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Weekly Roundup: January 28

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 28, 2012.

Logos Talk

Vyrso Voice

Interesting Discussions

Facebook

How important are commentaries to your Bible study or sermon prep?

Pinterest

Check out our Bible Verse of the Day board on Pinterest!

Proclaim

This is the last weekend that Logos’ new church presentation software is free for everyone.

But if you use it in your service this Sunday morning and post a picture to the Proclaim Facebook page before the end of January, you’ll get it free in February too!

You can download Proclaim absolutely free from the website, and since it’s cloud-based, you can access presentations from any Mac or PC. Now pastors, worship leaders, and tech volunteers can edit the same presentation from their own computer.  Add your own media, or use some of Proclaim’s free backgrounds to make your presentation look awesome. Download it now.

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:

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

Software Development

Publications

Ministry Development

Customer Service

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

Breaking News: All’s Well That Ends Well

In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, while most people were sleeping, someone threw a cinder block through the window of our customer service building. We made light of the event in a blog post later that day.

We might have winked at the event on the blog, but the truth is these sorts of events are disheartening. We have many employees that come and go from the Logos campus at all times of day. An anonymous act of aggression like this leaves many unanswered questions. Was this an isolated event? Were we targeted? If an employee was in the wrong place at the wrong time, could they have been in danger?

This isn’t the first time we have experienced an act like this as a company. We have been both targets of extensive, premeditated vandalism, as well as singled out by theives.

We do take these things seriously. We have to.

Our blog post with the embedded video of the break in went viral. Visits to the Logos blog went through the roof. Soon local news affiliates were here doing stories on the event. It would have been hard to be a Bellingham, WA resident and not know about break in, or see the video. It was really only a matter of time before the individual was located.

Yesterday afternoon the vandal called Logos to speak to Executive Vice-President, Dan Pritchett. He wasn’t able to get hold of  Dan and called back three times. When he finally got Dan on the phone he confessed and apologized. It was obvious that he was sincerely sorry.

He assured us that, not only is this the first time he has ever done anything like this, it was a random act and Logos Bible Software wasn’t singled out. And then he asked to pay restitution for the damages.

Dan was convinced of his sincerity and, although we are going to let him pay for the damages, Logos is not going to press charges. In fact, he and Dan are going to have lunch next week.

Add Notes and Highlighting to Your iPhone or iPad with iOS 2.0

Right on the heels of the release of Logos 4′s latest update comes an exciting update to the Logos iPhone app. Check it out:

If you use the Logos iPhone app, you can update it now to add new functions to your mobile Bible study.

Get the iPhone App Today!

If you haven’t downloaded the Logos Bible Software app for your iPhone or iPad, don’t wait any longer! The Logos Bible Software iOS app can help you experience a fuller, richer Bible study experience wherever you go—and it’s absolutely free!

You’ll get:

  • Notes: Attach your thoughts and comments to a verse or book for future reference.
  • Highlighting: Mark the text your way with more than 80 colors and symbols.
  • Languages: Access the original Greek and Hebrew words with a simple tap-and-hold on any word in the Bible. You’ll instantly see the lemma and morphology of the term.
  • Split Screen: Whether in vertical or horizontal orientation, you can view your Bible alongside a secondary resource. Both panels scroll in sync, so you’re always in the right place.
  • Social Sharing: Have a verse you want to share with others? Simply swipe up on the screen, select “Share,” and choose to share via Facebook, Twitter, or email.
  • Word Studies: Learn more about a word by running a Bible word study. Logos 4 links the text to dictionaries, lexicons, and cross-references, and lets you view various translations of the Greek or Hebrew word.
  • Free Books: You get 41 resources for free instantly when you download the Logos iPhone app. Plus, you can access 26 more free books by creating a Logos.com account.
  • And so much more!

Grow your mobile library with nearly 20,000 Bibles, commentaries, reference guides, Christian living books, and more—all available from Logos and Vyrso. Or combine the Logos iPhone app with a Logos 4 base package, and get the benefit of an expansive Bible study library for pennies on the dollar.

You can get more information about the Logos iOS app on our iPhone and iPad pages, or simply download the app today!

The Logos 4.5 Update Will Ship Today!

I published a blog post yesterday alerting everyone that Logos 4.5 was shipping soon. But I wasn’t clear enough, and many people were unsure if it was available. I apologize.

This morning someone threw a cinder block through a window of our customer service center. I can only imagine that he had tried in vain multiple times to update to 4.5 last night. To add insult to injury, it looks like the brick bounced off the windows on his first attempt.

