Interview with Hugh Ross of Reasons To Believe, Part 1

Hugh Ross / Reasons To Believe Collection (9 Vols.)Our Hugh Ross / Reasons To Believe Collection (9 Vols.) is nearing completion, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to talk to Dr. Ross about his area of expertise and the excellent resources in this collection.

The interview is lengthy, so we’ve divided it into two posts. The second post will appear tomorrow. If you have an interest in creation, science, and apologetics, I think you’ll find it a fascinating read.

Here are the first 9 questions that Dr. Ross answers below. Scroll down to start reading, or simply click on any of the questions to jump directly to his response. Enjoy!

  1. As an astronomer and a pastor of evangelism for more than 30 years, could you describe the importance of using science to help people come into a relationship with Jesus Christ?
  2. For our readers who might not be familiar with you or your work, could you give us a brief introduction?
  3. Can you tell us a little about your ministry, Reasons To Believe (RTB)?
  4. Can you share a little bit about your conversion to Christianity?
  5. You’re an astrophysicist. What exactly does that mean?
  6. What started your interest in creation science?
  7. Why is testing so important?
  8. How can the Christian worldview be tested for poor biblical interpretations?
  9. How can science be tested for poor interpretations?

Q1. As an astronomer and a pastor of evangelism for more than 30 years, could you describe the importance of using science to help people come into a relationship with Jesus Christ?

A. The heart cannot rejoice in what the mind rejects. When the record of nature appears to contradict the Bible, that conflict may prevent an individual from making a personal commitment to Christ. For Christians such perceived inconsistencies may stymie the motivation to share their faith.

A core doctrine of Christianity is that everything God reveals is true and, therefore, consistent. The Belgic Confession states that God gave us two books: the book of Scripture and the book of nature. Both are faithful and trustworthy. Thus, any conflict between science and theology must be due to either a misinterpretation of nature’s record, a misinterpretation of the Bible’s words, or both.

The Bible commands us to be diligent in integrating everything God reveals in its 66 books and in all scientific disciplines. Anomalies or apparent discrepancies should be welcomed as opportunities to dig deeper and broader in the quest to learn more of the truth God reveals.

Today, in some science disciplines, the knowledge base doubles in less than five years. Such new knowledge fascinates people. It also provides opportunities to put belief systems to the test. Whereas many non-Christians refuse to listen to historical evidence for the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead, they will listen to news about a recent scientific discovery. Thanks to the pace of science research, every weekday our Reasons To Believe (RTB) team is able to post a new reason to believe in Christ as Creator, Lord, and Savior.

Q2. For our readers who might not be familiar with you or your work, could you give us a brief introduction?

A. I completed my undergraduate degree in physics at the University of British Columbia and have graduate degrees in astronomy from the University of Toronto. My postdoctoral studies were completed at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where I researched quasi-stellar objects, or “quasars,” some of the most distant and ancient objects in the universe.

Curious about the world’s religions and “holy books,” I found only one that proved scientifically and historically accurate: the Bible. Scientific and historical reality-testing convinced me that the Bible is the Word of God.

Communicating that God’s revelation in Scripture and in nature do not, will not, and cannot contradict each other became my message and mission. My colleagues at Reasons To Believe and I keep tabs on the frontiers of research to share with scientists and nonscientists alike the thrilling news of what’s being discovered and how it connects with biblical theology. In the process, I’ve written many books including: The Fingerprint of God, The Creator and the Cosmos, Beyond the Cosmos, The Genesis Question, A Matter of Days, and Creation as Science.

Between writing books and articles, making webcasts and podcasts (see www.reasons.org), and being interviewed by outside media, I maintain an extensive travel schedule with the hope of challenging students and faculty, churches, and professional groups to consider what they believe and why. I try to present a persuasive case for Christianity without applying pressure. Treating people’s questions and comments with respect has opened many doors for me as a speaker and a talk-radio and television guest.

