The Power of Search…for Discovering the Theology of a Passage

Today’s guest blogger is John Fallahee, who works in our ministry relations department and produces free tutorial videos.
Your purchase of Logos Bible Software is essential for studying the Bible. You are saving countless hours in study time; you are going further in biblical research due to our easy two-step automation of “Enter Passage, Click Go”. You are adding more books to grow and customize your library and therefore have robust search results. However, at times, there is the need to narrow your search results to find very specific information.

Let’s say you own Scholar’s Library, have created a custom collection of books on theology, and include that collection in Passage Guide. When running Passage Guide on Ephesians 2:1, you get 22 hits within your collection of theologies. Alternatively, the reference browser returns 26, 22, or 12 hits depending on your search selections.

With the following “Power Search” example, we will reduce the number of hits even more in order to target very specific and relevant information.

The “Power Search” is like a laser targeting system, which can search through shelves of books, turn pages faster than any band-aid supplied librarian (paper cuts stain pages!), and can read faster than the best graduate of “Speed-Reader University”!

All you need for the “Power Search” are 3 things:

  1. a key Bible verse
  2. a key word
  3. a key book

Open Libronix DLS, click Search | Basic Search and type the following:

bible=“eph 2:1” within 1 sentence sin

Next, select a theology collection that you previously created or downloaded (see below) from the “in” drop down box.

Then click the search button. Your hits are now reduced to just 2 relevant hits. You see, when your search specifies a collection of books plus a particular verse plus your keyword in close proximity—your hits are reduced. Note: The closer the proximity (“within 3 words” vs “within 1 sentence”) the greater will be the reduction of the number of hits. Also, a Greek or Hebrew word as a keyword will also narrow your results significantly.

As an added bonus, since we searched our theology books, we can determine the theology of this passage with this method. If you click on the search results, and locate your position in the book, you will discover the category of theology for this passage. For example, Charles Hodge’s Systematic Theology includes a discussion on original sin under the theological category of Anthropology (The Study of Man).

I made a video that walks you through each step so that you can add “Power Search” to Your Study Tool Belt.


Flash Video, 2:50, 2.8MB


By the way, to satisfy your hunger for more “Power Search” meals, simply add a book to your banquet…buffet style: Logos.com offers more than 100 books on theology and doctrine, many of which are not included in the base packages.

Collection Files to Download

Right-click the file that matches the product you own, choose “Save Target As…” and save the file to My Documents\Libronix DLS\Collections (create the folder if it doesn’t exist).


Note: “locked books” can be searched but not viewed; add theological books to your library here.

Your Voice on the Radio

Logos Bible Software has launched a year-long radio campaign on Praise 106.5, a Christian radio station in Northwest Washington, and we are looking for Logos users that want to be on the air in our ads.

So, if you love Logos Bible Software and wouldn’t mind a little fame, leave us a message and you might just get your own voice on the radio!

Follow the simple steps below to record a brief testimonial that may be selected for inclusion in a Logos radio ad:


  1. Call our toll free endorsement line at 1 (888) 286-5662
  2. Leave a short message about how you love the new Logos Bible Software 3
  3. Make sure you start with your name. “Hi! This is Joe Smith and I love Logos Bible Software because…”
  4. You can re-record your message if you would like. Remember, it could end up on the radio.

Some things to keep in mind when recording your endorsement of Logos:

  • Enthusiasm! This could go on the air! Make it exciting.
  • Speak clearly—if no one can understand what you are saying it won’t work.
  • Keep the message between 10 and 20 seconds in length.
  • State your full name before the message so we know it’s you.
  • Feel free to mention which collection you have (“I love using my Logos Scholar’s Library because…”)

It’s that easy! Call today and take your first step toward radio immortality!

Products Pages: What’s New?

If you’ve followed Logos for any amount of time, you know that we publish a lot of books electronically for use with the Libronix Digital Library System (LDLS).

You also probably know about pre-pubs and community pricing. But did you know we don’t always pre-pub books? Some books we just know will be received well, so we make them and release them.

Other times, you may just forget to check in to see what we’ve been up to.

