Jaywalking through the Scriptures

Exploring the Old and New Testament CollectionIf you ever watched The Tonight Show with Jay Leno you will remember a segment called “Jaywalking.” It was a pretty simple concept: have a camera man follow Jay around and ask random people some, not so obscure, questions about history, geography, and important current events. Jay ends up with great exchanges like this one:

JAY: What is the opening line of the Bible?
PERSON: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

If you ignore the fact that this 5 minute segment is edited down from a couple of hours of footage, and that all the bystanders that answer these questions correctly are removed, it is pretty easy to find this segment simultaneously humorous and horrifying. Some of the topics that people have absolutely no idea about are so important to us as a republic that there is almost a fear that you are watching something important in our collective consciousness eroding away.

As we see spiritual trivialities replace important Scriptural knowledge and principles, I am deathly afraid sometimes that this same erosion it is happening in the Church as well. We need to be more intentional about cultivating our Biblical literacy. This is why I am excited about the Exploring the Old and New Testament Collection which is in Pre-Publication right now. Here are six fantastic volumes that, together, operate as a university level Old and New Testament survey. Or if you prefer, you can also purchase the two-volume Exploring the New Testament Collection or the four-volume survey Exploring the Old Testament Collection separately. Every volume is written by professors with backgrounds in teaching biblical truths to students. Moreover, they are written to be read for your personal edification or to be used as an aid to teach the material to your class or small group.

To be able to handle Scripture effectively and with any fidelity it needs to be understood on a macro level before you begin to dissect it. Biblical surveys are a fantastic way to help you get a firm handle on the panorama of Scripture. From that panoramic view you can then focus in more and more and really gain an understanding as to how smaller portions of Scripture illuminate the whole. It is the desire of most of us at Logos to be able to equip everyone with the tools needed to ensure that rightly dividing the Word of truth isn’t something that happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Black Hawk Down and Bible Study

In the September–October issue of Bible Study Magazine, Chaplain (Major) Jeff Struecker shares how his study of the Bible not only helped him during the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu (featured in the book and movie Black Hawk Down), but how Scripture influences every aspect of his life as a soldier. Read the article now.

Major Struecker speaks from experience, including combat in Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Iris Gold in Kuwait, Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu, Somalia, and multiple tours in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His awards for actions in these imminent danger zones include the Southwest Asia Service Medal (1 Service Star), Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2nd award), National Defense Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal (with “V” Device for valor, 3rd award). He has received other medals as recognition for his service in the United States Army. In addition to these awards and others, Struecker took first place in the David L. Grange Best Ranger competition in 1996.

Do you know someone serving in the military? Please send them a link to the article. We hope that it will be an encouragement to all soldiers seeking to grow in faith during military service. We are currently offering this feature article, “Drawing on Scripture Under Gunfire,” as a free download at http://www.biblestudymagazine.com/chaplain/.

What’s in My Library: Archaeology (Biblical)

Today’s guest 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. In this series, Morris answers the question, “What’s in my library?”

Archaeology (Biblical)

Definition: A biblical archaeology book details archaeological discoveries that are pertinent to biblical history or Christianity. This book is normally arranged topically according to specific locations such as Jericho or the Dead Sea.

Example: Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land

Application: While you are reading about Jericho in Joshua 7 or Ephesus in Acts 18, if you wonder about discoveries recently made in these areas, then an archaeology book is where to go.

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Logos Bible Software Mobile

From day one Logos has had a passion for customer service and support—we love our customers!

Everyone in our company has a mandate to provide the best customer service in the universe. So much so, that our CEO/President has repeatedly made it publicly clear that if our staff of nearly 200 can’t make you happy, he will personally address your concerns himself!

From customer service and technical support on our toll-free line (USA/Canada), user surveys, and the ability for everyone to send us suggestions and feedback (which we actually read) at suggest@logos.com, to the new community forums where many of our staff members read and engage in the discussion—we want to serve you, and we thrive on your feedback.

That is why we are so pleased, humbled, thankful, and honored to have received a perfect 5 out of 5 stars award from Google Shopping, and to rank in the Top 5 Rated Websites at Reseller Ratings out of nearly 20,000 stores and 360,000+ reviews.

It is especially rewarding to see that our efforts to provide the best customer service in the world are noticed by our customers. It is great to believe we give good service, but it is good to see our customers agree—the #1 most frequently mentioned term in our customers’ reviews according to the Google Shopping report is “customer service.”

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We want to make sure all of our customers are taken care of with excellence, and we want you to be able to honestly tell the world that we are a great company to do business with. If you can’t—we want to fix that right away.

If you have ever placed an order at Logos.com and you would like to contribute your own public review of the experience, please go to your order history to find your most recent order ID, then go to Reseller Ratings to submit a review with your most recent order ID as your “invoice number.”

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Introducing . . . Kent

Introducing . . . Kent

I’m Kent Hendricks, and I work in the marketing department here at Logos, where I’m responsible for marketing Pre-Pubs. I spend most of my days in the office researching books and authors, writing and editing copy, and corresponding with bloggers, Logos users, authors, and just about anyone I can find to help us promote the books we sell. In fact, many of you have probably already heard from me in the form of Last Chance NewsWires announcing soon-to-be-shipping Pre-Pubs. Now, I’ll be contributing regularly to the blog as well, so I hope you look forward to hearing more from me. :)


My wife, Shelly, and I moved back to northwest Washington two years ago after spending six years in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, where I got an undergraduate degree in Religion and English, took lots of Greek and linguistics classes, and almost finished an M.Div. (I’m still working on that last one.)


Since I can’t resist a little name dropping, some major works by a couple of my former professors are currently on Pre-Pub—Richard Muller’s Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics and Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics. True, Herman Bavinck isn’t a professor at Calvin Seminary, but John Bolt is, and he’s the editor of the new English translation of RD. There are also some other great books in the works that I can’t tell you about yet, but keep checking the Pre-Pub page to find out when they’re available!

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Logos Team Leads the Pack in 2009 Tour de Whatcom

The anticipation of the yet-to-be-completed Logos Bicycle Jersey Pre-Pub didn’t stop a group of Logos employees from gathering for this year’s Tour de Whatcom. Even without the jersey, the Logos team looked sharp on the road as they led the peloton in both the 50- and 105-mile rides.

In order to gather more interest for the Logos jersey, Jim Straatman, our IT Manager, actually took a prototype of the Logos jersey and safety-pinned sections of it onto his regular jersey! Place your Pre-Pub order to help move it into production and soon enough, you can look for riders around the country sporting the new Logos Bible Software bicycle jerseys . . . if you can keep up. ;)

Tour de Whatcom Wrap-Up

In the century leg of the Tour, a ride spanning the same distance from the U.S./Canadian Border (Peace Arch Crossing) down to Seattle, Jim Straatman and Scott Alexander averaged almost 20 mph—good enough to finish first. For Jim, this was his first organized 100+ mile ride where several hundred people participated. And leave it to our IT Manager to capture the ride’s GPS data!

For the 50-milers, it was Sean Fields, Director of Visual Design here at Logos, who finished first with an average speed of over 19 mph. The Tour has become a traditional birthday celebration ride for Sean, who remarked, "It’s a great way to start off a new year of my life—a fun fast bike ride!"

