Bible Study Magazine—One of the Best New Magazines of 2008

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

Library Journal, the premier magazine for librarians, featured Bible Study Magazine as one of the top 10 magazines launched in 2008.

Steve Black, who wrote the article and reviews countless periodicals a year, said Bible Study Magazine is “a serious, clearly written [publication] that uses biblical scholarship to illuminate but not refute the principal beliefs of evangelical Protestantism. . . . [It] is to Bible studies what Scientific American is to science or Psychology Today to psychology. A thoughtful bridge between the work of scholars and laypersons looking for a deeper understanding of the biblical texts.” Check out the full review.

We are honored for Library Journal to hold our publication in such high esteem. We envisioned Bible Study Magazine as a bridge between scholarship and the church and are thrilled that our vision has come to fruition. To be featured alongside top-notch publications such as BBC Knowledge, Food Network Magazine, Science Illustrated and World Affairs is also an honor. Accompanying these magazines about culture, the sciences, and the world demonstrates that God has placed us in an influential position—something we do not take for granted.

But we are not just honored—we feel blessed. With over 500 magazines going under last year alone, we are grateful that ours is a success. When reflecting upon Bible Study Magazine from inception to present, we see God in every step along the way. We are committed to offering something eternal—the Word of God. We strive for excellence, not just because good isn’t good enough, but because our publication is about an experience. It is a journey into God’s Word resulting in a betterment of family, church and life.

You asked Logos how to study the Bible and we delivered Bible Study Magazine. We find the best stories about Bible study to motivate you, and top-notch tips, tricks and Bible studies to guide you.

The Bible expands our relationship with God—bringing us His very words. Because of that, we have made the business of Bible Study Magazine about God’s business. There is nothing more important than knowing what the Bible says, what it means, and how it applies to our lives. Bible Study Magazine is about getting you into God’s Word. Bringing you truth in crisis and teaching you how to find the truth for yourself. We are here to help you know God. And for God placing us in that position, we are grateful.

Subscribe today and experience it for yourself. Or gift someone else the experience. Share it with your friends by ordering in bulk.

Greek Syntax: Preposition with Multiple Objects

Awhile back in the Logos newsgroups, someone asked this question:

I am trying to do a search of the Greek where you have a controlling preposition followed by two nouns joined by a conjunction. I am sure it can be done, but I am not experienced enough with searches to do it.

A couple of examples might help you understand what I am trying to accomplish. In John 3:5 you have EX (εξ) being the controlling preposition followed by UDATOS KAI PNEUMATOS (υδατος και πνευματος) the two nouns UDATOS (υδατος) and PNEUMATOS (πνευματος) joined by a conjunction KAI (και).

This example is one of those things that is just easier to explain in the context of a video than in writing. So I shot a video—watch out, it clocks in at over 15 minutes—to show how I worked through the problem.

Click the image below to launch the video in a new Window, or download it and save it for later.

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Bike-to-Work Day

bike-shop2.jpgWith National Bike-to-Work Day coming up next Friday, we thought we’d take a moment to share with you a little corner of the Logos offices that you might not know exists—the bike shop.

Equipment purchases at Logos typically include laptops, servers, and networking gear. So Bob was a little surprised to see an IT department purchase request that included everything necessary to set up a bicycle repair shop, but he supported the project from the get-go.

When asked about the bike shop, Bob said, “It was a great idea. Many of our employees bike to work, and others go for rides during the day. Having a fully equipped bike shop on site is a great way to encourage healthy habits that are good for the environment, too.”

The bike shop is equipped with everything you would find in your local bike shop. With so many specialty tools, thankfully we have a number of avid bikers and former bike shop employees—including our IT Manager, Jim Straatman—who are more than willing to lend a helping hand to employees who aren’t sure what to do.

Hopefully we’ll see a big response from employees next Friday, and lots of folks will bike in to work. For added motivation, that Friday will also be the day of our annual Chili Cookoff. Now we can all enjoy an extra helping of chili, knowing that we can bike off the extra pounds on our way home from work.

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Changing the Green Popup Color

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.

All throughout your Libronix Bibles and resources you’ll notice green text indicating footnotes, cross references, etc. If you have difficulty seeingthe green color you can change it to whatever you desire.
Choose Tools | Options | KeyLink. Select Popup as the Data Type from the drop-down list. Click Display. Select a new color. Click OK.

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

Themelios: A Wealth of Evangelical Scholarship

Themelios (99 Issues) Journals are perfect resources to have in your Libronix library. I turn to my journals collection over and over again. Finding relevant scholarly articles on a given topic or by a particular author takes just seconds with our powerful searching. Compare that to the amount of time it would take to pull hundreds of paper volumes off the shelf (assuming you even owned them all) and scan through each one’s table of contents.

Even more significant is the ability to find all of the occurrences of a particular passage of Scripture or mentions of certain words or phrases. In Libronix you can get these results in less time than it would take you to pull the first journal off your shelf and flip to the back, only to find out that there is no Scripture index or topic index. That’s right, if you want those kinds of results in print, you’ll have to read every volume cover to cover!

We already have dozens of first-rate journals available for purchase, but we’re always looking to add more. Our latest offering is Themelios, “an international evangelical theological journal that expounds and defends the historic Christian faith.” From 1975 until 2007, Themelios was a publication of the RTSF/UCCF in the UK. In 2008 The Gospel Coalition acquired it and continues to release top-notch content.

Contributors to the journal include leading evangelical scholars and pastors such as Richard Bauckham, G. K. Beale, Craig Blomberg, Gerald Bray, Geoffrey Bromiley, D. A. Carson, Peter Enns, R. T. France, Ronald Fung, Richard Gaffin, Simon Gathercole, Michael Haykin, Paul Helm, Tim Keller, Derek Kidner, Robert Letham, Richard Longenecker, I. Howard Marshall, Alister McGrath, Richard Mouw, Scott Oliphant, J. I. Packer, Clark Pinnock, Stanley Porter, Philip Graham Ryken, Thomas Schreiner, John Stott, Carl Trueman, David Wright, N. T. Wright, Robert Yarbrough, and many more.

We’re taking pre-orders for all 99 issues published between 1975 and 2008 and will release future volumes as they become available (intervals TBD). If you haven’t already, go have a look and place your pre-order to help send this wealth of evangelical scholarship into production.

New Logos Bible Software Demo Video

We just gave our demo page a makeover and launched a brand new demo video of the Windows version of Logos Bible Software. If you have a decently fast internet connection (the video weighs in at 94.5MB), jump on over and take a look. Otherwise, try out the YouTube version (embedded below), which is a little easier on the bandwidth.

We’re also offering a 25% discount on base packages for two weeks using coupon code NEWDEMO. So if you haven’t picked up a base package yet, now’s your chance to get one at a nice discount.

Feel free to spread the word about the new page, video, and coupon code. Just drop a link to www.logos.com/demo and embed the YouTube version of the video right in your blog post.

Here’s the code you’ll need for the video (you can manually adjust the dimensions):

In addition, you can grab one of our sidebar ads or images and link it to the new demo page.

RefTagger on Your Desktop

RefTagger is the perfect tool for making the Bible references on your blog or website more useful for your readers. Thousands of people have installed it, and we’ve delivered more than 100,000,000 Bible verses so far. If you don’t have it on your site yet, why don’t you give it a try?

We’ve received lots of good feedback regarding features you’d like to see implemented. Many of the improvements that we’ve made since we launched RefTagger a little over a year ago are the result of suggestions you’ve sent. So, thank you!

One of the things that has been requested on several occasions is the ability to use RefTagger in desktop applications like Microsoft Word or in emails. Based on the technology that RefTagger uses, it is not currently possible to use it anywhere other than on the web. So, unfortunately, I’m not announcing a desktop version of RefTagger (perhaps eventually—we’ll have to see).

However, there is a way to get some of the benefits of RefTagger on your desktop. You can use the power of RefTagger to add hyperlinks to Bible references in your sermons, papers, articles, books, emails, etc. You won’t get the tooltips, but at least you (and the people you share your content with) will have one-click access to the passages at Bible.Logos.com.

Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Copy the content of your Word document or email into a page or post on a website of yours that has RefTagger installed.
  2. View the page on your site.
  3. Copy and paste the content that RefTagger tagged back into your original document.

Voila! You now have the Bible verses in your document or email hyperlinked to Bible.Logos.com. If you have lots of Bible verses that you want to have hyperlinked, this will definitely be a big timesaver.

If you’re on the techie side, you might want to check out Sean Boisen’s post “A RefTagger Hack,” where he explains how to create a simple form that makes this even easier.

My Story: Paul Burgess

This week’s “My Story” comes from Paul Burgess, an undergraduate student at CSU.

I am a full-time worker and part-time distance education (correspondence) student studying for my Bachelor of Theology. I have found that I need the Logos software. I am working 50+ hours a week, and trying to study, with a family. I am 52 years old, and find I do not have the time to properly research things by reading through books. I need a system that is almost able to provide me the references before I ask for them (I know that’s impossible), but Logos software has almost that ability.

By running a search on a word, a verse or a topic, I get exactly what I need: lots of information, commentaries that contain explanations or comments, and other references or cross references. These help me not only understand what I am searching, but its context. I could not get this straight from a book. Even a library as large as the books in my Logos package would not give me the understanding I need, because I would have to trawl through the books manually, or through the indexes manually, which would take hours or days. One quick and efficient search, and I have everything at my fingertips.

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Instant Phrase Concordance

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.

Think how big an exhaustive phrase concordance for a Bible would be in print! With Libronix, however, you have the capability of finding every occurrence of a phrase in any Bible.

Press the Bible Speed Search icon on the toolbar. Select a Bible from the drop down list. Type a phrase in the search box enclosing the phrase in quotation marks like: “kingdom of God”. Almost instantly every occurrence of that phrase in your Bible appears.

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

Horatius Bonar: “Unparalleled in Gospel Clarity”

The Life and Works of Horatius BonarHoratius Bonar (1808–1889) was a powerful Scottish Presbyterian preacher, a voluminous author, and perhaps the greatest hymn writer that Scotland has ever produced—yet few today have directly benefited from his many contributions to evangelical faith and life.

According Iain Murray, Horatius Bonar “is one of the greatest of the little-known evangelical leaders,” and he is so obscure to most “because many of his writings have long been rare and unobtainable.”

Joel Beeke likewise has high esteem for Bonar and his writings: “I have been collecting and reading Horatius Bonar’s writings for 35 years and have always found him to be unparalleled in Gospel clarity. He is simple yet profound, and always insightful. Bonar is particularly gifted at reasoning with unbelievers and removing doubts of believers.”

C. H. Spurgeon wrote of Bonar’s The Everlasting Righteousness; or, How Shall Man Be Just with God?, a book that I read in seminary with much profit, it is

a rich book, suggestive, gracious, full of holy unction. Unlike many writers of the Evangelical school Dr. Bonar is not content with baling out milk for babes, but gives us real thought and teaching. There never was any need that orthodoxy and platitudes should go together, but they often have done so; no one can bring that charge in reference to this work. We say to all our friends, read and be refreshed.

This collection brings together all of Horatius Bonar’s extant writings, many of which have never been published in print. In all it is 137 volumes:

  • 41 books
  • 14 volumes of hymns and poems
  • 5 volumes of biographical material
  • 29 volumes of letters, manuscripts, and tracts
  • 25 volumes of the Quarterly Journal of Prophecy
  • 21 volumes of The Christian Treasury
  • a photo gallery
  • an audio lecture

Place your pre-order now to help bring these rich writings to a new generation of Christians—and to many generations to come.

Read more about Horatius Bonar in your Libronix library: