Archive - October, 2012

New Endorsements for Reformed Dogmatics

Geerhardus Vos was among the Reformed tradition’s finest theologians. The contemporary of J. Gresham Machen, Herman Bavinck, and other famous thinkers, Vos lectured at Princeton alongside such able systematicians as B. B. Warfield and Abraham Kuyper. Their remarkable grasp of systematic theology almost certainly influenced Vos’ thought and writings.

Vos who understood that good biblical theology leads to the acceptance of important propositional truths self-published his five-volume Reformed Dogmatics (originally Gereformeerde Dogmatiek). Now Logos is working with Dr. Richard Gaffin and a team of translators to complete the first-ever English translation of Vos’ important work.

Here are a few of the endorsements for this translation:

“Written in tight prose and moving from question to answer, Vos’ work allows us to watch his fruitful mind work as he represents both historic Reformed orthodoxy as well as fresh insights driven from his approach that highlights the progressive and organic nature of revelation.

Clearly these volumes are worth our attention and I highly commend Gaffin and Logos for bringing them to an English speaking audience.”—Kelly M. Kapic, professor of theological studies, Covenant College

“‘Precision’ is the word. Vos’ understanding is clear, his definitions are to the point, and his explanations are crisp and cogent.”—Fred G. Zaspel, adjunct professor of systematic theology, Calvary Baptist Seminary

Pre-order this first-ever English translation today to get these essential volumes at the low Pre-Pub price. You’ll get the first two chapters as soon as you place your pre-order, and further chapters as we finish them. Don’t miss out—place your order now!

Sale: The Origins of the Reformation

Today’s guest post is by Dr. Jim West.  Dr. West is adjunct professor of biblical studies at the Quartz Hill School of Theology and pastor of Petros Baptist Church in Petros, Tennessee. He has written a number of books and articles, and he serves as language editor for the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament and language revision editor for the Copenhagen International Seminar series.

“The Reformation” is a misnomer if ever there were one, for in fact there was no one Reformation any more than there was just one Reformer. “The Reformation,” when used by students and the general public, usually refers to the Reformation of Martin Luther, which commenced at the end of October in the year of our Lord, 1517.

Even then, though, Luther’s intent wasn’t as earth-shattering as later ages took it to be. For Luther, the placement of a series of theses in Latin on the church door at Wittenberg Castle was nothing more than an invitation to debate. In other words, Luther didn’t see his act as the commencement of a revolution; he saw it as an academic exercise.

“The Reformation” is, then, little more than a label derived from historical hindsight focusing on a series of events over a period of time across a wide geographical landscape. Each Reformer had roots sunk in fertile ground, and their work was simply the coming to fruition of generations of shift in the Roman Catholic Church.

Hence, it would be more appropriate to speak of “Reformations” in the same way that we now speak of “Judaisms” and “Christianities.”  The Reformation was no monolith.

Who, then, were the Reformers who gave birth to the Reformations most closely associated with them? They were Huldrych ZwingliMartin Luther, and John Calvin, in just that order.

Each of these Reformers was the father of his own Reformation.  Each was, originally, independent of the others, and in many ways they tried very hard to retain that independence even when their common foe, the Church of Rome, was the target.  Each contributed to the Reformation in his own unique way.

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The Reformation Day Sale

In preparation for Reformation Day, we’ve discounted several Reformation resources. Get Luther’s influential 95 Theses free, and save up to 40% on other Reformation titles, from now until 11:59 p.m. (PDT) October 31, 2012. Learn more about the principles and people of the Reformation by picking up these discounted titles:

95 Theses

Retail: $4.95 Regularly: $0.95

FREE with coupon code REFDAY

Nailed to the door of the Wittenberg Church in October 1517 to provoke discussion, this is one of the most significant documents in Christian history. Many believe this particular document to be the spark that gave birth to the Protestant Reformation. The Logos edition provides the 95 Theses in parallel English and Latin translations.

Luther’s Works (55 vols.)

