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“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”—Romans 8:29 (ESV)
This has been a favorite verse of mine for years. I have always loved the idea of being molded and formed into the image and character of Christ. But the inherent challenge here is in making sure we are not frustrating this work while doing what we can to be pliable.
Gary Thomas has been a mentor to me for some time in this area. His writings have instilled in me an insatiable desire to not only focus on building the character of Christ within me, but to understand how Christians have practiced spiritual formation in the past.
When I saw that Logos was carrying Thomas’ The Glorious Pursuit: Embracing the Virtues of Christ, I jumped at an opportunity to ask him some questions about this fantastic book on Christian virtues.
Logos: It has been a while since you penned The Glorious Pursuit. What do you remember about the process?
Thomas: I was approached by NavPress to write a book for a series they were doing on forgotten or neglected ancient spiritual practices. Practicing the virtues was a mainstay for many centuries of church history, and we felt it would be equally helpful and relevant for Christians to reclaim this practice today. So much of contemporary Christian teaching focuses on “not sinning.” I was eager to write a book focusing on something positive—what we can become. Instead of obsessing over becoming “unlike the devil” I believe Scripture calls us to focus on becoming like Christ.
Logos: You discuss 14 classical virtues (humility, surrender, detachment, love, chastity, generosity, vigilance, patience, discernment, thankfulness, gentleness, fortitude, obedience, and penitence), which of those did you find was the most challenging to write about?
Thomas: There’s a reason I had to use two chapters to fully cover humility. It’s been called the “queen of the virtues” and rightly so. It’s the hardest one to live out, in many ways, and yet the foundation for so much that follows (along with love, of course).
Another particularly challenging one was detachment, since that’s such a foreign concept to contemporary believers. We just don’t think in those terms, yet doing so can be revolutionary in a believer’s life.
Logos: One online reviewer said of The Glorious Pursuit, “This is one of the best and most helpful books I’ve ever read.” Do you often hear from people whose lives have been touched by your work?
Thomas: Just about every day, in all honesty. It’s humbling, knowing how little I know, and knowing how messed up I can be, and yet seeing how God can play some great music through rather dented instruments.
Logos: One of the endorsements for the Glorious Pursuit was by J. I. Packer. If I remember correctly, Packer also endorses your book Seeking the Face of God. Do you consider Packer a mentor?
Thomas: Absolutely. He was my thesis advisor, and small group advisor during one year at Regent College, so I got to spend some time with him, including in his home. I admire Dr. Packer’s courage, fidelity to Scripture, and passion for the Gospel. Even in his later years, he is passionate about seeing God’s church move forward. Time with him (I got to visit with him again about 2 years ago when I was up in Canada) is always tremendously inspiring for me.
At a theological level, I especially appreciate Packer’s ability as a “fair” critic. When he challenges another tradition with which he has disagreements, he’ll point out its strengths and what the church at large can learn from it, and then gently but brilliantly expose the flaws (or at least problematic tendencies). I’ve tried to emulate that approach, drawing on the strengths of a wide range of traditions without rejecting them in total, while still staying true to a rather conservative theological (and I think biblical) perspective.
Logos: In what ways have you heard about The Glorious Pursuit being used in group settings?
Thomas: It’s been used by weight loss groups, prison chaplains, men’s groups, and women’s Bible studies. What I hear back from these participants is that they appreciate the positive focus—looking at what we can become, rather than obsessing over what we should avoid.
Logos: What would you say to someone who has picked up a copy of The Glorious Pursuit and is starting their journey toward practicing Christian virtues?
Thomas: Take the chapter on gentleness to heart, and be gentle with yourself. This is a lifelong journey. The more I understand about the physiology of our brain, the more brilliant I believe this ancient practice is. It takes time to create new neurological grooves and therefore moral habits. We have to consciously choose our focus, put it into practice, and wait until it becomes sort of like second nature, though in this case, it’s a supernaturally empowered redeemed nature.
The Glorious Pursuit is not only a fantastic personal resource, it is valuable for discipleship and small groups as well. I can personally attest to using this book in a variety of settings and its rich content always helps foster deep, engaging, and transparent discussion.
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For four generations Graeter’s has been creating some of the world’s most irresistible ice cream. Recently, the employees of Logos got to experience this irresistible ice cream first hand.
