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Celebrate Reformation Day with a Reformed Product Guide

It was on this day—494 years ago—a 34-year-old professor and Doctor of Theology nailed ninety-five revolutionary opinions to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

The Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences (95 Theses) was not, as it has often been portrayed, an act of defiance or challenge to religious authorities. Luther intended his theses to provide an opportunity for academic debate and discussion regarding the issue of the Catholic Church’s sale of indulgences—an issue of unrest for Luther.

Indulgences were promises sold by the church in the form of certificates for a full or partial release from the temporary punishment for absolved sins—whether in this life or in purgatory. Though Prince Frederick III the Wise had forbidden the sale of indulgences in Wittenberg, many of the devout were travelling great distances to purchase them. To Luther’s great frustration and sorrow, many of his congregants were presenting their indulgences to him claiming they no longer had to repent of their sins.

Luther wrote his 95 Theses with the intention of inviting scholars into a discussion on indulgences. The subtitle of his theses read, “Out of love and zeal for truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following theses will be publicly discussed at Wittenberg under the chairmanship of the reverend father Martin Lutther, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology and regularly appointed Lecturer on these subjects at that place. He requests that those who cannot be present to debate orally with us will do so by letter. In the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”

These theses were nailed to the door of Castle Church facing Wittenberg’s main thoroughfare. Operating as a bulletin board of sorts, the door of Castle Church was a fairly common place to post important notices. With this posting, Luther also sent out a few handwritten comments to select clergy. It was scarcely two weeks before copies made their way throughout Germany—and they spread throughout Europe in less than two months!

Just as the largest flames are started from the smallest of sparks, the dissemination of these theses is known as the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. Many churches and communities throughout the world celebrate October 31 as Reformation Day.

Check Out Logos’ Reformation Resources

In recognition of Reformation Day, Logos is offering a guide of featured books and collections relating to the Protestant Reformation.

The Reformation Product Guide has been split into four sections:

The Reformation Product Guide offers something for anyone who wishes to study the Reformation, including dozens of collections and books by some of the most renowned Reformed theologians as well as detailed histories and biographies about the Reformation and its leaders. Don’t miss out on these great works!

Luther’s Works Now Available for Download!

Luther's Works

Today we are announcing a new partnership with Augsburg Fortress and Concordia to make the 55-volume set of Luther’s Works available for download. This collection had been available in Libronix via CD-ROM for several years, and we’ve received several requests to offer it as a download. Now, we’re thrilled to announce it’s finally a reality.

Even better, for just a few weeks, you can take advantage of special introductory pricing. Normally, this collection retails for $259, but for a limited time, you can get Luther’s Works for only $229. You’ll need to act fast—this price is going up in November!

About Martin Luther

No other person is more closely identified with the Protestant Reformation than Martin Luther. By nailing the 95 Theses to the Wittenberg door, he began a process of renewal which resulted in a profound shift in faith, politics, and society. He has been both praised and vilified, and he continues to influence Christians of all traditions and animate the movement that bears his name.

This collection is the authoritative edition of Luther’s Works. The first half of the set contains Luther’s exposition of Scripture, and the second half contains his letters, sermons, theological treatises, and various other writings. As Jaroslav Pelikan and Helmut Lehmann have written:

[Luther] can provide his reader with bits of autobiography or with political observations as he expounds a psalm, and he can speak tenderly about the meaning of faith in the midst of polemics against his opponents. It is the hope of publishers, editors, and translators that throughout this edition the message of Luther’s faith will speak more clearly to the modern church.

Don’t Miss the Special Introductory Pricing!

With a downloadable version of Luther’s Works, you can begin reading and studying today. Simply add Luther’s Works to your cart, click through checkout, and Logos 4 will begin downloading automatically.

If you’ve been waiting for the download of Luther’s Works, then this is the perfect time to add it to your library—just in time for Reformation Day. But remember, the introductory pricing is going up next month, so download it today!

Dig Deeper with Leading New Testament Scholars

In the Eerdmans New Testament Commentaries Collection (4 vols), four leading New Testament scholars use a variety of study and investigative methods to dig deeper into Scripture:

  • Introducing Romans: Critical Issues in Paul’s Most Famous Letter, by Richard Longenecker, looks at the background of Romans by examining several critical issues like purpose, recent interpretive approaches, setting, and structure.
  • In Paul’s Letter to the Romans: A Commentary, author Arland Hultegren gives a verse by verse commentary bringing attention to many interesting features in the epistle.
  • The Gospel of John: A Commentary, by Frederick Dale Bruner, weaves together commentary from church giants like Luther, Calvin, and Augustine—then provides insight and application useful for today’s reader.
  • In The Letter to the Galatians, editor and translator Ian Christopher Levy gathered six medieval commentaries on Galatians that were previously not available in English, translated them, and added comprehensive introductions.

Join these New Testament scholars on their journey of research and reflection on Romans, John, and Galatians by adding the Eerdman’s New Testament Commentary Collection to your Logos library. Be sure to check out this collection while it’s on Pre-Pub for $99.95—that’s over 50% off the retail price!

Find a Goldmine of Biblical Insights in the Daily Treasures Devotional!

