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!

Pastors’ Wives Conference: Get Refreshed

Being a pastor’s wife comes with its own unique set of challenges:

  • You’re expected to be a perfect wife and parent (even though you’re only human).
  • You’re expected to model hospitality (even when you don’t feel hospitable).
  • You do a lot of behind-the-scenes work (that goes unnoticed).
  • Your husband’s job often keeps him away from home (with office hours, meetings, visits, and emergencies).

Sometimes getting away to relax, get refreshed, and reconnect with Jesus makes all the difference. Join like-minded pastors’ wives in San Diego for a weekend of faith and fun!

If your husband works in ministry, the Defined by God conference is the perfect opportunity for you to recharge your battery and connect with others who understand the challenges you face.

For the November 1–3 conference, Logos has brought together top speakers from around the world to discuss topics like refining your romance, battling isolation, praying for your husband and the church, balancing your family and ministry, and so much more.

Hear from speakers like:

Amy Groeschel

Amy Groeschel is the wife of Pastor Craig Groeschel of Oklahoma’s lifechurch.tv. She and Craig have six wonderful children, and they are thoroughly enjoying their mission “to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ.” Amy advocates social progress, including the eradication of human trafficking and poverty. She is the coauthor and teacher of a four-part discipleship Bible study entitled SOAR.

Jani Ortlund

Jani Ortlund, executive vice president of Renewal Ministries, loves connecting women with the Word of God. Her chief passion in life is serving Jesus Christ through writing, speaking, and discipling. Jani and her husband, Ray—pastor of Immanuel Church—have four married children and seven grandchildren, and they minister in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lisa Chan

Lisa has been married to Francis Chan for 18 wonderful years. He was the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA, where he served for 16 years before God called their family to new adventures in India, Thailand, China, and—currently—inner-city San Francisco. Francis and Lisa enjoy serving alongside their five kids and hope to expand their family through adoption very soon.

Lauren Chandler

Lauren Chandler is a wife and a mother of three. She is passionate about making much of Christ through writing and singing music, leading worship, blogging, and speaking. Lauren and her husband, Matt, have overcome tremendous challenges, beginning with the November 2009 discovery of a malignant tumor in Matt’s brain. The Lord has been infinitely merciful, providing peace and comfort in uncertainty as well as joy in times of victory and healing.

Go to faithlifewomen.com/definedbygod to register, or call our sales team at 1-800-875-6467. We’ll see you at the Defined by God conference!

Not a Pastor’s Wife but Looking to Get Away?

Join us September 6–8 in Dallas, TX, for the Faithlife Women conference! Enrich your walk with well-known speakers like Liz Curtis HiggsCarol KentAngela Thomas, and Arlene Pellicane. Register now!

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!

Save 50% on the Hermeneia and Continental Commentary Bundle!

The massive Hermeneia and Continental Commentary bundle includes over 28,000 pages of valuable scholarship. This 63-volume bundle rarely goes on sale, but from now through July 31, you can get it for just $599.95. Save $600 by using coupon code HCC before 11:59 pm (PDT) Tuesday, July 31.

A Comprehensive Commentary Series

The Hermeneia and Continental Commentary series addresses and discusses some of the Bible’s toughest questions. The bundle uses ancient Semitic and classical languages, but it also provides English translations of Greek, Latin, Canaanite, and Akkadian comparative materials so that readers can compare the translations to the original-language sources.

The series’ authors, among them Paul J. Achtemeier, Dans Dieter Betz, Harold Attridge, and others, are some of the world’s most trusted biblical scholars.

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Get the Hermeneia and Continental Commentary bundle for just $599.95 through July 31 with coupon code HCC. After that, the price will be $1,200.00—so get Hermeneia today and save $600!

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.
  • You’ll graduate a Logos expert. Your first class will prep you to use Logos like the tech-savviest of scholars.
  • You’ll graduate with your own Portfolio Edition.* The cost of the DMin includes our largest base package. Not only will you receive a top-notch education, you’ll head into ministry with cutting-edge software and nearly $30,000 worth of helpful resources.
  • You can keep your job and church. You’ll attend up to four onsite classes every year; do the rest of your studies wherever you want!
  • Your ministry will have lifelong momentum. Equipped with sound doctrine and the finest Bible research technology, you’ll be prepared to quickly find the answers to your congregation’s needs.

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.

