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The Father of Modern Revivalism: Charles Finney

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It is difficult to get an accurate view of Charles Finney’s evangelistic work. Various sources give wildly divergent numbers for conversions under Finney’s influence, one saying that between 1857 and 1858 Finney was directly or indirectly responsible for leading over 100,000 people to Christ. Regardless of the specific numbers, there is no question that Charles Grandison Finney was an influential figure in the Second Great Awakening.

Charles Finney was born, the youngest of fifteen children, on August 29, 1792 in Litchfield, Connecticut. He studied law, but his plans were altered when he underwent a dramatic conversion experience at the age of 29.

Finney became pastor of the Free Presbyterian Chatham Street Chapel and later the Broadway Tabernacle. He spoke as a refined and expert orator and became a widely popular evangelist, organizing and preaching at numerous revivals and meetings throughout New England. He also traveled to England. As many as one million people heard Finney preach throughout his career, and many of them underwent conversion experiences. Finney also spoke at length about social issues, and became an ardent abolitionist. In 1835, Finney was appointed as a professor of theology at Oberlin College, and became its president in 1851, where he remained until 1866. Charles Finney died on August 17, 1875.

Logos is now offering the Charles Finney Collection (6 Vols.). This collection includes his lectures on revival, systematic theology, addresses to professing Christians, a collection of his sermons, as well as his autobiography. That’s almost 3,000 pages by one of the 19th century’s most recognizable—and at times controversial—evangelists.

Other great offerings from important revivalists include The Works of Jonathan Edwards (2 Vols.), and Selected Sermons of George Whitefield both from the Great Awakening of the 18th century. Second Great Awakening period offerings include the Lyman Beecher Collection (4 Vols.), and the Welwyn Biography Series (8 Vols.) which features a 240 page biography of Pastor Asahel Nettleton, another luminary from the Second Great Awakening.

Remember, to keep your eye on the Pre-Pub page. If you are looking to add some books to your Logos resources, the prices you find on the Pre-Pub page are the lowest Logos will offer on these items!

Weekend Discount on Barth’s Church Dogmatics

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Today’s guest post is from Johnny Cisneros, Product Manager for Systematic Theology, and co-instructor of Learn to Use Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software.

In my last post, and the one before, I introduced you to Millard Erickson’s Christian Theology and Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Systematic Theology. I also mentioned that Pannenberg was a postdoctoral mentor to Erickson.

Who influenced Wolfhart Pannenberg? The answer is Karl Barth, the theologian whom Christianity Today calls “. . . one of the giants in the history of theology.” Pannenberg studied under Barth during his time at Basel (Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, pg. 1222).

Barth is best known for his multi-volume theological work, Church Dogmatics. No matter where you stand on Barth, one would be hard-pressed to overstate the impact Barth’s Church Dogmatics had on 20th century theology.

Here’s an excerpt about Karl Barth from Who’s Who in Christian History:

“Barth’s greatest influence was theological, with his emphasis on God’s sovereignty placing him firmly in the Reformed (Calvinistic) tradition. He differed radically from the mainstream of continental European theology, rejecting both its subjective emphasis on religious experience and the prevalent idea that Christian doctrine is subject to, or limited by, its historical origins” (Who’s Who in Christian History, pg. 66).

Check out some of these comments about Church Dogmatics:

“One of the most notable theological publications of our time.” —Expository Times

“It is in the Church Dogmatics above all that we must look for the grandeur of this humble servant of Jesus Christ, for the work he was given to accomplish in it will endure to bless the world for many centuries to come.” —Thomas F. Torrance

“Only Athanasius, Augustine, Aquinas and Calvin have performed comparable service in the past, in the search for a unified and comprehensive basis for all theology in the grace of God.” —Thomas F. Torrance

“Among Barth’s many books, sermons and essays, the multivolume Church Dogmatics—a closely reasoned, eloquently stated argument in nearly ten thousand pages—stands out as the crown of his achievement.” —Clifford Blake Anderson

