Archive - January, 2011

Freely Give: Seminary Scholarship and Bible College Scholarship Winners

Seminary ScholarshipIt is a sweet thing to be a part of a company that’s willing to give away thousands of dollars and life-changing resources. Since 2009, Logos has been giving students the opportunity to have a portion of their seminary or Bible college tuition paid and to win a digital theological library that will remain theirs long after they leave college.

It is especially sweet to give it away when you get a response like we received from our latest BibleCollegeScholarship.com winner, Charissa M. of Hanover, PA.:

“Thank you, thank you, thank you so much! God is so incredibly, unfathomably faithful! What a blessing, joy, and surprise this scholarship is!”

Charissa attends Moody Bible Institute. In her own words,

“Three summers ago, in the Dominican Republic, the Lord awoke my heart and set it afire with passion for third-world missions and a renewed brokenness for the lost and forgotten. I couldn’t wait for my chance to go out into the world and build relationships with those people—loving them, living like them, learning from them, serving, and teaching them the Truth of Jesus. Like Ezekiel was fed the Lord’s scroll, I feel God is feeding me and filling me with His Truth, sharpening me in preparation for the challenges He has in store. I am studying at Moody Bible Institute – Spokane for a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Intercultural Missions. While I am being given a solid foundation in my training and I am learning much about God’s Word, how to share the Truth, and apply it to our individual lives, the greatest thing I am developing is an intense, consuming growth of intimacy in my own relationship with Jesus Christ. I hope to live within a third-world community in the future, whether in the Middle East, India, Africa, etc., and build meaningful, eternity-changing relationships overtime with the natives. I wish to stand up for the abused, protect the weak, and cherish the unwanted! Whether that reflects in caring for my own bundle of orphans, rescuing women and children from human trafficking, or something completely different, I can’t wait to see where God is leading me and how He uses these burdens of my heart.”

As for our SeminaryScholarship.com winner, that honor goes to Nancy P., of South Hamilton, MA.

Nancy is originally from California where she attended Simpson University and graduated with a B.A. in History. She will graduate from Gordon Conwell this May (2011) with an M.A. in Old Testament. The focus of her degree at Gordon Conwell has been in Hebrew Exegesis and multiple other Ancient Near Eastern language courses. Her hope is to start doctoral work this fall upon acceptance to one of three programs in the Boston area.

New Rounds, New Winners

Our new giveaway rounds are under way and the giveaway date is set for May 10th! You can enter only once per round, but can increase your chances of winning by telling friends and family to apply as well. Just make sure they enter your name in the “Other” box, when they’re asked how they heard about the scholarship. If we select your friend, and they indicate they heard from you, we’ll give you the scholarship too!

fb1.pngFacebook: Login to your Facebook account and post the link http://www.SeminaryScholarship.com or http://www.BibleCollegeScholarship.com on your wall. Be sure to include a line that lets your friends know what the link is all about. Something like, “If you are in seminary (or Bible college), here is a scholarship that might help you out.” You can also just click here to share SeminaryScholarship.com on Facebook or here to share BibleCollegeScholarship.com on Facebook.

tw1.pngTwitter: Post a tweet with a link to http://www.SeminaryScholarship.com or http://www.BibleCollegeScholarship.com. Not sure what to tweet? You can just click here and tweet this for Seminary or click here and tweet this for Bible College.

bl1.pngBlog: If you have a blog, you can help out in two ways. First, you can write a post on your blog letting your readers know about the scholarships. Second, you can add one of our web banners for Seminary Scholarship or Bible College Scholarship to your site.

Not sure what to write? Try this:

Need Money for Seminary or Bible College?

Tired of searching for scholarships? Logos will award at least two $1,000.00 tuition scholarships along with a copies of Scholar’s Library through their Seminary Scholarship and Bible College Scholarship programs!

The scholarships are open to all students currently enrolled in an accredited theological Seminary or Bible College located in North America, or those who plan on enrolling within the next 8 months. All you have to do is watch a demonstration of Logos Bible Software and fill out a brief application. Once your application is submitted you will be entered to win a $1,000.00 scholarship and a digital theological library that, in print, would cost nearly $8,000.00!

Going to Seminary? www.SeminaryScholarship.com

Going to Bible College? www.BibleCollegeScholarship.com

Logos 4: Quickly Open a Dictionary

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Today’s 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.

