Resources on the Death and Resurrection of Jesus

Easter weekend is my favorite time of the year because it provides an occasion for focused reflection on the historical events that are at the heart of the gospel and the Christian faith—the death and resurrection of Jesus by the Father through the Spirit (cf. Rom 8:11).

Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 describes these events as being of “first importance”:

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

Notice that it is the gospel of the death and resurrection of Jesus in which we as Christians stand (and apart from which we fall) and by which we continue to be saved as we hold fast to these central truths.

This weekend as you take some extra time to read through the Gospel accounts (perhaps using the Parallel Passages and Harmonies tool) and mediate on other portions of Scripture relating to the death and resurrection of Jesus, you may have some time to read some reflections by others. If you’re looking for reading material, here is a list of some of the books available for Logos that may provide you with some fruitful mediation:

There are a handful of other titles on Pre-Pub right now that deal with these important events. But these will have to wait for a future Easter weekend’s reading.

Finally, we just put Robert Candlish’s classic exposition of 1 Corinthians 15, Life in a Risen Saviour, on Community Pricing. This gem is well worth picking up—especially at the $5 price tag that it will probably go for.

Team Logos at the 2009 Trivia Bee

Last Friday Logos participated for the fourth time in the annual Trivia Bee sponsored by the Whatcom Literacy Council. There were 28 teams, and for the first time we made it all the way to the finals. We ended up placing 5th overall, beating out teams of librarians and engineers. I hear that our team has their sights set on 1st place for next year’s contest.

Ken Smith, the head of our Electronic Text Development department and a former team member, was this year’s coach. Team members were software developer James Van Noord, who has participated every year, and first-timers Heather Anderson and Isaiah Hoogendyk, both of whom work in ETD.

All three of this year’s team members are originally from Lower Michigan, so they decided to call themselves the Trolls (see Wikipedia for details).

Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings participated again this year as the lifeline. Each team could buy up to 3 lifelines. If the team didn’t know an answer, they could substitute Ken’s answer for their own. If he got it right, their team got it right. I’d guess that going with the answer of a guy who won 74 times in a row on Jeopardy was a pretty safe bet!

Here are some pictures of the event, courtesy of of former Logos employee Mark French.

You Can’t Judge a Book Collection by Its Cover


Have you ever heard the ads for mattress stores where they say, “If you’re not picky about color™, you can get a great deal on a bed?” They mix and match mattresses and box springs of different colors and remind you that the moment you get them home, you are going to throw sheets and covers on the bed and never see the individual colors again.

Much like mattresses, once you load a new Logos Bible Software collection onto your computer, you may never see the “colors” again. The packaging often goes straight into the trash or onto the shelf, and the books inside go straight into your electronic library. As you build your library, the packaging that each book came in is long forgotten.

…so if you’re not too picky about packaging, you can get some great deals on books! How about over $1,000.00 worth of content for less than $50 bucks?

Forget the cover, forget the packaging, and look at what’s inside. This deal is almost too good to be true. Take a look for yourself at the amazing titles included for just $50.00, and you will be blown away. But don’t look too long—the product has been discontinued, and we only have a limited supply left!

$1,000.00 worth of content for less than $50.

BibleTech:2009 Round Up

Today’s guest post is from J. D. Elgin, a member of the Marketing Department and the coordinator for BibleTech:2009.

BibleTech:2009 is officially a thing of the past. The conference was a great time for learning, interacting and networking with everyone in attendance. It was truly amazing to be in the company of so many intelligent and creative people.

For those of you who missed out and really want to catch up, we have made the conference audio available on the BibleTech website. We have also made available the presentations slides for several of the presentations.

Today, we thought you would enjoy hearing what the conference attendees thought about BibleTech. We have listed links to the blogs of our speakers and attendees, and we hope you can take some time to read their reactions to BibleTech:2009.

BibleTech:2009 received some encouraging media coverage from sources outside of Logos and our speaker base. Eric Young of The Christian Post wrote a nice article about the event. Matthew Miller, ZDNet Tech Blogger, was in attendance and wrote a very thorough review of each session he attended. Thanks, Matthew!

In addition to his BibleTech:2009 Postlude, Sean Boisen posted a blog entry for each presentation he sat in on. You can surf through his recent posts to read a nice summary of the presentations.

Speaker Wes Allen reminisces on his experience in BibleTech09—Points East. Wes also posted several live blog posts from the event.

Antoine RJ Wright of Mobile Ministry Magazine shares his concluding thoughts in Reflections while on the Plane.

You can also find the entire #BibleTech09 Twitter feed on the BibleTech website. Try following the Twitter conversation that corresponds to a presentation you want to listen to. There were several attendees conversing over Twitter during the presentations and their discussions added a new, interactive dynamic to the conference experience!

We certainly hope you can make it out to Seattle next Spring! If the positive feedback from our recent gathering is any indication of things to come, you won’t want to miss out on BibleTech:2010!

If you know of any other BibleTech:2009 round ups we missed, please post them in the comments for everyone to enjoy!

Logos March Madness Champion

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The Champ Is Crowned
From the start of the final round it was clear that Schaeffer was going to be the run-away winner of the 2009 Logos March Madness tournament. Having made it through a field of 64 titles, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer is now available at 75% off using the code MMCHAMP at checkout.

Runner-Up
While it isn’t the champ, The Existence and Attributes of God performed well in every round of the competition and, as runner up, is now available for 50% off using the code MMTWO at checkout.

Everyone Is a Winner!
During the course of the Logos March Madness tournament, we have received numerous emails and comments from people who found out about the contest after it started or forgot to check the site and missed out on one of the many spectacular deals we offered. After some consideration, we decided to give everyone one last chance to reap the benefits of our first Logos March Madness tourney. That said, we have re-opened ALL the discount codes used during the tournament. All discount codes are good between now and midnight (PST) April 12th. Below is a list of all the titles and their discount codes.

Important Purchasing Note:
The Logos checkout system can only accommodate one discount code per purchase. So, if you want to buy titles that have different discount codes, you will need to make them as separate purchases.

Winner—Code MMCHAMP
Retail
75% Off
Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer, The (22 Titles in 5 Vols.)
$125.00
$31.25
Runner-up—Code MMTWO
Retail
50% Off
Existence and Attributes of God, The
$39.95
$19.98
Final Four—Code MMFF
Retail
45% Off
Prophecy of Isaiah, The
$29.95
$16.47
Life and Work of St. Paul, The
$34.95
$19.22
Elite Eight—Code MME8
Retail
40% Off
Cross and Salvation, The: The Doctrine of Salvation
$30.00
$18.00
Difficult Doctrines of the Love of God, The
$14.99
$8.99
Old Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate
$22.00
$13.20
Lexham Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament
$29.95
$17.97
Sweet 16—Code MMR3
Retail
35% Off
Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology
$39.95
$25.97
Historical Theology
$59.95
$38.97
Holiness of God, The
$9.95
$6.47
Rediscovering Expository Preaching
$19.95
$12.97
Genesis: Beginning and Blessing
$34.99
$22.74
Vitality of Worship, The: A Commentary on the Book of Psalms
$40.00
$26.00
Interpreting the Pauline Epistles
$18.99
$12.34
Studies in the New Testament
$29.95
$19.47
Round 2—Code MMR2
Retail
30% off
Concise Dictionary of Christian Theology, The, Rev. ed.
$17.95
$12.57
Introduction to Systematic Theology, An
$24.95
$17.47
No One Like Him: The Doctrine of God
$40.00
$28.00
Systematic Theology
$34.95
$24.47
Desiring God
$14.95
$10.47
Future Grace
$14.95
$10.47
Pursuit of Holiness, The
$11.00
$7.70
Theology of the Christian Life in J. I. Packer’s Thought, The
$44.95
$31.47
Creation and Blessing
$45.00
$31.50
Exodus, New American Commentary
$32.99
$23.09
Introduction to the Old Testament Pentateuch, An
$29.95
$20.97
Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books, An
$29.95
$20.97
Light from the Ancient East
$49.95
$34.97
Matthew, Mark Cornerstone Biblical Commentary
$34.99
$24.49
Synoptic Problem: A Way through the Maze, The
$34.95
$24.47
Wycliffe Bible Commentary New Testament, The
$29.95
$20.97
Round 1—Code MMR1
Retail
25% off
Calvin and the Reformation: Four Studies
$29.95
$22.46
Concise Theology
$14.95
$11.21
Great Poets and Their Theology, The
$42.95
$32.21
Handmaid to Theology: An Essay in Philosophical Prolegomena
$31.95
$23.96
Historic Creeds and Confessions
$9.95
$7.46
Institutes of the Christian Religion
$34.95
$26.21
Moody Handbook of Theology, The
$29.95
$22.46
Philosophy of Revelation, The
$30.00
$22.50
Confessions of Saint Augustine, The
$9.95
$7.46
Defense of the Faith , The
$14.95
$11.21
Holiness by Grace
$14.95
$11.21
Life of Christ
$49.00
$36.75
Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, A
$9.95
$7.46
True Spirituality
$10.99
$8.24
Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
$14.00
$10.50
Using Illustrations to Preach with Power
$14.99
$11.24
Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory
$39.99
$29.99
Exploring the Old Testament
$9.95
$7.46
Genesis Record, The
$40.99
$30.74
Introducing the Old Testament
$24.95
$18.71
Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books, An
$29.95
$22.46
Introduction to the Old Testament Prophetic Books, An
$29.95
$22.46
Isaiah: God Saves Sinners
$27.99
$20.99
Wycliffe Bible Commentary Old Testament, The
$39.95
$29.96
Analytical Handbook of the Greek Text of the Letter to the Philippians
$24.99
$18.74
Apostles’ Creed, The: Its Relation to Primitive Christianity
$24.92
$18.69
Assurance of Our Salvation, The
$25.00
$18.75
Earlier Epistles of St. Paul, The
$30.00
$22.50
Humiliation of Christ, The
$20.00
$15.00
Pastoral Epistles of St. Paul, The
$19.95
$14.96
St. Paul and Justification
$34.95
$26.21
St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians
$19.95
$14.96

Logos March Madness Championship Game

After five rounds of competition with almost 40,000 votes cast, we’re down to the championship game of the 2009 Logos March Madness book tournament. There have been some close-fought battles and surprising upsets along the way.

Who will rise to the top and become the Logos March Madness champion?

The final match is between The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer by philosopher and apologist Francis Schaeffer and The Existence and Attributes of God by Puritan Stephen Charnock. The winner will be awarded a 75% discount, and the loser a 50% discount.

Voting begins today and runs through Sunday night, at which time the champion will be decided. You will then have until the following Sunday night (April 12) to take advantage of the discounts. Head on over and place your vote now for your favorite title!

By the way, the two titles that got knocked out in the Final 4 round are currently available at 45% off using coupon code MMFF. The code is good through Sunday night (April 5).

22 Pre-Pubs Needing a Push

It’s time for another plug for the Pre-Pubs that are right on the brink of moving into production but need just a handful of additional pre-orders. Now that our Electronic Text Development team has finished up the Anchor Yale Bible, they’re ready to get going on some other projects.

Take a look at the products listed below, or—if you have a little more time—scroll through the Pre-Pub page and take note of the ones that are getting close to 100%.

Whether it’s commentaries, theology, biblical studies, or practical issues that you are interested in, there are plenty of titles and collections to choose from.

Focus on the Bible Commentaries (32 Vols.)If you’re looking to beef up the commentaries section of your digital library, look no further. These seven collections offer a wide range of perspectives at some great prices:

Do you enjoying studying Reformed theology? Have a look at these four products featuring the writings of A. A. Hodge, George Smeaton, Jean Henri Merle d’Aubigne, and William G. T. Shedd:

Studies in New Testament Greek and JSNTS Collection (17 Vols.)Are biblical studies more your thing? Check out these titles:

If books dealing with the practical side of the Christian faith are what you’re looking for, we have several books and collections that might be a good fit:

Can’t decide or just want a bit of everything? Consider the Roy Zuck Vital Issues Series (12 Vols.).

Logos Featured in Christian Computing Magazine

If you don’t regularly read Christian Computing Magazine (CCMag for short), you’ll want to be sure to check out the cover story of the March issue: “An Inside Look at Logos Research Systems, Inc. and Logos Bible Software.” You’ll find it on pages 9–12.

Steve Hewitt interviews Dan Pritchett, our Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, and covers a very nice spectrum of topics. You’ll learn a bit of the company’s history and find out some interesting facts about how the company has grown and changed over the last 18 years. You’ll also read about many of the things we’ve been working on recently. If you look carefully, you might even learn about some things coming down the pike that have never been shared publicly before.

So go give it a read.

Logos for Mac 1.1 Now Shipping

On Thursday of last week, we released an update to Logos Bible Software for Mac. Version 1.1 fixes a number of bugs that didn’t get squashed before we shipped the long-awaited first version in mid-December.

If you are an existing Logos for Mac user, you can download this new version for free by going to Logos.com, signing in, navigating to My Account > Order History, and then clicking on your Mac engine or base package order. At the bottom of your order, you will now see a new “Files to Download” section.

Click the “Download” link to save the file to your Mac, make sure Logos for Mac is closed, and then double-click the file to install the update. Follow the instructions, and you should be up and running with the latest and greatest in less than a minute.

If you don’t have a Logos.com account, don’t see the link below your Mac order, or have any other troubles updating, please contact our Mac Customer Service team at 800-875-6467 or macsupport@logos.com.

We’re also happy to announce that you can now purchase the Logos for Mac engine as a download instead of having to order a DVD. This is especially good news for our international customers. If you have been holding out for the downloadable version to become available or perhaps were just waiting for the bugs to get worked out of the initial release, it’s time to make the move to Logos for Mac.

Put Verses in The Message

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.

If you haven’t yet discovered The Message by Eugene Peterson, I encourage you to spend some time with it. It’s a modern paraphrase of the Bible. Use it like you would a devotional commentary. You’ll notice however, there are no verses in The Message only chapters. You can change that. With The Message as the active window choose View | Bible Text Only. That’s what we call Instant Versification!

For more tips like this, be sure to visit Morris Proctor’s Tips & Tricks blog or subscribe to the RSS feed.