On the blog we try to take opportunities to show you what it is like to work at Logos. We’ve shown you our cook-offs. We’ve introduced you to some of our employees. We’ve even shown you our Bible study bus.
Well, Friday we shipped the New International Commentary and thought that this would be a perfect time to show you what it is like around the office when we ship a new product.
Later today we will award our first SeminaryScholarship.com scholarship. The scholarship includes $1,000.00 towards tuition, plus a copy of Logos Scholar’s Library which contains more than 330 titles, which in print would cost over $6,100.00. Next Scholarship–January 10, 2010
While we’ll announce the scholarship winner next week, we wanted to let you know that we’ll be awarding another SeminaryScholarship.com scholarship on January 10, 2010. So, if you didn’t get around to applying for our last scholarship, you can apply now. For those who applied for our last scholarship, we encourage and invite you to apply again. Not in Seminary?
Help the seminarians around you by letting them know about this scholarship opportunity. Post a link on Facebook, tweet about it, or just send the link (http://www.seminaryscholarship.com/) in email to someone you know in seminary.
Today’s guest post is from John Barry, the Editor-in-Chief for Bible Study Magazine.
This morning, we sent Bible Study Magazine Nov–Dec 2009 to the printer. This marks our one-year anniversary. So, if you see Bible Study Magazine around, wish it happy Birthday.
The magazine began with our company president’s vision for a publication solely devoted to Bible study. And today, that vision is a reality. We are all about getting people into the Word with how-to guides, cover stories with leading Bible teachers, and a growing list of odd things in the Bible we explain. Here you can see me going through our very first issue.
Over the last year, we have put lots of hours in and had lots of fun. Running a magazine is intense, but we enjoy it. You should see our pre-press books—for 48 pages, they are nearly 5 inches thick with editorial notes and changes. We think about every word of Bible Study Magazine because we want it to be as good as possible. Want to know what it is like, follow us on Twitter.
We created Bible Study Magazine from scratch—recruiting our own writing staff, fulfilling and managing our own circulation, and creating custom art for every article. Our marketing department took on the challenge (as a digital publisher) of promoting a print magazine.
With Bible Study Magazine, our art team produced more print material than ever. As a graphic artist, this is a whole different ball game than digital. We have embraced what magazines can offer with info-graphics and massive tables that serve as conversational starters and Bible study aids.
It has been an honor to be recognized by Library Journal as one of the top ten magazines launched in 2008, and be featured by people like Mr. Magazine, Publishing Executive and AKGMag.com.
We often joke that Bible Study Magazine is The Atlantic-style writing, in a National Geographic format, all about the Bible. But we have also added the edge of expressing as much as we can visually.
Behind our publication are many people here at Logos and around the world, working to bring you the best content about the Bible and Bible study. Several authors have come to us now to publish their ground-breaking work in archaeology, the historical investigation of the Bible, and theology.
Today, when I look at Bible Study Magazine, I could not be more pleased with the child we have raised. Every parent is allowed to brag about their kids a bit, right?
Oh, and if you are wondering what you should get a magazine for its birthday, you could always order a subscription or renew your current one. That would make today a very happy birthday indeed.
With the weather in Bellingham turning cooler, we decided to heat things up last Friday with our annual Salsa Cook-off. This year we had fourteen competitors vying for fame and glory. Congratulations to our winners!
In the HOT category
First place: #7, Eric O. – Vicious Verde, with 90 points
Second place: #1, Darren W. – Cilantro Lime, with 70 points
Third place: #9, Lindsey K. – Deliciously Spicy, with 67 points
In the MILD category
First place: #14, Sarah E. – Pampered Palate, with 99 points
Second place: #2, April T. – California Dreaming, with 87 points
Third place: #12, Lindsey K. – Cool and Refreshing, with 66 points Sarah E. was kind enough to share her winning recipe for Pampered Palate Salsa:
16 servings (2Tb. Each)
Note: I served this to 9 people and it was enough to have seconds.
1 jar (6.5 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, undrained
1/4 cup pitted ripe olives, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
3 medium plum tomatoes, diced
1 garlic clove, pressed
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil leaves
1. Drain marinade from artichokes into bowl. Chop artichokes, olives and red onion. Dice tomatoes.
2. Place vegetables into bowl. Add pressed garlic. Add basil to vegetable mixture; mix gently. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Yield: 16 servings
Nutrients per serving: (2 tablespoons): Calories 17, Total Fat 1 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Carbohydrate 2 g, Protein 0 g, Sodium 80 mg, Fiber less than 1 g
As a former seminarian, I can say with great confidence that I always appreciated the person who told me about opportunities to get money to help pay for my education. If you know a seminarian, today is your day to be that person! Today is Help-a-Seminarian Day.
In just 13 days, Logos will award its first Seminary Scholarship, which includes $1,000.00 towards tuition and a copy of Scholar’s Library.
