A Library on the Bus

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As I was riding the bus to work last week, I was reading 1 Peter 1:3-5 on my Beta copy of Logos for Mac (part Bible study, part Beta testing). I sat there thinking about all the great promises of God within this text and thought, “I wonder what Dr. K. has to say about this.” So, I hit apple+L (that’s control+L for you windows users) and opened my library. At that moment I had an epiphany. Now, if you’ve been a Logos users for a while, you’ve probably already had this epiphany. For some of you, this epiphany is the reason you bought the software in the first place. For me, it was a new thought… I have a library on my computer.
Now, sure, everyone who has a Logos base package knows that he or she has a library on his or her computer, but this day was different. As I opened Kistamaker’s commentary, I thought about how big the print edition of this book would be. I own a couple hard copies from Baker’s New Testament Commentary Series and these are big, heavy, hardcover books. I chuckled as I thought about how funny it would look if I were on the bus trying to read my Bible and this commentary. It just wouldn’t work out too well.
aybd.pngThen I opened my Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary to see what it had to say about hope and remembered from my seminary days how incredibly large this book would be if I had it in my lap right now. I clicked more and more resources. As I opened the ESV English-Greek Reverse Interlinear of the NT and my Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament to study the original language in a little more detail, it just got funnier. By this point I probably had 5 or 6 books open, in my lap, on a crowded and bouncy bus. This kind of study would simply be impossible with the print equivalent.
The bus rounded the corner and I saw my stop approaching. I quickly closed my computer and tossed it in my bag. As I stepped off the bus and started walking towards Logos, I thought back to my campus ministry days. OH, how I wish I had Logos back then! I constantly battled between having my library at the church office or my home office. I was continually toting books back and forth. Then there were my trips to study on campus. Between these three places it was inevitable that I would want or need one of the books that weren’t where I was at the moment. How easily this could have all been solved if I only had Logos back then.
So, what about you? When did you have this epiphany? Where do you find yourself saying, “I could never do this if it weren’t for Logos?” Drop a comment below and share your story.

Goodies for the Holidays

Today’s guest blogger is Adam Navarrete, who works in the marketing department here at Logos.

Just in time to get you thinking about your holiday cooking calendar, we held another bake-off this past Friday. There were more than a dozen delicious treats, but three rose to the top.

Our winners were as follows:

  1. Heidie Godfrey with her Chocolate Raspberry bars
  2. Elise Starkovich with her In Search of Wow Wow Wibble Woggle Wazzie Woodle Woo (translation: Cookie Cheesecake)
  3. Elizabeth Sanborn with her Keebler Bars

We invite you to download the recipes and give them a try!

If you make any of these for your household, church function, or holiday event, let us know how you like them.

Enjoy!

Steve Runge Joins the Blogosphere

Steve Runge, a scholar-in-residence here at Logos and author of the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament, the High Definition New Testament, and the forthcoming Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction to Discourse Features for Teaching and Exegesis has contributed to the blog here on several occasions.

But he has a lot more to say about discourse grammar, his area of expertise, so he’s decided to start his own blog, NT Discourse. His stated goal is to remove the mystery from discourse grammar. If it’s still a mystery to you, you might want to give it a read.

Steve’s hit the blogging ground running, and has been averaging about five posts per week. Here’s a sampling of the kinds of things he’s been discussing:

If you’ve purchased the LDGNT or the HDNT and are looking for some help learning how to put them to good use, you’ll definitely want to check out Steve’s new blog. You RSS folks can grab his newly burned FeedBurner feed.

Even if you’re not into discourse grammar, you won’t want to miss Steve and his dog singing a duet!

Logo, Logo’s, and Logos

If you’ve watched our company video or talked with us on the phone multiple times, you’re probably aware of the various ways we pronounce our name. Some say Lŏgŏs, others say Lōgōs, and a few say Lōgŏs.

Which is it? As Eli so aptly put it, “It doesn’t matter how you say it. It’s Lōgōs, Lŏgŏs, Lōgŏs. It’s all good.”

Take the poll and let us know how you say it.

Logos Bible Software LogoThere are two other variations of our name that I’ve come across several times lately—not in pronunciation, but in spelling: Logo’s Bible Software and Logo Bible Software. Both of these assume that the first word in our name has something to do with a logo (i.e., “a symbol or emblem that acts as a trademark or a means of identification of an institution or other entity”).

It’s easy to understand why people would think this since logo is a very common English word, and our name comes from a Greek word that may be unfamiliar to many.

