Master the 15 Document Types: Part 2

Logos 5’s documents menu 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.

Last week we explored the first five; this week we’ll tackle the remaining ten.

To see examples of all 15 document types, join the Logos Sample Documents Faithlife group.

6. Reading plan

Logos scores top marks as a research tool. Tagging powers some of the most useful searching available anywhere. Tools like Clause Search and the Bible Word Study eliminate thousands of hours spent flipping pages and scanning book indexes.

But if you’d like to read a book from cover to cover, Logos performs just as admirably, thanks to the reading-plan document type. Construct a reading plan for any book in your library on a schedule that fits your lifestyle. Reading plans are especially helpful on devotionals, like the one below that I built for Lent based on 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers.

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7. Sentence diagram

If, like many, you learned sentence diagramming on the first day of your hermeneutics class, you’ll love this document type. Import a passage in either an English translation or its original language, and use a huge set of tools to chart your way through the text. I particularly love the pencil tool, which interprets my squiggles into perfectly straight lines.

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8. Word-find puzzle

It’s not all hard work in the documents menu—the word-find puzzle turns a Scripture passage into an brain-expanding mental exercise that’s more a game than a study tool. It’s easy to use, and it’s great for the moments when you need to look up from your study and catch your breath. And if you teach a children’s Sunday school class, these puzzles will be a big hit!

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Note: These next two types—syntax search & visual filters—represent the overlap between the documents menu and your search tools. Both are search types that can be saved for later use or shared with others on Documents.Logos.com.

9. Syntax search

Find Syntax Search—a powerful language tool that empowers you to find particular sentence structures in Scripture—under the search menu. But since these searches are complex and take longer than usual to construct, you can also save your search parameters as a document.

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10. Visual filter

Perform a real-time search in the text of your Bible using a visual filter. You can create visual filters, then turn them on or off using the display menu (which looks like a Venn diagram) whenever you have a Bible open.

In the example below, I’ve created a visual filter that highlights all the imperative verbs, drawing attention to the call to action at the end of Peter’s sermon in Acts 2. I started with a new filter (created from the documents menu), switched over to “morph” search and typed an “@” in the search box. Logos suggested various parts of speech for me to choose from. I chose verb, and Logos suggested various tenses, voices, moods, and so on. I chose the imperative mood. In the final step, I chose the “On Fire” style for Logos to mark imperative verbs.

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11. Word list

Good Bible scholars spend hours tabulating the number of times a word is used in a particular passage. But a word-list document will do that for you in three clicks.

With a Bible and new word list open side by side, just highlight the passage you’re studying, and choose to “add from selected text.” From there, you can drag the various columns up to group the entire list according to that criteria.

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NOTE: These last four types do not appear in the documents menu, but you may see them on Documents.Logos.com.

12. Presentation

Your Proclaim presentations are stored and can be shared through Documents.Logos.com. If you haven’t used Proclaim, you can try it free for 30 days!

13. Resource collection

Create custom resource collections to quickly search subsections of your library. These subsections are then stored as resource collections on Documents.Logos.com, so you can share them with others.

A team from the Logos forums has created resource collections for virtually every denomination and belief tradition and made them available through their Faithlife group. You can benefit from their hard work right now!

And if you like that, you may also enjoy the Logos Author Collections group.

14. Guide template

Logos comes with five powerful done-for-you guides that search sections of your library with the right tools for the type of study you’re doing.

In addition to these five, you can create your own guides, mixing and matching tools suit your study needs. For example, I have a guide that searches all of my collections grouped by author, so I can quickly get an overview of what particular scholars have to say about a subject or passage. I have another guide that searches my collections grouped by denomination, so I can get an overview of how different faith traditions handle a subject or passage.

15. Highlighting palette

Logos comes loaded with several highlighting palettes, but you may prefer to create your own—perhaps matching the colors you’ve used for years in your favorite paper Bible. Your custom highlighting palette becomes a document that you can share with others on Documents.Logos.com.

