Reading the Bible in 2009

While I don’t typically write out a list of new years resolutions, I do usually take some time around the new year to think about things I would put on a list if I were to write one. On my mental list I usually include things like:

  • Be a better husband and father
  • Sleep less (I love sleep)
  • Increase financial giving
  • Go to the gym
  • Pray more
  • And, of course, read the Bible in a year

I’ll admit, many new years have come and gone with that last item going undone. Like many of you, I start off the new year strong. I have my Bible reading plan all laid out and ready to go. Then, somewhere in the year, something goes wrong and my plan falls to the side.
ryanb.jpgThis year, I’m going to try something new and use Global Bible Reader. This free download from Logos is a powerful desktop application that provides community and accountability in a Bible reading plan.
Once you install Global Bible Reader you sign in with your Logos.com user account and choose from one of the six reading plans. After you chose a plan (or multiple plans) Global Bible Reader will download six days worth of reading (so you can even read when you’re not online). After you finish the reading for a day, click the Done Reading button and Global Bible Reader will mark the day as completed. In order to make sure you don’t fall behind, you can set up Global Bible Reader to give you a daily reminder to read the day’s text.
More than just reading yourself, Global Bible Reader plugs you into a community of people who are on the same reading plan as you. A globe in the application spins around showing you where all the other readers are located around the world. Not only that, Global Bible Reader allows you to post comments. You can use this feature to leave comments about the day’s readings or to encourage your fellow readers. Also, since your Global Bible Reader is linked in to your Logos.com user account, you can update your profile picture and location and they will be imported into Global Bible Reader.
reading.jpgOne of the only limitations to Global Bible reader, until now, was that it was tied to the computer where you install it. That problem was remedied today as we have now integrated Global Bible Reader into Bible.Logos.com! That means you can now keep up to date with your reading even when you are away from your main computer. Simply go to Bible.Logos.com, sign in, and click the Reading Plan. You’ll see links to the day’s readings and a button to click once you’re done reading. Since Global Bible Reader and Bible.Logos.com are connected, clicking Done Reading in either location will mark the section read in the other.
Join me this year and read through the Bible with Global Bible Reader and Bible.Logos.com. Having a community and accountability might be just the thing I (we) need to stick with it this year!

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Logos.com Gets New Search!

Logos.com just got a whole lot better. We launched some powerful new search functionality along with greatly improved search results.

New Searching

To be quite honest, our previous search on our website wasn’t the best at helping you find what you were looking for unless you knew the exact title or author of the product. A search for something like Grudem theology would turn up no results. Now that same search finds exactly what you’re probably looking for: Grudem’s Systematic Theology.

The default functionality used to be a quote search. It would find only the exact words you typed and in the order that you typed them. Since “Grudem theology” never appears exactly that way on our site, you wouldn’t get any hits. Now our search by default does an OR search. It will find any place where either Grudem or theology occur. It also does stemming, which means that it will find Grudem and theological too. You’ll now get plenty of search results with the best matches on top.

Want to narrow your results? No problem. The new search at Logos.com now recognizes the AND search operator. So you can search for something like Geisler AND apologetics or MacArthur AND Romans. You can also perform standard quote searches as well, like “works of jonathan edwards”. This gives you full control over what our search engine finds for you, but usually just entering in a couple of words and hitting enter should bring you very relevant and targeted results.

Misspell a word in your search? No problem. We now suggest the correct spelling for you! For example, if you search for John McArthur, we’ll ask you, “Did you mean John MacArthur?” Clicking that text will then perform the search you meant to perform. Cool, huh? (And notice that even the search with the misspelling gives you some pretty good results too!)

That’s not all. The new search also recognizes fields like author, title, and description so you can perform some very powerful searches just like you can in Logos Bible Software. Here are some examples:

New Search Results

Just as exciting as the powerful new searching is what we’ve done to the search results. We’ve added the ability to sort search results by several different criteria. The default search order is by relevance, but you can also sort by price, author, and title.

All search results are now conveniently divided into two sections: products and support. Looking to add something to your library? Then products is what you want. Looking to learn how to use Logos better with a video or support article, then support is what you want. By default, we’ll show you both products and support. Just click either word in the top left to filter the results.

Oh, one last thing–blog posts are now indexed as well, so if you’re searching for help on something, you’ll see all the great support articles at Logos.com as well as the relevant blog posts from here on the blog. No need to come here and search the blog separately.

We really hope you enjoy this powerful new functionality, and we welcome your feedback on ways we can make searching at Logos.com even better.

What are you waiting for? Go give it a try!

Merry Christmas from Logos

For all of you dedicated Christmas day blog readers, we put together a little Christmas video and some pictures from around the office and at our annual Christmas party. Enjoy!

Silent Night (Jazz Trio Version) Less Bass by John Stebbe. Used under Creative Commons License Attribution-No Derivative Works 1.0 Generic

Merry Christmas!

Join Logos Bible Software at Macworld 2009

Logos is going to Macworld and we wanted to invite you to come along—in fact, we’re even giving away tickets to the expo!
If you’d like a free ticket to the expo, we have a couple ways you can win.

  1. Post a note on your blog with a link to http://www.macbiblesoftware.com. Then send me an email (rburns@logos.com) to let me know where you posted.
  2. Follow us on Twitter and write a tweet telling people about @Logos (we’ll see the reply, so no need to email or DM me).
  3. If you don’t have a blog or Twitter account, drop a comment below telling us why you want to come and hang out with us at Macworld.

We only have 90 tickets to give away, so act fast as we’ll give them away on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’re looking to attend more than just the expo, we can also save you 15% on some of the programs offered at Macworld. Just use our Macworld registration link, and the discounts will be shown during on the program listing page. The discount is open to everyone, so enjoy.
If you already have your tickets to Macworld this year, we’d love to see you there. You can find us in the North Hall, booth number 3526-S. Drop us a comment below and let us know you’ll be there!
Important Contest Info: We’re only giving away tickets to the Expo ($45 value). That means, if you win a ticket, you will only have access to view the exhibition floor (but with almost 500 exhibitors, I’m sure you’ll have plenty to do). If you want to purchase tickets for the keynote or any other event, that is up to you. Also, Macworld is in San Francisco, January 5-9, 2009. We’re not covering your airfare, travel expense, or meals… so, please be aware that you are responsible for those items before you enter.
The contest begins. . . right. . . now!

Tip from CS: Make Sure You’re Up to Date

We’re starting a weekly blog contribution from our Customer Service department. In it you’ll learn a variety of tips to help you keep your copy of Logos Bible Software running smoothly. We hope you enjoy the series.

Today’s guest blogger is Elizabeth Sanborn, a member of our Customer Service team.

One problem we encounter often is when users install an outdated version of Libronix from an old disk onto a new computer running Windows Vista. Older versions of Libronix are not compatible Vista, so it’s essential that you install the most recent version, which is presently 3.0e.

Everyone should be running Libronix DLS 3.0e, regardless of which version of Windows you’re using. Products that were released earlier than 2008 won’t have the most recent version. You can save yourself a lot of time and effort either by installing directly from our website or by purchasing a media only disk, which is available for only $4.95 plus shipping.

If your version of Libronix is really old, you may need to purge off the old system instead of using Add/Remove programs. If that looks too complicated or scary, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-875-6467. We’d love to walk you through the process.

So this week’s tip is: make sure you’re installing the latest version on your new machine. More and more computers are coming with Vista, and we want to ensure that Libronix runs smoothly for you.

By the way, to find out what version of Libronix you are running, start Libronix and go to “Help” > “About Libronix DLS.” You’ll see this window pop up.

If you’re not running 3.0e or later, find out how you can easily get up to date—for free!

Who Recommends Logos?

We’ve updated our endorsements page and wanted to share it with you. Most of you who read this blog are probably already Logos users, so there’s not much personal benefit to reading the endorsements other than being able to say, “Cool! I didn’t know _______ uses and recommends Logos!”

That’s fun and all, but we really have two other reasons for mentioning our new endorsements page. The truth is, endorsements are a huge help to many people.

First, most people make purchases at least partially based on the recommendation of a friend or someone they respect. I’m sure you know people who are potential Logos users. In addition to sharing your own opinions about Logos Bible Software, you can provide additional help by pointing them to the opinions of ministry leaders, industry insiders, academic users, pastors and missionaries, and average Christians who love to study the Bible.

Second, you may know people who love Logos and rave about it (you may even be one!) but have never had the chance to let their voice be heard on a scale where it can benefit lots of other people. If you know of someone who has an endorsement of Logos that they’d like to share with the world, send them on to our endorsements page where they can submit their own feedback.

ETS/SBL Roundup

Although I wasn’t there, I heard that we had a blast at ETS and SBL this year. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. We love to meet new users and get reacquainted with old ones.

In case you weren’t able to attend and don’t keep up with the blogs of Mike, Rick, and Steve, I thought you might like to know that their papers are now available.

Mike presented a paper on “The Concept of a Godhead in Israelite Religion.” He plans to turn it into two articles: one for a Christian academic audience, the other for a broader audience. If you’re interested in OT studies and theology proper, I’d encourage you to give it a read. He welcomes your feedback. Read more at Mike’s blog.

Rick’s paper was on “The Discourse Function of αλλα in Non-Negative Contexts.” He provides a helpful conference handout, as well as a nice abstract. If Greek conjunctions are your thing, this is sure to be stimulating reading. Read more at Rick’s blog.

Steve presented a paper at ETS on “The Exegetical Significance of Meta-Comments for Identifying Key Propositions,” with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation. The paper is a good taste of Steve’s forthcoming Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis, which is available for pre-order at Logos.com.

At SBL Steve gave a second paper on “The Discourse Function of Left-dislocation Constructions and their Contribution to Information Structure,” which also had a PowerPoint presentation. Read more at Steve’s blog.

By the way, we mentioned before that we introduced a number of new bundles and collections at ETS and SBL. They are still available at the same prices, so if you missed the first mention, be sure to give them a look.

Update: John Barry also presented a paper at SBL entitled “Will the Servant ‘See Light’?: A Reexamination of the ‘ôr Variant in Isaiah 53:11." He provides a helpful handout that summarizes his argument. Read more at John’s Blog.

Neo-pagan Religion: Stepchild of Secular Humanism

Today’s guest blogger is Adam Navarrete, who works in the marketing department here at Logos.

As the 2008 Logos Lecture Series comes to a close, I would like to personally thank our loyal attendees for making the lectures a wonderful time. Our final lecture for 2008 is only days away—so I invite you to join us this Monday!

Dr. Peter Jones of truthXchange will be speaking about the upsurge of neo-paganism.

With an overview on the rise of neo-pagan thought in the United States and abroad, Dr. Peter Jones shows that a neo-pagan pantheistic worldview is steadily displacing atheism and its materialistic secular humanism as the dominant mode of thought in contemporary culture. He’ll argue that conversions from secularism to pagan spirituality occur without too much difficulty because both deny the living personal God of the Bible.

Please note that this lecture will be held at the Mount Baker Theater in Bellingham, WA.

Event Details

  • Date: Monday, December 8th
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Title: “Neo-pagan Religion: Stepchild of Secular Humanism”
  • Speaker: Dr. Peter Jones
  • Location: Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA
  • Admission: FREE!

About This Month’s Speaker

Dr. Peter Jones, born in Liverpool, England, was educated at the University of Wales, Gordon Divinity School, and Harvard Divinity School. In 1971, he married and was a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary before heading to France where he taught New Testament. There he also wrote, spoke, and helped start a Christian school and a church. Invited to teach at Westminster Seminary, California, Dr. Jones re-entered the U.S. where he experienced culture shock as a new spirituality had taken over America. This led him to write The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back. Dr. Jones is currently executive director of truthXchange.

His writings include Gospel Truth, Pagan Lies, The God of Sex: How Worldview Determines Sexuality, and Capturing the Pagan Mind. He also co-authored Cracking DaVinci’s Code and followed up with Stolen Identity: The Conspiracy to Reinvent Jesus.

Sermons.Logos.com

sermons-logos-com.jpgAs a hat-tip to all our loyal Logos blog readers, we wanted to let you know about our latest online project, Sermons.Logos.com (beta). While we aren’t ready for a full-out release announcement, we thought it would be fun to let you guys and gals get the first chance to visit the site and “kick the tires.”
Sermons.Logos.com is an online community built around user created sermons and illustrations and already hosts over 56,000 sermons and illustrations.
Along with the ability to search Sermons.Logos.com using the same powerful search engine that runs Bible.Logos.com, you can also rate sermons, subscribe to sermon RSS feeds, create links to sermons and illustrations you want to share with people, and even create your own user account to upload your sermons and illustrations to the site.
If you already have a Logos.com account, there is no need to create a new account to use the site. Your Logos.com username and password work on Sermons.Logos.com. Not only that, but you can also promote your church and your sermons by enhancing your profile with a picture, a link to your church, your title, organization, personal blog or website, denomination, and much more. To enhance your profile, just visit: https://www.logos.com/user/MyProfile.
If you’re a Logos user and have the Sermon File Addin, contributing to Sermons.Logos.com is as easy as checking the “add my sermons to the Logos database” checkbox. Your sermons will automatically be added and, even more, when you edit them within Logos, your edits will appear on the site as well.
So, there you go. Remember, the site is in beta, so go check it out and let us know what you think.

Logos User Stories

Last week I wrote a post about my Logos epiphany; that moment when I realized I can have my entire theological library with me all the time. Over the week many users posted comments about the time when they had that same realization. Reading the comments, I was deeply encouraged to see how having a Logos library has helped men and women serve their churches, ministries, and communities. Since I know that a lot of people don’t often go back and read comments on old posts, I thought I’d share a couple that really impressed and inspired me.

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