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Logos Bible Software

The famous Greek word logos — “word, speech, a...

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OK. So this is my first post here in a LONG time. And what am I posting about? Bible software. And a gratuitous, self-serving post this is. Or could be. I might win something. But I doubt it. I live too far away. The currency I use bears The Queen’s portrait. Whether I ‘win’ or ‘lose’ is beside the point: it is just fun to share something newly discovered that others might also enjoy.

One of the things I enjoy most is study of the Bible: its theology, hermeneutics, history, culture, archaeology, etc. I have been using Bible software for a long time. When I got my iPhone this spring Bible apps were just about the first apps I had to have. Church-going just got a whole lot more exciting!

These new Bible iPhone apps got my curiosity up so I recently went to see about upgrading the PRADIS Bible software I have been using with my PC for a few (ahem!) years only to discover – shock-horror! – how long I have been languishing inside the Dark Ages of Bible Software since before my last blog post. Especially since PRADIS bit its own biblical dust last year. Nearly ALL the Bible software in today’s market has been changing and growing, adapting to the ever-shifting sands and demands of our age of technological wonders. I wanted to stay current yet flexible in my ‘academic’ pursuit. And when I switch over to a MAC from this PC I want something that is seamless.

Currently the costs for all the various options out there are also highly flexible. If you are a pastor for an American Mega-Church and are raking in a CEO’s salary there is Bible software to match the $$’s in your church’s weekly offertory plate. Except this is England. We don’t do Mega-Churches. Our average weekly church attendance might be 28, without even one child present. We scramble to meet our parish share. It is unusual for one to study all things biblical unless one is choosing a vocation as a member of the clergy. If any of our clergy are stipendiary the majority have to rake their churchyards for £12,000 per annum and get their tea and biscuits on Sunday.

Well, I took the plunge and decided that Logos Bible Software would be a great way to keep up with study. My main concern, as I do not live in the US, was that the tools it offered would be globally relevant and provide a spectrum of world views on Christianity and faith building. For example, hot-button terms like ‘evangelical’ are contextually different here in the UK compared to the United States. As I have not been able to find serious Bible software on the market here in the UK, I therefore did not want to be in a dilemma of using Bible software that was specifically concentric to the American perspective and evolvement of the Christian movement on that continent alone. I would  still have to translate from US English to British English, but that’s a daily task anyway.

So far I am in Week 2, and Logos Bible Software has not let me down, from my experience with Don Hammons, the very kind and patient salesman who had to deal with my mourning-shock when I found out I had missed the very last PRADIS upgrade and now needed a whole new kit, to the customer service. Also major props to The Tech Department at Logos Bible Software for their sensible and dummy-proof procedures for downloading this MASSIVELY AWESOME programme (sorry, had to get the Brit spelling in…would love to see more of my friends here use Logos!). They are also always there to give wonderful daily tips on how to utilise such a powerful programme. They. Build. Confidence.

In keeping with the Gospel of John being  my favourite Gospel, logos is at the top of my Word List. And did I mention Logos Bible Software is located in Bellingham, Washington? I almost moved there 30 years ago. Compared to West Texas, it seemed a gorgeously green and tempting oasis with an interesting terrain, lots of rain and close to an ocean. That I would eventually end up in England and use Logos Bible Software, well…who knew then what a winning combination that would be?

Logos Bible Software is giving away thousands of dollars of prizes to celebrate the launch of Logos Bible Software 4 Mac on October 1. Prizes include an iMac, a MacBook Pro, an iPad, an iPod Touch, and more than 100 other prizes!

They’re also having a special limited-time sale on their Mac and PC base packages and upgrades. Check it out!

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