Regularly: $259.00 

Only $229.00 with coupon code REFDAY1

This massive collection contains Luther’s exposition and commentary on Scripture, as well as his sermons, theological writings, and other materials. The final volume in the set contains an index of quotations, proper names,

History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin (8 vols.)

Regularly: $139.95

Only $89.95 with coupon code REFDAY2

Not only did History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin become a bestselling and widely praised account of the Reformation—it remains one of the most compelling and influential Reformation histories more than a century after its original publication.

The Decades of Henry Bullinger (4 vols.)

Retail: $220 Regularly: $99.95

Only $59.95 with coupon code REFDAY3

The collection opens with an explanation of Bullinger’s works. Bullinger then covers the Four General Synods, or Councils, and explains the historical significance of the various creeds that came from these councils. His sermons follow—messages that spurred and shaped the Reformation and that still impact today’s church.

The Works of John Knox (6 vols.)

Retail: $249.95 Regularly: $99.95

Only $84.95 with coupon code REFDAY4

This is the standard edition of Knox’s texts. Knox, a Scottish clergyman and a leader of the Protestant Reformation, was a pivotal figure in the creation and organization of the National Reformed Church in Scotland.

All these discounts end at 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday, October 31, so pick up yours now!

Share Your Interests at BibleTech: 2013!

Amazing things are being done at the intersection of Bible study and technology. If you’re involved in the ways technology is shaping how we read, interpret, translate, and handle God’s Word, we’d love to hear what you’re working on. Why not share your expertise next March at BibleTech: 2013?

BibleTech’s speakers are a diverse and informative lot. A look at past BibleTech presentations reveals topics that range from the hypertechnical:

  • “Open Scriptures API: Distributed Model for Interlinked Text Development”
  • “Building a Semantic Clause Database of the Greek New Testament”
  • “A Data-Driven Approach to Word Sense Differentiation”
  • “Greek Syntax Databases: Retrospect and Prospect”
  • “Bible Navigator X: A Postmortem on Developing for the XBOX 360”

To the accessible topics:

  • “Social Scripture: The Bible on Facebook”
  • “Making Bible Search Results Relevant”
  • “Tweeting the Bible”
  • “Educating the 21st Century Pastor: The Intersection of Theology and Technology”

If you’re interested in sharing your interests with those who share your passion, submit a proposal for BibleTech: 2013 now!

Not interested in presenting? Register now!

The upcoming BibleTech conference will be held March 15 & 16 in Seattle, WA. Register before November 30, 2012, and save more than $50!  Experience a fresh look into the exciting ways technology is affecting how we study, visualize, and communicate the Scriptures. Register today!

From Mother to Disciple: Mary’s Journey

Becoming a disciple of Jesus requires sacrifice, difficult decisions, and a willingness to be transformed—again and again. Putting on the new self in Christ demands change and perseverance. No one knew this better than Jesus’ mother, Mary.

Mary’s story provides a rich model for us as we seek to deepen our commitment to a life of discipleship. That’s why Logos has developed Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan, the second volume in the Studies in Faithful Living series. In this resource, we trace Mary’s journey of faith step by step as she follows God’s call. Mary’s continual shifts in identity presented challenging (and sometimes exhausting) sets of tasks: from those of a bride-to-be to those of an unwed pregnant woman to those of the mother of Christ. Toward her journey’s end, she encountered one more transformation—one only she would ever face. She went from being mother of God to child of God, from raising God’s son to following him, from teacher to disciple.

 

Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan walks you through the challenges of Mary’s journey. For her and for us, becoming a disciple of Christ requires humility, surrender, and an unwavering, sometimes blind faith in God’s plan. Mary’s devotion didn’t falter. Her journey wasn’t perfect—she sometimes misunderstood Jesus’ claims or urged him to act when he wasn’t ready to—but ultimately, she was willing to step back and allow God to lead her. Can we learn to do the same?

In Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan, you and your entire church or small group can follow Mary’s journey of faith, learning along with her what it means to become a disciple of Christ. As you explore history, culture, and literary insights into her story through this eight-week study, you’ll gain new insights into Mary, her perspective on Jesus’ life, and the dynamics between them.  Join us as we learn from Mary how to allow Christ to transform us. Order the individual book or the complete church curriculum now at the discounted Pre-Pub price!

