Pastor Appreciation Month Specials!

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Pastors, since you are such an important part of our user base, we want to show our appreciation by giving you something for free and offering you discounted pricing on many of our best collections.

For the rest of the month, you can download the Sermon File Addin at no charge. No coupon codes necessary. Just visit the product page and place your order for the downloadable version.

We invite you to download it and give it a try—and spread the word to other pastors. Check out the video below to learn more about this powerful tool.


After you download it, be sure to watch the five tutorial videos at the bottom of the product page.

If you already have the Sermon File Addin, we want to show our appreciation to you as well! We’re offering discounted pricing on these 16 collections. Just use coupon code PAM2008 to see the special savings in your shopping cart.

If you’re not a pastor, why not show your pastor how much you appreciate him by buying him one of our base packages. Save 25% off with coupon code BLESSING. And then tell your pastor how he can get the Sermon File Addin for free by sending this post to him.

Update: The Sermon File Addin offer has expired.

Hands-on First Look at Bible Study Magazine

The first ten copies of Bible Study Magazine arrived in the office on Friday. We’re thrilled with the finished product—and think you will be as well.

Watch associate editor, John Barry, give a quick hands-on overview.

If you’ve already subscribed, you should be getting yours in your mailbox very soon. For the rest of you, it’s not too late to subscribe.

5 New Collections from Canon Press

We’re excited to be able to make available on Pre-Pub 41 books in five collections from our new friends at Canon Press.

Douglas Wilson Collection (17 Vols.)These collections cover a wide range of biblical, theological, and practical issues and are sure to be of help to average Christians, pastors, and scholars alike.

Canon Press is one of the literature ministries of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, which is pastored by Douglas Wilson, a theologian and prolific author—both in print and on his popular Blog and Mablog.

Wilson is also a powerful apologist in the tradition of Cornelius Van Til. I thoroughly enjoyed the six-part debate with atheist Christopher Hitchens hosted by ChristianityToday.com in June of 2007, “Is Christianity Good for the World?

Adding RefTagger to a vBulletin Site

vBulletin Forum Software from JelsoftvBulletin is perhaps the most popular forum software on the market. If you’ve been to a forum site, chances are you’ve been to a vBulletin site.

Do you administer or moderate a vBulletin site that has biblical content? Why not add RefTagger? Your site will instantly become much more useful for your readers, and the immediate access to the Bible will no doubt have positive effects on your site.

Here are several possible benefits to consider.

RefTagger . . .

  • promotes citing the Bible more carefully.
  • encourages citing the Bible more frequently.
  • makes reading the Bible easier.
  • keeps people at your site longer.

TheologyOnline is a nice example of how RefTagger can really enhance a forum site.

By following these brief steps, you can have RefTagger up and running on your site in just a couple of minutes.

  1. Log in and navigate to your admin control panel (e.g., http://www.yoursite.com/forums/admin/).
  2. Click on “Styles & Templates” in the left column to expand it, and then click on “Style Manager.”
  3. Locate your style in the list (i.e., the one with the checkbox checked), and choose “Edit Templates” from the dropdown box.
  4. Locate the “footer” template in the list on the left, click on it, and then click “Edit” under “Controls.”
  5. Scroll to the very bottom, paste in the customizable RefTagger code, and click “Save.”

That’s it. Your Bible references are now interactive and far more usable for your readers.

If you frequent a forum site that still has plain old bare Bible references, perhaps it’s about time to contact a moderator or the site administrator and let them know about RefTagger.

Get more help setting RefTagger up on your site at the tutorial section of the RefTagger page.

17 Deals Ending Soon!

Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series (17 Vols.)An unusually high number of Pre-Pubs are scheduled to ship in the next few weeks. That means that the special discounted pricing will be ending very soon. You may want to give this list a quick look over to make sure that you don’t unknowingly miss out on any of these great deals.

Here they are in order of estimated ship date.

10/16/2008

  • The Trinity by Roger E. Olson and Christopher A. Hall

10/17/2008

Theology and Doctrine Collection (16 Vols.)10/20/2008

10/21/2008

10/23/2008

10/24/2008

Old Testament Greek Pseudepigrapha with Morphology10/27/2008

10/28/2008

11/7/2008

And last, but certainly not least, is the long-awaited Old Testament Greek Pseudepigrapha with Morphology with a target ship date of 11/14/2008. Many of you have been patiently waiting for a very long time. The wait is just about over.

