Seminary Professor Switches to Logos and Loves It

Jeff Straub, a seminary professor at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Minnesota, shares in two posts how he’s made (and continues to make) the transition from a print library to a digital library with Logos Bible Software and why he loves it.

It was a hard sell for me. After more than 25 years in ministry, tirelessly searching for books anywhere they might be found, hoping against hope to find good books at cheap prices, I finally switched . . . to a digital library . . . to Logos. And I love it! I travel a bit, sometimes overseas, and I love the portability of my digital library.

He goes on to talk about the “back-breaking task” of moving more than 100 heavy boxes of books to Minneapolis. I remember doing the same thing about a year and a half ago, but thankfully with only 40 boxes.

On the bright side, at least Jeff discovered Logos before his next move, and at least he didn’t have as big of a print library as Rousas Rushdoony did. According to Wikipedia, Rushdoony had more than 60,000 books in his personal library (and read nearly half of them). Imagine what 1,600 boxes of books would do to your back!

Find out more about why Jeff is lovin’ Logos in these two posts:

Logos Bible Software for Catholics

For years we’ve had several quality Catholic products available, like the popular Collegeville Catholic Reference Library. You’ve asked for even more, and we’ve listened. If you follow our Pre-Pub (RSS) and Community Pricing (RSS) pages, you’ve probably noticed the many new Catholic collections now available for pre-order:

If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to check them out and place your pre-orders for the ones that interest you.

Catholic Product Guide

With the addition of all of these new titles, we decided it was time to build a Catholic Product Guide, which contains an exhaustive list of all of the Catholic titles we currently have for sale or pre-order. We’ll keep it up to date as we make more Catholic resources available, so be sure to bookmark it and check back regularly. You’ll find it at www.logos.com/catholic.

As always, we invite your suggestions for additional titles you’d like to see. Just email them to suggest@logos.com, and we’ll see about putting them on Pre-Pub or Community Pricing.

Free Catholic Lectionary

To kick off all of these new Catholic offerings, we’ve partnered with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to give away a new Catholic lectionary to everyone who has our Lectionary Viewer Addin, which is included in all of our Windows base packages except for the Original Languages Library. To get the new Catholic lectionary, simply run Libronix Update from the Tools menu in Libronix or run the 3.0f Auto-Update Script. You’ll find additional details and help on our Lectionaries page and in a prior blog post.

5 Free Copies of the Collegeville Catholic Reference Library, Version 2

Collegeville Catholic Reference Library, Version 2.0If you appreciate these new offerings and want to see more, it’s largely up to you to make it happen! We need the help of all of our Catholic users to reach a broader audience so we can produce even more quality Catholic titles. As a thanks for helping us spread the word, we’ll be giving away 5 free copies of the Collegeville Catholic Reference Library, Version 2.

Here’s what you need to do to enter. You only need to do one, but you can do them all if you want to increase your chances of winning.

On Your Blog

  1. Write about our new Catholic titles, the free Catholic lectionary, etc. on your blog and link to both the Catholic Product Guide and this blog post.
  2. We’ll search for links to both and enter you in the drawing, but if you want to be sure that we don’t miss yours, provide a link to your post in the comments below or in an email to blog@logos.com with the subject “Logos Bible Software for Catholics.”

On Facebook, Twitter, etc.

  1. Share the news about our new Catholic titles, the free Catholic lectionary, etc. on your favorite social networking site and link to both the Catholic Product Guide and this blog post (might be difficult to get both links in on Twitter, but we think you can do it!).
  2. We’ll search for links to both and enter you in the drawing, but if you want to be sure that we don’t miss yours, provide a link to your post in the comments below or in an email to blog@logos.com with the subject “Logos Bible Software for Catholics.”

Via Email

  • Send an email about our new Catholic titles, the free lectionary, etc. with the subject “Logos Bible Software for Catholics” to 5 people you know who you think would be interested and carbon copy blog@logos.com on the email.

At the end of June, we’ll pick out the five winners and send out the free copies of Collegeville Catholic Reference Library, Version 2.

People behind the Product: Meet Jana Gering

It’s been a while since the last post in our People behind the Product series, but you should start seeing more in the months to come. In this brief interview, you’ll meet Jana Gering, the project manager for our Electronic Text Development department, a past guest blogger here, and the winner of this year’s chili cook-off.

YouTube is currently being a little finicky. If you get the message, “An error occurred, please try again later,” try clicking the little HQ button, which should launch the video in high quality.

The Best Mojito Chicken Chili Around

Last Friday we enjoyed our annual chili cook-off here in the office. We had about a dozen different entries, and they were quite tasty! But three stood out from the crowd.

By popular vote, the winners were:

  • 1st Place: Jana Gering’s Mojito Chicken Chili (#2)
  • 2nd Place: John Barry 8 Bean Fit n’ Lean Turkey Chili (#6)
  • 3rd Place: Dave Dunkin’s Basic Chili (#1)

Jana has graciously allowed me to share her winning chili recipe with you, our readers. So be sure to download the PDF and give it a try. It’s sure to please!

