Archive - August, 2011

Sacra Doctrina: Postmodern Theology

Many of the world’s technological advances have helped to make the world a smaller, more intimate place. From the lateen sail and the internal combustion engine to the printing press and the World Wide Web,  the speed which people and ideas travel around the globe is increasing rapidly.

Although this is a great advantage for the Gospel, it comes with challenging questions as well. How do we maintain an attitude of respect toward other religious viewpoints without compromising our commitment and beliefs in the Christian faith? What is a healthy middle ground between the polar extremes of pluralism and exclusivism?

These are just a couple of the questions that S. Mark Heim attempts to tackle in his award-winning book The Depth of the Riches. In this winner of the Theologos Award for Best Academic Book in 2001 from the Association of Theological Booksellers, Heim looks closely at, not only the paths of various religions, but also their salvific ends.

Retired professor Emeritus of World Christianity at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Dr. M. Thangaraj said this about The Depth of the Riches,

“How do I maintain an attitude of respect for and reverence toward other religions without compromising my strong commitment to the Christian faith? Christians cannot but struggle with this  question in today’s setting of religious pluralism. S. Mark Heim assists us in this struggle by offering a clear analysis of the grammar of religious diversity and a creative exposition of the doctrine of the Trinity. This book presents ‘a meditation on the Trinity,’ one that celebrates both the unique act of salvation in Jesus the Christ and the trinitarian plenitute that houses a variety of religious ends. Heim writes in such a way that, while reading his book, we can think, argue, and pray—all at the same time.”

The Depth of the Riches is only one of the six books in the Sacra Doctrina: Christian Theology for a Postmodern Age Series, a collection dedicated to applying Christian tradition and Scripture to the new challenges in our postmodern context.

In the Sacra Doctrina: Christian Theology for a Postmodern Age Series you will find timely discussions on such important topics as ecological theology, the church as a reflection of the Trinity, a theological look at human personhood, and more. This collection deals with postmodern concerns both theologically and academically without being entirely unapproachable, and right now it is on Pre-Pub at nearly 50% off the retail price!

Get in early and take advantage of our special Pre-Pub pricing for this exceptional collection.

Is there a title you find particularly interesting in this collection? Leave us a comment!

 

Logos 4: Quickly Look Up the Meaning of a Biblical Name

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 and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsUsually in western culture we don’t give a lot of attention to a person’s name. It’s just a label to distinguish him / her from someone else. For example, I have the name Morris so you won’t confuse me with my father Adie or my brother Bill. Is there really any significance to the name Morris as opposed to Richard or Justin? Probably not.

You perhaps know, though, in biblical times, people’s names quite often revealed something about their character or marked some significant event in their lives.

For example, the names, Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac spoke volumes about these people. Thus, when studying a passage containing a person’s name, it’s important we discover its meaning.

The resource, The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names, contained in most Logos base collections, helps us uncover that meaning.  Here’s a quick way to jump to a brief definition of a biblical person’s name in that book:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize in the upper right hand corner of the Library (1)
  • Enter the name of the book in the Library’s Find box: The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names (2)
  • Right click on the name of the resource (3)
  • Select Prioritize this resource (4)
  • Drag this resource in the Prefer these resources list on the right so that it’s one of the top five topical books (Bible dictionaries, topical Bibles, etc.) in the list
  • Close the Library
  • Open an English Bible to a passage containing a person’s name such as Genesis 17:15 (5 & 6)
  • Right click on a person’s name in the verse such as Abraham (7)
  • Select on the right menu Selection “name” such as Selection Abraham (8)
  • Select on the right menu The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names (9)

Logos 4: Quickly Look Up Names

Logos 4: Quickly Look Up Names

This resource opens to a very brief definition of the biblical name! If you need more information about the person, click the plus sign ( + ) to the right of the resource’s tab and click a book in the list.

What biblical name has been meaningful in your life? Are you named after a particular biblical person? Leave a comment and share the story behind your name!

Weekly Roundup: August 6

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things from Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of August 6, 2011.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Logos Forum

  • Forum MVP Dave Hooton reached the 8,000 post milestone. Thanks, Dave, for your incredible gift of service to thousands of others Logos users!
  • Did you notice that a collection of 171 puritan sermons just left Community Pricing at a mere 18¢ per sermon? Like usual, one forum user alerted everyone to the savings. . . . and a bunch of people locked in the price before it was too late.

Logos Facebook Page

  • Over 100 Facebook fans told us which of the following four books they would want most in their library. Did you know we have these books in Logos 4? Which would you choose?

Vyrso Facebook Page

Leaks

Dan Pritchett’s Twitter Feed

Products

New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to get these at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

Bidding closes for these items Friday, August 12. Don’t miss out on these savings!

