Discovering Which Church Father You’re Reading

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.

Have you ever had one of the volumes of the Early Church Fathers open and you have no idea which church father you’re reading? If you’ve never experienced this before, just open a volume to some random location and you’ll discover you’re lost in a sea of text!

Stay calm! A life saver is available. It’s called the Locator Pane.

On the resource’s toolbar, click the last icon on the right. The Locator Pane appears at the top of the text telling which church father you’re reading. This trick of course works for other books as well.

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The Lighter Side of Discourse Analysis: Changed Reference

As a reminder to place your Pre-Pub order for Dr. Steve Runge’s Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis, last Wednesday we started a short series of on-the-lighter-side, videos. This week, Steve helps illustrate another aspect of discourse analysis.

Today’s video: Changed Reference

What’s being said about Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament:

“. . . . Logos has done the Greek student a wonderful favor by making this work available. It should not be missed. It is like no other grammar that is available today.”
—Dr. Samuel Lamerson, Associate Professor of New Testament, Knox Seminary

“. . . Runge has produced an invigorating work that will repay the attention of all those who are interested . . .”
—Mark Dubis, Associate Professor of Christian Studies, Union University

The Discourse Grammar is at the end of production and is getting ready to ship soon, so make sure you place your order before the price goes up!

And stay tuned for next week’s video: Forward Pointing Reference

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What’s in My Library: Atlas (Bible)

Today’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. In this series, Morris answers the question, “What’s in my library?”

Logos Deluxe Map SetAtlas (Bible)

Definition: A Bible atlas contains maps pertaining to the events that occurred in the Bible. A Bible atlas would include maps about the placement of the twelve tribes of Israel or the travels of Paul.

Example: Logos Deluxe Map Set

Application: As you read in John 4 about Jesus having to go through Samaria, an atlas will help explain the significance of the passage.

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The Lighter Side of Discourse Analysis: Thematic Highlighting

We are serious about Bible study, and we are serious about getting the church back into the study of Greek and Hebrew. But we have a lighter side, too. So, as a reminder to place your Pre-Pub order for Dr. Steve Runge’s Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis, we have a few, short, on-the-lighter-side, videos coming for you to enjoy and to help illustrate the Discourse Grammar‘s content.

Today’s video: Thematic Highlighting

What’s being said about Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament:

“. . . . Runge’s work will become a required text in my Greek classes.”—Dr. Gerald Peterman, Professor of Bible and Chair of the Bible Department, Moody Bible Institute

“. . . . I commend his pioneering work for serious consideration by all New Testament students and scholars.”—Dr. William Varner, Professor of Greek Exegesis, The Masters College

The Discourse Grammar is at the end of production and is getting ready to ship soon, so make sure you place your order before the price goes up!

And stay tuned for next week’s video: Changed Reference

Topically Searching the Early Church Fathers

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.

Did you know you can search the Early Church Fathers by topic? The developers of the electronic version of this set tagged each volume with topics! This means if you want to find out what the patriarchs of the early church thought about a subject you don’t have to do a word search and then wade through thousands of hits. Instead you can search by topic and jump right to a location where your subject is discussed in depth. Here’s how to take advantage of the developers hard work.

First, create a collection for the Early Church Fathers. Choose Tools | Library Management | Define Collections. Click New. Name the collection Early Church Fathers. Type fathers in the find box. When the list appears click on the first volume and press the Enter key. The selection moves down the list. Continue pressing the Enter key until all volumes have been added. Click OK.

Open the Topic Browser from the Go menu. Set the In box to the Early Church Fathers. Type a subject like kingdom in the Find box and click Search. When the list of Topics appears, select one like kingdom of God and all the places the church fathers discussed, that subject will display.

Click one of the articles to jump right to that spot!

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What’s in My Library: Archaeology (Biblical)

Today’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. In this series, Morris answers the question, “What’s in my library?”

Archaeology (Biblical)

Definition: A biblical archaeology book details archaeological discoveries that are pertinent to biblical history or Christianity. This book is normally arranged topically according to specific locations such as Jericho or the Dead Sea.