Here’s the good news: barring any last minute show-stoppers, 4.5 will ship later today! You should be notified in Logos 4 when the update is ready to be installed. If you do not receive a notification by Wednesday, January 25, type “Update Now” into the Command Bar (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot) and begin downloading them.

I will do my part to be clearer in the future, and you should receive the update within the next day or so. No need to break in to get a copy!

Updates to Highlights and Notes Coming in 4.5

A new version of Logos Bible Software is on its way! We wanted to give you a heads up on some of the changes you can expect to see when it ships. Version 4.5 is an update available for both Windows and Mac.

What’s New in Logos 4.5?

With 4.5, Notes and Highlighting have been merged into one. This means that whenever you highlight a passage of Scripture or underline an important thought in your favorite commentary, these highlights are backed up as an individual note. From here, you have the ability to add notes to any specific highlight, alter the style of the highlight, or remove the icon that appears next to a highlight in the resource.

When you update, Logos 4 will create a new note for your existing highlights (one per highlighting palette) with links to your highlights. You can turn sets of highlights on or off by (un)checking that specific note in the visual filter menu for a resource.

One of the most requested features from our users has been the ability sync highlights and notes to your mobile devices. Now, with Logos 4.5 and the soon-to-be-released version 2 of the Logos Bible app for iOS (this functionality is coming for Android but it’s behind the iPhone release), this feature will be rolling out soon. (Look for an announcement here on the blog once the Logos iPhone app 2.0 is released.)

Here are a few more of the many changes to Highlighting and Notes:

Highlighting

  • The “New Palette” function has been moved to the toolbar.
  • Command menu buttons have been added to the right of each palette for alternate access to context menu (right-click) options.
  • Highlighting note destination can be selected for a particular palette by clicking on the palette’s menu, selecting “Palette specific note” (default) and changing the selection to “Most recent note” or a specific user-created Notes document.

Notes

  • Hyperlinked citations will be automatically added to the end of pasted resource text in a note.
  • Pressing “Esc” in an active note will defocus and collapse the note.
  • Notes can now be sorted by reference, date added, title, and note color.

You can find more Highlighting and Notes changes (as well as other updates) in the release notes.

There are also some new Mac-specific changes and features available in version 4.5 including:

  • “Bibliography only” option to the Print/Export panel
  • Font scaling
  • New gestures
  • Changes to the Passage List

For a specific listing check out the release notes.

How Do You Get It?

The 4.5 update will be shipping soon. Here’s how to ensure you get the update:

If you have automatic updating enabled (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot), which is the default setting, Logos 4 should notify you when updates are ready to be installed. When you see the balloon tooltip window, right-click on the Logos icon in your system tray and choose to “Install update” (PC screenshot).

We expect 4.5 to ship Tuesday, January 24. If you have not received 4.5 by Wednesday, January 25, type Update Now into the Command Bar (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot) and begin downloading them.

Weekly Roundup: January 21

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 21, 2011.

Logos Talk

Vyrso Voice

Interesting Discussions

Facebook

Pre-Pubs

New Pre-Pubs

Community Pricing

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

New this week

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

Software Development

Publications

Ministry Development

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

Susanna Wesley: The Mother of Methodism

It is almost strange that we remember January 20 as Susanna Wesley’s birthday. I mean think about it, how many other mothers of famous religious figures do we even remember by name? And yet, the mother of John and Charles Wesley has taken on a renown that almost equals her sons’.

Susanna Wesley was born the last of 25 children to prominent Puritan pastor Samuel Annesley and Mary White (The Puritan Sermons 1659–1689 collection features 5 of Annesley’s sermons). Annesley, opposed to state interference in religious matters, was a dissenter from the Church of England. Showing the strength of will she would exhibit her whole life, Susanna left her father’s church at 13 and joined the official Church of England.

She soon met Samuel Wesley, a 19-year-old who had also left a church of dissenters and committed himself to the Church of England. They were married after Samuel finished studies at Oxford and was ordained into the Church of England.

Samuel was a strict and austere man who struggled with finances his whole life. Not only did he spend time imprisoned for debt, he even left the family for months out of frustration with Susanna for not saying “amen” to a prayer for King William III. Samuel explained to Susanna that if they were to have two kings, they would also have two beds.

Susanna’s Legacy

The lion’s share of the responsibility for parenting their children fell on Susanna. She did not shrink from this responsibility—she shined. The Wesley home was run by Susanna’s strict guidelines which included:

  1. Children will be taught to pray as soon as they can speak.
  2. Children will not receive what they cry for, and only what they ask for politely.
  3. To prevent lying, children will not be punished for what they confess and repent of.
  4. Children will not be punished twice for a single offense.
  5. Good behavior will be commended and rewarded.
  6. Any attempt to please, no matter how poorly performed, will be commended.
  7. Property rights will be preserved, even in minute matters.
  8. Children will be taught to fear the Lord.

