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Logos Team Leads the Pack in 2009 Tour de Whatcom

The anticipation of the yet-to-be-completed Logos Bicycle Jersey Pre-Pub didn’t stop a group of Logos employees from gathering for this year’s Tour de Whatcom. Even without the jersey, the Logos team looked sharp on the road as they led the peloton in both the 50- and 105-mile rides.

In order to gather more interest for the Logos jersey, Jim Straatman, our IT Manager, actually took a prototype of the Logos jersey and safety-pinned sections of it onto his regular jersey! Place your Pre-Pub order to help move it into production and soon enough, you can look for riders around the country sporting the new Logos Bible Software bicycle jerseys . . . if you can keep up. ;)

Tour de Whatcom Wrap-Up

In the century leg of the Tour, a ride spanning the same distance from the U.S./Canadian Border (Peace Arch Crossing) down to Seattle, Jim Straatman and Scott Alexander averaged almost 20 mph—good enough to finish first. For Jim, this was his first organized 100+ mile ride where several hundred people participated. And leave it to our IT Manager to capture the ride’s GPS data!

For the 50-milers, it was Sean Fields, Director of Visual Design here at Logos, who finished first with an average speed of over 19 mph. The Tour has become a traditional birthday celebration ride for Sean, who remarked, "It’s a great way to start off a new year of my life—a fun fast bike ride!"

In all, nine Logos employees participated in this year’s Tour:

Bradley Grainger (pictured, left): Software Development
Bryan Albert (pictured, left-center): Software Development
Jacob Carpenter (pictured, right-center): Software Development
Scott Alexander (pictured, right): Software Development
Jim Straatman: IT Manager
Sean Fields: Director of Visual Design
Allen Peterson: Software Development
David Schwegler: Software Development
Bryan Smith: Software Development

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Michael Bird: Most Influential Books

Michael Bird, who blogs at Euangelion, is a young New Testament scholar who teaches at the Highland Theological College in Dingwall, Scotland. A couple of weeks ago he was in the US on a road trip with some folks from the Zondervan Academic team. During his visit, they did a series of video interviews with him. In the last one, Michael talks about some of the authors and books that have had significant influence on him. The video is embedded below. (If you don’t see it, view the post on the blog.)

Michael mentions Chrysostom, Ambrosiaster, and Calvin as influential ancient authors. But he singles out two modern authors and their books: N. T. Wright’s Jesus and the Victory of God and D. A. Carson’s commentary on John’s Gospel in the PNTC and his 2-volume For the Love of God devotionals (see other works by D. A. Carson).

If you’re looking to build your digital library with some quality books, these recommendations from Michael Bird would be a great place to start—and, best of all, they’re all available for Logos Bible Software.

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John Piper, Bible Study, and FREE Stuff!

Anyone who has heard John Piper preach or read one of his MANY books knows that he is a man passionate about God’s Word. That’s why we are excited to have him as the cover story for our September-October issue of Bible Study Magazine.
While the magazine is still at the printer and won’t officially ship for a couple weeks, we decided to go ahead and let you check out the article. Visit the John Piper page on BibleStudyMagazine.com and read the article in its entirety. It is a great article with lots of insight and advice from Piper’s personal time spent in God’s Word, so be sure to tell your friends and spread the word. But that’s not all…
Get a FREE copy of Finally Alive
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In conjunction with the John Piper issue of Bible Study Magazine we wanted to announce the release of Finally Alive for Logos Bible Software. For one month only (August 14-September 14) we will be giving away Finally Alive for FREE! For full details on how to get your copy, visit the John Piper page and, remember, spread the word.

What’s in My Library: Apologetics

Today’s guest 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. In this series, Morris answers the question, “What’s in my library?”

Apologetics

Definition: Apologetics is the area of theology which seeks to defend and support the claims of Christianity. An apologetics book then contains these defenses of The Faith. This book would answer questions such as “Is the Bible reliable?” or “Did Jesus rise from the grave?” Some apologetics books are arranged topically according to subject matter while others are more of free-flowing narrative.

