Master the 15 Document Types: Part 1

Note-taking remains central to both personal Bible study and sermon preparation. Whether you’re journaling through the New Testament in your daily devotions, preparing to lead a small group, or doing research for your dissertation, Logos offers powerful, intuitive note-taking tools to improve every facet of your Bible study.

The documents menu in Logos 5 gives you 11 different document types (and Documents.Logos.com reveals four more). Each one works a little differently, so you’ll always have the right tool for the job.

To demonstrate the power of these documents, we created a Faithlife Group with samples of each document type—join right now to see them all!

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There are also four other document types that don’t appear in this menu, but may appear at Documents.Logos.com. Over the next two weeks, we’ll explore the capabilities of each—starting today with the first six types listed in the documents menu.

1. Bibliography

Logos 5 makes it easy to create, edit, sort, and print (or export) bibliographies for publication or personal reference. You can add citations from seven source types (I use “history” most often).

Students, rejoice—if you build a bibliography in MLA only to learn that your professor expects Turabian, don’t worry—you can switch between styles with a click.

Exporting or printing a bibliography is easy, too: just click the panel menu or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Command + P.

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2. Clippings

When you come across an insight you want to remember, turn to clippings—the fastest way to store definitions, ideas, observations, and other fragments of text.

It’s easy: create a new clippings document, then right click text to set it aside for later. The clippings document will remember exactly where you found everything, so you can cite all your sources. You can even add tags (to make clippings searchable) and notes.

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3. Notes

Logos’ notes make it easy to mark up your books. Just like writing in the margins, you can add your own thoughts and observations to personalize every book in your library—except in Logos notes, you’ll never run out of writing room.

Notes and clippings are very similar. Personally, I use clippings to gather insights from my library into one place while I study or prepare to preach. I use notes to store a searchable copy for a final product—like a sermon manuscript, a completed article, or a position paper.

Notes attached to Scripture references will place an inline icon across all your devices. Hover over it to preview the note, and click to open it.

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4. Passage list

This is the most helpful document when you’re studying systematically through a single topic or theme. Use search to find all the references of a specific word or phrase, and store the results for analysis.

The passage list really shines when you toggle over to memorization mode—you can use it to memorize a list of verses by progressively hiding more words as you become more familiar with the text.

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5. Prayer list

Prayer lists help you keep your promises to pray for friends or family. You can add requests, set the frequency, and share your lists in a Faithlife Group or at Documents.Logos.com. You can even record answers, so you’ll always have a record of God’s faithfulness in your life.

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Join the Logos Sample Documents Faithlife Group to see more examples of all 15 document types.

We’ll cover the remaining document types next week—stay tuned for part 2!

Last Chance: Get Big Savings on the Stanley E. Porter Language and Interpretation Collection

stanley-e-porter-language-and-interpretation-collectionThrough September 30, use coupon code LIC2014 to take more than 50% off the 24-volume Stanley E. Porter Language and Interpretation Collection!

The Stanley E. Porter Language and Interpretation Collection is written by one of the world’s foremost experts in New Testament language and literature, along with contributions from esteemed scholars such as D.A. Carson, E.A. Nida, Craig A. Evans, and others.

Stanley E. Porter is a respected expert in Greek and New Testament studies worldwide. He has influenced New Testament studies as an author and editor for decades, and he’s best known for his works on verbal aspects in New Testament Greek. Porter includes helpful volumes centered on language and interpretation in order to create a well-rounded collection.

Get the most out of your studies

Make these works more valuable when you get them as Logos resources. Logos works with your Stanley E. Porter Language and Interpretation Collection as the perfect platform for furthering language and interpretation knowledge.

When you couple this collection with Logos 5, you’ll enjoy several features that enhance its functionality:

  • Use Scripture citations that link directly to English Bible translations, as well as other important terms that link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other resources in your digital library.
  • Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for.
  • Take the discussion anywhere—your new resource will automatically sync to your tablet, phone, or any other web-enabled device!

Using this collection in Logos Bible Software makes it the most efficient and comprehensive way to do research on the New Testament.

Save even more

For a limited time, you can get over 50% off this collection using coupon code LIC2014 at checkout. Plus, if you own any of these volumes already, you’ll earn an additional Dynamic Pricing discount—sign in to your Logos account, and it will be automatically applied when you visit the product page!

Hurry—this deal ends September 30. Get the Stanley E. Porter Language and Interpretation Collection today!