It all started when Proclaim product manager, Matt Peterson, found Graeter’s for sale at a grocery store in Bellingham, WA. Being a recent transplant from Cincinnati, OH, Matt was surprised to see his favorite ice cream being sold locally.
Excited to share this hometown delicacy, Matt picked up a couple of pints and brought them to work for the marketing department. We loved it!
Soon Matt was on the phone with Graeter’s to see if they had any coupons he could hand out to other co-workers at Logos. What was Graeter’s response? “We’ll do you one better, we’ll send you enough Graeter’s Ice Cream to allow everyone to have some.”
A couple of days later, Logos received gallons of dense, creamy ice cream perfectly wrapped in dry ice. Each employee got to enjoy a double scoop of Graeter’s famous Black Raspberry Chip—what a treat! This is just another reason that Logos is such a wonderful place to work.
If you are interested in a job with a company that takes both cutting edge biblical technology and ice cream seriously, make sure to check out our career page.
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Logos recently hosted a Women in Ministry Summit where 40 women’s ministry leaders gathered together for training on Logos Bible Software and fellowship with one another.
Today’s guest post is from author and speaker Lysa TerKeurst, who attended the Summit. Lysa is a New York Times bestselling author of Made to Crave and 13 other books. She blogs daily and is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries.
Have you ever sat down to do Bible study and felt overwhelmed at where to begin? Or, heard a pastor unpack a Scripture in a way you’ve never thought about and wondered why the Bible doesn’t seem as applicable when you study on your own? Or needed to prepare a lesson and felt inadequate because you don’t have a seminary degree?
And I’m a Bible teacher.
I’m passionate about studying God’s word. But that doesn’t mean it has come easy.
My Bible study world went from black and white to Technicolor when I attended the Logos Women in Ministry Summit. I never knew using Logos software could aid me in my Bible study preparations with such ease, fun, and absolute thoroughness.
And not only did I get inspired with this new tool, I got to connect with other women who do what I do. It’s so rare to be with other women who do exactly what I do and know the unique pressures that come along with being a woman in ministry. Logos did such an amazing job of taking care of us, encouraging us, giving us time to connect on a personal level, and pampering us!
Thank you Logos!
I am a raving fan of Logos—the Bible Software and the staff!
Here are a few pictures from the Women in Ministry Summit. Be sure to check out all the pictures from the Summit in our Facebook album!
Today’s post is by Jessi Gering, editor of Raysd.
The world we live in is constantly changing—from technological developments, to the forming of new countries, to swiftly-moving culture trends. Raysd is a new online magazine that offers a Christian perspective on culture around the globe.
We want to create dialogue—to talk about the best way to live in community, and to effect change in the world. How should Christians interact with culture? What does my faith change about the way I live my life? Why should I be different?
We are excited to bring you these stories.
Here’s what you can expect from each issue:
In this inaugural issue, Donald Miller sits down to discuss his approach to the Bible, and how Scripture influences his writing. Miller—well-known for his relatable honesty—talks about where he draws permission to be vulnerable and open in his writing.
Check out our profile on non-profit group Invisible Children. IC spokesperson Alex Collins recaps where the organization has been, how they’ve grown from independent filmmakers to national policy influencers, and how they continue to advocate on behalf of the neglected in East Africa.
And blogger and writer Jeff Goins takes a look at Zappos’ corporate culture and customer service policies. He discusses what the Church can learn from an internet shoe conglomerate.
Once you’ve browsed our features, check out our regular articles to find out how Apple technology has influenced the persecuted church, how Pamela Crane, the Africa Field Manager for Blood: Water Mission, fosters community while on the move, and which cover album, released earlier this year, may be this year’s best .
One of the great benefits to the Android platform is choice. With Android you have the power to choose things like your carrier, hardware, or custom ROMs. With the Android Tablet Giveaway, Vyrso allows you to capitalize on this great benefit. If you win, you will have the rare opportunity to choose which device you get—for free:
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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.
Many years ago I visited my local bookstore looking for resources to help me with my sermon series on Ephesians. Almost hidden on the shelf was the single volume, A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. Thumbing through the pages, I discovered this commentary was a goldmine full of riches providing insights into word meanings, morphology, and syntax. Here’s the icing on the cake: it was all in plain English! I understood every sentence.