Searching across Verse Boundaries

By default, searching a Bible for multiple terms will find those words or phrases only when they occur in the same verse. So a search for grace “in Christ” in the ESV will return all of the verses where the word grace and the phrase in Christ occur in the same verse (i.e., Rom 3:24; 1 Cor 1:4; Eph 2:7; Col 1:2; 1 Tim 1:14; 2 Tim 1:9; 2:1; 1 Pet 5:10), but won’t return the places where one of the search terms occurs in the preceding or following verse, even if that verse is part of the same sentence (e.g., Eph 1:1–2, 3–6, 7–10, etc.). That’s because the default search unit is verses, as you can see in the image below.

Normally you’ll get plenty of targeted search results this way, but sometimes you may want to see results that cross verse boundaries, especially when a sentence spans several verses. Getting more results is as simple as switching the search unit from “Verses” to “Chapters or Sections.”

Our search for grace “in Christ” now turns up 116 occurrences in 28 articles instead of 16 occurrences in 8 verses. But this may be too broad, since it will return chapters where grace and in Christ occur nowhere near each other and are contextually unrelated. To tighten it up a bit, simply add a proximity delimiter like 25 words. So our search would be grace WITHIN 25 WORDS “in Christ”. This search returns 37 occurrences in 16 articles and gives us several additional targeted results to work through.

For more help on searching, be sure to read our training article “Exploring Logos Searching.”

11 Pre-Pubs Shipping Soon

Now that Anchor Yale Bible is done, our electronic text development team is starting to pump out quite a few other Pre-Pubs. The following 11 are projected to ship within the next 2 to 3 weeks:

I’m pretty excited about picking up several of these, and I know many of you are too. But if you haven’t placed your pre-orders yet, you’d better act fast or else you’ll miss out on the opportunity to pick up some of these titles at the nicely discounted Pre-Pub price. In some cases you have just a few days left to get your pre-orders in.

2009 National Camp Logos

The annual National Camp Logos hosted right here in Bellingham, WA is just around the corner. The two days of practical, thorough, hands-on training with authorized trainer Morris Proctor are slated for June 11-12 at Birchwood Presbyterian Church, which is located at 400 Meadowbrook Ct.

Watch Morris’s latest video (embedded below) to learn why you should attend an upcoming Camp Logos.

Camp Logos regional seminars take place all over the country throughout the year (see the list below), but the national camp is extra special. You’ll receive the same professional and biblical training as you would at any Camp Logos, but you’ll also get these additional benefits:

  • More training. The training hours are expanded from 9 to 4:30 each day so you can get as much instruction as your body and brain can endure.
  • Q&A times with the Logos leadership. Key Logos leaders will be available each day to answer your questions and tell you about exciting new happenings at Logos.
  • More food. Your registration includes a huge continental breakfast and a tasty lunch for each day.
  • Interaction with more Logos users. You have ample opportunity to meet many other Logos users like yourself and learn how they’re using the software.
  • A tour of the Logos headquarters. A highlight each year is when we visit the offices of Logos Bible Software to see where these electronic resources are developed.
  • Vacation time in the northwest. Plan an extra couple of days to enjoy the beautiful country of Washington state.

Register today. For more information, contact mp|seminars at info@mpseminars.com or 877.237.3168.

If you can’t make it out to Bellingham for the National Camp, no need to worry. Morris and his team are coming to an area near you. Check out the complete schedule to see a list of upcoming regional camps around the country.

  • Huntington, WV | 5/18–19
  • Oklahoma City, OK | 5/28–29
  • Detroit, MI | 6/18–19
  • Nashville, TN | 6/30–7/1
  • Shreveport, LA | 7/8–9
  • San Jose, CA | 7/27–28
  • Mansfield, OH | 8/4–5
  • Denver, CO | 8/11–12
  • Indianapolis, IN | 8/26–27
  • Houston, TX | 9/23–24
  • Raleigh/Durham, NC | 10/15–16
  • St. Louis, MO | 10/19–20
  • Nashville, TN | 12/1–2

Update: The venue has changes from Bellingham Covenant Church to Birchwood Presbyterian Church, which is located at 400 Meadowbrook Ct.

Inside the May–June Issue of Bible Study Magazine

The fourth issue of Bible Study Magazine is hot off the press and should be in your mailbox very shortly, if it hasn’t arrived already.

In the meantime, enjoy this preview of the May–June issue, which features a cover story about author and speaker Randy Alcorn.

By the way, don’t forget about this issue’s special promotion. We’ve partnered with Eternal Perspective Ministries to give away 40 signed copies of Randy Alcorn’s excellent book Heaven, and we’re also giving away five subscriptions to Bible Study Magazine and a copy of Bible Study Library. Visit www.biblestudymagazine.com/alcorn/ for all of the details.

If you’re considering subscribing, you have until June 5th to get the current issue.

Getting the Most Out of Anchor Yale Bible

Anchor Yale Bible (84 Vols.)If you purchased the Anchor Yale Bible, by now you’ve probably had a chance to install it and explore a bit. Those of you who are relatively new to Logos may be wondering how to get the most out of your new commentaries. In this post, we’ll share some tips that will help you put your investment to good use.

