I jokingly tell participants who attend Camp Logos, “Logos Bible Software will do everything but wash your dishes!” It really is that powerful. From building a Passage Guide report to searching your Library for a concept to in-depth original language work, Logos is here to help.
I constantly compare Bible translations during Bible study and exegesis. But not everyone sees the value in this practice, and some are outright skeptical: they think I’m inviting confusion, a he-said, she-said method of exegesis. Or they think it’s too much work for too little profit. All I know is that over and over again, comparing translations has been helpful to me as I seek to understand the Bible. I can’t come up with a list of astounding examples off the top of my head; the help I get is often subtle—though it adds up.
The Notes document in Logos is helpful and versatile, allowing us to accumulate all our research for a topic, passage, sermon, etc. in one location. Within this document, we can create various types of individual notes such as:
- User-created notes
- Notes attached to verses
- Notes attached to selected text
For years if we attached a note to a Bible verse, that note would show up in all of our Bibles and commentaries. If, however, we attached a note to selected text— just a few words rather than the entire verse—that note would only show up in the Bible in which it was created. But things have changed in Logos 7! Using the power of the reverse interlinear, we can attach a note to selected text in one Bible and it will appear on the corresponding text in other interlinear Bibles!
Let’s take a look at a specific example:
How would you find all the rhetorical questions in the New Testament—like “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
Finding such questions—questions which aren’t seeking answers but are instead making statements—is a tougher task than it may first appear. As far as I know, Logos 7 is the only tool that can do it.
As you probably know, Logos 7 is here! So I hope you’re discovering and enjoying its many new features. Today I’ll highlight one new feature that has been much anticipated by many Logos users: Multiview Resources.
For years Logos has had the ability to link multiple panels so that they scroll together. For example, when we link a Bible to a commentary and jump to John 3:16 in the Bible, the commentary automatically follows along.
Multiview Resources is similar in that resources follow the leader, but now all the resources reside in the same panel! Let’s take a look at an example with daily calendar devotionals:
My wife regularly works domestic miracles. Case in point: she actually reads her Bible first thing in the morning.
She’s a mother with young children and a lot of responsibility. We never know how much sleep Mommy will get on any given night, and she occasionally has to microwave her first cup of coffee several times before being permitted by circumstances—three circumstances between the ages of 2 and 6, to be exact—to drink any of it. So she doesn’t read her Bible every day. But every time I glance over her way at church I see that the ESV Readers Bible I got her has plenty of notes and marks in it; this is a mother who never stops trying to know and live the Bible.
She wants her Bible study to be rich and rewarding; she wants to hit the veins of gold sometimes far beneath the surface.
So I put my copy of Logos on her iPad (this is completely legal, by the way), and she has access to the same Bible study resources I use in pastoral work.
Busy moms—like the one to whom I’m married—are often pulled in a hundred different directions. They may be excused for thinking they have no time to learn complicated Bible software. Logos does have a learning curve, but you only have to go a short way up it to see a big difference in your Bible study. Here are two tips for doing just that (two instead of the usual three—since moms are busy and who has time to read the middle point in a blog post?).
Mon, October 3, 2016 | Training|
Mon, September 26, 2016 | Training|
People’s names in Scripture are not merely labels to distinguish them from other people, but many times are expressions of their character. For example,
Mon, September 19, 2016 | Training|
Logos 7 launched with a number of exciting and powerful new features, but the one that’s generating the most interest and questions is the Sermon Editor. You can get an overview of what Sermon Editor can do in this introductory blog post, and this dedicated training page.
With this blog post I’d like to continue the discussion about this very practical tool. While it’s outside the scope of any one post to fully explore the Sermon Editor, I’d like to provide an overview in the form of a “big picture.”
Wed, September 14, 2016 | Training|
After more than a year as a Logos Pro, I’m still occasionally surprised to discover things I never knew Logos could do.
I already knew about the Copy Bible Verses tool in Logos. I use it so regularly that I made a shortcut to it in my menu bar:
But I just learned that you can use Logos to insert Bible text while you’re in other apps—pretty much anything with a text field.
There are two ways to do this.