Mark Driscoll Comes to Logos Bible Software

Logos Bible Software came to Mark Driscoll several years ago, and he’s a fan. Now Mark Driscoll comes to Logos. We just launched two brand new Driscoll titles: Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1 & 2 Peter and the Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive.

Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1 & 2 Peter, by Mark Driscoll [DOWNLOAD]Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1&2 Peter

Trial is a nearly 200-page Bible study guide on Peter’s letters. It was written to supplement Mark’s current series that he’s preaching at Mars Hill. If you attend Mars Hill or just like to listen to Mark’s preaching via the internet, adding this title to your Logos Bible Software library would be the perfect complement.

But it doesn’t have to be used in conjunction with the sermon series. Used by itself, it would make excellent material to work through in your personal Bible study, your family Bible times, your small group, or your Sunday school class. Pastors will get loads of practical applications for their preaching on these important letters.

It’s available for immediate download for only $9.95, but you can get it for free through the end of March when you purchase a subscription to Bible Study Magazine. Visit BibleStudyMagazine.com for all of the details.

Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive

Mark Driscoll Sermon ArchiveJust as cool, if not cooler, is the new Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive. For the first time ever, 10 years of Mark Driscoll’s sermon transcriptions will be available, and having them as part of your Logos Bible Software library means you can read, study, and search the writings of this important evangelical pastor and preacher with ease.

Driscoll has preached through fifteen books of the Bible and has spoken at well over a hundred conferences around the U.S. and world. These audio sermons are being transcribed, formatted, tagged, and integrated into the most power digital library system available. There’s no better way to find out what he says on a passage or an issue than the Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive.

Mark Driscoll hits today’s issues head on. This collection is sure to provide you with a wealth of relevant information on hot topics. The Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive is currently available for only $89.95, so be sure to place your pre-order soon and lock in the lowest possible price.

Darwin’s 200th Birthday

On February 12, 1809, two hundred years ago today, Charles Darwin was born. It’s difficult to overstate the impact that his theory of evolution has had over the last 150 years.

The book by which he is best known, Origin of Species (or On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life), is available in our Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection (71 Vols.), which is currently on Pre-Pub. If you haven’t yet pre-ordered this set, be sure to check it out. It’s an incredible value—about $1.41 per volume!

In light of this important day and the impact Darwin has had on the relationship between science and the Christian faith, we put together a Creation and Science Product Guide, which features all of our titles on creation, evolution, and science.

In the product guide you’ll find three collections and almost 30 individual titles:

The titles are written from a variety of perspectives and will help you grapple with the relationship between faith and science. So be sure to check it out and see which ones might be good additions to your library.

By the way, if you purchased the B. B. Warfield Collection (20 Vols.), you might want to read Warfield’s article “Charles Darwin’s Religious Life: A Sketch in Spiritual Biography” (The Works of Benjamin B. Warfield, Volume 9: Studies in Theology [Bellingham, WA: Logos, 2008], 541-81). It’s a fascinating look into Darwin’s spiritual journey.

Exporting Your Libronix Library to Zotero

If you do a lot of academic research and writing, you’re probably familiar with software like Endnote, Nota Bene’s Ibidem, and Zotero, all of which allow you to manage your research sources and easily insert footnotes or endnotes and build bibliographies based on the sources you cite.

I haven’t used Endnote or Ibidem, but I just started using Zotero, which comes in the form of a free Firefox plugin, and it looks like it is going to be very handy.

When trying to decide whether or not to use Zotero, two (related) problems I faced were (1) how Zotero would integrate with my Libronix library, where I do the bulk of my research and citing, and (2) how I would get all of my Libronix sources imported into my Zotero database.

If you use Zotero, you have to let it handle all of your citation footnotes, otherwise it won’t be able to automatically convert citations to the shortened form or to ibid where appropriate. As you know, Libronix automatically adds footnotes into several word processing programs, but if you use Zotero, you’ll have to recreate the footnotes with Zotero. That sounds like a lot of work, but the solution is fairly simple. All you need to do is export your Libronix library (a portion of it or the entire thing) into Zotero.

Open the Bibliography tool by going to Tools > Library Management > Bibliography. Select the collection that you’d like to export, and set the style to BibText Style, which Zotero supports.

