Read Along with Your Faithlife Community

It’s easy to connect with your Faithlife groups using custom reading plans. Whether it’s for your church, your small group, or your Christian book club, you can create a plan around your schedule and needs. Maybe you already have a Faithlife group you want to transition into a reading group, or maybe you want to form a group around a certain text. Creating a plan is simple.

Once you have the group you want, it’s time to select the book. In order for everyone to participate in your group reading plan, everyone must own the resource you want to read. Just like in a face-to-face book club, you can’t read if you don’t own the text!

If you’re looking for a book to get started with, the Faithlife Study Bible is a great place to start. It’s free through March 2014, and it integrates seamlessly with the Faithlife community. Download yours now!

Here’s a quick step-by-step to get your custom reading plan up and running:

1. Open Logos 4.

2. Under File, select Reading Plan.

3. Select the text you want, how often you read, when you start, when you want to finish reading, and what group you want to share with.

4. Click “Generate.”

Now you’re ready to read with your group. A reading schedule will automatically appear in Faithlife’s “Today’s Readings” widget to keep you on track. You’ll be able to talk about the text, share your insight, and so much more from within your group on Faithlife. Get started today!

*Don’t have a Faithlife account yet? Sign in using your Logos account, or get started now with a free account. Then tell your friends and start building your online community.

Life-Changing Women’s Conferences

Last month’s Faithlife Women conference drew women from all over to hear some of today’s best speakers and authors. Presenters like Angela Thomas, Liz Curtis Higgs, Carol Kent, and Kasey Van Norman encouraged, empowered, and edified us as we gathered in Irving, TX.

The conference was such a success, we’re already planning next year’s Faithlife Women event! Keep watching FaithlifeWomen.com for information as it’s available and to read life-changing content from some of today’s top Christian authors and personalities.

Don’t Miss the Defined by God Conference!

If your husband works in ministry, come join us for the Defined by God conference November 1–3 in San Diego, CA! It’s the perfect opportunity for you to recharge your battery and connect with others who understand the challenges you face at a conference designed solely for pastors’ wives. Register today for FREE!

Free Books for Your Feedback!

If you haven’t heard, right now we’re offering free and discounted books for your honest ratings and reviews of our mobile app.

Since we launched Review and Save, we’ve received over 3,000 user ratings and reviews. We’ll be giving away a book, and taking 50% off another, for every 2,500 user ratings and reviews entered before October 19.

Right now, you can get Martin Luther’s Commentary on the Galatians and Archibald A. Hodge’s The Life of Charles Hodge for free! What’s more, you can save 50% on Gordan D. Fee and Douglas Stuart’s How to Read the Bible Book by Book and How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth.

Want a third free book and discount? Go to Logos.com/ReviewandSave, share the page on your social networks, and email your friends—ask everyone you know to leave honest ratings and reviews of our app. For each and every device you own—iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire—be sure to rate the Logos app yourself.

Review and save today!

Encourage Your Clergy with Pastor Appreciation Month Deals!

“Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.”—1 Timothy 5:17 (ESV)

In a 2005–06 survey of 1050 pastors, more than 70% said they felt burned out and depressed. Leadership is a difficult, and often thankless, job. We need to be diligent and intentional about making sure that our leaders know that we hold them in the highest regard. Although it’s important to honor our shepherds year-round, October has become the recognized month for paying our clergy special tribute.

Pastor Appreciation Month Savings

Logos wants to honor our pastors too. And we’re doing that with special deals on resources pastors need! Keep checking our Pastor Appreciation Month page and you’ll find a new deal Monday through Friday—through October 26!

We’re kicking this sale off with a fantastic price on the 34-volume N. T. Wright Collection. This library of amazing works retails for more than $500, but you can get it for only $339.95 with coupon code PAM01.

Is Your Pastor a Logos User?

If your pastors are Logos users, make sure they know about this year’s Pastor Appreciation Month deals. If they aren’t, why not give them the gift of a base package? Your pastor will love the depth of Bible study that they can do in with Logos 4—in half the time. They’ll thank you for this amazing tool and wonder how they ever got along without it. And your congregation will be blessed, too!

What are your favorite ways to honor your clergy during Pastor Appreciation Month? Leave us a comment and tell us about them!

The Faithlife Study Bible Advantage: Part 2

“And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea.”—Colossians 4:16 (ESV)

From the beginning, the Scriptures were intended to be read, interpreted, and studied within the context of a thriving community. This truth hit me recently as I was studying Colossians. And since I was studying it in the Faithlife Study Bible, sharing this insight with my own community was a snap.

