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Logos Named a Best Christian Workplace for 7th Time

Best Christian Workplaces 2014Logos Bible Software has been recognized as one of 2014′s Best Christian Workplaces by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute!

The BCWI surveyed over 135,000 employees from 575 organizations across the globe, including Christian ministries, schools, publishers, and radio stations. The award is based on a 50-question survey that covers job satisfaction, commitment, personal growth, pay, and benefits.

We first won this award back in 2006, when we had around 100 employees. Now we have close to 400. Despite that increase, our work environment still reflects the same core commitments: Honor God. Love others.

Bob Pritchett, Logos president and CEO, said:

“We’ve worked hard to create a great workplace—a  place where our employees can learn, grow, and create a product that helps people all over the world study the Bible.

What makes this award so special is that it’s a reflection of our employees’ feedback. It is based on responses from the people who know Logos best, and that’s very rewarding.”

We’ve recently hit a number of other incredible milestones. Just a few weeks ago, we reached 40,000 resources available in the Logos or Vyrso formats. Earlier this year, we hit 100,000 forum members and half a million posts, and next month, we plan to expand our team into a fourth building in downtown Bellingham, WA.

Despite such huge growth, some things still remain the same: Bob Pritchett still meets and interviews every new employee, and Dan Pritchett, vice president, still takes new hires out to lunch to get to know them better. On their first day, every employee is introduced to our values: HOAGIES, for Honesty, Openness, Awesomeness, Growth, Initiative, Elegance, and Shipping.

You can learn more about our corporate culture by checking out our employee handbook.

Join the team!

We have over 70 positions open, for both employees and interns, across all departments—marketing, ministry development, sales, and more!

If you’re interested in working in a fun environment filled with talented people (and conveniently located near the world’s best taco truck), check out our careers page for a full list of job openings.

Improve Your Marriage with Jimmy Evans and MarriageToday

MarriageToday QuoteRight now, you can pre-order the Jimmy Evans Sermon Archive for 38% off!

Christian marriage expert Jimmy Evans and the teaching staff at MarriageToday have brought together over 400 sermons and small-group lessons for Christian couples who are married or thinking about marriage.

No marriage is hopeless

Jimmy and his wife, Karen, know that no marriage can’t be saved. After their first few years together nearly ended in divorce, they rebuilt their marriage by applying the principles they now share. Today, after 40 years of marriage, they teach that no matter how hopeless a marriage appears, every couple has a 100% chance of success—in fact, they can thrive!

“We’ve learned through personal experience that no matter how it may appear right now . . . no matter what kinds of challenges your marriage faces . . . no matter how high or thick the walls between you and your spouse may be . . . your relationship can be whole, fulfilling, exciting and strong. And if it’s good now, it can get even better.” —Jimmy Evans

The Jimmy Evans Sermon Archive covers 400+ topics, helping you overcome past wounds, face present challenges, and prepare for future obstacles. To hear more about what Jimmy Evans has to offer, check out the interview we did with him last year.

Attend the MarriageToday conference or webcast!

Each year, Jimmy and Karen Evans host a MarriageToday conference. This year, they’ll be teaching on “Becoming One”—it’s an event you don’t want to miss. The event will be held in Southlake, TX, but you can also attend via webcast.

This year, make a commitment to improving your marriage. Pre-order the Jimmy Evans Sermon Archive, and attend the MarriageToday conference or webcast!

Changes to Logos Product Support

Changes to Logos Product SupportWe recently changed the way we think about Logos product support. We’ve divided products into three categories—supported, maintenance, and unsupported. Here’s what each one means for you:

Supported versions receive free updates online, get new features and bug fixes, can read the latest resources and data sets, can sync documents and settings, and have telephone support. Supported versions may require the newest operating system versions.

Maintenance versions receive free updates online, can read the latest textual resources (but may not support newer data sets and features), can sync documents and settings, get critical bug fixes, and have telephone support. Plus, maintenance versions can run on older operating system versions.

Unsupported versions do not receive updates and may not read the latest versions of resources. Web services that are used by only unsupported versions may be discontinued without notice. Documents and settings created in an unsupported version may not sync to the latest versions of the software.

For more details on these support categories, visit the Logos Support Lifecycle page.

Logos 4.6c will become unsupported in April

Currently, Logos 5.2 is the supported version and Logos 4.6c is the maintenance version. On April 8, 2014—the same day Microsoft ends extended support for Windows XP—we’ll change Logos 4.6c to unsupported status, and Logos 5.2a will become the maintenance version. The new supported version, Logos 5.3, will require Windows 7 or OS X 10.8 or later.

