Free Desktop Training: Learn from the Logos Pros!

LogosPro_blogI’m Todd, one of the Logos Pros at Faithlife. I’m part of a team of expert Logos trainers whose goal it is to educate and empower you with Logos Bible Software so that you can do better Bible study.

I’m excited to announce that Logos is offering free training for the desktop app. Each week, we’ll walk you through a new video tutorial from one of the Logos Pros teaching you how to master Logos’ tools and resources. You’ll learn to navigate lexicons in Logos, use the Passage Guide for in-depth research, consult cross-references in ancient literature, and much more.

Check back here every week for a new video! Or, get these videos delivered straight to your inbox—sign up for weekly email updates with free training:





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Turn Your Logos App into a Reader’s Bible

Logos_300x300The Bible is meant to be read, and the Bible is also meant to be studied. But a good study Bible isn’t always a good reading Bible.

A good study Bible includes footnotes, section headings, cross-references, and sometimes study notes. All that markup is very useful for Bible study, but it can get in the way of Bible reading.

So a good reader’s Bible is simple—containing little more than beautifully arranged, flowing text.

As Logos users know, toggling back and forth between studying and reading modes in Logos 6 is easy. With a single click, you can hide all of those helpful annotations, section headings, links, and even chapter and verse numbers.

Even more, that same feature you’ve been loving in your desktop software is also available in your iOS app.

Here’s how to turn your Logos app into a reader’s Bible:

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On your iPad or iPhone, tap the settings menu and look for the “Bible Text Only” section. Tap that to reveal all of your options.

You can turn on or off various annotations, like chapter and verse numbers, footnote indicators, non-Bible text (like section headings), and more. Quickly turn these things on or off to make your app conducive to study or reading—whichever you’re doing at that moment.

Enjoy the Bible Text Only view in your iOS app today!

Can a Commentary Be Technical and Accessible?

baker-exegetical-commentary-on-the-new-testamentTime is running out to save on the recently reconfigured 17-volume Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Save over 30% when you get this series today!

Frequently, commentaries lean toward one of two extremes: technical exegesis or accessible exposition. The Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament seeks to bridge that divide with this exciting commentary set on the New Testament.

The first volume on Philippians, published in 1992, was authored by Moises Silva and received critical acclaim. It was soon followed in 1994 by Dr. Darrell Bock’s commentary on Luke 1:1–9:50, which quickly became accepted as a seminal work for anyone wishing to study this Gospel.

In short, the BECNT series has proved that a commentary set can be both technical and accessible.

With each additional volume, it consistently maintains a high level of scholarship while still being one of the most favored reference works for the layperson, pastor, or scholar. Baker has succeeded in its mission to provide detailed, technical analysis in a manner that is both readily accessible to the layperson and immensely helpful for those looking to deepen their understanding of the biblical text.

BECNT now includes 1–2 Thessalonians

The most recent addition is to the BECNT is Jeffrey Weima’s treatment of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Stanley E. Porter—president, dean, and professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College—has this to say about this volume:

Weima has written a full and authoritative commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians that readers will want to consult regularly and frequently. . . . One of the most appealing features of the commentary is Weima’s interpretation within the context of ancient epistolary structure, rather than the all-too-frequently-used rhetorical analysis. Weima sets the stage for his exegesis and exposition of each section by laying out the literary character and shape of the unit to be discussed. He also provides a detailed and helpful introduction to the commentary that emphasizes the historical background of these letters. Weima shows awareness of the current debate on a wide range of issues in Thessalonians research, while also ably defending traditional positions regarding authorship, interpretation, and even text-critical matters.

Get the best deal with Dynamic Pricing

One of the best parts of purchasing Logos products is that you never pay for your books twice. With Dynamic Pricing, you can upgrade from previous versions of this collection and get the new volumes at an incredible price.

Plus, when you own the 17-volume set, you’ll qualify for a great price on future volumes once they’re added to the set. For example, if you own the 16-volume set, you can get 1–2 Thessalonians for only $32.39 with this month’s top-product discount!

Hurry, this discount is only available through March: save on the 17-volume Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament today!

Game Time! Get 50% Off Select Works by Douglas Moo and Leon Morris

Round-5-Deals---400x400This is it! The Final Four results are in, and select works of Leon Morris and Douglas Moo are now 50% off.

Plus, your votes will decide if D.A. Carson or J.I. Packer will be the 2015 Logos March Madness champion.

Score superb savings

You voted Leon Morris and Douglas Moo through the first four rounds of Logos March Madness, and now you can save 50% on 15 of their works!

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Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to Matthew

This superb commentary in the Pillar series explores the meaning and relevance of Matthew in an eminently straightforward fashion. Leon Morris writes for readers who use commentaries to further discover what the Bible means. A perceptive introduction precedes Morris’ warmhearted verse-by-verse exposition of Matthew, an exposition based on his own literal translation of the text.

The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospel according to John

Hailed as perhaps “the best commentary on any book of the Bible by an evangelical in recent decades” by Christianity Today when it was first published in 1971, Leon Morris’ Gospel According to John has become one of the enduring standard commentaries on John’s Gospel.