*Not sure you’re ready to apply for a DMin yet? Take the first steps toward your Knox DMin with a special discount on Portfolio, then extend the payment plan from 12 to 18 months. Call our sales team at 1-800-875-6467 between 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (PDT) to talk through your options. 

See the Haddon Robinson Scholarship Winner Chosen Live!

We announced the Haddon Robinson Scholarship in early June. This $20,000+ scholarship covers the entire academic cost of the one-of-a-kind Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching program from Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software.  Now the time has come to announce a winner!

Will You Win the Haddon Robinson Scholarship?

The winner of the Haddon Robinson Scholarship will be announced at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time), tomorrow, July 11. Head to DMin.me/Webinar to watch the winner be chosen by Knox’s Drs. Warren Gage and Sam Lamerson!

Save Now on Haddon Robinson Resources

The scholarship is named for Dr. Haddon Robinson, one of the faculty members you’ll learn from in the Knox/Logos DMin program. Preaching Magazine named him one of the 25 most influential preachers of the past 25 years. He was ranked by Christianity Today in the top 10 of its most influential preachers for 1956–2006. A 1996 Baylor University poll named him one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, and in 2008 he received the E. K. Bailey Living Legend Award.

Want to add some Robinson resources to your library? For a limited time, save 25% on the following books with the coupon code HRSALE! But act quickly—the coupon code expires at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time), July 20.

Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages, Second Edition

This updated modern classic speaks to a new generation of preachers, who face a world markedly different than that of the book’s first printing. While retaining its original outline and Robinson’s 10-stage process of sermon development, this new edition offers significant improvements. Many of the illustrations and arguments have been updated, the prose has been changed to gender-inclusive language, each chapter is enhanced with suggestions for further study, and the discussions of narrative and inductive preaching have been expanded.

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Biblical Sermons: How Twelve Preachers Apply the Principles of Biblical Preaching

Haddon Robinson presents 12 preachers’ expository messages, each illustrative of the principles of biblical preaching. For each message, Biblical Sermons provides Robinson’s accompanying comments, as well as an interview with each preacher.

“This volume is the flesh and blood which brings life to the skeleton in Biblical Preaching. Its clear and constructive content is both an intellectual and devotional experience.”—William McRae, Ontario Theological Seminary

Biblical Sermons provides greater substance and meaning to an appropriate approach to expository preaching.”—Gerald Mathisen, Moody Bible Institute

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Making a Difference in Preaching

Making a Difference in Preaching compares and contrasts Robinson’s perspectives of the preacher as theologian and evangelist. The section entitled “The Preacher and the People” consists of chapters urging the preacher to think intentionally about the people to whom he or she preaches. Each chapter contains discussion and reflection questions and a list of books for further reading. The book is well suited to pastors looking for refreshing insights into their preaching, as well as seminary students or lay speakers.

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Be sure to go to DMin.me/Webinar to find out who wins the Haddon Robinson Scholarship at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) tomorrow. Then pick up some Haddon Robinson resources for 25% off with the coupon code HRSALE!

Considering a Doctor of Ministry? There are good reasons to consider a DMin in Preaching and Teaching from Knox Theological Seminary.  Check out the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching today.

July 6, 1415: The Martyrdom of John Huss

“Lord Jesus, it is for thee that I patiently endure this cruel death. I pray thee to have mercy on my enemies.”—The last words attributed to John Huss

At the end of the fourteenth century, John Wycliffe’s influence was beginning to permeate the Christian world. Wycliffe’s convictions, such as his affirmation of the priesthood of every believer and his belief in the right of every believer to have access to Scripture in his or her own language, ran contrary to the era’s religious culture.

Wycliffe’s ideas were by no means universally popular. It is said that, upon reading Wycliffe’s works, an indignant scribe in Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic) responded, “O good God, do not let this man come into our beloved Bohemia.” Wycliffe’s influence couldn’t be stopped, though, and his teachings circulated into Bohemia in the 1380s.

John Huss (born in Bohemia in 1369) discovered Wycliffe’s teachings while at the University of Prague. Huss went on to be ordained as a priest and, at the turn of the century, made rector of the University. Although many of Wycliffe’s works were  denounced by the church, Huss helped translate and distribute Wycliffe’s work. The Bethlehem Chapel, where Huss took over preaching duties, soon became a platform for Huss’ reform-minded teachings.

It wasn’t entirely Huss’ reformist thinking that put him outside the church’s good graces. Complex political and ecclesiastic issues, including an attempt to depose two popes (Benedict XIII and Gregory XII) and elect a third (Alexander V), were creating turmoil in the church. With King Wenceslaus of Bohemia, Huss backed this new pope. But when Huss took a stand against indulgences being sold to finance Alexander’s crusade against the other popes, he angered Wenceslaus and found himself at odds with the entire leadership of the church—with no king to protect him. Huss was excommunicated and forced into exile.

In 1414, the Council of Constance was organized to put an end to the church’s papal controversy. Huss was called before the council to give an account of his doctrine. Although he attended under the promise of safety, he was immediately arrested. During Huss’ incarceration, the council declared Wycliffe a heretic (May 4, 1415). Wycliffe’s books were burned and his body was exhumed and incinerated, his ashes thrown into the river.

Huss was brought before the counsel, and his beliefs—Christ (not the pope) being head of the church; predestination; separation of church and civil power; a belief that communion be available in both bread and cup to all (wine was often withheld from the laity)—were enough to have him condemned as a heretic.

On July 6, 1415, Huss was given an opportunity to recant. When he refused, he was taken to the cathedral, stripped, and led to the courtyard. Tied to the stake and given one last chance to renounce his beliefs, Huss responded, “Lord Jesus, it is for thee that I patiently endure this cruel death. I pray thee to have mercy on my enemies.” Peter of Mladonovice, a follower of Huss and witness to his execution, wrote that Huss sang Psalms while being engulfed by flames.

Huss’ execution started a rebellion. His followers (called Hussites) defeated many of the emperor’s attacks and continued to call for reforms. Hussite thought didn’t just outlive its founder—it went on to change the world. Wycliffe’s and Huss’ radical ideas were soon fanned into flame by Martin Luther.

The John Huss Collection is currently available on Community Pricing. Bid now and help set the price on this amazing seven-volume collection! And while it’s on Pre-Pub, you can also have the twelve-volume Works of John Wycliffe for only $79.95!

Take the Tour Winner Visits the Logos Campus!

We launched Logos’ 20th-anniversary Take the Tour contest in February. Not only did Logos users come out of the woodwork to suggest witty captions for our virtual tour of the Logos campus, thousands entered to win a trip to Bellingham, WA, to see our facility first hand. When the smoke cleared, Irvine, California resident Jefferson Lee won an all-expenses-paid Logos tour.

“I was excited!” exclaimed Lee, the international philanthropy director at Wycliffe USA. “Then I thought . . . is this spam? I don’t normally win a lot of things, so it was really nice. I’d really like to visit their office since [Wycliffe] provides translations for Logos Bible Software.”

Wednesday, June 27, Lee and his family spent the day touring the facility and getting to know some of the individuals behind Logos Bible Software. The kids enjoyed some air hockey and foosball, and Executive Vice-President Dan Pritchett challenged Rachel Lee to a game of ping-pong, which she graciously let him win. (Truth be told, Dan plays a mean game of table tennis. If you have plans to tour the Logos campus, see if you can book a game with him.*) Meanwhile, Jefferson drank espresso and took in the view of Bellingham Bay from Bob’s office on the seventh floor of the Flatiron building.

Not only did the Lees enjoy a tour of the Logos campus, they took advantage of their Pacific Northwest visit to explore Seattle (coffee capital of America and home to Microsoft and Boeing) and Vancouver, BC, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics and neighbor to the world-famous Whistler Ski Resort.

We’d Love to See You Too!

If you ever find yourself passing through Bellingham, stop in for a visit. We do hundreds of impromptu tours every year for people who just drop in. We’d be happy to walk you through our offices. You might even get a game of ping-pong out of it.

We know you might not be able to make it in person. That’s why we created the virtual tour. You can take a 10-minute stroll through Logos and not miss a thing. If you’ve already seen it, watch it again: we recently released Take the Tour 2.0 with new footage and laughs.

Like what you see? Want your desk featured in a future iteration of the Take the Tour video?  If you are looking for fun, rewarding work, check out our Careers page. We might be looking for you!

*There’s a $100 Logos book credit for the first person who can beat Dan at ping-pong while visiting Logos.

Think you have what it takes to beat Dan? Let us know in the comments.

Is Your School a Logos Bible Software Partner?

You’ve seen announcements about our partnership with Knox Theological Seminary, and you know that Logos is the standard, indispensable tool for every one of Knox’s Preaching and Teaching DMin students. But what you may not know is that Logos Bible software is rapidly becoming an essential and fundamental tool for many Christian colleges and seminaries.

Logos Helps Students Succeed

Couple automatic, customizable citations for more than 27,000 available titles (and counting!) with the ability to do hours of research in seconds, and it’s no wonder that the students and faculty of educational institutions are making Logos a requisite in their regular curricula. Factor in the ability to use Logos on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, or the web and you’ve got one of the world’s most powerful and versatile tools for biblical research.

Students struggle to pay for higher education. The cost of credits and resources can often be prohibitive which leaves them to the hard, unnecessary choice of doing without the books they need to excel. When you factor in the time spent on research and homework, there’s often little time left for that important second job. With Logos, research is done in a fraction of the time, enabling students to do less searching and more reading. Our well-rounded base packages and bundles make books more affordable. Students are spending less money and saving more time, which results in a better educational experience.

Also, let’s be honest—many Bible colleges have amazing programs but struggle to keep up technologically. Students want a top-notch theological education without having to sacrifice the advantages that technology affords them.

Standardizing on Logos in their educational program keeps them on the cutting edge of Bible study while outfitting them with an amazing, portable theological library for life.

Here’s a sample of the prestigious schools that require Logos in their classes:

  • Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ashland Theological Seminary
  • Moody Bible Institute
  • Calvin Theological Seminary
  • Trinity Western University
  • Pacific Life Bible College
  • Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Florida School of Preaching
  • Liberty University
  • Concordia Seminary
  • Calvary Bible Theological Seminary
  • Texas Baptist Institute
  • Lancaster Bible College
  • The Master’s Seminary
  • And more

Include Logos in Your Curricula

The Preaching and Teaching DMin from Knox isn’t the only academic program requiring Logos. Institutions have made Logos a fundamental component for various classes, including:

  • Advanced Greek
  • Hermeneutics
  • Counseling
  • Bible Study Methods
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Computer Assisted Greek Study Tools
  • New Testament Biblical Theology
  • Old Testament Biblical Theology
  • Apologetics
  • And so many more!

If you want to start using Logos with your class syllabus, or already are but don’t see your school on our list, send us an email!

Students: Don’t Miss These Opportunities

There’s only a couple more days to enter to win the $20,000 Haddon Robinson Scholarship. If you’ve been thinking about getting your doctorate, the Preaching and Teaching DMin from Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software is perfect for you!

You can also enter to win a $1,000 tuition scholarship and a copy of Scholar’s Library from SeminaryScholarship.com or  BibleCollegeScholarship.com.

Lastly, if you are a student going to Bible college, seminary, university, or a similar institution, you are also eligible for our Logos Academic Discount Program.

Logos is an invaluable resource for  the students and faculty of any Bible school. Email us now, and find out how Logos can give students the tools they need to succeed.

The Holy Land: Help Logos Craft the Perfect Tours!

With Logos 4, you have tons of maps and pictures to help contextualize the text you’re reading. But imagine if you could actually gaze over the Sea of Galilee, walk the streets of Jerusalem, and stand on the Temple Mount. How would that enhance your understanding of—and perspective on—the Bible?

Now you have the opportunity to experience the Bible: to see firsthand the places and things you’re reading about. We’re introducing tours of Israel. To increase the appeal, we’re planning to offer a few different types:

  • General: This is the standard tour of Israel. Visit biblical sites with other tourists from around the world and learn from knowledgeable local guides.
  • Pastor/Church: How about a pastor-led tour of Israel? Your pastor can lead your church, teaching you as you go.
  • Author-Led: Enjoy a  tour of Israel led by your favorite author or theologian.
  • Scholarly: Be led through Israel by an expert in the area’s history and significant sites.
  • VIP/Custom: Tell us exactly what you want to see and we’ll customize the trip just for you. Want to take a more intimate group? Or really immerse yourself in one place?

Interested in Going? Let Us Know!

Since tours are a new endeavor for us, we’d love your feedback. Go to Faithlifetours.com and take the brief survey to let us know what tours you’re interested in. Your responses will help us arrange tours in the coming years.

While you’re at Faithlifetours.com, sign up for the Faithlife Tours email list to be the first to know when the site launches and get information about our first group of tours!