on 1, 2 and 3 John!

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John Syllabus & Introduction (Text)
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Introduction to John
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The Prologue
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First Encounter
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Bible Blast! - Nathaniel's Book
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Bible Blast! - Water into Wine
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Nicodemus
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The Samaritan Woman
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The Pool of the Bethesda
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The Body and the Blood of Christ
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE AND PRIVACY POLICY

Effective as of February 10, 2017

USE OF THIS WEBSITE SIGNIFIES YOUR UNDERSTANDING, CONSENT, AND AGREEMENT TO COMPLY WITH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE AND PRIVACY POLICY

Welcome to the www.logosbiblestudy.com website (“Website”). This Website is maintained as a service to our customers. By using this Website, you agree to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use and consent to the collection and use of your personal information as set forth in the Privacy Policy below (collectively “Terms of Use”). 

If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, you do not have the right to access this Website or use this Website or its equipment in any way.  For purposes of this agreement, the terms “Logos,” “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to Logos Education Corporation and each of its affiliates, parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliates.  The terms and “you” and “your” refers to you, as a user of this Website.

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF USE CAREFULLY.  THESE TERMS OF USE AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND INCLUDE A WAIVER OF YOUR RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL FOR ANY CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OF USE AND YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE.

 

Modification of the Terms of Use

Internet technology and the applicable laws, rules and regulations change frequently. Therefore, the parties agree that Logos may modify these Terms of Use at any time by adding new terms or amending existing terms. Such modifications will be effective as of the date that the updated Terms of Use are posted on the Website (“Effective Date”). Your use of the Website after the Effective Date, constitutes your acknowledgment of such modifications and your agreement to abide, and be bound, by the Terms of Use as modified. If you do not accept such modification(s), then do not continue to use the Website. Logos shall provide written notice of such modification before the Effective Date. You hereby agree to receive such notifications by email. 

 

Streaming Service

We provide streaming of online courses over the internet to certain devices (“Streaming Service”). Streaming Service and Website are hereinafter collectively referenced as “Services”). Currently, the Streaming Service is only available on computers and certain tablet devices. We reserve the right in our sole and absolute discretion to make changes from time to time and without notice in how we operate the Streaming Service. Any description of how the Streaming Service works should not be considered a representation or obligation with respect to how the Streaming Service will always work. We are constantly making adjustments to Streaming Service and often these adjustments are not completely captured within these Terms and Conditions.

You are responsible for ensuring that you have internet access and for all internet access charges. Please check with your internet provider for information on possible internet data usage charges. Logos makes no representations or warranties about the quality of the Streaming Service. The amount of time it takes to initiate the Streaming Service on a device will vary based on a number of factors, including your location, available bandwidth at the time, the particular online course you have selected and the configuration of your device. In addition, you must be connected to the internet throughout the period in which you are accessing the Streaming Service.

Logos has licensed third party software that allows it to provide the Streaming Service. We do not warrant the performance of this third-party software, which is provided solely on an “as is” basis. We do not warrant that any of the software used and or licensed in connection with the Streaming Service will not damage or disrupt other software or hardware. In addition, we do not take responsibility or otherwise warrant the performance of devices used in connection with the Streaming Service, including the continuing compatibility of the device with the Streaming Service.

 

Personal and Non-Commercial Limited License

Logos hereby grants you a limited, revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable license, without any right to sublicense, to use Services solely for your own personal use and not for republication, display, performance, reproduction, distribution, assignment, sublicense, sale, preparation of derivative works, or other use. Except as stated above, all rights are reserved. You agree not to copy materials, content or any other information on the Services, reverse engineer or break into (hack) the Services, or use materials, products or services in violation of any state or federal law.  In addition, you shall not manipulate or otherwise display the Services by using framing or similar navigational technology, nor shall you access the Services by any means other than through the standard industry-accepted interfaces. You shall not use the Streaming Service as part of any public performance or group class setting. Commercial use of the Services, any content on the Website or any goods purchased through the Website is strictly prohibited. Any unauthorized use of the Services or any content therein will terminate the limited license granted by us and will result in the cancellation of your account and access to the Services.