If it’s still Greek to you, then now’s your chance to learn a little about the Greek word λόγος (i.e., logos)—and the meaning behind our name.

Λόγος is a noun that occurs 330 times in the Greek New Testament. It’s most basic meaning is “word,” “speech,” “utterance,” or “message.” It’s used of Jesus as the Word (i.e., Jn 1:1, 14; Rev 19:13). It’s also used to refer to the Bible or some portion of the Bible as the Word of God (e.g., Mt 15:6; Lk 5:1; 8:21; 11:28; Jn 10:35-36; Ac 6:2, 7; Heb 13:7). Commonly it has specifically in view the preeminent word or message from God, namely the gospel (e.g., 1 Thes 1:5-6, 8).

So that’s what the Logos in Logos Bible Software is all about—the Word of God.

Join Us on LinkedIn

We recently created a new LinkedIn group for Logos Bible Software users. If you are a member of LinkedIn and use Logos, we invite you to join our group.

If you aren’t sure what LinkedIn is and want to learn more, watch the video below.

For more on the benefits of LinkedIn, you’ll find tons of useful ideas in Linked Intelligence’s 100+ Smart Ways to Use LinkedIn.

By the way, we’re on Facebook, too. Check out our profile, our business page, and our groups:

Two Free Lutheran Lectionaries!

Thanks to the initiative of our friends at Concordia Publishing House, we are pleased to make available to you two Lutheran lectionaries:

  • Lutheran Service Book: One-Year Lectionary
  • Lutheran Service Book: Three-Year Lectionary

And they are absolutely free!

If you have one of our base packages that includes the Lectionary Viewer Addin (i.e., any Logos Bible Software 3 base package except for the Original Languages Library), then all you need to do is click the Download button on the Lutheran Lectionaries page or run Libronix Update from the Tools menu in Libronix.

If you have a base package that doesn’t include the Lectionary Viewer Addin, you have two options. You can purchase the Lectionary Viewer Addin for $19.95, or you can upgrade your base package to one of the latest and greatest. Visit our upgrade page to see your options.

If you have an older base package, upgrading is definitely the way to go. There are lots of resources and tools that you’re missing out on. See the 100 New Features in Logos Bible Software 3 and the Top 20 New Features.

Here’s an example of why upgrading is by far the better value. If you upgrade from Bible Study Library (QB) to Bible Study Library (ND), it will cost you only $39.90 (twice the price of the Lectionary Viewer Addin), but you will get—in addition to the Lectionary Viewer Addin—19 new resources, 2 new addins, and 3 new parallel passages! All of that for only $19.95 more!

If you already have the Lectionary Viewer Addin, visit the Lutheran Lectionaries page to get your new lectionaries. If you don’t, go check out your upgrade options.

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The Ultimate Steal

This doesn’t have much to do with Logos Bible Software, but it’s too good of a deal not to pass on to you.

Microsoft is again offering Office Ultimate 2007 for only $59.95! It retails at $679.95, so this is a savings of more than 91%.

Ultimate includes these 10 programs:

  • Word 2007
  • Excel 2007
  • PowerPoint 2007
  • Outlook 2007
  • OneNote 2007
  • Groove 2007
  • Publisher 2007
  • Access 2007
  • InfoPath 2007
  • Accounting Express 2008

That’s only $6 per program!

There are two stipulations for qualifying:

  1. You must have a .edu email address.
  2. “You must be a student at a U.S. educational institution and must be actively enrolled in at least 0.5 course credit and be able to provide proof of enrollment upon request.”

While there are a couple of good Office competitors out there, Office is still the standard and it integrates best with Logos (e.g., Bible reading schedules in Outlook, search results in Excel, and copying and pasting text with auto-citations into Word).

If you’re a student and don’t have Office, you should definitely give this a look.

Looks like starting September 8 you can also grab the upgrade to Vista Ultimate SP1 for only $64.95 (retails at $239.99).

Why Should Worship Leaders Have All the Pretty Graphics?

Have you ever wished your sermons had the same visual excitement that your song lyrics have? Wouldn’t it be great if you could tie in all the pieces of your worship service with the same graphics and have one consistent look and feel throughout your entire service? Now you can!

PowerPointSermons.com offers the best resources available on the web to help pastors present professionally prepared PowerPoint sermons every week. For a reasonable yearly subscription rate, pastors from any denomination can find visual elements that will make the sermon the central focus of the worship service and help their congregation focus on the message in a way that enhances their learning experience.

