How Do You Use Logos: Jeffrey Kranz

Overview BibleWe’re kicking off a new series about the many interesting ways people are using Logos 5. If Logos is an important part of what you do and create, we’d love to hear about it!

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In this first installment, we’re talking with Jeffrey Kranz, a former Logos employee whose Overview Bible Project is a labor of love for opening Scripture to those who may not be overly familiar with it.  I got together with Jeffrey and asked how Logos 5 is helping him in his efforts.

Tell us a little bit about OverviewBible.com. Where did the idea come from?

I started OverviewBible.com to help more people get the gist of every book of the Bible. I also post Bible study tips, infographics, and the like. The idea came after I noticed four things:

  1. When pastors preach through a book of the Bible, it takes a while. Congregants can forget what the book is all about because the focus is on smaller passages. I figured there had to be a way to get each book’s overall theme stuck in people’s heads.
  2. Bible dictionaries and handbooks give plenty of information on the individual books of the Bible, but I wanted to make something that gave people the big idea in three minutes or less.
  3. From time to time, friends would stop me in conversation and ask, “Wait—what’s that book of the Bible about again?” I figured they weren’t the only ones wondering what Habakkuk is about.
  4. We all know the Bible is important, and most of us wish we knew it better. I want to show off how interesting the individual books are so that others get curious enough to explore the Word for themselves.

How long have you been a Logos user?

Technically, I played with it on my parents’ computer a few times back in the Libronix days. I wised up and got my own Logos account in 2011, but really got hooked when Logos 5 came out in 2012. The more familiar I got with Logos, the more time I wanted to spend in it. Now I use the desktop and mobile apps nearly every day.

How do you use Logos 5 with OverviewBible.com?

How could I not use Logos 5 with OverviewBible.com? I do almost all my research in the software. When I was writing overviews on every book of the Bible, I had a method:

  • I’d read the book of the Bible in one sitting with Logos’ Bible app for iPad. I’d split the screen so I could read the Bible on the left and take notes on the right.
  • Because those notes are synced across my apps, I would open them in Logos 5 on my PC later. Then I’d dig into the original languages, consult commentaries and Bible dictionaries, and run lots and lots of morph searches.
  • Finally, I’d write my overview in WordPress. (By the way, OverviewBible.com is set up with Reftagger, so readers can just hover over a Scripture reference to see what that verse says.)

I’ve written text overviews of every book of the Bible, but 2014 has an even bigger project in store: infographics on every book. I’m doing the groundwork in Logos 5 now.

In short, there’s no way I’d take on this kind of project without Logos. It gives me a level of insight that otherwise I just wouldn’t have. A word of warning, though: if you’re a curious person, you can easily spend all day in Logos—it’s life-changing and addictive.

Which Logos 5 feature do you use most?

I think the morph search is the biggest time saver. I really enjoy being able to right-click any Greek or Hebrew word and generate a report on every place the Bible (or a specific set of passages) uses that word. Graphing out the results is fun, too. For example, I used this tool to find “the bossiest book of the Bible.”

Any books you’d particularly recommend?

I really enjoy Zodhiates’ original-language dictionaries for looking up Greek and Hebrew words. I also enjoy Bible dictionaries: I read Anchor Yale, the Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, and your own Lexham Bible Dictionary when I’m studying . . . and in my spare time.

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Logos 5 will revolutionize your study

If you’re not using Logos 5  yet, you won’t believe the deep study you’re missing. Check it out now, and see which base package is right for you!

Are you using Logos for a special project or labor of love? Head to the forums and tell us all about it. We just might feature it here!

Faithlife TV: Streaming Biblical Content

Faithlife TVLooking for Christian television that features helpful, informative content about the Bible? Look no further than Faithlife TV.

First, you’ll get segments of Logos’ groundbreaking Mobile Ed courses. Enjoy teaching by professors from Calvin Theological Seminary, Wheaton College, Dallas Theological Seminary, and other top schools!

Not only will Faithlife TV give you helpful instruction—you’ll also get a first-hand look at the amazing content available with Mobile Ed.

Second, you’ll get beautiful artwork from Bible Screen (also available on Roku). Experience professionally designed art and animations inspired by your favorite Scripture passages.

Faithlife TV also presents you with studies on Bible characters, as well as book discussions.

Get Faithlife TV for yourself!

You can check out Faithlife TV by watching it in your browser or subscribing to the Faithlife TV Roku channel.

Check it out today, and leave us a review in the Roku store!

