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Introducing the New Features in Logos 7 – The Preeminent Digital Biblical and Theological Resource

22 Aug

As I mentioned in my previous post, Logos Bible Software released their newest update of their software today: Logos 7! Check out a special offer they have for readers of The Old Guys.

In the previous post I pointed to the new release and the resources and packages worth considering, here I’m going to highlight a few of the amazing new features.

New Features

Before I get to the books, let me introduce you to a few of the new features in Logos 7.

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One of the new things in Logos 7 is the Sermon Editor. This is a fairly capable text editor built specifically for sermon writing, and since it’s in Logos, it ties into to other features. So, when you begin building the sermon and setting your main points as headers, the editor automatically creates slides for you for those points. Also, when you enter a verse reference, the verse of your favorite translation is automatically pulled in. Once you’re done, you automatically populate and edit a handout and questions if those are things you use in your worship service or small groups. Finally, having all your sermons in Logos will no doubt be helpful in the future to search them and even see what your previous comments were on a passage.

View a video overview of this resource here.


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The panel view in Logos 7 is actually really handy. Previously, you could pull up multiple, related texts in two windows next to one another, but this forced you to reconfigure your windows. Now, within one window you can bring up related texts that will stay perfectly in sync. This is extremely helpful when trying to read an English translation of the Bible along with the Greek or Hebrew, when trying to read two English translations beside one another, or when comparing the BHS and the LXX on a verse.

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Studying the New Testament Use of the Old Testament is a very important, as well as profitable, exercise in light of how interwoven the two are. This new interactive feature that Logos has produced makes doing this really easy for any user. For example, previously if one wanted to examine all of the Old Testament citations found in the book of Romans they would have to identify these manually, but Logos 7 makes it a cinch. Just pull up the interactive, identify “citation” as your type of use, click on “Romans” to narrow down to that book, and then enjoying spending your precious time examining the list of citations in Romans right alongside their Old Testament counterpart in both English as well as in Greek and Hebrew.

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This feature is just another example of all the cool things that Logos is capable of producing that really help make things simple for the average user while exposing them to top-notch scholarship. This feature walks users through all kinds of data on the Biblical manuscripts while also exposing them to high-quality media of many of the actual sources. It’s an extremely helpful resource.

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This is actually an extremely powerful resource that, in many ways, serves to leverage the Systematic and Biblical Theology’s you own for use when studying a passage. And Logos is to be thanked for doing the incredible work of tagging all of these resources to work in this way. So, if I’m looking at Ephesians 2:1-10 and I want to run the Passage Guide to start reading some of my resources on this passage, not only do my commentaries come up now, but also my Systematic and Biblical Theology’s (and even my journals) that address the verses in question. So, I can click over and see how some of the Reformed Systematicians used the verse in their sections on soteriology, but I can also see how Pentecostal’s have used it, and so on. A very incredible new addition to the Passage Guide! This is something that would be nearly impossible to duplicate with physical books.

View a video overview of this feature here.


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Finally, the concordance tool is just crazy. We are familiar with concordances that are produced for the English Bible, which will list every single word used in the Bible along with every single Biblical instance of its use. The concordance tool will do just that. But, there’s more. This tool will, nearly instantaneously, compile a concordance FOR ANY BOOK IN YOUR LIBRARY. So, instead of having to rely on a selective index at the back of a physical book to see if an author spoke on a certain topic, this tool allows you to see every instance of their use of a particular word, even words that may not have made it to the back of the physical book’s index. This is another incredibly powerful tool that we just would never have access to outside of a digital platform like this.

View a video overview of this feature here.

Introducing Logos 7 with a Special Offer for Readers of The Old Guys

22 Aug


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Many of you may have noticed through the years that I am a big fan of Logos Bible Software. And one of the reasons for that is because there is no other Bible software platform committed to bringing quality works from theologians old and new to the digital age as Logos Bible Software is. Check out their recent projects to translate, produce, and even print:

The vast majority of books I read and quotes I post come from Logos resources. And one of the things that makes Logos so great is that I am able to carry a library’s worth of books around in the palm of my hand or on my laptop, making reading books a breeze any time the opportunity arises. And not only that, but having books in Logos allows me to effectively walk into a massive curated library and search every book for exactly what I’m looking for. So, if accessibility to physical books is an issue for you or if you spend a lot of time doing tedious, page-turning research then you might consider giving Logos a look.

The reason I am bringing this up today, is because Logos is launching a new version of their software: Logos 7. This version builds on their previous work and adds many amazing improvements and new features. When I survey how accessible so many amazing works are in Logos and how powerful the tools are it provides for Biblical research I wonder if we, in the Christian world, are really using such unprecedented abilities to our advantage. I thank God for the advancements Logos is making

Special Offer

For readers of The Old Guys, Logos has created a special landing page at Logos.com. If you are interested in purchasing a new base package and do so through this page you will receive a special discount. On top of that, I’ve selected the first volume of Abraham Kuyper’s new “Collected Works in Public Theology” titled “Common Grace: God’s Gifts for a Fallen World – Volume 1” for FREE.

