Archives for February 2011

Logos 4: Global History in Logos 4

mp|seminars TipsToday’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.

If you’re like me, this at least occasionally happens to you: as you’re studying the Bible in Logos 4, you read an article from a resource, but do not bookmark or place it in favorites. Then in the near future you say to yourself: Not long ago I read a good article, but for the life of me I can’t remember where it’s located.

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N. T. Wright Interview: Bible Study, Original Languages, Favorite Books, and More

N. T. Wright is one of today’s most important theologians. His work touches many disciplines—New Testament backgrounds, Pauline scholarship, the doctrine of justification, and much more. Wright has written more than forty books, including the 3-volume Christian Origins and the Question of God Series, the For Everyone commentary series (available from Logos in the N. T. Wright Collection), and many more.

We recently sat down with N. T. Wright to talk about digital tools for Bible study, the importance of original language study, his favorite books and authors, and a whole lot more.

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Turning Logos Blog Comments into Conversation

blog/forumYesterday, we ran a blog post by Stephen Smith on what an incredible resource the Logos forums are. With over 40,000 users, the forums provide a strong community that is both informed and helpful. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for information about a particular resource, assistance with an aspect of Logos 4, or just good tips and tricks to help get the most out of your study time, the Logos forums are an exceptional tool.

We recently realized how the Logos blog might be strengthened when combined with the community on the Logos forums. By moving the comments from the blog to the forums, users get the benefit of turning an isolated comment into a conversation. Now you can join thousands of users in discussing the various resources, tips, and general information discussed on the Logos blog!

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Learn More about Your Favorites on Logos.com Landing Pages

One of the many great features of the new Logos.com is the improved searching capabilities. We’ve upgraded the search engine and provided a variety of categories which allow for several different browsing options. Even more, the new faceted browsing allows you to stack several product categories at once so you can find that specific book you’re looking for.

With the help of faceted browsing, you can now instantly have more information regarding the author or publisher you are searching for. When you land on a page displaying products for a specific author and publisher you searched for, you’ll see a new graphic at the top of that page. The graphic will contain a picture and brief biography or description about your search.

For authors, learn about the ministries they’ve been a part of throughout their lives, where and what they studied, some noteworthy titles they’ve authored, where they’ve worked, and other significant details about their lives. For publishers, get some insight on how the company started.

You can also instantly share your favorites with your friends by clicking the “like” button or by sharing through Twitter or email.

Check out a few pages:

  • N. T. Wright

    Next time you’re looking at products on Logos.com be sure to browse by author or publisher to see their respective pages. We hope you enjoy learning about, sharing, and showing support for the people that produce the titles you love!


Glasses for the Soul

In my last post I commented on what I feel like is one of the most commonly quoted pieces of John Calvin. The irony, of course, is that the quote comes from the first line of his first book in Institutes of the Christian Religion. It got me thinking to some of my favorite quotes of Calvin. Ironically, I fall into my own joke when I find one of my favorite quotes from the early chapters of Institutes.

In chapter VI of Book I, Calvin is helping readers understand the importance of Scripture in knowing God. I have always kept the image he painted in my mind when I explain the importance of God’s Word to people. I love it and, if you’ve never read it, I hope you enjoy it just as much.

For as the aged, or those whose sight is defective, when any book, however fair, is set before them, though they perceive that there is something written, are scarcely able to make out two consecutive words, but, when aided by glasses, begin to read distinctly, so Scripture, gathering together the impressions of Deity, which, till then, lay confused in our minds, dissipates the darkness, and shows us the true God clearly.

John Calvin and Henry Beveridge, Institutes of the Christian Religion (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2010).

As always, Calvin communicates in such a clear and compelling manner. I can’t help but read and shake my head yes. I really love this quote. How about you? What’s your favorite Calvin quote?

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The #1 Tool for Getting the Most out of Logos Bible Software

ForumHave you ever wondered how to set up a reading plan in Logos Bible Software? Or how to do a syntax search? Or how to compare different Bible translations? Or how to . . . .

Chances are, you’re not alone.

But did you know there’s a whole community of Logos users who have either already answered your questions or are literally available to help 24/7? And we’re not talking about vague help that leaves you more confused than you were before. We’re talking step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and creative tips. One user has even made a series of tutorial videos!

I’m not exaggerating in the slightest when I say you can get immediate help in the forums with just about anything.

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How to Check Out a Collection—Risk-Free

Commentaries

Have you ever purchased a commentary that you found yourself returning to over and over? You knew it was part of a larger collection, but you also knew purchasing the collection would mean paying for that one commentary again?

I have good news for you.

If you buy a title and soon thereafter decide that you’d like to have the collection instead, we’ll credit the cost of the title toward the collection. This is a great way to test out a series before you invest in the whole thing.
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Commonly Quoted Calvin

OUR wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected together by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes, and gives birth to the other.

John Calvin and Henry Beveridge, Institutes of the Christian Religion (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2010).

I laugh almost every time I hear this quote, or some variation on it, attributed to Calvin. It isn’t the quote itself that makes me laugh, or that it isn’t form Calvin, rather it is the fact that of all the beautiful and majestic things that Calvin penned in his life, I find that people quote this more than anything else. The reason? Because it is the very first chapter of the very first book of Calvin’s Institutes. While I don’t know how much Calvin people have read who quote this, I can’t help but think the frequency of this section’s use is directly related to the amount of Calvin they have read. If people would but dig further into Calvin (um, say, past the first page), oh the depths of treasures he would share and they would have an over abundance of quotes to recite.

Alas, I challenge you. Listen up when you hear someone say, “John Calvin said…” Statistically, I’m betting this quote will follow more than any other.

Logos 4: Use a Passage in Biblical Things

mp|seminars TipsToday’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.

Biblical Things in Logos 4 (Tools | Biblical Things) displays images from your library related to things or objects such as sheep, cornerstone, etc. Image you’re studying a passage like Ephesians 6 in which Paul mentioned a lot of things as he discussed the armor of God. You may get tired of typing each individual word into the report window. Here’s a tip to help out: [Read more…]