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Today’s guest post is from Ed Ball, Software Architect here at Logos. Ed has been with Logos since 1995. From time to time he blogs at the Logos Code Blog.

For more than a decade, a small group of Logos software developers has been taking daily walks near the office, just before lunch, rain or shine. Back in Oak Harbor, the standard walk was to the City Beach Park. Here in Bellingham, we have many roads and trails to choose from, and can be spotted just about anywhere within a mile of the office. We frequently walk along the beautiful Whatcom Creek Trail.

Our most infamous walk, however, is what we call the Death March, a three-mile hike to and from the observation tower in the Sehome Hill Arboretum. The entire walk takes about 45 minutes on a good day, which is a pace of nearly 4 miles per hour, climbing (and descending) over 500 feet.

(If you have Google Earth installed, you can see the hike in 3D.)

Just getting to the entrance is more of a hike than our typical walks.

The stairs up the observation tower provide the final ascent.

The payoff of the long walk is the stunning view of Bellingham and the bay.

There’s a Place for You at BibleTech:2010

ForumsWhat is in store for the next generation of Bible technologies? How is mobile technology changing the way we experience the Scriptures? How is social media transforming the way the people of God approach biblical community? What are the processes and implications of putting the Bible into a format like the Xbox 360? What software and applications are affecting the way that the Scriptures are translated? These are the kinds of questions that industry insiders will be answering, March 26-27, at BibleTech:2010.

This year’s BibleTech 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.

Your registration gives you 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 contacts with others who share your interests.

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Register for BibleTech:2010!

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BibleTech:2010 preparations are in full force, and it is shaping up to be another landmark event. If you have a passion about the latest developments in Bible and technology, then set aside March 26-27 for the event, and register soon! The sooner you register the more you save, and you still have time before January 4 to save $40.00 on your registration!

Make sure to check out the speakers which will be presenting at this year’s event! Bibletech:2010 will feature a veritable who’s who from the biblical technology industry. This year will feature veterans from previous BibleTech conferences as well as many fresh faces, all delivering relevant information regarding translating, studying and communicating the Bible in a digital age. The speakers page outlines the topics that will be addressed by this year’s presenters as well as offering audio from the last two years.

If you are curious about what past attendees have said about BibleTech, check out Eric Young’s article in The Christian Post and read ZDNet Tech Blogger for Matthew Miller’s review.

This year’s BibleTech will be held in San Jose, California, appropriately nestled in the center of Silicon Valley. Discounted accommodations can be made by visiting the San Jose Sheraton event reservation site.

What can you do to help prepare for BibleTech:2010 you ask? If you have attended BibleTech in the past, or are enthused about BibleTech in general, then make sure to talk it up; Facebook it, Twitter it, blog about it, talk it up in your small group or at Church. If you have a webpage then we also have banners available to help you promote BibleTech:2010!

Remember: There are only a couple days left to take advantage of our great Christmas Specials for upgrading and purchasing Logos 4!

And don’t forget we are in the home stretch of the Twelve Days of Logos sale which ends December 31, 2009!

Calling All BibleTech Submitters!

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On behalf of the BibleTech:2010 team, I am pleased to inform you that your presentation proposal has been accepted! We would love to send you an email with just such a message this November.

The BibleTech team is putting a call out for everyone interested in how technology is shaping the ways we read, interpret, translate and handle God’s Word. If you specialize in the intersection of Bible and technology we would be thrilled to hear what you are working on.

If you go to the past speaker page you can see that there is no subject that is too technical for the audience attending BibleTech. We have had discussions that are more philosophic in nature—
Technology is Not Neutral: How Bible Technology Shapes Our Faith as well as more developer/academic related topics— Formal Equivalence versus Dynamic Equivalence: How digital texts can break the conundrum.

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So if you are a programmer, developer, publisher, tagging expert, information/library scientist, technologist, thought leader, design guru, information architect, webmaster, mash-up creator or just have an interesting vantage point on how the Bible and technology intersect, we want to hear from you.

Go to the Participation page now and submit a proposal!

Announcing BibleTech 2010!

We are gearing up for BibleTech 2010, which will be held in San Jose, CA, March 26–27. BibleTech is our annual conference which focuses on the many ways technology is affecting and being affected by how we translate, interpret, communicate and transmit the Scriptures. This isn’t just a great opportunity to hear speakers address many of the tech savvy issues that are important to you, but also a chance to interact and network with some of the leaders in their fields and others who share your interests. I just spoke to one of last year’s presenters yesterday and he was mentioning the relationships that he has developed through his involvement in BibleTech.

San Jose, CA

This year we are moving the conference into the heart of Silicon Valley. It only seems appropriate that BibleTech should be held in a city like San Jose, CA, just a stone’s throw from such important hi-tech institutions as Intel and Google.

Calling all presenters!

We are putting out a call for programmers, publishers, tagging experts, information/library scientists, technologists, thought leaders, design gurus, information architects, webmasters, ,mash-up creators or anyone working at the intersection of the Bible and technology to lead conference sessions and roundtable discussions! It is as easy as going to the BibleTech 2010 website and filling out the participation form. We get a lot of entries and we encourage you to be as descriptive as possible when sharing your ideas for topics and content.

Register early!

