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The Mac Giveaway!

We are sorry, the Mac Giveaway expired on Friday, October 1. Please watch for a posting of the winners on the giveaway page!

The official ship date of Logos 4 Mac is right around the corner! The completed version will be rolled out to new and existing users on Friday, October 1, 2010. Wow! That’s only a couple days away! The anticipation around Logos is palpable!

We just wanted to remind you that it is not too late for you to enter the Logos 4 Mac Ship Day Giveaway.

The Giveaway

We wanted everyone to share in our excitement for the Logos 4 Mac ship date. So, we decided to do our biggest giveaway ever. How big? We are giving away 105 valuable prizes to 105 different winners! The prizes include:

  • A 21.5″, 3.06GHz iMac worth $1,199.00
  • A 13″, 2.4GHz Macbook Pro worth $1,199.00
  • A 16GB Wi-Fi iPad worth $499.00
  • An 8GB iPod Touch worth $199.00
  • An 8GB Silver iPod Nano worth $149.00
  • Twenty $25 Apple Store gift cards
  • Thirty $15 iTunes gift cards
  • and fifty $10 Logos.com gift cards

How Do I Enter?

There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway, and you may do all of them. Several of the ways to enter can be done only once, but a few may be done multiple times! All the information you need to enter can be found at this link!

Don’t Forget About the Sale on Base Packages!

For a limited time, we are offering a special launch discount—20% off on all of our base packages and up to 20% off of upgrades. You don’t have to be a Mac user to take advantage of this deal!

So come one, come all. Take advantage of our deep discounts and huge number of giveaways to celebrate the launch of Logos 4 Mac.

Collections as Virtual Bookshelves

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Today’s guest blogger is Thomas Black, a Logos Forum MVP.

Before Logos Bible Software, when I was studying a topic, I would first determine which types of books I wanted to look at (theology, commentary, devotional, etc.). Then I would go to that shelf and one-by-one check the scripture indexes (if they had one) and one-by-one I’d accumulate a stack of books that would need to be copied from, and eventually re-shelved. But with Logos all I have to do is “type a passage and click go,” and I can find out that in my library there are thousands upon thousands of hits on my search. While it would be fun (for me) to read through them all, none of us has that kind of time. What I needed in Logos was a way to separate my thousands of books into “shelves” so I can search just a few types of books. Fortunately, Logos has made that feature available with collections.

Collections are just like those shelves in my office, only better, because properly constructed, they will fill themselves with the right books.

I recently attended a Morris Proctor Seminar and, while I was familiar enough with the program as a forum MVP, for some reason I continued to be baffled by collections. Morris ably demonstrated in an easy to follow manner the power and potential of easy to build collections.
First the HOW:

To create a new collection click tools>collections and then make sure you’re working on a new collection (screenshot). In Logos 4 we can build collections based upon fields used in the Library such as “title, author, subject” (for a complete list consult the Logos Wiki on Collections.)

First, let’s call this collection “Systematic Theologies.” Then using the title field I can restrict my collection to only those books which contain keywords likely to be in the title of Theology books. In the “start with resources matching” line type the following (or cut and paste) title:(theology,dogmatics,fundamentals,doctrine). This will gives us any books in our Library which contain any of those four keywords. That results in quite a list, but if you own and want to keep the Journal of Evangelical Theology out of your collection, add the ANDNOT boolean operator and the type field to actually remove extra books from your collection title:(theology,dogmatics,fundamentals,doctrine) ANDNOT type:journal, title:”evangelical review”.

Any other extra books you may not want in your collection, such as Toward a Theology of Theological Education you can drag and drop into the “Minus these resources” area.

Now when I’m doing a study on Luke 3:2 and the concurrently listed high priesthood of both Annas and Caiaphas, but I want to specifically see what just my theology books have to say about this, I can open a search panel and set it to search only my Systematic Theology Collection (screenshot). Now I get only 11 articles I need to investigate instead of 991. That’s a powerful trade-off.

Take the time to learn collections, and you can amp up your study with focused searching in dynamic collections. Oh, and the dynamic part? Just purchase another theology book like Robert Culver’s Systematic Theology and it is automatically included in your next focused search.

For further reading check out:
Collections on the Logos Wiki, or Creating Collections in Logos 4 in Logos Training.

RefTagger Is Now Backed by Biblia.com

RefTaggerToday’s guest post is by Bryan Smith, from the Logos Bible Software Web Development team, and development lead on Biblia.com.

