Happy Thanksgiving

Like many companies in the US, Logos will be closed today for the Thanksgiving holiday. While we may be closed, we realize that many of you will be using, buying, or simply wanting to learn more about Logos 4. Since we won’t be in today to answer your questions, I thought I’d put together some links that might help you out.

Looking at Logos 4

  • First, for those of you who are browsing Logos.com today and thinking about buying Logos 4, you might want to start by viewing the Logos 4 demo. This 4 minute video gives you a brief demonstration of what Logos 4 is all about.
  • After that, if you’re interested in seeing more footage, head over to our video page where we have over 50 videos highlighting many of the new features of Logos 4.
  • With videos behind you, visit www.logos.com/products to take a look at all our base packages.
  • After viewing those pages, you’ll want to stop by our special discount page to see what sort of sweet offers we have for our new and existing customers. When you visit the page, be sure to login or create a Logos.com account so you can see a custom price tailored just for you.
  • Once you have a good idea of what all your options are for Logos 4, read through the special FAQ we created for people considering the purchase. This will help answer some of the question you may have, or didn’t even know you had.
  • Finally, if you’re looking for more information, head over to our community forums where there are literally hundreds of conversations about Logos 4. Join in the discussion and ask any questions you may have. The community is more than happy to help you out.

Buying Logos 4

  • As I mentioned in the above section, you should head over to www.logos.com/upgrade. Whether you are an existing user or new to Logos, this page will give you the best price for all our base packages. Be sure to login or sign up for a Logos.com account to see the best price.
  • Before completing your purchase, be sure to read this FAQ. We outline some important information that will help make your purchase and installation run more smoothly.
  • If you’re looking for something to do while you wait for Logos 4 to install, check out our videos and visit our community forums.

Using Logos

  • Our customer service department has been pulling extended hours and weekend shifts for the last 3 1/2 weeks to help all our users get used to their new software. While they are getting their well-deserved rest today, our community forums are here for you 24 hours a day.
  • If you haven’t seen our training and feature tutorial videos, be sure to check them out.
  • Be sure you catch up on all our Logos 4 blog posts from the past couple weeks. There is a lot of great information in there.

So, there you have it. I hope that this information helps you out. If you need further assistance, we’ll be in the office bright and early Friday morning. Wait, who am I kidding, we live in Bellingham, WA. We’ll be in the office dark, cold, rainy, and early Friday morning.

Finally, from everyone at Logos, we truly hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Phonetic Searching

Phonetic Searching

Want to search for Greek and Hebrew words? With the launch of Logos Bible Software 4, we’ve added a feature which makes it easier to search in Greek and Hebrew, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the original languages.

Logos 4 lets you type phonetically and have Greek and Hebrew words displayed in the drop-down box. In the search box, start with g: for Greek or h: for Hebrew. For example, when you type g:agape, Logos 4 knows you’re probably looking for ἀγάπη. If you’re not, then you also have the option to select similar words, like ἀγαπητός. These words appear in a drop-down menu as you type. If you’re preaching on 1 Corinthians 13 next Sunday or leading a Bible study on the Beloved Disciple, searches like this can speed up your study.

If you don’t know Greek or Hebrew, but you’re familiar with words like agape, you can still search the original language texts with phonetic searching in Logos 4. This is just one small way Logos 4 makes the original languages more easily accessible to more people.

Phonetic searching—like many of the new features—is intuitive. As you type, Logos 4 guesses what you’re looking for, and presents you with search options as you type. It’s a quick and easy way to search for Greek and Hebrew words.

What are you waiting for? Open Logos 4 and give it a try!

Your Own Bible Study Newspaper

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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.

When you first open Logos Bible Software 4 you come to the Home Page. This screen may not resemble anything you’ve ever seen in software before. It should look very familiar, though. It looks like the front page of a newspaper or the home page of a web site.

Think with me about the newspaper analogy. Each day we pick it up to read, we see the front page lays out the same yet contains different content. We always know where the title of the paper, the edition, the weather, and so on are located. Yet the articles are never the same. Who wants to read the same articles day after day?

The same is true for the Logos Home Page. At the top in the “ribbon” you’ll see features that stay the same day in and day out: your Preferred Bible, Reading Plans, and more.

In the lower section, however, you discover content that changes every day. It’s just like the front page of your very own Bible study newspaper! You see articles from books, images, maps, this mp|seminars Tips blog post, or most anything.

When I first saw this Home Page I did a double take. I wasn’t sure I liked it. I want things to stay the same. Now I understand, though, it’s not supposed to stay the same. It’s supposed to change.

Every day we’re to have our sanctified imagination and curiosity motivated to dive into God’s Word perhaps in a way we never have before. I encourage you, each day look for something different and follow a link to where it takes you. You never know what you’ll learn about the Bible with Logos Bible Software 4.

Logos 4 Help Files

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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.

Congratulations on securing Logos Bible Software 4! This is beyond a shadow of a doubt the world’s most powerful AND easy to use software. If you’re not already, you will soon be studying the Bible in ways you never thought possible.

Many of the features are obvious and self explanatory. For example, to launch a Bible study from the Home Page just enter a biblical reference in the passage box and click Go. In mere moments your computer screen transforms into a desk or kitchen table with numerous reports and resources open ready for your investigation!

To insure that you have an enjoyable and profitable experience with Logos Bible Software 4, we’ve prepared various means for you to get help when you need it.

First, click the question mark (?) icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to access quick reference Help files. The search feature allows you to jump just to the article you need.

Also, in your software sleeve you’ll see a disk labeled PC Videos containing instructional videos prepared by my company, mp|seminars. You can watch and listen as you learn to execute numerous Logos features.

In addition, these same videos as well as numerous other tutorials are located at Logos.com.

For more in-depth training materials and seminars you can visit mpseminars.com for additional information.

Enjoy your Bible study with Logos!

Wow, that’s cool.

theFellas.pngPrior to Logos 4 launching, I had the opportunity to sit in a number of meetings where Bob would show us many of the new features and functionality being built into the program. I remember in those meetings hearing people in the room say “wow” over and over again as Bob described all that Logos 4 would do.
One “wow, that’s cool!” moment for me was when I first saw the power of the collections tool. Specifically, I was blown away by the ability to enter some simple rules and that Logos 4 would automatically include any new resources I add to my library that meet the criteria. In fact, I think one of the first things I did when I finally got a pre-release version of Logos 4 was to set up a collection that included my favorite authors. Now, not only is it quick and easy for me to search through all my resources written by my favorite authors, but whenever I add a new title (like the upcoming Calvin 500 collection) these resources are automatically added to my collection. I don’t have to do anything!
To see the power of dynamic, rule-based collections in action, watch this video:

See more videos at http://www.logos.com/videos.

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The Game Just Changed for Mobile Bible Study

The new Logos Bible Software iPhone app has totally revolutionized “Bible study on the go.” There have already been more than 10,000 downloads within the first few days of release—all from a simple Twitter announcement that it was available. Seconds later, a flood of “re-tweets” and social networking word-of-mouth lit up the Internet, and that’s just the beginning. So what is this incredible app that has taken off like a rocket? A whole new way to access Bible study on the go.

iPhone App

At its most basic level, this free download from the App Store will give you immediate access to more than 30 Bibles* from http://bible.logos.com—Bibles including great translations like the ESV, NLT, NASB, and the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

…but wait, there’s more!

When you sign up for a free account with Logos you will gain access to about another 30 free books!

…but wait, there’s more!

When you register your account with Logos.com you will be able to access any free books from publishers that want to showcase new titles, or random books that we offer from time to time on free preview. You never know what might show up in your Logos Bible Software iPhone library some day. Imagine picking up your iPhone and seeing the hottest new title available in your library for free preview! One book per month, week, day? Who knows!

…but wait, there’s more!

Add any Logos 4 base package and watch your resources grow as much of your library is synced with your iPhone or iPod Touch; the resources are available and your favorites, bookmarks and settings are transferred from one platform to another. Walk away from your desktop or laptop and your location is saved in the books you are using so that you can pick up where you left off on your iPhone.

