Archive - February, 2013

Howard Hendricks (1924–2013)

Howard HendricksHoward Hendricks, professor at Dallas Theological Seminary for over 60 years, author or coauthor of 23 books, and chaplain to the Dallas Cowboys (1976–1984), went to be with the Lord early this morning.

“To guide a person in the name of Jesus is a great privilege and a sobering responsibility; to misguide an individual is no minor matter to Him.”—Howard Hendricks, The Christian Educator’s Handbook on Teaching

Hendricks shaped more than 10,000 students in his lifetime—but his influence doesn’t stop there. Thanks to Hendrick’s personal mentoring of leaders like Chuck Swindoll, Tony Evans, and David Jeremiah, he has left his mark through their ministries, too. Being mentored as a young man played an important role in Hendricks’ life, and as he communicates in As Iron Sharpens Iron, the most dramatic spiritual and personal growth often happens through the influence of a mentor.

“Show me a man’s closest companions and I can make a fairly accurate guess as to what sort of man he is, as well as what sort of man he is likely to become.”—Howard Hendricks, As Iron Sharpens Iron

Hendricks’ enthusiasm for God’s Word was infectious. Convicted that the Bible was one of the most important means of spiritual development, he encouraged more than rote memorization and scriptural exegesis. To him, the Bible needed to become part of us.

“Do whatever it takes to become an acquisitive Bible reader. Marry the truth of the Word with your own interests and experience—through personal engagement in the process—so that you do more than remember a passage of Scripture—you make it your own.”—Howard Hendricks, Living by the Book

From our finite perspective, it’s impossible to see the impact of Hendrick’s faithfulness. Someday, in the light of eternity, we’ll see its full influence.

“Too many believers die with an unsung song still in them. They finish life at the top of the pile in their field but at the bottom of life in terms of fulfillment.”—Howard Hendricks, Color outside the Lines

Congrats to Last Month’s Bible College and Seminary Scholarship Winners!

$1,000 ScholarshipCongratulations to the latest recipients of the Logos Bible College and Seminary Scholarships, Marisa Ortloff and Luke Harmon! Marisa, who is getting her degree from Multnomah University in Portland, OR, was very excited to receive her $1,000 scholarship and new Logos 5 base package. Here’s what she said after winning the scholarship package:

“Wow! I am so grateful for this scholarship! Winning this scholarship will help me to continue my education and further my passion for educating the next generation!”

Luke is getting his degree in Southern California at Azusa Pacific University. He wanted to relay his gratitude for receiving this scholarship:

“The investment Logos has made in my life through this scholarship truly humbles me. It helps to set me up for success as I finish my degree and move on to further education and pastoral ministry.”

If you were to win one of these scholarships, you would receive $1,000 toward your tuition and a Logos 5 base package to help with your Bible study! The application process is quick and easy, too. Here’s what you do:

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Important Patristic Documents Now Available on Community Pricing

The Patrologia Latina, GraecaSyriaca,and Orientalis represent some of the church’s most extensive, important primary-source documents. They contain the writings of the early and medieval Fathers and Doctors of the Church in Greek, Latin, Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Slavonic, and Syriac. These texts are invaluable for anyone interested in patristics, church history, historical and systematic theology, textual criticism, or original-language study. In fact, the Patrologia Latina and Graeca served as the translation base for Philip Schaff’s Early Church Fathers and have been the bedrock for theological and historical studies of the Church Fathers.

PatrologiaThe Patrologiae Cursus Completus: Series Latina (Patrologia Latina for short), roughly translated “Complete Course on Patrology, Latin Series,” was published by Jacques Paul Migne between 1844 and 1864. The 221 volumes and approximately 150,000 pages that compose this important collection contain the writings of the Latin Fathers from Turtullian (in AD 200) to Pope Innocent III in (AD 1216). Each volume of the Patrologia Latina contains not only Latin editions, but also lengthy dissertations, introductions, critical apparatuses, and other supplementary material written in Latin. With the Patrologia Latina, you can research valuable but difficult-to-find works, like Radbertus’ and Ratramnus’ ninth-century writings on the Eucharist, which contain the earliest debate on transubstantiation and provide a window into the doctrine’s emergence and development.

The Patrologiae Cursus Completus: Series Graeca (Patrologia Graeca for short), roughly translated “Complete Course on Patrology, Greek Series,” was published by Jacques Paul Migne between 1857 and 1866. These 167 volumes and 110,000-plus pages contain the writings of the Greek Fathers from the late first or early second century to the fifteenth century. Many editions also contain notes on textual variants found among other manuscripts, along with explanatory material written in Latin. In addition to the 161 volumes of the PG (166 print volumes), the Logos edition also includes the later published index to the PG compiled by Ferdinandus Cavallera. With it, you can find entries by author, work, date, or subject. For those wanting to read important but obscure texts in their original languages, the Patrologia Graeca is a must. For example, you can read the Cappadocian Fathers, whose works were so important for formulating the doctrine of the Trinity against Sabellianism and tritheism.

