How Many Times Is Jesus Coming Back?

Few things in the Bible attract more attention than prophecies about the end times. Even people with only a passing acquaintance with the Bible know that it foretells a second coming of Jesus. Those who study the Bible know the book of Revelation reveals that the second coming brings an end to the reign of the antichrist (the “beast”; Rev 19:11–21). The risen Christ, the incarnation of God, returns to earth not as a suffering Savior, but as the glorious warrior-king. But does the Bible describe an earlier return of Jesus—one that precedes this triumphant arrival? [Read more…]

Preparing Sermons with the New Workflows Feature

If you’re writing expository sermons, it means you’ve developed skills for serious Bible study.

And not only that, you’ve developed skills for sharing the wealth you discover with others.

As you know, that process takes a lot of time, demands many steps, and requires a number of resources. How can you tighten it up without skipping the steps you know you need to take for an accurate, thorough, transformative sermon? [Read more…]

How to Use the New Important Words Feature

As you well know, words are the building blocks of Scripture. If we’re going to study or exegete a passage we have to examine words. Perhaps, in an ideal world, we would thoroughly explore every word in the text. If, however, we’re only going to dig deep on some words, the question becomes, which ones?

While there’s certainly no definitive answer that applies equally to all passages, there’s a new feature in Logos 8 that may offer some guidance.

It’s called Important Words and here’s how it works:

  • Choose Guides | Passage Guide (A)

  • Type a passage like Acts 1:8 in the Reference box (B)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the report
  • Expand the Important Words section if it isn’t already (C)
  • Notice a list of lemmas (dictionary forms of words) in section (D)
  • Remember these facts as you work with Important Words:
    • Logos searches ALL of the commentaries in its vast catalog, not just the ones you own
    • Logos identifies all of the Hebrew/Greek lemmas discussed in the commentaries
    • Logos lists the most frequently discussed lemmas found in commentaries covering the passage under study

Using the facts just listed, the Greek lemma meaning witness is the most frequently discussed Greek lemma in commentaries for Acts 1:8! (E)

As you can see, Important Words is not based on grammar, discourse, or theology, but rather the frequency of discussion in commentaries. So with this in mind, use it to examine lemmas most often mentioned in commentaries or even go the other route and examine words commentators perhaps overlook!

For more detailed instruction about Important Words and all the new Logos 8 features, please subscribe to mpseminarsonline.com where you’ll find over 150 videos just about new Logos 8 enhancements.

For live hands-on training, please register for an upcoming Camp Logos in Phoenix, AZ November 28–30 or Murfreesboro, TN, December 10–12.

Remember to follow Faithlife.com/mpseminars and you’ll automatically receive a FREE digital download of Dr. Grant Osborne’s commentary Ephesians Verse by Verse.

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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.

Logos Black Friday: Here’s What’s On Sale

With so many resources on sale, who can shop for just one day?

This year, Logos Black Friday is over a week long to give you plenty of time to browse and save.

Take up to 90% off dozens of resources, including these highlights: [Read more…]

5 Seminary-Level Courses to Listen to on Your Morning Commute

If you’ve been blessed enough to go to Bible school or seminary, you know the joy of prolonged seasons of structured theological learning.

And you probably miss them now that they’re over. If you had the time, you’d love to sit in on a class once again.

With Mobile Ed lectures in Faithlife Audio, you can. [Read more…]

Should I Choose a Feature Upgrade or Complete Upgrade?

There are several ways to get your hands on Logos 8, the newest version of Logos, but which one is right for you?

If you already own Logos and are looking to upgrade to 8, read on. In this post, I explain differences between a feature upgrade and a complete upgrade—and why you might prefer one over the other. [Read more…]

6 Resources That Will Help You Learn Greek and Hebrew

It’s a journey to move from alphabets and words to fluid reading and interpretation. It can feel like climbing a mountain just to reach another false summit.

This post is for anyone who’s about to climb or has fallen off midway.

Those who’ve reached the top—who have done the hard work of gaining enough familiarity with the original languages to discover gold they couldn’t have otherwise—will tell you the trudge is worth it. [Read more…]

4 Myths about Logos and the Truth about Upgrading

Are you a current Logos user thinking about upgrading to Logos 8? As with every buying decision, there’s lots to consider, and no two customers are perfectly alike.

We want to make sure you have all the information you need, so in this post we’ve pulled together common concerns we’ve heard from customers in your situation.

If you still have questions, feel free to ask us in the comments and a Faithlife employee will help you out.

Myth #1: If I get a Logos 8 package, it will replace my current Logos package.

The beauty of Logos packages is that they stack. So if you own Logos 6 and get Logos 8, your new books and features don’t replace what you currently have, they add to it. When you purchased a base package, it was just that: a base. Everything you get from now on—including an upgrade to Logos 8—adds to that base.

Myth #2: I have to buy more books to upgrade.

When you bought your first Logos package, you got a digital library and a set of Logos features. If you’re like some customers, you may be perfectly happy with the books you already have in your Logos library. Now that Logos 8 upgrades are available, you may be wondering, “Do I really want to invest in more books?”

The truth is, you can upgrade without investing in new books.

There are two type of Logos 8 upgrades: a complete upgrade and a feature upgrade. A complete upgrade includes books and features that will be added to your base package. A feature upgrade just includes the features. So if you want to upgrade to Logos 8 without adding new books to your library, this is the choice for you.

Learn more about feature upgrades.

Myth #3: I feel like I’m barely tapping into what my current package can do. Getting new features would be a waste.

We know that Logos is packed with features and that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. That’s why when we made Logos 8, we challenged ourselves to make it the easiest-to-use version of Logos yet. As one Logos upgrader put it, “Logos 8’s new Workflows build the study process step-by-step, making the power of Logos accessible to everyone, even those new to studying the Bible.”

With Workflows, you just choose the type of study you need to do—like devotions or a word study or sermon prep—and Logos gives you clear step-by-step instructions. It’s not just for beginners, either. For example, there’s an in-depth passage exegesis workflow that will help you do truly detailed study that would make a seminary prof proud.

And best of all, Workflows show you which books and tools to use at each step. It’s a great way to make use of the features you currently have and the new stuff you get when you upgrade to Logos 8.

Myth #4: If I get a “lower package” it’s a downgrade.

Let’s say you own Logos 7 Platinum. If you get Logos 8 Gold, isn’t that a step down?

No.

As described above, an upgrade adds to what you currently own. Think of it like adding another wing to your virtual library. You could make a large addition or a small one, but whichever you choose, you get more books and more features.

That means you have lots of upgrade options to choose from, no matter your budget. And thanks to Dynamic Pricing, you’ll only pay for what’s new to you. You literally could save hundreds of dollars on your upgrade because of it.

Still have questions? Let us know in the comments and we’ll give you the information you need. And consider taking this quick quiz to get a personalized Logos recommendation.

How to Use the New Library Sidebar

As you begin working with Logos 8, you’ll discover many panels now contain a sidebar populated with filters or facets to help us locate pertinent information in that panel. Arguably the most helpful new sidebar is the one that resides in the Library. With its facets, we can now locate resources without having to know sometimes challenging rules.

For example, let’s say we want to locate commentaries in our library covering the book of Romans. What rule or query do we type? No need to ask that question in Logos 8. Let me show you a better way:

[Read more…]

See How All Major Doctrines Relate to Each Other

The new Theology Guide in Logos 8 will do something most people consider it impossible to do: it will change theologians’ minds.

Theologians have long known that Logos is a good tool for the study of Scripture, but to some of them that’s all it was. Now, theologians, Logos can guide your studies, too.

Search for “Image of God,” for example, in the new Theology Guide, and you’ll get quick access to all the major tools of the Lexham Survey of Theology—and there’s a lot of them.

Let me explain how they work.

[Read more…]