While reading books as a boy, I constantly came to words I didn’t understand. When I asked my parents or teachers for help, the standard reply was, "Look up the word in a dictionary." And you know the rest, ". . . because if I told you the answer you wouldn’t learn anything for yourself."

You probably have similar memories. The truth is, as adults we still need to look up words in a dictionary. You’ll be happy to know Logos makes that process very simple.

As you come to English words in a Bible, commentary, devotional, or most any Logos resource, simply double click the word. Logos will then open the first prioritized dictionary it finds with an entry for your word! The double click is the shortcut for looking up your word.

To set the book that normally opens:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize
  • Drag over from the left, an English dictionary or Bible dictionary to the Prefer these resources list on the right

You can prioritize as many dictionaries as you want, just make sure your favorite is the first dictionary in the list.

For example, prioritize Easton’s Bible Dictionary and then double click Barnabas in Acts 4.36. Easton’s immediately opens to the article for Barnabas!

Free Book—Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne

Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne Logos Bible Software has partnered with Desiring God to provide you with a free book to help you prepare for the 2011 Desiring God National Conference, January 31–February 2, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN.

John Piper’s session will focus on Robert Murray McCheyne. McCheyne (sometimes spelled M’Cheyne) was an influential nineteenth-century Scottish Presbyterian minister and missionary. Although he died of typhus at 29, McCheyne left behind a legacy of writings which revealed a depth and piety beyond his years.

McCheyne is also known for the creation of a Bible reading system that is still in use today. The McCheyne Bible reading plan walks you through the New Testament and the Psalms twice over the course of a year, while leading you through the Old Testament once. You can access the McCheyne Reading Plan in Logos 4 and keep track of it online at Biblia.com or on your iPhone and iPad.

To help you prepare for Pastor Piper’s session, and to familiarize yourself with McCheyne, we are giving away a free copy of Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne. You can begin reading it now, or on your iPhone or iPad on your flight or drive to MN.

This biography, written a year after McCheyne’s death, includes a detailed and insightful portrayal of McCheyne’s youth and ministry, providing personal anecdotes, as well as quotes and poems from McCheyne. Written by Andrew Bonar, a close, personal friend of McCheyne’s, this book will enhance your understanding and appreciation of this devoted man of God.

We realize that not everyone will be able to physically attend the Desiring God conference, though many will be following it over the Internet. Instead of restricting this special just to conference attendees, we wanted to extend this offer to everyone—even if you’re not yet a Logos user. Simply head over to our special McCheyne page to download the free resource any time before February 5. And while you are there, be sure to check out The Works of Robert Murray McCheyne (3 vols.), now at the special Pre-Pub price of $69.95. And don’t miss out on our collection of Piper resources, which all feature special conference discounts!

Don’t miss out. All discounts and special prices expire at midnight on February 4, 2011.

Expand Your Horizons with the Global Christianity Collection

Global Christianity

One of my favorite things about traveling abroad is the intriguing, investigative conversations that seem to always take place. Discussing a topic with someone that has a completely different cultural background is often challenging, but most of all, it’s refreshing. Hearing thoughts from another perspective on a topic that to me, seems standard, pushes me to examine it further.

The Global Christianity Collection (7 vols.) lets the reader have this same sort of conversation. This collection provides examinations from experts of diverse cultural and theological backgrounds on historical, social, and theological implications of Christianity within the framework of globalization. The Global Christianity Collection helps locate the meaning and character of Christian theology in a 21st century, global context.

As it becomes increasingly easier to connect and interact with the modern world, both positive and negative opportunities arise. This collection offers insight and information on issues that Christians in the 21st century face and efforts being made to positively impact the situation.

So if you’re looking for ways to address this world that is in a time of economic, social, technological and political interdependence, be sure to check out the Global Christianity Collection (7 vols.). This collection retails at $384.75 but is available on pre-pub for only $79.95!

Today’s guest post is by Deni Avant, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Making a Case for Your Favorite Resource

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Don’t you hate it when you get excited about a new resource on Pre-Pub or Community Pricing only to watch it languish just short of production for weeks or even months?

If you’ve been watching the Pre-Pubs or Community Pricing titles for any amount of time, you’ve seen some great resources that just don’t seem to get the attention or traction they deserve. As much as you want to add them to your library, it may not seem like you can do a whole lot do to help them into production.

