Logos 5: Sermon Starter Guide

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.

The Sermon Starter Guide, a new Logos 5 template located in the Guides menu, jumpstarts (not replaces) your message preparation. When you generate a report for a biblical theme or text, you’ll notice two important sections: Theme and Thematic Outlines. I wanted to make sure you know the mechanics of these two very helpful sections.

Undergirding all Sermon Starter Guide reports are approximately 230 popular preaching themes, identified by the Content Innovation Team (CIT) at Logos.

When you generate a report for a topic or theme, the Theme section provides a brief description of that specific theme or one closely related to it.

When you generate a report for a passage, the Theme section displays descriptions of all the themes that use your biblical reference as a key supporting passage. For example, if you build a guide for Colossians 3:16, you’ll see both Education and Music presented under the Theme section.

SSG Theme

 

The Thematic Outlines section uses the Dictionary of Bible Themes (DBT) as a source.

SSG Title Page

 

When you generate a report for a topic or theme, the Thematic Outlines section presents all the outlines from DBT containing your topic or a similar one as a part of the title of the outline. For example, if you build a report for the theme God:Wrath, you’ll see these titles under Thematic Outlines: Anger of God; Anger of Jesus Christ; Anger, divine; and Provoking God.

SSG Thematic Outlines

 

When you generate a report for a passage, the Thematic Outlines section presents all the outlines from DBT containing your passage somewhere in the outline. For example, when you create a guide for Deuteronomy 1:42, you’ll see these outlines under Thematic Outlines: Alienation, Defeat, Nature of sin, and Nature of warfare.

SSG Thematic

 

I certainly hope these behind-the-scenes explanations are helpful. Also, as former news anchor Dan Rather would say, a tip of the Stetson to the CIT for its hard work in compiling all of this useful data!

Logos 5: Links to the Timeline

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.

Scattered throughout many Logos resources are dates of specific historical events. Logos is in the process of hyperlinking many of these dates to the new, searchable Timeline, found in most of the new base packages.

Here’s an example of how the links work:

  • Type 131 in the Command box.
  • In the drop down list, click Open 131 Christians Everyone Should Know to open this resource.
  • Type 35 in the resource’s reference box. (A)
  • Press the Enter key to jump to that page.
  • Click the Visual Filters icon (B) on the resource’s toolbar.
  • Select Timeline events.
  • In the book scroll to page 35, subsection “Here I stand.” (C)
  • Notice, in the first sentence, a blue flag (D) next to the year 1517.
  • Rest the cursor on the flag to see a popup description of the event. (E)
  • Click the blue flag (D) to open the Timeline to that specific event.
  • Notice, back on page 35, a white flag next to the year 1519. (F)
  • Click the white flag to jump to the year 1519 on the Timeline.

Links to Timeline

The blue flags in resources represent specific events on the Timeline, whereas white flags just represent dates on the Timeline with no specific events assigned to them.

Timeline

Of course, you can open the Timeline anytime you want from the Tools menu.

Logos 5: Popular Highlights

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.

In Logos 5, several features connect us to other Logos users: Community Tags, Community Ratings, sharing with Faithlife Groups, etc. Another community feature, Popular Highlights, appears throughout our resources. This new visual filter reveals how others mark up the text.

For example:

  • Open the daily devotional My Utmost for His Highest.
  • Note the gray underlining, followed by the number of highlights, scattered throughout the book. (A)

Example of popular highlighting in My Utmost for His Highest book

These markers merely show frequently highlighted text in the Logos community; all specific user info is anonymous. You may be encouraged to see the insights others found helpful, or you may wish to disable Popular Highlights.

To hide Popular Highlights in one resource:

  • Click the visual filters icon (A) on the resource’s toolbar.
  • Uncheck Popular Highlights. (B)

Hide popular highlights in one resource

To hide Popular Highlights in all resources:

  • Click the visual filters icon (A) on a resource’s toolbar.
  • Right-click on Popular highlights. (B)
  • Select Do not show in any resources. (C)

Hide popular highlights in all resources

Logos 5: See the Names and Titles of God in Bible Facts

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.

