New from Morris Proctor: A Practical Video Course on Preaching

Preaching. When it’s great, you never want to go home. When it’s poor, your mind wanders and you day dream and suddenly develop keen insights into why so many people skip church.

I often ask, “Does your pastor preach well?” I often get the answer, “My pastor has a real heart for ministry and is a kind and compassionate person.”

This is good, but at the heart of the matter a preacher needs to be skilled at preaching. It is a New Testament prescribed method for building our faith by understanding God through his Word. Everybody knows that good preaching is a good idea, but few make it a priority.

I can think of no single thing that would have greater impact in the local church than absolutely great preaching during that single hour when the majority of the church members are present. With this in mind, I want to endorse Morris Proctor’s practical course on sermon preparation, the I-Beam of Message Building.

Whether you have been preaching for years and just need to revitalize your sermon prep or whether you want to be a better teacher, or perhaps you feel called to ministry but realize you will never be able to go back to school, this is the tool for you.

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Logos 4: Display Basic Search Results Differently

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.

With the recent release of Logos 4.2a comes different ways to display Basic Search results. Here’s how:

Generate a Basic Search and select:

  • Ranked – to arrange the search results in order of relevance determined mainly (but not exclusively) by the number of hits compared to the total number of words in the article in which the hits were found .
  • By Title – to sort the search hits alphabetically by the name of the book then sequentially by chapter or article.
  • By Count – to display the search results in descending order according to the total number of occurrences in each resource.

Personally, I prefer viewing the results By Title because I like looking through a list books to locate just the specific results I need.

New Reasons to Download the Free Logos App

Hi, I’m Dave. I’m one of the developers on the mobile team. We’re pretty excited about the recent release of Logos for iOS 1.7. We focused this release on making it easier to do the things you want while ensuring the best reading experience possible.

New Reading Controls

You will notice a new row of controls in the reading view.

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New Shibboleth Update

Back in 2007 we unleashed Shibboleth, a tool we designed to help people key in ancient scripts more accurately, even if they weren’t proficient in those scripts.

We’ve updated Shibboleth with a number of improvements:

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Four Rounds of Coupon Codes from March Madness

March MadnessThe Final Four titles in the 2011 Logos March Madness have just been announced. One of these four titles will be crowned champion and offered at 75% off.

With over 135,000 votes cast in the 2011 Logos March Madness, there have been some upsets and some run-away wins making for a great competition. So continue voting to see your favorite title named the champion on April 4. But in the meantime, take advantage of the current coupon codes listed below.

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Facebook-only Special: The 25K Like-a-thon

We just reached 25,000 Facebook fans! We’re celebrating with a Facebook-only event unlike any you’ve ever seen: The Logos Like-A-Thon!

Visit our fan page for details!

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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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