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Free Book of the Month: John Darby’s Genesis to 2 Chronicles

“To see classical dispensationalist theology at its best, one must read Darby . . .”—Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

John Nelson Darby’s Synopsis of the Books of the Bible: Genesis to 2 Chronicles is November’s Free Book of the Month!

Darby was a London-born deacon in the Church of England who traveled extensively. He delivered a series of lectures in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1837, and made seven visits to the United States and Canada, where he influenced such individuals as Dwight Moody and A. J. Gordon and initiated the Bible conference movement. Darby’s influence also appears in the writings of C. I. ScofieldCharles Henry Mackintosh, and William E. Blackstone, whose writings contributed to the rise of fundamentalism in America during the early twentieth century. More recently, Darby’s impact can be felt in books by Hal Lindsay, Tim LaHaye, and Jerry Jenkins.

You can get Darby’s book—part of the five-volume Synopsis of the Books of the Bible—free through the end of November, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the entire collection.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page now to get your free book and enter the giveaway!

Visit Us on the Seattle Stop of the Unashamed Tour!

We’re extremely proud to be part of the 2012 Unashamed Tour. With artists like Lecrae, KB, and Trip Lee, you know this tour’s going to be packed with encouraging ministry and powerful hip-hop.

If you’re going to be at tonight’s show (11/8/12) at the Showbox in Seattle, make sure you drop by our booth! We’ll be there presenting our brand-new Logos 5 software. You’ll see just how exciting deep Bible study can be when you check out the latest version of our award-winning software.

Not in the Seattle area? Check out other dates on the Unashamed Tour. If you love big beats and strong rhymes, you’re going to want to experience them with people who share your passion for ministry.

But if you’re coming to the show tonight, we’d love to see you! Come visit our booth and check out Logos 5. Then join ReachLife Ministries’ Faithlife group to keep up with the Unashamed community.

Logos 4: Find Cross-References in a Book

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

A fellow Logos user recently asked me how to find all the biblical cross-references to John in a specific resource. Here’s how I responded:

  • Open the resource you want to search, such as My Utmost for His Highest.
  • Click the Search icon.
  • Set the search type to Basic. (A)
  • Select the resource to be searched, such as Utmost, from the drop down list (B)
  • Type this search string in the box: <Bible ~ John>(C)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

The ~ (tilde) is an intersection search operator, meaning that with it, Logos finds all cross references intersecting the book of John!

This search takes a few extra moments, but the results are worth the wait.

Only 4 Days Left in the Pastor Appreciation Month Sale

All of the Pastor Appreciation Month deals are available now, but time is running out to take advantage of them: all Pastor Appreciation Month deals end November 1.

Here’s a roundup of last week’s Pastor Appreciation Month specials.

Politics according to the Bible

Regularly: $39.99

Only $4.99 with coupon code PAM15

Wayne A. Grudem provides a thoughtful, carefully reasoned analysis of over 50 issues—protection of life, marriage, family and children, economic issues and taxation, environment, national defense, foreign policy, freedom of speech and religion, quotas, and special interests. He applies these discussions to the current policies of the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States, but the principles discussed here are relevant for any nation.

Day One Biblical and Theological Studies Collection (24 vols.)

Retail: $315.31  Regularly: $269.95

Only $199.99 with coupon code PAM16

Each book in the Day One Biblical and Theological Studies Collection contains an introduction to important theological themes that have shaped the history of the church, along with outlines, maps, illustrations, and diagrams to help you grasp what you’re reading. Many books also include helpful chapter summaries, study guides, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading, making the Day One Biblical and Theological Studies Collection perfect for both individual and group study.

B&H Marriage and Family Collection (19 vols.)

Retail: $336.81 Regularly: $249.99

Only $199.95 with coupon code PAM17

The 19-volume B&H Marriage and Family Collection offers you the tools to help your marriage and family not merely survive, but flourish. The books in this collection provide practical relationship advice, all from a biblical perspective. You’ll learn about wise parenting, love and sex, wedding planning, dealing with the divorce, and caring for aging parents. And you’ll get it all from the best Christian counselors and most experienced pastors.