What this means if you’re running Windows XP or OS X 10.5

If you’re still running Logos 4.6c on XP or OS X 10.5:

  • Your software will continue to run and read the resources you already have.
  • You will not receive any updates to the software.
  • New resources you purchase at Logos.com may not work in Logos 4.6c.
  • Documents and settings you create may not sync to the latest version of Logos.
  • In the future, you may get web service errors when trying to run the program; it may be necessary to work offline in order to start the application.

What this means if you’re running Windows Vista, OS X, 10.6, or OS X 10.7

If you’re still running Logos 4.6c, upgrade to Logos 5 to get all the new features, or download the free Logos 5 engine.

If you’re already running Logos 5, the latest version you will be able to install is Logos 5.2a. You will enter maintenance support, which means:

  • Your software will continue to run and read the resources you already have.
  • You will receive critical bug fixes and updates.
  • New resources you purchase at Logos.com will download automatically and be readable in your version of Logos. (New datasets may require the latest version of Logos.)
  • Documents and settings will sync to the latest version of Logos.

Most Logos customers are already running Windows 7 or OS X 10.8 (or later); by limiting new releases to these newer operating system versions, we can free up development and testing resources, and take advantage of new capabilities in Windows and OS X.

If you’re a Mac user, visit How to Upgrade to OS X Mavericks to check if you can upgrade to the latest version of OS X for free. This will let you install the latest version of Logos 5.

What this means if you’re running Windows 7, Windows 8, OS X 10.8, or OS X 10.9

Since you’re running a recent version of Windows or Mac OS X, your Logos experience will be unchanged. You’ll keep getting the latest updates to Logos 5 and your resources for free.

If you’re still running Logos 4.6c, upgrade to Logos 5 to get all the new features, or download the free Logos 5 engine!

How to Engage with Art and Culture

Daniel A. SiedellAs Christians, how do we engage with art and culture? Whether we try to avoid it and remain unstained by the world, or we press into it in an attempt to redeem it for God’s glory, we all have to ask ourselves this question. So, what passages of Scripture help us answer it, and how do we interpret them and apply them today?

Dr. Daniel A. Siedell, visiting professor of Christianity and culture at Knox Theological Seminary, is teaching a Doctor of Ministry class in March addressing this exact topic. If you’re currently enrolled in Knox’s DMin program, or if you would like to further your education and begin your studies, this is well worth your time. You can apply by visiting DMin.me or, if you’re already a Knox student, register by emailing the registrar.

Dr. Siedell has sent us a letter to share with you, inviting you to take this remarkable class:

Dear prospective Christ & Culture student,

I feel your pain. The world of art and culture is indeed confusing and intimidating. St. Paul tells us to be as innocent as doves and as wise as serpents and to dwell on all that is good. And yet we are surrounded by cultural artifacts—movies, television shows, paintings, literature, music, and a host of other images, objects, and events—that may or may not be “good” and worth dwelling on, and we worry that we will lose what’s left of our innocence, not to mention that of our children or our parishioners.

But are art and culture always something to be avoided? Must we always keep them at arm’s length? So much of what we hear and read about art and culture inside and outside the church is negative and polemic, so it’s easy to get the impression that the arts and culture should simply be avoided if they cannot be used as tools for communicating what we think are Christian virtues.

But what about those paintings, novels, comic books, films, and songs—those artifacts of popular and high culture—that move us, that attract us, that describe us? As Christians, how can we justify our interest in, and perhaps even love of, them—especially if they don’t seem to offer an explicitly Christian message, or perhaps they even challenge it?

Join me at Knox Seminary the week of March 10 and we’ll devote a week to thinking and talking about art, culture, and theology from every conceivable perspective. But we’ll also experience art—we’ll explore what happens when we listen to music, look at a painting, read a novel, watch a film, and listen to a poem. In short, we’ll explore how to listen to works of art and culture. We’ll take this week to let art be art, to let it breathe as an aesthetic experience that opens us to God and to the world, in ways that just might surprise us. And we’ll think about how our experience of art and culture can help us understand vocation, deepen our pastoral work, discipleship, counseling, and parenting, and even help us understand preaching and the proclamation of the Gospel itself.

But ultimately, in listening to art and culture, we’ll discover what it reveals about ourselves—about who we are before God and our neighbor.

I look forward to spending the week with you.

Grace and Peace,

Daniel A. Siedell, PhD

Join Dr. Siedell and other brothers and sisters in Christ as they engage Scripture and art, and discover how God intended us to relate to the expressions of the world around us. Apply today, or request more information at DMin.me.

Go Seahawks! Logos Bible Software Roots for the Home Team

12th man 2The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl, and Logos stands firmly behind them! Here’s proof: a 12th Man flag flying high at Logos HQ.

From the beginning, this has been a season of high expectations. The Hawks were favored to beat out longtime rival San Francisco for the NFC West crown, and many predicted that the team would contend for the NFC Championship and even a Super Bowl title. The Seahawks have lived up to every expectation.

