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.

12th man

Seahawks: Logos Bible Software stands behind you!

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

Get $100 Off Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry

berit-olam-studies-in-hebrew-narrative-and-poetryThrough February 4, pre-order the 13-volume Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry commentary series and get $100 off!

Berit Olam (“The Everlasting Covenant”) gives you the latest developments in literary analysis of the ancient Hebrew texts. This collection is an enormous breakthrough in biblical scholarship and commentary—it’ll help you find answers that are both theologically meaningful and wide in scholarly scope. It represents some of the best linguistic and historical research available in English.

Immerse yourself in Hebrew storytelling & poetry

The authors reflect a variety of traditions, yet they share the same desire—to help you better appreciate the craft, poetry, and storytelling of the ancient Hebrew world.

The series looks not only at the historical context in which the Scriptures were written, but also at how Christians throughout the ages have interpreted them.

“Berit Olam, an outstanding contribution to biblical literature, is a multivolume commentary filling a needed niche in the field . . . recognizing the fine arts of storytelling and poetry that make up the biblical corpus and therefore contributing to a fuller understanding and appreciation of the art forms that constitute the biblical text.” —Robin Gallaher Branch

What stands out about this collection is that it doesn’t place any one hermeneutical method above the others. Instead, it combines a look at Christian thought throughout the ages and attention to historical detail to give you a well-rounded commentary on 27 books of the Bible.

Get it first—at the best price!

Through February 4, you can pre-order Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry for 28% off—that’s $100 in savings! This is a Pre-Pub you don’t want to miss.

Get it as soon as it ships: pre-order yours now!

4 Ways to Get the Logos News You Want

Computer keyboard mailLogos offers more than 40,000 titles, plus lots of other tools and resources. With a selection like that, it can be hard to make sure you’re hearing about the products you care about.

Here are four ways to make sure you stay in the know:

1. Logos user survey:

Are you a pastor? A professor? A student? Do you study the original languages? What mobile platforms do you use? Questions like these not only help us serve you better right now; they help us ensure we’re moving in the right direction to serve you tomorrow.

You can start the survey, stop at any time, and then pick up wherever you left off. Feel free to skip questions that don’t apply (or you don’t feel like answering). Start the survey now!

2. Faithlife profile:

The info on your Faithlife profile not only helps us get to know you better—it helps other users in the Logos forums get to know you, too.

Oh, and when you’re filling out your Faithlife profile, make sure you include your birthday (and sign up for the Personalized Offers email list) so we know when to send you your gift!

3. Email lists:

We have an amazing number of email lists, and that’s by design. We want you to get the news you want and skip the information you’re not going to care about.

Not only do we have lists for special offers, freebies, and company news; we have a ton of lists based on your interests and preferences, like:

  • Greek studies
  • Theology
  • Orthodox resources
  • Pauline studies
  • Church history and biography
  • And many more

Head to the email-list and RSS-feed page and choose the news you want!

4. Wish lists:

Your wish list is a great way to keep track of what you’d like to add to your library. Not only will you be able to remember which resources you’ve been considering—we’ll even let you know when one of your wish-list items goes on sale.

Start populating your wish list now!

We want to help you hear about only the stuff you’re interested in, not the stuff you’re not. If you have any questions about how your information is used, check out our updated privacy policy and terms of service.

Find the Right Meaning with the Bible Sense Lexicon

Logos 5 Spring SaleIn a previous post, we saw how the Bible Sense Lexicon is like a net that, when homonyms get you tangled up, lets you capture only the exact meanings you want. Here we continue by looking at how extensions of a meaning can entangle you, too.

Consider the verb “fish.” It seems like a relatively straightforward word, meaning “to catch or try to catch fish.” But have you ever “fished” for your keys in your pocket? Have you ever seen someone “fish” for a compliment? Word meanings can extend in any number of ways.

