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Check Out These ECPA Winners from Logos and Vyrso

Every year, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) recognizes the best in Christian literature with the ECPA Christian Book Awards (formerly known as the Gold Medallion).  These awards, chosen and judged by ECPA members, have been given to stellar Christian books, in a number of categories since 1978.

Many ECPA award-winners are available from both Logos and Vyrso. If you’re looking for new books and resources, why not check out these recent winners?

Christian Book of the Year Winners

New Author (New Category for 2012)

Reference and Study

Christian Life

Ministry

Devotional

Family and Parenting

Fiction

Have a favorite ECPA award-winning book here? Leave us a comment to tell us which one and why!

Vote for Logos in the Social Madness Challenge!

Logos Bible Software was nominated in the medium business category of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s (PSBJSocial Madness competition. You can help us win by going to the #socialmadness page, clicking on the “Medium companies” tab, and voting now*.

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Logos’ Secret Weapon

This competition showcases the business world’s best social media growth strategies in a tournament-style challenge. What the PSBJ doesn’t realize is that Logos has a secret weapon. We have some of the most socially engaged fans on the planet! Just look at these numbers:

Not only are our fans engaged—they are incredibly involved. Thanks to you, we have repeatedly launched successful campaigns like:

It’s your invaluable engagement that helped us get nominated in the first place. If the PSBJ knew what a social media juggernaut our fans were, they might have had second thoughts about nominating us. We’re currently about 7,000 votes shy of first place. Let’s get mobilized and show them how social media is done!

Go to the #socialmadness page, click on the “Medium companies” tab, and vote now. Then tweet it, post it, and share it with your friends. Let’s get the word out!

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*Please note that scores are updated every morning.

Faithfulness in the Face of Adversity

Comenius Memorial in Potsdam, Germany

For every larger-than-life personality in Christian history, there are thousands of inconspicuous yet influential figures—figures like John Amos Comenius.

Comenius may be obscure, but this Moravian reformer’s influence has been recognized by such high-profile church leaders as:

  • Herman Bavinck: “[Comenius was] the greatest figure of the second generation of reformers.”
  • Andrew Bonar: “[Comenius was] the truest heir of Hus, the chief inspiration of Chalmers, and the first model of Carey.”
  • J. Hudson Taylor: “[Comenius was] the single greatest innovator of missions, education, and literature during the Protestant Reformation.”
  • Cotton Mather: “[Comenius was a man of] extraordinary accomplishments amidst inordinate adversity.”

Comenius’ overwhelming accomplishments are staggering in and of themselves:

  • He outlined an education system in Didactica Magna that would be adopted in Puritan New England, Holland, Scotland, Prussia, and Sweden.
  • He launched a number of successful missionary outreaches to marginal groups including Turks, Gypsies, and Jews.
  • He introduced plans to translate the Scriptures into the Turkish language.
  • He wrote more than 150 books which included titless on educational theory, history, devotion, cultural criticism, and theology.
  • He served as a chaplain to the king of Sweden.
  • He was pursued as a possible president for both King’s College in Cambridge and Harvard University in Massachusetts.

In Times of Great Sorrow

What’s amazing is that these accomplishments were achieved in the face of great affliction. After the routing of the Protestant armies in the Battle of White Mountain, enemy soldiers torched Comenius’ home. He and his family barely escaped with their lives. Like most Protestant pastors at the time, Comenius (and his entire family) lived as fugitives. During this transient period, his wife and two small children died of the plague.

In 1628, Comenius fled to Poland with a group of Protestants. He eventually married again, but his second wife died, leaving him with four children.

On June 12, 1656, the Comenius’ new home city of Leszno was burned to the ground by enemy Swedes at the end of the Thirty Years’ War. Once again, Comenius lost everything: his treasured library, years’ worth of work in the form of manuscripts, and all his personal belongings. Comenius and his family—now completely penniless— made it to Amsterdam, where he was welcomed as respected scholar. Looking back on his life, Comenius said, “My life was a pilgrimage; I never had a home.”

In spite of numerous setbacks and staggering hardships, Comenius never stopped working for his Lord, leaving behind an exceptional legacy that influenced figures like Wesley and Whitefield.

Moravian Church History Collection

John Amos Comenius is one of 12 volumes available in the Moravian Church History Collection—one of many collections up on Community Pricing right now. Bid now and you’ll get a dozen titles full of moving history, theology, and lectures. This is powerful literature on the some of the lesser-known figures in the second generation of reformers. Get it at the best possible price. Bid now!

June 7, 1891: Charles Spurgeon Preaches His Last Sermon

On June 7, 1891, Charles Spurgeon stood before the congregation gathered at London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle and began his Sunday message with these words: “Those who associate themselves with a leader must share his fortunes . . .”

Spurgeon’s brilliant message equated the spoils shared by David’s men with the spoils we share through our affiliation with Christ. But to those associated with the Metropolitan Tabernacle, this message would go on to hold special significance. Unbeknownst to anyone one at the time, this would be Spurgeon’s last sermon.

Spurgeon preached his first sermon in December 1853 to London’s largest Baptist congregation at New Park Street. It wasn’t too long before his powerful messages caused the church to outgrow its 1,200-seat auditorium. The church moved a couple times before the 1861 dedication of the current Metropolitan Tabernacle at the intersection of Elephant & Castle. Spurgeon  spoke to 6,000 attendees every Sunday for 30 years, preaching to more than 10,000,000 in his lifetime.

It’s hard for modern readers to grasp how popular and controversial Spurgeon’s preaching was for nineteenth-century listeners, many of whom wrote Spurgeon off as overly dramatic and sacrilegious. Spurgeon never feared causing contention when he felt the topic deserved it. In a sermon titled “Baptismal Regeneration” (June 5, 1861), he challenged the validity of child baptism. This sermon sold more than 350,000 copies and created such a public uproar that Spurgeon withdrew from the ecumenical Evangelical Alliance.

The “Prince of Preachers” struggled with illness for most of 1891. Some time after preaching his last sermon, he went to the French Riviera to rest and recover, but he died the following January. More than 60,000 people attended his funeral on February 9, 1892.

Spurgeon’s last sermon, delivered 121 years ago today, ended with these words:

“Those who have no master are slaves to themselves. Depend upon it, you will either serve Satan or Christ, either self or the Saviour. You will find sin, self, Satan, and the world to be hard masters; but if you wear the livery of Christ, you will find him so meek and lowly of heart that you will find rest unto your souls. He is the most magnanimous of captains.

“There never was his like among the choicest of princes. He is always to be found in the thickest part of the battle. When the wind blows cold he always takes the bleak side of the hill. The heaviest end of the cross lies ever on his shoulders. If he bids us carry a burden, he carries it also. If there is anything that is gracious, generous, kind, and tender, yea lavish and superabundant in love, you always find it in him. These 40 years and more have I served him, blessed be his name! and I have had nothing but love from him. I would be glad to continue yet another 40 years in the same dear service here below if so it pleased him. His service is life, peace, joy. Oh, that you would enter on it at once! God help you to enlist under the banner of Jesus even this day! Amen.”

The Complete Spurgeon Sermon Collection

We have the Complete Spurgeon Sermon Collection (63 vols.) available on Community Pricing right now. You can add over 3,550 of Spurgeon’s sermons to your library for a fraction of their actual value. Bid now!

“I have turned to Charles Spurgeon in these days for help, and I have not been disappointed. . . . I think the word ‘indefatigable’ was created for people like Charles Spurgeon.”—John Piper

“The greatest Bible preacher outside of Scripture.”—Mark Driscoll

“As sermons they stand alone. Unequalled by any other published sermons, by men now in the pulpit or by those of other generations.”—The Standard

Show Dad Some Love with These Father’s Day Deals!

Looking for a special Father’s Day gift for Dad? How about a  present for that significant father figure or mentor in your life? Look no further! We have gifts that’ll make his Father’s Day amazing.

Base Packages

If your dad doesn’t already have a base package, this is the perfect time to get him get into the Word like never before.

Imagine Dad opening up his own copy of Scholar’s Library: Platinum. With more than 1,200 resources worth nearly $18,000, the Platinum base package will propel his Bible study forward by leaps and bounds. And with our free Android and iPhone apps, he’ll be able to take his study (and most of his resources) on the road! He can even access his resources online through Biblia.com.

Don’t miss an opportunity to save big on a base package for Dad!

Special Father’s Day Discounts

You can save big on these bestselling resources for fathers. These deals end June 18.

B&H Marriage and Family Collection (19 vols.)

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What does the Bible teach about maintaining healthy marriages and reconciling broken families?

The 19-volume B&H Marriage and Family Collection offers you the tools to help your marriage and your family not merely survive—but flourish. These books provide practical relationship advice from a biblical perspective. You’ll learn about wise parenting, love and sex, wedding planning, dealing with divorce, and caring for aging parents—and you’ll get it all from the best Christian counselors and the most experienced pastors.