Earlier this season, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized the Seahawks’ fans as the loudest in the world. Their passion and savvy create a home-field advantage for the Seahawks—one so measurable that the team has taken to calling their fans the 12th Man. Since 2005, Seahawks opponents have committed more false-start penalties than any other team—130—due in large part to the noise in Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.

As the Hawks prepare for their February 2 showdown with the Denver Broncos, the team’s loyal fans are wearing signs of solidarity back home. Logos is no exception.

12th man

Seahawks: Logos Bible Software stands behind you!

How are you supporting the Seahawks? Let us know: tweet @Logos using #SB48!

Get $100 Off Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry

berit-olam-studies-in-hebrew-narrative-and-poetryThrough February 4, pre-order the 13-volume Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry commentary series and get $100 off!

Berit Olam (“The Everlasting Covenant”) gives you the latest developments in literary analysis of the ancient Hebrew texts. This collection is an enormous breakthrough in biblical scholarship and commentary—it’ll help you find answers that are both theologically meaningful and wide in scholarly scope. It represents some of the best linguistic and historical research available in English.

Immerse yourself in Hebrew storytelling & poetry

The authors reflect a variety of traditions, yet they share the same desire—to help you better appreciate the craft, poetry, and storytelling of the ancient Hebrew world.

The series looks not only at the historical context in which the Scriptures were written, but also at how Christians throughout the ages have interpreted them.

“Berit Olam, an outstanding contribution to biblical literature, is a multivolume commentary filling a needed niche in the field . . . recognizing the fine arts of storytelling and poetry that make up the biblical corpus and therefore contributing to a fuller understanding and appreciation of the art forms that constitute the biblical text.” —Robin Gallaher Branch

What stands out about this collection is that it doesn’t place any one hermeneutical method above the others. Instead, it combines a look at Christian thought throughout the ages and attention to historical detail to give you a well-rounded commentary on 27 books of the Bible.

Get it first—at the best price!

Through February 4, you can pre-order Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry for 28% off—that’s $100 in savings! This is a Pre-Pub you don’t want to miss.

Get it as soon as it ships: pre-order yours now!

4 Ways to Get the Logos News You Want

Computer keyboard mailLogos offers more than 40,000 titles, plus lots of other tools and resources. With a selection like that, it can be hard to make sure you’re hearing about the products you care about.

Here are four ways to make sure you stay in the know:

1. Logos user survey:

Are you a pastor? A professor? A student? Do you study the original languages? What mobile platforms do you use? Questions like these not only help us serve you better right now; they help us ensure we’re moving in the right direction to serve you tomorrow.

You can start the survey, stop at any time, and then pick up wherever you left off. Feel free to skip questions that don’t apply (or you don’t feel like answering). Start the survey now!

2. Faithlife profile:

The info on your Faithlife profile not only helps us get to know you better—it helps other users in the Logos forums get to know you, too.

Oh, and when you’re filling out your Faithlife profile, make sure you include your birthday (and sign up for the Personalized Offers email list) so we know when to send you your gift!

3. Email lists:

We have an amazing number of email lists, and that’s by design. We want you to get the news you want and skip the information you’re not going to care about.

Not only do we have lists for special offers, freebies, and company news; we have a ton of lists based on your interests and preferences, like:

  • Greek studies
  • Theology
  • Orthodox resources
  • Pauline studies
  • Church history and biography
  • And many more

Head to the email-list and RSS-feed page and choose the news you want!

4. Wish lists:

Your wish list is a great way to keep track of what you’d like to add to your library. Not only will you be able to remember which resources you’ve been considering—we’ll even let you know when one of your wish-list items goes on sale.

Start populating your wish list now!

We want to help you hear about only the stuff you’re interested in, not the stuff you’re not. If you have any questions about how your information is used, check out our updated privacy policy and terms of service.

Find the Right Meaning with the Bible Sense Lexicon

Logos 5 Spring SaleIn a previous post, we saw how the Bible Sense Lexicon is like a net that, when homonyms get you tangled up, lets you capture only the exact meanings you want. Here we continue by looking at how extensions of a meaning can entangle you, too.

Consider the verb “fish.” It seems like a relatively straightforward word, meaning “to catch or try to catch fish.” But have you ever “fished” for your keys in your pocket? Have you ever seen someone “fish” for a compliment? Word meanings can extend in any number of ways.

Specialize your searches

Common biblical words often have a myriad of extended meanings. Take, for example, the Hebrew and Greek words for “house.” These words can refer to a house (the physical building), a family (i.e., the people who live in a house), a people group (as in the house of Israel), or a temple (i.e., the house of YHWH), among other meanings.