That all changed when we added the Facebook “LIKE” buttons to Logos.com.

We do our best to get Logos users the titles they’re looking for. But when these resources stall in the Community Pricing or Pre-Pub phases there’s not much we can do to get them out the door.

That’s why we integrated different social buttons into Logos.com. Every product page now has a “share,” “tweet,” and “email” button. But the easiest to use is the LIKE. No pop-ups or new windows.* Just hit the button to spread the word. The more people that hit “like,” the more Facebook tells other people that it exists.

So take the production process into your own hands. You’ve no doubt had your eye on several Pre-Pub and Community pricing titles that you think everyone should own. So go ahead and make your case to your friends. Just hit the LIKE button to spread the word.

Try it out right now. Let’s see how quickly we can get these titles into production for everyone to take advantage of. Just hit “like.”

See how easy that was? If you think all your friends should take advantage of Logos resources, just head over to our product page and “like” whatever you like.

* You will be prompted to log into your Facebook account if you haven’t done so already.

You Do Not Want to Miss Out on BibleTech:2011!

BibleTech:2011

The speakers have been chosen for BibleTech:2011. This year’s conference—March 25-26 in Seattle, WA— is shaping up to be another landmark event that you will not want to miss!

BibleTech’s presenters come from a diverse background of educators, programmers, developers, publishers, executives and ministry leaders. This diversity provides a well-rounded platform from which to speak about the number of ways that technology is influencing how we approach and study the Scriptures.

There are over 25 sessions including:

  • Why Another Greek New Testament?Rick Brannan, Information Architect at Logos Bible Software, discusses the The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition (SBLGNT, also known as the SBL Greek New Testament), edited by Michael W. Holmes. Where did this new edition of the Greek New Testament come from? Why was it done? And more importantly for the BibleTech audience, how was it done?
  • The Convergence of Technology and Prayer
    David Gagne, the Media Post Production System Administrator for the Kansas City International House of Prayer, will talk about how the prayer movement globally is being strengthened through use of technology and the benefits and challenges of maintaining a life of prayer while working long hours on technology.
  • Making Bible Search Results RelevantZondervan’s
    Internet Systems Architect, Stephen Smith, discusses how, as an industry, we tune our search engines to handle specialized queries while ignoring common obstacles that people face when searching the Bible. Our goal should be to interpret the intent of everyone—from the scholar to the casual user of a mobile Bible app—and connect them with the biblical text they’re seeking.
  • Educating the 21st Century Pastor: The Intersection of Theology and Technology
    Knox Theological Seminary’s Dean of Distance Education, Jonathan Smith, will look at what theological education looks like in the 21st century. This talk will focus on the intersection between emerging technologies and theological application and will discuss the over impact on theological education.

When you register today you will receive access to more than 25 sessions, three catered meals, and a conference T-shirt. But perhaps even more importantly, you will build a network of friends and contacts with others who share your interests.

BibleTech:2011 will be held at The Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. Located directly across from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, this hotel is rated as one of Hilton’s Top Performing Hotels for delivering outstanding customer service. Special room rates are available for those who will be attending the conference.

Don’t wait, register today and experience what is happening at the intersection of Bible study and technology. You won’t want to miss it.

Logos 4: Quickly Open a Commentary

mp|seminars TipsToday’s 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.

A lot of times we find ourselves just casually reading the Bible in Logos. We then come to a verse for which we need a little insight. We don’t want to run an in-depth Passage or Exegetical Guide; we just want to quickly view a commentary for our passage. Here’s how I set up Logos to accomplish this:

  • Open the Bible Knowledge Commentary (BKC)
  • Drag the tab of the BKC to the Shortcuts bar (the area to the right of the Command box)

Notice Logos places an icon of the BKC on the Shortcuts bar. Now when you’re reading in the Bible, click this icon to open the BKC to the same passage you’re reading!

Of course, you can substitute your favorite study Bible or commentary for the BKC. I suggest, however, using a commentary that covers the whole Bible, so it will always open to where you’re reading in the Bible.

Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint (LXX) is Complete!

