Top 10 Reasons Not to Upgrade to Logos 4

Since the launch of Logos 4 about three months ago, thousands upon thousands of people have upgraded to our brand new software platform with one of our newly reconfigured and much bigger base packages. In fact, some people have even upgraded multiple times. They moved over to Logos 4 at their same base package level, were blown away, and then decided to go all the way up to Platinum or Portfolio.

But not everyone has upgraded yet, and I’ve seen a variety of reasons people have given for not making the move to Logos 4. I’m not about to tell you what to do with your money. We’re all accountable before God for how we invest the money that He’s entrusted to us. So you’ll have to decide for yourself whether upgrading to Logos 4 fits into wise financial stewardship for you.

However, so many of the reasons that people have been giving for not upgrading to Logos 4 are based on misunderstanding or misinformation that I feel compelled to take the opportunity to respond to some of them while there’s still time to upgrade at our introductory pricing, which expire at the end of the month.

Reason 1: I don’t want to repurchase my books.

I agree. I wouldn’t want to either. But you’re not. In most cases you’re getting thousands of dollars of new resources that you don’t already own for pennies on the dollar. Look how much new content you’re getting if you upgrade from Gold for Logos 3 to Gold for Logos 4 (or higher). That doesn’t even factor in all of the cool databases that lie behind new features like Biblical People, Biblical Place, Biblical Things, etc. or the fact that you’re getting the most advanced Bible software platform on the planet.

So the short answer is that you’re not repurchasing your books. You’re purchasing lots and lots of new content at a huge discount.

Reason 2: The Logos 4 engine isn’t worth what you’re charging for it. / The upgrades are too expensive.

Many people mistakenly think that they’re not getting any new content with their upgrade—just the new engine. But that’s far from the case. In some instances you’re getting enough new content that in print would take a U-Haul truck to deliver! If you look at all the new content you’ll be getting and sit down and do the math, I think you’ll come to the conclusion that our upgrades are anything but too expensive. Most upgraders seem to agree.

Reason 3: I already got the free Logos 4 engine. Why would I want to pay to get Logos 4? Isn’t it just the same thing?

There’s far more to the Logos 4 experience than the new core engine, which is free. Much of what makes Logos 4 shine is tied to resources and databases that come with our new Logos 4 base packages. Explore the 4 ways to move to Logos 4, and find out why you should seriously consider upgrading.

Reason 4: I’ve spent years building my Logos library. I don’t want to lose everything I’ve acquired.

Don’t worry. You won’t. When you move to Logos 4, all your books come with you—even the ones you bought back in the 1990s. That’s the beauty of our licensing system. We sell you a license to a book or group of books, and that license isn’t tied to any particular file format, version of our software, or platform. If you’ve purchased it once from us, you can access it in any or all of the platforms we have available. Currently the available platforms include Windows, Mac (in beta), iPhone/iPod Touch, and mobile web (in beta). We’re even exploring a web version of Logos Bible Software.

Reason 5: The Mac version isn’t ready yet, so I’ll wait until it is.

True. The Mac version is still under development and isn’t ready just yet. However, Mac users might still want to go ahead and upgrade to Logos 4 now. Here are a few reasons: (1) You’ll get a better deal if you upgrade before the end of the month; and remember, you’re purchasing the books, not the engine. (2) You can use most of your new Logos 4 books in Logos for Mac 1.2.2 while you wait for version 4 to get finished. (3) Logos for Mac 1.2.2 and Logos 4 for Mac can run side by side without any problems so you can enjoy the stability of the old version while testing and enjoying the new features in the new version. (4) Logos 4 for Mac is being updated almost weekly with new features and bug fixes, and those updates come to you automatically and at no additional cost.

Reason 6: My computer is too old and probably won’t run Logos 4 well. / I’ve heard Logos 4 is slow.