These collections are not facsimile editions of page scans; they are full-blown, full-text Logos resources. Search, for example, for every occurrence of the word “filioque” to trace the important debate surrounding the procession of the Holy Spirit from the Son—a conflict that contributed to the Great Schism of 1054 between the Eastern and Western Churches. Search for “facienti quod en se est” to look for discussions on Franciscan pactum theology, which was so important for the controversies surrounding the Reformation era. Search for “θεοτοκος” or “ομοουσιος” to trace the important debates surrounding the deity of Christ.

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5 Free Ways to Share Your Faith Online

ShareimageSharing Scripture with friends and loved ones has never been so easy—and Logos is working to make it even easier.

Every morning we post Scripture art to a few of our Facebook pages. We’ve received quite a few requests to make these images available for sharing, reusing, or downloading. We even had one fan enter our photo contest with the help of our Verse of the Day images. Well, good news—there are plenty of ways to share this free art, as well as other social content.

Here are five free ways to share Scripture online:

1. Follow Logos on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, and Instagram.

  • Repost, tweet, +1, and pin Scripture art and verses to encourage your friends and followers.

2. Download images from our Facebook and Instagram profiles.

  • Save these as your Twitter backgrounds, and add them to your Flickr albums or other image galleries.

3. Use the free Verse of the Day plugin on your blog.

  • It works with WordPress and Blogger.

4. Set up a group in Faithlife, and enable the free Verse of the Day plugin for your group.

  • Faithlife groups now feature the Verse of the Day plugin in the right sidebar, along with your group’s reading plan.

5. Download free Facebook Timeline covers.

  • Visit Twibbon and choose between a few free Facebook Timeline covers. Then tweet and share Twibbon with your friends!

6. BONUS: use Twibbon to add the Logos emblem to your Facebook or Twitter photo. This lets you connect with other Logos users quickly and easily—you’ll know them by their profile pictures.

What are some other ways you share Scripture on social media? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

Logos 5: Search for Bible Facts in a Biblical Passage

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.

Bible Facts, located in the Tools menu in Logos 5, helps us investigate the Bible’s people, places, things, and events. You’ve probably discovered that you can enter text in its reference box to generate a report on a person, place, thing, or event.

You can also enter a biblical reference!

For example, imagine you’re studying Exodus 14, and you’d like to get an overview of that chapter’s people, places, things, and major events. Here’s all you do:

  • Choose Tools | Bible Facts
  • Type Exodus 14 in the reference box (A)
  • Note the dropdown list that appears, with all the subject matter from that chapter (B)
  • Select an item in the list to generate a report on it

I don’t know about you, but I like not having to type much!

 

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It’s easy to forget that the Bible is a profoundly Jewish book. But a quick glance through the Old Testament reveals elements of Jewish history, poetry, and ancient narrative, all of which can seem incredibly foreign.

The Jewish Encyclopedia, published by Funk & Wagnalls around 1906, has been looked to for over a century as a guide through Jewish history, culture, rituals, and rabbinical teaching. Today it’s as much a research and study aid as it was in the early twentieth century. With this massive encyclopedia in Logos, it’s more accessible and useful than ever.

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You don’t want to miss BibleTech 2013! For years, BibleTech has been a venue to connect people who are passionate about the ways technology is shaping how we interact with, and share, the Scriptures. This year’s conference will be no exception.

Check out the list of presenters to see the breadth of topics. Here are some highlights:

  • From Paper to Pixels: The Effects of Technology on the Bible—Look at the best practices for developers and publishers seeking to create technological solutions that encourage good Bible-reading practices while minimizing negative technological effects.
  • Pastor Hacks: How Technology Helped Me Survive a Year of Rural Bivocational Ministry—Learn some “pastor hacks” used to prepare sermons faster, keep track of member needs, plan worship services, and stay sane while balancing “part-time” ministry and full-time business.
  • Exploring NoSQL and the Bible—Explore the basics of NoSQL technologies with special focus on the experiences one developer for Bible Gateway has had using them.
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Win the $18,000 Leith Anderson Scholarship!

Demetrius Walton

John Piper Scholarship winner: Demetrius Walton

Earn your Knox DMin free with a brand-new scholarship: the $18,000 Leith Anderson Scholarship! Enter to win at SeminaryDegreesOnline.com/Leith-Anderson before March 1.

You’ll attend onsite classes in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and complete the rest of your studies from home, on your own schedule. And you’ll use Logos 5’s enormous Portfolio library: a cutting-edge academic tool that’s yours for life.

Winner of the John Piper Scholarship: Demetrius Walton

Congratulations, Demetrius Walton—you won last fall’s John Piper Scholarship!

