Happy Birthday, Jonathan Edwards

October 5, 2008 marked 305 years since the birth of Jonathan Edwards, who has been widely known as America’s greatest theologian. Most people’s birthdays don’t get remembered by very many people after they die, but Jonathan Edwards is a notable exception.

John Piper on Jonathan Edwards

As I mentioned in Friday’s post on Learning from Your Heroes’ Heroes, John Piper is well known for his immense appreciation for Edwards. He’s written or edited two books about Edwards, both of which are available in Libronix:

I’d strongly encourage you to listen to or read Piper’s biographical sketch on Edwards, “The Pastor as Theologian,” which was given at the first Desiring God Pastors Conference in 1988. Powerful and motivating.

As you might expect, Piper wrote a blog post about Jonathan Edwards’ Birthday, where he had this to say about him:

I suppose, after the Bible, no theologian has a greater ongoing effect on me as Jonathan Edwards. There are few in the world who combine the sharpness of mind, the scope of thought, the allegiance to Scripture, the depth of insight, the intensity of affections, the height of imagination, and the power of expression that he brings to all his work. I thank God for him today.

Coming Soon to Libronix!

Soon you’ll be able to have the standard 2-volume set fully searchable and tagged in your Libronix library. We announced Edwards’ works on Pre-Pub at the end of March. I just heard from our Electronic Text Development department that we’re not too far away from being ready to ship! If you haven’t placed your pre-order yet, don’t miss out on your chance to get our best price on the works of this eminently influential theologian. Place your pre-order now.

A Birthday Special

What would a birthday be without a birthday present? To celebrate Edwards’ 305th birthday and the soon arrival of his works in Libronix format, we have two specials for you, our blog readers:

  1. Get a taste of Edwards now by downloading A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections for free! Use coupon code EDWARDS during checkout to get this Edwards classic for no charge.
  2. Save 40% on the two Piper books on Edwards mentioned above by using coupon code PIPER-EDWARDS.

Both specials are good for one week, so take advantage now and spread the word!

Update: This offer has expired.

Learning from Your Heroes’ Heroes

Some people’s opinions carry a lot of weight, and rightfully so. For many, John Piper is one of those people. It’s hard to overstate his influence on evangelicalism. His preaching and writings are powerful and his wedding of passion and God-centered theology is contagious.

Like many of you, I’ve learned much from him—and, consequently, from his teachers.

Just as God uses John Piper to mold and shape people’s lives, God has used many people—living and dead—to shape John Piper. It’s wise to seek to learn from them as well.

I discovered Jonathan Edwards—like I’m sure many others have—due to the central role he has played for Piper. Of course, I knew about Edwards in my “pre-Piper” days, but Piper led me to really delve into his writings.

I’m eager to have Henry Alford’s Greek Testament in my digital library before too long (just a few more pre-orders needed!), largely because of what Piper had to say about it.

Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae Commentary (21 Vols.)Another author whom Piper has created interest in is Charles Simeon, whose massive Horae Homileticae (Hours of Homilies) was nearly impossible to obtain until we produced a digital edition of it. (Read the story of how it all came to be.) Now the entire collection containing 54 years of Simeon’s expository sermons covering the entire Bible is again available—and, I might add, much more useful!

At the 1989 Desiring God Pastors Conference, John Piper gave his annual biographical sketch on the life of Charles Simeon. It was entitled “Brothers, We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering.” You can listen to the message or read it online. If you have the Piper collection, you can read the expanded edition right in Libronix.

According to Piper, Horae Homileticae “is the best place to go to research Simeon’s theology. One can find his views on almost every key text in the Bible.” (Roots of Endurance, 86). The depth and power of Simeon’s ministry was rooted in “a life of prayer and meditation.” As a result, “what Simeon experienced in the Word and prayer was extraordinary. It is so utterly different from the counsel that we receive today that it is worth looking at carefully” (Roots of Endurance, 106-07).

For a limited time, we’re offering Simeon’s 21-volume Horae Homileticae for more than 50% off the retail price when you use coupon code BIOGRAPHY.

The Future of Academic Publishing

Andy Naselli, a good friend of mine and an avid Logos user, points out a relevant quote in a new book from Crossway: The New Media Frontier: Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting for Christ, edited by John Mark Reynolds and Roger Overton. In his chapter, “Professors with a New Public: Academics and New Media,” Fred Sanders avers,

The coming crisis in academic publishing is centered on the expense of printing and distributing scholarly works with an extremely narrow focus. Electronic publishing is the obvious source of a solution to this problem. The current editorial systems could stay in place just as they are, with the cost of production dropping to a fraction of the current system. It may be a long time before paperless publication is desirable for all users, but in academia it seems like an obvious need. The current system . . . must find a way out of its deadlock. (p. 172)

We’re happy to be a large part of this solution.

If you’ve been following our Pre-Pub offerings for the last couple of years, you’re well aware that we are publishing digital editions of a host of expensive academic resources. While the front-end costs of high-end digital publishing aren’t small (especially if we have to work from print rather than digital sources), the on-going costs are significantly less allowing volumes that cost $100-200 or even more in print to be available for significantly less digitally. This set was a perfect illustration of the savings that digital can offer: Library of NT Studies: JSNTS on the Gospels and Acts (16 Vols.).

On a closely related note, you may remember that back in May Dale Pritchett addressed this subject in his presentation “Logos in the Classroom.” If you missed it, be sure to give it a listen or read the transcript.

New Video on the LDGNT

We just posted a new video from Steve Runge about the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament. You can watch it on the LDGNT product page or right here in the blog post.

Steve’s been working hard for the last few months on a new discourse-related project, so be on the lookout for an announcement—perhaps even sometime this week.

The Works of H. A. Ironside—Now with All of His Commentaries

The Works of H. A. Ironside (65 Vols.)Several months ago we put a collection of 48 volumes from H. A. Ironside on Pre-Pub. Many were thrilled at the prospect of having access to Ironside’s writings in Libronix, but several people lamented that we had not included all of Ironside’s commentaries.

We did some research and found out that we were in fact missing 17 of his 32 commentaries! So we immediately looked into whether or not we could include them as well. We were happy to get approval and began to try to locate print copies of all of those missing volumes.

Fortunately, we have many book lovers in the office. And one of them happened to have a beautiful copy of all 32 of Ironside’s commentaries! Since he prefers having access to his commentaries in Logos, he was happy to part with his print set to help the project move forward. Thanks, Andy!

So we’re pleased to announce The Works of H. A. Ironside (65 Vols.)—now including the complete set of Ironside’s 32 commentaries covering 51 books of the Bible! In addition to the 32 biblical commentaries, you’ll get 32 books—covering a variety of subjects like baptism, the Holy Spirit, assurance, and many others—and a collection of 25 pamphlets, sermon notes, tracts, lectures, and other miscellaneous writings.

If you enjoy the writings of H. A. Ironside or want to study the contributions of this important 20th-century preacher, you won’t want to pass up this phenomenal deal—65 volumes for about $2.60 a piece!

By the way, if you had pre-ordered the earlier 48-volume collection, you’ll need to place a new order for this 65-volume collection and cancel your original order.

In just a few days this new collection has reached 100%! Production is now underway. Don’t miss out on this tremendous deal. Place your pre-order today.

If you’re unfamiliar with Ironside, you can learn more about him right in your Libronix digital library:

Saved by the Logos Electronic Book Catalogue!

I’ve worked at Logos for a long time — fifteen years! There used to be a time when I knew every title and author we published. But we’re publishing so much, and putting so much more on pre-pub, that I lost track of it all.
Actually, I lost track of it all long ago. We have a lot of books available. I tend to only keep track of certain areas that have to do with my primary areas of study — Greek, linguistics, Pauline Epistles, and early church.
But something neat happened to me this past weekend. My lovely wife will be attending a ladies’ Book Study at the church we attend. They’ll be reading and discussing Bryan Chappell’s book, Holiness by Grace.
On a whim, I searched the Logos web site for “chapell” by just typing it in the upper-right corner of the page, like this:

Here’s what I found in the “Downloadable Products” section of the results:

How cool is that? We’ve actually done the book already! Now I’ll have it in my Logos Library at home too, so Amy and I can work through the book together as she attends the book study this fall.
But what was really cool to me was that I searched Logos on a whim. I had no idea if we had Holiness by Grace available or not. But we’ve done so many books in the past few years that I figured it was worth a chance.
This is a book that I’d never look for; that I wouldn’t have even known to search for had my sweet wife not signed up for the book study. But it was there when I looked for it. Why? Because Logos does lots of high-quality, useful books from lots of different publishers so that not only will you find the stuff you know you want; you might even find stuff you didn’t know you wanted.
Who knows? Maybe that book you need for a class or a study is available in Logos format too!

The Basis of the Second Coming

Today’s guest blogger is Adam Navarrete, who works in the marketing department here at Logos.

The Logos Lecture Series is back in action after taking a month off. Tomorrow, September 24, we will host Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum of Ariel Ministries, who will be speaking on “The Basis of the Second Coming.” Make a point of joining us at 7:00 PM at the American Museum of Radio and Electricity here in Bellingham, Washington.

About the Lecture

While the rapture of the church has no preconditions and can happen at any moment of time, the second coming for Israel does have a major precondition: Israel’s national salvation. This topic is a study of the circumstances of the rejection of the Messiah by Israel and the one prerequisite that must be fulfilled before the Messiah can return.

About the Speaker

Arnold Fruchtenbaum is the author of books such as Jesus Was a Jew, Messianic Christology, and Hebrew Christianity, among many others. He began his formal education at Shelton College, earned B.A. degrees in Hebrew and Greek from Cedarville University, his M.T.S. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. at New York University. Dr. Fruchtenbaum has lived and worked with the messianic congregation in Jerusalem, ministered for the American Board of Missions to the Jews, was editor of The Chosen People, served as Associate Director of the world’s largest Messianic Jewish broadcasting ministry at The Christian Jew Foundation, and currently serves as Director of Ariel Ministries.

Event Details

  • Title: The Basis of the Second Coming
  • Speaker: Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum of Ariel Ministries
  • Date: Wednesday, September 24
  • Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Location: The American Museum of Radio and Electricity in Bellingham, Washington
  • Admission is free!

For those who are unable to attend the lecture, we hope to make the audio available within a few days of the event.

By the way, be sure to check out our collection of books from Dr. Fruchtenbaum in the Ariel Ministries Messianic Collection (11 Vols.).

To get you thinking about our next lecture, our guest will be local professor Clarence Zylstra of Whatcom Community College. He will present his topic, “Understanding Radical Islam,” on Monday, October 27. Please check the Lecture Series page, which we’ll keep updated as more information becomes available.

10 New Collections from Paternoster!

Today’s guest blogger is Kent Hendricks, the main Pre-Pub man here at Logos.

A few weeks ago, Phil mentioned several big shipments of books headed to the Pre-Pub page. Since then, we’ve brought you dozens of collections and hundreds of books, including books from Baker, IVP, and our biggest Pre-Pub ever, the Anchor Yale Bible (83 Vols.).

But we’re still not done.

If you’ve perused the Pre-Pub page lately, you’ve probably noticed all the new books from Paternoster Press. In fact, in the span of just a few days, we posted ten collections containing almost 100 books! In case you haven’t been able to keep up, here’s a quick summary of these exciting new books from Paternoster.

