We are so excited about the Logos Christmas Sale! We are offering some insane deals. The values begin with a collection of 125 books at $2.40 a title and culminate in the Christmas 2010 Master Collection, featuring 2,010 titles, worth more than $61,000.00 in print, at $1 a title! It is the largest collection we have ever offered, and at nearly 97% off of retail. These collections need to be seen to be appreciated.
But the values don’t end there!
We have made every title in the Christmas Master Collection available individually* at 50% off! This means that you can get a great deal on a couple of new resources or create your own special collection, tailor made—just for you. Choose as many as you want; there is no limit.
Don’t forget, any purchase over $29.90 qualifies for the Logos Payment Plan. So put together that dream collection and take advantage of the interest free Payment Plan to spread those payments out.
If you are on a modest budget or just want to be more selective, make sure to check out the individual* titles we have on sale. There are no coupon codes required—simply add them to your cart and check out.
*Not every single title is available on its own. For the titles in the Christmas 2010 Master Collection that are not available individually, we have discounted the the collections they normally appear in by 50%!
Today’s guest post is by Kyle Anderson, from the Logos Bible Software electronic text development team.
I had a dream last night. I was seated at a large round table. In front of me was a banquet of fine foods. The greatest Christian thinkers were seated around me. I listened with equal parts admiration and curiosity as they spoke about who God is. They debated the trinity, what it means for Jesus to save, the Church, politics, and so much more. I suspected that some of what was shared was not quite right, but I also suspected that they were on to something more wonderful than I could ever concoct—even in my wildest dreams. As I reflected on these saint’s ruminations, I experienced the most curious of expressions: worship. Not hero worship for the of giants of theology, but worship of God. While I listened to them talk, I grew in my awareness of God’s unfathomable value.
Reading the work of some writers is just like this dream. It’s sitting at a great table, listening and learning. The best theologians can make you want to both throw the book (or monitor, or hand held device) across the room and fall on your knees in prayer and worship.
One of these theologians who might not be as well known is the late Colin Gunton. Before his death in 2003, Gunton was the Professor of Christian Doctrine at King’s College in London and co-founded the International Journal of Systematic Theology. A noted commentator on Karl Barth and Charles Harthshorne, and good-natured critic of Augustinianism, Gunton’s occasional writings are vast in scope, touching on nearly all aspects of traditional systematic theology or dogmatics: the doctrines of revelation, theological methodology, the Trinity, the Church, anthropology, and of course Christology.
Perhaps the best place to dig into the work of this great thinker is the Colin E. Gunton Theology Collection (6 vols.). These 6 volumes provide a fine contour of his life and work, touching on Trinitarian theology, the place of theology in preaching, and the life of faith. Also noteworthy in this collection are two edited works. In the first, Theology Through the Theologians, Gunton critically interacts with a wide swath of fellow members of the great theological table including Anselm, John Zizioulas, Reinhold Niebuhr, and John Henry Newman. In the second, The Theology of Reconciliation, he collects a number of essays on the broad topic of reconciliation between humans and God, between woman and man, and within the Church.
I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention his The Actuality of Atonement. Perhaps his best known work, it begins by looking at the history of rationalism through the lens of Kant, Hegel, and Shleiermacher. Gunton then moves through biblical metaphor and theological language before ending with atonement, the Triune God, and the community of reconciliation.
A new version of Logos Bible Software for Windows began shipping on Monday, December 6. Version 4.2 is the sixth major update since we launched Logos 4 last year. Like all previous updates, version 4.2 is a free download for all Logos 4 Windows users.
How Do You Get It?
If you have automatic updating enabled (screenshot), which is the default setting, Logos 4 will notify you that updates are ready to be installed. When you see the balloon tooltip window, right-click on the Logos icon in your system tray and choose to “Install update” (screenshot). If Logos 4 hasn’t downloaded the update by the end of the day, type Update Now into the Command Bar (screenshot). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (screenshot) and begin downloading them.
We received your 12 Days of Logos wish lists (and checked them twice) and with Christmas quickly approaching, we’ve put together 12 specials for you!
