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Build Community with Shared Prayer Lists

“Praying and sinning will never live together in the same heart. Prayer will consume sin, or sin will choke prayer.” —J. C. Ryle

We all know the importance of prayer, but things get in the way—busyness, lack of accountability, lack of reminder and encouragement, forgetting to celebrate when prayers are answered, etc.

If you own a Logos 5 base package, you’re most likely using a feature called “prayer lists” to help take a disciplined approach to prayer. With prayer lists, you can:

  • Schedule prayer requests and see them right in your home screen
  • Take notes and record prayer needs for future reference
  • Decide when to pray and when to get reminders

But what if you could share your prayer lists with friends, family, and church members?

With Faithlife’s prayer list widget, now you can! Your prayer list will sync across Logos 5 and Faithlife, setting you up to seamlessly combine prayer and in-depth Bible study.

Get started with Faithlife’s prayer list widget today

  1. Go to Faithlife.com and create a group
  2. Invite members using their email addresses
  3. Go to your group settings, press “sidebar,” and drag the prayer list widget over to the active tab
  4. Start adding your prayers

Share your existing Logos prayer list with a Faithlife group

  1. Go to Documents.Logos.com
  2. Click the desired prayer list
  3. Select “Action,” and then “Collaborate”
  4. Pick the desired Faithlife group

Share the Faithlife Study Bible today! Just visit FaithlifeBible.com/Giveaway and share it on your social networks.

This Tool Will Change Your Word Studies Forever

Tools like the Bible Word Study, the Exegetical Guide, and Morph Search make it easy to explore the biblical text, but there’s one new tool in Logos 5 that gets you even closer to word meanings—instantly.

It’s the Bible Sense Lexicon, and it’s going to change the way you think about word studies forever.

What’s a “sense lexicon”?

The Bible Sense Lexicon ties biblical words to their senses. By “sense,” we mean the idea that a word is supposed to communicate. For example, the English word for “run” has many possible senses:

  • To move swiftly by foot
  • To conduct (e.g., to “run a search”)
  • An act of running (e.g., to “go on a run”)

The same principle applies to words in the Bible.

The Bible Sense Lexicon has tied words in the biblical text to their senses, giving you a precise idea of what the biblical authors were trying to get across.

Example: what does “head” mean?

In Isaiah 7:9, we read that “the head of Ephraim is Samaria and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.” It’s obvious that “head” is a metaphor—the nation of Ephraim cannot have a literal physical head the way a human body does. But what does this metaphor mean?

We can activate the Reverse Interlinear ribbon, but without the Bible Sense Lexicon data, we’ll just see a bunch of Hebrew words (along with anything else we choose to display here).

BibleSenseLexicon

That’s great—if we know Hebrew. I don’t, so we’ll right-click it and run a Bible Word Study report on the lemma. (What’s a lemma? Find out here.) We’ll get a comprehensive report on the Hebrew word, how it’s used in the Bible, and lots of possible definitions!

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That’s awesome: we see loads of ways this word is used in Scripture. This tool has just accomplished hours of research in seconds. But we still don’t know precisely what sense the word for “head” is used in. Does it mean “top”? “Beginning”? “Chief”? We could open up our regular lexicons and see if any one lists a specific sense for our verse in Isaiah.

Or we could see the sense in the Reverse Interlinear!

Bible Sense Lexicon IV

We can immediately see that the same Hebrew word is used to mean both “capital” and “leader”! So the capital city of Ephraim is Samaria, and the leader of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.

The Bible Sense Lexicon data makes the Reverse Interlinear ribbon one of my favorite tools in Logos 5. It’s a revolutionary way to cut right to a word’s sense—saving us even more time on word studies.

If you’re not using the Bible Sense Lexicon in Logos 5, you’re missing out. Get Logos 5 today—the Bible Sense Lexicon is included in Gold and higher.

Already have Logos 5? Learn to use it for richer Bible study and ministry with our educational resources.

Decide What’s Next and See Designed-for-Digital Resources

If you could design a Bible reference book to meet your needs, what would it look like? It would work seamlessly with your primary study platform, anticipate your questions, and be easy to share. It would use technology to make your work easier, faster, and more effective. It would take you deeper into the Bible and the other resources you own, while emphasizing practicality. It would help you grow while you’re investing in the growth of others. It would introduce you to new resources. And it may even have an easy way to take notes. The resources we create here at Logos are designed with these ideals in mind.

Our first question when approaching any publishing project is, “How can we help you do more and better work for God’s kingdom?” These products are answers to that question.

Take a few minutes to check them out. If you like a product, order it or commit to it on Pre-Pub. What you pre-order determines what we work on next.

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Lexham Bible Guides

The Lexham Bible Guides prepare you to immerse yourself in God’s Word.

The Pastorum Collection

Present richer and more memorable sermons with the Pastorum Series Collection, and reduce your sermon-preparation time. The pastoral resources in this collection will enhance your ministry and presentation skills.

Studies in Faithful Living

The Studies in Faithful Living series provides rich biblical character studies for individuals and entire churches. The eight-week church curriculum includes discussion guides and videos, application questions, sermon outlines and media, and more.

In the Works

This five-volume set, with slides, will help you to select a fitting quotation to share with your congregation within minutes. Quotes from more than one hundred authors and works are at your fingertips, including Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Richard Baxter, G. K. Chesterton, and Charles Spurgeon.

The Lexham Methods Series enables you to learn, refresh, or master the tools of biblical scholarship—and feel confidently equipped to share the materials with others. This collection will deepen and reinforce seminary and Bible students’ understanding of materials and enable them to conduct more extensive research.

On Pre-Publication—You Decide if We Create It

The Bible in Seven Acts collection is your starting point for study and research on the Bible’s historical periods. The collection surveys all the relevant literature on historical events, and brings the findings back to you.

When you order our Pre-Pub products, or spread the word about them on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms, you make it possible for your preferred project to be created before the others. We come up with ideas, select the best ones, prototype them, and then list them on Pre-Publication. When you commit, you’re telling us what you want created.  So pre-order something today, or pick up one of the works we recently released.

Howard Hendricks (1924–2013)

Howard HendricksHoward Hendricks, professor at Dallas Theological Seminary for over 60 years, author or coauthor of 23 books, and chaplain to the Dallas Cowboys (1976–1984), went to be with the Lord early this morning.

“To guide a person in the name of Jesus is a great privilege and a sobering responsibility; to misguide an individual is no minor matter to Him.”—Howard Hendricks, The Christian Educator’s Handbook on Teaching

Hendricks shaped more than 10,000 students in his lifetime—but his influence doesn’t stop there. Thanks to Hendrick’s personal mentoring of leaders like Chuck Swindoll, Tony Evans, and David Jeremiah, he has left his mark through their ministries, too. Being mentored as a young man played an important role in Hendricks’ life, and as he communicates in As Iron Sharpens Iron, the most dramatic spiritual and personal growth often happens through the influence of a mentor.

“Show me a man’s closest companions and I can make a fairly accurate guess as to what sort of man he is, as well as what sort of man he is likely to become.”—Howard Hendricks, As Iron Sharpens Iron

Hendricks’ enthusiasm for God’s Word was infectious. Convicted that the Bible was one of the most important means of spiritual development, he encouraged more than rote memorization and scriptural exegesis. To him, the Bible needed to become part of us.

“Do whatever it takes to become an acquisitive Bible reader. Marry the truth of the Word with your own interests and experience—through personal engagement in the process—so that you do more than remember a passage of Scripture—you make it your own.”—Howard Hendricks, Living by the Book

From our finite perspective, it’s impossible to see the impact of Hendrick’s faithfulness. Someday, in the light of eternity, we’ll see its full influence.

“Too many believers die with an unsung song still in them. They finish life at the top of the pile in their field but at the bottom of life in terms of fulfillment.”—Howard Hendricks, Color outside the Lines

Congrats to Last Month’s Bible College and Seminary Scholarship Winners!

$1,000 ScholarshipCongratulations to the latest recipients of the Logos Bible College and Seminary Scholarships, Marisa Ortloff and Luke Harmon! Marisa, who is getting her degree from Multnomah University in Portland, OR, was very excited to receive her $1,000 scholarship and new Logos 5 base package. Here’s what she said after winning the scholarship package:

“Wow! I am so grateful for this scholarship! Winning this scholarship will help me to continue my education and further my passion for educating the next generation!”

