Archive - September, 2008

Adding RefTagger to a Movable Type Blog

Movable Type is probably the most common platform for corporate blogging and happens to be the software that we use to power our blogs. It’s also used by many for personal blogging.

Adding RefTagger to a Movable Type blog is can be accomplished in just a few minutes. Here are the steps you need to take to get RefTagger up and running on MT 4.21, which is presently the latest version.

  1. Navigate to your admin panel (http://yoursite.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi or something similar).
  2. If you have more than one blog, select the blog you want to add RefTagger to first from the main dropdown menu at the top left.
  3. Hover over the “Design” tab, and click on “Templates.”
  4. Scroll down to Template Modules, and click on “Footer.” (If you don’t see anything under Template Modules, then you’re probably using an outdated template. Considering updating to a new one, or see the additional instructions below.)
  5. Scroll to the bottom, and then paste the customizable RefTagger code right before the </body> tag.
  6. Click “Save.”
  7. If you have more than one blog, repeat steps 2-6.
  8. Publish your changes.

You’re good to go. RefTagger is now working on your entire site—no matter how many years you’ve been blogging.

If you’re using MT 3.x or a pre-MT 4 template that lacks built-in support for template modules, you’ll need to add the RefTagger code to the following templates. Repeat steps 4-6 above for each of the following templates:

  1. Main Index (under the Index Templates)
  2. Category Archive (under the Archive Templates)
  3. Date-Based Archive (under the Archive Templates)
  4. Individual Entry Archive (under the Archive Templates)

If you need help, don’t hesitate to send an email to reftagger@logos.com and let us know.

New Video on the LDGNT

We just posted a new video from Steve Runge about the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament. You can watch it on the LDGNT product page or right here in the blog post.

Steve’s been working hard for the last few months on a new discourse-related project, so be on the lookout for an announcement—perhaps even sometime this week.

Bible.Logos.com Now in Beta!

Most of us still use desktop applications when we want to do serious work, but web applications are improving rapidly and fast becoming viable alternatives, at least when it comes to basic functionality. Desktop applications simply can’t compete with the convenience of being able to access your data from any computer connected to the web.

That’s why Logos continues to develop web-based tools and applications.

WBSA

A little over a year ago we re-released a site that’s come to be referred to as WBSA (short for “What the Bible Says About”), an interactive online version of the New Nave’s Topical Bible. WBSA allows you to enter a Bible topic and quickly get access to relevant Bible passages.

RefTagger

Then about six months ago we launched RefTagger, a powerful free tool that makes your Bible references come alive and gives websites the feel of your Bible software.

Bible.Logos.com

Now we’re releasing a beta version of our online Bible site.

Why another Bible site? What makes Bible.Logos.com different? Here are a few reasons we think Bible.Logos.com will soon become your first choice for searching the Bible on the web.

  • Efficient UI: Its unique user interface allows you to do more—more quickly and more conveniently—without having to continually load new pages and without losing your place. (1) Search results and Bible text are side by side. (2) Both use infinite scrolling. (3) Switching to a different version is seamless; your location and search results are instantly mapped over.
  • Incredible Speed: It’s blazingly fast. Searches are instantaneous, and pages load in a flash.
  • Smart Searching: It uses cutting-edge fuzzy searching technology so you can search the Bible more like you search the web. Search results are prioritized so you get the best hits first.
  • Seamless Integration: WBSA, RefTagger, and Bible.Logos.com will all be tightly integrated into a growing family of websites allowing you to have a more connected Bible study experience—both on and off the web.

Help Us Test It

As soon as Bible.Logos.com is ready to handle all the traffic that RefTagger is generating, we’re going to flip the switch and connect the two.

This is where we need your help. We’ve been beta testing the site with a small group for the last two weeks, and we’re ready to open it up to a broader audience to help us work out any remaining bugs. We want to make sure that it’s really ready.

Here’s what you can do. Spend 5 or 10 minutes looking up passages, running searches, and navigating through the various translations that are available. Give it everything you’ve got.

Type in things like:

  • all sorts of Bible references using a variety of formats and abbreviations (e.g., Jude; Job 22; Mal. 3:11; Jn 5:5-10; Mt 6.1-3; Rv 4:8-9)
  • words and phrases from the Bible (e.g., good, love, lion, in Christ)
  • words and phrases that you think might be from the Bible (e.g., honor your parents, I love Jesus)
  • words and phrases that sound like they could be from the Bible, but aren’t (e.g., God helps those who help themselves, cleanliness is next to godliness, do your best and let God do the rest)
  • anything you want to (e.g., I’m very tired, drink milk)

Go give it a try.

Please send your bugs and feedback to bible@logos.com or drop us a note in the comments.

The Works of H. A. Ironside—Now with All of His Commentaries

The Works of H. A. Ironside (65 Vols.)Several months ago we put a collection of 48 volumes from H. A. Ironside on Pre-Pub. Many were thrilled at the prospect of having access to Ironside’s writings in Libronix, but several people lamented that we had not included all of Ironside’s commentaries.

We did some research and found out that we were in fact missing 17 of his 32 commentaries! So we immediately looked into whether or not we could include them as well. We were happy to get approval and began to try to locate print copies of all of those missing volumes.

Fortunately, we have many book lovers in the office. And one of them happened to have a beautiful copy of all 32 of Ironside’s commentaries! Since he prefers having access to his commentaries in Logos, he was happy to part with his print set to help the project move forward. Thanks, Andy!

So we’re pleased to announce The Works of H. A. Ironside (65 Vols.)—now including the complete set of Ironside’s 32 commentaries covering 51 books of the Bible! In addition to the 32 biblical commentaries, you’ll get 32 books—covering a variety of subjects like baptism, the Holy Spirit, assurance, and many others—and a collection of 25 pamphlets, sermon notes, tracts, lectures, and other miscellaneous writings.

If you enjoy the writings of H. A. Ironside or want to study the contributions of this important 20th-century preacher, you won’t want to pass up this phenomenal deal—65 volumes for about $2.60 a piece!

By the way, if you had pre-ordered the earlier 48-volume collection, you’ll need to place a new order for this 65-volume collection and cancel your original order.

In just a few days this new collection has reached 100%! Production is now underway. Don’t miss out on this tremendous deal. Place your pre-order today.

If you’re unfamiliar with Ironside, you can learn more about him right in your Libronix digital library:

Saved by the Logos Electronic Book Catalogue!

I’ve worked at Logos for a long time — fifteen years! There used to be a time when I knew every title and author we published. But we’re publishing so much, and putting so much more on pre-pub, that I lost track of it all.
Actually, I lost track of it all long ago. We have a lot of books available. I tend to only keep track of certain areas that have to do with my primary areas of study — Greek, linguistics, Pauline Epistles, and early church.
But something neat happened to me this past weekend. My lovely wife will be attending a ladies’ Book Study at the church we attend. They’ll be reading and discussing Bryan Chappell’s book, Holiness by Grace.
On a whim, I searched the Logos web site for “chapell” by just typing it in the upper-right corner of the page, like this:

Here’s what I found in the “Downloadable Products” section of the results:

How cool is that? We’ve actually done the book already! Now I’ll have it in my Logos Library at home too, so Amy and I can work through the book together as she attends the book study this fall.
But what was really cool to me was that I searched Logos on a whim. I had no idea if we had Holiness by Grace available or not. But we’ve done so many books in the past few years that I figured it was worth a chance.
This is a book that I’d never look for; that I wouldn’t have even known to search for had my sweet wife not signed up for the book study. But it was there when I looked for it. Why? Because Logos does lots of high-quality, useful books from lots of different publishers so that not only will you find the stuff you know you want; you might even find stuff you didn’t know you wanted.
Who knows? Maybe that book you need for a class or a study is available in Logos format too!

The Basis of the Second Coming

Today’s guest blogger is Adam Navarrete, who works in the marketing department here at Logos.

The Logos Lecture Series is back in action after taking a month off. Tomorrow, September 24, we will host Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum of Ariel Ministries, who will be speaking on “The Basis of the Second Coming.” Make a point of joining us at 7:00 PM at the American Museum of Radio and Electricity here in Bellingham, Washington.

About the Lecture

While the rapture of the church has no preconditions and can happen at any moment of time, the second coming for Israel does have a major precondition: Israel’s national salvation. This topic is a study of the circumstances of the rejection of the Messiah by Israel and the one prerequisite that must be fulfilled before the Messiah can return.

About the Speaker

Arnold Fruchtenbaum is the author of books such as Jesus Was a Jew, Messianic Christology, and Hebrew Christianity, among many others. He began his formal education at Shelton College, earned B.A. degrees in Hebrew and Greek from Cedarville University, his M.T.S. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. at New York University. Dr. Fruchtenbaum has lived and worked with the messianic congregation in Jerusalem, ministered for the American Board of Missions to the Jews, was editor of The Chosen People, served as Associate Director of the world’s largest Messianic Jewish broadcasting ministry at The Christian Jew Foundation, and currently serves as Director of Ariel Ministries.

Event Details

  • Title: The Basis of the Second Coming
  • Speaker: Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum of Ariel Ministries
  • Date: Wednesday, September 24
  • Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Location: The American Museum of Radio and Electricity in Bellingham, Washington
  • Admission is free!

For those who are unable to attend the lecture, we hope to make the audio available within a few days of the event.

By the way, be sure to check out our collection of books from Dr. Fruchtenbaum in the Ariel Ministries Messianic Collection (11 Vols.).

To get you thinking about our next lecture, our guest will be local professor Clarence Zylstra of Whatcom Community College. He will present his topic, “Understanding Radical Islam,” on Monday, October 27. Please check the Lecture Series page, which we’ll keep updated as more information becomes available.

10 New Collections from Paternoster!

Today’s guest blogger is Kent Hendricks, the main Pre-Pub man here at Logos.

A few weeks ago, Phil mentioned several big shipments of books headed to the Pre-Pub page. Since then, we’ve brought you dozens of collections and hundreds of books, including books from Baker, IVP, and our biggest Pre-Pub ever, the Anchor Yale Bible (83 Vols.).

But we’re still not done.

If you’ve perused the Pre-Pub page lately, you’ve probably noticed all the new books from Paternoster Press. In fact, in the span of just a few days, we posted ten collections containing almost 100 books! In case you haven’t been able to keep up, here’s a quick summary of these exciting new books from Paternoster.

Paternoster Theological Studies Collection (25 Vols.)The Paternoster Theological Studies Collection (25 Vols.) is not only the biggest collection from Paternoster, but it’s also the best value. The equivalent print copies of these books would cost you well over $1,000, but they’re currently listed at $12.00 per volume on Pre-Pub. In this collection, you’ll find book-length treatments of some of the most influential Christian thinkers from the past century, like Karl Barth, Jurgen Moltmann, Reinhold Niebuhr, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Alvin Plantinga, William G. T. Shedd, John Howard Yoder, and many more. This amounts to more than 7,000 pages of the best in theological studies from Paternoster Press!

If you like theological studies, you’ll also want to check out three smaller collections, the Paternoster Atonement Collection (5 Vols.), the Paternoster Trinitarian Studies Collection (4 Vols.), and the Paternoster Spiritual Growth Collection (4 Vols.).

We’re also featuring four collections for biblical scholars:

Paternoster Missional Theology Collection (16 Vols.)The Paternoster Missional Theology Collection (16 Vols.) includes books by Jason Clark, Robert Jenson, Brian McLaren, and lots of other great authors who are writing some of the most influential books at the intersection of theology and culture. In this collection, you’ll find books on the emerging church, ancient liturgy, missional theology, and cultural engagement.

Speaking of cultural engagement, we’re also offering a collection of books which tackle some of the biggest issues facing the church today. The Paternoster Contemporary Issue Collection (7 Vols.) contains books on politics, feminism, Israel, hell, the problem of evil, and lots of other important subjects.

And remember, it always pays to place your Pre-Pub order early. Sometimes Pre-Pub prices go up, and other times we add books to collections later on. By placing your order today for these collections from Paternoster, not only are you guaranteed the lowest price, but you’ll also help move these collections into production as soon as possible!

Announcing BibleTech:2009!

Today’s guest blogger is J. D. Elgin, a new addition to the marketing team and the organizer of this year’s BibleTech conference.

Back in January Logos hosted BibleTech:2008. BibleTech is a conference for people interested in the intersection of the Bible and technology. We were blown away by the result of this conference this year. The presentations were pertinent and timely, and the networking opportunities were absolutely priceless. And BibleTech:2008 participants were nearly unanimous in wanting to make this conference an annual event.

So we’re happy to be announcing BibleTech:2009!

The conference will take place on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 in scenic Seattle, WA. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend! We are anticipating a bigger turnout with an even better outcome than last year.

BibleTech is geared for anyone with specialization, or serious interest, in the intersection of Bible study and technology. If you are involved in web design, software development, open source programming, biblical language or Bible study software development—or even if you are simply interested in the latest news from this incredible field and want to meet the people who make it all happen—plan to join us at BibleTech:2009.

We are now accepting proposals for conference presentations. If Bible and technology are your specialties, we invite you to submit a proposal.

We have updated the conference website. For the latest information, including a list of past presenters, visit BibleTechConference.com.

To stay informed with all the latest news about BibleTech, sign up for the BibleTech email list. Just send us an email, and we’ll get you added.

We hope you’re as excited about BibleTech:2009 as we are. And please help us make this a spectacular event by spreading the word!

Just a Few More Pre-Orders

We realize that we’ve been sending a lot of Pre-Pubs your way—on average about one a day. In some ways that’s good because that gives you more books to choose from and it’s more likely that we’ll offer the kinds of books that you want. But it also has its downsides. For one, it’s easy for many of these collections and titles to end up getting lost on our massive Pre-Pub page, which has nearly 200 products on it right now.

Theology and Doctrine Collection (16 Vols.)Since we add new Pre-Pubs at such a rapid pace, it’s likely that there are some  buried deep in the page that might be right up your alley. Perhaps one of these:

  1. Old Testament Studies Series Collection (8 Vols.)
  2. Christ Is All
  3. PBI Old Testament Studies Collection (6 Vols.)
  4. Robert P. Lightner and Aubrey Malphurs Collection (9 Vols.)
  5. Smeaton Theology Collection (3 Vols.)
  6. Evangelism Collection (11 Vols.)
  7. Broadman & Holman Baptist History Collection (11 Vols.)
  8. Theology and Doctrine Collection (16 Vols.)
  9. The Greek Testament by Henry Alford (8 Vols.)
  10. Sheffield Reader Collection (12 Vols.)

Each of these needs just a handful of orders to send them into production. Give them a look. If something catches your eye that you had previously missed, consider placing your pre-order. You could be the one to send it into production and make lots of patient people very happy.

Building Your Library with the Best Commentaries

If you love to study the Bible, you probably love commentaries as well. Commentaries are wonderful tools for helping you to understand the historical background of the Bible; the meaning of its words, phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, and books; its timeless theological message; and how all of that applies to how we ought to live in the 21st century.

Commentaries are ideal books to have in digital format, especially when connected with the power of the Passage Guide. That’s part of the reason that they are our top selling category of add-on books. If you regularly watch our Pre-Pub page, you’ve no doubt noticed that we add new commentary series all the time.

Here are the recent additions to the Pre-Pub page since the last time I mentioned the commentary series on Pre-Pub:

We have several pages on our website that are geared to help you keep up with all the commentaries that we are making available—and help you choose the best ones for you.

The Product Guide to Multi-Volume Commentaries brings together all of the commentary sets we offer and provides essential details like intended audience, publisher, number of volumes, etc. We try to update it every time we add a new series to Pre-Pub or Community Pricing, so it should be a fairly accurate list of all the series that we offer. If you’re looking to add new commentaries to your digital library, this is the best place to start.

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