Family Fun with Logos

When I travel, I almost always take my laptop with me. Being able to read and study the Bible and Christian literature without having to pack print books is perfect for flying, especially now that many airlines charge extra for your luggage. I’ve heard that some airlines have even considered charging by weight.

But Logos is more than just a Bible study tool. It’s great for fun and games too. I’m sure most of you are aware of the Word Find. You can find it under Tools > Bible Puzzles > Word Find. I’ve used it on a couple of occasions while traveling. It’s not just for kids.

During my last trip to Minnesota to spend Thanksgiving with my wife’s family, I found a couple of new uses for Logos when we were playing games around the kitchen table.

First, I was introduced to a word game called Boggle. The goal is in three minutes to come up with as many words as you can that no one else comes up with—the longer the word the better. As you can imagine, you often have to come up with words that are uncommon. This sometimes involves a bit of guessing, which in turns requires that a dictionary be handy.

I pulled up Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, which comes in most of our base packages, and the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, linked them together, and had fun looking up and learning many new words.

My brother-in-law tried to use a traditional paper dictionary, but I don’t think he even got to the right section of the dictionary before I had looked the word up in two dictionaries. I highly recommend using Logos the next time you need a dictionary for family game time. Less waiting and more time having fun.

Second, another game we played with Logos was one I made up myself. I would read a random verse of Scripture after performing a Bible Speed Search, and the first person to guess the book it was found in would get a point. (You get only one guess until everyone has guessed.) If you could guess the full reference, you’d get a bonus point. This one was a lot of fun, but a little lopsided since my oldest brother-in-law is a pastor and was winning most of them.

These are just a couple of examples that illustrate how Logos is more than just a Bible study tool and can be a great addition to family game time.

How about you? What creative ways have you found to use Logos for more than just Bible study?

Sermons.Logos.com

sermons-logos-com.jpgAs a hat-tip to all our loyal Logos blog readers, we wanted to let you know about our latest online project, Sermons.Logos.com (beta). While we aren’t ready for a full-out release announcement, we thought it would be fun to let you guys and gals get the first chance to visit the site and “kick the tires.”
Sermons.Logos.com is an online community built around user created sermons and illustrations and already hosts over 56,000 sermons and illustrations.
Along with the ability to search Sermons.Logos.com using the same powerful search engine that runs Bible.Logos.com, you can also rate sermons, subscribe to sermon RSS feeds, create links to sermons and illustrations you want to share with people, and even create your own user account to upload your sermons and illustrations to the site.
If you already have a Logos.com account, there is no need to create a new account to use the site. Your Logos.com username and password work on Sermons.Logos.com. Not only that, but you can also promote your church and your sermons by enhancing your profile with a picture, a link to your church, your title, organization, personal blog or website, denomination, and much more. To enhance your profile, just visit: https://www.logos.com/user/MyProfile.
If you’re a Logos user and have the Sermon File Addin, contributing to Sermons.Logos.com is as easy as checking the “add my sermons to the Logos database” checkbox. Your sermons will automatically be added and, even more, when you edit them within Logos, your edits will appear on the site as well.
So, there you go. Remember, the site is in beta, so go check it out and let us know what you think.

Logos User Stories

Last week I wrote a post about my Logos epiphany; that moment when I realized I can have my entire theological library with me all the time. Over the week many users posted comments about the time when they had that same realization. Reading the comments, I was deeply encouraged to see how having a Logos library has helped men and women serve their churches, ministries, and communities. Since I know that a lot of people don’t often go back and read comments on old posts, I thought I’d share a couple that really impressed and inspired me.

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Black Friday

parkinglot.jpgLast year was the first time I ever went shopping on Black Friday… it was also likely my last.
Now, I understand that for some people, Black Friday is a tradition. Sure, there are some really good deals out there, but for me, I’d much rather just hop online, price compare in my PJs, and have my products delivered to my door. But, if you’re into getting up at 3:30 in the morning to catch a deal, that’s fine with me. I’ll be sleeping.
For those of you scouring the internet today for deals, I thought I’d take the opportunity to remind you of a couple specials we have going on here at Logos.com.
Word Biblical Commentary Series – Retail $1,199.99 sale price $599.95 (save 50%)
Individual Volumes of the Word Biblical Commentary Series – Retail $49.99 sale price $24.99 (use code WBC) (save 50%)
Advanced Greek Supplement – Retail $411.86 sale price $299.95 (save 27%)
Advanced Hebrew Supplement – Retail $415.89 sale price $259.95 (save 37%)
Original Languages Supplement – Retail $725.33 sale price $514.95 (save 25%)
Ancient Near Eastern Bundle – Retail $1446.80 sale price $693.95 (save 52%)
Hebrew Bible Bundle – Retail $2578.00 sale price $974.95 (save 62%)
Early Judaism Bundle – Retail $2267.59 sale price $524.95 (save 77%)
New Testament Studies Bundle – Retail $5741.40 sale price $1199.95 (save 79%)
Early Church Bundle – Retail $1273.44 sale price $549.95 (save 57%)
Protestant Theology Bundle – Retail $1843.64 sale price $845.95 (save 54%)
Christian Apologetics Bundle – Retail $1437.36 sale price $429.95 (save 70%)
Theological Reference Bundle – Retail $664.87 sale price $359.95 (save 46%)
Scholar’s Reference Bundle – Retail $5480.51 sale price $2389.95 (save 56%).
All pre-orders of a Logos for Mac Base Package are 25% off!
Free Logos for Mac Engine for crossgrade when you spend $250.
And don’t forget all the great deals on pre-pub!

Free Bible Study Magazine – Review Copy

So, you haven’t checked out Bible Study Magazine yet? Well, here’s your chance. For a limited time, we are giving away a free review copy of Bible Study Magazine.
In order to receive your copy, all you have to do is agree to write a review of the magazine anywhere you can, in a church bulletin, ministry newsletter, blog, website, forum, or any other place that you have the opportunity to communicate with people.
So, if you’d like a free review copy, send an email to rburns@logos.com with Bible Study Magazine Review Copy Request as the subject. Also, be sure to include your mailing address so I know where to send it!
Review FAQs:
Do I have to be a blogger or journalist to get a review copy?
No. If you have any outlet for sharing a review, then we’ll send you a copy. So, if you have a newsletter, church bulletin, email list, blog, website, skywriting service, or any other way to communicate with people, then you qualify.
How long does my review have to be?
Length is up to you. Obviously, if you’re putting something in a church bulletin, then you’re not going to have room for a full-out review. In that case, an adequate review might sound something like, “There is a great new magazine you should check out. Bible Study Magazine is an excellent resource to aid in your Bible study. More info can be found at www.BibleStudyMagazine.com.” If you’re a blogger, you have more room to review, so feel free to make your review as long as it needs to be.
Do I have to send you a copy of my review?
Short answer, no. However, we would love to see what you thought of the magazine. If you post your review online, drop me an email or post a comment with a link below so we can check it out. If your review appears in print, you’re free to mail a copy to us. Skywriters, please send pictures!
Logos Bible Software
1313 Commercial St.
Bellingham WA 98225-4307
USA.
*Due to international shipping cost, we have to limit our reviewers to only those in the US. Sincere apologies to our international blog readers.
[Update: Review requests related to this post are no longer being accepted at this time.]

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.

Sale on the Word Biblical Commentary Series

Word Biblical Commentary (WBC 59 Vols.)Through the end of the year, we’re having a sale on the 59-volume Word Biblical Commentary series. This digital set retails for $1,199.99, but is available for a limited time for only $599.95!

Each of these volumes in print has a retail price of $49.99 and sells in the $30-$40 range. If you buy the digital set from us, you’re paying only a tad above $10 per volume! That’s a savings of roughly $1,200-$1,700 when compared to the print cost.

Not only does the Libronix edition of WBC save you a sizable chunk of change, but you also get all of the conveniences of the Libronix Digital Library System, like portability, ease of use, integration with the rest of your digital library, powerful searching, and so much more.

Pastors, scholars, students, and anyone who is serious about Bible study would benefit from this important set—and there’s no better way to make it a part of your library than this.

Update: Don’t want the whole set? Or maybe you just can’t afford it right now? We’re also offering 50% off the retail price on any of the individual volumes with coupon code WBC!

12 New Bundles to Build Your Library!

Scholar's Reference Bundle (140 Vols.)We prepared 12 new bundles for ETS and SBL and wanted to share these specials with you as well. Each of these collections was carefully crafted and offers some really nice savings.

Whether you’re into the original languages, OT studies, NT studies, church history, theology, or apologetics, there’s something here for just about everyone.

For those of you who want to beef up the Greek and Hebrew sections of your digital library, we have three language supplements containing some of our best original language resources:

Many of our other top-selling resources and collections have been conveniently combined into these nine bundles.

Go take a look at what’s included and see if anything here would be a good addition to your Libronix library.

The New Guy

After posting a couple videos on the blog, I realized that I hadn’t actually introduced myself (and neither had Phil . . . thanks Phil). So, by way of introduction, I’m Ryan Burns, and I’m the new guy in the office. I joined Logos about 2 months ago and have been loving it up here. I say, “up here” because prior to taking this job at Logos I was attending a Seminary 3,200 miles from Bellingham, in the sunny city of Orlando, FL. Now, while I do occasionally miss the sun, I’m more than happy to trade the sun for the cool temperature and amazing beauty of the Pacific Northwest. That, and Logos has a sweet coffee maker, and I love coffee.
In all seriousness though, I’m really thrilled to be a part of the Logos family. I’ve been a user of Logos for a little over a year, and every day I get more and more excited about our product. Most specifically though, I’m excited about Logos for Mac. As a mac user myself, I’ve had to join many of you in booting up windows on my mac in order to run Logos. Thankfully, mac users, our day is coming . . . soon. With beta testing wrapped up, the second release candidate being run through the ringer, and pre-orders coming in daily, the finish line is in sight. It is almost here.
While it might sound silly, I think the thing I’m most excited about is being able to quickly launch Logos. I mean, no more starting Parallels and waiting. Starting windows and waiting. Logging in and waiting. Then, finally, getting to start Logos. In all, it usually took me 4 or 5 minutes to go through that whole fiasco just to run my beloved Logos. Top that off with the fact that I never really figured out how to run parallels efficiently and probably have far too few system resources allocated to it, thus Logos (and all my other Windows programs) always run slow. That friends, however, is all about to change. Soon, we’ll all simply look down in our dock (unless you put your dock on the side) and with one simple click of the mouse, we’ll be running Logos. That is just beautiful.
So, mac users, be excited. Our day is coming. If you haven’t pre-ordered, there is still time. And, I’d also remind you about our special deal for those of you who are already Logos users and are crossgrading.
These are exciting times at Logos. I’m happy to be here and be part of the family. And every day I come into work I sit down at my desk, pull my Macbook out of my bag, place it on the corner of my desk, and launch the latest build of Logos for Mac. It is my way of saying, “I love Logos . . . and I Iove it on my mac.”

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!