“His multi-volume Church Dogmatics (CD) constitutes the weightiest contribution to Protestant theology since Schleiermacher.” —T. A. Noble

“Barth’s Church Dogmatics is by far the most detailed Protestant exposition of Christian doctrine to have appeared since the Reformation.” —Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

This week, two years ago, we released all fourteen volumes of Church Dogmatics for Logos Bible Software. We’re commemorating this anniversary by offering a this-weekend-only discount of almost 32% off of Church Dogmatics (14 Vols.). Simply use the coupon code BARTHMATICS during checkout to receive your discount!

Video Tutorial: Bible Reading Plan

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Making sure that you provide yourself with regular time to read the Scriptures—or better yet, to let the Scriptures read you—is an important part of your daily walk. One of Logos’ goals is to ensure that you have the tools needed so your Bible reading doesn’t happen haphazardly. The Bible Reading Plan in Logos 4 is an important part of that toolbox.

Today’s video tutorial walks you through setting up your customizable reading plan. Once your reading plan is in place, it syncs across multiple platforms from your desktop, to your laptop, to your iPhone, even to Library.Logos.com. Staying on task in your Bible reading is within reach with the Bible Reading Plan.

Mobile Users, We Want Your Feedback!

Logos Bible Software MobileWe asked for your input over a year ago into what sorts of mobile devices you were using. From that feedback we developed the free Logos iPhone app. It has been a great success! Just this week alone, the app was used over 100,000 times as a mobile Bible study aid. Once again, we are considering the next frontier.

“What about Logos on my Blackberry? Android? Windows Mobile?”

We have promoted the iPhone app often since it was launched it November and we have received the same responses every time, “What about Logos on my Blackberry? Android? Windows Mobile?”

We hear you! There is no shortage of mobile platforms out there and we are currently researching options—but we could use your help. We would like to hear about the mobile platforms you use or plan on using in the near future. Take a moment and take this brief survey.

When you have filled out the survey, head over to the forum where you can discuss your feedback with other Logos users.

The Pastor’s Pastor: Richard Baxter

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One of the gems on Pre-Pub right now is The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter (23 Vols.), an exhaustive collection from a man that has influenced luminaries like J. I. Packer, John Piper, and Charles Spurgeon.

Richard Baxter desired a life of quiet obedience but always seemed to find himself at the center of controversy. Ordained into the Church of England in the early 17th century, Baxter—while being drawn toward the growing Puritan movement—tried to avoid the increasing disputes between the Anglican church and the voices crying out for reform. As tensions increased and schisms seemed to be erupting at every turn, Baxter could often be heard encouraging charity among disparate factions.

Baxter’s desire for unity should not be confused for a lack of strong conviction. He was a man with a strong resolve and a sensitive conscience. Although he often was the voice of reason between two extremes, Baxter’s resolve and sensitivity to God’s will often inflamed those on both sides.

He was imprisoned for running a conventicle. This small group which Baxter assembled to have intimate religious discussions was frowned upon as a possible inroad for schismatic theology and practice. His credentials allowing him to preach were withdrawn after he refused the bishopric of Hereford, having issues with the church’s episcopacy. Persecution followed Baxter everywhere. Eventually he was imprisoned for a year and a half and was forced to sell two extensive libraries to pay for fees and penalties.

Despite his legal woes, Baxter’s The Saint’s Everlasting Rest—written during a severe bout with tuberculosis—became one of the mostly widely read books of the 17th century. John Wesley often quoted Richard Baxter’s works in his sermons and writings and even produced an abridged version of The Saint’s Everlasting Rest in 1754.

The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter (23 Vols.) includes the treatises, sermons, and works of one of Puritan England’s most prolific writers and influential preachers all in one place. This means that not only do you get The Saint’s Everlasting Rest, but you get twenty-one other impressive works, including the timeless classic on pastoral ministry The Reformed Pastor.