Specialize your searches

Common biblical words often have a myriad of extended meanings. Take, for example, the Hebrew and Greek words for “house.” These words can refer to a house (the physical building), a family (i.e., the people who live in a house), a people group (as in the house of Israel), or a temple (i.e., the house of YHWH), among other meanings.

Now imagine you want to do a Bible study on the temple when it’s referred to as God’s “house.” With a regular search in English, this is almost impossible—there’s no uniform way the temple is referred to as God’s house across translations. Sometimes it’s called “the house of the Lord,” sometimes “the house of God,” sometimes just “the/this house”; sometimes translators render “house” as “temple.” (For example, in the New American Standard Bible, 2 Chronicles 32:21 reads, “And when he had entered the temple of his god,” where temple is the Hebrew word for “house.”)

We can try a few of these searches to get a feel for the difficulties. First, let’s try to be as general as possible:

  • Open a search box.
  • Type “house” in the search box and click enter.

BSL 2 no. 1

As you might have guessed, this is not a very useful search—it gives over 1,800 results! Let’s try to be more specific, but before we do, let’s make sure we’re not missing anything.

In the open search box, click your preferred Bible and change the setting by clicking “Top Bibles.”

BSL 2 no. 2
 

Now let’s search our top Bibles for something more specific: type “house of the Lord” (with quotation marks) in the search box, and click enter. Scroll through the different headings in the search results, and see how many hits you got in each of your top Bibles.

Here’s a sampling:

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No Bible produces the same results, and we haven’t even looked for “house of God” yet!

This is not to speak badly of Bible translations; it’s only to point out the Bible translations weren’t really created with search in mind. Could there be a better way to find all the places where the temple is referred to by the concept of “house”?

  • First, open the Bible Sense Lexicon in Logos 5.

BSL 2 no. 6

  • Next, type “house” in the Bible Sense Lexicon’s search box.
  • Mouse over any item in the dropdown to discover if it has the meaning you’re looking for.

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  • Click the label for “temple ⇔ house” in the dropdown.

BSL 2 no. 8

We get 631 results for this meaning of “house”! These will be all the occurrences of this meaning, regardless of whether the text says just “house” or whether it says “house of God / the Lord.”

Finally, mouse over the verse references in the Bible Sense Lexicon panel, or click them to see the verses in context:

BSL 2 no. 9

Don’t waste your time constructing searches that might not get you the results you want. Cast your net more wisely: check out the Bible Sense Lexicon.

Get the Bible Sense Lexicon by purchasing or upgrading to Gold today!

Why People Love the Spurgeon Commentary on Galatians

Spurgeon Commentary GalatiansLast fall, we released a unique publishing project—the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians. Spurgeon preached and wrote a great deal on Galatians, but he never wrote a commentary on it. So we did the legwork of gathering his insights into one volume.

The resulting resource is valuable for anyone interested in what Spurgeon has to say about any passage in Galatians. It collects his thoughts and organizes them according to exposition, illustration, application, and even theme—that way you can see what stories Spurgeon told about, say, evangelism.

Why it’s so useful

We asked several reviewers to tell us what they thought of the resource, and they were unanimous in their praise! Here are samples from three reviews:

“I would, without hesitation, recommend Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians. This is a very, very good resource, and one that will surely be a terrific addition to any Logos user’s library.” —Aaron Armstrong, Blogging Theologically

“With such a large amount of material spoken by Spurgeon and so little written, it can be very difficult to discover insights on particular passages or topics from this great pastor theologian. What that means is that Logos Bible Software combed through Spurgeon’s 3,500+ sermons for direct allusions to or quotations of the book of Galatians and compiled this commentary accordingly—all so that we can easily get to Spurgeon’s insight on a particular passage.” —Jason Brueckner, The Brave Reviews

“If you are among the thousands who appreciate Spurgeon’s teaching, this resource promises to dramatically decrease research and preparation time—good news for time-starved Bible preachers and teachers.” —David Daniels, WiseReader

Join these happy reviewers in benefiting from the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians—get your copy right now!