 

Availability

The availability of the Services will change from time to time, and from country to country. The quality of Services may also vary from computer to computer, and device to device, and may be affected by a variety of factors, such as your location, the bandwidth available through and/or speed of your internet connection. Additionally, the Services be unavailable to you from time to time due to certain technical difficulties, routine site maintenance/upgrades, and other events outside the control of Logos. In addition, Logos reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue (on a temporary or permanent basis) certain functions of the Services or all of the Services, with or without notice.

 

Access Restriction and Termination

Access and use of the Services, is expressly conditioned on your compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, contractual obligations, and these Terms of Use. Logos may restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of the Services at any time and for any reason in its sole and complete discretion, including but not limited to (1) when required by law; (2) when Logos believes, in its sole discretion, that a user may be violating the law or these Terms of Use; or (3) any other reason that Logos deems appropriate. Logos reserves the right to exercise whatever means it deems necessary to prevent unauthorized use or access to the Services.

 

No Unlawful or Prohibited Use

As a condition of your use of the Services, you will not use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms of Use. You may not use the Services in any manner which could damage, disable, interrupt, overburden, or impair the Services or Logos’ network or servers, or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Services. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Services, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to the Services, through hacking, password mining or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through the Services. In addition, you shall not register, subscribe, attempt to register, attempt to subscribe, unsubscribe, or attempt to unsubscribe, any party for the Services if you are not expressly authorized by such party to do so.  Additionally, you shall not engage in spidering, “screen scraping,” “database scraping,” harvesting of information, or any other automatic means of accessing, logging-in or registering on this website, or obtaining or accessing other information from or through this Services.

You may not use Logos’ icons, domain names, URL addresses, or other means to hyperlink other internet sites with any page in the Services.  You must obtain prior written permission from Logos to hyperlink in any manner to the Services.

The following actions are also expressly prohibited:

1) Transmitting unsolicited email or spam;

2) Using any Logos domain name as a pseudonymous return email address for any electronic communications;

3) Pretending to be someone else or spoof their identity;

4) Soliciting business, selling products, or otherwise engaging in commercial activities or personal advertisements;

5) Using the Services to perpetrate fraud, misrepresentation or illegal activity;

6) Attempting to gain unauthorized access to the Services or another user’s account, through hacking, password mining or any other means;

7) Attempting to circumvent or compromise any security measures;

8) Creating or releasing computer viruses, Trojan horses, or worms or otherwise engaging in destructive or potentially destructive programming activities;

9) Deep linking to any part of the Services;

10) Modifying, altering, or tampering with systems hardware or software;

11)  Reselling or repurposing your Logos account or any of the Services; or

12) Assisting or permitting any person engaging in any of the activities described above.

 

Password and Responsibility for User Account

When you create an account with Logos, you will be responsible for creating a confidential user name and password. The account is provided solely for your own personal use. Your account is non-transferrable and cannot be sold, combined or shared with any other person. You are solely responsible for all activities that occur under your account, including but not limited to any content and data posted, shared or transmitted through the Services and any messages, online chats or other interactions with other users. You are responsible for keeping your user name and password confidential. You shall not knowingly disclose your user name and password to any third party. You must notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your user name and password, if you believe that your user name and password is no longer confidential, or if you believe that there has been a breach in security with respect to your account. We reserve the right to require that you change your password if your account is no longer secure. Logos shall not be liable for any loss or damages you may suffer as a result of someone else using your user name and password.  

 

Refunds

No refunds will be made after purchase unless Logos has demonstrably failed to deliver the course content. 

 

Product Descriptions

Logos does not warrant that product descriptions are accurate, complete, reliable, current, or error-free.

 

Sweepstakes and Promotions

From time to time Logos may provide opportunities to participate special promotions, contests, games and/or sweepstakes.  The rules, regulations and procedures governing any of the foregoing shall be accessible through a hypertext link displayed on the web page where the contest or game may be located.  By entering or participating in any of them, you agree to be subject to those rules, regulations and procedures.  Please remember to read the rules carefully before participating.  Coupons and special promotions cannot be combined unless specifically authorized.

 

Unsolicited Ideas

We do not accept or consider unsolicited ideas, including ideas for new products or services. You should not transmit any material to Logos that you consider to be confidential or proprietary.  Any material that you transmit to Logos will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary.  You give Logos an unrestricted, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, display, publicly perform, transmit and distribute any such information. You further agree that Logos has the right to use, without any payment or accounting to you or others, any concepts, know-how or ideas that you (or those who act on your behalf) transmit to Logos.

