5 Reasons to Pre-Order the Calvin 500 Collection Before Friday

Calvin 500 Collection (108 Vols.)

This past week, we have been putting the finishing touches on the Calvin 500 Collection—an enormous collection of 108 volumes written by or about John Calvin. This ambitious project began last year in celebration of John Calvin’s 500th birthday, and now we’re just a couple days away from shipping.

If you haven’t yet placed your Pre-Pub order, here are 5 reasons you should do so before Friday:

1. Calvin’s Commentaries

Philip Schaff wrote that “Calvin’s theology is based upon a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He was the ablest exegete among the Reformers, and his commentaries rank among the very best of ancient and modern times.”

Calvin’s commentaries display a rare combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. Calvin wrote commentaries on most books of the Bible, and is best known for his commentaries on the Pauline epistles, his harmony of the Gospels, and his 5-volume work on the Psalms—all included in this massive collection.

2. 5 editions of the Institutes, including the rare Norton translation

The Calvin 500 Collection contains five editions of the Institutes of the Christian Religion—the 1559 Latin edition, the 1560 French edition, the 1574 Thomas Norton translation, and two nineteenth century translations—one by John Allen and the other by Henry Beveridge.

The publication of the Norton translation in Logos Bible Software is a significant event for Calvin scholars. Norton’s translation was the first to appear in the English language, and was published in 1574. It was also the standard English translation until its last printing in Glasgow in 1776. John Allen’s new translation in the early nineteenth century replaced Norton’s translation, and a new edition of Norton’s translation has not appeared in more than two hundred years. Early editions of the Norton translation are available today only in private collections and in a handful of libraries around the world. Even later editions are difficult to find. Having the rare Norton translation available in Logos Bible Software is a significant event for Calvin scholars around the world.

3. 600 letters and correspondence

B. B. Warfield rightly called Calvin “the great letter-writer of the Reformation age.” The Calvin 500 Collection includes over 600 letters written between 1528 and 1564. His first letters were written as he studied in Paris; the last letter in the collection was written from his deathbed. In between, we find letters to other Reformers such as Martin Luther and John Knox, as well as letters to kings and government authorities.

4. Tracts and treatises written by John Calvin and his contemporaries

Calvin’s tracts and treatises help us understand Calvin’s role in shaping the Reformation and his lasting influence as a key thinker of Reformed theology. These treatises—written by Calvin, his contemporaries, his supporters, and his detractors—expose and illuminate the emergence of Reformed theology as a legitimate movement during the sixteenth century. The Calvin 500 Collection also includes Theodore Beza’s influential Life of John Calvin.

5. Pre-Pub price expires on Friday

When Calvin 500 Collection ships on Friday, the Pre-Pub price will disappear. That gives you one last chance to add 108 books by or about Calvin to your library for a fraction of the cost. In fact, the current Pre-Pub price works out to around $3.50 per volume—for Calvin’s commentaries, a rare edition of the Institutes, tracts, treatises, letters, biographical material, and dozens of other volumes. This is a once-in-a-lifetime deal. Don’t miss out—place your Pre-Pub order now before this deal expires on Friday!

A Few of My Favorite Things

I was talking to my pastor the other day about what books he was using in preparation for his sermon series going through the book of Acts. It got me thinking about go-to resources. There are several resources that are the first ones I reference when I have a question or need further insight on the Scriptures. So, I decided to share with you some of my go-to resources, and I hope you will do the same and share your go-to resources in the comment section.
Calvin’s Commentaries
You don’t have to be a Calvinist to appreciate Calvin’s handling of the Scriptures. Arminius himself recognized Calvin’s skill when he said, “…he (Calvin) excels beyond comparison in the interpretation of Scripture…”. I find that Calvin’s Commentaries are approachable, easy to understand, thorough, and applicable. I always appreciate hearing what he has to say.
Most anything by John Piper
Ever since being introduced to John Piper’s ministry, I’ve truly appreciated his insights into the application of Scripture to life. While I like referring to Piper in my studies, there is one title that truly changed my life in a tangible way and I include it among the most influential books in my life. The Supremacy of God in Preaching, fundamentally changed how I approached the ministry of preaching. Even though years have passed since I last picked it up, I often meditate on this quote from page 24:

“The true usefulness of our preaching will not be known to us until all the fruit on all the branches on all the trees that have sprung up from all the seeds we’ve ever sown has fully ripened in the sunshine of eternity”

NICOT/NICNT
I was first introduced to this series when the church I attended in Richmond, VA, was going through 1 Corinthians and the pastors, among other resources, were reading together through Fee’s commentary. I later encountered the NICNT when I was taking a course on the book of Hebrews, taught by Simon Kistemaker. He assigned FF Bruce’s commentary from the collection. Since adding the series to Logos I’ve enjoyed having access to the entire collection. It is scholarly, without being overwhelming, and provides commentary on every verse… something Calvin doesn’t always give me.
Horae Homileticae
Prior to working at Logos, I had never even heard of Charles Simeon. Boy was I missing out! If Simeon was alive today, I’d certainly subscribe to his podcast. I thoroughly enjoy both the content and format of Homileticae, and find that I go to Simeon when I want a more bird’s eye view of a passage.
Your turn
Sure, there are other titles that I love and use often… but the above four are probably the ones I go-to most often. So, what about you? What are your go-to resources? Leave them in the comment section below (and provide a link to them on Logos.com so people can find them and have a look!).

Libronix 3.0g Fixes Windows 7 Compatibility Issue

With all the hustle and bustle surrounding the launch of Logos Bible Software 4, we failed to mention that a new version of the Libronix Digital Library System—the engine that powered Logos Bible Software 1, 2, and 3 and many products from our publishing partners—shipped to fix a compatibility issue with Windows 7 and address a handful of other issues. This support article lists the changes in 3.0g.

LDLS 3.0g is a free update, and we’d encourage everyone who’s still using Libronix to update. Just run the 3.0g update script, or simply open Libronix and go to Tools > Libronix Update. After it looks for available updates, click “Update,” close Libronix, and then wait for the updates to download and install. When installation is complete, click “Close” and then restart Libronix.

If you want the update on a disk instead, you can purchase a media-only dual-layer DVD, which also contains updated book files. These book files are also available for download by running the resource update script. A CD set is available for purchase over the phone.

Just a reminder that if you bought a Logos 4 base package, you can use most of your new Logos 4 resources in Libronix as well. Just run the script for the package that you purchased:

If you prefer, you can get all of these same resources on our media-only disk.

There’s a Place for You at BibleTech:2010

ForumsWhat is in store for the next generation of Bible technologies? How is mobile technology changing the way we experience the Scriptures? How is social media transforming the way the people of God approach biblical community? What are the processes and implications of putting the Bible into a format like the Xbox 360? What software and applications are affecting the way that the Scriptures are translated? These are the kinds of questions that industry insiders will be answering, March 26-27, at BibleTech:2010.

This year’s BibleTech presenters come from a diverse background of educators, programmers, developers, publishers, executives and ministry leaders. This diversity provides a well-rounded platform from which to speak about the number of ways that technology is influencing how we approach and study the Scriptures.

Your registration gives you access to more than 25 sessions, three catered meals, and a conference T-shirt. But perhaps even more importantly, you will build a network of contacts with others who share your interests.

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How to Change Your CD-ROM Pre-Pub Orders to Downloads

Change Your CD-ROM Pre-Pub Orders to Downloads

Whether you use Libronix or you’ve upgraded to Logos 4, downloads are the better delivery method when you place Pre-Pub orders. Installation is faster and easier. You don’t pay for shipping costs. And you can get your books the moment they’re available. There’s no need to wait for a CD-ROM to be mailed.

If you’re a Logos 4 user especially, downloads make the most sense. Logos 4 is a powerful web-based application. Installing new resources from CD-ROMs to Logos 4 takes extra time and adds several steps to the installation process. However, if you download your new books, you’ll receive them automatically as soon as they are available. You don’t need to do anything. It just works.

This past week, we created download options for all Pre-Pubs that were previously CD-ROM only, and launched a new tool you can use to change all your pre-orders to downloads at the click of a button.

Here’s how it works:

  • Visit the Downloadable Pre-Pubs Tool page. (Make sure you’re logged in.)
  • You will see the list of your CD-ROM Pre-Pub orders.
  • Simply click the Submit button, and you’re all set.

Even better, when you convert your Pre-Pub orders to download, you’ll still get the same price for which you originally pre-ordered them. Pre-Pub prices often go up over time, but you will still pay your original price. For example, if you pre-ordered the CD-ROM of Hengstenberg’s Commentary on the Psalms for $20, you can still get the download today for $20, even though the price has gone up. Nothing changes except for you how receive your Pre-Pubs—via download instead of a shipped CD-ROM.

Please note that this process is irreversible. Once you have changed your orders to the download option, they cannot be changed back easily.

We have also created new download options for the following Pre-Pubs. If you haven’t yet placed your pre-order, do it soon!

Head on over to the Downloadable Pre-Pubs Tool page to change all your Pre-Pub orders to downloads now!

Hundreds of Baker Books Coming Soon to Pre-Pub!

Baker Announces Partnership with Logos Bible Software

We are pleased to announce a new partnership between Baker Books and Logos Bible Software. In the next few weeks, we will begin to convert hundreds upon hundreds of Baker titles into our electronic format. This list includes brand new releases, commentary series, bestsellers, and top books from the field of biblical scholarship and theological study.

This is a major partnership, and one of the biggest agreements we’ve ever reached with a publisher. So big, in fact, that if you’ve ever requested a Baker title, it will more than likely appear on the Pre-Pub page in the coming weeks.

For years, Baker has published books and ministry resources for pastors and church leaders, concentrating on topics such as preaching, worship, pastoral ministries, counseling, and leadership. Their academic division publishes scholarly works in the field of biblical studies, history, theology, and more. The new partnership with Baker means that you’ll soon be able to add many of these books to your digital library.

The first books have already been posted on the Pre-Pub page, and this is only the beginning:

Here’s what you can do:

  • Pre-order the books you’d like to add to your library! Just like other Pre-Pubs, we will begin converting the titles to our format once we have enough interest in the project. Place your pre-order to move each collection along.
  • Support the project. By pre-ordering, you are also sending a message to Baker that you’re interested in seeing more of their books available in Logos.
  • Stay on top of the titles. You can be the first to know when new Baker titles are posted by subscribing to the Pre-Pub feed. As soon as a new title is posted, you’ll see it right away in your RSS reader.
  • Send your suggestions to suggest@logos.com for any Baker books you’d like to see. Although we can almost guarantee that your title will appear on Pre-Pub very soon, your feedback will help us prioritize our work and shape the direction of the partnership.

What are you waiting for? Head on over to the Pre-Pub page to check out the new books!

One Last Time

last-chance-end.pngI know it seems like we’ve been beating the same drum on the blog this week, encouraging everyone to take advantage of the introductory pricing for Logos 4 that expires on Sunday at midnight, but the truth is there are still people who haven’t heard and we really don’t want them to miss out.
Here’s some proof. Yesterday afternoon I saw a tweet from someone saying how much they loved Logos Bible Software. I replied to the person, and we had a few back and forth messages. Come to find out, she didn’t even know Logos 4 existed! THIS WAS YESTERDAY! This person is one of our users. This person loves Logos. And yet she has managed to miss Logos 4 up to this point. I sent her a link to the Logos 4 demo, and she was blown away and said she couldn’t wait to get it on her computer.
That’s why we’ve been pushing the last chance offer so much this week. We don’t want anyone to miss out. The deals really are going away on Monday morning and we simply don’t want to have to break the bad news to anyone that they missed these amazing prices.
So, this is the last “last chance for introductory pricing” blog post you’ll see.
But can you do me one favor?
If you know anyone who is a Logos user or who has been thinking about becoming one, please send them the link to https://www.logos.com/lastchance and let them know that this is the best deal they’ll see on Logos 4. Write a quick blog post, share on your Facebook wall, tweet it up on Twitter.
The introductory pricing will be gone on Monday. Tell a friend!

Logos 4: Last Chance for Introductory Discounts!

Our stated goal at the launch of Logos Bible Software 4 was to help people do more and better Bible study. Three months have passed since the launch of Logos 4 back in November, and we have made it a point to stress to existing and potentially new customers the unbeatable deals we are offering on base package and upgrade purchases— all toward accomplishing the goal of better Bible study. Now, only a few hours remain for introductory discounts.

From redesigned product pages, a customized upgrader, detailed comparison charts, a new demo video, and ongoing blog posts highlighting Logos 4 features, we have presented a pretty tight case to you, the jury. Now test our claims.

No risk to you—or your wallet!

We stand by our product. Everyone knows that when you purchase software or even music CDs, the second the seal is broken on the packaging, you are stuck with the purchase, even if it turns out to be nothing like you expected. Talk about buyer’s remorse. You now have a product you don’t want, you are out however much money you paid for it—and you still have a need for the correct software. We don’t buy into that practice. If you are not satisfied with Logos 4, we will give you your money back. Our grace period is 30 days. So make the purchase today, "break the seal," and find out for yourself if what we have been saying about Logos 4 is true. If you are not convinced Logos is for you, let us know within 30 days of your purchase, and our staff will try to resolve your concerns, or we will give you a refund.

Think about it. A month of sermon preparations, of term papers, of Bible study lessons, of daily reading plans, of personal devotional time. 30 days to see what a difference Logos Bible Software 4 can make in your life. What do you have to lose? Not money. In fact, you have money to save, but only a few hours left to save it. Time to lock in the introductory prices is running out. Today is the last day to call and speak to a sales representative to place your order, and Sunday, January 31st is the last day to get the discounts online.

Introductory discounts past January 31st? How?

If you haven’t already received your tax forms, you know it is coming any day now. And with them, the hope of getting a tax return. Why not use your anticipated return to get today’s pricing by setting up a payment plan for your purchase, and spreading your payments over several months?
You’ll have to place the order now, but your monthly payments will spread the introductory pricing discounts past the January 31st cutoff date. Then, when your return comes, you can pay your remaining balance, or you can continue with the monthly payments. On the final page of checkout, simply select the Payment Plan option and the number of payments you’d like to make, and your payment amount and schedule will be displayed.

You now have manageable monthly payments, a no-risk, 30-day money back guarantee, and only a few hours left. Upgrade Now!

9 Reasons Mac Users Should Upgrade

You’re probably aware that we are still working on the Mac version of Logos 4. The software keeps getting better and better all the time, with new updates released almost every week. It’s a Alpha release, and new features and improvements are being added every day.

Time is running out to get the introductory discount on your upgrade to Logos 4. If you’re a Mac user and you’re still on the fence about upgrading, here are 9 reasons why you should upgrade today:

1. Books

You get tons of new books. Literally. Put your print books on a scale and add them up. If you upgrade, you will get hundreds—potentially thousands—of resources to aid your study of the Bible, including Bibles, commentaries, reference books, media resources, preaching and teaching tools, and ancient language texts and tools, plus a whole lot more.

This is the single best reason to upgrade to the Mac version of Logos 4. Don’t believe us? Run the numbers, or see for yourself.

2. iPhone and iPod Touch app

You can now access many of the books in your library on your iPhone or iPod Touch with the Logos iPhone App. We’ve already converted 3,000 titles to the new format, which you can access if you own a Logos 4 base package.

3. Windows

We know you love your Mac. But if you’re okay with running Logos 4 through VM Fusion, Parallels, or Boot Camp, you can install the Windows version at no additional cost.

4. Syncing

Reading a book on the Mac version and have to run out the door? Pull the book up on your iPhone on the bus and it will open directly to where you left off. Save a layout on your Windows machine at the office and you can open the same layout on the Mac when you get home in the evening. Logos 4 offers syncing across all your platforms.

5. New Releases

New features and functionality are released every two week or so. You get to witness the program’s progress all the way to completion. When the final version is released, simply type “Update Now,” and your software will update to the full version of Logos 4 at no additional charge.