Help the seminarians around you by letting them know about this scholarship opportunity. Applying is easy and only takes less than 15 minutes.
How can you help a seminarian? Spread the word!
Facebook: Login to your Facebook account and post the link http://www.SeminaryScholarship.com on your wall. Be sure to include a line that lets your friends know what the link is all about. Something like, “If you are in seminary, here is a scholarship that might help you out.” You can also just click here to share on Facebook.
Blog: If you have a blog, you can help out seminarians two ways. First, you can write a post on your blog letting seminarians know about the scholarship. Second, you can add one of our new Seminary Scholarship web banners to your site.
Not sure what to write? Try this:
Need Money for Seminary?
Searching for a seminary scholarship is tough. Everywhere you turn there are requirements. Degree track, financial need, denominations, demographics —what seminarian has time for all that!?!
Now there is a scholarship that is open to everyone and doesn’t take a week’s worth of late nights to apply for. At www.SeminaryScholarship.com all you have to do is watch a demonstration of Logos Bible Software and fill out a brief application. Once your application is submitted you will be entered to win a $1,000.00 scholarship AND a digital theological library that, in print, would cost over $6,100.00! www.SeminaryScholarship.com
Today marks the halfway point for our Great Bible Giveaway. To date we’ve seen more than 40,000 visitors to the giveaway site, received more than 7,000 official entries, and given away 36 ultra-premium Bibles worth nearly $6,000.00. All that, and we’ve still got three more months to go! If you haven’t won yet, stick with it. October could be your month!
This October, Bible.Logos.com is giving away another 12 exquisitely crafted premium Bibles. Visit the Great Bible Giveaway for details on how to enter, as well as the full contest rules and prize list.
This month we will be giving away:
ESV Study Bible, Black Calfskin (Retail $239.99) from Crossway
KJV Concord Wide Margin Reference, Black Goatskin (Retail $229.99) from Cambridge Bibles
NASB In Touch Ministries Wide Margin Edition, Burgundy Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
NASB Side Column Reference Wide Margin Special Limited Edition, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
NASB Wide Margin Reference, Black Goatskin (Retail $229.99) from Cambridge Bibles
NIV Thinline, Ebony Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $49.99) from Zondervan
NIV Study Bible, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $124.99) from Zondervan
NKJV UltraSlim Bible Signature Series, Tan Calfskin (Retail $129.99) from Thomas Nelson
NLTSB Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail Unavailable) from Tyndale
NLTSB Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail Unavailable) from Tyndale
TNIV, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $99.99) from Zondervan
Mental note: Just because I know something does not mean everyone knows it.
I was reminded of the above truth the other day when on Twitter someone mentioned that they had wanted to buy Logos Scholar’s Library for awhile, but their budget never had room for the expense. I replied to the person saying, “Not sure if this helps, but we do have payment plans http://www.logos.com/paymentplan.” The person responded a couple minutes later, very excited, thanking me and letting me know that this was just what they needed in order to be able to fit Logos into their budget.
The part of the story that surprised me was that the person had been thinking about buying Logos for a while now, but never knew we had the payment plan option. I followed up that Twitter conversation with a tweet to all our followers letting them know about our payment plan. I received numerous messages following that tweet with people thanking me and saying that they never knew this program existed.
Today I ran a quick search on our blog for “payment plan” and didn’t come up with any hits. So, I decided I’d lay aside my assumption that you all know we have a payment plan available and say, “Hey, if you didn’t already know, we offer payment plans for orders over $29.90.”
To take advantage of the payment plan, simply select the payment plan option during the final step of checkout, enter your phone number, and select the number of payments you’d like to make. It is that simple.
You can get full program details here.
While I try to keep God’s Word in my heart and mind on a regular basis, I must say that among email, work projects, family, Facebook, Twitter . . . my heart and mind tend to stray a little. That’s why I’m excited about the new project we’re launching today.
Today we are announcing the launch of 7 new Twitter accounts that are designed to help you take a moment in your day and meditate on God’s word.
We set the accounts up about a couple week ago to run them through some testing, and I’ve been following them in my personal twitter account. It has been really encouraging to glance over at my feed throughout the day and see a simple reminder of who God is and who I am in Christ.
We hope that these accounts will be a blessing to all you Twitter users and that, amongst the endless chatter of Twitter, you will stop for a moment focus your heart and mind on God’s Word.
When people ask me what I do for work, I half-jokingly tell them that I Twitter for a living. At any given time I can have up to 4 different Twitter clients up on my screen. I monitor a lot of different conversations and do my best to keep tabs on the vast number of discussion taking place. This can be a little crazy since @Logos has almost 5,000 followers and we follow all of them (spammers and SEO experts excluded, of course).
While there is a lot of information being thrown at me, there was one tweet that caught my eye the other day. @pastorjamie tweeted this: