Every year, around the 4th of July, Logos has a company Chili Cook-Off. This is the grandaddy that started them all (the curry cookoff, the soup cookoff and the salsa cookoff are spinoffs of the chili cookoff!).
Today, July 7, 2006, is our Seventh Annual Chili Cookoff. You can check out some photos and commentary from last year’s Chili Cookoff if you’d like.
We’ll post the results on Monday, so stay tuned!
In this post, I’ve gathered some of the latest testimonials about how the latest version helps people study the Bible—whether they are a scholar, pastor or layperson.
If you have something nice to say about Logos 3, feel free to email it to me for consideration for the endorsements page. Hearing praise from customers brightens the day for all of us here at Logos…and helps us communicate the real-life benefits of the software to future Logos users!
On to the testimonials…
“Logos Bible Software 3 brings a broad and deep river of knowledge flowing from my computer. I can open multiple lexicons and technical resources and can fly between them seamlessly. I see it not merely as a Bible study tool. I find it to be a flexible, potent, integrated knowledge system of Biblical research and management. As far as I know, no competitor can touch it. I use it nearly every day.”
- James A Swanson
M.S.M. (Multnomah Bible College), M.TH. (UNISA)
revison editor and co-editor of several Bible language reference works, including concordances for the King James Version, New International Version, and New Living Translation; also Young’s Compact Bible Dictionary, and editor of Dictionary of Biblical Languages and The Swanson NT Greek Morphology
“Logos Bible Software 3 is the best thing to happen to Bible study since Gutenberg! I loaded Version 3 this morning and was quickly and efficiently using Logos better than ever before. I was able to get ready to teach Bible class more effectively and have more depth in my study—all just by pushing the GO button. Logos has always been good but now it’s better than good, it’s just greatness!”
- Mark Roberts
“This version three is really something special. Ya’ll have hit a grand slam home run with it.”
- Paul Buckhiester
Pastor, Wesley Heights UMC, Columbus, GA
“I do not have enough adjectives to describe and praise the new software. I thought the last version would be difficult to improve but Logos 3 with the tools of the Gold set, plus my additions, is simply wonderful!”
- Lee Hähnlen
Pastor, Waynesboro Presbyterian Church, PA
“Several years ago I was blessed with an opportunity to purchase your Pastor’s Library after looking at lots of different software packages. My decision to go with Logos was based on the vast potential of this study aid. I recently upgraded to Scholar’s Library: Silver and not only is the material in the set fantastic, but the improvements for Version 3 are phenomenal. It is helping me dig deeper into my studies and as I begin teaching it will be invaluable.”
- Ken Shawver
“I’m working with Logos 3 as I prepare a sermon series on Ecclesiastes. Not exactly the easiest book of the Bible to preach, but very relevant. So, I type in Eccl. 1.1-3 for the first series of the sermon and run a Passage Guide. In the new parallel passage section up pops ‘OT Quotations & Allusions’ with a reference to Romans 8:20. Off and on, I’ve studied Ecclesiastes for some 10 years, but I never made the connection to that particular NT verse, which indeed opens a new exegetical vista on the whole book of Eccl. for me. A small example, yes, but that’s what Logos 3 does. Thanks again.”
- Jason Van Vliet
Pastor, Maranatha Canadian Reformed Church, Surrey, BC
“By quickly perusing the lighting quick, voluminous, complete resources of the awesome Passage Guide, you can subsequently avoid the tendency to write down everything that interests you…and only you…(and few others in the audience). Instead, you will glean from the search only the main, the essential, the focused, the ‘tip of the sword’ concepts that will lift the message from obscurity to something far better.”
- Kurt Norton (the ever increasing empty bookshelf guy)
Pastor, Skagit Valley Church of Christ, Burlington, WA
This is post #250 for the Logos Blog. We’ve posted nearly every weekday since the blog launched last July.
We’ve had posts on curry, coffee, and Christmas decorating. We’ve announced company news, introduced some of the Logos staff and our publishing partners, and shared in the joy and trials of the Bible Road Trip. We’ve also used the blog to pull back the curtain on new features of Logos Bible Software 3, explore new reports such as Bible Word Study in detail, give examples of how to use specific features, and introduce the concepts and resources of syntax.
To take this post beyond a pat on the back for the blogging team, let us hear from you. Leave a comment and let us know what you’ve most enjoyed, which posts stand out in your memory, what you’d like to see more of, and what we’re sorely lacking.
This communication channel is here to serve our users, so let us know what it is that keeps you coming back for more!
The first independent, published review of Logos Bible Software 3 is in…and Logos scored two thumbs up!
The review will be published in the October issue of the Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society but we received permission to post it to Logos.com in advance. You can head over to read it right now.
Or, if you don’t mind a plot spoiler, here’s an excerpt:
“There are many Bible research programs available today and each one has its own strengths and weaknesses. One of the tremendous strengths of the Logos products is the incredible number of reference works available either in a package like this one or in separate products that can be added to one’s library. No other program comes close to providing us with so much valuable (and searchable) material. Anyone who spends much of their life studying, teaching and preaching the Bible will want to have this program or one of its sisters (the Scholar’s Library or Scholar’s Library Gold). Such programs are rightfully becoming an essential part of any preacher’s (or scholar’s) tool kit.” (More…)
The journal is primarily by and for homiletics professors (I guess that would make them “preacher teachers”?) at seminaries and Bible colleges across North America. It’s also read by pastors, evangelists, and others with an interest in preaching.
The author of this review is Dr. Roy Ciampa, Ph.D., associate professor of NT and director of the Th.M. program in biblical studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
This is the first of many reviews that will appear in print over the coming months. I find it interesting that each one adds another dimension to the evaluation of the product and each reveals a different perspective on what’s important in a Bible software package and to whom it’s important. With a diverse user base and a large, multi-faceted product this makes sense.
If you’ve never seen our software review archive, check it out…chances are good that your denominational publication or favorite journal or magazine has reviewed Logos Bible Software and you can get their perspective on it.
If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you may be asking yourself, “Why Syntax?” That is, why is it such a big deal in Logos Bible Software 3?
We’ve recently posted an article on our web site by Dr. Mike Heiser, who serves as Logos’ Academic Editor, that provides some answers to this question.
And he does it in an easy-to-read way. Even if your first question is “What is syntax?”, you’ll benefit from reading Dr. Heiser’s article. So check it out!
We mentioned our Sixth Annual Logos Curry Cook-Off last week and promised recipes of the top three curries.
James Van Noord’s curry “Green Monster” was another excellent curry, garnering the third most votes. Here are James’s curry making notes:
My base recipe can be found at AllRecipes.com.
My modifications (with thanks to Vincent and Eli for pointers):
- added lime juice
- added kafir lime leaves
- added bird’s eye chilies
- added extra green curry paste
- I didn’t use as much lemon grass as is called for. I fished out most of the lemon grass before lunch.
- I used 14-oz cans of coconut milk
I tripled this recipe for the cook-off.
One of the cool web features we’ve built for the roll-out of Logos Bible Software 3 is an online upgrade tool that gives personalized discounts based on your customer account. The tool reads your licenses, shows all the upgrade paths available to you, finds the discounts you are eligible for, and posts a chart showing all the new books and resources you’ll get with your upgrade.
Here’s how it works…
Visit www.logos.com/upgrade and enter your Libronix Customer ID. If you’re like most users, this is the email address you used to activate your first Libronix-based product. If you’re like me and can’t remember that far in the past, you can either guess until you get it right or click the Help link on the upgrade page for directions on how to retrieve your Customer ID.
So I just “Enter Customer ID, click Go!” (sound familiar?) and behind the scenes, the upgrader tool finds my licenses in the Libronix activation database, calculates all my upgrade options and pricing, and presents me with this fine-looking page.
Let’s go through this item by item…
- Validation of my Libronix Customer ID. Everyone needs some validation from time to time.
- This text lets me know which Logos Bible Software Series X base package is licensed to me (in my case, Pastor’s Library – RA). My upgrade options are calculated from my ownership of this collection. I’m also provided with a few details about the upgrade process. Since I have a DVD drive, I will definitely want to choose the DVD option as it makes installation more convenient (and it holds more rebuilt resources!) than the 7 CD-ROM package.
- The product chart shows all the upgrade options available to me and how much I’m saving. Sweet!
- A list of the discounts I qualify for (they have already been applied to the prices above). The additional 25% off the upgrade price is very nice. And a limited time offer, by the way.
- Chart showing the new books and addin modules I can add to my library by upgrading to each of the available collections. This is just the top of the chart…it goes on and on.
From here, I just decide which collection I want to upgrade to, add the DVD version to my cart, and check out. My new licenses will be sent by email within seconds; the discs required to install the new Logos Bible Software 3 engine, books, addins, and data files will come as fast as the good delivery people find my house. I can even choose UPS Next Day Air Early AM if I just can’t wait!
As you can see, we’ve tried to pull together on one page everything you need for a smooth, easy, and dare I say bargain-priced upgrade experience. Not convinced? Here’s one last very cool feature of the upgrade page…
As you hover the mouse pointer over each title in the chart (with a few exceptions) you’ll see a little preview window that shows a picture of the bookcover and a brief blurb about its contents. You’ll also see the retail price for the book or product.
This one happens to be New International Greek Testament Commentary Series which has a retail price of $660.00 but is included when you upgrade to the new Scholar’s Library: Gold!
We added these preview windows to make it easier than ever for customers to get a handle on the contents of a collection…and see just how much value is inside!
If you haven’t done so already, give the upgrade tool a whirl and see what upgrade options you qualify for and how much you save!
We mentioned our Sixth Annual Logos Curry Cook-Off last week and promised recipes of the top three curries.
David Kaplan’s curry “Fire and Nice” was second only to Bob’s first-place effort. Here’s the recipe. David’s notes are a little more involved, but the curry was really yummy so it is worth the effort.
- Three pounds chicken tenders – DO NOT CUT UP
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- Two tablespoons Habanero powder
- Two 15 oz. cans of chicken broth
- 5 large onions – cut into large chunks
- Three medium heads of Broccoli – using only the flowerets.
- Two very large red apples — Peel and cut into ¼” thick slices. DO NOT DICE UP.
- A Boat load of curry powders — three different kinds. One was a Jamaican Style by “Spice Right” where the first ingredient was ginger. One was a “Miami Spice” curry powder where the ingredients are unknown, all it said was “A Blend of Natural spices including Tumeric”. The other Curry powder was from the bulk section at the grocery store. I never measured the curry powder, just kept dumping it in until I saw the color I wanted and it smelled robust.
- one tablespoon Garlic powder – not too much. It will overwhelm the other flavors.
First I put the chicken tenders in a huge bowl and dumped in a boat load of curry powders and mixed it up real good. Then I let the tenders sit for about 15 minutes mixing every five minutes. It was kind of like doing a rub.
Then I put the chicken tenders and vegetable oil in a large soup pot and cooked them until firm – stirring often.
Then I added the onions cut into large chunks. (This is for texture in the final product). and more curry powders. Cook for another 15 minutes stirring every three minutes or so.
Then add in the Chicken broth, garlic powder and the Habanero powder, cook for another 20 minutes. Stirring every five minutes.
Then add in the apple slices, and broccoli and more curry powder and cook until you can’t discern that there was ever any broccoli in the recipe (about 45 minutes). Stir vigorously every ten minutes or so. There will be a few small chunks of apples still discernable. The chicken will be fairly chunky still, but a lot of it will have broken down into the mix.
All the while you’re cooking – keep tasting, and salt and pepper to taste.
Then put it in the fridge over night. It tasted better the next day.
Logos Bible Software 3 is now shipping! Visit our online upgrade tool to get a personalized upgrade discount and a chart showing all the new books and addins you’ll receive when you upgrade.
For a limited time, get a 25% “early bird” discount on your Logos 3 upgrade! So visit www.logos.com/upgrade right away…
How Big is Logos Bible Software 3?
The launch of Logos Bible Software 3 is as big as the launch of Libronix back in 2001. It’s been said that the third version of a software application is where everything comes together in a big way. The refinements, enhancements, and additions you’ll see with Logos Bible Software 3 show this to be true.
Nearly five years ago, we introduced a brand new technology to the world. Today, Logos Bible Software 3 reflects countless hours of improvements, resulting from thousands of pieces of feedback from users of the Libronix Digital Library System.
Yes, there are tweaks, speed optimizations, and bug fixes in Logos 3. The software is faster and more reliable than ever. In fact, we have rebuilt or revised every major tool and report in the system.
But more exciting than that are the completely new tools, data, resources and reports that will make your Bible study better and more effective!
We’ve listed more than 100 significant new features and feature enhancements in Logos Bible Software 3…and each one helps you study the Bible better, more efficiently, and in greater depth!
We’ve also gathered as many of the new resources and tools as we could into one supersized package, this time calling it Scholar’s Library: Gold. With more than 700 titles worth more than $11,700 in print, Gold raises the bar on what it means to own a large, digital library of Bible reference materials!
If you can swing it, I’d recommend upgrading to Scholar’s Library: Gold. It’s a great value and with an upgrade discount plus the 25% early bird discount, there’s no better time to expand your library and your Bible study horizons!
Stay tuned for additional details and videos on Logos 3…but before you do anything else, check out the online upgrade tool to get a custom discount and see all the great content you can add to your library!