Way back in February of 2008, we announced RefTagger, our free tool for transforming Bible references on the web. If you run a site that contains Bible references, you can add RefTagger’s JavaScript snippet in just a few minutes. RefTagger will instantly convert references on your site into links to the full text of the passage. Hovering over a reference link will display a small tooltip with up to 280 characters of the passage, so readers don’t even need to leave your site. In the 2 ½ years since its launch, RefTagger has linked 5 billion Bible references, helping millions of people to dive deeper into their studies. See just a few of the sites currently using RefTagger.

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Original New International Commentary on the New Testament Volumes Now Available

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Today’s guest post is by Bethany Olsen, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

If you, like myself, have been loving the New International Commentary but have asked yourself “Where are the original NICNT volumes?” I’ve got some great news for you! These long-awaited volumes, containing critical works from a multitude of noted theologians and biblical scholars, are now available on Pre-Pub at Logos.

Published by Eerdmans, these ten original commentaries are timeless, holding the writings of Norval Geldenhuys, Merrill C. Tenney, John Murray, Philip Edgcumbe Hughes, and others . For decades, the writings of these gifted theologians have influenced those in the academic arena, behind the pulpit, and in homes around the world with their superior biblical scholarship and stirring content. Each volume of the New International Commentary series is brimming with scriptural insight, making these resources essential tools for all hoping to dive into serious Bible study.

But those aren’t the only reasons to get excited about these newly offered commentaries—here are a few more:

  • These original NICNT volumes are landmark commentaries, highly significant at the time of their release and still considered to be pillars of New Testament study.
  • The highly academic yet accessible writing, verse-by-verse commentary, literary analysis, historical background, and information regarding authorship contained within these works is detailed and comprehensive.
  • These hard-to-find volumes are now easily accessible in your Logos collection, giving you all the benefits of owning commentaries in a rich digital format.

So, wonder no more about the availability of these original New International Commentary New Testament volumes. Join Logos as we rejoice over this fantastic addition to our digital offerings.

New volumes available for individual pre-order:

Read Max Lucado’s New Book at FreeBookPreview.com!

Out Live Your LifeWe are so excited to announce that from September 19–24 Max Lucado’s brand new book Outlive Your Life will be featured at FreeBookPreview.com! That’s right, during the week of September 19th you will be able to examine Outlive Your Life completely free.

Max Lucado, the pastor of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX, is the author of over fifty books with 80 million copies in print. In 2005, Reader’s Digest named Lucado “The Best Preacher in America.” Max’s books, profound in their simplicity to communicate God’s powerful love; have appeared on every major national bestseller list including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and Christian Booksellers Association.

In Outlive Your Life, Max uses Acts 12 to consider how a few passionate nobodies can turn the world upside down with an outrageous love and an even more outrageous gospel. Can God use us to have an impact here that outlives us? The answer is a resounding “Yes!”

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The Eighth Annual Logos Bake-Off

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Today’s guest post is by Jenny Bajema, from the Logos Bible Software electronic text development team.

The eighth annual Logos bake-off was held on August 26th, 2010. The theme this year was “fruit” and we had some creative entries such as Nanaimo bars with coconut and “Honey on a Date” cookies. There were also tasty cheesecakes, yummy crisps, and berries galore!

I had the honor of co-coordinating the event with my fellow book designer Jani Westermann. Both of us have a love for fruity desserts and healthy competition, so we naturally had to enter our recipes as well.

During the week leading up to the bake-off, I was perfecting my raspberry cream cheese whoopie pies and decided to use my friend as a taste-tester. When I told her about the competition, she got really excited.

“You mean, your company does bake-offs?!” Her eyes opened wide, wanting to hear more.

“Yeah, and we do cook-offs too,” I said smiling, indulging in a moment of pride.

My friend went on to tell me that in the 10 years she’s worked at her job, they have never once held a “fun” company event. When the topic of the bake-off came up in conversations with other friends and family, most had a similar reaction and story. I quickly realized how blessed I am to work in a company who enjoys working together, playing together, and cooking together. At Logos, I’m known for who I am, not just the books I work on.

The top three recipes in this year’s event included Jani Westermann with her White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, Bethany Olsen with her amazing Nanaimo Bars, and Svetlana Bulanov who made a delicious Strawberry Kiev Cake!

Even though my whoopie pies got second-to-last place, I thought the bake-off was a great success! Because of events like these, I feel better-connected to employees in other departments and even more proud to work at Logos.

The word is getting out—Logos is a fun place to work! Why not check out our jobs page for current opportunities? Maybe next year it could be you taking home the bake-off gold!

It’s Time for a Barnes Raising

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Today’s guest blogger is Thomas Black, a Logos Forum MVP and a Pastor in Moweaqua, Illinois.

A barn raising used to bring an entire community together to accomplish, in just one or two days, something that would have taken a single family an unreasonable amount of time. Once the equipment and materials were laid out in stacks, the community would swarm in, labor hard and at the end of the day walk away from a finished barn. It is a marvel of community participation.

Logos Bible Software consists of a community of users which is really visible in the forums. One doesn’t have to look too far in the forum to find a series of discussions regarding one of the one of the longest lived (if not the longest lived) Community Pricing titles: Barnes’ Notes on the Old and New Testaments (14 Vols.). A work this size would require a massive amount of effort.

What is Community Pricing?

In a nutshell Community Pricing allows you to select the maximum price you would be willing to pay for a Logos book(s) if it were produced. Everyone else get’s to do the same. Logos calculates the numbers in the background to produce the book for the lowest cost possible to the users. That means that even if you’re willing to pay $45 for a book and enough bidders join in—you could end up paying much less than $45, but you will never pay more than your maximum bid.

Initially it seems a little complicated process from the user’s perspective, but there’s some fancy calculations going on in the background. Remember with Community pricing, you may pay less but you won’t pay more than you bid. Feel free to read much more about Community pricing here:

Back to Barnes

As stated, Barnes Notes has been on the Community Pricing page for quite some time. There are seasons where it charges forward and seasons where it appears to be standing still. I am not Barnes fan-boy so I thought I’d gather some notes on the question, “Why should I bid on Barnes?” Besides the fact that you’ll never get a book as cheap as you can on Community Pricing since the price goes up once it goes into production.

The Value of Barnes Notes

Even I can see the value of having such a massive set of work in Logos. Recently forum members, weighed in with a quote from Charles Spurgeon regarding the value of Barnes.

“Albert Barnes,” say you, “what do you think of Albert Barnes?” Albert Barnes is a learned and able divine, but his productions are unequal in value, the gospels are of comparatively little worth, but his other comments are extremely useful for Sunday-school teachers and persons with a narrow range of reading, endowed with enough good sense to discriminate between good and evil. If a controversial eye had been turned upon Barnes’ Notes years ago, and his inaccuracies shown up by some unsparing hand, he would never have had the popularity which at one time set rival publishers advertising him in every direction. His Old Testament volumes are to be greatly commended as learned and laborious, and the epistles are useful as a valuable collection of the various opinions of learned men. Placed by the side of the great masters, Barnes is a lesser light, but taking his work for what it is and professes to be, no minister can afford to be without it, and this is no small praise for works which were only intended for Sunday-school teachers.
Spurgeon in Lectures to My Students Vol. 4, p30.

You can readily see the strengths and weaknesses of the set according to Charles Spurgeon.

Albert Barnes wrote not for scholars but for the common man, as such his works are more personal. In terms of scholarship, Albert Barnes may be “dated”, as some accuse him of being, and yet that does not negate the value of his observations and applications of the text. The resources he had available to him may pale in comparison to our day, and yet other works of equal age are still consulted for their breadth or depth.

With the current lead in pricing being $30 on the Community Pricing Bid, that brings the cost per page of Barnes to less than 1 hundredth of a cent! Such a price is indeed phenomenal for the scope of material available.

As I mentioned earlier, I have solicited answers to the question, “Why should I bid for Barnes?” Here are a few of the answers from the benefits of a Logos version to the style of his content.

I have this set in hardcopy and pull it out fairly regularly, but the problem is that my copy has the smallest font imaginable. I have to use a magnifying glass to read some of it. Therefore, I would love to replace it with Logos simply so I could enlarge the font in order to read it!Sharon

“I like his devotional thoughts. He also has a reasonable amount of helpful application to 19th century life – and by default to ours” Floyd

“If I’m quickly trying to study something I go to Calvin, Poole and Barnes to see what they say. Barnes just has a way of saying it that makes it feel more like I’m having a conversation with a pastor instead of having a theologian tell me what they think.” Scott

Here are a few more of the discussions taking place in the forums about Barnes Notes:

Add your own thoughts below. Oh, and don’t forget to place your bid for Barnes.

Learning to Think Critically with Primary Sources

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Today’s guest post is by Elliot Ritzema, from the Logos Bible Software Design & Editorial team.

When I saw a few months ago that Julius Wellhausen’s Prolegomena to the History of Israel was on pre-pub, I got excited. This is a book that I would love to see in Logos format. Lately it seems that the book has stalled in the “gathering interest” phase, so I’m hoping to revive progress by explaining why I think this book is so important.

When I took a class on biblical hermeneutics in seminary, we didn’t use a textbook. Instead, we studied the history of biblical interpretation over the last 150 years or so by reading primary sources (OK, in some cases they were English translations of primary sources). First we looked at Source Criticism, and the first reading was a selection from Prolegomena to the History of Israel.

