The Gospel of Thomas in Early Christianity

Today’s blog post was written by Kirk Fengel, the newly appointed facilitator of the Logos Lecture Series.

Our next Logos Lecture Series event will feature Dr. Nicholas Perrin of Wheaton College, who will be speaking on “The Gospel of Thomas in Early Christianity.” Make a point of joining us at 7:00 PM on Friday, July 25, at The American Museum of Radio and Electricity here in Bellingham, Washington.

About the Lecture

If the fairly recent buzz over The Da Vinci Code is any indication, it appears that gnostic thought continues to hold a certain fascination in western culture. One of the most important early (so-called) gnostic texts, the Gospel of Thomas, has also attracted its own fair share of popular and scholarly attention, repeatedly prompting the question as to whether this gospel gives us undiscovered words of Jesus. This lecture will deal both with the scholarly controversy and the speaker’s original research on the significance of the Gospel of Thomas within early Christianity.

About the Speaker

Dr. Nicholas Perrin is the author of such fine books as Thomas: The Other Gospel, The Judas Gospel, and Questioning Q, among others, and has also authored many definitive papers and articles. He has extensively researched the Gospel of Thomas, historical Jesus, Paul and Jewish self-definition, and the Gospels. Dr. Perrin holds a Ph.D. from Marquette University, M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary, and B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and now serves as Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College.

Event Details

  • Title: “The Gospel of Thomas in Early Christianity”
  • Speaker: Dr. Nicholas Perrin of Wheaton College
  • Date: Friday, July 25
  • Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Location: The American Museum of Radio and Electricity in Bellingham, Washington.

For those who are unable to attend the lecture we should have the audio available within a few days of the event. Please check the Lecture Series page for updates.

“The Importance of Creation”

The Logos Lecture Series is back already with what might be our biggest event yet! On Friday, June 27 Dr. Norm Geisler will present "The Importance of Creation" at Christ the King Church in Bellingham, Washington. The lecture is free to attend—you don’t even need a ticket to get in.

Here’s a quick description of what Dr. Geisler will be covering.

"With the explosion of the Intelligent Design movement, many Americans are once again forced to take sides in the long-standing battle between creation and evolution. Yet many feel inadequately educated on the judicial process of this battle. This lecture will discuss the biblical, Constitutional, ethical, legal, and educational importance of teaching creation. During the lecture Dr. Geisler will draw from 30 years of research and his experience as an expert witness in the "Scopes II" trial in Little Rock, AR."

Norman L. Geisler is author or coauthor of some sixty books, including The Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics and his four-volume Systematic Theology. He has taught at the university and graduate level for nearly forty years and has spoken or debated in all fifty states and in twenty-five countries. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University and now serves as president of Southern Evangelical Seminary. A few of Dr. Geisler’s works are also available for Logos Bible Software. Titles include Norman L. Geisler’s Systematic Theology (4 Volumes), The Norman L. Geisler Apologetics Library, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, and A General Introduction to the Bible.

Event Details

  • "The Importance of Creation"
  • Dr. Norman L. Geisler
  • June 27, 2008 at 7:00 PM
  • Christ the King Church in Bellingham, Washington

If you are able please join us at the lecture. After all, it’s not every day one of the biggest names in apologetics rolls into Bellingham.

The Septuagint: The Bible of the Early Church

May’s lecture in the ongoing Logos Lecture Series is titled “The Septuagint: The Bible of the Early Church.” The event will take place on Monday, May 26 at 7:00 P.M. at the American Museum of Radio and Electricity in Bellingham, Washington.
In this lecture Dr. Peter Gentry will provide an overview of what is meant by the term ‘Septuagint’ as well as a brief description of its origins, history, and character as a first translation of the Hebrew Scriptures. Dr. Gentry will then examine the Septuagint’s adoption by the Christian Church. More specifically, he will analyze James’ citation from Amos in Acts 15 as an example of the issues and problems entailed in the use of the Septuagint by the early church.
Dr. Peter Gentry currently serves as Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Gentry is the author of many articles and book reviews and has given presentations to groups such as the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament and the Society of Biblical Literature, of which he is also a member. He is currently editing Ecclesiastes and Proverbs for the Göttingen Septuagint Series and is giving leadership to the Hexapla Institute.

Event Details

  • Title: The Septuagint: The Bible of the Early Church
  • Lecturer: Dr. Peter Gentry of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Date: Monday, May 26
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: The American Museum of Radio and Electricity in Bellingham, WA

Discerning God’s Intervention in Tragedy and in Triumph

Dr. Craig Broyles of Trinity Western University will be this month’s lecturer in the ongoing Lecture Series. On Monday, April 28 Dr. Broyles will be presenting a lecture titled “Discerning God’s Intervention in Tragedy and in Triumph: The Case of Sennacherib’s Invasion of Judah in the Bible and Archaeology.” As usual, the event will be held at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Washington.

