Archive - April, 2013

Logos 5: Set New Defaults for Note Text

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.

During a break at a recent Camp Logos event, one of the students asked how to change the default text used in a Note document. He wanted more default options than appear in Program Settings, located on the Tools menu.

Here’s a nice little feature that allows you to select whatever font, size, and style of text you want to use in your Notes.

First, a summary of the steps listed below:

You can use the formatting bar on a Note file to select default font, size, and style, but the cursor CANNOT be in the Title or Content box when you do so. If the cursor is in one of the text boxes, your selections change only the text in that box, not the defaults.

Here’s how to change the defaults:

Mac:

  • Choose Documents | Notes
  • Click Add note on the Note file toolbar, which: (A)
    • Creates a Title and Content box (B)
    • Activates the formatting toolbar on the Note file (C)
    • Places the cursor in the Note file
  • Click in the Command box, which removes the cursor from the Note file (D)

  • From the formatting toolbar on the Note file, select your desired font, size, and style—these selections are now the new defaults (E)
  • Click Add Note (F) to start using the new defaults (G)

PC:

  • Choose Documents | Notes
  • From the formatting toolbar on the Note file, select your desired font, size, and style—these selections are now the new defaults (H)
  • Click Add Note (I) to start using the new defaults (J)

If you like this power-user trick, you’ll enjoy all the features of the Logos Bible Software Training Manual volumes 1 and 2.

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The Ministry of Happiness

The Paradox of HappinessToday’s guest post is by René Breuel, author of  The Paradox of Happiness and founding pastor at Chiesa Evangelica in Rome, Italy.

Happiness is a G-rated theme

People say happiness is for kids. For naïve, simplistic folks who buy into easy steps and who have not yet bumped against the complexities of life.

I disagree. Happiness is a serious, vital theme, especially for pastors and Christian leaders. It’s a theme begging for Christian reflection—the word holds within itself a whole cosmos, because our understanding of happiness is our understanding of life. It is a token of our soul, a window into our worldview, and the surest sign of what we prize and what we live for.

I’ve been rather unhappy about our current understandings of happiness. Not only does someone reflecting on happiness today feel dumbed down—“buy this product,” “get this gorgeous,” “follow the seven magical steps”—but (and here I get really worked up) there seems to be no real Christian alternative. Christians have just bought into our consumer society’s definition of happiness without thinking it through critically, and have substituted the self-help steps to happiness with Christian terminology. Rough edges are smoothed and spiritual language is sprinkled, but the approach is still the same: self-centered, self-serving.

Is there an alternative Christian understanding of happiness?

I went on an experiment. Could a Christian understanding of happiness actually spring out of our core beliefs about reality? And could this alternative be not just well-meaning, but really happy, happier than any other alternative?

It was a fascinating experiment. I went back to Jesus and to what I feel is his key insight into life—that we gain life when we lose life, and that we do so when we deny ourselves and take up our crosses to follow him. The result of that reflection is my book, The Paradox of Happiness. And with the book comes a wish: I hope readers come out of the book less worried about their own happiness and, paradoxically, happier than before. I hope they live serenely and joyously because they are less self-oriented.

We don’t find happiness when we try to fulfill our desires—we find it when we stop looking for it and start focusing on serving others. Happiness according to Jesus is generous and unexpected: by letting go, we find; by giving, we receive. Happy are those who share their happiness.

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As a small group leader, you have an important and challenging role. You know the time it takes to organize and research weekly lessons. You know your primary goals are to help your group engage and grow—with the Word and each other. Logos’ Studies in Faithful Living series equips small group leaders with all the tools you need to lead a rich and insightful study without sacrificing time for other priorities.

The second and third volumes of the Patriarchs Collection, Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence and Joseph: Understanding God’s Purpose, are now available. Each volume is an eight-week study of the lives of two of the Old Testament patriarchs. The complete church curriculum includes several features designed to help you as you lead your small group.

  1. It provides lesson plans. One of the most time-consuming aspects of leading a small group is deciding how to organize your lessons. The Studies in Faithful Living small group resources do that for you! Each series comes complete with weekly lesson plans, including learning objectives that summarize the theme and concepts of the chapter. Lesson plans also offer an outline that draws from the chapter text, prompts that suggest when to explain concepts or read passages aloud, and discussion and application questions to engage your group and make participation easy and comfortable.
  2. It provides slideshows and videos. Sometimes small groups can be dry. The Studies in Faithful Living curriculum provides media resources to help you ensure your small group time is engaging and fun. Each chapter includes an opening video to introduce the chapter’s themes and provide a dynamic start to the study. Each chapter also comes with a slideshow—available in three file formats and two dimensions, either 16×9 or 4×3—that follows the lesson plan. Slide graphics illustrate concepts within the chapter, display key texts or quotes, and present the discussion and application questions found in the lesson plan.
  3. It provides handouts. You’ll save time by using the printable handouts—available in Microsoft Word and PDF formats—of the week’s application questions. Since small group members can purchase just the book, they will have the opportunity to read each chapter before the meeting  and come prepared for discussion.
  4. It provides easy access to further research. Want to take your study deeper? At the end of every chapter, the authors provide a list of suggestions for further reading. The list is annotated with a brief description of what you can expect to gain from consulting each additional resource. All of these suggestions are available in Logos Bible Software, making your additional research only a click away.
  5. It gives you great content. None of these features would be worth much without great content. Each edition of Studies in Faithful Living includes eight chapters—in this case, tracing the lives of Jacob and Joseph and their journeys of faith. Each chapter walks you and your group through the biblical text. You’ll gain not only literary and historical context, but an understanding of how each story fits into the larger narrative of the Bible and what early interpreters thought of it. Application reflections and questions then allow you to see how these ancient stories of faith are relevant to your own story today.

