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Need $1K for School? Apply for a Scholarship before It’s Too Late!

There’s a month left to enter our current Seminary Scholarship and Bible College Scholarship giveaway rounds. We’ll select this round’s winners May 10, and each will receive a $1,000 tuition scholarship and a copy of Scholar’s Library.

Kim K. of Lancaster, PA, is the latest recipient of our Seminary Scholarship. Here’s what she had to say after receiving the scholarship package:

“Thank you so very much for the abundant blessing of the scholarship and library! Both gifts will be put to great use for my remaining seminary studies.”

Apply Now

With one month until the next winner is selected, it’s not too late for you to apply. The application process takes less than 15 minutes. You’ll watch a brief video demonstration of Logos and then answer a few questions on the application page.

You only can enter once per giveaway period,  but encouraging your friends and family members to apply is like entering multiple times! That’s right—if they win and they entered your name in the “other” section, when asked, “How did you hear about the scholarship?”, then we will award you the $1,000 and a Scholar’s Library collection as well!

Apply to SeminaryScholarship.com now! 
Apply to BibleCollegeScholarship.com now!

Spread the Word

Post a link to SeminaryScholarship.com or BibleCollegeScholarship.com on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog. You could even send your friends an email or give them a call.

fb1.pngFacebook: Leaving Post to Facebook checked, leave a Facebook comment below, and post a link to http://www.SeminaryScholarship.com or http://www.BibleCollegeScholarship.com, telling your friends to apply!

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bl1.pngBlog: If you have a blog, you can help out in two ways. First, you can write a post on your blog letting your readers know about the scholarships. Second, you can add one of our web banners for Seminary Scholarship or Bible College Scholarship to your site.

Not sure what to write? Try this:

Need Money for Seminary or Bible College?

Tired of searching for scholarships? In just a few days, Logos will award at least two $1,000 tuition scholarships along with copies of Scholar’s Library through their Seminary Scholarship and Bible College Scholarship programs!

The scholarships are open to all students currently enrolled in an accredited theological Seminary or Bible College located in North America, or those who plan on enrolling within the next 8 months. 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 scholarship and a digital theological library that, in print, would cost nearly $8,000!

Proclaim Announces Exciting New Features

Proclaim is making it even easier to create great presentations. Our revolutionary church presentation software now syncs with your Planning Center Online account and seamlessly displays webpages. When you subscribe to Proclaim at our low monthly (or annual) introductory rate, you get access to new features as they are released, with no expensive upgrade costs. Proclaim subscriptions start at just $100 per year.

Download Proclaim now—for free!

Syncing Your Planning Center Online Account

By connecting to your Planning Center Online account in Proclaim, you don’t have to create your service twice. Normally, when you plan your service in Planning Center Online, the “service order” needs to be placed into whatever presentation software you use. But with Proclaim, it’s as simple as clicking “Import from Planning Center” to start a new presentation. Proclaim shows you a full view of all your planned services, simply select the plan you desire and your service is duplicated in Proclaim. Edit the slides and you’re ready to present. It’s that simple!

“We are excited about the Planning Center Online integration in Proclaim. This is a great step towards making Sunday morning even easier. With your service plans in Planning Center you can now start a presentation in Proclaim simply by connecting your account.”—Jeff Berg, owner and developer of Planning Center Online

Using Webpages in Your Presentations

Proclaim also allows you to share any webpage live without the need for awkward screen adjustments. Show videos from sites like YouTube or Vimeo, teach with maps, or even share the websites of ministries your church is supporting. The possibilities are as endless.

And remember, you can also send information to mobile devices in your congregation with our Signals feature, giving your audience links to webpages for future reference. Proclaim is revolutionizing the way churches prepare and present their services. If you haven’t tried Proclaim yet, don’t wait—download it now!

