2009 Curry Cook-off

Last Friday was our annual Curry Cook-off. I missed it, but I heard from a somewhat picky eater that several of the curries were simply amazing.

We covered the event on Twitter, so if you’re not following us and missed out, here’s a rundown of the action Twitter style courtesy of my office partner, Ryan Burns:

First place went to my boss, Dan Pritchett, second place went to Vincent Setterholm, and third place went to Jenni Pritchett. If I can round up the recipes, I’ll update the post later.

Here’s a brief slideshow of some pictures of the event. (Notice that the winner entered three different curries!)

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Make Your Search Case Sensitive

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.

By default, Libronix searches are not case sensitive. If you search for God you’ll also receive god as a hit. If you just want to find god you must execute a case sensitive search. Choose Search | Bible Search. In the search box you must type the word case and then place what you want to be case sensitive in parenthesis. For example type this in the Search box: case(god).

For more tips like this, be sure to visit Morris Proctor’s Tips & Tricks blog or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Mark Driscoll Comes to Logos Bible Software

Logos Bible Software came to Mark Driscoll several years ago, and he’s a fan. Now Mark Driscoll comes to Logos. We just launched two brand new Driscoll titles: Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1 & 2 Peter and the Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive.

Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1 & 2 Peter, by Mark Driscoll [DOWNLOAD]Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1&2 Peter

Trial is a nearly 200-page Bible study guide on Peter’s letters. It was written to supplement Mark’s current series that he’s preaching at Mars Hill. If you attend Mars Hill or just like to listen to Mark’s preaching via the internet, adding this title to your Logos Bible Software library would be the perfect complement.

But it doesn’t have to be used in conjunction with the sermon series. Used by itself, it would make excellent material to work through in your personal Bible study, your family Bible times, your small group, or your Sunday school class. Pastors will get loads of practical applications for their preaching on these important letters.

It’s available for immediate download for only $9.95, but you can get it for free through the end of March when you purchase a subscription to Bible Study Magazine. Visit BibleStudyMagazine.com for all of the details.

Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive

Mark Driscoll Sermon ArchiveJust as cool, if not cooler, is the new Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive. For the first time ever, 10 years of Mark Driscoll’s sermon transcriptions will be available, and having them as part of your Logos Bible Software library means you can read, study, and search the writings of this important evangelical pastor and preacher with ease.

Driscoll has preached through fifteen books of the Bible and has spoken at well over a hundred conferences around the U.S. and world. These audio sermons are being transcribed, formatted, tagged, and integrated into the most power digital library system available. There’s no better way to find out what he says on a passage or an issue than the Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive.

Mark Driscoll hits today’s issues head on. This collection is sure to provide you with a wealth of relevant information on hot topics. The Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive is currently available for only $89.95, so be sure to place your pre-order soon and lock in the lowest possible price.

Darwin’s 200th Birthday

On February 12, 1809, two hundred years ago today, Charles Darwin was born. It’s difficult to overstate the impact that his theory of evolution has had over the last 150 years.

The book by which he is best known, Origin of Species (or On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life), is available in our Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection (71 Vols.), which is currently on Pre-Pub. If you haven’t yet pre-ordered this set, be sure to check it out. It’s an incredible value—about $1.41 per volume!

In light of this important day and the impact Darwin has had on the relationship between science and the Christian faith, we put together a Creation and Science Product Guide, which features all of our titles on creation, evolution, and science.

In the product guide you’ll find three collections and almost 30 individual titles:

The titles are written from a variety of perspectives and will help you grapple with the relationship between faith and science. So be sure to check it out and see which ones might be good additions to your library.

By the way, if you purchased the B. B. Warfield Collection (20 Vols.), you might want to read Warfield’s article “Charles Darwin’s Religious Life: A Sketch in Spiritual Biography” (The Works of Benjamin B. Warfield, Volume 9: Studies in Theology [Bellingham, WA: Logos, 2008], 541-81). It’s a fascinating look into Darwin’s spiritual journey.

Exporting Your Libronix Library to Zotero

If you do a lot of academic research and writing, you’re probably familiar with software like Endnote, Nota Bene’s Ibidem, and Zotero, all of which allow you to manage your research sources and easily insert footnotes or endnotes and build bibliographies based on the sources you cite.

I haven’t used Endnote or Ibidem, but I just started using Zotero, which comes in the form of a free Firefox plugin, and it looks like it is going to be very handy.

When trying to decide whether or not to use Zotero, two (related) problems I faced were (1) how Zotero would integrate with my Libronix library, where I do the bulk of my research and citing, and (2) how I would get all of my Libronix sources imported into my Zotero database.