Register before November 30 at $139.95 and save $40. With our tiered pricing, the earlier you sign up for Bibletech, the more you save. Lock in the lowest price today!

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Regional Conference Speaker: Suzanne Schmieding, Philadelphia, PA

Today’s guest blogger is Suzanne Schmieding, our Regional Conference Speaker in Philadelphia, PA.

Last month marked my 2-year anniversary with Logos.I thank God for this company and the Bible software Bob and Dale Pritchett and their families have brought to the world. They have hired a team of nearly 200 employees, all working to help send Logos Bible Software around the world.

I first became aware of Logos Bible Software in 1999. Right away, I saw the magnitude and potential of this biblical software. Not only had I already owned and regularly used several other Bible software programs, I had already graduated Valley Forge Christian College in 1993 with a B.S. in Bible and was working in ministry. But after purchasing Logos’ top-of-the-line package—which at that time was Scholar’s Library—I didn’t need the other Bible programs anymore. Logos did it all and more.

Having worked in sales over 25 years, I called Logos and asked if they had any job openings for sales representatives. At that time, I was told there were no openings. That shot my idea down, or so I thought. God is so good; 7 years later, I was looking for jobs online and saw an ad for a Logos Bible Software Field Sales Representative for the Philadelphia, PA area.I jumped at the chance to send in my resume, and the rest is history.

Now, as a Regional Conference Speaker for Logos, it is my job to present Logos at churches and conferences and to area pastors, church leadership, lay leaders, and Sunday school teachers—really to anyone who will listen to me. I talk about God wherever I am, and I always mention Logos, the best Bible software in the world. How can you talk about God and not talk about the Bible? When I talk about God, Logos Bible Software comes up. They work hand in hand.

There have been many wonderful experiences in my 2 years with Logos, but let me tell you of just this one. It symbolizes what I have found over and over again. When people buy Logos, they are excited, inspired, and grateful for what Logos can do for them and their walk with God.I recently went to a conference and a youth leader came up to me and told me (paraphrased), “You inspired me to dig into God’s Word using Logos when you came to my church a year ago.I saw the passion that you have and the tears in your eyes when you spoke of God’s love and how using Logos would inspire us to know God more intimately so I purchased Logos, and I was glad I did!” He said, “I’m not just saying this; it was your passionate presentation that inspired me to buy Logos and to study and draw closer to God.” Then he thanked me.

His words touched my heart. That is what I want for everyone; to see how Logos can transform their relationship with God. I think I have the best job: to be able to help people see and learn about the love of God more than they ever thought they could. Logos Bible Software transforms sermon preparation, personal Bible study, and theological research. It enables you to dig even deeper into the riches of God’s Word within seconds, so you can learn to be everything God wants you to be in Him, all for the glory of God.

Regional Conference Speakers introduce the Body of Christ to Logos Bible Software and promote and facilitate deeper study of God’s Word. It would be our privilege to come to your church, ministry, school or community event to conduct a Logos Bible Study Workshop. There is no cost for these events, and in fact, those in attendance will receive a discount on their purchase of a Logos base package. Our speakers are located in:

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Los Angeles
  • Philadelphia
  • Seattle

If you live near any of our locations, give us a call today, and make arrangements with Pete Heiniger (360) 685-4443 or pete.heiniger@logos.com.

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Introducing . . . Kent

Introducing . . . Kent

I’m Kent Hendricks, and I work in the marketing department here at Logos, where I’m responsible for marketing Pre-Pubs. I spend most of my days in the office researching books and authors, writing and editing copy, and corresponding with bloggers, Logos users, authors, and just about anyone I can find to help us promote the books we sell. In fact, many of you have probably already heard from me in the form of Last Chance NewsWires announcing soon-to-be-shipping Pre-Pubs. Now, I’ll be contributing regularly to the blog as well, so I hope you look forward to hearing more from me. :)


My wife, Shelly, and I moved back to northwest Washington two years ago after spending six years in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, where I got an undergraduate degree in Religion and English, took lots of Greek and linguistics classes, and almost finished an M.Div. (I’m still working on that last one.)


Since I can’t resist a little name dropping, some major works by a couple of my former professors are currently on Pre-Pub—Richard Muller’s Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics and Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics. True, Herman Bavinck isn’t a professor at Calvin Seminary, but John Bolt is, and he’s the editor of the new English translation of RD. There are also some other great books in the works that I can’t tell you about yet, but keep checking the Pre-Pub page to find out when they’re available!

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People behind the Product: Meet Rick Brannan

Rick Brannan is no stranger to longtime users and readers of the Logos blog. He’s been with Logos since 1993 and is approaching his 16th anniversary of employment with the company. Rick is an information architect in our design and editorial department and blogs at Ricoblog and PastoralEpistles.com.

Though he’s a regular contributor to the Logos blog and has done dozens of videos, most of his posts and videos are about Greek and not about Rick. In this People behind the Product video, you’ll get to find out a little bit about one of Logos’ earliest employees.

Other Posts about Rick:

People behind the Product: Meet Jim-Ray Higginson

So far we’ve introduced you to Deborah Mickens, Jim Straatman, and Jana Gering. In today’s People behind the Product video, you’ll meet Jim-Ray Higginson, one of our end-user sales representatives.

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.

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