Transform Your View on Pauline Theology

transformation-the-heart-of-pauls-gospelThe Apostle Paul found the gospel message so compelling that he became a rootless wanderer and endured hardships and deprivation to spread this good news throughout the Roman Empire.

What was the “gift of righteousness” that Paul was so eager to share? In David deSilva’s forthcoming book, Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel, he examines Paul’s gospel message presented in his letters. In this excerpt from the book, deSilva argues that the justified life is a transformed life:

As Paul reflects on God’s saving intervention in his own life, on the results of his having trusted in Jesus, and on his quest to be justified before God through the way opened up by Jesus, he writes:

I died to the Torah through the Torah in order that I might live to God. I was crucified together with Christ; it’s no longer me living, but Christ living in me. The life I’m living now in the flesh, I live in faith toward the Son of God who loved me and gave himself up for me. (Gal 2:19–20)

Paul speaks of a dramatic and real change in his life. As he looks upon his life, he sees that the person he was is no longer driving or shaping his being or his practice. Instead Jesus Christ himself has taken on flesh in a new way in Paul, making Paul into a new person—a Christ-directed person, an extension of Christ’s own willing, being, and doing. This, I would propose, is Paul’s description of the justified life. Indeed, the verses preceding these, namely Gal 2:15–18, provide one of Paul’s densest discussions of justification through trusting Jesus as opposed to shaping one’s life after Torah-prescribed practices. This description of the justified life is a description of a transformed life. The person brought in line with God’s righteousness is the person whose flesh Christ himself has taken on.

What people are saying about Transformation

We sent advance reader copies to a few reviewers, and here’s what they’re saying:

Sadly, too much of what passes for Christian theology puts the gospel in a straightjacket and imagines salvation as little more than cosmic paperwork. deSilva’s approach in Transformation, exegetically cogent and carefully argued, bursts with power and possibility appropriate to the life-changing purpose of the work of God in Jesus Christ. The Snapshots series is off to a great start!”

—Nijay K. Gupta, assistant professor of New Testament, George Fox Evangelical Seminary

In Transformation, David deSilva opens up for us the life-changing gospel of Jesus that Paul preached but that many have reduced to a kind of easy believism with little substance. Readers will benefit from David’s careful reading of Paul’s letters, his in-depth knowledge of Paul’s culture, and his understanding of Paul’s interpreters (and misinterpreters). The result is an insightful reintroduction to the apostle and his message of transformation for individuals, communities, and the entire creation.”

—Michael J. Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary & University

Christian interaction with the world has long been hobbled by a stunted picture of what it means to be a Christian. We fail at what we are called to do, because we have far too narrow a picture of what we are called to be. David deSilva seeks to broaden our picture of the good news through a close reading of the Apostle Paul’s writings. But do not misunderstand, deSilva’s no revisionist. He is not rejecting traditional approaches to Paul, he is refocusing our attention on the big picture: The Christian life is about transformation. And I can think of no more timely and important message than that. A must read for any Christian who desires to take seriously the call to be salt and light in the world.”

—Jim Beilby, professor of theology, Bethel University

A snapshot

The Snapshots series, edited by renowned scholar Michael Bird, engages significant issues in contemporary biblical scholarship, making them accessible to busy students of the Word and applicable in the life of the church.

Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel is the first book in the Snapshots series, and we’re preparing to ship this volume in a matter of weeks.

Don’t miss out on this excellent perspective on Paul, order yours now while it’s still on Pre-Pub!

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try-proclaim-to-win-logos-5-goldThousands of churches go On Air every week with Proclaim Church Presentation Software, and we selected one of them to win a Logos 5 Gold base package.

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The Email That Changed This Man’s Bible Study

logos-5-baptist-base-packagesOne of the best parts of working in social media is being a direct line of contact for Logos users to share their stories. Sometimes those stories describe how Logos has transformed their study of the Word, sometimes they share how Logos has helped them spread the Gospel, and sometimes they share stories of generosity.

Pastor Tony Walker had been curious about Logos for a while, so he posted a Facebook status asking friends if it was worth the investment. Along with receiving a unanimous “yes,” he also got a phone call. It was from a family member asking Walker about his interest in Logos, along with which authors he enjoyed reading the most. Walker told them that he thought it would be helpful in his role as a youth pastor, as well as in preparation for an upcoming revival where he would be preaching.

An hour after that phone call, Walker received an email informing him that a Baptist base package was purchased for him by his family member, along with The Select Works of Jonathan Edwards (one of his favorite authors).