If you are new to Logos, but are interested in a base package, I would recommend checking out the Logos Reformed base packages. These packages combine resources for studying the Biblical text along with many Reformed works of theology.

In the Gold Package, for example, here are a few of the resources you would get:

– Multiple versions of the English Bible
– Calvin’s Commentaries (46 vols.)
– The Gospel According to the Old Testament Series (13 vols.)
– Wipf & Stock D.A. Carson Collection (5 vols.)
– Wipf & Stock Works of Meredith Kline (7 vols.)
– Mobile Ed: Preaching the Psalms
– Mobile Ed: The Gospel Message in the Early Church
– Sidney Greidanus Preaching Collection (5 vols.)
– NA28 Greek New Testament with Morphology
– BHS with Morphology
– Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (McNeil/Battles)
– The Letters of John Calvin (4 vols.)
– Tracts and Treatises of John Calvin (8 vols.)
– Geerhardus Vos’s Reformed Dogmatics (5 vols.)
– Charles Hodge’s Systematic Theology (3 vols.)
– Classic Studies on the Heidelberg Catechism (16 vols.)
– Early Church Fathers (37 vols.)
– Select Works of Jeremiah Burroughs (7 vols.)
– The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks (6 vols.)
– The Works of John Owen (17 vols.)
– The Essential Works of Jonathan Edwards (11 vols.)
– J.C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (7 vols.)
– The Works of B.B. Warfield (10 vols.)
– Select Works of Geerhardus Vos (14 vols.)
– The Works of Cornelius Van Til (39 vols.)
– And much more



Get your special discount here.

George Smeaton and Logos Bible Software

27 Jan

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The following is a brief review of three essential works of George Smeaton used in conjunction with Logos Bible Software named: The Smeaton Theology Collection on Logos Bible Software.

So, Who Is George Smeaton?

George Smeaton lived from 1814 to 1889 and is considered to be one of the “most outstanding theologians” of the day. Yet, at the same time, he is so little known in our era.

He studied at Edinburgh University and spend the last 30 years of his life as Chair of Exegetical Theology at New College in Edinburgh. He was a contemporary of as well as a friend with men like Robert Murray McCheyne, Andrew and Horatius Bonar, and Henry Moncrieff. A one time Principle of the Free Church of Scotland, John Macleod, once described Smeaton as “the most eminent scholar of the set of young men who with M’Cheyne and the Bonars sat at the feet of Chalmers.

What Did He Write?

During the course of his life he wrote two wonderfully careful and rich works on the doctrine of the atonement, as well as delivered a series of lectures on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit:

  • The Doctrine of the Atonement as Taught By Christ Himself
  • The Doctrine of the Atonement as Taught By the Apostles
  • The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Why Should You Read George Smeaton?

Smeaton’s works on the atonement are wonderfully simple, biblical and profound. Phil Gons describes them as one of the first places one should go when wanting to take a closer look at the atonement of Christ. This certainly is a valid statement. If one is looking to learn about the atonement, the first thing to do is study the Scriptures. Smeaton will be a sure and steady guide as to what Christ himself said regarding the atonement, as well as what his apostles said.

Before that, in the book “The Great Exchange” Sinclair Ferguson spoke of Smeaton as “an outstanding scholar with a brilliant mind and a deep love for Christ.” He then went on to describe his works on the atonement by saying, “these great volumes should regularly be in the hands of every person who teaches and preaches the Gospel of Christ. They are treasure troves.”

Smeaton’s work on the Holy Spirit is just as clear and rigorously Biblical as he seeks to explicate the person and work of the Holy Spirit by exegeting what the Scriptures tell us beginning with the Old Testament and through into the New and now in the life of the church.

Smeaton’s volumes are clear, insightful, exegetical studies of Scripture. Which is what makes them so relevant still today.

Why Read Smeaton in Logos Bible Software?

First, purchasing the hard copies of Smeaton’s three volumes will set you back at least $46 for the two volumes on the atonement. Then, you’ll have to go hunting for his third volume on the Holy Spirit as it appears to be out of print. Once a title makes it into Logos, one doesn’t have to worry about it going in and out of print.

Get the three volume set on Logos for only $32.95 here. This is a special deal for you as a reader of The Old Guys.

Second, as I mentioned above, what makes these works so helpful is how rigorously Biblical Smeaton is. What that means is that these volumes are packed with Biblical references.

If you are like me, you may have to fight the tendency to move too quickly past these references to Bible verses in the different books you read. Instead we have to fight to take the time to read the Scriptures cited by different authors to back up what they are saying. We should do this as people who are most interested in learning what Scripture says and seeking to see if what the author is saying is true is really so.

Reading this title in Logos makes this incredibly easy (see the picture below). All one needs to do is hover their mouse over the verse reference and up pops the quotation in full in your favorite Bible version. This is also helpful when verses are quoted in an old book like this in older English and you would like to read it in a more modern translation.

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Third, if a word or concept strikes you as something you would like to dig further into or learn more about it is a matter of a couple clicks (instead of minutes or hours) to access multiple other resources.

Fourth and finally, if you use a mobile phone or tablet with the free Logos Bible app you have these three meaty volumes with you at no additional weight!

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Conclusion

George Smeaton’s works are worth inclusion on your bookshelf, digital or physical. Both volumes on the atonement are still in print by Banner of Truth here. However, these wonderful works are made so much more accessible, searchable, and above all easier to weigh against Scripture with Logos Bible Software.

If you are interested, don’t forget to get an Old Guys special on the three volume set on Logos Bible here.


Finally, I’d love to know if any of you have read George Smeaton. What are your thoughts?



Book Profile: Historical Theology by Gregg Allison

11 Apr

Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine

This amazing 785 page book was written by Gregg Allison and published in 2011 as a companion volume to Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. In the book Dr. Allison shows the development of Christian doctrine since the time of Christ until today.

It is not your traditional companion volume, though. It mirrors the layout of Systematic Theology and generally follows the same chapter outline as it goes through different doctrines showing the historical development of theology in the history of the church.

And this is what makes it not your traditional historical theology volume either. Most historical theology books tell the story of the historical development of theology by walking through the different time periods. So, one section may highlight the development of doctrine in the 1600’s, perhaps highlighting the main doctrinal developments of that time, and then moving on to the next period of development.

What makes this book stand apart is how it takes each doctrine in isolation and shows the development of that doctrine throughout church history. Then the next chapter begins again with the next doctrine. This way you are able to stay focused on the specific doctrine at hand as the author displays the specific developments of the particular doctrine in the history of the church. Instead of getting lost in a sea of theological development for a certain time period.

What a great gift to the body of Christ!

I’m not sure how long this will last, but it is available on Kindle for $5.99 today. And is available in hardcover for it’s normal price of $32.98.

Introducing the Reformation Commentary on Scripture

26 Sep

Here is a new commentary series from IVP Academic that I am just getting into. The farther I get the more excited I become. These are some incredible volumes worthy of your attention. Below is an overview of the what and why of this new series. I also hope to follow up with a detailed feature overview (really nice!) and then reviews of particular volumes at some point.


What is the Reformation Commentary on Scripture?

The Reformation Commentary on Scripture (RCS) is a twenty-eight volume series of exegetical comment covering the entire Bible and gathered from the writings of sixteenth-century preachers, scholars and reformers. It gives you access to a wealth of Reformation-era commentary on Scripture that is largely unknown and for the most part unavailable in English. While the giants of the era, such as Luther and Calvin, will be presented, you will also be introduced to a host of figures with whom you might be unfamiliar, yet who contributed to the Reformation in important ways. In doing so, the RCS demonstrates both the unity and diversity of thought that characterized this vital period in the history of the Church.

With this series you have centralized access to treasure that very few can gather for themselves. The series introduces you to the great diversity that constituted the Reformation, with comments on scripture by representatives of the multitudinous traditions that originated in the era, from Lutherans, Reformed, Anglican and Anabaptists to radical reformers and even reform-minded Catholics, who all shared a commitment to the faithful exposition of Scripture.



Why do we need this new commentary series?

The Reformation Commentary on Scripture provides a crucial link between the contemporary church and the great cloud of exegetes that is the historical church. The salient insight, rhetorical power and consensual exegesis of the tradition of the Reformation are here made available as a powerful tool for the church of the twenty-first century. Like never before, believers can feel they are a part of a genuine tradition of renewal as they faithfully approach the text of Scripture.

A few of it’s goals are to:

  • Renew contemporary biblical interpretation through exposure to Reformation-era biblical interpretation;
  • Renew contemporary preaching through exposure to the biblical insights of the Reformation writers;
  • Contribute to a deeper understanding of the Reformation and the breadth of perspectives represented within it;
  • Advance Christian scholarship in the fields of historical, biblical, theological and pastoral studies.