We try hard to make Logos Bible Software the only tool you need for sermon preparation, so we have integrated the PowerPointSermons.com graphics with the Passage Guide results. When you use the Passage Guide to study a portion of Scripture, Logos will provide you with the essential tools and resources for preparing and presenting your sermon—including picking a selection of PowerPoint templates perfectly suited to your passage or topic.

The first few graphic sets you use are free, and if you decide to continue to use the service simply sign up for unlimited yearly access for your entire staff! No need to surf the web or use the same old template over and over. With PowerPoint Sermons integrated into Logos, you’ll always have something fresh, relevant, and attractive—and just a click away.

Watch the video below to see why your church should consider subscribing to PowerPoint Sermons.

(If you don’t see a video here, visit the blog post to watch it.)

For more information on PowerPoint Sermons integration in Logos, see the following:

Are You Running the Latest Version of Libronix?

I was surprised when I saw some stats on the number of people not running the latest version of Libronix (i.e., 3.0e). The numbers are even more surprising when you consider that updating Libronix to the latest version is entirely free and very easy to do.

Who’s Up to Date (and Who’s Not)?

Most of you are running the latest version, but a sizable group are still running a version that has been outdated for months or even years. Here are the numbers.

Current Version | 70.89%

  • 3.0e | 70.89%

Outdated Versions | 29.11%

  • 3.0d | 18.16%
  • 3.0c | 5.98%
  • 3.0b | 2.29%
  • 3.0 | 1.59%
  • 3.0a | .93%
  • Expired Betas | .16%

How to Find Out Which Version You Have

With Libronix opened, go to the “Help” menu and click “About Libronix DLS.”

You’ll find the version that you have installed right at the top towards the middle. If it doesn’t say 3.0e, it’s time to update.

How to Update

Updating to the latest version of Libronix is easy to do. There are (at least) five ways to do it:

  1. Update in Libronix: With Libronix opened, go to the “Tools” menu and click “Libronix Update.” Install all Required and Recommended items. If you have an internet connection, this is the easiest and best way to get updated.
  2. Update from Logos.com: You can also update to the latest version from our website: http://www.logos.com/support/downloads/ldls. Click the orange “Update” button and follow the instructions. (Or just run this script: http://www.logos.com/media/update/30eAutoUpdate.lbxupd.)
  3. Update from a Media Only DVD or CDs: If you’d rather not update via the internet, you can order a media only DVD (or CDs) to get the latest version of Libronix and of most of your book files.
  4. Upgrade Your Base Package: All of our base packages come with the latest version of Libronix, plus lots of new addins, tools, and resources! Visit http://www.logos.com/upgrade to see your upgrade options.
  5. Update from Any Recent Product: All CD/DVD products with an official release date after February 1, 2008 should include 3.0e on them. If you’ve purchased a new product recently or have one coming soon, you can update to 3.0e that way.

For a list of new features in 3.0e, see the previous post “Update to Libronix DLS 3.0e.”

The Logos Blog Turns 3!

Three years and 700 posts later . . .

The Logos blog officially launched on July 29, 2005. If my math is correct, that means that today is our 3rd birthday! No need to buy us any presents, but you’re welcome to buy yourself one if you want. :)

Looking Back

Over the past three years we’ve blogged just about every weekday with a few misses here and there. On an interesting note, yesterday’s blog post was our 700th.

As a quick recap, I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the most viewed posts.

According to Google Analytics, here are the 5 posts with the most pageviews:

  1. Try Out the Pre-Pub Program—and Get a Free Book!
  2. The Lifework of Dr. Jim Rosscup
  3. The Secret to Beating the Postage Increase
  4. Free Sermons in Your Bible Software
  5. New Bible Widget for Mac

According to FeedBurner, here are the 5 posts with the most RSS views:

  1. Learn Logos Bible Software
  2. Understanding Data Types: Definitions
  3. Doing Things Faster with the Keyboard, Part 1
  4. Doing Things Faster with the Keyboard, Part 2
  5. Logos in the Blogosphere

Looking Forward

We’re in the process of upgrading the blog from Movable Type 3.2 to 4.2. We hope to roll out a new look with some cool new features very soon, so stay tuned for an even better Logos blog.

We value your input as we move forward. Feel free to share your suggestions for things you’d like to see us incorporate. We’d also love to hear what kinds of posts you find most helpful. What would you like to see us do more of? What could you do without? In short, what can we do to make the blog an ever better tool to keep you informed and help you get the most out of your Bible software? Let us know by leaving a comment or sending an email to blog@logos.com.