Logos 5: Reorder Books in a Collection

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 a recent blog post about displaying a verse from all Bibles, I suggested creating a collection of English Bibles. This suggestion in turn generated some discussion about the order of books in a collection. If you’ve created a collection from the Tools menu, you’ve noticed that Logos alphabetizes the resources in a collection.

To illustrate, in a theology-books collection, Baker’s Dictionary of Practical Theology appears before Concise Theology because B is of course before C (A).

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When using this collection, therefore, in a search, the Baker results appear before the Concise hits (B).

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The question then is, how can we move the Concise ahead of the Baker yet leave them both in the collection? The answer is: rename Concise. This method is a little tedious, but it does accomplish the goal.

  • Click the Library icon
  • Click the Resource information icon on the library’s toolbar (C)
  • Type title:theology in the library’s Find box to display resources with theology in the title (D)
  • Click something other than the title of Concise Theology in the viewing area (E) to display the book in the Resource information pane (F)
  • Click the Edit (pencil) icon next to the title in the Resource information pane (G)
  • Type the numeral 1 in front of the title in the Edit box so the name of the book is now 1 Concise Theology (H)

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  • Press the Enter key to save the name
  • Repeat this process with other theology books using the numerals 2, 3, 4 etc. (I)

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  • Close the Library
  • Choose Tools | Collections
  • Name the collection Theology Books (J)
  • In the Rule box, type title:theology to list resources with theology in the title (K)
    (Please note: this is not a complete rule to locate all theology books, but used just for illustration purposes.)
  • Notice that the resources with numbers in their names are now at the top of the list (L)

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To see this newly ordered collection in action, generate a basic search in Theology Books and notice which books appear at the top of the list! (M)

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Of course, you can use this same method to reorder books in any collection, such as History Books, Ethics Books, or others. This method ensures that your favorite books always appear at the top of your search results.

How Mobile Ed Changed Kay’s Bible Study

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September’s New Collections—Available Now!

Two Horizons CommentaryWe’ve recently updated several collections to include the most recently published Logos editions! Now’s the best time to get into a new series or to update a collection you already own.

Here’s what’s new:

Two Horizons Commentary (10 vols.)

Robert Wall’s 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus is now available for immediate purchase and download! Get all 10 volumes at an amazing price and think critically as you dig into theological interpretation of these 14 books of the Bible. If you’ve purchased Two Horizons volumes with us previously, fear not—you’ll only pay for the volumes that are new to you.

Gordon D. Fee New Testament Studies Collection (7 vols.)45303

Love Gordon Fee? We’ve made it easy to get your hands on a number of his well-read commentaries, as well as a handful of books he’s edited and authored. You’ll get expert exegetical and text-critical insights across the New Testament through his To What End Exegesis? and his amazing commentary on 1 Corinthians in the NICNT series, as well as other key commentaries from this must-read modern scholar.

Kress Biblical Studies Collection (13 vols.)

Endorsed by John MacArthur, R. Albert Mohler Jr., Cyril J. Barber, and Norman Geisler, this collection’s 13 biblical-focused titles address contemporary issues while resting firmly on the authority of Scripture. These volumes range from expositions of the Bible to topical and theological works grounded in biblical exegesis. Explore practical theology with Scripture as your guide—explore Kress’ biblical studies in Logos.

Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series (18 vols.)

Now updated with the commentary on Judges, this specifically form-critical Old Testament commentary examines the works of the Old Testament according to their genre and literary setting. This traditional approach to exegesis leaves plenty of room for any serious Bible student to interpret theology for themselves while still honoring the primacy of Scripture and the revelation of God.

Remember that you won’t be charged twice for volumes you already own in your Logos library, so make sure you visit the Logos.com and sign in to see your very own Dynamic Price.

What are you waiting for? Head to Logos.com and see what’s new today!

Pre-order the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis

new-international-dictionary-of-new-testament-theology-and-exegesisThe New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (NIDNTTE) is now available for pre-order! This collection is the second edition of one of the most valuable resources for pastors, teachers, and scholars for over 40 years.

The collection’s first edition was edited by Colin Brown and featured contributions from highly acclaimed scholars such as James D.G. Dunn and D.A. Carson. While this edition was treasured for over 35 years, the new edition, edited by Moisés Silva, will continue its legacy by assisting scholars around the world in their biblical study.

Enhance your Greek studies & more

The NIDNTTE provides you with Greek reference tools and its striking exegetical discussion of New Testament vocabulary.

Even if you already own the first edition, this new version will equip you with distinct and exciting new features. You’ll immediately notice new discussions and revisions, including the change of its alphabetical arrangement and overall uniformity.

Rather than searching for an English topic in order to find the desired Greek word, you now have the advantage of starting your searches with the Greek word itself. This transformation saves users a great deal of time whether looking up one word alone or for those who have a list of words that they would like discussed individually.

Don’t wait—pre-order this collection today to lock in the best price!

A Quote for Every Day of the Week

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I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.
—Marlene Dietrich

A powerful and insightful quote can be the perfect punctuation to an idea. And pastors and academics alike will find our quotations volumes immensely valuable.

We’ve collected 2,500 quotations and prayers into eight volumes with quotations ranging from Augustine and the early church to Charles Spurgeon and the modern church:

All of these resources include professionally designed slides for every quote so that you can easily insert them into your presentation or share them with friends and family.

It is a pleasure to be able to quote lines to fit any occasion . . .
—Abraham Lincoln

We have good news for you and for Mr. Lincoln.

The sheer number of quotations and prayers you’ll get with these volumes makes them worthwhile, but, when you pair these resources with the power of Logos Bible Software, they become even more valuable.

Each quote is tagged with Scripture references and themes so that you can quickly find the perfect quote that fits any occasion. We’ve also included a full bibliographic citation for each quote and a link to the original source if it’s included in your Logos library.

Here’s what a few prominent pastors are saying about these quotations volumes:

This is a robust set of volumes that has obviously been put together by a preacher who knows what preachers need in a quotation compendium. Preachers of every stripe will find this a beneficial addition to their Logos collection.
—J.D. Greear, pastor, The Summit Church

Preachers need to do better than merely combing resources for a pithy quote. They should invest themselves in the original sources as much as possible, and this makes it easy to dig into the original material.
—Joe Thorn, pastor, Redeemer Fellowship

For the last month, the Lexham Press social-media accounts have been posting a quote of the day every weekday using the hashtag #QuoteOfTheDay. Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook, and you’ll get an exclusive coupon code for all eight quotations volumes.

On Sale: Logos 5 Training Manual Set

logos-5-training-manual-setPlease note: due to high demand, this product is currently sold out. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Get the most out of your Logos 5 base package with the Logos 5 Training Manual Set—the perfect supplement to your software.

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Morris Proctor, certified trainer for Logos Bible Software, helps you unleash the power of Logos in this training-manual set. You’ll master your base package’s features in no time.

Savings you can’t pass up

This training-manual set is regularly $59.95, but right now you can take advantage of a limited-time discount and get it for just $34.95! Save 42%, and learn to use your library’s powerful study tools.

These manuals work alongside your Logos 5 base package. Proctor’s instructions walk you step by step to a brand-new understanding of Logos 5!
Volume 1 covers the necessary features you need to know; volume 2 picks up where volume 1 leaves off. Proctor’s comprehensive instructions explain these incredible Bible study tools with detailed precision.

Simplify your study

These manuals are loaded with easy-to-understand instructions. Proctor includes helpful full-color screenshots and images that work with the text and give life to the written explanations. You won’t get caught off guard—each image includes callouts pointing you to the correct locations.

Save time

Life can be busy, but with the Logos 5 Training Manual Set, you can find a ton of easy-to-use tips and time-saving keyboard shortcuts that will help you kick-start your Bible study in Logos with ease. Each manual includes a thorough index and helpful table of contents, so if you have a specific question, you can find exactly what you are looking for.

Don’t wait—unleash the power of Logos 5 with your new training-manual set today!

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Pentecostal & Charismatic Resources for Your Studies

New-Charistmatic-Pentecostal-Base-Packages-15-OffLogos 5’s new Pentecostal & Charismatic base packages bundle the resources you need at a big discount. We know that trying to find the right books to equip you for study can be a difficult task, but with these libraries, you’ll have the resources you need right at your fingertips.

Get 15% off Pentecostal & Charismatic base packages today!

Here’s what you’ll get:

Foundations of Pentecostal Theology

In this volume, you’ll find thorough treatises of all the fundamental doctrines of the Christian church presented not as theory, but as teachings to be believed and practiced. Those doctrines which are considered to be “distinctives” of the Pentecostal movement are given extensive and complete treatment. This book provides an unmatched resource for all who seek to know sound doctrine that can be worked out in the realities of life and ministry.

Oswald Chambers Collection

If you’ve read and appreciated My Utmost for His Highest, you owe it to yourself to explore Chambers’ full-length essays and books. This collection brings together 24 of Chambers’ best full-length works on topics ranging from prayer to sin and from lessons on suffering to meditations on the Holy Spirit. As a former professor of philosophy and YMCA chaplain, Chambers provides insights that appeal powerfully both to the intellect and to the heart.

New Covenant Commentary Series (4 vols.)

This collection unwraps each selected New Testament book section by section, providing a clear view of each section’s theology and application. Focusing on both the text and various contexts of each book, this collection illustrates the impact each book had on faith and tradition at the time of its composition—and the significance each continues to have in contemporary life, faith, and ministry.

David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible (62 vols.)

