Happy Birthday: Logos Talk Turns Seven!

The Logos blog header as it first appeared.

It was 2005 when we published our first blog. To give you some perspective, that was the same year that Google launched Google Earth, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 hit stores, and Apple rolled out the first iPod Nano.

A lot has happened at Logos since Bob’s first post went live on July 29, 2005. Looking back at the last seven years on Logos Talk is like opening a time capsule. The blog is a living record of exciting announcements, like:

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Logos Talk’s Top Posts

There are nearly two thousand posts on Logos Talk, and those posts have been viewed millions of times over the last seven years. Here are some of the most popular posts:

Bringing you the latest announcements, promotions, interviews, training articles, and windows into Logos’ corporate culture has been a blast, and we’re looking forward to sharing more exciting news in the future. Stay tuned!

Have some ideas of things you’d like to see more of on Logos Talk? Leave us a comment and tell us about them.

3 Crucial Lessons from William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce, British politician and prominent abolitionist, died July 29, 1833. Here are three lessons from the man whose faith helped end slavery in England and inspire America’s abolitionist movement.

1. Experience life through the lens of faith.

Prior to his conversion, William was not known as an industrious individual. As a student at St. John’s College, he invested most of his time in social activities and idleness. William committed himself to frivolity, even after being elected into Parliament at 21. As he said himself, “the first years in Parliament I did nothing—nothing to any purpose.”

After a sudden conversion experience, William began to see his work (and world) in a whole new light.

“The gospel freely admitted makes a man happy. It gives him peace with God, and makes him happy in God. It gives to industry a noble, contented look which selfish drudgery never wore; and from the moment that a man begins to do his work for his Saviour’s sake, he feels that the most ordinary employments are full of sweetness and dignity, and that the most difficult are not impossible. And if any of you, my friends, is weary with his work, if dissatisfaction with yourself or sorrow of any kind disheartens you, if at any time you feel the dull paralysis of conscious sin, or the depressing influence of vexing thoughts, look to Jesus, and be happy. Be happy, and your joyful work will prosper well.”

2. Bloom where you are planted.

William struggled with his Parliament position in light of his new faith. Religious enthusiasm was not socially accepted in high society, and he worried about finding himself at odds with his peers. For advice, he reached out to Anglican clergyman John Newton (writer of “Amazing Grace”). Newton responded by telling William, “It is hoped and believed that the Lord has raised you up for the good of his church and for the good of the nation.” This gave William the encouragement he needed.

As he later wrote in his diary, “My walk I am sensible is a public one; my business is in the world; and I must mix in assemblies of men, or quit the post which Providence seems to have assigned me.”

His decision to stay in Parliament would help change the nation and end the slave trade.

3. Have the stamina to pursue your God-given passions until the end.

In William’s time, more than 11 million people had been captured in Africa and forced into labor in the West Indies, with Britain controlling the majority of that slave trade. Putting an end to Britain’s role in this unacceptable practice became William’s driving passion, no matter the cost to himself.

“As soon as ever I had arrived thus far in my investigation of the slave trade, I confess to you sir, so enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable did its wickedness appear that my own mind was completely made up for the abolition. A trade founded in iniquity, and carried on as this was, must be abolished, let the policy be what it might,—let the consequences be what they would, I from this time determined that I would never rest till I had effected its abolition.”

Slavery, a booming business, contributed much to the British economy. Though few were directly involved in the slave trade, most wealthy families benefited from it somehow. The resistance to abolishing slavery was fierce, but William was resolute.

For 20 years, William worked as an abolitionist, often without seeing positive results. But on July 26, 1833, the House of Commons voted to abolish the slave trade. Upon hearing the news, William said, “Thank God that I have lived to witness [this] day.” He died three days later.

Interested in learning more? Explore Logos’ books on William Wilberforce!

Know Technology? BibleTech 2013 Needs Presenters!

We’re already looking forward to BibleTech 2013, which will be held March 15 & 16 in Seattle, WA. This will be our fifth BibleTech conference, each one focused on the intersection of Bible study and technology. It’ll be of interest to anyone who wants to hear about the ways technology is affecting how we translate, interpret, communicate, and transmit the Scriptures.

