Our Rich Heritage in the Life and Works of Horatius Bonar

One of the joys of working at Logos is helping Christians everywhere become more aware of their rich heritage—from the foundational writings of Augustine to the powerful preaching of Whitefield. After all, we are not the first generation to wrestle with the Scriptures, to battle false teaching, or to seek to live faithfully in an age of apathy. Today, we introduce another important, yet little-known, saint with the Pre-Pub release of The Life and Works of Horatius Bonar (47 vols.).

Horatius Bonar’s Ministry

Ministering during the mid-nineteenth-century revivals in Scotland, Horatius Bonar was known for his biblical preaching and tireless evangelism. Working alongside Robert Murray McCheyne (his close friend) and Thomas Chalmers, he witnessed an incredible work of the Spirit that brought multitudes to Christ. He describes this remarkable season as having “all the marks of a work of God which we see in the account given of the preaching of the gospel by the apostles.”

Like the Puritans before him, Bonar’s writings are saturated with deep reflection on the cross and the importance of applying the gospel to every aspect of the Christian life. In The Everlasting Righteousness, Bonar offers a simple yet profound explanation of justification that Charles Spurgeon calls “suggestive, gracious, full of holy unction.” Tony Reinke describes Bonar as having the “literary talents” of John Bunyan and an “ability to confront doctrinal concerns of the day” reminiscent of Spurgeon.

In addition to his voluminous works, Bonar is most widely known for his extensive hymn-writing, penning over 600 hymns. Realizing that the influence of the Psalter was diminishing amongst young people, he began writing new hymns set to the popular music of his day. Some of these hymns remain cherished classics, such as “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say,” and “All Power and Glory and Honor and Praise.”

The Life and Works of Horatius Bonar (47 vols.) on Pre-Pub

With over 12,000 pages worth of writings and more than 400 hymns, The Life and Works of Horatius Bonar is a monumental collection. Pick up this important work on Pre-Pub today for 83% off and hear the voice that awakened a generation and still calls God’s people to greater faith and obedience.

The BECNT Upgrade Is Shipping Soon!

Over the years, Baker has published a number of must-have commentaries. Among these is the eight-volume Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT).

The scholars in this series are experts on the books they have commented on—Darrell Bock on Luke is a perfect example.

Logos is set to release the second installment of the BECNT series for Logos 4. The seven-volume BECNT upgrade includes first-rate exegetical commentaries from some of evangelicalism’s finest New Testament scholars. For only $199.95, you’ll get commentaries from the likes of Darrell Bock (Acts), Robert Stein (Mark), Frank Thielman (Ephesians), and Gene Green (Jude, 2 Peter). If you were to buy these seven volumes in print you would pay more than $300.

This Pre-Pub price is ending soon, and you do not want to miss out on this fantastic deal. Once we begin shipping the second installment of the BECNT, the price will go up—so order now. You will not be disappointed.

Register Today for Pastorum Live

Calling all pastors—are you ready for a two-day voyage into the Word that will transform your ministry?

You’ll want to set aside June 5–6 to attend Pastorum Live, the first Bible study conference presented by Logos Bible Software, at Park City Church in downtown Chicago, IL.

Pastorum Live will bring together 21 scholars from leading Bible colleges and seminaries who will use their expertise to enrich and inform your scriptural study through the original languages of the Bible. By examining the Greek and Hebrew behind our English translations, you’ll be equipped to go deeper into the Word for Bible study, sermon preparation, and teaching.

The twenty speakers include:

Dr. Scot McKnight—Author of over 30 books on the historical Jesus, the New Testament, and early Christianity, including The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others, a 2005 Christianity Today book of the year. Dr. McKnight will be teaching on “The Sermon on the Mount as Gospel.”

Dr. John Walton—Expert of the culture and literature of the Old Testament and the ancient Near East. He’s authored and edited many books, including the 5-volume Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament and is on the editorial board for The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (Zondervan). Dr. Walton will be teaching on finding “Meaning in Biblical Vocabulary: Use and Abuse of Word Studies.”

Dr. Craig Evans—Former director of the graduate program in biblical studies at Trinity Western University, where he founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. He specializes in the historical Jesus, synoptic Gospels, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, and New Testament background. Dr. Evans will be teaching on ”The Dead Sea Scrolls and New Testament Christology.

Dr. Peter Enns—Dr. Peter Enns is a biblical scholar, author, speaker, and teacher. Dr. Enns has taught courses at five seminaries (Westminster, Princeton, Fuller, Biblical, and Lutheran/Philadelphia) and three universities (Harvard, Eastern, and Temple); he currently teaches at Eastern University. He has written or edited 14 books, including Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament, The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins, and commentaries on Exodus and Ecclesiastes.

Check out the full itinerary.

Keep watching Pastorum.com/live for more information on lecture titles and topics!

Save $50 by registering now for only $149. The discounted registration price will go up to $199 on March 10, so register now to ensure your spot at the best rate.

You don’t want to miss this event. Create a healthier church, improve your ministry, and enrich your personal Bible study by learning how to dig deeper into the Scriptures.

We’ll see you at Pastorum Live!

The Logos 4.5 Update Will Ship Today!

I published a blog post yesterday alerting everyone that Logos 4.5 was shipping soon. But I wasn’t clear enough, and many people were unsure if it was available. I apologize.

This morning someone threw a cinder block through a window of our customer service center. I can only imagine that he had tried in vain multiple times to update to 4.5 last night. To add insult to injury, it looks like the brick bounced off the windows on his first attempt.

Here’s the good news: barring any last minute show-stoppers, 4.5 will ship later today! You should be notified in Logos 4 when the update is ready to be installed. If you do not receive a notification by Wednesday, January 25, type “Update Now” into the Command Bar (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot) and begin downloading them.

I will do my part to be clearer in the future, and you should receive the update within the next day or so. No need to break in to get a copy!

Now on Pre-Pub: Women’s Bible Commentary

Do you ever wonder what it was like for women in Bible times? What did the writings of Moses, David, and Paul mean for women of God? The Women’s Bible Commentary provides a female perspective on the Bible’s characters, contexts, and principles, which makes it perfect for answering these questions.

Over 40 woman scholars have contributed to the 500-page Women’s Bible Commentary, including editors Carol Newsom and Sharon Ringe and authors Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, Gail R. O’Day, Jouette M. Bassler, and many more. What sets this commentary apart from others is that the authors also address specific issues that are particularly significant to women, such as marriage and family. You’ll also find insights on Bible characters, symbols, life situations, and more.

And this expanded edition is full of extra features! There are 14 chapters on the Apocrypha and two chapters on the life of women during Old and New Testament times. By looking at the women’s lives, opportunities, and hardships, you’ll gain new perspective on applying the Scripture today.

Women’s Bible Commentary has received a lot of praise through the years. Here’s what others are saying about Women’s Bible Commentary:

“A remarkable volume that is fresh, provocative, and faithful. It is as faithful as Jacob is faithful in wrestling with the angel. Sometimes you can only know the truth by fighting back.”
—Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Professor of Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary

“This welcome and daring book has much to teach us that we cannot safely ignore. . . . A landmark in interpretation.”
Walter Brueggemann, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

“With the Women’s Bible Commentary, careful and critical feminist biblical interpretation is made accessible for preaching, study groups, and seminary courses.”
—Letty M. Russell (1929–2007), Professor of Theology, The Divinity School, Yale University

Check out Women’s Bible Commentary while it’s on Pre-Pub for just $24.95—that’s almost 40% off of the retail price!

Updates to Highlights and Notes Coming in 4.5

A new version of Logos Bible Software is on its way! We wanted to give you a heads up on some of the changes you can expect to see when it ships. Version 4.5 is an update available for both Windows and Mac.

What’s New in Logos 4.5?

With 4.5, Notes and Highlighting have been merged into one. This means that whenever you highlight a passage of Scripture or underline an important thought in your favorite commentary, these highlights are backed up as an individual note. From here, you have the ability to add notes to any specific highlight, alter the style of the highlight, or remove the icon that appears next to a highlight in the resource.

When you update, Logos 4 will create a new note for your existing highlights (one per highlighting palette) with links to your highlights. You can turn sets of highlights on or off by (un)checking that specific note in the visual filter menu for a resource.

One of the most requested features from our users has been the ability sync highlights and notes to your mobile devices. Now, with Logos 4.5 and the soon-to-be-released version 2 of the Logos Bible app for iOS (this functionality is coming for Android but it’s behind the iPhone release), this feature will be rolling out soon. (Look for an announcement here on the blog once the Logos iPhone app 2.0 is released.)

Here are a few more of the many changes to Highlighting and Notes:

Highlighting

  • The “New Palette” function has been moved to the toolbar.
  • Command menu buttons have been added to the right of each palette for alternate access to context menu (right-click) options.
  • Highlighting note destination can be selected for a particular palette by clicking on the palette’s menu, selecting “Palette specific note” (default) and changing the selection to “Most recent note” or a specific user-created Notes document.

Notes

  • Hyperlinked citations will be automatically added to the end of pasted resource text in a note.
  • Pressing “Esc” in an active note will defocus and collapse the note.
  • Notes can now be sorted by reference, date added, title, and note color.

You can find more Highlighting and Notes changes (as well as other updates) in the release notes.

There are also some new Mac-specific changes and features available in version 4.5 including:

  • “Bibliography only” option to the Print/Export panel
  • Font scaling
  • New gestures
  • Changes to the Passage List

For a specific listing check out the release notes.

How Do You Get It?

The 4.5 update will be shipping soon. Here’s how to ensure you get the update:

If you have automatic updating enabled (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot), which is the default setting, Logos 4 should notify you when updates are ready to be installed. When you see the balloon tooltip window, right-click on the Logos icon in your system tray and choose to “Install update” (PC screenshot).

We expect 4.5 to ship Tuesday, January 24. If you have not received 4.5 by Wednesday, January 25, type Update Now into the Command Bar (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot) and begin downloading them.

5 Things You Didn’t Know about John Calvin (and Should!)

1. Calvin suffered.

He was in constant pain: “headaches, insomnia, shortness of breath (probably due to advanced tuberculosis), coughing fits, hemorrhages, fevers, colitis, kidney stones, hemorrhoids,” according to Alexandre Ganoczy, and “bleeding from the stomach, fever, muscle cramps, nephritis, and gout” to name just a few. Calvin was more than a preacher and theologian—he was a pastor, too. He knew what it meant to suffer, and his writings bear this out.

2. John Calvin and Ignatius of Loyola were classmates at the University of Paris.

Why is this interesting? Because Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus—more commonly known as the Jesuits. The Jesuits were the driving force behind the Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation. It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that, as the Reformation unfolded, no group opposed Calvin and his successors more than the Jesuits.

3. Calvin had a religious conversion.

Everyone knows the story of Luther’s conversion—his near-death experience and his commitment to a life of study. But did you know Calvin had a conversion experience, too? Calvin famously wrote in the preface to his commentary on Psalms:

“God by a sudden conversion subdued and brought my mind to teachable frame, which was more hardened in such matters than might have been expected from one at my early period of life. Having thus received some taste and knowledge of true godliness, I was immediately inflamed with so intense a desire to make progress therein, that although I did not altogether leave off other studies, yet I pursued them with less ardor.”

4. Calvin was deeply influenced by Augustine.

Some have claimed that Augustine was the first Calvinist! B. B. Warfield wrote:

“The system of doctrine taught by Calvin is just the Augustinianism common to the whole body of the Reformers—for the Reformation was, as from the spiritual point of view a great revival of religion, so from the theological point of view a great revival of Augustinianism.”

Spurgeon wrote:

“Perhaps Calvin himself derived it [Calvinism] mainly from the writings of Augustine.”

Calvin himself wrote:

“Augustine is so wholly with me, that if I wished to write a confession of my faith, I could do so with all fullness and satisfaction to myself out of his writings.”

The data are pretty interesting, too. In the 1536 edition of the Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin quotes Augustine 24 times. By the 1559 edition, he quotes Augustine 400 times. Here’s just a snapshot:

  • 68 citations about the sacraments
  • 54 citations about the church
  • 34 citations about God’s will
  • 34 citations about sin
  • 28 citations about grace
  • 17 citations about predestination

5. Nobody knows where Calvin is buried.

Calvin wanted no veneration after he died. He didn’t want pilgrims to travel to Geneva to find his grave. In fact, even today it’s difficult to find many monuments to his life at all. James Rigney has written that “unlike other reformers. . . Calvin is represented in Geneva only by traces and shadows and by the diffused voice of his writings.” Hugh Y. Reyburn wrote in 1914 that “The spot where he was laid is now uncertain. . . . But he needs no stone. His indestructible memorial is his works.”

Calvin’s most important work is the Institutes of the Christian Religion. This book has enjoyed a prominent place on the reading lists of theological students and scholars around the world, and has left its mark in the fields of theology, philosophy, social thought, and legal theory. It has been republished and translated nearly 100 times in dozens of languages.

The most authoritative English edition is the translation by Ford Lewis Battles of the 1559 Latin edition, which is newly available for pre-order. If you’re a scholar of the Reformation, you already know this edition is a must-have. And if you’re new to Calvin but not sure where to begin, you couldn’t do much better than the Battles translation of Calvin’s Institutes. But the price is only available for a limited time, so pre-order it now!

Get 5 Books for 5 Days at 50% Off!

The Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament Deal Has Expired. Continue to Follow Us on Twitter for More Daily Deals.

Baker Books and Logos have teamed up for 5 days of Daily Deals.  Starting today, January 23, through Friday, January 27, we’re offering bestselling Baker books at 50% off all week.  There are several ways you can take advantage of these amazing deals:

  1. Follow us on Twitter @Logos. Look for the hashtag #DailyDeal. Click on the link and enter in your coupon code. You do not need a Twitter account to view our tweets daily either; simply visit Twitter.com/logos to catch the daily updates.
  2. Subscribe to our Twitter feed using RSS. We previously created a step-by-step guide on how to subscribe using Google Reader. You can find the #DailyDeal links from there.
  3. “Like” our Facebook page. Then, you’ll see the “Twitter Deals” tab on the left hand side. This is a new addition. We know many of you may not want to join another social network, so we’ve brought the deal to you. Now you can enjoy our Twitter updates complete with community pricing, Pre-Pub, new product, and #DailyDeal announcements. (click image to view page)

Today’s Daily Deal features Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament by D.A. Carson and G.K. Beale. This commentary normally sells for $59.99 but with the Daily Deal it will be available for just $29.99, but only today!  Remember, each deal is good for that day only! Use Coupon Code DD5321 to receive the special price.

This really is a new sort of commentary! For the first time we are given a continuous exegetical reading of the way each New Testament book quotes, alludes to, and evokes the Old Testament Scriptures. This volume will be an immensely useful resource for all kinds of study of the New Testament.” —Richard Bauckham, professor of New Testament studies and Bishop Wardlaw professor, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews

Look for tweets like the one below and build up your library at a great discount daily!

Weekly Roundup: January 21

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of January 21, 2011.

Logos Talk

Vyrso Voice

Interesting Discussions

Facebook

Pre-Pubs

New Pre-Pubs

Community Pricing

Don’t miss out on these collections nearing the 100% mark!

New this week

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newest postings on our Careers page:

Marketing Department

Graphic Design and Video

Sales

Information Technology

Software Development

Publications

Ministry Development

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

New Resources for Logos 3

We made a mistake.

We stopped making Logos 3 / Libronix editions of new resources on January 1, but we neglected to give any advance warning about this change, and it surprised some of our users.

I am sorry; it was my fault. I authorized the change in process but didn’t think about the need to communicate the change to all of you with plenty of advance notice.

We’re going to make it right. We’re going back and creating Logos 3 editions of resources we’ve already shipped in 2012, and we will continue to make Logos 3 editions of new releases through March (except where a resource requires Logos 4-specific functionality).

New products released after March, 2012 will only be made available for Logos 4.

April will be two years and five months after the release of Logos 4, and more than 11 years after the first release of the Libronix platform used by Logos 3. We’re flattered that some users still like Logos 3 and find it useful. And the good news is that it still runs, and should for the foreseeable future. Installing Logos 4 doesn’t disable Logos 3, and we’re not retroactively removing anything.

Logos 3 / Libronix support articles have moved to an archive on Logos.com, to avoid confusing the majority of our user base which only uses Logos 4. Post-purchase email download instructions will continue to reference Logos 3 until March 31, and existing Logos 3 ebook files will still be available online through the “Orders” tab of your Logos.com/MyAccount page.

We want to be efficient in our use of resources; building new products for the old platform takes time and money we’d rather put into forward-looking development.

But we understand that some users had placed pre-orders or made purchases with the expectation that they could use those resources with Logos 3, and we want to honor that expectation.

New content released since January 1, including Pre-Pubs, will be available for you Friday, January 27. You can unlock and download these files from the “Orders” tab in your account after next Friday.

I apologize for any confusion and frustration we have caused you.

Bob Pritchett
President, Logos Bible Software