Q3. Can you tell us a little about your ministry, Reasons To Believe (RTB)?

A. It’s a science-faith think tank founded in 1986. RTB focuses on the relationship between the words of the Bible and the facts of nature. We present reasons in writing or in talks at universities, research labs, churches, and elsewhere for confidence in the findings of science and in the authority of Scripture. Our scientists and theologians demonstrate how God’s verbal revelation proves accurate and wholly consistent with the latest discoveries. Podcasts, webcasts, video clips, and articles, including Today’s New Reason to Believe, show how scientific advance supports the Christian faith. Each can be accessed at www.reasons.org. Event information is listed there as well. We also maintain a science-faith hotline (626-335-5282) that operates daily from 5 to 7 p.m.

Q4. Can you share a little bit about your conversion to Christianity?

A. I was born in Montreal and raised in Vancouver, Canada. My parents were morally upright but nonreligious. I didn’t know any Christians or serious followers of any religion while growing up.

Though my neighborhood was poor, its public schools were outstanding and its libraries well-equipped. By age seven I was reading physics books as fast as I could check them out. By eight I decided to make astronomy my career. In the next several years my study of the big bang convinced me that the universe had a beginning, and thus a Beginner. But, like the astronomers whose books I read, I imagined that the Beginner must be distant and noncommunicative.

My high school history studies disturbed me, for it became obvious that all people groups tend to take their religions very seriously. Knowing the European philosophers of the Enlightenment largely discounted religion, my initial response was to study their works. But I quickly discovered inconsistencies, contradictions, evasions, and circular reasoning.

The next step was to turn to the “holy” books themselves. If the Creator had spoken through any of these books (and I thought He probably had not) His authorship would be obvious: the communication would be perfectly true. I reasoned that if man invented a religion, it would reflect human error. But, if God communicated, His message would be error free and as consistent as the facts of nature. So, I used the facts of history and science to test each of the “holy” books.

Initially my task was easy. After only a few hours (in some cases less) of reading, I could find one or more statements clearly at odds with the historical and scientific facts. I also noted a writing style best described as esoteric and mysterious; it seemed inconsistent with the character of the Creator as implied by the facts of nature. My task was easy until I dusted off the Bible that the Gideons had given me as part of their distribution program in public schools.

The Bible was noticeably different. It was simple, direct, and specific. I was amazed at the quantity and detail of its historical and scientific (i.e., testable) accounts. The first page caught my attention. Not only did its author correctly describe the major events in the creation of life on Earth, but he placed those events in the scientifically correct order and properly identified the earth’s initial conditions.

For the next year and a half I spent about an hour a day searching the Bible for scientific and historical inaccuracies. Finally I had to admit it was error free and that this accuracy could only come from the Creator Himself. The Bible alone described God and His dealings with man from a perspective that demanded more than just the dimensions (length, width, height, and time) we humans experience. Further, I had proven to myself, on the basis of predicted history and science, that the Bible was more reliable than many of the physical laws. My only rational option was to trust the Bible’s authority to the same degree as I trusted the laws of physics.

By this time I clearly understood that Jesus Christ was the Creator of the universe, that He paid the price only a sinless person could pay for all of my offenses against God, and that eternal life would be mine if I received His pardon and gave Him His rightful place of authority over my life. I understood enough Scripture to know, however, that this commitment could not be kept secret. It had to be public, and that meant letting my peers, professors, and family know. I feared the contempt and ridicule that surely would come. So, for several months I hesitated.

During those months I experienced a strange sense of confusion. For the first time in my life, my grades dropped and I had difficulty solving problems. I was discovering the meaning of Romans 1:21, which says that when a man rejects what he knows and understands to be true about God, his thinking becomes futile and his mind darkened. The eventual consequences spelled out in the succeeding verses chilled me.

I knew what I had to do, but my pride seemed too great. One evening I prayed, asking God to take away my resistance and make me a Christian. I prayed this way for six hours with no apparent answer. Finally, I realized that Jesus Christ will not force Himself upon anyone, even if asked. It was up to me to humble myself and invite Him in. And this is what I did at 1:06 in the morning. I then signed my name to the “decision statement” at the back of my Gideon Bible, acknowledging Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

Right away I sensed an assurance that God would never let me go, that I was His forever. My fears of ridicule from unbelievers subsided gradually, and day by day I began learning how to share my discoveries of spiritual truth with fellow students and faculty. However, a lack of fellowship with other Christians stunted my growth in Christlikeness.

Every once in awhile I’d visit a church only to discover a cult or a group who called themselves Christians but did not take the Bible seriously. On arriving at Caltech for postdoctoral studies, I finally met a serious believer, Dave Rogstad. Dave invited me to a seminar on applying biblical principles to daily living. There I sat with 16,000 committed Christians. I was overwhelmed to find that so many believers existed, and the things I was taught helped and humbled me.

Within weeks of that seminar I found myself not only attending home Bible studies but helping lead them. Dave challenged me to begin sharing my faith with nonscientists. I was surprised to observe that unlike scientists, who tend to struggle more with their wills than with their minds in coming to Christ, nonscientists tend to struggle more with their minds. If only they could see convincing evidence that God exists, that Jesus is God, and that the Bible is true, they would readily give their lives to Christ. What joy to know the truths that could help set them free!

I began spending more and more time sharing the evidence with others. Within a year I started serving full-time as the minister of evangelism for Sierra Madre Congregational Church. Ten years later, when breakthrough discoveries in the sciences virtually sealed the scientific case for the God of the Bible, a group of friends urged me to form Reasons To Believe. RTB communicates new scientific evidence for creation as widely as possible. It is my delight to report that for each year I have known Jesus as my Lord and Savior, my joy in Him and in sharing His truth with others grows greater. There is nothing in this world for which I would trade my relationship with Jesus Christ. [For an extended audio version, go to Hugh Ross' testimony (Real Audio, 50 minutes).]

Q5. You’re an astrophysicist. What exactly does that mean?

A. An astrophysicist studies the physics of the universe and all it contains: cosmic voids, galaxy clusters, galaxies, dark matter, dark energy, gas, dust, stars, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, cosmic rays, etc. Decades ago, astronomers exclusively focused on making observations of the universe and its components while astrophysicists made theoretical interpretations of the observations. Today, however, virtually all observational astronomers spend much of their time making theoretical interpretations and virtually all theoretical astrophysicists are involved to some degree in making observations. Thus, the terms “astronomer” and “astrophysicist” have become interchangeable. This interchangeability explains why even universities with large numbers of graduate students in a wide range of astronomical sciences offer either astronomy or astrophysics degrees, not both.

Q6. What started your interest in creation science?

A. My parents said I did science experiments even before I could talk (though that didn’t happen until I was five). By the time I was sixteen I recognized that astronomical observations favored the big bang model of the universe. A big bang implied a cosmic beginning and, hence, a cosmic Beginner. That realization prompted me to study different philosophical systems and religions to test whether their teachings matched the established record of nature. Thus, creation science played a crucial role in my becoming a Christian.

By the time I started postdoctoral research studies at the Caltech, I kept running into people who began peppering me with creation science and science-faith questions. The same thing happened at the church I attended near Caltech. My answers led to invitations to speak on the subject. And, my writing soon followed.

Q7. Why is testing so important?

A. Testing guards our minds and spirits from deception. The Bible warns us that legions of fallen angels and humans are determined to win converts to their rebellion against God. Rigorous, thorough, objective testing is a God-given tool that helps us discern truth from error. Testing is the chief means by which we can uncover more of the truth God wants us to discover and understand.

The Bible states that people perish for a lack of knowledge. But, not all knowledge is from God. The apostle John warns, “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

Q8. How can the Christian worldview be tested for poor biblical interpretations?

