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Pastors: 5 Ways Logos 5 Is the Assistant You Need

Time is running out to take advantage of introductory discounts on Logos 5. Upgrade by the end of the day on February 4 (PST) and save up to 20%! These savings are on top of the discounts you’ll get for Logos 5 books you already own. Upgrade with a 12- to18-month payment plan, and start 2013 with the world’s most powerful Bible software.

Pastoral ministry is demanding

Pastoral work can be as tough as it is rewarding. Between church services, Bible studies, visitations, community involvement, board meetings, and any number of emergencies, it can be hard to find time with your own loved ones.

Here are five ways to redeem your time by making Logos 5 your pastoral assistant.

1. Logos will do your research

It’s one thing to have hundreds, if not thousands, of books in your library. If you have to rely on your memory in order to locate pertinent information, you’ve already lost valuable time (and information). But what if you were able to tell your assistant to go through your library and pull together everything on grace or 2 Corinthians 12:8–9? Logos 5 can do that for you—in seconds! You can even get important background information, genealogies, images, and more. Think about all the time you could save in research alone.

Not only will Logos help you do your research faster—with its new and enhanced features, you’ll go so much deeper in your studies.

2. Logos will help you build better sermons

Imagine sticking your head out of your office, giving your assistant a topic or Scripture and—in moments—getting back a list of relevant sermon ideas, preaching themes, and sermon outlines delivered. With Logos 5’s new Sermon Starter Guide, that’s exactly what you get. Not only that, but you’ll be directed to an archive of sermons, so you can see how your topic has been covered by other preachers. Take Logos’ outlines, export them to a word processor, and craft a sermon that fits your audience perfectly.

3. Logos will expand your reach

Logos doesn’t just help you do research and write incredible sermons. It helps you connect with your community. When you combine Logos 5 with Faithlife.com, you can share life outside of your weekly gathering. Share your thoughts on Scripture passages, read insights from your community, create reading plans, share important documents, and more.

4. Logos will keep your devotions on track

Not only are pastors responsible for feeding their flocks, they still have to keep up on their personal disciplines. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have your assistant remind you where you are in your personal Bible reading, or who you need to pray for? Logos 5 can take care of that. You can set up reading plans for your Bible reading—or, for that matter, any other book in your Logos library—and stay up to date. And we’re not talking about just pre-crafted reading plans. You can create the reading plan that works for you.

Logos will also make sure you don’t miss anyone in your prayers. Craft prayer lists and see reminders every time you open Logos 5.

And you can work on your memorization with the Scripture Memory Tool. Logos 5 will run you through exercises to help you memorize passages faster.

5. Logos will help build smart presentations

Seamlessly export information, infographics, and images from Logos 5 into your presentations. When you use Proclaim church presentation software, it’s easy to create presentations that anyone on your staff (with internet access) can access and contribute to from anywhere. Logos 5 doesn’t just collect your information for you—it lets you easily share that information with the people who need to see it!

These are just a few of the ways that Logos 5 will help you do more while saving you valuable time. Are you a pastor using Logos 5? Leave us a comment and let us know how it’s helping you!

It’s time to upgrade

There’s still time to save on your upgrade to Logos 5, but don’t wait much longer. Monday (February 4) is the last day to upgrade with an introductory discount.

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Add the Pastorum 2012 Sessions to Your Logos Library

The Pastorum Live conference 2012 brought together 21 evangelical scholars, some of whom have published academic commentaries, monographs, and biblical-language grammars. Now you’ll be able to purchase all 21 sessions to watch whenever you’d like.

Not only will you receive video of the Pastorum Live 2012 sessions—you’ll also receive the transcribed text from each session. All of the content from Pastorum 2012 will now be searchable in your Logos library. You’ll be able to highlight, take notes, and pull key points into your sermons and presentations.

Topics include:

  • “Preaching from Old Testament Narratives” by John Walton
  • “Reading the Bible to Equip the Church for Its Mission” by Mike Goheen
  • “Structure and Meaning: Discovering Meaning in the Structure of the Text” by Mark Futato
  • “The Sermon on the Mount as Gospel” by Scot McKnight
  • “How Greek Can Make Your Life Easier—Really” by Sean McDonough
  • And many more

Don’t miss this opportunity to get all 21 sessions for just over $1 each! Time is running out to pre-order, so get yours now.

Why Every Single Endorsement Matters

Randy AlcornWe believe that Bible study is the center of the Christian life. It’s our privilege to equip pastors, students, missionaries, teachers, and the church at large with tools that make Bible study easier and more accessible.

