5 Ways Logos Is Helping You Do Better Bible Study

To suggest that the quality of the Christian life is directly proportional to the time spent reading and studying the Bible is no overstatement. One significant way that God has chosen to reveal Himself is within the Christian Scriptures and through study we gain a better understanding of God and the world around us.

Bible study is important to you, and it is Logos Bible Software’s intent to provide you with the best Bible study tools imaginable. Here are a handful of ways that Logos is doing just that:

1. Logos 4

In November 2009, Logos released Logos 4, a huge step forward in Bible study software. Logos 4 provides the tools for a learning environment that caters to your needs. Whether you are new to Bible study, or are working on a doctrinal thesis in biblical studies, Logos 4 has what you need.

You might want to study the Bible’s original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, or gain a greater understanding of eastern geography, or need help understanding biblical genealogies. Logos 4 can help!

Logos 4 doesn’t bury you in a sea of text, there are tons of high-resolution infographics available to help you visualize the truths that you are learning. When you couple these infographics with Passage Analysis (another example), you can see that Logos 4 helps both the analytical and creative thinker get the most out of their study.

With a Logos 4 base package, you can begin your studies with some of the best resources imaginable. But that’s not all, you get these resources at truly crazy prices. Scholar’s Library: Platinum includes nearly 1,250 resources at 90% off of the equivalent print editions!

2. Logos iPhone App

For the longest time, the strength of a bound Bible was in its portability. Desktop computers introduced the ability to search and study the Bible with ease and speed, but they required Bible study to be done in the same location every day. Laptops increased the portability of Bible study software (in fact, Logos 4 syncs between multiple machines enabling you to work on your desktop PC or Mac and pick up right where you left off on your laptop whether at work or your favorite coffee shop).

But what if you could have the Scriptures and thousands of books right in your pocket? What if all of that lost time spent standing in lines, sitting in lobbies, waiting for appointments could be spent catching up on your daily reading plan or doing some of that research you wanted to get finished? What if some of that wasted time in the day could be redeemed? I mean really redeemed with the Word of God? What if you had one of those moments where someone could really benefit from what you were just reading this morning, and you would like to show it to them—right then and there? This is the beauty of Logos 4 combined with the portability of your *iPhone, iPad, or even your iPod Touch! You can take your research library anywhere.

You would be hard-pressed to find a free Bible app that can do as much as the Logos app does. Even without Logos 4, the app gives you immediate access to many resources and Bibles (including the ESV and New Living Translation). Simply sign up for a free account, and you get more than thirty extra resources including Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening and Easton’s Bible Dictionary (over $30.00 in free resources in those two books alone).

It’s when you add a base package into the mix, the app really blossoms. With a majority of your library available anywhere you have internet access and lots of great features, this is Bible study on the go.

* Android users, we are currently beta testing the Android app!

3. Biblia.com

Logos is looking to improve Bible study by giving you one license with many options to access your content. Biblia.com is another tool to that end.

With Biblia.com you can do online Bible study anywhere! It’s just that easy. Just like with the Logos app, Biblia.com will give you instant (free) access to a good number of Bibles. Sign up with a Logos.com account and add about 30 free Bible study books to that number. Already a user of Logos 4 or the iPhone app? Simply sign in with the same account.

When you sign in with your Logos 4 account, your resources are pulled down from the cloud for you. Read your Bible side-by-side with your favorite commentary or any of your other resources. With shared licenses between Logos 4 for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, Mobile Web, and Biblia.com, your content is available wherever you are.

4. Bible Study Magazine

What if you could have someone stop by your house six times a year whose sole aim was to help you get more out of your Bible study? This person would provide you with deep insight, inspiring testimonies about the value of biblical study, suggested resources, and stories about how the world is being changed by those who place a high value on the study of the Word.

With Bible Study Magazine, this is almost precisely what you get—an inspirational tutor delivered right to your mailbox. The number of magazines dedicated to Christian themes is staggering, but Bible Study Magazine is the only magazine dedicated entirely to studying the Scriptures.

If you are on the fence, why don’t you check out this issue for free. We think you’ll agree, there is something special about Bible Study Magazine.

