Archive - August, 2012

Win a Nexus 7 Tablet from Vyrso!

Ready to be part of the mobile revolution? Vyrso, your source for Christian ebooks, is giving away a brand-new 8 GB Nexus 7—the device Wired magazine called the “the best Android tablet yet.” But that’s not all! Vyrso’s loading up that Nexus 7 with the entire Kirkdale Press catalog, plus 10 ebooks of your choice from a selection of remarkable authors:

Vyrso is even adding a copy of Karen Kingbury’s Coming Homeas well as titles from these Faithlife Women Conference* speakers:

What are you waiting for? Enter the Nexus 7 giveaway now!

 

*Did you know you can attend the Faithlife Women Conference for free?

Free Talmud Resource: Daf Yomi!

The Babylonian Talmud is one of the most important Jewish texts. It contains most of the earlier Mishnah, with detailed rabbinical commentary addressing nearly every aspect of Jewish life. Although it’s organized by topic, not verse, the Talmud is a fantastic source for early Jewish biblical exegesis—but it can be a daunting read.

In response to this difficulty, Rabbi Meir Shapiro developed a reading plan built around studying both sides of a Talmud page (Daf) every day (Yom), launching the first readthrough September 11, 1923. The schedule was published so that readers everywhere could get on the same (literal) page. Classes formed around these reading schedules, followed by radio programs and, later, websites, podcasts, and blogs.

Rabbi Meir Shapiro

On August 2, 2012, just shy of 89 years after the program began, 300,000 people celebrated the completion of the Babylonian Talmud’s 12th communal readthrough. Without a break, the 13th cycle began the next day.

To mark the 13th Daf Yomi cycle’s start, we’ve created a free Daf Yomi reading plan. The plan links to Jacob Neusner’s English-language Talmud translations and, where relevant, to readings from Neusner’s The Mishnah: A New Translation. This week only, we’re offering Neusner’s translation bundle for over 30 percent off the sale price with coupon code DAFYOMI—a savings of $90! The discount is good only through August 19, 2012, so download Neusner’s translations now.

If you’re interested in early Judaism in general or the Talmud in particular, this is a terrific opportunity to get in on the new reading cycle. We’ve started a Faithlife group* where Daf Yomi reading-plan participants can share their thoughts, observations, and questions.

Get your free Daf Yomi reading plan today!

* Make sure you have a Faithlife user account—you can sign in with your Logos.com account. Then simply join the Daf Yomi group (button to the right of the group name) to get involved with the discussion!

Logos 4: Horizontal View of Panels

mp|seminars Tips 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.

A Logos user contacted me recently, asking how to get a panel to span the width of his screen. In other words, he wanted a horizontal view rather than a vertical view. But regardless of how much he dragged the tabs of open panels, the panels wouldn’t stack one upon the other; instead, they stubbornly stayed side by side.

Here’s one way to accomplish what he requested:

  • Open three resources.
  • Notice that, by default, the first book opens in a vertical panel on the left (A), while the second appears in a right-hand panel (B) and the third joins an already-open panel in an existing tile (C).

  • Drag one of the tabs around the screen, noticing the blue highlighted section showing where a new panel will display once you let go of the mouse (D).

As you look carefully at the screen, note that the default panel display is vertical—both the initial arrangement and the subsequent rearrangement.

  • Choose the Layouts menu (E).
  • Click the predefined horizontal layout (middle one on bottom row) (F).

Notice that the open panels stack one upon the other, spanning the screen’s width. Now, as you drag tabs, you can rearrange panels in both a horizontal and a vertical view! Of course, you can resize the tiles by dragging their borders.

 

With this little trick, you can position the panels exactly where you want them.

Small Group Planning Just Got Easier

Small group leaders play a crucial, challenging role in their churches. As volunteers, they often have to balance the responsibilities of work and family with those of ministry. Pastors face the equally difficult task of providing small group leaders with a set of tools that will enable them to effectively lead weekly study. That’s why Logos created Abraham: Following God’s Promise: Complete Church Curriculum.

The Complete Church Curriculum comes with a Leader’s Guide that contains eight detailed lesson plans. Beautifully organized and simple to use, these lesson plans include speaking points and action items. Easy-to-follow symbols provide small group leaders with clear direction for the entire lesson.

