Logos Convinces Philadelphia to Visit

Philly Boys Cheesesteaks have been making quite a name for themselves in Seattle, WA. John and Frank, the owners (and Philly natives) have been selling their amazing sandwiches out of their mobile cheesesteak factory since March, 2011. It wasn’t long before word-of-mouth about Philly Boys made its way north to Bellingham, WA.

It seemed that the word “cheesesteak” was being dropped into casual conversations regularly around Logos like some glorious, cheese-covered pipe dream. But how could we transport 250 employees to Seattle for a cheesesteak? Then the marketing team hit on a crazy idea: why not bring Philly Boys to us?

Believe it or not, it isn’t easy to convince a business to take the day off from serving their regular and enthusiastic customers, load up their restaurant on wheels, and drive for two hours to risk doing less business than normal. So how do you convince them this is a good idea? You pull out all the stops, that’s how.

The Logos marketing team started a social media marketing campaign and did enough groundwork to convince Philly Boys to come. Even local media outlets started getting excited about the idea.

When the big day finally arrived, the line for cheesesteaks stretched around the block. It was an amazing success! We got to fill up on unbelievable sandwiches, the Philly Boys enjoyed their visit, and we got to build community among the downtown businesses in Bellingham.

You might be thinking, “That’s great, why are you telling me this?”

Our marketing team (among other departments) is hiring and we want to give you the opportunity to come work for a company who uses their skills to do all sorts of fun stuff. We work hard, we play hard, and we engage our community. If you think this sounds like the kind of thing you would excel at, and the kind of environment you’d like to work in, check out our career page.

Maybe the next outrageous idea we make a reality will be yours . . .


We like to eat at least once a day, and we’re always open to new ideas. Which food do we need to bring in next? Italian Beef from Chicago? Crêpe cart from Paris? Bánh mì stand from Vietnam? Let us know in the comments!

Free for February: B. B. Warfield’s Revelation and Inspiration

Benjamin B. Warfield’s classic Revelation and Inspiration is February’s Free Book of the Month!

This book is marked by the careful exegesis for which Warfield was renowned, and lays a solid foundation for an acceptance of biblical authority. The argument is compelling; I do not believe it has ever been answered.John Stott

For nearly a century, Warfield’s writing has helped shape Christian’s perspectives on the authority and inspiration of Scripture.

Not only can you get this book for free all month long, but when you visit the Free Book of the Month page you can enter to win the 20-volume Works of B. B. Warfield.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page to download your free book and enter the giveaway!

Bible Study Magazine Gets a Makeover

Bible Study Magazine has a new look! Today is the first day you can subscribe to get the sharp, infographic-rich Mar.–Apr. ‘12 issue.

What Inspired the Change?

We wanted to bring the magazine to a fresh creative level. For Sean Fields, Logos’ art director, it was about creating an engaging reading experience that helps you get into the Word. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what went into Bible Study Magazine’s new design.

The New Cover

The design team is weaving cover story elements into what you see when you pick up Bible Study Magazine. In this issue, popular blogger Tim Challies talks about the struggle we sometimes have with keeping in the Word: “I want people to know that others struggle with this. I think they would find joy in knowing that they’re not alone.” He also encourages us to keep studying as “so often God uses obedience to rekindle the flame of delight.”

  • Why it’s better: The design team connected this concept to the cover. While BSM covers have traditionally featured headshots, Challies is depicted in a secluded, windswept wheat field under a cloudless blue sky. The title, “Forging through Isolation,” ties these elements together in an exciting, creative way.

The Look

Crisp, clean lines lead you through the issue, from JoHannah Reardon’s devotional on giving credit to God to the feature story on Tullian Tchividjian, “Bible Study for the Present Day.” Tchividjian, the high school dropout, grandson of Billy Graham, and author of Jesus+Nothing=Everything, talks about the God who transforms and the clarity His Word brings.

  • Why it’s better: The new design eliminates chaos and elevates content. A simple sans serif font throughout the issue gives it a consistent feel that makes you want to keep reading. Clean lines, white space, and bold colors bring a contemporary, fresh look.

The Special Section

We’re upping our storytelling game with exciting visuals. For example, this month’s themed section features compelling articles that explore the rebellion and the power shifts of the divided kingdom in 1–2 Kings.

  • Why it’s better: Not familiar with the intricacies of these kings and kingdoms? No worries—our new infographics lay out complex ancient politics in ways that are easy to understand at a glance. Using chess pieces, Sean and his team captured the violent power shifts found in 1–2 Kings.

Future issues of Bible Study Magazine will have individual looks, dictated by the content, with our readers in mind.  “With our design, we’re trying to get the reader engaged and make the content appealing to everyone who is interested in studying the Bible,” says Sean. “The Bible appeals to all ages, and our magazine should reflect that.”

Subscribe today to receive the redesigned Mar.–Apr. ‘12 issue of Bible Study Magazine!

Exclusive Zondervan Daily Deals on Twitter!