Is there a better way to start the day than with an encouraging devotional?  A devotional serves as a reminder to get into the Word daily and guides us to dig deeper into Scripture.

Daily Treasures from the Word of God, on Pre-Pub now for just $12.95, provides daily readings that will take you through every book of the Bible. By the end of the year, you will have read the Old Testament through once and both the New Testament and Psalms twice.

Entries in Daily Treasures from the Word of God address a variety of topics drawn straight from Scripture. You’ll also find practical outlines which work great for personal or group Bible studies and sermon preparation.

Set Your Daily Readings on the Logos 4 Homepage

Not only will Daily Treasures from the Word of God integrate wonderfully with the other resources in your Logos library, but you can also choose to feature its daily readings right on your Logos homepage. You can do your daily reading right from your Logos 4 homepage!

Be sure to check out Daily Treasures from the Word of God while it’s on Pre-Pub for $12.95!

What do you love most about your daily devotions? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Pujols: More Than the Game

Pujols: More Than the Game"Legends are born in October."

In the game of baseball, this saying surfaces every postseason—and rightfully so. For teams playing in October, it means they’re in the postseason and that the 162 regular season games they’ve played over the preceding six months have now put them in contention to be World Series Champions.

Tonight is Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. The American League Texas Rangers have a one-game lead over the National League St. Louis Cardinals, and could clinch the title with a win tonight.

Whether or not you’re following the World Series—or baseball in general—you may have heard about one of the most historic nights in MLB history that happened over the weekend.

On Saturday, October 22, 2011, Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals became only the third player in MLB history to hit three home runs in a single World Series game. The other two? Babe Ruth (twice: 1926 and 1928), and "Mr. October" himself, Reggie Jackson (1977).

Needless to say, Pujols is now in some pretty phenomenal company. But for Pujols, there is more to life than baseball.

More Than the Game

For a man who has now solidified his spot in Cooperstown, eventually to be immortalized in baseball’s Hall of Fame, one thing remains clear—baseball is only a means to an end:

God has given me the ability to succeed in the game of baseball. But baseball is not the end; baseball is the means by which my wife, Dee Dee, and I glorify God. Baseball is simply my platform to elevate Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

After his unbelievable night, Puljos’ game-worn jersey, along with his bat and batting gloves, were quickly authenticated by Major League Baseball to be preserved and admired for generations to come.

As Puljos was giving his post-game interview, it seemed as if the last thing he wanted to talk about was himself—or his performance. Rather, he talked about being blessed to be in the situation and thanked God he was able to contribute to his team’s push for a World Series Championship title.

On and off the field, Pujols remains humble and selfless. Even in the opening sentence on The Pujols Family Foundation website, which he started with his wife, it states that the foundation "exists to honor God and strengthen families through our works, deeds and examples."

Clearly there is more to Pujols than baseball. Learn more now with Vyrso’s special offer!

Offer Ends with the World Series

As we mentioned, the World Series could end tonight, but with a Cardinals win, there could be a Game 7 on Thursday. Either way, get Pujols: More Than the Game now—discounted 80% for the remainder of the World Series!

That means you pay only $4.99!

Take advantage of this deal before this year’s World Series comes to an end!

Do you already have a favorite 2011 World Series highlight? Will Puljos’ three home runs be a story you share for years to come? Did you see Reggie Jackson’s home runs in 1977?

Share your favorite baseball memory or 2011 World Series highlight with us!

Recommended Commentaries: Mark

Logos Talk’s Recommended Commentary Series highlights 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.

Mark Commentaries

We asked Logos Educational Designer Johnny Cisneros to give us his favorite commentaries on Mark. Here are a few of his choices in no particular order:

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

This is only a small list of the suggested commentaries for Mark! For a larger selection of suggested commentaries, visit the forum post.

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

Don’t Miss These Recommended Commentaries!

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Logos 4: Exact and Intersection Search from Camp Logos 2

Today’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 and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars Tips

If you’ve been to Camp Logos before you know I’m a big fan of the right click menu which houses shortcuts to numerous Logos features. Here’s one of my favorites.

Let’s say you’ve previously created a Theology Books search collection. You’re now studying John 1:3 in your favorite Bible and you want to discover where this verse is mentioned only in this collection of theological resources. Try this:

  • Right click on any word in John 1:3 of your open Bible
  • Select Reference John 1:3
  • Select Search entire library (You can’t designate a specific collection on the right click menu, but since searching is so fast it’s OK to search the entire library.)
  • Select a specific collection from the drop down range list on the Search panel (In other words change Entire Library to a collection like Theology Books.)

Notice the search displays the location of where your exact reference is mentioned such as John 1:3, Jn1.3, verse 3, etc.

To transform this exact search into an intersection:

  • Change the equals sign ( = ) in the search query to the tilde ( ~ )
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search

Now notice you’re getting hits such as John 1:1-5, Jn 1.2-6, etc. As long as John 1:3 intersects with the reference in the book, Logos finds it!

This specific search is but one of many powerful Logos features we cover in Camp Logos 2.

And some exciting news is that you have a couple of upcoming opportunities to participate in Camp Logos 2.

First, we are having our first National Camp Logos 2 on November 10-11 in Bellingham, WA. This is our first National Camp 2 covering Logos 4. In addition to the beautiful scenery, you’ll have two full days of learning how to customize your Logos, as well as catered meals and a tour of the new Logos Headquarters! Register and learn more details about National Camp 2 here.

Also, if you haven’t heard yet, we now have Camp Logos 2 LIVE on DVD-ROM available to pre-order. These DVDs contain in-depth content on how to take the next step with your Logos Bible Software, but it also features arrows, highlights, or callouts for every instruction that I give. There are also many graphics spread throughout the training to call attention to important concepts. If you enjoyed Camp Logos LIVE, I guarantee that you’ll also enjoy Camp 2 LIVE.

And remember, there is both a PC and a Mac version that is tailored to the corresponding version of Logos. Pre-order your copy today!

What right click menu shortcut have you found the most helpful? Leave us a comment and let us know.

At Last, the Complete Works of Jonathan Edwards is on Pre-Pub

We are pleased to announce the availability of Yale’s authoritative edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards on Pre-Pub.

Considered by many to be America’s greatest theologian and philosopher, Edwards propelled eighteenth-century America into the First Great Awakening. Preaching about a God who desires not only the intellect but also the affections of His children, his focus on the beauty of the holiness of God continues to radically challenge the church today.

Many Previously Unpublished Works!

Until now, many of Edwards’ original manuscripts had been kept in private collections, unavailable to the public.  After the Edwards family released his writings to Yale University, scholars spent a great deal of time transcribing Edwards’ nearly illegible handwriting—one even said that “it can take years of experience to read Edwards’ handwriting accurately.”

These works, which now include critical introductions, analysis, commentary, and reflection by noted Edwards scholars, express why Perry Miller, founder of the Yale edition of the Works of Jonathan Edwards, describes Edwards as “the first and greatest homegrown American philosopher.”

The Life of David Brainerd

This collection is full of new scholarly insights into the philosophy, theology, and historical context of Edwards’ work. Take, for example, The Life of David Brainerd. Published in 1749, The Life of David Brainerd was the first popular biography to be published in the United States and remains one of Edwards’ most celebrated works. The Life of David Brainerd we are familiar with is not the original, however; Edwards changed his work to emphasize Brainerd’s anti-Arminian views.

The Works of Jonathan Edwards lets you read the well-known Life of David Brainerd alongside portions of Edwards’ original manuscripts.

 Jonathan Edwards’ Private Notebooks

You’ll see how Edwards matured into a profound philosopher and theologian when you read through this collection of theological notebooks, unpublished sermon manuscripts, letters, and personal writings. Edwards’ intellect is revealed throughout the text, giving you a glimpse into the mind of an emerging public spokesperson for orthodox Calvinism.

Pick It Up Today!

This definitive collection is finally available on Pre-Pub, at a savings of more than $1,100! Join the generations whom Edwards has transformed and encouraged by ordering this collection today!

Camp Logos 2 Live: Don’t Miss This Pre-Pub!

Using Logos 4 is as easy as entering a passage and clicking “Go.” This means that anyone can benefit from Logos Bible Software, but did you know that most users use less than 10% of Logos’ full potential? Morris Proctor wants to help you tap into the other 90%.

Now you can learn to use Logos 4 like never before with Camp Logos 2 Live. While Camp Logos 2 Live can be used independently, it picks up right where Camp Logos Live left off—with over nine new hours of training!

As your resources grow in Logos 4, managing your library becomes an important part of profitable Bible study. In Part One of Camp Logos 2 Live, Morris will teach you to identify and organize every book in your library! With your library tagged and organized, there is so much you can do to cater your study to your tastes and needs. As Morris says in the video above, “I believe applying this tagging system is perhaps the single most important thing you can do to enhance the use of your ebooks.”

The second part of the series walks you through some of the important features in Logos 4 which didn’t quite make it into the first Camp Logos Live. You will look at:

  • Louw-Nida numbers
  • Syntax
  • Visual Filters
  • and much more

You don’t have to be a seminary student or well-versed in Hebrew and Greek to get something out of Camp Logos 2 Live. These training sessions are aimed at helping the average user get the most out of their Logos 4 software. Allow Morris to help take your Bible study to a whole new level by bringing our popular Camp Logos training sessions right into your home. With Camp Logos on your personal computer, you can stop when you need to, return to areas of training repeatedly, and work at your own pace.

Pick up your copy of Camp Logos 2 Live while it is on Pre-Pub and get it at 20% off!

Have you attended a Camp Logos, or own a copy of Camp Logos Live? Leave us a comment and tell us how it has been helpful to you.

Recommended Commentaries: Matthew

Logos Talk’s Recommended Commentary Series highlights 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.

Matthew Commentaries

We asked Logos Scholar-in-Residence Steven Runge to give us his favorite commentaries on Matthew. Here are a few of his choices in no particular order:

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

This is only a small list of the suggested commentaries for Matthew! For a larger selection of suggested commentaries, visit the forum post.

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

Don’t Miss These Recommended Commentaries!