A shout out to our users

The latest issue of Christian Computing Magazine included the results of a reader survey on Bible software…with Logos emerging as the clear leader!

Thanks to those of you who took the survey and selected Logos Bible Software as your favorite Bible study product. It’s always great to hear that we’re making an impact and that people really enjoy the user experience.

You can download the PDF (622 KB) if you want to read the entire article relating the results of the survey. Here are the highlights:

“…the average person taking our survey owns 2.5 Bible study programs.”

“…Logos was the clear winner when it came to the number of products purchased by our readers. 39.3% of those taking the survey reported that they owned a Bible study product from Logos.”

“…most of those taking the survey own two or three Bible study products…With a two to one vote over second place, our readers picked Bible study software from Logos as their favorite.”

The survey also asked some general questions about how and when people use Bible software. Here are a couple of the results for that section:

“When asked about their favorite use or feature, 38% said they used it to search the Bible to find a specific scripture, 25% used it to search commentaries, 17% used it to do word studies, about 12% used it for Greek and Hebrew studies, and about 8% stated they used it for all of the above. About 1% used Bible study software to read their Bible through, such as using a Bible reading plan. How often do people use their Bible study software? 38% said daily, 38% said weekly, and 13% said several times a month.”

Ultimate Fun

Today’s guest blogger is Erland Injerd, a developer who works in the Network and Systems department at Logos.

So you’re sitting at your desk at the end of a long day inside. The sun is shining outdoors, and the sky is the deepest crisp blue you’ve ever seen.

“Hey,” a coworker drops by your desk. “Let’s play some Ultimate Frisbee.”

This sounds promising.

“There are eight other people already on their way — meet you at the park!”

Off to the park you go…and sure enough, there’s a whole crowd of familiar faces, ready to start running in a friendly game of Ultimate.

Sound like a pleasant, post-lunch daydream?

Not at Logos Bible Software. During the summer months, what better way to work out some stress, get a bit of fresh air, and enjoy God’s creation than a game of Ultimate Frisbee, right after a hard day’s work?

“But getting enough people together is like pulling teeth,” the skeptic might say. “Schedules conflict, people leave early, no one knows exactly what park you’re going to…the list goes on.”

Fortunately, we work for a software company full of enterprising developers. Several years back, one of our devs made a website that manages the Ultimate games for interested employees. Just tell the site what days you can play, and it will send you an E-mail in the morning, asking you to sign up that day. If enough players sign up on a given day, all the Ultimate Heroes get a “Game On!” E-mail — we’re headed to the park! The game is always at the same place and the same time, so no one gets confused, and if not enough people sign up, well, no one arrives at the park wondering where everyone else is (we hope).

But it’s not enough to know that some of Logos secretly plays Ultimate. How do the games go?

Thankfully, nowhere in the hiring process at Logos does it mention “skill at Ultimate Frisbee.” While some of us are fairly gifted at running and throwing and yelling (or just yelling), most of us are pretty casual, average players. The little website that schedules our games is also smart enough to take past results, crunch the statistics, and figure out the real movers and shakers. They all get stuck on one team, and everyone else….
Actually, the teams tend to shake out pretty balanced, after each player has a few games recorded. There have been some embarrassing 15-3 or 15-5 final scores (yes, we play to fifteen), but for the most part, the games tend to end up fairly close.

Of course, that keeps things interesting. When the score is 13-12, and it’s 7PM, people start getting focused. Do you really want to throw long? How about we send someone to the end zone. Cover that guy, he’s getting physical…just give him a little elbow. Some of us are good at throwing, some are good at catching, some are good at guarding — and there’s my personal favorite: running a lot.

But when the day is done, and everyone shakes hands, gives high-fives, talks a little smack about “that last pass,” you know the Ultimate game was worth it. Lots of exercise, lots of sun, lots of great times with friends — what a way to end a day’s work for an awesome company. So, the next time you’re wondering: how do we do it, remember the Ultimate. Sometimes, making software isn’t all about a computer screen.

5 mph in the Bible Bus

Scott Lindsey just finished up the third leg of the Bible Road Trip. Read previous posts and view photos from the Road Trip.

The Lindsey Family leg of the Road Trip is over but not without some great stories, testimonials, and RV issues!

What an amazing journey it has been traveling this great nation showing the body of Christ the latest in technology for Bible study. My wife and children were actually sad to turn the RV over the Fallahee family for their part of the Road Trip.

After almost 2 weeks in Florida we headed north to South Carolina. We had a tremendous turnout for the events in Columbia and Greer. In Greer, Dr. Tony Beam the director of the Christian Worldview Center for North Greenville College attended the event and had this to say:

Without a doubt, Logos Bible Software version 3 is the fastest, most inclusive, easiest to use Bible software I have ever seen. The new Version 3 of the Scholar’s Library is beyond belief. I teach several classes at North Greenville University and I host a two hour morning talk show (Christian Worldview Today) Monday through Friday on Christian Talk 660. I also serve as Interim Pastor at Whitefield Baptist Church in Anderson, South Carolina and I write three columns per week for various publications. I will use the Scholar’s Library in all of my ministry settings and feel it is the perfect theological tool for teaching, answering questions about the Bible, and of course preaching. Thanks Logos for helping me become better equipped and making the most of my Bible study time. It is simply the best Bible software on the market!

