The Top 5 Ways to Go from Logos Novice to Logos Pro

The difference between this . . .

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. . . and this . . .

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. . . consists largely in the skill with which the latter photographer used the complicated tools on his SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera—and the complicated software tools used for post-production.

Likewise, the difference between an adequate sermon or Bible study and an excellent one may come down to the time you put in understanding and using the tools you have—including, preeminently, Logos Bible Software. Here are five ways you can begin to master Logos features so you can move from Logos novice to Logos pro.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Personal Devotions

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I remember the first time my personal devotions finally started to click. After growing up in the church, earning a Bible degree, and working in ministry, I developed the habit of separating my “study time”—which I spent preparing sermons, lessons, and Bible studies—from my own “personal devotions.”

For my “study,” I used resources like commentaries, biblical encyclopedias, systematic theologies, and lexicons; for my “personal devotions” I used resources like an open Bible, pen, paper, and a journal.

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5 Guidelines for Picking the Right Bible Translation

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An experienced pastor I greatly respect, a truly world-class Bible expositor whose series through Ephesians changed my life, sat in a room with a bunch of skinny, exegetically deficient young preacher wannabes. I was the skinniest. He was trying to mentor our motley crew, providing one piece of wisdom after another, pieces I have always, by God’s grace, followed.

Except one. This pastor told us young men to get one Bible and stick with it. His point was not so much to stick with one translation (he himself checked multiple translations regularly) but to have one edition that you really get to know.

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How to Understand the New Testament’s Use of the Old Testament

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The New Testament’s use of the Old Testament has been described as the “master problem” of Christian theology. Jesus’ and Paul’s words on the subject are direct and, in a way, simple: Jesus didn’t come to destroy the law but to “fulfill” it (Matt 5:16–17); and Paul says we are “not under law, but under grace” (Rom 6:14). But how do you harmonize those and other NT statements about the law, and how do you work out their specific implications? That’s the master problem.

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3 Ways Biblical Theology Will Change Your Bible Study

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Biblical theology is notoriously difficult to define. As one clever theologian has quipped, “. . . everyone does that which is right in his or her own eyes and calls it biblical theology.” One reason for the confusion: a slim monograph on the the theme of social justice in the book of Amos, and a massive overview of the entire Bible could both properly be called biblical theology.

How could such a diverse array of resources be a part of the same discipline?

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8 Reasons Bible Dictionaries Are the Unsung Heroes of Bible Study

bible-dictionaries-blog-headerBiblical illiteracy, particularly in the US, is increasing at a staggering rate. Now more than ever it’s critical that the people of God not only read the Bible more frequently, but study the Bible. There are many ways to study Scripture, and numerous tools one can use—commentaries, original language resources, seminary-level courses, and sophisticated software. But one of the oft-overlooked yet most accessible study companions is the Bible dictionary.

In essence, a Bible dictionary is a tome of definitions of biblical names, places, people, events, and concepts. Some dictionaries take a short-and-sweet approach, while others are more exhaustive. But whatever their format, Bible dictionaries can be one of the most useful, beneficial reference books on your shelf.

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5 Powerful Logos Capabilities You May Have Missed

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Perhaps you’ve seen it: that little pyramid of circles next to the page number in a Logos resource. Click on the icon, but don’t be overwhelmed by the list of options that appears. You’ve just found “visual filters,” powerful tools for Bible study. They’re not scary once they’re explained. (You will be not-scared by the end of this post, guaranteed.)

There are many visual filters, depending on what resource you have open, but let me just hit the high points—the five major benefits of the five main visual filters you should use.

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When (and How) to Use Multiple Bible Translations

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I want people who study the Bible to stop asking, “What’s the best Bible translation?” and feel free to use all the good translations we have. It’s what I called, last week, Ending Bible Translation Tribalism.

In my vision of the ideal world, Christians and Christian groups will still have their favored translations, but they will also make regular use of the many other good translations that God has permitted us to have. (And in this world fine milk chocolate would be very cheap and very good for you.)

I can’t assume that my little post ended Bible translation tribalism. You may still be thinking, “But not all translations are good! Translation X is flat out bad!”

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Do We Have to Prove Christianity Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?

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Many Christians believe that for faith to be authentic, it must be free from any doubt. While this may be an ideal, it’s far from realistic. Many characters in God’s Word—including Abraham and John the Baptist—experienced episodes of doubt. Though hopefully such experiences are the exception rather than the norm, the truth is, most Christians occasionally struggle with doubt—even apologists.

So what is the proper relationship between faith and doubt in the lives of believers? To even come close to answering that question, we must confront an even more fundamental issue. Do we have to prove Christianity beyond a reasonable doubt?

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11 Inspiring Quotes from Tim Keller

Keller-blog-header-lastchanceWith his compelling, challenging, and poignant preaching and writing, Tim Keller has been likened to none other than C.S. Lewis—though the New York pastor is quick to deflect comparisons to his hero.

Keller’s words have inspired millions of believers around the world, and he’s written more than 20 books addressing topics including apologetics, marriage, work, prayer, and a dozen more. We’ve collected 11 of his most provocative, inspiring quotations, each from one of his most influential, best-loved titles.
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