Example: Handbook of Christian Apologetics

Application: If someone were to ask you: “How can you be sure Jesus rose from the dead?” What proof can you give me the Bible is trustworthy?” Then turn to an apologetics book for answers.

For more tips like this, be sure to visit Morris Proctor’s mpSeminars website and his Tips & Tricks blog.

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Tyndale Commentaries and Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics on Pre-Pub

Commentaries and theology books are two of our top selling categories of resources. That’s to be expected, because they are two of the best kinds of tools for helping Christians grow in their understanding of the Bible, and understanding the Bible is at the heart of Christianity.

Commentaries analyze the Bible sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, book by book and help you understand it in its original context. Most commentaries also point you in the direction of application to life in the 21st century. Commentaries answer the question, “What does this passage of Scripture mean?”

Systematic theology books help you understand the Bible topically. They synthesize its teaching and organize it by its major themes: God, the Bible, man, sin, Christ’s person and work, the Spirit’s person and work, salvation, the church, the future, etc. Systematic theology books answer the question, “What does the Bible teach on this subject?”

Both are important tools to have in your digital library, and we just added two wonderful sets to these two categories last night.

Tyndale Commentaries

Tyndale Commentaries CD-ROM (49 Vols.) The Tyndale Old Testament Commentary (TOTC) and the Tyndale New Testament Commentary (TNTC) together form one of the best series of commentaries covering every book of the Bible. These volumes are known for their concise, to-the-point explanations of Scripture and are useful for scholars, pastors, and lay Bible students alike.

These 49 volumes cover more than 12,000 pages and would cost you almost $600 in print, but we’re offering the set for only $164.95. That’s less than $3.50 per volume.

Pre-order this set today. See more commentaries in our Commentaries Product Guide.

Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics

Reformed Dogmatics, by Herman Bavinck (4 Vols.)Among the ranks of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, Turretin’s Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Hodge’s Systematic Theology, and Berkhof’s Systematic Theology, Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics is one of the most significant expositions of the Reformed faith ever written. According to Richard Gaffin, it may be “the most important systematic theology ever produced in the Reformed tradition.”

This 4-volume, 3,008-page set has for the first time been translated into English from its original Dutch, bringing the best of Dutch Reformed theology to the English-speaking world.

Pre-order this set today.

What commentaries and theology books would you like to see next?

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Mark Driscoll’s Mouth Has Been Open a Lot

As Driscoll points out in the video below, whether you enjoy his teaching or you just want to criticize him efficiently and effectively, in a footnoted way . . . this is a great way to access his stuff!

The Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive contains nearly ten years of preaching and teaching by Mark Driscoll, the Preaching and Theology Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington.

In this massive archive, the transcriptions of his audio sermons preached at Mars Hill Church, which work through fifteen books of the Bible and cover scores of topical issues, and at well over one hundred conferences around the U.S. and world will be made available for reading, searching, and study. That’s ten years worth of preaching and teaching from one of today’s most influential and provocative pastors now available in the most advanced digital format anywhere!

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Great Bible Giveaway—August

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The first month of our Great Bible Giveaway is over, and 12 ultra premium Bibles are on their way to the winners! If you didn’t win last month, don’t worry—we have 60 more beautiful Bibles to give away between now and the end of December.

This August, Bible.Logos.com is giving away another 12 exquisitely crafted premium Bibles. Included in this month’s giveaway is a limited edition KJV from Cambridge Press that is bound in Moroccan goatskin leather and comes with a cherry wood display case. No longer in production, this Bible is sure to be a treasure to one of this month’s winners. Will it be you?

Visit the Great Bible Giveaway page for details on how to enter, as well as the full contest rules and prize list.

This month we will be giving away:

  1. ESV Calfskin Study Bible (retail: $239.99) from Crossway
  2. ESV Wide Margin Goatskin (retail: $229.99) from Cambridge
  3. KJV Concord Cambridge Calfskin (retail: $199.99) from Cambridge
  4. NASB In Touch Ministries Wide Margin Edition, Burgundy Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  5. NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  6. NASB Side Column Reference Wide Margin Limited Edition, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  7. NIV Fine Leather Archaeological (retail: $104.99) from Zondervan
  8. NIV Fine Leather Thinline (retail: $49.99) from Zondervan
  9. NKJV UltraSlim Bible Signature Series, Black Calfskin (Retail $129.99) from Thomas Nelson
  10. NLT Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail $135.00) from Tyndale
  11. NLT Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail $135.00) from Tyndale
  12. TNIV Reference Bible, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $99.99) from Zondervan

To read how the Great Bible Giveaway got started, check out our original Bible Giveaway post

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Time to Renew Your Bible Study Magazine Subscription

The sixth issue of Bible Study Magazine is just around the corner. We’re putting the finishing touches on the last couple of articles before we hand it over to our design team to lay out and then send off to the printer.

The September–October issue looks like it’s going to be one of the best yet. It features a cover story interview with pastor and theologian John Piper—and lots of other great content to help you dig deeper into the Word.

With the first year of Bible Study Magazine coming to a close, that means it is time to renew your subscription. If you’ve been subscribed since our inaugural issue (the November–December 2008 issue featuring Josh McDowell), the next issue is the last issue you’ll receive unless you renew soon.

All you need to do is visit the Subscriptions tab in your Logos.com account and make sure that the “Auto-Renew” box is checked. Whether your subscription ends with the next issue or not, it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re all set to auto-renew when the time comes.

The next time your subscription is up, we’ll take care of renewing for you. One less thing you need to remember to do.

Renew today.

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Grammar Lookup on the Fly

The Exegetical Guide is perfectly suited for digging deep into the grammar and syntax of a passage of Scripture. It provides you with a wealth of information from your grammars, critical apparatuses, lexicons, and more.

When you’ve landed on a particular portion of Scripture that you’re going to study in depth in the original Greek or Hebrew—perhaps for a sermon or paper—the Exegetical Guide is the tool for the task. But sometimes you may just want to see what your grammars have to say about a verse here and there as you’re jumping from passage to passage following cross references and looking at parallel passages. Did you know that you can use the Exegetical Guide for this kind of study as well?

All you need to do is link your Bible to the Exegetical Guide by setting them to share the same link set (e.g., Link Set A), and the Exegetical Guide will follow you wherever you go—providing nearly instant access to every place your grammars discuss the passage you’re looking at. Just click the chain icon at the top of both windows, and set them to the same letter.

To keep the Exegetical Guide as speedy as possible, you can collapse the sections that you’re not as interested in. Just click the minus sign to collapse a section and the plus sign to expand it again.

This is perfect for the times you’re moving around and haven’t settled on just one passage to dig into to. Give it a try. It’s like having someone looking over your shoulder while you’re studying the Bible and finding every occurrence of the passage you’re in in all of your grammars—only instantly!

By the way, you can also do this with the Passage Guide to always have your favorite commentaries just a click away, or with the Reference Browser to have instant access to the places your passage occurs in your favorite collections of books like the Church Fathers, Systematic Theology texts, Old and New Testament Introductions, etc.

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What’s in My Library: Analytical Lexicon

Today’s guest 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. In this series, Morris answers the question, “What’s in my library?”

Analytical Lexicon

Definition: In addition to providing definitions for Hebrew or Greek words, an analytical lexicon examines the various forms of words used in the original texts. In other words, it not only provides definitions for the lemmas (root words), it also offers information about the inflected or manuscript forms of the Hebrew or Greek words used in the Bible. The analytical lexicon is arranged alphabetically according to the Hebrew or Greek words.

Example: Analytical Lexicon of the Greek NT

Application: Imagine coming to the word “logos” in your study of John 1:1. You notice the word is used as a subject of a sentence but you’re curious if the word is ever used in a different case as a direct object. An analytical lexicon will get you well on your way to discovering the answer.

For more tips like this, be sure to visit Morris Proctor’s mpSeminars website and his Tips & Tricks blog.

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