Vyrso Voice: Keep Up with All Things Vyrso

Whether you’re looking for Mark Driscoll’s brand-new Real Marriage or a classic like Chuck Swindoll’s The Grace AwakeningVyrso is your source for Christian ebooks.

And now you can keep up with the latest news and developments with Vyrso Voice, the blog for all things Vyrso. At Vyrso Voice you will find book reviews, author interviews, sale information, and updates about freebies and giveaways.

You can check out our two-part interview with author (and Facts of Life star) Lisa Whelchel, or get suggestions for inspirational leadership books to help with your 2012 resolutions. You’re going to enjoy the things we have planned.

So head over to Vyrso Voice now and sign up for email updates, or subscribe to the RSS feed!

 

Logos 4: Shortcuts for the Shortcuts in the Command Bar

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars and provides many training materials.

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As I use Logos Bible Software, I’m all about saving time with the technology so I can devote more time to actual Bible study and meditation. Toward that end we Logos users recently enjoyed a very helpful blog about the Command bar, which allows us to type timesaving shortcuts.

For example we can type: Open ESV to John 3:16 to quickly open the ESV to that specific passage.

Would you believe there are even shortcuts for these shortcuts? Try typing some of these and then press the Enter key to execute the command:

  • nave to heaven opens Nave’s Topical Bible to the article for heaven
  • east to Corinth opens Easton’s Bible Dictionary to the article for Corinth
  • bkc to ep3.17 opens The Bible Knowledge Commentary to the entry for Ephesians 3:17
  • nasb to ps23 opens the New American Standard Bible to Psalm 23
  • pas gui to lk4 opens the Passage Guide to Luke 4
  • exe gui to ro8.28 opens the Exegetical Guide to Romans 8:28
  • bib wor st to forgive opens the Bible Word Study to forgive

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This may appear to be almost comical, but if you use the Command bar a lot, finding the least amount of characters to type to activate your favorite features will save you a lot of time over the course of your study. I encourage you to experiment with your favorite commands and come up with your own shortcuts.

If you enjoyed this time timesaving shortcut, make sure to check out Timesaving Tips, vol 1. And on that note, we’d like to share some exciting news: be looking for Timesaving Tips, vol. 2, which will be announced very soon!

What do you think is the most helpful shortcut in Logos 4? Leave a comment and let us know!

Weekly Roundup: January 7

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of January 07, 2011.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Facebook

Pre-Pubs

New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These Pre-Pubs are shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

The latest collections from Community Pricing:

And new to our growing list of Classic Commentaries and Studies Collections:

And don’t miss out on these collections nearing the 100% mark!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newest postings on our Careers page:

Marketing Department

Graphic Design and Video

Sales

Information Technology

Publications

Software Development

Ministry Development

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Use Proclaim Free through February!

When Logos launched Proclaim Church Presentation Software’s free beta version in October, pastors, worship leaders, and other ministry partners were excited by Proclaim’s sleek presentations, collaborative, cloud-based interface, and other game-changing features. As of January 2012, Proclaim is out of beta and the full version is ready to go.

Due to the overwhelming response to Proclaim last year, we are extending the free trial period to give your team a chance to run the full version of Proclaim during their worship services.

Proclaim will continue to be free through the end of January, but getting it free through February is easy (more details below). Of course, you are able to purchase your On Air license anytime (monthly or yearly) and it will begin once this free trial period is over.

How It Works

Extending your free Proclaim On Air license through February is a simple three-step process:

  1. Go On Air and take a picture of Proclaim being used during your weekend service.
  2. Post your picture on Proclaim’s Facebook page. (You will need to “Like” the Proclaim Facebook page before you can do this.)
  3. Tag your worship team members and Proclaim Church Presentation Software.

It’s that easy!

If You Haven’t Tried Proclaim

Proclaim’s cloud-based presentation is changing the way pastors, worship leaders, and other ministry partners put together a service. With presentations available online, every member of your team can access and edit the presentation throughout the week from anywhere with an internet connection.

Go to ProclaimOnline.com for information, screenshots, and to download Proclaim.

So enjoy Proclaim for free this January. We’ll keep an eye out for your post and look forward to extending your free On Air license through February.

The John Wesley Collection: A Legacy of Faith

The 29-volume John Wesley Collection tells a story of perseverance, strength, and extraordinary faith.

In June of 1720, John Wesley entered Christ Church College, Oxford. John’s younger brother soon formed a group called the Holy Club, which met weekly. They were named “Methodist” by their fellow students because of the methodical way in which they lived. Wesley and his brother chose to sail upon The Simmonds from Gravesend, Kent to the Province of Georgia in the American colonies with a plan to spread Christianity.

