Enjoy Your Books, Even outside Cell Phone Range

The road hadn’t been groomed yet that spring. I steered our little hatchback around most of the potholes, but nobody misses them all. A landslide washed out one of the of the sharper s-curves, but it wasn’t fresh and the sun was out, so the debris was starting to crust over. We managed to crawl over it. A huge spruce tree cut the road about a quarter mile from the trailhead, so we walked in from there.

I set my phone to airplane mode as we hiked away from the car.



My wife and I spent two days in the backcountry that weekend, enjoying some of the best mountain vistas anywhere in North America. We like to do that now and then. To escape—to walk deep into the woods, beyond the reach of any Wi-Fi network or cellular service and live outside our routine for a while.

Whenever we venture outside our phone carrier’s coverage map we have to leave things behind—but we never have to leave behind our theological library. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. The Logos mobile app lets you to carry all your books in your pocket.

Imagine trying to do that without the Logos app. My favorite single-volume commentary, The New Bible Commentary, weighs in at a hulking four pounds and 1,317 pages. That’s heavier than my tent. No way I’m carrying it with me on a backpacking trip or to the beach. If I owned a print edition of that book, it probably wouldn’t ever leave my office.

But I did have it with me on that trip because I downloaded it and the ESV to my phone, so I could read Psalm 128:1 and it’s blessing for those who fear the Lord. I could read about the mountain of the house of the Lord in Isaiah 2:2 while we camped in a snowy meadow between Mt. Baker and the Twin Sisters.

Download your favorite books to your device in the Logos app, so you can enjoy them on your next trip outside your phone carrier’s coverage map.

If you’re not sure how to download your Logos resources to your mobile device, here’s a quick tutorial.

  • Fire up your app
  • Swipe from the left side of the screen to reveal the app menu. There you’ll find a list of books you have access to in your app.
  • Tap the information icon for any book to learn more about it. When you do, you’ll find a download button.
  • Tap the download button.

Once a book is downloaded, its information icon will be solid blue like you see below for my copies of the ESV and NBC.


Next weekend, my wife and I are taking another trip into the mountains. Without the Logos app, I’d have to put my Galatians study on hold. With the Logos app, I carry all my books without adding a single ounce more weight. 

Download your favorite books to your mobile device with the Logos app, and you won’t ever have to leave them behind.

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Free Training Webinar: Basic Logos Navigation

Webinar_FB_AD_1200x628Every couple weeks, we host a free training webinar to help you harness the full potential and draw the greatest value out of your investment in Logos Bible Software.

So far, we’ve plumbed the depths of Logos search, explored how Logos can aid you in counseling prep, and pulled back the curtain on the High Definition Commentary series.

Most recently, we went back to the basics—reviewing the fundamentals of Logos navigation. Along the way, we also offered a great deal: 30% off the products we used in the demonstrations.

Want in on those deals? Watch the recording to get the coupon code:

We’re planning the next round of training webinars to help you master the world’s most powerful Bible study software. Be the first to about them: sign up for email updates below!

In the meantime, you can watch all of our previous training events: head to Logos.com/Webinar-Archive for the full lineup.

BibleTech Is Nearly Sold Out!

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Time’s running out to reserve your space at BibleTech. It’s shaping up to be a tremendous exchange of ideas, and the last few spots are filling up quickly. Reserve your spot today!

Join us to explore a variety of innovation and original thinking. You’ll hear about the opportunities to innovate using new gTLD domain names followed by a presentation about how technology is accelerating the fulfillment of the Great Commission—and you’ll still have plenty of time to meet every speaker, ask questions, and talk shop between sessions.

One BibleTech speaker creating buzz is Stephen Smith of Bible Gateway. No sooner had Microsoft rolled out their HoloLense that Smith started to imagine how the new technology might open new possibilities for Bible study. He speculates that the next wave of Bible software could include a holographic component, and he promises to expound further during his talk at BibleTech.

And the venue this year—the Cedarbrook Lodge—can’t be beat! An idyllic Pacific Northwest setting with world-class amenities is the perfect place to meet other technologists and explore the intersection of Scripture and technology.

A ticket to BibleTech includes:

  • Full access to the entire BibleTech event
  • A private room at the Cedarbrook for both Thursday and Friday night
  • All meals (Friday breakfast through Saturday lunch)
  • Snacks throughout the event
  • Campus-wide Internet access
  • Transportation to and from the Seattle airport

Publishers like Sean Harison and Keith Williams, founders like Kent Shaffer, and technologists like DJ Chuang only gather like this at BibleTech. Come hear about the future of Bible-software technology, and meet the people working hard to make it a reality.

Reserve your spot today!

Turn Your Logos App into a Reader’s Bible

Logos_300x300The Bible is meant to be read, and the Bible is also meant to be studied. But a good study Bible isn’t always a good reading Bible.

A good study Bible includes footnotes, section headings, cross-references, and sometimes study notes. All that markup is very useful for Bible study, but it can get in the way of Bible reading.

So a good reader’s Bible is simple—containing little more than beautifully arranged, flowing text.

As Logos users know, toggling back and forth between studying and reading modes in Logos 6 is easy. With a single click, you can hide all of those helpful annotations, section headings, links, and even chapter and verse numbers.

Even more, that same feature you’ve been loving in your desktop software is also available in your iOS app.

Here’s how to turn your Logos app into a reader’s Bible:


On your iPad or iPhone, tap the settings menu and look for the “Bible Text Only” section. Tap that to reveal all of your options.

You can turn on or off various annotations, like chapter and verse numbers, footnote indicators, non-Bible text (like section headings), and more. Quickly turn these things on or off to make your app conducive to study or reading—whichever you’re doing at that moment.

Enjoy the Bible Text Only view in your iOS app today!

BibleTech to Showcase Logos 6′s Innovations

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To create Logos 6, developers, scholars, and linguists all pitched in to solve problems, leverage data, and prepare the software for other cultures. And many of them will be presenting their most innovative work at this year’s BibleTech conference.

Here are four speakers you’ll hear from at BibleTech:

  1. Factbook is one of Logos 6′s most popular tools. Software developer Tom Philpot will talk about some of the critical challenges our development team faced in implementing it, and he’ll discuss the future of this exciting feature.
  2. Sean Boisen’s talk, “Seeing the Big Picture: Visualizing the Bible Data,” will discuss the ways that Logos datasets can be visually explored. He describes it like this:

    For many people, Bible study is about closely and carefully reading small portions of the biblical text. But growing quantities of Bible data, together with data visualization techniques, are creating new opportunities to literally ‘see the big picture’ of the Bible. These approaches uncover larger patterns that can both provide insight and direct personal study. This presentation will review the many datasets that Logos has developed and demonstrate how they offer new ways to visualize the Bible.

  3. Dr. Steve Runge, scholar-in-residence of High Definition Commentary fame, will discuss low-tech tools and strategies that can improve and simplify grammatical analysis and prevent Bible scholars from being overwhelmed by too much detail from advanced original-language databases.
  4. Rick Brannan made a tremendous contribution to the datasets in Logos 6. He’ll be speaking on the localization of these datasets—you’ll get a unique perspective on the information you use daily in your software.

Come hear these and 22 other riveting talks about the intersection of the Bible and technology at BibleTech.

There are only a few tickets still available: reserve your spot today!

Logos Training Webinars Are Back!

Webinar_FB_AD_1200x628Back by popular demand, Logos training webinars help you make the most of your investment in Bible study software. Visit Logos.com/Webinar-Archive to view all of our past events and sign up to hear about future training events!

For how advanced it is, Logos is pleasantly intuitive. You can pick it up and run with it when you need to, and when you want to do deeper, more powerful Bible study, Logos has all the capabilities you need.

For those who want to go further, we host a digital gathering from time to time—a training webinar where together we learn about the capabilities of this incredible tool. Sometimes we cover basics, and sometimes we range a little further. We always learn something new, and you’re invited to join us.

Check out our most recent training event:

Our most recent webinar—the first after a brief hiatus during the launch of Logos 6—featured Dr. Steve Runge, a scholar-in-residence here at Faithlife. Dr. Runge walked us through the scholarship behind the popular and growing High Definition Commentary series, which invites even English-only students of the Bible to explore the Greek text.

You can view this and all previous events at Logos.com/Webinar-Archive. Keep your ears open for the webinar-only coupon code that unlocks great savings on Dr. Runge’s books!

And while you’re at it, join the webinar email list so that you’ll be among the first to know when future events are planned.

What topics would you like us to cover in future webinars? Comment below to let us know!

Take Your Logos-Edition Books Everywhere

Your Logos-edition books travel like no other books you own. For serious study, use Logos 6 on your Mac or PC to unlock the full potential of your Logos resources. And when life pulls you away from your desk, access those same books on your phone or tablet through the Logos Bible! app.

Download your books to your devices

With the Logos app on your phone or tablet, you can read or study from wherever your life takes you, even if you venture far from a Wi-Fi network or cell tower. Just take a moment to download the books you want to use while you’re offline.

Here’s how:

Launch the Logos app, and navigate to the library view:

The information card on each book contains a download button so you can easily download individual resources. In addition to the books I’m reading at the moment (or Mobile Ed courses I’m working through), I like to have the ESV, The NET Bible Notes, The Bible Knowledge Commentary, and the Lexham Bible Dictionary on my mobile device at all times.


Pro tip: The “Download All” button in the top right does exactly what you think. But if you use the search box to filter your library, “Download All” will only download your search results. For example, if I want to take my ethics books with me on a road trip, I could filter the library with “mytag:ethics” and use “Download All” to keep all of those books on my device.

