Words escape me to adequately express my appreciation to the Lord for you and your ministry!
As a bi-vocational church planting pastor, time is a premium commodity. How do I balance being a loving husband and father with work and church responsibilities? In order for a new church to grow, one part is that the people coming need to sense that the messages are excellent, challenging and life-related.
When preparing a message, in the time it would take me to get out of my chair, find a commentary (provided I own it in the first place), and get back to the study, I can flip through a dozen commentaries with Logos! It is the most effective, efficient use of my time to use Logos Bible Software when preparing messages, studying, and I have recently begun to use it with my quiet time with the Lord. The Word Study feature takes the years of Greek and Hebrew I took in seminary and condenses it into an understandable, usable format in seconds—something I could never do with the hard-copy reference books.
Thu, April 16, 2009 | Misc.|
Wed, April 15, 2009 | Products|
One of the last remaining products to be updated from the old Logos Library System (LLS) format to the Libronix Digital Library System (LDLS) format is the R. C. Sproul Digital Library. This is especially good news to all of our Mac users, since Logos for Mac reads only the newer Libronix files.
The collection includes the following 20 updated titles:
- Annotated Bibliography of R.C. Sproul’s Works
- Before the Face of God, Book 1: A Daily Guide for Living from the Book of Romans
- Before the Face of God, Book 2: A Daily Guide for Living from the Gospel of Luke
- Before the Face of God, Book 3: A Daily Guide for Living from the Old Testament
- Before the Face of God, Book 4: A Daily Guide for Living from Ephesians, Hebrews, and James
- Choosing My Religion
- Chosen by God
- Doubt and Assurance
- Essential Truths of the Christian Faith
- Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification
- Grace Unknown: The Heart of Reformed Theology
- The Holiness of God
- The Last Days According to Jesus
- Lifeviews: Make a Christian Impact on Culture and Society
- Not a Chance: The Myth of Chance in Modern Science and Cosmology
- Renewing Your Mind: Basic Christian Beliefs You Need to Know
- R. C. Sproul’s Chapters from Symposium Volumes
- Selected Articles from “Tabletalk” Magazine
- Ultimate Issues
- Willing to Believe: The Controversy Over Free Will
(Right-click on any of the above titles to save the file to your computer.)
If you already own the R. C. Sproul Digital Library, you can download all of these new books for free. If you are using Logos on a Windows machine, just run the resource auto-update script. If you are using Logos for Mac, download the files to your resources folder (i.e., Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Libronix DLS/Resources on the startup volume) and restart Logos for Mac.
Once you’ve downloaded the new files, you can safely delete the old files. In Windows you can do this by running the Delete Duplicate Resources tool (for more advanced users), or you can just manually locate and delete the files from your resources folder (i.e., C:\Program Files\Libronix DLS\Resources). The file names are the same as the new ones, but the extensions are .LSF and .LIX rather than .lbxlls.
There are several other R. C. Sproul titles that are not included in the R. C. Sproul Digital Library:
- Following Christ
- The Glory of Christ
- If There’s a God, Why Are There Atheists?
- The Intimate Marriage
- The Mystery of the Holy Spirit
- Pleasing God
- The Soul’s Quest for God
- Surprised by Suffering
Each of these is available for individual purchase and will work on both the Windows and Mac versions of Logos.
Tue, April 14, 2009 | Misc.|
The latest Geeks & God podcast, episode 116, is now available, and it’s all about Logos Bible Software. It runs a little over an hour and features the following:
- a recap of BibleTech:2009 by Rob Feature (a.k.a. Bob Christenson), who was one of this year’s speakers (3:00–9:45)
- a review of Logos Bible Software for Mac by Matt Farina (9:45–45:30)
- an interview with our President and CEO, Bob Pritchett (45:30–1:07:00)
I listened to it yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s very well done. You can listen to it on the Geeks & God site or download it in MP3 or MP4 format and listen to it on your commute to work or while you’re working out or mowing the lawn.
Mon, April 13, 2009 | Training|
Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament is great resource for word study if you can ever find the information. The four volume print edition doesn’t have a master index. In print you spend most of your time just trying to find the definitions of words. Watch how Libronix enhances the book’s value.
- Open Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament.
- Choose Go | Topic Browser. Set the In box to Wuest.
- Type grace in the Find box. Click Search.
- Click grace in Topics list.
Now you’ll see all of Wuest’s information about grace in the Articles with Topic list! Click an article to open it.
Fri, April 10, 2009 | Products|
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:
- The Cross and Salvation: The Doctrine of Salvation by Bruce A. Demarest [currently 40% off using coupon code MME8]
- Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado
- The Murder of Jesus by John F. MacArthur Jr.
- The Passion Conspiracy by Randy Weiss
- The Crises of the Christ by G. Campbell Morgan
- The Actuality of Atonement by Colin E. Gunton
- The Divine Substitute: The Atonement in the Bible and History by Ian J. Shaw and Brian H. Edwards
- The Satisfaction of Christ: Studies in the Atonement Arthur Walkington Pink
- Studies in the Atonement by Dr. Robert A. Morey
- The Radical Cross: Living the Passion of Christ by A. W. Tozer
- The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross by Arthur W. Pink
- Who Put Jesus on the Cross? by A. W. Tozer
- Crucify Him: A Lawyer Looks at the Trial of Jesus by Dale Foreman
- The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
- The Trial and Death of Jesus Christ: A Devotional History of Our Lord’s Passion by James Stalker
- Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper
- Jesus’ Resurrection: Fact or Figment? A Debate between William Lane Craig and Gerd Lüdemann
- Resurrection, ed. Stanley E. Porter, Michael A. Hayes and David Tombs
- The Resurrection: The Unopened Gift by Gerard Chrispin
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.
- Paternoster Atonement Collection (5 Vols.)
- The Doctrine of the Atonement, As Taught by Christ Himself by George Smeaton
- The Doctrine of the Atonement, As Taught by the Apostles by George Smeaton
- Cries from the Cross: A Journey into the Heart of Jesus by Erwin Lutzer
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.
Thu, April 9, 2009 | Misc.|
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.
Wed, April 8, 2009 | Products|
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!
Tue, April 7, 2009 | Misc.|
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!
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!
Mon, April 6, 2009 | Products|
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.
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.
Fri, April 3, 2009 | Products|
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).