Vote in the championship round!

Voting for the championship round has begun! Your vote will help decide if D.A. Carson or J.I. Packer will win this year’s Logos March Madness competition.

Select works by the champion will be placed on sale at 75% off. Select works by the runner-up will be 60% off. Voting ends at 5:00 p.m. (PDT): vote now!

Author quick stats:

D.A. Carson

  • Date of birth: December 21, 1946
  • PhD from University of Cambridge
  • Current position: Research professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Fun fact: Carson has written or edited 57 books, many of which have been translated into Chinese.
  • Interests: Hiking and woodworking

J.I. Packer

  • Date of birth: July 22, 1926
  • PhD from University of Oxford
  • Current position: Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College
  • Fun Fact: While at Oxford, Packer heard lectures from C.S. Lewis that were a major influence in his life.
  • Interests: English cricket and early jazz

Vote for your favorite author now, and be sure to check out all of this year’s deals!

Get More out of Your James Study

lexham-press-james-bundleWe love creating unique resources to help you study the Bible.

In the latest issue of Bible Study Magazine, we featured the book of James. And to help you maximize your study of this letter, we’ve put together the Lexham Press James Bundle. You can get all the resources you need to study the book of James and share its message.

Purchased individually, these volumes would cost almost $100.00, but you can get the whole bundle for only $64.95that’s more than 30% off!

Improve your understanding of James

Let’s take a look at how these resources equip you to get the most out of James.

James contains more than twice the average amount of imperative commands compared to other books of the Bible. These commands give us a glimpse into his concern for the early church—and they give us practical instruction for living out the gospel. James 1:19–20 is one example of this practical advice. James: Simply the Gospel from the Not Your Average Bible Study series provides us with reflective questions to consider as we are shaped by the transformative power of Scripture:

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In William Varner’s To Love God and to Love Others: A Devotional Commentary on James, we can begin to understand the relationship between James 1:19–20 and the themes of the entire letter:

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From Varner, we learn that James 1:19–20 could be viewed as a sort of table of contents for the rest of the letter. Varner goes even deeper into the themes of James in his Evangelical Exegetical Commentary volume on the letter:

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Steve Runge’s High Definition Commentary: James examines the linguistic and literary clues in the text to help us fully understand what James is communicating. These important concepts are highlighted with creative illustrations:

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Please note that High Definition Commentary: James is currently on Pre-Pub—once it’s available, it will download immediately.

Get all of these resources on James today!

If you’re working through James, the Lexham Press James Bundle will help you get the most out of this immensely practical book. Separately, these resources would cost almost $100.00, but you can get them for over 30% off in this bundle.

Get the Lexham Press James Bundle, and maximize your study of James today!

How to Become a Sermon Architect

mobile-ed-cm103-invitation-to-biblical-preaching-ii-preaching-biblical-sermons“Building a sermon is kind of like being an architect,” says Dr. Kent Edwards. “[If] you travel around the world, you’re going to see that there are many different styles of buildings. . . . Architecture is remarkably different, but there [are] certain basic rules that every architect has to follow. If they ignore those rules, the buildings will collapse.” Preachers are like architects in this way, says Edwards. “There’s no universal way to organize a sermon, but there are principles that have to be followed.”

In this clip from CM103 Invitation to Biblical Preaching II: Preaching Biblical Sermons, Dr. Kent Edwards describes one of these essential principles that every sermon must follow:

To get more training from Dr. Edwards on how to preach effectively, order his courses Invitation to Biblical Preaching I & II, or get them at a discount as part of the Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle.

One Week Only: Take 69% Off Baker’s New Testament Commentary

bakers-new-testament-commentaryWith four out of the twelve volumes earning the Gold Medallion Evangelical Book of the Year award, William Hendriksen and Simon J. Kistemaker’s Baker’s New Testament Commentary has earned the acclaim of Reformed and evangelical scholars and pastors.

Composed for those who want quality evangelical scholarship communicated with clarity, these volumes cover every book of the New Testament with fresh translation, verse-by-verse comments and applications, critical notes on the Greek text, and chapter summaries.

For one week only, you can get the entire 12-volume series for 69% off! Regularly $159.95, this limited-time discount gives you the whole set at just over $4 a volume.

A commentary series of this caliber isn’t available at this price point very often. As The Reformed Review stated about this series, “If you do not own them, you should—that is, if you are a serious student of Scripture.”

This opportunity to get respected evangelical commentary on the New Testament at 69% off only lasts until Monday, March 30.

Add acclaimed evangelical scholarship to your biblical studies: get this series today!

3 Easter Resources You Don’t Want to Miss

logos-easter-sale-2015This Easter, build your Logos library and save over 40% on top resources!

Choose from acclaimed volumes of the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT); John Stott’s iconic best seller, The Cross of Christ; and more.

See everything on sale this Easter!