As you can see, Susanna was extremely intentional in her parenting style. And although some of her rules may seem foreign and severe to modern eyes, the Wesley children adored their mother. In fact, as a child John thought he might never marry because he would never be able to find a woman as exemplary as Susanna.

Despite worries about her ability to parent alone, Susanna poured herself into her role. In a letter to Samuel, Susanna wrote:

“I am a woman, so I am also the mistress of a large family; and though the superior charge of the souls contained in it lies upon you; yet in your long absence I cannot but look upon every soul you leave under my care as a talent committed to me under a trust. . . . I resolved to begin with my own children; in which I observe the following method: I take such a proportion of time as I can spare every night to discourse with each child apart. On Monday I talk with Molly; on Tuesday with Hetty; Wednesday with Nancy; Thursday with Jacky [John]; Friday with Patty; Saturday with Charles. . .”

It is these regular one-on-one discussions with their mother that helped John and Charles become thoughtful and introspective. And it was the regimented intentionality of their upbringing which helped give Methodism its systematic nature. It’s for this amazing legacy that we remember her so fondly.

We still have the 29-volume John Wesley Collection on Pre-Pub. If you are interested in Susanna’s remarkable legacy, this collection includes an in-depth biography of John Wesley, and his personal journals—as well as his notes upon the whole Bible and all of his theological writings. Pick it up today and save over 77% on these exhaustive resources.

Add Insight to Your Library with Baker Collections

For over 70 years, the Baker Publishing Group has carried out their mission to publish “high-quality writings that represent historic Christianity and serve the diverse interests and concerns of evangelical readers.” If you were to look at the four Baker collections currently on Pre-Pub, you’d see that Baker is living up to their goal.

Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Upgrade (7 vols.)

This 7-volume upgrade to the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (8 vols.) proves that you don’t have to sacrifice readability for scholarly depth. Whether you’re a pastor, professor, student, or church leader, you’re going to benefit from both the scope and the accessibility of this series.

Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible (16 vols.)

The church has a strong history of interpreting the Bible theologically. In an effort to recreate this tradition, Baker has put together the 16-volume Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. If you’re looking for commentaries which draw from a wide range of traditions, while expounding upon Scripture from a distinctly theological viewpoint, the Brazos Theological Commentaries are for you.

Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms (6 vols.)

When it comes to interpretation, the Old Testament’s poetry and wisdom literature provide very unique challenges. The Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms meet these challenges with exegetical precision. Let authors like Tremper Longman and Craig G. Bartholomew help navigate the literary and structural devices in these books by incorporating linguistic, historical, and canonical insights.

Handbook on the Old Testament Series (4 vols.)

Are you interested in Old Testament exegesis? The Handbook on the Old Testament is definitely for you.  These 4 volumes cover:

You will get remarkable insight into the Old Testament’s content, structure, and theology with this collection. You’ll also benefit from a bibliography of recent, relevant scholarship to help guide your future studies.

All of these collections are currently under development, so there isn’t much time to get them at their current Pre-Pub prices. Pick one (or all!) of these great collections up for your library today.

And check out the rest of our Baker resources while you’re at it!

Weekly Roundup: January 14

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 14, 2011.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Facebook

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 be sure to check out the latest titles we moved over from Pre-Pub:

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!

Get Free Books and Incredible Deals from Vyrso!

If you’re looking for some new reading material, you can’t go wrong with Vyrso.  And throughout the month of January, Vyrso has quite a few free and heavily discounted books available!

Get It Free

In The Lady of Bolton Hill, Elizabeth Camden tells the tale of a female American journalist from the latter part of the nineteenth century. Clara Endicott, the fiercely intelligent crusader against the injustices in London industry, is forced to return home to Baltimore. It’s there she is reunited with a childhood sweetheart who is no longer the destitute steelworker she left. Clara soon finds herself embroiled in a web of intrigue and danger.

If you act quickly, you can still pick up a free copy of The Lady of Bolton Hill. It expires today (January 13, 2012), so hurry! You’re going to love this tale of faith, romance, revenge, and social justice.

Return often to see what other freebies will be offered this month!

Take Advantage of These Deals!

Vyrso is featuring some incredible discounts on some of your favorite Christian books. You can get amazing prices on:

There’s a lot of discounted (or free!) ebooks available this month. Head over to Vyrso to check them out.