How can we identify God’s activity amidst the events that befall us? If things go in our favor, do they indicate God’s favor? If life brings us hardships, do they indicate his judgment or discipline? Or, should we trace these circumstances to human choices? God’s revelation in the Bible, being mostly narrative and poetry, does not give us pat answers. Instead, this canonical anthology reflects a complexity of perspectives on divine intervention, from which we begin to appreciate God’s panoramic perspective.

The invasion of Sennacherib, king of Assyria, into Hezekiah’s Judah in 701 BCE serves as a wonderful illustration of this web of perspectives. This crisis is one of the best documented events in the Bible and in archaeology. We can hear from Sennacherib himself and see his wall reliefs of the invasion (the lecture is illustrated). The archaeology of Jerusalem and Lachish, a fortified city of Judah, tell a story. The Greek historian, Herodotus, presents us with a third-party account from Egyptian sources. The writer of 2 Kings 18-20 provides his own spin on the events, as do Isaiah, whose city of Jerusalem is delivered, and Micah, whose hometown in the countryside is not. The stories surrounding Hezekiah’s rebellion against the Assyrian Empire and Sennacherib’s invasion testify powerfully to the consequences of ignoring Yahweh’s prophetic word, on the one hand, and to Yahweh’s faithfulness at the eleventh hour, on the other.

Event Details


  • Discerning God’s Intervention in Tragedy and in Triumph: The Case of Sennacherib’s Invasion of Judah in the Bible and Archaeology
  • Dr. Craig Broyles
  • April 28, 2008
  • 7:00 PM
  • Mount Baker Theatre
  • Free and open to the public

Yo Quiero Salsa!

Whether they integrated pineapple, mango, shrimp or good ol’ cilantro the entries at the 2008 Logos Salsa Cook-Off did not disappoint. Sixteen Logos employees entered their best recipes in today’s cook-off – some were time-honored family secrets and others were spur-of-the-moment culinary experiments.

Today’s winner was long time Logos employee Tom Fay from the Dealer Sales department and his salsa titled “Clasico Domingo Salsa.” There are always some creative names in this competetion but (in my humble opinion) winner of this year’s “Best Name Award” goes to Miles Custis of ETD with “The Michael Scott Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Rabies Awareness Salsa.”

In all it was another great cook-off. The chips were salty. The salsas were spicy. And a great time was had by all.

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Two Stories about Jesus and the Public Square

It’s already time for another Logos lecture! The March edition of the Lecture Series features Dr. Darrell Bock of Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Bock will be speaking on “Two Stories about Jesus and the Public Square.” The lecture begins at 7:00 PM on Saturday, March 1 at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Washington.

The talk will discuss the origins of the alternative Jesus story in our culture. Dr. Bock will also explore the term “Jesusanity” (which for many people in American culture is Christianity). The lecture will conclude with some responses to this type of Christianity and some time for Q&A.
Dr. Bock has earned international recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany) and for his work in Luke-Acts and in Jesus’ examination before the Jews. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) for 2000–2001, and serves as corresponding editor at large for Christianity Today. His articles appear in leading journals and periodicals, including many secular publications such as the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News. He has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction, and is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas.
Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, March 1
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Washington
  • Admission: FREE!

For those who haven’t attended any lectures, these events are free and open to the public. Each talk is designed to be interesting and accessible to a broad audience.

Several of Dr. Bock’s titles are available in Libronix. You’ll definitely want to check them out.

Between the Rock and the Hard Place

The Logos Lecture Series returns tomorrow with another free event at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham. This month’s lecture will be presented by Dr. Steve Delamarter of George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Dr. Delamarter’s talk is titled “Between the Rock and the Hard Place – Fighting for Faith in Second Temple Judaism.”

Dr. Delamater offers this lecture description:

The history and literature of the people Israel in the second temple period (ca. 515 BCE-70 CE) is an amazing witness to the struggle between faith and culture. Beset by invading armies from without and racked by internal division within, the times called forth a host of responses from various members of the Jewish community. In this illustrated lecture we will explore a representative cross-section of the writings produced during this time. Some are known to us in the collection of the Apocrypha. Others are known to us in the collection of the so-called Pseudepigrapha. They include the names of such fascinating characters as Philo of Alexandria and Josephus, a one-time general in the Judean army. Still others have only recently been excavated from places like the caves of Qumran and the sands of Egypt. Taken together, these texts give profound testimony to the ways in which people of faith have always tried to make sense of their worlds, armed only with the authoritative traditions of the past and with the best ideas in their present. If we listen carefully to these texts from the past, we may gain some insights for our own struggles to wrestle meaning out of the chaos in our present.

