Archive - June, 2012

Vote for Logos in the Social Madness Challenge!

Logos Bible Software was nominated in the medium business category of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s (PSBJSocial Madness competition. You can help us win by going to the #socialmadness page, clicking on the “Medium companies” tab, and voting now*.

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Logos’ Secret Weapon

This competition showcases the business world’s best social media growth strategies in a tournament-style challenge. What the PSBJ doesn’t realize is that Logos has a secret weapon. We have some of the most socially engaged fans on the planet! Just look at these numbers:

Not only are our fans engaged—they are incredibly involved. Thanks to you, we have repeatedly launched successful campaigns like:

It’s your invaluable engagement that helped us get nominated in the first place. If the PSBJ knew what a social media juggernaut our fans were, they might have had second thoughts about nominating us. We’re currently about 7,000 votes shy of first place. Let’s get mobilized and show them how social media is done!

Go to the #socialmadness page, click on the “Medium companies” tab, and vote now. Then tweet it, post it, and share it with your friends. Let’s get the word out!

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*Please note that scores are updated every morning.

Faithfulness in the Face of Adversity

Comenius Memorial in Potsdam, Germany

For every larger-than-life personality in Christian history, there are thousands of inconspicuous yet influential figures—figures like John Amos Comenius.

Comenius may be obscure, but this Moravian reformer’s influence has been recognized by such high-profile church leaders as:

  • Herman Bavinck: “[Comenius was] the greatest figure of the second generation of reformers.”
  • Andrew Bonar: “[Comenius was] the truest heir of Hus, the chief inspiration of Chalmers, and the first model of Carey.”
  • J. Hudson Taylor: “[Comenius was] the single greatest innovator of missions, education, and literature during the Protestant Reformation.”
  • Cotton Mather: “[Comenius was a man of] extraordinary accomplishments amidst inordinate adversity.”

Comenius’ overwhelming accomplishments are staggering in and of themselves:

  • He outlined an education system in Didactica Magna that would be adopted in Puritan New England, Holland, Scotland, Prussia, and Sweden.
  • He launched a number of successful missionary outreaches to marginal groups including Turks, Gypsies, and Jews.
  • He introduced plans to translate the Scriptures into the Turkish language.
  • He wrote more than 150 books which included titless on educational theory, history, devotion, cultural criticism, and theology.
  • He served as a chaplain to the king of Sweden.
  • He was pursued as a possible president for both King’s College in Cambridge and Harvard University in Massachusetts.

In Times of Great Sorrow

What’s amazing is that these accomplishments were achieved in the face of great affliction. After the routing of the Protestant armies in the Battle of White Mountain, enemy soldiers torched Comenius’ home. He and his family barely escaped with their lives. Like most Protestant pastors at the time, Comenius (and his entire family) lived as fugitives. During this transient period, his wife and two small children died of the plague.

In 1628, Comenius fled to Poland with a group of Protestants. He eventually married again, but his second wife died, leaving him with four children.

On June 12, 1656, the Comenius’ new home city of Leszno was burned to the ground by enemy Swedes at the end of the Thirty Years’ War. Once again, Comenius lost everything: his treasured library, years’ worth of work in the form of manuscripts, and all his personal belongings. Comenius and his family—now completely penniless— made it to Amsterdam, where he was welcomed as respected scholar. Looking back on his life, Comenius said, “My life was a pilgrimage; I never had a home.”

In spite of numerous setbacks and staggering hardships, Comenius never stopped working for his Lord, leaving behind an exceptional legacy that influenced figures like Wesley and Whitefield.

Moravian Church History Collection

John Amos Comenius is one of 12 volumes available in the Moravian Church History Collection—one of many collections up on Community Pricing right now. Bid now and you’ll get a dozen titles full of moving history, theology, and lectures. This is powerful literature on the some of the lesser-known figures in the second generation of reformers. Get it at the best possible price. Bid now!

Logos 4: Logos Desktop Management

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

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Years ago, when I predominantly studied with print books, I arranged them specifically on my desk for maximum effectiveness. My Bible lay open right in front of me, with an analytical Bible and lexicon on either side. Scattered around the Bible were commentaries, Bible dictionaries, theology books, and more. After studying for a while, my desk became a disorganized mess that necessitated my periodically stopping to rearrange the books.