Methodist apostle Francis Asbury wrote in his diary in 1810, “O what a prize: Baxter’s Reformed Pastor fell into my hands this morning.” And John Angell James, minister of Carr’s Lane, Birmingham wrote, “I have made, next to the Bible, Baxter’s Reformed Pastor my rule as regards the object of my ministry. It were well if that volume were often read by all our pastors.”

Don’t miss an opportunity to pick up this collection at the best price available now!

Wolfhart? What Kind of Name is Wolfhart?!

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Today’s guest post is from Johnny Cisneros, Product Manager for Systematic Theology, and co-instructor of Learn to Use Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software.

In a previous blog post, I mentioned a theologian that influenced Millard J. Erickson—that theologian is Wolfhart Pannenberg. He was Erickson’s postdoctoral mentor. In fact, Pannenberg was one of the three people to whom Erickson dedicated his book, Christian Theology.

You may never have heard of Wolfhart Pannenberg, which is a tragedy, because his theological influence is monumental.

But who was Pannenberg? The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church says this about him:

“[Wolfhart Pannenberg is a] German Protestant theologian. In 1950/51 he studied theology under K. Barth in Basle, proceeding to doctoral work in Heidelberg in 1951. During his Heidelberg years he co-operated with a group of younger theologians in the development of a new approach, both exegetical and systematic, to the theology of revelation. This led to the book, Offenbarung als Geschichte, ed. by Pannenberg (1961; Eng. tr., Revelation as History, 1968). After teaching appointments in Wuppertal and Mainz, in 1968 he became Professor of Systematic Theology in the Protestant Faculty at Munich, where he remained until he retired in 1993)” (The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, page 1222).

Pannenberg is best known for this three-volume work, Systematic Theology. One scholar says that in Systematic Theology Pannenberg offers “a voluminous account of every question before offering his own construction. Thus one may count on him for thorough background to most any debate, or one may move directly to the end of the section for Pannenberg’s own argument” (The Dictionary of Historical Theology, page 420). In other words, if you want to get into theology, you need Pannenberg.

Pannenberg also wrote: Anthropology in Theological Perspective, which is also available in the Science and Theology Collection (9 Vols.).

For an introduction to the theology of Pannenberg see God and the Future: Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Eschatological Doctrine of God, which is also part of the Theology and Doctrine Collection (16 Vols.).

Pannenberg is also regularly cited when God’s revelation to us is discussed. For an overview of Pannenberg’s view of divine revelation, check out God, Revelation, and Authority (6 Vols.) by Carl F. Henry, which is included in Gold, Platinum, and Portfolio.

Video Tutorial: The Home Page Passage Box

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For years, Logos Bible Software has been providing Bible Software that makes studying the Bible as easy as entering a passage and clicking “Go!” Whether you are looking for insights into a verse, a biblical character, or a topic Bible study in Logos 4 is just that simple.

In today’s tutorial video, Morris Proctor shows you just how easy it is to find what you are looking for with the Home Page Passage Box.

Remember that you can access and watch tutorial videos anytime. You will be surprised at just how much more productive your Bible study can be by just investing time in these training tidbits.

The Resurrected Servant in Isaiah

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Today’s guest post is from John Barry, Editor-in-Chief of Bible Study Magazine.

Over the centuries, much ink has been spilled interpreting the book of Isaiah—a good portion of this on Isaiah 52:13–53:12. The servant in Isaiah is one of the most intriguing figures in the prophetic Scriptures. The questions about this passage are many, the interpretations are diverse, and the answers always seem to be different. Some have looked to Isaiah 52 and 53 in search of Jesus, others to reclaim Israel’s role in the world, and some to find a historical explanation for this prophetic text that seems to have no precedence.

A scholar friend of mine once remarked, “I must confess: if there is anything that convinces me that the Bible is inspired, and from God, it is Isaiah 53.” Isaiah 52:13–53:12 comes out of nowhere. There is no precedent for an innocent servant of God suffering and dying for the iniquities of others. It is shocking, graphic and brutal, yet profound.