The Seahawks and the Chargers: Logos’ NFL Connection

We’re passionate about providing you with the most powerful Bible study tools available, and every endorsement is a confirmation that we’re on the right track. So we were thrilled when Miles McPherson, pastor of the Rock Church in San Diego,  sat down to share how he uses Logos for Bible study.

Miles McPherson endorses Logos Bible Software

Want to learn how other thought leaders are using Logos to study the Word? Check out some of our other endorsements!

Who’s Miles McPherson?

McPherson turned an amazing collegiate football career into an NFL draft pick with the LA Rams. After that, he was picked up as a defensive back for the San Diego Chargers. But, despite his professional success, McPherson struggled with the substance abuse and an empty, immoral lifestyle. All that ended when he had a life-changing experience with Jesus Christ. Now McPherson is the author of several books, an Emmy winner (for a 2007 documentary on methamphetamine), and the pastor of the Rock Church, a 14,000-member global church (with another 4,000 who livestream services) in the heart of San Diego. And now he’s sharing his wisdom in a whole new way: get daily encouragement in one-minute installments with the free Miles-a-Minute app! You’ll enjoy deep—and sometimes hilarious—one-minute pieces of daily spiritual insight on your iPhone or iPad. (It’s coming this Sunday on Android, too.)

Wait, was that Russell Wilson!?

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Thanks to McPherson’s NFL relationships and influence, he often gets to interact with well-known players. As you just saw, one of them is Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson!

For Logos, it’s important to  support local concerns, infrastructure, and business. It only makes sense that that passion would carry over into local sports.

Wilson will be playing in this Sunday’s big game, and here at Logos—as a proud member of the 12th Man—we’re showing our support for the Hawks with an extra-large 12th Man flag.

Go Hawks!

Now check out the Logos endorsement page to see more recommendations from satisfied users, and download the free Miles-a-Minute app from Miles McPherson!

4 Ways to Get the Logos News You Want

Computer keyboard mailLogos offers more than 40,000 titles, plus lots of other tools and resources. With a selection like that, it can be hard to make sure you’re hearing about the products you care about.

Here are four ways to make sure you stay in the know:

1. Logos user survey:

Are you a pastor? A professor? A student? Do you study the original languages? What mobile platforms do you use? Questions like these not only help us serve you better right now; they help us ensure we’re moving in the right direction to serve you tomorrow.

You can start the survey, stop at any time, and then pick up wherever you left off. Feel free to skip questions that don’t apply (or you don’t feel like answering). Start the survey now!

2. Faithlife profile:

The info on your Faithlife profile not only helps us get to know you better—it helps other users in the Logos forums get to know you, too.

Oh, and when you’re filling out your Faithlife profile, make sure you include your birthday (and sign up for the Personalized Offers email list) so we know when to send you your gift!

3. Email lists:

We have an amazing number of email lists, and that’s by design. We want you to get the news you want and skip the information you’re not going to care about.

Not only do we have lists for special offers, freebies, and company news; we have a ton of lists based on your interests and preferences, like:

  • Greek studies
  • Theology
  • Orthodox resources
  • Pauline studies
  • Church history and biography
  • And many more

Head to the email-list and RSS-feed page and choose the news you want!

4. Wish lists:

Your wish list is a great way to keep track of what you’d like to add to your library. Not only will you be able to remember which resources you’ve been considering—we’ll even let you know when one of your wish-list items goes on sale.

Start populating your wish list now!

We want to help you hear about only the stuff you’re interested in, not the stuff you’re not. If you have any questions about how your information is used, check out our updated privacy policy and terms of service.

Save Now on 3 New Logos Mobile Ed Courses!

Mobile EdLogos Mobile Education brings together renowned professors, an incredible theological library, amazing software tools and features, and an online academic community that brings it all right to you.

This revolutionary education program leverages the power of Logos Bible Software to create an innovative learning environment that’s completely mobile. It’s the kind of biblical and theological education that only Logos could design and deliver.

Check out these new Mobile Ed courses:

Logos Mobile Education: NT331 Book Study:
Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Douglas Moo, the highly respected Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, covers this important epistle’s themes. Dr. Moo follows Paul’s arguments while addressing important historical and theological considerations, as well as current ideas in Pauline studies.

