Swinging Through the Sunshine State

Scott Lindsey is doing the third leg of the Bible Road Trip. Read previous posts and view photos from the Road Trip.
Our second segment of the Logos Road Trip journey brought us from Atlanta down to Florida where we spent 11 days in the Sunshine State. The Atlanta to Tampa drive was the longest for our leg of the Road Trip… a ten hour drive with four kids is quite tolerable when you have an RV loaded with amenities. It is going to be hard to drive anywhere in the minivan when we get home!
Our first event was at Bible-Based Fellowship Church in Tampa. My dear friend, Pastor Earl Mason, did an amazing job of getting the word out about the event and we had a great turn-out. From there we headed down to Ft. Lauderdale where Coral Ridge was our sponsor. I have listened to the ministry of Dr. James Kennedy for many years and it was a privilege to introduce the congregation and people of Ft. Lauderdale to the amazing new tools in Logos 3.
The next morning the children got to swim in the Atlantic ocean for the first time. My five year-old couldn’t believe the ocean was actually warm. Swimming in Florida was fun but the kids were on the constant lookout for alligators after they read the sign at our Tampa RV park…notice how the two little ones do not want to be part of this Kodak moment!!!
Northland – A Church Distributed was our sponsor for Orlando. The 29 mile drive that evening from the RV park to the church took 2 ½ hours!!!! We made it to the church with about 10 minutes to spare. I think Mickey Mouse (not all the tourists) should be the one paying all the toll booth fees for everyone in Orlando!
Don Pederson was the elder from Northland who sponsored the event. Don is the coordinator for the New Tribes Mission Field Ministry Office with responsibilities which include evaluating all aspects of NTM’s church planting efforts with the goal of enhancing their effectiveness as a mission. New Tribes Mission is an international missionary agency with a ministry focus on evangelism and church planting among unreached people groups.
Don had this to say about Logos 3 and how he sees it benefiting missionaries worldwide:

“A key part of seeing viable indigenous churches planted among unreached people groups is the translation of scripture. Without God’s word in their language, believers are unable to mature in their faith, and churches never develop. The task of translating is a long and difficult one, taking years of dedicated work. Eugene Nida of the American Bible Society once commented that there is no task on earth more difficult than putting God’s Word into another language and culture in a way that is understandable and at the same time retains the meaning of the original text. There are three key elements in producing a good translation: understanding translation principles, having a high level of fluency in the target language, and the ability to to understand the original text (exegesis). In the translation process, a great deal of time is spent determining the exact meaning of the scripture portion to be translated. In the old days, this meant spreading a large number of commentaries, Bible translations, and Greek or Hebrew resources out and laboriously looking the relevant material up. Fortunately, this is no longer necessary. Bible software makes this process easier, quicker, and cheaper. The new Logos version 3 is the easiest and quickest way to do the necessary exegesis for Bible translation. Previously, it took a fair amount of learning and setup to work efficiently with Bible software. The new Logos automates the process and puts everything that a translator might need right at his finger tips.”

Bob very graciously gave the Lindsey family a few extra days off while in Orlando…although my wallet isn’t grateful in the least bit! We had a great time at Universal and Epcot. I was actually selected from the audience to be a part of the Animal Show at Universal. When I grabbed the microphone to talk about Logos 3 they kicked me off the stage!
After Orlando we headed to Jacksonville for our last Florida event. The morning of our departure we went to The Holy Land Experience. My good buddy Marquis Laughlin does work for The Holy Land Experience and gave us the grand tour. Marquis is the voice behind the audio version of the ESV and is an actor whose life’s work is enabling his audiences to hear, see, and feel the God of the Bible, through the words of the Bible. The Holy Land Experience is an amazing place! My favorite part of the afternoon was the 50 minute Scriptorium tour where the artifacts from the Van Kampen collection are on display. We learned how the Word of God has been preserved and transmitted through history. If you are ever in the Orlando area make sure and visit the Holy Land Experience.
Well, onto our last few weeks of Logos Road Trip. We’re heading to South Carolina and will post our next blog update soon…

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)

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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

Deep South in Summer

Scott Lindsey is doing the third leg of the Bible Road Trip. Read previous posts and view photos from the Road Trip.

The 3rd leg of the Logos Bible Road Trip began June 16th in Nashville when my family and I took the keys from Landon Norton and his family.

We spent Saturday with Morris and Cindy Proctor. The ladies took off for the RC Cola and Moon Pie festival in Bell Buckle, TN, and Morris gave me the grand tour of the new Morris Proctor Seminars headquarters. I was amazed to see all the new Logos 3.0 training materials Morris has produced. Make sure and check out the Camp Logos schedule and attend a Camp Logos coming to your neck of the woods – with over 100 new features and updates in Logos 3, Camp Logos is a great place to get the most from your Logos investment.