In all, nine Logos employees participated in this year’s Tour:

Bradley Grainger (pictured, left): Software Development
Bryan Albert (pictured, left-center): Software Development
Jacob Carpenter (pictured, right-center): Software Development
Scott Alexander (pictured, right): Software Development
Jim Straatman: IT Manager
Sean Fields: Director of Visual Design
Allen Peterson: Software Development
David Schwegler: Software Development
Bryan Smith: Software Development

Related posts:
Bike-to-Work Day
People behind the Product: Jim Straatman

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Michael Bird: Most Influential Books

Michael Bird, who blogs at Euangelion, is a young New Testament scholar who teaches at the Highland Theological College in Dingwall, Scotland. A couple of weeks ago he was in the US on a road trip with some folks from the Zondervan Academic team. During his visit, they did a series of video interviews with him. In the last one, Michael talks about some of the authors and books that have had significant influence on him. The video is embedded below. (If you don’t see it, view the post on the blog.)

Michael mentions Chrysostom, Ambrosiaster, and Calvin as influential ancient authors. But he singles out two modern authors and their books: N. T. Wright’s Jesus and the Victory of God and D. A. Carson’s commentary on John’s Gospel in the PNTC and his 2-volume For the Love of God devotionals (see other works by D. A. Carson).

If you’re looking to build your digital library with some quality books, these recommendations from Michael Bird would be a great place to start—and, best of all, they’re all available for Logos Bible Software.

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Creating a Bibliography

Tips & Tricks blog SetToday’s guest 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.

Have you written a paper using various Libronix e-books and now you need to create a bibliography for the paper? Libronix can help.

First, create a collection of all the books you cited in the paper. Choose Tools | Define Collections. Click New. Name your collection. Add the books to the collection.

Now, create the bibliography. Choose Tools | Library Management | Bibliography. Select the newly created Collection from the drop down list. Select the Style your professor requires. Click Generate.

Now all you have to do is Copy / Paste the bibliography to your word processor!

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John Piper, Bible Study, and FREE Stuff!

Anyone who has heard John Piper preach or read one of his MANY books knows that he is a man passionate about God’s Word. That’s why we are excited to have him as the cover story for our September-October issue of Bible Study Magazine.
While the magazine is still at the printer and won’t officially ship for a couple weeks, we decided to go ahead and let you check out the article. Visit the John Piper page on BibleStudyMagazine.com and read the article in its entirety. It is a great article with lots of insight and advice from Piper’s personal time spent in God’s Word, so be sure to tell your friends and spread the word. But that’s not all…
Get a FREE copy of Finally Alive
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In conjunction with the John Piper issue of Bible Study Magazine we wanted to announce the release of Finally Alive for Logos Bible Software. For one month only (August 14-September 14) we will be giving away Finally Alive for FREE! For full details on how to get your copy, visit the John Piper page and, remember, spread the word.

Great Bible Giveaway—July Winners

We are excited to announce the first round of winners for the Great Bible Giveaway. With 12 premium Bibles given away in July, we have 60 more to go! Be sure to head over to the Great Bible Giveaway and enter this month’s drawing. This month we’re giving away 12 more premium Bibles, including a limited edition King James calfskin Bible that comes in a cherry wood display case!

Congratulations to last month’s winners. Will you be on this list next month? Enter today!

  1. T. Marshall, NC—TNIV, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $99.99) from Zondervan
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  3. C. Land, TX—NIV Study Bible, Black Goatskin (Retail $229.99) from Cambridge Bibles
  4. M. Peterson, TX—NASB In Touch Ministries Wide Margin Edition, Burgundy Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
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  6. M. Gatlin, MN—NASB Side Column Reference Wide Margin Special Limited Edition, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  7. S. Di Mauro, ON—ESV Study Bible, Black Calfskin (Retail $239.99) from Crossway
  8. T. Dinkins, CA—NLT Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail $135.00) from Tyndale
  9. J. Kaess, FL—NLT Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail $135.00) from Tyndale
  10. T. Cavalier, TX—NKJV UltraSlim Bible Signature Series, Black Calfskin (Retail $129.99) from Thomas Nelson
  11. J. Dunne, MI—NIV Study Bible, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $124.99) from Zondervan
  12. D. Banks, IL—TNIV, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $99.99) from Zondervan