No worries if you haven’t kept up to date. That’s why we have the New Products page. Here you can browse down the list and see the new things we’ve released recently. Cool stuff that even I hadn’t realized we’ve released recently, like:

I’m sure there’s more there that will float your boat. So check it out!

Help Needed: Guerilla Promotion for SBL-Logos Contest

Logos and the Society of Biblical Literature announced an academic paper contest last week. We need your help to get the word out about this contest!

If you’re a college faculty member or student, please consider printing and posting some flyers on the appropriate bulletin boards at your school. (Remember to get permission first if the school’s policies require it.)

The flyer comes in two sizes: 8 ½ x 11 or 13 x 19



Download flyer: 8 ½ x 11 | 13 x 19

As you can see, the flyer is grayscale (no color printer needed), gives basic details on the contest, and points people to the URL: www.sblawards.com for more information.

Thanks for your help!

A Deal for You, and Your Friends, Too

by guest blogger Erland Injerd, Logos web developer

Great deals make the world of commerce go ’round. You know. Garage sales, coupons, discounts, gift certificates, last-day sales, crazy competitions—there’s even the mythos around the “golfing deal”: making that killer sale on the golf course.

When you can tell a friend about a great deal, save them some cash, and get a reward yourself…well, it doesn’t get much better than that! And since Logos Bible Software 3 is such a great tool for getting deeper into the Word, wouldn’t it be nice to help your friends, family, pastor or parishioners share in the joy of better Bible study?

Now you can do exactly that. We’ve put together a great new system where you can refer a friend and get a gift certificate for your next purchase from Logos.com. Plus, your friend gets a full 25% discount on whatever base collection he or she buys! Talk about a good deal.

Refer Your Friends in 3 Easy Steps

So how does it work? Our three step process is quick and easy. Just go to www.logos.com/referafriend, and follow along (keep in mind that you need to own one of our base collections, and you must be logged into the website):

First, enter your friend’s email and first/last name (if you don’t want to enter your friend’s last name, that’s fine). We won’t sell their address to anyone; we’ll just send them two messages that you can review.

Click “Next” to go to step two. Here, you can edit a personalized email to your friend. We’ve filled in some suggested text for you – if you want to leave the email the way it is and just continue, that’s great too. You’ll notice that your friend’s name and your name are already in the message, and it even tells your friend that a second, fancy email will be on its way momentarily.

On the third (and last) step, you get to choose the collection that you want to suggest to your friend. If you love your Bible Study Library, but you think your pastor friend may need a slightly more robust package, you can recommend the Scholar’s Library or even the Scholar’s Library: Gold to them—it’s up to you. Just click the round button next to the package you want, and the special email from Logos will give your friend specific information on that product.

Want to make sure that what gets sent to your friend looks sharp? At the bottom of the third step, you’ll see a Preview button. Just click that (make sure your popup blocker is off!), and a handy popup shows you both emails that will be sent. Once you’re done previewing the emails (click the Close button at the bottom), you can click the Back button and edit your personal email, or you can hit the Send button, and the emails are off! Just sit back and wait for your friends to tell you how pleased they are with Logos Bible Software 3.

If you want to check the people you’ve referred, there’s a little “View My Referrals” link to the right of the Refer A Friend title. Click that, and you’ll see quick statistics on all of your pending and completed referrals.

Of course, some friends can take extra prompting to get on the ball. We’re all busy people, after all.
If you’ve sent off a referral and your friend hasn’t purchased a base collection after a week, the My Referrals screen will give you a little “Send Again” link in the right-hand column. Just click that link, and it will run through the referral process again, giving you the chance to send them a reminder email.

Redeeming Your Gift Certificate

So you send the email, your friend grabs a Logos Bible Software base collection, and you have a new coupon to use! Where do you see it? The easiest way is to just check your email (the email address you use to login to Logos.com). The very moment your friend orders a base collection from Logos.com, an email will be winging its way to your inbox with a gift certificate to you can use toward another Logos product. You can also go to your My Referrals screen (that little link on the top-right, remember?), where it will show you your personal gift certificate codes in the far right column.

