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40,000 Books in 18 Months: A Crowdsourced Tagging Project

The Logos forums are a wonderful place. There’s always someone ready to answer your questions and help you get the most from your Bible study. Never has this been clearer than in light of the thread “Theology/Denomination Tags,” which has been home to a fascinating crowd-sourced tagging project for the last 18 months.

A forum user suggested that Logos ought to tag all 40,000 resources on Logos.com by denomination, so that people could know each book’s theological tradition at a glance. That sort of tagging represents a tremendous amount of work, and the poster was initially misunderstood by several in the forum community. But he persisted and clarified his vision. Another user pointed out that users already have the tools to create these tags themselves, and suggested that the community take on the project. Slowly, the two of them won over a number of Logos power-users and forum MVPs. Together, over the course of 250+ posts, they did it. Now you can benefit from their work—just join the “Logos Library Theology/Denomination Tags” group on Faithlife.com!

What did they create?

The team made collection rules for every major denomination and theological category they could think of—78, to be exact.

A collection rule is a set of criteria according to which Logos can search your library. For example, I have a custom collection rule for Lexham Press books—”Publisher:Lexham.” It creates a collection for all the Lexham Press books I own; when I buy new ones, they’re added automatically. I can then quickly search my Lexham collection, or even add it to custom guides.

The forum team created a rule like that for every theological group, from the pre-Reformation to the Reformation and everything in between. Many of these rules are very involved—the Puritans rule, for instance, contains 26 authors, one seminary, and one publishing house.

How can I get it?

When the group reached consensus last month, a forum user created an open Faithlife group around the project. You can join it right now, click the Documents tab, and add their work to your Logos library.

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There are two major takeaways here:

First, the Logos forums host a very special digital community. If you’re not involved, you’re missing out. Join the conversation at Community.Logos.com.

Second, Faithlife.com is the glue that holds together the Logos ecosystem. It enables community and collaboration on a remarkable scale. Join the “Theology/Denomination Tags” group, and start benefiting today.

Add More Art to Your Proclaim Subscription

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Proclaim gives you $1,000 worth of effortlessly beautiful Smart Media. It’s a great presentation package, but if you’re presenting each week, you might want even more.

Proclaim’s talented designers have crafted a line of deluxe presentation art: Pro Media. It’s a whole suite of seasonal and generic title slides, content and lyric slides, special-case assets like Facebook- and Twitter-centric announcements, even stunning videos. And we’re adding more art to Pro Media every month! You won’t have to go looking for great worship art anymore—with Pro Media, it comes directly to you.

Pro Media gives your presentation extra polish. It’s beautiful, not urgent.

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Of course, all the art included in your Pro Media subscription is Smart Media—for every piece, our design team has already preselected the best font, text color, size, and positioning. Proclaim’s art gives you an elegant presentation every time.

Learn more about Pro Media at ProclaimOnline.com/Media.

Then add Pro Media to your Proclaim subscription in the app or over the phone at 855-715-6467!

Proclaim Gets a Major Update!

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We think that everyone in a church, from the administrator to the media director, should be able to create compelling visual presentations. That’s the game-changing idea behind Proclaim. Intuitive features like Smart Media ensure that you don’t have to spend time matching font and text colors with your art. Proclaim’s collaboration-oriented design meets the unique needs of everyone on your team, from the senior pastor to the worship leader to the tech volunteer.

Meet the new Proclaim

Proclaim recently got a major update—here’s a rundown of what’s new:

Redesigned user interface

Embracing the flat aesthetic, we’ve eliminated gradients and reflections. The new UI improves performance, not just looks—now there are fewer graphical elements to move around.

Speed, stability & continuity

We’ve updated some of Proclaim’s core technology, making everything faster, more stable, and more consistent across platforms. Now, slides render identically on both Mac and Windows.

Customization that lasts

Smart Media is one of the ways Proclaim saves you a lot of time. And now, if you customize a slide—say, to match an uploaded background image—your changes will be preserved even if you change backgrounds. If you customize your slides, you’ll only have to do it once!

On-Screen Bible

The new On-Screen Bible service item brings your preaching passage to life with subtle animations. With three styles and eight colors to choose from, you’re sure to find a look that fits every presentation you build. Just type a passage into the Reference box and your animation is created in seconds. Check it out:

Affordable pricing for churches of every size

You can try the new Proclaim free for 30 days. If you decide to subscribe, Proclaim specialists are standing by, eager to help, at 855-715-6467.

