Master the 15 Document Types: Part 1

Note-taking remains central to both personal Bible study and sermon preparation. Whether you’re journaling through the New Testament in your daily devotions, preparing to lead a small group, or doing research for your dissertation, Logos offers powerful, intuitive note-taking tools to improve every facet of your Bible study.

The documents menu in Logos 5 gives you 11 different document types (and Documents.Logos.com reveals four more). Each one works a little differently, so you’ll always have the right tool for the job.

To demonstrate the power of these documents, we created a Faithlife Group with samples of each document type—join right now to see them all!

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There are also four other document types that don’t appear in this menu, but may appear at Documents.Logos.com. Over the next two weeks, we’ll explore the capabilities of each—starting today with the first six types listed in the documents menu.

1. Bibliography

Logos 5 makes it easy to create, edit, sort, and print (or export) bibliographies for publication or personal reference. You can add citations from seven source types (I use “history” most often).

Students, rejoice—if you build a bibliography in MLA only to learn that your professor expects Turabian, don’t worry—you can switch between styles with a click.

Exporting or printing a bibliography is easy, too: just click the panel menu or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Command + P.

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2. Clippings

When you come across an insight you want to remember, turn to clippings—the fastest way to store definitions, ideas, observations, and other fragments of text.

It’s easy: create a new clippings document, then right click text to set it aside for later. The clippings document will remember exactly where you found everything, so you can cite all your sources. You can even add tags (to make clippings searchable) and notes.

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3. Notes

Logos’ notes make it easy to mark up your books. Just like writing in the margins, you can add your own thoughts and observations to personalize every book in your library—except in Logos notes, you’ll never run out of writing room.

Notes and clippings are very similar. Personally, I use clippings to gather insights from my library into one place while I study or prepare to preach. I use notes to store a searchable copy for a final product—like a sermon manuscript, a completed article, or a position paper.

Notes attached to Scripture references will place an inline icon across all your devices. Hover over it to preview the note, and click to open it.

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4. Passage list

This is the most helpful document when you’re studying systematically through a single topic or theme. Use search to find all the references of a specific word or phrase, and store the results for analysis.

The passage list really shines when you toggle over to memorization mode—you can use it to memorize a list of verses by progressively hiding more words as you become more familiar with the text.

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5. Prayer list

Prayer lists help you keep your promises to pray for friends or family. You can add requests, set the frequency, and share your lists in a Faithlife Group or at Documents.Logos.com. You can even record answers, so you’ll always have a record of God’s faithfulness in your life.

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Join the Logos Sample Documents Faithlife Group to see more examples of all 15 document types.

We’ll cover the remaining document types next week—stay tuned for part 2!

Win Logos 5 Gold: Limited Time Remaining!

Christian Discourse

Last week you learned that you could win Logos 5 Gold (a $1,549.95 value) by sharing your biblical insight on ChristianDiscourse.com.

We’ll have a winner on September 16 at midnight (EDT). The person who shares the most from Christian Discourse to Facebook or Twitter before then will win Logos 5 Gold or an upgrade equivalent. And four runners-up will win the 13-volume Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection (a $534.95 value).

Right now, Christian Discourse users are discussing important topics, from Bible questions to ministry methods to current events. And just for participating in these discussions, you’ll get the chance to win a massive biblical and theological library—a suite of powerful tools that will help you explore these questions in your own studies.

Plus, four runners-up will win the 13-volume Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection, which summarizes the Pauline writings in an easy-to-follow format. These unique books distill the most relevant and helpful content on this subject so that you can quickly find what you need. Four runners-up will win a free copy of this collection just for sharing their insights—and you could be one of them.

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Christian Discourse is a place for honest conversations about the things that matter most. It’s designed to guide you in exploring Christianity through discussion. You’ll find conversations on theology, apologetics, devotional thoughts, Bible questions, and more—all tied to Christian living. Discover biblical insights from followers of Christ on our culture’s most pertinent issues and our world’s most pressing troubles.

The best part: you can join in and contribute to the discussion. Your thoughts and concerns matter—Christian Discourse is a safe place to share them with your family in Christ.

Join the conversation today!

3 More Ways to Fill Your Life with Scripture

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Get new Bible-verse T-shirts, postcards, and mobile apps (for iOS and Android) featuring our Verse of the Day artwork.

We started illustrating new verse art every day in 2011, and the collection has grown to 700+ unique pieces. This Bible art represents a large series of visual inspiration, and now you have three new ways to bring it into your life:

1. New Bible-verse T-shirtsbible-verse-t-shirt-isaiah-61-3

Our first Bible-verse shirts are so popular that we’ve had to reorder them three times! Now, we’re introducing five more designs based around some of the most loved verses—like Isaiah 61:3 and John 16:33. These inspiring messages make for some beautiful T-shirts that will encourage both you and those you encounter. Pre-order them today to get an introductory discount.

2. Bible-verse postcards

Postcard-Mockup4Encourage your far-away friends with these brand-new Bible-verse postcards. For a limited time, save when you pre-order a pack of 10 (two copies each of five designs). Your friends and loved ones will love seeing these encouragements in their mailbox.

Order a second set for yourself, and post them around your house or at your workstation to keep yourself thinking on things above (Colossians 3:2).

3. Bible Screen mobile apps

Our library of 700+ vibrant Verse of the Day images set to classical music is now available on your mobile device with iOS and Android apps. You can enjoy the same loop available on BibleScreen.com or browse the entire image library. Amd with what’s sure to be the most popular feature of the apps, you can also save any of the images to your device as your lock-screen or device background.

Share your love for Scripture with Verse of the Day art, now available as T-shirts, postcards, and mobile apps.

Webinar Review: Harness the Power of Logos Searches

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This week, a group of Logos users enjoyed a free hour-long training on harnessing the full potential of Logos 5′s powerful search tools. We covered using search operators, using Louw-Nida numbers, narrowing searches to only the most relevant results, and making the most of the powerful Clause Search tool.

If you missed it, don’t worry! You can watch the recording right now and reap all the benefits of this important training:

In the webinar, we featured the Themelios theological journal, a publication with a long, rich history of excellence. When you get this 111-issue collection, your searches in Logos 5 will yield results from theological thought leaders where they were first published.

We’d like to do more virtual training events like this—but only if it’s something you want. Make your opinion known! Let us know via Facebook or Twitter what type of training you’d like us to put together next.

Then make sure you’re in the loop: subscribe to the webinar email list below. When we schedule the events you want, you’ll be among the first to know about it.





Free Webinar: Harness the Power of Searches in Logos 5

Logos 5′s powerful search tools help you find the insights you need. Our next training webinar, on July 15 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific, will show you how—for free.

Save your spot: register right now!

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Together, we’ll spend an hour exploring the three types of search most frequently used in Logos 5:

  • Basic search scours your whole library, bringing you the results most relevant to your study.
  • Bible search, paired with Louw-Nida numbers, makes the original languages accessible.
  • Clause Search—a revolutionary new power tool—reveals search results that you can’t find any other way.

Your Logos library is full of wisdom and insight—Bible dictionaries, commentaries, academic journals, sermon archives—but it’s Logos’ search tools that help you connect that knowledge to what you’re studying. You’ll learn which searches work best for which scenarios, so you can quickly and confidently locate the information you need.

This webinar will dive a little deeper than the previous few. If you’re new to Logos, you can catch up with the last two webinars right here:

These two events lay the foundation on which you’ll build a deeper understanding of Logos 5′s search tools. Come ready with any questions you have, and we’ll answer them on air!

Register for the webinar at Logos.com/Webinar to reserve your spot—we’ll send you a reminder email with all the details.

 
P.S. What’s the only thing better than a free training webinar? Learning with a friend! After you’ve claimed your spot, tell your friends so they can do the same:

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Free Webinar: Get the Most out of Your Logos Library

Free Webinar Logos 5One of the remarkable things about Logos 5 is that, while it’s extremely powerful, it also makes getting started simple. Just type in a passage or topic and hit “Go”—Logos will perform dozens of hours’ worth of research for you. Then, if you want to zero in on a specific word or idea, you can choose from a huge arsenal of specialized tools.

But how do you know if you’re using the right tools for your study? Could there be a helpful insight tucked away in some corner of your library that you’ve yet to explore?

Learn to get the most out of your Logos library: come join us for a free training webinar! We’ll cover how to:

  • Organize your library for quick access to your most used books
  • Build custom collections to make research fast and easy
  • Find exactly what you’re looking for with precise searching

If you already own a Logos 5 base package, you’ll learn to make the most of its features, datasets, and books. If you don’t, you’ll get a detailed walkthrough of Logos 5 so you can make an informed decision.

This is the second such webinar we’ve hosted. Attendees of the first one had this to say:

“A really useful video. It’s always good just to see the way in which other people study—I think I’ll be incorporating some of these tips into my study.”

“One of the most useful videos ever on Youtube. A real blessing.”

“Great refresher, I look forward to the next one.”

Don’t miss out—register for the free webinar at Logos.com/Webinar-Subscribe!

P.S. Learning is always better with a friend. If you know another Logos user who would appreciate this hour of training, invite them to join you.

40,000 Books in 18 Months: A Crowdsourced Tagging Project

The Logos forums are a wonderful place. There’s always someone ready to answer your questions and help you get the most from your Bible study. Never has this been clearer than in light of the thread “Theology/Denomination Tags,” which has been home to a fascinating crowd-sourced tagging project for the last 18 months.

A forum user suggested that Logos ought to tag all 40,000 resources on Logos.com by denomination, so that people could know each book’s theological tradition at a glance. That sort of tagging represents a tremendous amount of work, and the poster was initially misunderstood by several in the forum community. But he persisted and clarified his vision. Another user pointed out that users already have the tools to create these tags themselves, and suggested that the community take on the project. Slowly, the two of them won over a number of Logos power-users and forum MVPs. Together, over the course of 250+ posts, they did it. Now you can benefit from their work—just join the “Logos Library Theology/Denomination Tags” group on Faithlife.com!

What did they create?

The team made collection rules for every major denomination and theological category they could think of—78, to be exact.

A collection rule is a set of criteria according to which Logos can search your library. For example, I have a custom collection rule for Lexham Press books—”Publisher:Lexham.” It creates a collection for all the Lexham Press books I own; when I buy new ones, they’re added automatically. I can then quickly search my Lexham collection, or even add it to custom guides.

The forum team created a rule like that for every theological group, from the pre-Reformation to the Reformation and everything in between. Many of these rules are very involved—the Puritans rule, for instance, contains 26 authors, one seminary, and one publishing house.

How can I get it?

When the group reached consensus last month, a forum user created an open Faithlife group around the project. You can join it right now, click the Documents tab, and add their work to your Logos library.

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There are two major takeaways here:

First, the Logos forums host a very special digital community. If you’re not involved, you’re missing out. Join the conversation at Community.Logos.com.

Second, Faithlife.com is the glue that holds together the Logos ecosystem. It enables community and collaboration on a remarkable scale. Join the “Theology/Denomination Tags” group, and start benefiting today.

Add More Art to Your Proclaim Subscription

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Proclaim gives you $1,000 worth of effortlessly beautiful Smart Media. It’s a great presentation package, but if you’re presenting each week, you might want even more.

Proclaim’s talented designers have crafted a line of deluxe presentation art: Pro Media. It’s a whole suite of seasonal and generic title slides, content and lyric slides, special-case assets like Facebook- and Twitter-centric announcements, even stunning videos. And we’re adding more art to Pro Media every month! You won’t have to go looking for great worship art anymore—with Pro Media, it comes directly to you.

Pro Media gives your presentation extra polish. It’s beautiful, not urgent.

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Of course, all the art included in your Pro Media subscription is Smart Media—for every piece, our design team has already preselected the best font, text color, size, and positioning. Proclaim’s art gives you an elegant presentation every time.

Learn more about Pro Media at ProclaimOnline.com/Media.

Then add Pro Media to your Proclaim subscription in the app or over the phone at 855-715-6467!

Proclaim Gets a Major Update!

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We think that everyone in a church, from the administrator to the media director, should be able to create compelling visual presentations. That’s the game-changing idea behind Proclaim. Intuitive features like Smart Media ensure that you don’t have to spend time matching font and text colors with your art. Proclaim’s collaboration-oriented design meets the unique needs of everyone on your team, from the senior pastor to the worship leader to the tech volunteer.

Meet the new Proclaim

Proclaim recently got a major update—here’s a rundown of what’s new:

Redesigned user interface

Embracing the flat aesthetic, we’ve eliminated gradients and reflections. The new UI improves performance, not just looks—now there are fewer graphical elements to move around.

Speed, stability & continuity

We’ve updated some of Proclaim’s core technology, making everything faster, more stable, and more consistent across platforms. Now, slides render identically on both Mac and Windows.

Customization that lasts

Smart Media is one of the ways Proclaim saves you a lot of time. And now, if you customize a slide—say, to match an uploaded background image—your changes will be preserved even if you change backgrounds. If you customize your slides, you’ll only have to do it once!

On-Screen Bible

The new On-Screen Bible service item brings your preaching passage to life with subtle animations. With three styles and eight colors to choose from, you’re sure to find a look that fits every presentation you build. Just type a passage into the Reference box and your animation is created in seconds. Check it out:

Affordable pricing for churches of every size

You can try the new Proclaim free for 30 days. If you decide to subscribe, Proclaim specialists are standing by, eager to help, at 855-715-6467.

Proclaim pricing scales to make exceptional church presentations affordable for churches of all sizes. We don’t charge per download, so you can install Proclaim on as many computers as you like. Likewise, we don’t charge per user—you can collaborate with as many volunteers as you like, without paying extra.

Your whole church benefits from Proclaim. Use it in youth group, Sunday school class, small group, children’s church, church proper, and anywhere else you can think of—all at no extra cost.

Download Proclaim for free at ProclaimOnline.com/Download.

Or break the price into smaller, more manageable interest-free monthly payments—call us at 855-715-6467 to get a phone-only subscription deal!

3 Helpful Commands You Might Not Know About

Logos 5Logos 5 offers so many time-saving features that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Here are three I use on a regular basis:

1. “Update Now”

You can force an update by typing “Update Now” into the command box, which directs Logos to search for updates to both the software and all your resources. Resource updates include things like additional links, typo fixes, and—of course—downloads of new books you’ve recently purchased. Logos updates itself on its own, but Update Now starts the process immediately.

2. “Close All”

My favorite layout includes an exegetical guide, a passage guide, a half-dozen Bibles, four commentaries, and the info tool. I usually start there and, as I study, open even more books, guides, and Bibles. It’s not uncommon for me to end up with three dozen tabs open across four different panes. It would take at least two minutes to close them individually, but I can close them all at once by typing “Close All” into the command box.

3. “Facilitate Serendipitous Discovery”

Many Logos users have multiple thousands of books. With a theological library that large, you might have books you’ve never read—or even opened. The Facilitate Serendipitous Discovery (FSD) command opens a resource at random, so you can get to know even more of your library. Type “FSD” into the command box to start exploring. I use this command daily, and I’m still finding new things.

Bonus: drag to shortcuts bar

All three of these commands can be saved to the shortcuts bar. Just type them and then, rather than pressing enter to execute, drag the command from the dropdown menu into your shortcuts bar, to the right of the command box.

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As you can see, “update now,” “close all,” and “FSD” are the first three items on my shortcuts bar. You can add your favorite Bibles, books, tools, and layouts, too.

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Not studying with Logos 5 yet? You should be. Get it today!