Keeping the Word before Me

While I try to keep God’s Word in my heart and mind on a regular basis, I must say that among email, work projects, family, Facebook, Twitter . . . my heart and mind tend to stray a little. That’s why I’m excited about the new project we’re launching today.

Today we are announcing the launch of 7 new Twitter accounts that are designed to help you take a moment in your day and meditate on God’s word.

We set the accounts up about a couple week ago to run them through some testing, and I’ve been following them in my personal twitter account. It has been really encouraging to glance over at my feed throughout the day and see a simple reminder of who God is and who I am in Christ.

We hope that these accounts will be a blessing to all you Twitter users and that, amongst the endless chatter of Twitter, you will stop for a moment focus your heart and mind on God’s Word.

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The Lighter Side of Discourse Analysis: Forward Pointing Reference

We hope you have been enjoying "The Lighter Side of Discourse Analysis" video series, so we "have an offer for you." "Here’s the deal." "How about this?" Yes, you guessed it, today Dr. Steve Runge’s introduces us to Forward Pointing References, another item covered in Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis.

Of course for a real deal, be sure to place your Pre-Pub order for the Discourse Grammar.

Today’s video: Forward Pointing Reference

What’s being said about Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament:

“. . . . By creating an accessible discourse grammar that brings together the fruit of careful research, clarity, helpful examples, and practical insights, Dr. Runge has put countless teachers and students in his debt.”
—Dr. Constantine R. Campbell, Moore College, Sydney, AU

“. . . One need not agree with every suggested interpretation to benefit by becoming more sensitive to significant elements of the Greek language that are rarely given the attention they deserve.”
—Dr. Roy E. Ciampa, Associate Professor of New Testament, Chair, Biblical Studies Division, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

The Discourse Grammar is at the end of production and is getting ready to ship soon, so make sure you place your order before the price goes up!

And stay tuned for next week’s video: Thematic Addition

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GOD’S WORD Translation Now on Bible.Logos.com

GOD'S WORD

We’re constantly expanding our offerings at Bible.Logos.com. If you’ve been watching closely, you might have noticed the addition of the GOD’S WORD translation to Bible.Logos.com—which also means you can link to GOD’S WORD using Ref.ly and RefTagger.

What is the GOD’S WORD translation? This new translation renders the best available texts into readable English with the closest possible accuracy. This commitment to accurately translating the Bible includes expressing the meaning naturally and in a style that preserves the characteristics of the source text. The result? An eminently readable Bible translation for all ages.

David Dockery recently called the GOD’S WORD translation “a remarkably fresh, accurate, and readable translation that communicates well the original text for modern readers.” It has also been endorsed by Billy Graham, Josh McDowell, D. James Kennedy, and lots of other pastors and scholars.

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Discovering Which Church Father You’re Reading

Tips & Tricks blog SetToday’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.

Have you ever had one of the volumes of the Early Church Fathers open and you have no idea which church father you’re reading? If you’ve never experienced this before, just open a volume to some random location and you’ll discover you’re lost in a sea of text!

Stay calm! A life saver is available. It’s called the Locator Pane.

On the resource’s toolbar, click the last icon on the right. The Locator Pane appears at the top of the text telling which church father you’re reading. This trick of course works for other books as well.

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Wrestling with the Verses

Bible Study MagazineExegetical preaching has always been my Achilles heel, not because it is so difficult, but because I wanted to present the Scriptures in a way that was the most advantageous for the people in my care. One of the issues that I always struggled with was how easy it was for people to read a couple verses or chapters a day in their Bibles and never understand how those verses and chapters fit into the context of the epistle, gospel, or narrative from whence they came.

In our Christian sub-culture sometimes we, unintentionally, present things in ways that are counter-intuitive to our desired goals. If our goal is Scriptural understanding and fidelity, we need to be wary of presenting the Scriptures as stand-alone aphorisms. While making us more familiar with some Scripture, presenting the Bible in little, isolated parcels can easily lead us away from the authors intended point.

Christopher R. Smith’s article Chapter & Verses: Who Needs Them? in a recent issue of Bible Study Magazine is a fabulous reminder of not only how God breathed and divinely prepared the Scriptures are, but also how useful breaking up the Scriptures into chapters and verses has been for us. It is nice to also be reminded that, as useful as this delineation of the Bible into chapter and verse may be, we may in fact be doing the Word a disservice by feeling beholden to it. Sometimes it may be more important to be mindful of the authors natural structure.

I have a subscribed to many Christian periodicals over the years, and obviously some have been better than others. But I have to say, I have yet to pick up an issue of Bible Study Magazine that I haven’t found encouraging and edifying.