Of course, now, with Logos Bible Software, we primarily study with electronic books. We still, however, have a “desktop” displaying books—a desktop that needs cleaning up. Here are a few simple tips that will help you keep your Logos desktop neatly arranged.

Instead of just clicking icons or menu items (which opens books, guides, and tools “somewhere” on the desktop), drag your item to the desired location onscreen. For example,

  • Choose the Guides menu.
  • Click and hold Passage Guide.
  • Drag Passage Guide around the screen, noticing that as you drag, different sections of the screen “highlight” in blue.
  • Let go of the mouse button to start a new tile in the blue highlighted section.

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You’ve probably noticed that each resource, tool, or guide opens in its own panel that can be resized by dragging the border line. You may “awaken” from intense study to discover you have small panels next to large panels. If you want to quickly and symmetrically resize panels:

  • Double-click the borderline between two panels.
  • Double-click the meeting point (which looks like a three- or four-way intersection) between three or four panels.

Occasionally you may “lose” books on the desktop because you have so many open. Let Logos automatically arrange those books for you with a predefined layout:

  • Open a lot of different resources and resize the panels to make a very cluttered desktop.
  • Choose the Layouts menu.
  • Select a predefined layout, such as 4 Tiles, in the lower left portion of the menu.
  • Watch Logos carefully arrange resource and resize panels for you!

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How do you keep your Logos 4 desktop organized? Leave a comment and let us know!

Notes from Pastorum Live 2012

As the first-ever Pastorum conference wrapped up, I could sense the excitement in the crowd. Groups of people stood together discussing various sessions and what they’d taken away from the conference, even remarking that this was one of the best conferences they’d recently attended.

Many of Pastorum’s speakers used Logos to give their engaging, encouraging, challenging presentations allowing attendees to follow along on their computers or mobile devices.

I was amazed at how approachable the presenters were. I observed speakers locked in one-on-one conversation with many attendees. One of the presenters told me about meeting a man on the way to get coffee. As they walked, the man poured out his heart to the speaker. What neither of them could have known was that the lecture the speaker intended to give was exactly what that man needed to hear!

I had the privilege of getting to know many of the speakers—thinkers who I had previously known only through their books. As I sat across the table from David Garland, Craig Keener, and Richard Briggs discussing authorship, conferences, and people who’ve influenced our Christian lives, I thought to myself: Awesome—where else but Pastorum could this sort of connection possibly happen?

As we left the conference, a number of speakers told me that they’d had a fantastic time. They had enjoyed the interaction with the audience just as well as the interaction with each other. Many of the speakers don’t often get the chance to connect with their colleagues, and Pastorum made such connection possible. They were excited about next year, hinting—a full year in advance—at wanting to return.

In all, Pastorum was a tremendous success, at least for this attendee. If what we experienced this year is a sign of what’s to come, I’m already excited for next year!

The 10 Most Profound Andrew Murray Quotes

Recently, the Andrew Murray Collection went up on Community Pricing. Not only does it contain 11 monthly and 2 yearly devotionals—it also includes an additional 25 books packed with sermons, essays, addresses, and more. To celebrate this awesome collection, I’ve put together 10 of my favorite Andrew Murray quotes:

1. “A dead Christ I must do everything for; a living Christ does everything for me.”
2. “Christ is the humility of God embodied in human nature; the Eternal Love humbling itself, clothing itself in the garb of meekness and gentleness, to win and serve and save us.”
3. “Faith expects from God what is beyond all expectation.”
4. “Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays.”
5. “Men ought to seek with their whole hearts to be filled with the Spirit of God. Without being filled with the Spirit, it is utterly impossible that an individual Christian or a church can ever live or work as God desires.”
6. “God has no more precious gift to a church or an age than a man who lives as an embodiment of his will, and inspires those around him with the faith of what grace can do.”
7. “Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. God’s voice in response to mine is its most essential part.”
8. “Let it be your business every day, in the secrecy of the inner chamber, to meet the holy God. You will be repaid for the trouble it may cost you. The reward will be sure and rich.”
9. “Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you.”
10. “We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth.”

