Logos Mobile Education: The Digital Library Difference

LME LogoNext year will mark my 10th year of online seminary teaching. While my full-time job is with Logos as its academic editor, I’ve never completely said goodbye to being a professor, the job that I had while finishing graduate school. My transition to Logos gave me the chance to see what distance education (DE) was like, so I jumped in—I took some DE courses through the local community college to view the experience from a student perspective. My familiarity with both sides of the DE enterprise has helped shape the goals and strategy for Logos Mobile Education (Mobile Ed).

I’ve noticed an unfortunate trend in DE, particularly in seminary education: many DE seminary students do not have access to high-quality theological content appropriate to the level at which they are enrolled. That may surprise you, but it’s true. And it’s a key factor in explaining why the Logos library sets Mobile Ed apart from any other DE experience.

“I hope you live near a library”

One of the fundamental necessities for a quality, content-driven education in biblical studies is access to standard reference material. That’s why seminaries have libraries. Classroom lectures and required textbooks are where learning begins, not where it should end. Part of the discipline of doing genuine academic biblical study is learning to access scholarly material on your study topic. Traditionally, brick-and-mortar libraries have been the repositories for that material. This has largely changed in the DE model, in which accessible library resources are scarce. Continue Reading…

Why a Bigger Library Is Better

Logos 5 Spring SaleLook at your bookshelf. How many books are there? 10? 100? 1,000? Now imagine viewing the entire Portfolio base package library on bookshelves—all 2,585 books lined up, row after row.

You may stop and wonder why anyone would need so many books. Even the most avid scholar would struggle to read all those books cover to cover. Why would you ever want or need more books? Because books power Logos 5’s features.

For example, imagine you’re studying 1 Corinthians and you find that it was a letter written by Paul to the Corinthians in about 55 AD. You go to the Timeline feature and see that Paul was on his third missionary journey and that during this period Nero was reigning in Rome. You click the Timeline event and you’re brought to a passage in The Complete Book of When & Where in the Bible and throughout History.

You read:

Nero Becomes Caesar

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Logos Mobile Education: Our Plan for Biblical Content Instruction

LME LogoLogos recently announced a new division: Logos Mobile Education (Mobile Ed). With Mobile Ed, we’re going beyond simply equipping users to do Bible study. Now we’re also providing instruction in biblical content. That announcement has generated a lot of discussion. How will we make this new goal a reality? What’s the plan?

What Mobile Ed is—and isn’t

We’re raising the bar for biblical instruction for the layperson who simply wants to learn more about the Bible and its world. Our programs will provide solid biblical training for anyone interested in local church ministry. The goal is not to create new digital books or more video tutorials for learning Logos Bible Software—Mobile Ed courseware presumes that students already have a working knowledge of Logos. Morris Proctor’s Logos Academic Training (LAT) is therefore highly recommended as a prerequisite to Mobile Ed courses.

The Mobile Ed curriculum

The focus of Mobile Ed courseware is first and foremost academic. Courses are not aimed at devotional study or small group discussion; course content extends beyond what you would encounter in adult Sunday School classes. In most cases, the content level ranges from undergraduate to seminary. Continue Reading…

Logos 5: Home Page Topic Study

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.

With the recent release of Logos 5.1 comes a new automatic layout, making it easy to study a topic right from the Home Page. Give this a try and see what you think:

  • Open the Home Page.
  • Type a subject, like mercy, in the Passage/Topic box (A).
  • Notice the related subjects in the dropdown list (B).
  • Select Mercy from the list, or just click Go (C).

Logos now opens what I call the “default Home Page topic study screen.” Continue Reading…

Get 30% Off the Oxford History of the Christian Church

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William Faulkner famously wrote, “The past is never dead. In fact, it’s not even past.”

Nowhere is this more true than in the history of the church.

Why church history is important

The study of church history involves conversation with our brothers and sisters across time: how they read Scripture, how they wrestled with doctrine, how they worshiped, prayed, and practiced Christian formation. What were their challenges? What were their struggles and doubts?

Studying church history is important because studying the past helps us discern how God is guiding the church in the present. Often, our hopes are their hopes; our doubts are their doubts; our struggles are their struggles.

The church spans time and culture more, perhaps, than any other institution. Learning its history is vitally important. Continue Reading…

The Best Deal on a Portfolio Upgrade

Logos Base Packages

If you’re considering upgrading to Portfolio, now is your chance. For a limited time, you can get the crème de la crème of Bible software at a big discount. This is 2013′s best deal on our biggest library—see your custom upgrade discount today!

Portfolio offers the best of everything when it comes to Bible study. This package includes our largest library, with the most powerful research tools and all the features you love from the lower base packages.

Upgrade today and take advantage of Portfolio’s amazing features, including:

A massive library

Portfolio offers an interconnected library of 2,585 resources, worth $78,000 in print. Compare and apply the best commentaries, dictionaries, and Bible resources with ease.

You’ll gain access to 31 commentary sets, including The New American Commentary Series (40 vols.), The College Press NIV Commentary Series (40 vols.), and the Charles Spurgeon Collection (86 vols.). If purchased separately, all 31 commentaries would cost $5,434—that’s more than the cost of the entire package, and it doesn’t include the nearly 2,000 additional resources you get with Portfolio. Continue Reading…

Get $250 Off Boice’s Expositional Commentaries

boices-expositional-commentariesJames Montgomery Boice’s Expositional Commentaries Series (27 vols.) provides the kind of thoughtful scholarship necessary for skillful preaching and serious scholarship. Combine it with Logos 5’s search power, and even English-only Bible scholars can do serious original-language study.

Ordinarily, this resource would cost $399.95, but for the next week, you can save $250 (more than 60%) with coupon code BOICEJULY as we celebrate Boice’s 75th birthday.

James Montgomery BoiceHis was a once-in-a-generation mind, fearless and focused. These books, the whole of his writing ministry, distill more than 30 years of study and ministry experience as the senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia and the host of The Bible Study Hour radio program.

Believers at every stage of spiritual growth will benefit from this collection. As James Montgomery Boice said himself, “No religion is stronger than its god, and in the case of Christianity, no Christians have ever been stronger than their knowledge of the true God and their desire to obey and glorify him” (Romans vol. 3).

You’ll have to act fast to get this special price, though. This discount lasts only through July 11. Claim your copy of James Montgomery Boice’s Expositional Commentaries at the special memorial price of $149.95 today.

Spurgeon on Being Crucified with Christ

SpurgeonA friend asked me recently about what I was doing at work, and I told him a bit about compiling the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians. He was incredulous. He asked, “You get to read Spurgeon all day?”

I don’t actually get to read Spurgeon all day, but I have been spending a lot of time with the Prince of Preachers lately. It has been a pleasure to comb through his writings on Galatians, find the best nuggets of wisdom, and put them in a format that’s accessible to today’s readers.

You can read more about this resource in my earlier post, and you can pre-order it today while it’s still at a discounted price. In the meantime, here are some of Spurgeon’s thoughts on one of the most popular verses in the book—Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”

Crucified with Christ:

“When a man finds and knows himself to be linked with Christ, his life is altogether a new life. Crucified, then dead. Crucified, then the old life is put away. Whatever life a crucified man has must be new life. Whatever you have of life was not given you till you came into union with Christ. It is a new thing—as new as though you had been actually dead and rotted in the tomb and then had started up at the sound of the trumpet to live again.”

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Last Chance: Take 25% Off Independence Day Resources

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Today is your last day to save on some impressive resources for Independence Day! Just use coupon code INDEPENDENCE13 to get 25% off all our Independence Day products, such as:

american-vision-collectionAmerican Vision Collection (17 vols.)

Regularly $239.95—only $179.96 with coupon code INDEPENDENCE13

The American Vision Collection gives you 17 volumes on biblical prophecy, apologetics, and the place of the Law in modern government. It also includes commentaries on Daniel, Luke, Romans, and Revelation. The aim of these volumes is to help Christians develop a biblical worldview that subjects every modern philosophy, trend, and thought to the authority of the Scriptures.

the-christian-history-libraryThe Christian History Library (11 vols.)

Regularly $129.95—only $97.46 with coupon code INDEPENDENCE13

Want in-depth study of the Christian perspective on America’s history? These educational classics will help your family discover how Christianity has shaped the history of our nation. They’ll be a great asset to teachers, parents, home-schooling families, and scholars. Continue Reading…

Free LEB New Testament Read-Along for Desktop and Mobile

lexham-english-bibleNow you can simultaneously read and listen to the New Testament using the Lexham English Bible’s New Testament audio read-along feature for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices!

Audio New Testament for PC and Mac

The Lexham English Bible’s New Testament is now available as a free audio read-along resource. The Lexham English Bible is a standard resource included with each base package purchase. If you don’t yet own a base package, you can add this Bible to your library—free.

Audio New Testament for mobile

The free Logos Bible app for iOS and Android comes loaded with several Bible translations, books, and study features. When you download the Logos app and create an account, you get access to even more free resources—69 total. One of the included resources is the Lexham English Bible (LEB), with the new free audio read-along.

This new feature will briefly display a circle at the start of each verse (as you pass it) to help you keep your place. Listen to your Bible as you read, pause to highlight a verse and compose a Community Note, and press play to continue reading and listening. Take your Bible study with you throughout the day—listen to the LEB New Testament on your way to work, during lunch, while out for a jog, or while you’re cooking dinner. Continue Reading…