And that’s it! A lot of functionality in an easy-to-use package—sort of like Logos Bible Software 3 (*waves at the developers*). But don’t take my word for it. Head over to www.logos.com/referafriend right now, and start telling your friends about the real deals around here.

Awards for Academic Papers on Syntax

Compete for cash, free software and free books by writing an academic paper that uses the syntax tools and resources in Logos Bible Software 3 to make a contribution to biblical studies!

Logos has partnered with the Society of Biblical Literature to sponsor awards for papers that creatively use technology in exploring questions of grammar and syntax in biblical studies. The contest is open to anyone; student papers will be judged and awarded separately.

Pose a significant question, use the syntactically tagged resources in Logos 3 to address the question, and then write up a paper clearly communicating your methods and results.

One set of awards focuses on the Hebrew Bible and the other on the Greek New Testament. First place winners will receive $1,000 cash, $1,000 Logos software credit, and a $200 SBL book credit. The awards will total $8,000 in cash, $8,000 in software, and $1,600 in print publications.

Two review panels of SBL members will determine the winners of the awards, and all reviews will be blind (personal information is stripped from papers before review).

Complete details are available from the official contest page at the SBL website.

Soup Contest Recipe: Chuck’s Spicy Seafood Bisque

Chuck Brannan, my Dad and perennial soup fan, can’t be kept away from the soup cookoff. But that’s OK because he brings some mighty fine soup along with him when he comes.

This year, his Spicy Seafood Bisque placed on top. And count yourself lucky, he agreed to share his recipe. So here it is!

Chuck’s Spicy Seafood Bisque

1/2 c chopped sweet onion
1/2 c chopped celery
2 tbsp butter
4 c chicken broth
3 c tomato juice
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes undrained (I used garlic and onion flavored)
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Old Bay Seafood seasoning
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 to 1 tsp hot pepper sauce (to taste)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
1 bay leaf
1/2 c small shell pasta (may use any small pasta)
1 lb uncooked med. shrimp (31-40 count)
2 6 oz cans crab meat or 12 oz dungeness crab meat drained, flaked, cartilage removed
1 lb white fish (such as true cod or halibut)
1 lb mussels in shell
1 lb small steamer clams in shell (such as Manila clams)

In a large sauce pan, saute onion and celery in butter until tender. Add broth, tomato juice, tomatoes, Worchestershire sauce and all seasonings. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 20 min.

Discard bay leaf, add pasta, cook uncovered until tender. Add shrimp, crab, and white fish. Cook until shrimp are pink. Add mussels and clams, cook until shells open. Remove from heat and serve with warm garlic bread. Yield 10-12 servings.

Soup Contest Recipe: Big Toe Baked Potatoe Soup

Naomi Boyer, project manager in the Logos Text Development department, graciously consented to allow her 2nd place soup recipe, Big Toe Baked Potatoe Soup, to be posted here on the Logos Bible Software Blog.

So … here’s the recipe, straight from Naomi!

Big Toe Baked Potatoe Soup

2/3 cup butter
2/3 cup flour
7 cups milk
4 large baking potatoes, baked, cooled, peeled and cubed, about 4 cups
6 green onions, thinly sliced
14 strips of bacon, cooked, drained, and crumbled
1 1/4 shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. chives

In a large Dutch oven or stockpot over low heat, melt butter. Stir in flour; stir until smooth and bubbly. Gradually add milk and raise to medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce has thickened. Add potatoes and onions. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until soup begins to bubble. Add bacon. Reduce heat; simmer gently for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients; stir until cheese is melted. Ideally, serve baked potato soup immediately.

Serves 6-8.

The trick to this soup is to have your husband do the “stirring constantly” part while he reads Leviticus and you chop up the rest of the ingredients. And also have the potatoes cooked well in advance to give them time to cool.

Original recipe gleaned (and slightly altered) from: http://southernfood.about.com/od/potatosoups/r/bl30324f_p.htm (Baked Potato Soup)

Missing in Action (Part 2): Road Trip Memoirs of the 4th Leg

John Fallahee recently completed the fourth leg of the Bible Road Trip and contributed this travelogue about his experiences. Read previous posts and view photos from the Road Trip.

