More Tips on Finding the Perfect Hymn for Sunday Morning

Last week’s post answered a user’s question on how to find hymns based on a Scripture reference. Today, using a feature called field searching, we’ll locate hymns written by a specific author, with a desired title, or containing certain words.

If you’re looking for a hymn, give this a go:

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How to Add the Same Note in Logos to Different Verses

Last week’s blog post focused on Notes and we’ll continue that theme this week.

Sometimes as we’re studying the Bible, the insights we gain for one passage apply equally to another. For example, as we study the results of Spirit fullness in Ephesians 5:18-22 we realize they’re basically the results of the Word dwelling in us from Colossians 3:16-17. So we want the same note attached to both passages.

To do that, take a swing at this:

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How to Find Everywhere the NT Mentions Eating or Meals

A fellow Logos user recently posted the following question on a Logos blog:

Is there a way to find every time there is eating/a meal in the New Testament?  I think there is a lot of activity that goes on around a table or just eating.

With the Bible Sense Lexicon the answer is a resounding yes!

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Logos Pro Summer Training: One-Hit Wonders in the Bible

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. 

Shakespeare used around 17,000 different words to write his plays; some of them he used only once, such as imbecility. Words that appear just one time in a given text are called hapax legomena. The New Testament contains quite a number of these. (A Logos user made a full list here.)

Biblical hapax legomena present a unique challenge to translators, because we discover what words mean by observing how they’re used. When these rare words occur, translators are forced to search usage outside of the Bible to discover their meaning.

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How to Tidy Up Your Logos Library

Recently, I received an e-mail from a seasoned Logos user who presented the following scenario:

I’ve been with Logos for many years and amassed numerous resources. As I surveyed my Library I realized some of these resources I may not use. Is there a way to remove them from my Library?

For various reasons you may find yourself in a similar situation. For example, perhaps you don’t read Latin, yet you discover you have Latin resources.

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Logos Summer Training: How to Find a Verse You Don’t Remember

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. 

If you’ve spent real time in the Bible, certain phrases will stick in your mind. And mix with other phrases. And other translations. You end up with occasional mishmashes, making it difficult for you to find the verse that’s on the tip of your tongue. Scriptural statements also get transmogrified into cultural sayings: “Money is the root of all evil”—except that it isn’t.

With the new Fuzzy Search feature in Logos, you can search for the “wrong” words and still find the right verse. Enter the phrase above and you’ll get 1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.”

This week, we will learn how the Fuzzy Search feature works and how we can quickly search for references we don’t quite recall.

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Study Questions

  • Where does Scripture say “God is love”?
  • Can you find the passage where a king hits the ground with arrows three times?

How to Reopen the Last Closed Tab in Logos

With the recent release of Logos 7.8 you’ll discover a small, but very useful feature that numerous people have requested: reopen the last closed tab!

Imagine you accidentally closed a resource, Guide, Factbook, or even a Search panel. You can now quickly and easily reopen it. As we say in the sports world, no harm, no foul.

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An Easy Way to Keep Track of Where You Preached All Those Sermons

An itinerant Bible teacher recently told me he uses the new Sermon Editor for his messages. He enjoys the power of creating his outline and handout in the same document, as well as, the security of backing up and synchronizing his files to various devices.

As an itinerant, however, he preaches the same sermon more than once and he wants to insure he doesn’t repeat a message in the same church!

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4 Simple Tips for Getting the Most out of Logos Bible Software

In my work as a Logos Pro, I sometimes hear users say, with a resigned, apologetic tone, “I probably use only 5 percent of the capabilities of Logos.” People with lots of responsibility, lots of training, lots of gifting, and lots of experience in ministry or scholarship (or both) all of the sudden grow bashful and embarrassed. They stare at the floor like it’s report card day. They crawl into nearby holes.

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What Would the Author of “Amazing Grace” Say about Social Media?

John Newton wrote a beautiful letter to a friend which is called in his collected works, “On Controversy”—because that friend was about to engage in public controversy over Christian doctrine; Newton wanted to give him some scriptural counsel. I have read it 20 times over nearly as many years, and thought of it countless more. In order to more fully get the principles into my own soul—because I, frankly, have not always lived up to them—I have taken the liberty of “transculturating” it for today’s Christian SMWs—Social Media Warriors. If Newton were to write the same letter today, this is my guess as to what he would write:

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