In the past thirty years, there has been little examination of the servant’s possible resurrection in Isaiah 53:10–12. Two scholastic interpretations have been cited as disproving the resurrection in Isaiah 53. Even though these interpretations have been cited multiple times as disproving resurrection in Isaiah 53:10–12, discourse analysis, a method that has been pioneered since these scholastic works were written, suggests otherwise. My book—now available on Pre-Pub with Logos—The Resurrected Servant in Isaiah, re-evaluates the scholarly consensus about the resurrected servant and proposes a new interpretation.

Learn about the resurrected servant prophesied 500 years before Jesus came on the scene. Learn about the prophecy that foretold a servant who would reconcile God’s people to him and restore them to their land. Learn how the resurrection of God’s servant means resurrection—metaphorically and physically—for God’s people.

Here’s what scholars are saying about it:

“John Barry’s exegesis of Isaiah 52:13­-53:12, a crucial text for Christian apologetics, is brilliant: well researched and cogently argued. Step by step he convincingly demonstrates that the prophet proclaims to the Babylonian exiles an individual servant who offers his life as a sin offering and is raised from the dead. His book will be my first port of call when studying this great text.”—Bruce Waltke, Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary and co-author of An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax and An Old Testament Theology

“John Barry makes an intriguing and appealing case that the mysterious ‘suffering servant’ in Isaiah fulfills his vocation through resurrection. . . .”
—Christopher R. Smith, author of After Chapters and Verses and consulting editor of The Books of The Bible: A Presentation of Today’s New International Version

“In The Resurrected Servant, Barry provides a detailed investigation of an important disputed element . . . Without rancor and in irenic fashion, Barry answers, Yes, the Servant did rise from the dead. . . . Those wishing to engage the exegetical evidence should not neglect this text.”
—Stephen M. Vantassel, Dean of Students in Theology, King’s Evangelical Divinity School

Much of the prophecy that comes after the book of Isaiah hinges on the ideas in Isaiah 52 and 53. I now see this passage “written” on almost every page of books like Daniel, Ezekiel and throughout the New Testament stories of Jesus. I truly believe that seeing Isaiah 52 and 53 through the lens of the ancient world and Hebrew poetry will change the way you read Isaiah and the Bible in general. So, pick up a copy for your Logos Bible Software and dive into the world of prophecy and resurrection.

Taking Advantage of Your Logos Account

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Your Logos.com account many great features in Logos. You already know that your account enables you to purchase and download packages and resources for Logos 4, as well as sync your Logos 4 settings and preferences across different machines and platforms, but that is only the beginning!

Your Logos account and mobile Bible study

When you use your Logos.com account with our free iPad/iPhone app you get access to 31 additional resources beyond the myriad of free Bibles from Bible.Logos.com which you get for simply turning on the app. Your Logos account allows you to access many of your resources from your Logos 4 package with the iPad/iPhone,* as well as sync your reading plans and bookmarks from your desktop or laptop.

If you have another phone or mobile browser your account works at library.Logos.com in much the same way as it does on the iPad, providing you access to 31 free resources, letting you use many of your Logos 4 resources* on the go, and syncing your reading plans and bookmarks.

Your Logos account and forum community

The Logos Forums are a great place to meet other users, get many of your questions answered by a community of knowledgeable and helpful users, and contribute your own ideas, tricks, and suggestions. While anyone can read the forums, signing in to your account allows you to do more than spectate—you get to be a part of the discussion.

When you click on the My Account button in the top right corner of Logos.com (screenshot) you are brought to your account’s control panel. The profile tab (screenshot) allows you to add information and links that others can see in your profile on the forum page. In fact, you can add or change the avatar associated with your account as well. (screenshot) My friend Thomas Black graciously allowed me to link to his profile as an example of what you see when you check out someone’s profile on the blog.

