Calling All BibleTech Submitters!

Bibletech

On behalf of the BibleTech:2010 team, I am pleased to inform you that your presentation proposal has been accepted! We would love to send you an email with just such a message this November.

The BibleTech team is putting a call out for everyone interested in how technology is shaping the ways we read, interpret, translate and handle God’s Word. If you specialize in the intersection of Bible and technology we would be thrilled to hear what you are working on.

If you go to the past speaker page you can see that there is no subject that is too technical for the audience attending BibleTech. We have had discussions that are more philosophic in nature—
Technology is Not Neutral: How Bible Technology Shapes Our Faith as well as more developer/academic related topics— Formal Equivalence versus Dynamic Equivalence: How digital texts can break the conundrum.

Bibletech

So if you are a programmer, developer, publisher, tagging expert, information/library scientist, technologist, thought leader, design guru, information architect, webmaster, mash-up creator or just have an interesting vantage point on how the Bible and technology intersect, we want to hear from you.

Go to the Participation page now and submit a proposal!

Windows Mobile users, speak up!

Do you have a Windows Mobile phone? If so, we’d appreciate your participation in a very short survey regarding specific devices.
If you have another type of mobile device, don’t worry, we’re thinking about your needs, too. Your input in the August survey has already been put to work!

Announcing BibleTech 2010!

We are gearing up for BibleTech 2010, which will be held in San Jose, CA, March 26–27. BibleTech is our annual conference which focuses on the many ways technology is affecting and being affected by how we translate, interpret, communicate and transmit the Scriptures. This isn’t just a great opportunity to hear speakers address many of the tech savvy issues that are important to you, but also a chance to interact and network with some of the leaders in their fields and others who share your interests. I just spoke to one of last year’s presenters yesterday and he was mentioning the relationships that he has developed through his involvement in BibleTech.

San Jose, CA

This year we are moving the conference into the heart of Silicon Valley. It only seems appropriate that BibleTech should be held in a city like San Jose, CA, just a stone’s throw from such important hi-tech institutions as Intel and Google.

Calling all presenters!

We are putting out a call for programmers, publishers, tagging experts, information/library scientists, technologists, thought leaders, design gurus, information architects, webmasters, ,mash-up creators or anyone working at the intersection of the Bible and technology to lead conference sessions and roundtable discussions! It is as easy as going to the BibleTech 2010 website and filling out the participation form. We get a lot of entries and we encourage you to be as descriptive as possible when sharing your ideas for topics and content.

Register early!

Register before November 30 at $139.95 and save $40. With our tiered pricing, the earlier you sign up for Bibletech, the more you save. Lock in the lowest price today!

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New Call for Seminary Scholarship Applicants

Later today we will award our first SeminaryScholarship.com scholarship. The scholarship includes $1,000.00 towards tuition, plus a copy of Logos Scholar’s Library which contains more than 330 titles, which in print would cost over $6,100.00.
Next Scholarship–January 10, 2010
While we’ll announce the scholarship winner next week, we wanted to let you know that we’ll be awarding another SeminaryScholarship.com scholarship on January 10, 2010. So, if you didn’t get around to applying for our last scholarship, you can apply now. For those who applied for our last scholarship, we encourage and invite you to apply again.
Not in Seminary?
Help the seminarians around you by letting them know about this scholarship opportunity. Post a link on Facebook, tweet about it, or just send the link (http://www.seminaryscholarship.com/) in email to someone you know in seminary.

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Regional Conference Speaker: Suzanne Schmieding, Philadelphia, PA

Today’s guest blogger is Suzanne Schmieding, our Regional Conference Speaker in Philadelphia, PA.

Last month marked my 2-year anniversary with Logos.I thank God for this company and the Bible software Bob and Dale Pritchett and their families have brought to the world. They have hired a team of nearly 200 employees, all working to help send Logos Bible Software around the world.

I first became aware of Logos Bible Software in 1999. Right away, I saw the magnitude and potential of this biblical software. Not only had I already owned and regularly used several other Bible software programs, I had already graduated Valley Forge Christian College in 1993 with a B.S. in Bible and was working in ministry. But after purchasing Logos’ top-of-the-line package—which at that time was Scholar’s Library—I didn’t need the other Bible programs anymore. Logos did it all and more.

Having worked in sales over 25 years, I called Logos and asked if they had any job openings for sales representatives. At that time, I was told there were no openings. That shot my idea down, or so I thought. God is so good; 7 years later, I was looking for jobs online and saw an ad for a Logos Bible Software Field Sales Representative for the Philadelphia, PA area.I jumped at the chance to send in my resume, and the rest is history.

