Is Logos 3 “An Essential Part of Any Preacher’s Tool Kit”?

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.

Be sure to check that reviews page or the Newest Reviews section of the Logos.com homepage or subscribe to the RSS feed to see new reviews as they are posted.

Why Syntax?

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!

Kansas was great, Oklahoma wasn’t OK

Landon is doing the second leg of the Bible Road Trip; this is his third post from the road (read previous Road Trip posts).

What a wonderful end to the week we had in Kansas as we stopped in Shawnee for a night with Mill Creek Community Church and many users around the Kansas City region. A man and his children even drove all the way from Lincoln, NE to be with us!

The next night we had a wonderful time with Pastor Ross Strader and the warm folks at Calvary Bible Church in Wichita. It will be hard for anyone to beat the reception we got from these guys and gals with all the work they put in to make this one of our best events yet. Everything was going so great. I should have seen the looming storm clouds on the flat, prairie horizon.




The next day we stopped for gas and lunch at a little truck stop just inside the Oklahoma border (can you believe people still pay less than $3 for a gallon of gas!) and while we were stopped, I pushed the bedroom slide out about a half-a-foot so I could slightly open a drawer to pull out some shorts to wear instead.

Now, you’d think there’d be a warning display or an observant passer-by who would have notified me that I began driving down the road toward Tulsa (our Friday night event) with my bedroom sticking out, but the first announcement I had was the glass breaking in the back room as we pulled off from a toll-booth where I had, to my horror, caught the slide on the toll-booth roof accidentally remodeling the RV and causing a total mess on our bed.

After the cops came, we barely made our stop that night in Tulsa, pulling in just in time to get the laptop plugged in and to tell the story to the small, stunned crowd there who laughed when I joked about having to ask for a love offering to pay for the inevitable deductible (and possibly job-hunting expenses!).

Thankfully, Bob and Dale were just as understanding as I hoped (and prayed) they would be encouraging me in my efforts to repair the RV along our route in the coming days. The holiday weekend was full of nauseating grimaces, phone calls, repair shops, story-telling (it’s actually given us MORE opportunities to tell people about this Road Trip and Logos Bible Software!), glass cleanup (sometimes with a spoon) and boarding up as we began the process of fixing the glaring hole in the side of the RV.

So, as we head out to Texas in the coming days, pray with us for no rain, streamlined insurance and repair tactics and the internal reminders that cause us to slow down and take a second look at everything around us, and most importantly, that we realize everything is going to work out fine.

We are mindful that the Lord uses all things for His glory and that, as James tells us, we should be joyful in tribulation as the Lord uses it to refine us into servants more steadfast and mature.
(James 1:2-4).

And that’s the whole reason we are out here – for His glory trying to help people become better servants of our Lord.

See more photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bibleroadtrip

Home, Home on the Range

Landon is doing the second leg of the Bible Road Trip; this is his second post from the road (read previous Road Trip posts).

It was quite a unique homecoming this past weekend. You see, I graduated from Rampart High School in Colorado Springs, CO, where I played in the state basketball championship in 1995 and so, I guess it was fitting that the Logos Road Trip stop in Colorado Springs at Village 7 Presbyterian Church was held in their brand new basketball gym (I’m not sure I’ve ever taught in a gym before…) nearly 11 years to the day after I received that diploma.

What a neat experience it was, then, to spend the weekend at the base of Pikes Peak on the front range of the Rocky Mountains showing my wife and daughter some of my old stomping grounds and many of the world famous sights just minutes from our base camp.

We visited my high school and the Wal-Mart where I used to work. We had dinner at my first and hometown Cracker Barrel (where I handily beat Taylor in a game of table checkers, I might add). We drove up and saw the United States Air Force Academy parked the RV in front of the Garden of the Gods and even took Taylor to the “North Pole” to visit Santa’s Workshop.

During one of our stops, we had a gentleman named Michael knock on our window in a parking lot and ask for an order form (what kind of “wings” would that be?) and comparison guide, wishing he hadn’t missed our presentation the night before.

After driving up to Denver to stay Sunday night before our presentation Monday night at Calvary South Denver, we headed up into the mountains a bit to eat at the world-famous (okay, so it’s just famous to the locals) Beau Jo’s pizza where many a skier or snowboarder has contributed his/her own napkin drawing among the many on the old wooden walls of this antique building from the good-old mining days. When they make pizza, it truly is a pie!

Today, we leave the Rocky Mountains behind and head into the plains of Kansas where presentations in Shawnee (outside Kansas City) at Mill Creek Community Church and in Wichita at Calvary Bible Church will bring pastors, teachers, Bible students, and anyone interested in better, more frequent and deeper Bible study out to see the brand-new Logos 3!

Don’t miss it! Right, Michael?

Leaving the West Coast

Landon Norton here from the Bible Road Trip RV with the first of what will inevitably be many entries over the next 5 weeks.

After a one-way plane ride to San Diego to meet Bob Pritchett and relieve him and his family, Kristine, my wife (pregnant with Nicholas Drew – a boy due late July), Taylor (our 19 month old daughter) and I decided to take the RV over to Sea World and the world famous San Diego Zoo for some sightseeing before starting out on our 37-day leg of the Bible Road Trip.

SIDENOTE: We learned a very valuable lesson here about where to park as we had to stop parking lot traffic and complete what must have been the world’s first 27-point turnaround to extricate ourselves from the busy parking lot.
Bushed, we spent the night at Mission Bay RV Park before leaving the west coast as the sun went down behind us on Interstate 8. As we rolled along towards the next Road Trip stops in Phoenix, AZ, we received many curious stares, many picture takers and even one enthusiastically honking youth who had a massive “Jesus Freak – Hard Core” window decal adorning his truck window. We headed east through the desert along the southern border of the United States and little did we know that those 7 hours on the road would be the most relaxing time we would have that weekend.

Pulling in to the Desert’s Edge RV Park at 10:30pm Sunday night, we encountered electrical problems when attempting to “jack” the RV up for the night and were unable to put all the legs down or slide out the living room and bedroom. Calling roadside assistance could not even resolve our 3-legged coach or our cramped quarters overnight because of the late hour so Monday I spent most of the day with a pleasant technician named Chad who finally found and flipped the breaker (now I know where it is for next time!) which reset the electricity to the system and who (after somewhat reluctantly accepting a Logos Bible Software water bottle full of ice-cold water for his help) sent us on our way. Unfortunately, not before the added trauma of Taylor’s first face-to-face meeting with asphalt!

Backing our schedule up this much caused us much distress as we rallied to attend our scheduled event at Stone Creek on Monday night. Audiences there and at Red Mountain Christian Church in Mesa, AZ on Tuesday, the 16th, were excited and thrilled to experience firsthand the myriad of new features and resources in Logos 3 as we spent two evenings in Phoenix studying God’s Word using these amazing, brand-new tools.

We woke up yesterday, with a bit of a reprieve as we had only a short, yet beautiful drive out of the desert basin up to Flagstaff, AZ which sits at over 6000 feet elevation. On the way we had lunch at In-N-Out (if there’s a better burger in America, I haven’t found it!), and visited gorgeous Sedona, AZ, stopping for some pictures of the RV in front of some of the most breathtaking and amazing handiwork our Creator ever touched.

Last night, we were at Hoffmantown Church in Albuquerque, NM to introduce people to this amazing new software and fellowship with long-time users of Logos Bible Software. We are privileged to be a part of such an awesome endeavor for His glory and we look forward to meeting people across the Midwest who are hungry for better bible study and the inevitable impact that it will have on their children, church, community.

We’ll check in again soon…

From the RV,
The Norton Three (+1)
(View more Bible Road Trip photos on our page at Flickr.)

Day Eleven: Technical Difficulties

Day Eleven saw the Pritchett family off to the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace for another attempt at some education. Despite protests beforehand, the kids paid attention and learned a bit about the presidency and American politics. And we got to see the bulletproof presidential limo.

In the evening we headed over to Faith Community Church, where we found a pretty impressive technical setup with multiple projection screens. The only problem was that my laptop couldn’t “see” the projector over the extra long video cable. It would not switch into projection mode because it did not see the projector. After a bunch of messing around with the help of Faith Community’s great tech team, we discovered that we could go into projection mode using a short cable and my backup projector and then swap the longer cable in without leaving the mode. It all worked just in time.

Tonight is my last presentation before flying home from San Diego tomorrow. Landon Norton, one of our Ministry Relations reps, will be flying in with his family to take the RV on the next leg of its journey around America.

I have really enjoyed being on the road with my family, and it has been fantastic meeting so many people at the evening events. If you are anywhere near San Juan Capistrano, California, I hope you’ll come out and join us tonight at Ocean Hills Church.

Day Nine: Cars

After ancient artifacts, I decided to do something on the kids’ list. So we went to a go-kart racetrack and arcade. It was pretty empty on a Tuesday afternoon, so they got to do all the racing and game playing they could handle.

In the evening we were at the beautiful New Life Community Church in Artesia, California. I was impressed by the large wall of windows in the sanctuary looking out onto a huge lawn. I was surprised to hear that it was designed to allow drive-in attendance, and that some people still show up for services in their car.

After the presentation a Logos user brought me his copy of Fire Someone Today to sign. Even better, he was wearing a Facilitates Serendipitous Discovery t-shirt!
Next stop: Faith Community Church in Irvine, California.

Day Eight: Ancient Artifacts

The Road Trip RV is using Anaheim, California as home base for this week’s events. I wanted to get something a little more educational than roller coasters out of our free time during the day, so after lunch at In-N-Out Burgers we headed north to the Getty Villa for some Greek and Roman art and artifacts. The Villa staff kindly found us parking among the tour buses, and I got a new sense of appreciation for bus drivers. It isn’t easy taking a huge vehicle up those narrow driveways.

The steep, winding Malibu Canyon Road slowed us down (and frustrated sports-car drivers behind me, despite my frequent use of turnouts) but it didn’t keep us from the Evangelical Free Church of the Conejo Valley. There I met two Logos 1.0 users and got some very encouraging feedback: one user stayed late afterwards just so he could tell me in person how ‘your software changed my life and teaching.’

What a privilege it is to have a job building tools for Bible study! And to have such wonderful people as customers.

Next stop: New Life Community Church in Artesia, California.

Logos Curry 2006: Green Monster

We mentioned our Sixth Annual Logos Curry Cook-Off last week and promised recipes of the top three curries.

James Van Noord’s curry “Green Monster” was another excellent curry, garnering the third most votes. Here are James’s curry making notes:

My base recipe can be found at AllRecipes.com.

My modifications (with thanks to Vincent and Eli for pointers):

  • added lime juice
  • added kafir lime leaves
  • added bird’s eye chilies
  • added extra green curry paste
  • I didn’t use as much lemon grass as is called for. I fished out most of the lemon grass before lunch.
  • I used 14-oz cans of coconut milk

I tripled this recipe for the cook-off.

Day Four on the Road: A Great Evening!

What a great evening! After a nerve-rattling ride over some bumpy, narrow state highways (“Windy Levy Road Next 3 Miles”), and a trip over the feels-too-high-and-narrow-for-this-RV Antioch Bridge, we arrived at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Pittsburg, California.

Pastor Maurice Bates and everyone at the church really put out the red carpet for us. They had prepared a big spread of food for us, and they recorded my presentation on both audio and video. Attendance was great — our largest group yet! And after I demonstrated Logos Bible Software 3 they sent me off with a big basket of snacks and drinks for the road. I felt like a celebrity!

There were some more familiar names to meet in person, and Dean Forbes (co-editor of the analyzed Hebrew text) came, too. Best of all, there were lots of people there with a real interest in Bible study. It was a fun and encouraging evening.

Next stop: Evangelical Free Church of the Conejo Valley in Newbury Park, California.