Wellhausen’s name may not be familiar to everyone, but you can’t go very far in studying the recent history of biblical interpretation before you start to see his name or the initials “JEDP.” These initials come from Wellhausen’s version of the “documentary hypothesis,” in which he attempted to chop up the first six books of the Bible based on the argument that they came from four different sources. He wasn’t the only biblical scholar who did this, but his way of doing it became the most influential.

Now, you may like or dislike Wellhausen’s way of looking at the Bible (I certainly don’t agree with everything Wellhausen said), but it’s undeniable that he has had a huge impact on biblical studies. His name comes up over and over in all sorts of books, whether they are reference books or books that argue about his influence. He is mentioned in the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary 241 times, the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia 192 times, The New Bible Dictionary 51 times, and The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church 31 times. Issue 25 of the journal Semeia is devoted to him and the Prolegomena. The Fundamentals, written in part to counter his influence, mentions him 47 times and a chapter in David Breese’s Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave (part of the Moody History Makers Collection) is devoted to critiquing Wellhausen and his way of understanding the Bible.

If you can read about Wellhausen in other books, then why should you buy his Prolegomena to the History of Israel? Well, if you are like me, you like to read primary sources. It isn’t enough for me to read a short treatment of an author’s ideas in a textbook; I like to have access to what the author actually wrote so that I can see it in context and quote from the original if I need to. Textbooks are certainly useful to get an overview of a subject, but there’s no substitute for reading each author for myself. That way, I’m not just taking someone else’s word for it; I’m learning how to think critically on my own. The great benefit of my hermeneutics class was that it taught me how to recognize different schools of biblical interpretation and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. I don’t think I would have learned nearly as much if we had not read primary sources. Reading Wellhausen is not for everyone, but for those (like me) who are interested in the history of biblical interpretation, he’s a must-read.

Before I go, let me put in one more plug: The week after we talked about Wellhausen and Source Criticism in class, we moved on to Form Criticism and read part of Hermann Gunkel’s book The Legends of Genesis—which is also on Pre-Pub as part of the Classic Commentaries and Studies on Genesis.

See What’s Happening on the New Product Page

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Today’s guest post is by Robert Campbell, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

As a bibliophile, I couldn’t ask for a more suitable job than working for Logos. I’m surrounded by books, I get to write about books, and I talk about books for 90% of my day (the other 10% is divided between HTML and coffee). I get to be a part of a process which makes Christian books easily accessible to a large number of people, and that’s pretty cool.

One of the things I do at Logos is making books, books you’ve asked for, available for individual download. If you haven’t visited the New Products page lately, you haven’t seen the hundreds of books we’ve listed after breaking up collections. While purchasing collections gets you a better deal, more books for the buck, sometimes individual titles out of those collections are what you really need.

As the number of books Logos offers grows, so does their diversity and range:

In the last few days, we have posted systematic theologies, scholarly commentaries, pastoral helps. Books on biblical archeology, astronomy in the Bible, church history, and much, much more. If you are a book lover like me, you’ll find it’s a book lover’s dream. So check out the New Products page, and check it often—we are constantly adding resources!

The Gospel in Action: Fortress Press Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series

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Today’s guest post is by Sarah Wilson, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Are you a pastor? A counselor? Or maybe you have a friend or family member going through a rough season of life, such as depression, death of a loved one, abuse, or serious illness. Knowing what to say or how to respond to those in need is a difficult yet necessary undertaking. The gospel of Jesus offers comfort and encouragement for hard times, and we are proud to present Fortress Press Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series (19 Vols.) as an incredible resource for those involved in ministerial care or counseling.

Although there are many fantastic Christian counseling resources available, this 19-volume collection is especially useful, giving you invaluable tools and guidance from pastors, psychologists, therapists, counselors, and other experienced caregivers. This massive source of counseling advice covers a myriad of concerns, such as how to care for the sick, the dying, marginalized people-groups, as well as those suffering from depression, abuse, and those in crisis.

Some of these titles include:

  • Cross-Cultural Counseling, Aart M. van Beek

  • Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership, and Congregational Life, by Ronald W. Richardson
  • Short-Term Spiritual Guidance, by Duane R. Bidwell
  • Counseling Adolescent Girls, Patricia H. Davis
  • Crisis Counseling: Revised Edition, by Howard W. Stone
  • Integrative Family Therapy, by David C. Olsen
  • And many more!

A thoroughly practical resource, Fortress Press Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series contains outlines, discussions, and considerations on many methods of counseling and therapy perfect for pastors and counselors. The interaction between psychology and biblical doctrine is brought together in these titles, providing solid direction for the relational and counseling situations you find yourself in.

If you work with people on any level, this is an essential tool for you to learn how to minister to those around you in biblical and compassionate ways.