Logos Helps Me Hit the Ground Running

Given that we’re in the midst of Forum Week over in the Logos forums, it’s fitting that today’s blog post is by Forum MVP Thomas Black. Thomas is a pastor in Illinois passionate about Acts 6:4 ministry and a longtime user of Logos Bible Software.

Friday: I am home from the Moody Bible Institute Pastor’s Conference—time to hit the ground running.

Saturday: I’m sure glad I finished that sermon before I left, having free time with my family makes it worthwhile.

Sunday: Spending an awesome day in God’s presence.

Monday: The phone rings, “Pastor, I need you….” I’m there. The day is spent in home and hospital visits. Why not add a meeting or two just in case I have any unaccounted for free time?

Tuesday: I don’t even know where today went, It started with discipleship and ended with counseling though I know Bible study prep is in there somewhere.

Wednesday: Finally, it’s Wednesday morning. Time to study. . . but it’s not going to happen. I head out of the office to sit and pray with the wife of a dear friend undergoing critical surgery. Time with family is a priority today, but I can’t forget there’s the prayer meeting this evening.

Thursday: This week has me breathless as I begin to study—the phone rings. I glance at my clock and cringe. . . .

Friday: It’s Friday morning, the phone is turned off and Sunday’s coming. In prayer this morning, I recount the week behind me. A week full of emergencies, counseling, meetings, hospital visits (three hospitals in three different towns!), discipleship sessions, and the plans I had that didn’t pan out. I open my Bible prayerfully and pause wondering, “Lord, how am I going to effectively study this passage well enough to preach it to the congregation with integrity and accuracy on Sunday? This is your Word, help me to take it into my own heart so I can share it with theirs.”

Logos Bible Software is God’s tool for enabling me to serve and preach.

In moments I have a passage guide, my passage, and a commentary. Bible word studies are popping open with regularity as I consult the Greek (or Hebrew) of my text. Prayers are whispered. The Spirit of God coaxes. Notes are taken. Soon I have more notes than time to cover them. My understanding grows and thoughts begin to distill as an outline and body take shape.

But before I can finish the sermon and crawl into bed, it’s off to the local Boy Scout carnival to spend three hours in a dunk tank.

Saturday: Today there is a lawn to be mowed and a family to be enjoyed—but I need to remember to get the Sunday School prep done too and I can’t forget the Sunday Evening message.

Sunday: A glorious day in the presence of Christ and His body the church.

Monday: I wake up on the morning that should serve as my Sabbath, but every pastor knows what I mean when I say Sunday’s coming. . . .

Not every week is quite like this one, but the speed and efficiency made possible with Logos Bible Software enables me to serve and preach His Word with integrity, accuracy and passion.

Do you have a testimony about how Logos Bible Software as helped you in your life or ministry? We would love to hear it! Leave us a comment and tell us about it. Then head over to the Logos forums to check out Forum Week!

Comments

  1. Pastor Barney says:

    I was in Calif. all last week. Coming home I set on the plane for two hours before taking off. Got to Detroit and had already missed my connecting flight so they put me on one leaving four hours later. The plane they put me on in Detroit had problems with its air brakes. Off that plane and on to another one. This time they put too much fuel in the plane so five people had to get volunteer to get off before we could take off.

    I should have been home by eight that Friday evening but needless to say I did not get home until one Saturday morning. Sunday is in a few hours and my mind is blank and my strength is zapped. Thank God for Logos. I stayed up a while Saturday morning and read (the best I could. After God spoke to me about the text. Logos made the rest easy. I love to read and study, but it was crunch time, no time to get a stand in but logos helped me to dig out the treasures of the text in record time. Thanks for the software.

  2. Don’t get me wrong! I love Logos and use it for Seminary classes, personal study and sermon/lesson prep. I have also been a solo pastor in a small church where pastoral ministry more often than not crowded into time that should have been invested in letting the text shape me before proclaiming it. I hope I don’t come across as judgmental of the main post and last comment, that is not my intent because I have been there myself.

    I wonder, though, if Logos is being described as an excuse for poor leadership. In Thomas Black’s piece should members of the congregation been empowered to do pastoral care in order for better preparation to be alloted to proclamation of the Word? Isn’t that the point of Acts 6:4?

    In Pastor Barney’s response – is there not an aspiring leader in the congregation who could be empowered to preach if the pastor is going to be out of state for the whole week (even if he knew he would return on Friday or Saturday and be present on Sunday)?

    Again, I don’t want either Rev. Black or Rev. Barney to feel condemned by my words! My challenge is that we would take the great tools provided by Logos and feel empowered to train others to do what we do. I realize that some ecclesiastical traditions frown on laypeople in the pulpit or that a hospital visit by a Deacon is not as good as one from the Pastor. (Trust me, I’ve been there!) But I think the spirit of 2 Tim 2:2 should not allow us to use Logos as a crutch to avoid good leadership.

    It think both previous writers expressed that the examples they gave were the exception and NOT the norm of their ministry. I do not presume that they are ignoring leadership development. They may be even more passionate than I am about this issue! But having been a small church pastor, I know the trap that is so easy to fall into.

    Logos should not be used to empower me to “do it all” but should be a tool that I am training others to use to multiply kingdom efficiency.

    • Jayson Bradley says:

      Dave,

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Even the greatest leaders had those weeks where everything seems to happen at once. I don’t think being appreciative of a tool that contributes to those trying weeks is an excuse for poor leadership.

      I wouldn’t be quick to question someone’s leadership on such scant evidence, but your admonishment is still valid. We should be training up those people in Christ’s body to be doing the work of the church. In this respect, I think Logos is a valuable tool as well.

      Bless you,
      Jayson