Searching Schaeffer

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.

March Madness 2009 is now history and the Complete Works of Francis Shaeffer emerged as champion. Now that you perhaps own this resource, what is the best way to mine its riches? To get you started, I have created a search collection for you that you can download for free at

You can now search this collection by word or phrase or use the Reference Browser to locate Bible verses.

I suggest, however, you use the Basic Search dialog and conduct a “proximity search.” Here’s how it works. Based on John 13.35, Schaeffer often spoke of love being the “mark of a Christian.” You of course could search for the phrase “mark of a Christian” but he may have written something like, “A Christian should bear the mark of love.” He’s discussing the same subject just using a different phrase. The proximity search solves the challenge.

  • Choose Search | Basic Search
  • In the In box, select your new Schaeffer search collection that you have download from
  • Type this in the search box: love within 7 words mark

This will locate every time the words love and mark occur within seven words of each other regardless of the exact phrasing.

Try the same search with this search string: truth within 8 words total

Enjoy this incredible resource!

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  1. Thanks for the tip; however, when I ran this search under my sproul collection it did not seem to work. I did a basic search and said grace within 7 words election, and the search results did not give me what I asked. In some cases it gave me the word election but the word grace was no where around, and in other places it gave me the word grace and the word election was no where around. Now, it did give some of the instances where the word grace and elecion were within 7 words of each other, I believe out of 155 hits I found one that was a true hit. Did I do something wrong? It doesnt seem to work like Morris said it would. Please help.

  2. Hi Michael,
    I tried to recreate your search query, using Sproul, and it seemed to work properly. Every result had both grace and election (or a stem thereof). For more on searching, take a look at this support article or, watch the tutorial video. I hope that helps.