Walker posted on Facebook:

There have been several times in my life where there was something I either needed or wanted when God used someone else to do what I was unable to do. Often I have used those times as illustrations of God’s provision for someone who is unable, yet also unworthy. Things like this are an example of true Christian charity, giving to someone who you know will more than likely never be able to return the favor.

Walker shared this story with us via Facebook, so we followed up with him to get the scoop on his Logos experience.

What has impressed you most about Logos?

“The value of it. The amount of resources I receive for the price is drastically lower than what I’d pay for those books at a bookstore. Also the iPad and iPhone apps are great—being able to carry my entire library around with me is extremely helpful.”

What do you use Logos for the most?

“I’m the youth pastor at my church, and I teach an adult Sunday school class. Logos has been a great assistant when it comes to preparing lessons for both of those roles.”

Which Logos tools have been helpful?

“I’ve dabbled with the Timeline feature and I’m excited to dive into it further. My wife and I teach a kids’ class once a month, so we’ve been creating word searches in Logos. They’re easy to make, and it’s nice to have the puzzles directly complement the lesson.”

What are your plans for the revival?

“Each night I plan to teach on an aspect of God’s love. The first night will focus on 1 John 4:8—so a broad scope of God’s love—and then become more specific each following night. Logos has already been very useful with preparation for the revival.”

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Do you have a story to share with us? We love hearing how Logos has helped you understand and teach the Word of God! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to contact us directly.

If you want to start studying Scripture more thoroughly and with a massive and connected library, get a base package like Walker’s—check out our Baptist base packages!

 

 

 

Logos 5: Reorder Books in a Collection

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.

In a recent blog post about displaying a verse from all Bibles, I suggested creating a collection of English Bibles. This suggestion in turn generated some discussion about the order of books in a collection. If you’ve created a collection from the Tools menu, you’ve noticed that Logos alphabetizes the resources in a collection.

To illustrate, in a theology-books collection, Baker’s Dictionary of Practical Theology appears before Concise Theology because B is of course before C (A).

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When using this collection, therefore, in a search, the Baker results appear before the Concise hits (B).

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The question then is, how can we move the Concise ahead of the Baker yet leave them both in the collection? The answer is: rename Concise. This method is a little tedious, but it does accomplish the goal.

  • Click the Library icon
  • Click the Resource information icon on the library’s toolbar (C)
  • Type title:theology in the library’s Find box to display resources with theology in the title (D)
  • Click something other than the title of Concise Theology in the viewing area (E) to display the book in the Resource information pane (F)
  • Click the Edit (pencil) icon next to the title in the Resource information pane (G)
  • Type the numeral 1 in front of the title in the Edit box so the name of the book is now 1 Concise Theology (H)

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  • Press the Enter key to save the name
  • Repeat this process with other theology books using the numerals 2, 3, 4 etc. (I)

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  • Close the Library
  • Choose Tools | Collections
  • Name the collection Theology Books (J)
  • In the Rule box, type title:theology to list resources with theology in the title (K)
    (Please note: this is not a complete rule to locate all theology books, but used just for illustration purposes.)
  • Notice that the resources with numbers in their names are now at the top of the list (L)

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To see this newly ordered collection in action, generate a basic search in Theology Books and notice which books appear at the top of the list! (M)

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Of course, you can use this same method to reorder books in any collection, such as History Books, Ethics Books, or others. This method ensures that your favorite books always appear at the top of your search results.

How Mobile Ed Changed Kay’s Bible Study

Imagine studying the Bible with more clarity. Imagine being able to sit with the best teachers around, learning from their experience and wisdom, and exploring the Bible with them at your side. Imagine asking any of your questions and having your favorite teacher give you the answers.

With Logos Mobile Education, this imagination becomes reality!

Take your understanding of the Bible to the next level with high-caliber video teaching from today’s leading Bible scholars. The videos are paired with enriched transcripts so you can follow along, make notes, and find exactly what you’re looking for with ease. If the teacher is diving into a new and difficult concept, you can pause the video, and with a click delve into worlds of information to help you gain a deeper understanding of the themes and concepts of God’s Word.

These aren’t just one-time classes; they’re like video books that are with you wherever you go. Want to study and grow in a community, with friends and family? Mobile Ed seamlessly integrates with Faithlife, so you can join course groups, discuss key concepts, and encourage each other in the Word.

See how Mobile Ed changed Kay’s Bible study:

Take your Bible study deeper. Learn more about Logos Mobile Education today.

September’s New Collections—Available Now!

Two Horizons CommentaryWe’ve recently updated several collections to include the most recently published Logos editions! Now’s the best time to get into a new series or to update a collection you already own.