When the last South Carolina event was done the Lindseys headed to the mountains for a peaceful weekend at Solitude Point. For 3 days we had no Internet or cell coverage – I almost died and my wife loved every minute of it! What a peaceful and relaxing weekend. One evening while sitting by the campfire roasting marshmallows for S’mores, I got the laptop out to demo Version 3. During the presentation, the Skinner family got really excited about Logos and purchased the Leader’s Library. Kathy Skinner had this to say about Logos:

When Scott pulled in the campground with the Logos Bible Software RV, our interest was piqued. When we were sitting by the campfire, he brought out his laptop and gave us an amazing demo!! In my Bible studies I enjoy comparing the different translations. I have a very thick, heavy Bible that does have 4 translations in it, but limits me to where I can do that type of study. It’s too heavy to take on vacation and use. I also do my family history and was thrilled with the fact that this new version of Logos will take any name from the Bible and generate a genealogy. I also will enjoy using the Bible Reading Plan and the Prayer Journal. Logos will also help my husband, who is a long distance truck driver. Thanks for making Bible study so easy, it throws the excuses of not doing it right out the window!

From South Carolina we headed to First Baptist Church of Matthews in North Carolina. From there we finished out North Carolina with Pastor Mike Garrett at Crossroads Fellowship. Pastor Garrett is very passionate about Logos and helped us with a great turnout. There were many Precept Bible Study students at the presentation who were very excited about the new mark-up tools in Logos (watch a demo!).

Our last day of the Road Trip turned out to be quite eventful. With about 8 miles to go on our drive to Norfolk for our last event the RV decided it had had enough of the heat and severe storm weather and wouldn’t go more than about 5 MPH. With a few hours till the event at First Baptist Church of Berkley we had to drive the remaining leg of the trip at about a walking pace on the side of the freeway with the hazards blinking. When we got to one of the Norfolk tunnels the Lindsey family was in major prayer that we wouldn’t get stuck under the city…my heart was pounding!
We barely got through the tunnel and made it to the church with about an hour to spare…God is good! Almost 100 people were there to see the new Logos in action. One of our special guests was Pastor Peter Badia from Kenya. The host church purchased Scholar’s Gold for Pastor Badia and he sent me an email detailing his excitement:

It was such a blessing to be present during the Logos Bible software presentation. I am excited as I get to make use of Logos to teach the word in Kenya Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo and southern Sudan. Next year I will be targeting North Africa. I am glad that I will be better equipped when I take the step into the northern part of Africa. I am very sure that the Lord brought me from Kenya right on time to receive instruction on how to use Logos. I count myself privileged to go back home with this tool!

John Fallahee and family took the keys from us in Baltimore. Although they weren’t able to jump right into the RV for their part of the Road Trip journey it looks like all the RV repairs will be finished in time to keep the Road Trip schedule on track. Sorry for the bad picture of the RV being towed, all I had was my cell phone camera but had to document the memory.

It was a privilege to work with so many wonderful churches and people and the memories we made as a family will last a lifetime. We now head to Williamsburg for the start of a few weeks’ vacation. Please pray for the Fallahee family as they embark on this great adventure!

A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Today’s guest blogger, Bradley Grainger, is a software developer for Logos.

On the weekend, my wife Susan and I took my uncle and aunt to visit Oak Harbor. The Logos headquarters were located there (in a converted barn) before the company moved to Bellingham four years ago. After Logos moved out, the building remained empty for quite some time, so I was surprised to discover that almost all the suites were rented to new tenants. However, there apparently hasn’t been any reason to take down the old sign:

The Development department has now been turned into MS Nails, a “a sensual and eclectic boutique shop”:

Marketing has become a salon and day spa:

And Electronic Text Development has become—what else?—a tattoo parlour:

Logos Bible Widget – Free Download!

We just launched a free Dashboard widget (for Mac users only–sorry, PC folks!) that can be downloaded from www.logosbiblewidget.com or from Apple.com.


What’s a widget? It’s a handy little application that sits in the Mac OS X Dashboard and does something useful. Usually, just one thing or a couple of things. In the case of the Logos Bible Widget, you can…

Look up any Bible verse instantly! Simply type or cut and paste any scripture reference into the Logos Bible Widget and instantly see the entire verse. Easier than grabbing your Bible off the shelf, faster than going to Bible Gateway, and best of all, it’s free!

But wait, there’s more…! Another reason to install the widget (on a Mac only, remember?) is that we’ll use it to announce Logos for the Mac when it ships. So not only can you subscribe to the Logos for the Mac email…you can also keep tabs by installing the widget.

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.