The 12 Days of Logos is back with more great offers. Starting December 9 and running through December 20, we’ll be posting a new deal every day on www.12DaysofLogos.com. Each day, there will be something new, and the offer will last for 24 hours. So you’ll have to act fast to grab it! With some titles going for up to 80% off, you’ll want to check the site every day to get the latest offer!
Today’s guest post is by Deborah Mickens, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.
Whether you’re a pastor, counselor, or lay person, the 19-volume Christian Counseling Bundle gives you helpful insights into helping others in need. And you’ll personally benefit from the collection too!
The Christian Counseling Bundle includes books written by some of the most well respected authors in the Christian counseling field, such as Dennis Rainey and Gary Chapman.
Titles in the Christian Counseling Bundle include:
This four-book series combines the knowledge of more than 30 contributors with expert perspectives on Christian families. The books describe biblical foundations for manhood and womanhood, answering many of the questions that face our congregations. Why is our nation experiencing a crisis in family identity? What does the Bible say about true masculinity and true femininity and how does that affect our world? The editors hope these books “show how faithfulness to Scripture regarding manhood and womanhood results in a ministry that does not run from but faces and resolves the tough problems that confront people in their lives as men and women today.”
The Five Love Languages Collection brings together the mega-selling Five Love Languages titles. In these seven volumes, relationship counselor Gary Chapman equips you with the tools you need to determine the love languages you—and those close to you—speak. You’ll learn to demonstrate your love to your spouse, children, and teenagers using the love languages they understand. Moreover, you’ll be able to show how they can most effectively communicate love to you—by teaching them to speak in the languages you respond to best.
Jesus said, in describing his ministry, that He had come to “preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to open prison to those who are bound.” This is an important part of ministry today; not just to focus on the individual salvation of people, but to bring comfort to the most troubling areas. The Christian Focus Counseling Collection comprises eight volumes of material to help aid you in leading people towards wholeness without pat answers, and without platitudes.
If you were to purchase each of these books separately, you would spend over $200, but now you can purchase the Christian Counseling Bundle for only $149.95. Don’t miss out; order your copy today!
Today’s guest post is by Ryan Rotz, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.
We understand that churches are on a tight budget. Pastors often have a fixed amount they can spend on books every month, which makes any large purchase seem daunting.
And let’s not forget the students. School is expensive and big-ticket items, however essential, are often out of reach.
When it comes to large purchases from Logos, Payment Plans can help to solve this problem. Instead of paying the full price up front, you can pay a fraction of the cost every month for up to a year. The plan applies to all purchases over $29.90 (tax and shipping included).
This is a great opportunity to purchase one of those collections you have had your eye on, or even invest in a new Logos 4 Base Package!
In the long run, purchasing a larger package—like the best-selling Platinum—is a huge savings when compared to buying books individually or even buying a smaller package with a plan to upgrade later.
Am I charged interest?
The Payment Plan is interest-free, with only a $5 monthly administrative fee (collected to cover the costs of processing reoccurring payments). We don’t expect to make any profit on it and offer it purely as a service to our customers.
Don’t just take our word for it. Consider these words from Alen, a Logos Payment Plan user:
I have used the Payment Plan to purchase my initial Scholar Library package, and once again with the upgrade to the Gold edition. I think $5 a month is not even worth worrying about considering when you get something like the Scholar Gold package at $1400 and you paid that over 12 months with $60 worth of administration fees it works out to being less than 5% of the total cost of the product. . . .Thanks guys for this option. It has helped me greatly and perhaps more so in the future.
To take advantage of the payment plan, simply select the payment plan option during the final step of checkout, enter your phone number, and select the number of payments you’d like to make. It is that simple.
To make it even easier on your wallet, we are still offering 20% off of all base packages for a limited time so order today!
Today’s guest blogger is Sean Boisen, senior information architect at Logos.
Suppose you want to tell someone how to get to your office. You could give them step-by-step directions:
Head north from Seattle on the I-5 freeway and travel for about 90 miles
Take exit 253 (Lakeway Drive), turn right on King Street, and take the first right onto Lakeway
Follow that down the hill about a mile (it turns into Holly) and look for Commercial Street
Turn right on Commercial, and, about half-way down the block, look for the building on the left with the big picture windows
But isn’t it more effective to simply tell them the final destination?
Go to: Logos Bible Software1313 Commercial Street Bellingham, WA 98225*
Supplying the address lets them choose their own route if they’re starting somewhere else. They can even plug the address into online resources like Google Maps and get a map of the area and driving directions.
In the same way, information in Logos 4 has an address, similar to other web addresses we’re all familiar with, and knowing how to use that address lets you link to Logos resources from web pages, Word documents, PDF files, email, and even Facebook and Twitter!
As a simple example, suppose I want to suggest to a friend that they read the Parable of the Soils in Mark. I can email them a link to the ESV text of Mark 4:1-9 in Logos. The address looks like this:
And I can insert this as a hyperlink in my email (with Microsoft Outlook on Windows, that’s Ctrl+k) to make my email look like this:
If the recipient has Logos installed, clicking this link will open Logos and take them directly to this passage: no need to describe the directions step-by-step.
Creating Logos Links
Though the link address looks complicated, you can create these links automatically inside Logos 4. The link you capture will be the current position of the resource you’re looking at, so check that first.
To create a link, first choose a link style. In a Logos resource, click the icon in the upper left corner of the panel, and set “Copy location as:” to URL (this is often the best choice).(screenshot)
Once you’ve set this, the link style is remembered, so you don’t have to visit the panel menu each time: just press Ctrl+Alt+C (Command+Alt+C on a Mac) to copy the URL to the clipboard. Now you can paste this URL into whatever other document you like. Note if you don’t see the “Copy Location as:” menu option, that means this particular resource isn’t linkable (but most are).
What You Can Link To
This feature is great for linking to specific Bible passages, but you can do much, much more! Here are just a few examples: try them yourself and you’ll probably starting thinking of others.
You can link to your own notes, handouts, syntax searches, sentence diagrams, and other files to help you keep track of your personal information. But other people don’t have access to them, so the link will only behave correctly for you.
Not all resources are linkable
How You Can Use Logos Links
Here are a few suggestions for how you might use this powerful feature:
Your own teaching materials: you won’t have to waste time looking for things you’ve already found once
Curricula for your school or church (syllabi, assignments, course notes, or reading lists)
Your blog posts, or discussions in the Logos Forums: links enable others to look directly at what you’re talking about
Web Sites that Don’t Handle Logos Links
Since these links don’t start with “http://”, some web sites won’t recognize them as links at all (in technical parlance, they use a special protocol handler that gets installed along with Logos 4). These sites include Facebook and Twitter, which automatically turn http-based links into hyperlinks, but leave these as text and refuse to treat them as links.
Recipients can copy and paste the text of the link directly into the Logos 4 command bar: here’s what happens if you do that with logosres:esv;ref=Bible.Mk4.1-9 (screenshot)
You can use a URL shortening service like TinyUrl to produce an http link to the Logos link, like http://tinyurl.com/2cwjkh3. Note that some shortening services (like bit.ly) won’t handle links that don’t start with http.
Does this seem like too much work? Consider this: when you give someone a link, you’re not just sharing words, you’re opening the door for them to a universe of information. They can turn around and easily (and concisely) share that link with others who have Logos. Embedding links in your documents makes them like specialized reference documents, all backed by the power of Logos!
You can learn more about Logos links on the Logos Wiki at http://wiki.logos.com/Hyperlinks, where our user community has contributed additional material. This page also describes link anatomy, in case you want to create or edit links by hand.
*And if you do come here (Logos Headquarters), be sure to stop in and say hi!
Today’s guest post is by Stephen Smith, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.
Have you ever stopped to consider that Thanksgiving is one of the most profoundly Christian holidays imaginable? We gather together to give thanks. But to whom? The only one we could possibly thank for everything in our lives is a God who personally cares for us and takes responsibility for providing for all our needs.
