Monthly Archives: May 2011


Q3 What are the main lessons in the Bible?

‎‎‎The Bible’s main lessons are

  1. what we are to believe about God
  2. and what God requires of us. (2 Tim. 1:13, 2 Tim. 3:16).

Follow up discussion questions:

  • ‎Why is the Bible the best place to learn what is true about God?
  • ‎Why is it important to know what God requires of us?

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Comment: Here, I’ve reworded the question by changing “Principally teach” to “main lessons”. The answer likewise is updated to fit the wording. The follow up discussion questions were the most helpful in teaching this time around. Just a few weeks prior we had spent some time talking about General revelation (God in nature) and Special Revelation (God in the Bible) so that they already had a decent grasp of the difference and the extent that we can properly interpret nature in light of scripture.


Logos Bible Software Launches Vyrso: Watch Out Amazon

Logos Bible Software’s not resting on their laurels with Logos 4, Logos 4 Mac, their iPhone and iPad applications, Biblia.com, and the soon-to-be-released Proclaim. Logos is launching yet another new service coming soon. It’s called Vyrso, and it’s a new way for users to purchase and enjoy reading Christian eBooks.

Vyrso is a new, online Christian eBook store that allows people to purchase their favorite Christian eBooks, and read them anywhere, from the specially-created Vyrso apps on mobile devices, to Biblia.com, to even Logos 4 and the Logos mobile apps. It’s the perfect place to get your hands on your favorite Christian living and Christian general-reading titles.

I can see Vyrso easily taking on competing Bible bookstore sites that offer Christian titles in electronic form (in print form as well), and while I’m sure it probably won’t directly take on Amazon (although I know I said “Watch out Amazon” in my title), for those of us who’ve used Amazon as a source for reading Christian titles, if Vyrso begins to offer a better selection and more flexibility by being integrated into Logos, I can see it lulling over some users to this new platform.


QuickVerse Merges with WORDsearch

WORDsearch announced recently on their blog that they are in the process of acquiring the assets from the makers of QuickVerse and merging it with WORDsearch. If all goes well, the merger is set to complete this summer.

Many of you probably recall QuickVerse in the early days. It was at one time one of the leading Bible software platforms on the market, and it drew quite a following of Bible software users. I’ve used QuickVerse versions 4, 6, 7, “2005”, and “2008” over the years personally. QuickVerse was also the first to launch the STEP format for eBook compatibility used in other Bible software platforms such as WORDsearch (up through version 5, replaced with CROSS in version 7) and e-Sword.

I had a feeling this day was going to come for awhile though. Over the years, QuickVerse became part of a more commercially-oridented software company, not a true Bible software company, was using an ancient eBook standard (especially after WORDsearch moved on to CROSS), developed a Mac version with absolutely no compatibility with the PC version, and over the years had an interface identity crises (for example, the product packaging on the QuickVerse 2005 depicted a pretty clean user interface, in reality it was horrible to work with, and 2008 was just a clone of Office 2007’s ribbon, no true innovation). About their only true loyal customer I knew of recently passed away as well, so QuickVerse has been destined to be merged with another company. It’s been dead as a true software platform for years.