Archive - October, 2009

John MacArthur Reveals Bible Study Methods


John MacArthur has been studying the Bible an average of 25–30 hours per week for most of his life, and at 70 years old, he shows no signs of slowing down.

A resolute believer in the dedicated study of Scripture to help Christians grow in their faith, he is a best-selling author, popular conference speaker and president of Grace to You—a non-profit organization overseeing his diverse multi-media outreach, including radio and television programs, website resources and more.

In the November–December issue of Bible Study Magazine, John MacArthur shares his advice on a wide variety of Bible study related topics.

In the interview, Dr. MacArthur answers such questions as:


  • When you open a Bible, what is the first thing you do?
  • How should someone with no experience whatsoever with Christianity or the church begin to study the Bible? What are some basic pointers you can offer them?
  • In what ways is the Old Testament applicable for today’s Christian? What about things like the sacrifices in Leviticus—how are they applicable?
  • How would you study the Bible with someone who does not have the conviction that it is the Word of God?
  • Why should we study the Bible?
  • What is the difference between reading the Bible and studying the Bible?
  • With all the resources on Bible study out there, why do we need new resources on Bible study?
  • How can we encourage other people to study the Bible?
  • How much of your time is spent studying the Bible?
  • What role does historical criticism play in the way you study the Bible?
  • How do you decipher a difficult passage?
  • How do you prepare your sermons, or conduct research for your books? What tools do you use?
  • What are some of the methods you have found that make Bible study appealing to a larger community?
  • If you could study alongside any biblical author or character, besides Jesus, who would you choose?

Whether you’re a pastor, teacher, student or disciple of the Word, there’s a lot to glean from Dr. MacArthur’s years of experience. His responses to the questions above will inspire, challenge, and help you fine-tune your own time in the Word.

If you are already a subscriber to Bible Study Magazine you should receive the MacArthur issue the first week or so of November. If you were one of the original subscribers, you need to make sure you have renewed your subscription so you will continue receiving the magazine.

If you have not yet subscribed to Bible Study Magazine, you are really missing out. Subscribe now and you can start off with the fantastic November–December issue with John MacArthur’s interview on Bible study, as well as J.I. Packer’s interview on “A Balanced Bible Study Diet”, incredible articles and special sections like “Remembering to Remember the Goodness of God”, “Away in a Manger, but Not in a Barn: An Archaeologist Examines the Nativity Scene”, “The Prophets—A Start to Finish Bible Study Guide”, “Composing the Bible—Transmission, Translation & Context”, and so much more.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the 100+ MacArthur titles available for Logos Bible Software!

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A Typical Ship Day

On the blog we try to take opportunities to show you what it is like to work at Logos. We’ve shown you our cook-offs. We’ve introduced you to some of our employees. We’ve even shown you our Bible study bus.

Well, Friday we shipped the New International Commentary and thought that this would be a perfect time to show you what it is like around the office when we ship a new product.

Announcing BibleTech 2010!

We are gearing up for BibleTech 2010, which will be held in San Jose, CA, March 26–27. BibleTech is our annual conference which focuses on the many ways technology is affecting and being affected by how we translate, interpret, communicate and transmit the Scriptures. This isn’t just a great opportunity to hear speakers address many of the tech savvy issues that are important to you, but also a chance to interact and network with some of the leaders in their fields and others who share your interests. I just spoke to one of last year’s presenters yesterday and he was mentioning the relationships that he has developed through his involvement in BibleTech.

San Jose, CA

This year we are moving the conference into the heart of Silicon Valley. It only seems appropriate that BibleTech should be held in a city like San Jose, CA, just a stone’s throw from such important hi-tech institutions as Intel and Google.

Calling all presenters!

We are putting out a call for programmers, publishers, tagging experts, information/library scientists, technologists, thought leaders, design gurus, information architects, webmasters, ,mash-up creators or anyone working at the intersection of the Bible and technology to lead conference sessions and roundtable discussions! It is as easy as going to the BibleTech 2010 website and filling out the participation form. We get a lot of entries and we encourage you to be as descriptive as possible when sharing your ideas for topics and content.

