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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How to Easily Convert Measurements in a Passage

Beginning in Genesis 6:14, God tells Noah to build a boat according to exact specifications: 300 cubits X 50 cubits X 30 cubits. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t normally speak in terms of cubits today. I understand feet and yards, but cubits are another story.

This isn’t an isolated occurrence because unfamiliar measurements appear throughout the Bible. Fortunately for us, as we study passages with Logos 8, we can easily convert measurements in the text. [Read more…]

Logos for Spiritual Formation: the Lectio Divina Workflow


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 this post, I’ll be exploring one of the ways Logos 8 can play a vital role in our spiritual formation.

One of the primary aspects of how we change is establishing new habits, new ways of doing things, and new ways of engaging with the world around us.

Many of us have good habits, but how often do we ask if the habit could be improved? Just because our habits are good doesn’t mean that they are bearing fruit in our lives. Our good habits can actually sabotage our transformation if we do them thoughtlessly. This is, to my mind, one of the primary motivations behind the ancient practice of Lectio Divina. [Read more…]

How to Use the New Theology Guide

As I’ve talked to Christians throughout the years, I’ve often heard statements like: Theology is just for pastors. I’d like to study different doctrines in the Bible, but I don’t know where to start. Understanding doctrine is difficult.

If you’ve ever expressed such sentiments, I’ve got great news for you. In Logos 8 we have a brand new research assistant called the Theology Guide. This Guide, based on the resource, Lexham Survey of Theology, assembles various pieces of information in one place so we gain a good survey of major doctrines in Scripture.

Let’s take it out for a spin: [Read more…]

How to Use the New Important Words Feature

As you well know, words are the building blocks of Scripture. If we’re going to study or exegete a passage we have to examine words. Perhaps, in an ideal world, we would thoroughly explore every word in the text. If, however, we’re only going to dig deep on some words, the question becomes, which ones?

While there’s certainly no definitive answer that applies equally to all passages, there’s a new feature in Logos 8 that may offer some guidance.

It’s called Important Words and here’s how it works: [Read more…]

How to Use the New Library Sidebar

As you begin working with Logos 8, you’ll discover many panels now contain a sidebar populated with filters or facets to help us locate pertinent information in that panel. Arguably the most helpful new sidebar is the one that resides in the Library. With its facets, we can now locate resources without having to know sometimes challenging rules.

For example, let’s say we want to locate commentaries in our library covering the book of Romans. What rule or query do we type? No need to ask that question in Logos 8. Let me show you a better way:

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How to Create and Search a Passage List

In response to a recent blog about locating where Jesus speaks about the kingdom, a Logos user emailed me the following power-user tip that I wanted to pass along to you:

I create a Passage List of verses with Jesus as the Speaker in Reported Speech. Then in the future I search that list for the words I want. [Read more…]

How to Find and Review Relevant Online Videos

As you well know, within our Logos Bible Software we have scores of resources ready to yield valuable information related to the passage or subject we’re studying.

Perhaps, however, you’re not aware that the makers of Logos have also curated online images and videos ready and willing to enhance our study!

Today’s post highlights the Curated Online Video search feature, which is available only with a Faithlife Connect subscription. If you have Logos 7 Bronze or higher, you can run similar searches to find preselected images from the web.*

For example, let’s say we’re studying 2 Timothy 3:16 and we’d like to watch online videos related to the passage.

Here’s how to find them: [Read more…]

How to Locate Where Jesus Speaks a Specific Word

 

A Logos user contacted me with the following scenario:

I’m studying Matthew 4:17 where Jesus says “the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” How can I locate other verses where Jesus is speaking about the kingdom?

One answer to the question is to create an intersection search looking for verses containing a specific Greek lemma within reported speech in which Jesus is the speaker.

Wow! That’s a mouthful; so let’s break it down: [Read more…]