5. Logos.com

Logos.com is an amazing tool, providing valuable links to:

At Logos.com you can start with a base package, and then build the perfect resource library by adding the resources you want. Take advantage of our Pre-Publication specials, or try setting your own costs with Community Pricing.

Make the most with Logos 4 with help from the support page which includes videos, articles, training, and many other tools.

It has been nearly 20 years since Logos Bible Software was started with two programmers in a basement determined to create a tool to help people study the Bible. Times have changed, and those two programmers has grown into a company of over 200 people offering nearly 14,000 resources for Bible study. The times may have changed but the objective hasn’t. That goal is summed up in the Logos Bible Software mission:

To help more people do more and better Bible study.

We want to thank all of you who have joined us on this journey, and we look forward to supplying Bible study tools to those who will join us in the future. Leave us a comment and let us know how Logos has changed the way you do Bible study.

Logos 4: Windows and Tiles and Tabs. . .Oh My!

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

mp|seminars TipsSometimes, while lost in Logos study, you’ll discover you have numerous resources or panels open on the screen. With so much open you can seem to find the Bible, commentary, or guide you’re looking for. So you pause to clean up your desktop.

If you type close all in the Command box and press the Enter key, everything on the screen closes. That’s quick and easy, but then you must reopen just the resources you want.

You may want to try this:

  • Make sure the few resources you want to keep open are in separate tiles
  • Right click on the tab of a resource or panel you want to keep open
  • Select Close Other Tabs which means close the other tabs in this tile, but keep this tab open
  • Repeat the last two steps for other tiles on the screen

Logos 4: Windows, Tiles, and Tabs

By way of reminder here is an official Logos vocabulary review:

  • Windows contain tiles which contain panels (or tabs)
  • You can open as many windows as you want and divide each window into as many tiles as you want and divide each tile into as many panels (tabs) as you want

Logos 4: Windows, Tiles, and Tabs

While learning the Logos tab system, remember to right click on any tab and practice using each option. Pretty soon you’ll be a pro at Logos desktop management!

What does your Logos desktop look like? Leave a comment describing your desktop layout, or upload a screenshot to Facebook and tag Logos Bible Software!

Tackling the Thorny Issue of Hell

Back in February of 2011, the blogosphere erupted in response to a book challenging the traditionally accepted view of Hell. Social media outlets quickly blew up as well. All sorts of people were coming out of the woodwork to debate and defend a topic which might not normally receive a lot of attention.

Twitter was aflame with words like “universalism” and “annihilationism.” Theological terms regarding eternity were being discussed openly on a medium usually reserved for much more trivial concerns. It seemed that, even if momentarily, Hell had gone mainstream.

Opportunities to discuss issues of eternal consequence, while the general public’s interest is piqued, are rare. With all of the increased discussion, people generally want to know, “What exactly does the Bible say about Hell? How are these passages interpreted? And what are commonly accepted orthodox views?”

Logos has many resources available to help not only solidify your personal stance, but to prepare you for such discussions.

One thoughtful resource can be found in the Contemporary Issues Collection (7 vols.) In Hell: A Hard Look at a Hard QuestionAnglican priest and Archdeacon of Frankston, David Powys dissects the New Testament passages in regards to the fate of the unrighteous.

Powys divides his research into three parts:

  • Historical survey:
    In this section, Powys discusses the perspectives of church fathers like Gregory of Nyssa and Augustine of Hippo. Then he turns the microscope on the pre-reformation era’s views on eternity.
  • Jewish thought and Greco-Roman influence:
    Here Powys dissects Old Testament beliefs about judgment and the afterlife. He then uses the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha to examine how the Hasmonean era affected Jewish thought and rabbinic tradition. This is followed up by looking at both Roman influence and Pharisaical tradition.
  • New Testament passages:
    Looking closely at the Synoptic Gospels, Paul’s epistles, and Johannine literature, Powys interprets the New Testament’s passages dealing with the fate of the unrighteous.

At 508 pages, this book is the largest in the Contemporary Issues Collection. This collection comes with six other titles to help you tackle hot button contemporary issues from a biblical perspective. Whether you are looking for a resources regarding feminism, Christian political involvement, deistic sovereignty, Israel, or a scriptural view of law and justice, The Contemporary Issues Collection will help. And it is currently for sale on Pre-Pub for less than $.05 a page!