Last week I asked the Logos Facebook fans what they thought Thanksgiving’s theme verse should be. What struck me was the answers didn’t come from just one section of Scripture. They came from throughout the Bible—the Pentateuch, the Poetical books, the Gospels, and the Epistles. Even the Prophets give us reasons to be thankful:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. (Lam. 3:22-23 ESV)
Our fans helped me realize something amazing: the entire Bible gives us reasons to thank God. He made everything. He offered us salvation. He gives us gifts. He cares about every detail of our lives. He corrects us so we can learn. He established the Church so we can fellowship, grow, and serve. And He left us countless stories and examples of His works throughout history so we can confidently trust Him to bring all things to a just conclusion that glorifies Him!
In short, God has given us in His Word and Himself everything we could possibly need to live and grow (2 Tim. 3:17)!
So that’s what I’ll be giving thanks for today. How about you? Take a minute to post on our wall what you’re thankful for so we can reflect together on how the Lord’s at work today.
And if you’re not already a fan, hit “like” below so you can jump in on the conversation.
Today’s guest post is by Bethany Olsen, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.
Recently, the marketing department—fueled by copious amounts of coffee—has been working hard on redesigning the new Logos.com website. The end result has been well worth the effort. I love the easier navigation as well as the enhanced searching capabilities (not to mention the new and improved Pre-Pub page)!
Now that the new site is live, you should be seeing more Pre-Pubs heading your way. One recent addition of particular note is our new N. T. Wright Collection (34 vols.). Wright’s large body of work has provided an impressive contribution to the Church, and we are pleased to be able to offer more of his works to Logos users.
This set of thirty-four comprehensive volumes provides great academic content. The collection not only features Wright’s well-loved book Simply Christian, but also fifteen New Testament commentaries, resources on eschatology, volumes on Christ’s life and the Lord’s Prayer, discussions on the authority of the Bible, and more! This collection has much to offer. Wright was named by Christianity Today as one of the world’s top five theologians and his words are accessible to a wide spectrum of readers: theologians, biblical scholars, church ministers, and laity alike. No matter where you fit into that spectrum, knowing what this noted theologian has to say will greatly enhance your Bible study.
By the way, we had a chance to sit down with him recently, and he had some great stuff to say! He even shared his thoughts regarding the future of biblical scholarship in a digital era. Stay tuned for a forthcoming video of our interview with him.
Here are some of our other collections containing N. T. Wright resources:
Today’s guest post is by Sarah Wilson, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.
I love a good story. I was that kid hiding under the covers with a flashlight, catching up on Nancy Drew or the Chronicles of Narnia, long after lights out. With my love of reading and the written word, becoming an English major was an easy choice. In college, I studied plot devices, story arches, character development, point-of-view, literary theories, narrative structures, as well as things like grammar, punctuation, and citation systems. Studying the more technical aspects of novels, essays, and non-fiction pieces made my old beloved stories mean so much more—there are universal characteristics that make a compelling and appealing story.
The Bible is full of stories—the best stories because they are true. The stories of David, Moses, Simon Peter—heroes of the faith—inspire us, convict us, and provide context for our lives. Knowing the structure and literary background of the Bible is essential for general readers, professors, students, and anyone wanting to understand more about about the framework of the written Word of God.
As a book worm who geeks out over narrative ideas and theories, I’m really excited about David Jobling’s The Sense of Biblical Narrative (2 vols.), a Pre-Pub shipping tomorrow. In essay format, he goes into amazing detail on the narrative and theological structure of the Old Testament, covering literary theories such as myth, political and geographical ideologies, as well as providing invaluable exegetical and critical analysis of various Old Testament characters and passages, such as Jonathan, Ahab, and Numbers 11—12.
For those of you who want to get more out of your Bible study or sermon preparation, or if you love narrative ideas and background as much as I do, this incredibly helpful collection is a must-have. It’s in production right now—it will be going live the day before Thanksgiving. The Sense of Biblical Narrative (2 vols.) retails at $109.95, so pre-order today and get it for only $22.95!