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A Couple's Journey with God

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By following the group, you’ll gain access to exclusive notes, discussion questions, and interviews with the authors. You can also join the conversation by asking your own questions and posting notes. To use all of Faithlife’s digital features, such as Community Notes, purchase the book through Faithlife’s sister company Vyrso. Use coupon code JOURNEY at checkout to save 25%.

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Are you ready to draw closer to your spouse? Download A Couple’s Journey with God on Vyrso, join the Faithlife group, and begin reading with us on April 23.

One-Day Archibald Alexander Sale!

ArchibaldAlexanderArchibald Alexander, born April 17, 1772, was an American Presbyterian theologian and Princeton Theological Seminary’s first professor of theology. Over the course of his 79 years, he contributed greatly to the world with his wisdom and theology.

Here are some of his noteworthy quotes:

  1. “No one was ever saved because his sins were small; no one was ever rejected on account of the greatness of his sins. Where sin abounded, grace shall much more abound.” (Practical Truths p. 164)
  2. “God has set before you an open door which no man has a right or power to shut. If you should be shut out, it will be by your own unbelief, and not for want of a warrant to come. Enter, then, without delay or hesitation. None can less afford to delay than the aged sinner. Now is the time. Now or never. You have, as it were, one foot already in the grave. Your opportunities will soon be over. Strive, then, I entreat you, to enter in at the strait gate.” (Practical Truths p. 166)
  3. “But however long you may have continued in rebellion, and how ever black and long the catalog of your sins, yet if you will now turn to God by a sincere repentance, and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, you shall not be cast out.” (Practical Truths p. 165)
  4. “God is not glorified in any transaction upon earth so much as in the conversion of a sinner.” (Practical Truths p. 174)
  5. “If you were not a sinful, polluted, helpless, and miserable creature, this Saviour would not be suited to you, and you would not be comprehended in his gracious invitations to the children of men.” (Practical Truths p. 167)
  6. “There is but one step to be taken, strictly speaking, in coming to Christ, and that is believing in him with all the heart. We are not required to repent and do good works before we come, but to come to him to give us repentance unto life, and to create us anew to good works.” (Practical Truths p. 178)

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All quotes from Alexander, Archibald. Practical Truths. New York: The American Tract Society, 1851.

What Is the New Perspective on Paul?

The New Perspective on Paul is an important shift in how scholars have understood Paul over the past 40 years. This movement reads and interprets Paul primarily through the lens of first-century Judaism’s cultural context. New Perspective scholars have reacted to a reading of Paul through the lens of the Reformation—especially Luther, Calvin, and their followers.

Who are the important figures of the New Perspective?

  • The movement began with E. P. Sanders, who wrote Paul and Palestinian Judaism in the 1970s. This book emphasized the importance of rabbinic writings in understanding Paul. Sanders argued that Paul’s concept of becoming part of the people of God had more to do with covenantal participation, and he argued against the prevailing Lutheran understanding of the atonement.
  • In the early 1980s, James D. G. Dunn developed Sanders’ thesis and coined the term “The New Perspective.”
  • Since then, N. T. Wright has written extensively on Paul. His magnum opus on Paul will be released later this year.

The New Perspective is controversial. The emergence of Sanders, Dunn, and Wright on the scene upended the way Christians have read Paul for generations. For example:

  • The New Perspective deemphasizes a works-righteousness interpretation of the law in Pauline writings.
  • The New Perspective places the covenant in a prominent role in Pauline writings.
  • A classic reading of Paul favors a penal substitutionary theory of atonement, while the New Perspective doesn’t give this theory as much prominence

As you can see, this is a significant reframing of how Paul is read and understood. And whether or not you agree with the New Perspective, it’s undoubtedly important to understand—even if your goal is to understand why you may not agree with it. One of the benefits of having a large and robust digital library is that you have the resources and tools to adequately research both sides of controversial issues.

On the New Perspective in particular, there are books and collections to help you understand every angle:

Logos 5: Difference between Highlighting and Visual Filters

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.

On more than one occasion, I’ve been asked questions similar to this:

I’ve discovered the Highlighting feature on the Tools menu and marked up the word love with the red highlighter pen. The challenge is that the red highlights show up in only one Bible. I want love to be highlighted in all my Bibles. How do I do that?

The key to this question is understanding the difference between Highlighting and another feature, Visual Filters.

The Highlighting feature marks up text in only one resource at a time. On the other hand, a Visual Filter is a search in as many resources as you want—one in which you tell Logos how to highlight the results!

This means you can search all your Bibles at once for the word love, and then select how you want the word highlighted in all your Bibles.

Let’s create this simple Visual Filter:

  • Choose Documents | Visual Filter (VF)
  • Name the VF something like English Words VF (A)
  • Select Bible as the search type (B)
  • Select All Bibles from the dropdown list (C)
  • Select All Passages from the dropdown list (D)
  • Type the word love in the Find box (E)
  • Select Red Highlighter from the Formatting list (F)

  • Open any English Bible to see the word love marked up in red (G)

  • Add as many additional words or phrases as you’d like—place phrases in quotation marks, like “in Christ” (H)

Just remember, if you want a highlighting style to automatically mark up text in multiple resources, you want to use a VF, not the Highlighting tool.

If you liked this tip, you’ll enjoy the newly released Logos Training Manuals volumes 1 and 2, which together provide easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions for the vast majority of Logos features.

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