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Get Proclaim Free through the End of the Year!

We are excited to announce Proclaim will release a FREE beta version on October 11, 2011.  This new church presentation software is compatible with Logos 4, allowing you to easily send images and quotes over to your presentation. Sign up below to be notified as soon as it releases!

This release is going to change the way pastors, worship leaders, and other ministry partners put together a presentation. Not only will pastors be able send information and media directly from Logos 4 to a presentation, but worship leaders and others will be able to access a presentation throughout the week to add songs, backgrounds, and announcements. That’s right, multiple people can work from home or their church—or anywhere with internet access—on the same presentation.

Each presentation you create in Proclaim includes a unique “signal.” Signals” is a feature allowing you to send out interactive information to the mobile devices users in your church so they can follow along with the presentation. When creating or editing your presentation, Proclaim will tie a “Signal” to the slide as you select which content you would like to send to local mobile devices. You can send a Scripture, a quote, or even a donation request for mobile giving.

You can also sync with your CCLI SongSelect account to pull in lyrics with one button, without ever leaving the application. With engaging and easy-to-use features like this, Proclaim is sure to become the standard in church presentation software.

LIKE Proclaim on Facebook and it could be free through the rest of the year!

Not only will Proclaim be FREE when it releases initially, but you can get it FREE through the end of the year, if the Proclaim Facebook page reaches 11,000 fans by 11/11/11. Be sure to tell your ministry team, worship team, and fellow worship leaders to “Like” the page as well.

Click “Like” in the box below and help us reach 11,000 now!

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Be Encouraged by Bible Study Magazine

For three years, Bible Study Magazine has been delivering an impressive array of tools for Bible study.

We’ve always featured cover articles on church leaders and biblical scholars with a focus on their interaction with Scripture. You will find it inspiring to read how Scripture enriches the lives of leaders like Josh McDowell, John Piper, Kay Arthur, and Mark Driscoll.

Subscribers to Bible Study Magazine enjoy powerful discussions with notable church figures, discussions which yield quotes like:

“Some of the happiest hours of my life have been sitting at the desk with a sheet of paper and the biblical text and thinking, ‘How does this text divide? What are its main themes? What’s going on here?’ You are looking into God’s workshop. God is in this text and you are actually seeing how the Holy Spirit worked; that’s just amazing.”—N. T. Wright

“I’ve done pretty much the same thing for the past 30 years—I have a morning Bible study time. What works best for me is to have one book in the Bible that I am reading, and I read until something strikes me. I don’t have any prescribed length to read—it could be a chapter or a few verses. When something strikes me, though, I’ll put a date in the margin of the page. . . . [I'll note why] that passage speaks to me. In all my Bibles for the past 30 years, you will see dates in the margins.”—Max Lucado

“I don’t memorize verses that don’t help my soul. I’m not into mechanical memorizing. I’m into fighting the fight of faith. I want to memorize Scripture so that I can defeat the devil at 3 o’clock in the afternoon—that’s why I memorize!”—John Piper

It is stimulating and empowering to note how these leaders and scholars regularly interact with the Scripture in their personal life, and an encouragement to do the same.

On the cover of the Sept–Oct ’11 issue of Bible Study Magazine, you’ll find Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel. He told us that Bible study is addicting: “The more you know, the more you hunger and thirst for knowledge of the Word. . . . Feed that, and watch the desire grow.” 

We at Bible Study Magazine couldn’t agree more.

Make sure to subscribe by September 30 to begin your subscription with Chuck Smith’s remarkable insight.

Join Bible Study Magazine on Facebook and tell us who you would choose to see featured in a future issue. Not on Facebook? Leave us a comment and tell us who you’d love to have on the cover of Bible Study Magazine.

Why don’t you let Bible Study Magazine help you get the most out of your Bible study? Subscribe today at almost 50% off the cover price!

Community Pricing Alert—3 Other James Hastings Products You Should Know About

Coins Current in Palestine c. B.C. 500–A.D. 135

Coins Current in Palestine c. B.C. 500–A.D. 135

Last week, Dale Pritchett championed Hastings’ Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics on Community Pricing.

Edited by Scottish Presbyterian minister and biblical scholar James Hastings, it’s just one of the collections offered in Community Pricing edited by this important 20th century theologian (did you know he was the original founder and editor of the Expository Times?).

There’s also A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels (2 vols.), the single volume Dictionary of the Bible, and the important, five-volume Dictionary of the Bible.

The Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.) boasts over 4,500 pages of articles written by 194 different scholars, such as William Ramsay, F. Max Müller,  A. T. Robertson, Alfred Plummer, S. R. Driver—just to name a few. This amazing reference set is close to 80% and could cross over soon, so you’ll want to place your bid today to make sure you take advantage of this awesome Community Pricing steal.

Be sure to place your bid today!

5 Reasons the Perseus Project Is Incredible

Last month we announced the release of nearly 1,500 resources in the Perseus Collection—for free. In case you were wondering why you should bother downloading such a large addition to your library, we’ve compiled five reasons why Perseus is incredible:

  1. Educational Value:
    C. S. Lewis said, “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”Familiarity with the classics of Greek and Roman literature has often been a hallmark of a well-rounded education. Equally important is knowledge of one’s own history and culture. With the seven bundles included in our Perseus Collection, you can browse 340 volumes on 19th century American history, 22 volumes on the Renaissance, and even read hundreds of Greek and Latin classics such as Aristotle, Epictates, Plutarch, Homer, and many more.
  2. English Translations
    In the Perseus Classics Collection we not only have a world class collection of Greek and Latin literature, but we have dozens of English translations as well. So don’t worry if you can’t read Sophocles in the original Greek. We’ve got you covered.
  3. Dictionaries and Lexicons
    Greek and Latin lemmas are tagged in hundreds of resources. With the click of a button, you can access dictionaries and lexicons in an instant. The Greek is morphologically tagged allowing you to perform advanced searches and Bible word studies right from your copy of Aristotle or Herodotus.
  4. Textual Searching
    Believe it or not, adding hundreds of Greek classics to your library can seriously enhance your Bible study. Take Acts 18:13 for example:

    “This man is persuading [ἀναπείθω] people to worship God contrary to the law.”

    This word, anapeitho, occurs only once in the entire New Testament. It is helpful to have a word occur multiple times to enable translators to give it the correct meaning from context. With more data, it is much easier to determine the intended meaning.

    Just by adding the Perseus Classics Collection to your library, you will not only find the one occurrence in the New Testament, but another 191 occurrences of this word being used in classical Greek literature.

    If you really want to dig into the Greek New Testament and experience the words used in another cultural context, you are going to love the Perseus Classics Collection paired with Logos Bible Software.

  5. It’s free!
    Let’s be honest, isn’t this a great reason? We know you will enjoy these resources as much as we do, and we are thrilled to be offering them for free!

This is groundbreaking stuff, so share the news! Pass it along via your favorite social media platform, then browse to the Perseus Collection page and pre-order now!

Leave us a comment and tell us what Perseus collection you are most excited about!

Recommended Commentaries: Genesis

If you do a faceted search for commentaries on Logos.com, you will find nearly 100 pages of resources. Among those you will find some of the best commentaries ever written! But what if you are looking for a solid commentary on a specific book of the Bible? It can get overwhelming when you are looking for the right tool to purchase for the study or sermon series you are working on. Where do you even begin?

The Recommended Commentary Series

Logos Talk wants to help you find the best commentaries for your needs. The Recommended Commentary Series will be a regular column highlighting some favorite commentaries by Logos academics and the user community.

We want to hear from you!

Each week we will post a forum thread asking which commentaries, available from Logos, are your favorites for a specific book in the Bible. This is a great opportunity to let other Logos users know which commentaries you have found valuable in your studies.

Genesis Commentaries

We asked Michael Heiser, resident scholar and academic editor for Logos Bible Software, to give us his favorite commentaries on Genesis. Here are a few of his choices in no particular order:

Commentaries in Collections

Single Volume Commentaries

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

Do you have a favorite Logos resource on Genesis which isn’t listed here? Leave us a comment. Then jump over to the forum and share your favorite commentaries on Exodus!

* The 40-volume New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament Back-To-School Sale ends Monday, September 12, at midnight! This is the lowest price in years and, if you act fast, you can still get it for $88 per month with a payment plan! Enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to get the special price.

Upgrade Discounts End Soon!

We’ve been running some sort of upgrade discount ever since the launch of Logos 4 back in November 2009. As not all good things can last forever, you have three weeks to take advantage of base package upgrades. Special upgrade discounts end September 30, 2011!

Don’t Wait Any Longer

If you’ve been considering upgrading your Logos 4 base package to a higher base package level, or even if you are still using Logos 3, this is your last chance to save money on your upgrade!

Act before the discounts expire and you could save as much as $630.00 on your upgrade! With all the new content you’ll get, your upgrade price will be cheaper than if you were to get just one or two titles by themselves.

