2010 Christmas Sale Starts Now!

12 Days of Logos, back by popular demand, has been underway for several days now. But that’s not all we have planned for Christmas this year.

More Christmas Sales!

Most of you are likely to find at least one great deal in 12 Days of Logos, but some of you may already own all the products being featured—or perhaps you’re just not interested in what we’ve chosen. So we came up with some more amazing Christmas sales just for you.

2,010 Titles for $2,010!

We’ve assembled a massive collection of 2,010 titles worth more than $61,000.00 in print, and we’re offering it at the insanely low price of only $2,010! At nearly 97% off retail and $1 per volume, this is the best deal we’ve ever offered—and it’s the biggest collection we’ve ever assembled. See the list of everything you’ll get. Warning: it may take you a while to get through it!

$2,010 vs. $172.50 for 12 Months

While $2,010 isn’t pocket change, as soon as this collection starts shipping (which could be as early as this Friday), you’ll be able to put it on a payment plan and spread the cost out over 12 months. If you want to use a payment plan, wait to place your order until it starts shipping. Don’t worry. The price will stay the same when it comes off Pre-Pub. This collection is probably one of the best ways you could spend your 2011 book budget.

Collections for Everyone

We realize that not everyone will be able to spend $2,010 on a collection—even with a payment plan. So we’re also offering four smaller collections:

These four collections don’t overlap with each other, so you could buy multiple collections without getting any duplicates. Even though the master collection is the best deal, all of these collections offer an amazing amount of content for the price.

50% Off Your Favorites

Have a more modest budget, or just want to be more selective? Don’t worry. We haven’t forgotten about you. All 2,010 titles included in the big collections are on sale—most individually and some in smaller collections. We’ve discounted them all by at least 50%, and there’s no limit on how many you can buy. Buy 1, 10, 100, or even 1,000, and take 50% off your entire order! No coupon codes necessary. Just add them to your cart and check out.

2,010 “New” Titles

Where did these 2,010 titles come from? Are they all new?

Technically, most of them aren’t brand new. But many if not most of them will be new to you.

Uncovering Buried Treasures

One of the new features on Logos.com is faceted browsing (the sidebar with all the categories that lets you stack various topics and facets on top of each other). It gives you incredible precision to find exactly what you’re looking for. Browse and filter by topic, resource type, author, publisher, Bible book, status, platform, and many more. As a result of this amazing new feature, many of you are discovering hundreds of titles that had previously been virtually invisible. In fact, most of them you probably didn’t even know we sold. Now that we have faceted browsing, we think you’ll be surprised at how many “new” titles you discover. The great news is that more than 2,000 of these gems are on sale for 50% off. See what buried treasures you can discover.

Breaking Up Collections

Most titles that go through our Pre-Pub program are in collections. That’s great for many people, but others are quite a bit more selective in what they buy. If that’s you, we’ve got good news. We’ve been splitting up most of our collections so you can purchase just the volumes you want. And we’ve included more than a thousand of these in this year’s Christmas special. Go find the ones you’ve been waiting for, and save 50% on your entire order.

20% Off Base Packages and Up to 20% Off Upgrades

And last but not least, we’re extending our special base packages and upgrades sale a little longer. If you don’t have a base package or are looking to upgrade to Platinum or Portfolio, now’s the last chance you’ll have for a while to get this good of a deal.

Good through the End of the Year

All of these specials are on right now and run through midnight on January 2. We intentionally chose to extend the specials into 2011 for those of you who need to tap into your 2011 budget.

Visit our Christmas Sale page for more information, and be sure to click the Like and Tweet buttons to let all your friends and colleagues know about the special Christmas sales.

FAQs

Several questions have come up, so I thought I’d address them here. Feel free to ask any other questions you have in the comments.