Introducing the Lexham Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament

Lexham Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament DOWNLOADWhat in the world are those crazy people at Logos doing now? What is The Lexham Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament? Why another lexicon?

There are a few reasons, actually. Here are three of them.

First, this lexicon takes advantage of the classification in Louw & Nida’s Greek-English Lexicon based on Semantic Domains and offers definitions of each lemma broken into the different senses used in the Greek New Testament, as shown below.

Second, this lexicon lists every instance of every word in the NA27/UBS4 Greek New Testament classified by Louw-Nida sense. Why is this important? It means that you can be in the Greek New Testament, KeyLink into the Lexham Analytical Lexicon, and (particularly if you’re using the Active Reference Visual Filter) note the classification of the instance from which you KeyLinked.

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Two Massive Biblical Reference Tools

I’m really excited about two new reference tools that we have recently added to our Pre-Pub page.

Big, unwieldy, out-of-print sets like these make wonderful additions to your Libronix digital library. Not only will you save huge amounts of shelf space, but you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for with far greater ease.

Looking for a word or phrase? No problem. No need to flip back and forth between the index volume (which we include for the set that has one) and the other volumes. Just run a search and click to jump right to the locations.

Want to look up a particular entry? Libronix is at your service. No need to try to figure out which volume it’s in. Libronix allows you to enter your topic right into the top of the resource and instantly jump to the right place in the right volume—no matter which volume you happen to have opened.

Want to find a Bible passage? Piece of cake. By using the reference browser or the basic search, you’ll have all the hits in seconds. You can even integrate these sets right into the Passage Guide.

I could go on, but you get the point. Libronix makes Bible study better and easier—especially when it comes to using gargantuan sets like these.

Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature (12 Vols.)Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature (12 Vols.)

This classic set is composed of 12 volumes of roughly 1,000 pages each for a total of 12,324 pages packed with biblical and theological content. With 31,000 articles and about 17,000,000 words, it’s unlikely you’ll come up empty handed when you turn to this resource.

As a reference point, the 83-volume Anchor Yale Bible, which has 43,315 pages, has an estimated 25,000,000 words. In terms of cost per amount of data, the Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature is a tremendous value.

New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (13 Vols.)New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (13 Vols.)

This 13-volume, 6,328-page set covers a huge range of topics. The full title says it best: The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religion Knowledge, Embracing Biblical, Historical, Doctrinal, and Practical Theology, and Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiological Biography from the Earliest Times to the Present Day. The Homiletic Review called it “indispensable . . . the best reference work in the entire field.”

Though both of these sets are a bit older, they are still of considerable value for today.

RefTagger Gets New Versions . . . and Much More!

Over the last few weeks our web team has been working hard on even more cool enhancements to RefTagger, so we have several updates to share with you.

1. RefTagger Now Links to Bible.Logos.com

As of Monday, RefTagger is now directing all links to our new online Bible site, Bible.Logos.com. This allows us to bring you a more tightly integrated experience and to continue to improve RefTagger by adding more functionality. We also think Bible.Logos.com is a pretty cool place to read and search the Bible online. :)

2. Several New Bible Versions

Not too long ago we added support for the NIV, TNIV, and NIrV. On Monday—after numerous requests—we were finally able to add the NASB as well. If one of these is your default version, you’ll now see the appropriate text in the tooltip windows. If we still don’t have your favorite version, please let us know.

3. User Control Panel

As a webmaster you get to decide which Bible version RefTagger will display on your site. But what if your readers prefer a different version? To solve this problem, we’ve created the RefTagger control panel. Adding the small control panel somewhere on your site allows your readers to set their preferences, like which version they want to see and whether or not to display the icons linking to Libronix.

You should be able to get the control panel from the RefTagger page very soon—perhaps later today or Monday. I’ll update this post as soon as it is available.

