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March Madness Voting Starts Today

March MadnessLogos March Madness is here! The polls are open and it’s time to vote for your favorite titles.

We’ve picked 64 titles and divided them into four divisions. Each round, you vote for your favorite titles in each division in hopes they advance to the next round. In Round 1, you vote for your favorite 8 titles in each division. The full voting schedule is as follows:

  • Round 1: March 17-19
  • Round 2: March 20-22
  • Sweet Sixteen: March 23-25
  • Elite 8: March 26-28
  • Final 4: March 29-31
  • Championship: April 1-3

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Announcing Evangelical Exegetical Commentary Payment Plans

Evangelical Exegetical Commentary

A few months ago, we announced that work had begun on the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary—a groundbreaking 44-volume commentary on the entire Bible published by Logos Bible Software.

Today, we’re introducing a special payment plan designed specifically for this Pre-Pub.

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Here Comes Logos March Madness!

March Madness

Logos March Madness 2011 is coming soon!

And the competition is tougher than ever.

We have selected some awesome titles for this year’s Logos March Madness. With thousands of new books made available in Logos the past year, selecting just 64 titles for the competition was not easy. There are some phenomenal titles here and we’re sure you’ll be impressed with the competition.

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Setting Goals (the Right Way)

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How are your New Year’s resolutions going?

Now that January is a memory, it becomes easier to forget those extravagant plans to wake up early, study the Bible for few hours, visit the gym, and make a healthy breakfast before going to work at 7 AM. Let’s get real. If you want a thriving spiritual life, healthy relationships, a growing bank account, and physical fitness, you must set realistic, achievable goals. This post will focus on setting goals to grow in your knowledge of the Bible.

Strengths and Weaknesses

First of all, do not sit down and write a list of things you want to accomplish. That comes later. The first thing you need is some perspective. Make a list of your strengths, areas where you feel confident and knowledgeable. Then, make a list of your weaknesses, areas where you would like to improve or growth. Here are a few ideas:

  • Theological issues
    Where do I stand?
    What passages, books, and resources do I need to grow in this area?
  • Books of the Bible
    How well do I understand poetry in the Bible or the history of Israel?
  • Biblical People
    How did the life of Abraham or David affect the rest of the Scriptures?
  • Biblical Places
  • Why was Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth so despised?
    What was Rome like during Paul’s ministry?

Have a Well-Rounded Theology

Do you read from authors you disagree with, just to understand their perspectives? Or do you read from authors that all hold the same viewpoint? Try something new. Study a different religious tradition or doctrinal position. Understanding other views:

  • Challenges what you know to be true
  • Helps you understand the reasoning behind a position so you can engage in discussion more intelligently
  • Helps you find the holes and inaccuracies
  • Gives you a new perspective on what you believe and what you still need to learn

Be Realistic

Once you understand where you need to improve, decide where you want to improve. In most cases, making a goal to do something you don’t want to do is useless. You will find every excuse possible not to achieve that goal. Instead, pick something fun, something that really interests you.

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Set Aside Time

If you don’t schedule time to work toward your goal, how will you succeed? Set aside some time each day or week to focus and get to work. To help you remember, schedule an appointment with yourself. Create a unique name like “New Growth Time,” or “Bible R&D.”

Stay Accountable

Why do so many gym memberships go unused every year? We try to achieve goals by ourselves. This is a terrible idea. We need other people, like personal trainers, to keep us on track, encourage us, and provide counsel when we need it. Ask a colleague or friend to keep you accountable every few weeks or every month.

Reward Yourself

Growing closer with our God is really the best reward we could imagine, but even so, rewarding yourself is extremely motivating.

If your goal is to read the entire Old Testament, break up the goal into smaller goals and reward yourself after ever few books you read. Done with Genesis and Exodus? Treat yourself to a cup of coffee. Finished with Psalms and Proverbs? Eat a piece of tasty chocolate.

When you complete your goal, really celebrate! Go on a date with your significant other or watch that new movie you’ve wanted to see. The more fun your rewards are, the more likely you are to succeed. Go for it!

What other tips have you found useful in achieving your goals this year? Come on over to the forum and tell us about it.

Today’s guest post is by Ryan Rotz, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

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Learn More about Your Favorites on Logos.com Landing Pages

One of the many great features of the new Logos.com is the improved searching capabilities. We’ve upgraded the search engine and provided a variety of categories which allow for several different browsing options. Even more, the new faceted browsing allows you to stack several product categories at once so you can find that specific book you’re looking for.

With the help of faceted browsing, you can now instantly have more information regarding the author or publisher you are searching for. When you land on a page displaying products for a specific author and publisher you searched for, you’ll see a new graphic at the top of that page. The graphic will contain a picture and brief biography or description about your search.

For authors, learn about the ministries they’ve been a part of throughout their lives, where and what they studied, some noteworthy titles they’ve authored, where they’ve worked, and other significant details about their lives. For publishers, get some insight on how the company started.

You can also instantly share your favorites with your friends by clicking the “like” button or by sharing through Twitter or email.

Check out a few pages:

  • N. T. Wright

    Next time you’re looking at products on Logos.com be sure to browse by author or publisher to see their respective pages. We hope you enjoy learning about, sharing, and showing support for the people that produce the titles you love!


Download a Free Copy of the New NIV

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Did you know that there might be a free copy of the new NIV waiting for you? Zondervan recently published a brand new edition of the NIV, replacing both the 1984 NIV and the TNIV. Instead of charging for it, we’ve decided to make it available free of charge—a value of nearly $27.00—as a thank you to everyone who has a Logos 4 base package that includes the old NIV.

From time to time we like to give away free books. Sometimes we make them available to everyone like we did with the recent McCheyne freebie. Other times we make them available to a specific group of people. In this case, we’re offering the new NIV free of charge to those of you who support us and stay up to date with our latest base packages.

You do not have to add the new NIV to your cart to take advantage of this offer. You can get it for free by going to our upgrade page and choosing the free crossgrade option on the package you already own.

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Learn to Do Word Studies with Logos Bible Software

Learn to Do Word Studies with Logos Bible Software is a collection of videos, featuring Michael Heiser and Johnny Cisneros, designed to teach users how to do word studies.

If you have opened up the Bible Word Study Guide or an interlinear, but have been unsure about what to do with the information or how to evaluate it, then this video series can help fill in the gaps.

With these videos, you will receive instruction on resources and tools to use as well as methods for word study. We’ll take you from start to finish through the Word Study Guide and reverse interlinears in Logos Bible Software. We’ll also walk you step-by-step through several Greek and Hebrew word studies.

Who Is This For?

  • If you’re a pastor and you’d like to beef up your sermons by exploring the meaning of Greek and Hebrew words, this series will show you how to apply the Word Study Guide to your sermon preparation each week.
  • If you want to understand more about the languages behind the English Bible translation you use for your own personal Bible study, we’ll show you how word studies can benefit your study.
  • If you’ve heard your pastor talk about what certain words in the Bible mean and you’d like to learn more for yourself, we’ll give you everything you need to dig as deep as you can go and explore what you learned on Sunday at a greater depth.
  • If you want to enrich your understanding of God’s Word, we’ll give you all the basics for using Logos Bible Software for word studies.

To view sample videos and learn more about the project, head on over to the main page for the series.

What’s Next for You? Logos Is Hiring

Logos Is Hiring!It’s a powerful thing to sit in a company meeting here at Logos Bible Software. Our continued growth and expanding vision from our leader means you can be part of our next meeting—Logos is hiring!

Logos Careers

Part of each company meeting is used to recognize employees—employees who have crossed employment milestones of 5, 10, and 15+ years—those who have made working at Logos a career, not just a job.

At our most recent meeting Bob Pritchett (President/CEO of Logos), had employees identify themselves if they had never attended a company meeting. And to see a dozen or so new faces added to the team since our last meeting just a few months back was a great encouragement. Even more encouraging is that we are still growing.

Where Do You Fit In?

If you’re searching for a new job you should consider Logos. We offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package including healthcare, dental care, and 401(k). Take a look at our Careers page for the latest openings. If you don’t see anything immediately fitting what you’re looking for, check back with frequency. New postings are added all the time. And for students, we have a super-sweet paid internship program. Twelve of our full-time developers started out as interns.

Currently, we are looking for:

Design & Editorial:

Information Technology:

Interns:

Marketing:

Ministry Development:

Publications:

Software Development:

All positions will require you to live in the Bellingham area as remote employment and telecommuting are not an option. But before you scratch any of the openings you’re considering off your list, take a look at what Bellingham and living in the Pacific Northwest have to offer.

Even more enticing than our location is the fact that working for Logos Bible Software—the leading publisher of multilingual Bible software on Mac, Windows and mobile platforms—opens up exciting opportunities for growth and to be a part of a company that serves the church, academic, and lay markets, bringing the best in software innovation to Christians worldwide.

The 2011 Winter Soup Cook-Off

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January 20th proved to be a perfect day for Logos’ annual soup cook-off. In true Pacific Northwest fashion it was a cold and rainy day. The weather did not hamper this year’s cook-off though as entrants were excited to participate in not only the first cook-off of 2011, but also the first cook-off held in the recently acquired Flatiron building.

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While the 10 entrants prepared their dishes, the aroma of a variety of awesome soups lured hungry employees to line up in anticipation. Ultimately the happy eaters had to vote for their favorites, and it was a close call this year.

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After all was said and done, the winners of this year’s cook-off were Don and Tara Everett’s “Spicy Chicken Sausage Soup.” Second place was awarded to Sarah Knepper with her “Pnw’ed Salmon Chowder,” and coming in third was Tom Fay with “The Original Ham and Bean Soup.”

Here is the recipe for the Everett’s award winning soup:

Spicy Chicken Sausage Soup

Ingredients:

1 onion, chopped
1 pound of pork sausage
1 pound chorizo
2 average sized chicken breasts
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground pork sausage
6 cloves garlic, diced
2 bay leaves
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 cup chicken broth
2 cans white beans, drained
thyme and sage to taste

  • In a large pot, add olive oil and brown pork sausage.
  • Break up and add chorizo
  • Chop up and add uncooked chicken breasts
  • Add garlic and bay leaves
  • Add onion
  • Add carrots and celery
  • Add chicken broth (you can add more broth to taste)
  • Add white beans
  • Add thyme and sage to taste and let simmer until it’s as thick as you want it
  • Remove bay leaves
  • Enjoy!

Thanks again for everyone who participated and helped create another successful cook-off and congratulations to all the winners!

Today’s guest post is by Deborah Mickens, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Last Chance! 5 Reasons to Pre-Order the Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle 2

The Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle 2 is shipping soon. Here are five reasons to pre-order the collection before the price goes up in a few days:

Genesis: A Commentary

5. Commentaries

Commentaries are some of our bestselling books. For many pastors, they’re the first stop in the process of sermon preparation. For lay readers, they offer a comprehensive account of the biblical text that’s hard to find anywhere else.

This bundle of reference books contains a library of commentaries written by a wide range of pastors and scholars:

  • Charles R. Swindoll on Romans
  • Bruce Waltke on Genesis
  • Craig L. Blomberg on James
  • … and that’s just the start.

Is There a Meaning in This Text

With Logos Bible Software, your commentaries appear at the top of the Passage Guide. That means if you’re doing a sermon on Genesis 1 next Sunday, the Passage Guide will show you relevant content from Bruce Waltke’s commentary on Genesis—even if you weren’t looking for it!

4. Important Works on Hermeneutics and Interpretation

Some of the most important works on hermeneutics and interpretation published in the past few years are found in this collection. Kevin J. Vanhoozer’s Is There a Meaning in This Text?, for example, is the kind of book that appears once every decade or two. D. A. Carson writes that “Vanhoozer is one of the few contemporary scholars who takes a balanced measure of postmodern thought within an unflinching Christian confessionalism.” This book is an essential read for anyone seeking to understand how to interpret the text of the Bible.

3. Bestselling Bible Introductions

In the Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle 2, you’ll also find two of the bestselling introductions to the Bible:

An Introduction to the New Testament

  • An Introduction to the Old Testament, by Tremper Longman III and Raymond B. Dillard
  • An Introduction to the New Testament, by D. A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo

These are two standard works on the Bible written by a group of top-notch evangelical scholars, and they’re required reading in many seminaries and Bible colleges. They provide a wealth of background material on each book of the Bible, summarize all the recent research, and provide detailed bibliographies.

2. The Perfect Add-on Library

We always get questions from users who’ve purchased a base package and who are looking to expand their library. Maybe you got a base package for Christmas, and you’re looking to add some more quality commentaries and Bible reference works. If that’s you, then you couldn’t do better than the Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle 2. It’s a well-rounded collection of resources to complement the core group of books that came with your base package.

Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle 2 (47 vols.)

1. The Price

The best reason to pre-order the Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle 2 is the price.

If you purchased these books in print individually, you would spend well over a thousand dollars, even if you hunted down the best sale prices. With this collection, however, we’ve worked out a special arrangement with Zondervan to offer this bundle at a discount while it’s on Pre-Pub. If you do the math, you’ll see that this collection works out to around $19 per volume. That’s an incredible deal!

These books are an even better value when you consider how much more useful they are as part of your digital library.

But remember, this price goes away next week when this Pre-Pub ships. You need to pre-order today to get the discount!

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