Paternoster Theological Studies Collection (25 Vols.)The Paternoster Theological Studies Collection (25 Vols.) is not only the biggest collection from Paternoster, but it’s also the best value. The equivalent print copies of these books would cost you well over $1,000, but they’re currently listed at $12.00 per volume on Pre-Pub. In this collection, you’ll find book-length treatments of some of the most influential Christian thinkers from the past century, like Karl Barth, Jurgen Moltmann, Reinhold Niebuhr, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Alvin Plantinga, William G. T. Shedd, John Howard Yoder, and many more. This amounts to more than 7,000 pages of the best in theological studies from Paternoster Press!

If you like theological studies, you’ll also want to check out three smaller collections, the Paternoster Atonement Collection (5 Vols.), the Paternoster Trinitarian Studies Collection (4 Vols.), and the Paternoster Spiritual Growth Collection (4 Vols.).

We’re also featuring four collections for biblical scholars:

Paternoster Missional Theology Collection (16 Vols.)The Paternoster Missional Theology Collection (16 Vols.) includes books by Jason Clark, Robert Jenson, Brian McLaren, and lots of other great authors who are writing some of the most influential books at the intersection of theology and culture. In this collection, you’ll find books on the emerging church, ancient liturgy, missional theology, and cultural engagement.

Speaking of cultural engagement, we’re also offering a collection of books which tackle some of the biggest issues facing the church today. The Paternoster Contemporary Issue Collection (7 Vols.) contains books on politics, feminism, Israel, hell, the problem of evil, and lots of other important subjects.

And remember, it always pays to place your Pre-Pub order early. Sometimes Pre-Pub prices go up, and other times we add books to collections later on. By placing your order today for these collections from Paternoster, not only are you guaranteed the lowest price, but you’ll also help move these collections into production as soon as possible!

Just a Few More Pre-Orders

We realize that we’ve been sending a lot of Pre-Pubs your way—on average about one a day. In some ways that’s good because that gives you more books to choose from and it’s more likely that we’ll offer the kinds of books that you want. But it also has its downsides. For one, it’s easy for many of these collections and titles to end up getting lost on our massive Pre-Pub page, which has nearly 200 products on it right now.

Theology and Doctrine Collection (16 Vols.)Since we add new Pre-Pubs at such a rapid pace, it’s likely that there are some  buried deep in the page that might be right up your alley. Perhaps one of these:

  1. Old Testament Studies Series Collection (8 Vols.)
  2. Christ Is All
  3. PBI Old Testament Studies Collection (6 Vols.)
  4. Robert P. Lightner and Aubrey Malphurs Collection (9 Vols.)
  5. Smeaton Theology Collection (3 Vols.)
  6. Evangelism Collection (11 Vols.)
  7. Broadman & Holman Baptist History Collection (11 Vols.)
  8. Theology and Doctrine Collection (16 Vols.)
  9. The Greek Testament by Henry Alford (8 Vols.)
  10. Sheffield Reader Collection (12 Vols.)

Each of these needs just a handful of orders to send them into production. Give them a look. If something catches your eye that you had previously missed, consider placing your pre-order. You could be the one to send it into production and make lots of patient people very happy.

Building Your Library with the Best Commentaries

If you love to study the Bible, you probably love commentaries as well. Commentaries are wonderful tools for helping you to understand the historical background of the Bible; the meaning of its words, phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, and books; its timeless theological message; and how all of that applies to how we ought to live in the 21st century.

Commentaries are ideal books to have in digital format, especially when connected with the power of the Passage Guide. That’s part of the reason that they are our top selling category of add-on books. If you regularly watch our Pre-Pub page, you’ve no doubt noticed that we add new commentary series all the time.

Here are the recent additions to the Pre-Pub page since the last time I mentioned the commentary series on Pre-Pub:

We have several pages on our website that are geared to help you keep up with all the commentaries that we are making available—and help you choose the best ones for you.

The Product Guide to Multi-Volume Commentaries brings together all of the commentary sets we offer and provides essential details like intended audience, publisher, number of volumes, etc. We try to update it every time we add a new series to Pre-Pub or Community Pricing, so it should be a fairly accurate list of all the series that we offer. If you’re looking to add new commentaries to your digital library, this is the best place to start.

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