Now, as a Regional Conference Speaker for Logos, it is my job to present Logos at churches and conferences and to area pastors, church leadership, lay leaders, and Sunday school teachers—really to anyone who will listen to me. I talk about God wherever I am, and I always mention Logos, the best Bible software in the world. How can you talk about God and not talk about the Bible? When I talk about God, Logos Bible Software comes up. They work hand in hand.

There have been many wonderful experiences in my 2 years with Logos, but let me tell you of just this one. It symbolizes what I have found over and over again. When people buy Logos, they are excited, inspired, and grateful for what Logos can do for them and their walk with God.I recently went to a conference and a youth leader came up to me and told me (paraphrased), “You inspired me to dig into God’s Word using Logos when you came to my church a year ago.I saw the passion that you have and the tears in your eyes when you spoke of God’s love and how using Logos would inspire us to know God more intimately so I purchased Logos, and I was glad I did!” He said, “I’m not just saying this; it was your passionate presentation that inspired me to buy Logos and to study and draw closer to God.” Then he thanked me.

His words touched my heart. That is what I want for everyone; to see how Logos can transform their relationship with God. I think I have the best job: to be able to help people see and learn about the love of God more than they ever thought they could. Logos Bible Software transforms sermon preparation, personal Bible study, and theological research. It enables you to dig even deeper into the riches of God’s Word within seconds, so you can learn to be everything God wants you to be in Him, all for the glory of God.

Regional Conference Speakers introduce the Body of Christ to Logos Bible Software and promote and facilitate deeper study of God’s Word. It would be our privilege to come to your church, ministry, school or community event to conduct a Logos Bible Study Workshop. There is no cost for these events, and in fact, those in attendance will receive a discount on their purchase of a Logos base package. Our speakers are located in:

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Los Angeles
  • Philadelphia
  • Seattle

If you live near any of our locations, give us a call today, and make arrangements with Pete Heiniger (360) 685-4443 or pete.heiniger@logos.com.

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2009 Salsa Cook-off

salsa1.jpgWith the weather in Bellingham turning cooler, we decided to heat things up last Friday with our annual Salsa Cook-off. This year we had fourteen competitors vying for fame and glory. Congratulations to our winners!

In the HOT category
First place: #7, Eric O. – Vicious Verde, with 90 points
Second place: #1, Darren W. – Cilantro Lime, with 70 points
Third place: #9, Lindsey K. – Deliciously Spicy, with 67 points

In the MILD category
First place: #14, Sarah E. – Pampered Palate, with 99 points
Second place: #2, April T. – California Dreaming, with 87 points
Third place: #12, Lindsey K. – Cool and Refreshing, with 66 points
Sarah E. was kind enough to share her winning recipe for Pampered Palate Salsa:
16 servings (2Tb. Each)
Note: I served this to 9 people and it was enough to have seconds.
Ingredients:
1 jar (6.5 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, undrainedsalsa3.jpg
1/4 cup pitted ripe olives, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
3 medium plum tomatoes, diced
1 garlic clove, pressed
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil leaves
Directions:
1. Drain marinade from artichokes into bowl. Chop artichokes, olives and red onion. Dice tomatoes.
2. Place vegetables into bowl. Add pressed garlic. Add basil to vegetable mixture; mix gently. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Yield: 16 servings
Nutrients per serving: (2 tablespoons): Calories 17, Total Fat 1 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Carbohydrate 2 g, Protein 0 g, Sodium 80 mg, Fiber less than 1 g

Help a Struggling Seminary Student with One Click

seminary.pngAs a former seminarian, I can say with great confidence that I always appreciated the person who told me about opportunities to get money to help pay for my education. If you know a seminarian, today is your day to be that person! Today is Help-a-Seminarian Day.
In just 13 days, Logos will award its first Seminary Scholarship, which includes $1,000.00 towards tuition and a copy of Scholar’s Library.
Help the seminarians around you by letting them know about this scholarship opportunity. Applying is easy and only takes less than 15 minutes.

How can you help a seminarian? Spread the word!

fb1.pngFacebook: Login to your Facebook account and post the link http://www.SeminaryScholarship.com on your wall. Be sure to include a line that lets your friends know what the link is all about. Something like, “If you are in seminary, here is a scholarship that might help you out.” You can also just click here to share on Facebook.

tw1.pngTwitter: Post a tweet with a link to http://www.SeminaryScholarship.com. Not sure what to tweet? You can just click here and tweet this.

bl1.pngBlog: If you have a blog, you can help out seminarians two ways. First, you can write a post on your blog letting seminarians know about the scholarship. Second, you can add one of our new Seminary Scholarship web banners to your site.

Not sure what to write? Try this:

Need Money for Seminary?

Searching for a seminary scholarship is tough. Everywhere you turn there are requirements. Degree track, financial need, denominations, demographics —what seminarian has time for all that!?!

Now there is a scholarship that is open to everyone and doesn’t take a week’s worth of late nights to apply for. At www.SeminaryScholarship.com all you have to do is watch a demonstration of Logos Bible Software and fill out a brief application. Once your application is submitted you will be entered to win a $1,000.00 scholarship AND a digital theological library that, in print, would cost over $6,100.00!
www.SeminaryScholarship.com

Great Bible Giveaway—October

giveawaythumb.jpgToday marks the halfway point for our Great Bible Giveaway. To date we’ve seen more than 40,000 visitors to the giveaway site, received more than 7,000 official entries, and given away 36 ultra-premium Bibles worth nearly $6,000.00. All that, and we’ve still got three more months to go! If you haven’t won yet, stick with it. October could be your month!

This October, Bible.Logos.com is giving away another 12 exquisitely crafted premium Bibles. Visit the Great Bible Giveaway for details on how to enter, as well as the full contest rules and prize list.

This month we will be giving away:

  1. ESV Study Bible, Black Calfskin (Retail $239.99) from Crossway
  2. KJV Concord Wide Margin Reference, Black Goatskin (Retail $229.99) from Cambridge Bibles
  3. NASB In Touch Ministries Wide Margin Edition, Burgundy Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  4. NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  5. NASB Side Column Reference Wide Margin Special Limited Edition, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  6. NASB Wide Margin Reference, Black Goatskin (Retail $229.99) from Cambridge Bibles
  7. NIV Thinline, Ebony Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $49.99) from Zondervan
  8. NIV Study Bible, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $124.99) from Zondervan
  9. NKJV UltraSlim Bible Signature Series, Tan Calfskin (Retail $129.99) from Thomas Nelson
  10. NLTSB Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail Unavailable) from Tyndale
  11. NLTSB Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail Unavailable) from Tyndale
  12. TNIV, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $99.99) from Zondervan

To read how the Great Bible Giveaway got started, check out our original Bible Giveaway post.

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Logos Bible Software for Mac 1.2.2

A new version of Logos Bible Software for Mac is now available for download. Version 1.2.2 fixes a couple of bugs: a font display issue that occurred in some reports with Snow Leopard and a search problem with queries ending with search operators. Everyone running Safari 4 (whether you’re using Snow Leopard or not) should update to 1.2.2.

As with earlier updates, version 1.2.2 is free to existing users and can be downloaded from your Logos.com account. Go to Logos.com, sign in, navigate to My Account > Order History, and then click on the order number for your Mac engine or base package order.

At the bottom of the order page, you’ll see a “Files to Download” section.

Click the “Download” link next to LogosMac1.2.2.dmg to save it to your Mac, and then double-click the file to install the update. Follow the instructions, and you should be up and running with the latest version in just a minute or two.

If you don’t have a Logos.com account, don’t see the link below your Mac order, or have any other troubles updating, please contact our Mac Customer Service team at 800-875-6467 or macsupport@logos.com.

Wrestling with the Verses

Bible Study MagazineExegetical preaching has always been my Achilles heel, not because it is so difficult, but because I wanted to present the Scriptures in a way that was the most advantageous for the people in my care. One of the issues that I always struggled with was how easy it was for people to read a couple verses or chapters a day in their Bibles and never understand how those verses and chapters fit into the context of the epistle, gospel, or narrative from whence they came.

In our Christian sub-culture sometimes we, unintentionally, present things in ways that are counter-intuitive to our desired goals. If our goal is Scriptural understanding and fidelity, we need to be wary of presenting the Scriptures as stand-alone aphorisms. While making us more familiar with some Scripture, presenting the Bible in little, isolated parcels can easily lead us away from the authors intended point.

Christopher R. Smith’s article Chapter & Verses: Who Needs Them? in a recent issue of Bible Study Magazine is a fabulous reminder of not only how God breathed and divinely prepared the Scriptures are, but also how useful breaking up the Scriptures into chapters and verses has been for us. It is nice to also be reminded that, as useful as this delineation of the Bible into chapter and verse may be, we may in fact be doing the Word a disservice by feeling beholden to it. Sometimes it may be more important to be mindful of the authors natural structure.

I have a subscribed to many Christian periodicals over the years, and obviously some have been better than others. But I have to say, I have yet to pick up an issue of Bible Study Magazine that I haven’t found encouraging and edifying.

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