P.S. Want to receive future volumes in the Spurgeon Commentary Collection at a discount? Pre-order the Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters.

Studying the Old Testament: 3 Terms to Keep in Mind

logos-mobile-education-john-walton-background-of-the-old-testament-bundleThe Old Testament makes up two-thirds of the Bible and lays the foundation on which the rest of Scripture stands. Yet most churches devote less than half their teaching to the OT.

Where do you start studying the Old Testament, and where do you start teaching it? With Dr. John Walton’s Mobile Ed Bundle, you’ll walk through the background and typology of the Old Testament, laying the framework for your future studies.

In his introduction, Walton explains three things to keep in mind while studying the Old Testament:

 

With Logos Mobile Ed, you learn in an innovative mobile learning environment designed to leverage the power of Logos Bible Software. It’s a biblical and theological education that only Logos could design and deliver.

This introduction is just the beginning. Further your Old Testament studies—pre-order the John Walton Bundle today and get it for 40% off!

Finding the Right Sermon Illustrations

300-illustrations-for-preachersLast fall, we introduced a new book to help preachers illustrate their sermons: 300 Illustrations for Preachers. This collection of powerful illustrations, selected and edited by Jim L. Wilson, is categorized by theme and Scripture reference. It integrates seamlessly into your Logos library and is easily searchable using the Sermon Starter Guide in Logos 5.

For example, let’s say I’m preaching about the image of God, and I want to emphasize the importance of every individual. Searching through 300 Illustrations for Preachers by topic, I find this:

Undervaluing an Original

Theme: Image of God

Matthew 10:29–31; Luke 12:6–7

“Oliver Chanler of Geneseo, NY explained why no one had ever cleaned a portrait of George Washington that hung in his parents’ home. ‘Suspect that’s because no one thought it was of great value.’ The family had always supposed the portrait was a common copy. Appraisers declared it an original Gilbert Stuart portrait worth around $300,000. It eventually sold at auction for $925,000.

We treat those things of great value with more care than things we consider common. Can we remember that each person is an original with great worth in the Lord’s eyes?”

—Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

I can find this illustration by searching thematically (image of God) or by Scripture (Matthew 10:29–31 or Luke 12:6–7). I even have a link to the original article in case I want to dig deeper. So however I chose to prepare my sermon, I have an easily accessible and effective way to help my audience remember that all people, no matter their appearance, are special because they are made in God’s image.

300 Illustrations for Preachers is an incredible value, and it’s very close to leaving Community Pricing at just $7. The more people bid on it, the lower the price goes—pre-order your copy today!

Then check out all the Lexham Press resources on Community Pricing.

Save Now on 3 New Logos Mobile Ed Courses!

Mobile EdLogos Mobile Education brings together renowned professors, an incredible theological library, amazing software tools and features, and an online academic community that brings it all right to you.

This revolutionary education program leverages the power of Logos Bible Software to create an innovative learning environment that’s completely mobile. It’s the kind of biblical and theological education that only Logos could design and deliver.

Check out these new Mobile Ed courses:

Logos Mobile Education: NT331 Book Study:
Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Douglas Moo, the highly respected Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, covers this important epistle’s themes. Dr. Moo follows Paul’s arguments while addressing important historical and theological considerations, as well as current ideas in Pauline studies.

With Mobile Ed, you’re getting an education built on the best technology:

  • The high-definition videos are filmed in short segments that you can return to as often as you’d like. Dr. Moo’s teaching is filmed in a one-to-one format that helps give the class a personalized feel.
  • Videos are enriched with links to the Logos library. From the lectures, you can jump into Logos 5 and take your study even deeper. Follow along as the video connects you to the right book, page, and paragraph. Plus, like your library, video lectures are fully searchable.
  • Screencast Logos 5 videos translate what you’re learning into cutting-edge study techniques. Not only are you receiving a valuable biblical education; you’re learning skills you’ll draw from in your ministry for years to come.
  • The centerpiece of the Mobile Ed courseware is the Logos digital library, the premier biblical research tool for the twenty-first century. No other resource puts as much standard academic material for theology and biblical studies at your fingertips and at the pace of your life. No other educational program lets you take the library with you.

