If you haven’t yet discovered The Message by Eugene Peterson, I encourage you to spend some time with it. It’s a modern paraphrase of the Bible. Use it like you would a devotional commentary. You’ll notice however, there are no verses in The Message only chapters. You can change that. With The Message as the active window choose View | Bible Text Only. That’s what we call Instant Versification!
Normally Paul opened his letters with something like grace and peace to you from God our Father. It’s very easy to locate all the verses with both grace and peace. Open the Bible Search dialog from the Search menu. In the Search box type grace and peace. Select your Bible and set your Range to Paul’s Epistles. You just found all the verses in Paul’s letters containing both words! When you perform an "and" search, all terms must be present to be a hit. Try typing grace and peace and mercy to locate the verses with all three words.
Did you know that you can have a Bible and commentary look up your Bible cross references? Choose Tools | Options | KeyLink. Select Bible as the Data Type. Click KeyLinking. Set Number of Windows to Open on a KeyLink to 2. Select your favorite Bible and click Promote. Do the same for your favorite commentary. Click Close. Now when you click a blue Bible cross reference in an e-book both your Bible and commentary will jump to that location!
When you execute a search on a word like bless you’ll also receive hits on the various forms of the word like blessed, blessing and blessings. This feature is called stemming. If you just want to locate a word without the forms you must type nostem and then your word in parenthesis. For example, to find just the word bless, type this in the search box: nostem(bless).
The third issue of Bible Study Magazine is off the press and is expected to start shipping today. That means that it should be in your mailbox in the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, watch associate editor John Barry give an overview of the March–April in this new video.
By the way, we have several promos going on right now with Bible Study Magazine that you won’t want to miss out on.
Second, we also have a special going on with the 200-page Bible study guide to Mark’s current sermon series, Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1&2 Peter. Buy a subscription to Bible Study Magazine, and get Trial for free.
Finally, we still have some extra Kutless gear to give away.
Did you know you can add your favorite web sites to your Libronix toolbar? This way while you’re studying the Bible with Libronix you can click an icon to have your web browser jump right to a web site. Here’s all you have to do. Right click on the toolbar and select Customize and then New. Name the toolbar. With the Category Special selected, click the Command Go To (Internet Address) and click Add. Now click Details. Type or paste an Internet Address like www.logos.com or www.mpseminars.com. Click OK, OK again, and then Close. Now click the new icon on your toolbar to go right to your favorite websites directly from Libronix!
By default, Libronix searches are not case sensitive. If you search for God you’ll also receive god as a hit. If you just want to find god you must execute a case sensitive search. Choose Search | Bible Search. In the search box you must type the word case and then place what you want to be case sensitive in parenthesis. For example type this in the Search box: case(god).
If you do a lot of academic research and writing, you’re probably familiar with software like Endnote, Nota Bene’s Ibidem, and Zotero, all of which allow you to manage your research sources and easily insert footnotes or endnotes and build bibliographies based on the sources you cite.
I haven’t used Endnote or Ibidem, but I just started using Zotero, which comes in the form of a free Firefox plugin, and it looks like it is going to be very handy.
When trying to decide whether or not to use Zotero, two (related) problems I faced were (1) how Zotero would integrate with my Libronix library, where I do the bulk of my research and citing, and (2) how I would get all of my Libronix sources imported into my Zotero database.
If you use Zotero, you have to let it handle all of your citation footnotes, otherwise it won’t be able to automatically convert citations to the shortened form or to ibid where appropriate. As you know, Libronix automatically adds footnotes into several word processing programs, but if you use Zotero, you’ll have to recreate the footnotes with Zotero. That sounds like a lot of work, but the solution is fairly simple. All you need to do is export your Libronix library (a portion of it or the entire thing) into Zotero.
Open the Bibliography tool by going to Tools > Library Management > Bibliography. Select the collection that you’d like to export, and set the style to BibText Style, which Zotero supports.
After the report finishes generating, go to File > Export and save the report as a text file. (If you’re using Logos for Mac, just copy the contents of the report and paste them into a text file.) You can then import this file into Zotero. If you’re dealing with thousands of resources, the import process may take a while, so be patient.
Now when you paste quotations from Libronix into your word processor, you can simply delete the footnote that automatically appears and quickly reinsert the citation with Zotero.
If you enjoy small groups meeting in homes, you may like to find the places where Paul refers to a church in a house. To do so, execute a proximity search. Launch the Bible Speed Search or choose Search > Bible Search. Type this in the Search box: church within 7 words house. This search locates all the places where church and house occur within 7 words of each other. In the ESV, it turns up 5 results: Acts 8:3; Rom 16:5; 1 Cor 16:19; Col 4:15; and Philem 2. The proximity search is very helpful if you don’t know an exact phrase to look for. Give it a try.
One of my favorite features of the Libronix Digital Library System is the ability to link from emails, Word documents, PDFs, blog posts, PowerPoint presentations, etc. to just about anything in Libronix. I’ve blogged about this feature before, so I won’t go into the details here. If external linking is new to you, be sure to give the post a read.
The one downside to linking to Libronix from Microsoft Office applications like Word and PowerPoint is that you get that pesky security warning every time you click a Libronix link.
Since there is no security threat at all, there’s nothing to worry about. You can just click “Yes” every time it pops up. But if you use external linking often, you may want to permanently disable it. It’s not incredibly difficult to do, but it’s not for the novice either. If you feel comfortable editing your registry, check out the appropriate support article for the details:
- How to Disable Hyperlink Warning Messages in Office 2003
- How to Disable Hyperlink Warning Messages in 2007 Office Programs
After a few short steps, the warning messages will be gone for good. Ah, much better.