At BibleTech, you won’t just listen to speakers address the tech issues most important to you—you’ll also interact and network with industry leaders and others who share your interests. Plenty of BibleTech attendees initiated long-lasting friendships and working relationships at past conferences.

Wanted: A Few Good Presenters

Once again, we’re putting out a call for programmers, publishers, tagging experts, information and library scientists, technologists, thought leaders, design gurus, information architects, webmasters, and anyone else working at the intersection of the Bible and technology. Come lead conference sessions and round-table discussions! To be considered, all you have to do is fill out our Call for Participation form!

We’re going to get a lot of entries, so we encourage you to be as descriptive as possible when sharing your topic ideas. If you have multiple ideas for sessions, feel free to fill out multiple entries.

We’ll close the call for participation Friday, November 30, to give ourselves time to choose the best session speakers for next year. Please submit your topic by then!

Keep Up with the Latest BibleTech News

We’ll be updating the BibleTech website as things develop. If you want up-to-the-minute information, like BibleTech on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Birthday Sale: Save 50% on the Oswald Chambers Collection

Oswald Chambers, the Scottish minister best known for his beloved devotional My Utmost for His Highest, was born 138 years ago today. Celebrate his birthday by picking up the 24-volume Oswald Chambers Collection for only $95.88 with coupon code OC529—that’s 50% off the retail price!

Quotable and thought provoking, Chambers’ works are still cherished by Christians worldwide. Whether you’re new to Christianity or you’ve been studying the Scriptures for decades, you’ll find treasures liberally sprinkled throughout Chambers’ volumes:

“The diabolical nature of sin is that it hates God, it is not at enmity against God; it is enmity. When you get the nature of sin revealed by the Holy Spirit, you know that this phrase is not too strong—red-handed anarchy against God.”—from God’s Workmanship

“There are people to-day who are going through an onslaught of destruction that paralyses all our platitudes and preaching; the only thing that will bring relief is the consolations of Christ. It is a good thing to feel our own powerlessness in the face of destruction, it makes us know how much we depend upon God.”—from Baffled to Fight Better

“The aspect of the cross in discipleship is lost altogether in the present-day view of following Jesus. The cross is looked upon as something beautiful and simple instead of a stern heroism. Our Lord never said it was easy to be a Christian; He warned men that they would have to face a variety of hardships, which He termed bearing the cross.”—from Approved unto God

“In the New Testament everything centres in the Cross. The Cross did not happen to Jesus: He came on purpose for it.”—from Bringing Sons into Glory

Until you have stopped trying to be good and being pleased with the evidences of holiness in yourself, you will never open the wicket gate that leads to the more excellent way. The life ‘hid with Christ in God’—that is the more excellent way.”—from If Thou Wilt Be Perfect

“The questions that matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by these words ‘Come unto Me.’ Not—‘Do this’ and ‘Don’t do that,’ but ‘Come.’”—from Our Brilliant Heritage

“One great characteristic in the life of a man whose life is hid with Christ in God is that he has received the gift Jesus Christ gives. What gift does Jesus Christ give to those who are identified with him? The gift His Father gave him, The Father gave Him the Cross, and He gives us our cross.”—from Christian Disciplines

Learn more about Oswald Chambers—then save 50% on his works. To get the discount, pick up the Oswald Chambers Collection by the end of the day Saturday, July 28, with coupon code OC529!

Millard J. Erickson: Solid Evangelical Scholarship

Looking for some solid evangelical, scholarly insight into biblical topics like Christology, the trinity, eschatology, and postmodernism? Check out the Millard J. Erickson Collection. Erickson, one of today’s most respected evangelical theologians, takes a balanced approach to these subjects.

Consider A Basic Guide to Eschatology: Making Sense of the Millennium for instance. This volume presents an overview and history of various end times views. Erickson presents basic arguments for postmillennial, amillennial, and premillennial views, treating the strengths and weaknesses of each position. He then goes on to discuss differing tribulational views.

A Basic Guide to Eschatology has received many positive reviews:

“Erickson is certainly one of the most prolific writers among contemporary Baptists. But this comment about quantity shouldn’t eclipse the high quality of Erickson’s writing. He does a superb job at explaining topics that can be difficult to understand—in this case, eschatology. In a concise, to-the-point fashion, Erickson examines strengths and weaknesses of each of the major schools of thought.”—Minister’s Packet

“Puts forth clearly and responsibly historically held post-, a-, and premillennial views. . . . A balanced and fair book.”—Reformed Review

“Erickson is to be commended for the fair, balanced, and careful treatment he has given to each position.”—Eternity

This Pre-Pub also includes The Word Became Flesh: A Contemporary Incarnational Christologya colossal contemporary understanding of Christology.

 “A massive compendium of information that will be valuable to anyone interested in contemporary theological trends. The review of contemporary Christologies in Part 2, for instance, provides excellent summaries of numerous recent studies. Erickson is a master of identifying the central arguments and key representatives of theological movements. Readers will find here a lucid, readable summary of conservative Christology. Erickson’s study will certainly become a standard textbook and resource in the field of Christology.”—Critical Review of Books in Religion

“Here is a well-informed, workmanlike overview of Christological discussion, ancient and modern, by an evangelical veteran.”—J. I. Packer

Erickson has taught at numerous schools, including Bethel University, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and Baylor University. There’s no question that he’s used to making complex ideas accessible to students. If you’re looking for a theological collection that’s thoughtful and exacting while still approachable and uncomplicated, you can’t do much better than Millard J. Erickson Collection. Get yours while it’s still on Pre-Pub.

Now on Pre-Pub: The J. I. Packer Collection

You’d be hard pressed to come up with a list of influential North American theologians that excludes J. I. Packer. Packer is one of those rare scholars whose works are beloved by both academics and laypeople.

As testimony to this fact, it didn’t take long for the four-volume J. I. Packer Collection to go from “Gathering Interest” to “Under Development” when it first showed up on Pre-Pub. But it isn’t too late to pre-order this collection at the low price of $44.95.

The collection includes:

God’s Will: Finding Guidance for Everyday Decisions

In this biblical and practical exploration of divine guidance, you’ll find solid foundations for understanding how and why God guides his people. Discover the role of Scripture, discernment, wisdom, the counsel of others, and the Holy Spirit in helping you determine God’s will.

Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way

“On his 80th birthday, Packer said that the greatest challenge for the twenty-first-century church was to re-catechize and disciple believers. These contributions from two of our best Christian thinkers help us to do precisely what Packer said is needed. It will help you to see how to make not just converts but, as Jesus tells us, disciples.”—Chuck Colson

Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God, rev. ed.

In this new edition of his classic Keep in Step with the Spirit, J. I. Packer seeks to help Christians reaffirm both the biblical call to holiness and the Spirit’s role in keeping our covenant with God. Packer discusses the merits and shortcomings of the current charismatic movement, as well as how Christ must always be at the center of true Spirit-led ministry.

J. I. Packer and the Evangelical Future: The Impact of His Life and Thought

“Students of J. I. Packer’s beloved Puritans may hear echoes of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress throughout this volume. Turning the pages feels like walking through the Interpreter’s House, with each essay introducing a series of poignant lessons from the Anglican theologian. . . . When historians examine the life of Packer, this volume will serve as a useful starting point.”—Chris Castaldo, Christianity Today 

Don’t miss this opportunity to get four works by one of the most influential evangelicals alive. Pre-order the J. I. Packer Collection now before it ships!

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Our Portfolio base package is a mammoth resource library. It isn’t just the most comprehensive collection we’ve ever offered—it’s the best way to get the largest collection of quality content at the lowest possible price. We’re talking about more than 1,600 resources, worth more than $30,000 in print (the equivalent of a brand new, fully loaded Honda Accord!), for a fraction of the cost.

We’re Making Portfolio the Most Affordable It’s Ever Been!

We are launching a special extended payment plan option to put Portfolio within your budget. When you call or email to purchase our largest base package (or upgrade from your existing one), we’ll extend our interest-free payment plan to 18 months—that’s savings of $65–$100 a month!

But I Already Own Platinum

Scholar’s Library: Platinum is a robust package that includes more than 1,200 resources worth almost $18,000 in print. So what do you get by upgrading from Platinum to Portfolio?

Here’s a sample of some of the amazing content added to your library with an upgrade from Platinum to Portfolio:

As you can see, with Portfolio, you have the tools you need for academic-level study and research. If you’ve been mulling over purchasing or upgrading to Portfolio, now’s your chance. There’s never been a better time to invest in the largest library we’ve ever offered.

Our extended Portfolio payment plan for is only available through our sales team—call us 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PDT) at 1-800-875-6467, or email us at sales@logos.com. Order now!

Save Big on Robert Webber Collections!

The Robert Webber Collection (2 vols.) is new to Pre-Pub. To celebrate this offering, we’re having a huge sale on the four-volume Robert Webber Ancient-Future Collection. Through July 29, use the coupon code WEBBERSALE and get the Ancient-Future Collection for only $44.95—that’s an extra $15 off!

When Webber began to focus on liturgical worship and early-church practices in the ’70s and ’80s, he found himself out of step with many of his evangelical peers. Decades later, he’s proved himself ahead of his time. Many of today’s evangelical churches are looking to translate church history into the modern worship experience.

Robert Webber gives you a look at the history and practice of passionate spiritual formation with The Divine Embrace. And he brings his incredible insight to bear on how the next generation’s leaders are bringing sweeping change and renewal to the twenty-first-century church in The Younger Evangelicals: Facing the Challenges of the New World. These two volumes are on Pre-Pub for only $19.95.

Save on the Ancient-Future Collection

For a limited time, you can also add the Robert Webber Ancient-Future Collection (4 vols.) to your library for only $44.95. This collection includes:

Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World

“Here is a faith for our time that finds in the ancient traditions the power to speak to the postmodern world. This book amounts to an introduction to Christianity from the theme of Christus Victor. It draws from Webber’s own experience of growth as a hearer of God’s Word and is backed up with an impressive set of endnotes, charts, and bibliography.”—Clark H. Pinnock, professor of theology, McMaster Divinity College

Ancient-Future Evangelism: Making Your Church a Faith-Forming Community

“A simplistic and reductionist understanding of salvation has led to an obsession with conversion to the detriment of discipleship. Dr. Robert Webber provides a helpful framework to all who desire a deeper perspective on this significant subject. Every Christian disturbed by the lack of depth in the church should read Ancient-Future Evangelism.”—Dr. Appianda Arthur, president, Global Leaders Initiative, Colorado Springs

Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World

“The rhythm of Christian-year spirituality is part of the heritage of liturgical wisdom that Robert Webber has long been relaying to evangelicals enthusiastically and with flair. The layout of it here is the spiritual equivalent of a combined course of antibiotics and vitamins; both pastors and people who take the course will benefit greatly.”—J. I. Packer, professor of theology, Regent College

Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative

“[Robert Webber has] introduced so many of us to the early church as a period of unique theological insight, spiritual vitality, and prophetic correction. [He does so] in a way that energizes practicing pastors and lay Christians. It was said of Princeton’s Peter Brown, ‘He rescued the past from the tyranny of stereotypes.’ That is also true for Robert Webber, especially when it comes to worship.”—John D. Witvliet, director, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship; professor of worship, Calvin Theological Seminary

Something dramatic happens when we allow the early church to inform our ideas about worship, ministry, and community life. Robert Webber’s legacy encourages us to embrace an ancient–future faith.

Get the Robert Webber Collection (2 vols.) on Pre-Pub for only $19.95. Then use the coupon code WEBBERSALE before 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on Sunday, July 29, and pick up the Robert Webber Ancient-Future Collection (4 vols.) for only $44.95!

