Canvas is like joining your paper Bible, a whiteboard, and the power of Logos all into one to help you interpret and internalize God’s Word.
It’s a brand-new Logos feature that lets you work the biblical text in incredible ways. (more…)
We were really excited about this one as a company, and we’re thrilled to see that our customers love it, too.
Here are some of the comments that flooded in when Logos 8 launched on Monday: [Read more…]
It’s redesigned in a big way to be faster and easier to use than ever. In fact, some users are calling it “the most powerful and user-friendly version of Logos Bible Software ever released.”
Whether you’ve never owned Logos or have been with us from the start, here are all your options for how to get Logos 8, clearly explained. I’ll also explain why some customers choose one option over another. [Read more…]
This week we’re celebrating the 501-year anniversary of the Reformation by discounting many Reformed resources and featuring Reformation excerpts and reflections on the blog.
Here are five facts about the esteemed author and theologian John Calvin you may not now. For just a few more days, you can save 50% on the largest collection of his writings available in English.
He was in constant pain: “headaches, insomnia, shortness of breath (probably due to advanced tuberculosis), coughing fits, hemorrhages, fevers, colitis, kidney stones, hemorrhoids,” according to Alexandre Ganoczy, and “bleeding from the stomach, fever, muscle cramps, nephritis, and gout” to name just a few. Calvin was more than a preacher and theologian—he was a pastor, too. He knew what it meant to suffer, and his writings bear this out.
Why is this interesting? Because Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus—more commonly known as the Jesuits. The Jesuits were the driving force behind the Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation. It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that, as the Reformation unfolded, no group opposed Calvin and his successors more than the Jesuits.
“Calvin continued to revise and supplement the Institutes throughout his life, writing five Latin editions and four French translations. The final Latin edition of 1559 was almost five times as long as the original version. This is the edition upon which all of the common English translations have been based. Despite all this added material the final edition of the Institutes does not stray from the heart of the earlier editions. This progression shows how Calvin devoted his whole life to exploring the depths of the basic truths of the faith which had moved him so powerfully as a young man. With his man revisions to the Calvin supplemented and refined the practical, pastoral book he first composed as a young man.”
Some have claimed that Augustine was the first Calvinist! B.B. Warfield wrote:
“The system of doctrine taught by Calvin is just the Augustinianism common to the whole body of the Reformers—for the Reformation was, as from the spiritual point of view a great revival of religion, so from the theological point of view a great revival of Augustinianism.”
“Perhaps Calvin himself derived it [Calvinism] mainly from the writings of Augustine.”
Calvin himself wrote:
“Augustine is so wholly with me, that if I wished to write a confession of my faith, I could do so with all fullness and satisfaction to myself out of his writings.”
The data are pretty interesting, too. In the 1536 edition of the Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin quotes Augustine 24 times. By the 1559 edition, he quotes Augustine 400 times. Here’s just a snapshot:
Calvin wanted no veneration after he died. He didn’t want pilgrims to travel to Geneva to find his grave. In fact, even today it’s difficult to find many monuments to his life at all. James Rigney has written that “unlike other reformers. . . Calvin is represented in Geneva only by traces and shadows and by the diffused voice of his writings.” Hugh Y. Reyburn wrote in 1914 that “The spot where he was laid is now uncertain. . . . But he needs no stone. His indestructible memorial is his works.”
In the developed world, having a church website is a given. Most of us instinctively know this.
But why? Why are church websites important, and how does the answer inform how you construct your site?
These principles spell the difference between inviting someone to join your church’s mission and communicating (accidentally), “Please don’t come here.”
When we decided to curate a list of resources for every book of the Bible, one of our priorities was to choose resources that would help people comprehend the most difficult books of the Bible.
All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for helping Christians mature and better obey God (2 Tim 3:16–17), so we should study all of it.
Here are five books of the Bible that might stump you on an initial read, with keys to help you unlock the book, plus resources for going deeper.
If you think angels look like diapered babies with a bow and arrow, think again.
Michael S. Heiser’s new book, Angels, seeks to provide biblical answers for common questions about God’s heavenly host. He addresses topics including what angels look like, what they do, and whether modern thinking about guardian angels is biblical. [Read more…]
The C.S. Lewis week is winding down, but you still have a few hours to get his collection in Logos for 30% off.
Here are three reasons why you should (besides the fact that he’s one of the most influential Christian writers and apologists of all time and his books are incredible).
The only other time we’ve offered this discount is when the collection was available for pre-order, three years ago. It’s one of those products we can rarely put on sale, so this may be your last opportunity to get it for less than list price.
As always, collections in Logos are the best way to get a lot of books for the best price. And with this sale, there are actually three layers of savings:
So by getting this bundle on sale, you’re getting what would be a $600 stack of books for less than half that—and you’re getting them in the most useful format.
In Logos, books are transformed into insights for you. You don’t have to read all 30 of these books cover to cover to find a great quote.
For example, last night I was reading a C.S. Lewis collection called Letters to Children, and I came across a wonderful quote on love:
A perfect man [would] never act from sense of duty; he’d always want the right thing more than the wrong one. Duty is only a substitute for love (of God and of other people)—like a crutch, which is a substitute for a leg. Most of us need the crutch at times: but of course it’s idiotic to use the crutch when our own legs (our own loves, tastes, habits etc) can do the journey on their own!*
Two things worth noting:
1) In Logos, I could come across that quote without ever knowing it existed. I could think, “I’d love a good Lewis quote on love,” and then search his collection for the word and find plenty to use.
2) I read that quote in a paper book that is not currently with me. I couldn’t remember just how the quote went, but I knew the word “crutch” was in it. In 30 seconds I opened Logos, searched the resource for “crutch,” found the quote, and pasted it here.
Ultimately, that’s why you should get this resource.
Because you, like me, have read enough Lewis to know you’re never done digging, and that you could fill a notebook with his insights on our world and faith. And Logos brings all those insights right to the surface.
Get the ultimate Lewis notebook by getting this collection in Logos. Don’t wait—C.S. Lewis is one of the most influential Christian writers of all the time, and this opportunity to save on his works ends at midnight (PST).