Something powerful happens when we study the Bible for ourselves. Familiar stories become richer, old truths more meaningful, and new discoveries change our lives. And at Faithlife, we want you to experience that for yourself. (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…]
Happy Reformation Day! In this guest post from Dr. Jim West, professor of biblical studies at the Quartz Hill School of Theology, we are reminded of the great Reformers and how they changed the course of history.
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.
1. Calvin’s health suffered
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.
2. John Calvin and Ignatius of Loyola were classmates at the University of Paris
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.
3. Calvin rewrote his most famous work several times
“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.”
4. Calvin was deeply influenced by Augustine
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:
- 68 citations about the sacraments
- 54 citations about the church
- 34 citations about God’s will
- 34 citations about sin
- 28 citations about grace
- 17 citations about predestination
5. Nobody knows where Calvin is buried
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…]