It may very well be true that your computer won’t run Logos 4 well. Many netbooks and computers older than a few years may struggle to run Logos 4 as speedily as a newer, more powerful machine will. But keep in mind that you can continue to use the vast majority of your new Logos 4 books in Logos 3; think of it as another Library Builder collection. This will allow you to take advantage of the great new content in Logos 4 base packages and be ready to jump right into Logos 4 as soon as you are able to get a new computer.

Reason 7: Logos 4 is missing some of my favorite features. I’ll wait until they get added.

It’s true that Logos 4 doesn’t have all of the features that were in Logos 3. That’s partially because Logos 4 is a brand new platform, and we had a decade to add features to Logos 3. Instead of waiting until we got all of those features in Logos 4, we decided it was time to let you start enjoying all of the improvements you’ve been asking for. The good news is that the most important features from Logos 3 are being added, they’re even better in Logos 4, they’re free, and they’re getting pushed out in updates all the time. By upgrading now, you’ll actually increase the speed at which new features are added to the software.

Reason 8: I don’t want to lose Logos 3.

In the truest sense, as a software program Logos 4 is not an upgrade to Logos 3. Normally when you upgrade your software, it’s “out with the old and in with the new.” But Logos 4 is a completely separate application, which means you can run Logos 3 and Logos 4 side by side for as long as you’d like. You can even use most of your new Logos 4 books in Logos 3 as well. So take your time to learn Logos 4 and continue to enjoy the familiarity of Logos 3 until you’re ready to transition over completely.

Reason 9: Logos 4 is harder to use than Logos 3. / I don’t want to learn a new program.

Just about anything new and unfamiliar is going to be harder to use than something you’re very familiar with and skilled at using. But that doesn’t mean that the new thing isn’t far better than what you’re used to. There are numerous threads in our forums where a Logos 3 user who upgraded to Logos 4 posts about how much better he likes Logos 3, Logos 4 users reply by encouraging the individual to give it some time, and then, almost without fail, the original poster ends up coming back exclaiming how much better Logos 4 is and how much easier it is to use. In other words, the vast majority of people conclude that it’s well worth the effort to learn the new system. We even give you lots of help to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Reason 10: I don’t have the money to upgrade right now.

That may very well be a good reason not to upgrade to Logos 4 right now, but you may want to know that you can use a payment plan to spread your payments out over 12 months. This is perfect for pastors with book budgets. With our introductory pricing ending soon, you should at least consider whether a payment plan is right for you.

Well, that’s 10. I’m sure there are others. If you haven’t upgraded yet, I’m curious to know your reasons. If I haven’t mentioned them above, leave them in the comments. I’d love to have the opportunity to correct any other misinformation about upgrading to Logos 4. I’ll be out of the office all day today, but will do my best to reply to your comments tomorrow.