  1. Is there a way I can see what I already own?
    Yes. All 2,010 titles in the master collection are also available for sale in our new Christmas Specials list. You can either filter out the titles you already own to see what’s left, or filter out the titles you don’t own to see what you have. This should help you evaluate how much of the content (if any) you already own and find the collection(s) that are best for you.
  2. I already own some of the content in these collections. Can I get an additional discount?
    We’ve priced the collections knowing that many of you will own some of the content included in these collections. Even if you own half of the 2,010-volume collection, it’s still an amazing deal. If you’re not convinced, you’re welcome to build your own collection and take 50% off your entire order!
  3. My 2010 book budget is spent? Can I put this on my 2011 budget?
    Yes. We intentionally extended the sale through midnight January 2 to allow you to take advantage of your 2011 book funds.
  4. Can I buy one or more of the collections using a payment plan?
    Absolutely. You can take up to 12 months to pay for your purchase. If you’re going to use a payment plan, you’ll need to wait until they come off Pre-Pub.
  5. The collections are currently on Pre-Pub. Why? And when will they ship?
    We’re putting the finishing touches on them, and we didn’t want to make you wait any longer to see what we’ve been working on for you. The collections are almost ready to go and could ship as soon as this Friday.
  6. When the collections ship, will the price go up?
    No. The price will not change after they ship and will stay the same through January 2, 2011.
  7. How long will all the sales last?
    The prices are good through midnight on January 2, 2011.
  8. How do I save 50% off the individual titles and build my own collection?
    We’ve gone ahead and changed all the sale prices for all the titles, so you can simply add them to your cart and check out. You don’t need to use a coupon code.
  9. Do you have a comparison chart of what’s in each collection?
    We’re looking into making an excel spreadsheet available that you can download and peruse. Check back later.

Logos 4: Work Offline

mp|seminars TipsToday’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.

Occasionally I’m asked, especially from people living in rural area without hi-speed internet access, Do I have to be online to use Logos Bible Software 4?

To clear up any confusion, the answer is no. All of your resources and files are housed on your local hard drive. You can work offline as much as you want. Here’s all you have to do:

  • Choose Tools | Program Settings
  • Set Use Internet to No

You’re now preventing Logos from accessing the internet. Of course, go back and set Use Internet to Yes in order for Logos to synchronize (backup) all of your files (notes, documents, and preferences) with the Logos server.

The Colin E. Gunton Theology Collection

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Today’s guest post is by Kyle Anderson, from the Logos Bible Software electronic text development team.

I had a dream last night. I was seated at a large round table. In front of me was a banquet of fine foods. The greatest Christian thinkers were seated around me. I listened with equal parts admiration and curiosity as they spoke about who God is. They debated the trinity, what it means for Jesus to save, the Church, politics, and so much more. I suspected that some of what was shared was not quite right, but I also suspected that they were on to something more wonderful than I could ever concoct—even in my wildest dreams. As I reflected on these saint’s ruminations, I experienced the most curious of expressions: worship. Not hero worship for the of giants of theology, but worship of God. While I listened to them talk, I grew in my awareness of God’s unfathomable value.

Reading the work of some writers is just like this dream. It’s sitting at a great table, listening and learning. The best theologians can make you want to both throw the book (or monitor, or hand held device) across the room and fall on your knees in prayer and worship.

One of these theologians who might not be as well known is the late Colin Gunton. Before his death in 2003, Gunton was the Professor of Christian Doctrine at King’s College in London and co-founded the International Journal of Systematic Theology. A noted commentator on Karl Barth and Charles Harthshorne, and good-natured critic of Augustinianism, Gunton’s occasional writings are vast in scope, touching on nearly all aspects of traditional systematic theology or dogmatics: the doctrines of revelation, theological methodology, the Trinity, the Church, anthropology, and of course Christology.

Perhaps the best place to dig into the work of this great thinker is the Colin E. Gunton Theology Collection (6 vols.). These 6 volumes provide a fine contour of his life and work, touching on Trinitarian theology, the place of theology in preaching, and the life of faith. Also noteworthy in this collection are two edited works. In the first, Theology Through the Theologians, Gunton critically interacts with a wide swath of fellow members of the great theological table including Anselm, John Zizioulas, Reinhold Niebuhr, and John Henry Newman. In the second, The Theology of Reconciliation, he collects a number of essays on the broad topic of reconciliation between humans and God, between woman and man, and within the Church.

I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention his The Actuality of Atonement. Perhaps his best known work, it begins by looking at the history of rationalism through the lens of Kant, Hegel, and Shleiermacher. Gunton then moves through biblical metaphor and theological language before ending with atonement, the Triune God, and the community of reconciliation.

Logos Bible Software 4.2 for Windows Now Shipping

A new version of Logos Bible Software for Windows began shipping on Monday, December 6. Version 4.2 is the sixth major update since we launched Logos 4 last year. Like all previous updates, version 4.2 is a free download for all Logos 4 Windows users.

How Do You Get It?

If you have automatic updating enabled (screenshot), which is the default setting, Logos 4 will notify you that 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” (screenshot). If Logos 4 hasn’t downloaded the update by the end of the day, type Update Now into the Command Bar (screenshot). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (screenshot) and begin downloading them.