6. Shape the Product

You can shape the development. By being part of the testing team, your feedback will provide our developers with valuable information to shape the final product. Our Mac forum is very active. With an upgrade to Logos 4, you can add your voice!

7. Version 1.2

Run Logos 4 alongside version 1.2. Upgrading to Logos 4 does not replace your current software. You can use both versions side-by-side. Even better, you can use most of your new Logos 4 resources on Logos for Mac version 1.2. You get all the books with the upgrade, but you can wait to begin using Logos 4 on your Mac until you’re ready.

8. Automatic Updates

Logos 4 is self-updating. Updates download automatically. No waiting for disks. You always have the latest and greatest Mac version of Logos 4. And when the final version of Logos 4 is released, you’ll get the update at no additional charge.

9. Introductory Discounts End This Week

Remember, time is running out to take advantage of the introductory discounts on an upgrade to Logos 4. If you’re a Mac user, you can upgrade to Logos 4 whenever you want, but you can only get introductory discounts until January 31. Visit the custom upgrade discounter to see what discounts you qualify for!

Whether you are a Mac or Windows user, if you are serious about building a library of biblical and theological resources, there’s really no better way to do it than with an upgrade—and there’s no better time than now, while we still have our extra low introductory upgrade discounts running.

The great news is that you can use our payment plans on upgrades and spread out your upgrade cost over the next 3, 6, 9, or even 12 months. If you have a monthly or quarterly book budget, this is a great way to use it for a Logos 4 upgrade and still take advantage of the introductory discounts. Simply select the payment plan option during checkout.

Remember, these deals end soon. We are in the final hours of our introductory discounts on upgrades. The window of time is closing. Upgrade now!

You can also call 800-875-6467 until tomorrow at 5:00pm (PT) to speak with someone who can answer any questions you have about your upgrade options and about using Logos 4 on your Mac.

What do you think? Is there another reason you’ve been waiting to upgrade? Still have questions about the Mac version of Logos 4? Leave a note in the comments, and we’ll be happy to address your questions and concerns.

A Library on the Bus, Part II

Screen shot 2010-01-12 at 11.49.13 AM.pngAbout a month after I started working at Logos, I wrote a blog post titled, “A Library on the Bus.” In the post I recounted the epiphany I had about how amazing it was to have access to a theological library on my laptop as I rode the bus to work. Last week I had a bit of déjà vu on my way into work.
The church I attend is currently going through the book of Acts and I’m trying to integrate Acts into my own personal study time. So, the other day I decided to use my bus ride in to work as a time to read through the sections of Acts we studied the previous week and the section we’ll be studying in the coming week. Unlike my first “Library on the Bus” post, this time I didn’t even have to go through the hassle of getting out and firing up my laptop. Instead, I simply reached into my pocket and turned on my iPhone. A couple taps of the screen and I was reading Acts in Logos’ free iPhone Bible app.
We just started our study a couple weeks ago, so I was reading in Acts 1, and I got to Peter’s quotations of Psalms 69:25 and Psalms 109:8 in regards to Judas and wanted to dig a little deeper. I swiped up and ran a quick Passage Guide.
Since one of my prioritized resources in Logos 4 is Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, it appeared in the top of my commentary list. With just a tap I was reading about the verses Peter was quoting, gaining valuable insight into their use in Acts 1:20. With a couple more taps I returned to my Bible, right were I left off, and continued my reading.
I heard the ding of someone requesting a stop, looked up, and saw that it was mine. I hit the power button and tossed the iPhone back in my pocket. I simply find it amazing how easily I can open multiple books, run Passage Guides, and dig deeper into Bible study all with my iPhone. A year ago I was amazed that I could access a library with my laptop. Having the access on my iPhone is even more convenient and amazing.
If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch and haven’t installed our free iPhone Bible app, get it today and take your Bible study on the go.
NOTES: To have access to your library on the iPhone or iPod touch you need to own a Logos 4 base package. Additionally, not all titles you own are currently compatible with the app. For more information visit our iPhone Bible app support page. If you own another mobile device and are wondering “when will Logos be building an app for (insert your mobile platform)?” then check out http://library.logos.com on your mobile device and visit our Logos Mobile Web forum for more help and information.

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