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)
Fri, July 7, 2006 | Misc.|
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!
Thu, July 6, 2006 | Misc.|
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
Wed, July 5, 2006 | Misc.|
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.
Wed, June 28, 2006 | Misc.|
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!
Fri, June 23, 2006 | Misc.|
The last week of our 5-week leg of the Bible Road Trip started on an easterly route to Louisiana and we pulled in to Baton Rouge right in the middle of rush hour traffic. The Chapel on Campus hosted our event that night and I must admit it was pretty neat to drive the RV around Louisiana State University and right next to Tiger Stadium. I can’t imagine what that place must be like on an autumn Saturday afternoon.
Our event that night was coordinated by Bob Soule and Dee Alberty who are local Precept leaders and teachers. We enjoyed Dee’s homegrown Southern hospitality over breakfast the next morning and talked about ways to better equip Precept leaders with how to use this amazing tool in the awesome Bible studies done with Inductive Bible Study methods taught through Precept Ministries International.
I love spending time with Precept people around the country each year and since I’ve been working with Kay Arthur and Precept for two years, I’m a little bummed I won’t be in Chattanooga for our event there. Trust me, though, I was becoming a little road weary and fortunately, we had another day off Tuesday as our next stop in Little Rock was over 500 miles away.
We took our time heading up to our RV Park in Lake Village, LA halfway between the two cities and drove a little out of the way to visit the legendary Frisco Deli in Jackson, MS. This restaurant is owned by the father of our very own Phillip Malouf (in academic sales) and we were treated to the best ribs I may have ever had in my entire life! Seriously, if you ever go through Jackson (actually, Pearl) right off I-20, do NOT miss the chance to pull in and have Mitchell and the family put some on the smoker for you! From there, it was only a short little jaunt over to Vicksburg next where (since I am such a Civil War buff) we had to tour the National Battlefield of one of the most incredible Civil War battles. The USS Cairo is something everybody should see in their lifetime.
One of the greatest parts about my job in Ministry Relations is the privilege I have to work with some of the most renowned leaders and ministries in the world both introducing them to and training them how to use Logos. I already mentioned Kay above and Wednesday afforded me another highlight as I spent the afternoon at FamilyLife Ministries and met with Dennis Rainey, his wife Barbara, Bob Lepine, and Nancy Leigh DeMoss (of Revive Our Hearts Ministry).
Through the Logos ministry relations department, FamilyLife was introduced to Logos. They instantly fell in love with these tools because of their usefulness as a family tool for Christians looking to improve their Bible study and the application of God’s Word in the home. As I write, radio interviews we did at FamilyLife are promoting Logos to one of the biggest radio audiences in the nation. Still, even in my job, it’s rare to have a room or audience that has as much impact on the Body of Christ as was the case that day!
The next day after installing the upgrade on the Rainey’s home computer, I got back on the road as we headed out to Memphis, TN where we stayed next to Graceland, met Dr. David Olford and presented at Olford Ministries International. See what I mean? How often does one (even on my team!) have the privilege of serving both Dennis Rainey and David Olford at their headquarters – in one day!? Believe me, through the power of Logos Bible Software, leaders like this throughout the world are being equipped.
We ended up this final week (much to Krissy’s delight!) in Nashville last Friday night, where we had our final (of 25!) church presentations at Christ Presbyterian Church. Meeting Scott Lindsey and his family the next day (I’ve never seen kids rush a Game Cube quite that ferociously!), I was happy to hand off the keys to the next driver. Hopefully, he’ll remember to keep all the jacks up and the bedrooms in as he starts out on a month-long leg with his family of 6.
I’ve immensely enjoyed blogging about the Bible Road Trip and keeping you up-to-date with the latest happenings on the road (even through some humbling times!). It’s been quite a challenging endeavor out on the road, but I’ll cherish the memories always and am grateful for your support (both at the events and in prayer) for Krissy, Taylor, (Nicholas), and me as we’ve ministered to Bible students, Christian leaders, pastors, RV park passers-by, the occasional police officer and toll booth operator, and (hopefully) to you…showing people the amazing new Logos 3!
Wed, June 14, 2006 | Misc.|
In May, Guillermo and Rob of the Spanish department hit the road with Logos 3. First stop was Expolit in Miami, which is the largest book fair for Spanish language Christian literature in the world. This was a great time to develop our network of international distributors, connect with individual customers and publishers and sample some of the tasty restaurants of Miami (in that order, of course). The world of Spanish Christian literature is growing at an incredible pace and it is exciting to be part of it all.
After Expolit they split up. Guillermo traveled to Lima, Perú, to participate in the “Excellence in Training” conference organized by Overseas Council International. The conference aimed at strengthening the leadership of Spanish seminaries. Attendees were presidents and deans of seminaries from 17 different countries. Logos presented the tools and resources that students and faculty have available in their language and also proposed the development of new resources for the study of the Hebrew language. Logos is excited to partner with experienced and knowledgeable experts in Latin America to facilitate this development. More to come on that in the near future. A rather interesting side trip was a visit to “El Hueco”, the piracy mall of Peru. Here the visitor can buy a pirated copy of anything, including newly released DVD movies complete with plastic case and picture insert for US $0.50! Fortunately there was no Libronix on display (and no, he didn’t buy anything, tempting as it was).
Meanwhile, Rob had already boarded a plane to Spain right after Expolit. There he hooked up with Jon Haley, a great supporter of Logos, to put on some presentations and training. Jon uses our Biblioteca de Estudio Bíblico in the distance ed school for Spaniards that he started last year. The response to our presentations was enthusiastic and it showed us that Spain is bound to be a growing market. It’s also a fun place to visit! Rob drove by too many castles to keep track of and also visited the Church of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, a famous architectural marvel that has been under construction for over 80 years. The trip to Barcelona also provided an opportunity to visit our publishing partner Clie, which is the largest Christian publisher in the Spanish world.
Tue, June 13, 2006 | Misc.|
It’s been a while since my last post, but we haven’t gone far! For the last ten days we’ve been sweltering across Texas, stopping to stun serious Bible students with this stupendous software. Seriously, it’s been a super time! As we leave today to head into other states for the last week of our 5 week leg, let’s catch you up on the stops around the “Lone Star” State.
We started in Dallas a weekend ago at St John’s Missionary Baptist Church and Denton Bible Church. It was great to see a good turnout from two churches in the same city. I’m thankful to see our prayers answered in that these events are appealing citywide (and further!).
We had a nanny come and stay for the next few days. Actually it was just my sister, Kay Vollans, who is in her last year of graduate work at Abilene Christian University, and who joined us for a few days on the “Bible Bus”. Aunt Kay and Taylor got to spend some quality time together as we headed to Austin for our stop at First Evangelical Free Church.
This proved to be a very special stop as we had some distinguished guests (at least in Logos lore) in attendance. Nicole Dossey, a former Academic Sales Manager, lives in Austin where her husband (a former Logos developer) now works. Nicole was the person who helped me get my job at Logos and it was great to have her in attendance.
Also there were Bradley and Susan Grainger; two employees at Logos who just happened to be on vacation visiting the Dosseys. Bradley is one of our software developers and it was nice to watch him soak in the great response we had from the crowd there who was amazed (like all our other groups!) with what a light-year leap we have taken with Logos 3. It must have been neat to get that type of perspective on his work helping to develop these tools (for people like you and me) to study God’s Word more effectively.
On Tuesday, we stopped in San Antonio, where we took in some hometown Texas cooking at Bill Miller’s BBQ. We enjoyed the brisket and beans, sweet tea (served in a bucket, of course!), and a slice of pecan pie (my favorite!). The day off on Wednesday afforded us a rare opportunity to relax and we spent some time at the pool at Blazing Star RV park.
Thursday and Friday night we had churches in Houston welcome the Bible Road Trip as we stopped at Impact Church of Christ and West Houston Bible Church.
Dr. Robert Dean, Jr is the pastor at West Houston. I spent most of Friday with him and members of his Logos users ministerial association, training and teaching them how to use some of the 100 new features of Logos 3. That day, the members of his church came out in droves and helped with refreshments and other things to make that night one of the most successful nights of the Road Trip with over 75 people in attendance!
So Texas, I guess it’s so long, partner! And as they say, “y’all come back now, y’ hear”?
From here, we head out to Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee where we will hand off the RV to Scott Lindsey and his family after an 11-state, 17-city, and 4,800-mile leg of this awesome endeavor for His glory.
If you live in one of these states, RSVP for an event this week and bring along a friend to introduce them to this amazing tool. And if you see the RV, be sure to wave!
From the RV,
The Norton Three (plus 1)
Fri, June 9, 2006 | Misc.|
The first independent, published review of Logos Bible Software 3 is in…and Logos scored two thumbs up!
The review will be published in the October issue of the Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society but we received permission to post it to Logos.com in advance. You can head over to read it right now.
Or, if you don’t mind a plot spoiler, here’s an excerpt:
“There are many Bible research programs available today and each one has its own strengths and weaknesses. One of the tremendous strengths of the Logos products is the incredible number of reference works available either in a package like this one or in separate products that can be added to one’s library. No other program comes close to providing us with so much valuable (and searchable) material. Anyone who spends much of their life studying, teaching and preaching the Bible will want to have this program or one of its sisters (the Scholar’s Library or Scholar’s Library Gold). Such programs are rightfully becoming an essential part of any preacher’s (or scholar’s) tool kit.” (More…)
The journal is primarily by and for homiletics professors (I guess that would make them “preacher teachers”?) at seminaries and Bible colleges across North America. It’s also read by pastors, evangelists, and others with an interest in preaching.
The author of this review is Dr. Roy Ciampa, Ph.D., associate professor of NT and director of the Th.M. program in biblical studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
This is the first of many reviews that will appear in print over the coming months. I find it interesting that each one adds another dimension to the evaluation of the product and each reveals a different perspective on what’s important in a Bible software package and to whom it’s important. With a diverse user base and a large, multi-faceted product this makes sense.
If you’ve never seen our software review archive, check it out…chances are good that your denominational publication or favorite journal or magazine has reviewed Logos Bible Software and you can get their perspective on it.
Mon, June 5, 2006 | Misc.|
If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you may be asking yourself, “Why Syntax?” That is, why is it such a big deal in Logos Bible Software 3?
We’ve recently posted an article on our web site by Dr. Mike Heiser, who serves as Logos’ Academic Editor, that provides some answers to this question.
And he does it in an easy-to-read way. Even if your first question is “What is syntax?”, you’ll benefit from reading Dr. Heiser’s article. So check it out!