That’s why each endorsement we receive, whether from well- or lesser-known ministry leaders or from home users, is important to us. Each confirms that we’re on track toward providing the church with the best Bible-study tools.

Here are a few of our most recent endorsements:

“I am absolutely thrilled with Logos 5 and the new enhancements it brings, especially searching for phrases. Overall, the program responds even more quickly, and using my Platinum Library, I could hardly believe that a search for ‘metanoia’ (the Greek word for “repentance”) yielded 424 results in 0.26 seconds and that a search for the phrase ‘dead to sin’ yielded 523 results in 2.27 seconds. And from there, once I’m reading one of the sources, I can click on a cross-reference within my library and, voilà, there it is on my screen. . . . All in all, Logos 5 is a remarkable and practical software system, beckoning me to deeper study and greater fruitfulness in the Lord’s service. Best of all, I can do this kind of study at 35,000 feet while traveling to India!”—Michael L. Brown, PhD, author, professor, and national radio host

“Logos 5 is an incredible tool that instantly connects me with everything and everyone I need to get the Word out, from its Timeline to smart searches to social sharing.”—Kirk Cameron, producer of Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure and star of the international hit Fireproof.

“It’s a simple truth that I forget far too often—to know God, we have to know His Word. . . . Reading the Bible in a year helps me do just that. It keeps me organized, disciplined, and reading parts of the Bible I wouldn’t otherwise choose to read on a normal basis. The Bible is a delicious feast, and reading it all the way through makes sure you aren’t leaving anything on your plate. You’ll miss some days, that’s for sure, and that’s fine—use Faithlife’s Read the Bible in a Year plan to bring yourself closer to your Maker and His Word.”—Jefferson Bethke, Christian blogger and spoken-word poet

“Logos Bible Software is an extraordinary tool for both the Bible teacher and the Bible student…. Its extensive and expandable library of resources, ingenious search capabilities, and user-friendly interface make Logos 5 an indispensable and delightful aid for every user. You won’t be disappointed!”—Ray Comfort, founder & president of Living Waters

“As an historian, I can attest that knowing the facts and how to get them fast is crucial—if you’re going to stand for truth and against the attacks on our faith and heritage—and Logos 5’s Bible Facts tool gets you exactly where you need to go. . . . History is all about being able to accurately make the connections, and so is Logos 5. Its Bible Facts connects every person, place, thing and event, from which you can select and pull up quick summaries and links to more information—including relationships, maps, photos, key passages and more—that appear with just a click. And with every event tied to an exhaustive 6,000-plus-year Timeline, you can virtually see history unfolding on the screen before your very eyes.”—David Barton, founder and president of Wallbuilders

We’d love to hear about your experiences with Logos 5, too. Leave us a comment and tell us how it’s helping you do better Bible study.

Still haven’t upgraded?  You can save up to 20% on a base package. But hurry—introductory discounts expire February 4. Upgrade now!

Win Logos 5, an iPad Mini, and Books by Eric Metaxas!

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” —Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Bonhoeffer Tour, featuring New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas, begins February 8 in Williamsville, NY. To kick off this nationwide tour, Logos has partnered with Thomas Nelson, GototheHub.com, and Food for the Hungry to give you the chance to win Logos 5 Gold, an iPad Mini, and Vyrso editions of Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer and Seven Men!

iPadminiDietrich Bonhoeffer, a committed pacifist, left his native Germany in 1939 to avoid conscription, which would have entailed swearing an oath to Hitler and fighting in his army. He came to think of that decision as a sort of flight; after just four weeks, he returned to Germany on the last steamer to make the crossing. There he contributed bravely to the resistance; eventually captured, he was hanged on April 9, 1945. Bonhoeffer presents this remarkably orthodox theologian’s profound moral courage and extraordinary faith.

Seven Men profiles Bonhoeffer, George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson. Metaxas asks: What does it look like to—as a leader, father, brother, husband, coach, counselor, change agent, or wise man—be a true role model?

Pick up Bonhoeffer and pre-order Seven Men today!

Entry closes April 6, and we’ll select the winner April 8. If you win and you already own Logos 5, Bonhoeffer, and/or Seven Men, you’ll get Logos.com credit in place of the prizes.

Enter now!

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Celebrate the 450th Birthday of the Heidelberg Catechism

Heidelberg Catechism

Today we’re celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, one of the most important and enduring confessions to emerge out of the Reformation.