Demetrius is an army chaplain serving in the Middle East. His focuses are family ministry and marital counseling, and he trains other chaplains to be better counselors. Demetrius grew up in a New Age household, but thanks to Young Life, he started to move toward God; in 2000, with the help of The Navigators’ ministry, he became a Christian. He went on to teach at Bible college and serve as a missionary in Cambodia.

Demetrius’ comprehensive John Piper Scholarship will give him the financial means to grow as a teacher and a preacher. He plans to return to Asia—to China, to train and equip young pastors in the underground church.

What would you do with the flexibility afforded by a comprehensive scholarship, a curriculum that lets you keep your job and church while you study, and a terminal degree? Serve abroad, like Demetrius? Step up in your local church? Support your family with answers from the Word? Whatever your goals, Knox’s Gospel-centered education can help you achieve them.

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Herman Ridderbos: A Scholar of Substance

Ridderbos-blog-image_400x117Today’s guest post is written 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, Petros, Tennessee. He has written a number of books, including ‘Christ Our Captain’: An Introduction to Huldrych Zwingli, and numerous articles. He serves as language editor for the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament and language revision editor for the Copenhagen International Seminar.

The New Testament scholar Herman Ridderbos (1909–2007) will soon have many of his primary writings made available from Logos. These include The Coming of the Kingdom, Paul and Jesus: Origin and General Character of Paul’s Preaching of Christ, The Authority of the New Testament Scriptures, Bultmann, When the Time Had Fully Come: Studies in New Testament Theology, Paul: An Outline of His Theology, Studies in Scripture and Its Authority, The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary, and Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures.

As readers can see quite easily, Herman Ridderbos contributed to our understanding of the Synoptic Gospels, Paul, and the Pauline epistles, along with the Gospel of John. Those contributions were neither ‘flash in the pan’ nor faddish in nature: they were substantive and meaningful and still, even now, very much worth reading. Especially worthy of  notice are his volumes on the Kingdom and Paul’s theology, along with his little volume on Bultmann, which, though containing many points of disagreement, demonstrates that Ridderbos took the time to read, and ponder, the great Marburg Theologian’s ideas. Something that most Evangelicals cannot say of themselves or many of their mentors.

Ridderbos has been praised for his insightful work by many outstanding scholars. And he has been excoriated by others, who fail to grasp, I think, his overarching purpose and who instead focus on what they deem shortcomings. In other words, they wish Ridderbos to mirror their views instead of allowing him his own voice. A voice, it has to be said, which is very much worth hearing.

The opportunity to make use of Ridderbos’ works should not be ignored by anyone working in the Gospels or Paul. Anyone who can write the following deserves to be applauded for his courage and forthrightness:

ridderbos“In recent decades the question of the authority of the Canon has again been brought to the fore in New Testament theology. It is often said now that the authority of the Canon is to be accepted because and in so far as God speaks to us in the books of the Canon. But in this very criterion “in so far as” lies the difficulty of the problem and the danger of subjectivism. Some wish to return to the essential content of the Gospel as the “Canon in the Canon.” They search for an incontestable objective measure within Scripture. Others protest that this is a too static interpretation of the Canon. God speaks—so they say—now here, and then again there, in Scripture. It is the preaching, the kerygma, they say, in which Scripture again and again shows itself as Canon. This actualistic concept of the Canon is interpreted by others in a still more subjectivistic manner: Canon is only that which here and now (hic et nunc) signifies the Word of God for me. For one like Ernst  Käsemann, for instance, the Canon, as it lies before us, is not the Word of God nor identical with the gospel, but it is God’s Word only in so far as it becomes gospel. The question, what then is the gospel, cannot be decided through exposition of Scripture, but only through the believer who “puts his ear to Scripture to listen” and is convinced by the Spirit (cf. Käsemann, Evangelische Theologie, 1951–52, p. 21).

It is clear that on this approach the Canon of the New Testament as a closed collection of 27 books becomes a very problematical matter. Can we still hold fast to the creed of the Reformation: We accept all these books as holy and canonical? What basis remains for the Church to believe that God not only wishes to use the books of the Bible as a medium in which he speaks to us through the Holy Spirit, but that he wishes also to bind the Church to the Canon of the New Testament? Can we continue to call upon the self-evidence of Scripture? Or are additional considerations to be gathered out of Scripture itself whereby the place and significance of the Canon of the New Testament come to stand more plainly before us in the plan of God’s salvation? In the measure in which we lay emphasis upon the objectivity of the Canon upon Scripture as absolute authority, this question will have our attention.”

Ridderbos, Herman. “The Canon of the New Testament.” Revelation and the Bible: Contemporary Evangelical Thought, ed. Henry, Carl F. H. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1968; London: Tyndale, 1959. 191–192.

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