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As a city, Bellingham has some unique characteristics. And more than a few unique characters.
One particular street that I often walk along seems to be a favorite for folks living in vehicles. Buses, cars, VW microbuses, campers, you name it…but one of the stranger sights was this car, covered in compact discs.


I suppose the owner/tenant was mostly interested in the discs’ reflective properties that served to keep his vehicle cool. He was probably less interested in the contents of the discs…

Yes, closer inspection revealed that this fellow had plastered his car with hundreds of Logos Bible Software discs! When Logos 3 shipped, we had to throw away a lot of old inventory (sans serial numbers, of course). Normally, our shipping department spray-paints discs that go into the dumpster as an added precaution…but this time quite a number of bright, shiny discs made it into the dumpster and were re-purposed in a way we couldn’t have imagined.

A shout out to our users

The latest issue of Christian Computing Magazine included the results of a reader survey on Bible software…with Logos emerging as the clear leader!

Thanks to those of you who took the survey and selected Logos Bible Software as your favorite Bible study product. It’s always great to hear that we’re making an impact and that people really enjoy the user experience.

You can download the PDF (622 KB) if you want to read the entire article relating the results of the survey. Here are the highlights:

“…the average person taking our survey owns 2.5 Bible study programs.”

“…Logos was the clear winner when it came to the number of products purchased by our readers. 39.3% of those taking the survey reported that they owned a Bible study product from Logos.”

“…most of those taking the survey own two or three Bible study products…With a two to one vote over second place, our readers picked Bible study software from Logos as their favorite.”

The survey also asked some general questions about how and when people use Bible software. Here are a couple of the results for that section:

“When asked about their favorite use or feature, 38% said they used it to search the Bible to find a specific scripture, 25% used it to search commentaries, 17% used it to do word studies, about 12% used it for Greek and Hebrew studies, and about 8% stated they used it for all of the above. About 1% used Bible study software to read their Bible through, such as using a Bible reading plan. How often do people use their Bible study software? 38% said daily, 38% said weekly, and 13% said several times a month.”

Ultimate Fun

Today’s guest blogger is Erland Injerd, a developer who works in the Network and Systems department at Logos.

So you’re sitting at your desk at the end of a long day inside. The sun is shining outdoors, and the sky is the deepest crisp blue you’ve ever seen.

“Hey,” a coworker drops by your desk. “Let’s play some Ultimate Frisbee.”

This sounds promising.

“There are eight other people already on their way — meet you at the park!”

Off to the park you go…and sure enough, there’s a whole crowd of familiar faces, ready to start running in a friendly game of Ultimate.

Sound like a pleasant, post-lunch daydream?

Not at Logos Bible Software. During the summer months, what better way to work out some stress, get a bit of fresh air, and enjoy God’s creation than a game of Ultimate Frisbee, right after a hard day’s work?

“But getting enough people together is like pulling teeth,” the skeptic might say. “Schedules conflict, people leave early, no one knows exactly what park you’re going to…the list goes on.”

Fortunately, we work for a software company full of enterprising developers. Several years back, one of our devs made a website that manages the Ultimate games for interested employees. Just tell the site what days you can play, and it will send you an E-mail in the morning, asking you to sign up that day. If enough players sign up on a given day, all the Ultimate Heroes get a “Game On!” E-mail — we’re headed to the park! The game is always at the same place and the same time, so no one gets confused, and if not enough people sign up, well, no one arrives at the park wondering where everyone else is (we hope).

But it’s not enough to know that some of Logos secretly plays Ultimate. How do the games go?

Thankfully, nowhere in the hiring process at Logos does it mention “skill at Ultimate Frisbee.” While some of us are fairly gifted at running and throwing and yelling (or just yelling), most of us are pretty casual, average players. The little website that schedules our games is also smart enough to take past results, crunch the statistics, and figure out the real movers and shakers. They all get stuck on one team, and everyone else….
Actually, the teams tend to shake out pretty balanced, after each player has a few games recorded. There have been some embarrassing 15-3 or 15-5 final scores (yes, we play to fifteen), but for the most part, the games tend to end up fairly close.

Of course, that keeps things interesting. When the score is 13-12, and it’s 7PM, people start getting focused. Do you really want to throw long? How about we send someone to the end zone. Cover that guy, he’s getting physical…just give him a little elbow. Some of us are good at throwing, some are good at catching, some are good at guarding — and there’s my personal favorite: running a lot.

But when the day is done, and everyone shakes hands, gives high-fives, talks a little smack about “that last pass,” you know the Ultimate game was worth it. Lots of exercise, lots of sun, lots of great times with friends — what a way to end a day’s work for an awesome company. So, the next time you’re wondering: how do we do it, remember the Ultimate. Sometimes, making software isn’t all about a computer screen.

A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Today’s guest blogger, Bradley Grainger, is a software developer for Logos.

On the weekend, my wife Susan and I took my uncle and aunt to visit Oak Harbor. The Logos headquarters were located there (in a converted barn) before the company moved to Bellingham four years ago. After Logos moved out, the building remained empty for quite some time, so I was surprised to discover that almost all the suites were rented to new tenants. However, there apparently hasn’t been any reason to take down the old sign:

The Development department has now been turned into MS Nails, a “a sensual and eclectic boutique shop”:

Marketing has become a salon and day spa:

And Electronic Text Development has become—what else?—a tattoo parlour:

Logos Bible Widget – Free Download!

We just launched a free Dashboard widget (for Mac users only–sorry, PC folks!) that can be downloaded from www.logosbiblewidget.com or from Apple.com.


What’s a widget? It’s a handy little application that sits in the Mac OS X Dashboard and does something useful. Usually, just one thing or a couple of things. In the case of the Logos Bible Widget, you can…

Look up any Bible verse instantly! Simply type or cut and paste any scripture reference into the Logos Bible Widget and instantly see the entire verse. Easier than grabbing your Bible off the shelf, faster than going to Bible Gateway, and best of all, it’s free!

But wait, there’s more…! Another reason to install the widget (on a Mac only, remember?) is that we’ll use it to announce Logos for the Mac when it ships. So not only can you subscribe to the Logos for the Mac email…you can also keep tabs by installing the widget.

Logos Chili Cook-Off Results


As promised, here are the results of the seventh annual Logos Chili Cook-Off. A good time (and a little indigestion) was had by all. There were thirteen chilis entered, but three were named the crowd favorites.
Watch a 3.5 minute video of Chili Day 2006! (.wmv | 9.4MB)

Continue Reading…

Logos Chili Day!

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!

Praise for Logos 3

When customers write in to rave about how much they enjoy Logos Bible Software 3, I collect those emails and post selections to our endorsements page (with permission, of course).

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

250 Posts Later…

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!

Is Logos 3 “An Essential Part of Any Preacher’s Tool Kit”?

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.

Be sure to check that reviews page or the Newest Reviews section of the Logos.com homepage or subscribe to the RSS feed to see new reviews as they are posted.

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