4. Multiple Version Citation Support

Until now RefTagger allowed you to specify a single version to use for all Bible references on your site, but what if you want to cite a version different from your default for comparative purposes? You’re readers could click the link to Bible.Logos.com and then switch versions to compare, but we can do better than that—and we have. Now RefTagger will recognize when you cite a version other than your default and display the appropriate version when you use one of the following three formats:

  • John 3:16 NLT
  • John 3:16, NLT
  • John 3:16 (NLT)

5. Easier Plugin Upgrades for WordPress Users

Our RefTagger WordPress plugin is now proudly hosted at the official WordPress Plugin Directory. This is good news for users of WordPress.org (i.e., the self-hosted version). No more having to manually check for updates. WordPress’s built-in plugin update notification system will inform you when new versions are available, and one-click automatic updating allows you to get the latest version with ease.

This is also potentially great news for users of WordPress.com (i.e., the version they host), who, unfortunately, can’t use RefTagger right now. We’ve been in talks with the folks at WordPress.com about getting built-in RefTagger support for WordPress.com. If our WordPress.org plugin is popular enough, they said they will likely make it available on WordPress.com as well!

So if you’re a user of the self-hosted version of WordPress, please download and install the plugin and give it a good rating. WordPress.com users need your help!

Spreading Across the Web

We’re thrilled to see the response to RefTagger. Dozens of new sites are adding it every day. It’s now on more than 2,600 sites! RefTagger keeps getting better and better because of the helpful feedback you send. If you find a bug or have a cool idea for a new feature, please let us know.

Join Us on LinkedIn

We recently created a new LinkedIn group for Logos Bible Software users. If you are a member of LinkedIn and use Logos, we invite you to join our group.

If you aren’t sure what LinkedIn is and want to learn more, watch the video below.

For more on the benefits of LinkedIn, you’ll find tons of useful ideas in Linked Intelligence’s 100+ Smart Ways to Use LinkedIn.

By the way, we’re on Facebook, too. Check out our profile, our business page, and our groups:

Bible Study Magazine Goes to Press!

Today’s guest post is from John Barry, the associate editor and project manager for Bible Study Magazine.

Bible Study Magazine—1-Year 5-Copy SubscriptionToday I have the privilege and honor of announcing that the inaugural issue of Bible Study Magazine went to press on Monday October 6th at 9:10 AM PST.

Since the time I was hired to launch, manage and be the Associate Editor of Bible Study Magazine, this project has become a deep passion of mine. I believe it will truly make a difference in the lives of those who read it.

If you haven’t heard about Bible Study Magazine yet, please check out the brand-new BibleStudyMagazine.com, where you can get a sneak preview of a few spreads. If you’ve already seen the site, I would recommend you check it out again, since this new version has a fresh feel and is much more informative.

We’re convinced that you’ll love this first issue. It is beautifully designed and full of enriching and fascinating content from (or about) some of the best in the church and biblical scholarship, including Josh McDowell, David Lawson, Peter Flint, Daniel Wallace, Mark Goodacre, Craig Broyles, Michael Heiser, and Arnold Fruchtenbaum.

At $14.95 for a one-year subscription, it is well worth your dollar. If you want the inaugural Nov-Dec 2008 issue, you’d better get your order in right away, because as you can see, we are nearly ready to ship the magazine.

Here is a list of the complete contents of the Nov-Dec 2008 issue:

Features:

Columns:

  • “Using Bible Dictionaries: The Athenians, the Areopagus and an Anonymous God” by James D. Elgin
  • “Discovering the Power of Luke’s Gospel” by Andrew B. Perrin

Sections:

  • “Letter from the Editor” by Michael S. Heiser
  • “Headlines” by Heather Bambeck-Hulsey
  • “Comics and Puzzles”
  • “Finding Time for God” by Jeannine Seery
  • “Cyril of Alexandria on Luke 8:43-48″
  • “Who Took Verse 4 Out of My Bible?” by Michael S. Heiser
  • “How Bible Study Changed My Life and Saved My Marriage with Precept Ministries’ David Lawson” by Christy Tennant
  • “When I Open the Gospels: An Interview with Dr. Mark Goodacre”
  • “What Does the Bible Teach About . . . Justification and Sanctification” by Arnold Fruchtenbaum
  • “What’s In Your Bible?” by Vincent Setterholm
  • “Shelf Life” (a review of four forthcoming books)

Subscribe now!