Archive - January, 2013

Don’t Wait to Upgrade! Introductory Discounts End February 4

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We introduced Logos 5 on November 1, 2012. Since that time, we’ve talked about the new Logos 5 base packages—going into extra detail about the new Diamond and Portfolio packages.

You’ve heard about the five ways to move to Logos 5 and looked at how the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator can help you get the best deal possible on your new base package.

We’ve examined amazing features like:

Now time is running out to take advantage of the best possible price on upgrading to a new base package. Introductory discounts expire at the end of the day February 4. You don’t want to be kicking yourself when you miss an opportunity to save big on a move up to Logos 5. And don’t forget: with one of our payment plans, you can save up to 25% on a base package upgrade and spread your payments out from 12–18 months to pay!

Still on the fence? Call our sales team at 1-800-875-6467 to see how you can move to Logos 5.

Upgrade now!

Earn $2,000 Credit for Referring a Programmer

LogoThey may be hiding—in your church, school, or neighborhood.

In communities around the world, brilliant software developers are quietly going about their business, writing great code, building cool websites, and sighing as they fix their friends’ computers.

The best developers often aren’t looking for a job, so they need someone like you to tell them about even better opportunities.

You’d be doing them a favor. Because awesome software developers enjoy working for awesome companies. Great technical minds prefer working at companies with strong technical leadership, where the standards are high, where they work with talented peers, and where they write code with a purpose, building tools used by more than a million people around the world. Companies heavy on fun and light on bureaucracy.

Refer a software developer to Logos, and if we hire them we’ll give you a $2,000 Logos credit. (One referral award per hire, to first person to refer the person we hire, disputes settled by asking the new hire, etc.)

We are hiring software developers at our headquarters in Bellingham, Washington, as well as our satellite development office in Tempe, Arizona, near Phoenix. New hires can choose their location.

We confess: we have high standards. We hire only a small percentage of candidates who apply. But we believe that Bible study is the highest use of your computer, and that the tools we develop to support it must be world-class. We need the best and brightest.

Where are these people? Maybe in your church. Maybe preparing to graduate in computer science at the local college. Maybe your friend’s smart kid who works at Google / Microsoft / Amazon / Facebook.

Help us find them. Help them find their way to http://www.logos.com/about/careers, where they’ll learn Logos is a “Best Workplace” where we build great software. And remind them to mention your referral in their email to devjobs@logos.com!

Logos 5: Sense in Word by Word

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.

As you well know, many words in the English language have multiple meanings. For example, trunk could refer to an elephant’s nose, an automobile’s storage compartment, a part of a tree, or a big case for saving things. The word’s context determines its precise meaning.

The biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek are no different. Some words have multiple meanings. For example, the Greek word kosmos, usually translated world, could mean the planet Earth, the people on the planet, or the philosophy of the people on the planet. When John 3.16 declares God so loved the world, which meaning of world is correct?

In an attempt to identify the contextual meanings of Hebrew and Greek words, Logos developed the Bible Sense Lexicon, located on the Tools menu in some of the Logos 5 base packages.

Perhaps the most useful application of this feature is in the Word by Word section in the Exegetical Guide. For example:

  • Choose Guides | Exegetical Guide.
  • Type John 3.16 in the reference box. (A)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the report.
  • Navigate to the Word by Word section. (B)
  • Click the word world (C) on the right-hand side of the big gray box, which takes you to the entry for the Greek kosmos. (D)

Find Bible Sense in Word by Word

 

  • Notice the line of information called Sense (E), followed by a definition.
  • Click the link to open the Bible Sense Lexicon. (F)

Exegetical guide Bible Sense Definition

 

The Sense definition is a specific, contextual definition for the Greek kosmos. This word may have 12 different meanings, but the Content Innovation Team (CIT) at Logos believes that in John 3.16, it means world populace!

Currently the CIT has tagged the majority of Hebrew and Greek nouns, but it will be adding other parts of speech in the future. The new Sense line of information goes a long way in helping us disambiguate the meanings of biblical words.

