For three years, Bible Study Magazine has been delivering an impressive array of tools for Bible study.
We’ve always featured cover articles on church leaders and biblical scholars with a focus on their interaction with Scripture. You will find it inspiring to read how Scripture enriches the lives of leaders like Josh McDowell, John Piper, Kay Arthur, and Mark Driscoll.
Subscribers to Bible Study Magazine enjoy powerful discussions with notable church figures, discussions which yield quotes like:
“Some of the happiest hours of my life have been sitting at the desk with a sheet of paper and the biblical text and thinking, ‘How does this text divide? What are its main themes? What’s going on here?’ You are looking into God’s workshop. God is in this text and you are actually seeing how the Holy Spirit worked; that’s just amazing.”—N. T. Wright
“I’ve done pretty much the same thing for the past 30 years—I have a morning Bible study time. What works best for me is to have one book in the Bible that I am reading, and I read until something strikes me. I don’t have any prescribed length to read—it could be a chapter or a few verses. When something strikes me, though, I’ll put a date in the margin of the page. . . . [I'll note why] that passage speaks to me. In all my Bibles for the past 30 years, you will see dates in the margins.”—Max Lucado
“I don’t memorize verses that don’t help my soul. I’m not into mechanical memorizing. I’m into fighting the fight of faith. I want to memorize Scripture so that I can defeat the devil at 3 o’clock in the afternoon—that’s why I memorize!”—John Piper
It is stimulating and empowering to note how these leaders and scholars regularly interact with the Scripture in their personal life, and an encouragement to do the same.
On the cover of the Sept–Oct ’11 issue of Bible Study Magazine, you’ll find Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel. He told us that Bible study is addicting: “The more you know, the more you hunger and thirst for knowledge of the Word. . . . Feed that, and watch the desire grow.”
We at Bible Study Magazine couldn’t agree more.
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If you do a faceted search for commentaries on Logos.com, you will find nearly 100 pages of resources. Among those you will find some of the best commentaries ever written! But what if you are looking for a solid commentary on a specific book of the Bible? It can get overwhelming when you are looking for the right tool to purchase for the study or sermon series you are working on. Where do you even begin?
The Recommended Commentary Series
Logos Talk wants to help you find the best commentaries for your needs. The Recommended Commentary Series will be a regular column highlighting some favorite commentaries by Logos academics and the user community.
We want to hear from you!
Each week we will post a forum thread asking which commentaries, available from Logos, are your favorites for a specific book in the Bible. This is a great opportunity to let other Logos users know which commentaries you have found valuable in your studies.
We asked Michael Heiser, resident scholar and academic editor for Logos Bible Software, to give us his favorite commentaries on Genesis. Here are a few of his choices in no particular order:
Our Twitter followers have been enjoying some amazing Twitter-only daily deals. Each day we offer a new product at 50% off, but the daily deal expires at midnight PST. This past week we marked down the following:
Remember to check the Community Pricing page often! Use the faceted browsing to sort by newest, by progress, or even by price. Community Pricing is one of the best places to find a great deal—Bid today, save tomorrow!
One of the best ways to create excellent software is to listen to your users. In fact, it is our conviction that customer feedback continues to make Logos Bible Software even better.
There are a number of channels to communicate with Logos. You can leave comments on the blog, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, comment in the forums, our Facebook page, or contact us via Twitter (and this is just the tip of the iceberg).
Not only do we thrive on your feedback, we find it beneficial to know more about you. Are you a church leader, pastor, student? How often do you use Logos Bible Software? What are your favorite periodicals? Do you own a Kindle? These kinds of questions are invaluable to us as we consider future directions and technologies.
We encourage you to visit our user survey and help us serve you better.
Simply answer the questions you are comfortable answering and skip any questions which are not applicable. You can leave the survey at any time and come back to it later to pick up where you left off.
The more data you can give us, the better position we are in to offer the products and services which will serve you best. So get started on the Logos user survey now!
We use the word culture to define the shared values and practices of a group, and one can get a real sense of the culture at Logos by our manycook-offs. What sort of things would you learn from a cook-off about the company culture at Logos?
We love to eat
We value the community building activity of eating together
We have a healthy appreciation for competition
Consider the ninth annual Logos bake-off. This event was held on the afternoon of August 16, in the historic Flatiron Building.