I’ve been asked several times about an effective way to locate all the names, titles, or designations of God or Jesus or the Holy Spirit. I’m very pleased to tell you that, in Logos 5, that task is much easier. Try this suggestion (keeping in mind that this feature does not appear in all Logos base packages):

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  • Choose Tools | Bible Facts.
  • Type the word God in the reference box. (A)
  • Select God from the drop down list, or if it’s already selected, just press the Enter key to generate the report.
  • Wait patiently just a few seconds—this is an extensive search.
  • Note in the sidebar a section called REFERRED TO AS. (B)
  • Scroll through this section, taking note of the various names, titles, etc., of God used throughout the Bible!

After enjoying this list of verses, type Jesus or Holy Spirit in the box to see their designations as well.

A big thank-you goes out to the content innovation team at Logos, who manually and painstakingly tagged the Bible with all this data!

If you were a Logos 4 user and recently upgraded to Logos 5, check out all the new features in the What’s New Training Manual from MP Seminars.

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Logos 5: Spreadsheet for Documents and Reports

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.

One of Logos 5′s many helpful features is the ability to arrange previously created Documents and Guide Reports in a spreadsheet in which you can easily find and open just the right one.

Try this:

  • If you haven’t already, create several documents (notes, Passage Lists, etc.), and generate various reports from the Guides menu.
  • To see and arrange these files in a spreadsheet:
    • Choose the Documents or Guides menu.
    • Note the spreadsheet that Logos automatically creates for you, with headers like Name (A), Type (B), etc.
    • Click a column header to display the files according to that category. For example, click Name (A) to list them according to the title of the document or report.
    • Click the little triangle next to Name (C) to toggle the files from ascending to descending order.

Documents menu

Now try this power-user trick:

  • Click Type (A) to group together common documents or reports. For example, clicking Type places all the Note files with one another, the Passage Guide reports together, and so on.
  • Now hold down the Shift key.
  • Click:
    • Name (B) on the Documents spreadsheet to alphabetize the files under each type.
    • Reference (C) on the Guides spreadsheet to place reports for biblical references in canonical order and reports for words or topics in alphabetical order under each type.

Guides menu

With the Shift + click you sort the grouped files!

Of course, click the name of any document or report to open it.

If you were a Logos 4 user and recently upgraded to Logos 5, check out all the new features in the What’s New? Training Manual from MP Seminars.

Logos 5: Field Search in Synonyms of the New Testament

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 asked me about two Greek synonyms, kairos and chronos, both of which are translated time or times in English Bibles. His question was two-fold:

  • Is there a specific Logos resource that explains the differences between synonyms?
  • If so, how is the resource searched?

Here’s how I replied.

The resource, Synonyms of the New Testament by Richard Trench, appears in many, but not all, of the Logos base packages. Trench, in over 100 articles, discusses subtle differences between Greek synonyms.

  • Open a Bible containing the reverse interlinear option, such as the ESV or NASB.
  • Navigate to a passage containing one or both of the Greek words (kairos and chronos), such as Acts 1.7.
  • Right-click on the word times or seasons or epochs. (A)
  • Select Lemma (B) “the word.”
  • Select Copy. (C)

 

  • Open the Synonyms of the New Testament.
  • Open the Search panel.
  • Set Basic as the type. (A)
  • Select Synonyms as the book to be searched from the resources dropdown list. (B)
  • Click the range dropdown list, which probably says All Text. (C)
  • Click the arrow to the left of Search Fields. (D)
  • Select the search field Large Text (E) (which is the title of the article in Synonyms).

  • Execute a paste (A) in the search box (B), which places the Greek word there.
  • Press the Enter key.

 

  • Notice that Logos only searches the titles of the articles (Field Search) in Synonyms, looking for your Greek word.

 

  • Click the search hit to open Synonyms to the article about the two Greek words translated time.

 

Try a field search with other resources, like Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek NT, journals, or Bibles!

Logos 5: Freeze the Information Panel

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 couple of months ago, I wrote a blog post about “power reading,” which incorporates your preferred Bible and the Information Panel (Tools | Information). The gist of “power reading” is to rest the cursor on a word in the Bible—the Information Panel instantly displays data about the word.

Today’s scenario is this:

What if you see something in the Info Panel that you want to copy into a Note file or Word doc? As you move the cursor off your word and toward the Info Panel, the data may change.

Of course, you could click Settings on the Information Panel and change the Update Information option to click, but that sort of diminishes the power of “power reading.” The beauty of this setup is that you don’t have to click a thing to access data.

So here’s more power for “power reading”:

  • Open your preferred Bible.
  • Choose Tools | Information.
  • Rest the cursor on a word in the Bible to display data in the Info Panel.
  • Hold down the Ctrl or Cmd key, which freezes the data.
  • Move the cursor inside the Information Panel.
  • Release the Ctrl or Cmd key.

Once the cursor is inside the Info Panel, you can work with the text as much as you want without worrying that it might change on you!

Logos 5: Find All References to a Biblical Person with Clause Search

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.

My favorite new feature in Logos 5 is probably the tagging of referents in the reverse interlinear. Here’s what I mean. Suppose you want to conduct a thorough biographical study of Timothy, so you search the Bible for every occurrence of the word Timothy. This, of course, finds the word Timothy, but what if he’s referred to as brother, disciple, or son? A simple word search doesn’t find these references—until now in Logos 5.

A Logos research team has manually tagged the BIble’s pronouns and linguistic expressions, pointing them to the correct people, places, and things. Three cheers for this team! This means you can now find all references to the man Timothy, regardless of the words used.

Here are a couple of ways to see this incredible tagging in action:

Biblical People

  • Choose Tools | Bible Facts (Biblical People, Places, and Things have been combined into one tool).
  • Type Timothy in the reference box. (A)
  • Select Timothy from the dropdown list to generate the report.
  • Notice, in the left sidebar (which replaces the top ribbon in Logos 4), the section called Referred to As. (B)

Referred to As displays all the references to the man Timothy, not the word Timothy.

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Clause Search

  • Click the Search icon.
  • Select Clause (A) as the search type.
  • Select All Passages (B) and the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear (C) from the dropdown lists.
  • Select Person Anywhere in Clause (D) from the examples list to place that search string in the Find box.
  • Change, in the Find box, the word Moses to Timothy (E).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

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Again, here are all the verses that mention the man Timothy, not the word Timothy!

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Logos 4: Word Count in Books of the Bible

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.

Sometimes, when studying a book or section of the Bible, we can pick up on an author’s theme by examining word usage. For example, John’s use of love in 1 John and Mark’s repeated reference to immediately in his gospel are enlightening.

With a Word List, we can easily discover the number of times a biblical writer used a given word. Try this:

  • Choose File | Word List.
  • Give the Word List a name that identifies it with the passage of Scripture being examined, such as 1 John Words.
  • Click Add (A) on the Word List.
  • Select a Bible from the dropdown list. (B)
  • Type a reference in the box, such as 1 John. (C)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the list.
  • Click Grid (D) to see the words in a spreadsheet.

Word List Example 1

  • Click the column header Count (A) to arrange the words according to the number of times they are used in the passage. (If Count isn’t visible, right-click a column header and select Count.)

Word List Example 2

In this 1 John example, please note the numerous occurrences of Greek lemmas translated love, know, and abide.

You can save these Word Lists and reopen them from the File menu.

Logos 4: Create an Update Shortcut

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.

Ok, I’ll admit. I’m like a little kid when it comes to expectation. I can’t wait. I like walking to the mailbox to see if the mail has arrived. I periodically look out the window, hoping the UPS truck is coming down the driveway. All my life well-meaning people have reminded me about that proverbial watched pot and boiling water. Yet I still jump the gun.

With Logos I’m no different. The software’s developers periodically add new features and update resources, which automatically download into the system. I can’t wait, though. I want to make sure I’m up to date with the latest and greatest. I, therefore—more times than I care to admit—initiate an update. If you’re like I am, you may want to apply this shortcut:

  • Type these two words in the Command box: update now. (A)
  • Drag Update now (B) from the Tools dropdown list (that appears under the Command box) to the Shortcuts bar. (C)
  • Notice that Logos places a down-arrow icon on the Shortcuts bar.

Update Logos Now

Now, anytime you’re wondering if you’re completely current with your Logos Bible Software, just click the new shortcut. Logos will instantly check for updates (D) and, through a popup message (E), inform you if they’re available or not.

I won’t confess how many times I click this icon!