Three cheers for the CIT!

Get More Out of Your Searches

With Logos 5, even complex searches become a breeze with new Search Suggestions. Not only can you get specific ideas on what to look for—you can find what you’re looking for instantly!

How smart are our new Search Suggestions? Well, they’ll:

  • Show you how to run basic, Bible, clause, morphology, and syntax searches by giving you examples
  • Display searches in analysis view to reference parts of speech and syntactic roles
  • Allow you to search Greek and Hebrew words phonetically

Get more out of your searches. Get Logos 5 before introductory discounts expire!


3 Reasons for John Piper’s Significance

piper2John Piper is a significant voice for evangelical Christianity. In honor of Piper’s birthday, here are three reasons why he’s become so important.

1. He places a premium on faithfulness to Scripture

Whether you’re listening to a sermon or reading one of his books, you get the sense that Piper always begins with the biblical text. His affection for the Word is obvious and contagious. As Piper writes in The Supremacy of God in Preaching:

“Again and again my advice to beginning preachers is, ‘Quote the text! Quote the text! Say the actual words of the text again and again. Show the people where your ideas are coming from.’ Most people do not easily see the connections a preacher sees between his words and the words of the text he is preaching from.”

I’ve never come away from one of Piper’s works thinking “he just didn’t do his exegetical homework.” In fact, I’ve been encouraged on more than one occasion to rethink a position based on his sound exposition.

2. His chief aim is glorifying God

If you’re like me, your first exposure to Piper was the powerful Desiring God. In it, Piper expounds the Westminster Shorter Catechism’s admonition that man’s chief end is to “glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” This call to glorify God permeates all of Piper’s works, and focuses on the idea that God’s most glorified in us when we’re satisfied in him. He explains why in the award-winning God’s Passion for His Glory:

“. . . this duty to be satisfied in God is not just a piece of good advice for the sake of our mental health. It is rooted in the very nature of God as one who overflows with the glory of his fullness, which is magnified in being known and loved and enjoyed by his creatures. Which is why I say again that this discovery has made all the difference in my life.”

The thought that there’s no conflict between our happiness and God’s glory, that his glory is apparent in our happiness when our happiness is in him, is not a new idea. But Piper’s focus on this truth fills his ministry with an effusive and charitable spirit.

3. He has a heart for missions

American theologian and the ninth president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, R. Albert Mohler Jr. called Piper’s Let the Nations Be Glad “the most important book on missions for this generation.” If you’ve read the book, it almost feels like an understatement. Piper rightly prioritizes missions below worship:

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.”

To prioritize worship over missions doesn’t devalue missions, but rather contextualizes it. Through Piper’s lens, both worship and missions are strengthened by this focus. Piper’s theology for missions is informed and driven by his passion for God’s glory. The Holy Spirit is hungry to see the world come to know Christ, Piper would tell you, because God’s chief aim since the beginning has been to glorify himself in the whole world.

It’s almost impossible to be familiar with Piper’s ministry and not be challenged to have a stronger missions focus.

These are just a few of the reasons that Piper’s ministry has been important to me. Have you benefited from Piper’s ministry? Leave us a comment and tell us how!

Logos has a wealth of Piper materials available. You can add the 24-volume John Piper Collection to your library or be edified by the manuscripts of over 1,100 John Piper sermons. Check out Piper’s books on Logos and Vyrso now!

2 Ways to Transform Your Life with Faithlife

https://faithlife.com/bible-2013As long as you’re not a robot, you want a better you. Goals and resolutions are about the need to improve. The New Year brings on these thoughts so strongly because it reminds us of everything that didn’t happen in the last 12 months. By nature, then, our resolutions focus on the negative—that which we’re not. But when God set out to save all of us, by sending his Son to bear our sins, he determined something positive: we are worth saving. As a result, he believes in what we will be—people loving him and others fully (John 3:16–17; 17; Isaiah 53:10–12). Here are two positive ways you can move toward what God has decided you can achieve. I’ll use Faithlife products and resources to demonstrate these two practical ways to stay engaged.