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Get a Logos 5 base package today and get access to thousands of Bible study resources, plus powerful study tools like these 15 document types.

To see examples of each document type, join the Logos Sample Documents Faithlife group.

Not Your Average Bible Study for Your Church

not-your-average-bible-study-seriesLexham Press has shipped the three newest volumes in the Not Your Average Bible Study Series. If you’ve ordered the collection already, you should already have Sermon on the Mount: Living for God’s Kingdom, 1 Peter: We Are Refugees, and 1­–3 John: Radical Hospitality in your Logos library. For those of you who were waiting until these three volumes shipped, now is the perfect time to get them!

Updates to the Logos editions

In addition to shipping these three volumes, we’ve also gone back and updated Logos editions of the first nine volumes in the series.

Since these were developed for Bible Study Magazine, a print publication, we assumed that a physical Bible would be present with you as you worked through these Bible studies. In each volume, we included instructions to underline, highlight, and physically interact with your Bible.

These instructions don’t really work in a digital publication, especially one that is enhanced with all of the amazing features in Logos Bible Software. We’ve updated these instructions in the digital editions to utilize the various tools built into the software so that your study is more efficient than ever! These updates should be ready within a few weeks.

Ordering for your church or Bible study group?

The Not Your Average Bible Study Series works great for both individual study and group study—it’s designed for both settings.

Together, with your community, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the Bible’s ancient context
  • Ask the same questions scholars ask
  • Apply the Bible to your life, each step along the way
  • Tell the biblical story as part of your own story

If you’re interested in purchasing bulk orders of either the digital or print editions, our sales team (800-875-6467) is ready—give them a call today.

Whether you’ve been studying the Bible your whole life or you’re just getting started, the Not Your Average Bible Study Series will empower you to go deeper into the Bible.

Now’s your chance to jump into deeper Bible study.

Announcing the New Noet.com

Noet_LaunchPromo_Logos_Blog-V2Noet is committed to providing classical, ancient, and modern works for a wide range of scholarly application. And now, you can experience the new Noet.com.

Noet’s updated site is now here—visit Noet.com and see what’s new!

Navigate with ease

Explore Noet.com’s fresh new design. Find better functionality that flows seamlessly. Check out the homepage to see what Noet can do for you.

You can also browse over 600 products ranging from history to philosophy to ethics. Add these timeless works and important resources to your library today.

Explore new ideas

Dive into rich content with our new blog. The Noet blog is focused solely on scholarly work. You’ll find substantial writing focused around important philosophical ideas, geared specifically toward students of the classics. Gain academic insight alongside the Noet community as you dive deeper into classic works and enter into discussions on pressing topics with like-minded scholars.

The Noet blog is dedicated to helping you study, updating you on new products, and giving you the support you need. Subscribe to the Noet blog to ensure that you never miss a beat.

Engage new resources

Explore the texts that shaped history through Noet’s newest titles—check out The Noet Introduction Series. This series equips you engage classic thinkers in their original Greek and Latin.

Each collection contains authoritative editions of the original-language manuscript with an English translation, as well as a contemporary Greek and Latin language textbook and a basic lexicon selected to fit the text at hand. It has never been easier for lovers of the classics to study these texts in the works’ original languages.

Get the most out of your classical studies with Noet. Visit Noet.com today!

October’s Free Book: The Crucified God

October-Logos-free-book-of-the-monthThe Cross is one of the most important events in Christian history, only surpassed by the Resurrection. And this October, you can get The Crucified God by Jürgen Moltmann for free!

Taking the time to thoroughly examine the theology of the cross, Moltmann explores Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, and he seeks to revolutionize the concept of God, thereby making his theology of hope more concrete in the eyes of the reader.

This is Jürgen Moltmann’s best and therefore most important book. He has substantially changed the central thrust of his theology without sacrificing its most vital element, its passionate concern for alleviation of the world’s suffering.

—Langdon Gilkey, professor emeritus of theology, The University of Chicago Divinity School

Don’t forget about the +One!

October-Logos-free-book-of-the-mont-plus-oneThroughout October, you can get a second book—Theology of Hope: On the Ground and the Implications of a Christian Eschatology—for only 99 cents!

In this book, Moltmann shows how theology can begin in hope and be considered as a theme in an eschatological light. He digs into the foundations of the hope of Christian faith and into the exercise of this hope in thought and action in our world today.

A stimulating and important book, a ‘must’ for every theological student and every preacher who wishes to become acquainted with the most significant movement in contemporary continental theology.

—The Christian Century

Enter to win the entire collection

You can also enter to win the 22-volume Jürgen Moltmann Collection, featuring these two titles. Earn additional entries by sharing the Free Book of the Month to your social networks!

Don’t wait—get your free book and +One today!

Pastor Appreciation Month: Save All Month Long

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“Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” —1 Timothy 5:17

Pastor Appreciation Month is upon us and it’s time to let our pastors know how much we value them. This year we have a new special for you every day, and you can save on over 50 products—even if you’re not a pastor.

Plus, get The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 14 for free the entire month!

How to get the best deals in October

Every day during October (except Sundays), we’ll be revealing a 24-hour deal. The resource unveiled will be deeply discounted for 24 hours! Never miss a deal—visit Logos.com/PAM-2014 each day to see what’s new.

Get a sneak peek

Here’s a look at our first four daily deals:

Day 1 (today!): Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament (11 vols.)
This series is enormously helpful and practical through its usage of small visual presentations of historical, exegetical, and theological information. Highly user friendly, this resource is great for college students, pastors, or those who want to take their Bible study to another level.

Day 2: Roy Zuck Vital Issues Series (12 vols.)
The insightful words of these archetypal writers address questions faced by everyone who sincerely seeks to be more Christlike and to please God.

Day 3: Baker Studies on Preaching Collection (37 vols.)
The Baker Studies on Preaching Collection assembles 37 volumes filled with practical advice, strategies, and tips for preaching accurate, engaging, and impactful sermons.

Day 4: Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages, Second Edition
While retaining both its original outline and Haddon W. Robinson’s 10-stage sermon-development process, this new edition offers significant improvements.

Celebrate your pastor

The purpose of this month is to remind us to honor our pastors. A pastor’s work is never really done; they work diligently to feed and tend to their people, and this is a great opportunity to show the church leaders in our lives how much they mean to us.

Take time this month to send them a thank-you card, bring them to lunch, or invite them over for a home-cooked meal—and most importantly, pray for and encourage them.

Don’t miss a single deal—sign up to hear about every Pastor Appreciation deal. Plus, get 30 days of Proclaim Church Presentation Software for free!




What do you appreciate most about your pastor? Let us know in the comments!

Webinar Recap: Streamline Your Sermon Preparation

logos-5-webinar-free-trainingLast week, in a webinar hosted by Logos expert Todd Bishop, we outlined some key steps in assisting you with your sermon preparation using Logos 5.

Todd shared ways to create custom layouts that are easy to use and navigate. He also demonstrated how to manage your workspace to match your work preferences and explained how to save your shortcuts to your most-used workspaces so you can easily access them later.

If you missed the webinar, don’t worry! You can still watch the recording anytime you want and learn about streamlining your sermon preparation from this training session:

During this webinar, we featured the Tim Keller Sermon Archive, which includes 1,233 sermons covering Keller’s preaching from 1989 to 2011.  When integrated into your digital library, these transcripts are enhanced by amazing functionality.

We’re planning additional virtual training events like this. Let us know via Facebook or Twitter what type of training you’d like to see!

New Lower Price on the NIDNTTE!

new-international-dictionary-of-new-testament-theology-and-exegesisThe price has dropped on the five-volume New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis.

Pre-Pub prices often go up as a product gets closer to shipping. Typically, even when you pre-order early and the price goes up, you still get it at the lower price.

This is a rare exception where the Pre-Pub price has gone down.

We’ve been working with the publisher to make the NIDNTTE available for pre-order at a discount. So if you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, now’s your chance to pre-order this set at a much lower price!

We don’t know how long we’ll be able to offer the NIDNTTE at this price. You need to pre-order now to ensure your chance to get this discount. Even if the price goes up later, you’ll still get it at today’s price.

We also won’t charge your credit card until this product ships, and we’ll send you a reminder a few weeks in advance.

If you’ve already pre-ordered the NIDNTTE at the previous price, you do not need to worry about changing your order—we’ve already updated your account to use this new price.

About the NIDNTTE

Enhance your Greek studies with the valuable features in this latest version. You’ll get:

  • Thorough New Testament dictionary and exegesis
  • Works edited by highly acclaimed biblical scholar Moises Silva
  • New updates to entries, discussions, bibliographies, and indexes
  • Improvements to the original layout, featuring entries arranged in alphabetical order

Take advantage of this series’ new lower price and pre-order now! Remember, we won’t charge your card until it ships.

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

Logos 5: Exploring Lemmas with the Same Root

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 Logos user recently presented this question to me:

I’ve noticed Logos includes the root words for Greek lemmas in English Bibles with the reverse interlinear. How might these root words be used in actual Bible study?

Excellent question! While this blog post will certainly not exhaust all that could be said, hopefully a few insights may get you started using this tool.

First, let’s begin with a few definitions

  • The manuscript form of a word refers to the actual word the biblical author used.
  • The lemma or lexical form of a word refers to how the word is “looked up” or referenced in a traditional dictionary of lexicon.
  • The root is the word from which the lemma is derived.

In very simple terms, manuscript forms are derived from lemmas, which are derived from roots.

Let’s explore this more with a specific biblical example found in Galatians 6:1, in which Paul instructs: 

. . . if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness . . .

  • Open the ESV to Galatians 6:1 (A)
  • Right click the word restore (B)
  • Select Root | Search this resource (C)

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  • Click Aligned in the search panel (D) to see in a center column the various ways different lemmas with the same root are translated in English (E)

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  • Click Analysis to display a spreadsheet of the results (F)
  • Right click on a column header (G)
  • Select at least these categories: Reference, Lemma (Greek), Result, and Sense (please note that Sense does not appear in all Logos base packages) (H)

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  • Drag one at a time Lemma (Greek) and Sense to the top of the spreadsheet (I) in order to group the results according to these categories (J)

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Here’s what you’re viewing in the spreadsheet:

  • The various NT Greek lemmas derived from the same root (K)
  • The various ways the lemmas are translated in the ESV (L)
  • The sense or contextual meaning of each lemma (M)
  • Different senses or meanings for the same lemma (N)

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As you work with these results please keep these cautions in mind:

  • Don’t automatically assume a lemma has the exact same meaning as its root
  • Don’t automatically assume lemmas derived from the same root share the same meaning
  • Don’t automatically assume a lemma has the exact same meaning in every place it occurs in Scripture

With these cautions firmly in mind, it’s interesting to observe that running throughout the related lemmas are the ideas of repaircorrectprepareequip, and mature. Perhaps these lemmas and meanings provide further insights into the concept of restoring in Galatians 6:1.

By combining a search for the root and the Analysis view of the results, you can explore in detail the various facets of a word!

If this was helpful to you, check out our other training materials to help you master your Logos software.

Empowering God’s People for Ministry

Mobile-Ed-LogoDuring the Protestant Reformation, a concept arose to prominence that has deep implications on our theology: the priesthood of all believers. This is the conviction that we are as priests before God, with access to the Father through his Son, without need of a merely human mediator.

This concept came implicit with two claims: that the Bible, God’s Word, would be returned to the hands of the people, and that the ministry would be returned as well. This is what Dr. Greg Ogden calls “vertical” and “horizontal” priesthood—vertical as we have access to God, and horizontal as we minister to those around us.

In Logos Mobile Education: ED201 Empowering God’s People for Ministry, Dr. Ogden delivers practical insight on restoring the ministry of believers, with this reformational foundation. His driving question is, “How do we see the ministry of the whole people of God come alive today?”

Everyone is called to ministry

Of course Dr. Ogden is quick to affirm that we are all called to ministry. He says:

. . . we’ve defined ministry through the lens of clericalism and said, ‘Ministry is what pastors do for us.’ This has led to what I call a ‘dependency model’ in ministry where the church is dependent upon the ministry that the pastors do to the people or for the people, and the people are dependent then upon the pastors.

He goes on to state that we need to adopt a view of the church that is more organic, where ministry is what everybody is called to. He says, “We need an equipping model of ministry, which positions pastors to help the saints discover the ministries that they are called to, to equip the saints for the work of ministry for the building up of the body of Christ.”

ED201The majority of this course is spent fleshing out that horizontal priesthood, as we learn what the Bible says about how we minister and care of those around us. After laying a biblical foundation, Dr. Ogden takes the principles established and delves into immensely practical content, including a response to the question of “calling.” He communicates a theology of small groups and lays a vision for biblical-ministry teams, life-transformation groups, disciple-making groups, and more. This is helpful, relevant material that anyone, church leader and person in the pew alike, will greatly benefit from.

Get this course—seven hours of video teaching, Logos tutorials, and enhanced transcripts—for only $259.95.

Add it to your library today!

What’s in a course?

Taking a course with Logos Mobile Education is a unique and exciting learning experience. With this course you’ll get:

  • Video teaching from Dr. Greg Ogden in short, digestible segments
  • Enhanced transcripts that link every word Dr. Ogden speaks to your library
  • Associated readings in Logos to take you deeper into the topic at hand
  • Logos tutorial videos so that you can do in-depth study on what you just learned

With Mobile Ed, you can take a course at your own pace, in your own way. Read it like an ebook, or watch the videos with your spouse. If you want a structured learning experience, we provide you with a syllabus, quizzes, and exams. Pair this with a reading plan and a Faithlife Group around this course, and learn in a community!

Limited time!

ED201 Empowering God’s People for Ministry is typically only offered in the 10-course Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle. But for a limited time, you can get it individually or bundle it with any other available courses you like! Plus, if you purchase this or any other available Mobile Ed course by September 30, we’ll give you $10 back in Logos credit for each course!

Head over to the Mobile Ed Mix-n-Match page and bundle the courses you want today.

200 Discounts You Don’t Want to Miss

september-logos-monthly-saleIt’s not too late to save on 200 resources on sale through the end of September! You don’t need a coupon code to take advantage of these awesome deals—just be sure to get them before the month is over.

Here are a few highlights from this month’s sale:

Read Greek in 30 Days or Less

Now 23% off!

Using easy-to-understand techniques and grammatical explanations, this resource explains the basics of the Greek language. Whether you’re a student taking Greek for the first time or a layperson interested in learning the basics of Greek grammar, these 10 short lessons will provide you with a strong foundation. What’s more, with the Logos edition of Read Greek in 30 Days or Less, you have instant access to the texts of the Greek New Testament along with a wealth of dictionaries, lexicons, and language reference tools.

Dictionary of Biblical Imagery

Now 33% off!

Hundreds of articles on themes, metaphors, imagery, and patterns of Scripture are packed into this powerful reference work. You’ll explore everything from the Bible’s universal archetypes to specifics of its narratives with this Bible dictionary, acclaimed for being “a creative and usable reference tool that will enable a wide range of Bible students to read the Word of God with fresh insight and new understanding.”

The Origin of the Bible

Now 29% off!

Over a dozen authors and theologians contributed to this fascinating overview of the Bible’s origins. Focusing on the Bible’s divine inspiration, lasting authority, and infallibility, this volume provides a fascinating background of the Bible. This work includes an overview of how the Bible was first inspired, canonized, read as sacred literature, copied in ancient Hebrew and Greek manuscripts, and eventually translated into world languages.

These are just a few great titles on sale—be sure to check out the rest of this month’s discounted products!