When I got to Colossians 4:16 in my readings, I was reminded of the importance of being part of a community of believers whose shared lives revolve around the Word. I was also reminded of a Bible study some of us at church were talking about starting. Sharing this verse, with a reminder to my church’s Faithlife Community group about getting that study started, seemed like a great idea.

I simply highlighted the verse, right-clicked, and then chose the “share to Faithlife” icon (example). Then, from the dropdown menu, I chose the group I wanted to share this verse and message with, and I wrote my message (example). If I’d wanted to, I could have right-clicked the passage, chosen “Add community note” (example) and  shared my note in the Scripture text itself.

Not only would people from my church group see this message when they log in to their Faithlife Community (example), they’d also see a note when they’re reading through Colossians in the Faithlife Study Bible. My note would show up inline with a little icon (example). Clicking the note would open a Community Notes pane (Logos 4 example).

Sharing notes with Faithlife Community groups, creating corporate reading plans, and forming discussion groups around books and Scripture are amazing ways to anchor your community in God’s Word.

If you haven’t downloaded the Faithlife Study Bible, it’s free through March 2014!

Win a Scholar’s Library from Faithlife!

Enter now and you could win a Scholar’s Library base package from Faithlife. This grand prize will add more than 475 books and commentaries—worth nearly $8,000 in print—to your library. When you combine the Scholar’s Library with the powerful Faithlife Study Bible, you have the raw materials for profound Bible study. Enter now!

Free Plane Ticket: Sign Up for the Next DMin Classes

Knox’s next DMin classes start in October in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. We’ve extended the application deadline through Oct. 1—and if you’re among the next 30 students accepted, we’ll cover your airfare up to $500!

That gives you only six more days to complete your application. Start it right now—it won’t take long.

Here are the October preaching classes:

  • The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching | October 15–19
  • Biblical Theology and Preaching That Inspires | October 22–26

Start earning your DMin in Preaching and Teaching with these transformative classes. If you’re among the next 30 students enrolled, you’ll fly free (or at least $500 cheaper). The deadline to apply is October 1—save your seat now!

The Time Has Come to Apply for Your DMin!

The first round of Knox DMin classes kicked off in Bellingham, WA, on August 13. Students raved about the program, classes, and instructors. We put together this video to give you a little taste.

The next classes will be held in October in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The deadline to apply is September 19.

Don’t worry if you missed the first round of classes. One of the wonderful things about the program is that the classes run cyclically. You can start the program anywhere in the cycle and be on track to earn your doctorate in three years.

Highlights of the Knox Program

This DMin is full of dynamic additions to your education and ministry:

  • You’ll learn theology through technology. As you work through these courses, you’ll use your own Logos Bible Software 4: Portfolio Edition library to dig into the text. Portfolio is included in the price of the program; plus, your entire DMin curriculum is based in Logos, which gives you some considerable academic advantages.
  • You’ll learn from the finest scholars. Drs. Haddon Robinson, Bruce Waltke, Warren Gage, Samuel Lamerson, and others—these thinkers will pass on their knowledge and expertise directly to you.
  • You can keep your job and church. You’ll attend up to four onsite classes each year; do the rest of your studies wherever you want!

If you’ve ever considered furthering your education, you owe it to yourself to learn more about Knox Theology Seminary’s one-of-a-kind Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching. Check out details on the program now.

 What We Need for Your Application

The deadline to apply for October classes is September 19. Here are the items you’ll need:

  • Knox’s online application (you’ll need to sign in)
  • 3 reference forms—pastoral, personal, and academic
  • A letter of approval from your church’s governing body stating support for your enrollment
  • Official transcripts—undergraduate and graduate—sent directly from your previous institution(s) to Knox’s admissions office

Send your documents to:
Knox Theological Seminary—Admissions
5554 N. Federal Hwy.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308

Visit Dmin.me now for more information, and remember, the deadline to apply is September 19!

Got a Camera? Win Cool Prizes!

Early yesterday morning, our Facebook page crossed over the 50,000-fan threshold! 

We’d love the chance to get to know you better. The best way to do that, we’ve decided, is with another photo competition.

The 50,000 Fans Photo Contest

We want to see you using Logos on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device or simply sporting your Logos apparel. Have fun and be creative! Take a snapshot in the most unique location possible, compose an artistic photograph, or shoot a funny pic. Show us your vintage Logos products or your cool Logos control center. We might even reshare some of our favorites!

Once you have your pics ready, simply:

  1. Submit your photo by tagging us.
  2. Use the hashtag #BetterBibleStudy in your photo description.

We’ll be collecting entries through the end of the day September 28. Tweet, post, or pin as many interesting photos as you can before then!