On his voyage to the colonies, Wesley came to know the Moravian settlers. During their travels across the sea, they came upon a massive storm. The mast was ripped off the ship, and while the other passengers worried themselves, the Moravians prayed and sang hymns. Wesley was in awe of their incredible strength and faith. The Moravians left a lasting impression on his heart, and heavily influenced his theology of Methodism.

After spending some time in Georgia, Wesley decided it was not the place for him, so he soon returned to England, determined to earn money for a church. Back in England, he came to admire the evangelist George Whitefield who gave sermons in the open air to people excluded from church. This inspired Wesley to begin offering his own non-traditional sermons, seeking to reach a wider range of listeners. He preached in fields, houses, and even town halls.

Wesley continued evangelizing until his death in 1791. At this time he had led approximately 135,000 members and 541 itinerant preachers to Methodism. His legacy still resonates through Christianity today, and his writings remain a source of exhortation and teaching to evangelicals around the world.

The Logos Bible Software edition of the John Wesley Collection allows you to perform in-depth searches on all 16,951 pages so that you get the most out of your Bible study, sermon preparation, and research.

Key Features

  • All 14 volumes of his collected works
  • Complete and authoritative eight-volume journal
  • The four-volume Explanatory Notes, Wesley’s complete commentaries on the entire Bible
  • In-depth biography
  • Essays, letters, sermons, grammars, psalms, hymns, and addresses

The John Wesley Collection is valued at $882.24, but you can pre-order it today at the incredible Pre-Pub price—a savings of 77%! That brings the cost down to less than $7 per book.

For more interesting glimpses into the ministry of John Wesley, check out 5 Interesting Facts About John Wesley and 10 Thought-Provoking John Wesley Quotes.

A Syntactic Analysis of the Septuagint

Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the SeptuagintOne of the Pre-Pubs I’m most anticipating has the misfortune of being an extremely big project of seemingly narrow interest.

I’m talking about the Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the Septuagint, which has been on Pre-Pub since mid-2010, and at present  is only about 20% of the way to the development threshold.

Why am I so interested in a syntactic analysis of the Septuagint? Simply put, using the Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the Greek New Testament helps me think through the text as I read it, and my Greek has gotten much, much better because of it. Sure, there are benefits to being able to search the syntax. But for me, the primary benefit comes when reading and working through the text. The Cascadia Syntax Graphs help me see the high-level components of the text, and in so doing help me see the text as phrases and clauses, and less as a string of words to be decoded.

Let me give you an example that has absolutely nothing to do with searching.

One thing I like to do when reading Greek is to use the ‘Display’ feature to turn off certain levels of the analysis. With Cascadia, if you turn off the “Phrases” and “Terminals” (and, if you’re daring, the “Literal Translation” as well), you get a structure that consists of clauses and clause functions. With the intermediary levels turned off, you can begin to see the components (subjects, objects, verbs, adverbials like negators and prepositional phrases, etc.). Even better, you start to see these when reading the text outside of the graphs, too. Here’s an example from John 3:16:

Jn 3:16 in the Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the NT

Jn 3:16 in the Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the NT

The dotted lighter-colored lines in the graphic above (dotted lines in the program) are where phrase and terminal level items are elided out. Reading the Greek from top to bottom, you can work through the Greek while referencing the structure of the sentence according to the Cascadia analysis. When I do this, I typically don’t worry about the “embeddedness” of the clauses, I just pay attention to the S, V, O, IO, ADV and other clause function notation. I can also readily see conjunctions and other particles, and get ideas in how they are functioning in the verse as well.

I’ll admit it’s a little selfish, but this is why I so want the Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the Septuagint Pre-Pub project to start — because I want to read the Septuagint the same way. I muddle through, and I’m getting better, yet I can’t help but think I’d get better faster with graphs of the Septuagint, though.

This brings me to my point: If you’ve had some Greek in the past (either recently, or not so recently), then try this little trick with the Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the New Testament. If you want, keep the “Literal Translation” portion active too. Do this diligently for awhile, and see if your Greek improves. If it does, and you think, “Wow, it really would be great to have this for the Septuagint too!” then please subscribe to the Pre-Pub, and help make it happen.

As I said, we’re only 20% of the way to funding the Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the Septuagint project. We need more people to subscribe to the Pre-Pub to make this happen. Will you be one of them?

Your Bible Study Companion

How often have you wished you had a biblical scholar on speed dial, someone you could call twenty-four hours a day when you are stuck on a difficult passage in the Bible? The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible is perfect for moments like these, and for a limited time, you can get it on Pre-Pub for 33% off the retail price.

Since the Bible was written over a period of more than 1,000 years, we are bound to run into  language, cultural, and historical barriers. But how do we step over these obstacles and find the meaning of the text? Inside Eerdmans Companion we find the tools we need to become better readers, thinkers, and interpreters of the Bible.

