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John Calvin’s 500th Birthday

Today marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin (July 10, 1509 – May 27, 1564). Hundreds of thousands commemorate this day with gratitude to God for this man and his influence on the church.

Many who disagree with his theology still regard him as a gift to the church. John Wesley called him “a great instrument of God,” and Jacob Arminius considered Calvin “incomparable in the interpretation of Scripture” and recommended Calvin’s commentaries second only to the Bible itself. So learning and benefiting from Calvin isn’t just for the five pointers.

To join in the celebration of the grace of God in the life of John Calvin, we decide to launch Calvin500.com—a resource site devoted to everything John Calvin—and create several new Calvin collections, including the impressive Calvin 500 Collection, which contains more than 100 books by and about John Calvin.

If you missed the original announcement and haven’t yet seen the site or the collections, be sure to give them a look.

In addition to the site and the collections, don’t miss out on the two special birthday presents we have for you.

More Books, No Additional Charge!

First, we’ve added 11 new volumes to the Calvin 500 Collection, bringing the total up to 108! To cover the addition of these new titles, the price needs to go up. But instead of raising it immediately, we decided that we’d keep it at the already crazy price of $299.95 through the weekend. If you’ve been contemplating placing your pre-order, you have one last chance to pick up the most comprehensive Calvin collection on the planet at the lowest possible price. First thing Monday morning (July 13), the price will increase.

If you’ve already pre-ordered the Calvin 500 Collection, you’ll get all of these 11 new titles at no additional charge, but we need your help to cover the added cost. Please spread the word about the even bigger Calvin 500 Collection. Blog it. Tweet it. Facebook it. Or email it.

Get a Free Copy of Calvin’s Institutes!

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John CalvinSecond, we’re giving away the Beveridge translation of Calvin’s Institutes through the end of the month. To get your free book, you’ll need three things:

  1. a copy of the Libronix Digital Library System installed on your PC or Mac
  2. a Logos.com account with a credit card on file
  3. a Libronix Customer ID that is connected to your Logos.com account

Here are the steps to follow to get all set up:

Step 1: Download and install Libronix for Windows. (Mac users can purchase the Mac version of the engine, or buy a Mac base package.) If you already have Libronix up and running on your computer, jump to the third step.

Step 2: Activate Libronix. When you do, you’ll create a Libronix Customer ID (usually your email address, if you enter it). You can find your Libronix Customer ID by going to Help > About Libronix DLS.

Step 3: Create a Logos.com account. If you already have one, just log in.

Step 4: Make sure that your Libronix Customer ID is associated with your Logos.com account. Go to My Account, enter your Libronix Customer ID from Step 2, and click “Confirm.” If it’s already there, no need to do anything.

Step 5: “Buy” the Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin. Go to the page and click “Add to Cart,” or just add it straight to your cart from here, and then make sure to add the CALVIN-500 coupon code to your cart and click “Update Cart.” Proceed through the checkout process and then click “Submit Order.” If you don’t have a credit card on file, you’ll need to enter your credit card information. Don’t worry. You won’t be charged. It’s an unfortunate inconvenience in our current checkout system, and we hope to change it at some point.

Step 6: Unlock and download your new book. If you’re on a Windows machine, just click the orange “Unlock & Download” button. If you’re on a Mac, just synchronize your licenses (Tools > Library Management > Synchronize Licenses) and manually put the book file in your resources folder (Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Libronix DLS/Resources on the startup volume).

Step 7: Start using your new book! Open Libronix, open My Library, then type Institutes to find it. Double-click it to open it.

4th of July Fun

Most Americans celebrated the 4th of July by watching fireworks, but five Logos employees celebrated by spending more than 80 hours working outside—in temperatures approaching 100 degrees in the afternoon—putting on a massive fireworks display for others to enjoy. Customer Service representatives Justin Kooy, Debbie Mickens, Kat Hutchison, and Christy Powell and software developer James Van Noord joined three others to put on a fireworks display at Fort Spokane over the July 4th weekend.

All but one of the Logos pyrotechnicians have done professional displays in the past, and Justin will be getting his official pyrotechnics license later this summer. We thought you’d enjoy seeing how some of the people behind the product spent their 4th of July.

Here’s a slideshow of some of the pictures—courtesy of James Van Noord.

A congratulations is definitely in order to Justin Kooy, who proposed to his now-fiancée Katie during the fireworks show (see the second to last picture). Congratulations, Justin and Katie!

Using RefTagger with Bible.Logos.com and Ref.ly Links

By default RefTagger will tag only the bare Bible references on your site. If a Bible reference is already linked to Bible.Logos.com or another online Bible site, RefTagger will ignore it. So you won’t get the cool tooltips to show up on references you’ve already linked manually.

We’ve received some feedback from people who want to be able to link Bible references to Bible.Logos.com and have RefTagger add the tooltips, so we’ve decided to add support for it. It also works with Ref.ly links, which is perfect if you syndicate your Twitter feed to your blog.

Here are a couple of examples:

All you need to do to enable this new functionality is add one additional line of code to the RefTagger script code in the footer of your site. Simply add

Logos.ReferenceTagging.lbsConvertHyperlinks = true;

to the RefTagger JavaScript code anywhere before the line

Logos.ReferenceTagging.tag();

This will tell RefTagger to add tooltips to all of the Bible references that are hard linked to Bible.Logos.com or Ref.ly.

Why would you want to do this? Well, since RefTagger uses JavaScript, Bible references in your site’s feed don’t get linked because the JavaScript code runs only on your site, not in your readers’ feed reader (e.g., Google Reader or Bloglines). If you want your Bible references to be linked in your feed, you’ll have to link them manually (or use this hack to save a little time). Before, you had to choose between linking your Bible references to Bible.Logos.com or using RefTagger. Now you can do both and enjoy the best of both worlds.

Seminary Scholarship

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Seminary is expensive. As a seminarian myself, I’ve spent thousands of dollars on tuition, books, and the many other expenses of seminary. During my journey I’ve always been on the lookout for scholarships and creative ways to finance my studies. That is why I am so excited to announce Logos’ latest project, SeminaryScholarship.com.

If you’re a seminarian and are looking for a seminary scholarship, then this announcement will come as good news. In November, just in time for the start of the Fall term, Logos will award its first $1,000.00 seminary scholarship. In addition to the tuition award, the scholarship will include a copy of the Scholar’s Library. The scholarship is open to all seminary students and the application process should take you less than 15 minutes.

If you’re a seminarian, head over to SeminaryScholarship.com and apply today. If you’re not a seminarian but know someone who is, please share the site with them. I’ve included some banner ads below that you can paste onto your website or blog to help spread the word.

Logos Bible Software for Mac 1.1.1 Now Available

On Monday Apple launched Safari 4, the latest version of their web browser. There are a couple of incompatibilities with Logos Bible Software for Mac 1.1 (specifically with the Exegetical Guide), so we’ve released version 1.1.1 to address these issues.

Version 1.1.1 is identical to version 1.1 with the exception of which version of Safari is required. If you don’t plan to move to Safari 4 yet, then you should stick with 1.1 for now.

If you’re an existing Logos for Mac user, you can download this new version for free by going to Logos.com, signing in, navigating to My Account > Order History, and then clicking on your Mac engine or base package order. At the bottom of the order page, you’ll see a “Files to Download” section.

Click the “Download” link next to the appropriate file to save it to your Mac, make sure Logos for Mac is closed, and then double-click the file to install the update. Follow the instructions, and you should be up and running with the latest version in less than a minute.

If you don’t have a Logos.com account, don’t see the link below your Mac order, or have any other troubles updating, please contact our Mac Customer Service team at 800-875-6467 or macsupport@logos.com.

Update: If you’re running Mac OS X 10.4, you will not be able to install version 1.1.1 yet. We’re working on a fix. In the meantime, you’ll need to stick with Safari 3 and Logos for Mac 1.1. We’ll let you know as soon as this issue has been resolved.

Update 2: Version 1.1.1 now works properly on Mac OS X 10.4 as well.

Looking for a Summer Job?

Logos Ambassador ProgramLooking for a Summer job, or know someone who is?

Make real cash over the summer! Put some money away, give some money away, catch up on bills, save for your next missions trip, add books to your library, go on a great vacation, serve others, or pay tuition next semester. The Logos Ambassador Program can help you do just that. Be your own boss this summer and earn a generous income while working as little or as much as you want!

Your summer job is here!

As you head back home between semesters or stick around to save on travel expenses, what are you going to do with your spare time? Why not earn a generous income while maintaining an independent and flexible schedule?

You have already been sharing your love for Logos with your friends and family. Now you can show them how their Bible study time can be transformed—and get paid to do it! Become an Ambassador today and start selling Logos Bible Software’s base packages, from Bible Study Library through Scholar’s Library: Gold (available for PC and Mac).

Make more than a lawyer!

The Ambassador’s payout is quite generous. You’ll earn a commission of 15% on the products you sell. That could be well over what almost any summer job would pay! Simply selling one Scholar’s Library: Gold would earn you over $150 for that one sale—and the average sale probably takes less than an hour.

It only takes about ten minutes to show someone a demo video, a few minutes to talk about your experience with Logos, and a few minutes to show them how it will help them in their Bible study. That’s it. Show the demo, take the sale.

Want books instead of cash? Earn $300+ in books for just one sale.

If building a comprehensive digital library is your desire, you can double your commission to 30% in Logos credit if you would rather get Logos books. Just selling one copy of Scholar’s Gold to your pastor, friend, associate pastor . . . could earn you over $300 in Logos book credit.

Summer Freedom!

The beauty of this program is that you can work as much or as little as you want. No time clocks, no shift changes. You are your own boss and make your own schedule—so go ahead, take a weekend off to go with your friends on your annual trip. Where else are you going to find something like this?

Visit our Ambassador page for more information, read the details and FAQ, and then submit your signed application today!

The Best Mojito Chicken Chili Around

Last Friday we enjoyed our annual chili cook-off here in the office. We had about a dozen different entries, and they were quite tasty! But three stood out from the crowd.

By popular vote, the winners were:

  • 1st Place: Jana Gering’s Mojito Chicken Chili (#2)
  • 2nd Place: John Barry 8 Bean Fit n’ Lean Turkey Chili (#6)
  • 3rd Place: Dave Dunkin’s Basic Chili (#1)

Jana has graciously allowed me to share her winning chili recipe with you, our readers. So be sure to download the PDF and give it a try. It’s sure to please!

2009 National Camp Logos

The annual National Camp Logos hosted right here in Bellingham, WA is just around the corner. The two days of practical, thorough, hands-on training with authorized trainer Morris Proctor are slated for June 11-12 at Birchwood Presbyterian Church, which is located at 400 Meadowbrook Ct.

Watch Morris’s latest video (embedded below) to learn why you should attend an upcoming Camp Logos.

Camp Logos regional seminars take place all over the country throughout the year (see the list below), but the national camp is extra special. You’ll receive the same professional and biblical training as you would at any Camp Logos, but you’ll also get these additional benefits:

  • More training. The training hours are expanded from 9 to 4:30 each day so you can get as much instruction as your body and brain can endure.
  • Q&A times with the Logos leadership. Key Logos leaders will be available each day to answer your questions and tell you about exciting new happenings at Logos.
  • More food. Your registration includes a huge continental breakfast and a tasty lunch for each day.
  • Interaction with more Logos users. You have ample opportunity to meet many other Logos users like yourself and learn how they’re using the software.
  • A tour of the Logos headquarters. A highlight each year is when we visit the offices of Logos Bible Software to see where these electronic resources are developed.
  • Vacation time in the northwest. Plan an extra couple of days to enjoy the beautiful country of Washington state.

Register today. For more information, contact mp|seminars at info@mpseminars.com or 877.237.3168.

If you can’t make it out to Bellingham for the National Camp, no need to worry. Morris and his team are coming to an area near you. Check out the complete schedule to see a list of upcoming regional camps around the country.

  • Huntington, WV | 5/18–19
  • Oklahoma City, OK | 5/28–29
  • Detroit, MI | 6/18–19
  • Nashville, TN | 6/30–7/1
  • Shreveport, LA | 7/8–9
  • San Jose, CA | 7/27–28
  • Mansfield, OH | 8/4–5
  • Denver, CO | 8/11–12
  • Indianapolis, IN | 8/26–27
  • Houston, TX | 9/23–24
  • Raleigh/Durham, NC | 10/15–16
  • St. Louis, MO | 10/19–20
  • Nashville, TN | 12/1–2

Update: The venue has changes from Bellingham Covenant Church to Birchwood Presbyterian Church, which is located at 400 Meadowbrook Ct.

Bike-to-Work Day

bike-shop2.jpgWith National Bike-to-Work Day coming up next Friday, we thought we’d take a moment to share with you a little corner of the Logos offices that you might not know exists—the bike shop.

Equipment purchases at Logos typically include laptops, servers, and networking gear. So Bob was a little surprised to see an IT department purchase request that included everything necessary to set up a bicycle repair shop, but he supported the project from the get-go.

When asked about the bike shop, Bob said, “It was a great idea. Many of our employees bike to work, and others go for rides during the day. Having a fully equipped bike shop on site is a great way to encourage healthy habits that are good for the environment, too.”

The bike shop is equipped with everything you would find in your local bike shop. With so many specialty tools, thankfully we have a number of avid bikers and former bike shop employees—including our IT Manager, Jim Straatman—who are more than willing to lend a helping hand to employees who aren’t sure what to do.

Hopefully we’ll see a big response from employees next Friday, and lots of folks will bike in to work. For added motivation, that Friday will also be the day of our annual Chili Cookoff. Now we can all enjoy an extra helping of chili, knowing that we can bike off the extra pounds on our way home from work.

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Team Logos at the 2009 Trivia Bee

Last Friday Logos participated for the fourth time in the annual Trivia Bee sponsored by the Whatcom Literacy Council. There were 28 teams, and for the first time we made it all the way to the finals. We ended up placing 5th overall, beating out teams of librarians and engineers. I hear that our team has their sights set on 1st place for next year’s contest.

Ken Smith, the head of our Electronic Text Development department and a former team member, was this year’s coach. Team members were software developer James Van Noord, who has participated every year, and first-timers Heather Anderson and Isaiah Hoogendyk, both of whom work in ETD.

All three of this year’s team members are originally from Lower Michigan, so they decided to call themselves the Trolls (see Wikipedia for details).

Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings participated again this year as the lifeline. Each team could buy up to 3 lifelines. If the team didn’t know an answer, they could substitute Ken’s answer for their own. If he got it right, their team got it right. I’d guess that going with the answer of a guy who won 74 times in a row on Jeopardy was a pretty safe bet!

Here are some pictures of the event, courtesy of of former Logos employee Mark French.