Register early!

Register before November 30 at $139.95 and save $40. With our tiered pricing, the earlier you sign up for Bibletech, the more you save. Lock in the lowest price today!

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New Call for Seminary Scholarship Applicants

Later today we will award our first SeminaryScholarship.com scholarship. The scholarship includes $1,000.00 towards tuition, plus a copy of Logos Scholar’s Library which contains more than 330 titles, which in print would cost over $6,100.00.
Next Scholarship–January 10, 2010
While we’ll announce the scholarship winner next week, we wanted to let you know that we’ll be awarding another SeminaryScholarship.com scholarship on January 10, 2010. So, if you didn’t get around to applying for our last scholarship, you can apply now. For those who applied for our last scholarship, we encourage and invite you to apply again.
Not in Seminary?
Help the seminarians around you by letting them know about this scholarship opportunity. Post a link on Facebook, tweet about it, or just send the link (http://www.seminaryscholarship.com/) in email to someone you know in seminary.

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Regional Conference Speaker: Suzanne Schmieding, Philadelphia, PA

Today’s guest blogger is Suzanne Schmieding, our Regional Conference Speaker in Philadelphia, PA.

Last month marked my 2-year anniversary with Logos.I thank God for this company and the Bible software Bob and Dale Pritchett and their families have brought to the world. They have hired a team of nearly 200 employees, all working to help send Logos Bible Software around the world.

I first became aware of Logos Bible Software in 1999. Right away, I saw the magnitude and potential of this biblical software. Not only had I already owned and regularly used several other Bible software programs, I had already graduated Valley Forge Christian College in 1993 with a B.S. in Bible and was working in ministry. But after purchasing Logos’ top-of-the-line package—which at that time was Scholar’s Library—I didn’t need the other Bible programs anymore. Logos did it all and more.

Having worked in sales over 25 years, I called Logos and asked if they had any job openings for sales representatives. At that time, I was told there were no openings. That shot my idea down, or so I thought. God is so good; 7 years later, I was looking for jobs online and saw an ad for a Logos Bible Software Field Sales Representative for the Philadelphia, PA area.I jumped at the chance to send in my resume, and the rest is history.

Now, as a Regional Conference Speaker for Logos, it is my job to present Logos at churches and conferences and to area pastors, church leadership, lay leaders, and Sunday school teachers—really to anyone who will listen to me. I talk about God wherever I am, and I always mention Logos, the best Bible software in the world. How can you talk about God and not talk about the Bible? When I talk about God, Logos Bible Software comes up. They work hand in hand.

There have been many wonderful experiences in my 2 years with Logos, but let me tell you of just this one. It symbolizes what I have found over and over again. When people buy Logos, they are excited, inspired, and grateful for what Logos can do for them and their walk with God.I recently went to a conference and a youth leader came up to me and told me (paraphrased), “You inspired me to dig into God’s Word using Logos when you came to my church a year ago.I saw the passion that you have and the tears in your eyes when you spoke of God’s love and how using Logos would inspire us to know God more intimately so I purchased Logos, and I was glad I did!” He said, “I’m not just saying this; it was your passionate presentation that inspired me to buy Logos and to study and draw closer to God.” Then he thanked me.

His words touched my heart. That is what I want for everyone; to see how Logos can transform their relationship with God. I think I have the best job: to be able to help people see and learn about the love of God more than they ever thought they could. Logos Bible Software transforms sermon preparation, personal Bible study, and theological research. It enables you to dig even deeper into the riches of God’s Word within seconds, so you can learn to be everything God wants you to be in Him, all for the glory of God.

Regional Conference Speakers introduce the Body of Christ to Logos Bible Software and promote and facilitate deeper study of God’s Word. It would be our privilege to come to your church, ministry, school or community event to conduct a Logos Bible Study Workshop. There is no cost for these events, and in fact, those in attendance will receive a discount on their purchase of a Logos base package. Our speakers are located in:

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Los Angeles
  • Philadelphia
  • Seattle

If you live near any of our locations, give us a call today, and make arrangements with Pete Heiniger (360) 685-4443 or pete.heiniger@logos.com.

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How to Get Extra Books for Free

One of the cardinal rules of the Pre-Pub program is that ordering early guarantees you’ll get the lowest price. We always reward our users who pre-order the earliest with the lowest prices—including two people who picked up one collection for 99% off the retail price.

There’s another benefit to ordering early that we don’t talk about too much: When you place your Pre-Pub order for a collection, you are also placing a Pre-Pub order for any future books we may add to the collection while it’s still on Pre-Pub. Usually when we add new books to a collection, we raise the price to cover the additional costs. Pre-ordering early not only locks you in at the lowest price—you also pick up the extra books added to the collection while it’s on Pre-Pub at no additional charge.

We expand collections for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, new books in a series are published after we put a collection on Pre-Pub, but before it ships. For example, six new titles have been published in the Opening Up Commentary Collection since we first put it on Pre-Pub, so we’ve added them to the collection. The Everyman’s Bible Commentary and the Face2face Collection each picked up an additional volume for the same reason.

Other times, it makes sense to add new books to an existing collection. When we received permission to publish two books and three journal articles by Charles Ryrie, the Charles Ryrie Legacy Collection was the logical place to include them. We also added two books to the Kress Biblical Studies Collection for the same reason.

Calvin 500 Collection (108 Vols.)

We receive lots of feedback on collections we post, and sometimes we expand collections based on suggestions from our users. For example, after we posted the Calvin 500 Collection in honor of Calvin’s 500th birthday, we received suggestions from Calvin enthusiasts around the world who wanted additional books on Calvin. We were able to add eleven new books on Calvin’s life and the history of Calvinism to the Calvin 500 Collection.

Occasionally, new books slated for Pre-Pub fit really well into an existing collection. That was the case with Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics, edited by Stanley Porter and D.A. Carson, so we added it to the Studies in New Testament Greek and JSNTS Collection.

The Holman Reference Collection was also expanded to include 131 Christians Everyone Should Know and Steven L. Cox and Kendell H. Easley’s Harmony of the Gospels.

If you pre-ordered any of these collections before we added new books, you still get the entire collection—including the new books—at your original Pre-Pub price. Remember, you need to act before the collection ships in order to get any additional books added to collections. And keep in mind that we don’t add books to every collection, but when we do, you can get a great deal on the additional titles. Once a series or collection ships, you’ll need to pre-order additional books separately.

There are a few other collections on the Pre-Pub page which may expand soon. If you’ve had your eye on a collection, you’ll want to lock in your order now to get any additional books at no extra charge!

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Changing to Hebrew or Greek Keyboard

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.

You can easily transform your English keyboard to Hebrew or Greek with the F2 key.

When you’re in English, press F2 and you go to Hebrew. Press it again and you go to Greek. Press it once more and you’re back to English.

To see the display of a Hebrew or Greek keyboard press Alt + F2

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Happy Birthday Bible Study Magazine

Today’s guest post is from John Barry, the Editor-in-Chief for Bible Study Magazine.
This morning, we sent Bible Study Magazine Nov–Dec 2009 to the printer. This marks our one-year anniversary. So, if you see Bible Study Magazine around, wish it happy Birthday.
The magazine began with our company president’s vision for a publication solely devoted to Bible study. And today, that vision is a reality. We are all about getting people into the Word with how-to guides, cover stories with leading Bible teachers, and a growing list of odd things in the Bible we explain. Here you can see me going through our very first issue.
Over the last year, we have put lots of hours in and had lots of fun. Running a magazine is intense, but we enjoy it. You should see our pre-press books—for 48 pages, they are nearly 5 inches thick with editorial notes and changes. We think about every word of Bible Study Magazine because we want it to be as good as possible. Want to know what it is like, follow us on Twitter.
We created Bible Study Magazine from scratch—recruiting our own writing staff, fulfilling and managing our own circulation, and creating custom art for every article. Our marketing department took on the challenge (as a digital publisher) of promoting a print magazine.
With Bible Study Magazine, our art team produced more print material than ever. As a graphic artist, this is a whole different ball game than digital. We have embraced what magazines can offer with info-graphics and massive tables that serve as conversational starters and Bible study aids.
It has been an honor to be recognized by Library Journal as one of the top ten magazines launched in 2008, and be featured by people like Mr. Magazine, Publishing Executive and AKGMag.com.
We often joke that Bible Study Magazine is The Atlantic-style writing, in a National Geographic format, all about the Bible. But we have also added the edge of expressing as much as we can visually.
Behind our publication are many people here at Logos and around the world, working to bring you the best content about the Bible and Bible study. Several authors have come to us now to publish their ground-breaking work in archaeology, the historical investigation of the Bible, and theology.
Today, when I look at Bible Study Magazine, I could not be more pleased with the child we have raised. Every parent is allowed to brag about their kids a bit, right?
Oh, and if you are wondering what you should get a magazine for its birthday, you could always order a subscription or renew your current one. That would make today a very happy birthday indeed.

2009 Salsa Cook-off

salsa1.jpgWith the weather in Bellingham turning cooler, we decided to heat things up last Friday with our annual Salsa Cook-off. This year we had fourteen competitors vying for fame and glory. Congratulations to our winners!

In the HOT category
First place: #7, Eric O. – Vicious Verde, with 90 points
Second place: #1, Darren W. – Cilantro Lime, with 70 points
Third place: #9, Lindsey K. – Deliciously Spicy, with 67 points

In the MILD category
First place: #14, Sarah E. – Pampered Palate, with 99 points
Second place: #2, April T. – California Dreaming, with 87 points
Third place: #12, Lindsey K. – Cool and Refreshing, with 66 points
Sarah E. was kind enough to share her winning recipe for Pampered Palate Salsa:
16 servings (2Tb. Each)
Note: I served this to 9 people and it was enough to have seconds.
Ingredients:
1 jar (6.5 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, undrainedsalsa3.jpg
1/4 cup pitted ripe olives, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
3 medium plum tomatoes, diced
1 garlic clove, pressed
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil leaves
Directions:
1. Drain marinade from artichokes into bowl. Chop artichokes, olives and red onion. Dice tomatoes.
2. Place vegetables into bowl. Add pressed garlic. Add basil to vegetable mixture; mix gently. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Yield: 16 servings
Nutrients per serving: (2 tablespoons): Calories 17, Total Fat 1 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Carbohydrate 2 g, Protein 0 g, Sodium 80 mg, Fiber less than 1 g

License and Registration Please . . .

Sometimes I find myself feeling chagrined when I am making a large purchase and the clerk offers to let me buy the extended warranty plan. Her company will stand behind the product they are selling me if I pay them to do so, otherwise I am on my own. There is nothing like that feeling of paying for the security that should be the hallmark of every good business transaction. Oh . . . word to the wise, go ahead and get that extended warranty for any Xbox 360 purchases; you don’t have to thank me.

Your license on our server

Sadly, having to pay for indemnity is quickly becoming the standard in the software industry. If you look at the user agreements for most of the software you use, you are prompted to buy, at an average of about $10.00, the privilege of downloading the software you have already purchased beyond a thirty to sixty day window. What that means is this: if you have purchased and downloaded that great anti-virus software, you have a one year subscription, but if after sixty days your hard drive crashes you have to pay to download the software again in order to use the service you paid for the rest of the year.

Logos bucks this trend. In a resounding act of industry integrity, Logos tells you, the end-user, that the license that you have paid for belongs to you. With your license, all downloads and unlocked items are backed up in our servers for FREE! That’s right, gratis. You bought it, it’s yours. If your computer crashes, when you finally upgrade from that laptop you bought in 2002, or if you just can’t find the discs so you can reinstall your Scholar’s Library Logos has all of your licenses saved on their servers. How cool is that? It is pretty nice when your initial purchase with a company comes bundled with the protection that you deserve.

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