Overview of Projected Volumes:

Projected Old Testament Volumes (13)

  • Genesis 1-11, edited by John Thompson
  • Genesis 12-50, edited by Mickey Mattox
  • Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, edited by Randy Blacketer
  • Joshua, Judges, Ruth, edited by N. Scott Amos
  • 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles edited by Derek Cooper
  • Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job edited by David Hogg
  • Psalms 1-72, edited by Herman Selderhuis
  • Psalms 73-150, edited by Herman Selderhuis
  • Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs edited by David Fink
  • Isaiah, edited by Steven McKinion
  • Jeremiah, Lamentations, edited by Jeffery Tyler
  • Ezekiel, Daniel, edited by Carl Beckwith
  • Minor Prophets, edited by Sujin Pak

Projected New Testament Volumes (15)

  • Matthew, edited by Jason Lee
  • Mark, edited by Edwin Woodruff Tait
  • Luke, edited by Beth Kreitzer
  • John 1-12, edited by Craig Farmer
  • John 13-21, edited by Christopher B. Brown
  • Acts, edited by Esther Chung-Kim
  • Romans 1-8, edited by Gwenfair Walters Adams
  • Romans 9-16, edited by Philip Krey and Peter Krey
  • 1 & 2 Corinthians, edited by Scott Manetsch
  • Galatians, Ephesians, edited by Gerald Bray
  • Philippians, Colossians, edited by Graham Tomlin
  • 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon (editor not yet assigned)
  • Hebrews, James, edited by Ron Rittgers
  • 1 & 2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude, edited by Steven Harmon
  • Revelation, edited by Rodney Petersen


How Can I Start a Collection?

Purchase them individually as they are released. (Genesis 1-11, Galatians, Ephesians, & Ezekiel, Daniel are available now.) WTS | Amazon

Subscribe to the series with IVP and receive each new volume automatically at around 40% off for $29.99. (Cheaper than Amazon.) Also, receive the first volume for only $9.99 and Reading Scripture with the Reformers by Timothy George for free!

Book Review: ‘Charity and It’s Fruits’ by Jonathan Edwards

20 Aug

Crossway Books recently published a good-looking new version of Jonathan Edwards book: “Charity and It’s Fruits” edited by Kyle Strobel.

To help you get a feel for this book allow me answer the following questions for you:

1. What is ‘Charity and It’s Fruits’ about?

In 1738 Jonathan Edwards preached a series of fifteen sermons expositing 1 Corinthians 13. These sermons provided a “theological account of love and virtue” and were never published in Edwards lifetime. It is a work that takes a long look at the glorious love passage in 1 Corinthians 13 and examines and exposits each verse with each sermon ending with words of application.

2. Why should I read ‘Charity and It’s Fruits’?

First, to have your soul refreshed in the love of God towards you and His power for you to now live a life of love in light of His love.

Second, as this work is, according to the editor, “one of the best entry points into Jonathan Edward’s theology… an intricate tapestry of Edwards’s spiritual, theological, and exegetical insights, exposing readers to a much broader picture of his work.” It is a great opportunity to read one of America’s preeminent theologians and wrestle with his theological and practical reflections.

3. Why should I read this version of ‘Charity and It’s Fruits’?

First, according to the editor: “It was not until 1852, nearly one hundred years after Edwards’s death, that the sermons were first published. The 1852 edition of the sermons was edited by Tyron Edwards, Edwards’s great-great-grandson, and was the standard version used in every other edition of Charity and It’s Fruits until Yale published a new edition in 1989. This new edition went back to sermons copied directly from Edwards’s own sermon booklets. When they are compared with the Tyron Edwards edition, it becomes clear that Tyron took much liberty in editing Edwards’s material. Unfortunately, this new edition is still often unread by the general public because it is bound together with Edwards’s other ethical writings in a volume that is nearly eight hundred pages long. For the first time, I provide those interested in Edwards the unedited version of this work in its own volume.”

Second, this particular version of ‘Charity and It’s Fruits’ is far more than a pamphlet of photo-copies of the original manuscripts and it is certainly not any type of abridgment or restatement. It includes a detailed introduction giving an overview of Jonathan Edwards theology to help the reader grasp the larger body of thought behind this work. Then it ends with a conclusion considering how one might appropriate this work.

It also includes over 150 explanatory notes within the text addressing difficult concepts throughout the text as well as definitions to arcane terminology to help the modern reader. It even will list relevant quotes from Edward’s other writings as well as appropriate.

All in all this is a great new version of an old classic. For a sampling of quotes from the book I have and will continue to post them here at The Old Guys. You can view them all in one place at this link.

Pick this book up and embark on a meditation of that most glorious theme of God’s disposition toward us in Jesus Christ and the most essential element of our lives as Christians: Love.



If you are thinking about purchasing the book please consider doing so through any of the following links and help support The Old Guys website:

WTS | Amazon | Crossway



Disclosure: This book was received for free as part of a blog reviewer program, however I was in no way obligated to review it either positively or negatively.