For the next several months I wore out this volume devouring every word as I made my way through Ephesians. The following years I secured other New Testament volumes as I preached through Philippians and Galatians. I came to understan The United Bible Societies’ Handbook Series was prepared for Bible translators, assisting them in translating the Old and New Testaments. This set rapidly became my favorite go-to commentary. In addition to the Bible of course, if I could only have one set of resources in my library, this would be it.
I was thrilled beyond words when Logos digitized the entire series. I removed the print volumes from the shelf and added the e-books to my computer. Then Logos did the unthinkable by including the UBS Handbooks in the upper end collections: Gold, Platinum, and Portfolio.
If you have debating with yourself about upgrading to Gold or above, I encourage you to do so if for no other reason than the UBS Handbooks. This set alone costs $800, but is included in the Gold, Platinum, and Portfolio collections. I believe after using these Handbooks for just a short while, you too will find yourself referencing them before any other resource in your library.
Here’s but one way to quickly access the Handbooks:
Regardless of where you are in the Bible, the correct Handbook will appear on the right menu!
As you begin to work with these books make sure to read the Preface and Introductory Information to learn about the editors’ goals. In the New Testament you may recognize a name Eugene Nida, the N in the LN numbers scattered all though out your Logos resources.
Enjoy the authors’ insights into the biblical languages placed on a level easily accessible by all!
These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to get these at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!
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The New International Commentary is a prestigious commentary set with some of the biggest names in biblical scholarship. Now you can get it at a phenomenal price, just in time for school.
This commentary is one of the most respected commentary series published in the evangelical Protestant tradition. It is thoroughly researched and abreast of modern biblical scholarship, yet at the same time loyal to Scripture as the infallible Word of God.
Many of the volumes in this series have become classic works of evangelical biblical scholarship in their own right. In particular:
In fact, Christianity Today called Morris’ commentary on John “the best commentary on any book of the Bible by an evangelical in recent decades.”
This set is listed at $1,898.00, and the price you’ll see on the website right now is $1,599.95. During the Back-to-School sale, you can get the 40-volume New International Commentary for only $999.95. Simply enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to see the special price.
The NIC is not only a standard commentary for pastors, but it has become a go-to resource in biblical scholarship. The commentaries in this series contain original research and are regularly cited in other academic works. That has made the NIC a fixture of classroom syllabi in seminaries and Bible schools worldwide. So it was an easy decision to feature the NIC in this year’s back-to-school sale.
We’ve created interest-free payment plans to let you apply a portion of your monthly book budget to the NIC. That lets you take advantage of the sale price before it expires and add the 40-volume NIC to your library today.
For example, you’ll pay only $88 per month with a 12-month plan. You get the benefits of the NIC today—all the extra volumes in your library, plus the value of using it for sermon preparation, study, and more—but you can use your book budget to pay for it over the next 12 months. Remember, you don’t pay interest, just a $5 processing fee to cover the extra expenses we incur by offering the plan.
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The Back-to-School sale ends on September 12, 2011. Place your order today to get it at the special discounted price! And don’t forget to enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to take advantage of the discount.
Yesterday we featured part one of a two-part discussion with Dean Deppe, Professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary. In part one, Deppe discussed the exegetical methods he promotes in his book All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible. Today, in part two of our interview, Deppe shares how Logos Bible Software factors into his process for biblical interpretation.
Logos: What about All Roads Lead to the Text would be of particular interest to Logos users?
Deppe: At Calvin Seminary we require the use of Logos Bible Software for every student, and we have an entire course in the curriculum which teaches students how to use the software. We believe the tools Logos supplies motivate pastors and preachers to continue to do a thorough job of exegesis—including the use of the original languages of Hebrew and Greek. In addition, I know that Logos is interested in how the software is employed in the classroom, so throughout the book I demonstrate how to use the software in exegesis. Since Bible software is becoming more important for research and analysis, many of the exegetical examples demonstrate how to employ Logos Bible Software to attain quick and accurate results.
Logos: Wow, that’s great! How do you use Logos Bible Software for exegesis?
Deppe: I talk about three main ways I use Logos for exegesis:
- I introduce tools developed by Logos which make exegesis easier, quicker, and more fun. For instance, when I discuss the importance of establishing the contours of a pericope, I demonstrate from the “Compare Pericopes” tool. In the chapter on structure I use the Lexham Clausal Outlines of the Greek NT and the Lexham Syntactic Greek NT [both available in Scholar’s Library and higher]. In the chapter on grammar I demonstrate the value of visual filters. When I discuss translations, I teach the reader how to construct a layout of all the major Bible translations that you can easily return to on a regular basis.
- I recommend works from Logos which you can add to the base packages for greater research ability. In the chapter on historical background, I suggest a collection of Bible dictionaries and demonstrate how to set up a collection of resources to search for information.
- I perform specific basic, Bible, and morphological searches using the software to demonstrate the exegetical process.
Logos: Can you give us an example how Logos Bible Software is used on a specific text?
Deppe: Sure! For instance, the colorful nuances of the Greek noun καταρτισμὸν for “equipping” the saints in Ephesians 4:12 are difficult to determine, since this word occurs only here in the Greek Bible.
But other searches in Logos Bible Software can uncover similar roots. If one attempts a morphological search in the NIV or ESV by choosing Logos Greek Morphology and typing in g:katarti (g for Greek and katarti as the root of words connected to “equip”), several interesting references to the Greek verb καταρτίζω are revealed.
Such passages include Matthew 4:21; 1 Corinthians 1:10; and Luke 6:40 which throw light on the meaning of “equip.”
- In Jesus’ calling of James and John to discipleship in Matthew 4:21, this Greek word contains the imagery of repairing nets implying that “equipping the saints” means repairing people’s lives.
- 1 Corinthians 1:10 employs the additional imagery of reconciling two conflicting parties.
- Finally, Luke 6:40 describes modeling behavior so that the training of the saints implies a process whereby the student resembles the teacher.
Therefore to equip the saints encompasses:
- repairing people’s lives,
- training them in conflict management, and
- modeling Christ-like behavior.
A search in Logos supplies some interesting pictures!
Or another example where you search your various Bible dictionaries quickly without taking them down from the shelf and attempting to find the correct page. Automatically, while studying Mark 6:11 about shaking off the dust of your feet, Logos Bible Software will bring up all references in your collection of Bible dictionaries.
Here’s what I mean:
- Harper’s Bible Dictionary calls attention to the importance of hospitality in Jewish culture.
- The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery goes further and demonstrates that this action also signifies divine judgment. Human disdain of God’s servants has aroused God’s righteous anger.
- But continuing to search you discover The Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament which describes shaking the dust off your feet as a gesture that is practiced after leaving Gentile territory. Normally, Jews shake off the dust when they exit pagan territory; however, now the disciples are treating their fellow Jews as pagans when they do not accept the gospel message of Jesus. Jesus is creating a new family and nation that is bound together by faith and not blood.
As you can see, a quick search like this supplies a plethora of meaning to this Jewish gesture.
Logos: How do you envision your book being used?
Deppe: This book is aimed at seminary students, pastors and preachers, and educated lay people who desire to read the Bible In addition, it can be used for small group study and additional research through the discussion questions at the end of each chapter.
Logos: How do you think All Roads Lead to the Text will appeal to other biblical professors?
Deppe: For one thing, it offers a great teaching method for students and can be employed as a textbook. But the appendixes contain some vital material not found together anywhere else. I include a morphology of genre which describes the various sub-genre in Scripture and add a succinct list the principles of interpretation for the main scriptural genres. Specifically, I describe in detail all the controversy dialogues in the Gospel of Mark and then offer an analysis of how literary devices are employed for organizational purposes in the Bible. This material should be stimulating to the academy.
Logos: What tools from Logos Bible Software do you think are the most helpful for the average pastor or teacher?Deppe: I use lots of tools. These are some of the tools I find most helpful:
- I employ the layouts every day. Instantly I can set up a study a NT grid with the Greek text and all the major Bible versions in my purview. I have layouts for the Apostolic Fathers in Greek and English, Philo’s writings, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus’ writings, and the Pseudepigrapha.
- While I am studying a particular text, I can call up a commentary, and it automatically proceeds to the passage I am examining. What a time-saver!
- Since we live in a visual age, I love the visual filters which let me color code the tenses of the verbs, for instance.
- With Logos I also have my own concordance and can easily search various texts.
- Word studies have always been important in preparing Bible studies and sermons.
- I also frequently use the Bible Word Study and Exegetical Guide. Both are easy to work with and comprehensive in Logos.
I have pastors email me every month and thanks us for the training we have given them in Logos Bible Software at Calvin Theological Seminary.
We want to thank Dean Deppe for taking time to talk to us! Make sure to check out All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible while it is on Pre-Pub!