Each lesson plan also comes with a teaching slideshow. With graphics, Scripture passages, and reflection questions, the slideshows bring an engaging visual element to the small group experience. Thumbnails of the slideshows appear throughout the lesson, providing a visual reference for group leaders as they teach [see an example]. Available in three file formats—PowerPoint, Keynote, and Proclaim—the slideshows can be used easily on any platform.

The Leader’s Guide also includes introductory videos. View them as your small group begins in order to create a dynamic start to the evening’s study. The videos introduce the study’s focus and include shots of the graphics that appear in the slideshow.

 

Designed to be used along with the self-study program, the Abraham: Following God’s Promise Leader’s Guide helps small group leaders reinforce interpretive points and application insights with discussion questions. The discussion-question handouts allow leaders to print out the topics for those group members who don’t own the book. The questions ensure that your small group remains interactive, creating a space for sharing as well as study.

The slideshows and handouts are also customizable. Small group leaders can alter the material’s content and tone to fit their teaching goals. Pastors can work with their small group leaders to adjust the content to reflect a particular theological emphasis. Not only does the Complete Church Curriculum lead faith communities deeper into Abraham’s life—it accommodates faith communities’ teaching aims.

The Complete Church Curriculum provides a multifaceted curriculum solution that powerfully equips small group leaders, allowing them to focus on the important work of helping others understand the Bible. Equip your leaders today. With these tools, they can help others discover better Bible study—balancing their ministry with their commitments to family, work, and prayer. Get the Complete Church Curriculum today!

Never Miss a Logos Deal Again

Want the latest Logos news, specials, freebies, and promotions delivered straight to your inbox? Don’t want information and offers that don’t pertain to you? We’ve got you covered. Our recently updated notifications page includes more than 30 specific email lists offering exclusive deals and relevant products—and nothing more.

The page even shows you how often to expect emails from each list. If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your notifications, do it now!

If you don’t have a Logos.com account yet, it’s easy to create one. Simply register at Logos.com and get notifications about the areas of Bible study most important to you.

Here’s a few email lists you may be interested in:

  • Faithlife Study Bible: News and information about the Faithlife Study Bible
  • Vyrso Free Books: Free books from Christian ebook store Vyrso.com
  • Logos Families: News and information for leading your family biblically
  • Logos Teens: Products and titles for teenagers
  • Logos Youth Ministry: News and articles about youth ministry
  • Partner Offers: Very special offers from your favorite Christian companies

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Update your notifications now and get connected to the information you want.

Come to the Faithlife Women Conference—FREE!

We have exciting news!

You may have heard about the new Faithlife Women Conference that Logos and groups like Compassion International are putting on in September. Faithlife Women is shaping up to be a once-in-a-lifetime event, and with today’s announcement, it’s getting even better: we’ve worked out a partnership to make the conference FREE to the first 2,500 attendees! If you can get to Dallas September 6–8, you can hear from Faithlife Women’s outstanding speakers and authors completely free of charge.

We have an amazing lineup scheduled for you. You’ll hear Angela Thomas reveal what the Bible says about joy, listen to Liz Curtis Higgs discuss grace, and be blessed by Dr. Lois Evans’ unveiling of Psalm 91’s “secret place.” Those are just a few standouts among many terrific speakers and workshops.

Not only will you experience first-rate ministry—you’ll be edified by worship from Gwen Smith and music by the acclaimed Robbie Seay Band.

But that’s not all.

Want to get backstage at the conference? We’re giving away an exclusive lunch with some of our speakers! We’ll choose two women (both of whom can bring a friend) to share this special luncheon with Liz Curtis Higgs, Kasey Van Norman, Arlene Pellicane, Leslie Vernick, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Kendra Smiley, and Gwen Smith. Get in on the contest now.

Save your place!

Registration is still required, and seats are going fast. Register for free at FaithlifeWomen.com/conference and get your tickets today.

P.S. Share this post on Facebook, tweet it, text your girlfriends, email the women at church, call your mom—tell everyone you know about the Faithlife Women Conference.

Get Notes and Highlighting on Your Android Device!