 

Trademarks, Copyright and Proprietary Rights

The Logos Bible Study names and logos are trademarks of Logos.  All other company names, logos, and trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.  Nothing herein shall be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use the Logos name, logos, or trademarks without obtaining the written permission of Logos or such other third party owner, as applicable. 

All content on the Website, including but not limited to course materials, recordings, designs, data and databases, text, graphics, images, photographs, illustrations, audio and video material, artwork, proprietary information, client-side code (e.g. HTML, JavaScript, etc.) and server-side code (e.g. active server pages, VBScript, databases, etc.) and all copyrightable elements of the Website, and their selection and arrangement (excluding any of User Content) (the “Site Content”) individually and/or collectively, are the proprietary property of Logos and is protected by U.S. copyright law, international treaties and other intellectual property rights.  Except as otherwise stated therein, Site Content may not be copied, transmitted, displayed, performed, distributed (for compensation or otherwise), licensed, altered, framed, stored for subsequent use or otherwise used in whole or in part in any manner without prior written consent, except to the extent permitted by the Copyright Act of 1976 (17 U.S.C. §107), as amended, and then, only with notices of Logos’s proprietary rights, provided however, that you may download the information and print out hard copies for your own personal, noncommercial use, so long as you do not remove any copyright or other notice as may be contained in the information as downloaded. 

You acknowledge that Logos will aggressively enforce its intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law, including, without limitation, the seeking of criminal prosecution.

 

Restrictions on Age of Purchaser

You must be 18 years of age or older to purchase any products or services offered on the Website. In certain jurisdictions, the age of majority may be older than 18, in which case you must satisfy that age in order to become a member.

 

Links to Affiliate Websites

This Website may contain links to websites controlled or offered by our partners and affiliates, which may contain terms and conditions that are different from these Terms of Use and privacy policies.  You should read the terms and conditions and privacy policies on each such website, as your accessing such website constitutes your agreement to be bound by the terms and conditions and privacy policies contained in such website.

 

Third-Party Links

This Website may contain links to third-party websites that are not under the control of or maintained by Logos including advertiser websites (the “Linked Sites”).  The Linked Sites are not under the control of Logos and Logos is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site.  Logos does not endorse or make any representations about these websites, or any information, materials, or products found thereon.  If you access any of the Linked Sites, you do so at your own risk.  In no event shall Logos be liable for any loss, claim, damages, or costs that may arise in connection with your use any third-party links or Linked Sites.

Any dealings with third parties (including advertisers) included within the Website or Linked Sites or participation in promotions offered by third parties, including the delivery of and the payment for goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings or promotions, are solely between you and the advertiser or other third party.  Logos shall not be responsible or liable for any part of any such dealings or promotions.

 

Third-Party Materials on the Website

This Website may contain materials submitted by third-parties, including but not limited to User Content and advertisements.  Any such materials are provided solely as a convenience to you. Logos has not tested or evaluated these materials and does not endorse or make any representations about these materials or your use thereof.  If you use any of the third-party materials, you do so at your own risk.  In no event shall Logos be liable for any loss, claim, damages, or costs that may arise in connection with your use of these materials.

 

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Logos, it officers, directors, shareholders, partners, employees, agents, attorneys, affiliates, successors and assigns from any liability, loss, claim and expense, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, whether or not a lawsuit or other proceeding is filed, that in any way arises out of or relates to (a) your breach or violation of these Terms of Use or any applicable state or federal law or (b) your use of the Website.  This provision shall survive the termination of these Terms of Use.

 

Disclaimer

THE INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS,” “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS without any warranties of any kind.  YOU AGREE THAT USE OF THIS WEBSITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.  LOGOS DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY EXPRESS WARRANTIES, STATUTORY WARRANTIES, AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, or third party rights arising our of course of conduct or trade custom or usage.  You understand and agree that the operation of the WEBsite may involve bugs, errors, problems, or other limitations.  LOGOS HAS no liability whatsoever for your use of the WEBSITE or use of any information or services accessed through the website.  No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from LOGOS through the website shall create any warranty, representation, or guarantee of any kind. 

Some states or other jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusions may not apply to you if prohibited by law.

 

Limitation of Liability

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL LOGOS BE LIABLE OR RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL (INCLUDING DAMAGES FROM LOSS OF BUSINESS, LOST PROFITS, LITIGATION, OR THE LIKE), SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE, OR OTHER DAMAGES, UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATING TO THE WEBSITE, YOUR WEBSITE USE, OR THE CONTENT OR MATERIALS, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.  YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE WEBSITE AND/OR CONTENT IS A REFUND OF AMOUNTS PAID TO LOGOS AND TO CEASE ALL OF YOUR WEBSITE USE. 

Some states and other jurisdictions may not allow this limitation of liability, so the forgoing disclaimer may not apply to you if prohibited by applicable law.

 

Copyright Infringement Notice Policy

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under the U.S. copyright law. If you believe that your copyrighted material has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please contact Logos’ designated Copyright Agent and provide the following information:

A.            A description of the copyrighted work that allegedly has been infringed. 

B.             A description of the material that is claimed to be infringing and the URL of where such material is located on the Website, sufficient to permit Logos to locate the material.

C.             Your contact information, including an address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

D.            A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the copyright-protected material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

E.             A statement, under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.

F.             Your physical or electronic signature.

Send this information to:

By mail:

Logos Bible Study
Attn: Copyright Agent
P.O. Box 420398

San Diego, CA 92142

By email:

info@logosbiblestudy.com

We suggest that you consult your legal advisor before filing a notice or counter-notice. Also, be aware that there can be penalties for false claims under the DMCA.

 

Choice of Law

These Terms of Use shall be controlled by the laws of the State of California, giving no effect to any conflict principles.

 

Agreement to Arbitrate

Any and all disputes, conflicts, problems, controversies, or claims of any kind arising from the relationship of the parties, the Website, these Terms of Use, or the interpretation thereof, no matter how described, pleaded or styled, shall be shall be submitted to binding arbitration under the substantive and procedural requirements of the Federal Arbitration Act.  The arbitration shall be conducted by a single, neutral arbitrator chosen by the parties, conducted under the Consumer-Related Disputes Supplementary Procedures of the American Arbitration Association, conducted at San Diego, California  The parties agree that the arbitrator, and not a court, shall have exclusive jurisdiction over the interpretation, validity, and scope of this arbitration agreement.  The costs of the arbitration filing fee, arbitrator’s compensation, and facilities fees will be paid by Logos.  Each party shall pay for its own attorneys’ fees and costs.  Any dispute or claim shall be brought solely in that party’s individual capacity, and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class action, representative proceeding, mass action or consolidated action.  Neither party shall file or maintain any lawsuit in any court against the other, and agree that any suit filed in violation of this arbitration agreement shall be dismissed by the court in favor of an arbitration conducted pursuant to this arbitration agreement and all costs and attorneys’ fees incurred in enforcing this provision shall be paid by the party that filed the lawsuit, except that this provision does not affect either party’s right to seek relief in small claims court for disputes or claims within the scope of its jurisdiction.  If this arbitration agreement is declared unenforceable and cannot be administered, interpreted, or modified to be enforceable, the parties agree to waive any right to a jury trial with respect to any dispute to which the arbitration agreement applies.  This provision shall survive the termination of these Terms of Use.

BY ACCEPTING THESE TERMS OF USE YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ARE WAIVING YOUR RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL AND ANY RIGHTS YOU MAY HAVE TO BRING ANY CLAIMS ON A CLASS, REPRESENTATIVE, CONSOLIDATED OR MASS ACTION BASIS.

 

Consent to Receive Notices Electronically

You consent to receive any agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications (collectively, “Notices”) to which these terms refer from us electronically, including without limitation by e-mail or other electronic communication technology that may hereafter be developed.  You agree that all Notices that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirements that such communications be in writing.  To withdraw your consent to receive Notices electronically, you must notify us of your withdrawal of such consent by emailing info@logosbiblestudy.com and discontinue your use of this Website.  In such event, all rights granted to you pursuant to these Terms of Use, including, without limitation, the licenses to use the Website set forth above, shall automatically terminate.  Also, please note that your consent to receive notices is separate from any election that you make with respect to receipt of marketing communications, which is discussed under the Privacy Policy.

