Adding RefTagger to a MediaWiki Site

MediaWiki logoMediaWiki is the open source wiki software behind Wikipedia and the lesser known Theopedia, which is now powered by RefTagger. (See an example at http://www.theopedia.com/God.)

A couple of weeks ago I downloaded and installed MediaWiki so I could test it out with RefTagger. It worked very nicely.

Here’s one method for setting it up via FTP access to your site’s files:

  1. Use an FTP program like FileZilla to navigate to the folder where you installed MediaWiki.
  2. Open the "skins" folder.
  3. Locate the file for the skin you are using. The file for the default skin is MonoBook.php. Save a local copy, and a backup copy too.
  4. Open the file in Dreamweaver, WordPad, or your favorite code editor.
  5. Find the </body> tag and paste the customizable RefTagger code from the RefTagger page right above it.
  6. Save the file and upload it back to your server.

You’re done. RefTagger is now transforming your MediaWiki site.

For help with other sites, see the tutorials section on the RefTagger page.

Preparing a Sermon with Logos

Pastor and Logos user Mark Barnes blogs about his process for preparing a sermon. His five steps are nicely alliterated:

  1. Divide
  2. Dissect
  3. Discover
  4. Digest
  5. Disseminate

In his very helpful post, he shows how he makes use of Logos both in the dissecting and discovering steps. He uses the sentence diagramming tool to dissect the passage.

He also uses Logos to discover the meaning of the passage. In two very helpful videos (Logos Workspace [5:00] and Logos Workspace Options [4:59]), he shows you his workspace and how he puts it to use. I’d strongly encourage you to take the time to watch them both. They are full of excellent tips and tricks.

Not only does he lay out his process, but he also walks you through it with his sermon on Amos 2:4-16 and shares the final product in both PDF and audio. Be sure to check it out.

Very nice work, Mark. Thanks for sharing!

If you use Logos in your sermon prep and would like to share your process or workspace, drop a note in the comments. We’d love to see it.

The Ultimate Steal

This doesn’t have much to do with Logos Bible Software, but it’s too good of a deal not to pass on to you.

Microsoft is again offering Office Ultimate 2007 for only $59.95! It retails at $679.95, so this is a savings of more than 91%.

Ultimate includes these 10 programs:

  • Word 2007
  • Excel 2007
  • PowerPoint 2007
  • Outlook 2007
  • OneNote 2007
  • Groove 2007
  • Publisher 2007
  • Access 2007
  • InfoPath 2007
  • Accounting Express 2008

That’s only $6 per program!

There are two stipulations for qualifying:

  1. You must have a .edu email address.
  2. “You must be a student at a U.S. educational institution and must be actively enrolled in at least 0.5 course credit and be able to provide proof of enrollment upon request.”

While there are a couple of good Office competitors out there, Office is still the standard and it integrates best with Logos (e.g., Bible reading schedules in Outlook, search results in Excel, and copying and pasting text with auto-citations into Word).

If you’re a student and don’t have Office, you should definitely give this a look.

Looks like starting September 8 you can also grab the upgrade to Vista Ultimate SP1 for only $64.95 (retails at $239.99).

Why Should Worship Leaders Have All the Pretty Graphics?

Have you ever wished your sermons had the same visual excitement that your song lyrics have? Wouldn’t it be great if you could tie in all the pieces of your worship service with the same graphics and have one consistent look and feel throughout your entire service? Now you can!

PowerPointSermons.com offers the best resources available on the web to help pastors present professionally prepared PowerPoint sermons every week. For a reasonable yearly subscription rate, pastors from any denomination can find visual elements that will make the sermon the central focus of the worship service and help their congregation focus on the message in a way that enhances their learning experience.

We try hard to make Logos Bible Software the only tool you need for sermon preparation, so we have integrated the PowerPointSermons.com graphics with the Passage Guide results. When you use the Passage Guide to study a portion of Scripture, Logos will provide you with the essential tools and resources for preparing and presenting your sermon—including picking a selection of PowerPoint templates perfectly suited to your passage or topic.

The first few graphic sets you use are free, and if you decide to continue to use the service simply sign up for unlimited yearly access for your entire staff! No need to surf the web or use the same old template over and over. With PowerPoint Sermons integrated into Logos, you’ll always have something fresh, relevant, and attractive—and just a click away.

Watch the video below to see why your church should consider subscribing to PowerPoint Sermons.

(If you don’t see a video here, visit the blog post to watch it.)

For more information on PowerPoint Sermons integration in Logos, see the following:

9 New Baker Collections on Pre-Pub!

Baker Hermeneutics Collection (14 Vols.)If you’ve been keeping tabs on the Pre-Pub page over the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably noticed the scores of titles published by Baker. We just announced 9 new collections containing a total of 67 books from Baker covering topics like hermeneutics, Old Testament studies, New Testament studies, theology, preaching, counseling, and more.

