God’s Favorite Place on Earth: An Interview with Frank Viola

Gods favorite place on eartFrank Viola is a blogger, speaker, and writer. Viola, the author of several titles available through Vyrso and Logos, has just completed a book titled God’s Favorite Place on Earth. We interviewed Viola to get his perspective on his latest work. 

You recently released a new book, God’s Favorite Place on EarthWhat’s behind the title?

When he came to earth, Jesus was rejected everywhere he went. There was only one exception. In the book, I detail what that exception is, and I show that God wants all of us, as well as our churches, to be his “favorite place on earth” today. The book unfolds how that can be done and what it entails.

Reading the story of Jesus as a narrative may be a new idea for some people. What do you hope people will gain from reading this?

It puts readers into the story. I also blend a great deal of first-century history into the narrative. The result: the Gospels open up and Jesus comes alive. [Read more…]

Announcing Mobile Ed Payment Plans!

LME LogoLogos’ senior vice president, Dale Pritchett, introduced Logos Mobile Education at the end of May. Since then, we’ve told you about:

Registration is now open, and you can pre-order the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle today at a deep discount!

Two ways to pre-order

While the first nine courses are available for pre-order, you can get them for only $999.95—just $110 per course. And we’re rolling out a couple of ways you can pay for this one-of-a-kind Pre-Pub:

  1. Pre-order and we’ll bill you when it ships. As with any Pre-Pub, you can pre-order it now and your credit card will be billed the moment it’s available. This is the most cost-efficient choice in the long run, and you can do it online. Just head to the product page, click the “Pre-order” button, and proceed to checkout.
  2. Pre-order now with a payment plan. If you need a more budget-minded solution but you still want to get in on the special Pre-Pub price, you can pre-order now and spread the payments out over a year. [Read more…]

3 Free Tools for Sharing Your Faith

Art is powerful. Why not use it to help spread the Gospel? These stunning, free images and videos will help you strengthen your walk and share the Word.

Start sharing your faith today with:

1. Bible text animation videos

Watch God’s Word come alive with color, sound, and movement. These verse videos are great for church presentations, assistance in memorizing verses, encouragement, or sharing with friends.

And when you subscribe to our YouTube channel, you’ll get more than just Bible text animations. You’ll hear what Christian leaders—Mark Driscoll, Timothy Keller, Carlos Whittaker, Lecrae, and many others—have to say about Logos Bible Software. [Read more…]

Understand Biblical Words

The Bible Sense Lexicon, unique to Logos 5, lets you search for a noun in English, Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic and see its shades of meaning as it appears throughout the Bible. This tool differentiates original-language word senses, helping you understand Scripture as its inspired authors intended. You’ll make connections with the Bible Sense Lexicon’s clear visual layout:

Learn more about Logos 5’s features, and upgrade to Logos 5 today!

Get 30% off the Fathers of the Church Series

fathers-of-the-church-seriesThe Fathers of The Church Series is a truly exciting new collection in Logos. The biggest collection of patristic documents ever gathered in English translation—and still growing!—this series represents the absolute best in early church history.

It’s difficult to put into words just how valuable this series really is. Maybe it’s the history buff in me, but it’s hard to deny that nearly 50,000 pages of patristic primary-source material ranging from the first to the fifth centuries isn’t something exciting. It’s even harder to deny that, in Logos, this collection is arguably the most powerful patristic study tool available to students and scholars anywhere.

Brilliant scholarship at an incredible price

What makes this collection so valuable isn’t just the sheer immensity of text (at less $.04 per page, the absolute best value anywhere): it’s the brilliant scholarship and translation that this series is renowned for in the English-speaking world. The English translations of both Greek and Latin texts are clear and easy to read, and the scholarship behind them is unparalleled both in scope and in scale.

While there’s some overlap with the Early Church Fathers collection, most of these works are brand-new to Logos, and all of them offer new and improved translations. Plus, this edition includes many of the commentaries the early Church Fathers wrote on books of the Bible, most of which are omitted in the Schaff edition. [Read more…]

Logos 5: Shortcut for Update Active Layout

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

In most of my Monday posts, I try to encourage new Logos users with features that more seasoned users may have already discovered. Today, however, I want to pass along a time-saving shortcut that’s applicable if you’ve already discovered the benefit of layouts. So if you’re already on your way to being a power user, this is for you.

If you employ layouts, you know that when changes are made to the active layout, you must update the layout in order for those changes to be saved. This normally requires going to the Layouts menu and selecting an update link. Instead, try this update shortcut:

  • Type this text in the Command box: update active layout (A).

[Read more…]

Timeline: Study the Bible in Context

Can you imagine being a follower of Jesus during the time of the early Christian church? Think about it: political powers were in collision, Rome was collapsing, the lives of the wealthy and influential were colliding with the poor, heaven was colliding with earth. Though it’s incredibly rewarding, digging into the context of that time (let alone the last 2,000 years of church history) can be messy.

Clean up your Bible study with Logos 5’s Timeline feature! You’ll see the whole picture—how lives and events overlap, what was happening between the testaments, where your denomination came from, etc., all with a simple, easy-to-use layout. This feature has tons of other capabilities. See for yourself:

Right now you can save big on a Logos 5 upgrade. Check out your custom upgrade discount, and upgrade to Logos 5 today.

Featured in Platinum: Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament

platinum“My favorite new Testament commentary is that of R. C. H. Lenski . . . I profit greatly from his sane and spiritually sensitive exposition.” —Warren W. Wiersbe

Any collection so highly praised by one of the most prolific Christian writers of the last 100 years demands attention, but Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testatment draws special notice because Dr. Wiersbe crosses denominational lines to praise Lenski’s scholarship, adding that “you do not have to be a Greek scholar to benefit from Lenski.”

This is a massive commentary. Lenski introduces each passage with his own original translation, and then adds a discussion of historical, exegetical, and thematic points, leaving no stone unturned. Lenski’s scholarship and smooth narrative style make this collection a perennial favorite. Morris Proctor, the authorized trainer for Logos, even lists it among his prioritized books in Platinum.

Other valuable resources

Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament is included in Platinum, along with many other respected titles, like:

Logos Mobile Education: Value and Pricing

logos-mobile-education-bible-and-doctrine-foundations-bundleSince the announcement of Logos Mobile Education and my own subsequent posts on our plans for the Mobile Ed curriculum and how the Logos digital library ecosystem distinguishes Mobile Ed from all other distance education models, response has been steady. We appreciate the interest and enthusiasm! We’re moving ahead at full speed, and the feedback is valuable.

One recurring question has been the matter of pricing. Logos Mobile Ed launched with the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle at a Pre-Pub price of $995.95. At nearly $1,000, that price sounds high. In reality, it’s a tremendous value.

In my earlier post about the Logos digital library’s role in Mobile Ed courseware, I pointed out that video is only the starting point in a Mobile Ed course. There’s a lot more to Mobile Ed than video. But since people are familiar with video content in today’s world, the flawed assumption that we’re reinventing that wheel is understandable. Mobile Ed courses give you a lot more value than video. They’re worth the expense, especially as a Pre-Pub bundle.

The cost of seminary is rising

The brutal, unfortunate reality is that seminary education is very expensive. Daniel Aleshire, the executive director of The Association of Theological Schools (ATS), a national accrediting body for seminaries, recently observed that the average cost for a three-year Master of Divinity degree has risen to $100,000 in North America. [Read more…]

Now Hiring: Mobile Ed Video Instructors

LME-LogoWe recently released Logos Mobile Education, a revolutionary education program that provides formal biblical instruction akin to that offered by Bible colleges and seminaries.

Now we’re looking for talented individuals to create training videos for Mobile Ed students.

As a Mobile Ed video instructor, you’ll work from home on a contract basis to create instructional screencast videos. We need to cover a wide range of topics, so you’ll have a lot of options when it comes to deciding what types of videos to create. These tutorials will help Mobile Ed students get the most out of their learning experience.

If you’re interested in applying, check out the criteria and job details:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A strong working knowledge of Logos 5
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills
  • An unstoppable work ethic

The really ideal candidate will also have:

  • Experience making screencast videos
  • Seminary training

FAQs:

What if I don’t know how to create screencast videos?

Don’t worry if you don’t have previous screencasting experience—as long as you’re highly skilled with Logos 5, we’ll help you with the rest.

What if I’m not familiar with how Mobile Ed works?

We’ll bring you up to speed on which specific features need to be highlighted, how Mobile Ed integrates with Logos, what the final product should look like, etc.

Do I need to be knowledgeable in the topics covered in Mobile Ed courses?

Not necessarily—this is purely software training. You’ll be teaching others how to use Logos 5 in conjunction with Mobile Ed, and experience in the covered topics is not required.

How many hours per week of work will it require?

Since you’ll be working on a contract basis—getting paid based on how many videos you create—you can take on as much or as little work as you’d like.

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If you’re a Logos 5 whiz and you’d like to help others know the Bible, apply to be a Mobile Ed video instructor today!