Archives for February 2018

When Google Met God: Billy Graham’s 1998 TED Talk

Billy Graham, a titan of evangelism and possibly the most well-known evangelical pastor of the 20th century, passed from this life to his reward last week.

While many will rightly mention his crusades, his relationships with many U.S. presidents, or his friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., most probably do not remember the surprising time Billy Graham lectured a group in Silicon Valley about the future, death, technology, and God.
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A Systematic Theology for Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and I took this opportunity to pick up a new Lexham Press title by the late African-American theologian Charles Octavius Boothe: Plain Theology for Plain People.

Our American culture has changed since this book was first published in 1890. People don’t call each other “plain” anymore, so I want to make certain readers understand that Boothe’s title is loving and not disdaining. He writes in the preface, “This little book’s only mission is to help plain people in the study of the first principles of divine truth.”
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Do the Dead Sea Scrolls Answer the Canon Question?

Cave IV at Qumran

The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered between 1947 and 1956, transformed biblical studies. Found in a series of caves near an archaeological site on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea known as Qumran, they contributed to research on ancient scribal practices and the history of the Hebrew language. But beyond this research, the scrolls also directly affected an issue that has long been debated—the Old Testament canon. Did this find solidify what should or should not be included in our Bibles?
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The Importance of Places in Acts


Have you ever wondered why Luke chose to record a nearly endless list of places in the book of Acts? The answer is in his Gospel’s opening words, spoken by the risen Christ: “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8 ESV). By recording specific places in Acts, Luke is attesting to the fulfillment of Jesus’ words.
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How to Export Inline Search Results


A Logos user emailed this question to me:

I executed an Inline Search, but how do I export the results?

Perhaps you’ve experienced this scenario as well. If so, take heart; there is a solution. Because of the nature of an Inline Search, the results are not directly exportable, so we need to utilize a normal Search panel.
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Discover Spurgeon’s Notes in Your Bible


Charles Spurgeon, the famous Baptist preacher of the 19th century, filled over 60 volumes with sermons—making him one of the most prolific preachers in Christian history. What would he have written in the margins of his own Bible?
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Search Over 17,000 Sermons in Seconds

There’s so much to be gleaned from the sermons of other preachers and teachers. They provide not only theological insight but a sense of how to deliver the biblical message to real people living in the real world.

This week’s video introduces you to the Sermon Finder tool, which allows you to search all of the sermon archive resources in your library in a matter of seconds.
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In Loving Honor: 12 Quotes on Evangelism from Billy Graham


This morning the world woke to the news that Billy Graham, arguably the most recognized evangelist in history, has passed into glory.

Born November 7, 1918, and born again at age 16 at a revival meeting, Graham became a household name for his evangelistic crusades. It’s safe to assume that most Christians in America personally know someone who was saved at a Billy Graham crusade.  

By the Lord’s grace, Graham had a formidable influence on the world for Christianity. These facts and statistics, gleaned from his Wikipedia page, give only part of the picture:
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See Every Cross Reference in a Passage

In response to last week’s blog post a fellow Logos user asked the following question:

Thanks for the helpful tip, but I have a slightly different scenario. How do I add embedded cross references in a Bible to a Passage List since the references themselves don’t appear, but only superscript letters?

This is a great observation and excellent question! To assist us, we’re going to add Power Lookup to the Passage List.

Here’s what I mean:

  • Choose Documents | Passage List
  • Name the document anything you like (A)

  • Open a Bible, containing embedded cross references identified with superscript letters, (B) to any passage (C)

  • Choose Tools | Power Lookup
  • Select, in the Bible, text containing embedded cross references (D)
  • Notice Power Lookup displays the text of those cross references (E)
  • Click Copy on the Power Lookup panel (F)

  • Click the Add link on the Passage List (G)
  • Select …clipboard from the drop down list (H)

  • Notice the verses from Power Lookup which are cross references from the Bible are added to the Passage List! (I)

For more tips regarding Power Lookup be sure to check out the Logos 7 Training Manuals Volumes 1-3 in print or digital.

And for a great way to learn to study the Bible with Logos register for Camp Logos Inductive in Atlanta April 23-25!

Also be sure to follow the new MP Seminars Faithlife group and receive a FREE download of the commentary Ephesians: Verse by Verse by Dr. Grant Osborne.


Morris Proctor
is a certified trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

False Friends and Dead Words


Earlier this week, Mark Ward examined some criticisms of the King James Version via the preface to the Revised Standard Version. He mentioned dead words and “false friends” as examples of how the English language has changed over 600 years. In this excerpt from his book, Authorized, Ward examines the case of a specific false friend: a word whose meaning has changed too subtly to notice.
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