Vyrso

In celebration of the Vyrso Android App (beta) available in the Android Market, we’re giving away an Android tablet! If you winyou’ll get your choice of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola XOOM, HTC Flyer, or Asus Eee Pad Transformer!

Press

Hey Mark Driscoll, thanks for the tweet this week!

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Why Christian History Matters

I’m a historian and a Christian. In fact, it was my study of history that led to my conversion. I realize this is an unusual progression, and perhaps it is a bias that leads me to believe that the common neglect of history among Christians is lamentable. But bias or no, the neglect is real, and I think I understand it: if our destiny is in eternity, and if Christ is immediate to each of us, of what ultimate significance is the past? Isn’t our relentless quest for the early church or the original manuscripts an implicit repudiation of history?

The value of historical knowledge, then, seems to be simply a matter of being articulate, of being well-read, or of being capable of apologetics. Or else, it has value as an antiquarian hobby—some find history interesting in the same sort of way that others find stamps interesting. If this is the case, surely history is at best ancillary to our Christianity.

But, I think this line of reasoning is mistaken. Rather, I would argue that the connection between history and Christianity is essential. Because the Incarnation was nothing less than the entry of God Himself into the stream of human history, it affirms the reality and value of the lived human experience. The Second Person of the Trinity affects our salvation not as an abstraction, but as a human life. In becoming a son, a friend, a teacher, in speaking our language and mourning our dead, God affirmed the temporal and social reality of our being. In entering our history at a specific time, in continuity with a meaningful past, and proclaiming a future of consummation, Christ repudiated the classical understanding of cyclical and ultimately meaningless history and codified the Jewish understanding of history as the story of God and His people, a story with a beginning and an end. Christianity has temporality in its essence.

With this in mind, the Christian ought to read all history as salvation history, and understand Christianity itself as having duration. It seems to me that a description of Christ that does not include his birth and childhood, while not necessarily wrong, is certainly incomplete; and, likewise, an understanding of Christianity that does not include its history.

And so, we must study history. From the Apostolic Fathers to the Reformation, from the ancient world, through the medieval, and into modernity, with Logos you can make a serious study of church history. We have large, comprehensive collections, such as the Calvin and the History of Calvinism Collection or the Philip Schaff Collection that allow you to dig deep into a historical topic, and we also have shorter histories written by prominent historians that will allow you to brush up on your historical knowledge, such as Church History in Plain Language or our Studies in the Reformation.

History is most profoundly understood, though, through the study of primary sources, such as those found in the A New Eusebius: Documents Illustrating the History of the Church to AD 337, or the Works of the Venerable Bede, and Logos has a massive library of such texts. Whether you want to study the ancient Jews  or the church as it enters the post-modern age, Logos has the resources. If you are unsure where to begin, try browsing Logos products by history products and see what piques your interest.

What are your favorite texts for studying Christian history? Leave us a comment and let us know.

What’s Your Scholarship Story?

Seminary ScholarshipWe ended our last scholarship winner blog post with these words: “Hopefully next time we will be able to hear your story. But we won’t hear it if you don’t first apply.”

On August 10, 2011, we will select at least two new winners, one from SeminaryScholarship.com and one from BibleCollegeScholarship.com. Which seminary or Bible college student wouldn’t want to receive $1,000.00 tuition scholarship and a copy of Scholar’s Library?

But you better hurry, Tuesday, August 9, is the last full day to apply.

We look forward to announcing the winners in a future blog post and, if possible, telling you a bit about them.

How Do I Apply?

The entire application process should take less than 15 minutes. It quite easy really. You will be asked to watch a brief video demonstrating Logos Bible Software (the same video embedded in this post) and will then be directed to the application page to answer a few questions—that’s it.

You’re allowed to apply once per giveaway period. If you have already done so, this is a reminder to start telling your friends and family to apply. Because if they win, and they entered your name in the “other” section, when asked, “How did you hear about the scholarship?”, then we will award you the $1,000.00 and a Scholar’s Library collection as well!

For those reading this who will not apply, we still invite you to watch the embedded video below. It could be a great reminder as to what Logos can do for your Bible study. While you watch, think of those you know who could use Logos for the upcoming Seminary or Bible College school year. Then, share this post with them, or better still, share a link to http://www.seminaryscholarship.com or http://www.biblecollegescholarship.com via Facebook and Twitter.

Apply to SeminaryScholarship.com now!
Apply to BibleCollegeScholarship.com now!

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Help Spread the Word

Post a link to SeminaryScholarship.com or BibleCollegeScholarship.com on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or your blog. You could even send your friends an email or give them a call.

Share on FacebookFacebook: Leaving Post to Facebook checked, leave a Facebook comment below, and post a link to http://www.SeminaryScholarship.com or http://www.BibleCollegeScholarship.com, telling your friends to apply!

Share on TwitterTwitter: 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.

Share on Google PlusGoogle Plus: Share a link to http://www.SeminaryScholarship.com or http://www.BibleCollegeScholarship.com, telling your friends and family to apply!

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.

So again we ask, what’s your scholarship story? Leave us a comment and let us know if you applied or shared this with a seminary or Bible college student, and hopefully we’ll get to hear your story next.

The Versatile Ken Boa Collection

For the past twenty years, Ken Boa has been writing, speaking, and discipling across the country. As president of Reflections Ministries, Boa has worked hard to provide people with the tools they need to know and follow Christ.

We are proud to offer fourteen of his works in the Ken Boa Collection (14 vols.), which is on Pre-Pub now for $159.95.

This collection contains many resources including handbooks and daily devotionals, which address several different topics like spiritual living, Bible study, prayer, and more. If you really want to see the diversity in this collection, take a look at just five of the fourteen titles in this collection:

And with nine other titles in this collection, this diverse group of books will make a great addition to your library! Be sure to check out the Ken Boa Collection (14 vols.) while it’s on PrePub for $159.95.

Do you have a favorite book by Ken Boa? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Enter to Win an Android Tablet from Vyrso.com!

In celebration of the Vyrso Android App (beta) available in the Android Market, we’re giving away an Android tablet! If you win, you’ll get your choice of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola XOOM, HTC Flyer, or Asus Eee Pad Transformer!

One of the easiest ways to earn an entry into the giveaway is to refer Vyrso to your friends.  Simply run through the options for entering into the giveaway (liking the Vyrso website, commenting in our discussion, becoming a Facebook fan, and tweeting about Vyrso) at the end of the giveaway a personal link is assigned to you, when you share this link with your friends (and they click the link) you gain even more entries!  So be sure to share the tablet giveaway and Vyrso with your friends and family!

For weeks, people have been asking—almost pleading—for Vyrso to be available on Android enabled devices.  We would like to invite you to download and experience our new eReader (specifically made for Christian readers) on the Android platform!  Remember, the App is still in beta which means that we are still working out the kinks. We’d love to hear your feedback. Please feel free to leave comments on bugs, crashes, or any other problems on the Android forums.

Vyrso allows you to enter into the worlds created by storytellers like Michael Heiser (The Façade) and Robert Liparulo (House of Dark Shadows). If fiction isn’t your cup of tea, try encouraging nonfiction books like Max Lucado’s Fearless or Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.  All of these books—and more—are available for easy download at Vyrso.com. Our goal is to have 25,000 Christian e-books available by the end of the year!

Make sure to stay tuned for more news about the full launch of the Vyrso e-book store and thousands of Christian titles.

If you win, which tablet would you choose and why? Tell us in a comment.

Logos 4: Prioritize Multiple Books at Once

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 and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsIn our Logos Library we have a lot of Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, and so on. Within all of these books, however, we have our Favorites: favorite Bibles, favorite commentaries, favorite dictionaries, and the like. In Logos, we call these favorites our Prioritized or Preferred books. Logos places these prioritized books at the top of various lists on the Passage Guide, Exegetical Guide, etc. Here’s one way to prioritize and use preferred books:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize in the upper right corner of the Library
  • Place this text in the Library’s Find box: type:Bible
  • Logos displays all of your Bibles
  • Right click on the title of a Bible
  • Select Prioritize this resource
  • Logos places this Bible in your preferred list of resources on the right
  • Repeat these steps for additional Bibles

To see these prioritized Bibles in action:

  • Type a biblical reference in the passage box on the Home Page
  • Click Go
  • Logos opens the default Home Page Bible study screen which includes your first 5 prioritized Bibles

Prioritize additional books like commentaries which will show up in the Passage Guide and Hebrew / Greek dictionaries which will appear in the Exegetical Guide.

As you can see and perhaps have already discovered with your own use of Logos, prioritizing books is not difficult; it’s just tedious. Here’s the shortcut I really want to show you: prioritize multiple books at the same time!

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize in the upper right corner of the Library
  • Place your text in the Library’s Find box like, type:Bible OR type:lexicon
  • Hold down the Ctrl (Mac: Cmd) key on the keyboard
  • Select (click) a book in the Library’s list, but don’t click the title of the book which opens it
  • Select another book with the Ctrl (Mac: Cmd) key still held down
  • Notice that both books are now selected
  • Continue this process until you’ve selected all the books you want to prioritize
  • Release the Ctrl (Mac: Cmd) key
  • Right click on any of the selected resources
  • Select Prioritize this resource

Logos places ALL of the selected books in your preferred list on the right! This tip is included
on our new training DVD, Time Saving Tips, Volume 1.

What prioritized resource do you regularly use? What particular Bible, commentary, dictionary, lectionary, etc., do you have in your library that you would recommend to other Logos users? Leave a comment letting us and other Logos users know!

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