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The Twittering Pastor

supert.gifWhen people ask me what I do for work, I half-jokingly tell them that I Twitter for a living. At any given time I can have up to 4 different Twitter clients up on my screen. I monitor a lot of different conversations and do my best to keep tabs on the vast number of discussion taking place. This can be a little crazy since @Logos has almost 5,000 followers and we follow all of them (spammers and SEO experts excluded, of course).

While there is a lot of information being thrown at me, there was one tweet that caught my eye the other day. @pastorjamie tweeted this:

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The Lighter Side of Discourse Analysis: Changed Reference

As a reminder to place your Pre-Pub order for Dr. Steve Runge’s Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis, last Wednesday we started a short series of on-the-lighter-side, videos. This week, Steve helps illustrate another aspect of discourse analysis.

Today’s video: Changed Reference

What’s being said about Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament:

“. . . . Logos has done the Greek student a wonderful favor by making this work available. It should not be missed. It is like no other grammar that is available today.”
—Dr. Samuel Lamerson, Associate Professor of New Testament, Knox Seminary

“. . . Runge has produced an invigorating work that will repay the attention of all those who are interested . . .”
—Mark Dubis, Associate Professor of Christian Studies, Union University

The Discourse Grammar is at the end of production and is getting ready to ship soon, so make sure you place your order before the price goes up!

And stay tuned for next week’s video: Forward Pointing Reference

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Charles Spurgeon Collection Shipping Soon

Charles Spurgeon Collection (86 Vols.)

Charles Spurgeon was an astonishing figure. He wrote commentaries, set up orphanages, founded a college, and preached and led Bible studies at his church every week. In fact, by the time Spurgeon turned twenty, he had already preached more than 500 sermons, and was well on his way to becoming one of the church’s most famous preachers and one of Christianity’s most prolific writers. He also found the time to read nearly a book every day, and read John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress over 100 times during his ministry. It’s no wonder John Piper said “the word ‘indefatigable’ was created for people like Charles Spurgeon.”

Spurgeon is well-known for his sermons, available in The Complete Spurgeon Sermon Collection, but Spurgeon also wrote dozens of books, edited a magazine, compiled sermons notes, wrote numerous letters, and penned a 4-volume autobiography—and that’s just the start. The 86-volume Charles Spurgeon Collection assembles all of his books, commentaries, letters, and other materials into one giant collection.

This week we’re putting the finishing touches on the 86-volume Charles Spurgeon Collection. This project has been a major undertaking around here for the past few months, so we’re excited that it’s going to be shipping soon. This means that you still have a few more days to get your Pre-Pub order in. As always, the price jumps up after we ship, so don’t miss out on this chance to add a massive amount of Spurgeon material to your library.

Here’s a summary of some of the notable books in this collection:

  • The Treasury of David, a detailed commentary on the Psalms
  • Lectures to My Students, which includes Spurgeon’s best-selling Commenting and Commentaries
  • The Sword and the Trowel, a magazine edited by Spurgeon and published between 1865 and 1884
  • A 4-volume autobiography, the first and most detailed account of Spurgeon’s life and ministry
  • A collection of letters and correspondence
  • Dozens of volumes on preaching, prayer, evangelism, and more—head on over to the product page to see the complete list.

To whet your appetite, here’s a screenshot of the first part of Spurgeon’s notes on Matthew 4:19 from My Sermon Notes.

Charles Spurgeon Collection (86 Vols.)

Remember, you still have a few more days to get the Pre-Pub price on the entire Charles Spurgeon Collection. Make sure you place your pre-order today!

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What’s in My Library: Atlas (Bible)

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?”

Logos Deluxe Map SetAtlas (Bible)

Definition: A Bible atlas contains maps pertaining to the events that occurred in the Bible. A Bible atlas would include maps about the placement of the twelve tribes of Israel or the travels of Paul.

Example: Logos Deluxe Map Set

Application: As you read in John 4 about Jesus having to go through Samaria, an atlas will help explain the significance of the passage.

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

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Product Guide on Luke’s Gospel

The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: LukeFor some reason, the Gospel of Luke really resonates with me. I so easily identify with the structure, language, and style of Luke’s Gospel above the others. In fact, when I look back on my years in the pastorate, my fondest memories come from the years that I preached exegetically through this Gospel.

Logos Bible Software played a huge part in developing that series for me but I wish I had access at the time to the Product Guide on Luke which compiles all the titles we currently sell on Luke’s Gospel.

Just to throw in my own $.02, one of my favorite resources for Luke was The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: Luke, by Darrell L. Bock. Not an overly large commentary for the size of Luke’s Gospel, but a very good exposition from a commentator with a strong Luke/Acts background, and writes from a real pastoral center.

The wonderful thing about the Product Guide on Luke is that it lets you peruse the whole gamut of resources we have available on Luke. If there is something that you feel is missing that we definitely should have, drop us a line at suggest@logos.com and let us know.