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Dr. Steven Runge Takes Discourse Grammar on the Road

Logos’ own Steven Runge has been invited to share his discourse grammar course at  Wycliffe Hall at the University of Oxford June 28-July 2, 2011.

Discourse grammar is not just for advanced New Testament scholars, but has proven really useful for beginning Greek students and pastors as well! Runge takes complex linguistic ideas and makes them accessible. His cross-linguistic approach focuses on exegesis instead of translation, helping you gain a much deeper understanding of the Greek text. Attention is given to describing the task accomplished by each discourse device. This function-based approach helps to conceptualize what is happening in Greek by understanding how the comparable task is accomplished in another language. If you’ve had a year of Greek and are comfortable working in an interlinear text, then you’ll benefit from attending.
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Enjoy a Free Preview of R. C. Sproul’s John

This week (May 5–May 7, 2011) Logos will be partnering with Ligonier Ministries to offer a free preview of R. C. Sproul’s John. In John, the second volume in the St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary series, Sproul deals with the major themes of John’s Gospel with profound insight. Not only does he give perspective into the cultural context and background of John’s Gospel, he also communicates John’s goals for his message, as well as clearly explaining some of its more difficult passages. In addition to being the fruit of a lifetime of scriptural study, John comes from Sproul’s preaching ministry at St. Andrew’s in Sanford, Florida. The St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary series adapts Sproul’s sermons for a wider audience. Each of John’s fifty-seven chapters began as a St. Andrews sermon, and as you follow Sproul through John’s Gospel you will be enriched and inspired to a greater depth of devotion to Christ. Continue Reading…

5 Suggestions for Observing Good Friday

“It is a very good thing in the Christian life to stand back periodically and look at this great plan. That is why I think it is important to observe Christmas Day and Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and to preach on those days.”Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Today is observed worldwide by a number of different names: Great and Holy Friday, Friday of Lamentation, High Friday, Passion Friday, as well as Long Friday in Scandinavian countries. But we know it in the West as Good Friday. No matter what you call it, this is the day that that the church has commonly recognized and remembered Christ’s crucifixion and death at Calvary.

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Tools for Better Bible Study

Providing challenging tools and methods that help you study the Bible is something Bible Study Magazine aims to do with each issue. Keeping this in mind, we created an “ideas issue”—one we hope will revolutionize the way you read and study the Bible. You’ll find old, perhaps forgotten ideas (lectio divina), ideas you’ve never heard of (Bible study type?), and ideas that have become common phrases and have lost their meaning (context is king).

Here are the “9 Ideas for Better Bible Study,” found in the May–June ’11 issue:

  1. Find Your Bible Study Method:
    The Bible isn’t boring, but does the way we study it make it seem that way? Columnist Johnny Cisneros considers several methods that help us thoughtfully engage the Bible.
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The New and Improved Logos Blog

In case you have missed it, there are some excited changes happening on the Logos blog! Not only does it have a sweet new design and layout, it is sporting some incredibly useful (and user-friendly!) features as well.

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At the top page of the blog you can choose from a list of categories and instantly bring up all past content in a particular topic. Are you interested in reading more stories related to Logos’ culture, plans, and employment opportunities? Simply click on the Company tab and you can see a good picture of what has been happening with your favorite Bible software company. You can also choose from categories like Apps, Community, Products, Training, and Web.

Categories are not the only avenues to experience some of the great content you may have missed. In the sidebar we have featured ten posts that we feel are significant to read again or—if you have missed them—read for the first time. We will periodically be highlighting different posts so make sure to keep your eye on the Featured Posts section.

But that’s not all. There are just so many opportunities to catch content that you may have missed. With a lists of popular posts, recent posts, and posts similar to the one you are currently reading you might find it kind of difficult to tear yourself away!

