3 Logos Shortcuts That Will Save You Time

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This post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Having been a Logos user for nearly 20 years now, I sometimes forget new users are added to the Logos fellowship every day. What is old news to a veteran could be the shortcut that saves a rookie valuable time. So this post is devoted to a few of my favorite shortcuts in hopes that new additions to the team will benefit from them.

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How Good Are the Sermons You Preach to Yourself?

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Even if you’ll never preach a single sermon in your entire life, you should still know what good preaching is. And not just so you can spot (and avoid) bad preaching; not even so you can seek out good preaching. You need to understand what makes a good sermon because every time you interpret the Bible, practically speaking, you’re preaching the Bible to yourself.

How good are your self-sermons?
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How to Quickly Diagram a Biblical Passage

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This post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

In an ideal world you and I would fluently read Hebrew and Greek, the original languages of Scripture. If we did, we’d be able to quickly see original language details found in words and grammar. If, however, we primarily rely just on our English Bibles, we may miss some details which are lost in translation.

Numerous features in Logos Bible Software are designed to help English students discover some of those details without being language scholars.

One such tool is called Propositional Outlines which “diagrams” a passage based on Hebrew or Greek.

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What if People Actually Studied Their Bibles?

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Imagine what would happen if thousands of Christians actually did what we all sort of feel like we’re supposed to do, especially at the New Year: imagine that we all read the Bible.

If you’ve been part of our 30-day Bible study challenge since it began on January 1, congratulations! You’ve now made it halfway! If you haven’t, it’s not too late to sign up.

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A Simple Trick for the Observation Stage of Your Bible Study

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This post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.
Traditionally, Bible study consists of three primary phases:

  • Observation: Ask questions.
  • Interpretation: Answer questions.
  • Application: Apply answers.

In observation, we’re instructed to read the text numerous times from various Bibles while asking the journalistic questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

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How to Search Your Entire Logos Library in a Flash

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At the local library

“Hi, I’m looking for all references in this library to William Tyndale.”

“Sure, I’m a reference librarian, so I’d be happy to help you with that. Hmm . . . . Looks like we’ve got two books in the religion section with ‘William Tyndale’ in the title or description.”

“Well, that’s great, but I was kind of hoping for any reference to William Tyndale within your books. And not just in those two. I’m sure he shows up elsewhere. And don’t forget journals, magazines, encyclopedias, visual media. Just anything you’ve got on Tyndale, thanks.”

“Um . . . ”

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On Christian Trinkets and Bad Exegesis

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Internet meanderings recently landed me on the Amazon product page for the bookmark below. It’s the kind of bookmark you’re supposed to give to a friend or loved one, and it bears two Bible verses. Notice the citation from Genesis 31 in particular.

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What Does It Mean to Meditate on Scripture?

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This post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

As we begin the New Year with, hopefully, a determination to be students of Scripture, I want to share one of my favorite verses with you:

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
—Joshua 1:8 (ESV)

When I memorized this verse years ago as a new Christian I focused on the word meditate, which I naturally assumed meant “get in a quiet place and think about the Word.” So I set out to apply this text to my life by pondering a little of the Bible every day. Certainly that’s a worthy and rewarding habit, but is that precisely what the Hebrew word translated meditate means?

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Start the New Year with a Free 30-Day Bible Study Course

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UPDATE: We’ve made this free training even better! Now you can learn the essentials of inductive Bible study in even less time with the 10-day Challenge. Learn more.

A pastor friend told me not long ago, “I have Logos, but I probably use only 5% of its capacity.”

This comment came from someone under 40, meaning that he knows how to turn a computer on without fear or antagonism. It hardly counts as “technology” to him; a computer is just “normal” and “useful,” like a hammer is to others. So if this 5% figure is true of a seminary-trained pastor born after the great technological generational divide, at what percentage are the less technologically inclined? Have they successfully even logged in yet?

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Start the New Year with a Personalized Devotional Plan

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This post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

The new year, a time for fresh starts, is upon us. Perhaps with renewed resolve you’d like to be even more of a reader and doer of the Word. Well here’s a handy tip that makes it easier for us to access our daily devotionals which launch us into Bible reading and application.

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