The Logos edition of the Eerdmans Companion to the Bible opens both this resource and the Bible side-by-side, making study more effective. Logos has made Bible study fast and easy, and with the addition of the Eerdmans Companion to the Bible your study can go even deeper. So, if you want to lock in the low pre-pub price of $26.95, head over to Logos.com now and order the Eerdmans Companion to the Bible before the price goes up.

The Filología Neotestamentaria Journal Collection

Recently, I wrote about the importance of having access to theological journals in your Logos library. The Filología Neotestamentaria (31 vols.) is a terrific example. Published by the Department of Greek Science Antiquity and the Middle Ages at the University of Cordoba, this is one of the most important journals in print on the New Testament. Now, Logos is making it available for your personal library.

Filología Neotestamentaria is a journal specializing in Hellenistic Greek, the language of the New Testament and Septuagint. Each article concentrates on a Greek-related topic, such as textual criticism, semantics, grammar, lexicography, rhetorical criticism, and semiotics. Filología Neotestamentaria is a must for any serious student of Hellenistic Greek; and when you look at some of the gems it contains, it’s not difficult to see why:

  • “Some Dissenting Notes on R. Stein’s The Synoptic Problem and Markan ‘Errors’,” by David Alan Black
  • “Vague Verbs, Periphrastics, and Matthew 16:19,” by Stanley E. Porter
  • “The Pauline Love Command: Structure, Style, and Ethics in Romans 12:9–21,” by David Alan Black
  • “Studying Ancient Languages from a Modern Linguistic Perspective: Essential Terms and Terminology,” by Stanley E. Porter
  • “How Do Words Mean—If They Do?,” by Johannes P. Louw
  • “The Use of the Definitive Article before Names of People in the Greek Text of Acts with Particular Reference to Codex Bezae,” by Jenny Heimerdinger and Stephen Levinsohn
  • “Literary Artistry in the Epistle to the Hebrews,” by David Alan Black

Now is the time to jump on board and pre-order the Filología Neotestamentaria collection. At the pre-pub price of $99.95, this is a steal—considering that the price for just two volumes is over $100!

This Is It—December Deals End Tonight!

Bringing you this year’s Christmas sales has been a blast. Between offering deep discounts on powerful resources, a return of last year’s Christmas collections, and offering it all with credit back on future Logos.com purchases—this has been a real fun ride. But it all ends tonight.

All 12 Days of Logos products, base package discounts, Christmas collections, and opportunities for Christmas credit will disappear at 11:59 PM (PST).

Here are a couple of last minute things to be mindful of in regards to Logos’ December Deals:

You Can Search Logos.com by Price Range

Our Christmas Credit promotion returns a greater percentage of your December purchases in Logos.com credit based on how much you spend. If you spend more, you earn more.

Tiers You Spend We’ll Match You’ll Earn
Tier 1 $10–$99.99 15% $1.50–$15
Tier 2 $100–$499.99 20% $20–$100
Tier 3 $500–$999.99 25% $125–$250
Tier 4 $1,000–$2,499.99 30% $300–$750
Tier 5 $2,500–$4,999.99 40% $1,000–$2,000
Tier 6 $5,000+ 50% $2,500+

We did a blog post before Christmas which showed you how to search Logos.com by price range. Searching by price range is helpful if you are looking for another purchase to bump you into the next tier.

Let’s say you needed another $127 to get into Tier 5 to save an extra 10% on all your December purchases. You could enter price:[125 TO 130] into the Logos.com search engine, and see every product we sell between $125–$130!

We Will Be Open Tonight until 9:00 PM (PST)

We are expecting a lot of calls today, and we want to be able to help each one of you. You can call to speak to one of our representatives by 9:00 PM (PST)!

  • USA & Canada: 800-875-6467
  • UK Discounted: 0871-218-1700
  • International: (360) 527-1700

Take Advantage of Payment Plans

We have hit this point pretty hard the last couple weeks. But to be completely honest, this might be the most amazing aspect of the Christmas promo. To be able to purchase something like The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament (40 vols.), which you might have had your eye on for a while, take up to 12 months to pay for it, and get over $475 to spend at Logos.com (even before your original purchase has been paid off) is pretty impressive.

Don’t Forget to Sign Up

You may have thousands of dollars in Logos.com credit coming. If you have neglected to sign up, we are not going to be able to give it to you. Make sure you are signed up!

We Will Start Processing Credit January 3

If you have signed up for Logos.com credit and have made qualifying purchases, you will be receiving a preliminary email soon!

So check out the December Deals one last time, because they disappear tonight!