God’s Favorite Place on Earth: An Interview with Frank Viola

Gods favorite place on eartFrank Viola is a blogger, speaker, and writer. Viola, the author of several titles available through Vyrso and Logos, has just completed a book titled God’s Favorite Place on Earth. We interviewed Viola to get his perspective on his latest work. 

You recently released a new book, God’s Favorite Place on EarthWhat’s behind the title?

When he came to earth, Jesus was rejected everywhere he went. There was only one exception. In the book, I detail what that exception is, and I show that God wants all of us, as well as our churches, to be his “favorite place on earth” today. The book unfolds how that can be done and what it entails.

Reading the story of Jesus as a narrative may be a new idea for some people. What do you hope people will gain from reading this?

It puts readers into the story. I also blend a great deal of first-century history into the narrative. The result: the Gospels open up and Jesus comes alive. [Read more...]

3 Free Tools for Sharing Your Faith

Art is powerful. Why not use it to help spread the Gospel? These stunning, free images and videos will help you strengthen your walk and share the Word.

Start sharing your faith today with:

1. Bible text animation videos

Watch God’s Word come alive with color, sound, and movement. These verse videos are great for church presentations, assistance in memorizing verses, encouragement, or sharing with friends.

And when you subscribe to our YouTube channel, you’ll get more than just Bible text animations. You’ll hear what Christian leaders—Mark Driscoll, Timothy Keller, Carlos Whittaker, Lecrae, and many others—have to say about Logos Bible Software. [Read more...]

Understand Biblical Words

The Bible Sense Lexicon, unique to Logos 5, lets you search for a noun in English, Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic and see its shades of meaning as it appears throughout the Bible. This tool differentiates original-language word senses, helping you understand Scripture as its inspired authors intended. You’ll make connections with the Bible Sense Lexicon’s clear visual layout:

Learn more about Logos 5′s features, and upgrade to Logos 5 today!

Timeline: Study the Bible in Context

Can you imagine being a follower of Jesus during the time of the early Christian church? Think about it: political powers were in collision, Rome was collapsing, the lives of the wealthy and influential were colliding with the poor, heaven was colliding with earth. Though it’s incredibly rewarding, digging into the context of that time (let alone the last 2,000 years of church history) can be messy.

Clean up your Bible study with Logos 5′s Timeline feature! You’ll see the whole picture—how lives and events overlap, what was happening between the testaments, where your denomination came from, etc., all with a simple, easy-to-use layout. This feature has tons of other capabilities. See for yourself:

Right now you can save big on a Logos 5 upgrade. Check out your custom upgrade discount, and upgrade to Logos 5 today.

Now Hiring: Mobile Ed Video Instructors

LME-LogoWe recently released Logos Mobile Education, a revolutionary education program that provides formal biblical instruction akin to that offered by Bible colleges and seminaries.

Now we’re looking for talented individuals to create training videos for Mobile Ed students.

As a Mobile Ed video instructor, you’ll work from home on a contract basis to create instructional screencast videos. We need to cover a wide range of topics, so you’ll have a lot of options when it comes to deciding what types of videos to create. These tutorials will help Mobile Ed students get the most out of their learning experience.

If you’re interested in applying, check out the criteria and job details:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A strong working knowledge of Logos 5
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills
  • An unstoppable work ethic

The really ideal candidate will also have:

  • Experience making screencast videos
  • Seminary training

FAQs:

What if I don’t know how to create screencast videos?

Don’t worry if you don’t have previous screencasting experience—as long as you’re highly skilled with Logos 5, we’ll help you with the rest.

What if I’m not familiar with how Mobile Ed works?

We’ll bring you up to speed on which specific features need to be highlighted, how Mobile Ed integrates with Logos, what the final product should look like, etc.

Do I need to be knowledgeable in the topics covered in Mobile Ed courses?

Not necessarily—this is purely software training. You’ll be teaching others how to use Logos 5 in conjunction with Mobile Ed, and experience in the covered topics is not required.

How many hours per week of work will it require?

Since you’ll be working on a contract basis—getting paid based on how many videos you create—you can take on as much or as little work as you’d like.

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If you’re a Logos 5 whiz and you’d like to help others know the Bible, apply to be a Mobile Ed video instructor today!

5 Reasons to Download the Free FSB Now

ESV Giveaway Free

In partnership with Crossway and CreationFest, we’re giving away the trusted ESV translation to all Faithlife users through August 10. You only have a couple more days to grab your copy, so get it today!

Here are a few more reasons to download the Faithlife Study Bible:

1. Multimedia & infographics—We live in a highly visual society, surrounded by glowing screens. We’ve become accustomed to ideas in picture form. The Faithlife Study Bible is chock-full of art, photography, timelines, and video to help you visualize Scripture. We sent a crew to Israel, and they returned with hundreds of pictures and hours of video. We even commissioned artists to illustrate biblical concepts—and you can get it all for free in the Faithlife Study Bible.

2. Respected contributors—Writing a study Bible is a huge undertaking. We didn’t want to take it on alone, so we reached out to some of the most trusted leaders in Christianity. N. T. Wright, Timothy Keller, Charles Stanley, Ed Stetzer, Lee Strobel, Randy Alcorn, and many others contributed their wisdom and expertise to the Faithlife Study Bible. See the whole list at FaithlifeBible.com/Contributors. [Read more...]

The $40,000 Mistake

The 40,000 MistakeThe best thing about making a big mistake at Logos is that it lets us showcase our values.

This weekend someone made a technical mistake that set web prices for dozens of products to zero.

The mistake was identified quickly, and our team worked late Friday night to fix the error. In the meantime, dozens of customers placed orders for free product worth $40,000.

Since then we’ve heard from some customers asking if they needed to return the free products, and a few employees have wondered if we should re-lock these unintended product giveaways.

The answer—to both questions—is “No!”

We made a mistake. We own it, we learn from it, and we welcome the chance to show our employees and our customers that we mean what we say about our values and “The Logos Way.”

From our Employee Handbook and Corporate Culture guide:

  • Logos accepts mistakes as part of learning.
  • Openness: We’re talking about our mistake.
  • [Read more...]

3 Reasons to Add a Master Bundle to Your Library Today

master-bundle-xlWith a base package purchase or upgrade, you can get 50% off bundles. Now’s your chance to personalize your library with the topics that interest you most—but these discounts are only available when you have a base package in your cart (or if you own the Portfolio base package).

Choose from a variety of topical bundles, or get everything included in the smaller bundles at an even better price. If you haven’t already added a Master Bundle to your library, here are three reasons why now is the time:

1. Huge discounts

With the Master Bundle, you can choose from four sizes at incredible discounts, all the way up to the X-Large bundle, which includes 1,196 volumes at 69% off the regular prices if you were to buy the books separately on Logos.com. On top of that, you’ll also get 50% off when you upgrade to Logos 5, and an additional discount for any books you already own! This is the perfect scenario to add a Master Bundle to your library—the average price per book is only $2.93 (or less, depending on what you already own) if you purchase the X-Large Master Bundle with your Logos 5 upgrade. [Read more...]

Pastors: How Big Should Your Book Budget Be?

librarybudgetShould your church provide you with a book budget? Do you need to make a case for one? Is it time to start thinking about increasing the budget for your growing library? Do you have any idea what’s an appropriate budget for your church size? These are the kinds of questions you can consider at ThePastorsLibrary.com.

Most church leaders will tell you that a comprehensive library is important for any pastor looking to lead a thoughtful and educated congregation. The ideal book collection includes reference materials, classic Christian thought, and analysis of current cultural trends—like other professionals, pastors need to be lifelong learners plugged into both classical and contemporary thought.

At The Pastor’s Library, you’ll find answers to questions like:

  • How can I get a book budget from my church?
  • What books/resources do I really need?
  • What are some of the key advantages of having a book budget?

You’ll also find budgeting resources and the amazing Book Budget-O-Meter. Just put in your congregation’s size and click the “Generate” button to see your suggested monthly budget. [Read more...]

Why (and How) You Should Start Memorizing Scripture Today

God’s Word keeps us on the right path and draws us closer to him, guiding us through tough situations and giving us encouragement.

Paul wrote to Timothy, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16–17).

With the new Scripture Memory feature, you can memorize your favorite verses with easy-to-use tools, allowing you to grow in your relationship with God as you learn and understand his Word.

Don’t just read the Bible; know the Bible.

Right now, you can save big on a base package upgrade. Check out all of Logos 5′s powerful features, and upgrade to Logos 5 today.