Logos 4: Read Your Books in Column Format

mp|seminars TipsToday’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos
training seminars.

One of the downsides to reading traditional print books is that the lines of text are usually very long. Our eyes are constantly moving from left to right and back  left again which slows us down. Newspaper articles, however, appear in columns with shorter lines of text. We read those articles up and down which increases our reading speed. We can now read our Logos books the same way with newspaper columns.

Here’s how:

  • Open a Logos resource such as a Bible or dictionary
  • Click the resource’s panel menu
  • Locate on the menu the option called Columns
  • Select the number of columns (1-5) you want to appear in the panel (Auto allows Logos to adjust the columns based on the width of the panel)

You can now read that resource just like a newspaper! To turn the pages, click the arrows in the lower right corner (lower left corner for right to left resources) of the panel.

Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics: A First-Ever English Translation

Reformed DogmaticsMany important theological works have not been translated into English. For most of the church’s history, the majority of theological writing has been done in Greek, Latin, German, French, Italian, Dutch—not English. There are countless works in the fields of biblical and theological studies that remain untranslated—and therefore inaccessible to English-speaking pastors, Bible students, and scholars.

Logos is changing that. As a start, we intend to translate Geerhardus Vos’ Gereformeerde Dogmatiek into English.

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Follow BibleTech:2011′s Live Twitterfeed!

BibleTech BibleTech:2011 kicks off Friday, March 25, at 9:00 AM (PST). You may not be able to make it this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out entirely! We have a live twitterfeed set up at the BibleTech website where you can follow the #BibleTech conversations live.

But that’s not all!

ChurchCrunch.com will have two bloggers at the event chronicling every session. So make sure to check that out, or better yet, sign up for their RSS feed.

Logos’ own Sean Boisen will not only be presenting, but will be doing some blogging from SemanticBible.com/Blogos (RSS) as well.

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Coupon Codes for the First Two Rounds of Logos March Madness

March MadnessRound 2 of March Madness just concluded and 48 titles are now on sale!

With over 100,000 votes cast so far in the 2011 Logos March Madness tourney, the competition has been tight. Of the 64 titles that started in the tournament, only 16 remain to battle it out for discounts ranging from 40% to 75% off! Round 3 is open, so you can now vote for your favorites in the Sweet 16.

Stay up to date on voting and coupon codes. Subscribe to the RSS feed or email updates.

Here are the titles that you can save on now with the corresponding coupon code:

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Now on Pre-Pub: The Reformation Trust Collection

Reformation Trust CollectionFor over forty years, R. C. Sproul has been teaching and preaching the Word of God. In 1971, he founded a little ministry in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, with the idea that there was a gap between Sunday School and seminary that needed to be filled.

R. C. Sproul’s passion for God spread like a wildfire—he soon became a highly sought after speaker, and his books sold as fast as they could print them. He started a radio program that is now heard in over forty countries worldwide, he is the executive editor of Tabletalk magazine, and he was the general editor for The Reformation Study Bible.

Ligonier Ministries, now located near Orlando, Florida, has become an international multi-media ministry, bringing people closer to God from many different platforms.

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Preview the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary

We are hard at work on final editing of the first volume of the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary, scheduled for release on June 1, 2011. In fact, we’re now far enough along that we’re ready to release a few previews.

We’ve posted the previews on EvangelicalExegeticalCommentary.com/Volumes under the Ezra and Nehemiah section. The first several preview pages show you excerpts from the Introduction. Most of the previews, however, show you the first section of commentary from Ezra.

Evangelical Exegetical Commentary

You’ll notice that the commentary for each pericope is divided into six sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. Outline
  3. Translation
  4. Commentary
  5. Application
  6. Bibliography

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Logos 4: Update Logos on Your Schedule

mp|seminars TipsToday’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos
training seminars.

As you probably know, the developers at Logos are constantly producing new software features to assist our Bible study. When they’re available, the program downloads an update. Sometimes, however, a download may start when you’re not quite ready for it. No worries. The developers just gave us a download scheduler so we can pick the best time to receive those enhancements:

  • Choose Tools | Program Settings
  • Select a time range to download from the two drop down lists near the top of the panel

You’ll also be happy to know that your Logos Bible Software Home Page will now contain release notes describing any new features you’ve downloaded. The developers not only give us new features, they now tell us what they are. Three cheers for the Logos development team!!!

Robert J. Morgan Endorses The I-Beam of Message Building

I-Beam of Message BuildingWe received this endorsement of Morris Proctor’s The I-Beam of Message Building from best-selling author and pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, TN, Robert J. Morgan. We just had to share it:

Being a good preacher is like being a NFL quarterback, only harder. On any given Sunday, a quarterback has to complete an efficient pass to an alert receiver. But a preacher has to first construct the football; then he has to deliver the thing to receivers who may not be paying attention (maybe because they’re thinking about the Big Game).I’ve been listening to preaching for 59 years and trying to do it for about 40 years; and on any given Sunday I’m likely to get shaken up on the play. But I do believe with all my heart that God’s Word is sufficient for every human need; and that it is best preached expositionally.Like all of us, I just need some occasional coaching.

I’m glad to recommend Moe to everyone who stands behind the pulpit, or who doesn’t use a pulpit at all. Whether we’re rookies or pros, whether we’re in robes, suits, or jeans, whether we’re traditional or contemporary, we can benefit from huddling with Moe long enough to learn about I-Beam. You and your church will be thankful, on any given Sunday.

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March Madness Voting Starts Today

March MadnessLogos March Madness is here! The polls are open and it’s time to vote for your favorite titles.

We’ve picked 64 titles and divided them into four divisions. Each round, you vote for your favorite titles in each division in hopes they advance to the next round. In Round 1, you vote for your favorite 8 titles in each division. The full voting schedule is as follows:

  • Round 1: March 17-19
  • Round 2: March 20-22
  • Sweet Sixteen: March 23-25
  • Elite 8: March 26-28
  • Final 4: March 29-31
  • Championship: April 1-3

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What About the Theological Lexicon of the New Testament (TLNT)?

Lexicons are some of the most helpful tools in one’s study, particularly when striving to understand how a word or phrase was originally used, and what it might’ve originally meant in a given context.

For Greek lexicons, most folks will say you need BDAG. And you do, it really is the first place you should go when looking deeper into words found in the Greek New Testament. But there are other lexicons too. One that is an excellent supplementary lexicon is Ceslas Spicq’s Theological Lexicon of the New Testament (TLNT), translated (from the original French into English) by James D. Ernest. The TLNT is not exhaustive (it does not treat every word found in the Greek NT), but its entries are helpful and substantive.
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