Logos Is Faithlife!

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Logos Bible Software (the company) is now Faithlife Corporation.

We haven’t been bought; we don’t have a new owner. Logos Bible Software is still our flagship product, and we’re not changing its name. You’ll still find it at Logos.com.

But ‘software’ is something you download onto your desktop computer. And while I still do that—and so do you!—we’re moving toward a future where apps, websites, and digital content set the pace.

We have been leading that way for a while: Proclaim Church Presentation Software, Biblia.com, Vyrso, Faithlife Groups, Lexham Press, Faithlife Study Bible, and so much more. This video really makes the point:

All of these tools are connected by a single account—the same one you use at Logos.com, Biblia.com, Vyrso.com, and Faithlife.com.

And that’s your Faithlife account, from Faithlife Corporation, the leading provider of digital content and tools for the Christian church.

The simple summary: Logos Bible Software is a product of Faithlife Corporation. You sign in to Logos—and all Faithlife products and websites—with your Faithlife account.

Changing a company name is a big deal, and we’ll be working through the details for months. I appreciate your patience as we make this transition, and I want you to know that we are still the same team, with the same leaders and owners, and with the same goal: helping you do more and better Bible study—and more!

Pets That Love Logos

You know we’re passionate about bringing you the best possible tools for studying and presenting the Word. You also know we’re passionate about our mission to serve the church. But did you know we’re passionate about our family pets, too?

We want to see your pets! Post a photo of your furry friend with Logos merchandise and tag it on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #PetsLoveLogos. Then, check out everyone’s pets on our Tagboard.

With over 400 employees, we have hundreds of pets to choose from, but here are four that we think you’ll like:

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Tallulah Kangaroola

This adorable baby red kangaroo belongs to Scott Lindsey, director of ministry relations, and his wife, Michelle. Tallulah particularly bonded with their youngest daughter, Havensong. When not curled up in her carrying pouch or playing with Havensong, Tallulah enjoys donning a soft Logos onesie! This onesie is made from 100% organic cotton—making it both environmentally friendly and comfortable, perfect for kids and kangaroos alike.

 

 

Louie the Rhodesian Ridgebackpets-love-logos-louie

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are known for the strip of fur along their spines that grows backward, creating a ridge. Louie is looking particularly handsome in his blue tie adorned with a Logos sticker! Louie is part of recruiter Jennifer Spoelstra’s family, and he enjoys long cross-country trail runs with Spoelstra’s husband, Jared. You can get these stickers in two sizes—each pack includes both large and small icons to fit any surface.

 

Kes the Canadian Sphynx Catpets-love-logos-kes-the-cat

With blue point markings and baby-blue eyes, Kes is a striking girl! She’s been a part of my family for nearly two years, but I don’t think she’ll ever be big enough to fit a Logos onesie. Sphynx cats are nearly hairless, with a fine dusting of peach fuzz that is usually thicker on the tail, toes, and nose. Kes enjoys cuddling, knocking things off the kitchen counter, and playing fetch.

 

Wolfgang the Hedgehogpets-love-logos-wolfgang-the-hedgehog

Tiny and spiny, Wolfgang is an adorable little hedgehog. He is pretty relaxed, often posing for photographs snapped by owner Chris Jespersen, a member of our video team. In this shot, Wolfgang broke out his party hat and climbed into a bowl—both adorned with Logos stickers for a Logos-themed celebration! If you’re a fan of Faithlife, you can expand your sticker collection with its green leaf logo, too.

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We want to see your pets! Post their photos to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #PetsLoveLogos, and don’t forget to include Logos merchandise in your photo! Logos carries a ton of items that you and your pets will love—from onesies and coffee mugs to our newest Verse of the Day merchandise.

Pick up some new Logos merchandise today, and show us your pet photos!​

The Heat Is On: Logos’ 2014 Curry Cook-off

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On August 7, things got heated at Logos Bible Software. That Thursday was Logos’ annual curry cook-off. One of our company values is awesomeness, and our quarterly cook-offs are one way we live that out.

Though this cook-off was the first for many, it proved an incredible experience. We had eight entries featuring a fantastic array of flavors.

