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Discounts Extended!

From now through January 2, 2011 we are offering everyone the opportunity to take advantage of any or all of the “12 Days of Logos” specials.

We’ve had some issues with Feedburner’s automated emailer and realize many of our customers didn’t receive the email announcements about each daily deal. We tried to fix the problem, but we’re still not sure why some didn’t get email notifications, and why some days no email was sent from Feedburner at all.

To make sure everyone has an opportunity to take advantage of these great deals, we’ve added 13 more days for everyone to get the discounted rates on the titles that were featured during the 12 Days of Logos.

We’re sorry for any challenges that may have occurred because of this and we hope you enjoy this great Christmas special!

The coupon codes are extended through January 2 and will expire on January 3, 2011 so don’t miss out!

Before you start ordering, please read these important notes:

  • You must manually enter your coupon codes into the coupon code section at the bottom of the checkout page
  • Our coupon code system will only support 3 coupon codes at a time, so if you want to buy more than 3 items, you’ll need to do so in multiple transactions
  • If using more than one coupon code, they must be comma separated
    (Example: 12Days201003,12Days201007,12Days201012)
  • After entering your coupon codes, be sure to click “Update Cart” and confirm that all your discounts have been applied

To see a list of all 12 deals and their discount prices, visit www.12daysoflogos.com.

Logos iPhone Bible App Version 1.5 Released

Version 1.pngIt has been a little over a year since we launched the Logos Bible Software iPhone app, and we are still finding ways to make a great app an even better Bible study tool!

The latest update to the app is available for you to download today. The update, version 1.5, includes some great enhancements like:

  • Footnotes available offline
  • Automatic book update notification
  • Increased performance when resources are downloaded
  • Most links between books now available offline if the specific books are downloaded
  • Full table of contents for books with many entries
  • Reading plan end markers link to the next reading
  • Text comparison now uses the book you came from as the base for comparison
  • Support for Chinese text display

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The Gift of Value This Christmas

We have a lot going on this Christmas, hopefully you haven’t missed out on the excitement surrounding this year’s Christmas collections, particularly the Christmas 2010 Master Collection: 2,010 titles worth more than $61,000.00 in print, at the ridiculously low price of $2,010! If you do the math, that’s almost 97% off.

Stop and reflect on that.

We’re taking 97% off the price, and you’re paying only 3%. Seems backwards, doesn’t it? We thought long and hard about discounting a collection this deeply, but we wanted to do something extra special this Christmas.

When talking about savings like this, it’s easy to get lost in the huge numbers. So allow me to help you put it in perspective.

$100 vs. $3

Imagine going into an electronics store to buy an item that costs $100. You missed the big sign out front, so you put a crisp $100 bill on the counter, expecting to be on your way. But the cashier stops you and begins to hand you $97 in change—$20, $40, $60, $80, $90, $95, $97.

Where would you keep 2,010 books?

Imagine trying to find space in your home for 2,010 new books. If each book was an inch thick (a very low estimation), you are going to have over sixteen stacks of books that are over ten feet tall! Hopefully you would be able to secure twenty new bookshelves quickly.

Compared to print in terms of dollars

Let me try to help you visualize how much someone would save when buying digital titles from Logos rather than the same titles in print.

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Obviously our Christmas sale represents a huge savings and an amazing opportunity! If you’re hesitant to take advantage of it, though, we have four other collections and a build-your-own option, too. Check them out and find the Christmas collection that will pay for itself over and over again in the years to come.

Build Your Own Collection for Christmas

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.

Pick up great deals like:

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%!

The Colin E. Gunton Theology Collection

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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.

Logos Bible Software 4.2 for Windows Now Shipping

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.

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The Return of the 12 Days of Logos Sale!

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!

We’re giving you a one-day warning to get ready for all the great deals, but we can’t let today pass without offering another great deal. So to kick-off the 12 Days of Logos, we’re offering a two-for-one kind of deal today—a one-year subscription to Bible Study Magazine plus a print copy of Lee Strobel’s book The Unexpected Adventure for only $19.95. Yes, we know we’re an electronic publisher, but we decided to offer the print book so you’d have the option of enjoying it yourself or giving it away! Or, if you’re already a subscriber to Bible Study Magazine, buy a gift subscription and keep the book.

Be sure to visit www.12daysoflogos.com each day to see the daily special. Since these offers only last for 24 hours, subscribe to the RSS feed or sign-up for daily reminders so you don’t miss a single day!

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Helping Others with the Christian Counseling Bundle

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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:

  • Foundations for the Family Series:

    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 (7 vols.):

    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.

  • Christian Focus Counseling Collection (8 vols.):

    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!

Stay on Budget with Logos Payment Plans

Payment Plans

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!

Logos 4 Information Has an Address

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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:

logosres:esv;ref=Bible.Mk4.1-9

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:

Check out the Parable of the Soils!

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.

There are some limitations:

  • Linking like this assumes the user has Logos 4: if that’s not the case, you can link to Bible Passages (and some free books) at Biblia.com, using links like http://biblia.com/bible/Mk4.1-9
  • 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.

If you’re just sharing a link to a Bible passage, you can always use ref.ly’s http links instead (see Bob’s recent blog post on Biblia.com, or this older post of RefTagger and Ref.ly) . But if you want the richer kind of linking that Logos 4 offers, the alternatives get a little more technical:

  • 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.

Conclusions

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!

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