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!

John Piper Testifies to the Power of the Logos Library

One of the strengths of Logos Bible Software is that you can create a unique theological library and search it in seconds. With more than 25,000 resources available, your library can be completely personalized to meet your needs.

Respected pastor, teacher, and author John Piper recently recommended Logos for its unparalleled ease of use for study and research.

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We’re working hard to serve the church, and endorsements like this mean the world to us!

If you’re looking for ways to improve your Bible study, look no further than Logos Bible Software. We have the base packages to get you started and the resources you need to build your dream library.

Logos Is Looking for a Few Awesome People

One of the Best Christian Workplaces. A two-time Washington’s Best Workplaces nominee. Sound like somewhere you’d like to work? Does the idea of working in one of the country’s most beautiful cities (okay, we’re biased) appeal to you?  Would you thrive in an atmosphere where working hard and playing hard aren’t mutually exclusive?

Logos is growing, and we are looking for passionate, intelligent, and talented people to help us serve the church by creating amazing resources for Bible study.

Check Out These Jobs!

Here are a few currently open positions. For the complete list, see our Careers page.

We’re looking for a few awesome people. If you love creating amazing things and finding elegant solutions to complex problems in a fast-paced environment, we might be looking for you.

Go to our Careers page and see how you can join us in achieving great things.

Free Father’s Day Templates from Proclaim

Father’s Day is right around the corner. Why not use Proclaim’s free Father’s Day templates to give your service some continuity?

Proclaim has uploaded a new collection of 6 free Father’s Day templates to bring continuity to this Sunday’s service. With the free Father’s Day collection, you’ll get the following slides:

  • Welcome
  • Happy Father’s Day (pictured)
  • Bible —lay out your verses on custom-made Scripture slides
  • Sermon title
  • Song—perfect template for your worship songs
  • Standard Father’s Day background—ideal for announcements, tithes, prayer time, or anything else you need to communicate

This new Father’s Day series is just one of 13 free templates available in Proclaim. You can also upload your own art or subscribe to Graceway Media and choose from more than 10,000 breathtaking backgrounds. With Proclaim, your Sunday morning presentations will look amazing—and come together seamlessly.

To try this content out for your church service, simply download Proclaim and log in with your Logos account details. Select NEW to start a new presentation and grab the Father’s Day template to customize for your own service.

You’ll need an On Air license to use Proclaim with your church, but with prices starting at only $10 a month, there has never been a better time to get started!

Win the $20,000 Haddon Robinson Scholarship!

Last month you heard about the groundbreaking new Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching from Knox Theological Seminary and all the reasons why it’s the best DMin out there (world-class theological training, Logos-based curriculum, and low monthly payments, to name a few). Now there’s one more reason to check it out: you could get your doctorate for free.

Logos and Knox have launched the Haddon Robinson Scholarship, which covers your entire DMin. If you were to add up all the individual things the scholarship covers, you’d have a total value of over $20,000, but that’s just the big picture. Here’s a look at everything the scholarship entails.

Your Tuition ($12,750)

The three-year Knox DMin in Preaching and Teaching will train you to study theology as both a science and an art. You’ll learn from some of the world’s finest biblical scholars, including NIV and NASB translator Dr. Bruce Waltke and, of course, Dr. Haddon Robinson, one of Christianity Today’s “Top 25 Most Influential Preachers.” Here’s a look at just some of the courses the Haddon Robinson Scholarship will cover.

  • Enriching Preaching through Logos Bible Software
    You’ll become a Logos expert. This course teaches you to use Logos Bible Software to access thousands of illustrations and sermon texts and craft structured, powerful messages.
  • The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching
    You’ll learn how the Bible speaks—not simply what it speaks. This course develops an awareness of themes that span the entire Bible.
  • Preaching Christ in All the Scriptures
    You’ll hone your skills in preaching the message of the Messiah from the Old and New Testaments alike.

Your Own Portfolio Library ($4,290)

Each Logos base package gives you a library of resources and high-tech tools for better Bible study. Logos 4: Portfolio Edition is the biggest base package we’ve got. Every student’s Portfolio is included in the DMin program price, so with the Haddon Robinson Scholarship, it’s free. If you win the scholarship, you’ll get an enormous theological library (more than 1,600 books worth over $35,000 in print) at no cost!

  • 47 Bibles and interlinears
  • 482 commentaries
  • 48 preaching and teaching resources
  • 232 theological books
  • 86 original language grammars and tools
  • Hundreds and hundreds more resources!

Fees ($2,750)

This is the boring stuff: graduation fees, transcript fees, etc. You don’t have to worry about them, though; the Haddon Robinson Scholarship covers all these, too.