Soup Cook-off Winner

soup-winners.jpgIf you’ve followed our company for any length of time, you probably know that cook-offs are a regular part life at Logos (view our cook-off archive). A few weeks ago, we started off the 2010 cook-off calendar with our annual Soup Cook-off. We had a strong field of 12 this year and as one developer (who shall remain anonymous) put it, “They were really good this year. There wasn’t a single one that I wanted to spit out.”
With that said, here are the 2010 entrants:
Deborah Mickens — Captain Awesome’s Potato, Onion & Bacon Soup
Kat Hutchinson — Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Stew
Paul Williams — Gluten Free Yammy ‘tato Jubilee
Jana Gering — African Peanut Soup
Yuri Pineda — Lentil and Bacon soup
Sarah Wilson — Cheddar Ham Chowder
Rebekah Richoux — Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Ryan Husser — Chicken on Your Noodle Soup
Hayley Price — Vegetable Cheddar Chowder
Peter Venable — Thai tom ka gai
Darren Wright — Crab Bisque
Kyle Anderson — Pumpkin Black Bean Soup
Like all our cook-offs, everyone in the office was invited to come and taste the entries. Then, each person voted for their top 3 choices. Votes were then tallied and the winners announced via email.
This year’s winners are (pictured above):
1. Kat Hutchinson — Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Stew
2. Pete Venable — Thai tom ka gai
3. Yuri Pineda — Lentil and Bacon Soup
Kat was kind enough to share the winning recipe:
Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Stew
(from the kitchen of SaraAnn Evans)
Yield: A little over 1 ½ gallons of soup (approx. 30 1 c. servings)
Ingredients:
· ½ lb. thick sliced bacon
· 1 ½ lbs. boneless chicken meat
· Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
· 1 lg. yellow sweet onion, diced
· 1 jalapeño pepper, finely diced
· 1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
· 2 tsp. chili powder
· 1 tsp. fresh ground cumin
· ¾ c. dark beer (I used Old Rasputin) – the stew will have a lighter, fresher taste if you omit this. (and it will be gluten-free)
· 2 (8 oz.) cans of black beans, drained
· 1 chipotle pepper, dried – omit for lighter, fresher taste
· 3 c. low sodium chicken broth
· 3-4 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
· 2 limes
Extra addins to try– cooked rice, lime wedges, sour cream, grated cheese, tortilla chips
Directions:
1. In large pot, cook bacon over medium high heat until slightly crisp. Drain bacon and coarsely chop, then set aside. Reserve grease in pot.
2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook in bacon grease until browned. Remove and set aside
3. In remaining fat in pan, sauté onions, jalapeño and red pepper. Stir often and continue cooking until onions turn translucent and begin to caramelize.
4. Raise the heat to high and add chili powder and cumin. Cook 1 – 2 minutes.
5. Add beer and cook until reduced and liquid is nearly gone (about 4 minutes)
6. Add beans, chipotle pepper and chicken broth. Let mixture come to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5-10 minutes.
7. Add the chicken and bacon to the stew and take the chipotle pepper out.
*At this point you can do one of two things. You can throw everything in a Crock pot and wait a day for the flavors to get richer and smokier, or you can move ahead. I recommend the Crock pot. However, if you’re in a hurry, you can just move on and the flavors will be somewhat fresher.
8. Juice 1 lime and add to stew.
9. Add cilantro or other addins, and you’re ready to eat. Enjoy!
Notes: At step #6, for thicker stew, you can remove 2 cups of mixture (not the chipotle pepper) and puree in a blender, then mix back into the pot.
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Logos 4: Type Keywords in Passage Box

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

If you’re new to Bible reading and Bible study then Logos Bible Software 4 is going to be a very good friend to you by helping you get into the Bible. The Home Page opens with numerous suggestions for study as it displays various articles and graphics from your library. When you see something of interest just click a link for more information.

On the Home Page is a Passage Box in which you type a biblical reference to initiate study of that passage. You may, however, at least occasionally, not know a passage to type. Don’t fret. Logos will still help. Instead of typing a Bible reference, just type a couple of keywords and more times than not, Logos will locate a passage for you. For example,

Type Be Attitudes then click a passage from the drop down list.

Type Lord’s Prayer and you’ll see the places in the Bible where this prayer is recorded.

Type Birth of Jesus and you’ll be studying the Christmas story before you know it.

When you type keywords in the box, Logos searches section titles (pericopes) in your Bibles for possible matches. Try typing these keywords not just on the Home Page, but everywhere you see a Passage Box. Logos is there to lend a helping hand.

5 Reasons to Do Your 2010 Bible Reading in Logos 4

How’s your Bible reading going? If you’re like many Christians, you probably made plans to read through the Bible (or a portion of it) this year. If the statistics are correct, right about now many of you might need a little encouragement to stick with it. Or maybe the new year crept up on you, and you never even got around to picking a reading schedule for the year.

Either way—whether you’re just getting started or trying to stick with it—let me encourage you to consider doing your 2010 Bible reading in Logos Bible Software 4. I can’t promise that it will keep you on track all year, but there are five reasons I think it could be a big help.

With Logos Bible Software 4, you can

  1. start and end your Bible reading schedule whenever you want
  2. customize your reading schedule to fit your schedule and pace
  3. recover from missed days and stick with it
  4. read your Bible anywhere
  5. turn Bible reading into Bible study with ease

Let’s take a look at each one of these.