The evening was capped off with an incredible lasagna dinner prepared by Cindy and then it was off for our first night in the RV – by the way, there are six of us trekking through the U.S. in the Logos RV for the next 4 weeks: Scott, Michelle, Tayler – 13 years old, Beau – 12 years old, Autumn – 5 years old, and Chase – 3 years old. Please pray for my wife’s sanity over the next 4 weeks!!!
We had a very busy 1st week presenting Logos 3.0 in Nashville, Chattanooga, Birmingham, and twice in Atlanta. Wow, is it hot in the South!!! The 2 events in Atlanta were split between Walk Thru the Bible and Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church where Bryan Crute is the pastor of this dynamic fellowship. 125 people showed up for the Destiny stop making it the largest attended Road Trip event so far! Here are some encouraging words Pastor Crute had to say about the event:

“The Logos Bible Software Road Tour will prove to be one of the highlights of our year – our congregation was on the edge of their seats during the entire presentation! I can’t say thank you enough to the Logos family for its commitment to fuse technology with faith and create a tool that will strengthen the spiritual core of a weakened church. Thank you Scott and the Logos family for your commitment to equipping the Body of Christ and helping us become “workmen who do not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15)” – Pastor Bryan Crute, Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church

We spent Saturday with our dear friends Jon and Heather Langford of Loganville, GA. As we were preparing to spend the day sightseeing we heard a knock on the door of the RV. I opened the door and was greeted by Roger Brock. Roger is a demolitions expert and was driving through the neighborhood when he noticed the Logos RV. [Insert joke here about Roger wanting to finish the job Landon started. —Ed.] He pulled over to find out what Logos was all about. After a brief 10-minute demo of Logos in the RV kitchen, Roger sped away (literally burnt a little rubber) to talk with his wife about what he witnessed. 15 minutes later Roger was back with check in hand and is now the proud owner of Scholar’s Library. What a great start to our day with the Langfords!
The day got even better after our friends took us to the restaurant voted “Best Southern Cooking” where I had the awesome privilege of tasting fried green tomatoes…after reading this post my wife wanted me to be more specific and mention that I ate at least 15 fried green tomatoes! If you’re ever in the Atlanta area you have to visit The Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, Georgia – probably the best food I have ever had.

After Atlanta we headed down to Florida…I’ll write another blog post soon to let you know how things are going in the Sunshine State.

Syntax and Linguistics

Logos Bible Software 3 offers syntactic databases for the Hebrew Bible and for the Greek New Testament. Some of these resources (the Andersen-Forbes Analyzed Text and Phrase Marker Analysis and also the OpenText.org Syntactically Analyzed Greek New Testament) are informed to one degree or another by linguistics.

I can hear the feedback now: “Huh? Linguistics? Why? Isn’t syntax just syntax? You mean I need to learn about linguistics too?!

David Alan Black, in his helpful book Linguistics for Students of New Testament Greek, describes the importance of linguistics for students of New Testament Greek in this way:

When we study linguistics we are learning how to put the Greek language in its rightful place as a part — perhaps the most technical part — of our work in the text of the New Testament. Through exposure and practice, we can acquire a broader, more confident command of New Testament Greek. …But more importantly, the study of linguistics can contribute a great deal to our understanding of the meaning of the New Testament. It can help us become more aware of why we understand a text the way we do when we read it, and it can help us talk about the text more precisely, by providing us with a methodology through which we can show how interpretation is in part derived from grammatical considerations. Linguistics may also help solve problems of interpretation by showing us why one meaning is possible but not another. Above all, however, linguistics can give us a point of view, a way of looking at a text that will help us develop a consistent analysis, and prompt us to ask questions about the language of the text that we might have otherwise overlooked. (Black 3, emphasis mine)

I’ve highlighted the final portion of the quote because it describes so well one of the primary ways in which the syntax graphs (more on graphs here, here and here) for both the Hebrew Bible (more here) and the Greek New Testament (more here and here) can be used in one’s study.

Much of the information about linguistics is already dealt with in the encoding of the databases. The syntax graphs merely make the underlying information explicit. They give you a picture to visualize the linguistic goings-on, here described mostly in terms of syntax.

The bottom line is if you start to read the text using the syntax graphs, a few things will happen.

  • First, you’ll slow down and take a look at the bigger picture.
  • Second, you’ll see clause structure (verbs, subjects, objects, etc.) that you likely would not have seen just reading through a paragraph of original language text.
  • Third, you’ll begin to look across passages for, say, what sorts of things (objects/complements/adjuncts/adverbs/prepositional phrases) further modify verbs (predicators) to track action through a passage. You’ll start to look at subjects to see if the subject is the same, or if it changes.
  • Fourth, as you begin to look at the text in this different way, you’ll have different cues to remind you of things you’ve seen before.
  • Fifth, as Black notes, you’ll start to develop the basis on which to ask further questions of the text. You’ll notice new, different things. And those new, different things will complement your study of the text.

All of it will help you draw connections — here formulated on the basis of syntax and linguistics — to complement other connections you’ve already made based on other reading, morphology, commentary, text-critical aspects, and the like. In short, slowly reading through the syntax graph (by all means read the normal text first, and read translations too!), keeping track of the text at a syntactic level as opposed to just words on a page draws on other influences and helps with developing a larger picture of what’s going on in a particular passage.

$6,650 in Shipping Charges?

Today’s guest blogger, Mark Van Dyke, is the newest member of the Logos marketing department.
In addition to saving shelf space and being easy to replace, electronic books also lower moving costs, an important incentive considering Logos software is used by missionaries around the world. Considering the large number of resources in Logos’ higher end libraries (Scholar’s Library, Scholar’s Library: Silver and Scholar’s Library: Gold) the amount of money that is saved during a move to another continent more than pays for the software itself.

For example, when a missionary family of four moves to Nigeria the cost of shipping their baggage alone is approximately $1,300! *

If a missionary owned the corresponding print versions of Logos book collections the substantial cost of moving would increase even more. Below is a listing of the cost of airmailing the print versions of three libraries from the United States to Papua New Guinea. The weights of each respective collection are shown in parentheses.

  • Scholar’s Library (936 lbs.) – $3,125.50
  • Scholar’s Library: Silver (1,073 lbs.) – $4,921.00
  • Scholar’s Library: Gold (1,450 lbs.) – $6,650.00

When shipping from the United States to Mongolia, Chad, Estonia or Jordan the average cost of sending print versions of Scholar’s: Gold resources averages just under $5,000!

If the financial burden were not enough one should also consider the hours of back-breaking labor required in packing and unpacking the hundreds of books in each collection. We at Logos recommend the method of buying the books on one DVD and throwing the disc in your carry-on luggage.

* Figure provided by Serving in Mission

Syntax Search Example: More Searching for Qualification


Once again, in the home group study, I ran across a phrase that caused me to ask a question. This time I’m in First Thessalonians 5.2 and the phrase is “day of the Lord”.

Earlier, I’d searched for “What other things qualify παρουσία?” (see post here). In this example, I use that same search as a starting point (sort of like a template) to search for “What other things qualify ἡμέρα (‘day’)?”

So this video (Flash, 11 megs, with sound) shows how to load the old query (which was saved) and modify it.

But as I was making the video, I had a flash of insight: I could use the OpenText.org semantic domain tagging to search for something similar but not constrain myself to vocabulary. I could search for where references to deity qualified words in the time domain. So I run through that aspect of modifying the search as well.

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!

Revving Up the Publishing Juggernaut!

If you’ve been a Logos customer for very long, you’ve probably noticed that something has changed during the month of June. We used to post three or four new prepub titles per month, on average…this month we’ve already posted 11…with 4 new titles posted last week alone!

With some 2,000 books as part of the Continuum license, plus all the other contracts and books we have in the pipeline, we’ve had to ratchet things up a notch. A new guy in the marketing department, Zack Rock, is doing a great job of researching the books and crafting descriptions for the prepub page. He’s been cranking them out at a pace of 1-2 titles per day…so if you’ve fallen behind, here’s a quick update:

What’s New on the Prepub Page

Bible Study Helps


Books for Educators & Counselors

Greek Resources


Shipping Soon
This is your last chance to get a prepublication discount on the following titles. Once they ship, the price will go up so place your pre-order right away.

  • International Theological Commentary (27 vols)This commentary emphasizes the theology of the Old Testament, combining excellence in scholarship with relevant insight for today’s church. The Last Chance email already went out; we should be getting this back from replication soon, and will ship shortly after the Independence Day holiday.
  • Ryrie’s Basic Theology
    A clear and understandable systematic theology from a major figure in evangelicalism. Yes, this is the same guy who edited the widely-used Ryrie Study Bible. This title went through production very quickly. First posted to the prepub page May 25, it is due to ship around July 10.

Whew! That’s a lot and it’s just the new stuff…visit the prepub page to see a complete listing of what’s available at a prepub discount and take advantage of the opportunity to expand your library while saving some dough!

More Ways to Stay Abreast of the Juggernaut

  • NewsWire – email newsletter with the latest prepubs, sales, and more!
  • Prepub RSS Feed – keep up with the latest prepubs right in your feed reader, My Yahoo! homepage, Bloglines, etc.