Now imagine you want to do a Bible study on the temple when it’s referred to as God’s “house.” With a regular search in English, this is almost impossible—there’s no uniform way the temple is referred to as God’s house across translations. Sometimes it’s called “the house of the Lord,” sometimes “the house of God,” sometimes just “the/this house”; sometimes translators render “house” as “temple.” (For example, in the New American Standard Bible, 2 Chronicles 32:21 reads, “And when he had entered the temple of his god,” where temple is the Hebrew word for “house.”)

We can try a few of these searches to get a feel for the difficulties. First, let’s try to be as general as possible:

  • Open a search box.
  • Type “house” in the search box and click enter.

BSL 2 no. 1

As you might have guessed, this is not a very useful search—it gives over 1,800 results! Let’s try to be more specific, but before we do, let’s make sure we’re not missing anything.

In the open search box, click your preferred Bible and change the setting by clicking “Top Bibles.”

BSL 2 no. 2
 

Now let’s search our top Bibles for something more specific: type “house of the Lord” (with quotation marks) in the search box, and click enter. Scroll through the different headings in the search results, and see how many hits you got in each of your top Bibles.

Here’s a sampling:

Bibles Screenshot
No Bible produces the same results, and we haven’t even looked for “house of God” yet!

This is not to speak badly of Bible translations; it’s only to point out the Bible translations weren’t really created with search in mind. Could there be a better way to find all the places where the temple is referred to by the concept of “house”?

  • First, open the Bible Sense Lexicon in Logos 5.

BSL 2 no. 6

  • Next, type “house” in the Bible Sense Lexicon’s search box.
  • Mouse over any item in the dropdown to discover if it has the meaning you’re looking for.

BSL 2 no. 7

  • Click the label for “temple ⇔ house” in the dropdown.

BSL 2 no. 8

We get 631 results for this meaning of “house”! These will be all the occurrences of this meaning, regardless of whether the text says just “house” or whether it says “house of God / the Lord.”

Finally, mouse over the verse references in the Bible Sense Lexicon panel, or click them to see the verses in context:

BSL 2 no. 9

Don’t waste your time constructing searches that might not get you the results you want. Cast your net more wisely: check out the Bible Sense Lexicon.

Get the Bible Sense Lexicon by purchasing or upgrading to Gold today!

Why People Love the Spurgeon Commentary on Galatians

Spurgeon Commentary GalatiansLast fall, we released a unique publishing project—the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians. Spurgeon preached and wrote a great deal on Galatians, but he never wrote a commentary on it. So we did the legwork of gathering his insights into one volume.

The resulting resource is valuable for anyone interested in what Spurgeon has to say about any passage in Galatians. It collects his thoughts and organizes them according to exposition, illustration, application, and even theme—that way you can see what stories Spurgeon told about, say, evangelism.

Why it’s so useful

We asked several reviewers to tell us what they thought of the resource, and they were unanimous in their praise! Here are samples from three reviews:

“I would, without hesitation, recommend Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians. This is a very, very good resource, and one that will surely be a terrific addition to any Logos user’s library.” —Aaron Armstrong, Blogging Theologically

“With such a large amount of material spoken by Spurgeon and so little written, it can be very difficult to discover insights on particular passages or topics from this great pastor theologian. What that means is that Logos Bible Software combed through Spurgeon’s 3,500+ sermons for direct allusions to or quotations of the book of Galatians and compiled this commentary accordingly—all so that we can easily get to Spurgeon’s insight on a particular passage.” —Jason Brueckner, The Brave Reviews

“If you are among the thousands who appreciate Spurgeon’s teaching, this resource promises to dramatically decrease research and preparation time—good news for time-starved Bible preachers and teachers.” —David Daniels, WiseReader

Join these happy reviewers in benefiting from the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians—get your copy right now!

P.S. Want to receive future volumes in the Spurgeon Commentary Collection at a discount? Pre-order the Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters.

Studying the Old Testament: 3 Terms to Keep in Mind

logos-mobile-education-john-walton-background-of-the-old-testament-bundleThe Old Testament makes up two-thirds of the Bible and lays the foundation on which the rest of Scripture stands. Yet most churches devote less than half their teaching to the OT.

Where do you start studying the Old Testament, and where do you start teaching it? With Dr. John Walton’s Mobile Ed Bundle, you’ll walk through the background and typology of the Old Testament, laying the framework for your future studies.

In his introduction, Walton explains three things to keep in mind while studying the Old Testament:

 

With Logos Mobile Ed, you learn in an innovative mobile learning environment designed to leverage the power of Logos Bible Software. It’s a biblical and theological education that only Logos could design and deliver.

This introduction is just the beginning. Further your Old Testament studies—pre-order the John Walton Bundle today and get it for 40% off!