In December of 2007, we announced the start of our Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint project on this blog.
After three years of work, now we get to announce that the project is finally complete!
The Septuagint (LXX) is big. Bigger than the Hebrew Bible. Over 4 times the size of the New Testament (by word count). Even with multiple contributors, it took a long time to do. But all of the text of Rahlf’s edition of the LXX has been interlinearized, even (and I’m excited about this) the alternate texts.
What are these “alternate texts”? In the print version of Rahlf’s LXX, some chapters of Joshua (15, 18, and 19) as well as Judges, Tobit, Daniel, and the Additions to Daniel (Prayer of Azariah, Susanna, Bel and the Dragon) are presented with split pages, with one edition on the top portion of the page, and another edition on the bottom portion of the page. The Logos edition of the LXX breaks these alternate texts out into their own resources (books) so they can be scrolled with and compared to other texts.
Also, if you’ve been using the ‘beta’ releases of the LXX Interlinear over the past few years, you will have noticed that there were some known issues reported in the front matter. These have all been resolved. Additionally, the LXX Interlinear resources now take full advantage of the Logos 4 Bible datatype, which means that you can refer to an LXX verse with the LXX versification. So Daniel 3.24-90 (LXX) is the Prayer of Azariah, but some traditions do not include it here and instead skip from Dan 3.23 (LXX) to Dan 3.91 (LXX). It will, however, scroll properly with the NRSV, which has the Prayer of Azariah (also known as the “Song of Three Youths”) as a separate book.
The Lexham LXX Interlinear should prove helpful to those who want to read the Greek version of the OT and Apocrypha, and also to those who are doing word studies on words found in the New Testament. Greek lexicons (like BDAG, EDNT, TDNT, and TLNT) routinely cite LXX examples when discussing word meaning and usage. For those whose Greek is rusty, the LXX Interlinear will help one further utilize such examples, and be even more help when examining quotations/allusions to the OT found in the NT.
The LXX is a very important version for students of the Bible (a previous blog post gives some details). The Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint helps to make it more useful to a greater number of people. We hope this tool is helpful to you in your study of the Bible!

Five Ways Logos Can Help You Meet Your Devotional Goals for 2011

New Year

The best Bible study is the one that is intentional. If you want to read through the Bible in a year or create a more immersive study program, developing a strategy is the best way to begin. Logos 4 exists to help you make Bible study accessible and to make follow-through a breeze.

As you formulate your study plans for 2011, make sure to consider how you can incorporate Logos by:

  1. Developing a Logos 4 Reading Plan
    Whether you want to read through the Old Testament, the New Testament, or even the whole Bible in a year, Logos 4 can help generate the perfect reading plan just for you.

    In fact, with a Logos 4 base package you can set up multiple reading plans. You can even have a daily plan for Bible readings and a separate plan with portions of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion to be read once a week. When it comes to creating the perfect reading plans, Logos 4 allows you to easily create and customize the perfect plan.

  2. Take Advantage of Logos 4′s Syncing and Mobile Capabilities

    Not only can you create a unique reading plan, but that reading plan can be synced between your PC, your Mac, your iPhone or iPad, and even online with Biblia.com. Now there is no reason not to keep up on your daily reading—it’s everywhere you are!

    You can take advantage of these tools by:

    * Don’t worry Android users, we have no intention of leaving you out!

  3. Benefit from Training Opportunities

    A really great strategy for taking your study to the next level this year is to familiarize yourself with the many functions and features found in Logos 4. Forum MVP Thomas Black wrote a blog post in August entitled You Think You Know Logos? In it he talked about a Morris Proctor seminar he attended and how fruitful it was—even for a Logos forum MVP. His point? You may be surprised at what you didn’t know Logos 4 could do.

    There are so many avenues available for training, here are a few:

    • Make a date to attend one of the Camp Logos events. Look at the upcoming dates and see which one is right for you.
    • Check out the training page at Logos.com. You will find all sorts of videos and articles to help you get more out of your Logos 4 base package.
    • Get involved on the Logos forum. You will learn so much every time you visit, and this community of helpful users can answer some of your toughest questions.

  4. Invest in a subscription to Bible Study MagazineFor only $14.95 per year, Bible Study Magazine will deliver tools and methods for Bible study—as well as insights from respected voices in the church and biblical scholarship—right to your door. This bi-monthly magazine is so full of wonderful tools you will find yourself coming back to it time and again.

  5. Follow Logos on Facebook and Twitter. Get the latest information about sales, giveaways, and the goings on of your favorite Bible software company while taking part in the growing community of Logos users.

It is important to think through your plans for delving deeper into God’s Word in the new year. And through innovation, training, and community Logos Bible Software is looking forward to being part of your devotional plan.

Considering Christian Ethics with the Perspectives on Christian Living Collection

The Scriptures provide instruction for how the people of God are called to live. Bridging the gap between the ancient world an our modern one can, at times, be a tricky endeavor. This is where reflections on Christian ethics offer an important contribution to the Christian dialogue.

The Perspectives on Christian Living Collection (9 vols.) offers profound insight into how Christians can negotiate the philosophic and political landscapes of our modern world.

This collection includes:

  • God’s Ways with the World: Thinking and Practising Christian FaithWritten by Daniel Hardy—the former Director of the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton—God’s Ways with the World is devoted to recovering the truth and vitality of Christian faith by attempting to trace the ways of God with the modern world.

    This uncompromising study seeks to help connect theological thought with the landmarks of Christian faith: worship; the Triune God; and the activity of God in the world, in language and cultures, in cosmology and the human being, in society and the form of the Church, and in the forms of human understanding – scientific, historical, cultural, religious and theological.

    “During the last few decades, Daniel Hardy has been a leading contributor to the revival of systematic theology in Britain. These papers provide a conspectus of the range and depth of his thinking, and will long continue to serve as sources of profound insight and understanding.”——Colin E. Gunton, former professor, King’s College, London

  • Friendship: A Way of Interpreting Christian Love
    Liz Carmichael, Chaplain and Tutor in Theology at St. John’s College, Oxford, offers deep reflection on the value of friendship in Christian spirituality.

    “Liz Carmichael recognizes that much of our religious talk about friendship or even love somehow misses the mark and threatens to become abstract. In this wonderful study, she argues, with a wealth of scholarship and experience alike, that friendship is the really radical and transforming category we need to make our hopes concrete and to flesh out love in action, mindful of how Christ himself uses the language of friendship and how theologians have thought about faith and love as friendship with God. This is a treasury of insight and resource.”—Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

  • Christian Ethics in Secular Worlds

    What contribution does the study of Christian ethics offer the secular world? This is the question that Robin Gill, the Michael Ramsay Professor of Modern Theology at the University of Kent, UK, attempts to answer in Christian Ethics in Secular Worlds. Ramsey discusses the development of Christian ethics while dealing with specific dilemmas like biotechnology, AIDS, and nuclear war.

    “As in all his books, Professor Gill combines a wide understanding of complex issues with an attractively readable style. He has provided a valuable antidote to that strand in contemporary Christian ethics based on the assumption that there is some easy and unequivocal route from Biblical faith to wise Christian social and political action.”—John Habgood, Archbishop of York of the Anglican Church

  • Living the Christian Story: The Distinctiveness of Christian Ethics

    The aim of this book is to consider and set out a theological basis for Christian ethics in today’s world. Starting with an examination of our world, Colwell considers the impact of Modernism and Post-Modernism on ethics, before going on to explore the Scriptural basis for an authentic Christian ethic. He then asks how this ethic manifests itself in the Church, and considers, finally, how Christian ethics might be coherent and persuasive in contemporary society. Throughout, Colwell uses contemporary dilemmas as illustrations, and interacts with the thought of Thomas Aquinas, Karl Barth, Stanley Hauerwas and Jonathan Edwards to further illuminate the discussion.

    “What is good about the book is that it seeks to set ethical teaching in broader theological and cultural context than is sometimes the case… I learned a lot…”—Colin E. Gunton, former professor, King’s College, London

Other books in this collection take on such difficult subjects as the Christian response to New Testament community in a modern context, the connection between happiness and benevolence, a look at holiness and the sacrament of worship in a modern context, and much more. Also included is a collection of essays regarding the life and work of two leading Scottish theologians: John and Donald Baillie, whose writings on philosophical theology, Christian doctrine, preaching, ecumenism, and spirituality are still influential today.

Retailing at $319.70, the Perspectives on Christian Living Collection (9 vols.) can still be purchased for $99.95 on Pre-Pub. Don’t miss an opportunity to add this great collection of Christian ethics to your Logos resources today.

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