After the report finishes generating, go to File > Export and save the report as a text file. (If you’re using Logos for Mac, just copy the contents of the report and paste them into a text file.)  You can then import this file into Zotero. If you’re dealing with thousands of resources, the import process may take a while, so be patient.

Now when you paste quotations from Libronix into your word processor, you can simply delete the footnote that automatically appears and quickly reinsert the citation with Zotero.

Happy International Septuagint Day

Okay, so we’re a couple of days late, but we didn’t want to miss out on International Septuagint Day, which apparently was this past Sunday.

We’ve addressed the LXX on the blog a couple of times in the last year, so I thought I’d point you to those posts just in case you missed them. They nicely illustrate the benefits of studying the Greek translation of the Old Testament.

To celebrate International Septuagint Day we’re offering a 25% discount on our Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint—the first ever Greek-English interlinear of the LXX available for any Bible software platform. Use coupon code LXX during checkout. The discount is good through the end of Valentine’s Day PST.

To see all the resources we have available on the Septuagint, be sure to check out our newly updated Product Guide to Resources for Septuagint Study. For the new titles, see especially the Additional Titles section.

Proximity Searching

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

If you enjoy small groups meeting in homes, you may like to find the places where Paul refers to a church in a house. To do so, execute a proximity search. Launch the Bible Speed Search or choose Search > Bible Search. Type this in the Search box: church within 7 words house. This search locates all the places where church and house occur within 7 words of each other. In the ESV, it turns up 5 results: Acts 8:3; Rom 16:5; 1 Cor 16:19; Col 4:15; and Philem 2. The proximity search is very helpful if you don’t know an exact phrase to look for. Give it a try.

For more tips like this, be sure to visit Morris Proctor’s Tips & Tricks blog or subscribe to the RSS feed.

20 Free Copies of Vintage Church, and More!

The March-April issue of http://www.biblestudymagazine.com/images/driscoll/vintagechurchbg.jpgBible Study Magazine has a cover story about Mark Driscoll, and we’re giving away 20 copies of his Vintage Church, which he coauthored with Western Seminary’s Gerry Breshears.

We’re also giving away five subscriptions to Bible Study Magazine and one copy of Bible Study Library.

There are four different ways to enter the giveaway, and you can increase your chance of winning by doing all of them.

Complete any or all of the following by March 31, 2009 to enter:

  1. Simply fill out the entry form and click “Submit.”
  2. Post a link in any of your social spheres (blog, forum, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.) to www.biblestudymagazine.com/driscoll letting people know about the giveaway. In April, we’ll search through all the backlinks to the site and select winners at random.
  3. Since Bible Study Magazine is published by Logos Bible Software, if you mention the giveaway and post a link to www.logos.com, we’ll search through those backlinks as well and select winners at random.
  4. Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine between now and March 31, 2009, and we’ll give you two more entries.

Head over to the giveaway page at BibleStudyMagazine.com for all of the details.

Counting the Ten Commandments

Counting the Ten Commandments -- at BibleStudyMagazine.comThe January-February issue of Bible Study Magazine had a very helpful article by Dr. Michael Heiser on the Ten Commandments (pages 21-23). In it he discusses the various ways different religious groups have divided the commandments. While everyone agrees that there were only 10, there is disagreement surrounding which verses go together and whether some portions constitute one commandment or two separate commandments. A helpful chart lays out these differences that exist among Judaism, most of Protestantism and the Orthodox church, and Roman Catholicism and Lutheranism.

If you haven’t yet subscribed to Bible Study Magazine, it’s not too late to get a copy of the January-February issue—but the deadline is today (Thursday, February 5). So you need to subscribe very soon! All orders placed tomorrow will start with the March-April issue.

Want a sneak peek of what’s inside? The full text and the chart of Mike’s article, “Counting the Ten Commandments,” is now available at BibleStudyMagazine.com.

Interested in doing more reading and studying on the Ten Commandments? Here are a few books that you might find helpful:

New Pre-Pubs from Wesleyan Publishing House

Wesleyan Bible Commentary Series (18 Vols.)Last week we put 43 new titles on Pre-Pub from Wesleyan Publishing House. In addition to their 18-volume commentary series covering the entire NT and three OT books, there are resources on holiness, the church, worship, devotions, and a number of other personal and ministry topics.

Have a look at these five new collections:

For other titles by Wesleyan, Methodist, or Arminian authors, check out these titles:

We’d love to hear from our Wesleyan, Methodist, and Arminian readers. What other titles would you like to see be made available? Leave a comment or send an email to suggest@logos.com to let us know.

Wallace, Runge, Decker, and Conrad Talk Greek

If you enjoy Greek grammar and linguistics, you’ll definitely want to read the fascinating discussion that’s been taking place over on Steve Runge’s blog, NT Discourse.

Steve’s post Markedness, Part 2 is what got things going. Rod Decker, Daniel Wallace, and Steve had a profitable three-way exchange in the comments.

Steve followed up with a second post What does ‘syntactic force’ mean? The back and forth continued in the comments with Carl Conrad (of the B-Greek list), Daniel Wallace, and Steve.

While Steve’s perspective is on the surface quite a bit different from the way Greek is taught in most Bible colleges and seminaries, there is actually significant agreement between well-respected Greek grammarians like Wallace, Conrad, and Decker and Steve.

Wallace, whose Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics has been used by tens of thousands of Greek students, sums it up well when he says, “It shows that we [grammarians and linguists] can cooperate in these projects and learn from each other. I believe that both sides have much to offer.”

If you’re interested in Greek studies and where they are going, be sure to read the dialog.

To learn more about Steve’s important work, check out his three products from Logos Bible Software:

Don’t Pay for Something You Can Get for Free.

Last week I read some advice that a seminary student was giving to potential Logos users. It went something like this: when trying to decide whether to invest in Logos, calculate the print value of the books that you think you’d actually use and, if that amount exceeds the cost of the package from Logos, buy it. But in your calculations make sure to exclude any books that are available for free elsewhere (e.g., from Google Books or Amazon’s Online Reader).

I think the first part of the advice is generally* sound, but the second part has problems. While it’s often a good idea not to spend money for something you can get for free, this is not always the case. The advice above leaves out two important factors: quality and convenience.

Quality

First, the advice above is not really comparing apples with apples. The quality of Logos digital books exceeds the quality of books available at Amazon’s Online Reader, Google Books, and other places on the internet.

So it may very well be worth paying money for books that are available for free online, if you want the ability to perform incredibly powerful searches, copy and paste text into papers or sermons with automatic citations, get instant access to Bible passages with a hover or a click, jump to cited books and articles, and all the other things that make Logos digital books so valuable.

So the advice would have been better if it had said, “Exclude any books that are of equal quality and available for free elsewhere.” But that still doesn’t quite do.

Convenience

Second, even if we were comparing apples with apples, that is, books of equal quality—or let’s assume you are the rare person who doesn’t need any of the benefits I mentioned above—there is value in the convenience of an integrated digital library. When your digital library is spread across multiple platforms and websites (e.g., Google Books, PDFs and Word docs on your computer, Amazon, and other places), it takes time (1) to remember where you have access to x, y, and z books and then (2) to perform multiple searches on multiple websites and desktop applications. That extra time spent can be quantified in terms of value, so it may be worth the money for the added convenience and time-saving benefit.

Let’s say you use iTunes for your music library. Numerous legal sources allow you to listen to music for free online, but you have to be connected to the internet and go to the website to listen to it. You can’t download it and integrate it into your digital music library in iTunes—or listen to it on your iPod. Perhaps for many songs that would be fine, but the benefit of convenience may make it worth it to purchase some music that is available for free elsewhere.

So I think we could further improve the advice by saying, “Exclude any books that are of equal quality and available for free elsewhere in a medium that offers equal convenience.”

Everyone has different needs and different financial abilities, and there are definitely times when it is financially wise to be content to use good secondary tools like Google Books and Amazon’s Online Reader. But if quality and convenience are important to you, it may very well be worth paying for something you can get for free elsewhere.


* However, I think you could make a case for why it might be wise to buy Logos even if the digital cost exceeded the print cost, but that is perhaps for another day and another blog post.