The Logos iPhone app is so much more than a simple Bible reader. Mobile Bible study is transformed with multiple versions of the Bible that can be read, searched, cross referenced and compared. You can set-up reading plans that are synced from your desktop or laptop so your Bible reading is always on schedule. In addition, finding a passage is as easy as typing in the reference, using the book navigator, or dragging the scrollbar to the right location.

This application was created with the desire to bring the functionality of Logos Bible Software 4 to your iPhone. In particular, the ability to dig deeper into Scripture with the Passage Guide. Enter a verse and click “Go” to receive a report linking directly to commentaries referencing your verse. The Passage Guide also provides cross references, media resources, topics, and interesting words—all linked to resources in your library.

Do an in-depth Bible Word Study from anywhere by a simple “tap and hold” on any word, in a Bible with a reverse interlinear, and a pop-up will display the English word along with all the original language information. From this pop-up, click Bible Word Study to see the definition, pronunciation, translations, and example uses of the various translations.

Right about now you should be getting the idea that you need this app, you need it now, and you need to register it right away. There is simply no other Bible app that is this intuitive, intelligent and easy to use.

For more information check out some great screenshots and information, read our FAQs, and check out some customer reviews at the app store!

If for no other reason than to fully integrate your Bible study with your iPhone, you need to get a Logos 4 base package today. If you are a new user, check out the detailed information we have just posted about the most advanced Bible software in the world at our Logos 4 mini-site and if you are an existing Logos customer check out the limited time upgrade discounts available for you today.

* The list of e-books that can be read through Logos Bible Software is changing constantly as we secure rights and convert resources. Not all Bibles are linked word-for-word to the Greek and Hebrew yet.

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Reference Browser: A Scripture Index for All Your Books

Tips & Tricks blog SetToday’s guest 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.

The Reference Browser is like a Scripture reference index in the back of a print book. Use it to locate occurrences of Bible verses in any Libronix e-book.

For example, open the Logos Hymnal. Now open the Reference Browser from the Go menu or use the keystroke shortcut Ctrl + R. Set the In box to the Logos Hymnal and the Type box to Bible. Type “Rev 19″ in the Find box and click Search.

You’ve just found all of the hymns based on Revelation 19.

For more tips like this, be sure to visit Morris Proctor’s Tips & Tricks blog or subscribe to the RSS feed.

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An Interview with Professor Carl Bosma

Carl BosmaEnglish cleric and writer Charles Colton said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” In this high-tech culture Colton’s aphorism might be updated to “Fidelity is the sincerest form of flattery.” Running into those true believers who use, love and cannot help but spread the word about Logos Bible Software is always flattering.

Meet Carl Bosma, ordained in the Christian Reformed Church in North America, church planter, leadership developer with Christian Reformed World Missions, Professor of Biblical studies at Seminario Presbiteriano do Sul, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Associate Professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary, Th.D. candidate and Logos Bible Software user. In fact, Mr. Bosma wrote a very thorough and impressive manual for Libronix 3.0 that, although Logos wasn’t affiliated with, those of us who have perused it were very impressed.

I touched base with Prof. Bosma recently to get more information about this huge project:

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What’s in My Library: Bible (Literal)

Today’s guest 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. In this series, Morris answers the question, “What’s in my library?”

English Standard VersionBible (Literal)

Definition: The Bible was originally written in the Hebrew and Greek languages. Our English Bibles are based on the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. A literal translation of the Bible seeks as much as possible to give a word for word translation from Hebrew or Greek to English. Literal translations of the Bible should be used when conducting more serious Bible study.

Example: English Standard Version

Application: If you are not familiar with original languages, but want to do serious Bible study getting as close as possible to the original meaning of the text with an English Bible, then you want to rely on literal translations like the ESV, KJV, NKJV, or NASB.

For more tips like this, be sure to visit Morris Proctor’s mpSeminars website and his Tips & Tricks blog.

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A Typical Ship Day

On the blog we try to take opportunities to show you what it is like to work at Logos. We’ve shown you our cook-offs. We’ve introduced you to some of our employees. We’ve even shown you our Bible study bus.

Well, Friday we shipped the New International Commentary and thought that this would be a perfect time to show you what it is like around the office when we ship a new product.