Ten brave contestants offered their best baked goods to hundreds of hungry Logos employees. In the end, three entrants were chosen as this year’s crème de la crème:
David Ladiges: Chocolate Chip Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
Bethany Olsen: Butterfinger Pie
Caleb Hazel: Barnyard Berry Cheesecake
David was more than happy to share the recipe for his award winning cheesecake pie with us!
Guilt Free Chocolate-chip Strawberry Cheesecake
2 Chocolate Oreo Pie Crusts
1 1/2 lbs. cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream (room temperature)
2 large eggs (room temperature)
1 tablespoons vanilla
12 ounces chocolate chips
1–2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
Strawberry filling (vary amount to taste)
In a large mixing bowl, mix softened cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and mix until smooth again. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until smooth once more. Add eggs and, yes, mix until smooth. Stir in 9 ounces of chocolate chips, reserving the remaining chips. Divide evenly into the pie crusts.
Spread strawberry filling over the pie filling in an “S” shape and, using a knife, make shallow cuts in the filling to create a marbled effect mixing the topping into the filling. (Use about 2–5 tablespoons of filling per pie as desired). Reserve some strawberry filling for the topping.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 50–60 minutes. When the center is nearly set (usually around 55 minutes) turning off the oven, open the oven door and leave the pies cooling for one hour.
Remove pies to counter or wire rack to cool to room temperature before chilling in the refrigerator for 3—4 hours. After pies are chilled, spread a very thin layer of strawberry filling over the top of the pies. (Use about 1—2 tablespoons of filling per pie).
Melt reserved chocolate chips and mix in whipping cream until smooth. Divide evenly over the pies and spread until tops of the pies are completely covered. Return pies to fridge to chill until ready to serve.
If you think your recipe could win the tenth annual bake-off or you would just like an opportunity to taste tons of tasty treats, why not look into a career with Logos Bible Software?
Leave us a comment and tell us what baked good you would enter in a Logos bake-off!
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”—Romans 8:29 (ESV)
This has been a favorite verse of mine for years. I have always loved the idea of being molded and formed into the image and character of Christ. But the inherent challenge here is in making sure we are not frustrating this work while doing what we can to be pliable.
Gary Thomas has been a mentor to me for some time in this area. His writings have instilled in me an insatiable desire to not only focus on building the character of Christ within me, but to understand how Christians have practiced spiritual formation in the past.
Logos: It has been a while since you penned The Glorious Pursuit. What do you remember about the process?
Thomas: I was approached by NavPress to write a book for a series they were doing on forgotten or neglected ancient spiritual practices. Practicing the virtues was a mainstay for many centuries of church history, and we felt it would be equally helpful and relevant for Christians to reclaim this practice today. So much of contemporary Christian teaching focuses on “not sinning.” I was eager to write a book focusing on something positive—what we can become. Instead of obsessing over becoming “unlike the devil” I believe Scripture calls us to focus on becoming like Christ.
Logos: You discuss 14 classical virtues (humility, surrender, detachment, love, chastity, generosity, vigilance, patience, discernment, thankfulness, gentleness, fortitude, obedience, and penitence), which of those did you find was the most challenging to write about?
Thomas: There’s a reason I had to use two chapters to fully cover humility. It’s been called the “queen of the virtues” and rightly so. It’s the hardest one to live out, in many ways, and yet the foundation for so much that follows (along with love, of course).
Another particularly challenging one was detachment, since that’s such a foreign concept to contemporary believers. We just don’t think in those terms, yet doing so can be revolutionary in a believer’s life.
Logos: One online reviewer said of The Glorious Pursuit, “This is one of the best and most helpful books I’ve ever read.” Do you often hear from people whose lives have been touched by your work?
Thomas: Just about every day, in all honesty. It’s humbling, knowing how little I know, and knowing how messed up I can be, and yet seeing how God can play some great music through rather dented instruments.
Logos: One of the endorsements for the Glorious Pursuit was by J. I. Packer. If I remember correctly, Packer also endorses your book Seeking the Face of God. Do you consider Packer a mentor?
Thomas: Absolutely. He was my thesis advisor, and small group advisor during one year at Regent College, so I got to spend some time with him, including in his home. I admire Dr. Packer’s courage, fidelity to Scripture, and passion for the Gospel. Even in his later years, he is passionate about seeing God’s church move forward. Time with him (I got to visit with him again about 2 years ago when I was up in Canada) is always tremendously inspiring for me.
At a theological level, I especially appreciate Packer’s ability as a “fair” critic. When he challenges another tradition with which he has disagreements, he’ll point out its strengths and what the church at large can learn from it, and then gently but brilliantly expose the flaws (or at least problematic tendencies). I’ve tried to emulate that approach, drawing on the strengths of a wide range of traditions without rejecting them in total, while still staying true to a rather conservative theological (and I think biblical) perspective.
Logos: In what ways have you heard about The Glorious Pursuit being used in group settings?
Thomas: It’s been used by weight loss groups, prison chaplains, men’s groups, and women’s Bible studies. What I hear back from these participants is that they appreciate the positive focus—looking at what we can become, rather than obsessing over what we should avoid.
Logos: What would you say to someone who has picked up a copy of The Glorious Pursuit and is starting their journey toward practicing Christian virtues?
Thomas: Take the chapter on gentleness to heart, and be gentle with yourself. This is a lifelong journey. The more I understand about the physiology of our brain, the more brilliant I believe this ancient practice is. It takes time to create new neurological grooves and therefore moral habits. We have to consciously choose our focus, put it into practice, and wait until it becomes sort of like second nature, though in this case, it’s a supernaturally empowered redeemed nature.
The Glorious Pursuit is not only a fantastic personal resource, it is valuable for discipleship and small groups as well. I can personally attest to using this book in a variety of settings and its rich content always helps foster deep, engaging, and transparent discussion.
Finally a job where you can indulge your love for the Bible and ice cream all in one place!
For four generations Graeter’s has been creating some of the world’s most irresistible ice cream. Recently, the employees of Logos got to experience this irresistible ice cream first hand.
It all started when Proclaim product manager, Matt Peterson, found Graeter’s for sale at a grocery store in Bellingham, WA. Being a recent transplant from Cincinnati, OH, Matt was surprised to see his favorite ice cream being sold locally.
Excited to share this hometown delicacy, Matt picked up a couple of pints and brought them to work for the marketing department. We loved it!
Soon Matt was on the phone with Graeter’s to see if they had any coupons he could hand out to other co-workers at Logos. What was Graeter’s response? “We’ll do you one better, we’ll send you enough Graeter’s Ice Cream to allow everyone to have some.”
A couple of days later, Logos received gallons of dense, creamy ice cream perfectly wrapped in dry ice. Each employee got to enjoy a double scoop of Graeter’s famous Black Raspberry Chip—what a treat! This is just another reason that Logos is such a wonderful place to work.
To stay up-to-date on the latest Graeter’s news or to find where their ice cream is carried locally, follow Graeter’s on Facebook. You can also get their latest updates via Twitter!
If you are interested in a job with a company that takes both cutting edge biblical technology and ice cream seriously, make sure to check out our career page.
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The world we live in is constantly changing—from technological developments, to the forming of new countries, to swiftly-moving culture trends. Raysdis a new online magazine that offers a Christian perspective on culture around the globe.
We want to create dialogue—to talk about the best way to live in community, and to effect change in the world. How should Christians interact with culture? What does my faith change about the way I live my life? Why should I be different?
We are excited to bring you these stories.
Here’s what you can expect from each issue:
Feature stories on Christian leaders, influential organizations who are changing their communities, and corporations or groups who can offer perspective on the Christian life.
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Articles on Arts, Faith, and Culture. Regular sections where contributors write about the arts, faith, current developments in culture, and life in the global community.
In this inaugural issue, Donald Miller sits down to discuss his approach to the Bible, and how Scripture influences his writing. Miller—well-known for his relatable honesty—talks about where he draws permission to be vulnerable and open in his writing.
Check out our profile on non-profit group Invisible Children. IC spokesperson Alex Collins recaps where the organization has been, how they’ve grown from independent filmmakers to national policy influencers, and how they continue to advocate on behalf of the neglected in East Africa.
And blogger and writer Jeff Goins takes a look at Zappos’ corporate culture and customer service policies. He discusses what the Church can learn from an internet shoe conglomerate.