A. The Bible is not one book. It is 66. Many Christians pride themselves on taking the Bible literally, but fail to take it consistently. A weakness of the modern American church is its failure to appreciate and practice systematic theology. The best way to check out and fine-tune an interpretation of a topic addressed by a particular Bible passage is to examine all the verses throughout Scripture that pertain to that topic.

A correct interpretation must be consistent with all the passages. However, there may be more than one such interpretation. The range of possibly consistent interpretations must be continually reevaluated as one’s knowledge and understanding of the topic and the relevant Bible passages grows. These interpretations also must be evaluated in light of other related biblical topics and doctrines.

Another means for checking a particular interpretation are extrabiblical truths, for example, God’s second book, the book of nature. The International Council on Biblical Inerrancy wrote in 1981, “We affirm that since God is the author of all truth, all truths, biblical and extrabiblical, are consistent and cohere, and that the Bible speaks truth when it touches on matters pertaining to nature, history, or anything else. We further affirm that in some cases extrabiblical data have value for clarifying what Scripture teaches, and for prompting correction of faulty interpretations.”

Q9. How can science be tested for poor interpretations?

A. Science is the study of the entire record of nature. Through observations and experiments, scientists note that nature’s record is contradiction free. This unfailing consistency yields a reliable test for any scientific interpretation.

Correct scientific interpretations must explain in a consistent and fully integrated manner all the scientific data accumulated in all scientific disciplines. The best interpretation develops a model with the most extensive, detailed, and complete explanation of the phenomenon under consideration.

A theologian can always learn more about a biblical topic. So, too, a scientist can always learn more about a scientific phenomenon. The lack of total knowledge implies that every phenomenon under investigation will exhibit anomalies that don’t quite fit the available scientific explanations.

Anomalies provide another means for evaluating scientific interpretations. For poor interpretations anomalies will grow in number and significance as scientists learn more about the phenomenon under investigation. For good interpretations anomalies will shrink in number and degree of significance.

Gaps in knowledge and understanding yield yet another testing tool. If gaps grow bigger and more numerous as scientists learn more, the interpretation is likely incorrect. On the other hand, if the gaps shrink in magnitude and number, that’s a sign one’s interpretation lies on the pathway toward truth.

Finally, a good scientific interpretation will be consistent with what the Bible teaches. Scripture properly integrated, analyzed, and understood can correct faulty interpretations of nature’s record.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for part two.

In the meantime, don’t miss out on your chance to pre-order the Hugh Ross / Reasons To Believe Collection (9 Vols.) at a nicely discounted price.

Tip from CS: Successful Unlocks—Every Time

It’s 2:00 AM, and you can’t sleep. You decide to browse the Logos website for books to buy. And you find the perfect book that you’d like to read right away before the need to sleep takes over.

So you add the downloadable book to your cart and purchase it. The only thing that stands between you and reading your new book is clicking the orange “Download and Unlock” button. Then you get a screen that says, “You have received an unlocking error. Please contact Customer Service at 1-800-875-6467 for further help.” The only problem is that the Logos Customer Service team doesn’t open until 6AM (PST). Alas, you return to be restless, forced to wait until the morning to dig into your new book.

This sad scenario can be avoided by making sure that your Libronix Customer ID has been entered in your web account prior to making an order.

Once you sign in to your web account, you will see a screen that includes your shipping and billing information. Below that, there is a section titled “Confirm Libronix Customer ID.”

If this is blank (or has the wrong information in it), you will not be able to purchase any downloadable resources and you will get the infamous “unlocking error.”

So what goes in this box? How do you find your Customer ID? Your Libronix Customer ID is usually either the email address you used when you first installed Libronix or, if you didn’t enter one, an automatically created ID like LBXUSER948372.

Many customers put their current email address in as their Customer ID, but this may not be correct. To be sure, you should check in Libronix. Open Libronix and go to Help > About Libronix DLS.

After you’ve identified your Customer ID—in my case demo@libronix.com —make sure to enter it into your web account and click “Confirm.” Now you will be able to successfully purchase and unlock books at Logos.com—even in the early hours of the morning when you can’t sleep!

One more tip for Vista users: when you download a book file, it is usually best to save it to your desktop and then manually drag it to your Resources folder: C:\Program Files\Libronix DLS\Resources. If you’re using the 64-bit version of Vista, the correct location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Libronix DLS\Resources.

Happy unlocking—and reading!

Join Logos Bible Software at Macworld 2009

Logos is going to Macworld and we wanted to invite you to come along—in fact, we’re even giving away tickets to the expo!
If you’d like a free ticket to the expo, we have a couple ways you can win.

  1. Post a note on your blog with a link to http://www.macbiblesoftware.com. Then send me an email (rburns@logos.com) to let me know where you posted.
  2. Follow us on Twitter and write a tweet telling people about @Logos (we’ll see the reply, so no need to email or DM me).
  3. If you don’t have a blog or Twitter account, drop a comment below telling us why you want to come and hang out with us at Macworld.

We only have 90 tickets to give away, so act fast as we’ll give them away on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’re looking to attend more than just the expo, we can also save you 15% on some of the programs offered at Macworld. Just use our Macworld registration link, and the discounts will be shown during on the program listing page. The discount is open to everyone, so enjoy.
If you already have your tickets to Macworld this year, we’d love to see you there. You can find us in the North Hall, booth number 3526-S. Drop us a comment below and let us know you’ll be there!
Important Contest Info: We’re only giving away tickets to the Expo ($45 value). That means, if you win a ticket, you will only have access to view the exhibition floor (but with almost 500 exhibitors, I’m sure you’ll have plenty to do). If you want to purchase tickets for the keynote or any other event, that is up to you. Also, Macworld is in San Francisco, January 5-9, 2009. We’re not covering your airfare, travel expense, or meals… so, please be aware that you are responsible for those items before you enter.
The contest begins. . . right. . . now!

Need a Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea?

Today’s guest post is from John Barry, the associate editor and project manager for Bible Study Magazine.

During this time of year when we invest in Santa figurines, Christmas trees, and silly socks that light up and sing songs, why not spend a little money on an eternal investment?­ Bible study.

Bible Study Magazine—1-Year 1-Copy SubscriptionLooking for a last minute Christmas gift? Give the gift of Bible study by buying a year-long subscription to Bible Study Magazine for a friend or family member—and do it for almost 50% off the cover price.

Giving thought to resolutions for the new year? How about doing more Bible study? I am not talking about just reading the Bible, but really studying it. Maybe you want to study the Bible more, but are just not sure where to begin. With Bible Study Magazine you get a reliable guide in an easy-to-use and entertaining format.

Do you, your spouse, or some of your friends want to start a Bible study next year, but are still trying to decide on a curriculum? Well, just pick up Bible Study Magazine and go through our study “Facing Today with the Book of Hebrews.” You can even get a bulk pack together and save even more money. In each issue, you get eight weeks of study questions and prompts. The beauty of this study is that you don’t need a trained Bible study leader to go through it. You just meet together with the magazine and an open Bible, and you are ready to go.

I have recently been going through this study with a group on Monday nights and have realized (yet again) just what an amazing experience it is to do in-depth Bible study with others. The amount I have learned from the other people in our group is astounding (and I wrote the study).

Then there is all the other great content that is packed into each issue from leading names in the church and biblical scholarship. All of this makes Bible Study Magazine the perfect gift for any Christian.

Logos on Twitter

twitter.jpgFor all you Twitter users out there, we wanted to let you know that Logos is now on Twitter.

As a self diagnosed Twitteraholic (shameless plug) I’m pretty excited to see the Logos Twitter page up and running. I’ve been using Twitter for almost a year now and have really enjoyed it as a way to stay up to date with not only my friends, but ministries and companies I’m interested in.

If you’re on Twitter and want to follow us, you’ll soon see that Twitter is a great way for you to keep tabs on things like new prepubs, blog posts, tips and tricks from Morris Proctor, office news, and (of course) the occasional Twitpic. Outside of these common uses, we’ll be experimenting with Twitter and how to use it in such a way that the Logos Twitter community can really benefit. While we’ll likely have multiple people contributing, I’ll be the main monitor for now. So, feel free to DM me @Logos if you have any ideas for how to make our Twitter better for all of our users.

For those of you reading this post and wondering what Twitter is all about, here’s a short video explanation:

Enjoy.

Update to Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar

Thanks to an email sent to suggest@logos.com from a Hebrew professor at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN, we’ve made a nice update to Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar that will make it more useful when referencing and looking up his detailed section and subsection organization.

If you’re familiar with Gesenius, you’ll recognize a reference like GKC §19.b. In our original digital edition, we included all of the these sections and subsections as milestones, enabling you to navigate to a location like this by simply setting the Active Index to “Hebrew Grammar (Gesenius, Kautzsch, and Cowley)” and typing it in the box at the top of the resource. As you would scroll through the resource, the index would update letting you know when one section ended and another began.

As a general rule, it was fairly reliable, but there were some places where those divisions were a little difficult to be sure about, making it necessary at times to consult the print edition. That’s no good. Our resources are supposed to make things more convenient and save you time. So we rebuilt the resource with the subsection letters added prominently in the left making it easy to see the divisions.

In addition to this improvement, we also fixed all the typos that had been reported (thanks for sending them!) and added links to some new data types that weren’t around when the grammar was first produced, most notably the Semitic Inscriptions data type.

The new file is now on our FTP site and is free to all existing owners. Be sure to grab it. You can download it manually and drop it in your resources folder (C:\Program Files\Libronix DLS\Resources), or just run the resource auto update script.

If you don’t already own it, there are several ways you can pick up this standard Hebrew grammar.

Thanks for your suggestions and feedback. We aren’t always able to reply, but we do read them all and implement many of them. Who knows? Your suggestion may be the next one we put into place, benefitting not only you, but potentially many thousands of other users. So keep ‘em coming, and keep sending those typo reports as well!

Tip from CS: Make Sure You’re Up to Date

We’re starting a weekly blog contribution from our Customer Service department. In it you’ll learn a variety of tips to help you keep your copy of Logos Bible Software running smoothly. We hope you enjoy the series.

Today’s guest blogger is Elizabeth Sanborn, a member of our Customer Service team.

One problem we encounter often is when users install an outdated version of Libronix from an old disk onto a new computer running Windows Vista. Older versions of Libronix are not compatible Vista, so it’s essential that you install the most recent version, which is presently 3.0e.

Everyone should be running Libronix DLS 3.0e, regardless of which version of Windows you’re using. Products that were released earlier than 2008 won’t have the most recent version. You can save yourself a lot of time and effort either by installing directly from our website or by purchasing a media only disk, which is available for only $4.95 plus shipping.

If your version of Libronix is really old, you may need to purge off the old system instead of using Add/Remove programs. If that looks too complicated or scary, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-875-6467. We’d love to walk you through the process.

So this week’s tip is: make sure you’re installing the latest version on your new machine. More and more computers are coming with Vista, and we want to ensure that Libronix runs smoothly for you.

By the way, to find out what version of Libronix you are running, start Libronix and go to “Help” > “About Libronix DLS.” You’ll see this window pop up.

If you’re not running 3.0e or later, find out how you can easily get up to date—for free!

Adding Free Books to Pre-Pub Collections

Oftentimes we’ll get a newly licensed book that would be a perfect fit in a collection that’s already up on Pre-Pub. What we end up doing most of the time is sneaking that book into a collection and giving you more content at no additional charge. Every once in a while we’ll say something about it, but usually we do it without even telling you.