With Mobile Ed, you’re getting an education built on the best technology:

  • The high-definition videos are filmed in short segments that you can return to as often as you’d like. Dr. Moo’s teaching is filmed in a one-to-one format that helps give the class a personalized feel.
  • Videos are enriched with links to the Logos library. From the lectures, you can jump into Logos 5 and take your study even deeper. Follow along as the video connects you to the right book, page, and paragraph. Plus, like your library, video lectures are fully searchable.
  • Screencast Logos 5 videos translate what you’re learning into cutting-edge study techniques. Not only are you receiving a valuable biblical education; you’re learning skills you’ll draw from in your ministry for years to come.
  • The centerpiece of the Mobile Ed courseware is the Logos digital library, the premier biblical research tool for the twenty-first century. No other resource puts as much standard academic material for theology and biblical studies at your fingertips and at the pace of your life. No other educational program lets you take the library with you.

Pick up this course while it’s on Pre-Pub and save over 40%—pre-order yours now.

Logos Mobile Education: John Walton Background of the Old Testament Bundle (2 courses)

The Old Testament constitutes two-thirds of our Bible, but most churches devote less than half their teaching to it. Where does one begin making use of the Old Testament? In these two courses, Dr. John Walton lectures on the background and typology of the Old Testament and the origins of Genesis 1–3, opening the doors for pastors, students, and laypeople to begin studying and learning from the OT. Successful students will come away with a new interpretive framework through which to analyze the Old Testament, exegeting and wrestling with the text on its own terms.

Pre-order yours while it’s on Pre-Pub for 40% off!

Logos Mobile Education: Elyse Fitzpatrick Bundle (3 courses)

These three courses—in counseling and personal and professional development—build the fundamental character principles every growing and learning Christian must have. Elyse Fitzpatrick brings over 24 years of Bible-focused counseling to your education, helping you understand the importance of a rock-solid identity in Christ and teaching tried-and-true methods for imparting this identity to everyone you meet.

Pre-order now to save 40% on these three courses.

And don’t forget: the entire nine-course Logos Mobile Education: Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle is available on Pre-Pub, too, for an even greater discount!

Learn more about Logos Mobile Education

Want to learn more about educational opportunities with Logos Mobile Ed? Visit Logos.com/Mobile-Ed, or check out the following posts:

Then join the discussion in the Logos Mobile Education forums!

Finding Your Voice as a Preacher: An Interview with Greg Laurie

Greg LaurieRight now, you can pre-order Greg Laurie’s sermon archive on Pre-Pub for 33% off! We recently had the chance to talk with Laurie about the people and experiences that have influenced him most as a preacher.

1. As you look back over the years, can you think of messages or series that made as big an impact on you as they did on your audience?

In recent years, I have become a much more serious student of heaven and the afterlife. The reason for this is that our oldest son, Christopher, died five years ago in a tragic automobile accident. When someone close to you—especially a child—dies, you are forever changed.

My son put his faith in Jesus Christ and is in heaven today. I want to know more about what he is doing and what heaven is like. I recently taught the book of Revelation, chapter by chapter, verse by verse, and I can assure you it was not merely some academic exercise. The word “revelation” means “unveiling,” and as I studied—then taught—from this great sweeping book, much was unveiled for me.

Revelation unveils so much on the spiritual realm—on heaven and what we will do there.

Not to mention the fact that there is a special blessing promised to the person who reads, hears, and keeps the words of Revelation (Revelation 1:3 NKJV). I know that I was blessed by studying and teaching it. I trust those that heard it were, too.

2. What is your process for preparing a message?

First I read the text I am going to teach on. I read it again and again, in multiple translations.

I pray to capture what is being communicated contextually. It is never my intent or desire to impose my view on a text of Scripture, but rather to have the Scripture impose its view on me, so to speak.

Then I begin a process of careful study. I want to know what the original language says, of course. Then there is understanding the time’s unique cultural ideas, which might help reveal what that verse meant to the people reading it when it was written.

After that, I seek the meaning of the verse for myself and the people I will be speaking to. This is why Logos is of such value. There is nothing else quite like it, and it only gets better every year. I begin to go through trusted commentaries and get the insights of those who have written and taught on the text I’m doing exegesis on. Having done that, I begin dumping the data into a Word document. I don’t really worry about an outline, apart from what the text dictates. Once it’s all in the document, I start developing it into a proper message with illustrations, etc.

I find that here it starts taking shape, and I’ll often come up with the title at the end. I then print it out and write comments in the margins right up until I deliver the message. Sometimes I’ll even edit the message on the fly as I give it, bringing up some points sooner rather than later. The goal and prayer is that, at this point, the Holy Spirit will guide and lead. It is only when you have immersed yourself in a text that you have the liberty to do this, as you know your topic well.

As one country preacher put it, “I read myself full. I pray myself hot. I let myself go!” It is essential that we as students, and especially as teachers, of the Bible believe that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV).

It is not my job to “make the Bible interesting” or even relevant. The Bible is already relevant. It is “God-breathed.” My job, when I get into the pulpit, is to “let the lion out of the cage” and trust that God will honor and use His Word to impact lives. He promises that His Word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11 NKJV).

3. Did you find your voice and style of preaching right away, or did you start off emulating the styles of other pastors and teachers?

Like any other preacher, I strongly emulated others when I first started. By the way, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. You’re effectively developing a template, and that’s important.

It’s a good thing to acknowledge the people who influence you, and not make apologies for it, as others may even see it more than you do. One day, perhaps someone will emulate you.

Paul told Timothy to “commit these things to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Our job is to pass it on.

4. When you look at teaching in the church today, what’s encouraging you? What are you enthusiastic about?

I’m enthusiastic about a generation of younger people who are becoming passionate about teaching the Bible and preaching the gospel. Christian books continue to sell quickly, and now, with quick access to online media, people can download sermons; millions and millions do. We must be a biblically literate church, and that comes from careful study of the Bible. I am thrilled people want access to my sermon collection, which has amassed over 40 years. I hope to see these truths passed on.

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Pre-order the Greg Laurie Sermon Archive for 33% off while you still can!

5 Great Ways to Put the Rest of Your 2013 Book Budget to Use

500-book-mega-pack-blogThe year’s nearly over—there are only a couple of days left! If you have more 2013 book budget than you have time left to use it, here are some suggestions to help you take advantage of your funds while you still can.

1. The 500 Book Mega Pack

This isn’t just the biggest bang for your buck this season—it’s the greatest deal we’ve ever offered. You won’t find these 500 books in any base package, and you’ll get an unbelievable discount—more than 96% off! That’s an even better discount than you get with Portfolio.

These are resources you’d normally pay more than $10,600 for—and right now, you’re only paying $399.99. But you’ll have to hurry: this offer is only good through December 31. Come January 1, this collection will disappear entirely—you won’t find it at any price!

2. Logos bundles

Another great option for putting the rest of your annual budget to good use is to pick up one of our new, improved topical bundles, which come in various sizes to fit your budget. Whatever your interests—theology, language, ministry, culture—the perfect bundle is waiting for you. And for just a little while longer, all bundles are 50% off!

If you’ve already purchased one of last year’s bundles, now’s the perfect time to upgrade—you won’t pay for the books you already own, and you’ll get all the new content for half the price.

3. A new base package

Not a Logos 5 user? Now’s the time to jump into a new base package! Pick up one up today for 15% off, and put the power of Logos 5 to work for you.

Josh McDowell calls Logos “a must-have for anyone who is serious about understanding the Word.” You’re going to love doing deeper study in less time. And, as with our other deals, you’ll get a discount based on the titles you already own.

4. Book Cache

Still not sure what to do with your leftover budget? Start a Book Cache subscription! You can invest the rest of this year’s budget—and some (or all) of next year’s—in a special account to use on future Logos products.

With Book Cache, you can stockpile Logos credit and always have the funds available to take advantage of amazing deals. If your school or church offers a regular book budget, Book Cache is the perfect library-building tool.

Start your subscription today!

5. More Logos deals

We still have quite a few Christmas deals available—check out all the 12 Days of Logos deals, or, with coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFERS, get special savings on favorite Logos resources.

Don’t forget: with an interest-free payment plan, you can take advantage of Christmas deals, start using your new books right away, and stretch out your payments for up to 18 months!

Don’t let your book budget go to waste—take advantage of Logos savings before the end of the year!

Get Huge Savings When You Upgrade Your Book Bundles

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Bundled titles from Logos are one of the best ways to stretch your book-buying dollar. And this Christmas, when you grow your library with one of our special bundles, you can save even more!

New, improved bundles

A year ago, we unveiled special topical bundles to help you create a library catered to your specific interests. These bundles (now completely revised) came in multiple sizes and focused on areas like:

This year, we’ve made our bundles even more robust with tons of new content. The extra-large New Testament Studies Bundle, for instance, includes 36 new titles!

If you haven’t added one of these bundles to your library, now’s the time. The books in these bundles are already heavily discounted, and for a limited time, we’re taking an extra 50% off!

Already have a bundle? Upgrade for the best price!

If you already have a bundle from last year, here’s your chance to get an amazing deal on more books. Upgrade your bundle to this year’s version: with Dynamic Pricing, you’ll only pay for the brand-new content. Get more books for less—take this opportunity to upgrade your bundles!