Proclaim pricing scales to make exceptional church presentations affordable for churches of all sizes. We don’t charge per download, so you can install Proclaim on as many computers as you like. Likewise, we don’t charge per user—you can collaborate with as many volunteers as you like, without paying extra.

Your whole church benefits from Proclaim. Use it in youth group, Sunday school class, small group, children’s church, church proper, and anywhere else you can think of—all at no extra cost.

Download Proclaim for free at ProclaimOnline.com/Download.

Or break the price into smaller, more manageable interest-free monthly payments—call us at 855-715-6467 to get a phone-only subscription deal!

3 Helpful Commands You Might Not Know About

Logos 5Logos 5 offers so many time-saving features that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Here are three I use on a regular basis:

1. “Update Now”

You can force an update by typing “Update Now” into the command box, which directs Logos to search for updates to both the software and all your resources. Resource updates include things like additional links, typo fixes, and—of course—downloads of new books you’ve recently purchased. Logos updates itself on its own, but Update Now starts the process immediately.

2. “Close All”

My favorite layout includes an exegetical guide, a passage guide, a half-dozen Bibles, four commentaries, and the info tool. I usually start there and, as I study, open even more books, guides, and Bibles. It’s not uncommon for me to end up with three dozen tabs open across four different panes. It would take at least two minutes to close them individually, but I can close them all at once by typing “Close All” into the command box.

3. “Facilitate Serendipitous Discovery”

Many Logos users have multiple thousands of books. With a theological library that large, you might have books you’ve never read—or even opened. The Facilitate Serendipitous Discovery (FSD) command opens a resource at random, so you can get to know even more of your library. Type “FSD” into the command box to start exploring. I use this command daily, and I’m still finding new things.

Bonus: drag to shortcuts bar

All three of these commands can be saved to the shortcuts bar. Just type them and then, rather than pressing enter to execute, drag the command from the dropdown menu into your shortcuts bar, to the right of the command box.

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As you can see, “update now,” “close all,” and “FSD” are the first three items on my shortcuts bar. You can add your favorite Bibles, books, tools, and layouts, too.

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Our Top Picks: Best Bible Commentaries

the-expositors-bible-commentaryOver the next few months, we’ll be highlighting some of the most popular products in each resource category on Logos.com. Today we start with commentaries.

Three reader favorites

It’s important to lean on the wisdom and experience of those who have come before us (Proverbs 11:14). Commentaries are one of the best ways to do just that:

“It seems odd, that certain men who talk so much of what the Holy Spirit reveals to themselves, should think so little of what he has revealed to others . . . It has been the fashion of late years to speak against the use of commentaries . . . A respectable acquaintance with the opinions of the giants of the past, might have saved many an erratic thinker from wild interpretations and outrageous inferences”
—Charles Spurgeon

Logos.com offers nearly three thousand commentaries. That’s a lot to choose from, so here are three of our most popular sets:

1. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary

The EBC gives you an analysis of each biblical book, plus an introduction, outline, and bibliography. The result is a well-rounded, accessible commentary recognized for excellence by an ECPA Gold Medallion Award. A team of 50 authors contributed their expertise, each articulating well-researched convictions while dealing fairly with opposing points of view.

word-biblical-commentary2. Word Biblical Commentary

For a more academic perspective, add the 59-volume Word Biblical Commentary to your Logos library. This huge set enjoyed universal acclaim in print, and now, networked with your other resources in the Logos format, it’s even more powerful. The WBC’s depth makes it one of Logos’ most sought-after series.

3. NIV Application Commentary

On every page, this newer set demonstrates how the truth of Scripture remains as relevant today as it ever was. Like many commentaries, it explains historical background and original-language nuance; more than that, though, it also offers pragmatic modern applications for the truth it unearths.

Coming soon . . .

We’re not done adding to our commentary library—there’s some great new content on the way. You can bid on or pre-order both of these sets right now!

Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters

Charles Spurgeon wrote formal commentaries on only two books—Psalms and Matthew. But, of course, he taught on the rest of the Bible all throughout his massive body of work. Logos’ own Elliot Ritzema has undertaken the task of combing through Spurgeon’s essays, lectures, sermons, and books, gathering Spurgeon’s words into commentary form. The first volume—Galatians—is available for download right now, and eight more volumes are available for pre-order at a great discount.

the-speakers-commentaryThe Speaker’s Commentary

In the late nineteenth century, the Anglican Church was at a crossroads. Controversial issues of historical critcism, racism, and polygamy clamored for a definitive response. F. C. Cook led a team of 30 scholars to craft a remarkably self-aware set of commentaries that speak not just to Anglicans but to the the global church about its place in a fallen world. We’re bringing this 13-volume set to Logos through Community Pricing, so you can help set the price—and get an amazing discount.

Download, pre-order, or bid on your favorite commentary sets right now—you can take up to 18 months to pay with an interest-free payment plan.

Pick out your favorite commentaries today!

Stay Up to Date on Our Best Content

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You subscribe to LogosTalk because you want to hear about special offers, improve your Bible study, and stay up to date on the latest Pre-Pub and Community Pricing products—but have you checked out our other blogs?

We have an entire family of blogs, covering everything from devotionals to Bible study tips to seminary advice. Here are a few you might enjoy:

faithlife_blogFaithlife: The Faithlife blog is the voice of both the Faithlife Study Bible app and the social platform at Faithlife.com. It offers advice on personal Bible study and corporate worship, and urges believers to seek and celebrate the truth of Scripture.

vyrso_blogVyrso: Stay up to date on free and discounted books, up-and-coming writers, Christian-living tips, exclusive interviews with pastors and authors, and more!

proclaim_blogProclaim: Great for pastors, worship leaders, and users of Proclaim Church Presentation Software, the Proclaim blog covers everything related to the worship arts. If you’re involved in service planning, this blog is a must-read.

logos_academic_blogLogos academic: The Logos academic blog features content and deals related to biblical studies, ancient languages, and other areas of academic interest. You’ll find interviews with biblical scholars, book reviews, guest posts, information on Mobile Ed, and much more.

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Subscribe to your favorite blogs by email or RSS to make sure you never miss a thing. Then, if you want to stay up to date on the top content from each blog, subscribe to the Logos Weekly Digest list—you’ll receive one email a week with highlights from each blog.

Join the Weekly Digest list right now!

Try the New Reftagger Beta!

Reftagger BetaIt’s been more than five years since Logos released Reftagger, the web tool that converts Bible references into links with hover-preview. Since then, it’s been installed on more than 13,000 websites and used to preview more than 20 billion verses. The newly updated Reftagger is even better. It’s coming very soon, but the beta is available now!

If you already have Reftagger installed, you already know how wonderful it is, and you can jump to the new version right now.

What does it do?

Reftagger automatically detects Scripture references and converts them into links to an online Bible. It even creates a preview when readers hover over the reference, so they don’t have to leave your website. The hover-preview also shows social icons, making it easier than ever for visitors to share Scripture.

How does it look?

It looks like this: 1 John 4:9. It works on verse ranges too, like this: 1 John 4:9–10. And it even handles a variety of reference formats, like I Jn. 4:9.

You can customize the colors, version, and sharing options to match your site, and the newly redesigned hover-preview looks great on websites of any style.

How does it work?

Paste the script into the footer of your website with JavaScript enabled, and voilà! All your Scripture references will be hyperlinked automatically.

Choose from two done-for-you themes—light or dark—or customize everything, including the background, text color, sharing options, and translation.

Grab the new script from the forums, and install it on your website today!

Go Seahawks! Logos Bible Software Roots for the Home Team

12th man 2The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl, and Logos stands firmly behind them! Here’s proof: a 12th Man flag flying high at Logos HQ.

From the beginning, this has been a season of high expectations. The Hawks were favored to beat out longtime rival San Francisco for the NFC West crown, and many predicted that the team would contend for the NFC Championship and even a Super Bowl title. The Seahawks have lived up to every expectation.

Earlier this season, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized the Seahawks’ fans as the loudest in the world. Their passion and savvy create a home-field advantage for the Seahawks—one so measurable that the team has taken to calling their fans the 12th Man. Since 2005, Seahawks opponents have committed more false-start penalties than any other team—130—due in large part to the noise in Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.

As the Hawks prepare for their February 2 showdown with the Denver Broncos, the team’s loyal fans are wearing signs of solidarity back home. Logos is no exception.

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Seahawks: Logos Bible Software stands behind you!

How are you supporting the Seahawks? Let us know: tweet @Logos using #SB48!

Just Like He Promised

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As God was escorting Adam and Eve out of the only home they’d ever known, he paused for a moment to make a promise. They had eaten of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, breaking the only prohibition God had given them. They had sinned, and their punishment was to forfeit their perfect home and the peace they enjoyed there. God cast them into a life of pain and hardship, defined by labor. Sin permanently altered the world. But there was a single ray of hope—a promise (Genesis 3:15) that God renewed with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

God reminded each new generation that he’d not forgotten. He’d not forgotten their plight. He’d not forgotten his promise.

God keeps his promises

Theologians call this promise, the first of its kind, the Protoevangelium. I’ve often wondered if Joseph thought of it when the Angel of the Lord gave him the name of the child that Mary was carrying, renewing that promise yet again: “you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” —Matthew 1:21

Jesus’ arrival shouldn’t have surprised anyone. For years he’d been promising to come, but many people expected their God to arrive in a dramatic, victorious way. They believed the messiah should arrive triumphantly, astride a stallion, backed by the army of heaven. But God delivered on his promise in a humble roadside inn in one of the most modest towns in the whole country. There arrived the world’s hope. There, God proved once again that he keeps his promises.

Christmas: a reminder of his faithfulness

Even though God has kept all his promises throughout history, and preserved his Word in a compelling, error-free record; even though God has never given me any reason to doubt his faithfulness, power, or love; yet I still doubt—not always actively, but I’m often surprised when God keeps a promise to me. Why?

I don’t know all the reasons, but each year, the Christmas season reminds me that God’s faithfulness outlasts my belief in him. God’s goodness exceeds my expectations. Even though Adam and Eve were long gone, even though their descendants had long stopped believing, he fulfilled his promise.

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Rediscover the wonder of God’s faithfulness at Logos.com/Christmas.

 

Get Christmas Deals under $100!

Stocking Stuffers

From 15% off Logos 5 base packages to 50% off topical bundles to the 500 Book Mega Pack (at 96% off!), Logos’ Christmas sale has something for everyone! You can see all the deals at Logos.com/Christmas, but here are a few standouts under $100. Just use coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFERS to save:

lexham-high-definition-new-testament-esv-editionLexham High Definition New Testament: ESV Edition

Regularly: $79.95 | now: $59.96

This three-volume collection’s innovative visual presentation unlocks literary and grammatical insight previously available to only the most advanced Greek scholars. You’ll get a full New Testament, annotated to emphasize meaning, plus a glossary of critical terminology and an introduction to the discipline of discourse. This resource is unique to Logos Bible Software—there isn’t another study tool like it anywhere in the world.

R. C. Sproul Digital Library (24 vols.)r-c-sproul-digital-library

Regularly: $79.95 | now: $51.97

R. C. Sproul has become a standard-bearer of the Reformed tradition, influencing a new generation of Calvinists through his daily radio program and his writings. Now digitally compiled and networked with other Logos resources, Sproul’s works on theology and Christian living are more useful than ever before. This collection includes a single-volume commentary, a powerful dictionary of theology, and many articles compiled in one place for the first time. No matter your faith tradition, you’ll benefit from such a clear articulation of Reformed theology.

MacArthur Lifeworks Librarymacarthur-lifeworks-library-20

Regularly: $71.99 | now: $43.19

When it comes to Bible study, few are more diligent than John MacArthur: many have reported that he’s faithfully maintained 30 hours of Bible study a week throughout 30 years of ministry. Pick up the MacArthur Lifeworks Library and you’ll start benefiting from all that diligent study. In addition to MacArthur’s own works, this collection gives you many of the study tools that Dr. MacArthur most frequently cites, such as Larry Pierce’s Tense, Voice, Mood Analysis of the Bible and the New Strong’s Guide to Bible Words.

Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (EDT), 2nd ed.evangelical-dictionary-of-theology-edt-2nd-ed

Regularly: $53.95 | now: $40.46

Published in 1986, the EDT quickly became a go-to text for first-year theology students. The life’s work of Walter Elwell of Wheaton College, the EDT became all the more popular and useful after a thorough revision in 2001. The Logos edition is tagged by topic, so you’ll see its content in your Passage Guide and Sermon Starter, offering a helpful starting point for all your theological studies.

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Visit Logos.com/Christmas to see all 15 deals under $100. Hurry—these prices disappear soon. Don’t forget to use coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFERS at checkout to take advantage of these special Christmas prices!

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