1. Start and end your Bible reading schedule whenever you want.

With most traditional Bible reading plans, you start on January 1 and finish on December 31. So if you didn’t start your Bible reading on the first day of the year, chances are you probably aren’t going to try—it’s just too much work to get caught up.

But that doesn’t have to be the case if you do your Bible reading in Logos 4. Your Bible reading plan can start and end any day of the year. You can just as easily set up your plan to start today. With Logos 4 every day is a good day to start reading the Bible.

2. Customize your reading schedule to fit your schedule and pace.

There are lots of good Bible reading plans freely available on the internet. Some let you read straight through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Others have you read through the OT and the NT at the same time. Others throw in a Proverbs a day. Still others include a daily reading from the Psalms.

While there are a wide variety of plans available, there may not be a plan that’s a perfect fit for you. Scheduling your reading in Logos 4 means you can create just the right plan. You decide when to start and finish, how often to do your readings, what portions of the Bible to read, and how much to read at each sitting. There’s no need to be forced into a plan you can’t maintain with your schedule.

In Logos 4 there are several predefined plans, but creating your own unique plan is easy. Go to File > Reading Plan, or type “Create Reading Plan” into the Command Bar and hit enter. Click on “All Passages” and choose one of the default plans, or enter your own custom range. For example, if you want to read from multiple places in the Bible each day, separate the ranges with a pipe. Ge–Dt | Mt–Jn would give you a reading from the Pentateuch and the Gospels each day. You can even create your own chronological reading plan using a variety of custom ranges.

3. Recover from missed days and stick with it.

According to the statistics I’ve seen, the majority of people who set out to read through the Bible or a portion of the Bible in a year end up throwing in the towel pretty early on. If you miss a few days, it’s easy to feel so far behind that you can’t get caught up. You could just adjust your schedule, but a print schedule doesn’t really lend itself to changes.

That’s the beauty of Logos. If you fall behind and can’t get caught up, instead of quitting you can just select “Adjust plan from here,” and it will push everything back (update: this feature is in beta and will ship soon!). Or you can just skip the readings you’ve missed by selecting “Catch up to here”—not ideal, but definitely better than quitting. If you’d rather still end on the same day and not skip any of your readings, it’s easy to quickly edit and rebuild your plan.

4. Read your Bible anywhere.

For the sake of consistency, it’s ideal to do your Bible reading at the same time and in the same place every day. But that’s not always possible. What often happens is that if you miss your scheduled Bible reading time, you end up missing the day (and one missed day often leads to another). You may have other opportunities during the day to do your reading, but you don’t have a Bible handy or can’t remember where you left off.

Logos 4 makes it easier than ever to do your Bible reading anywhere. Your reading plans are synced between your computers, so whether you’re at home, at the office, or on the road, you can keep up with your reading. With the Logos iPhone app, you can even take your reading with you in your pocket. I’ve been doing most of my Bible reading this year on my iPod Touch, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the ability to make the most of my bus trips to and from work* and the convenience of reading in bed.

5. Turn Bible reading into Bible study with ease.

If you’re reading the Bible carefully, you’re likely going to have questions about the meaning of a word or a verse or the location of a parallel passage or cross reference. Many print Bible’s have basic cross references and notes, but even with a good study Bible you’re going to come up empty handed on occasion. Digging deeper with print resources can take a lot of time and effort, and doing your reading in a print Bible means you’ll probably be more likely to pass up on the opportunities to turn reading into fruitful study and meditation. The beauty of Logos is that you can get answers in just a few minutes to just about any question that arises while you read. If you want to take your Bible reading to the next level this year, Logos 4 might just be exactly what you need.

Whether you’re just now considering a reading plan for 2010 or you’re on the brink of giving up on one, I’d encourage you to get started today with Logos Bible Software 4.

* In order to do my Bible reading on the bus, where I don’t have Wi-Fi access, I have to make sure to look up my reading before I’m out of Wi-Fi range at home or at work. But this will no longer be an issue. We’re currently beta testing offline support for reading plans, and it works great. It’s coming to an app store near you soon!

Seminary Scholarship Winner

Logos is happy to announce the winner of our second Seminary Scholarship award, Justin Hoke. Justin is currently working to finish his MDiv through the distance education program at Reformed Baptist Seminary.
As the winner of the Seminary Scholarship, Justin received a $1,000.00 tuition scholarship and a copy of the Logos 4 Scholar’s Library.
Next Scholarship to be Awarded May 10th
If you’re a seminarian (whether you’re full time, part time, distance, or residential) and you’re interested in applying for a $1,000.00 scholarship for tuition and a copy of Logos 4 Scholar’s Library, then visit www.SeminaryScholarship.com and apply today.
Not a seminarian? Well, it is likely that you know one. Please take a moment and send them an email, tweet, Facebook message, or even an old fashioned letter letting them know about this great opportunity.

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Cranfield on Romans

Cranfield on Romans and other New Testament EssaysC.E.B. Cranfield is perhaps best known for his two-volume commentary on Romans, which is part of the International Critical Commentary series (ICC, see here and here). And this is rightly so, his commentary is magesterial. But a writer can only handle so many issues in a commentary volume. Many times the rabbit trails run longer than the space one has available.
Did you know that Cranfield also published a collection of essays called On Romans and Other New Testament Essays? While this title is in the Portfolio (LE) collection of Logos Bible Software, chances are — particularly if you’re new to Logos Bible Software in the past few years — you didn’t even know it was available.
In On Romans Cranfield has more of a chance to dig into things that just don’t fit in the framework of a commentary. The table of contents has some details:

  1. ‘The Works of the Law’ in the Epistle to the Romans
  2. A Note on Romans 5:20-21
  3. Romans 6:1-14 Revisited
  4. Sanctification as Freedom: Paul’s Teaching on Sanctification, with special reference to the Epistle to the Romans
  5. Some Comments on Professor J.D.G. Dunn’s Christology in the Making with special reference to the evidence of the Epistle to the Romans
  6. Preaching on Romans
  7. On the Πιστις Χριστου (Pistis Christou) Question
  8. Giving a Dog a Bad Name: A note on H. Räisänen’s Paul and the Law
  9. Has the Old Testament Law a Place in the Christian Life? A response to Professor Westerholm
  10. Who Are Christ’s Brothers? (Matthew 25:40)
  11. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
  12. Some Reflections on the Subject of the Virgin Birth
  13. A Response to Professor Richard B. Hays’ The Moral Vision of the New Testament

As you can see, you also get peeks at Cranfield’s take on areas outside of Romans, and even comments on some on-going discussions like the πιστις Χριστου debate. This is excellent stuff. Printed reviews of On Romans are positively glowing (see the product page for some excerpts). Maybe it’s time to add On Romans to your library too.

How to Celebrate John Calvin’s 501st Birthday

Calvin 500 Collection (108 Vols.)

John Calvin is one of the church’s greatest theologians, and Calvinism one of the Western world’s most influential intellectual movements. Calvin was a theologian, pastor, biblical exegete, and tireless apologist for Reformed Christianity. His theological works, biblical commentaries, tracts, treatises, and letters helped establish the Reformation as a legitimate and thriving religious movement throughout Europe and the world.

No theologian has been acclaimed or assailed as much as Calvin. Calvinism has spawned movements and sparked controversy throughout the centuries. Wars have been fought both to defend and destroy it, and its later proponents began political and theological revolutions in Western Europe and America. The breadth and depth of the engagement with Calvin’s works since they first appeared four centuries ago—and their continuous publication since then—testifies to Calvin’s importance and lasting value for the church today. Thinking Christians from the twenty-first century who ignore Calvin’s writings do so at their own peril.

To celebrate Calvin’s birthday and his importance for the church today, we launched the Calvin 500 Collection—a massive project to convert 108 books by or about Calvin to our format. The Calvin 500 Collection includes:

  • 3 English translations of Calvin’s Institutes—including the rare Thomas Norton translation
  • Latin and French editions of Calvin’s Institutes
  • Complete set of Calvin’s commentaries
  • Four volumes of Calvin’s letters and correspondence
  • Dozens of tracts and theological treatises written by Calvin
  • Ten biographies of Calvin’s life and work
  • 31 volumes of secondary literature on the history and influence of Calvinism

We hoped to complete the project during 2009 (before Calvin turned 501), but it didn’t happen. Some of the texts, like the Norton translation of the Institutes—the first in the English language—took longer than we planned. We also ran into some problems with the commentaries which needed some special attention.

But the biggest delay happened when we launched Logos 4 in November. In the weeks before the launch, all efforts were devoted to making sure it happened as smoothly as possible—finishing all new books for the expanded Logos 4 base packages, working with our beta testers, building the new Logos iPhone app, training our customer service department and sales teams, and hundreds (thousands?) of other behind-the-scenes projects.

We’ve been busy since the release, too. We’ve been reading the emails you’ve sent us, talking to you on the phone, closely watching the Community Forums, listening to customer feedback, creating training videos and support pages, and doing everything we can to make Logos 4 even better. Since the launch, we’ve released a major update to Logos 4, with tons of new features. We’ve been updating the Mac version just about every week. And we just came out with a brand new update to the Logos iPhone app which now allows offline reading on your iPod Touch or on the iPhone when you’re in an airplane. Oh, and did we mention there are 1,000 more books available for reading on your iPhone than there were a month ago? These are just a handful of great reasons to upgrade today—and until the end of next week, you can still get 25% off when you upgrade to Logos 4.

So you can see why the Calvin 500 Collection wasn’t finished by the end of 2009.

Fortunately, even though it’s 2010 now, John Calvin is still 500 years old. He doesn’t turn 501 years old until July 10, 2010, and by then, you’ll be using Logos Bible Software to read all of Calvin’s commentaries, books, and theological works.

In fact, you’ll be reading the new Calvin books much sooner than July. We are very, very close to finishing the project. Although we are not quite ready to project a ship date, we can promise that it will be soon.

One last thing, the Pre-Pub price for the Calvin 500 Collection will go up on Friday, which means you still have four more days to lock your order in the current price. If you’re thinking of pre-ordering, do it now before the price goes up.

Logos 4: Close All

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

As you study the Bible with Logos Bible Software 4, you’ll find yourself with numerous resources, tools, and guides open on the screen. Now it’s time to close the panels and move in a different direction. You can of course close each panel individually, but that may take a while. So here’s a quick way to close everything on the screen and return to the Home Page.

Type close all in the Command Bar and press the Enter key.

For more commands to use in the Command Bar, read the Command Bar training article and watch the tutorial video.

Logos 4: Introductory discounts end January 31st!

Growing up in a household of seven—five kids, and my parents—I didn’t always get what I wanted, but I found that if there was something I believed I “absolutely needed” (in my adolescent opinion), I did what it took to get it.

In high school, a few friends and I were really into bodyboarding, the sport commonly known as “boogie boarding.” While at my favorite local surf shop one day, I found the board I had to have. This board was the Logos Bible Software 4 of bodyboards. I was able to set the board on layaway with a down payment, so I knew it would eventually be mine. From there on out, every dime I got went toward that board. I stashed away my lunch money, money from chores, and change from the couch—I was on a mission.

Eventually the day came when I had enough saved up. I was so stoked to be riding waves on my new board. It was well worth the wait, well worth not blowing my money on smaller things (who needs to each lunch anyway?) so I could have a really cool, brand new bodyboard. I still operate with the same mindset all these years later—just ask my wife. My point is, if I have to choose between buying smaller things I’m sure I would enjoy, or saving up for a more rewarding, cooler purchase, I will almost always save my money for the more rewarding purchase. I see it as an investment. I see it as going without until I can afford what I really want.

Whether you find yourself agreeing with my purchasing mentality or not, I would approach owning a Logos 4 base package the same way I did while trying to purchase my bodyboard. I would do what it takes. And better than layaway from my high school days, Logos has payment plans which allow you to start using your software right away, while spreading out your payments over several months.

There are many reasons why you should upgrade or purchase a new Logos 4 base package.
Previous posts like The Best Reason to Upgrade, Upgrade Illustrated, How to Get the Most Out of the Logos iPhone App, and 4 Ways to Move to Logos 4 have already given detailed reasons.

So here’s one straightforward reason: Introductory discounts end January 31st.

Come February 1st, we hope no one will say, “I didn’t know. Why didn’t you tell me?”
We also hope your friends and family will not discover you to be a Logos user who never told them how Logos Bible Software 4 could transform their Bible study—and that if they had bought before February, they could have saved 25% on their base package. I can’t say it more emphatically. If you can, do what it takes to get Logos Bible Software 4 before the end of the month.

One More Chance to Win

Last June, Dan walked into my office and said, “I want to do a Bible giveaway… a huge Bible giveaway.” We talked through the details, called some of our publisher friends, and a few weeks later launched a six month promotion in which we gave away 78 ultra-premium Bibles, worth over $12,000.
The response to the promotion was overwhelming, with thousands of people participating. One of the highlights for me was contacting the winners every month. Numerous times I got to hear stories of people who were so very blessed by the promotion. One email I received was from a preacher who had won the NASB Large Print Bible. He wrote, “This Bible will go to good use as my vision is failing (even though I am only in my 30′s) and I have been struggling reading from my NASB as I preach.” It brought me such joy to send him his Bible.
While we only had 78 people selected as winners in the Great Bible Giveaway, in a way everyone is a winner. The whole purpose of the giveaway was to introduce people to our online Bible. During the promotion, we saw site traffic and usage of Bible.Logos.com increase by more than 20% and many people sent in emails thanking us for sponsoring the promotion because it was through the giveaway that they learned about the site.

One More Bible to Give Away

During the course of the giveaway, one of our winners sent his Bible back and asked that we give it away to another person. So, honoring his request, here’s one last chance to win. Leave a comment on this blog post with your favorite Bible verse. On Monday (Jan 18) we’ll select a winner at random from the comments.
NOTE: Our randomly selected winner is Billy Stevens. While you can no longer enter to win, please feel free to continue posting your favorite verses in the comments below.

December Winners

  • 1 ESV Study Bible, Black Calfskin (Retail $239.99) from Crossway (winner: E. Amerman)
  • 6 HCSB Legacy Bibles, Black Genuine Leather (Retail $100) from B&H Publishing (winners: J. Rozema, G. Stadler, R. Mills, A. Manning, M. Macaluso, and D. Mora)
  • 1 KJV Cambridge Premier Concord Reference, Black Goatskin (Retail $199.99) from Cambridge Bibles (winner: R. DuBois)
  • 1 NASB In Touch Ministries Wide Margin Edition, Burgundy Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation (winner: P. Robin)
  • 1 NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation (winner: D. Buckham)
  • 1 NASB Side Column Reference Wide Margin Special Limited Edition, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation (winner: J. Swain)
  • 1 NIV Archaeological Study Bible, Venetian Brown Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $109.99) from Zondervan (winner: A. Beaver)
  • 1 NIV Study Bible, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $124.99) from Zondervan (winner: A. Bartlett)
  • 1 NIV Study Bible, Burgundy Goatskin ($229.99) from Cambridge Bibles (winner: E. Hernandez)
  • 1 NKJV UltraThin Bible Signature Series, Tan Calfskin (Retail $129.99) from Thomas Nelson (winner: A. Dobuss)
  • 2 NLTSB Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail Unavailable) from Tyndale (winners: J. Hoffman and D. Larson)
  • 1 TNIV, Black Renaissance Fine Leather ($99.99) from Zondervan (winner: R. Irvin)

Special Thanks!

A very special thanks to Crossway, Cambridge, Lockman Foundation, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, and B&H Publishing for working with us to make your beautifully crafted Bibles available for this giveaway!

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