Weekly Roundup: January 21

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 21, 2011.

Logos Talk

Vyrso Voice

Interesting Discussions

Facebook

Pre-Pubs

New Pre-Pubs

Community Pricing

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

New this week

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

Software Development

Publications

Ministry Development

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

New Resources for Logos 3

We made a mistake.

We stopped making Logos 3 / Libronix editions of new resources on January 1, but we neglected to give any advance warning about this change, and it surprised some of our users.

I am sorry; it was my fault. I authorized the change in process but didn’t think about the need to communicate the change to all of you with plenty of advance notice.

We’re going to make it right. We’re going back and creating Logos 3 editions of resources we’ve already shipped in 2012, and we will continue to make Logos 3 editions of new releases through March (except where a resource requires Logos 4-specific functionality).

New products released after March, 2012 will only be made available for Logos 4.

April will be two years and five months after the release of Logos 4, and more than 11 years after the first release of the Libronix platform used by Logos 3. We’re flattered that some users still like Logos 3 and find it useful. And the good news is that it still runs, and should for the foreseeable future. Installing Logos 4 doesn’t disable Logos 3, and we’re not retroactively removing anything.

Logos 3 / Libronix support articles have moved to an archive on Logos.com, to avoid confusing the majority of our user base which only uses Logos 4. Post-purchase email download instructions will continue to reference Logos 3 until March 31, and existing Logos 3 ebook files will still be available online through the “Orders” tab of your Logos.com/MyAccount page.

We want to be efficient in our use of resources; building new products for the old platform takes time and money we’d rather put into forward-looking development.

But we understand that some users had placed pre-orders or made purchases with the expectation that they could use those resources with Logos 3, and we want to honor that expectation.

New content released since January 1, including Pre-Pubs, will be available for you Friday, January 27. You can unlock and download these files from the “Orders” tab in your account after next Friday.

I apologize for any confusion and frustration we have caused you.

Bob Pritchett
President, Logos Bible Software

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.

Add Insight to Your Library with Baker Collections

For over 70 years, the Baker Publishing Group has carried out their mission to publish “high-quality writings that represent historic Christianity and serve the diverse interests and concerns of evangelical readers.” If you were to look at the four Baker collections currently on Pre-Pub, you’d see that Baker is living up to their goal.

Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Upgrade (7 vols.)

This 7-volume upgrade to the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (8 vols.) proves that you don’t have to sacrifice readability for scholarly depth. Whether you’re a pastor, professor, student, or church leader, you’re going to benefit from both the scope and the accessibility of this series.

Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible (16 vols.)

The church has a strong history of interpreting the Bible theologically. In an effort to recreate this tradition, Baker has put together the 16-volume Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. If you’re looking for commentaries which draw from a wide range of traditions, while expounding upon Scripture from a distinctly theological viewpoint, the Brazos Theological Commentaries are for you.

Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms (6 vols.)

When it comes to interpretation, the Old Testament’s poetry and wisdom literature provide very unique challenges. The Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms meet these challenges with exegetical precision. Let authors like Tremper Longman and Craig G. Bartholomew help navigate the literary and structural devices in these books by incorporating linguistic, historical, and canonical insights.

Handbook on the Old Testament Series (4 vols.)

Are you interested in Old Testament exegesis? The Handbook on the Old Testament is definitely for you.  These 4 volumes cover:

You will get remarkable insight into the Old Testament’s content, structure, and theology with this collection. You’ll also benefit from a bibliography of recent, relevant scholarship to help guide your future studies.

All of these collections are currently under development, so there isn’t much time to get them at their current Pre-Pub prices. Pick one (or all!) of these great collections up for your library today.

And check out the rest of our Baker resources while you’re at it!

Love Alone is Credible: Communio Theology on Pre-Pub

Two of the most important theologians of the 20th century now have collections on Pre-Pub! Joseph Ratzinger (now pope Benedict XVI) and Hans Urs von Balthasar were founding members of the Communio school of theology, which has become dominant in the Catholic Church and has had major influence on Protestant thought. Indeed, the great Swiss Reformed thinker Karl Barth once said of his life-long friend von Balthasar that no one understood his thought better.

The Communio School of Theology

Like the Protestant neo-orthodox theologians, the Communio school denies the validity of “natural” theology, emphasizing that all creation, and most significantly all of human experience, finds meaning and truth only in the person of Jesus Christ. There is no neutral ground, no realm where reason functions “unencumbered” by revelation: grace abounds. What this means is that reason and revelation, nature and grace, are not sealed off from each other, but find fundamental unity within the Trinitarian God and within mankind, made in his image. This reality finds perfect expression in the Incarnation. Man’s encounter with Christ is the content of the Communio approach to theology, which von Balthasar described as “essentially an act of adoration and prayer.”