Pick up this course while it’s on Pre-Pub and save over 40%—pre-order yours now.

Logos Mobile Education: John Walton Background of the Old Testament Bundle (2 courses)

The Old Testament constitutes two-thirds of our Bible, but most churches devote less than half their teaching to it. Where does one begin making use of the Old Testament? In these two courses, Dr. John Walton lectures on the background and typology of the Old Testament and the origins of Genesis 1–3, opening the doors for pastors, students, and laypeople to begin studying and learning from the OT. Successful students will come away with a new interpretive framework through which to analyze the Old Testament, exegeting and wrestling with the text on its own terms.

Pre-order yours while it’s on Pre-Pub for 40% off!

Logos Mobile Education: Elyse Fitzpatrick Bundle (3 courses)

These three courses—in counseling and personal and professional development—build the fundamental character principles every growing and learning Christian must have. Elyse Fitzpatrick brings over 24 years of Bible-focused counseling to your education, helping you understand the importance of a rock-solid identity in Christ and teaching tried-and-true methods for imparting this identity to everyone you meet.

Pre-order now to save 40% on these three courses.

And don’t forget: the entire nine-course Logos Mobile Education: Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle is available on Pre-Pub, too, for an even greater discount!

Learn more about Logos Mobile Education

Want to learn more about educational opportunities with Logos Mobile Ed? Visit Logos.com/Mobile-Ed, or check out the following posts:

Then join the discussion in the Logos Mobile Education forums!

Logos Just Got Voted a Glassdoor Top Employer—Here’s Why

Glassdoor best places to work.jpgAs employees, we have a behind-the-scenes look at how Logos functions. We can give the most honest, accurate feedback about what it’s like to work here. This year, that feedback landed Logos among Glassdoor’s top 10 best medium-sized companies to work for!

Glassdoor lets employees leave voluntary, anonymous reviews of their employers. Here’s what some of us had to say:

“Most challenging and fulfilling place I’ve worked . . . The feedback is always constructive with a view to making things better or more efficient.”

“A company that is genuinely concerned about its employees and pushes them to grow.”

“I never want to work anywhere else . . . The best thing about Logos is the people. The caliber of talent is amazing . . . Our CEO is always asking how we can make Logos a better place to work and employee suggestions are taken to heart.”

“Challenging job with more opportunity than I could have possibly expected . . . Logos Bible Software is a great place to learn and grow as a software developer.”

You can get a totally candid look behind the scenes at Glassdoor’s page of Logos reviews.

Honor God. Love others.

As companies grow, rules and regulations often increase, and interaction with management often decreases. At Logos, I’ve experienced just the opposite. In fact, a couple years ago, our employee manual was trimmed to just four words: “Honor God. Love others.” Yes, we have an employee manual, but as you can see, it’s based more on how we treat each other, and less about day-to-day rules.

We’re free to make suggestions, free to try big things, and even free to fail: Recently, a fellow coworker made a mistake that cost us a lot of money. Our CEO, Bob Pritchett, responded by saying, “We made a mistake. We own it, we learn from it, and we welcome the chance to show our employees and our customers that we mean what we say about our values and ‘The Logos Way.’”

The Logos Way is what leads to us employees feeling trusted and appreciated. It’s why we give such positive feedback on sites like Glassdoor. Maybe it’s just our way of saying “thank you.” Because when employees are happy, it affects everything—our morale, our products, and our customers.

Don’t just take my word for it—check out Glassdoor’s full list of the best medium-sized companies to work for.