 

Assignment

These Terms of Use and our rights hereunder may be assigned, in whole or in part, by Logos to a third party, in our sole discretion, in connection with a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of substantially all of our assets, or otherwise, in whole or in part. You may not assign, sublicense, or delegate your rights hereunder.

 

Severability

If any provision of these Terms of Use shall be adjudged by any arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these Terms of Use will otherwise remain in full force and effect.

 

Consent to Cross-Border Transfers

You acknowledge that your personal information may, at times, be accessible by individuals may be located worldwide including in countries that may have not been determined to provide the same level of data protection as in your country. By providing us with your personal information, you agree and consent to our use of such data and/or personal information in accordance with our Site privacy policy, including, without limitation, the transfer of your personal information across international boundaries.

 

 

PRIVACY POLICY

Note to All Users

This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) is designed to inform you about the types of information Logos collects from you in connection with your use of the Services.  It is also intended to explain the conditions under which Logos uses and discloses that information and your rights relating to the collection, use, and disclosure of that information. 

Your Consent.  By using the Services, you consent to our collection and use of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy.  Please review the entire policy to learn about what type of information is gathered, how such information is used, and what information (if any) may be disclosed to third parties. 

Note to California Residents

Your California Privacy Rights.  California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents who have provided personal information to us or our third-party advertisers and marketing partners, if any, to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for direct-marketing purposes.  Requests should be submitted via email to info@logosbiblestudy.com and should include CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS in the subject line.  We will need your first and last name, mailing address, and email address in order to process your request.  Within thirty days of receiving such a request, we will provide a list of the categories of personal information disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year, if any, along with the names and addresses of these third parties, if any.  Please be aware that not all information sharing is covered by the requirements of Section 1798.83 and only information regarding covered sharing will be included in our response.  This request may be made no more than once per calendar year.

Note to European Union Residents

If you reside in the European Union please in particular note the contents of the paragraph titled “Additional Information for European Union Residents” at the end of this Privacy Policy.

Personally-Identifying Information We Collect

Personally-identifying information is collected when you voluntarily register, join our mailing list, submit an online enrollment form, request information, and/or purchase online courses from Logos (“Personal Information”).  Personal Information we may collect includes, but is not limited to, your first and last name, email address, username and password, training history, and use data.  If you communicate to us by e-mail, we will record the e-mail address from which you send your message.  Any telephone calls to and from Logos may be monitored and recorded for quality assurance and training purposes.  When you download or use apps created by Logos, we may receive information about your mobile device, including a unique identifier for your device. 

 

Non-Personally-Identifying Information We Collect

Non-personally identifying information or “Aggregate Information” is information that, without the aid of additional information, cannot be directly associated with a specific person.  Like most website operators, we collect Aggregate Information about your activities online (such as the pages you access most frequently) through the use of cookies, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, click-through URLs, and domain name tracking.  If you have voluntarily disclosed Personal Information to Logos, some or all of the Aggregate Information may be linked to your Personal Information. 

Cookies.  A cookie is small data file stored on the hard drive that your browser provides to Logos when you visit certain web pages.  We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies.  For the session ID cookie, the data is temporarily stored on the user’s computer, but once users close the browser the cookie terminates.  A persistent cookie is a small text file stored on the user’s hard drive for an extended period of time.  If you do not want to store cookies on your computer, you can set your browser to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent.  However, some parts of the Services may not function properly if you choose not to accept cookies.  If you are concerned that you have created a cookie in a previous visit, you can delete cookies that are already stored on your hard drive by accessing your computer’s cookie file.

Computer Profiles. Logos may also collect and accumulate computer profile data which will help us understand and analyze the Internet experience of our visitors. For example, Logos may collect data relating to the type of browser used, operating system software, screen resolution, color capability, browser plug-ins, language settings, cookie preferences, search engine keywords and JavaScript enablement.

Internet Protocol (IP) Address.  Logos’ servers also automatically identify your computer by its Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.  An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer by your Internet service provider.  Your IP address does not identify you by name; however, it may reveal your geographic area and your Internet service provider.  Logos may match your IP address to your Personal Information. 

Click Through URLS.  Logos may send you e-mail messages with a “click-through URL” linked to the content of our Services.  When you click onto one of these URLs, you will pass through our server before arriving at the destination webpage.  Logos may track this click-through data to help us determine subscriber interest in the subject matter and measure the effectiveness of our subscriber communications.  You can avoid being tracked simply by not clicking on any links or images in the e-mail. 

Domain Name Tracking.  When you use our Services, we automatically record the name of the domain from which you accessed the Services.  Additionally, if you reach our Services by means of a link from another site, our computers will note the fact that you came to us from that linked site.

Analytics.  Logos may use one or more third party analytics programs, including but not limited to Google Analytics, to help analyze how users utilize the Services.  Google Analytics does not collect any Personal Information.  Google Analytics uses a single first-party cookie containing an anonymous identifier to distinguish users and to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behavior information. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Services (including IP address) is transmitted to Google.  This information is used to create statistical reports on user activity for Logos.  For more information about Google Analytics, including opt-out options, visit the Google Analytics privacy page at https://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html.

Use of Information Collected

Our primary purpose for collecting Personal Information and Aggregate Information (collectively “User Information”) is to provide you with products and services you request.  We may also use your User Information for the following purposes:

·               to provide services and customer support that you may request;

·               to correct problems, resolve disputes, and collect fees

·               improving and optimizing our Services;

·               to inform you about service updates and promotional offers;

·               to send newsletters and marketing materials;

·               to communicate with you about enrolling in one of our Bible study programs;

·               to communicate preferences which you have indicated;

·               to customize the advertising and content you see;

·               to verify information; or

·               for any other purpose disclosed at the point of collection.  

 

We may also use the information we collect on our Services as necessary to comply with legal requirements, to enforce our Terms of Use, to prevent fraud, to co-operate with law enforcement and regulatory authorities and to stop other prohibited, illegal, or harmful activities.

 

E-mail Opt-out.  If you no longer wish to receive our promotional e-mail communications, you may opt-out of receiving these communications by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the promotional emails or by emailing us at info@logosbiblestudy.com.  If you choose to opt-out of receiving promotional e-mail, we may still send you administrative emails regarding Logos, including, for example, administrative and transactional confirmations, notices of updates to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, and email receipts and shipping confirmations for any goods or services purchased using the Services. 

 

Information We Share

Logos does not sell, rent, or trade Personal Information to any third party.  Additionally, Logos does not disclose any Personal Information to any third party for that party’s own marketing purposes.  However, Logos may disclose Personal Information to third party service providers hired to perform internal business functions on our behalf.  Logos may also share Aggregate Information with third parties for advertising and promotional purposes.  Further, we may disclose Personal Information to government/regulatory agencies as Logos deems reasonably necessary to comply with applicable legal and regulatory requirements.

 

User Disclosures.  Some Personal Information is disclosed as a matter of course as a result of your use of the Services.  Any Personal Information shared using our Services or on another website (such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter) may become public information. You should exercise caution when disclosing information to third parties or in public forums. Content shared between users of our Services, including advice and opinions, represent the views and are the responsibility of those who post the content.  We do not necessarily endorse, support, verify, or agree with the content posted.  If you have any questions or comments about any content posted using our Services, please contact us at the address below.

USERS ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOSS OF PRIVACY OR OTHER HARM RESULTING FROM THEIR OWN VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION IN PUBLIC FORUMS.

Legal Disclaimer Concerning Subpoenas and Other Matters.  We reserve the right to release account and User Information about you when Logos believes, in its sole discretion, that such release is appropriate to (1) comply with the law, legal process, or law enforcement requests; (2) protect and defend our rights, property, safety or other interests including those of any parent, company, subsidiary, affiliate and shareholder, or others; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our Services and to enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other agreements; or (4) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public (among other things, this means that if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions).

Business Transitions.  Logos reserves the right to transfer all User Information in its possession in the event Logos goes through a business transition, such as a merger, being acquired by another company, or selling a portion of its assets.  Similarly, your User Information may be passed on to a successor in interest in the event of a reorganization, reconstruction, liquidation, bankruptcy or administration.  Users will not be notified of any such change of ownership or control of their User Information.