1. Read what God has to say, daily.

Much of what is learned is merely temporary, but what God has to offer lasts for eternity. The investment in knowledge for knowledge’s sake is useless. This seems backward to many, but it was clear to the apostle Paul: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the intelligence of the intelligent I will confound’”(1 Corinthians 1:18–19 LEB; compare Isaiah 29:14). God wants us to emphasize the message of the cross in our lives. Something so important should never be demoted to a status lower than the daily news. So make it your priority, daily, this year. Use the 365-Day Connect the Testaments reading plan, and follow through each day. (Using the Logos app, you can even export your reading to an Outlook calendar time with a reminder.) It’s not too late to start—just press “catch up,” when you begin, on Faithlife.com or in the Logos app.

2. Listen to what God says, often.

“For who among men knows the things of a man, except the spirit of the man that is in him? Thus also no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:11 LEB). To know God, and his ways, we must seek his Spirit through prayer. For this purpose, we designed Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional, which is currently available for free with the Faithlife Study Bible app. Each devotional ends with a reflection question to help you listen to God. And the current Bible reading plan is designed to work with Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional, so that you have a seamless experience of the Bible each day. The devotional makes sense of the text, how it connects to itself, and helps you reflect on what God wants to do in your life. And on top of it all, when used in conjunction with the 365-Day Connect the Testaments Reading Plan, you’ll end up reading the Bible, in a fun format, over the course of the year.

See what the Bible has to say, using the Faithlife app as a catalyst. See the connections in the Bible, see the connections to your life, and see the connections to the lives of others—begin Read the Bible together today.

Win a Tour of the Holy Land!

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Last summer, we announced that we were working on putting together tours of the Holy Land. Now we’re excited to bring you Faithlife Tours, a powerful way to connect with the Word. With Logos’ maps and infographics, you’ve studied the sites where the biblical stories took place.  But what if you could take a boat over the sea of Galilee, be baptized in the Jordan River, reflect on the Incarnation in Bethlehem, and stand on the Temple Mount?

Now, with Faithlife Tours, you can do more than read about the crucifixion—you can travel the Via Dolorosa and see firsthand the traditional sites of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Each tour is fully integrated with the Faithlife Study Bible, FaithlifeTour_Logoso you’ll have the tools you need to learn more. On your tour, you’ll visit Biblical places like:

  • Christ’s birthplace in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:1–6)
  • Mt. Carmel, where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18)
  • The Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a paralytic (John 5:1–15)
  • The Garden Tomb, believed by many to be the location of Jesus’ burial and resurrection (John 19:41)

To celebrate Faithlife Tour’s launch, we’re giving away a tour of Israel for you and a friend or loved one. Don’t want to take the chance and risk your preferred tour date getting filled?  Invest in a tour and enter anyway! If you win, you’ll get a full refund, and you’ll also win a Nexus 7 tablet, preloaded with the Faithlife Study Bible and the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible to help you study the passages related to the sites as you visit them.

Get the Faithlife Study Bible Free for Life!


We’re giving away 2.5 million copies of the Faithlife Study Bible!* Available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, or online at Bible.Faithlife.com, the world’s most largest, most advanced study Bible goes wherever you go! To get your free copy, just download one of the free FSB apps or go to FaithlifeBible.com/Giveaway now!