The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way

Regularly: $49.99

Only $24.95 with coupon code PAM18

Michael Horton’s highly anticipated The Christian Faith represents his magnum opus; it will be viewed as one of the most important systematic theologies since Louis Berkhof wrote his in 1932. A prolific, award-winning author and theologian, Professor Horton views this volume as “doctrine that can be preached, experienced, and lived, as well as understood, clarified, and articulated.” It is written for a growing cast of pilgrims making their way together and will be especially welcomed by professors, pastors, students, and armchair theologians.

Nelson Bible Reference Bundle (200 vols.)

Retail: $6000 Regularly: $899.95

Only $599.95 with coupon code PAM19

The Nelson Bible Reference Bundle (200 vols.) is a massive collection of Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, devotionals, and popular titles from your favorite Thomas Nelson authors. It makes Bible study, sermon preparation, and lesson planning quick, easy, interesting, and affordable. See all 200 titles now.

Check out the Pastor Appreciation Month sale page to see all 20 deals—all coupon codes expire at the end of the day October 31!  And don’t forget to enter to win a free Kindle Fire HD preloaded with the complete Abraham: Following God’s Promise curriculum!

 

Sale: The Origins of the Reformation

Today’s guest post is by Dr. Jim West.  Dr. West is adjunct professor of biblical studies at the Quartz Hill School of Theology and pastor of Petros Baptist Church in Petros, Tennessee. He has written a number of books and articles, and he serves as language editor for the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament and language revision editor for the Copenhagen International Seminar series.

“The Reformation” is a misnomer if ever there were one, for in fact there was no one Reformation any more than there was just one Reformer. “The Reformation,” when used by students and the general public, usually refers to the Reformation of Martin Luther, which commenced at the end of October in the year of our Lord, 1517.

Even then, though, Luther’s intent wasn’t as earth-shattering as later ages took it to be. For Luther, the placement of a series of theses in Latin on the church door at Wittenberg Castle was nothing more than an invitation to debate. In other words, Luther didn’t see his act as the commencement of a revolution; he saw it as an academic exercise.

“The Reformation” is, then, little more than a label derived from historical hindsight focusing on a series of events over a period of time across a wide geographical landscape. Each Reformer had roots sunk in fertile ground, and their work was simply the coming to fruition of generations of shift in the Roman Catholic Church.

Hence, it would be more appropriate to speak of “Reformations” in the same way that we now speak of “Judaisms” and “Christianities.”  The Reformation was no monolith.

Who, then, were the Reformers who gave birth to the Reformations most closely associated with them? They were Huldrych ZwingliMartin Luther, and John Calvin, in just that order.

Each of these Reformers was the father of his own Reformation.  Each was, originally, independent of the others, and in many ways they tried very hard to retain that independence even when their common foe, the Church of Rome, was the target.  Each contributed to the Reformation in his own unique way.

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The Reformation Day Sale

In preparation for Reformation Day, we’ve discounted several Reformation resources. Get Luther’s influential 95 Theses free, and save up to 40% on other Reformation titles, from now until 11:59 p.m. (PDT) October 31, 2012. Learn more about the principles and people of the Reformation by picking up these discounted titles:

95 Theses

Retail: $4.95 Regularly: $0.95

FREE with coupon code REFDAY

Nailed to the door of the Wittenberg Church in October 1517 to provoke discussion, this is one of the most significant documents in Christian history. Many believe this particular document to be the spark that gave birth to the Protestant Reformation. The Logos edition provides the 95 Theses in parallel English and Latin translations.

Luther’s Works (55 vols.)

Regularly: $259.00 

Only $229.00 with coupon code REFDAY1

This massive collection contains Luther’s exposition and commentary on Scripture, as well as his sermons, theological writings, and other materials. The final volume in the set contains an index of quotations, proper names,

History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin (8 vols.)

Regularly: $139.95

Only $89.95 with coupon code REFDAY2

Not only did History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin become a bestselling and widely praised account of the Reformation—it remains one of the most compelling and influential Reformation histories more than a century after its original publication.

The Decades of Henry Bullinger (4 vols.)

Retail: $220 Regularly: $99.95

Only $59.95 with coupon code REFDAY3

The collection opens with an explanation of Bullinger’s works. Bullinger then covers the Four General Synods, or Councils, and explains the historical significance of the various creeds that came from these councils. His sermons follow—messages that spurred and shaped the Reformation and that still impact today’s church.

The Works of John Knox (6 vols.)

Retail: $249.95 Regularly: $99.95

Only $84.95 with coupon code REFDAY4

This is the standard edition of Knox’s texts. Knox, a Scottish clergyman and a leader of the Protestant Reformation, was a pivotal figure in the creation and organization of the National Reformed Church in Scotland.

All these discounts end at 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday, October 31, so pick up yours now!

Share Your Interests at BibleTech: 2013!

Amazing things are being done at the intersection of Bible study and technology. If you’re involved in the ways technology is shaping how we read, interpret, translate, and handle God’s Word, we’d love to hear what you’re working on. Why not share your expertise next March at BibleTech: 2013?

BibleTech’s speakers are a diverse and informative lot. A look at past BibleTech presentations reveals topics that range from the hypertechnical:

  • “Open Scriptures API: Distributed Model for Interlinked Text Development”
  • “Building a Semantic Clause Database of the Greek New Testament”
  • “A Data-Driven Approach to Word Sense Differentiation”
  • “Greek Syntax Databases: Retrospect and Prospect”
  • “Bible Navigator X: A Postmortem on Developing for the XBOX 360”

To the accessible topics:

  • “Social Scripture: The Bible on Facebook”
  • “Making Bible Search Results Relevant”
  • “Tweeting the Bible”
  • “Educating the 21st Century Pastor: The Intersection of Theology and Technology”

If you’re interested in sharing your interests with those who share your passion, submit a proposal for BibleTech: 2013 now!

Not interested in presenting? Register now!

The upcoming BibleTech conference will be held March 15 & 16 in Seattle, WA. Register before November 30, 2012, and save more than $50!  Experience a fresh look into the exciting ways technology is affecting how we study, visualize, and communicate the Scriptures. Register today!

Check Out Logos’ First Windows 8 App!

The release of Windows 8 is right around the corner, and we’re already offering our first Windows app. With the free Verse of the Day app, you’ll get a daily artist-created Scripture tile on your start screen.

You can browse through the last 30 verses, share the day’s verse, or jump to Biblia.com to read the whole passage.

If you’re already running Windows 8, download the app now. Once you’ve tried it out, rate and review it! We’d love to know what you think.

Running Logos 4 on Windows 8

Going to be picking up Windows 8 when it’s available? We recommend running Logos 4.6.

To check which version you’re currently running, click on the help icon (question mark in the upper-right-hand corner of the Logos homepage) and choose “About Logos Bible Software” from the dropdown menu. When the new window opens, you’ll see the version listed at the top (example).

If you’re not running the current version of Logos 4, type “Update now” into the Command Bar (example). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (example) and begin downloading them.

Pastor Appreciation Month Roundup: Oct. 20

To celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month, we’re revealing a new sale item each weekday through October 26. If you’ve been watching the Pastor Appreciation Month page, you’ve seen all the deals released so far. But if you’ve missed some, here are this week’s live specials:

Christian Focus Marriage and Family Collection (7 vols.)

Retail: $107.75  Regularly: $89.95

Only $69.95 with coupon code PAM11

The Christian Focus Marriage and Family Collection will help you enhance your own relationships—and understand and minister to relationships in your circle of influence.

The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 14

Retail: $25.95 Regularly: $15.95

FREE with coupon code PAMFREE

A lifelong preacher, Baxter wrote extensively on biblical and historical conceptions of the term pastor. Vol. 14 of The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter features The Reformed Pastor, one of the most influential post-Reformation writings on the subject.

Lewis Sperry Chafer Collection (9 vols.)

Retail: $184.95 Regularly: $149.95

Only $99.95 with coupon code PAM12

Lewis Sperry Chaffer remains one of the most beloved theologians of the early twentieth century. This nine-volume collection contains his views and expositions on a myriad of topics, such as dispensationalism, salvation, evangelism, grace, the kingdom of Christ, and elements of living a holy life.

For Calvinism and Against Calvinism (2 vols.)

Regularly: $33.98

Only $16.95 with coupon code PAM13

This two-volume collection contains award-winning author Michael Horton’s For Calvinism, which takes you beyond Calvinism’s caricatures, and Roger Olson’s Against Calvinism, which offers objections to the “new Calvinism”—a movement embraced by the “young, restless, Reformed” generation.

The Works of Arminius (4 vols.)

Retail: $148.95 Regularly: $99.95

Only $74.95 with coupon code PAM14

The Works of Arminius (4 vols.) contains Jacob Arminius’ major works, including his dissertation on Romans 7, analyses of Romans 9, speeches, lectures, personal correspondence, and essays, as well as an in-depth biography. Students of Arminius and Calvin alike will benefit from Arminius’ works in searchable Logos editions.

Keep watching the Pastor Appreciation Month sale page for new deals. All coupon codes expire October 31!

Organize Your Christian Community with Faithlife’s Calendars and Events

Faithlife’s latest update is a huge step forward for your online Christian community. With the addition of events and calendars, you can organize all your group outings, celebrations, and services, all in one place.

Create a Faithlife Event

I just set up an Apples to Apples board game tournament at church. Setting up the event was simple. I clicked the “New event” button (example) to get started and then picked a name for the event (example). When it comes to choosing an event type, there’s a dropdown menu with 19 choices, like:

  • Birthday party
  • Class
  • Confirmation
  • Lecture
  • Graduation
  • General

Once I had the event named and scheduled, I filled out some details for everyone who’d been invited (example). Then all I had to do was send out invites. I could invite entire groups or choose individuals from specific groups (example).

Create Group-Specific Events

Need to create an event for just one of your groups? Simply:

  1. Go to your Faithlife group
  2. Click the Calendar tab (example)
  3. Create a new calendar event (you can even set recurring events, such as church services, small groups, and Bible studies) (example)
  4. View your events either as a list or in calendar view (example)

Start using Faithlife to organize your community of faith today!

If you haven’t joined the Faithlife communty, now’s the time. Sign in using your Logos account, or sign up for a free account!

Pastor Appreciation Month Roundup: Oct. 13

To celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month, we’re revealing a new sale item every weekday through October 26. If you’ve been watching the Pastor Appreciation Month page, you’ve seen the deals released so far. But if you’ve missed them, here are the live specials for the second week:

A. T. Robertson Collection (15 vols.)

Retail: $365.87  Regularly: $249.95

Only $179.95 with coupon code PAM06

The 15-volume A. T. Robertson Collection contains the grammars, commentaries, lectures, and sermons of one of America’s foremost Baptist scholars. A founding member of the Baptist World Alliance, a Greek scholar, and prolific preacher, A. T. Robertson devoted his entire career to equipping others for ministry.

Tyndale Theological Studies Collection (5 vols.)

Retail: $123.00  Regularly: $99.95

Only $74.95 with coupon code PAM07

The Tyndale Theological Studies Collection brings together five diverse works from Tyndale Seminary Press. From collected essays on dispensationalism to a discussion of important pastoral topics, these resources are informative, highly practical, and theologically rich.

Deluxe Printed Training Bundle

Retail: $150.00

Only $100.00 with coupon code PAM08

Logos Bible Software 4 is packed with dynamic and innovative tools for Bible study. Morris Proctor’s Deluxe Printed Training Bundle will help you get the most out of your software. In this bundle you’ll get volumes one and two of the Logos 4 Bible Software Training Manuals, plus Inductive Bible Study with Logos Bible Software, the I-BEAM of Message Building Training Manual, the Logos QuickCard Set, and the Logos 4 Keyboard Shortcuts Mousepad.

The Works of Zwingli (7 vols.)

Retail: $201.65  Regularly: $69.95

Only $54.95 with coupon code PAM09

Zwingli preached against ecclesial corruption, fasting, the requirement of celibacy for the clergy, the veneration of saints, excommunication, and more, setting the stage for the Swiss Reformation. The Works of Zwingli (7 vols.), which assembles some of Zwingli’s most important works translated into English and includes historical works about his life and legacy.

Contemporary Theology Collection (6 vols.)

Retail: $284.80  Regularly: $119.95

Only $79.95 with coupon code PAM10

The Contemporary Theology Collection brings the eternal truth of God to bear upon the contemporary considerations of the modern intellectual condition. In six volumes, the collection examines the ontology of God, the Trinitarian nature of atonement, forgiveness and truth in the modern world, and much more. Each volume is marked by rigorous academic inquiry and timely appraisal of the issues.

Keep watching the Pastor Appreciation Month sale page for new deals. All coupon codes expire October 31!

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