Thinking Green: Environmental Stewardship and the Psalms

Is it possible to be “Green” and be Christian? How should we interpret and put into practice Genesis 1:26? God created our planet, what is our responsiblity in maintaining it? Are there places in the Bible that speak about environmental stewardship? These are questions many Christians are asking themselves. And Arthur Walker-Jones, Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Winnipeg, believes the answers can be found in one of the most popular books of the Old Testament: the Psalms.

The Green Psalter: Resources for an Ecological Spirituality mines the Psalms with these very questions in mind. Walker-Jones explores the “Green” phenomenon in popular culture and current events—such as the movie An Inconvenient Truth and Hurricane Katrina—through a biblical lens, and discusses what role Christians might play in this global movement.  Walker-Jones makes his points with engaging prose and fresh and original insight on the Psalms. As one reviewer suggests, “he makes a convincing case the psalter is ‘greener’ than one might think” (Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament, Emory University).

The Green Psalter is just one volume out of the eleven included in the Fortress Press Hebrew Bible Collection. Bringing together some of the top scholars on the Hebrew Bible, such as Walter Brueggemann and Marvin A. Sweeney, this collection will provide a solid foundation for study of the Hebrew Bible. And right now, you can pick it up for only $199.95 in Pre-Pub, a savings of almost 40%.

Logos 4: Hierarchical Table of Contents

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsWith the recent release of Logos 4.3 comes the Personal Books (PB)  tool, allowing you to transform your Word .docx files into Logos resources. You can now create as many books as you want from your sermon manuscripts, Bible study lessons, school papers, quiet time journals, recipes, or whatever text you want to view inside of Logos.

Our team at mpseminars has created numerous QuickClip training videos to help you get started building books. I also want to provide written instructions for you in several Monday blogs. Hopefully between the videos and blogs you’ll be well on your way in centralizing digital text in your Logos library.

A previous blog gave you the overview of building books so I’ll concentrate on helping you create .docx files that lead to great PB. Today I’ll show you how to create a hierarchical table of contents in your books.

Microsoft Word allows you to format text with nine headings or levels. Logos recognizes these headings and uses them to create a hierarchical table of contents when building PB. After compiling your PB, the table of  contents will look like this:

Heading 1

Heading 2

Heading 3

Heading 4

Etc.

In case you’re not familiar with headings in Word, here’s all you do:

  • Select text in the .docx file that you want to make a major division in the table of contents
  • Choose the Home menu in Word
  • Click the Heading 1 button on Word’s toolbar
  • Select text in the .docx file that you want to make a section under the major division in the table of contents
  • Choose the Home menu in Word
  • Click the Heading 2 button on Word’s toolbar
  • Repeat these steps for as much text as you want in the .docx file

For example, let’s say you have a sermon manuscript or Bible study lesson that will become a PB.

The title of the manuscript or lesson would be Heading 1.

Each major point in the sermon or lesson would be Heading 2.

Each sub-point in the sermon or question in the lesson would be Heading 3.

You get the idea. After building your PB, click its panel menu and display your new hierarchical table of contents!

QuickClip

Now that the Personal Books tool has been live for a couple of weeks, how many Personal Books have you added to your library? Leave a comment letting us know the number of books you’ve added, and the book type (sermons, devotionals, prayer journals, etc.).

Weekly Roundup: August 20

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 August 20, 2011.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Logos Forum

Logos Facebook Page

Products

Key Item

You do not want to miss out on the free Perseus Collections!

New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

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

Vyrso

Carol Kent is very excited about her book, A New Kind of Normal coming soon to the Vyrso bookstore! We are looking forward to many great books from authors like Carol Kent, Sheila Walsh, and Jan Silvious.

Job Postings

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

IT Department

Marketing Department

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

Get WBC, Preacher’s Commentary, and More—On Sale for 7 More Days!

Word Biblical Commentary Series . . . and More!