Here’s what’s new:

Two Horizons Commentary (10 vols.)

Robert Wall’s 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus is now available for immediate purchase and download! Get all 10 volumes at an amazing price and think critically as you dig into theological interpretation of these 14 books of the Bible. If you’ve purchased Two Horizons volumes with us previously, fear not—you’ll only pay for the volumes that are new to you.

Gordon D. Fee New Testament Studies Collection (7 vols.)45303

Love Gordon Fee? We’ve made it easy to get your hands on a number of his well-read commentaries, as well as a handful of books he’s edited and authored. You’ll get expert exegetical and text-critical insights across the New Testament through his To What End Exegesis? and his amazing commentary on 1 Corinthians in the NICNT series, as well as other key commentaries from this must-read modern scholar.

Kress Biblical Studies Collection (13 vols.)

Endorsed by John MacArthur, R. Albert Mohler Jr., Cyril J. Barber, and Norman Geisler, this collection’s 13 biblical-focused titles address contemporary issues while resting firmly on the authority of Scripture. These volumes range from expositions of the Bible to topical and theological works grounded in biblical exegesis. Explore practical theology with Scripture as your guide—explore Kress’ biblical studies in Logos.

Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series (18 vols.)

Now updated with the commentary on Judges, this specifically form-critical Old Testament commentary examines the works of the Old Testament according to their genre and literary setting. This traditional approach to exegesis leaves plenty of room for any serious Bible student to interpret theology for themselves while still honoring the primacy of Scripture and the revelation of God.

Remember that you won’t be charged twice for volumes you already own in your Logos library, so make sure you visit the Logos.com and sign in to see your very own Dynamic Price.

What are you waiting for? Head to Logos.com and see what’s new today!

Pre-order the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis

new-international-dictionary-of-new-testament-theology-and-exegesisThe New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (NIDNTTE) is now available for pre-order! This collection is the second edition of one of the most valuable resources for pastors, teachers, and scholars for over 40 years.

The collection’s first edition was edited by Colin Brown and featured contributions from highly acclaimed scholars such as James D.G. Dunn and D.A. Carson. While this edition was treasured for over 35 years, the new edition, edited by Moisés Silva, will continue its legacy by assisting scholars around the world in their biblical study.

Enhance your Greek studies & more

The NIDNTTE provides you with Greek reference tools and its striking exegetical discussion of New Testament vocabulary.

Even if you already own the first edition, this new version will equip you with distinct and exciting new features. You’ll immediately notice new discussions and revisions, including the change of its alphabetical arrangement and overall uniformity.

Rather than searching for an English topic in order to find the desired Greek word, you now have the advantage of starting your searches with the Greek word itself. This transformation saves users a great deal of time whether looking up one word alone or for those who have a list of words that they would like discussed individually.

Don’t wait—pre-order this collection today to lock in the best price!

A Quote for Every Day of the Week

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I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.
—Marlene Dietrich

A powerful and insightful quote can be the perfect punctuation to an idea. And pastors and academics alike will find our quotations volumes immensely valuable.

We’ve collected 2,500 quotations and prayers into eight volumes with quotations ranging from Augustine and the early church to Charles Spurgeon and the modern church:

All of these resources include professionally designed slides for every quote so that you can easily insert them into your presentation or share them with friends and family.

It is a pleasure to be able to quote lines to fit any occasion . . .
—Abraham Lincoln

We have good news for you and for Mr. Lincoln.

The sheer number of quotations and prayers you’ll get with these volumes makes them worthwhile, but, when you pair these resources with the power of Logos Bible Software, they become even more valuable.

Each quote is tagged with Scripture references and themes so that you can quickly find the perfect quote that fits any occasion. We’ve also included a full bibliographic citation for each quote and a link to the original source if it’s included in your Logos library.

Here’s what a few prominent pastors are saying about these quotations volumes:

This is a robust set of volumes that has obviously been put together by a preacher who knows what preachers need in a quotation compendium. Preachers of every stripe will find this a beneficial addition to their Logos collection.
—J.D. Greear, pastor, The Summit Church

Preachers need to do better than merely combing resources for a pithy quote. They should invest themselves in the original sources as much as possible, and this makes it easy to dig into the original material.
—Joe Thorn, pastor, Redeemer Fellowship

For the last month, the Lexham Press social-media accounts have been posting a quote of the day every weekday using the hashtag #QuoteOfTheDay. Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook, and you’ll get an exclusive coupon code for all eight quotations volumes.