Warning: These images may cause you to think twice about purchasing an RV. This small video clip (WMV, 696KB) will bring you into the world of RV Driving. See the panoramic view of the landscape, experience the gentle sway of the pavement, and hear the melodic tones of cross country driving.

07/25 – “Help! Lost in New York”

Confidently, the GPS guided us along the highway as we approached a major fork in the road. As we passed through the Big Apple, David, Kate, and Olivia kept pointing to what they thought was the largest building in the skyline. I nervously commanded the GPS, “Which way”…the GPS was silent! Alarmed, I appealed, “left or right… am I heading towards the blessings on Mount Gerizim or the cursings on Mount Ebal?”

Soon we found ourselves, 37 foot RV and all, in downtown NY on a one-way street, cars on the left, cars on the right, and 6 inches of clearance on either side! My wife, Stephanie, white-knuckled and clutching the dashboard is shouting, “you’re too close, you’re too close!” With a nervous sweat on my brow and two hands gripping the wheel I yell, “I know, I know! I See I see! Show no fear!” We can read the lips of the bystanders who are awkwardly gaping and reading our RV: “Bible Road Trip?”

We frantically look left and right for a larger road with fewer cars, and we turn onto a larger road only to face a low bridge with an 11 foot, 8 inch clearance. I turn to my wife and quickly ask, “How tall is this RV…do you know?” She replies, “I don’t know”. So I say, “Quickly hop out and see if I can make the clearance.” As she gets a closer look she starts to feverishly wave her hands back and forth mouthing, “NO…NO…We won’t fit”. Soon cars are backing up behind us. Stephanie tries to direct the traffic to give us room, but it is too late…GRIDLOCK in New York. She hops back in, I put on the hazards, and soon the police arrive and “part the traffic” like Moses parted the water and we escaped New York! Stephanie remarks, “I sure am glad for all your hours of video game playing as a boy, it is a miracle you did not hit any of those cars!” I exhaustedly replied, “Grace….it was all grace!”

7/26 – 7/30 “Look at all those flowers!”

During the road trip, I had to leave the family behind to present Logos Bible Software at Kay Arthur’s National Women’s Conference. Fortunately, Stephanie has a friend by the airport and the kids had some friends to play with. Their family runs Green Circle Growers Inc. a supplier of plants and seeds to distributors around the world, including Wal-Mart. Read the fascinating history of this family.

7/31 – 8/2 “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall… ”

It’s 8 pm, Dayton, OH and I am presenting Logos while Stephanie and the kids wait comfortably in the RV that is parked on the street when suddenly a loud noise rips through the RV and the vehicle vibrates from the shock. Stephanie looks out the window as a moving truck drives away, leaving our driver’s side mirror in pieces! The police come and we report the incident. We are now left wondering how to drive another 40 miles without a mirror?

So I put on the “MacGyver thinking cap” and improvised – the first row of pictures above is our 4 inch by 6 inch makeup mirror with duct tape. We next drove to Walgreen’s to find a larger mirror – see the second row of pictures. As you can see, the fix was durable enough to last even during Dale’s trip. No doubt we are now “the fairest RV of them all!”

08/4 “Mosquitoes in Michigan?”

The day has arrived, the RV handoff! After I debriefed Dale and Jenni, I proceeded to the rental car to finish the road trip in Illinois and Wisconsin. When I opened the door to check the kids, a swarm of blood-thirsty mosquitoes assailed our family. Kate and Olivia had at least 20 biting bugs all over their legs and arms and both of them screamed a piercing shriek that deafened my senses. They immediately hopped out of the car and ran to Stephanie who was flailing her hands to put these ravenous rogues to rest. David sat helplessly, buckled in his car seat, immobilized as one particularly oversized mosquito slurped from his skull!

You see, my kids have never experienced mosquitoes. Soon we evacuated the car that was now filled with hundreds of mosquitoes (no exaggeration). I told Stephanie I will drive the car with the windows down to remove these creatures (a trick I learned from my Dad when we left the light on in the car on a humid night near a swampy Wisconsin lake – except we remained in the car –ouch!!)

As I proceeded to drive, Stephanie and the kids tried to run away from their assailants, but the mosquitoes pursued. While I am driving rapidly in circles and Stephanie and the kids are crying, throwing their arms up and down, and running in every direction; people are driving by and staring at them wonderingly…Dale and Jenny call me on my cell phone inquiring if everything is all right- NOTE: they could not see the mosquitoes but they could see all of us acting out of our mind!

Needless to say, we have no handoff pictures, but we lived through our red bumps, and a couple of hours of interrogation by the kids about “Killer Mosquitoes”. The good news…no West Nile virus!

08/4 – 8/12 “Truly Deep Dish!”

I grew up in Chicago, IL and this was the first time I was back in 7 years. I had my Logos mission, but I also had my pizza mission! There is no better pizza on the planet than Pizzeria Uno, with their incredible deep dish pizza and good ol’ wooden booths carved and etched with sayings from paying customers over the years – it is truly a delight of the senses! Make sure you visit the authentic Chicago location, the others…well, just don’t slice as well!

RV SURVIVAL TIP #3: When it breaks, don’t panic, duct tape! – Before leaving for any RV adventure, check out a book on the various uses of duct tape

RV SURVIVAL TIP #4: When entering the Midwest during the summer…bring a can of insect repellent!

My Most Interesting Pictures from the road trip.
State Signs!

Favorites III: Favorites vs. Workspaces

I blogged about the new Favorites feature in Logos 3 here and here. Today I want to take a quick look at Workspaces—a feature that’s been part of Logos Bible Software since at least 2001—and think about when to use a Workspace and when to use Favorites.

When working on research papers in grad school, I’d go to the library, locate and pull a bunch of books I thought would be helpful, then sort them into piles, sticking slips of paper in some to mark articles, leaving others open, but always arranging them according to a logic known only to me.
Similarly, the Workspace feature of Logos Bible Software allows you to set up any number of desktop configurations that reflect the way you work.

If you have a large monitor and like to keep four Bibles open across the bottom of the screen with four commentaries across the top…you can save that as a workspace.

Or if you want to create a custom workspace for each project you’ve got going, you can do that, too. Last year, Rick Brannan wrote about his personal workspace and showed a screenshot at Ricoblog. Workspaces maximize your efficiency and make the software work the way you work.
(For step-by-step instructions on how to set up a workspace, view the tutorial video.)

This leads us to the question…

When should I use Favorites and when should I use Workspaces?
If the layout of the windows and resources—their placement on the screen—is important to you…then save as a workspace. All your visible windows, tabs, even minimized windows in the background, are preserved.

Workspaces are ideal when you have a long and fairly focused project that you’ll be working on over time, using many of the same resources and reports. They are also great for taking a “snapshot” of your Logos desktop at the end of the day so you can pick up at the same spot tomorrow.

In Logos 3, there are buttons right on the toolbar for loading and saving a workspace so this is very quick and easy.


The limiting factor with a workspace is that it’s an all-or-nothing approach. You can’t load just part of a workspace.

Favorites, on the other hand, are much more granular. They don’t preserve the placement on the screen, but they are a great way to flag a specific location in a specific resource. Or to save a single search, as I showed in an earlier post.

The good news is that Workspaces and Favorites can work in tandem, to really supercharge your study. You can save a workspace that puts all your resources and reports just where you want them. Then use Favorites to load varying information into those “slots.” So if New American Commentary is one window in your workspace and you have a saved Favorite for Matt. 7:28 in NAC, clicking that Favorite will jump the commentary to that spot while leaving your screen layout intact. (Note: This seems to work best with resources; launching a report from Favorites will open it in a new window).

So there you have it, some tips on when to use workspaces, when to use favorites, and how they can complement one another. I exhort you to go forth and experiment to get comfortable with both features and figure out how they can most effectively support you in the way you study.