Archive - June, 2013

Logos 5: Passage List Displays Verses from Different Bibles

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.

A Logos user recently emailed me this question:

I’ve been trying to figure out how to get certain Bible verses to appear in the search results so that I can add another version (BHS) to compare English with Hebrew. Will Logos let me type in specific verses in the search bar so I can compare? For example how can I have Gen. 4:1, Gen. 49:25, Ex. 2:23, Ex. 18:4, and Num. 1:44 show up without searching for a specific word in them? I just want to add them manually to the search results.

Excellent question!

The answer is found in a Passage List rather than a search. When we execute a Bible search, we have to enter a specific query, and Logos displays only the verses matching that criteria.

With a Passage List, however, we can manually add the verses and display them in the Bible translation(s) of our choice. Continue Reading…

Writing Sermons That Work

Crafting a sermon requires so many elements—finding everything you need to prepare a powerful message can be time consuming.

That’s why we created the Sermon Starter Guide. Instead of spending hours each week doing preliminary research, you’ll find all the searching done for you. With hundreds of sermon illustrations, outlines, key passages, and more, you’ll have everything you need to put together sermons that’ll have a lasting impact on your church. Uncover word meanings in Greek and Hebrew, see what all your favorite commentaries have to say, and listen to sample sermons from respected preachers. And when you’re finished, simply export to Proclaim or PowerPoint.

Check out the rest of Logos 5′s intuitive features, and download Logos 5 today.

Don’t Miss Out: Get These Collections at the Best Prices

Community Pricing, which lets you help choose the price on new products, is the best way to build your library at the lowest cost. As soon as there are enough bids to push a product into Pre-Pub, the price goes up, so always be sure to place your bid early.

These products will be moving into Pre-Pub very soon—place your bids today to get them at the best prices!

the-works-of-charles-hodgeThe Works of Charles Hodge (29 vols.)

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Charles Hodge counts as one of the most influential theologians of the nineteenth century and one of Calvinism’s most dedicated defenders in America. This is the most complete collection of Charles Hodge’s writings available in print or electronically. The Works of Charles Hodge brings together Hodge’s extensive body of work—almost 14,000 pages, including articles, essays, tracts, book reviews, and more.

Austen Henry Layard Collection (10 vols.)

Regularly $209.95—current bid is only $70

Austen Henry Layard’s groundbreaking work uncovered sites in Babylon and Assyria, greatly increasing our knowledge of Mesopotamian civilizations through the recovery of cuneiform tablets detailing culture and history. Layard’s extraordinary contributions to biblical archaeology changed the face of biblical research and scholarship. Continue Reading…

4 Ways to Improve Your Small Group

studies-in-faithful-living-patriarchs-collection-complete-church-curriculumSmall groups, no matter the size, always seem to have two people: the one who won’t stop talking and the one who sits in silence. It’s easy to encourage the conversation monopolizer to give others time to share.

But how do I inspire someone to participate? Creating a sense of trust is one step. But if the problem is a lack of engagement with the study material, my role as small group leader just got much more difficult. Researching and preparing a study each week is difficult in itself; finding creative ways to keep everyone engaged can be overwhelming.

Overcoming small group challenges

With these challenges in mind, we created the Studies in Faithful Living Series: Complete Church Curriculum. The collection explores the lives of Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph, with lessons that show how their faith journeys are relevant to ours today. Each eight-week study gives me everything I need to make leading a small group both easier and more dynamic. If I were leading a small group today, here is how I would use this series: Continue Reading…

3 Ways to Learn from Charles Spurgeon

Charles SpurgeonCharles Spurgeon’s impact was enormous. You’ll come across his name in Bible study guides, seminary-required curricula, and many of your resources in Logos.

“With whom among men can you compare [Spurgeon]? He combined the preaching power of Jonathan Edwards and Whitefield with the organizing power of Wesley, and the energy, fire, and courage of Luther.” —B. H. Carroll

On June 19, 1834, Spurgeon was born in Kelvedon, UK. At 15, he accepted Christ and joined a Baptist church. In fact, most people would describe his theology as Calvinist; Spurgeon, though, said that “if I am asked what is my creed, I reply, ‘It is Jesus Christ.’”

In honor of Spurgeon’s birthday, we’re highlighting a few resources for those looking to learn from his years of study:

charles-spurgeon-collection1. Charles Spurgeon Collection

Regularly $499—$399 using coupon code SPURGEON13

Through June 22, save $100 on the Charles Spurgeon Collection (149 vols.), an invaluable tool for both sermon preparation and personal understanding. The Charles Spurgeon Collection offers over 3,550 sermons, as well as many of Spurgeon’s commentaries and lectures, his autobiography, The Sword and the Trowel, and much more. Continue Reading…

The Anglican Church: Scripture, Reason, and Tradition

Richard HookerPart of what makes the Anglican Church the via media (middle way) is the conviction that its beliefs and practices must derive from a thorough integration of Scripture, reason, and tradition. Though it’s impossible to achieve a perfect equilibrium, Anglicans believe that we are in danger of teaching and living heresy if we highlight one of these categories such that it excludes the others.

Richard Hooker

One of the earliest understandings of the concept of integrating Scripture, reason, and tradition comes from Richard Hooker. He argues that the Church has authority to establish governance and order (reason) and that though it has authority in doctrine, it cannot deviate from the faith that has been handed on to it (tradition):

“Be it in matter of the one kind or of the other, what Scripture doth plainly deliver, to that the first place both of credit and obedience is due; the next where-unto is whatsoever any man can necessarily conclude by force of reason; after these the voice of the Church succeedeth. That which the Church by her ecclesiastical authority shall probably think and define to be true or good, must in congruity of reason overrule all other inferior judgments whatsoever.” —Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, book V, 8:2

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Share Sermon Notes and Collaborate Seamlessly in Logos 5

Powerful and elegant, the Notes tool comes with every version of Logos Bible Software. You can write as much as you like, and then connect your notes to a reference or passage. And with our new Publish and Collaborate features, Logos notes are more powerful than ever.

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Store in the cloud

Your notes are stored safely in the cloud, so they’re available on all your devices, in all your translations, all the time. That means that if you make a note on your phone in the Faithlife app in the LEB, it’ll be available later in Logos 5 when you’re studying in the NASB. And you can manage all your notes in one place at Documents.Logos.com. Continue Reading…

Get $60 Off Resources for Church Leaders

aubrey-malphurs-collectionRight now, you can pre-order the Aubrey Malphurs Collection and get $60 off the regular price!

This eight-volume collection provides advice on planting, cultivating, and growing spiritually healthy churches. Malphurs helps you make the most of your leadership style, handle church budgets, raise up effective leaders, and more.

Designed with both experienced pastors and seminary students in mind, these titles are helpful for anyone with a passion for the church.

“Anyone who is a student of church health will greatly benefit from the sage wisdom Malphurs provides. This sort of insight is rare and valuable. Audrey helps us confront our assumptions so we can move toward health and vitality in our congregations.” —Alan Nelson, executive editor, Rev! magazine

“Aubrey Malphurs blows away the fog of misunderstanding that surrounds disciple-making in the church. His clear analysis of what a disciple is, and how a church can make one, is a welcome addition to the literature on this topic.” —Gary L. McIntosh, professor of Christian ministry and leadership, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

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Logos 5: Passage List of Red-Letter Verses

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.

Recently a Logos user asked:

Moe, is it possible to print just the red-letter verses (words of Christ) from a Bible?

I didn’t have an immediate answer, so I told him I’d have to get back to him. After a bit of thought, I discovered at least one possibility that I’d like to pass along to you:

  • From the ESV New Testament, I compiled a Passage List of all the verses containing red-letter text.
  • I exported that Passage List as a text file. You can use it to create your own Passage List:

Click here to download the file

  • Choose Documents | Passage List (if you’re using Logos 4, choose File | Passage List).
  • Name the file something like Red-Letter Verses in the ESV NT (A).
  • Click Add (B).
  • Select … a file (C).
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Last Chance: Take 20% Off Marriage and Family Resources

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Time is running out—through June 16, take 20% off our Father’s Day sale items. These resources, ranging from individual titles to large collections, are among our most popular for marriage and parenting guidance. You can save on:

Marriage and Family Bundle (25 vols.)

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This collection teaches men to become better husbands, fathers, and leaders. Download it to get techniques for cultivating a Christian worldview in your children, and learn how close family relationships can strengthen your child’s relationship with God.

the-essential-ivp-reference-collection-version-3The Essential IVP Reference Collection (18 vols.)

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Download this collection and learn from the best of today’s biblical and theological scholars. You’ll get dictionaries covering biblical studies, the study of New Testament Greek, theological terms, and apologetics and the philosophy of religion.

Foundations for the Family Series (4 vols.)

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