Logos Book Credit ($1,000)

Most of the books for this program are included in the massive Portfolio library, but you might need to pick up a few handy reference books or biographies for further research. That’s why Logos includes a $1,000 book credit in the program cost. With your academic discount, you can stretch this credit out to get far more than $1,000 worth of Logos resources. It’s already a fine deal for students, but the Haddon Robinson Scholarship waives the cost entirely.

Win the Haddon Robinson Scholarship

You’ve got the opportunity to earn your doctorate for free—don’t let it pass you by. Enter to win the scholarship before June 28. On August 17, a winner will be selected to receive the entire DMin in Preaching and Teaching from Knox at no cost.

So enter to win the Haddon Robinson Scholarshipyou could earn your DMin for free!

Vote for Logos in the Social Madness Challenge!

Logos Bible Software was nominated in the medium business category of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s (PSBJSocial Madness competition. You can help us win by going to the #socialmadness page, clicking on the “Medium companies” tab, and voting now*.

Vote Now!

Logos’ Secret Weapon

This competition showcases the business world’s best social media growth strategies in a tournament-style challenge. What the PSBJ doesn’t realize is that Logos has a secret weapon. We have some of the most socially engaged fans on the planet! Just look at these numbers:

Not only are our fans engaged—they are incredibly involved. Thanks to you, we have repeatedly launched successful campaigns like:

It’s your invaluable engagement that helped us get nominated in the first place. If the PSBJ knew what a social media juggernaut our fans were, they might have had second thoughts about nominating us. We’re currently about 7,000 votes shy of first place. Let’s get mobilized and show them how social media is done!

Go to the #socialmadness page, click on the “Medium companies” tab, and vote now. Then tweet it, post it, and share it with your friends. Let’s get the word out!

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*Please note that scores are updated every morning.

Faithfulness in the Face of Adversity

Comenius Memorial in Potsdam, Germany

For every larger-than-life personality in Christian history, there are thousands of inconspicuous yet influential figures—figures like John Amos Comenius.

Comenius may be obscure, but this Moravian reformer’s influence has been recognized by such high-profile church leaders as:

  • Herman Bavinck: “[Comenius was] the greatest figure of the second generation of reformers.”
  • Andrew Bonar: “[Comenius was] the truest heir of Hus, the chief inspiration of Chalmers, and the first model of Carey.”
  • J. Hudson Taylor: “[Comenius was] the single greatest innovator of missions, education, and literature during the Protestant Reformation.”
  • Cotton Mather: “[Comenius was a man of] extraordinary accomplishments amidst inordinate adversity.”

Comenius’ overwhelming accomplishments are staggering in and of themselves:

  • He outlined an education system in Didactica Magna that would be adopted in Puritan New England, Holland, Scotland, Prussia, and Sweden.
  • He launched a number of successful missionary outreaches to marginal groups including Turks, Gypsies, and Jews.
  • He introduced plans to translate the Scriptures into the Turkish language.
  • He wrote more than 150 books which included titless on educational theory, history, devotion, cultural criticism, and theology.
  • He served as a chaplain to the king of Sweden.
  • He was pursued as a possible president for both King’s College in Cambridge and Harvard University in Massachusetts.

In Times of Great Sorrow

What’s amazing is that these accomplishments were achieved in the face of great affliction. After the routing of the Protestant armies in the Battle of White Mountain, enemy soldiers torched Comenius’ home. He and his family barely escaped with their lives. Like most Protestant pastors at the time, Comenius (and his entire family) lived as fugitives. During this transient period, his wife and two small children died of the plague.

In 1628, Comenius fled to Poland with a group of Protestants. He eventually married again, but his second wife died, leaving him with four children.

On June 12, 1656, the Comenius’ new home city of Leszno was burned to the ground by enemy Swedes at the end of the Thirty Years’ War. Once again, Comenius lost everything: his treasured library, years’ worth of work in the form of manuscripts, and all his personal belongings. Comenius and his family—now completely penniless— made it to Amsterdam, where he was welcomed as respected scholar. Looking back on his life, Comenius said, “My life was a pilgrimage; I never had a home.”

In spite of numerous setbacks and staggering hardships, Comenius never stopped working for his Lord, leaving behind an exceptional legacy that influenced figures like Wesley and Whitefield.

Moravian Church History Collection

John Amos Comenius is one of 12 volumes available in the Moravian Church History Collection—one of many collections up on Community Pricing right now. Bid now and you’ll get a dozen titles full of moving history, theology, and lectures. This is powerful literature on the some of the lesser-known figures in the second generation of reformers. Get it at the best possible price. Bid now!