There has been an exciting last minute addition to the BibleTech line up. Scott Magdalein, the product manager for YouVersion, will be talking to us about how YouVersion has reached almost 15 million people with a full time staff of only 10—and over 150 actively engaged volunteers!
Yesterday, we ran a blog post by Stephen Smith on what an incredible resource the Logos forums are. With over 40,000 users, the forums provide a strong community that is both informed and helpful. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for information about a particular resource, assistance with an aspect of Logos 4, or just good tips and tricks to help get the most out of your study time, the Logos forums are an exceptional tool.
We recently realized how the Logos blog might be strengthened when combined with the community on the Logos forums. By moving the comments from the blog to the forums, users get the benefit of turning an isolated comment into a conversation. Now you can join thousands of users in discussing the various resources, tips, and general information discussed on the Logos blog!
Have you ever purchased a commentary that you found yourself returning to over and over? You knew it was part of a larger collection, but you also knew purchasing the collection would mean paying for that one commentary again?
I have good news for you.
If you buy a title and soon thereafter decide that you’d like to have the collection instead, we’ll credit the cost of the title toward the collection. This is a great way to test out a series before you invest in the whole thing.
This week Logos has introduced our new product called Proclaim, and to celebrate the announcement Proclaim is running a $25,000 Worship Resource Giveaway with over 100 winners.
So what is this new tool and why is it important?
Proclaim is a church presentation software that is going to change the way pastors, worship leaders, and other ministry partners put together a presentation. Not only will pastors be able send information and media directly from Logos 4 to a presentation, but worship leaders and others will be able to access a presentation throughout the week to add songs, backgrounds, and announcements. That’s right, multiple people can work from home or their church—or anywhere with internet access—on the same presentation.
Like Logos 4, Proclaim is a cross platform tool. You access your presentation from any place with an internet connection, from a Mac or PC.
A built-in media store means anyone can add videos or graphics without worrying about file-formats and compatibility, while ensuring the whole team can review selected content before it is presented.
Many churches use online planning tools to plan their service order and communicate with their team. While this has traditionally required worship team members to duplicate efforts inputting the service order and set list into the presentation software, Proclaim will easily import the ‘order of service’ you have already created. Then, the same application your team has used throughout the week to access the online version of the presentation, is now the same application used to run the presentation during the service.
There are some very useful cutting-edge features as well, allowing scriptures, messages, and surveys to be pushed out to the mobile devices of people in your service. For instance, when the scripture slide comes up on a screen, a signal will be sent out to also bring the scripture up on their mobile phones.
We have created Proclaim to be the simplest solution for pastors and worship leaders to present with, and for volunteers to run without a huge learning curve.
The Great Worship Resource Giveaway
To celebrate the announcement of Proclaim, we are running “The $25,000 Great Worship Resource Giveaway”, which will have over a 100 winners! The giveaway features today’s best worship resources and will surely be something your worship team will want to enter. Visit the giveaway and see a video on Proclaim, by clicking the banner above, or by going to http://proclaimonline.com. We would love to know what you think about Proclaim. Post your comments and questions below!
A few months ago, Logos shipped Catena Aurea: Commentary on the Four Gospels (8 vols.), a commentary set that started as a Community Pricing Special.
Now when I’m studying the Gospels, I have Catena Aurea open alongside a couple of other modern commentaries. While I love having resources that give me the latest scholarship on a particular verse, I never fail to gain insight when I click over to Catena Aurea and read how Bede, Augustine, and other Church Fathers read Scripture.
When Catena Aurea started out on Community Pricing, Logos users had the opportunity to bid on it, and enough people jumped on the special to lower the price to $14.00. If you missed out on the $14.00 deal, then you probably haven’t been taking advantage of Logos’ Community Pricing Program—where Logos users decide which books we’ll produce, and what price they’ll pay!
Community Pricing offers some amazing deals on classic works in the field of biblical and theological studies. Just scroll through some of the titles, and place a bid on the ones that interest you. Once enough bids have been placed to cover the costs of producing the title, then bidding is closed.