It was hard to choose those 10—the Andrew Murray Collection is packed with over 7,000 pages of spiritual nuggets to ponder. Wake up and spend 10 minutes with one of Andrew Murray’s monthly devotionals side-by-side with your favorite Bible  in Logos, and you could change the way you approach your entire day—they’re that good.

And since it’s on Community Pricing, the more people that get in on the bidding action, the lower the price for this collection will go. So take one of these quotes and tweet it (with a link). Or share one of Murray’s insights on your Facebook page. Add it to your Pinterest board or your blog or your church website—get the word out that Logos Bible Software has Andrew Murray’s works, and the price is right (and going to get even better). And make sure to bid now!

Did we miss your favorite Andrew Murray quote? Leave us a comment and tell us what it is.

Win a Free Copy of the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary!

To mark the release of the newest addition to the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (44 vols.), we’re giving away a copy of the entire EEC!

This giveaway ends June 30, so enter soon—and often!
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John’s Epistles Now Available

We’re excited to announce the latest release in the EEC series, 1–3 John by Gary W. Derickson. Dr. Derickson serves as the ministry division chair at Corban University. He’s published articles on Matthew, John, and 1 John in a number of academic journals. With a robust introduction and a thorough treatment of John’s epistles, Dr. Derickson’s commentary will be an important resource for serious study of the Johannine Epistles.

If you already own the EEC, this volume has already been downloaded to your resources!

What Is the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary?

The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (44 vols.) is the first major academic Bible commentary series published in many years. Like the Word Biblical Commentary, the EEC offers the best in evangelical scholarship. Logos has carefully selected authors who are specialists in their field of study, ensuring that each commentary offers critical and exegetical interaction with the Bible in its original languages and context.

The EEC is written from a distinctively evangelical perspective and each volume provides serious exegesis, interacting with primary sources as well as the most up-to-date secondary sources. Such interaction requires that contributors engage with the very best scholarship available. Our commitment to evangelical scholarship is spelled out clearly in the sections on “Biblical Theology” and “Application and Devotional Implications” at the end of each pericope.

Order Your Copy Today

When you place your order for the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary, you’ll immediately receive Philemon by Seth EhornEzra & Nehemiah by Israel Loken, and Gary W. Derickson’s brand-new commentary on 1–3 John. Future volumes of the EEC will be delivered as soon as they are available. So order your copy now, and don’t forget to take advantage of our interest-free payment plans!

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June 7, 1891: Charles Spurgeon Preaches His Last Sermon

On June 7, 1891, Charles Spurgeon stood before the congregation gathered at London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle and began his Sunday message with these words: “Those who associate themselves with a leader must share his fortunes . . .”

Spurgeon’s brilliant message equated the spoils shared by David’s men with the spoils we share through our affiliation with Christ. But to those associated with the Metropolitan Tabernacle, this message would go on to hold special significance. Unbeknownst to anyone one at the time, this would be Spurgeon’s last sermon.

Spurgeon preached his first sermon in December 1853 to London’s largest Baptist congregation at New Park Street. It wasn’t too long before his powerful messages caused the church to outgrow its 1,200-seat auditorium. The church moved a couple times before the 1861 dedication of the current Metropolitan Tabernacle at the intersection of Elephant & Castle. Spurgeon  spoke to 6,000 attendees every Sunday for 30 years, preaching to more than 10,000,000 in his lifetime.

It’s hard for modern readers to grasp how popular and controversial Spurgeon’s preaching was for nineteenth-century listeners, many of whom wrote Spurgeon off as overly dramatic and sacrilegious. Spurgeon never feared causing contention when he felt the topic deserved it. In a sermon titled “Baptismal Regeneration” (June 5, 1861), he challenged the validity of child baptism. This sermon sold more than 350,000 copies and created such a public uproar that Spurgeon withdrew from the ecumenical Evangelical Alliance.

The “Prince of Preachers” struggled with illness for most of 1891. Some time after preaching his last sermon, he went to the French Riviera to rest and recover, but he died the following January. More than 60,000 people attended his funeral on February 9, 1892.

Spurgeon’s last sermon, delivered 121 years ago today, ended with these words:

“Those who have no master are slaves to themselves. Depend upon it, you will either serve Satan or Christ, either self or the Saviour. You will find sin, self, Satan, and the world to be hard masters; but if you wear the livery of Christ, you will find him so meek and lowly of heart that you will find rest unto your souls. He is the most magnanimous of captains.

“There never was his like among the choicest of princes. He is always to be found in the thickest part of the battle. When the wind blows cold he always takes the bleak side of the hill. The heaviest end of the cross lies ever on his shoulders. If he bids us carry a burden, he carries it also. If there is anything that is gracious, generous, kind, and tender, yea lavish and superabundant in love, you always find it in him. These 40 years and more have I served him, blessed be his name! and I have had nothing but love from him. I would be glad to continue yet another 40 years in the same dear service here below if so it pleased him. His service is life, peace, joy. Oh, that you would enter on it at once! God help you to enlist under the banner of Jesus even this day! Amen.”

The Complete Spurgeon Sermon Collection

We have the Complete Spurgeon Sermon Collection (63 vols.) available on Community Pricing right now. You can add over 3,550 of Spurgeon’s sermons to your library for a fraction of their actual value. Bid now!

“I have turned to Charles Spurgeon in these days for help, and I have not been disappointed. . . . I think the word ‘indefatigable’ was created for people like Charles Spurgeon.”—John Piper

“The greatest Bible preacher outside of Scripture.”—Mark Driscoll

“As sermons they stand alone. Unequalled by any other published sermons, by men now in the pulpit or by those of other generations.”—The Standard

Get a Full Scholarship—Your DMin Could Be Free!

Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software have teamed up to provide the one-of-a-kind Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching—the optimal degree for deepening your knowledge of Scripture and advancing your ministry to new heights. Getting your doctorate is a huge commitment, and depending on the school, it can be staggeringly expensive.

Now it doesn’t have to be.

This Scholarship Makes the Knox DMin Free

Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software are covering the entire academic cost of the program with the Haddon Robinson Scholarship. If you win and you have an MDiv equivalent, and if your application is accepted by Knox, your entire DMin education is free!

Never heard of the Knox/Logos DMin? It’s a new program that completely changes the game when it comes to doctoral-level education. You can explore the reasons why it’s the best DMin out there—but here’s the executive summary.

  • You’ll learn from some of the world’s foremost Bible scholars, including Dr. Haddon Robinson, one of Christianity Today’s “Top 25 Most Influential Preachers.”
  • You’ll become a Logos expert—we’ll train you in the use of our software.
  • You’ll be equipped to teach, preach, and lead the Church in the digital age.
  • You’ll get your own Portfolio Editionour largest base package—included in the price.
  • You could win your entire DMin education for free!

A $20,000 Value—Free!

The Haddon Robinson Scholarship lets you earn your Doctor of Ministry at no cost. It covers the whole shebang:

  • Tuition—$12,750
  • Fees—$2,750
  • Logos 4: Portfolio Edition—$4,290 (Actually, this massive library would cost over $35,000 if you were to purchase every title in print!)
  • Logos 4 book credit—$1000
  • Estimated total value—$20,000+

The scholarship is named for Dr. Haddon Robinson, one of the faculty members you’ll learn from in the Knox/Logos DMin program. Preaching Magazine named him one of the 25 most influential preachers of the past 25 years in 2010. He was ranked by Christianity Today in the top 10 of its “Top 25 Most Influential Preachers” from 1956–2006. A 1996 Baylor University poll named him as one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, and in 2008 he received the E. K. Bailey Living Legend Award.

The Haddon Robinson Scholarship could be your ticket to getting your DMin for free—and becoming a stronger preacher and teacher yourself!

How to Get the Haddon Robinson Scholarship

It’s simple: enter to win before June 28. On August 17, a winner will be selected to receive their entire Knox DMin in Preaching and Teaching at no cost.

The more you share this opportunity, the better your odds will be. So jump in—enter to win the Haddon Robinson Scholarship and earn your DMin for free!

Show Dad Some Love with These Father’s Day Deals!

Looking for a special Father’s Day gift for Dad? How about a  present for that significant father figure or mentor in your life? Look no further! We have gifts that’ll make his Father’s Day amazing.

Base Packages

If your dad doesn’t already have a base package, this is the perfect time to get him get into the Word like never before.

Imagine Dad opening up his own copy of Scholar’s Library: Platinum. With more than 1,200 resources worth nearly $18,000, the Platinum base package will propel his Bible study forward by leaps and bounds. And with our free Android and iPhone apps, he’ll be able to take his study (and most of his resources) on the road! He can even access his resources online through Biblia.com.

Don’t miss an opportunity to save big on a base package for Dad!

Special Father’s Day Discounts

You can save big on these bestselling resources for fathers. These deals end June 18.

B&H Marriage and Family Collection (19 vols.)

Retail: $336.81 Regularly $249.99 Only $212.49 with coupon code DadsDay01!

What does the Bible teach about maintaining healthy marriages and reconciling broken families?

The 19-volume B&H Marriage and Family Collection offers you the tools to help your marriage and your family not merely survive—but flourish. These books provide practical relationship advice from a biblical perspective. You’ll learn about wise parenting, love and sex, wedding planning, dealing with divorce, and caring for aging parents—and you’ll get it all from the best Christian counselors and the most experienced pastors.

Men’s Ministry Catalyst Collection (5 vols.):

Retail: $74.75 Regularly: $67.95 Only $57.76 with coupon code DadsDay02!

Written by avid outdoorsman and former television personality, Jim Grassi, these books go beyond biblical basics and dive deep into focusing on Christ and his calling in our lives. Grassi uses stories from his personal adventures and the experience of other figures in the sports world to show God at work in an arena where he is rarely mentioned or given credit.

This series is perfect for those driven to experience Christ in their daily lives. With study questions and personal applications at the end of each chapter, Grassi both challenges and encourages. This series is not only a riveting read, but a call to share Christ with others and seek him for direction in overcoming our obstacles, whether large or small.

Morris Proctor Father’s Day Bundle (PC) or (Mac)

Regularly: $82.85 Only $59.95 with coupon code DadsDay03!

The Logos 4 Bible Software Training Manuals help you get the most out of your Logos software. Written and compiled by certified and authorized trainer Morris Proctor, these manuals are made up of 51 total sections, each covering a specific Logos 4 topic. Morris opens each section with practical introductory comments, then gives step-by-step instructions for using Logos’ many advanced features.

With this bundle, you can pick up both volumes of the Logos 4 Bible Software for PC Training Manuals (for either PC or Mac) and also get the Logos QuickCard Set and the Logos 4 Keyboard Shortcuts Mousepad!

Even More Father’s Day Deals

Visit our exclusive Father’s Day page to see all these special savings—and more! But hurry—Father’s Day is right around the corner. Don’t get caught scrambling at the last minute for that perfect gift. Get your dad something he is going to love.

Receive your gift in time for Father’s Day by choosing overnight shipping for your DVD order, or call us at 1-800-875-6467 to order a gift download instead of delivery.

National Camp Logos in Bellingham, WA—June 21–22

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsIt’s time for the highlight of our year: National Camp Logos, which will take place June 21–22. As it is every year, Camp Logos will be hosted in Bellingham, Washington, home to Logos Bible Software.

As a software owner, you know how incredibly powerful Logos is. If, however, you’re like most Logos users, you’re only taking advantage of a fraction of its capabilities. Let us help you unleash the power of Logos at this two-day hands-on training seminar.

You will learn to:

  • Customize Bible study guides for your method of study
  • Locate just the information you need with pinpoint searching
  • Organize your research in detailed note files
  • Create information-filled study folders ready for future use
  • And much, much more

Included in National Camp Logos:

  • Extended training sessions
  • Question-and-answer sessions with Logos leadership
  • Previews of upcoming Logos products
  • Tour of the ever-expanding Logos headquarters
  • Catered meals

To learn more or register for National Camp Logos, please click here.

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