Check Out Logos’ First Windows 8 App!

The release of Windows 8 is right around the corner, and we’re already offering our first Windows app. With the free Verse of the Day app, you’ll get a daily artist-created Scripture tile on your start screen.

You can browse through the last 30 verses, share the day’s verse, or jump to Biblia.com to read the whole passage.

If you’re already running Windows 8, download the app now. Once you’ve tried it out, rate and review it! We’d love to know what you think.

Running Logos 4 on Windows 8

Going to be picking up Windows 8 when it’s available? We recommend running Logos 4.6.

To check which version you’re currently running, click on the help icon (question mark in the upper-right-hand corner of the Logos homepage) and choose “About Logos Bible Software” from the dropdown menu. When the new window opens, you’ll see the version listed at the top (example).

If you’re not running the current version of Logos 4, type “Update now” into the Command Bar (example). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (example) and begin downloading them.

Add 38 Years’ Worth of Theological Lectures to Your Library

The Florida College Annual Lectures (1974–2011) contain 38 years’ worth of teachings: over 600 lectures on a wide variety of theological topics. Now you can get them in Logos’ unique format. You’ll build a deeper research library with these searchable archives.

Why These Lectures?

Florida College is a Christian college near Tampa. Focused on Christ as our leader and spiritual authority, the college hosts annual lectures that are theologically conservative and consistently applicable.

Topics that Matter

A 38-year archive makes for 38 topics unpacked and explained. Among them are “Great Bible Doctrines,” “The Bible Doctrine of Sin,” apologetics, answers for young Christians, and individual studies on books of the Bible. These lectures will integrate with your Logos library, providing depth to your research, profundity to your sermons, and substance to your devotional time.

The Pre-Pub Offer Ends When It Ships

At $74.95 for the whole collection, they’re a terrific dealpre-order yours before the price goes up!

Logos 4: Word Count in Books of the Bible

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

Sometimes, when studying a book or section of the Bible, we can pick up on an author’s theme by examining word usage. For example, John’s use of love in 1 John and Mark’s repeated reference to immediately in his gospel are enlightening.

With a Word List, we can easily discover the number of times a biblical writer used a given word. Try this:

  • Choose File | Word List.
  • Give the Word List a name that identifies it with the passage of Scripture being examined, such as 1 John Words.
  • Click Add (A) on the Word List.
  • Select a Bible from the dropdown list. (B)
  • Type a reference in the box, such as 1 John. (C)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the list.
  • Click Grid (D) to see the words in a spreadsheet.

Word List Example 1

  • Click the column header Count (A) to arrange the words according to the number of times they are used in the passage. (If Count isn’t visible, right-click a column header and select Count.)

Word List Example 2

In this 1 John example, please note the numerous occurrences of Greek lemmas translated love, know, and abide.

You can save these Word Lists and reopen them from the File menu.

Pastor Appreciation Month Roundup: Oct. 20

To celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month, we’re revealing a new sale item each weekday through October 26. If you’ve been watching the Pastor Appreciation Month page, you’ve seen all the deals released so far. But if you’ve missed some, here are this week’s live specials:

Christian Focus Marriage and Family Collection (7 vols.)

Retail: $107.75  Regularly: $89.95

Only $69.95 with coupon code PAM11

The Christian Focus Marriage and Family Collection will help you enhance your own relationships—and understand and minister to relationships in your circle of influence.

The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 14

Retail: $25.95 Regularly: $15.95

FREE with coupon code PAMFREE

A lifelong preacher, Baxter wrote extensively on biblical and historical conceptions of the term pastor. Vol. 14 of The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter features The Reformed Pastor, one of the most influential post-Reformation writings on the subject.

Lewis Sperry Chafer Collection (9 vols.)

Retail: $184.95 Regularly: $149.95

Only $99.95 with coupon code PAM12

Lewis Sperry Chaffer remains one of the most beloved theologians of the early twentieth century. This nine-volume collection contains his views and expositions on a myriad of topics, such as dispensationalism, salvation, evangelism, grace, the kingdom of Christ, and elements of living a holy life.

For Calvinism and Against Calvinism (2 vols.)

Regularly: $33.98

Only $16.95 with coupon code PAM13

This two-volume collection contains award-winning author Michael Horton’s For Calvinism, which takes you beyond Calvinism’s caricatures, and Roger Olson’s Against Calvinism, which offers objections to the “new Calvinism”—a movement embraced by the “young, restless, Reformed” generation.

The Works of Arminius (4 vols.)

Retail: $148.95 Regularly: $99.95

Only $74.95 with coupon code PAM14

The Works of Arminius (4 vols.) contains Jacob Arminius’ major works, including his dissertation on Romans 7, analyses of Romans 9, speeches, lectures, personal correspondence, and essays, as well as an in-depth biography. Students of Arminius and Calvin alike will benefit from Arminius’ works in searchable Logos editions.

Keep watching the Pastor Appreciation Month sale page for new deals. All coupon codes expire October 31!

Organize Your Christian Community with Faithlife’s Calendars and Events

Faithlife’s latest update is a huge step forward for your online Christian community. With the addition of events and calendars, you can organize all your group outings, celebrations, and services, all in one place.

Create a Faithlife Event

I just set up an Apples to Apples board game tournament at church. Setting up the event was simple. I clicked the “New event” button (example) to get started and then picked a name for the event (example). When it comes to choosing an event type, there’s a dropdown menu with 19 choices, like:

  • Birthday party
  • Class
  • Confirmation
  • Lecture
  • Graduation
  • General

Once I had the event named and scheduled, I filled out some details for everyone who’d been invited (example). Then all I had to do was send out invites. I could invite entire groups or choose individuals from specific groups (example).

Create Group-Specific Events

Need to create an event for just one of your groups? Simply:

  1. Go to your Faithlife group
  2. Click the Calendar tab (example)
  3. Create a new calendar event (you can even set recurring events, such as church services, small groups, and Bible studies) (example)
  4. View your events either as a list or in calendar view (example)

Start using Faithlife to organize your community of faith today!

If you haven’t joined the Faithlife communty, now’s the time. Sign in using your Logos account, or sign up for a free account!

Save Now on the Works of Arminius!

“Bona Conscientia Paradisus”
“A good conscience is paradise”—The Works of Arminius, vol. 1

It was, perhaps, on this principle that Jacobus Arminius carved a place for himself in theological history by speaking out against many of his colleagues. On this date in 1609, Jacobus Arminius died.

Arminius, born Jacobus Harmen, began life in a small Holland town in 1560, a turbulent time. By the time he was 15, his mother and siblings were killed by Spanish military aggressors as Spain attempted to quell rebellions and the Reformation.

Harmen’s first patron, Theodore Emilius, was a clergyman who led Jacobus to dedicate his life to the service of God. The custom of the day was that educated men Latinize their names or choose a suitable Latin substitute. Harmen settled on Arminius.

His studies included lectures from Lambertus Danaeus and Johann Kolmann, the latter of whom taught against high Calvinism. In 1588, Arminius began preaching in Amsterdam. Dirck Coornhert, a man who had risked his life for his country during the Reformation, printed a pamphlet disagreeing with John Calvin. The ecclesiastical senate of Amsterdam requested that Arminius defend Calvin’s theories in a response.

After deliberating over the evidence presented by the Scriptures, Arminius reached a decision—in favor of Coornhert. From that point on, he began integrating his new view of theology into his preaching and writing. His influence survived the grave, sparking Arminianism, a theology that survives to this day, exactly 403 years after his death.

You can experience this great man’s original teachings with The Works of Arminius (4 vols.), which contains all of Arminius’ major essays, speeches, lectures, and more. Get this collection now for only $74.95 as part of our ongoing Pastor Appreciation Month sale! With coupon code PAM14, you can save 25% on this valuable collection—get your copy now.

The Pastor Appreciation Month deals last only through the end of October. Don’t miss a single one! Check out our entire lineup.

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