Example: Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land

Application: While you are reading about Jericho in Joshua 7 or Ephesus in Acts 18, if you wonder about discoveries recently made in these areas, then an archaeology book is where to go.

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Logos Team Leads the Pack in 2009 Tour de Whatcom

The anticipation of the yet-to-be-completed Logos Bicycle Jersey Pre-Pub didn’t stop a group of Logos employees from gathering for this year’s Tour de Whatcom. Even without the jersey, the Logos team looked sharp on the road as they led the peloton in both the 50- and 105-mile rides.

In order to gather more interest for the Logos jersey, Jim Straatman, our IT Manager, actually took a prototype of the Logos jersey and safety-pinned sections of it onto his regular jersey! Place your Pre-Pub order to help move it into production and soon enough, you can look for riders around the country sporting the new Logos Bible Software bicycle jerseys . . . if you can keep up. ;)

Tour de Whatcom Wrap-Up

In the century leg of the Tour, a ride spanning the same distance from the U.S./Canadian Border (Peace Arch Crossing) down to Seattle, Jim Straatman and Scott Alexander averaged almost 20 mph—good enough to finish first. For Jim, this was his first organized 100+ mile ride where several hundred people participated. And leave it to our IT Manager to capture the ride’s GPS data!

For the 50-milers, it was Sean Fields, Director of Visual Design here at Logos, who finished first with an average speed of over 19 mph. The Tour has become a traditional birthday celebration ride for Sean, who remarked, "It’s a great way to start off a new year of my life—a fun fast bike ride!"

In all, nine Logos employees participated in this year’s Tour:

Bradley Grainger (pictured, left): Software Development
Bryan Albert (pictured, left-center): Software Development
Jacob Carpenter (pictured, right-center): Software Development
Scott Alexander (pictured, right): Software Development
Jim Straatman: IT Manager
Sean Fields: Director of Visual Design
Allen Peterson: Software Development
David Schwegler: Software Development
Bryan Smith: Software Development

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Creating a Bibliography

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.

Have you written a paper using various Libronix e-books and now you need to create a bibliography for the paper? Libronix can help.

First, create a collection of all the books you cited in the paper. Choose Tools | Define Collections. Click New. Name your collection. Add the books to the collection.

Now, create the bibliography. Choose Tools | Library Management | Bibliography. Select the newly created Collection from the drop down list. Select the Style your professor requires. Click Generate.

Now all you have to do is Copy / Paste the bibliography to your word processor!

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What’s in My Library: Apologetics

Today’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. In this series, Morris answers the question, “What’s in my library?”

Apologetics

Definition: Apologetics is the area of theology which seeks to defend and support the claims of Christianity. An apologetics book then contains these defenses of The Faith. This book would answer questions such as “Is the Bible reliable?” or “Did Jesus rise from the grave?” Some apologetics books are arranged topically according to subject matter while others are more of free-flowing narrative.

Example: Handbook of Christian Apologetics

Application: If someone were to ask you: “How can you be sure Jesus rose from the dead?” What proof can you give me the Bible is trustworthy?” Then turn to an apologetics book for answers.

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Mac Matters

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.

Logos Bible Software for Mac is off to a great start. I am getting a lot of e-mail regarding training materials for the Mac. Please visit www.mpseminars.com often because we’ll be releasing new materials very soon.

Also, I am getting a lot of questions about whether Mac users should attend Camp Logos. We have prepared a special page to answer that question.

If you’re a Mac user, though, here are a couple of tips that hopefully will come in handy:

  • When you’re working in a resource window (Bible, commentary, dictionary, etc.) press the keystroke shortcut Tab (for Mac 1.2) to select the current location box. Now just type your new reference. This just saves you from having to click the mouse in the box every time you want to jump to a new location.
  • While you’re working in your Bible software choose Libronix DLS | Preferences | Appearance to customize your system.

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Update: Logos Bible Software for Mac 1.2 Now Available! Be sure to read Thursday’s blog post for details.

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