Enhance Your Class Documents with Personal Books

Guest writer Adam B. Shaeffer holds an MA in Spiritual Formation from Talbot School of Theology and a PhD in Theology from Durham University. He is already a big fan of Logos 8.

This article is a follow-up to my previous post on Personal Books. If you haven’t read it already, you may want to start there.

Imagine you are a teacher or the leader of a discipleship training program (this won’t take much imagination if you are one already) and you want to integrate technology more deeply into your in-person or online courses and curriculum.

In typical courses, professors hand out a printed syllabus on the first day of class. In some cases, they may post a digital copy to whatever digital learning resource their university uses, but this is typically done as a Word doc or pdf. [Read more…]

Time-Saving Tricks for Using the Factbook

One of our best friends in Logos is the Factbook. With it, we can research people, places, things, events, and a lot more. Perhaps as we’re studying a passage we open the Factbook alongside our Bible and type subjects from the passage into the Factbook. For example, imagine we’re examining the conversion of Lydia in Acts 16:11-15. We may individually type in the Factbook subjects like: [Read more…]

How to Enhance Personal Books in Logos, and Why You Should Do It

Guest writer Adam B. Shaeffer holds an MA in Spiritual Formation from Talbot School of Theology and a PhD in Theology from Durham University. He is already a big fan of Logos 8.

In my previous post, I discussed C.S. Lewis’ introduction to a translation of St. Athanasius’ The Incarnation of the Word of God. If you’ve read his introduction, and if you’re like me, you want to read the version he introduced. Unfortunately for us, that version isn’t yet available in Logos and isn’t in the public domain. [Read more…]

How to Use Notes to Access Church Documents

Of all of the new Logos 8 features, I’m continuing to get more questions about Notes than any other. Regardless of the specific question, the key to understanding Logos 8 Notes is that it’s a single database rather than multiple files.

Once that big picture sinks in, the sky is the limit. Because we can add and tag individual notes, then access them in a variety of ways using the sidebar
with its various filters. [Read more…]

How to Use the Bible Study Guide, One Section at a Time


At the heart and core of Logos Bible Software reside the Bible Study Guides. Through their numerous sections, these personal research assistants provide a lot of “instant data” about passages, words, themes, and topics.

Sometimes, however, we don’t need a lot of data. We just want a little data. Logos 8 has us covered, because now we can open one guide section at a time. [Read more…]

How to Search for Theological Topics in Logos

Guest author Adam B. Shaeffer holds an MA in Spiritual Formation from Talbot School of Theology and a PhD in Theology from Durham University. He is already a big fan of Logos 8.

In a previous post, I discussed the Theology Guide and the associated resource, the Lexham Survey of Theology (LST). In this post, I’ll dive into the Lexham Systematic Theology Ontology (LSTO), which is the information structure under the hood of the LST. [Read more…]

How to Seamlessly Consolidate Your Logos 8 Notebooks


Questions regarding the new Logos 8 Notes tool continue to come in so I’ll use this weekly training blog to address some of them. Here’s a recent question:

My Logos 7 Notes documents imported into Logos 8 as Notebooks. Is there a way to consolidate multiple Notebooks?

In other words, can we simultaneously move multiple Notes from one Notebook to another? [Read more…]

The Changes from Logos 7 to Logos 8, Summarized

With Logos 8 comes the most significant changes in an upgrade since Logos 4.

As this article covering all key changes states, “[Logos 8] not only adds many new features, but it also changes existing features and user interfaces in ways that will take some time to adjust to.”

This post is a summary of the full article. Each heading represents the major category of changes between Logos 8 and Logos 7. [Read more…]

Getting Started with the New Theology Guide

Guest writer Adam B. Shaeffer holds an MA in Spiritual Formation from Talbot School of Theology and a PhD in Theology from Durham University. He is already a big fan of Logos 8.

The Theology Guide is a powerful tool that taps into the new Lexham Survey of Theology (LST). The guide draws from the LST, but the associated ontology (which works behind the scenes like a new dataset) is where the rubber meets the road. [Read more…]

Learn to Maximize the New Notes Tool in Logos 8

Arguably the most significant new Logos 8 feature is the Notes tool. I certainly have received more questions about it than any other feature. Once you understand how to save and retrieve notes you’ll develop your own organizing scheme.

For now however, allow me to jump start your Notes‘ creativity I’ll show how easy it is to create and search an Illustrations Notebook.
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