Luke is getting his degree in Southern California at Azusa Pacific University. He wanted to relay his gratitude for receiving this scholarship:

“The investment Logos has made in my life through this scholarship truly humbles me. It helps to set me up for success as I finish my degree and move on to further education and pastoral ministry.”

If you were to win one of these scholarships, you would receive $1,000 toward your tuition and a Logos 5 base package to help with your Bible study! The application process is quick and easy, too. Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit SeminaryScholarship.com or BibleCollegeScholarship.com, whichever applies to you
  2. Click the “APPLY NOW” button
  3. Watch the video then wait to be redirected to the application form
  4. Fill out the application form and click “Submit”
  5. Then you’re done!

There are four recipients of each scholarship each year—winners are chosen on January 10, April 10, July 10, and October 10. And the best part? It takes you only 15 minutes to apply!

Know someone who could use a scholarship?

Tell them about these opportunities! You can post a link to SeminaryScholarship.com or BibleCollegeScholarship.com on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog. You could even send your friends an email or give them a call.

fb1.pngFacebook: Leaving Post to Facebook checked, leave a Facebook comment below, and post a link to SeminaryScholarship.com or BibleCollegeScholarship.com, telling your friends to apply!

tw1.pngTwitter: Post a tweet with a link to SeminaryScholarship.com or BibleCollegeScholarship.com. Not sure what to tweet? You can just click here and tweet this for Seminary or click here and tweet this for Bible College.

bl1.pngBlog: If you have a blog, you can help out in two ways. First, you can write a post on your blog letting your readers know about the scholarships. Second, you can add one of our web banners for Seminary Scholarship or Bible College Scholarship to your site.

Not sure what to write? Try this:

Need Money for Seminary or Bible College?

Tired of searching for scholarships? Four times a year, Logos awards at least two $1,000 tuition scholarships, along with copies of Logos 5 Bronze through their Seminary Scholarship and Bible College Scholarship programs!

The scholarships are open to all students currently enrolled in an accredited theological seminary or Bible college located in North America, or planning to enrolling within the next eight months. All you have to do is watch a demonstration of Logos Bible Software and fill out a brief application. Once your application is submitted, you’ll be entered to win a $1,000 scholarship and a digital theological library that, in print, would cost nearly $8,000!

5 Free Ways to Share Your Faith Online

ShareimageSharing Scripture with friends and loved ones has never been so easy—and Logos is working to make it even easier.

Every morning we post Scripture art to a few of our Facebook pages. We’ve received quite a few requests to make these images available for sharing, reusing, or downloading. We even had one fan enter our photo contest with the help of our Verse of the Day images. Well, good news—there are plenty of ways to share this free art, as well as other social content.

Here are five free ways to share Scripture online:

1. Follow Logos on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, and Instagram.

  • Repost, tweet, +1, and pin Scripture art and verses to encourage your friends and followers.

2. Download images from our Facebook and Instagram profiles.

  • Save these as your Twitter backgrounds, and add them to your Flickr albums or other image galleries.

3. Use the free Verse of the Day plugin on your blog.

  • It works with WordPress and Blogger.

4. Set up a group in Faithlife, and enable the free Verse of the Day plugin for your group.

  • Faithlife groups now feature the Verse of the Day plugin in the right sidebar, along with your group’s reading plan.

5. Download free Facebook Timeline covers.

  • Visit Twibbon and choose between a few free Facebook Timeline covers. Then tweet and share Twibbon with your friends!

6. BONUS: use Twibbon to add the Logos emblem to your Facebook or Twitter photo. This lets you connect with other Logos users quickly and easily—you’ll know them by their profile pictures.

What are some other ways you share Scripture on social media? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

Get 25% Off Your BibleTech Registration!

You don’t want to miss BibleTech 2013! For years, BibleTech has been a venue to connect people who are passionate about the ways technology is shaping how we interact with, and share, the Scriptures. This year’s conference will be no exception.