Men’s Ministry Catalyst Collection (5 vols.):

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Written by avid outdoorsman and former television personality, Jim Grassi, these books go beyond biblical basics and dive deep into focusing on Christ and his calling in our lives. Grassi uses stories from his personal adventures and the experience of other figures in the sports world to show God at work in an arena where he is rarely mentioned or given credit.

This series is perfect for those driven to experience Christ in their daily lives. With study questions and personal applications at the end of each chapter, Grassi both challenges and encourages. This series is not only a riveting read, but a call to share Christ with others and seek him for direction in overcoming our obstacles, whether large or small.

Morris Proctor Father’s Day Bundle (PC) or (Mac)

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The Logos 4 Bible Software Training Manuals help you get the most out of your Logos software. Written and compiled by certified and authorized trainer Morris Proctor, these manuals are made up of 51 total sections, each covering a specific Logos 4 topic. Morris opens each section with practical introductory comments, then gives step-by-step instructions for using Logos’ many advanced features.

With this bundle, you can pick up both volumes of the Logos 4 Bible Software for PC Training Manuals (for either PC or Mac) and also get the Logos QuickCard Set and the Logos 4 Keyboard Shortcuts Mousepad!

Even More Father’s Day Deals

Visit our exclusive Father’s Day page to see all these special savings—and more! But hurry—Father’s Day is right around the corner. Don’t get caught scrambling at the last minute for that perfect gift. Get your dad something he is going to love.

Receive your gift in time for Father’s Day by choosing overnight shipping for your DVD order, or call us at 1-800-875-6467 to order a gift download instead of delivery.

Free Book of the Month: H. A. Ironside’s The Four Hundred Silent Years

“Harry Ironside is a great example of a preacher full of God’s Word.”—R. Kent Hughes

H. A. Ironside’s The Four Hundred Silent Years  is June’s Free Book of the Month!

Henry “Harry” Allen Ironside was one of the twentieth century’s greatest preachers. He held honorary degrees from Wheaton College and Bob Jones University and was frequently invited to lecture at Dallas Theological Seminary.

After serving as a Salvation Army officer for a brief period, Ironside joined the Plymouth Brethren and started what would become a highly successful itinerant ministry of preaching and teaching. He served as pastor at Moody Memorial Church from 1930 to 1948, preaching more than 7,000 sermons during his lifetime.

In The Four Hundred Silent Years, Ironside draws from sources like C. M. Grant’s Between the Testaments and the Apocrypha to piece together the timeline between the prophet Malachi and the Gospel of Matthew.

You can get Ironside’s book free throughout the end of June, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the 65-volume Works of H. A. Ironside collection.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page to download your free book and enter the giveaway!

Top 5: Logos Talk’s Most Popular Posts for May

Logos Talk brings you the most important news about Logos products, company culture, and promotions. In case you missed them, here are the top 5 posts for May 2012.

1. 5 Reasons You Need a DMin from Knox

Logos has teamed up with Knox Theological Seminary to create an amazing DMin program. If you’ve ever mulled over pursuing a doctorate in ministry, you owe it to yourself to check out the new DMin in Preaching and Teaching. This post will give you a strong overview of the program.

2. Kick Off Summer with These Special Deals

Many people took advantage of the special deals Logos offered over the Memorial Day weekend. Due to some technical difficulties with our email system, some people missed out on this sale. We’ve decided to continue this sale through June 1. So if you missed the sale over the weekend, there is still some time to get in on these bargains.

Never miss out on a sale again. Subscribe to the Logos Talk RSS feed today!

3. Exclusive Deals from Christian Companies—Sign Up Now!

Want to receive coupons and deals from your favorite Christian companies through Logos? This post explains the new partnership we’re working out with our best partners. As an added bonus, you can sign up to receive these exclusive emails right in the blog post.

4. Logos High 5: What’s Your Favorite Bible Translation?

We asked our Facebook fans for their favorite Bible translations, then compiled those favorites into a top 5 poll. We got a lot of suggestions for translations that shouldn’t have been left off the list (including the Lexham English Bible). Don’t let your favorite translation go unrecognized—if you haven’t had a chance to vote in our poll, do so now! We’ll be doing a follow-up post next week.

Make sure to tell us about the translation that shouldn’t have been left out!

5. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Just Got Better!

Zondervan has updated the classic Expositor’s Bible Commentary with 60% more content! Check out this post to see why the Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Revised Edition (13 vols.) is perfect for you.

Kick Off Summer with These Special Deals

UPDATE: Get Memorial Day deals now through June 1!

We had some technical difficulties with our email system last weekend, so we’re extending the Memorial Day sale so everyone can get in on the opportunity to save big! 

Summer is nearly a month away. But for many, Memorial Day weekend means setting up lawn furniture, dusting off the barbecue, and pulling out the summer clothes.

And that means it’s time to get ready for summer reading, studying, and library building. Logos is here to help—with special Memorial Day weekend prices on some of our most popular products!

Super Savings on Books and Collections!

These special offers are only available

Nelson Bible Reference Bundle (200 vols.)

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Pay only $599.95 with the coupon code: MEM01


John MacArthur Bundle (98 vols.)

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Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament(LCNT) (12 vols.)

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Christian Origins and the Question of God Series (3 vols.)

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Theological Lexicon of the New Testament (3 vols.)

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Christian Theology, 2nd ed. by Millard Erickson

Retail: $49.99  Logos Price: $29.99

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Don’t Miss This Free Resource!

Get Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation absolutely FREE!

Pick up Albert Frederick Pollard’s classic biography of this important English Reformer (valued at $25.00FREE when you use coupon code MEM07.

Multiple items with more than one coupon code will need to be purchased separately; we apologize for any inconvenience. These coupon codes are only available for a limited time, so take advantage of these sales by midnight, June 1 (PST).

Want a more personal experience? Our sales team will be open Monday–Friday, 6 am to 5 pm (PST)! Call us at 1-800-875-6467.

Only 3 Days Left to Get May’s Free Book of the Month!

A. W. Pink’s The Godhood of God has been May’s Free Book of the Month, but the month is nearly over. If you haven’t downloaded this freebie, time’s running out!

What’s the Godhood of God? Pink explains this title as follows:

 “The Godhood of God! What is meant by the expression? This: the omnipotency of God, the absolute sovereignty of God. When we speak of the Godhood of God we affirm that God is God. We affirm that God is something more than an empty title: that God is something more than a mere figure-head: that God is something more than a far-distant Spectator, looking helplessly on at the suffering which sin has wrought. When we speak of the Godhood of God we affirm that He is ‘King of kings and Lord of lords.’ “

Biographer Iain H. Murrary says, “The widespread circulation of [Pink's] writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.”

When you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the 40-volume A. W. Pink Collection! Download the free book and enter to win the collection before June 1!

Logos 4: A Shortcut to the Harmony of the Gospels

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.

mp|seminars Tips Some events in the Bible are recorded in more than one place. For example, the Ten Commandments appear in both Exodus and Deuteronomy. Qualifications for church leadership are listed in both1 Timothy and Titus. Passages in the Bible describing the same event are called parallel passages and a book containing parallel passages is called a harmony.

Perhaps the most popular harmony is a harmony of the Gospels, displaying in parallel columns the Gospels writers’ accounts of the same historical event. To use this resource in print we would normally go to the table of contents and look up an episode in the life of Christ such as his temptations from Satan. The table of contents would direct us to Matthew’s, Mark’s and Luke’s descriptions of the incident.

As you can see, there’s a lot of page-turning involved in using a harmony in print. Logos, however, locates the same information with just one mouse click!

  • Type A Harmony of the Gospels in the Command box (1)
  • Drag the resource from the drop-down list that appears under the Command box to the Shortcuts bar (2)
  • Notice that Logos creates a shortcut icon to open A.T. Robertson’s A Harmony of the Gospels (all Logos base collections except the Christian Home Library contain this book) (3)
  • Open a Bible to a passage in the gospels such as Luke 4.1 (4)
  • Click the new shortcut icon to instantly open A Harmony of the Gospels right to the page displaying Matthew’s, Mark’s, and Luke’s accounts of the three temptations of Jesus!! (5)

To see the other harmonies you own:

  • Open the Library
  • Type this text into Library’s Find box: type:harmony
  • Drag from the Library to the Shortcuts bar harmonies that cover other parts of the Bible such as Synopsis of the Old Testament and Pastoral Epistles.

When you’re reading in the Old Testament or the pastoral letters, click the appropriate icon to open the resource to the page showing parallel passages!

If you like this explanation of a harmony, then you’ll enjoy the new training tool, Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software, in which I describe numerous Bible study resources and explain how to use them in Logos.