We usually have to raise the price after we add the new volume to cover the additional costs, but the good news is that those of you who already placed your pre-order are locked in at the lowest possible price.

We’ve done this several times recently, so I thought I’d call attention to them.

  1. Holman Reference Collection (13 Vols.), which contains the award-winning Apologetics Study Bible, added two new books: 131 Christians Everyone Should Know and Harmony of the Gospels.
  2. Studies in New Testament Greek and JSNTS Collection (17 Vols.) picked up Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics.
  3. The Moody Counseling Collection (11 Vols.) now has A Gift from God: Foundational Principles of Biblical Parenting.
  4. Face2face Collection (7 Vols.) got Elisha: Encountering the Messenger of Salvation.

What’s the moral of the story? We do our best to reward those of you who faithfully order Pre-Pubs—and do so early.

If you don’t want to miss out on little bonuses like these, make sure you’re subscribed to our Pre-Pub RSS feed. This is just one of the several reasons it’s a good idea to pre-order early.

Update: Two more collections just got new books!

  1. A. T. Robertson Collection (15 Vols.) added Preaching and Scholarship, the inaugural lecture given at Southern Baptist Seminary in 1890.
  2. Kress Biblical Studies Collection (8 Vols.) picked up Richard L. Mayhue’s The Biblical Pattern for Divine Healing and Snatched Before the Storm: A Case for Pretribulationism.

Who Recommends Logos?

We’ve updated our endorsements page and wanted to share it with you. Most of you who read this blog are probably already Logos users, so there’s not much personal benefit to reading the endorsements other than being able to say, “Cool! I didn’t know _______ uses and recommends Logos!”

That’s fun and all, but we really have two other reasons for mentioning our new endorsements page. The truth is, endorsements are a huge help to many people.

First, most people make purchases at least partially based on the recommendation of a friend or someone they respect. I’m sure you know people who are potential Logos users. In addition to sharing your own opinions about Logos Bible Software, you can provide additional help by pointing them to the opinions of ministry leaders, industry insiders, academic users, pastors and missionaries, and average Christians who love to study the Bible.

Second, you may know people who love Logos and rave about it (you may even be one!) but have never had the chance to let their voice be heard on a scale where it can benefit lots of other people. If you know of someone who has an endorsement of Logos that they’d like to share with the world, send them on to our endorsements page where they can submit their own feedback.

ETS/SBL Roundup

Although I wasn’t there, I heard that we had a blast at ETS and SBL this year. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. We love to meet new users and get reacquainted with old ones.

In case you weren’t able to attend and don’t keep up with the blogs of Mike, Rick, and Steve, I thought you might like to know that their papers are now available.

Mike presented a paper on “The Concept of a Godhead in Israelite Religion.” He plans to turn it into two articles: one for a Christian academic audience, the other for a broader audience. If you’re interested in OT studies and theology proper, I’d encourage you to give it a read. He welcomes your feedback. Read more at Mike’s blog.

Rick’s paper was on “The Discourse Function of αλλα in Non-Negative Contexts.” He provides a helpful conference handout, as well as a nice abstract. If Greek conjunctions are your thing, this is sure to be stimulating reading. Read more at Rick’s blog.

Steve presented a paper at ETS on “The Exegetical Significance of Meta-Comments for Identifying Key Propositions,” with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation. The paper is a good taste of Steve’s forthcoming Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis, which is available for pre-order at Logos.com.

At SBL Steve gave a second paper on “The Discourse Function of Left-dislocation Constructions and their Contribution to Information Structure,” which also had a PowerPoint presentation. Read more at Steve’s blog.

By the way, we mentioned before that we introduced a number of new bundles and collections at ETS and SBL. They are still available at the same prices, so if you missed the first mention, be sure to give them a look.

Update: John Barry also presented a paper at SBL entitled “Will the Servant ‘See Light’?: A Reexamination of the ‘ôr Variant in Isaiah 53:11." He provides a helpful handout that summarizes his argument. Read more at John’s Blog.