Sync Your Highlights Across Multiple Bibles in 5 Clicks

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I’ve had the privilege of teaching Camp Logos training seminars for many years now. And ever since the Highlighting feature appeared on the scene, there’s a very common question at Camp:

How can I highlight the text in one Bible and have those highlights show up in other Bibles?

Well, I have great news for you: that feature now exists in Logos 7! It’s a setting in the Visual Filter called Corresponding Notes and Highlights and it’s really cool.

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How to Identify a Passage’s Repeated Words in Seconds

repeated-wordsInductive Bible study consists of three phases: Observation, Interpretation, and Application. During Observation we’re encouraged to read the biblical text numerous times asking the journalistic questions Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. Also, during this initial step of Bible study we’re supposed to identify any repeated words which may indicate an emphasis or theme.

For example in Luke 15 words like “lost,” “found,” and “rejoice” occur frequently and they do indeed point to the main point of the chapter.

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6 Reasons Pastors Will Love the Sermon Editor in Logos 7

5-reasons-love-sermon-editorInsightful culture watcher David Foster Wallace says something in his famous essay on television that preachers need to hear—even though preachers probably already know it.

The staccato editing, sound bites, and summary treatment of knotty issues is network news’ accommodation of an Audience whose attention span and appetite for complexity have naturally withered a bit after years of high-dose spectation. (A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, 57)

Thankfully, the Christian community in America has not been affected by high doses of television. Churchgoers are constantly asking their pastors to extend their sermons by an extra hour.

No, actually not.

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What to Do When You Find an Interpretive Quandary

interpretive-quandaryThe viewpoints of Christians of the past are not authoritative over us in the same way the Bible is—or even the same way our pastors are (Heb. 13:17). Past generations of believers made theological errors just like us, because they were fallen and limited just like we are.

But, then again, they were not limited exactly like we are. As C.S. Lewis famously pointed out in Surprised by Joy, it is “chronological snobbery” to assume that we are more advanced in every way than people from centuries past. We shouldn’t get busy congratulating ourselves for avoiding their vices before we remind ourselves how far we fall from their virtues. We need to listen to how other Christians, in all centuries, have used the Bible.

One important element of Bible interpretation is to see how other Christians throughout history have used the passage you’re studying. Logos 7 provides three brand new datasets that you can use to help you do that with a minimum of page-flipping: the Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology, and Confessional Documents datasets.

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How to Hit the Ground Running in Logos 7

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For most of us, our first introduction to Logos Bible Software is the Home Page with its Passage/Topic box. By entering a biblical reference or subject in the box and clicking GO we can launch in-depth Bible study.

Also, if you’ve been to Camp Logos or watched the QuickStart videos you’ve heard me say the GO icon opens the Default Home Page Passage or Topic Study Screen. In other words, if we used GO, we had to take and learn to love what the software opened for us; we couldn’t customize the Home Page layouts.

That is, until Logos 7! With the latest version, we can combine the ease of use of GO with the power of customization, resulting in a quick and personalized Logos desktop.

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How to Link a Bible to the Bible Word Study Guide

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As you’ve probably heard, Logos 7 is here! And it’s packed full of new features and tools!

I’m honored that the folks at Faithlife have asked me to write blog posts about my favorite seven new features in Logos 7. With all the great new enhancements, picking out my top seven is no easy task, but I’ll give it a go. So for the next several blog posts, I’ll focus on these new features and tools:

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How To Find a Bible Verse Fast

find-verse-fastI was recently writing something about biblical archaeology, and it happened again, that thing that’s always happening to me in Bible study—does it happen to you? I was trying to find the location of a verse whose exact wording I was pretty sure I already knew. The phrase that was cemented in my head was, “declared to be the Son of God with power.”

I sometimes used to try searching a Bible website because it was easy to get to—since I’m often already in my browser. But I gave up, because most of the time I get either way too many hits or I got this:

“NO RESULTS COULD BE FOUND”

I tried it again, for old time’s sake, and sure enough, that’s what my search for “declared to be the son of God with power” got me.

Man! I know that phrase is in there! But where? And which Bible translation(s) is it in?

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5 Ways Loving Your Neighbor Will Change Your Bible Teaching

love-your-audienceWhat’s the key to effectively teaching the Bible to others, whether in a Bible study, a sermon, or a Facebook conversation?

Love your audience as yourself. Loving God is most important, of course, but it’s possible to love God supremely and yet fail in your efforts at communicating the truths of Scripture to others. If you love your audience as yourself, the next Bible study you lead, the next sermon you preach, the next blog post you write, is much more likely to hit home. The Blogging Standards Administration says I must now present three to seven reasons why I think this is so. Let’s go for five, although I have a feeling we could keep going for a long time.

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How to Identify Idioms in the ESV and NASB

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A Logos user recently contacted me with this question:

The ESV is my preferred Bible and I enjoy using the interlinear pane that displays at the bottom of the Bible. I recently noticed italicized English text for some of the words. In the KJV italicized text indicated inserted words in English that weren’t in the original. In this interlinear pane, however, I clearly see Greek words below the English, so why are some English words italicized?

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How to Choose Your Top Bibles in Logos

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One of the most frequent things I do in Logos—and I’m betting you do the same thing—is search for a specific verse or group of verses. My searches can seem pretty random, like the time I looked for every time the Bible talks about “war.”

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