Logos March Madness Halftime Report

We’re about halfway through Logos March Madness with 16 authors still competing for bigger discounts. Each of these authors has already received thousands of votes in order to make it to this round. For the authors who do not move on, a selection of their works will see at least a 40% discount. The remaining eight authors will advance to receive a discount of at least 45% off!

Many of these matches have been won by a very slim margin! Here are a few highlights from this year’s closest matches:

Round 1:

Round 2:

As you can see, some matches were decided by less than 200 votes. You can help your author win by sharing with your friends who you’re voting for, and encouraging them to vote for the same authors.

Vote today! Then check out the deals from Round 1 and Round 2 with savings from 30–35% on several hundred resources.

*Still in the competition. You can vote for them here.

Who are you hoping takes the whole competition? Let us know in the comments.

An Interview with Dr. Ben Witherington III

I remember reading Conflict and Community in Corinth and enjoying it so much that I rushed out to buy and devour Grace in Galatia. Since then, the Socio-Rhetorical Commentary Series has become invaluable to my New Testament studies.

Logos recently added the 5-volume Ben Witherington III Collection to the growing list of resources available from Dr. Witherington. This collection offers sensitive insight into areas of doctrine and interpretation where discussions can become entrenched and contentious.

Some of the topics include:

  • Baptism
  • God’s sovereignty
  • Prophecy
  • Grace
  • The Lord’s Supper

After looking at the content in this collection, I was excited for the opportunity to interview Dr. Witherington.

Logos: What are the risks of reading the Scriptures through a particular dogmatic lens? Do you see any benefits?

Dr. Witherington: I honestly don’t see any benefits to reading Scripture through a dogmatic lens. Over and over again it leads to eisegesis rather than exegesis, a reading back into the text things that are not there and reflect a later era.  It’s called anachronism.

For example, I was having a conversation with a Greek Orthodox brother the other day who wanted to insist that Jesus’ dialogue with Nicodemus was about the Christian theology of baptism—”born of water and the Spirit.”  Besides the fact that historically such a conversation surely was unlikely to happen between two early Jews (after all, there was no church or Christian baptismal practice yet), there is the further problem that the very next verse explains that ‘water’ here refers to what happens at physical birth (flesh gives birth to flesh) and then Spirit is the one who produces “the new birth” or “being born again.”  The discussion is indeed about the necessity of conversion even for devout early Jews.

Logos: Many Christians are raised or educated within specific theological frameworks, each with its inherent strengths and weaknesses. Assuming that your tradition is orthodox, how do you maintain the tension of honoring your background while allowing Scripture the freedom to contradict and challenge your beliefs?

Dr. Witherington: I don’t think your primary concern should be with the theological tradition you are raised in. Your primary concern should be your faithfulness to God’s Word wherever that leads, even if it contradicts things you were taught. I think you should value your tradition but critique it in light of the Bible.

Logos: Theology often comes out of a wrestling match between the theologian, his presuppositions, and Scripture. Of the five books in the Ben Witherington III Collection, which one was the biggest wrestling match for you?

Dr. Witherington: Clearly, the most controversial one is The Problem with Evangelical Theology. In that book I argue that all Evangelical traditions are most apt to stretch Scripture or misinterpret it when they try to say something distinctive. In other words, all Evangelical traditions fall short of full conformity to Scripture—whether we are talking about Calvinism, Arminianism, Pentecostalism, Dispensationalism, or any other ism.

Logos: What part do other believers play in challenging the way we interact with Christ through Scripture? How do we stand on our convictions and challenge each other without getting contentious and divisive?

Dr. Witherington: I find it invigorating, a sort of “iron-sharpens-iron” situation, when orthodox Christians of varying views challenge and have friendly debates about things. It helps us see our strengths and weaknesses, and, if it is done in a charitable manner, can be helpful to all.  But the ruling principle is speaking what you see to be the truth in love, not in a partisan spirit. All persons who have a high view of Scripture have much to learn from each other, and we should all admit our knowledge is partial and incomplete. Humility pills should be taken all around when we discuss these things.

