Weekly Roundup: September 10

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 September 10, 2011.

Key Item

The 40-volume New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament Back-To-School Sale ends Monday, September 12, at midnight! This is the lowest price in years and, if you act fast, you can still get it for $88 per month with a payment plan! Enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to get the special price.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Logos Forum

Social Media

Products

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

What’s new with Community PricingA Lot!

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!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newer postings on our Careers page:

Customer Service

Marketing Department

Publications

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

Give Us Your Feedback with the Logos User Survey!

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 suggest@logos.com, 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!

10 Pre-Pubs for Your Old Testament Studies

We recently shared some suggestions for finding bargains on Logos.com. One suggestion was to keep your eye on the Pre-Pub page, a valuable place to get new resources at a fantastic price.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of Old Testament resources available on Pre-Pub. We wanted to highlight a few which—if you act fast—you can purchase before they go into development.

  1. Fortress Press Hebrew Bible Collection (11 vols.)
  2. Isaiah 40–66: A Commentary
  3. Library of Hebrew Bible/OT Studies: JSOTS on Nevi’im (7 vols.)
  4. Library of Hebrew Bible/OT Studies: JSOTS Old Testament Monographs (7 vols.)
  5. Studies in Old Testament Themes (6 vols.)
  6. Old Testament Hermeneutics Collection (18 vols.)
  7. History of Old Testament Interpretation Collection (14 vols.)
  8. Studies on Esther (4 vols.)
  9. Studies on Joshua Collection (3 vols.)
  10. Studies on Zechariah (4 vols.)

Take advantage of these Pre-Pub prices soon. It will only take a few more orders to kick most of these items into production!

Leave us a comment and let us know which of these Pre-Pubs you would love to add to your library!

The Ninth Annual Logos Bake-Off

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 many cook-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:
  1. David Ladiges: Chocolate Chip Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
  2. Bethany Olsen: Butterfinger Pie
  3. 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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.

Join Us!

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!

Weekly Roundup: September 03

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 September 03, 2011.

Key Item

Get the entire New International Commentary for $999.95! Enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to see the special price. Hurry—sale ends September 12, 2011!

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Logos Forum

Logos Facebook Page

Products

New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to get these at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

New to Community Pricing: Classic Commentaries and Studies on Galatians (24 vols.)

Part of the growing number of collections of Classic Commentaries and Studies available in Community Pricing:

Bid today and save a bundle before these collections cross over the 100% mark!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newer postings on our Careers page:

Customer Service

Marketing Department

Publications

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

Gary Thomas Discusses The Glorious Pursuit

“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.

When I saw that Logos was carrying Thomas’ The Glorious Pursuit: Embracing the Virtues of Christ, I jumped at an opportunity to ask him some questions about this fantastic book on Christian virtues.

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.

Order a copy of The Glorious Pursuit today and get it while it’s still on Pre-Pub!

For more information about Gary Thomas, visit GaryThomas.com or follow him on Twitter.

Have you read The Glorious Pursuit? Leave us a comment and tell us what you thought.

Work for Logos and Get Romans Road, Rocky Road, and Black Raspberry Chip!

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.

Lastly, the marketing team at Logos loves to forge new relationships and do fun and exciting things for their employees. If your company has some ideas for working together with Logos, send us an email at:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Raysd: A New Online Magazine Engaging Contemporary Culture

Today’s post is by Jessi Gering, editor of Raysd.

The world we live in is constantly changing—from technological developments, to the forming of new countries, to swiftly-moving culture trends. Raysd is 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.
  •  Movie, music, and book reviews. We’re on the hunt for the best of pop culture.
  •  Free music downloads. Be sure to check back frequently—we’ll have a new download available each week.
  •  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.

Once you’ve browsed our features, check out our regular articles to find out how Apple technology has influenced the persecuted church, how Pamela Crane, the Africa Field Manager for Blood: Water Mission, fosters community while on the move, and which cover album, released earlier this year, may be this year’s best .

Please enjoy, engage, share, comment, and become part of the Raysd community.

Weekly Roundup: August 27

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 August 27, 2011.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Logos Forum

Logos Facebook Page

Products

New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to get these at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Vyrso

There are four days left in our Vyrso Android Tablet Giveaway. Thousands have entered, and only one will win. Be sure to maximize your chances by visiting the Vyrso Giveaway page and entering often by sharing your unique link with friends. And if you haven’t entered yet, enter today!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newer posting on our Careers page:

Customer Service

Marketing Department

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

Dean Deppe Talks Exegesis with Logos Talk: Part II

Yesterday we featured part one of a two-part discussion with Dean Deppe, Professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary. In part one, Deppe discussed the exegetical methods he promotes in his book All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible. Today, in part two of our interview, Deppe shares how Logos Bible Software factors into his process for biblical interpretation.

Logos: What about All Roads Lead to the Text would be of particular interest to Logos users?

Deppe: At Calvin Seminary we require the use of Logos Bible Software for every student, and we have an entire course in the curriculum which teaches students how to use the software. We believe the tools Logos supplies motivate pastors and preachers to continue to do a thorough job of exegesis—including the use of the original languages of Hebrew and Greek. In addition, I know that Logos is interested in how the software is employed in the classroom, so throughout the book I demonstrate how to use the software in exegesis. Since Bible software is becoming more important for research and analysis, many of the exegetical examples demonstrate how to employ Logos Bible Software to attain quick and accurate results.

Logos: Wow, that’s great! How do you use Logos Bible Software for exegesis?

Deppe: I talk about three main ways I use Logos for exegesis:

  1. I introduce tools developed by Logos which make exegesis easier, quicker, and more fun. For instance, when I discuss the importance of establishing the contours of a pericope, I demonstrate from the “Compare Pericopes” tool. In the chapter on structure I use the Lexham Clausal Outlines of the Greek NT and the Lexham Syntactic Greek NT  [both available in Scholar's Library and higher]. In the chapter on grammar I demonstrate the value of visual filters. When I discuss translations, I teach the reader how to construct a layout of all the major Bible translations that you can easily return to on a regular basis.
  2. I recommend works from Logos which you can add to the base packages for greater research ability. In the chapter on historical background, I suggest a collection of Bible dictionaries and demonstrate how to set up a collection of resources to search for information.
  3. I perform specific basic, Bible, and morphological searches using the software to demonstrate the exegetical process.

Logos: Can you give us an example how Logos Bible Software is used on a specific text?

Deppe: Sure! For instance, the colorful nuances of the Greek noun καταρτισμὸν for “equipping” the saints in Ephesians 4:12 are difficult to determine, since this word occurs only here in the Greek Bible.

But other searches in Logos Bible Software can uncover similar roots. If one attempts a morphological search in the NIV or ESV by choosing Logos Greek Morphology and typing in g:katarti (g for Greek and katarti as the root of words connected to “equip”), several interesting references to the Greek verb καταρτίζω are revealed.

Such passages include Matthew 4:21; 1 Corinthians 1:10; and Luke 6:40 which throw light on the meaning of “equip.”

  • In Jesus’ calling of James and John to discipleship in Matthew 4:21, this Greek word contains the imagery of repairing nets implying that “equipping the saints” means repairing people’s lives.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:10 employs the additional imagery of reconciling two conflicting parties.
  • Finally, Luke 6:40 describes modeling behavior so that the training of the saints implies a process whereby the student resembles the teacher.

Therefore to equip the saints encompasses:

  • repairing people’s lives,
  • training them in conflict management, and
  • modeling Christ-like behavior.

A search in Logos supplies some interesting pictures!

Or another example where you search your various Bible dictionaries quickly without taking them down from the shelf and attempting to find the correct page. Automatically, while studying Mark 6:11 about shaking off the dust of your feet, Logos Bible Software will bring up all references in your collection of Bible dictionaries.

Here’s what I mean:

  • Harper’s Bible Dictionary calls attention to the importance of hospitality in Jewish culture.
  • The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery goes further and demonstrates that this action also signifies divine judgment. Human disdain of God’s servants has aroused God’s righteous anger.
  • But continuing to search you discover The Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament which describes shaking the dust off your feet as a gesture that is practiced after leaving Gentile territory. Normally, Jews shake off the dust when they exit pagan territory; however, now the disciples are treating their fellow Jews as pagans when they do not accept the gospel message of Jesus. Jesus is creating a new family and nation that is bound together by faith and not blood.

As you can see, a quick search like this supplies a plethora of meaning to this Jewish gesture.

Logos: How do you envision your book being used?

Deppe: This book is aimed at seminary students, pastors and preachers, and educated lay people who desire to read the Bible In addition, it can be used for small group study and additional research through the discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

Logos: How do you think All Roads Lead to the Text will appeal to other biblical professors?

Deppe: For one thing, it offers a great teaching method for students and can be employed as a textbook. But the appendixes contain some vital material not found together anywhere else. I include a morphology of genre which describes the various sub-genre in Scripture and add a succinct list the principles of interpretation for the main scriptural genres. Specifically, I describe in detail all the controversy dialogues in the Gospel of Mark and then offer an analysis of how literary devices are employed for organizational purposes in the Bible. This material should be stimulating to the academy.

Logos:  What tools from Logos Bible Software do you think are the most helpful for the average pastor or teacher?

Deppe: I use lots of tools. These are some of the tools I find most helpful:
  • I employ the layouts every day. Instantly I can set up a study a NT grid with the Greek text and all the major Bible versions in my purview. I have layouts for the Apostolic Fathers in Greek and English, Philo’s writings, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus’ writings, and the Pseudepigrapha.
  • While I am studying a particular text, I can call up a commentary, and it automatically proceeds to the passage I am examining. What a time-saver!
  • Since we live in a visual age, I love the visual filters which let me color code the tenses of the verbs, for instance.
  • With Logos I also have my own concordance and can easily search various texts.
  • Word studies have always been important in preparing Bible studies and sermons.
  • I also frequently use the Bible Word Study and Exegetical Guide. Both are easy to work with and comprehensive in Logos.

I have pastors email me every month and thanks us for the training we have given them in Logos Bible Software at Calvin Theological Seminary.

We want to thank Dean Deppe for taking time to talk to us! Make sure to check out All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible while it is on Pre-Pub!

Tell us how Logos Bible Software helps you do exegesis.