Location, International Transfer, and Choice of Law.  By accessing and/or using the Services, you acknowledge and agree that Logos operates the Services from its offices located in the United States.  If you use the Services from the European Economic Area or other regions of the world with laws governing data collection and use that differ from laws of the United States, then you understand and consent to the transfer of your User Information to the United States for the uses identified above, in accordance with this Privacy Policy and the laws of the United States. You acknowledge and agree that the privacy and data security laws in place in the United States may be different from the privacy and data security laws in force in the country in which you reside.  By voluntarily providing User Information, you hereby agree that you are consenting to our collection, use, transfer, processing, storage, and disclosure of such User information in accordance with this Privacy Policy and that such collection, use, storage, and disclosure shall be governed by the laws of the United States.

Children's Privacy

The Services are intended for adult use only and is not directed towards children, minors or anyone under the age of 18.  If you are under the age of 13, you are not authorized to provide us with any personally identifying information.  If the parent or guardian of a child under 13 believes that the child has provided us with any personal data, the parent or guardian of that child should contact us at the address below and ask to have this personal information deleted from our files.  We appreciate your cooperation with this federally mandated requirement.

Links To Third Party Sites

The Services may contain links to sites other than our own (“Third Party Websites”).  Also, Logos may direct you to a Third Party Website for processing online payments in connection with products or services purchased from Logos.  Logos does not receive or otherwise have access to the information you submit to such Third Party Websites.  The Third Party Websites may not follow the same privacy policies as Logos.  We have no responsibility for Third Party Websites and provide links to Third Party Websites solely for your convenience.  Third Party Websites may send their own cookies and pixel tags to you, and may collect information and use it in a way inconsistent with this Privacy Policy.  Logos does not control the content that appears on these sites and takes no responsibility for their content, nor should it be implied that Logos endorses or otherwise recommends Third Parties Websites or their products or services offered. 

Security

No transmission of data over the Internet is guaranteed to be completely secure.  Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your submissions to the Services, any content residing on our servers, or any transmissions from our server will be completely secure.  It may be possible for third parties to intercept or access transmissions or private communications unlawfully.  Any such transmission is done at your own risk. 

Accessing and Updating Personal Information

If you would like to review, edit or delete any of the information we have collected from you, or if you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at info@logosbiblestudy.com.  In some cases, we may not be able to delete your personal information and will retain and use our information as long as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and/or enforce our agreements.

Additional Information for European Union Users

 

“Personal data”. For users located in the European Union, references to “personal information” in this Privacy Policy are equivalent to what is commonly referred to as “personal data” in the European Union.

 

About IP addresses. Our servers record the incoming IP addresses of visitors to our website (whether or not the visitor has a Logos user account) and store the IP addresses in log files. We use these log files for purposes such as system administration and maintenance, record keeping, tracking referring websites, inferring your location, and security purposes (e.g. controlling abuse, spam and DDOS attacks). If you have a Logos user account we also store IP addresses along with certain actions you take on our system. By agreeing to this Privacy Policy, you expressly consent to Logos using your IP address for the foregoing purposes. If you wish to opt out from the foregoing consent to use your IP address, you must cancel your Logos user account (if you have one).

 

Data controller. Logos Educational Corporation of P.O. Box 420398, San Diego CA 92142 is the data controller for registration, billing, and other account information that we collect from users in the European Union.

Accessing and correcting your personal data. You have the right to access and correct the personal information that Logos holds about you. This right may be exercised by contacting us at info@logosbiblestudy.com.

Consents. By clicking “I Agree” or any other button indicating your acceptance of this Privacy Policy, voluntarily providing User Information, and/or using our Services, you expressly consent to the following:

·               the collection, use, disclosure and processing of your personal data in the manner described in this Privacy Policy, including our procedures relating to cookies, IP addresses and log files.

 

·               the transfer of your data to a data controller and data processors located in countries, including the United States, which do not have data protection laws that provide the same level of protection that exists in countries in the European Economic Area. Your consent is voluntary, and you may revoke your consent by opting out at any time. Please note that if you opt-out, we may no longer be able to provide you our Services.

 

·               us sharing your personal data with relevant persons working for service providers who assist us to provide our Services; and

 

·               if you have enabled cookies on your web browser, to our use of cookies as described in this Privacy Policy.

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