Your Logos account control panel

The account control panel doesn’t just let you change your profile information, it offers you a host of other great features as well. For instance, you can check out your previous purchases from the order history. (screenshot) Clicking on the Order # brings up your receipt for any of your purchases.

You can also follow the tabs to see your Pre-Pub orders (screenshot), your community pricing bids (screenshot), and manage your subscription to Bible Study Magazine.

Lastly, you can click the Mailing List tab and tailor your email updates to suit your interests. You can chose one or all of a number of categories to keep informed on the latest promotions, discounts, and information. Are you a Greek language enthusiast? Check the Greek Interest Group box and stay up-to-date on the latest information for Greek aficionados. Waiting anxiously for the official Logos Bible Software 4 release for the Mac? Choose the Mac Interest group and get updates right in your in-box. The Freebies, Contests, Giveways group lets you hear about new contests, giveaways, promotions, products and special discounts.With eight specific categories to choose from, you can make sure to hear the latest about the things that interest you most.

To access all of these great features you are signed in to make the most of your Logos experience. If you don’t have a Logos.com account yet, you can easily create one for free!

*Currently there are over 3,500 Logos Bible Software titles that will work on the iPad and the iPhone. More titles are being added regularly as we secure rights and convert titles.

Bible Study Magazine Reaches the Classroom

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Today’s guest post is from John Barry, the Editor-in-Chief of Bible Study Magazine.

I know editors who dread getting mail. Usually the words, “What do they hate about me now?” goes through their head. I love letters to the editor. Not because everyone is happy with us all the time—that’s impossible—but because it is when I get to interact with subscribers. That’s one of many reasons why we respond to every email, phone call, and letter.

Several subscribers have now told me that they are using Bible Study Magazine in Sunday school classrooms. Here’s a letter from a subscriber who is using our publication in a different type of classroom.

Dear John–

Thank you for Bible Study Magazine! I originally subscribed out of personal interest; however, when my first issue arrived, I was immediately drawn to “Biblical Humor: Irony in Jonah.” As an English teacher in a Christian high school, I use Scripture as often as possible to teach literary terms. When I read Mr. Evans’s article, I was thrilled to discover that he included hyperbole, reversal and wordplay as well as irony. Eager to see what other nuggets I could borrow, I turned back to Cisneros’s “Start-to-Finish” and realized that the steps he identified are the same that I use to teach close reading to my students.

Needless to say, I devoured the entire issue and planned lessons as I read. The reading assignments outlined in “Facing Today” will become homework and the article’s subsequent questions will be class openers. Several titles found in the special section on Psalms will also be included in my English lesson plans. “Does God Need a Co-Signer” will be used as biblical integration in an accounting class that I also teach. And, finally, I will reference “Job’s Loss, Job’s Gain: Our Suffering, Our Pain” in January when I will lead a group of students on a two-week local missions activity.

I thank the Lord for the vision He cast and on which you acted.

Terri

Terri teaches from the Bible almost every day and has learned from our publication and has helped others learn by using it. It doesn’t matter if you are just getting into the Bible or are a veteran Bible teacher, Bible Study Magazine is for you.

We have even had Bible scholars—people with three to four degrees in theology, ministry or biblical studies—tell us they learned from reading our magazine. I can guarantee that you will read things in Bible Study Magazine you have never read anywhere else. How can I say that? Several of our articles mark the first publication of cutting-edge research. We look for new and better ways to read the Bible, as well as explain the classic methods, like the Inductive Bible Study method. Even if you think you won’t personally gain much from reading Bible Study Magazine, I want to encourage you to help others by using it in your Sunday school class, your small group, and throughout your church. We make it easy with ongoing Bible studies, themed issues around biblical books or subjects, and bulk packs.

Help others get into the Word by gifting them a subscription to Bible Study Magazine. Just enter their address in the shipping field at checkout. Or just tell someone about Bible Study Magazine. You could change someone’s understanding of the Bible and their relationship with God by just getting them to read a magazine.

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