Reference top scholarship

This revolutionary commentary has set the standard for biblical scholarship for decades, hailed as an authoritative guide to Scripture.

the-new-international-commentary-on-the-new-testament-gospels-and-actsDuring the Easter sale, take over 30% off and get all the NICNT volumes covering Jesus’ birth, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection in the Gospels and Acts bundle.

Christianity Today heralds the NICNT as “a highly informed, refreshing, stimulating, and rich commentary that will make excellent reading for both scholars and layperson.”

Add the NICNT Gospels and Acts to your library today!

Dialogue with Scripture and study atonement

the-cross-of-christJohn Stott’s masterful examination of Christ’s crucifixion explores a crucial question: Why should an object of Roman distaste and Jewish disgust be the emblem of our worship? In The Cross of Christ, Stott reveals, with great warmth and insight, the meaning of the Cross. D.A. Carson had this to say about this best-selling title:

There are not many ‘must read’ books—books that belong on every minister’s shelf, and on the shelves of thoughtful laypersons who want a better grasp of what is central in Scripture—but this is one of them.

Get this resource today for over 25% off!

Study the Resurrection

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Purchase the NICNT Gospels and Acts and The Cross of Christ, and you’ll get this resource (a $39.95 value) free—just add all three resources to your cart and get your free copy today.

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Check out all the deals you can get this Easter!

Logos 6: Quickly Mark Up Similar Words in a Passage

Today’s 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.

A good friend recently emailed me explaining that while studying Philippians in the ESV, he noticed the words persecutor in Philippians 3:6 and press in Philippians 3:12 and Philippians 3:14 were all the same Greek lemma. He then asked if there was an easy way to automatically obtain a lemma count as well as highlight the same lemmas in a passage.

The answer? Yes.

The word list document type provides a lemma count, while a visual filter automatically highlights the text. In this post, however, I want to show you how to utilize a search to quickly highlight the same or similar lemmas in a passage.

  • Open the ESV to Philippians 3:1, where Paul cautions against legalism (A)
  • Right click on the word persecutor in Philippians 3:6 (B)
  • Select the lemma dioko from the context menu (C)
  • Select Search this resource (D)

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  • Make sure the verse range is set to an option, such as the New Testament, which includes Philippians (E)

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  • Notice that Logos highlights the active search results in a peachy color, which shows (as my friend pointed out) that persecutor in Philippian 3:6 and press in Philippians 3:12 and Philippians 3:14 are all highlighted because they’re all the same Greek lemma (F)

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You can, of course, execute additional right-click searches for other lemmas.

As you generate new searches, Logos opens new search panels and highlights those active results in the same peachy color. The result is that you may end up with 10 search panels open (G) and a lot of peachy words in the biblical text (H).

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To prevent new search panels from opening:

  • Choose the panel menu on the original search panel (I)
  • Select Send searches here (J)
  • Notice that Logos places a target on the search-panel menu (K)—now when you execute new right-click searches, the new results replace the existing results in the same search panel

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The lemma or dictionary form of a word is the same Hebrew or Greek word, regardless of its specific construction. In other words, the lemma may be a verb and searching for that lemma finds all occurrences of the verb whether its tense is present, aorist, subjunctive, etc.

Let’s say, however, that a word has both a noun and verb form. Searching for the lemma will not locate both. A lemma search is restricted to one part of speech.

To locate lemmas that are similar, but not the same, search for the root:

  • Right click the word perfect in Philippians 3:12 (L)
  • Select the root telos from the context menu (M)
  • Select Search this resource (N)

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  • Notice that the words perfect (verb in Philippians 3:12), mature (adjective in Philippians 3:15), and end (noun in Philippians 3:19) are all highlighted because they are similar lemmas sharing the same root (O)

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Try this root search with joy in Philippians 1:4, and notice how many peachy words appear!

This quick way of searching and temporarily highlighting words in a passage can be very useful in the observation phase of Bible study. Sometimes it reveals themes or repeated subjects such as joygospel, and service in Philippians.

However, please note a couple observations:

  • The same lemma in different contexts may have different meanings.
  • Just because lemmas may share the same root does not automatically imply those lemmas share similar meanings.

Use this post to help with observation, but always move into the interpretation phase of Bible study to answer the questions raised during observation.

For more Logos training, be sure to check out the new Camp Logos 1.

And for live, hands-on training, be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Louisville, Kentucky and Dallas, Texas.

New Logos March Madness Deals: Save 45% on 75+ Resources

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Round 4 of Logos March Madness just ended, and four more authors have been eliminated from the competition—but that means there are 75+ new resources on sale! Now you can save 45% on select works by N.T. Wright, Darrell Bock, A.W. Tozer, and G.K. Beale.

Save 45% on the following resources:

Visit the deals page on Logos.com to see all the round 4 discounts.

The Final Four is here!

There are only four authors left in the competition. Here are this year’s Final Four matchups:

  • J.I. Packer vs. Leon Morris
  • D.A. Carson vs. Douglas Moo

Don’t forget to place your votes for your favorite two authors—this round’s winners will face off in the championship, which means their selected works could be on sale for 75% off!

Voting ends March 24 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)—vote for your favorite authors now!