If you use Logos’ Android Bible app, now you can add new functions for mobile Bible study, among them notes, highlighting, and resource text selection. Interact with the Word: save your thoughts and comments on any verse or book, and mark the text with colors and symbols.

You’ll get:

  • Notes: Attach your thoughts and comments to a verse or book for future reference.
  •  Highlighting: Mark the text your way with more than 80 colors and symbols.
  • Languages: Access the original Greek and Hebrew with a simple tap-and-hold on any word in the Bible. You’ll instantly see the term’s lemma and morphology.
  • And much more!

With your free Logos account, you can grow your mobile library on your own terms, choosing from Logos’ and Vyrso’s  27,000-plus Bibles, commentaries, reference guides, Christian living books, and other titles. Just sign in with your Logos account to start browsing.

The Android Bible app helps you experience fuller, richer Bible study wherever you go—and it’s absolutely free.

Learn more about Logos’ Bible app for Android by visiting the Android page, or simply download the app today from the Google Play store.

Get Your Doctorate Using Logos: New Classes Start Soon!

Knox Theological Seminary’s DMin in Preaching and Teaching  is a sure-fire way to equip yourself for lifelong ministry. You may have heard about the program when we announced it in May, but just to recap, here’s why this particular Doctor of Ministry is a big deal:

You’ll learn world-class theology with the best Bible software on the planet—Logos.

The next two onsite classes are gearing up in October. These courses delve into theology from a unique standpoint: that theology is just as much art as it is science.

The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching

October 15–19 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

This class shows you how to analyze the text, but it doesn’t stop there. You’ll move beyond analyzing the text to examine the beautiful structure of the entire biblical canon. In this course, you’ll develop a firm grasp of the following practices:

  • Analyzing details in context of the “big picture”
  • Recognizing recurring themes throughout the Word
  • Working with different forms of biblical text
  • Identifying biblical symbolism
  • Implementing exegetical theology into preaching

The class is a fine way to start your doctorate, but why stop with just one course when you can knock out two?

Biblical Theology and Preaching That Inspires

October 22–26 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Building on the previous class, this course focuses on developing your knowledge of the Scriptures and equipping you to proclaim them powerfully. You’ll learn to express the Word of God in ways that stir up your congregation to rejoice. You’ll communicate sound doctrine—doctrine that grounds your followers in the truth and motivates them to know more.

Learn Theology through Technology

As you work through these courses, you’ll use your own Logos Bible Software 4: Portfolio Edition library to dig into the text. Portfolio is included in the price of the program; plus, your entire DMin curriculum is based in Logos, which gives you some considerable academic advantages.

  • More than 1,600 books—worth nearly $30,000 in print
  • $1,000 of credit for books from Logos.com
  • Training in how to use Logos for scholarly research
  • Sources that cite themselves when you copy–paste
  • All your textbooks on your Mac, PC, and mobile devices
  • A massive library to use for lifelong ministry

The Knox DMin in Preaching and Teaching gives you all this and more. You can learn more about the program professors, how Portfolio works into the degree, and the courses themselves at DMin.me, which is where you need to go to apply for these fantastic classes. The deadline to register is September 17, so save your seat today and learn to approach theology as both science and art.

Accessing the Original Languages Using Logos Discourse Resources

The Problem

Few would deny the importance of learning Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic for teaching and preaching. Despite this high view of the original languages, I’ve heard numerous pastors lament the limited practical payoff of investing seminary time and effort in learning languages. As language skills get rusty, it takes more and more effort to do the kind of passage analysis that the professor recommended. Language study can end up becoming more word study than passage study. This is not a new problem, and it is not going to go away anytime soon. However, I have made it my mission in life to see the receding tide of interest in original language study turned around. The big question is how to do it.

An Idea

While researching the problem, I found that Bible translators had applied modern linguistics to the study of biblical languages in incredibly useful ways. There was a problem, though. Their work was not applied to exegesis, and it was horribly technical. The result: few scholars in biblical studies saw any value in it. I tested out the ideas on students and was surprised with what I found. Yes, linguistics can be complex, and yes, it takes extensive training to be able to completely analyze a discourse. But—and this is a very important but—once students had a basic knowledge of the devices and saw where they occurred in a passage, they were in a much better position to understand the overall flow of the text. So besides just learning the concepts, people needed access to this very specialized data (more on the access issue here). My mission had gained a bit more focus.

A Solution

I spent the next five years writing my doctoral dissertation and brainstorming a new kind of database. Meanwhile, Logos moved their company headquarters from Oak Harbor, WA, to Bellingham, where I had been living since 1985. I showed them my ideas and waved my arms to describe what my idea would look like. They took a risk, and here’s what’s come about.

  • Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible and Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament: original language databases identifying the most exegetically significant discourse devices and providing a basic propositional breakdown to help you digest the syntax. If you have a basic knowledge of the language—even if it’s very rusty—then these resources will enhance your study.

There was a fairly common response to these resources: “Where has this stuff been? Why didn’t I learn this in school?”

The High Definition OT and NT provide most of the same Hebrew and Greek analysis, but they display it on the ESV text. These resources also come bundled with their original language counterparts.

  • Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: After the NT databases shipped, I was often asked how someone could better understand the devices and their relationship to traditional grammar and exegesis. We needed a grammar book designed for folks with a traditional background in Greek. The Discourse Grammar has been endorsed by leading scholars like Dr. Peter Gentry and Dr. Daniel Wallace, and it’s being used at leading seminaries like Southern Seminary, Dallas Seminary, and Knox Theological Seminary.

I made some rather unscholarly (goofy?) videos to demonstrate that discourse grammar is not brain surgery—it’s stuff we do every day.

  • Introducing Greek Discourse Grammar: Video Series: After receiving invitations from schools to come and teach a discourse grammar course, we decided to make a video series that provides an overview of the Discourse Grammar concepts using things like funny road signs and jokes to help you better understand how we use language and to show how this understanding can enhance your exegesis. Here are some samples from the series: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • Greek New Testament Discourse Bundle: This bundle includes the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament, Lexham High Definition New Testament: ESV Edition, Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament, and the High Definition Commentary: Philippians, along with a collection of essays from leading scholars in discourse studies dedicated to my mentor, Wycliffe translator Stephen Levinsohn. This bundled set saves you nearly $75 compared to buying the resources individually.

Turning the Tide

There is a belief that if you read long enough and widely enough in the original languages after leaving school, you will gain a deeper insight into Greek and Hebrew. While this may be true, the reality is that very few ever reach this level of competency. This is not a practical solution.

The growing suite of Logos discourse resources has been intentionally designed to give you the kind of insights that professors promised. And there are some new discourse projects in the works.

They say “all boats are lifted by a rising tide,” and this holds true for reinvigorating Greek and Hebrew study. Strengthening our exegetical skills will sharpen our understanding of Scripture and our ability to compellingly communicate its message. More effective preaching and teaching will ultimately strengthen the church. The Logos discourse resources represent a significant step forward. If you’ve already purchased some of the discourse resources and have recommendations for new users, be sure to post a comment about your experience.

Read the NT like a Scholar: Save $200!

For the next two weeks, Understanding the Bible Commentary Series: New Testament—which used to be the New International Biblical Commentary: New Testament—is on sale for a spectacular price. Through August 19, you can get this 18-volume commentary, which retails for $299.95, for only $99.95!  Save $200 with coupon code UBCNTSALE before 11:59 p.m. (PDT), Sunday, August 19.

Excellent Scholarship Made Accessible

For years, students, pastors, and leaders have studied the New Testament with the help of the NIV-based New International Biblical Commentary. Understanding the Bible Commentary Series: New Testament’s 18 volumes have earned a reputation for scholastic rigor and clear language.

In this thorough, approachable commentary, such trusted scholars as F. F. Bruce, Craig A. Evans, Larry W. Hurtado, and Gordon D. Fee take you through each New Testament book, examining the biblical setting, the original Greek, and historical and literary issues. Each volume includes a detailed contextual chapter illuminating the New Testament in its original form.

Don’t forget about Understanding the Bible Commentary Series: Old Testament (16 vols.) on Pre-Pub!

Save Big Today

Don’t miss this opportunity to save hundreds of dollars on an incredible commentary—get the 18-volume Understanding the Bible Commentary Series: New Testament for just $99.95 with coupon code UBCNTSALE through August 19.

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