Kick Off 2012 with a Logos Bible Reading Plan

The new year is upon us—a time for making resolutions and setting goals. What better way to start 2012 than with a new Bible reading plan?

Following a Bible reading plan is an easy way to become more familiar with the Scriptures—one day at a time. It can be a tremendous boon to a more consistent prayer life, deepening your understanding of theology, and fostering biblical wisdom that better equips you to confront life’s challenges.

We believe in the value of Bible reading plans. We also understand that there is no one-size-fits-all plan for everyone. That’s why with Logos you can use any of your favorite reading plans or easily create a custom Bible reading plan to suit your needs. And it’s never too late to start, since Logos lets you set the beginning and end dates for every plan—no matter what time of year.

With daily reminders on your home page, you’ll never lose track of where you are. And even if you do get behind, you can quickly adjust your plan in Logos to catch up to the current day. Never skip another reading! (We are also working on a fix to sync your reading plans with your mobile devices, letting you bring your reading plan with you wherever you go. Stay tuned for future announcements!)

Want to dig deeper? One of the advantages of doing your 2012 Bible reading in Logos is the ability to quickly discover word meanings, navigate to similar passages, and pull up any related resources. Turn your daily readings into opportunities for deeper Bible study—all without leaving Logos!

Bibles for Just $10!

To help you achieve your new reading goals, we’ve discounted popular Bibles like the NASB, ESV, and KJV to only $10 for a limited time! Paired with a new Bible reading plan, it’s the perfect time to try out a new translation or add a favorite to your library.

Achieving that New Years’ resolution just got a whole lot easier with Logos.

Also check out the on-going discussions on our Facebook page about different reading plan options as well as helpful tips for staying committed.

Camp Logos 2 Live: A Worthwhile Investment

Camp Logos 2 Live will be shipping Monday, January 16, 2011. Order it now at the amazing Pre-Pub price!

Our Platinum base package comes with more books than most people have in their homes. When you combine these with any of the 12,000+ titles for sale at Logos, you have an opportunity to add a depth and breadth to your Bible study that most only dream of.

However, it’s not enough to just have a big library with lots of powerful tools—knowing how to use those tools is the key to getting the most out of the resources you own. Learning to organize and arrange your library is integral to maximizing the full potential of Logos 4.

Toward that end, we would like to draw your attention to Camp Logos 2 Live. In Camp Logos 2 Live authorized Logos trainer Morris Proctor takes you beyond his popular two-day Camp Logos training seminar and Camp Logos Live DVD, and focuses on two major training areas: organizing your books and utilizing Logos features.

Organize Your Resources

Using systematic tags, Morris shows you a multi-layered organizational scheme which allows you to account for and easily access all of the resources in your growing Logos library.

Imagine having all of your commentaries arranged to appear in the categories and order you desire with the click of one icon on the Shortcuts bar.

Or think of all your books catalogued so that, regardless of what verse you’re studying, you instantly see what your ethics, theology, or apologetics books say about that verse!

Or envision studying a subject and quickly accessing a harmony, topical Bible, or dictionarywith a simple right click—without leaving your current resource.

Morris’ plan will teach you to do all this and more.

Remember, even though Morris is our official trainer, he’s first and foremost a Bible teacher using Logos for his own biblical research and sermon prep. The organizational plan he presents comes straight from his own use of Logos Bible Software.

Morris will equip you to:

  • Unlock the power of those mysterious LN numbers in your Bible
  • Locate specific information without wading through thousands of search hits
  • Read a biblical passage syntactically
  • Distinguish singular and plural pronouns in your Bibles
  • Search classic books like Training of the Twelve, Figures of Speech Used in the Bible, and St. Paul the Traveler
  • Show you the power of numerous and often overlooked features
  • And much more!

We often say that using Logos Bible Software is as easy as entering a passage and clicking “Go”, but that’s only the beginning. Let Morris help you get the most out of your resources and unlock Logos 4′s amazing potential.

Some may ask, “Is Camp Logos 2 Live really worth the investment?” And the answer is an emphatic, “Yes!” Many Camp Logos 2 attendees say the session on Louw-Nida numbers alone is worth the price.

Simply put, Camp Logos 2 Live is an investment you can’t afford not to make. And if you hurry, you can get Camp Logos 2 Live while it’s still on Pre-Pub. It ships on January 16, 2011, so act quickly!

Get a Free Book Every Month in 2012

Would you like to get a free book every month throughout 2012? We thought so! That’s why we put together the Free Book of the Month. Each book is part of a larger collection, and every month you can enter to win that collection, too!

January’s Free Book of the Month is John Owen’s Temptation and Sin. This book contains:

  • On the Mortification of Sin
  • On Temptation
  • On Indwelling Sin in Believers
  • Exposition of Psalm 130

Temptation and Sin is more than a fanciful book on behavior modification; this is a powerful resource for anyone looking  to understand and battle sin. Theologian J. I. Packer has admitted to owing more to John Owen than to any other theologian—and owing “more to On Mortification of Sin than to anything else he wrote.”

Not only can you pick up your free copy of Temptation and Sin, you can enter to win the 24-volume Works of John Owen! Just head over to the Free Book of the Month page to download your free book and enter the giveaway!

