The Basis of the Second Coming

Today’s guest blogger is Adam Navarrete, who works in the marketing department here at Logos.

The Logos Lecture Series is back in action after taking a month off. Tomorrow, September 24, we will host Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum of Ariel Ministries, who will be speaking on “The Basis of the Second Coming.” Make a point of joining us at 7:00 PM at the American Museum of Radio and Electricity here in Bellingham, Washington.

About the Lecture

While the rapture of the church has no preconditions and can happen at any moment of time, the second coming for Israel does have a major precondition: Israel’s national salvation. This topic is a study of the circumstances of the rejection of the Messiah by Israel and the one prerequisite that must be fulfilled before the Messiah can return.

About the Speaker

Arnold Fruchtenbaum is the author of books such as Jesus Was a Jew, Messianic Christology, and Hebrew Christianity, among many others. He began his formal education at Shelton College, earned B.A. degrees in Hebrew and Greek from Cedarville University, his M.T.S. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. at New York University. Dr. Fruchtenbaum has lived and worked with the messianic congregation in Jerusalem, ministered for the American Board of Missions to the Jews, was editor of The Chosen People, served as Associate Director of the world’s largest Messianic Jewish broadcasting ministry at The Christian Jew Foundation, and currently serves as Director of Ariel Ministries.

Event Details

  • Title: The Basis of the Second Coming
  • Speaker: Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum of Ariel Ministries
  • Date: Wednesday, September 24
  • Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Location: The American Museum of Radio and Electricity in Bellingham, Washington
  • Admission is free!

For those who are unable to attend the lecture, we hope to make the audio available within a few days of the event.

By the way, be sure to check out our collection of books from Dr. Fruchtenbaum in the Ariel Ministries Messianic Collection (11 Vols.).

To get you thinking about our next lecture, our guest will be local professor Clarence Zylstra of Whatcom Community College. He will present his topic, “Understanding Radical Islam,” on Monday, October 27. Please check the Lecture Series page, which we’ll keep updated as more information becomes available.

10 New Collections from Paternoster!

Today’s guest blogger is Kent Hendricks, the main Pre-Pub man here at Logos.

A few weeks ago, Phil mentioned several big shipments of books headed to the Pre-Pub page. Since then, we’ve brought you dozens of collections and hundreds of books, including books from Baker, IVP, and our biggest Pre-Pub ever, the Anchor Yale Bible (83 Vols.).

But we’re still not done.

If you’ve perused the Pre-Pub page lately, you’ve probably noticed all the new books from Paternoster Press. In fact, in the span of just a few days, we posted ten collections containing almost 100 books! In case you haven’t been able to keep up, here’s a quick summary of these exciting new books from Paternoster.

Paternoster Theological Studies Collection (25 Vols.)The Paternoster Theological Studies Collection (25 Vols.) is not only the biggest collection from Paternoster, but it’s also the best value. The equivalent print copies of these books would cost you well over $1,000, but they’re currently listed at $12.00 per volume on Pre-Pub. In this collection, you’ll find book-length treatments of some of the most influential Christian thinkers from the past century, like Karl Barth, Jurgen Moltmann, Reinhold Niebuhr, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Alvin Plantinga, William G. T. Shedd, John Howard Yoder, and many more. This amounts to more than 7,000 pages of the best in theological studies from Paternoster Press!

If you like theological studies, you’ll also want to check out three smaller collections, the Paternoster Atonement Collection (5 Vols.), the Paternoster Trinitarian Studies Collection (4 Vols.), and the Paternoster Spiritual Growth Collection (4 Vols.).

We’re also featuring four collections for biblical scholars:

Paternoster Missional Theology Collection (16 Vols.)The Paternoster Missional Theology Collection (16 Vols.) includes books by Jason Clark, Robert Jenson, Brian McLaren, and lots of other great authors who are writing some of the most influential books at the intersection of theology and culture. In this collection, you’ll find books on the emerging church, ancient liturgy, missional theology, and cultural engagement.

Speaking of cultural engagement, we’re also offering a collection of books which tackle some of the biggest issues facing the church today. The Paternoster Contemporary Issue Collection (7 Vols.) contains books on politics, feminism, Israel, hell, the problem of evil, and lots of other important subjects.

And remember, it always pays to place your Pre-Pub order early. Sometimes Pre-Pub prices go up, and other times we add books to collections later on. By placing your order today for these collections from Paternoster, not only are you guaranteed the lowest price, but you’ll also help move these collections into production as soon as possible!

Announcing BibleTech:2009!

Today’s guest blogger is J. D. Elgin, a new addition to the marketing team and the organizer of this year’s BibleTech conference.

Back in January Logos hosted BibleTech:2008. BibleTech is a conference for people interested in the intersection of the Bible and technology. We were blown away by the result of this conference this year. The presentations were pertinent and timely, and the networking opportunities were absolutely priceless. And BibleTech:2008 participants were nearly unanimous in wanting to make this conference an annual event.

So we’re happy to be announcing BibleTech:2009!

The conference will take place on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 in scenic Seattle, WA. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend! We are anticipating a bigger turnout with an even better outcome than last year.

BibleTech is geared for anyone with specialization, or serious interest, in the intersection of Bible study and technology. If you are involved in web design, software development, open source programming, biblical language or Bible study software development—or even if you are simply interested in the latest news from this incredible field and want to meet the people who make it all happen—plan to join us at BibleTech:2009.

We are now accepting proposals for conference presentations. If Bible and technology are your specialties, we invite you to submit a proposal.

We have updated the conference website. For the latest information, including a list of past presenters, visit BibleTechConference.com.

To stay informed with all the latest news about BibleTech, sign up for the BibleTech email list. Just send us an email, and we’ll get you added.

We hope you’re as excited about BibleTech:2009 as we are. And please help us make this a spectacular event by spreading the word!

Just a Few More Pre-Orders

We realize that we’ve been sending a lot of Pre-Pubs your way—on average about one a day. In some ways that’s good because that gives you more books to choose from and it’s more likely that we’ll offer the kinds of books that you want. But it also has its downsides. For one, it’s easy for many of these collections and titles to end up getting lost on our massive Pre-Pub page, which has nearly 200 products on it right now.

Theology and Doctrine Collection (16 Vols.)Since we add new Pre-Pubs at such a rapid pace, it’s likely that there are some  buried deep in the page that might be right up your alley. Perhaps one of these:

  1. Old Testament Studies Series Collection (8 Vols.)
  2. Christ Is All
  3. PBI Old Testament Studies Collection (6 Vols.)
  4. Robert P. Lightner and Aubrey Malphurs Collection (9 Vols.)
  5. Smeaton Theology Collection (3 Vols.)
  6. Evangelism Collection (11 Vols.)
  7. Broadman & Holman Baptist History Collection (11 Vols.)
  8. Theology and Doctrine Collection (16 Vols.)
  9. The Greek Testament by Henry Alford (8 Vols.)
  10. Sheffield Reader Collection (12 Vols.)

Each of these needs just a handful of orders to send them into production. Give them a look. If something catches your eye that you had previously missed, consider placing your pre-order. You could be the one to send it into production and make lots of patient people very happy.

Building Your Library with the Best Commentaries

If you love to study the Bible, you probably love commentaries as well. Commentaries are wonderful tools for helping you to understand the historical background of the Bible; the meaning of its words, phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, and books; its timeless theological message; and how all of that applies to how we ought to live in the 21st century.

Commentaries are ideal books to have in digital format, especially when connected with the power of the Passage Guide. That’s part of the reason that they are our top selling category of add-on books. If you regularly watch our Pre-Pub page, you’ve no doubt noticed that we add new commentary series all the time.

Here are the recent additions to the Pre-Pub page since the last time I mentioned the commentary series on Pre-Pub:

We have several pages on our website that are geared to help you keep up with all the commentaries that we are making available—and help you choose the best ones for you.

The Product Guide to Multi-Volume Commentaries brings together all of the commentary sets we offer and provides essential details like intended audience, publisher, number of volumes, etc. We try to update it every time we add a new series to Pre-Pub or Community Pricing, so it should be a fairly accurate list of all the series that we offer. If you’re looking to add new commentaries to your digital library, this is the best place to start.

But what if you are studying or preaching on a particular book and want to find all of the commentaries that we have on, say, Romans? You could try searching on Romans, but that won’t provide you with a completely accurate list. (It’s even worse if you search on Mark, since Mark is a common first name and mark is a common noun and verb in the English language.)

We’re working on ways to make it easier to search and browse for what you’re looking for—like finding all the commentaries we offer on a particular book—but in the meantime we’re thrilled to be able to point you to an awesome new website run by DTS grad and developer John Dyer: BestCommentaries.com.

BestCommentaries.com lists the most important commentaries on every book of the Bible, along with the series they are in (if any), ratings, categorization, places to buy, and so much more. It even lists projected forthcoming commentaries! And one of the coolest new features is the integration with Logos.com. As you browse through BestCommentaries.com, look for the Logos logo. Whenever you see it, it’s an indication that that commentary is available (or will soon be available) in our format. Click it to go straight to the product page and place your order or pre-order.

You’ll see our logo on the best of the best page, as well as in the list of commentaries on a book when you hover over the commentary

and on the individual commentary pages.

As you continue to build the commentaries section of your library—both print and digital—be sure to make use of all of the helpful information at BestCommentaries.com. You might just find some new commentaries to add to your Libronix digital library that you didn’t even know were available!

Update: John just created a new Logos page where you can see all of the commentaries available in our format. Very cool.

Adding RefTagger to a phpBB Forum Site

Over the weekend I got an email from a forum moderator in Australia who convinced the admins to add RefTagger to their site. He requested that we provide some instructions specific to phpBB, which is popular free forum software.

So for all you phpBB forum users out there, here’s how to add RefTagger. (You need to be an admin to do this, so if you’re not, just pass these instructions on to the guys who control the site.)

  1. Log in and navigate to your admin panel (http://yoursite.com/adm/).
  2. Click on the “Styles” tab at the top, and then click on “Templates” in the left sidebar.
  3. Find your template, and click “Edit.”
  4. Click the drop-down and select “overall_footer.html” under the “overall” section.
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the code and paste the customizable RefTagger code from the RefTagger page right before the </body> tag.
  6. Click “Submit.”

You’re done. With just a few minutes of work, RefTagger is now doing its thing on your entire site! It doesn’t matter if your site is new or 10 years old or whether you have hundreds or millions of Bible references. You’ll see the results instantly on any page you navigate to on your site.

If you frequent a forum that has lots of Bible references, why not contact the admins and ask them to add RefTagger? We’re happy to provide instructions for other platforms as well. Just let us know: reftagger@logos.com.

New Books from IVP!

IVP Biblical Theology Collection (4 Vols.)We added some new titles from IVP to the Pre-Pub page last week. IVP publishes a lot of quality books, many of which are available for Libronix. We’re excited to be able to expand our offerings with these 17 new volumes.

IVP Biblical Theology Collection (4 Vols.)

  • A Concise New Testament Theology, I. Howard Marshall
  • Old Testament Theology, Paul R. House
  • Old Testament Theology, Vol. 1: Israel’s Gospel, John Goldingay
  • Old Testament Theology, Vol. 2: Israel’s Faith, John Goldingay

This set will provide you with some key biblical theology texts for exploring the the message of Scripture as it is progressively unfolded in each of the books of the Bible.

IVP Evangelical Theology Collection (11 Vols.)IVP Evangelical Theology Collection (11 Vols.)