Check out the list of presenters to see the breadth of topics. Here are some highlights:

  • From Paper to Pixels: The Effects of Technology on the Bible—Look at the best practices for developers and publishers seeking to create technological solutions that encourage good Bible-reading practices while minimizing negative technological effects.
  • Pastor Hacks: How Technology Helped Me Survive a Year of Rural Bivocational Ministry—Learn some “pastor hacks” used to prepare sermons faster, keep track of member needs, plan worship services, and stay sane while balancing “part-time” ministry and full-time business.
  • Exploring NoSQL and the Bible—Explore the basics of NoSQL technologies with special focus on the experiences one developer for Bible Gateway has had using them.
  • Disruptive Electronic Books—Consider how the concept of a book will change: it will be smaller, incremental, database-driven and computer-customized to the person reading it. Formatting text on a computer screen will be replaced with dynamic two-way social multimedia.

Get acquainted with the speakers and catch up on their preparations for BibleTech:2013 by checking out their personal links. You can also view the official BibleTech:2013 schedule and plan ahead for your BibleTech experience.

BibleTech will be held at the Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant downtown neighborhood—walking distance from the historic Pike Place Market.

Experience a fresh look into the exciting ways that technology is affecting the way we study, visualize, and communicate the Scriptures. Register for BibleTech today, and save 25% with the coupon code BBLTCH!

Win the $18,000 Leith Anderson Scholarship!

Demetrius Walton

John Piper Scholarship winner: Demetrius Walton

Earn your Knox DMin free with a brand-new scholarship: the $18,000 Leith Anderson Scholarship! Enter to win at SeminaryDegreesOnline.com/Leith-Anderson before March 1.

You’ll attend onsite classes in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and complete the rest of your studies from home, on your own schedule. And you’ll use Logos 5’s enormous Portfolio library: a cutting-edge academic tool that’s yours for life.

Winner of the John Piper Scholarship: Demetrius Walton

Congratulations, Demetrius Walton—you won last fall’s John Piper Scholarship!

Demetrius is an army chaplain serving in the Middle East. His focuses are family ministry and marital counseling, and he trains other chaplains to be better counselors. Demetrius grew up in a New Age household, but thanks to Young Life, he started to move toward God; in 2000, with the help of The Navigators’ ministry, he became a Christian. He went on to teach at Bible college and serve as a missionary in Cambodia.

Demetrius’ comprehensive John Piper Scholarship will give him the financial means to grow as a teacher and a preacher. He plans to return to Asia—to China, to train and equip young pastors in the underground church.

What would you do with the flexibility afforded by a comprehensive scholarship, a curriculum that lets you keep your job and church while you study, and a terminal degree? Serve abroad, like Demetrius? Step up in your local church? Support your family with answers from the Word? Whatever your goals, Knox’s Gospel-centered education can help you achieve them.

Earn your doctorate at no cost—enter to win the Leith Anderson Scholarship before March 1!

Herman Ridderbos: A Scholar of Substance

Ridderbos-blog-image_400x117Today’s guest post is written 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, Petros, Tennessee. He has written a number of books, including ‘Christ Our Captain’: An Introduction to Huldrych Zwingli, and numerous articles. He serves as language editor for the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament and language revision editor for the Copenhagen International Seminar.

The New Testament scholar Herman Ridderbos (1909–2007) will soon have many of his primary writings made available from Logos. These include The Coming of the Kingdom, Paul and Jesus: Origin and General Character of Paul’s Preaching of Christ, The Authority of the New Testament Scriptures, Bultmann, When the Time Had Fully Come: Studies in New Testament Theology, Paul: An Outline of His Theology, Studies in Scripture and Its Authority, The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary, and Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures.

As readers can see quite easily, Herman Ridderbos contributed to our understanding of the Synoptic Gospels, Paul, and the Pauline epistles, along with the Gospel of John. Those contributions were neither ‘flash in the pan’ nor faddish in nature: they were substantive and meaningful and still, even now, very much worth reading. Especially worthy of  notice are his volumes on the Kingdom and Paul’s theology, along with his little volume on Bultmann, which, though containing many points of disagreement, demonstrates that Ridderbos took the time to read, and ponder, the great Marburg Theologian’s ideas. Something that most Evangelicals cannot say of themselves or many of their mentors.

Ridderbos has been praised for his insightful work by many outstanding scholars. And he has been excoriated by others, who fail to grasp, I think, his overarching purpose and who instead focus on what they deem shortcomings. In other words, they wish Ridderbos to mirror their views instead of allowing him his own voice. A voice, it has to be said, which is very much worth hearing.

The opportunity to make use of Ridderbos’ works should not be ignored by anyone working in the Gospels or Paul. Anyone who can write the following deserves to be applauded for his courage and forthrightness:

ridderbos“In recent decades the question of the authority of the Canon has again been brought to the fore in New Testament theology. It is often said now that the authority of the Canon is to be accepted because and in so far as God speaks to us in the books of the Canon. But in this very criterion “in so far as” lies the difficulty of the problem and the danger of subjectivism. Some wish to return to the essential content of the Gospel as the “Canon in the Canon.” They search for an incontestable objective measure within Scripture. Others protest that this is a too static interpretation of the Canon. God speaks—so they say—now here, and then again there, in Scripture. It is the preaching, the kerygma, they say, in which Scripture again and again shows itself as Canon. This actualistic concept of the Canon is interpreted by others in a still more subjectivistic manner: Canon is only that which here and now (hic et nunc) signifies the Word of God for me. For one like Ernst  Käsemann, for instance, the Canon, as it lies before us, is not the Word of God nor identical with the gospel, but it is God’s Word only in so far as it becomes gospel. The question, what then is the gospel, cannot be decided through exposition of Scripture, but only through the believer who “puts his ear to Scripture to listen” and is convinced by the Spirit (cf. Käsemann, Evangelische Theologie, 1951–52, p. 21).

It is clear that on this approach the Canon of the New Testament as a closed collection of 27 books becomes a very problematical matter. Can we still hold fast to the creed of the Reformation: We accept all these books as holy and canonical? What basis remains for the Church to believe that God not only wishes to use the books of the Bible as a medium in which he speaks to us through the Holy Spirit, but that he wishes also to bind the Church to the Canon of the New Testament? Can we continue to call upon the self-evidence of Scripture? Or are additional considerations to be gathered out of Scripture itself whereby the place and significance of the Canon of the New Testament come to stand more plainly before us in the plan of God’s salvation? In the measure in which we lay emphasis upon the objectivity of the Canon upon Scripture as absolute authority, this question will have our attention.”

Ridderbos, Herman. “The Canon of the New Testament.” Revelation and the Bible: Contemporary Evangelical Thought, ed. Henry, Carl F. H. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1968; London: Tyndale, 1959. 191–192.

Can God Be Surprised?

The newest issue of Bible Study Magazine explores four tough questions, including, “Can God be surprised?” Part of the theme section “Your Temple Won’t Save You,” this article and others dig deep into the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations.

It’s the type of nuanced biblical scholarship that Bible Study Magazine has been producing for more than four years. Each issue features in-depth articles and an 8-week Bible study, as well as insights from Christian leaders.

What’s new in the Mar–Apr ’13 issue:

  • “Church in the City,” featuring Tim Keller. Find out how this pastor leads his congregation to deeper Bible study and spreads the gospel in an urban context.
  • Insights from Sally Lloyd-Jones. The author of the Jesus Storybook Bible discusses how to share the Bible with small children.
  • Off-the-beaten-track feature. A story about the Bible in China.
  • In-depth, ongoing Bible studies: This issue features “8 Ways to Pray,” a new study on the book of Psalms. Wisdom literature expert Miles Custis explores how expressions of grief, frustration, and fear fit the mold of worship.
  • Special section: Is the Ark of the Covenant lost forever? Find out if Indiana Jones ever had a chance. Also, are there two versions of Jeremiah? Michael S. Heiser reveals the history behind this biblical book in “Double Vision.”
  • Devotionals: What do you do when everything crumbles? What does it means to abandon super-human strength? See what Jeremiah and Lamentations have to say about grief.

In addition to this, each issue of Bible Study Magazine features stunning infographics and reviews of the latest Bible study materials. Bible Study Magazine will help you go deep into the Word and apply it to your life. What are you waiting for? Subscribe today!