One of the many great features of the new Logos.com is the improved searching capabilities. We’ve upgraded the search engine and provided a variety of categories which allow for several different browsing options. Even more, the new faceted browsing allows you to stack several product categories at once so you can find that specific book you’re looking for.
Lent is a season of preparation that traditionally includes penitence, prayer and fasting, and culminates in the celebration of Easter.
In addition to my regular Bible reading, one tradition that I began a few years ago was deliberately choosing books to read during Lent that would focus my mind and heart on Jesus. I’ve come up with a list, by no means exhaustive, of books that may make for good Lenten reading.
Logos has provided a wonderful tool for Logos users, the Logos 4 Wiki. It contains instructions and help pages which are supplied by users. Its content is continually growing as users add new wiki pages. Many of the pages have illustrated step-by-step instructions for how to use a feature. So the wiki is similar to an online user’s manual. The beauty of the wiki is that you can use it to learn about Logos 4 features, then—if you have any questions—you can easily go to the Logos Forums and ask.
Sometimes as you’re using Logos to work on a Bible study lesson, sermon, or exegetical paper, you need a synonym for a word. For example, as you develop your document about Philippians 1.4 you discover you’ve used the word prayer numerous times. You’d like to insert a synonym for prayer, but is there a way to quickly find one in Logos? Yes!
First, prioritize a thesaurus in the Library:
- Click the Library icon
- Select Prioritize
- Type thesaurus in the Library’s Find or search box
- Right click on the title of the thesaurus
- Select Prioritize this resource
- Drag the thesaurus in the Prefer these resources list until it is within the top five of your English and Bible dictionaries
Second, open the thesaurus:
- Right click on the word prayer in Philippians 1.4 in an English Bible
- Select Selection prayer
- Select the thesaurus from the list of books on the right menu
Notice that the resource opens right to an article about prayer where you discover synonyms such as appeal, petition, and plea!
How are your New Year’s resolutions going?
Now that January is a memory, it becomes easier to forget those extravagant plans to wake up early, study the Bible for few hours, visit the gym, and make a healthy breakfast before going to work at 7 AM. Let’s get real. If you want a thriving spiritual life, healthy relationships, a growing bank account, and physical fitness, you must set realistic, achievable goals. This post will focus on setting goals to grow in your knowledge of the Bible.
Strengths and Weaknesses
First of all, do not sit down and write a list of things you want to accomplish. That comes later. The first thing you need is some perspective. Make a list of your strengths, areas where you feel confident and knowledgeable. Then, make a list of your weaknesses, areas where you would like to improve or growth. Here are a few ideas:
- Theological issues
Where do I stand?
What passages, books, and resources do I need to grow in this area?
- Books of the Bible
How well do I understand poetry in the Bible or the history of Israel?
- Biblical People
How did the life of Abraham or David affect the rest of the Scriptures?
- Biblical Places
Why was Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth so despised?
What was Rome like during Paul’s ministry?
Have a Well-Rounded Theology
Do you read from authors you disagree with, just to understand their perspectives? Or do you read from authors that all hold the same viewpoint? Try something new. Study a different religious tradition or doctrinal position. Understanding other views:
- Challenges what you know to be true
- Helps you understand the reasoning behind a position so you can engage in discussion more intelligently
- Helps you find the holes and inaccuracies
- Gives you a new perspective on what you believe and what you still need to learn
Once you understand where you need to improve, decide where you want to improve. In most cases, making a goal to do something you don’t want to do is useless. You will find every excuse possible not to achieve that goal. Instead, pick something fun, something that really interests you.
Get the Tools
- Search for a reading list in Logos 4 or make your own
- Purchase a new collection or resource, based on your goals
- Utilize other Logos tools like Biblical People, Biblical Places, and Biblical Things
Set Aside Time
If you don’t schedule time to work toward your goal, how will you succeed? Set aside some time each day or week to focus and get to work. To help you remember, schedule an appointment with yourself. Create a unique name like “New Growth Time,” or “Bible R&D.”
Why do so many gym memberships go unused every year? We try to achieve goals by ourselves. This is a terrible idea. We need other people, like personal trainers, to keep us on track, encourage us, and provide counsel when we need it. Ask a colleague or friend to keep you accountable every few weeks or every month.
Growing closer with our God is really the best reward we could imagine, but even so, rewarding yourself is extremely motivating.
If your goal is to read the entire Old Testament, break up the goal into smaller goals and reward yourself after ever few books you read. Done with Genesis and Exodus? Treat yourself to a cup of coffee. Finished with Psalms and Proverbs? Eat a piece of tasty chocolate.
When you complete your goal, really celebrate! Go on a date with your significant other or watch that new movie you’ve wanted to see. The more fun your rewards are, the more likely you are to succeed. Go for it!
What other tips have you found useful in achieving your goals this year? Come on over to the forum and tell us about it.
Today’s guest post is by Ryan Rotz, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.
A new version of Logos Bible Software began shipping yesterday. Version 4.2a is an update available for both Windows and Mac.
How Do You Get It?
If you have automatic updating enabled (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot), which is the default setting, Logos 4 should notify you that updates are ready to be installed. When you see the balloon tooltip window, right-click on the Logos icon in your system tray and choose to “Install update” (PC screenshot).
If Logos 4 hasn’t downloaded the update by the end of the day, type Update Now into the Command Bar (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot) and begin downloading them.
There has been an exciting last minute addition to the BibleTech line up. Scott Magdalein, the product manager for YouVersion, will be talking to us about how YouVersion has reached almost 15 million people with a full time staff of only 10—and over 150 actively engaged volunteers!
If you’re like me, this at least occasionally happens to you: as you’re studying the Bible in Logos 4, you read an article from a resource, but do not bookmark or place it in favorites. Then in the near future you say to yourself: Not long ago I read a good article, but for the life of me I can’t remember where it’s located.
N. T. Wright is one of today’s most important theologians. His work touches many disciplines—New Testament backgrounds, Pauline scholarship, the doctrine of justification, and much more. Wright has written more than forty books, including the 3-volume Christian Origins and the Question of God Series, the For Everyone commentary series (available from Logos in the N. T. Wright Collection), and many more.
We recently sat down with N. T. Wright to talk about digital tools for Bible study, the importance of original language study, his favorite books and authors, and a whole lot more.