Ridderbos: One of the 20th Century’s Most Influential New Testament Scholars

Between Logos and Vyrso, we currently offer more than 26,000 resources. Some titles flit across my radar, while others encourage me to look more closely. Occasionally, though, I come across a resource that I get really excited about. The nine-volume Herman Ridderbos Collection falls into the latter category.

I spent a couple of years preaching through the gospel of John, and Ridderbos’ The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary became one of my favorite resources for preparation. I loved it so much that I purchased and consumed Paul: An Outline of His TheologySoon I was scouring used bookstores and shopping online for more of Ridderbos’ works.

Here’s a few Ridderbos gems:

“The ransom that Christ had to pay for the ‘many’ was nothing less than his being delivered up to God’s judgment in the place of ‘the many.’ In this sacrifice Jesus suffered in anticipation, as it were, all that those who are his would have had to endure according to the law on account of their sins. But in it he also gave them the guarantee of their perfect redemption. He opened the gates of paradise (Luke 23:43), gave them assurance of the kingdom (Luke 22:29, 30); in short, he laid the judicial foundation of the entire preaching of the gospel.”

“The dominant clue for all interpretation of Scripture is thus Christ, not man; it is man sub specie Christi and not the reverse.”

“Without the New Testament the Old is but a torso; and the New Testament dangles in mid-air, as it were, if one does not see its foundations in the Old. Nevertheless, it is in the New Testament that what is symbolically contained in the Old achieves its full explication and fulfillment.”

“In Jesus’ apocalyptic preaching the human being is not only referred to the future for salvation, but also to the presence of the grace of God, to the freedom and the calling to live out of this new beginning as a child of God.”

“John the Baptist’s preaching was so ominous and alarming because he said that the ‘axe was laid unto the root of the trees,’ and that he who was coming held ‘the fan in his hand.’ Now it appears that with Jesus’ coming, on the one hand, the fulfillment has become a fact, but, on the other, that the time of grace has also been extended. This extension is important, but the preaching of grace is no less important. The gospel itself now operates with an entirely new force, and an intensified content; it is the preaching of the fulfillment; it is the message of the grace of God revealed in Christ which now starts its course in this world.”

One of my favorite features of  Ridderbos’ theology is his emphasis on heilsgeschichte, or God’s hand in the Old Testament narrative, a story of salvation culminating in Christ—the center point of redemption. My exposure to Ridderbos has encouraged me to pay closer attention to the salvific thread running through the Scriptures.

If you’re looking for solid material from a modern theologian, look no farther than the Herman Ridderbos Collection. This assortment is on Pre-Pub, but it’s currently under development. Pick it up before it ships and these nine volumes will be yours for only $99.95!

And the Winner of the $20,000 Haddon Robinson Scholarship Is . . .

We have a winner! Out of more than 24,000 entries, Stephen L. Kolk of Madison, WI, won the Haddon Robinson Scholarship.

Stephen, a 12-year Logos user, was thrilled: “The Dr. Haddon Robinson DMin Scholarship excites me as I think about what I could do with it and how I could use it to build, expand, and apply my knowledge of Logos software. My wife and I talked about it, and she thinks this wonderful gift is something that suits my abilities and passions.”

Hailing from Grand Rapids, MI, Stephen is a 1976 Calvin College graduate. He has served the Christian Reformed Church in a variety of capacities—youth leader, deacon, treasurer, elder—and he’s currently teaching at High Point Church in Madison, WI.

Stephen and Trudi, his wife of 36 years, have raised two sons while living in Michigan, Connecticut, Minnesota, Washington, and Wisconsin.

From all of us at Logos and Knox Theological Seminary—Congratulations Stephen!

Apply for a DMin from Knox

If you entered to win the Haddon Robinson Scholarship, don’t let not winning kill the dream! There are still great reasons to apply for the Knox DMin.

  • You’ll learn from the finest scholars. Drs. Haddon Robinson, Bruce Waltke, Warren Gage, Samuel Lamerson, and others—these scholars will pass on their knowledge and expertise directly to you.
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If you’ve considered furthering your education, you owe it to yourself to learn more about the one-of-a-kind Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching from Knox Theology Seminary. Check out details on the program now.

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