But no matter which package you upgrade to, the bottom line is that you’ll pay less if you upgrade by September 30, 2011. If you wait, you’ll pay more—up to $630.00 more. It’s that simple.

See your personalize upgrade discount now!

7 Reasons for Upgrading Now

Besides the limited-time discounts and savings, there are lots of other great reasons to upgrade. Here are just a few:

  • Add up to hundreds of new books to your digital library for pennies on the dollar
  • Improved passage guides, word study guides, exegetical guides, reports, and search results
  • Powerful new tools, features, databases, and more if upgrading from a lower base package level
  • A customized upgrade discount based on your current package level
  • No need to reinstall. After you upgrade, the next time you sign in to Logos, you’ll automatically start downloading the new content
  • Syncing between home, office, mobile devices, and the web
  • An interest-free payment plan to help stay within your budget

Best of all, upgrading before the discounts expire will save you money. Just remember, the higher you upgrade, the deeper your discount.

See What You’ll Get—And What You’ll Save

Compare contents and discounts side by side and get the one that’s right for you!

Take Advantage of Our Payment Plan

Did you know you can use a payment plan to spread your payments out over 12 months? This is great for parents or students, or for pastors with a monthly book budget. If you’re considering upgrading soon anyway, this is a great way to get the discount now while not having to spend beyond what you can afford.

Find out what discounts you qualify for and use our interest-free payment plan option during checkout by upgrading now!

If we can help answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (800) 875-6467 or (360) 527-1700. Just call us before the current deals expire!

For those who have recently upgraded, what reason for upgrading was the most compelling? Leave us a comment so others can hear from you!

Get Hasting’s Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics on Community Pricing

For nearly fifteen years I have tried—without success—to get people interested in Hasting’s Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics.

It began when I was cornered at a conference by a pair of seminary professors who marveled that we had neglected a Logos edition of Hastings’ Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics. I went online and purchased a print edition and started to use it myself with great enjoyment. Since then I have placed this set on and off Pre-Pub a number of times without success—yet I keep trying.

It is one of the finest reference sets produced in the last century. It is still one of the most quoted reference sets in the field of religion and biblical studies to this day. Over the years, many scholars and professors have commented on the many articles in this series which are addressed in no other reference work. It is a popular goto series for our own writers and researchers.

Why won’t this set make it through Pre-Pub? One problem is that the series has always been a library resource. Not that many private copies were ever sold. With a retail value of nearly $800, it has been out of reach for all but the most ardent enthusiasts. Perhaps, together, we can bring this fine work within reach of everyone.

I know you are probably not interested in spending $800 for a collection you have never heard of, but maybe you would be interested at $20, $30, or $40. I know I would. Help us save this set for future generations. Take the opportunity to bid for this set for pennies on the dollar.

Community Pricing ensures you will never pay an amount higher than your bid and you may even win the opportunity to purchase at a lower price if enough people participate. The only way to lose out is to bid lower than the final price that covers production costs.

With Hastings’ Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics (13 vols.) available on your ipod, Iphone, iPad, or Android device—you could be a walking encyclopedia yourself!

10 Pre-Pubs for Your Old Testament Studies

We recently shared some suggestions for finding bargains on Logos.com. One suggestion was to keep your eye on the Pre-Pub page, a valuable place to get new resources at a fantastic price.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of Old Testament resources available on Pre-Pub. We wanted to highlight a few which—if you act fast—you can purchase before they go into development.

  1. Fortress Press Hebrew Bible Collection (11 vols.)
  2. Isaiah 40–66: A Commentary
  3. Library of Hebrew Bible/OT Studies: JSOTS on Nevi’im (7 vols.)
  4. Library of Hebrew Bible/OT Studies: JSOTS Old Testament Monographs (7 vols.)
  5. Studies in Old Testament Themes (6 vols.)
  6. Old Testament Hermeneutics Collection (18 vols.)
  7. History of Old Testament Interpretation Collection (14 vols.)
  8. Studies on Esther (4 vols.)
  9. Studies on Joshua Collection (3 vols.)
  10. Studies on Zechariah (4 vols.)

Take advantage of these Pre-Pub prices soon. It will only take a few more orders to kick most of these items into production!

Leave us a comment and let us know which of these Pre-Pubs you would love to add to your library!

What You Could Be Missing: See NICOT/NT in Logos for Yourself!

You still have a little more time to get the 40-volume New International Commentary at a discount. But don’t wait—the Back-to-School Sale ends soon. Enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to see the special price. Download it now!