You’ve given us a lot of positive feedback regarding the exclusive Daily Deals on Twitter. Good news! We’ve got more great deals yet to come.

Starting today we will feature a Zondervan resource every Monday as part of our ongoing Daily Deals on Twitter.  These Zondervan deals will continue for the next 14 weeks. Today’s deal is Evaluating the Church Growth Movement: 5 Views. This resource was compiled and edited by Gary L. McIntosh, a teacher at the Talbot School of Theology.

Enter the Daily Deal coupon code DD16621 today to get 50% off.

Remember, these Zondervan specials will continue every Monday for 14 weeks. So be sure to follow us on Twitter and look for #DailyDeal tweets to catch these special offers!

Weekly Roundup: January 28

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of January 28, 2012.

Logos Talk

Vyrso Voice

Interesting Discussions


How important are commentaries to your Bible study or sermon prep?


Check out our Bible Verse of the Day board on Pinterest!


This is the last weekend that Logos’ new church presentation software is free for everyone.

But if you use it in your service this Sunday morning and post a picture to the Proclaim Facebook page before the end of January, you’ll get it free in February too!

You can download Proclaim absolutely free from the website, and since it’s cloud-based, you can access presentations from any Mac or PC. Now pastors, worship leaders, and tech volunteers can edit the same presentation from their own computer.  Add your own media, or use some of Proclaim’s free backgrounds to make your presentation look awesome. Download it now.


New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These Pre-Pubs are shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

The latest collections from Community Pricing:

Don’t miss out on these collections nearing the 100% mark!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newest postings on our Careers page:

Marketing Department

Graphic Design and Video


Software Development


Ministry Development

Customer Service

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Breaking News: All’s Well That Ends Well

In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, while most people were sleeping, someone threw a cinder block through the window of our customer service building. We made light of the event in a blog post later that day.

We might have winked at the event on the blog, but the truth is these sorts of events are disheartening. We have many employees that come and go from the Logos campus at all times of day. An anonymous act of aggression like this leaves many unanswered questions. Was this an isolated event? Were we targeted? If an employee was in the wrong place at the wrong time, could they have been in danger?

This isn’t the first time we have experienced an act like this as a company. We have been both targets of extensive, premeditated vandalism, as well as singled out by theives.

We do take these things seriously. We have to.

Our blog post with the embedded video of the break in went viral. Visits to the Logos blog went through the roof. Soon local news affiliates were here doing stories on the event. It would have been hard to be a Bellingham, WA resident and not know about break in, or see the video. It was really only a matter of time before the individual was located.

Yesterday afternoon the vandal called Logos to speak to Executive Vice-President, Dan Pritchett. He wasn’t able to get hold of  Dan and called back three times. When he finally got Dan on the phone he confessed and apologized. It was obvious that he was sincerely sorry.

He assured us that, not only is this the first time he has ever done anything like this, it was a random act and Logos Bible Software wasn’t singled out. And then he asked to pay restitution for the damages.

Dan was convinced of his sincerity and, although we are going to let him pay for the damages, Logos is not going to press charges. In fact, he and Dan are going to have lunch next week.

Add Notes and Highlighting to Your iPhone or iPad with iOS 2.0

Right on the heels of the release of Logos 4’s latest update comes an exciting update to the Logos iPhone app. Check it out:

If you use the Logos iPhone app, you can update it now to add new functions to your mobile Bible study.

Get the iPhone App Today!

If you haven’t downloaded the Logos Bible Software app for your iPhone or iPad, don’t wait any longer! The Logos Bible Software iOS app can help you experience a fuller, richer Bible study experience wherever you go—and it’s absolutely free!

You’ll get:

  • Notes: Attach your thoughts and comments to a verse or book for future reference.
  • Highlighting: Mark the text your way with more than 80 colors and symbols.
  • Languages: Access the original Greek and Hebrew words with a simple tap-and-hold on any word in the Bible. You’ll instantly see the lemma and morphology of the term.
  • Split Screen: Whether in vertical or horizontal orientation, you can view your Bible alongside a secondary resource. Both panels scroll in sync, so you’re always in the right place.
  • Social Sharing: Have a verse you want to share with others? Simply swipe up on the screen, select “Share,” and choose to share via Facebook, Twitter, or email.
  • Word Studies: Learn more about a word by running a Bible word study. Logos 4 links the text to dictionaries, lexicons, and cross-references, and lets you view various translations of the Greek or Hebrew word.
  • Free Books: You get 41 resources for free instantly when you download the Logos iPhone app. Plus, you can access 26 more free books by creating a Logos.com account.
  • And so much more!

Grow your mobile library with nearly 20,000 Bibles, commentaries, reference guides, Christian living books, and more—all available from Logos and Vyrso. Or combine the Logos iPhone app with a Logos 4 base package, and get the benefit of an expansive Bible study library for pennies on the dollar.

You can get more information about the Logos iOS app on our iPhone and iPad pages, or simply download the app today!

Our Rich Heritage in the Life and Works of Horatius Bonar

One of the joys of working at Logos is helping Christians everywhere become more aware of their rich heritage—from the foundational writings of Augustine to the powerful preaching of Whitefield. After all, we are not the first generation to wrestle with the Scriptures, to battle false teaching, or to seek to live faithfully in an age of apathy. Today, we introduce another important, yet little-known, saint with the Pre-Pub release of The Life and Works of Horatius Bonar (47 vols.).

Horatius Bonar’s Ministry

Ministering during the mid-nineteenth-century revivals in Scotland, Horatius Bonar was known for his biblical preaching and tireless evangelism. Working alongside Robert Murray McCheyne (his close friend) and Thomas Chalmers, he witnessed an incredible work of the Spirit that brought multitudes to Christ. He describes this remarkable season as having “all the marks of a work of God which we see in the account given of the preaching of the gospel by the apostles.”

Like the Puritans before him, Bonar’s writings are saturated with deep reflection on the cross and the importance of applying the gospel to every aspect of the Christian life. In The Everlasting Righteousness, Bonar offers a simple yet profound explanation of justification that Charles Spurgeon calls “suggestive, gracious, full of holy unction.” Tony Reinke describes Bonar as having the “literary talents” of John Bunyan and an “ability to confront doctrinal concerns of the day” reminiscent of Spurgeon.

In addition to his voluminous works, Bonar is most widely known for his extensive hymn-writing, penning over 600 hymns. Realizing that the influence of the Psalter was diminishing amongst young people, he began writing new hymns set to the popular music of his day. Some of these hymns remain cherished classics, such as “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say,” and “All Power and Glory and Honor and Praise.”

The Life and Works of Horatius Bonar (47 vols.) on Pre-Pub

With over 12,000 pages worth of writings and more than 400 hymns, The Life and Works of Horatius Bonar is a monumental collection. Pick up this important work on Pre-Pub today for 83% off and hear the voice that awakened a generation and still calls God’s people to greater faith and obedience.

Register Today for Pastorum Live

Calling all pastors—are you ready for a two-day voyage into the Word that will transform your ministry?

You’ll want to set aside June 5–6 to attend Pastorum Live, the first Bible study conference presented by Logos Bible Software, at Park City Church in downtown Chicago, IL.

Pastorum Live will bring together 21 scholars from leading Bible colleges and seminaries who will use their expertise to enrich and inform your scriptural study through the original languages of the Bible. By examining the Greek and Hebrew behind our English translations, you’ll be equipped to go deeper into the Word for Bible study, sermon preparation, and teaching.

The twenty speakers include:

Dr. Scot McKnight—Author of over 30 books on the historical Jesus, the New Testament, and early Christianity, including The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others, a 2005 Christianity Today book of the year. Dr. McKnight will be teaching on “The Sermon on the Mount as Gospel.”

Dr. John Walton—Expert of the culture and literature of the Old Testament and the ancient Near East. He’s authored and edited many books, including the 5-volume Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament and is on the editorial board for The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (Zondervan). Dr. Walton will be teaching on finding “Meaning in Biblical Vocabulary: Use and Abuse of Word Studies.”

Dr. Craig Evans—Former director of the graduate program in biblical studies at Trinity Western University, where he founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. He specializes in the historical Jesus, synoptic Gospels, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, and New Testament background. Dr. Evans will be teaching on ”The Dead Sea Scrolls and New Testament Christology.

Dr. Peter Enns—Dr. Peter Enns is a biblical scholar, author, speaker, and teacher. Dr. Enns has taught courses at five seminaries (Westminster, Princeton, Fuller, Biblical, and Lutheran/Philadelphia) and three universities (Harvard, Eastern, and Temple); he currently teaches at Eastern University. He has written or edited 14 books, including Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament, The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins, and commentaries on Exodus and Ecclesiastes.

Check out the full itinerary.

Keep watching Pastorum.com/live for more information on lecture titles and topics!

Save $50 by registering now for only $149. The discounted registration price will go up to $199 on March 10, so register now to ensure your spot at the best rate.

You don’t want to miss this event. Create a healthier church, improve your ministry, and enrich your personal Bible study by learning how to dig deeper into the Scriptures.

We’ll see you at Pastorum Live!

The Logos 4.5 Update Will Ship Today!

I published a blog post yesterday alerting everyone that Logos 4.5 was shipping soon. But I wasn’t clear enough, and many people were unsure if it was available. I apologize.

This morning someone threw a cinder block through a window of our customer service center. I can only imagine that he had tried in vain multiple times to update to 4.5 last night. To add insult to injury, it looks like the brick bounced off the windows on his first attempt.

Here’s the good news: barring any last minute show-stoppers, 4.5 will ship later today! You should be notified in Logos 4 when the update is ready to be installed. If you do not receive a notification by Wednesday, January 25, type “Update Now” into the Command Bar (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot) and begin downloading them.

I will do my part to be clearer in the future, and you should receive the update within the next day or so. No need to break in to get a copy!