We’ll choose 15 finalists based on the following factors:

  • “Likes,” +1s, retweets, repins, and other shares
  • Creativity
  • Image quality

After we choose the 15 finalists, we’ll open the competition up for a round of voting. Three winners will be chosen based on your votes. Those winners will choose between a Nexus 7 (16 GB), a Kindle Fire HD (32 GB), or $250 in Logos credit.

Start snapping those photos and sharing them with the hashtag #BetterBibleStudy. We look forward to seeing your most creative pics!

3 Reasons Logos Resources Are So Valuable

I talked to someone recently who pointed out that some Logos resources are public domain. His question to me was, “Why should I pay for books I could possibly find for free?”

This was a great question, and I was able to quickly rattle off three features that make Logos books invaluable.

1. Networked Resources

Every book in a normal library (whether physical or electronic) operates independently; the value of each book is primarily the information it carries. Your Logos resources, however, are linked together, building a vast network of information. When Logos creates an electronic book, we tag the contents by word, phrase, topic, and reference, making the whole of your library exponentially more valuable than the sum of its parts.

Logos senior vice president Dale Pritchett communicated this multiplying value in a fantastic 2010 blog post entitled “The ‘Network Effect.’

Not only do Logos books create an extensive network of information—they make up a growing ecosystem of platforms tying Bible study together. You can use your Logos library for study, discuss rich passages with your Faithlife Community, or easily share quotes and passages with your congregation via Proclaim.

What makes networked resources so amazing is that they’re completely searchable—in seconds! Imagine opening the 86-volume Baker Academic Biblical Studies Bundle and pulling up every one of the collection’s references to John 17 in moments. Now imagine that with thousands of resources.

2. Multiple Platforms Mean Constant Accessibility

Not only can you access your books from your PC or MacBook—you can access them with the iPhone or Android apps.

That’s not all! You can also read your books on any browser through Biblia.com or while connected with your friends and church on the Faithlife Community apps.*

3. Your Resources Are Updated for Free

We shared some updates to the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary in a blog post back in May. These included fixes to typos, bibliographic milestones, links to nearly 40,000 bibliographic citations, and thousands of references to new data types. All these updates happened behind the scenes without you having to lift a finger.

A customer recently commented in the forums how pleased he was to find his Oxford Bible Commentary updated—this is a product we haven’t sold in many years.

These are just a couple of reasons why Logos books are the most valuable electronic resources available. If you’re looking to start your own Logos library, make sure to check out our base packages. You’ll get tons of resources at pennies on the dollar, as well as fantastic features for Bible study!

 

*If you haven’t downloaded the Faithlife Study Bible, it’s free through March 2014 with the coupon code FREE. Once you have the study Bible, you’ll be guided to the Faithlife Community iPhone and Android apps.

Advance Notice on Discontinued Platform Support

On October 26, 2012, Logos will drop support for Windows XP and OS X 10.5 “Leopard.”

Windows XP

Your existing Logos 4 installs will continue to run, but future releases of Logos Bible Software will require Windows Vista SP2 or newer.

This will not disable any XP systems, but future book releases may use new features or data types only available in newer versions of Logos, and therefore, may not be usable on Windows XP systems.

Logos 4 depends on a number of Microsoft platform components, including the .NET framework. With the October 26, 2012, release of Windows 8, Microsoft is upgrading the .NET 4 platform to .NET 4.5, which is an “in-place” install replacing .NET 4 (which we’re planning to move to for many reasons, including performance and bug fixes).

.NET 4.5 will run on Windows Vista SP2 and later versions of Windows, but specifically NOT Windows XP.

Very few Logos users remain on XP, and continuing to support XP in new releases takes development and testing resources, and makes it more difficult to use other capabilities only offered on newer versions of Windows.

OS X 10.5 “Leopard”

Your existing install will continue to run, but future releases of Logos Bible Software will require newer versions of OS X.

This will not disable your system, but future releases may use new features or data types only available in newer versions of Logos, and thus will not be usable on OS X 10.5.

We have even fewer users on OS X 10.5 than on XP. And coincidentally OS X 10.5 “Leopard” was released on October 26, 2007, meaning that it will be five years since its release and it is now three major releases out of date. Dropping 10.5 support in future releases will free up development and testing resources and allow us to do more.

Give Us Your Feedback

We’ve learned that nobody likes to get “discontinuation” news at the last minute. So this is our first advance notice, your chance to speak up if there’s a really compelling reason we should not drop either platform on October 26, 2012.

Jump over to the forums to give us your feedback: