Archives for February 2011

Logos 4: Display Your English Bibles

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.

I received an e-mail recently from a Logos user asking how to see all of the English Bibles he owns. Here’s what I told him:

  • Press Ctrl +L (PC) or Cmd + L (Mac) to open the Library in a floating window
  • Enter this text in the Library’s Find or search box: type:Bible AND lang:English

That rule tells Logos to display all of the resources containing the word Bible in the type field and at the same time English in the language field. Hence, Logos displays your English Bibles!

The Works of Thomas Goodwin on Pre-Pub

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Thomas Goodwin’s influence in the 17th century was larger than his immediate name recognition might suggest. His works provide the same kind of practical advice—both profound and readable—that you would expect to find with his more recognized contemporary Richard Baxter.

Goodwin’s Education

Goodwin entered Christ’s College, Cambridge in 1613—at the age of twelve—and received his B.A. in 1616. In 1619 he was transferred to Catherine Hall and, while working on his M.A. degree, was made a lecturer in the Hall. After the death of John Preston in 1628, he became a lecturer at Trinity Church sharing his influence with both Cambridge scholars and the surrounding town. Within four years Goodwin was presented to the vicarage by King Charles I.

The Church of England attempts to purge Puritanism

William Laud, the Bishop of London and close adviser to Charles I, was made Archbishop of Canterbury in 1633. Laud was greatly worried that the growing Puritan movement was a schismatic threat to orthodoxy in the Church of England. He quickly began enforcing laws against ministers who strayed from Book of Common Prayer. He also introduced new church ceremonies and forced ministers to conduct them or face exile, loss of goods, loss of livelihood, and even death. (For great insight into this period check out The History of the Puritans (5 vols.))

Goodwin resigned his position at Trinity Church and left Cambridge in 1634, aligning himself with the Congregationalists. He married in 1638 and was then was forced to flee persecution in Holland.

Goodwin’s return to England

With the inception of the Long Parliament by Charles I, all exiles due to nonconformity were invited to return to their homes. Goodwin returned home to London and ministered for many years at Paved Alley Church, Lime Street, in the parish of St Dunstans-in-the-East.

His distinction and influence continued to rise drawing the attention Oliver Cromwell, to whom he became chaplain, in 1656. As Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Cromwell was responsible for Presbyterianism in Scotland and preserving Protestantism in England. Goodwin remained one of Cromwell’s intimate advisers—even attending to Cromwell at his deathbed.

In 1653 Goodwin, with John Owen, composed an amended Westminster Confession.

Goodwin’s final years

For the last twenty years of his life Goodwin devoted himself to theological study while pastoring the Fetter Lane Independent Church. In a memoir to his son before his death Goodwin said,

“I am going to the three Persons with whom I have had communion: They have taken me, I did not take Them. I shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye; all my lusts and corruptions I shall be rid of, which I could not be here; those croaking toads will fall off in a moment.”

Goodwin’s works available on Pre-Pub

The Works of Thomas Goodwin (12 vols.) is currently featured on Pre-Pub from Logos Bible Software. You can pick up this collection of writings from this great man of depth and conviction—a hearty 6,228 pages—for 70% off the retail price! These kinds of collections not only provide edifying instruction, they offer insight and context into a tumultuous and important time for Christian freedom and expression.

For more great Puritan resources be sure to see:

And don’t miss out on Puritan Sermons 1659–1689 (6 vols.), currently available on Community Pricing.

The Essential Bible App

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AppShouter.com called it “by far one of the best free Bible apps to hit the App Store.” A writer for the Unofficial Apple Weblog lamented that he didn’t have it when he read through the Bible in a year.

And just last week AppAdvice.com selected it as the “Essential Bible App.”

So what makes the Logos iPhone and iPad app so great?

Free

The Logos bible app is free. It gives you access to 40+ different resources from Biblia.com (another free service from Logos), including 30 Bibles such as the HCSB, NKJV, ESV, NLT, NASB, and KJV.

You also get an additional 30+ free resources by simply creating a Logos.com account and signing in from the app.

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Seesmic Desktop Features a Ref.ly Plugin

Ref.lySeesmic Desktop is an all-in-one tool which lets you to update a number of Twitter accounts as well as your Facebook profile at the same time. Many online reviews of Seesmic call it, “Absolutely the best desktop utility.”

Now this dynamic social media manager is offering Ref.ly as a plugin to help you share Scripture more effectively with your followers and friends!

With Ref.ly Bible Verse Links, you can instantly link your Bible verses with short URLs to the full text of the passage at Biblia.com. Seesmic even chose to feature this great new plugin on their blog!

Using this plugin is simple. Type your tweet with the biblical reference, click one button, and Ref.ly Bible Verse Links will detect and change your Bible reference into a short URL that links to the full passage at Biblia.com.

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The 2011 Winter Soup Cook-Off

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January 20th proved to be a perfect day for Logos’ annual soup cook-off. In true Pacific Northwest fashion it was a cold and rainy day. The weather did not hamper this year’s cook-off though as entrants were excited to participate in not only the first cook-off of 2011, but also the first cook-off held in the recently acquired Flatiron building.

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While the 10 entrants prepared their dishes, the aroma of a variety of awesome soups lured hungry employees to line up in anticipation. Ultimately the happy eaters had to vote for their favorites, and it was a close call this year.

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After all was said and done, the winners of this year’s cook-off were Don and Tara Everett’s “Spicy Chicken Sausage Soup.” Second place was awarded to Sarah Knepper with her “Pnw’ed Salmon Chowder,” and coming in third was Tom Fay with “The Original Ham and Bean Soup.”

Here is the recipe for the Everett’s award winning soup:

Spicy Chicken Sausage Soup

Ingredients:

1 onion, chopped
1 pound of pork sausage
1 pound chorizo
2 average sized chicken breasts
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground pork sausage
6 cloves garlic, diced
2 bay leaves
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 cup chicken broth
2 cans white beans, drained
thyme and sage to taste

  • In a large pot, add olive oil and brown pork sausage.
  • Break up and add chorizo
  • Chop up and add uncooked chicken breasts
  • Add garlic and bay leaves
  • Add onion
  • Add carrots and celery
  • Add chicken broth (you can add more broth to taste)
  • Add white beans
  • Add thyme and sage to taste and let simmer until it’s as thick as you want it
  • Remove bay leaves
  • Enjoy!

Thanks again for everyone who participated and helped create another successful cook-off and congratulations to all the winners!

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