Event details

  • Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2008
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Washington
  • Admission: Free!

Stay tuned to the Logos blog for updates about this lecture and information about future events.

Jesus’ Use of Comedy to Combat Religious Errors

The Logos Lecture Series is one year old – and after 11 lectures we’re still going strong!

Tonight we will kick off another year of lectures, with Dr. Sam Lamerson of Knox Theological Seminary in Florida. The lecture, titled “Jesus’ Use of Comedy to Combat Religious Errors” will start at 7:00 PM at Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Washington. The lecture is free and tickets are not required.

In his talk Dr. Lamerson will examine Jesus’ use of comedy (in the Aristotelian/Aristophanic sense) as a tool for exposing the political or religious errors of his day. Dr. Lamerson will show that Jesus did indeed engage in the use of comedy. After defining comedy, Jesus’ use of this tool in parables, short sayings, and actions will be pointed out and examined for principles that might be transferable to the Christian combating errors in the public square today.

Dr. Sam Lamerson is currently associate professor of New Testament at Knox Theological Seminary and Assistant Pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. As a member of several scholarly societies, he is a frequent lecturer and has presented papers on various topics including the parables, contextualization of the Gospel, and ethics. His areas of special interest include the synoptic Gospels, the historical Jesus, forgiveness in Second-Temple Judaism, and the parables. Not only this, but Dr. Lamerson is likely to be our only speaker who has appeared on Nickelodeon.

This is sure to be an interesting event, so don’t miss out. We’ll see you at 7:00 at Mount Baker Theatre!

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament

On Tuesday, December 4 Dr. Peter Flint of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University will present his lecture “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament.” This long-awaited lecture will be held at Fraser Hall 4 on the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. The event will begin at 7:00 PM and admission is free.

In this stunning presentation illustrated with PowerPoint pictures, Dr. Flint will introduce the Dead Sea Scrolls, focusing on the biblical scrolls found at Qumran, and discuss the implication of these ancient manuscripts for the Bible. Some of the vital issues raised by the Scrolls are the antiquity, the accuracy, and the canon of the Bible in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The lecture will also reveal several new readings from the Dead Sea Scrolls. These readings are so powerful and so important that they are being included in recent English translations of the Bible.

As Dr. Flint will note in his lecture, there have been major advancements in the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the past few years. At Logos we’re doing our part to increase the distribution and in-depth study of the scrolls through the upcoming Qumran Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls Database.

About the Speaker

Peter W. Flint received his Ph.D. (1993) in Old Testament and Second Testament Judaism from the University of Notre Dame and is Professor of Religious Studies and Co-Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University in British Columbia. He is the author of numerous studies on the Dead Sea Scrolls, including the critically acclaimed The Dead Sea Psalms Scrolls and the Book of Psalms (E. J. Brill, 1997), co-author of the widely-read Dead Sea Scrolls Bible (Harper San Francisco, 1999), and editor of the major two-volume collection The Dead Sea Scrolls After Fifty Years: A Comprehensive Assessment (E. J. Brill, 1998-99).

Parking Information

The lecture will take place in Fraser Hall 4 at Western Washington University. On the WWU campus map you will notice that Fraser Hall is located between Red Square and East College Way. There will be pay parking available along East College Way and free parking is available after 5:00 PM in the large south lot on campus. Please note that the south lot is a 5-10 minute walk to Fraser Hall.

Thirteen New Training Videos

Those who frequently visit the Logos training videos webpage may have noticed several tags next to certain links. That’s because John Fallahee of Logos’ Ministry Relations department just added 13 new videos to our ever-expanding collection of free training content.

If you sometimes feel like you aren’t using Logos Bible Software to its full potential, the first thing we would recommend is a visit to www.logos.com/videos. Even if you have been using Logos for years, there may be new features and tools in Logos Bible Software 3 that could help you become more proficient in your Bible study.

One thing I personally enjoy about the training videos is the context they give to the use of a tool. In the same way a trained mathematician uses the proper formulas to solve an equation, using the correct tools in Libronix can greatly expedite your study. You will be able to achieve your desired result more quickly if you know how to use all the tools at your disposal.

Oh, and they’re free, too!

Here are a few of the new videos you’ll find at www.logos.com/videos:

For dozens of training videos (for everyone from new users to Logos veterans) visit www.logos.com/videos.