The winners were:

  • First place: Kiel Nation (Parvati’s Penance)
  • Second place: Peter Venable (Thai Panang)
  • Third place: Tie between Derek Fekkes (Thai Yellow Curry) and Michael Schoonmaker (My Daaling Clementine)
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Participants dish out their curry entries for the judges.

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Kiel Nation serves his winning entry—Parvati’s Penance.

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Our judges enjoyed samples of each dish before selecting the winners.

Check out more photos from this event on our Facebook page:

 

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Of course, the curry cook-off is just one of the many reasons we enjoy working at Logos. And we’re always looking for talented, awesome employees. Join in the fun—check out our current job openings!

Faithlife TV: Streaming Biblical Content

Faithlife TVLooking for Christian television that features helpful, informative content about the Bible? Look no further than Faithlife TV.

First, you’ll get segments of Logos’ groundbreaking Mobile Ed courses. Enjoy teaching by professors from Calvin Theological Seminary, Wheaton College, Dallas Theological Seminary, and other top schools!

Not only will Faithlife TV give you helpful instruction—you’ll also get a first-hand look at the amazing content available with Mobile Ed.

Second, you’ll get beautiful artwork from Bible Screen (also available on Roku). Experience professionally designed art and animations inspired by your favorite Scripture passages.

Faithlife TV also presents you with studies on Bible characters, as well as book discussions.

Get Faithlife TV for yourself!

You can check out Faithlife TV by watching it in your browser or subscribing to the Faithlife TV Roku channel.

Check it out today, and leave us a review in the Roku store!

Now Hiring: Summer Interns!

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It may still be winter, but we’re excited to start recruiting the best and brightest for our 2014 summer internship program. Logos is looking for interns in a variety of fields—whether you have a passion for coding, marketing, or communications, we have an internship for you!

As a former intern, I cannot speak highly enough of the valuable experience you’ll gain at Logos. You’ll be placed on a team of smart, motivated coworkers who are ready to collaborate, work hard, and succeed.

What it’s like to be a Logos intern

In the marketing department, you could be crafting blog posts, strategizing emails, building new websites, and running entire promotions. Our previous and current interns have praised the trust and empowerment they experience. Talk about a résumé-booster—and maybe even a future job!

“As an intern, I never felt like I was part of a program—I was treated the same as full-time employees, with the same training and responsibilities. My team made me feel trusted, competent, and capable.”

—Pam, marketing communications (now a full-time employee)

If you intern in development, you’ll work with the latest technologies and tackle projects that will benefit thousands of people every day. You’ll be writing desktop, mobile, and web applications for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, using a variety of coding languages. Plus, you’ll have a full-time mentor giving you feedback and ideas for further growth. You’ll get real-world dev experience that you just can’t find in the classroom.

“With a dedicated full-time mentor guiding my learning, I was given ample opportunity to flex my coding muscle outside the classroom. I learned more in those first nine weeks than I had over two years at college.”

—Ryan, software development (now a full-time employee)

It gets sweeter. Not only will you be gaining awesome experience—these internships are paid!

Earn money, gain new skills, grow your professional network, drink all the free espresso and soda you want—come join us for a summer in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! Find out more about interning at Logos, and check out what other previous interns had to say about their time here.

Apply now—and then enter to win Logos swag!

Take the first step toward your dream internship: apply in marketing or development today.

Then enter below—you could win some sweet Logos swag!

The Seahawks and the Chargers: Logos’ NFL Connection

We’re passionate about providing you with the most powerful Bible study tools available, and every endorsement is a confirmation that we’re on the right track. So we were thrilled when Miles McPherson, pastor of the Rock Church in San Diego,  sat down to share how he uses Logos for Bible study.

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Want to learn how other thought leaders are using Logos to study the Word? Check out some of our other endorsements!

Who’s Miles McPherson?

McPherson turned an amazing collegiate football career into an NFL draft pick with the LA Rams. After that, he was picked up as a defensive back for the San Diego Chargers. But, despite his professional success, McPherson struggled with the substance abuse and an empty, immoral lifestyle. All that ended when he had a life-changing experience with Jesus Christ. Now McPherson is the author of several books, an Emmy winner (for a 2007 documentary on methamphetamine), and the pastor of the Rock Church, a 14,000-member global church (with another 4,000 who livestream services) in the heart of San Diego. And now he’s sharing his wisdom in a whole new way: get daily encouragement in one-minute installments with the free Miles-a-Minute app! You’ll enjoy deep—and sometimes hilarious—one-minute pieces of daily spiritual insight on your iPhone or iPad. (It’s coming this Sunday on Android, too.)