History of the Catechism

The Catechism was commissioned in 1562 by Frederick III, the elector prince of the Rhineland Palatinate. According to the original preface to the Catechism, published in 1563, Frederick had at least “three objectives for the Heidelberg Catechism: that is serve

  1. As a catechetical tool for teaching the children,
  2. As a preaching guide for instructing the common people in the churches, and
  3. As a form for confessional unity among several Protestant factions.”*

Work on the Heidelberg Catechism was begun by Casper Olevianus, but largely completed by Zacharias Ursinus, whom scholars now credit as the primary author. Frederick III sent the Catechism to the publisher on January 19, 1563—450 years ago today.

How the Heidelberg Catechism is structured

The Heidelberg Catechism is divided into three sections:

  1. The misery or sin of humanity
  2. God’s redemption
  3. Our gratitude

Within this framework, the Catechism covers the law, our need for salvation, the Trinity, justification, the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and numerous other themes.

Because it addresses in compact form such a broad range of doctrinal and practical issues, it has played a key part in the formation of belief and worship in Reformed Christianity. In the early seventeenth century, it became one of the three forms of unity in the Dutch Reformed Church. In the mid–seventeenth century, the Westminster Assembly used the Heidelberg Catechism to develop its own catechism, which is now known as the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

Celebrate the 450th anniversary!

To celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, we’re making two collections of works on the Heidelberg Catechism available for pre-order.

The first collection contains two volumes from the Text and Studies in Reformation and Post-Reformation Thought series published by Baker, both written by Lylie Bierma:

  • A Firm Foundation: An Aid to Interpreting the Heidelberg Catechism
  • An Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism: Sources, History, and Theology

The second collection, which is on Community Pricing, contains several classic works on the Heidelberg Catechism from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

In addition to these collections, you can also pick up several works on the Heidelberg Catechism already available in Logos, including Ursinus’ Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism.

Explore the roots of Christian Reformed doctrine—come see our Heidelberg resources.

*Bierma, Lyle, “The Purpose and Authorship of the Heidelberg Catechism,” An Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism: Sources, History, and Theology (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2005), p. 51.

Last Chance: Logos 5 Deals That Fit Your Budget!

base packagesThis is your last chance to get introductory discounts of 15% or more on Logos 5. If you’re thinking about purchasing or upgrading to a new base package, it’s important that you do so soon!

Upgrading? In addition to the introductory discounts, you’ll get a discount for any content you already own.  If you’ve been acquiring books over the years, you might be surprised at your low price.

A limited budget doesn’t have to limit your learning.

A payment plan makes the library you want affordable by spreading the payments out. You’ll never pay interest, either—just a $5 administrative fee per payment.

You have one chance to save the most cash on a base package: the first time you buy. So why let a one-time price keep you from saving on the library you’ll want later? Take advantage of bulk savings now with a custom low price from the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator.

Make it manageable—take up to 18 months to pay!

For every purchase over $1,900, we’re offering an extended payment plan: take an extra 6 months to pay! Get any of the biggest Logos 5 packages now and you can spread your purchase out over 12–18 months.

Get the Logos 5 base package you really want—use an interest-free payment plan today!

But hurry—the introductory discounts end February 4!

We Messed Up, and We’re Sorry

Logos Base PackagesWe’re really sorry about the mess.

We admit it: things got confusing, difficult, and downright weird with Logos 5. We introduced all-new base packages with new names and prices. The website crashed. We threw in a completely new custom discount system. The Minimal Crossgrade came out. And it all went down during the busy holiday season!

That’s a lot to take in, and in the hullaballoo, you may feel like you missed out on the best upgrade opportunity:

The first few months of Logos 5 were crazy, and you’re wishing we’d given you a clearer upgrade message.

Did This Happen to You? Let Us Make It Right!

The confusion has died down. You’ve had time to play with Logos 5, explore the new and enhanced features, watch the videos, read the blog posts, and connect with other Logos 5 fans. You know more about the upgrade discounts than you did when you upgraded—and now you have a chance to get the base package you really want without missing out on that first-time-upgrade discount!

Just email our Sales Department and ask for the Second-Chance Deal, or call them at 1-800-875-6467. You’ll get a clean slate. You’ll get to pick your bigger, better Logos 5 base package and get the huge savings that come with it.

You deserve a shot at the best deal you can get during Logos 5’s introduction, and we’re sorry that we didn’t make all this easier to understand back in November. So seize this opportunity: contact Sales and enjoy the base package (and discount) you really want.

Email Sales for Your Second-Chance Deal!

Earn $2,000 Credit for Referring a Programmer

LogoThey may be hiding—in your church, school, or neighborhood.

In communities around the world, brilliant software developers are quietly going about their business, writing great code, building cool websites, and sighing as they fix their friends’ computers.

The best developers often aren’t looking for a job, so they need someone like you to tell them about even better opportunities.

You’d be doing them a favor. Because awesome software developers enjoy working for awesome companies. Great technical minds prefer working at companies with strong technical leadership, where the standards are high, where they work with talented peers, and where they write code with a purpose, building tools used by more than a million people around the world. Companies heavy on fun and light on bureaucracy.

Refer a software developer to Logos, and if we hire them we’ll give you a $2,000 Logos credit. (One referral award per hire, to first person to refer the person we hire, disputes settled by asking the new hire, etc.)

We are hiring software developers at our headquarters in Bellingham, Washington, as well as our satellite development office in Tempe, Arizona, near Phoenix. New hires can choose their location.

We confess: we have high standards. We hire only a small percentage of candidates who apply. But we believe that Bible study is the highest use of your computer, and that the tools we develop to support it must be world-class. We need the best and brightest.

Where are these people? Maybe in your church. Maybe preparing to graduate in computer science at the local college. Maybe your friend’s smart kid who works at Google / Microsoft / Amazon / Facebook.

Help us find them. Help them find their way to http://www.logos.com/about/careers, where they’ll learn Logos is a “Best Workplace” where we build great software. And remind them to mention your referral in their email to devjobs@logos.com!

Get More Out of Your Searches

With Logos 5, even complex searches become a breeze with new Search Suggestions. Not only can you get specific ideas on what to look for—you can find what you’re looking for instantly!

How smart are our new Search Suggestions? Well, they’ll:

  • Show you how to run basic, Bible, clause, morphology, and syntax searches by giving you examples
  • Display searches in analysis view to reference parts of speech and syntactic roles
  • Allow you to search Greek and Hebrew words phonetically

Get more out of your searches. Get Logos 5 before introductory discounts expire!

3 Reasons for John Piper’s Significance

piper2John Piper is a significant voice for evangelical Christianity. In honor of Piper’s birthday, here are three reasons why he’s become so important.

1. He places a premium on faithfulness to Scripture

Whether you’re listening to a sermon or reading one of his books, you get the sense that Piper always begins with the biblical text. His affection for the Word is obvious and contagious. As Piper writes in The Supremacy of God in Preaching:

“Again and again my advice to beginning preachers is, ‘Quote the text! Quote the text! Say the actual words of the text again and again. Show the people where your ideas are coming from.’ Most people do not easily see the connections a preacher sees between his words and the words of the text he is preaching from.”

I’ve never come away from one of Piper’s works thinking “he just didn’t do his exegetical homework.” In fact, I’ve been encouraged on more than one occasion to rethink a position based on his sound exposition.

2. His chief aim is glorifying God

If you’re like me, your first exposure to Piper was the powerful Desiring God. In it, Piper expounds the Westminster Shorter Catechism’s admonition that man’s chief end is to “glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” This call to glorify God permeates all of Piper’s works, and focuses on the idea that God’s most glorified in us when we’re satisfied in him. He explains why in the award-winning God’s Passion for His Glory:

“. . . this duty to be satisfied in God is not just a piece of good advice for the sake of our mental health. It is rooted in the very nature of God as one who overflows with the glory of his fullness, which is magnified in being known and loved and enjoyed by his creatures. Which is why I say again that this discovery has made all the difference in my life.”

The thought that there’s no conflict between our happiness and God’s glory, that his glory is apparent in our happiness when our happiness is in him, is not a new idea. But Piper’s focus on this truth fills his ministry with an effusive and charitable spirit.

3. He has a heart for missions

American theologian and the ninth president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, R. Albert Mohler Jr. called Piper’s Let the Nations Be Glad “the most important book on missions for this generation.” If you’ve read the book, it almost feels like an understatement. Piper rightly prioritizes missions below worship:

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.”

To prioritize worship over missions doesn’t devalue missions, but rather contextualizes it. Through Piper’s lens, both worship and missions are strengthened by this focus. Piper’s theology for missions is informed and driven by his passion for God’s glory. The Holy Spirit is hungry to see the world come to know Christ, Piper would tell you, because God’s chief aim since the beginning has been to glorify himself in the whole world.

It’s almost impossible to be familiar with Piper’s ministry and not be challenged to have a stronger missions focus.

These are just a few of the reasons that Piper’s ministry has been important to me. Have you benefited from Piper’s ministry? Leave us a comment and tell us how!

Logos has a wealth of Piper materials available. You can add the 24-volume John Piper Collection to your library or be edified by the manuscripts of over 1,100 John Piper sermons. Check out Piper’s books on Logos and Vyrso now!