We currently have over 70 positions open, so while you’re at it, check out our careers page!

Finding Your Voice as a Preacher: An Interview with Greg Laurie

Greg LaurieRight now, you can pre-order Greg Laurie’s sermon archive on Pre-Pub for 33% off! We recently had the chance to talk with Laurie about the people and experiences that have influenced him most as a preacher.

1. As you look back over the years, can you think of messages or series that made as big an impact on you as they did on your audience?

In recent years, I have become a much more serious student of heaven and the afterlife. The reason for this is that our oldest son, Christopher, died five years ago in a tragic automobile accident. When someone close to you—especially a child—dies, you are forever changed.

My son put his faith in Jesus Christ and is in heaven today. I want to know more about what he is doing and what heaven is like. I recently taught the book of Revelation, chapter by chapter, verse by verse, and I can assure you it was not merely some academic exercise. The word “revelation” means “unveiling,” and as I studied—then taught—from this great sweeping book, much was unveiled for me.

Revelation unveils so much on the spiritual realm—on heaven and what we will do there.

Not to mention the fact that there is a special blessing promised to the person who reads, hears, and keeps the words of Revelation (Revelation 1:3 NKJV). I know that I was blessed by studying and teaching it. I trust those that heard it were, too.

2. What is your process for preparing a message?

First I read the text I am going to teach on. I read it again and again, in multiple translations.

I pray to capture what is being communicated contextually. It is never my intent or desire to impose my view on a text of Scripture, but rather to have the Scripture impose its view on me, so to speak.

Then I begin a process of careful study. I want to know what the original language says, of course. Then there is understanding the time’s unique cultural ideas, which might help reveal what that verse meant to the people reading it when it was written.

After that, I seek the meaning of the verse for myself and the people I will be speaking to. This is why Logos is of such value. There is nothing else quite like it, and it only gets better every year. I begin to go through trusted commentaries and get the insights of those who have written and taught on the text I’m doing exegesis on. Having done that, I begin dumping the data into a Word document. I don’t really worry about an outline, apart from what the text dictates. Once it’s all in the document, I start developing it into a proper message with illustrations, etc.

I find that here it starts taking shape, and I’ll often come up with the title at the end. I then print it out and write comments in the margins right up until I deliver the message. Sometimes I’ll even edit the message on the fly as I give it, bringing up some points sooner rather than later. The goal and prayer is that, at this point, the Holy Spirit will guide and lead. It is only when you have immersed yourself in a text that you have the liberty to do this, as you know your topic well.

As one country preacher put it, “I read myself full. I pray myself hot. I let myself go!” It is essential that we as students, and especially as teachers, of the Bible believe that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV).

It is not my job to “make the Bible interesting” or even relevant. The Bible is already relevant. It is “God-breathed.” My job, when I get into the pulpit, is to “let the lion out of the cage” and trust that God will honor and use His Word to impact lives. He promises that His Word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11 NKJV).

3. Did you find your voice and style of preaching right away, or did you start off emulating the styles of other pastors and teachers?

Like any other preacher, I strongly emulated others when I first started. By the way, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. You’re effectively developing a template, and that’s important.

It’s a good thing to acknowledge the people who influence you, and not make apologies for it, as others may even see it more than you do. One day, perhaps someone will emulate you.

Paul told Timothy to “commit these things to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Our job is to pass it on.

4. When you look at teaching in the church today, what’s encouraging you? What are you enthusiastic about?

I’m enthusiastic about a generation of younger people who are becoming passionate about teaching the Bible and preaching the gospel. Christian books continue to sell quickly, and now, with quick access to online media, people can download sermons; millions and millions do. We must be a biblically literate church, and that comes from careful study of the Bible. I am thrilled people want access to my sermon collection, which has amassed over 40 years. I hope to see these truths passed on.

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Pre-order the Greg Laurie Sermon Archive for 33% off while you still can!