Wait, was that Russell Wilson!?

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Thanks to McPherson’s NFL relationships and influence, he often gets to interact with well-known players. As you just saw, one of them is Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson!

For Logos, it’s important to  support local concerns, infrastructure, and business. It only makes sense that that passion would carry over into local sports.

Wilson will be playing in this Sunday’s big game, and here at Logos—as a proud member of the 12th Man—we’re showing our support for the Hawks with an extra-large 12th Man flag.

Go Hawks!

Now check out the Logos endorsement page to see more recommendations from satisfied users, and download the free Miles-a-Minute app from Miles McPherson!

Why I Love Working at Logos: Evan Washkow

Evan WashkowIt’s not just the environment that makes a great workplace; it’s also the people.

Logos is not so much an employer as it is a collector of talented people who love what they do. To me, that’s the most exciting and important thing about working at Logos. Every day, I’m excited to go to work—to hang out with my work buddies, learn new coding techniques, crunch out some amazing web pages, and sometimes even play in a Super Mario Smash Brothers competition.

No drama, no mystery

I think the best thing about Logos’ core values is that there’s no drama, no mystery, no “Oh, what’s so-and-so thinking?” going on in the back of my mind. Everyone is open and honest. Because of that knowledge, I can go confidently from task to task, be myself, ask questions, and even have the freedom to push back on projects that “aren’t quite right.” Most of all, I appreciate the honest feedback that helps me grow as an individual.

In fact, this open and honest atmosphere helps everyone grow together, as a team. Each of us has their own strengths and weaknesses. When we’re open about them, we realize who we are, who we’re not, and also who our teammates are and are not. With this understanding, we get things done quickly by deferring to those who know more than us, and those more experienced individuals take the time to help us grow. Admitting that “I don’t know” is the first step to knowledge; the second is knowing how to find the answers. The atmosphere at Logos helps me to do just that, and as a result, I’m constantly growing and learning.

A fun work environment

Logos is also a fun place to work! Imagine limitless soda, limitless espresso, food-truck stakeouts in the summer, air hockey, ping-pong, Nerf wars, foosball, and gaming tournaments at the office—that’s Logos. We get a lot of work done each day, and we have a blast doing it. All these options (and more) help me work harder, longer, and faster—and help me enjoy my job that much more. They’re just kind of the cherry on top that makes my job feel fun, special, and important.

Logos has done more than just collect talented people. It’s succeeded in creating an atmosphere of growth and community: we’re encouraged to work hard and have fun!

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We’re hiring awesome people. Check out Logos.com/Careers today!

Logos Mobile Education Faculty Profile: Dr. Carl Sanders

Logos Bible Software recently announced an exciting opportunity for formal training in biblical and theological studies: Logos Mobile Education. Mobile Ed brings the professors, the library, the visual demonstrations of software features, and the online classroom community directly to you—on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. It’s education where you are.

Introducing Dr. Carl Sanders

Logos Mobile Education launched with the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle. The curriculum includes four Introducing Bible Doctrine courses (TH101–104), and all four share a professor: Dr. Carl Sanders.

Dr. Sanders has taught at the college and seminary level since 1999 at several schools: Bethel University (St. Paul, MN), Northwestern College (St. Paul), and Washington Bible College (Washington, DC), where he also served as chair of the Bible and Theology Department (2003–12). He’s an associate professor of theology at Lancaster Bible College’s Capital Bible Seminary (Lancaster, PA). Dr. Sanders earned his bachelor’s degree from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (Owatonna, MN), and his MDiv from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis. He also holds both a Master of Sacred Theology and a PhD in theological studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Sanders is well liked by his students for his down-to-earth presentation of Bible doctrine—students quickly learn that he loves talking about theology and has a quick wit. Among his strengths as a lecturer are his ability to distill information down to essential elements and his good-natured, fair way of explaining differences in theological positions. Sanders has a keen interest in urban ministry and has served for many years in racially diverse urban congregations. His interest in local church experience helps him practice theology in ways that reflect the diversity present in the body of Christ. He strives to make theology interesting and practical.

Start learning from Dr. Sanders and other leading scholars. Take the next step—or get started—on your journey to greater biblical and theological knowledge today with the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle.

Logos Mobile Education—it’s where you are.

6 Ways Faithlife Makes Small Groups Better

faithlife-churchesJoining a small group is simultaneously the most rewarding and the most challenging part of many people’s church experience. Those who make the jump to hosting a group find their rewards and challenges multiplied. We built the digital faith community at Faithlife.com to minimize the friction that makes small groups difficult, allowing you to focus on the rewards.

Here are six ways Faithlife makes small groups better:

1. Study together—Something powerful happens when a whole community rallies around a passage of Scripture. God highlights different facets of the passage for each of us; we learn best when we learn together. With dozens of reading plans to choose from, you’re sure to fine one for every season.

2. Pray for one another—Faithlife makes it possible to share what’s on your heart without venting to the whole world. Privacy controls let you dictate exactly who sees what you post, so your messages reach as far as you want—and no farther.

3. Plan events—When is the group meeting? Where? Who’s bringing food? The Faithlife calendar tool takes all the guesswork out of planning your small group meetings. Plan all your meetings in the calendar’s tab to avoid confusion, and add the calendar widget to the sidebar to be sure that everyone knows the plan.

4. Share notesCommunity Notes remain one of the best-loved features in the Faithlife Study Bible app, perhaps because it’s so easy to share your notes with your faith community on Faithlife. The Documents tab stores notes of all kinds, including study notes made in your Faithlife app, setlists from Proclaim, and much more. You can upload discussion questions ahead of time, or pass around handouts without killing trees.

5. Protect privacy—Faithlife offers three levels of involvement to every group member: member, follower, and observer. At the member level, users are fully visible, and can post to the group. At the follower level, users can’t post, but they can like member-posted content. At the observer level, users can watch what’s going on, but their personal information isn’t revealed to anyone else. (This can be very helpful for anonymous support groups.) Use these three levels to keep folks involved and protect their privacy.

6. Send newsletters—With this new feature, you can create and send group newsletters right from Faithlife.com. Look for this new feature on the Newsletters tab, and learn to use it on the Faithlife blog.

The best part: you get all these benefits for a grand total of $0. Faithlife.com is free—there’s no cost to create or join a group. And you can compound its value by accessing your Faithlife group through the Faithlife Study Bible app—the world’s largest, most powerful study Bible.

Visit Faithlife.com to create your group today.

Why I Love Working at Logos: Corbin Watkins

corbinSo, why do I love working at Logos? Two reasons: the variety of my day-to-day responsibilities, and my coworkers’ extreme awesomeness.

A wide spectrum of responsibilities

I started in Logos’ design and video department, and recently moved to the video team as a motion graphic artist. Over the last few months, I’ve illustrated, animated for both web and video, storyboarded, created props, written scripts, directed, edited, scored, and even acted. Thanks to all these opportunities to create high-level, meaningful work, my job stays challenging and fun.

Plus, I get access to the best technology: I use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Edge Animate, and Fireworks daily on projects like illustrated Verses of the Day, webpage designs, ad campaigns across Logos’ brands, marketing collateral (e.g., for the Logos 5 redesign and launch), and HTML5 web animation. On video projects—Verse of the Day animations, product videos, Bible Screen ads, etc.—I’m using Adobe’s After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop, Screenflow, and Final Cut Pro.

Tight collaboration, talented people

Bringing each project from concept to implementation can be a long process—one that involves lots of people. I usually meet early on with the marketing project manager, brainstorm and review marker comps, scripts, or storyboards with other designers and videographers and our art director, present our chosen design to marketing managers and company executives, take a quick ping-pong break, and then work to bring those concepts to market.

It can feel like two steps forward, one step back, but it’s that distilling process that allows us to deliver the best work.

To sum it all up, I love my job because we get to make stuff like this:

We’re hiring awesome people.
Check out Logos.com/Careers today!