Within Ratzinger’s Christocentric thought, the Incarnation is the only source for what is true about God and about man: love is the ultimate reality of the cosmos. Von Balthasar is perhaps best known for his aesthetics, for his contention that beauty reveals God and that beauty itself is defined by the Incarnation: Christ is beauty and what is beautiful is Christological. Both thinkers work within the paradigm of “ressourcement”—a return to the sources of the faith: Scripture and the Church Fathers. In doing so, they opened up new (or old) avenues for Christian theology.

Communio Opens Doors to Ecumenical Dialog

Both von Balthasar and Ratzinger encountered stiff resistance within the Catholic hierarchy and the academy, sometimes even being accused of heresy. But their theology was so powerful and subtle that it slowly won adherents and had a direct effect on the theology expressed at Vatican II. Through the pontificates of John Paul II and Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) the Communio approach has become dominant in the Church. What’s more, the emphasis on “ressourcement” has opened new opportunities for ecumenical dialog. Indeed, Joseph Ratzinger himself suggested that the Augsburg Confession might be accepted by the Catholic Church, and the Communio approach has underwritten the fruitful Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue of recent decades.

Communio theologians have re-shaped Catholic thought and have built bridges—between modern Christianity and the ancient Church and between contemporary denominations. Add this powerful and profound perspective to your Logos library. The Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Collection ships tomorrow, so place your pre-order now. The Hans Urs von Balthasar Collection is almost through Pre-Pub and will ship soon, so keep an eye out for this too.

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.

Now on Pre-Pub: The Feasting on the Word Commentary Series!

Struggling to come up with a new sermon topic each week? In Feasting on the Word, you will find an elegant alternative to fretting over which passage to preach on any given Sunday.

This is an incredibly accessible resource for the preacher.  The 12 volumes in this series include passages for three years’ worth of Sundays, as arranged in the Revised Common Lectionary. The church has fine-tuned this lectionary over time and it provides a holistic approach to the entire canon of Scripture.

Stay on track with a calendar of weeks that includes special sections for Lent and Advent.

Each week features a reading from the Old Testament, a Psalm, an excerpt from an epistle, and a passage from one of the four Gospels.

One Passage, Four Guides

For each passage, Feasting on the Word features essays and commentaries from four different perspectives:

  • The theological
  • The pastoral
  • The exegetical
  • The homiletical

This format supplies the teacher with a wealth of possibilities in his approach to each of the four Scripture passages included for each week.

Get it Now!

For a limited time, Feasting on the Word is available on Pre-Pub for $189.95—50% off the retail price. Pick up your lectionary commentary series today!

New on Pre-Pub: The Florida College Annual Lectures (1974-2011)

New to Pre-Pub is Florida College Annual Lectures (1974-2011). Established in 1946, Florida college is a small Christian College located just outside Tampa, Florida. Every spring, the college holds an annual lecture series on a variety of theological subjects.

With the Logos edition, you get 38 years of in-depth theological content. Each volume in the Florida College Annual Lectures contains lectures focused on a particular theme, doctrine, or book of the Bible, which makes these lectures valuable resources for specialized study.

So, pre-order your copy while the Florida College Annual Lectures (1974-2011) are still on Pre-Pub. At the low price of only $74.95, you cannot go wrong!

Logos 4: Graph Bible Search Results

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.

mp|seminars Tips

The old adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, may partially be true with Logos Bible searching. To find out what I mean try this:

  • Click the Search icon to open the Search panel
  • Select Bible as the search type
  • Set from the drop down lists the New Testament in the ESV to be searched
  • Type hope in the Find box
  • Make sure Match all word forms on the search panel menu is NOT checked
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results which should be 74 results in 68 verses
  • Click Graph results on the Search panel’s toolbar which opens the Graph Bible Search Results (GBSR) panel
  • Select Number of hits in book from the drop  down list on the GBSR panel
  • Select a “graph” such as Column Chart from the bottom of the GBSR panel

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Notice how the book of Romans stands out on the chart! Does this say anything about hope in Romans? Perhaps.

Try selecting different types of hits from the drop down list and different graphs from the bottom of the panel, to produce hopefully insightful search results.

What word do you think has the most interesting graph? Leave a comment and let us know!

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!