Here Comes Logos March Madness!

March Madness

Logos March Madness 2011 is coming soon!

And the competition is tougher than ever.

We have selected some awesome titles for this year’s Logos March Madness. With thousands of new books made available in Logos the past year, selecting just 64 titles for the competition was not easy. There are some phenomenal titles here and we’re sure you’ll be impressed with the competition.

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Setting Goals (the Right Way)


How are your New Year’s resolutions going?

Now that January is a memory, it becomes easier to forget those extravagant plans to wake up early, study the Bible for few hours, visit the gym, and make a healthy breakfast before going to work at 7 AM. Let’s get real. If you want a thriving spiritual life, healthy relationships, a growing bank account, and physical fitness, you must set realistic, achievable goals. This post will focus on setting goals to grow in your knowledge of the Bible.

Strengths and Weaknesses

First of all, do not sit down and write a list of things you want to accomplish. That comes later. The first thing you need is some perspective. Make a list of your strengths, areas where you feel confident and knowledgeable. Then, make a list of your weaknesses, areas where you would like to improve or growth. Here are a few ideas:

  • Theological issues
    Where do I stand?
    What passages, books, and resources do I need to grow in this area?
  • Books of the Bible
    How well do I understand poetry in the Bible or the history of Israel?
  • Biblical People
    How did the life of Abraham or David affect the rest of the Scriptures?
  • Biblical Places
  • Why was Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth so despised?
    What was Rome like during Paul’s ministry?

Have a Well-Rounded Theology

Do you read from authors you disagree with, just to understand their perspectives? Or do you read from authors that all hold the same viewpoint? Try something new. Study a different religious tradition or doctrinal position. Understanding other views:

  • Challenges what you know to be true
  • Helps you understand the reasoning behind a position so you can engage in discussion more intelligently
  • Helps you find the holes and inaccuracies
  • Gives you a new perspective on what you believe and what you still need to learn

Be Realistic

Once you understand where you need to improve, decide where you want to improve. In most cases, making a goal to do something you don’t want to do is useless. You will find every excuse possible not to achieve that goal. Instead, pick something fun, something that really interests you.

Get the Tools

Set Aside Time

If you don’t schedule time to work toward your goal, how will you succeed? Set aside some time each day or week to focus and get to work. To help you remember, schedule an appointment with yourself. Create a unique name like “New Growth Time,” or “Bible R&D.”

Stay Accountable

Why do so many gym memberships go unused every year? We try to achieve goals by ourselves. This is a terrible idea. We need other people, like personal trainers, to keep us on track, encourage us, and provide counsel when we need it. Ask a colleague or friend to keep you accountable every few weeks or every month.

Reward Yourself

Growing closer with our God is really the best reward we could imagine, but even so, rewarding yourself is extremely motivating.

If your goal is to read the entire Old Testament, break up the goal into smaller goals and reward yourself after ever few books you read. Done with Genesis and Exodus? Treat yourself to a cup of coffee. Finished with Psalms and Proverbs? Eat a piece of tasty chocolate.

When you complete your goal, really celebrate! Go on a date with your significant other or watch that new movie you’ve wanted to see. The more fun your rewards are, the more likely you are to succeed. Go for it!

What other tips have you found useful in achieving your goals this year? Come on over to the forum and tell us about it.

Today’s guest post is by Ryan Rotz, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

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It’s Not Too Late to Register for BibleTech:2011!

BibleTechWe are about a month away from another exciting BibleTech event. But don’t worry, there is still time to register! You don’t need to miss a moment of the informative sessions we have planned.

There has been an exciting last minute addition to the BibleTech line up. Scott Magdalein, the product manager for YouVersion, will be talking to us about how YouVersion has reached almost 15 million people with a full time staff of only 10—and over 150 actively engaged volunteers!

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Turning Logos Blog Comments into Conversation

blog/forumYesterday, we ran a blog post by Stephen Smith on what an incredible resource the Logos forums are. With over 40,000 users, the forums provide a strong community that is both informed and helpful. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for information about a particular resource, assistance with an aspect of Logos 4, or just good tips and tricks to help get the most out of your study time, the Logos forums are an exceptional tool.

We recently realized how the Logos blog might be strengthened when combined with the community on the Logos forums. By moving the comments from the blog to the forums, users get the benefit of turning an isolated comment into a conversation. Now you can join thousands of users in discussing the various resources, tips, and general information discussed on the Logos blog!

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Learn More about Your Favorites on Landing Pages

One of the many great features of the new is the improved searching capabilities. We’ve upgraded the search engine and provided a variety of categories which allow for several different browsing options. Even more, the new faceted browsing allows you to stack several product categories at once so you can find that specific book you’re looking for.

With the help of faceted browsing, you can now instantly have more information regarding the author or publisher you are searching for. When you land on a page displaying products for a specific author and publisher you searched for, you’ll see a new graphic at the top of that page. The graphic will contain a picture and brief biography or description about your search.

For authors, learn about the ministries they’ve been a part of throughout their lives, where and what they studied, some noteworthy titles they’ve authored, where they’ve worked, and other significant details about their lives. For publishers, get some insight on how the company started.

You can also instantly share your favorites with your friends by clicking the “like” button or by sharing through Twitter or email.

Check out a few pages:

  • N. T. Wright

    Next time you’re looking at products on be sure to browse by author or publisher to see their respective pages. We hope you enjoy learning about, sharing, and showing support for the people that produce the titles you love!

Need Help! Send Programmers!

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The number one obstacle to improving Logos Bible Software is a shortage of awesome software developers. We have desks, chairs, computers, and money to meet payroll. We have a list of projects longer than your arm. We have free coffee and a new employee outdoor center. What we don’t have is enough people.

We need your help, and we’ll pay for it!

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The #1 Tool for Getting the Most out of Logos Bible Software

ForumHave you ever wondered how to set up a reading plan in Logos Bible Software? Or how to do a syntax search? Or how to compare different Bible translations? Or how to . . . .

Chances are, you’re not alone.

But did you know there’s a whole community of Logos users who have either already answered your questions or are literally available to help 24/7? And we’re not talking about vague help that leaves you more confused than you were before. We’re talking step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and creative tips. One user has even made a series of tutorial videos!

I’m not exaggerating in the slightest when I say you can get immediate help in the forums with just about anything.

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Download a Free Copy of the New NIV

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Did you know that there might be a free copy of the new NIV waiting for you? Zondervan recently published a brand new edition of the NIV, replacing both the 1984 NIV and the TNIV. Instead of charging for it, we’ve decided to make it available free of charge—a value of nearly $27.00—as a thank you to everyone who has a Logos 4 base package that includes the old NIV.

From time to time we like to give away free books. Sometimes we make them available to everyone like we did with the recent McCheyne freebie. Other times we make them available to a specific group of people. In this case, we’re offering the new NIV free of charge to those of you who support us and stay up to date with our latest base packages.

You do not have to add the new NIV to your cart to take advantage of this offer. You can get it for free by going to our upgrade page and choosing the free crossgrade option on the package you already own.

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Learn to Do Word Studies with Logos Bible Software

Learn to Do Word Studies with Logos Bible Software is a collection of videos, featuring Michael Heiser and Johnny Cisneros, designed to teach users how to do word studies.

If you have opened up the Bible Word Study Guide or an interlinear, but have been unsure about what to do with the information or how to evaluate it, then this video series can help fill in the gaps.

With these videos, you will receive instruction on resources and tools to use as well as methods for word study. We’ll take you from start to finish through the Word Study Guide and reverse interlinears in Logos Bible Software. We’ll also walk you step-by-step through several Greek and Hebrew word studies.

Who Is This For?

  • If you’re a pastor and you’d like to beef up your sermons by exploring the meaning of Greek and Hebrew words, this series will show you how to apply the Word Study Guide to your sermon preparation each week.
  • If you want to understand more about the languages behind the English Bible translation you use for your own personal Bible study, we’ll show you how word studies can benefit your study.
  • If you’ve heard your pastor talk about what certain words in the Bible mean and you’d like to learn more for yourself, we’ll give you everything you need to dig as deep as you can go and explore what you learned on Sunday at a greater depth.
  • If you want to enrich your understanding of God’s Word, we’ll give you all the basics for using Logos Bible Software for word studies.

To view sample videos and learn more about the project, head on over to the main page for the series.

What’s Next for You? Logos Is Hiring

Logos Is Hiring!It’s a powerful thing to sit in a company meeting here at Logos Bible Software. Our continued growth and expanding vision from our leader means you can be part of our next meeting—Logos is hiring!

Logos Careers

Part of each company meeting is used to recognize employees—employees who have crossed employment milestones of 5, 10, and 15+ years—those who have made working at Logos a career, not just a job.

At our most recent meeting Bob Pritchett (President/CEO of Logos), had employees identify themselves if they had never attended a company meeting. And to see a dozen or so new faces added to the team since our last meeting just a few months back was a great encouragement. Even more encouraging is that we are still growing.

Where Do You Fit In?

If you’re searching for a new job you should consider Logos. We offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package including healthcare, dental care, and 401(k). Take a look at our Careers page for the latest openings. If you don’t see anything immediately fitting what you’re looking for, check back with frequency. New postings are added all the time. And for students, we have a super-sweet paid internship program. Twelve of our full-time developers started out as interns.

Currently, we are looking for:

Design & Editorial:

Information Technology:



Ministry Development:


Software Development:

All positions will require you to live in the Bellingham area as remote employment and telecommuting are not an option. But before you scratch any of the openings you’re considering off your list, take a look at what Bellingham and living in the Pacific Northwest have to offer.

Even more enticing than our location is the fact that working for Logos Bible Software—the leading publisher of multilingual Bible software on Mac, Windows and mobile platforms—opens up exciting opportunities for growth and to be a part of a company that serves the church, academic, and lay markets, bringing the best in software innovation to Christians worldwide.