Susanna Wesley: The Mother of Methodism

It is almost strange that we remember January 20 as Susanna Wesley’s birthday. I mean think about it, how many other mothers of famous religious figures do we even remember by name? And yet, the mother of John and Charles Wesley has taken on a renown that almost equals her sons’.

Susanna Wesley was born the last of 25 children to prominent Puritan pastor Samuel Annesley and Mary White (The Puritan Sermons 1659–1689 collection features 5 of Annesley’s sermons). Annesley, opposed to state interference in religious matters, was a dissenter from the Church of England. Showing the strength of will she would exhibit her whole life, Susanna left her father’s church at 13 and joined the official Church of England.

She soon met Samuel Wesley, a 19-year-old who had also left a church of dissenters and committed himself to the Church of England. They were married after Samuel finished studies at Oxford and was ordained into the Church of England.

Samuel was a strict and austere man who struggled with finances his whole life. Not only did he spend time imprisoned for debt, he even left the family for months out of frustration with Susanna for not saying “amen” to a prayer for King William III. Samuel explained to Susanna that if they were to have two kings, they would also have two beds.

Susanna’s Legacy

The lion’s share of the responsibility for parenting their children fell on Susanna. She did not shrink from this responsibility—she shined. The Wesley home was run by Susanna’s strict guidelines which included:

  1. Children will be taught to pray as soon as they can speak.
  2. Children will not receive what they cry for, and only what they ask for politely.
  3. To prevent lying, children will not be punished for what they confess and repent of.
  4. Children will not be punished twice for a single offense.
  5. Good behavior will be commended and rewarded.
  6. Any attempt to please, no matter how poorly performed, will be commended.
  7. Property rights will be preserved, even in minute matters.
  8. Children will be taught to fear the Lord.

As you can see, Susanna was extremely intentional in her parenting style. And although some of her rules may seem foreign and severe to modern eyes, the Wesley children adored their mother. In fact, as a child John thought he might never marry because he would never be able to find a woman as exemplary as Susanna.

Despite worries about her ability to parent alone, Susanna poured herself into her role. In a letter to Samuel, Susanna wrote:

“I am a woman, so I am also the mistress of a large family; and though the superior charge of the souls contained in it lies upon you; yet in your long absence I cannot but look upon every soul you leave under my care as a talent committed to me under a trust. . . . I resolved to begin with my own children; in which I observe the following method: I take such a proportion of time as I can spare every night to discourse with each child apart. On Monday I talk with Molly; on Tuesday with Hetty; Wednesday with Nancy; Thursday with Jacky [John]; Friday with Patty; Saturday with Charles. . .”

It is these regular one-on-one discussions with their mother that helped John and Charles become thoughtful and introspective. And it was the regimented intentionality of their upbringing which helped give Methodism its systematic nature. It’s for this amazing legacy that we remember her so fondly.

We still have the 29-volume John Wesley Collection on Pre-Pub. If you are interested in Susanna’s remarkable legacy, this collection includes an in-depth biography of John Wesley, and his personal journals—as well as his notes upon the whole Bible and all of his theological writings. Pick it up today and save over 77% on these exhaustive resources.

Get Notified about the Latest Titles for Logos

We’re always working hard to bring new titles to the Logos library—from the latest books by top publishers and best-selling authors to tried-and-true classics. But with the sheer number of titles going up each week, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date.

That’s why we’ve created two new email subscriptions to notify you when the latest works become available on Pre-Publication and Community Pricing. Whenever a new title is available for Logos, you’ll be the first to know. This ensures that you’ll never miss the chance to get a classic on Community Pricing for up to 95% off or to snag a new title on Pre-Publication at a steep discount!

Signing up for these notification lists is easy:

  1. Go to the account details page on Logos.com
  2. Click on the Notifications tab
  3. Scroll down and select the boxes next to Pre-Publication and Community Pricing

That’s it! Now you’re all set to get updates on the latest titles to add to your digital library.

Find out more information on how our Pre-Publication and Community Pricing systems work.

Weekly Roundup: January 14

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of January 14, 2011.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Facebook

Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These Pre-Pubs are shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

The latest collections from Community Pricing:

And be sure to check out the latest titles we moved over from Pre-Pub:

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newest postings on our Careers page:

Marketing Department

Graphic Design and Video

Sales

Information Technology

Publications

Software Development

Ministry Development

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

The Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament

Logos recently put the Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament (BHGNT) on Pre-Pub, and I can’t overemphasize how awesome and useful this series is!

You may come across a difficult grammatical construction or syntactical anomaly in the Greek text of the New Testament, and turn to a critical commentary like the ICC or NIGTC looking for help. While these commentaries will often answer your grammatical and syntactical questions, there are still times where you won’t find the information you’re looking for. This is where the BHGNT shines!