When you download the FSB, you’ll get:

  • Study notes for most popular translations
  • Free, built-in Bible dictionary
  • Articles from trusted Bible scholars
  • Photos, videos, infographics, and maps
  • Custom highlights and note taking
  • Notes you can share with friends

“The Faithlife Study Bible is a remarkable resource that allows you to probe deeply yet move quickly. You can glide effortlessly from passage to passage with insightful commentary, or view cross-references without leaving the Scripture you’re studying. Read through the Bible in a year, and dig in wherever you want with the Faithlife Study Bible. Incredible!”—Randy Alcorn

“Logos has done it again! The Faithlife Study Bible makes the Scriptures come alive. It takes you deep and makes it easy to study the Bible. Download it now and dig deep!”—Josh McDowell

“If the Word of God nourishes the soul, trains the mind, and is used by the Spirit to transform our lives, then what a priority it should be for those of us who trust in Christ to devour the revealed word of God. Logos has removed every obstacle imaginable with the Faithlife Study Bible. The commentaries, videos, articles, maps, and graphs take you as deep as you want to go while being easy to navigate. The Faithlife Study Bible is a steroid shot in the arm of reading the Bible through in a year.”—Matt Chandler

Go to FaithlifeBible/Giveaway and get the Faithlife Study Bible now!

* If you’ve already downloaded the FSB with a coupon code, we are doing away with the subscription model. Your Faithlife Study Bible is yours for life.

Limited Edition: Bible Study Magazine 2008–2009 Coffee Table Book

The coffee table book continues to hold a special place in readers’ homes and hearts. Now imagine such a book based on God’s Word.

The Bible Study Magazine 2008–2009 book is the only book of its kind. The Bible studies, DIY guides, tips, book reviews, humor, and archaeological and historical insights you have come to enjoy in Bible Study Magazine have been bound into book format for you to enjoy again and again. The book features seven issues—January–February 2009 through November–December 2009, plus the November–December 2008 inaugural issue—in one beautifully designed coffee table book.

Created for both display and study, the Bible Study Magazine 2008–2009 book includes the sold-out January–February 2009 issue featuring Kay Arthur, as well as interviews with Josh McDowell, Mark Driscoll, Randy Alcorn, Lee Strobel, John Piper, John MacArthur, and others.

All the tools and methods for insightful Bible study you expect from Bible Study Magazine are compiled here, along with teachings and insights from respected pastors and teachers. The Bible Study Magazine 2008–2009 book even includes a comprehensive Scripture index, making this beautiful publication a resource for further study of any Scripture passage covered in the magazine during its inaugural year.

Printed as a limited edition, the Bible Study Magazine 2008–2009 coffee-table book is available now. Order yours while supplies last!

Introducing 1,500 Quotations for Preachers

I have always enjoyed collections of inspiring quotations, but finding the right quotation is not always easy. Whether I’m looking for something relating to a topic or a to Bible passage, I often find that I miss good content because I’m not sure where to look. I attempted to solve that problem a few months ago with 300 Quotations for Preachers, which categorizes quotations by multiple themes and Scripture references, making them easier to find. The book also updates archaic language to make quotations easier to use in a modern context, and features excerpts of each quotation on an accompanying slide.

There was such a positive response to 300 Quotations that we have now undertaken a more ambitious project: 1,500 Quotations for Preachers. It does the same work of selection and categorization as the earlier book, but on a larger scale and with even more categories. This is new content; none of the quotations from the earlier book are repeated.

1,500 Quotations for Preachers features five books of quotations from different eras of church history—this is our additional level of categorization:

  • The Early Church
  • The Medieval Church
  • The Reformation
  • The Puritans
  • The Modern Church

With Logos 5, these quotations are integrated into the Sermon Starter Guide. It’s easy to find a relevant quote, whether you’re looking for information on a passage or on a topic. This integration can be seen already with 300 Quotations for Preachers and its companion volume, 400 Prayers for Preachers. I searched “resurrection” in the Sermon Starter Guide and found quotes and prayers on that topic:

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If I click on the first item under 300 Quotations, I get this quote from influential French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623–1662), along with a slide that makes it easy to share:

PascalIt would be impossible to find this quote by searching my library for “resurrection”—even though resurrection is the subject, Pascal doesn’t use that word. Sending the slide to PowerPoint or Proclaim allows me to view it at a larger size and incorporate it right into my sermon slides:

Pascal Slide

With 1,500 of the best quotations selected from almost 2,000 years of church history, you will have even more quotations to choose from and share. Pre-order 1,500 Quotations for Preachers today!

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