If you already own the large Preaching Bundle, for example, why not purchase the newest version? Since you’re not going to be charged for books you already own, you’re only adding the seven new books at a greatly reduced bundled price—and then taking 50% off!

In fact, why not step into the extra-large Preaching Bundle, which adds scores of new books at 50% off? There’s no better opportunity to build your library.

Get the best value with the Master Bundle

The Master Bundle is where you’re going to get the best bang for your buck. In the extra-large version, you get all the books from all the the other collections. When we revised our bundles, we added nearly 500 new books to the Master Bundle—at 1,588 books, it’s the biggest bundle and, therefore, your best value!

You’ll add these books to your library at a significant value, subtract the price of the books you already own, and then take 50% off to boot. And when you pay with an interest-free payment plan, you can even stretch the payments out for up to 18 months.

Don’t miss this opportunity to grow your study library. Pick up one of these amazing bundles before the price goes back up!

Search for Faith-Filled Images with Logos 5

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Good news! Preparing an amazing sermon presentation or blog post with Logos 5 just got a little easier—and a lot more beautiful.

Lightstock: inspiring images for your sermons, websites, and more

Lightstock is the go-to source for attractive stock photography that evokes emotion with carefully curated, Christ-focused images. And now Lightstock integrates with Logos 5! Find attractive, faith-filled images in Topic Guide and Sermon Starter searches, pick the perfect ones for the passage or topic you’re studying, and then just click them—you’ll be taken straight to Lightstock.

Whether it’s your bulletin, sermon slides, website assets, worship backgrounds, or video bumpers, you’ll find Lightstock’s pictures ideal for all your ministry needs.

Great quality, great pricing

When you compare Lightstock’s costs to those of other stock-image sites, you’ll find that they’re not only low—they’re simple. $1 equals one credit. Images come in four sizes: x-small (approx. 500 px) for 5 credits, small (approx. 1,200 px) for 10 credits, medium (approx. 2,800 px) for 15 credits, and max (approx. 3,600 px) for 20 credits. Lightstock’s photos are both gorgeous and reasonably priced.

What’s really cool is that, unlike with a lot of other stock-photography sites, you won’t be able to find 99% of Lightstock’s photos anywhere else—no more tired, overused images in your media and services.

Check out Lightstock.com today, and start adding faith-filled images to your presentations, websites, and more—straight from Logos.

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Then enter to win a one-of-a-kind MacBook Pro and Logos 5.

Create and Share Your Christmas Wish List

Editor’s note: Wishlist sharing has been retired.

Giving (and getting!) the perfect Christmas gifts just got easier. Now you can put together a wish list of your favorite Logos resources and share it with your friends and family. They’ll know just what to get you—and if you would receive a discount on any of those resources, they will, too!

To get started, simply log in to your Logos.com account. (If you don’t have one, creating one’s a cinch.) Once you’re logged in, you’ll find “Add to wish list” links on live product pages and search results. Click them to build your wish list.

Then start browsing Logos.com and populating your wish list with those must-have items!

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Reviewing your wish list is as simple as going to your account’s dropdown menu and clicking the “Wish Lists” tab.

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Once you’re ready to share your list with friends and family, go to your wish list and click the share link.

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That will bring up a box with a link you can paste anywhere, or you can choose to click and share to Facebook, Twitter, Faithlife, and other networks.

Purchasing from someone’s wish list

Purchasing a gift from a wish list is easy, but you’ll need a Logos.com account. If you don’t have one, don’t worry—again, you can create one in moments.

Your friend or loved one’s link will direct you to a page full of their most wanted items. When you see an item you’d like to give, simply hit the “Add to cart” link. Want to purchase more than one item? Check all the corresponding boxes (directly to the left of the products) before hitting “Add to cart” up top.

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 At the shopping cart, you can see the item(s) you’ve chosen. You can go back and add to the cart, or remove any items that don’t belong. To the left of the shopping cart, you can also add gift certificates.

Once you’re happy with the items in your cart, hit “Proceed.” If you’re sending a shippable item and you don’t know the recipient’s address, you can always have the item shipped to you. We’ll send shippable items within 48 hours.

Most items are downloadable, though. Once a download gift is unlocked to your loved one’s account, they’ll receive a confirmation email within 48 hours.

Either way, after entering whatever shipping information you need, you’ll be prompted to enter your preferred form of payment, and voilà—you’ve just purchased the perfect gift!

Start browsing, building, and sharing your wish list today!