You can use 12 different search filters to navigate your library:

  • author:
  • abbrev:
  • epubdate:
  • lang:
  • mytag:
  • pubdate:
  • publisher:
  • rating:
  • subject:
  • series:
  • title:
  • type:

Use these filters to quickly find and download the exact resources you’d like to have at your fingertips all the time.


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Take your Logos edition books with you everywhere! Visit Logos.com/Apps to learn more.

Why I Bought Another Base Package


logos-6-goldI got Logos 6 Gold the day it came out. For me it was a no-brainer. The combination of new tools like Visual Copy, Interactive Media, and a solid set of reference works—many of which I’d already been eyeing—made it an easy decision.

At the time, I was deep into a study of Old Testament altars, and Cultural Concepts helped me make connections that I would have otherwise missed. My love for Logos 6 hasn’t waned an ounce since then. Every time I open the software I learn something new.

But last week I noticed something. Many users, especially Logos 6 owners, were buying second and third base packages. I had never considered doing this; one research library seemed to serve me just fine. I wondered, “What do these people know that I don’t?

So I did a little investigating, and it turns out that I could add some very valuable reference works to my library at a huge savings if I picked up a second base package.

baptist-bronzeI started with the Baptist track because it’s the most familiar to me. (I grew up Baptist, and my father is still a Baptist pastor in the southeastern US.) And sure enough, Logos 6 Baptist Bronze included 63 books that would be new to me.

The tradition-specific base-package tracks share many of the same reference works that powered my library, but they also included some works that I lacked, including:

Thanks to Dynamic Pricing, I could add these 63 titles to my library for just $175.66—that’s $2.76 per title! This seemed like another no-brainer to me.

reformed-bronzeThen I jumped over to the Reformed track, and found much of the same. Dynamic Pricing offers me Logos 6 Reformed Bronze (and its 26 books new to me) for less than $100. The price per title was a little higher—at $3.17—but the quality of works included was also high:

So for less than $3.25 per title, I could add nearly 100 more exceptional reference works to my Logos library. I was missing out!

If, like me, your appetite for learning seems to outrun your book budget and you’re always on the hunt for a bargain, I’d encourage you to add a second (or third) base package to your library.

Base packages are the most cost-effective way to grow your theological library, especially for those of us who have been Logos users for a long time and can—by virtue of our existing libraries—make good use of Dynamic Pricing. Base-package families enable us to augment our library with teaching from the traditions we’d like to explore further.

With introductory offers like 15% off and up to $900.00 worth of gifts available, this is the best time to buy. These offers end soon, so take advantage of them before they’re gone!

Shop for your second (or third) base package today.

Context Matters: Dr. John Walton Explains Why

mobile-ed-john-walton-background-of-the-old-testament-bundleThanks to Mobile Ed, you can sit under the dynamic instruction of professors like Dr. John Walton of Wheaton College from the comfort of your own living room.

Dr. Walton has been teaching about the the ancient cultures in which the Bible was written for more than 20 years. In his two-course set on Old Testament backgrounds, Dr. Walton teaches how to analyze the Old Testament text on its own terms, and understanding the original author’s intent in context.

Check out this animated preview to see the kinds of topics Dr. Walton addresses in these courses:

Context matters. That’s why we’ve built so many tools into Logos 6 to help you understand the culture in which the text was written. Cultural Concepts was designed with this very purpose in mind. Over 1,000 cultural concepts across 80,000 hand-labeled tags make ancient ideas accessible to modern readers like you and me.

Use tools like Logos 6′s Cultural Concepts and courses like Dr. Walton’s to deliver helpful and refreshing biblical insights to those around you.

Master Old Testament backgrounds with Dr. Walton’s two-course bundle, and get Logos 6 to continue learning with tools like Cultural Concepts.

Cultivate a Big-Picture View of Scripture: This App Makes It Easier

every-day-bible-appThe Bible is a big book. Many people read it faithfully every day for years, and still never develop a big-picture view of it.

For example:

  • How does the story of the Exodus foreshadow the earthly ministry of Jesus?
  • Why would God direct the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute?

The reading plan and devotional built into the Every Day Bible app make answers to these and other difficult questions more accessible. Pairing Old and New Testament passages with a selection of biblical poetry each day, Every Day Bible invites you to develop a big-picture view of scripture, discovering connections between passages that you may not have noticed before.

And it’s not too late to jump into a year-long journey through scripture with Every Day Bible. You can start today at EveryDayBible.com, or—if you prefer—by downloading the Every Day Bible app for your Android or iOS device. The app is brilliantly simple—when you fire it up each day, you’ll jump right into the text with nothing new to learn or figure out.

So if this is your year to cultivate a big-picture view of scripture, the Every Day Bible app is ready to help.

Get this exceptional app—designed by the same team that brought you Logos 6—for free right now!