The more interest in a title, the lower its price.
You can help lower the price for a title by encouraging friends to place bids for it, fostering excitement for it in the Logos forums, writing about it on your blog, posting about it on your Facebook, tweeting about it to all your followers, shouting it from the rooftops. . . . Some titles have drawn so much excitement, they’ve sold for $5.00!
Several works are getting close to the finish line, and you don’t want to miss out on these incredible deals:
- Morris Jastrow Near Eastern Studies Collection (5 vols.)
- The Works of Edward Polhill
- Biblical Commentary on the New Testament (6 vols.)
So head on over to Community Pricing and help decide what gets produced next. With your help, these prices can get even lower!
Today’s guest post is by Robert Campbell, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.
Did you know that there might be a free copy of the new NIV waiting for you? Zondervan recently published a brand new edition of the NIV, replacing both the 1984 NIV and the TNIV. Instead of charging for it, we’ve decided to make it available free of charge—a value of nearly $27.00—as a thank you to everyone who has a Logos 4 base package that includes the old NIV.
From time to time we like to give away free books. Sometimes we make them available to everyone like we did with the recent McCheyne freebie. Other times we make them available to a specific group of people. In this case, we’re offering the new NIV free of charge to those of you who support us and stay up to date with our latest base packages.
You do not have to add the new NIV to your cart to take advantage of this offer. You can get it for free by going to our upgrade page and choosing the free crossgrade option on the package you already own.
It’s impossible to understand Catholicism today without reference to the Second Vatican Council, and—according to Pope Benedict XVI—it’s impossible to understand the Second Vatican Council without placing it in continuity with the entirety of the history and tradition of the Catholic Church.
The sixteen documents produced by the Council between 1962 and 1965 set forth a wide-ranging program of renewal that brought changes to nearly every aspect of the life of the Church. Some of these changes were dramatic and contested, and the resulting tumult has left many, like the Pope, regretting that Vatican II is too often viewed as a rupture with the past, in contradiction to the purpose of the Council Fathers.
Logos is pleased to announce the arrival of the Vatican II Documents to our Pre-Pub program. The Vatican II documents are a crucial addition to our growing library of Catholic products, and the Logos edition will be an excellent tool for establishing the kind of understanding of the Council that Pope Benedict calls for.
I am a huge fan of the Apostle Paul. Not only does his life fascinate me, but I always find myself inspired by his teachings to the early Church. Love one another. Don’t be divisive. Be careful how you live. I can relate to so many of the struggles Christians went through nearly 2,000 years ago, and I’m grateful for Paul’s words that continually point me towards Christ, even in today’s very different times.
That’s why I’m excited about our newest Pillar New Testament Commentary offering. Pillar New Testament Commentary: The First Letter to the Corinthians has been on Pre-Pub for a while now and it’s getting ready to ship!
Noted theologians Brian S. Rosner and Roy E. Ciampa thoroughly unpack this New Testament epistle, basing their exposition on the Greek New Testament. They are deeply committed to a fresh wrestling with the text, using every means at their disposal to “loosen the Bible from its pages” to help readers understand what the text says and how to apply it to life today. Yet, the scholarship does not undermine the accessibility of this volume.
D. A. Carson—professor, theologian, and author/editor of more than 45 resources—wrote the preface to this commentary. In it, he says:
“Those with the responsibility to preach and teach 1 Corinthians will be grateful for this commentary for a long time, while more advanced students of the New Testament will learn some new things and be challenged to think through this epistle with fresh eyes. It is a pleasure to commend this work.”
There’s no doubt about it: the first book of Corinthians is rich with theology and early Church history, and the Pillar New Testament Commentary: The First Letter to the Corinthians does a great job of illuminating the text. Here’s the good news: if you act now, you can still take advantage of our Pre-Pub pricing. It’s not too late to pick this up before it ships.
While you’re at it, if you haven’t already, check out the other Pillar New Testament commentaries available from Logos.
Today’s guest post is by Bethany Olsen, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.
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 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.
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:
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.”
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.