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The 2011 Winter Soup Cook-Off

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January 20th proved to be a perfect day for Logos’ annual soup cook-off. In true Pacific Northwest fashion it was a cold and rainy day. The weather did not hamper this year’s cook-off though as entrants were excited to participate in not only the first cook-off of 2011, but also the first cook-off held in the recently acquired Flatiron building.

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While the 10 entrants prepared their dishes, the aroma of a variety of awesome soups lured hungry employees to line up in anticipation. Ultimately the happy eaters had to vote for their favorites, and it was a close call this year.

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After all was said and done, the winners of this year’s cook-off were Don and Tara Everett’s “Spicy Chicken Sausage Soup.” Second place was awarded to Sarah Knepper with her “Pnw’ed Salmon Chowder,” and coming in third was Tom Fay with “The Original Ham and Bean Soup.”

Here is the recipe for the Everett’s award winning soup:

Spicy Chicken Sausage Soup

Ingredients:

1 onion, chopped
1 pound of pork sausage
1 pound chorizo
2 average sized chicken breasts
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground pork sausage
6 cloves garlic, diced
2 bay leaves
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 cup chicken broth
2 cans white beans, drained
thyme and sage to taste

  • In a large pot, add olive oil and brown pork sausage.
  • Break up and add chorizo
  • Chop up and add uncooked chicken breasts
  • Add garlic and bay leaves
  • Add onion
  • Add carrots and celery
  • Add chicken broth (you can add more broth to taste)
  • Add white beans
  • Add thyme and sage to taste and let simmer until it’s as thick as you want it
  • Remove bay leaves
  • Enjoy!

Thanks again for everyone who participated and helped create another successful cook-off and congratulations to all the winners!

Today’s guest post is by Deborah Mickens, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

New Interpreter’s Bible and New Interpreter’s Dictionary Now on Pre-Pub!

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A couple of long-awaited additions—that users have been requesting for years—have recently been included on our Pre-Pub page: The New Interpreter’s Bible (12 vols.) and the New Interpreter’s Dictionary (5 vols.). In the two short weeks since these two collections have hit our Pre-Publication list, they have each gathered nearly half of the interest needed to send them into production. I’m pleased to see such a warm welcome for some of today’s most comprehensive resources for biblical study!

In case these titles are new to you, let me tell you a bit more about each—they are definitely worth a second look:

Deemed “the standard in contemporary biblical studies,” The New Interpreter’s Bible (12 vols.) is composed of a staggering 11,591 pages, penned by top biblical scholars. Not only is this commentary set impressive in girth, its sheer number of illustrations, maps, charts, timelines, and other visual aids add depth of content. Contributors include:

  • Walter Brueggemann
  • Walter C. Kaiser
  • Leander Keck
  • And many others

And, have you ever come across an unknown topic, person, or place in the Bible and wondered “How do I even begin to research this?” The New Interpreter’s Dictionary (5 vols.) provides a fantastic place to gain meticulously researched knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. Let the 900 contributing scholars do the work for you as you seek a better understanding of the Word! Edited by Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, this compendium clarifies biblical terms from A to Z.

Ultimately—whether you are a pastor, Bible study leader, or layperson—you’ll find these two collections to be catalysts for deeper Bible study. As 2011 continues to unfold, let the New Interpreter’s volumes illuminate the Scriptures for you.

If you are one of the many people who have asked for these books in Logos format, now is your chance to pre-order! If you are just in the market for two major reference sets—which are fully-tagged, fully-linked Logos resources—look no further. The The New Interpreter’s Bible (12 vols.) and the New Interpreter’s Dictionary (5 vols.) are premier resources that would be an asset to any resource collection.

Today’s guest post is by Bethany Olsen, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

The Schedule for BibleTech:2011 Is Live!

BibleTech:2011

BibleTech:2011 is shaping up to be an incredible event for anyone passionate about the latest developments in Bible and technology! If you don’t believe me, check out the newly posted schedule for yourself!

Curious about the hows and whys of the The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition? Do you want to know how ProjectEbenezer.com is using the internet to connect the Church to theologians? Have you wondered what the Scriptures teach about technology and its appropriate use? Maybe you’re more interested in mobile Bible study or what’s in store for the next generation of mobile technologies.

Wherever your interests lie, be sure to secure your seat at BibleTech:2011, where you’ll learn from the experts! Registration is only $159.95 and gets you access to twenty-eight presentations, three catered meals, a conference T-shirt, and the chance get to know fellow Bible and technology geeks!

BibleTech:2011 will consist of fourteen sessions split between March 25 and 26. Each session will give you the option of a high-tech presentation or a low-tech presentation. The high-tech presentations will discuss the latest developments in Bible software platforms and the use of computer-based technologies for Bible translation and Bible study. The low-tech presentations will handle issues of design sensitivity, current trends in Bible technologies, and the integration of the Bible with internet-based communities.

A list of conference speakers is available on the conference website. Get acquainted with the speakers and catch up on their preparations for BibleTech:2011 by checking out their personal links. You can also view the official BibleTech:2011 schedule and plan ahead for your BibleTech experience.

Register today! BibleTech:2011 and experience a fresh look into the exciting ways that technology is affecting the way we study, visualize, and communicate the Scriptures.

Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 8: Judges on Pre-Pub!

Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 8: JudgesOf all the categories of books we feature, commentaries are consistently one of our top sellers. When you stop and consider all of the commentaries that we offer, you want to pay attention to the ones who are regularly strong sellers. The Word Biblical Commentary (59 vols.) has been one of our most popular collections at Logos Bible Software. Time and again, customers have shown us that this set of commentaries is an important place for them to draw biblical insights. For users who have the Word Biblical Commentary (59 vols.) collection, it is helpful to be kept abreast of new additions to the series.

To this end, we wanted to draw attention to the Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 8: Judges by Trent C. Butler. This commentary on Judges went live on Pre-Pub January 20, 2011. Within a couple hours it had generated half of the revenue needed to move it from Pre-Pub and into production. You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to add this commentary to your Word Biblical Commentary collection while it is on Pre-Pub.

The Word Biblical Commentary series is beloved for its balanced insight into the meanings of the text within the structured framework of biblical theology. This even-handed use of the biblical text is what has made this a wildly popular series for everyone from laymen to educators and ministers. The Word Biblical Commentary series starts with a foundation of solid biblical scholarship and builds upon it a meticulous theological understanding.

If you have the Word Biblical Commentary (59 vols.) collection, the only volume you will not have for your set is the Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 8: Judges by Trent C. Butler. If you do not own any of the Word Biblical Commentary series then the Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 8: Judges is a great place to start. You can pick it up today at the special Pre-Pub price and—once you realize how invaluable it is—you will soon be picking up the entire set.

How to Beat the Winter Quarter Blues

Letters to a Student

Now that the holidays have passed, a new quarter (or semester) has begun. And I don’t know about you, but every year, Winter Quarter at college hit me hard. Something about the short, dark days and enough rain to make swimming to classes the most efficient form of transportation just seemed to combine poorly with my academic schedule and ambitious study plans.

Maybe you know a freshman college student, or maybe you are a freshman college student, and this is your first year navigating the dreaded Winter Quarter. Sunny days and flip-flops seem a long way off, and you (or your child, friend, niece, nephew, grandchild, or former youth group student) are still adjusting to life on campus. Well, I’ve got some great news for you! Logos now has a fantastic, encouraging resource that will help keep you grounded in your faith during this continued time of transition.

As the world around us continues to change, life on campus during the 21st century keeps evolving at the same rapid rate. Letters to a Student is a comprehensive resource, articulating the challenges that today’s college student faces—challenges that did not exist even 10-20 years ago! In addition, Letters addresses ways of tackling some of the core issues that we all must face when we leave home for that bachelor’s degree, whether it was decades ago or now, in 2011.

But Letters to a Student isn’t all we have to offer the college student. Our base packages include not only numerous Bible translations and commentaries, but also key features such as our Bible Reading Plan and Prayer List. These tools are the perfect solution to keep the student in your life grounded in the Word.

And, here at Logos, we understand how hard college can be, not on one’s faith but also on one’s pocket book. That’s why we created our two scholarships—Bible College and Seminary Scholarship—both recently featured on the blog. The January deadline has passed, but there’s still hope for you if you qualify! Our next deadline for each is May 10, 2011. Scholarship winners receive $1,000.00 towards tuition as well as a Scholar’s Library that, in print, would cost over $8,000.00.

So grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and let Logos help you through this year’s Winter Quarter.

By the way, here’s a sampling of our other fantastic resources, specifically catered to the student:

Today’s guest post is by Bethany Olsen, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Camp Logos Is Coming to London

Camp Logos: London

Big Ben says it’s time for Camp Logos in London. That’s right – Camp Logos crosses the big pond!

  • When: February 15–16, 2011
  • What: Camp Logos Bible Software Training
  • Where: The Proclamation Trust
    140-148 Borough High Street
    London SE1 1 LB

Since Camp Logos doesn’t make it to the UK that often, we’re adding a feature-packed, optional third day of training on February 17th that will include many of the topics normally covered in Camp Logos 2.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Camp Logos, allow me to explain. As an owner of Logos Bible Software you know how powerful it is. Are you, however, unleashing that power? Most Logos users admit to only using a fraction, perhaps 10%, of the software’s potential. Camp Logos, a two-day, hands-on training seminar, equips you to unlock much of the other 90%. For over 13 years, the authorized Logos trainer, Morris Proctor with MP Seminars, has trained thousands of Logos users at Camp Logos. Pastors, professors, Bible study leaders, housewives, truck-drivers and more have all benefited from Morris’ thorough and practical presentation.

New Logos users state that Morris teaches them more in two days than they could learn in two years on their own. Seasoned Logos users testify they thought they knew the program until they attended Camp Logos.

We want you to experience firsthand the excitement of Camp Logos. So if you’ll be in the London area February 15–16, please register for Camp. If you’re thinking of vacationing in the UK, why not add Camp Logos to your agenda?

For a complete schedule and registration information, click here. And don’t forget to sign up for the additional third day of training which covers many of the features discussed in Camp Logos 2.

Today’s guest post is by David Kitchen, from the MP Seminars.

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Free Book—Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne

Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne Logos Bible Software has partnered with Desiring God to provide you with a free book to help you prepare for the 2011 Desiring God National Conference, January 31–February 2, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN.

John Piper’s session will focus on Robert Murray McCheyne. McCheyne (sometimes spelled M’Cheyne) was an influential nineteenth-century Scottish Presbyterian minister and missionary. Although he died of typhus at 29, McCheyne left behind a legacy of writings which revealed a depth and piety beyond his years.

McCheyne is also known for the creation of a Bible reading system that is still in use today. The McCheyne Bible reading plan walks you through the New Testament and the Psalms twice over the course of a year, while leading you through the Old Testament once. You can access the McCheyne Reading Plan in Logos 4 and keep track of it online at Biblia.com or on your iPhone and iPad.

To help you prepare for Pastor Piper’s session, and to familiarize yourself with McCheyne, we are giving away a free copy of Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne. You can begin reading it now, or on your iPhone or iPad on your flight or drive to MN.

This biography, written a year after McCheyne’s death, includes a detailed and insightful portrayal of McCheyne’s youth and ministry, providing personal anecdotes, as well as quotes and poems from McCheyne. Written by Andrew Bonar, a close, personal friend of McCheyne’s, this book will enhance your understanding and appreciation of this devoted man of God.

We realize that not everyone will be able to physically attend the Desiring God conference, though many will be following it over the Internet. Instead of restricting this special just to conference attendees, we wanted to extend this offer to everyone—even if you’re not yet a Logos user. Simply head over to our special McCheyne page to download the free resource any time before February 5. And while you are there, be sure to check out The Works of Robert Murray McCheyne (3 vols.), now at the special Pre-Pub price of $69.95. And don’t miss out on our collection of Piper resources, which all feature special conference discounts!

Don’t miss out. All discounts and special prices expire at midnight on February 4, 2011.

Expand Your Horizons with the Global Christianity Collection

Global Christianity

One of my favorite things about traveling abroad is the intriguing, investigative conversations that seem to always take place. Discussing a topic with someone that has a completely different cultural background is often challenging, but most of all, it’s refreshing. Hearing thoughts from another perspective on a topic that to me, seems standard, pushes me to examine it further.

The Global Christianity Collection (7 vols.) lets the reader have this same sort of conversation. This collection provides examinations from experts of diverse cultural and theological backgrounds on historical, social, and theological implications of Christianity within the framework of globalization. The Global Christianity Collection helps locate the meaning and character of Christian theology in a 21st century, global context.

As it becomes increasingly easier to connect and interact with the modern world, both positive and negative opportunities arise. This collection offers insight and information on issues that Christians in the 21st century face and efforts being made to positively impact the situation.

So if you’re looking for ways to address this world that is in a time of economic, social, technological and political interdependence, be sure to check out the Global Christianity Collection (7 vols.). This collection retails at $384.75 but is available on pre-pub for only $79.95!

Today’s guest post is by Deni Avant, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

You Do Not Want to Miss Out on BibleTech:2011!

BibleTech:2011

The speakers have been chosen for BibleTech:2011. This year’s conference—March 25-26 in Seattle, WA— is shaping up to be another landmark event that you will not want to miss!

BibleTech’s presenters come from a diverse background of educators, programmers, developers, publishers, executives and ministry leaders. This diversity provides a well-rounded platform from which to speak about the number of ways that technology is influencing how we approach and study the Scriptures.

There are over 25 sessions including:

  • Why Another Greek New Testament?Rick Brannan, Information Architect at Logos Bible Software, discusses the The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition (SBLGNT, also known as the SBL Greek New Testament), edited by Michael W. Holmes. Where did this new edition of the Greek New Testament come from? Why was it done? And more importantly for the BibleTech audience, how was it done?
  • The Convergence of Technology and Prayer
    David Gagne, the Media Post Production System Administrator for the Kansas City International House of Prayer, will talk about how the prayer movement globally is being strengthened through use of technology and the benefits and challenges of maintaining a life of prayer while working long hours on technology.
  • Making Bible Search Results RelevantZondervan’s
    Internet Systems Architect, Stephen Smith, discusses how, as an industry, we tune our search engines to handle specialized queries while ignoring common obstacles that people face when searching the Bible. Our goal should be to interpret the intent of everyone—from the scholar to the casual user of a mobile Bible app—and connect them with the biblical text they’re seeking.
  • Educating the 21st Century Pastor: The Intersection of Theology and Technology
    Knox Theological Seminary’s Dean of Distance Education, Jonathan Smith, will look at what theological education looks like in the 21st century. This talk will focus on the intersection between emerging technologies and theological application and will discuss the over impact on theological education.

When you register today you will receive access to more than 25 sessions, three catered meals, and a conference T-shirt. But perhaps even more importantly, you will build a network of friends and contacts with others who share your interests.

BibleTech:2011 will be held at The Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. Located directly across from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, this hotel is rated as one of Hilton’s Top Performing Hotels for delivering outstanding customer service. Special room rates are available for those who will be attending the conference.

Don’t wait, register today and experience what is happening at the intersection of Bible study and technology. You won’t want to miss it.

Five Ways Logos Can Help You Meet Your Devotional Goals for 2011

New Year

The best Bible study is the one that is intentional. If you want to read through the Bible in a year or create a more immersive study program, developing a strategy is the best way to begin. Logos 4 exists to help you make Bible study accessible and to make follow-through a breeze.

As you formulate your study plans for 2011, make sure to consider how you can incorporate Logos by:

  1. Developing a Logos 4 Reading Plan
    Whether you want to read through the Old Testament, the New Testament, or even the whole Bible in a year, Logos 4 can help generate the perfect reading plan just for you.

    In fact, with a Logos 4 base package you can set up multiple reading plans. You can even have a daily plan for Bible readings and a separate plan with portions of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion to be read once a week. When it comes to creating the perfect reading plans, Logos 4 allows you to easily create and customize the perfect plan.

  2. Take Advantage of Logos 4′s Syncing and Mobile Capabilities

    Not only can you create a unique reading plan, but that reading plan can be synced between your PC, your Mac, your iPhone or iPad, and even online with Biblia.com. Now there is no reason not to keep up on your daily reading—it’s everywhere you are!

    You can take advantage of these tools by:

    * Don’t worry Android users, we have no intention of leaving you out!

  3. Benefit from Training Opportunities

    A really great strategy for taking your study to the next level this year is to familiarize yourself with the many functions and features found in Logos 4. Forum MVP Thomas Black wrote a blog post in August entitled You Think You Know Logos? In it he talked about a Morris Proctor seminar he attended and how fruitful it was—even for a Logos forum MVP. His point? You may be surprised at what you didn’t know Logos 4 could do.

    There are so many avenues available for training, here are a few:

    • Make a date to attend one of the Camp Logos events. Look at the upcoming dates and see which one is right for you.
    • Check out the training page at Logos.com. You will find all sorts of videos and articles to help you get more out of your Logos 4 base package.
    • Get involved on the Logos forum. You will learn so much every time you visit, and this community of helpful users can answer some of your toughest questions.

  4. Invest in a subscription to Bible Study MagazineFor only $14.95 per year, Bible Study Magazine will deliver tools and methods for Bible study—as well as insights from respected voices in the church and biblical scholarship—right to your door. This bi-monthly magazine is so full of wonderful tools you will find yourself coming back to it time and again.

  5. Follow Logos on Facebook and Twitter. Get the latest information about sales, giveaways, and the goings on of your favorite Bible software company while taking part in the growing community of Logos users.

It is important to think through your plans for delving deeper into God’s Word in the new year. And through innovation, training, and community Logos Bible Software is looking forward to being part of your devotional plan.