Here’s the complete list of collections:

I’m really excited about many of the titles included in these collections. Several that make the top of my list:

  • Muller’s Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics
  • Schreiner’s New Testament Theology
  • Carson and Beale’s Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
  • Vanhoozer’s Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible
  • Elwell’s Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
  • Piper’s The Justification of God and The Supremacy of God in Preaching
  • Chapell’s Christ-Centered Preaching
  • Silva’s Interpreting Galatians

Which collections or individual books are you looking forward to most?

By the way, this is still only part of what I had in mind in my post about lots of great books coming down the pike. Still more to come.

Matthew, Mark Cornerstone Biblical Commentary—Free!

The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary Series

Cornerstone Biblical Commentary (9 Vols.)Last Friday the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary (9 Vols.) hit the Pre-Pub page. This relatively new series from Tyndale, under the editorship of Philip W. Comfort, Tremper Longman III (OT), and Grant Osborne (NT), attempts–like the second edition of the New Living Translation it is based on–to be both exegetically accurate and idiomatically powerful.

The CBC gives careful attention to both the words and theological message of the texts of Scripture and strives to be a helpful tool for teachers, pastors, students, and lay people alike.

The contributors to this series—Allen P. Ross, Tremper Longman III, Darrell L. Bock, Harold W. Hoehner, and many others—represent a wide spectrum of theological positions within evangelicalism, reflecting the rich variety that exists in the church.

The 9-volume collection now on Pre-Pub includes the following titles:

  • Genesis, Exodus
  • Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs
  • Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations
  • Minor Prophets: Hosea-Malachi
  • Matthew, Mark
  • Luke, Acts
  • The Gospel of John, 1-3 John
  • Romans, Galatians
  • Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philemon

Visit the product page to place your pre-order.

Get the Matthew, Mark Volume for Free!

Matthew, Mark Cornerstone Biblical CommentaryWe have arranged with Tyndale to give away the Matthew, Mark volume for free—no strings attached! For a limited time you can head over to product page and add this wonderful title to your Libronix digital library absolutely free of charge. Use coupon code CORNERSTONE during checkout.

We’re confident that after you’ve had a chance to try out a volume from this series many of you will want to place your pre-order for the whole collection.

Head over to the product page to download it, and help us spread the word about this free offer!

NOTE: If you are not currently a Libronix user, we welcome you to take advantage of this free offer as well. You will simply need to follow these steps:

  1. Download the free Libronix engine (for Windows) and install it. Installation is a two step process. Make sure to complete both steps before proceeding.
  2. Start Libronix and create a Libronix Customer ID when prompted.
  3. Visit the Matthew, Mark product page and click the "Add to Cart" button.
  4. Make sure that CORNERSTONE appears in the Coupon Code box. If it doesn’t, add it and click "Update Cart." Then click "Proceed" to go to the next step.
  5. Log in to your Logos.com account or create one if this is your first time purchasing anything from Logos.com.
  6. Enter your credit card information. Don’t worry; your information is secure, and you will not be charged as long as you use the coupon code. Then click "Proceed" to go to the next step.
  7. Verify that your Billing Information is correct. Then click "Proceed" to go to the next step. (NOTE: IF YOU USED THE COUPON CODE, YOU MAY SAFELY IGNORE THE SHOPPING CART INFO IN THE TOP RIGHT-HAND CORNER.)
  8. In the top right-hand corner enter your Libronix Customer ID (created in step 2), click "Confirm," and then click "Submit Order." (You can find your Libronix Customer ID in Libronix under the "Help" menu in "About Libronix DLS."
  9. Click the "Unlock & Download" button and then click "Open" or "Run" if prompted by your browser. Libronix Update will start and will download the book and unlock it.
  10. When Libronix Update finishes, you may start Libronix and use your new book.

It’s not working for me. What do I do?

  1. Did you completely install Libronix first (both steps)?
  2. Did you create a Libronix Customer ID?
  3. Did you make sure to enter the coupon code CORNERSTONE?
  4. Did you make sure to enter your Libronix Customer ID in the top right-hand corner during checkout?
  5. Try working through the 10 steps again. If that doesn’t work, call our Customer Service team at 800-875-6467.

I’m using the Mac alpha. How can I get the free book?

  1. Follow steps 1-8 above.
  2. Download the book file from the product page or from our FTP server and put it in your resources folder (normally /Library/Application Support/Libronix DLS/Resources on the startup volume).
  3. Open Libronix for the Mac and synchronize your licenses by going to Tools > Library Management > Synchronize Licenses.
  4. Your new book should now be unlocked and usable. You may need to restart Libronix for the changes to take effect.

Update: This offer has expired.

Semantic Chaining: Using Louw-Nida References in the Lexham Greek NT Interlinear

The recently-released Lexham Greek-English New Testament Interlinear has, as one of its primary distinguishing features, domain-article references to the Louw-Nida Greek Lexicon (info here, here and here). That’s all well and good, but — beyond keylinking to a specific Louw-Nida article — what can we do with the references?
One thing that you can do (shown in the below-referenced video) is begin to explore using the concept of “semantic chaining” (also known as “semantic chunks” or “semantic clustering”). The idea is to explore how a section of text (a pericope or chapter or book) uses or repeats ideas found in particular domains or domain-subdomain references.
OK, I’ll speak in English this time. You know how repeated words can be important when you’re looking at a passage? Well, Louw-Nida references let you expand that notion to repeated concepts. The theoretical backgound for this concept is well-established in the literature* but as of yet has not really been available in a consumer-level Bible study product.
But you can do it with the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear New Testament if you’ve also got the Louw-Nida lexicon (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament Based on Semantic Domains) and are willing to learn how to reference search using the Bible Speed Search dialog.

The video shows you how. Our sample passage is 1Ti 2.1, and our sample concept is prayer.


* Some references include:

  • Reed, Jeffrey T. A Discourse Analysis of Philippians, pp. 296-331. This book will be available in the Studies in New Testament Greek and JSNTS Collection.
  • Porter, Stanley E. and O’Donnell, Matthew Brook. “Semantics and Patterns of Argumentation in Romans: Definitions, Proposals, Data and Experiments”, pp. 154-204 in Stanley E. Porter (ed.), Diglossia and Other Topics in New Testament Linguistics. This book will be available in the Studies in New Testament Greek and JSNTS Collection.
  • Guthrie, George, The Structure of Hebrews: A Text-Linguistic Analysis.
  • Van Neste, Ray, Cohesion and Structure in the Pastoral Epistles. This book is available in the Library of NT Studies: JSNTS on Paul collection.

Concordia Electronic Theological Library Gets Updated!

The Concordia Electronic Theological Library is a very popular product that’s been around for years. The one downside is that it’s been one of the few remaining products in need of updating from the old LLS format to the current Libronix format—until now.

You can now place your order for the newly updated Libronix version of the Concordia Electronic Theological Library. You’ll get these 32 electronic resources (40 volumes in print).

  1. The Book of Concord, trans. and ed. Theodore G. Tappert (BKCONCRD.lbxlls)
  2. Christian Cyclopedia, ed. Erwin L. Lueker (CHRCYCLO.lbxlls)
  3. Christian Dogmatics, John Theodore Mueller (CHDOGMUL.lbxlls)
  4. Christian Dogmatics, 3 vols., Francis Pieper (CHDOGPIE.lbxlls)
  5. The Christian Faith: A Lutheran Exposition, Robert Kolb (FAITHLEX.lbxlls)
  6. Church and Ministry, C. F. W. Walther (CHANDMIN.lbxlls)
  7. Churches in America, Thomas Manteufel (CHURCHAM.lbxlls)
  8. Concordia Self-Study Bible (Notes), ed. Robert G. Hoerber (CSSB.lbxlls)
  9. Concordia Self-Study Commentary, Walter H. Roehrs and Martin H. Franzmann (CSSCOMM.lbxlls)
  10. Confessing the Faith: Reformers Define the Church, 1530-1580, Robert Kolb (CNFFAITH.lbxlls)
  11. Eucharist and Church Fellowship in the First Four Centuries, Werner Elert (ECFFFC.lbxlls)
  12. Examination of the Council of Trent, 4 vols., Martin Chemnitz (EXCNTRNT.lbxlls)
  13. Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, F. Bente (HSTINTRO.lbxlls)
  14. History of Theology, Bengt Hägglund (HISTHEOL.lbxlls)
  15. How to Respond: Judaism, rev. ed., Erwin J. Kolb (HOW2JEWS.lbxlls)
  16. How to Respond: Muslims, Ernest Hahn (HOW2MSLM.lbxlls)
  17. How to Respond to the Eastern Religions, Philip H. Lochhaas (HOW2EAST.lbxlls)
  18. An Introduction to the Foundations of Lutheran Education, William C. Rietschel (FNDLUTED.lbxlls)
  19. Loci Communes, Philip Melanchthon (LOCICOMM.lbxlls)
  20. Loci Theologici, 3 vols., Martin Chemnitz (LOCITHEO.lbxlls)
  21. Luther’s World of Thought, Heinrich Bornkamm (LWRLDTHT.lbxlls)
  22. Ministry, Word, and Sacraments: An Enchiridion, Martin Chemnitz (MNWRDSAC.lbxlls)
  23. The New International Version (NIV.lbxlls)
  24. Principles of Biblical Interpretation in the Lutheran Confessions, rev. ed., Ralph A. Bohlmann (PINTLUCF.lbxlls)
  25. The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel, C. F. W. Walther (LAWGOSP.lbxlls)
  26. The Protestant Reformation: Major Documents, ed. Lewis W. Spitz (REFMJDOC.lbxlls)
  27. The Structure of Lutheranism, Vol. 1, Werner Elert (STRCTLUT.lbxlls)
  28. A Summary of Christian Doctrine, 2d rev. ed., Edward W. A. Koehler (SUMMCDOC.lbxlls)
  29. The Theology of Post-Reformation Lutheranism, 2 vols., Robert D. Preus (THPRLUTH.lbxlls)
  30. The Two Natures in Christ, Martin Chemnitz (TWONATUR.lbxlls)
  31. The Word Becoming Flesh, Horace D. Hummel (WRDFLESH.lbxlls)
  32. The Word of the Lord Grows, Martin H. Frazmann (WORDGROW.lbxlls)