These commentaries work section by section, presenting the biblical text and exposition in a straightforward format. Packed with helpful insights and context, these volumes examine the English text of the biblical book with limited reference to original languages, making them an ideal tool for anyone without language training. This series is a great guide for everyday Christians, as well as for teachers, preachers, Sunday school leaders, and small group facilitators.

The Life Application Bible Commentary (17 vols.)

The Life Application Bible Commentary series is ideal for personal Bible study, small groups, classes, and sermon preparation. This commentary series is exegetically accurate, theologically sound, and intensely practical. It will help any student of the Bible understand the scriptural text and apply it to their lives.

With Logos 5 Pentecostal & Charismatic, find what you’re looking for with unparalleled speed and precision. Scripture passages link to your favorite Bible translations, and you can easily study these resources side by side with the other commentaries in your digital library. This makes these texts more powerful and easier to access than ever before for scholarly work or personal study.

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Logos 5: Locate Words and Phrases in Proximity to One Another

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 addition to coaching people in the use of Logos Bible Software, one of my greatest joys is encouraging biblical communicators toward true expository preaching. Exposing the original intent of a scriptural passage along with contemporary application is a powerful combination!

Toward that end, a Logos user recently asked me how he could search his library for various definitions of expository preaching.

This is an excellent question that can be answered with a proximity search combining words and phrases:

  • Open the Search panel (A)
  • Select Basic as the search type (B)
  • Select Entire Library from the resources drop-down list (C)
  • Type this text in the Find box: (definition,define) WITHIN 3 words “expository preaching” (D)

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  • Choose the search panel menu (E)
  • Select Match all word forms (F)

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  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results (G)

The search query instructs Logos to locate all the occurrences of the words define, defines, defined, defining, definition, or definitions within three words of the phrase expository preaching!

Clicking a hyperlinked search result opens the resource right to an author’s definition of expository preaching. (H)

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Here are some details regarding the search query:

  • The parentheses group terms together
  • The comma within the parentheses represents an OR search, meaning any of the terms present constitutes a hit
  • Match all word forms locates the various forms of define, saving us from having to type them individually
  • The double quotes around the words expository preaching indicate an exact phrase
  • The command WITHIN means the words can appear before or after the phrase
  • The term words designates the context in which the words and phrases must appear
  • The number 3 defines the specific contextual range in which the words and phrases must appear

Please experiment with this query, because joining the proximity search with words and phrases enables us to locate information with precision.

If this was helpful to you, check out our Logos 5 Training Manual Set, which contains greatly expanded explanations of Logos searching.

Choose Your Courses with Mobile Ed’s Mix-n-Match Sale

mix-n-match2014We know that the demands of your ministry—whether formal or informal—are multifaceted. Few pastors only preach. Few Christians are only interested in one aspect of the Bible. Pastors want more training, but their time and resources are limited.

That’s why we’re pleased to announce the Mobile Ed Mix-n-Match sale! For the first time ever, you can bundle any available courses you want, on any topic. We are unbundling all live courses—but some of these will go back into bundles in October, so get them now!

Earn Logos credit

For each individual course you get through September 30, you’ll get $10.00 back in Logos credit! You can get anywhere from $10.00 to $200.00+ in credit depending on how many courses you purchase.

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What the experts are saying

See for yourself how Mobile Ed can transform not only your understanding of the Bible, but as you engage in Scripture, it’ll transform your life.

—Joel Willitts, North Park University

We’ve had dozens of world-class authors and scholars teach Mobile Ed courses, and all of them have one thing in common: they love this new way of learning. From Elyse Fitzpatrick to Tremper Longman to Mark Strauss, the instructors are all excited about this new opportunity to guide you in your study of God’s Word.

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Logos Is Faithlife!

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Logos Bible Software (the company) is now Faithlife Corporation.

We haven’t been bought; we don’t have a new owner. Logos Bible Software is still our flagship product, and we’re not changing its name. You’ll still find it at Logos.com.

But ‘software’ is something you download onto your desktop computer. And while I still do that—and so do you!—we’re moving toward a future where apps, websites, and digital content set the pace.

We have been leading that way for a while: Proclaim Church Presentation Software, Biblia.com, Vyrso, Faithlife Groups, Lexham Press, Faithlife Study Bible, and so much more. This video really makes the point:

All of these tools are connected by a single account—the same one you use at Logos.com, Biblia.com, Vyrso.com, and Faithlife.com.

And that’s your Faithlife account, from Faithlife Corporation, the leading provider of digital content and tools for the Christian church.

The simple summary: Logos Bible Software is a product of Faithlife Corporation. You sign in to Logos—and all Faithlife products and websites—with your Faithlife account.

Changing a company name is a big deal, and we’ll be working through the details for months. I appreciate your patience as we make this transition, and I want you to know that we are still the same team, with the same leaders and owners, and with the same goal: helping you do more and better Bible study—and more!