Setup Tips

1. Copy the resources to your hard drive.

It may go without saying, but be sure to copy all of your resource files to your hard drive rather than running them off the CD. With your CD in your drive, go to Tools > Library Management > Location Manager and follow the instructions. Everything will be much faster with the files on your hard drive. AYB will take up 308 MB of disk space.

2. Create a collection.

While it’s not essential to using your new commentaries, creating a collection can provide some additional benefits that you might find useful (e.g., faster, more target searching and more exhaustive results in the Passage Guide). In my opinion, this is a good thing to do for many new products you purchase.

You can either create your own collection by going to Tools > Define Collections > New (see also this video demonstration) or download the one I already created and put it in C:\Documents and Settings\{UserName}\My Documents\Libronix DLS\Collections on a Windows machine or in Users/{UserProfile}/Library/Application Support/Libronix DLS/Collections on a Mac.

3. Make sure your resource association is installed.

A resource association allows your entire series to function in some ways as a single book. That means that if you’re in the AYB commentary on Romans and want to jump to the commentary on Isaiah to look up a related passage, just type in the reference in the Reference Box at the top left-hand portion of the resource window.

If that doesn’t work, it’s probably because you don’t have the Resource Association installed. On Windows, run Libronix Update to get it (i.e., Tools > Libronix Update). Alternatively, you could create your own resource association. (This feature is currently only in the Windows version.)

Usage Tips

1. Explore AYB in “My Library.”

To see all of your Anchor Yale Bible commentaries in My Library, simply type in the series abbreviation, AYB, and all of your other titles will be filtered out. Alternatively, if you created a collection, you can simply select your collection from the Collection dropdown.

2. Use AYB in the Passage Guide.

Since the files for the Anchor Yale Bible are commentaries, they will instantly just work when you run a Passage Guide on any portion of Scripture covered by the series. If you don’t see the Anchor Yale volume(s) show up in the initial list of 15 that appears, be sure to click “More »” to see the rest of your commentaries that cover your passage. One of the cool features of the Passage Guide in is that it will remember your top five favorites on each book of the Bible. So the next time you study a passage in the same book, the commentaries that you’ve used most will appear at the top.

To get even more out of AYB in the Passage Guide, click on Properties, scroll down to the Collections section, and check the box next to your AYB collection.

This will tell the Passage Guide to search all of the other commentaries in the AYB for any mention of your passage, providing you with even more to dig into.

3. Find even more with advanced searching.

If you created a collection, you can also do some powerful searching by using the Basic Search (Search > Basic Search) or the Reference Browser (Go > Reference Browser). Just be sure to limit your searches to your new collection, and in just a second or two you’ll be able to find all of the occurrences of words, phrases, Bible references, and more in your entire AYB collection.

Bible Study Magazine—One of the Best New Magazines of 2008

Today’s guest post is from John Barry, the associate editor and project manager for Bible Study Magazine.

Library Journal, the premier magazine for librarians, featured Bible Study Magazine as one of the top 10 magazines launched in 2008.

Steve Black, who wrote the article and reviews countless periodicals a year, said Bible Study Magazine is “a serious, clearly written [publication] that uses biblical scholarship to illuminate but not refute the principal beliefs of evangelical Protestantism. . . . [It] is to Bible studies what Scientific American is to science or Psychology Today to psychology. A thoughtful bridge between the work of scholars and laypersons looking for a deeper understanding of the biblical texts.” Check out the full review.

We are honored for Library Journal to hold our publication in such high esteem. We envisioned Bible Study Magazine as a bridge between scholarship and the church and are thrilled that our vision has come to fruition. To be featured alongside top-notch publications such as BBC Knowledge, Food Network Magazine, Science Illustrated and World Affairs is also an honor. Accompanying these magazines about culture, the sciences, and the world demonstrates that God has placed us in an influential position—something we do not take for granted.

But we are not just honored—we feel blessed. With over 500 magazines going under last year alone, we are grateful that ours is a success. When reflecting upon Bible Study Magazine from inception to present, we see God in every step along the way. We are committed to offering something eternal—the Word of God. We strive for excellence, not just because good isn’t good enough, but because our publication is about an experience. It is a journey into God’s Word resulting in a betterment of family, church and life.

You asked Logos how to study the Bible and we delivered Bible Study Magazine. We find the best stories about Bible study to motivate you, and top-notch tips, tricks and Bible studies to guide you.

The Bible expands our relationship with God—bringing us His very words. Because of that, we have made the business of Bible Study Magazine about God’s business. There is nothing more important than knowing what the Bible says, what it means, and how it applies to our lives. Bible Study Magazine is about getting you into God’s Word. Bringing you truth in crisis and teaching you how to find the truth for yourself. We are here to help you know God. And for God placing us in that position, we are grateful.

Subscribe today and experience it for yourself. Or gift someone else the experience. Share it with your friends by ordering in bulk.