The 59-volume Word Biblical Commentary is one of the leading commentaries on the Bible. It’s one of the most-recommended, most-read, and most-used commentary sets written in a generation. It contains volumes by Gordon J. Wenham, David J. A. Clines, Peter C. Craigie, John E. Goldingay, Donald A. Hagner, John Nolland, James D. G. Dunn, and dozens of others. No wonder it’s one of our bestselling commentaries.

Lots of Logos users have already added WBC to their library.

If you’re one of the users who hasn’t, then here’s a reason to think about getting it: The entire Word Biblical Commentary series on sale for just $3 per volume as part of the Nelson Bible Reference Bundle.

What’s more, WBC is just one series on a long list of top-notch commentaries, reference books, sermon helps, Bible study aids, and other resources in this collection.

But you need to act now, because this sale price lasts for only 7 more days.

What Is the Nelson Bible Reference Bundle?

With the Nelson Bible Reference Bundle, we’ve packed 200 volumes of top commentaries, reference books, Bible studies, and more into a comprehensive collection. Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s included:

  • 59 volumes of the Word Biblical Commentary Series (worth around $3,000.00!)
  • 35 volumes of The Preacher’s Commentary Series (worth $700.00!)
  • 12 volumes of A Treasury of Great Preaching (worth $300.00!)
  • 8 volumes of Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook (worth $240.00!)
  • 86 additional books and commentaries (worth $1,760.00)

The Word Biblical Commentary—and Lots More!

If you were to buy only the Word Biblical Commentary all by itself, you would pay $699.95. With this collection, you get not only the Word Biblical Commentary, but you also get the 35-volume Preacher’s Commentary Series, plus the 12-volume Treasury of Great Preaching, plus the Nelson Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook, and on top of that almost one hundred additional books—all for $599.95. That’s 200 books—including the WBC—for $100 less than what you would pay for just the WBC by itself.

As you can see, if you’ve been thinking of getting the WBC, it makes more sense to get the 200-volume Nelson Bible Reference Bundle instead. Not only will you get the WBC, but you’ll get tons of other books, all for less than what you would pay for the WBC if you had gotten the WBC by itself.

You won’t see the discount on the product page, though. The only way to get the special price is to enter coupon code 7DAYS at checkout.

The Clock is Ticking

It’s hard to overstate just how good of a deal this really is: $6,000.00 worth of books for only $599.95. That’s 200 books at under $3 a book. No matter how you put it, it’s a phenomenal deal.

The main thing to remember is that this sale is over in 7 days. Don’t miss out on your chance to add 200 books to your library at just $3 per book! And if you’d like to spread out your payment over the next few months, select a payment plan at checkout. If you’re a pastor, this is the perfect way to use your monthly book budget to get WBC and still get in on this deal before it expires.

Remember, the only way to get this deal is to enter coupon code 7DAYS at checkout. What are you waiting for? Download it now!

Have you held off getting WBC? Is this the dealbreaker? Let us know what you think!

Don’t Miss William Mitchell Ramsay on Community Pricing!

Plug the name “W. M. Ramsay” into your Logos search bar, and watch how many hits come up in your library. At the turn of the 20th century, this archeologist travelled to the holy lands to disprove the history of the Bible—and guess what? The overwhelming evidence he found in favor of the Bible led to Ramsay’s conversion.

Ramsay spent over a dozen years living in, and writing about, the Bible lands. Now, over 100 years later, as you can see in your Logos search results, his research on Near Eastern culture and the Bible is still proving to be invaluable for scholars today.

Ramsay’s fascinating exploration into the history and places described in the Acts of the Apostles deepens our understanding of early Christianity. Ramsay’s work brings to life the cities that Paul travelled through, such as Galatia, Tarsus, and Iconium. It gives context and history for the places that Luke wrote about. You’ll gain a new perspective on the cities and churches referenced in John’s Revelation.

Having all sixteen volumes of the William Mitchell Ramsay Collection linked to your library and your Bible sounds pretty cool, right? What makes this collection even more exciting is that it is in Community Pricing, and getting close to crossing the 100% mark. Right now, the most you’ll pay is about $1.88 a book. The more people that bid on this collection, there’s good chance it’s going to get even cheaper. So make sure to place your bid today and take advantage of this amazing deal.