What makes the BHGNT so amazing is how it focuses primarily on matters of grammar, syntax, linguistics, and lexicography. That is to say, it is primarily a philological commentary. But that is not all! The BHGNT also includes cross-references to major commentaries, grammars, Louw and Nida, and BDAG—all easily accessible in Logos 4 with a simple click of your mouse! As a bonus, some of the later additions (i.e. Luke and 1 Peter) interact with the Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament, authored by our very own Steve Runge.

Here’s a real-life example of how helpful the BHGNT is. Let’s say that you’re translating Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus for an intermediate Greek class. You need to identify the uses of participles, infinitives, and important noun cases. You are doing great, but then you hit a wall—you cannot for the life of you figure out in what sense the infinitive ἀνακεφαλαιώσασθαι in Eph 1:10 is being used. Instead of reading through pages of critical commentaries looking for a possible answer, the BHGNT cuts right to the chase and gives you:

ἀνακεφαλαιώσασθαι. Aor mid inf ἀνακεφαλαιόω (epexegetical to μυστήριον 1:9).

The BHGNT is concise and jam-packed with a wealth of valuable philological information, saving you time.

So, if you’ve been looking for a resource that can help you out of a philological jam, then the Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament for Logos is exactly what you need!

40,000 Facebook Fans and Growing!

Thanks to all of our Facebook fans, yesterday we passed the 40,000 fan mark! It’s quite a milestone, and it’s exciting that you’re staying connected and socializing with each other and us.

Just for perspective, 40,000 is also the number of:

  • about half the population of Bellingham, WA, where our headquarters is located.
  • about twice the number of resources on Logos.com and Vyrso.com combined.
  • the number of days in almost 110 years—Logos’ headquarters, the Bellingham Flatiron building, is 105 years old.
  • *is only half as many cups of coffee Logos employees consume annually.

So with it being a new year and a new milestone reached within the Logos Facebook community, this is a good time to ask, “What kind of social media experience do you want from our Facebook page?”

Do you enjoy the daily Scripture verses in the morning? Is the advanced notice on giveaways such as The Works of John Owens why you stay connected? Maybe you’ve enjoyed some of our discussions such as, “Teaching the Bible to children can be challenging, sometimes exhausting! What’s the toughest question a child has ever thrown your way?” or “What is your first response to this question ‘How do you know the Bible is God’s word?’.”

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Again, thanks for being fans and contributing to the community experience on the Logos Facebook page.

One last thing: do you remember the “Like-a-thon” that we did last year to mark 25,000 fans?  What kind of celebration would you like to see to mark 50,000 Facebook fans?

*This actually cannot be confirmed and is just a generous estimate.

Vyrso Voice: Keep Up with All Things Vyrso

Whether you’re looking for Mark Driscoll’s brand-new Real Marriage or a classic like Chuck Swindoll’s The Grace AwakeningVyrso is your source for Christian ebooks.

And now you can keep up with the latest news and developments with Vyrso Voice, the blog for all things Vyrso. At Vyrso Voice you will find book reviews, author interviews, sale information, and updates about freebies and giveaways.

You can check out our two-part interview with author (and Facts of Life star) Lisa Whelchel, or get suggestions for inspirational leadership books to help with your 2012 resolutions. You’re going to enjoy the things we have planned.

So head over to Vyrso Voice now and sign up for email updates, or subscribe to the RSS feed!

 

Weekly Roundup: January 7

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of January 07, 2011.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Facebook

Pre-Pubs

New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These Pre-Pubs are shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

The latest collections from Community Pricing:

And new to our growing list of Classic Commentaries and Studies Collections:

And don’t miss out on these collections nearing the 100% mark!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newest postings on our Careers page:

Marketing Department

Graphic Design and Video

Sales

Information Technology

Publications

Software Development

Ministry Development

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Use Proclaim Free through February!

When Logos launched Proclaim Church Presentation Software’s free beta version in October, pastors, worship leaders, and other ministry partners were excited by Proclaim’s sleek presentations, collaborative, cloud-based interface, and other game-changing features. As of January 2012, Proclaim is out of beta and the full version is ready to go.

Due to the overwhelming response to Proclaim last year, we are extending the free trial period to give your team a chance to run the full version of Proclaim during their worship services.

Proclaim will continue to be free through the end of January, but getting it free through February is easy (more details below). Of course, you are able to purchase your On Air license anytime (monthly or yearly) and it will begin once this free trial period is over.

How It Works

Extending your free Proclaim On Air license through February is a simple three-step process:

  1. Go On Air and take a picture of Proclaim being used during your weekend service.
  2. Post your picture on Proclaim’s Facebook page. (You will need to “Like” the Proclaim Facebook page before you can do this.)
  3. Tag your worship team members and Proclaim Church Presentation Software.

It’s that easy!

If You Haven’t Tried Proclaim

Proclaim’s cloud-based presentation is changing the way pastors, worship leaders, and other ministry partners put together a service. With presentations available online, every member of your team can access and edit the presentation throughout the week from anywhere with an internet connection.