If you haven’t signed up to get the Logos blog delivered to you, then join over 100,000 people who have subscribed to the Logos blog through our RSS feed, Email, Twitter and Facebook! You do not want to miss out on a single blog post. And here’s why:

  • You are going to be the first to know Logos news!
    There’s a lot happening at Logos—new products, hot deals, company events, software releases, and lots of need-to-know information. The blog is the first place to get the latest on everything about Logos.
  • You will learn about deals you won’t find anywhere else!
    If there’s a sale or special promotion happening, we’ll be talking about it on the blog.
  • You will discover the best tools, tricks, and tips for using Logos!
    By reading the blog, you’ll learn how to get the most out of Logos. The blog features posts written by the people who designed and developed Logos, plus all the other power users who work at Logos and use Logos every day. You’ll also find frequent guest posts from Morris Proctor, the certified trainer for Logos Bible Software.
  • You are going to learn more about the books we sell!
    We love books, and we write about them a lot. If you’re interested in learning more about the books you own (or wish you owned!), make the blog your first stop every morning.

So what are you waiting for? If you have received this in a reader and have yet to visit the new Logos blog, then you owe it to yourself to head over to the Logos blog and see what’s new. You will be glad you did. And while you’re there, leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

Save Up to 75% on 64 March Madness Titles!

icc-sale.pngVoting is now over for the 2011 Logos March Madness tournament and all 64 titles from the competition are on sale until April 15!

The competition was tough with over 140,000 votes cast in this year’s tournament. However, a winner has been decided. The 2011 champion is Studies in Christology by Martin Hengel and is now 75% off. Retailing at $84.00, this title is on sale for $21.00 using coupon code LMM2011WIN.

The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary by Ben Witherington III, came in a close second and is now 60% off. Retailing at $55.00 this title is on sale for $22.00 using coupon code LMM20112ND.

Here are all 64 titles you can save on now. These great savings and coupon codes expire on April 15.

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New from Morris Proctor: A Practical Video Course on Preaching

Preaching. When it’s great, you never want to go home. When it’s poor, your mind wanders and you day dream and suddenly develop keen insights into why so many people skip church.

I often ask, “Does your pastor preach well?” I often get the answer, “My pastor has a real heart for ministry and is a kind and compassionate person.”

This is good, but at the heart of the matter a preacher needs to be skilled at preaching. It is a New Testament prescribed method for building our faith by understanding God through his Word. Everybody knows that good preaching is a good idea, but few make it a priority.

I can think of no single thing that would have greater impact in the local church than absolutely great preaching during that single hour when the majority of the church members are present. With this in mind, I want to endorse Morris Proctor’s practical course on sermon preparation, the I-Beam of Message Building.

Whether you have been preaching for years and just need to revitalize your sermon prep or whether you want to be a better teacher, or perhaps you feel called to ministry but realize you will never be able to go back to school, this is the tool for you.

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Logos 4: Display Basic Search Results Differently

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

With the recent release of Logos 4.2a comes different ways to display Basic Search results. Here’s how:

Generate a Basic Search and select:

  • Ranked – to arrange the search results in order of relevance determined mainly (but not exclusively) by the number of hits compared to the total number of words in the article in which the hits were found .
  • By Title – to sort the search hits alphabetically by the name of the book then sequentially by chapter or article.
  • By Count – to display the search results in descending order according to the total number of occurrences in each resource.

Personally, I prefer viewing the results By Title because I like looking through a list books to locate just the specific results I need.

New Reasons to Download the Free Logos App

Hi, I’m Dave. I’m one of the developers on the mobile team. We’re pretty excited about the recent release of Logos for iOS 1.7. We focused this release on making it easier to do the things you want while ensuring the best reading experience possible.

New Reading Controls

You will notice a new row of controls in the reading view.

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Facebook-only Special: The 25K Like-a-thon

We just reached 25,000 Facebook fans! We’re celebrating with a Facebook-only event unlike any you’ve ever seen: The Logos Like-A-Thon!

Visit our fan page for details!

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