Have you been to the Holy Lands? Leave us a comment and tell us about your most memorable experience! If you haven’t, tell us which biblical site you would love to visit.

Another Reason Logos Is the Coolest Place to Work

No doubt you’re familiar with Logos Bible Software—a cutting edge Bible study library and array of powerful tools.  But behind “Logos the product” is an equally cutting edge “Logos the company”—a bona fide incredible place to work.

Right along with the outstanding health benefits, a culture that encourages personal growth (e.g., an annual “Read for Cash” program), and various annual cook-offs (see pics), one of the coolest things about working at Logos is the Outdoor Recreation Center.

Outdoor Center

So that I could give you a better idea what the Outdoor Center really is, I recently sat down with the guy behind the idea: IT director Jim Straatman.

Stephen: First off, what exactly is the Outdoor Center?

Jim: Well, when you walk into the Outdoor Center, the first thing you see is a bike shop with professional grade tools and tuning equipment. There’s also equipment for tuning skis and snowboards, as well as an inventory of outdoor equipment for employees to checkout and use whenever they want.

Stephen: What’s the background story? How did it start?

Jim: I regularly send hardware acquisition requests for developers and IT to Bob. One time, only half seriously, I sent in a request for a bike shop. To its core, Logos is all about being the best place on the planet to work, and part of that vision includes encouraging employees to pursue outdoor hobbies. In fact, that’s the whole reason why we moved to Bellingham in the first place—for quality of life. A bike shop seemed to fit really well with that vision.

Bob looked the request and said, “Make it happen.” And things have just developed from there.

Stephen: What’s Logos ultimate goal for the outdoor center? An emphasis on certain niche sports or something more broad and comprehensive?

Jim: Some of both, really. Since it exists to supports employees’ lifestyles and interests, we want it to be whatever Logos employees make of it. Whether that means it caters to a few sports or many activities is really up to Logos employees. In fact, if people got into water polo we’d help them with that, too!

It’s similar to our free beverages (editor’s note: this includes espresso machines, sodas and juice of all types, milk, etc.), and believe it or not, the Outdoor Center costs way less than free drinks but the benefits are obviously huge!

Stephen: What kind of equipment does the Outdoor Center have?

Jim: So far there’s a racing canoe, tents, sleeping pads, snowshoes, a full bike mechanic tool set, bike tubes and valve stems, ski waxing equipment, and ground floor bike parking. But there’s a lot more in the works.

Stephen: Do people tend to use the equipment on their own, or has the outdoor center helped Logos employees build better relationships with one another outside of work?

Jim: The latter. For instance, many people have started riding together. And several employees have lost substantial amounts of weight—some as much as 40 pounds!

Aerial view

Needless to say, the Outdoor Center is a pretty sweet perk for working at Logos Bible Software. And really, it’s just one of many. In fact, the Logos Music Center is in the works as you read this.

If Logos sounds like the kind of place you’d like to work, you’re in luck! We’re hiring. Why not take a look at the positions we have available. Then hit the Tweet and Like buttons above to tell your friends. The key to even better software is more great employees, so help us spread the word!

Removing the Veil: Revealing God’s Truth for Women

Beginning with Proverbs 31, author Margaret English began studying specific Scriptures regarding women. Ten years later, her journey into the Bible’s passages pertaining to women led her to write Removing the Veil: Revealing God’s Truth for Women. In Removing the Veil, English uses exegetical work to uncover God’s way for men and women to serve as leaders in the church and in society. By exploring women’s roles in the Church, English celebrates women’s gifts and callings and then encourages them to go out and use them. Removing the Veil is divided into three sections:

  1. Unveiling Our History
  2. Unveiling Our Hearts
  3. Unveiling Our Hope

What others are saying:

A quiet revolution is taking place today as more and more women realize who Jesus destined them to be. Removing the Veil is a part of this revolution. Those who study the biblical truths outlined in this well-researched book will find true freedom from the cultural and religious mindset that have kept so many women in spiritual bondage. —J. Lee Grady, author of 10 Lies the Church Tells Women

. . . This thoughtful, passionate, and well-researched book offers tremendous insight into this critical leadership consideration. —Samuel S. Hemby, Ph. D., Southeastern University

In writing Removing the Veil, Margaret English has validated every woman active in Christian ministry and every woman called to it. Through her historical study and her exposition of biblical passages, she clearly shows that God’s design from the beginning has been for men and women to work side by side to advance His kingdom, and that God did not set limitations on what roles women could play in accomplishing this work. . . —Maureen D. Eha, Features Editor, Charisma magazine

So grab Removing the Veil while it’s on Pre-Pub for $10.95 and join English on her ten-year journey into the heart of biblical womanhood.

Do you have favorite resources on the role of women in the church? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!

Logos 4: Right Click Thematic Study

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsAs an expository preacher, I primarily preach-teach through paragraphs in the Bible. I explain the context, word meanings, and the author’s original intent and of course suggest modern application. Within many biblical paragraphs, however, are topics or themes discussed elsewhere in Scripture. Understanding the entire Scriptural concept certainly sheds light on the individual piece of the puzzle contained within a specific passage of the Bible. For example, redemption is a biblical theme discussed in Ephesians 1:7, but that’s just one verse out of many commenting on the subject. Seeing the whole picture leads to better comprehension of the individual pieces.

Zondervan Dictionary of Bible Themes, contained in most Logos collections, assists us in grasping the big picture of a biblical topic. Here are some suggestions for using the resource:

First, make sure it’s in the top five of prioritized, topical books (Bible dictionaries, English dictionaries, topical Bibles, etc.)

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize (1)
  • Type title:Zondervan in the Library’s Find box (2)
  • Drag Zondervan Dictionary of Bible Themes to the Prefer these resources list on the right (remember to place it in the top five of prioritized, topical books) (3)
  • Close the Library

Logos 4: Right Click Thematic Study (1)

After prioritizing the book, use your right click menu to open it:

  • Open an English Bible to a passage such as Hebrews 4:9, which mentions the biblical theme of rest (4)
  • Right click on the word rest (5)
  • From the right menu click Selection rest and then the title of the resource Zondervan Dictionary of Bible Themes (6)(7)

Logos 4: Right Click Thematic Study (2)

The book opens to a brief comment about the theme (5056). Underneath the comment notice:

  • 5057 rest, physical
  • 5058 rest, spiritual
  • 5059 rest, eternal

Within each section you’ll see hyperlink cross references as well as See also directing you to related themes.

Logos 4: Right Click Thematic Study (3)

After looking up many of these cross references, you’ll begin to understand the theme of rest!

I also encourage you to read the Introduction and How to use this book sections of this resource. Here the editors explain the organization of the book. This will be quite helpful if you’ve never used this book.

What are your favorite themes in the Bible? Is it grace, forgiveness, mercy, love, redemption, etc.? Leave a comment letting us and other Logos users know!

Weekly Roundup: August 13

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things from Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of August 13, 2011.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Logos Forum

Logos Facebook Page

Products

New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

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

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

Nearly 1,500 Free Perseus Books for Logos 4

NOTE: When this post went live the resource count for the Perseus works came to more than 3,000 books. Initially we treated every day of the the Richmond newspaper as a separate book (just as Perseus had). We have made the decision to merge the Richmond items into one book which makes the Perseus count 1,100–1,500. It is still the same amount of content without 1,000+ one page books.

We’ve been keeping a secret. A big one. For the past few months, we’ve been working on making nearly 1,500 books from The Perseus Project accessible in Logos 4. And today we’re announcing that they’re available for pre-order.

The biggest secret? We’re going to release them for free.

There’s no catch. No strings attached. Just thousands of free books for use in Logos Bible Software 4.

What Is Perseus?

The Perseus Collections are focused primarily on Greek and Latin classics, like Aristotle and Plato. They also cover the history, literature, philosophy, and culture of the Greco-Roman world—important contextual sources for biblical scholars. Additionally, they contain other key works of Renaissance literature, and literature from early America. In short, Perseus is a library of the West’s most enduring and influential classics.

The Perseus books are available in the following 7 configurations:

  1. Perseus Classics Collection (1,114 vols.)
  2. Perseus Arabic Collection (37 vols.)
  3. Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri (257 vols.)
  4. Perseus Renaissance Collection (22 vols.)
  5. Perseus Civil War and 19th-Century American Collection (340 vols.)
  6. Beowulf
  7. Richmond Times-Dispatch (1,355 vols.)

Why Perseus Is So Valuable

With Perseus, you get a massive amount of valuable content. What makes this great is that it’s completely free. Imagine—imagine if we were to charge you even $1 for each of these books!

How You Can Get It

Because of the massive size of this project, the release has the potential to overwhelm our servers. We simply don’t have the capacity to deliver this much content all at once to all the users who want it, so we’ll be releasing it in stages on a first-come, first-served basis.

Here Is How Perseus Will Be Released

  1. We’re taking pre-orders. By placing a Pre-Pub order, you can reserve your spot in line. Don’t worry, even though you’re placing an order, you won’t be charged anything.
  2. In a few weeks, when we’re ready to release, we will remove Perseus from our website altogether. It will go offline for a period of time while we process the orders, and it won’t be available to anyone. Depending on how many pre-orders we get, it could be offline for quite some time.
  3. Once all the pre-orders for all collections are processed, we’ll bring it back to Logos.com so more people can download and enjoy it.

Please note that The Perseus Collections require the latest version of Logos Bible Software 4.3.

The bottom line is that you need to place your Pre-Pub order early to get it first. Once we start processing pre-orders, it will be unavailable and disappear from the website. The key is to get your pre-order in before the window of time closes.

How Perseus Enhances Your Use of Logos

Even if you’re not a Greek or Latin scholar, The Perseus Collections can still enhance your use of Logos.

Many of the Greek and Latin classics come with one or more English translations. That makes many of these resources accessible to you even if you’re not a specialist, or you’re not proficient in the ancient languages. Many resources also have tagging in place, so you can link them together and read them side-by-side.

The Greek texts will be getting lemma tagging (we’re exploring morph tagging, too—but we can’t promise anything specific yet), which means they’ll enhance Bible Word Study reports. For example, if you’re doing a word study on a Greek word which occurs only once in the New Testament, your Bible Word Study report will draw in data from the wealth of other Greek texts in The Perseus Collections. You’ll get better results simply because the Bible Word Study report has more material to draw from.

Lexicons that cite these resources as source documents will be getting linked. (Most aren’t quite yet—but they will be in the future.) This means, for example, if BDAG cites a text from Aristotle, you can click the citation and the Perseus edition of Aristotle will open instantly to the exact location being referenced.

Spread the Word!

It’s rare that thousands of classic works are made available for free to anyone who wants them. It’s even more amazing when you consider that these aren’t just PDFs or text files. They’re Logos books, and they take advantage of many of the features and tools built into Logos Bible Software. So it’s hard to put into words how phenomenal this opportunity really is.

That’s why we’re asking you to help spread the word. There are people who may not hear about it—people who don’t read the blog, who don’t get the emails—who aren’t aware of what these resources can do in Logos Bible Software. These people need to know about it.

Here’s what you can do to help them find out:

While The Perseus Collections make up an amazing amount of valuable content, they aren’t for everyone. If you don’t read Classics and don’t study Greek and Latin texts, you may not want to download this content, especially if you have a slow internet connection or an older computer. Keep in mind that you’ll have bigger and more frequent downloads and more regular and longer indexing. If you’ll use it, it’s definitely worth it. If not, you might want to consider just helping to get the word to those who would really benefit from it.

If you’re pre-ordering it, what Perseus books are you most looking forward to using in Logos Bible Software? Leave us a comment and let us know!