  • Ancient Faith for the Church’s Future, ed. Mark Husbands and Jeffrey P. Greenman
  • Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect, ed. Scott J. Hafemann
  • Care for the Soul: Exploring the Intersection of Psychology & Theology, ed. Mark R. McMinn and Timothy R. Phillips
  • Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World, ed. Timothy R. Phillips and Dennis L. Okholm
  • Evangelicals & Scripture: Tradition, Authority and Hermeneutics, ed. Vincent E. Bacote, Laura C. Miguelez, and Dennis L. Okholm
  • Justification: What’s at Stake in the Current Debates, ed. Mark Husbands and Daniel Treier
  • The Beauty of God: Theology and the Arts, ed. Daniel Treier, Mark Husbands and Roger Lundin
  • The Community of the Word: Toward an Evangelical Ecclesiology, ed. Mark Husbands and Daniel Treier
  • The Gospel in Black and White, ed. Dennis L. Okholm
  • The Nature of Confession, ed. Timothy R. Phillips and Dennis L. Okholm
  • Women, Ministry and the Gospel, ed. Mark Husbands and Timothy Larsen

Each of these books is the fruit of one of the annual Wheaton Theology Conferences. These volumes contain essays from some of the top evangelical scholars in the world and explore issues that are of special importance for the church today.

Two titles didn’t fit into a collection and are available as individual volumes:

Thanks to IVP for making all of these available!

RefTagger Now Powering More Than 1000 Sites!

We launched RefTagger at the end of February, and in the six months since it has spread to more than 1,000 websites. Read the press release that went out yesterday: “1,000+ Christian Webmasters Install RefTagger.”

You’ll now find RefTagger powering the sites of major ministries like Grace to You and Desiring God Ministries and a host of church websites like Compass Bible Church and Park Street Church. You’ll also find it on wiki sites like Theopedia and on the blogs of prominent bloggers like Doug Wilson and Ray Comfort.

No matter what kind of site you run or how much traffic you get, if your site has Bible references and you want a simple, free, time-saving solution for providing instant access to the text of Scripture, RefTagger is for you.

For most sites it can be set up in less than 5 minutes. All properly formatted Bible references—past and future—are instantly transformed. You don’t have to do a thing after the initial setup. We even provide step-by-step tutorials for a number of common platforms.

Isn’t time to add it to your site?

Search Your Collections More Quickly

Creating collections is essential to getting the most use out of your digital library. They serve two main purposes: organizing My Library and enabling more targeted and faster searching.

I have dozens of collections and use them all the time, especially for searching.

Here are some of the ways I like to group and search my digital library:

  • Author collections
  • Bible dictionaries collection
  • Biblical theology collection
  • Biographical resources collection
  • Book reviews collection
  • Church fathers collection
  • Church history collection
  • Denominational collections
  • Grammar collections
  • Systematic theologies collection
  • Systematic theology collection
  • Theological journals collection

As your number of collections increases, it can start to take longer to find the collection you’re looking for, especially if you have several collections that start with the same few letters.

What I like to do is add a unique abbreviation at the end of some of my most frequently used collections to make pulling them up when I’m searching take just a few keystrokes.

  • Barth’s Church Dogmatics | CD
  • Bible Dictionaries | BD
  • Biblical Theologies | BTs
  • Biblical Theology Tools | BTT
  • Book Reviews | BR
  • Books on Books | BB
  • Church Fathers | CF
  • Systematic Theologies | STs
  • Systematic Theology Tools | STT
  • Theological Journal Library | TJL
  • Works of John Owen | WJO

As your library continues to grow, you may have to tweak your abbreviations some. But I’ve found this to shave off a second or two every time I do a search. If you search collections frequently, you may benefit from this as well.

How to Unlock Locked Resources

I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post that you may want to keep locked resources on your hard drive so you can (1) search them and (2) find cool new resources to add to your digital library.

If you’ve managed to stumble across a locked resource that you’d like to unlock, you have several options.

For your convenience, you can unlock most resources from within the program itself. Simply click on the locked resource, and then click on “Unlock this resource…” in the window that opens.

Or click the padlock icon in the Tools menu or on your toolbar.

With the built-in unlocker, you can have your new resource unlocked and begin using it immediately.

Your other options are to head on over to Logos.com and search for the resource you want to unlock (most resources are available for immediate download) or give our sales team at jingle at 800-875-6467.

Read more about unlocking resources in this article.