If you are looking for more resources dealing with the subject of Hell, Logos has you covered. Other helpful titles dealing with this hot button issue include:

Ultimately, public interest in discussions about Christian topics—even the thorny ones—is a win. Any opportunity to discuss a topic that leads back to the Gospel is positive. With Logos you can follow Paul’s admonition to “be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2, ESV)

What other Logos resources have helped you in your studies on the topic of Hell? Leave us a comment and tell us about them!

Do What You Love. Logos is Hiring!

Today’s post is from Bobby Moss, a regional presenter for the Ministry Development department here at Logos.

I’ve been a passionate Logos user for over 10 years now. Over this time I’ve worn many different hats: youth pastor, grad school student, pastor, professor, husband, and daddy. Regardless of which hat I’m wearing at any given moment, Logos has always been my primary means of getting into the Bible.

Everyone, not just pastors and professors, should be studying their Bibles—and Logos is the best way to make it happen.  No other program comes close, so I’ve always been an advocate for people to use Logos.

For the past year and a half now, I’ve had the privilege of traveling all over the country as part of Logos’ Ministry Development team.  My role has been simple: continue doing what I’ve always done . . . encourage people to study the Bible using the best tool available!

From Burlington, VA to Castro Valley, CA (I made that trip in one day), and everywhere in between, I’ve been honored to equip thousands of people for powerful Bible study. I’ve been able to help parents wanting to teach their children about Scripture, teachers getting ready for Sunday school, students working on papers, pastors preparing sermons, and professors planning for classes.

It’s humbling, yet incredibly rewarding, to know that each one-on-one connection, small group meeting, or conference I participate in is another opportunity to be used by God to strengthen and equip His people to better understand His Word.

And do you want to know the funniest thing about all of this? They actually call it a “job.”

Does this sound like something you’d love to do?

The Ministry Development department at Logos is looking for two new regional presenters: one in the Chicago area and one in the Houston area. The job is very similar to the one described, so let us know if you’re interested! We’re also hiring in several other departments, so check out at our careers page to see all the opportunities that are currently available.

Have you seen a Logos presentation by a regional presenter? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Calling All Worship Leaders!

As we get closer to releasing Proclaim, we’re already working to make the most intuitive church presentation software even better! Of course, one of the keys to doing this is getting insights straight from worship leaders themselves.

If you’re a worship leader, please take this quick survey. Not only will you help make a great tool better, you’ll also be able to try Proclaim free for a month.

As an added incentive, one worship leader who responds will win a year of Proclaim for their church—absolutely free! 

If you’re not a worship leader, make sure you tell your worship team or pastor about this opportunity. They don’t want to miss this opportunity to help shape the future of church presentation software, and they’ll be blown away when they experience what Proclaim can do for their worship services! Share this post with any worship leaders you know by tweeting it, “Liking” it, or sending them the link in a quick email.

Take the survey, then leave us a comment and let us know what excites you most about Proclaim Church Presentation Software!

Great Greek Resources in Community Pricing

More and more Logos users are discovering the astronomical savings that can be found in the Community Pricing program. Just a couple of weeks ago, hundreds of users jumped in to bid on The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (57 vols.) and ended up getting the massive collection for $50—less than a buck a book! Now that users pushed that collection over the line, its “twin” collection, the Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges is steadily creeping up in bids—and down in price.

This collection features twenty-one classic commentaries on the New Testament in Greek followed by detailed and insightful outlines, verse-by-verse interpretation, historical facts, doctrinal discussions, word studies, and more. For anyone learning Greek, these commentaries are a great place to start utilizing those new skills. For those already comfortable with the language, these classic commentaries offer solid exegesis from trusted scholars such as Alfred Plummer, H. C. G. Moule, F. W. Farrar, George Findlay, and more.

New to Community Pricing this week is the Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (21 vols.), otherwise known as “Meyer’s Commentary.” Also focused on the Greek language of the New Testament, Meyer’s commentaries were praised as “marvels of patient, laborious research,” “simply unrivalled,” “invaluable,” and “something like exegetical genius.” These commentaries are over 100 years old, but still referenced by contemporary scholars. Plugging Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer’s name into my search bar of Logos 4 brought up over a thousand hits!

If you know Greek, are learning Greek, or one day plan on studying Greek, these are resources that you’ll want to bid on today—you just can’t beat the prices found in Community Pricing.

We are constantly adding new titles in Community Pricing, and as more users discover these great deals, the faster these titles will cross the 100% mark. Using the sorting menu on top of the main Community Pricing page, be sure to select “Progress” to see which titles are gearing up to cross-over next.

Still have questions about Community Pricing? Check out this FAQ page, ask your question in the always helpful Logos forums, or leave them in the comments section!

Have you been the recipient of a great Community Pricing deal? Tell us about it!

Logos 4: Searching Wuest’s for Bible References

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

mp|seminars TipsLast week I wrote about a favorite resource of mine, Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament. In print, this four volume set consists of Kenneth Wuest’s translation of the NT, commentaries on some NT books, and numerous short articles on various passages and Greek words.

I then explained how to use a Field Search to access his articles about specific Greek words. He also authored numerous short articles about various passages in the New Testament, little mini-commentaries if you will.

Here’s one of several ways you can locate those golden nuggets:

  • Either create a Collection for Wuest’s Word Studies or just open the book on the screen
  • Open a Bible to a New Testament passage such as Ephesians 3:17
  • Right click on any word in the verse
  • From the right menu select Reference “your verse”
  • Select Search Entire Library
  • When the Search panel opens change Entire Library to Wuest’s Word Studies

On the search panel, you’ll now see where Wuest mentioned your reference in his work. If you searched for Ephesians 3:17, you’ll see an article entitled Does He Feel at Home? Click the link to jump to some great insights about one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible!

Let us know, what collections will you create or have you created in order to benefit from this type of search?

Providing Context with the IVP New Testament Studies Collection

We often find ourselves reading through the New Testament paying little heed to context. Many times we are so focused on Scriptural application, we trudge through the Bible without fully grasping the import of contextual information. Sound exegesis and application, however, rely on having a working understanding of the cultural framework of key biblical events.

The second verse in First Corinthians begins with the words, “To the church of God that is in Corinth.” So much of the context of First Corinthians is summed up in those nine simple words. How much more enlightening would it be if we were able to approach this epistle with a greater understanding of the background and social life of Corinth?

What can we learn about the first century church by understanding the society from which it emerged? What social, cultural, or religious practices caused conflict in the early church? What were Corinth’s ethical and theological perspectives? What was life like for a first century Christian living at the crossroad where orthodox Judaism,  Hellenistic Judaism, and Greco-Roman society met?

These are precisely the kinds of questions that The IVP New Testament Studies Collection (15 vols.) answers. The IVP New Testament Study Collection brings you various socio-rhetorical analyses of the New Testament. Presented by some of the finest contemporary evangelical New Testament scholars, this collection is sure to give you an educated perspective on the lives of the first Christian believers.

The fifteen volume IVP New Testament Studies Collection not only goes far and beyond the basic information given to you within the New Testament, but also relies on historical documents and ancient texts to bring you the most clarity in understanding the context of each book.

Aside from knowledge on the lives of the early believers, you will discover the historical evidence and contemporary relevance of the New Testament. Books like Is the New Testament Reliable?  and The Making of the New Testament: Origin, Collection, Text, and Canon provide insight into how the New Testament Scriptures were written, compiled, and passed down to us and why they are infinitely trustworthy. You also get Dean Fleming’s Contextualization in the New Testament which looks deeply at how the early church contextualized the gospel for cultures they were ministering to. This knowledge greatly improves our ability to communicate the gospel message to a postmodern culture.

InterVarsity Press is known for providing engaging and thoughtful scholarship which is academic while still being accessible. Theological students, pastors, teachers, and thoughtful laypeople will all benefit from the perspective of these helpful resources.

Having these studies at your fingertips will provide the context and framework needed to take your New Testament Bible study deeper.

This collection will be shipping Friday, July 15th! Make sure to grab the IVP New Testament Studies Collection (15 vols.) while it’s still at its Pre-Pub price!

Leave us a comment and tell us which of these 15 volumes you are most excited about!

Camp Logos: The Origin of an Institution

To speak of Camp Logos is to speak of Morris “Moe” Proctor. About thirteen years ago Moe called the office to speak to me. He said, “You don’t know me, but I feel like I know you. I received a gift of Logos from a close friend. Since I have learned the program, I have been training other pastors to use Logos. I have made many sales for you of which you are unaware. I would like to speak with you about an official training relationship with Logos.”

It was the last call in the world that I expected that day.

Two years earlier I had conceived of a summer training course in the Pacific Northwest as an opportunity for us to meet and train some of our most enthusiastic users. The class would be conducted by programmers, sales people, and key users who volunteered to run workshops.

When the training course was held, it ended up being stressful but fun. We had a great time together, but there were mixed results for the various sessions. When Moe called I was still in the process of organizing the next summer event. Moe made an unexpected proposition. He suggested that he would come on his own and take over the entire teaching role for that summer’s Camp Logos. This would give us the opportunity to audition him, see him teach, and—if we were satisfied—endorse him as the official authorized Logos trainer.

You can guess how much confidence we had in our own presentation skills to instantly back down in favor of an absolute stranger who spoke with confidence on the phone. He sounded like he had it all worked out—and was ready to go. I figured he couldn’t be any worse than we were at teaching, and we would all be there anyway to provide technical correction for any misstatements he might make. To be honest, it was a relief not to be the teachers and there was always the possibility he really could teach well and advance the cause. It ended up being a huge educational experience for us.

Moe taught us our own software in a way we had never experienced before. He was amazing! He showed us the product through the eyes of a user, a preacher, and a teacher studying the biblical text. When he was done at the end of the second day, the entire room spontaneously gave him a standing ovation. This is something I had never witnessed before through college or seminary.

Moe has been the authorized Logos trainer for more than a dozen years. He has taught thousands around the world to get more out of their Bible study. I still attend Camp Logos two or three times a year and never fail to learn something new myself. He is a gifted teacher, but he is still just one person.

A while back I said to Moe, “You are doing an outstanding job, yet as a percentage, you are training less and less of our users every year. As the Logos user base continues to grow, it is getting impossible to keep up with the demand for training.” That was when we decided it was time to offer Camp Logos as a video course. I know it is not the same as a live class with live discussion, but it is the next best thing and you can go over each section at your own pace—as often as you want.

Camp Logos Live is a DVD-ROM that plays on your Mac or PC. Grab your laptop, put on Camp Logos Live, meet Moe, and enjoy learning how to get the most from Logos Bible Software.

Want to see Morris in action? Check out this video:

Have you attended a Camp Logos event? We would love to hear about it!

Logos Chosen as a Washington’s Best Workplaces Finalist (Again!)

It is an honor to be considered one of Washington state’s best workplaces. It is even more exciting when you are chosen for two consecutive years. This is exactly the position Logos Bible Software finds itself in this year!

In 2007, the Puget Sound Business Journal launched a program to identity and recognize the best practices in hiring and retaining great employees based on employee benefits, leadership culture, and work/life balance philosophies. The process is extensive and rigorous, including the completion of surveys by employees of over 230 nominee-companies across the state. In the end, Logos Bible Software was one of 25 companies chosen as a finalist in the large company category (companies with 151–500 employees).

When asked about this honor, Bob Pritchett, President/CEO of Logos, had this to say

“We have worked hard at Logos to provide the best workplace possible, and it means so much to be recognized as a place that people want to work. It means even more when the recognition comes from surveys filled out by our own employees and co-workers, the people that know Logos best.”

The Washington State’s Best Workplaces finalists—25 small companies, 25 medium-sized companies, 25 large companies, and 10 extra-large companies—will be celebrated at an awards event at Safeco Field (home of the Seattle Mariners) on Aug. 11, 2011.

And why not check out the Logos career page and see where you might fit on the Logos team?

We definitely love working for Logos! Leave us a comment and tell us how Logos is making your work better too!