Resource Updates: March 2015

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Whenever a resource you own is updated, you’ll get that updated content—for free—so your Logos library is always becoming more valuable and staying up to date with the latest improvements.

Here’s a list of Logos resources that were updated throughout March:

Updated external links:

Updated formatting:

Updated or additional content:

Rebuilt to include word number data:

Updated a corrupt image file:

Factbook support:

Added new content:

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For powerful study made simple, get into the Word with Logos 6. With Logos 6’s study tools, you’ll get the most out of your resources as you discover new insights.

Find your perfect library today!

Get the Latest Faithlife News, Right in Your Software

faithlife-today-logoStay on top of the latest Faithlife news with Faithlife Today, a new video series dedicated to bringing you exciting updates and exclusive content.

Each weekday morning, you can find a new episode to start your day! You’ll get powerful insights, biblical inspiration, exclusive interviews, and more.

And if you have Logos 6, you’re already getting Faithlife Today on your software’s homepage—check for a new episode when you fire up your software for the day.

In this episode, you’ll get an exclusive interview with Dr. Bryan Chapell about his new book, and you’ll learn to use Logos 6’s Visual Copy tool with Todd Bishop:

 
Find today’s episode on your software’s homepage or in your Logos app, or check out all the videos at Today.Faithlife.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to get new videos in your inbox!

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We want to hear what you think! Join the Faithlife Today group to give us your feedback and suggestions for upcoming episodes.

Resource Updates: February 2015

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Whenever a resource you own is updated, you’ll get that updated content—for free—so your Logos library is always becoming more valuable and staying up to date with the latest improvements.

Here’s a list of Logos resources that were updated throughout February:

Added missing segment headings:

Updated bibliographic milestones:

Updated external links:

Updated to match the rest of the series:

Updated Bible fields and added page numbering:

Updated typos:

General resource updates:

Updated or additional content:

Factbook support:

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For powerful study made simple, get into the Word with Logos 6. With Logos 6’s study tools, you’ll get the most out of your resources as you discover new insights.

Find your perfect library today!

Earn Logos Credit: Become a Screencaster!

l6-overview-gold-featuredAre you a Logos power user? Do you show your friends your favorite software tricks?  Have you blogged about your favorite Logos tools or created tutorials for them? Do you want to earn Logos credit?

If so, we need your help!

We’re hiring Logos screencasters to create three- to five-minute instructional training videos. As a screencaster, you’ll teach others how to master Logos Bible Software by walking them through real examples and amazing discoveries.

Training videos are an effective way to teach others how to take advantage of Logos’ tools. We’ve found that when people see these demonstrations, they’re more likely to use the software to study the Bible. With your videos, you’ll help others learn to use Logos and engage the Bible on a deeper level.

You’ll get Logos credit for each video you produce, and the workload is up to you: you can create as many or as few videos as your time allows.

Do you have what it takes?

We’re looking for screencasters with:

  • A background in biblical studies or languages
  • A love for teaching
  • A high level of Logos knowledge and proficiency

You’ll also need to provide your own video and audio equipment for creating each screencast.

Here’s an example of a video you could create:

Apply today!

Don’t worry about sending your résumé; we just want to see what you can do! Send us a sample screencast video showing how you’d teach someone to use your favorite Logos feature, resource, or workflow.

Start earning Logos credit for your work: send your video to careers@faithlife.com today!

6 Reasons That Shouldn’t Stop You from Getting Logos 6

2-days-left-logos-6-introductory-offersIf you’ve been thinking about getting Logos 6, but you’re still on the fence, don’t wait any longer: now is the best time to get it, and you’ll be kicking yourself on Tuesday if you don’t get it now.

But rest assured—here are some answers for six concerns you may have:

1. I don’t want to lose my books.

One of the best things about investing in a Logos library is that once a book is yours, it’s yours forever. You purchase licenses to each book in your library, and you’ll always keep them—even if you upgrade or purchase a new base package.

And when you purchase a resource once, you’ll never have to worry about paying for it again. With Dynamic Pricing, we take everything you already own into account, so you’ll never accidentally pay for the same thing twice.

See your Dynamic Price on Logos 6 >

2. I already have enough books.

Even if you think you’ll never read through everything in your library, adding more books will make it more powerful and increase the value of the books you already own.

But if you’re completely satisfied with your library’s content, we created a series of Logos 6 options just for you. With a crossgrade, you can get all of Logos 6’s tools and functionality without adding a new library. These tools will integrate with your current library, and you’ll get all the latest search options, interactive media, original-language tools, and much more.

Explore your Logos 6 crossgrade options >

3. I don’t think I’ll use Logos 6’s full functionality.

Logos 6 ties your Bible study together through media resources, interactive tools, and in-depth study aids that allow you to go deep into the Word. There’s something for everyone, so even if you don’t use every single tool to its full potential, you’ll find something to enhance your study.

Do you prepare presentations each week for your congregation or classroom? Visual Copy will help you create high-quality slides as you study. Does your research focus on biblical stories and accounts? Use Cultural Concepts and the Factbook to dig into the context surrounding that Scripture. Are you researching the Bible’s original languages? Try out Textual Variants and the Sense Section to dig into the meanings behind different translations and meanings.

Even if you never use all of Logos 6’s tools, you’ll find something to improve your study and help you share your findings.

Check out these step-by-step tutorials that show you what Logos 6 can do and guide you through new tools and capabilities.

See what Logos 6 can do >

4. I can’t afford a new base package.

If a base package isn’t in your budget right now, you have a couple of options.

You can take advantage of interest-free payment plans and spread out the cost over up to 24 months. That means you only pay a fraction up front, pay for the rest over time, and start using your new software right away.

Or, if you already have a base package from a previous version, you could also upgrade to Logos 6 with a tradition-specific base package, getting all of Logos 6’s tools and functionality while taking advantage of Dynamic Pricing for books and resources you already own. Just sign in to discover how much you can save—it might be more than you’d expect.

Get started with a payment plan >

5. I have too many choices and I don’t know where to start.

With Logos 6, you can choose from standard base packages, tradition-specific tracks, crossgrades, and more. If you need help deciding which one is best, give our Logos 6 specialists a call at 888-875-9491! They can help you find the best base package for your type of study, select the best level based on the resources and tools you need, and make sure you get you the best deal on your new software.

They’re open late to answer your questions, so give them a call today!

Give us a call at 888-875-9491

6. I’m just not convinced.

If you don’t believe us, take it from the people who know best! Here’s what current Logos 6 users are saying about their software:

After researching the product, I purchased the Gold package and have been using it every day. I will say there is a learning curve to this software, but it isn’t a wearisome task. It is actually a delight to learn.

—Jason G., Logos 6 Gold owner

Great updates! New resources for Psalms and Proverbs are fantastic for discovering relationships within each book. It seems I’m continually discovering new ways to look at and understand textual relationships.

—Ken V., Logos 6 Platinum owner

Excellent resource for real Bible study. The software collects the resources for you, all you have to do is read. I don’t know of any Bible software that comes close to Logos.

—Calvin C., Logos 6 Diamond owner

I do not know what I would do without Logos 6. It has been a godsend. . . . If you don’t have it, buy! It is worth it just for the Passage Guide and Exegetical Guide alone.

—Ian T., Logos 6 Portfolio owner

See what else people are saying about Logos 6 >

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Logos 6 introductory offers end this Monday, Feb. 2 at 11:59 p.m. (PST). And once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

Get 15% off and free gifts while you can, and give Logos 6 a test drive. See what you think for yourself, and if the library you choose isn’t for you, you can take advantage of your 30-day money-back guarantee.

Don’t miss out: get Logos 6 now!

Logos 6 Crossgrades: Get the Latest Bible Study Tools

crossgrade-options-logos-6It’s time for you to make the jump to Logos 6. Introductory offers are ending February 2, which means that if you wait any longer, you’ll miss out on 15% discounts and limited-time gifts with your Logos 6 purchase.

You’ve seen the amazing things Logos 6 can do, and a new Logos 6 library will give you the best experience: you’ll get key resources and tools that allow you to make new connections between texts and uncover biblical insights.

But maybe you’re happy with your current library, you prefer building your library book by book, or a base package just isn’t in your budget right now. That’s OK: we created a few options just for you!

They’re called crossgrades.

Crossgrading gives you Logos 6’s tools and capabilities without a whole new library. If you just want to study with Logos 6’s powerful functionality, a crossgrade is perfect for you. You’ll still keep all your current books and notes. Plus, if you decide to upgrade to a base package later, you can take advantage of Dynamic Pricing and only pay for what’s new to you.

You can choose from three different crossgrade options:

core-crossgrade-logos-6Core Crossgrade

Regularly $399.95, get it for $33.33/month (for 12 months)

Core Crossgrade offers all the tools and datasets you’ll find in Logos 6 Silver. This option is best if you want to get the basics but don’t need the entire suite of advanced tools found in Gold and higher. You’ll get Interactive Media like converters and infographics, the Ancient Literature tool, the Propositional Flow Outline, Factbook, and more.
 

feature-crossgrade-logos-6Feature Crossgrade

Regularly $599.95, get it for $47.50/month (for 12 months)

If you want Logos 6’s full functionality, Feature Crossgrade is for you. This is a great option if you’re happy with your current library, but you want all of Logos 6’s new tools, datasets, and media. In addition to all the tools and datasets in Core Crossgrade, you’ll get Textual Variants, the Psalms and Proverbs Explorers, the Sense Section, and more!
 

extended-crossgrade-logos-6Extended Crossgrade

Regularly $799.95, get it for $61.66/month (for 12 months)

Extended Crossgrade offers the best value: you’ll get all of Logos 6’s tools and datasets, plus a collection of additional resources—a $1,300.00 value! In addition to new tools, you’ll get a selection of Bible translations, interlinears, lectionaries, and classic works.

Choose your crossgrade today!

With payment plans, you can spread the cost of any crossgrade over 12 months: for example, with Feature Crossgrade, you could get all of Logos 6’s tools for less than $50 a month (or less than $1.10 a day). Start using your new software right away—without having to pay the full amount up front.

Now’s the best time to get Logos 6: select a crossgrade option today so you don’t miss out on all of their cutting-edge tools and functionality.

Or give us a call on the Upgrade Express at 888-875-9491—we’ll help you find the perfect option right away!

Understand the Biblical World with Logos 6’s Cultural Concepts Tool

cultural-concepts-tool-logos-6With Logos 6, you get innovative tools that help you discover biblical insights by identifying connections that were difficult to find. One of these tools is Cultural Concepts.

Cultural Concepts leverages a brand-new dataset that’s the first of its kind in the world of biblical studies. Before this tool existed, you’d have to manually identify connections between the biblical text and extrabiblical literature that provided additional background and explanation on that passage’s cultural context.

But with Cultural Concepts, those connections are already established for you.

How to access Cultural Concepts

There are two primary ways to use this tool in your studies. The first way you can access Cultural Concepts is through the Passage Guide—this is the best approach when you’re preparing a sermon or Bible study lesson on a specific passage. The Passage Guide links to Factbook entries for each cultural concept—just navigate to the Cultural Concepts section in the Factbook, and you’ll get links to ancient literature, Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, and more. The second way is to simply right click any cultural concept right within your Bible’s text. If a cultural concept is tagged, it will show up in your context menu, and you can click on it to open its Factbook entry for further exploration.

The importance of cultural context

David Witthoff, team lead for the dataset’s creation, explains how Cultural Concepts came about:

The project started with a goal to help users find relevant cultural material that may be related to a passage they are studying. We thought that having a sort of index where ‘marriage’ or ‘sacrifice’ occurred, we could help students of the Bible find other examples of similar practices. By bringing these connections to users, we offer a way to make comparisons and contrasts between the Bible and the ancient world . . .

It was also created because there isn’t really a way to search conceptually. You can find keywords through word searches, but we went a level higher than this with concepts because the same words aren’t always used in relation to one concept.

Identifying the meaning behind cultural concepts helps you understand the biblical world in its ancient context. This tool delivers relevant cultural information from a world so different from ours today; it helps us develop a fuller, more comprehensive interpretation so that we can apply our findings to our lives, guiding modern application of biblical texts.

To see how to use Cultural Concepts, check out this step-by-step video tutorial:

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Now’s the best time to get Logos 6: time is running out to save with introductory offers!

For a limited time, you can save 15% on any Logos 6 purchase—including upgrades and crossgrades. Plus, you can get up to $900.00 worth of gifts with your purchase.

What are you waiting for? Get Logos 6 today!

Learning Hebrew with Logos Bible Software

rich-penixToday’s guest post is from Rich Penix. Penix recently completed a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He currently serves on the ministry staff at Eden Baptist Church in Burnsville, Minnesota.

When I first considered learning Hebrew online, I had my doubts. I was worried about the lack of classroom accountability and personal encouragement from fellow students. However, after hearing glowing reports from fellow seminary students about Dr. Mark Futato’s Logos-integrated approach to learning Hebrew, I decided to take the plunge.

After completing three semesters of Hebrew through a Logos-integrated approach, I’m sold.

Here’s why: I was shown how to use Hebrew with the instrument in hand that I plan to use for regular teaching and preaching in the years to come.

The challenge of bridging the gap

Dr. Mark Futato is the Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. After years of observing students struggle to maintain their knowledge of Hebrew, Dr. Futato decided to create a teaching model that incorporates Hebrew learning within the context of Logos Bible Software. It is the intent in this review to both encourage teachers to creatively and strategically utilize Bible software into their teaching and for students to take such courses that recognize the enduring benefits of Bible software.

Many graduate from seminary with little resolve to maintain their knowledge of biblical Hebrew. One of the factors that contributes to such an attitude is the lack of clarity on how to bridge the gap between memorizing rules of Hebrew grammar and the joys of meaningful exegesis.

Imagine if your child took music lessons, but was only taught music theory. Wouldn’t it seem strange if your child rarely, if ever, touched the musical instrument with which he should use such knowledge? The same applies to learning a language. How much more effective is Hebrew when learned with the proper instrument in hand? Learning biblical Hebrew through Logos Bible Software helps bridge that gap.

Integrating coursework with Logos

In Dr. Futato’s own words, he states:

My Logos-integrated Hebrew courses are primarily geared toward training students in such a way that they will continually use their knowledge of Hebrew and technology throughout their ministries. By incorporating Logos into approximately half of the course, my desire is to equip students to be more precise and profound in the exegesis of the Old Testament, through a knowledge of basic Hebrew grammar and Logos software.

The course begins with a walk-through of how to organize one’s Logos library. Preferred Bible translations, Bible dictionaries, and Hebrew lexicons are organized in precisely the manner prescribed by the professor, so exegetical assignments may be completed in an organized, uniform manner.

Like any Hebrew course, there are regular quizzes and exams testing the student’s understanding of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary. However, a large percentage of the final grade is determined through weekly workbooks that record the student’s answers to exegetical questions that must be ascertained through one’s ever-growing dexterity with Logos Bible Software. Workbooks are graded upon the student’s ability to perform basic operations in Logos, such as morphological searches, syntactical searches, searching the semantic range of a word and other Hebrew word studies. Students are not simply asked to complete a given task in Logos, but to defend why they have made certain exegetical conclusions from the biblical data. This exercise in critical thinking serves the student well as they interact with the Hebrew text.

With an emphasis toward the faithful application of Hebrew, each student is asked to read and comment on the following works:

These works were enjoyable to read and provided helpful direction toward the ongoing use of Hebrew in the future.

The benefits of Logos-integrated learning

In summary, I wholeheartedly recommend learning Hebrew through Logos. As a result of studying Hebrew through this model, I instinctively gravitate toward using Logos to search Hebrew words and research syntactical questions in the same manner I was taught. By having a trusted Bible scholar walk me through how to use Logos, I was immediately shown how to practically use Hebrew for precise exegesis. This guidance was a tremendous gift.

If you are a seminary student, I’d encourage you to consider fulfilling your Hebrew requirements through a Logos-integrated approach. Chances are you will likely use some form of Bible software down the road for teaching or sermon prep. Whether you take one of Dr. Futato’s courses through the Global Campus of Reformed Theological Seminary or a similarly constructed course, I’d encourage you to capitalize on a method that teaches the essentials of the language alongside the essentials of Bible software—it’s a win-win!

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To begin studying Hebrew with Dr. Futato, check out his guide to learning biblical Hebrew.

3 Tips for Sticking with Daily Bible Readings

Logos-6-launch-Small-Group-300x300The new year is the perfect time for a fresh start: we get the chance to reset and create goals for ourselves in hopes of improving our lives. But even if we start the year with the best intentions of developing positive changes, they often fall by the wayside.

One common New Year’s resolution is to read Scripture, whether it’s the Old or New Testament, the entire biblical text, or even just a few verses a day.

Ultimately, it’s not about a New Year’s resolution; it’s about cultivating a daily habit of spending time in the Word.

And with Logos 6, you’ll get the tools you need to stay on track, remain accountable, and reach the goals you set out to accomplish.

Here are three ways Logos 6 will help you stay in the Word this year:

1. Get daily readings delivered to your desktop.

In Logos 6, you’ll always find your daily reading right on your homepage, making it convenient to jump right into your daily passage. Check off each passage when you’re done, then come back the next day—a new passage will be set up and ready for you.

You can start a reading plan in two different ways: either create a custom reading plan by choosing your text and breaking up the readings into manageable sections, or select a premade reading plan to take you through a specific book of the Bible, a thematic topic, or a set of seasonal readings.

Here are some premade reading plans you can choose from:

  • 5 Days on Spiritual Growth
  • 7 Days on Jesus’ Birth
  • 10 Days on Patience
  • 14 Days on Grace
  • 21 Days on Prayer
  • Advent Reading Plan
  • Luke 1 Month
  • The Bible’s Story in 30 Days
  • And many more!

Select these premade plans from either your desktop software or through the free Logos app—your selection will sync across your devices, so you can stay on track no matter where your day takes you.

2. Gain support and accountability through community.

One of the obstacles to sticking with a reading plan on your own is a lack of accountability—it can be difficult to stay motivated or to catch up if you fall behind.

Logos 6 has two types of reading plans: private and group. Group plans provide accountability and follow-through that you don’t have on your own.

If you’re part of a Faithlife Group, you can set up a plan and read together. Not only will reading together hold you accountable, but you’ll also be able to share your thoughts and insights through Community Notes.

You can create a reading plan for your Bible study group, your class, or even your entire church! Let’s say you meet with a small group once a week: instead of having to recall what you read seven days prior, you’ll be able to ask questions and share ideas as you read.

3. Map out a manageable plan in seconds.

When you create a custom reading plan, you get to set your own parameters. Just choose your Bible translation and set a schedule, and Logos will automatically break up the text and generate a plan that fits your criteria.

If you’re not sure where to start, why not go from the beginning? In fact, if you create a plan to read the entire Bible in 90 days starting January 1, you’ll be done by Easter. Your first reading will explore Genesis 1–11, exploring the story of Creation, Noah, and the Tower of Babel. Here’s a taste of what you’ll read:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Genesis 1:1–5

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Explore reading plans for yourself and see how they can keep you on track to reach your goals this year: get Logos 6 today!

Plus, for a limited, time, take advantage of introductory discounts and save 15% on your Logos 6 purchase. If you spend at least $500, you’ll also qualify for special bonus gifts.

Get Free Gifts with Your Logos 6 Purchase

logos-6-introductory-offersLogos 6 gives you the best digital tools and resources for Bible study, and now’s the best time to get it. Right now, you’ll get a 15% discount on new base packages, crossgrades, and upgrades, plus you’ll get exclusive rewards when you spend over $500 during your Logos 6 purchase.

Each purchase tier—$500, $1,000, $2,500, and $5,000—will earn you more rewards: the more you spend, the more valuable your rewards. Every level builds off the next, so you’ll get that level’s corresponding reward, along with every reward from the lower levels.

Here’s what you’ll get at each level:

$500 level

$50.00 promotional code

introductory-offers-500-levelIf you spend $500 or more during your base-package purchase, you’ll get a $50.00 promotional code to use toward a future purchase. With over 45,000 titles to choose from, the options are practically endless: you’ll be able to find resources that are specifically catered to your interests and type of study.

Whenever you add resources to your library, you’re increasing its value: since your resources are interconnected, the more you add, the more valuable every other book becomes. This promotional code is an opportunity to add value to your library—use it to add resources that create new connections, powering your library for further insight.

$1,000 level

Mobile Ed: BI100 Learn to Study the Bible

introductory-offers-1000-levelThis brand-new Mobile Ed course teaches you Bible study methodology in tandem with Logos 6. Under the instruction of Dr. Darrell Bock, you’ll explore both reading and studying Scripture with Logos 6’s powerful tools. You’ll get video lessons and transcripts, as well as more than a dozen helpful Logos 6 training videos. Not only will you better understand your new software, but you’ll also learn Bible study basics that will empower your study of the Word. This course is the perfect starting point for mastering Logos 6.

$2,500 level

2-year Pro Media subscription

introductory-offers-2500-levelProclaim Pro Media gives you media packs for creating pixel-perfect presentations. It works in Proclaim Church Presentation Software (if you don’t already use Proclaim, try it free for 30 days!), but Logos Pro Media—included in Proclaim Pro Media—is where you’ll really see Logos 6 shine. You’ll get stunning backgrounds for the Visual Copy tool—just select your quote or passage, then select your media of choice to create personalized images you can use in your presentations or share online.

$5,000 level

Mobile Ed: Discipleship Training Bundle

introductory-offers-5000-levelThis bundle includes three Mobile Ed courses: ED101 Introducing Discipleship with Dr. Greg Ogden, PC151 Theology of Everyday Life with Dr. Daniel Doriani, and BI181 Introducing Bible Translations with Dr. Mark Strauss. These courses have been available individually, but this is the first time you can get them as a bundle.

With these courses, you’ll learn both biblical foundations and practical methods for disciple making, empowering you to train others to live Christ-filled lives. The insights you’ll gain are essential for discipling others, or for teaching other leaders to do the same.

Get your rewards

To qualify for these rewards, just add a Logos 6 base package to your cart and make sure your cart total—including both Logos 6 and any add-on resources—hits the level you want to reach. You’ll receive your rewards in an email within 45 days of your Logos 6 purchase. This is a limited-time offer, so don’t miss out on these free resources!

Learn more about these introductory offers, and get Logos 6 today!