Gary Thomas Discusses The Glorious Pursuit

“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”—Romans 8:29 (ESV)

This has been a favorite verse of mine for years. I have always loved the idea of being molded and formed into the image and character of Christ. But the inherent challenge here is in making sure we are not frustrating this work while doing what we can to be pliable.

Gary Thomas has been a mentor to me for some time in this area. His writings have instilled in me an insatiable desire to not only focus on building the character of Christ within me, but to understand how Christians have practiced spiritual formation in the past.

When I saw that Logos was carrying Thomas’ The Glorious Pursuit: Embracing the Virtues of Christ, I jumped at an opportunity to ask him some questions about this fantastic book on Christian virtues.

Logos: It has been a while since you penned The Glorious Pursuit. What do you remember about the process?

Thomas: I was approached by NavPress to write a book for a series they were doing on forgotten or neglected ancient spiritual practices. Practicing the virtues was a mainstay for many centuries of church history, and we felt it would be equally helpful and relevant for Christians to reclaim this practice today. So much of contemporary Christian teaching focuses on “not sinning.” I was eager to write a book focusing on something positive—what we can become. Instead of obsessing over becoming “unlike the devil” I believe Scripture calls us to focus on becoming like Christ.

Logos: You discuss 14 classical virtues (humility, surrender, detachment, love, chastity, generosity, vigilance, patience, discernment, thankfulness, gentleness, fortitude, obedience, and penitence), which of those did you find was the most challenging to write about?

Thomas: There’s a reason I had to use two chapters to fully cover humility. It’s been called the “queen of the virtues” and rightly so. It’s the hardest one to live out, in many ways, and yet the foundation for so much that follows (along with love, of course).

Another particularly challenging one was detachment, since that’s such a foreign concept to contemporary believers. We just don’t think in those terms, yet doing so can be revolutionary in a believer’s life.

Logos: One online reviewer said of The Glorious Pursuit, “This is one of the best and most helpful books I’ve ever read.” Do you often hear from people whose lives have been touched by your work?

Thomas: Just about every day, in all honesty. It’s humbling, knowing how little I know, and knowing how messed up I can be, and yet seeing how God can play some great music through rather dented instruments.

Logos: One of the endorsements for the Glorious Pursuit was by J. I. Packer. If I remember correctly, Packer also endorses your book Seeking the Face of God. Do you consider Packer a mentor?

Thomas: Absolutely. He was my thesis advisor, and small group advisor during one year at Regent College, so I got to spend some time with him, including in his home. I admire Dr. Packer’s courage, fidelity to Scripture, and passion for the Gospel. Even in his later years, he is passionate about seeing God’s church move forward. Time with him (I got to visit with him again about 2 years ago when I was up in Canada) is always tremendously inspiring for me.

At a theological level, I especially appreciate Packer’s ability as a “fair” critic. When he challenges another tradition with which he has disagreements, he’ll point out its strengths and what the church at large can learn from it, and then gently but brilliantly expose the flaws (or at least problematic tendencies). I’ve tried to emulate that approach, drawing on the strengths of a wide range of traditions without rejecting them in total, while still staying true to a rather conservative theological (and I think biblical) perspective.

Logos: In what ways have you heard about The Glorious Pursuit being used in group settings?

Thomas: It’s been used by weight loss groups, prison chaplains, men’s groups, and women’s Bible studies. What I hear back from these participants is that they appreciate the positive focus—looking at what we can become, rather than obsessing over what we should avoid.

Logos: What would you say to someone who has picked up a copy of The Glorious Pursuit and is starting their journey toward practicing Christian virtues?

Thomas: Take the chapter on gentleness to heart, and be gentle with yourself. This is a lifelong journey. The more I understand about the physiology of our brain, the more brilliant I believe this ancient practice is. It takes time to create new neurological grooves and therefore moral habits. We have to consciously choose our focus, put it into practice, and wait until it becomes sort of like second nature, though in this case, it’s a supernaturally empowered redeemed nature.

The Glorious Pursuit is not only a fantastic personal resource, it is valuable for discipleship and small groups as well. I can personally attest to using this book in a variety of settings and its rich content always helps foster deep, engaging, and transparent discussion.

Order a copy of The Glorious Pursuit today and get it while it’s still on Pre-Pub!

For more information about Gary Thomas, visit GaryThomas.com or follow him on Twitter.

Have you read The Glorious Pursuit? Leave us a comment and tell us what you thought.