Logos: What projects are you currently working on?

Dr. Witherington: I am currently working on a college-level Introduction to the New Testament for Oxford University Press, and my wife and I are working on our fifth novel in our series of archaeological thrillers.  The last one came out last fall, entitled Corinthian Leather, and has been well reviewed.  The next one is called Roma Aeterna, and centers on finding the tomb of the apostles Adronicus and Junia.

Logos: Thank you Dr. Witherington for taking the time to talk to Logos Talk.

You can save nearly $60 on the Ben Witherington III Collection (5 vols.) while it’s on Pre-Pub, or check out other Ben Witherington resources on Logos today!

Logos March Madness—It’s Game Time!

Logos March Madness starts today with our own Saturday Selection. All March long, we’ll be staging match-ups that follow the traditional NCAA March Madness schedule—with a Logos twist. This year, we’ve selected 64 of your favorite authors and placed them in brackets and mock conferences.  Each round you’ll have a chance to vote for your favorite author to advance. The more rounds an author wins, the greater discount you’ll get on a selection of his works. Discounts will start at 30%, increasing to 75% for the champion. Once an author has lost a round, a selection of his works will go on sale. These works will be listed on LogosMarchMadness.comalong with a coupon code for the discount. The schedule for Logos March Madness is as follows:

  • Selection Saturday —3/10
  • Round 1—3/10–16
  • Round 2—3/17–21
  • Sweet Sixteen—3/22–25
  • Elite 8—3/26–29
  • Final 4—3/30–31
  • Championship—4/2–3
  • Sale End—4/13

With nearly 600 resources available, this year’s Logos March Madness may be the best ever. Take a look at the field and start voting! Here are some tips for those of you trying to guess which resources will be on sale:

  1. All chosen resources are single author, single publisher
  2. No collections will be included, but individual works from collections may be.
  3. Most works have not been on Pre-Pub within the last year
  4. Most resources are not included in base packages.

Visit LogosMarchMadness.com today to view the brackets, and sign up for email alerts to see the most up-to-date information on each round of the sale.

Take the Logos Tour—from Home!

We’ve received walk-ins over the years from loyal customers asking for a tour of our workspace. For many of you however, that tour requires flying across the country or driving several hours (or days). So we created a fun video that gives a full tour of our workspace located in downtown Bellingham, WA. You can watch the video by clicking on the image below.

You’ll notice several captions in the screenshot of the video. To add to the fun we added some “did you know” tidbits and jokes throughout the video that reflect the culture at Logos. However, we’re also interested in your take.

Visit our Take the Tour page today and enter into the caption contest at the bottom.

As you watch the video, pause anytime you would like to add a caption. Then add the time and the caption in the comments section below. The most popular comments gauged by the number of “likes” (or by the volume of laughter from @DanPritchett) will be added to the updated version of this video. Share the page with your friends on Facebook and ask them to “like” your comment to increase your chances!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway located on the page for you and a friend to win a trip to take the tour in person. Visit Logos.com/takethetour today!

Take the Tour and Win a Trip to Logos!

Logos Bible Software is 20 years old this year! In two decades, Logos has grown from a couple of programmers in a basement to the largest developer of Bible software worldwide. Check out our corporate headquarters in this quirky video tour of the Logos Bellingham campus.

And if you want to see us in person, you can win an all-expense-paid trip for two to attend Camp Logos and get an exclusive tour of our company! View the video and enter to win at www.logos.com/visitlogos.

Click the image to check out the video!

Have a favorite moment in the video? Let us know in the comments!

Logos Convinces Philadelphia to Visit

Philly Boys Cheesesteaks have been making quite a name for themselves in Seattle, WA. John and Frank, the owners (and Philly natives) have been selling their amazing sandwiches out of their mobile cheesesteak factory since March, 2011. It wasn’t long before word-of-mouth about Philly Boys made its way north to Bellingham, WA.

It seemed that the word “cheesesteak” was being dropped into casual conversations regularly around Logos like some glorious, cheese-covered pipe dream. But how could we transport 250 employees to Seattle for a cheesesteak? Then the marketing team hit on a crazy idea: why not bring Philly Boys to us?

Believe it or not, it isn’t easy to convince a business to take the day off from serving their regular and enthusiastic customers, load up their restaurant on wheels, and drive for two hours to risk doing less business than normal. So how do you convince them this is a good idea? You pull out all the stops, that’s how.

The Logos marketing team started a social media marketing campaign and did enough groundwork to convince Philly Boys to come. Even local media outlets started getting excited about the idea.

When the big day finally arrived, the line for cheesesteaks stretched around the block. It was an amazing success! We got to fill up on unbelievable sandwiches, the Philly Boys enjoyed their visit, and we got to build community among the downtown businesses in Bellingham.

You might be thinking, “That’s great, why are you telling me this?”

Our marketing team (among other departments) is hiring and we want to give you the opportunity to come work for a company who uses their skills to do all sorts of fun stuff. We work hard, we play hard, and we engage our community. If you think this sounds like the kind of thing you would excel at, and the kind of environment you’d like to work in, check out our career page.

Maybe the next outrageous idea we make a reality will be yours . . .

UPDATE:

We like to eat at least once a day, and we’re always open to new ideas. Which food do we need to bring in next? Italian Beef from Chicago? Crêpe cart from Paris? Bánh mì stand from Vietnam? Let us know in the comments!

Bible Study Magazine Gets a Makeover

Bible Study Magazine has a new look! Today is the first day you can subscribe to get the sharp, infographic-rich Mar.–Apr. ‘12 issue.

What Inspired the Change?

We wanted to bring the magazine to a fresh creative level. For Sean Fields, Logos’ art director, it was about creating an engaging reading experience that helps you get into the Word. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what went into Bible Study Magazine’s new design.

The New Cover

The design team is weaving cover story elements into what you see when you pick up Bible Study Magazine. In this issue, popular blogger Tim Challies talks about the struggle we sometimes have with keeping in the Word: “I want people to know that others struggle with this. I think they would find joy in knowing that they’re not alone.” He also encourages us to keep studying as “so often God uses obedience to rekindle the flame of delight.”

  • Why it’s better: The design team connected this concept to the cover. While BSM covers have traditionally featured headshots, Challies is depicted in a secluded, windswept wheat field under a cloudless blue sky. The title, “Forging through Isolation,” ties these elements together in an exciting, creative way.

The Look

Crisp, clean lines lead you through the issue, from JoHannah Reardon’s devotional on giving credit to God to the feature story on Tullian Tchividjian, “Bible Study for the Present Day.” Tchividjian, the high school dropout, grandson of Billy Graham, and author of Jesus+Nothing=Everything, talks about the God who transforms and the clarity His Word brings.

  • Why it’s better: The new design eliminates chaos and elevates content. A simple sans serif font throughout the issue gives it a consistent feel that makes you want to keep reading. Clean lines, white space, and bold colors bring a contemporary, fresh look.

The Special Section

We’re upping our storytelling game with exciting visuals. For example, this month’s themed section features compelling articles that explore the rebellion and the power shifts of the divided kingdom in 1–2 Kings.

  • Why it’s better: Not familiar with the intricacies of these kings and kingdoms? No worries—our new infographics lay out complex ancient politics in ways that are easy to understand at a glance. Using chess pieces, Sean and his team captured the violent power shifts found in 1–2 Kings.

Future issues of Bible Study Magazine will have individual looks, dictated by the content, with our readers in mind.  “With our design, we’re trying to get the reader engaged and make the content appealing to everyone who is interested in studying the Bible,” says Sean. “The Bible appeals to all ages, and our magazine should reflect that.”

Subscribe today to receive the redesigned Mar.–Apr. ‘12 issue of Bible Study Magazine!

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