Registration for BibleTech:2009 Ending Soon!

Today’s guest post is from J. D. Elgin, a member of the Marketing Department and the coordinator for this year’s BibleTech conference.

BibleTech:2009 is quickly approaching—it’s on March 27–28—and we are quite excited as things come together.

Are you looking for ways to pump life into your church website? Do you want to get the most out of your blogging community or social web interface? Maybe you’re more interested in Bible translation software or what’s in store for the next generation of Bible technologies. Wherever your interests lie, be sure to secure your seat at BibleTech:2009, where you’ll learn from the experts! Registration is only $149.95 and gets you access to twenty-eight presentations, three catered meals, a conference T-shirt, and the chance get to know fellow Bible and technology geeks! Registration is accessible through the conference website.

BibleTech:2009 will consist of fourteen sessions split between March 27 and 28. Each session will give you the option of a high-tech presentation or a low-tech presentation. The high-tech presentations will discuss the latest developments in Bible software platforms and the use of computer-based technologies for Bible translation and Bible study. The low-tech presentations will handle issues of design sensitivity, current trends in Bible technologies, and the integration of the Bible with internet-based communities.

A list of conference speakers is available on the conference website. Get acquainted with the speakers and catch up on their preparations for BibleTech:2009 by checking out their personal blogs. You can also view the official BibleTech:2009 schedule and plan ahead for your BibleTech experience.

Registration for BibleTech:2009 ends on Monday, March 23, so reserve your spot now!

Join us on March 27 and 28 in Seattle, WA for BibleTech:2009!

Can’t make it out to Seattle this year? Stay tuned to the Logos Blog for ways you can keep up with BibleTech:2009.

Become a Logos Ambassador

Logos Ambassador ProgramAre you passionate about Logos? Do you have a desire to introduce others to your favorite Bible software? Are you looking for a little extra income or help building your digital library? If this describes you, then the Logos Ambassador Program might be a perfect fit.

Almost daily we meet people who have never heard about us and wonder where we’ve been all of their lives. We use just about every means possible to let people know about us (e.g., websites, blogs, email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, radio ads and interviews, TV interviews, conferences, web ads, print ads, Bible Study Magazine, etc.), but we can only reach so many. We count on our happy customers to spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues.

Many of you are already great promoters, and we appreciate all that you do to spread the word about Logos. Why not take advantage of the opportunity to make a little extra money or build your digital library doing what you already love to do? When you present Logos to friends, family, and others in your community, you’ll earn 15% (if taken as a check) or 30% (if taken as Logos credit) commission of the sale price for every base package that you sell! This could provide some nice supplemental income or help you afford that next collection you were hoping to add to your digital library. The beauty of the program is that you can work as much or as little as you want, so the Ambassador Program can be a perfect fit no matter how much extra time you have.

Getting started is easy. Visit the Ambassador page, read the details and FAQs, and send in your application with your one-time payment of $39.95, which covers the cost of the Startup Kit. We’ll notify you as soon as you’ve been approved and send the Startup Kit to you. It contains all the essentials that you’ll need to do your presentations, take orders, and start making a little extra income.

Is the Ambassador Program right for you? Go find out!

What’s Your Story?

I love reading stories about how people experience Logos Bible Software for the first time. Just yesterday I read a glowing email from a professor who a few months ago had never used Logos and thought it was little more than a collection of PDF-like books. He was absolutely blown away when he first tried Logos and saw its powerful searching abilities and the quality of texts in the particular collection that he got.

We’re going to start a series of posts here on the blog featuring stories like this. In the past we’ve asked you to send your stories to NewsWire@logos.com and promised that if we used yours, we’d give you $100 worth of unlocks as a “thank you.”

If you’ve never told us your story, we’d love to hear from you. Tell us a little about yourself and how and why you use Logos. Include how you found out about Logos and what the main influences were that led you to purchase it. Include anything that makes for a good story. Write it up and send it to NewsWire@logos.com. Your story could be the next one to be featured.

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BibleTech:2009 Sneak Peek

Today’s guest blogger is J. D. Elgin, a member of the Marketing Department and the coordinator for this year’s BibleTech conference.

BibleTech:2009 is shaping up to be an incredible event for anyone passionate about the latest developments in Bible and technology! But don’t take our word for it; check out what some of the speakers are saying. As they are busy preparing their presentations, several have leaked details through their personal blogs. We decided to give you a BibleTech:2009 sneak peek by posting links to some of these blog posts.

Remember, BibleTech:2009 is March 27–28 in Seattle. If you’re making your plans to join us, be sure to register soon.

Recently, speaker Gabe Taviano interviewed me about BibleTech:2009. The podcast interview is available from iTunes or on the GodsMac.com website. The interview is about fifteen minutes long and begins at 26:00 into the podcast. Thanks to Gabe for helping us get the word out! You can also read about Gabe’s presentation on GabeTaviano.com, where he shares his passion for digital ministry and the effective use of technology for the Kingdom.

Wes Allen is a pastor on the East Coast. His presentation is entitled “Sermon Painting: Using Digital Projection to Illustrate a Sermon.” Wes has prepared a nice video promo to entice you. If you have any interest in preparing an effective presentation, you won’t want to miss Wes’ discussion!

Ellen Frankel of Jewish Publication Society (JPS) will present the latest digital initiative from JPS. Her presentation, “How the Ancient Rabbis Invented Web 2.0 Before Its Time,” explores how an online platform can produce a unique social experience for reading the Hebrew Bible. The official announcement is available at the Yavnet blog.

Mike Aubrey will demonstrate the functionality of SIL’s FLeX language program. Mike will illustrate the power of software for Greek studies and translation work. You can follow his preparations on his blog, ΕΝ ΕΦΕΣΩ.

Rick Brannan’s study, Stylometry and the Septuagint: Applying Anthony Kenny’s Stylometric Study to the LXX, applies a method of statistical analysis previously used on the Greek New Testament to the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament). Your can track Rick’s progress on his personal blog, where you’ll find his early musings and some recent findings.

For more on the these and other BibleTech:2009 speakers, check out the BibleTech:2009 website and view the complete conference schedule.

Are you unable to attend BibleTech:2009? We are putting together a list of speakers who will be blogging during the event. Stay tuned to the Logos blog for the official BibleTech:2009 blogger list. You can also keep up with BibleTech by joining our BibleTech Facebook group or by following the conference on Twitter (#BibleTech09).

We look forward to seeing you in Seattle!

All Logos Gear Only $1!

Logos Water Bottle—Blue Polycarbonate/Stainless SteelOur Logos—Facebook Photo Contest—especially the picture of Ryan all decked out—got people asking about Logos gear and how they can get some for themselves. You may never have seen it before, but we actually have a product category on Logos.com called Logos Merchandise that will show you all of the items that we currently have available.

Right now we have five items in stock:

And for a little bit longer, each item is on sale for only $1! But you need to act fast. We mentioned this special in our last Newswire, so our stock is going quickly.

To give everyone else a chance to get in on this special deal, please limit your orders to a quantity of one per item. You may order all five items, but just not more than one of each.

The discount is good through this Sunday, March 8, when you use coupon code LOGOSGEAR.

By the way, this is a good opportunity to remind you to make sure you’re subscribed to the Newswire email list. We regularly mention cool deals there, and many don’t make it to the blog. So be sure to sign up.

Logos–Facebook Photo Contest Winners

A week and a half ago we announced the Logos–Facebook Photo Contest and invited you to take pictures of yourself with Logos Bible Software and upload them to Facebook. The response to the contest was super. Nearly 900 new people connected with us on Facebook, and close to 400 photos were uploaded and tagged.

The deadline for entering was Sunday, March 1, but we allowed all photos submitted by the time we picked the winners yesterday afternoon. With so many creative and cool entries, it was very difficult to pick the winner for each category, but here’s what the judges came up with.

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Check Out the New NT Gateway

The NT Gateway is one of the oldest and best known biblical sites on the internet. Mark Goodacre, Associate Professor in New Testament at the Department of Religion at Duke University, started the site back in 1997 (hosted then as part of his homepage) as a place to collect useful links to resources and sites dedicated to New Testament studies.

In 2000 it moved to NTGateway.com and continued to grow. As time went on, the site, which was built as a collection of .htm files and folders, became difficult to manage and keep up to date. For some time Mark has been giving thought to the future of NT Gateway and recently decided to partner with us to improve the site and take it to the next level.

We’ve moved all of the content over to WordPress, slightly reworked the organization, added site navigation in the sidebar, and given it a fresh new look. Mark will continue on as the editor and will continue to update the site.

Mark has moved the old NT Gateway blog to a new location and will continue to blog there. He has a new RSS feed, so you’ll need to subscribe to it to get all of the new content syndicated. The NT Gateway blog is restarting from scratch. It, too, has an RSS feed that you can subscribe to.

So go check out the new site, and let us know what you think.

You and Logos around the Globe

Our Logos–Facebook Photo Contest is off to a great start. We’ve made hundreds of new connections with Logos users around the world, and we’ve seen some really cool photos. If you haven’t yet entered any pictures of you and Logos, you still have a few more days left. But remember, the deadline for entering your photos is this coming Sunday, March 1, so don’t miss out. And don’t forget to tag both yourself and “Logos Bible Software” so we get notified and include you in the contest. See the previous post for all of the details.

If you’re looking for ideas of what to do, how about taking the “extreme ironing” approach. (Extreme ironing involves taking pictures of yourself ironing in some of the craziest conceivable locations, like on the top of a mountain, on the beach, under water, while skiing or jumping off a cliff, etc.)

Just grab your laptop, water bottle, coffee mug, or Logos t-shirt and head to a cool location, like . . .

The Center of South America

The Grand Canyon

The Mall of America

The Hockey Hall of Fame

Disney World

Cabela’s

Your Favorite Hunting Spot

If you live in a unique, beautiful, or famous area, you have the perfect opportunity to enter to win $100 worth of Logos books. Are you a missionary in a picturesque or notable location? Why not give your fellow Logos users a glimpse into your part of the world?

We’re looking forward to seeing what else you come up with!

Logos–Facebook Photo Contest

Like free Logos books? Get your cameras ready! Starting now and running through the end of the month, we’re having a Logos–Facebook Photo Contest. Here’s how it works. You take pictures of yourself with Logos Bible Software, upload them to your Facebook account, and tag yourself and Logos in the pictures; and we’ll award the owners of the five best photos with $100 unlock credit to use on downloadable titles at Logos.com.

Here’s what you need to do, step by step:

  1. Log in to your Facebook account. (If you’re not already a member, you can sign up for free.)
  2. Become a friend of Logos Bible Software on Facebook, if you aren’t already.
  3. Take as many pictures as you want of yourself and Logos Bible Software.
  4. Upload as many of those pictures as you want to your Facebook account.
  5. Tag both yourself and “Logos Bible Software” in all of the photos that you uploaded. (Note: you won’t be able to tag “Logos Bible Software” properly until we accept your friend request. We’ll try to respond ASAP.)
  6. Check the Logos blog on March 3 to find out if you were one of the five winners of the $100 unlock credit for Logos.com.

On Monday March 2 we will choose five winners, one for each of the following categories:

  1. Most Creative
  2. Oldest (disk, box, logo, version of Logos running, etc.)
  3. Coolest Setup (could be your computer setup or your setup of Logos stuff)
  4. Most Unique Location
  5. Most Logos Stuff

The following day, Tuesday March 3, we’ll post the top five photos, announce the winners, and award the $100 unlock credit.

Here are some additional details:

  1. What counts as Logos in a picture? Anything that is identifiably Logos Bible Software, like Logos running on your computer, a Logos box, disk, t-shirt, mug, etc., or the Logos logo sticker on your computer.
  2. How many photos can I enter? Enter as many photos as you want. The more you enter, the greater chance you have of winning!
  3. How long do I have? The deadline for entering is March 1, 2009.
  4. Why can’t I tag Logos in my photos? You won’t be able to tag “Logos Bible Software” properly until we’ve accepted your friend request. We’ll do our best to respond ASAP.

Have any other questions? Drop a note in the comments, and we’ll answer them.

Need help getting some ideas? Check out Ryan’s picture below. But don’t just copy what he did. Be creative. Come up with something that you think will set you apart from the competition!

Share the fun with others. Click on the Facebook icon to the right (may not work in your feed reader—visit the post) to let others on Facebook know about the Logos–Facebook Photo Contest. Of course, feel free to share it on your blog, on Twitter, and wherever else you’d like.

Oh, by the way, if you’re not a fan of Logos or in the Logos user group yet, don’t forget to do that too.

2009 Curry Cook-off

Last Friday was our annual Curry Cook-off. I missed it, but I heard from a somewhat picky eater that several of the curries were simply amazing.

We covered the event on Twitter, so if you’re not following us and missed out, here’s a rundown of the action Twitter style courtesy of my office partner, Ryan Burns:

First place went to my boss, Dan Pritchett, second place went to Vincent Setterholm, and third place went to Jenni Pritchett. If I can round up the recipes, I’ll update the post later.

Here’s a brief slideshow of some pictures of the event. (Notice that the winner entered three different curries!)