If you already own the LLS version of the Concordia Electronic Theological Library, you can download the new Libronix resources and use them free of charge! Just run the Resource Auto Update script or manually save each of the above files and put them in your Resources folder (usually C:\Program Files\Libronix DLS\Resources). Then run Remove Duplicate Resources (Tools > Library Management > Remove Duplicate Resources) to delete all of the old files and free up some space.

For more great Lutheran products, be sure to check out our Lutheran Product Guide.

Anchor Yale Bible Coming to Libronix!

Anchor Yale BibleThe Anchor Yale Bible (formerly Anchor Bible)—even though incomplete—is to my knowledge the largest commentary series ever written. Weighing in at 83 volumes, approximately 160 pounds, 43,315 pages, and an estimated 25,000,000 words, this is one massive collection of biblical data!

As you can imagine, producing a Libronix edition of this mammoth set is no small undertaking. Being 30 volumes larger than the International Critical Commentary Series, which we did a few years ago, the Anchor Yale Bible is the largest project we’ve ever attempted to do in a single collection. (Migne’s 166-volume Patrologia Graeca is a much bigger project, but we are breaking it into several smaller chunks.)

These 83 volumes retail at $3,920.00, but we are offering them on Pre-Pub for only $1,499.95. That’s more than 60% off the list price!

http://www.logos.com/images/products/4469/4469b.jpgTo be sure, $1,500 is far from pocket change. But if you start saving now and set aside a couple hundred dollars every month for the next several months, you’ll probably have enough to purchase this set by the time it’s ready to ship.

To put this in perspective on a smaller level, the average retail cost per volume is $47.23. If you purchase this collection on Pre-Pub, you’ll be paying only $18.07 per volume.

http://www.logos.com/images/products/4469/4469a.jpgThe 83 volumes that are included in this collection cover the entire Protestant Bible except for Deuteronomy 12-34, Proverbs 10-31, and Ezekiel 38-48, Nahum, Mark 8-16, and Philippians. Several of these volumes will become available after they have been published in print. In addition, this set provides you with commentaries on Tobit, Judith, the additions to Daniel, Esther, and Jeremiah, Wisdom of Solomon, The Wisdom of Ben Sira, 1-2 Maccabees, and 1-2 Esdras. You’ll also get both the new and old volumes for Second Isaiah (Blenkinsopp and McKenzie) and 1 Corinthians (Fitzmyer and Orr and Walther).

For a lot more information, head over to the product page, where you can place your pre-order. When I say a lot, I mean a lot. It’s 53 pages in a Word document and nearly 23,000 words! For a project this massive, we thought it was only fitting to have the product page correspond to the collection. :)

Now you know why it’s been a little quiet on the Pre-Pub page recently. Well, at least you know part of the reason. There are still more good things to come.

2/27/09 UPDATE: New Volume! We have added the newly published Philippians commentary by John Reumann. Lock in your order now!

Tutorial Videos for Andersen-Forbes Syntax Resources

Over on his Exegetica Digita blog, Mike Heiser has been doing some tutorial videos on the Andersen-Forbes syntax resources.

  • The Hebrew Bible: Andersen-Forbes Analyzed Text
  • The Hebrew Bible: Andersen-Forbes Analyzed Phrase Marker Analysis
  • A Systematic Glossary to the Andersen-Forbes Analysis of the Hebrew Bible

These resources are included in the Original Languages Library and higher (Scholar’s, Silver, and Gold). If you don’t have one of these base packages, visit http://www.logos.com/upgrade to see your upgrade options.

If you’re interested in learning how to put these resources to good use, let Mike show you how in these five videos.

For more Andersen-Forbes videos, see the Syntax section on our Videos page.