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!

 

Logos 4: Shortcuts for the Shortcuts in the Command Bar

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars and provides many training materials.

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As I use Logos Bible Software, I’m all about saving time with the technology so I can devote more time to actual Bible study and meditation. Toward that end we Logos users recently enjoyed a very helpful blog about the Command bar, which allows us to type timesaving shortcuts.

For example we can type: Open ESV to John 3:16 to quickly open the ESV to that specific passage.

Would you believe there are even shortcuts for these shortcuts? Try typing some of these and then press the Enter key to execute the command:

  • nave to heaven opens Nave’s Topical Bible to the article for heaven
  • east to Corinth opens Easton’s Bible Dictionary to the article for Corinth
  • bkc to ep3.17 opens The Bible Knowledge Commentary to the entry for Ephesians 3:17
  • nasb to ps23 opens the New American Standard Bible to Psalm 23
  • pas gui to lk4 opens the Passage Guide to Luke 4
  • exe gui to ro8.28 opens the Exegetical Guide to Romans 8:28
  • bib wor st to forgive opens the Bible Word Study to forgive

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This may appear to be almost comical, but if you use the Command bar a lot, finding the least amount of characters to type to activate your favorite features will save you a lot of time over the course of your study. I encourage you to experiment with your favorite commands and come up with your own shortcuts.

If you enjoyed this time timesaving shortcut, make sure to check out Timesaving Tips, vol 1. And on that note, we’d like to share some exciting news: be looking for Timesaving Tips, vol. 2, which will be announced very soon!

What do you think is the most helpful shortcut in Logos 4? Leave a comment and let us know!

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.

A Syntactic Analysis of the Septuagint

Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the SeptuagintOne of the Pre-Pubs I’m most anticipating has the misfortune of being an extremely big project of seemingly narrow interest.

I’m talking about the Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the Septuagint, which has been on Pre-Pub since mid-2010, and at present  is only about 20% of the way to the development threshold.

Why am I so interested in a syntactic analysis of the Septuagint? Simply put, using the Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the Greek New Testament helps me think through the text as I read it, and my Greek has gotten much, much better because of it. Sure, there are benefits to being able to search the syntax. But for me, the primary benefit comes when reading and working through the text. The Cascadia Syntax Graphs help me see the high-level components of the text, and in so doing help me see the text as phrases and clauses, and less as a string of words to be decoded.

Let me give you an example that has absolutely nothing to do with searching.

One thing I like to do when reading Greek is to use the ‘Display’ feature to turn off certain levels of the analysis. With Cascadia, if you turn off the “Phrases” and “Terminals” (and, if you’re daring, the “Literal Translation” as well), you get a structure that consists of clauses and clause functions. With the intermediary levels turned off, you can begin to see the components (subjects, objects, verbs, adverbials like negators and prepositional phrases, etc.). Even better, you start to see these when reading the text outside of the graphs, too. Here’s an example from John 3:16:

Jn 3:16 in the Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the NT

Jn 3:16 in the Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the NT

The dotted lighter-colored lines in the graphic above (dotted lines in the program) are where phrase and terminal level items are elided out. Reading the Greek from top to bottom, you can work through the Greek while referencing the structure of the sentence according to the Cascadia analysis. When I do this, I typically don’t worry about the “embeddedness” of the clauses, I just pay attention to the S, V, O, IO, ADV and other clause function notation. I can also readily see conjunctions and other particles, and get ideas in how they are functioning in the verse as well.

I’ll admit it’s a little selfish, but this is why I so want the Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the Septuagint Pre-Pub project to start — because I want to read the Septuagint the same way. I muddle through, and I’m getting better, yet I can’t help but think I’d get better faster with graphs of the Septuagint, though.

This brings me to my point: If you’ve had some Greek in the past (either recently, or not so recently), then try this little trick with the Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the New Testament. If you want, keep the “Literal Translation” portion active too. Do this diligently for awhile, and see if your Greek improves. If it does, and you think, “Wow, it really would be great to have this for the Septuagint too!” then please subscribe to the Pre-Pub, and help make it happen.

As I said, we’re only 20% of the way to funding the Cascadia Syntax Graphs of the Septuagint project. We need more people to subscribe to the Pre-Pub to make this happen. Will you be one of them?

Your Bible Study Companion

How often have you wished you had a biblical scholar on speed dial, someone you could call twenty-four hours a day when you are stuck on a difficult passage in the Bible? The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible is perfect for moments like these, and for a limited time, you can get it on Pre-Pub for 33% off the retail price.

Since the Bible was written over a period of more than 1,000 years, we are bound to run into  language, cultural, and historical barriers. But how do we step over these obstacles and find the meaning of the text? Inside Eerdmans Companion we find the tools we need to become better readers, thinkers, and interpreters of the Bible.

The Logos edition of the Eerdmans Companion to the Bible opens both this resource and the Bible side-by-side, making study more effective. Logos has made Bible study fast and easy, and with the addition of the Eerdmans Companion to the Bible your study can go even deeper. So, if you want to lock in the low pre-pub price of $26.95, head over to Logos.com now and order the Eerdmans Companion to the Bible before the price goes up.