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The Return of the 12 Days of Logos Sale!

We received your 12 Days of Logos wish lists (and checked them twice) and with Christmas quickly approaching, we’ve put together 12 specials for you!

The 12 Days of Logos is back with more great offers. Starting December 9 and running through December 20, we’ll be posting a new deal every day on www.12DaysofLogos.com. Each day, there will be something new, and the offer will last for 24 hours. So you’ll have to act fast to grab it! With some titles going for up to 80% off, you’ll want to check the site every day to get the latest offer!

We’re giving you a one-day warning to get ready for all the great deals, but we can’t let today pass without offering another great deal. So to kick-off the 12 Days of Logos, we’re offering a two-for-one kind of deal today—a one-year subscription to Bible Study Magazine plus a print copy of Lee Strobel’s book The Unexpected Adventure for only $19.95. Yes, we know we’re an electronic publisher, but we decided to offer the print book so you’d have the option of enjoying it yourself or giving it away! Or, if you’re already a subscriber to Bible Study Magazine, buy a gift subscription and keep the book.

Be sure to visit www.12daysoflogos.com each day to see the daily special. Since these offers only last for 24 hours, subscribe to the RSS feed or sign-up for daily reminders so you don’t miss a single day!

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Logos 4: Wildcard Searching

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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.

A Logos user recently e-mailed me this question: How can I find all of the “obedience” words in the Bible like, obey, obedience, obeyed, obedient, etc?

Here’s all you have to do:

  • Click the Search icon to open the Search panel
  • Select Bible as the search type
  • Select the desired range and Bible(s) to search from the drop down lists
  • Type this in the Find box: obe*
  • Press the Enter key to initiate the search

The asterisk (*) is a wildcard representing any number of characters. So you’re searching for all the words beginning with obe followed by anything. This search finds the obedience family along with Obed as well. To remove Obed from the search type this:

obe* ANDNOT obed

As you can see, this wildcard search comes in handy when you’re looking for similar word forms at the same time!

How is the SBLGNT Apparatus Different from Other Apparatuses?

Textual apparatuses can be excellent tools. They do an incredible job of densely packing a large amount of information into a small portion of the printed page. They contain information that is incredibly valuable to the specialist. But the compact nature, abbreviations and symbols take time and effort to master.
The apparatus for the SBLGNT is different. Using a minimum amount of symbols and abbreviations, it gathers some of the most well known textual critics of the past and present (Tregelles, Westcott and Hort, Robinson and Pierpont, those responsible for the Greek text behind the NIV, and those responsible for the NA27/UBS4 text) and records where they agree and where they take different readings. In this way, it is very similar to the apparatus that the Nestle text had for its first twelve editions (1898–1927).
The editions represented in the SBLGNT apparatus form a rough spectrum from Robinson-Pierpont as a representative of the Byzantine text, to Tregelles which, while pre-papyri, was one of the first to break from the Byzantine, to Westcott and Hort (including the great uncials but little papyri) to the NIV Greek text and the NA text which have the benefit of available papyri. The sorts of differences that end up in the SBLGNT apparatus are:

  • Likely to be represented in an English translation. The KJV, of course, uses a more Byzantine Greek source. The NIV and NA do not. Several other NT translations (ESV, NLT, NET, etc.) actually have their own underlying Greek text with some degree of difference from the NA27, most of the divergences in those would also be accounted for with readings given in the SBLGNT. This range of information gives the person preaching/teaching/exegeting the passage familiarity with options their pupils or parishioners may have represented in their translations.
  • Given the “spectrum” of the editions, the variant info might quickly point out some more interesting variants. If the SBLGNT agrees with Westcott and Hort, Tregelles, and NIV/NA but disagrees with Robinson-Pierpont, it is likely a pretty standard difference with the Byzantine text. But if the SBLGNT’s chosen reading is only present in Robinson-Pierpont or Tregelles then it might be more interesting and worth a deeper look into the specialist-oriented materials such as the UBS or NA apparatuses, technical commentaries such as ICC or Word Biblical Commentary, the Editio Critica Maior, Tischendorf, Comfort & Barrett, and the like.

No one apparatus is perfect for everyone. The NA27 apparatus gives manuscript-level information to those who require it. The UBS4 apparatus is geared towards translators. The SBLGNT apparatus complements these functions, pointing out readings of interest for further research, instead of competing with them.

More SBLGNT News

Over the past couple weeks, we’ve been rolling out additional downloads and SBLGNT-related products. The big news is that free access to the SBLGNT is available on the Logos iPhone app and Logos iPad app. You can also access the SBLGNT online for free at Biblia.com.

We have also recently made the SBLGNT text and apparatus available with the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear New Testament Collection (3 vols.). If you have Scholar’s Silver and higher, then you already own the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear New Testament Collection (3 vols.), which means these updates should have already downloaded. If you don’t have Scholar’s Silver or higher, now is the perfect time to upgrade, with discounts up to 20% off!

Head on over to SBLGNT.com to learn more about the project and get your free SBLGNT download. We just posted PDF of the entire New Testament in addition to all the other versions, so check it out!

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Helping Others with the Christian Counseling Bundle

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Today’s guest post is by Deborah Mickens, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Whether you’re a pastor, counselor, or lay person, the 19-volume Christian Counseling Bundle gives you helpful insights into helping others in need. And you’ll personally benefit from the collection too!

The Christian Counseling Bundle includes books written by some of the most well respected authors in the Christian counseling field, such as Dennis Rainey and Gary Chapman.

Titles in the Christian Counseling Bundle include:

  • Foundations for the Family Series:

    This four-book series combines the knowledge of more than 30 contributors with expert perspectives on Christian families. The books describe biblical foundations for manhood and womanhood, answering many of the questions that face our congregations. Why is our nation experiencing a crisis in family identity? What does the Bible say about true masculinity and true femininity and how does that affect our world? The editors hope these books “show how faithfulness to Scripture regarding manhood and womanhood results in a ministry that does not run from but faces and resolves the tough problems that confront people in their lives as men and women today.”

  • The Five Love Languages Collection (7 vols.):

    The Five Love Languages Collection brings together the mega-selling Five Love Languages titles. In these seven volumes, relationship counselor Gary Chapman equips you with the tools you need to determine the love languages you—and those close to you—speak. You’ll learn to demonstrate your love to your spouse, children, and teenagers using the love languages they understand. Moreover, you’ll be able to show how they can most effectively communicate love to you—by teaching them to speak in the languages you respond to best.

  • Christian Focus Counseling Collection (8 vols.):

    Jesus said, in describing his ministry, that He had come to “preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to open prison to those who are bound.” This is an important part of ministry today; not just to focus on the individual salvation of people, but to bring comfort to the most troubling areas. The Christian Focus Counseling Collection comprises eight volumes of material to help aid you in leading people towards wholeness without pat answers, and without platitudes.

If you were to purchase each of these books separately, you would spend over $200, but now you can purchase the Christian Counseling Bundle for only $149.95. Don’t miss out; order your copy today!

Stay on Budget with Logos Payment Plans

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Today’s guest post is by Ryan Rotz, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

We understand that churches are on a tight budget. Pastors often have a fixed amount they can spend on books every month, which makes any large purchase seem daunting.

And let’s not forget the students. School is expensive and big-ticket items, however essential, are often out of reach.

When it comes to large purchases from Logos, Payment Plans can help to solve this problem. Instead of paying the full price up front, you can pay a fraction of the cost every month for up to a year. The plan applies to all purchases over $29.90 (tax and shipping included).

This is a great opportunity to purchase one of those collections you have had your eye on, or even invest in a new Logos 4 Base Package!

In the long run, purchasing a larger package—like the best-selling Platinum—is a huge savings when compared to buying books individually or even buying a smaller package with a plan to upgrade later.

Am I charged interest?

The Payment Plan is interest-free, with only a $5 monthly administrative fee (collected to cover the costs of processing reoccurring payments). We don’t expect to make any profit on it and offer it purely as a service to our customers.

Don’t just take our word for it. Consider these words from Alen, a Logos Payment Plan user:

I have used the Payment Plan to purchase my initial Scholar Library package, and once again with the upgrade to the Gold edition. I think $5 a month is not even worth worrying about considering when you get something like the Scholar Gold package at $1400 and you paid that over 12 months with $60 worth of administration fees it works out to being less than 5% of the total cost of the product. . . .Thanks guys for this option. It has helped me greatly and perhaps more so in the future.

To take advantage of the payment plan, simply select the payment plan option during the final step of checkout, enter your phone number, and select the number of payments you’d like to make. It is that simple.

To make it even easier on your wallet, we are still offering 20% off of all base packages for a limited time so order today!

Logos 4 Information Has an Address

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Today’s guest blogger is Sean Boisen, senior information architect at Logos.

Suppose you want to tell someone how to get to your office. You could give them step-by-step directions:

  • Head north from Seattle on the I-5 freeway and travel for about 90 miles
  • Take exit 253 (Lakeway Drive), turn right on King Street, and take the first right onto Lakeway
  • Follow that down the hill about a mile (it turns into Holly) and look for Commercial Street
  • Turn right on Commercial, and, about half-way down the block, look for the building on the left with the big picture windows

But isn’t it more effective to simply tell them the final destination?

Go to: Logos Bible Software1313 Commercial Street Bellingham, WA 98225*

Supplying the address lets them choose their own route if they’re starting somewhere else. They can even plug the address into online resources like Google Maps and get a map of the area and driving directions.

In the same way, information in Logos 4 has an address, similar to other web addresses we’re all familiar with, and knowing how to use that address lets you link to Logos resources from web pages, Word documents, PDF files, email, and even Facebook and Twitter!

As a simple example, suppose I want to suggest to a friend that they read the Parable of the Soils in Mark. I can email them a link to the ESV text of Mark 4:1-9 in Logos. The address looks like this:

logosres:esv;ref=Bible.Mk4.1-9

And I can insert this as a hyperlink in my email (with Microsoft Outlook on Windows, that’s Ctrl+k) to make my email look like this:

Check out the Parable of the Soils!

If the recipient has Logos installed, clicking this link will open Logos and take them directly to this passage: no need to describe the directions step-by-step.

Creating Logos Links

Though the link address looks complicated, you can create these links automatically inside Logos 4. The link you capture will be the current position of the resource you’re looking at, so check that first.

To create a link, first choose a link style. In a Logos resource, click the icon in the upper left corner of the panel, and set “Copy location as:” to URL (this is often the best choice).(screenshot)

Once you’ve set this, the link style is remembered, so you don’t have to visit the panel menu each time: just press Ctrl+Alt+C (Command+Alt+C on a Mac) to copy the URL to the clipboard. Now you can paste this URL into whatever other document you like. Note if you don’t see the “Copy Location as:” menu option, that means this particular resource isn’t linkable (but most are).

What You Can Link To

This feature is great for linking to specific Bible passages, but you can do much, much more! Here are just a few examples: try them yourself and you’ll probably starting thinking of others.

There are some limitations:

  • Linking like this assumes the user has Logos 4: if that’s not the case, you can link to Bible Passages (and some free books) at Biblia.com, using links like http://biblia.com/bible/Mk4.1-9
  • You can link to your own notes, handouts, syntax searches, sentence diagrams, and other files to help you keep track of your personal information. But other people don’t have access to them, so the link will only behave correctly for you.
  • Not all resources are linkable

How You Can Use Logos Links

Here are a few suggestions for how you might use this powerful feature:

  • Your own teaching materials: you won’t have to waste time looking for things you’ve already found once
  • Curricula for your school or church (syllabi, assignments, course notes, or reading lists)
  • Your blog posts, or discussions in the Logos Forums: links enable others to look directly at what you’re talking about

Web Sites that Don’t Handle Logos Links

Since these links don’t start with “http://”, some web sites won’t recognize them as links at all (in technical parlance, they use a special protocol handler that gets installed along with Logos 4). These sites include Facebook and Twitter, which automatically turn http-based links into hyperlinks, but leave these as text and refuse to treat them as links.

If you’re just sharing a link to a Bible passage, you can always use ref.ly’s http links instead (see Bob’s recent blog post on Biblia.com, or this older post of RefTagger and Ref.ly) . But if you want the richer kind of linking that Logos 4 offers, the alternatives get a little more technical:

  • Recipients can copy and paste the text of the link directly into the Logos 4 command bar: here’s what happens if you do that with logosres:esv;ref=Bible.Mk4.1-9 (screenshot)
  • You can use a URL shortening service like TinyUrl to produce an http link to the Logos link, like http://tinyurl.com/2cwjkh3. Note that some shortening services (like bit.ly) won’t handle links that don’t start with http.

Conclusions

Does this seem like too much work? Consider this: when you give someone a link, you’re not just sharing words, you’re opening the door for them to a universe of information. They can turn around and easily (and concisely) share that link with others who have Logos. Embedding links in your documents makes them like specialized reference documents, all backed by the power of Logos!

You can learn more about Logos links on the Logos Wiki at http://wiki.logos.com/Hyperlinks, where our user community has contributed additional material. This page also describes link anatomy, in case you want to create or edit links by hand.

*And if you do come here (Logos Headquarters), be sure to stop in and say hi!