Go to ProclaimOnline.com for information, screenshots, and to download Proclaim.

So enjoy Proclaim for free this January. We’ll keep an eye out for your post and look forward to extending your free On Air license through February.

The John Wesley Collection: A Legacy of Faith

The 29-volume John Wesley Collection tells a story of perseverance, strength, and extraordinary faith.

In June of 1720, John Wesley entered Christ Church College, Oxford. John’s younger brother soon formed a group called the Holy Club, which met weekly. They were named “Methodist” by their fellow students because of the methodical way in which they lived. Wesley and his brother chose to sail upon The Simmonds from Gravesend, Kent to the Province of Georgia in the American colonies with a plan to spread Christianity.

On his voyage to the colonies, Wesley came to know the Moravian settlers. During their travels across the sea, they came upon a massive storm. The mast was ripped off the ship, and while the other passengers worried themselves, the Moravians prayed and sang hymns. Wesley was in awe of their incredible strength and faith. The Moravians left a lasting impression on his heart, and heavily influenced his theology of Methodism.

After spending some time in Georgia, Wesley decided it was not the place for him, so he soon returned to England, determined to earn money for a church. Back in England, he came to admire the evangelist George Whitefield who gave sermons in the open air to people excluded from church. This inspired Wesley to begin offering his own non-traditional sermons, seeking to reach a wider range of listeners. He preached in fields, houses, and even town halls.

Wesley continued evangelizing until his death in 1791. At this time he had led approximately 135,000 members and 541 itinerant preachers to Methodism. His legacy still resonates through Christianity today, and his writings remain a source of exhortation and teaching to evangelicals around the world.

The Logos Bible Software edition of the John Wesley Collection allows you to perform in-depth searches on all 16,951 pages so that you get the most out of your Bible study, sermon preparation, and research.

Key Features

  • All 14 volumes of his collected works
  • Complete and authoritative eight-volume journal
  • The four-volume Explanatory Notes, Wesley’s complete commentaries on the entire Bible
  • In-depth biography
  • Essays, letters, sermons, grammars, psalms, hymns, and addresses

The John Wesley Collection is valued at $882.24, but you can pre-order it today at the incredible Pre-Pub price—a savings of 77%! That brings the cost down to less than $7 per book.

For more interesting glimpses into the ministry of John Wesley, check out 5 Interesting Facts About John Wesley and 10 Thought-Provoking John Wesley Quotes.

This Is It—December Deals End Tonight!

Bringing you this year’s Christmas sales has been a blast. Between offering deep discounts on powerful resources, a return of last year’s Christmas collections, and offering it all with credit back on future Logos.com purchases—this has been a real fun ride. But it all ends tonight.

All 12 Days of Logos products, base package discounts, Christmas collections, and opportunities for Christmas credit will disappear at 11:59 PM (PST).

Here are a couple of last minute things to be mindful of in regards to Logos’ December Deals:

You Can Search Logos.com by Price Range

Our Christmas Credit promotion returns a greater percentage of your December purchases in Logos.com credit based on how much you spend. If you spend more, you earn more.

Tiers You Spend We’ll Match You’ll Earn
Tier 1 $10–$99.99 15% $1.50–$15
Tier 2 $100–$499.99 20% $20–$100
Tier 3 $500–$999.99 25% $125–$250
Tier 4 $1,000–$2,499.99 30% $300–$750
Tier 5 $2,500–$4,999.99 40% $1,000–$2,000
Tier 6 $5,000+ 50% $2,500+

We did a blog post before Christmas which showed you how to search Logos.com by price range. Searching by price range is helpful if you are looking for another purchase to bump you into the next tier.

Let’s say you needed another $127 to get into Tier 5 to save an extra 10% on all your December purchases. You could enter price:[125 TO 130] into the Logos.com search engine, and see every product we sell between $125–$130!

We Will Be Open Tonight until 9:00 PM (PST)

We are expecting a lot of calls today, and we want to be able to help each one of you. You can call to speak to one of our representatives by 9:00 PM (PST)!

  • USA & Canada: 800-875-6467
  • UK Discounted: 0871-218-1700
  • International: (360) 527-1700

Take Advantage of Payment Plans

We have hit this point pretty hard the last couple weeks. But to be completely honest, this might be the most amazing aspect of the Christmas promo. To be able to purchase something like The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament (40 vols.), which you might have had your eye on for a while, take up to 12 months to pay for it, and get over $475 to spend at Logos.com (even before your original purchase has been paid off) is pretty impressive.

Don’t Forget to Sign Up

You may have thousands of dollars in Logos.com credit coming. If you have neglected to sign up, we are not going to be able to give it to you. Make sure you are signed up!

We Will Start Processing Credit January 3

If you have signed up for Logos.com credit and have made qualifying purchases, you will be receiving a preliminary email soon!

So check out the December Deals one last time, because they disappear tonight!