If you use Zotero, you have to let it handle all of your citation footnotes, otherwise it won’t be able to automatically convert citations to the shortened form or to ibid where appropriate. As you know, Libronix automatically adds footnotes into several word processing programs, but if you use Zotero, you’ll have to recreate the footnotes with Zotero. That sounds like a lot of work, but the solution is fairly simple. All you need to do is export your Libronix library (a portion of it or the entire thing) into Zotero.

Open the Bibliography tool by going to Tools > Library Management > Bibliography. Select the collection that you’d like to export, and set the style to BibText Style, which Zotero supports.

After the report finishes generating, go to File > Export and save the report as a text file. (If you’re using Logos for Mac, just copy the contents of the report and paste them into a text file.)  You can then import this file into Zotero. If you’re dealing with thousands of resources, the import process may take a while, so be patient.

Now when you paste quotations from Libronix into your word processor, you can simply delete the footnote that automatically appears and quickly reinsert the citation with Zotero.

Happy International Septuagint Day

Okay, so we’re a couple of days late, but we didn’t want to miss out on International Septuagint Day, which apparently was this past Sunday.

We’ve addressed the LXX on the blog a couple of times in the last year, so I thought I’d point you to those posts just in case you missed them. They nicely illustrate the benefits of studying the Greek translation of the Old Testament.

To celebrate International Septuagint Day we’re offering a 25% discount on our Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint—the first ever Greek-English interlinear of the LXX available for any Bible software platform. Use coupon code LXX during checkout. The discount is good through the end of Valentine’s Day PST.

To see all the resources we have available on the Septuagint, be sure to check out our newly updated Product Guide to Resources for Septuagint Study. For the new titles, see especially the Additional Titles section.

Proximity Searching

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.

If you enjoy small groups meeting in homes, you may like to find the places where Paul refers to a church in a house. To do so, execute a proximity search. Launch the Bible Speed Search or choose Search > Bible Search. Type this in the Search box: church within 7 words house. This search locates all the places where church and house occur within 7 words of each other. In the ESV, it turns up 5 results: Acts 8:3; Rom 16:5; 1 Cor 16:19; Col 4:15; and Philem 2. The proximity search is very helpful if you don’t know an exact phrase to look for. Give it a try.

For more tips like this, be sure to visit Morris Proctor’s Tips & Tricks blog or subscribe to the RSS feed.

20 Free Copies of Vintage Church, and More!

The March-April issue of http://www.biblestudymagazine.com/images/driscoll/vintagechurchbg.jpgBible Study Magazine has a cover story about Mark Driscoll, and we’re giving away 20 copies of his Vintage Church, which he coauthored with Western Seminary’s Gerry Breshears.

We’re also giving away five subscriptions to Bible Study Magazine and one copy of Bible Study Library.

There are four different ways to enter the giveaway, and you can increase your chance of winning by doing all of them.

Complete any or all of the following by March 31, 2009 to enter:

  1. Simply fill out the entry form and click “Submit.”
  2. Post a link in any of your social spheres (blog, forum, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.) to www.biblestudymagazine.com/driscoll letting people know about the giveaway. In April, we’ll search through all the backlinks to the site and select winners at random.
  3. Since Bible Study Magazine is published by Logos Bible Software, if you mention the giveaway and post a link to www.logos.com, we’ll search through those backlinks as well and select winners at random.
  4. Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine between now and March 31, 2009, and we’ll give you two more entries.

Head over to the giveaway page at BibleStudyMagazine.com for all of the details.

Counting the Ten Commandments

Counting the Ten Commandments -- at BibleStudyMagazine.comThe January-February issue of Bible Study Magazine had a very helpful article by Dr. Michael Heiser on the Ten Commandments (pages 21-23). In it he discusses the various ways different religious groups have divided the commandments. While everyone agrees that there were only 10, there is disagreement surrounding which verses go together and whether some portions constitute one commandment or two separate commandments. A helpful chart lays out these differences that exist among Judaism, most of Protestantism and the Orthodox church, and Roman Catholicism and Lutheranism.

If you haven’t yet subscribed to Bible Study Magazine, it’s not too late to get a copy of the January-February issue—but the deadline is today (Thursday, February 5). So you need to subscribe very soon! All orders placed tomorrow will start with the March-April issue.

Want a sneak peek of what’s inside? The full text and the chart of Mike’s article, “Counting the Ten Commandments,” is now available at BibleStudyMagazine.com.

Interested in doing more reading and studying on the Ten Commandments? Here are a few books that you might find helpful: