Why You Need More Books (Even If You Think You Don’t)

It's not just about more books: it's about the connections between themIf you evaluate the value of Logos resources and the value of print books by the same standards, you’re bound to miss some of what makes Logos resources special.

To understand what you get when you add a book to your Logos library, you have to understand both how they differ from print books and how they integrate with your software’s tools.

Logos resources are more than just books

When you get new Logos resources, you get more than just texts to read. You can’t just think of Logos resources the same way as their traditional print counterparts, meant to be referred to occasionally or read from cover to cover. You also have to think of them as information and data sources.

A lot of people resist the idea of growing their library and fall into a trap of thinking, “I already have more books than I’ll ever be able to read.”

But remember—Logos resources aren’t the same as print books.

In the traditional sense, a book only provides value when you take it off the shelf and manually approach it—whether to read it from start to finish, or to look up a particular chapter or section you’re familiar with.

You can do all of that with a Logos resource; it’s easy to open a book and read it on your screen or jump to a specific section (just like you do with your print books!)—but that’s only a small part of its value. The value is found in specialized tagging and corresponding tools built around content in the Logos format.

Logos will expose content in the midst of your study—content that would’ve otherwise been left on your bookshelf. You don’t have to know what every book in your library contains: we’ll do that heavy lifting for you and present you with the most relevant information.

Here are a couple reasons why you’ll benefit from a bigger library:

  • You’ll get more out of Logos 6’s tools when they have an information source to pull from. Think of your Logos library as a giant database: the larger this source, the better your tools will perform. Your searches will be more comprehensive, your guides will contain more content, and you’ll have more primary and secondary sources to draw from in your research. Even if you never spend focused time studying new resources, they’ll help you from behind the scenes, powering your favorite tools.
  • Adding new books will increase the value of the resources you already own. You might think your library is completely sufficient for your study, and maybe that’s true. Maybe you won’t ever need to read or study more books. But what if your favorite books were even more valuable? That’s the power that comes from increasing the size of your library: when you add more resources, you’ll get more out of your existing resources. By linking your resources together, you’ll get additional relevant background information and link new pieces of information that you would’ve missed before.

Here’s how it works with sermons

Let’s say you have a library filled with sermons, like the Preaching and Sermons Bundle. You can treat your library just like you would a traditional library, selecting a sermon and reading through it—and that’s fine! But if you do that, you’ll miss out on what makes sermons in the Logos format so useful.

The sermons in your library have special tagging that labels them by criteria like title, preacher, passage, and content. This tagging powers the Sermon Starter Guide found in Logos 5 and 6; your tools pull from it to expose content.

This tool allows you to effectively use a large library. You don’t have to maintain an intimate knowledge of every sermon in your library or spend hours searching for the right information: the Sermon Starter Guide will help you get at what you need to know without a time-intensive search. Whether you’re a pastor looking to see how others have approached a topic, or you’d just like to hear sermons on a specific biblical passage, you’ll quickly have all of your library’s relevant information right in front of you.

All of a sudden, the special markup and tooling found in the Logos format give you a lot more from your collection of sermons than just the ability to open and read them one by one.

In a traditional library, your works aren’t helping you when they sit on the shelf, so it makes sense to limit the size of your library to the books that you refer to regularly. That’s simply not the case with Logos libraries—they’re the equivalent, plus more.

How does this help me?

You’re getting more out of your books when they’re in the Logos format than when they’re just print resources, but what is that “something more?”

It’s where you’ll find unexpected insights. They might come from an author you’ve never heard of, a book you never expected to read, or a resource you forgot was even in your library.

When you add a book or collection to your library, you might not know how you’ll use it in the future. But you’ll only have the ability to do powerful searches and study if you own the resources.

You can often get books for just a couple dollars—when compared with the potential influence an insight or piece of wisdom can hold, the value becomes clear. You’ll be able to discover insights that will inspire you and help you impact others—even if you never read the book cover to cover.

So, what are the best ways to get more books?

If you don’t have a Logos 6 base package, that’s where you should start. Base packages are the ideal foundation for your library: you’ll get a combination of tools, datasets, and resources. If you’re looking for a specific recommendation, try Logos 6 Gold: not only will you get a great selection of books, you’ll also get all of Logos 6’s tools and media.

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If you already have a Logos 6 base package, consider one of these options:

Cultivate a Big-Picture View of Scripture: This App Makes It Easier

every-day-bible-appThe Bible is a big book. Many people read it faithfully every day for years, and still never develop a big-picture view of it.

For example:

  • How does the story of the Exodus foreshadow the earthly ministry of Jesus?
  • Why would God direct the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute?

The reading plan and devotional built into the Every Day Bible app make answers to these and other difficult questions more accessible. Pairing Old and New Testament passages with a selection of biblical poetry each day, Every Day Bible invites you to develop a big-picture view of scripture, discovering connections between passages that you may not have noticed before.

And it’s not too late to jump into a year-long journey through scripture with Every Day Bible. You can start today at EveryDayBible.com, or—if you prefer—by downloading the Every Day Bible app for your Android or iOS device. The app is brilliantly simple—when you fire it up each day, you’ll jump right into the text with nothing new to learn or figure out.

So if this is your year to cultivate a big-picture view of scripture, the Every Day Bible app is ready to help.

Get this exceptional app—designed by the same team that brought you Logos 6—for free right now!

Individual Preaching and Discipling Courses Now Available!

mobile-ed-preaching-and-discipling-foundations-bundleLogos Mobile Ed’s Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle is a 10-course bundle that covers a wide array of topics related to ministry. It provides great teaching by leading speakers on topics like preaching, discipleship, ethics, and specific areas of ministry. We recognize that some of you may not want all 10 since the course topics are so diverse, so we’re making them all available individually.


In CM100 Basic History of Preaching, Dr. Gary Carr highlights important preachers from the early church to today. In CM101 Basic Elements of Preaching: An Introduction to Homiletics, he surveys the basic elements of preparing and delivering a sermon.

Dr. J. Kent Edwards discusses why preaching is important in CM102 Invitation to Biblical Preaching I: Theological, Historical, and Pragmatic Reasons for Preaching. In CM103 Invitation to Biblical Preaching II: Preaching Biblical Sermons, he moves from exegesis to exposition, providing the tools necessary to prepare and preach a biblical sermon.


In ED101 Introducing Discipleship, Dr. Greg Ogden examines the biblical mandate to make disciples and provides a disciple-making strategy that can be used by churches or individuals. In ED201 Empowering God’s People for Ministry, he shows that all believers, not just church leaders, are called to minister.

Pastoral ministry

Dr. Michael Goheen identifies the missional calling of the church in PC101 Pastoral Ministry in a Missional Church, and describes how churches can be structured in a way to best fulfill this calling. In PC131 Shepherding Women, Dr. Bev Hislop looks at the biblical portrayal of women and discusses ways to enhance the pastoral care of women.

Practical theology

In PC151 Theology of Everyday Life, Dr. Dan Doriani looks at what Scripture has to say about practical, everyday areas of life, such as food, friendship, work, calling, and more. In PC201 Pastoral Ethics, he uses the Ten Commandments as a lens for analyzing Christian ethics.

Watch these previews to get a taste of each individual course:

You still get the most savings by ordering the 10-course bundle, but now you can also tailor your studies by getting each of these great courses by themselves.

Check out all Mobile Ed courses today!

Lexham Theological Wordbook: A Unique Resource Built for Logos 6

lexham-theological-wordbookLexham Press built a number of original resources specifically for Logos 6. We’ve made the Lexham Bible Dictionary bigger and better than ever, and DIY Bible Study helps you step into the story of the Bible.

But one of the most exciting new resources we’ve built is the Lexham Theological Wordbook. This resource is designed to make the original biblical languages accessible to people from all interest levels. Plus, it’s designed to work seamlessly with your Logos Bible Software library.

A new spin on a lexicon

For any serious student of Hebrew and Greek, there are a number of lexical resources that are required for study—resources like the Hebrew–Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT) and the Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament and Early Christian Literature (BDAG). These resources are geared toward intense academic work, which can make them less accessible to students and virtually inaccessible to anyone without formal training.

That’s where the Lexham Theological Wordbook aims to fill the gap. We’ve designed this wordbook to be useful for students who are learning the biblical languages, as well as accessible to a general audience who might be interested in understanding the Bible in its original context. The wordbook accomplishes this by organizing entries by concepts rather than Greek or Hebrew lemmas.

For example, the entry on “truth” begins with a brief summary of the concept and its theological applications:


Once you’ve seen the overview of the concept, the lexical information is listed to give you an understanding of how individual words or phrases affect the meaning of the overall concept. Each lemma is glossed and defined, and example scriptural uses are provided:


And since this resource was designed with Logos 6 in mind, all the concepts are linked to the Bible Word Study tool, the Sense Section, and other relevant Logos tools.

An amazing tool for original-language study

Whether you’re a student, a pastor, or just interested in the Bible in its original context, the Lexham Theological Wordbook is an invaluable resource:

The Lexham Theological Wordbook is an excellent tool. It is easy to use, provides precisely the lexical information one is looking for, and is completely reliable. No student or scholar of Scripture should work without it. Highly recommended!

—Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College

The Lexham Theological Wordbook uniquely blends together the benefits of lexicons and theological dictionaries while simultaneously showing how the meaning of Greek and Hebrew words informs biblical theology.

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The Lexham Theological Wordbook is exclusively available in most Logos 6 base packages. Right now, you can get 15% off any Logos 6 base package—but hurry, this offer ends soon.

Get the Lexham Theological Wordbook and hundreds of other amazing resources today!

Understand the Biblical World with Logos 6’s Cultural Concepts Tool

cultural-concepts-tool-logos-6With Logos 6, you get innovative tools that help you discover biblical insights by identifying connections that were difficult to find. One of these tools is Cultural Concepts.

Cultural Concepts leverages a brand-new dataset that’s the first of its kind in the world of biblical studies. Before this tool existed, you’d have to manually identify connections between the biblical text and extrabiblical literature that provided additional background and explanation on that passage’s cultural context.

But with Cultural Concepts, those connections are already established for you.

How to access Cultural Concepts

There are two primary ways to use this tool in your studies. The first way you can access Cultural Concepts is through the Passage Guide—this is the best approach when you’re preparing a sermon or Bible study lesson on a specific passage. The Passage Guide links to Factbook entries for each cultural concept—just navigate to the Cultural Concepts section in the Factbook, and you’ll get links to ancient literature, Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, and more. The second way is to simply right click any cultural concept right within your Bible’s text. If a cultural concept is tagged, it will show up in your context menu, and you can click on it to open its Factbook entry for further exploration.

The importance of cultural context

David Witthoff, team lead for the dataset’s creation, explains how Cultural Concepts came about:

The project started with a goal to help users find relevant cultural material that may be related to a passage they are studying. We thought that having a sort of index where ‘marriage’ or ‘sacrifice’ occurred, we could help students of the Bible find other examples of similar practices. By bringing these connections to users, we offer a way to make comparisons and contrasts between the Bible and the ancient world . . .

It was also created because there isn’t really a way to search conceptually. You can find keywords through word searches, but we went a level higher than this with concepts because the same words aren’t always used in relation to one concept.

Identifying the meaning behind cultural concepts helps you understand the biblical world in its ancient context. This tool delivers relevant cultural information from a world so different from ours today; it helps us develop a fuller, more comprehensive interpretation so that we can apply our findings to our lives, guiding modern application of biblical texts.

To see how to use Cultural Concepts, check out this step-by-step video tutorial:

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Now’s the best time to get Logos 6: time is running out to save with introductory offers!

For a limited time, you can save 15% on any Logos 6 purchase—including upgrades and crossgrades. Plus, you can get up to $900.00 worth of gifts with your purchase.

What are you waiting for? Get Logos 6 today!

5 Faithlife Groups Anyone Can Join

faithlife logoSome Faithlife Groups are just for you and a handful of other people—like your small group, or you and an accountability partner. But not every group needs or wants complete privacy.

You can join Faithlife Groups that use unique document-sharing capabilities, but there are a lot more ways to interact with your faith community.

If you want to explore Faithlife Groups but haven’t started one of your own yet, here are five groups anyone can join right now:

1. Prayer Partners

The prayer-list feature helps your group keep track of prayer requests. Prayer Partners is a public, user-created group that lets you share prayer requests with fellow believers who love to pray. If you have a passion for prayer, or want prayer yourself, check out this Faithlife Group.

2. Community Study Bible

There are lots of ways to use Community Notes, and this user-created group hopes to create a massive collection of insights from anyone and everyone. The group has over 150 members, and together they share thoughts on passages, notes from sermons, favorite verses, and more. If you want to see Community Notes in action, join Community Study Bible.

3. Natural Theology

To explore what can be known about God through natural human capacity, check out Prayson Daniel’s group, Natural Theology. The group shares and discusses quotes and articles about natural theology, reading plans and notes for famous works like Summa Theologica, and more. Join Natural Theology today and start a conversation. Or, grab some friends, and start a theology-based group of your own!

4. Faithlife Groups 101

If you consider yourself a hands-on learner, Faithlife Groups 101 is for you. Created by an experienced user, this public group gives you free reign to interact with new and experienced users (even some Faithlife employees!) and experiment with features until you’re comfortable starting a group of your own. Want to know how other people use Community Notes? Documents? Discussions? Ask away!

5. Faithlife Beta

Faithlife Beta is where users can make their voices heard. If you have requests about new features or fixes, this is one of the best places to go. If you use Faithlife Groups, join Faithlife Beta to give you a direct line to the developers who work on it every day. You can also use this group to test new features and provide feedback, so we can keep making Faithlife Groups a better tool for you and your faith community.

Faithlife Groups are perfect for small groups, families, and churches: start one today!

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With Logos 6, you get the tools of Logos Bible Software and the collaborative power of Faithlife Groups.

Get Logos 6 now and take advantage of introductory offers!

The New Year’s Sale Is Almost Over!

NewYears-EmailHeader_640x187You only have a few days left to save on commentary collections, devotionals, and more in the New Year’s sale!

The Genesis and John Collections will stick around after the sale is over, but not at their current prices. Now’s your last chance to save 40% on these two amazing collections filled with volumes from the New American Commentary, the Pillar New Testament Commentary, the International Critical Commentary, and more. You’ll get resources that will help you study these beloved books of the Bible for years to come.

Don’t miss these deals: check out the New Year’s sale now!

Learn and grow in 2015

Learning and growing are major components of many New Year’s resolutions, so why not make them even easier by taking your education to the next level with Logos Mobile Education?

During the New Year’s sale, you can save 15% and see the coherent, unifying storyline that runs through the Bible with BI201 The Story of the Bible, or take your study of Genesis even deeper with OT301 Origins of Genesis 1–3. If you’re looking for the best value, grab the Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle: you’ll get nine different courses, including courses on both Old and New Testament studies and a course delving into the end times.

With Mobile Ed, you’ll grow your ability to understand Scripture and study under some of the greatest professors of our day. The best part? You can do it at your own pace.

Check out what users are saying about Mobile Ed:

It gives me the opportunity to increase my biblical knowledge without the cost and commitment that would be required in a degree program.


This is good if you want to do seminary like education without actually going to seminary and getting a BTh or MDiv.

—Michael B.

I think you’ll find that it enriches your personal life, enriches your personal study, and also greatly enriches your ministry.

—Mark S.

Super digestible content: makes the content incredibly easy to learn and absorb. Props to the educational designer!


See all Mobile Ed courses on sale.

Take your Bible study even further

Logos 6 brings all your resources together in one powerful, searchable library. Logos 6 also makes your resources more useful by providing instant information on biblical topics presented in the resources you love.

Want to know what the Bible has to say about marriage, food, or music? Logos will get you there quickly and deepen your understanding with Cultural Concepts.

And right now, you can save 15% on any Logos 6 base package, plus get up to $900.00 worth of free gifts with your purchase.

But hurry—Logos 6 introductory offers are disappearing soon!

Logos 6 Reviews: See What Ministry Leaders Are Saying

Logos-6-Interactive-Media-Blog-HeaderSince Logos 6 launched, bloggers, authors, and ministry leaders across the globe have immersed themselves in the software to find out what their favorite features are, how Logos 6 changes their day-to-day studies, and how to gain the most insight from their libraries.

Here’s what some of them have to say:

I highly recommend this if you are a pastor, teacher, writer, researcher, or simply love studying the Bible. . . . There isn’t a doubt it will be put to good use and will help you not only become more efficient, but study more in depth as well.

—Nate Pyle at NatePyle.com

In the case of Logos 6 you will not get a cheap knockoff. This is the real thing and in my opinion one of the best Bible software packages I have ever worked with. I look forward to my continued use of this fine tool because I cannot go back to the way I did it before my review.

—Pamela Rose Williams at ChristianMediaMagazine.com

I would highly recommend Logos 6 to you for your personal Bible study or ministry resource needs. With flexible payment options and specifically designed library choices, Logos 6 is the Bible study software that will help you reach goals, become productive, and efficiently complete your work.

After using Logos 6 for several weeks now, I am impressed not only with the functionality but the impressive new tools and resources that have been added to my software tools.

—Pastor Josh Buice at DeliveredByGrace.com

I highly recommend Logos 6. This investment in Bible study software will revolutionize the way you research to prepare messages.

—Carol Kent at @CarolKentSpeaks

[Logos has] not only revolutionized the way that I study the Bible, it’s got me addicted! There isn’t a night that I don’t look forward to going to bed because I know I’ll be opening Logos. I went from reading a couple of chapters/day to reading a couple of hours/day.

—Darlene Schacht at TimeWarpWife.com

Logos is more than a Bible study program. It is becoming an important part of my life; a window into a vast library of resources that I could never hope to own in printed form. Don’t get me wrong, I love books. But given the option I would take Logos over print hands down because of all the interconnected features.

—Ed Walsh at Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics

These reviews are just a glimpse into how Logos 6 could transform your Bible study. If you’re not using Logos 6, you’re missing out: get it today!

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Introductory offers on Logos 6 are ending soon: now’s the time to take advantage of special discounts and free gifts with your Logos 6 purchase!

Give us a call at 888-875-9491 to talk through your options, or check out which base package we recommend for you.

Logos 6: How to Search the Atlas

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.

Knowing the geographical context in which a biblical event took place can certainly aid our interpretation. For example:

  • What’s the significance of the phrase “he had to pass through Samaria” in John 4:4?
  • Does the location of Laodicea impact Jesus’ description of the church as “lukewarm” in Revelation 3:16?

To assist us in discovering the geographical context of a biblical passage, Logos 6 offers a brand new Atlas tool with scores of new maps. These new maps are tagged according to both biblical references and topics (biblical people, places, things, and events). The multiple tags on a map are why links to maps appear all throughout the software, such as in the Passage Guide (A), in the Topic Guide (B), and in the Factbook (C).




You can also, however, manually search the Atlas yourself for just the right map. Try this:

  • Choose Tools | Atlas
  • Make sure the left sidebar is visible by clicking the map list icon (D)
  • Remove any text that is in the search box in the sidebar (E)


  • Type a query in the search box, such as:
    • A biblical reference, like John 4 (F)
    • A person, like Jesus
    • A place, like Jerusalem
    • A thing, like temple
    • An event, like feeds 5,000
  • Select the desired item from the drop-down list (G)


  • Notice maps corresponding to the query appear in the list (H)
  • Select a map to load it in the display area (I)


You can now use all the features of the Atlas tool to work with your desired map!

For more detailed information about working with the Atlas, as well as the rest of Logos 6’s new tools, check out these new Logos 6 training materials:

Also be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Houston and Oklahoma City.

Add January’s Free Book to Your Library!

Email Header 600x175This month’s free book is here! Through January, you can download The Cambridge Bible for School and Colleges: Genesis for free.

Born in London in 1856, Herbert Edward Ryle was a prolific writer and theologian, focusing heavily on the Old Testament and Genesis. In 1910, he was appointed as the Dean of Westminster.

In this volume, he provides a bridge between the text and the reader with transliterated Hebrew. His commentary on Genesis still speaks to modern questions, including the use of mythology in Scripture. This can be seen as he writes on Genesis 1:2:

Nothing could more effectually distinguish the Hebrew Narrative of the Creation from the representations of primitive mythology than the use of this simple and lofty expression for the mysterious, unseen, and irresistible presence and operation of the Divine Being. It is the ‘breath’ of God which alone imparts light to darkness and the principle of life to inert matter.

Though this is just one excerpt from his extensive work, Ryle provides this same depth of study throughout his entire commentary.

Get a second book for just $0.99!

the-cambridge-bible-for-schools-and-colleges-an-introduction-to-the-pentateuchAll month long, you can also get An Introduction to the Pentateuch for only 99 cents

A.T. Chapman, another well-respected Cambridge scholar, authors this all-encompassing volume. If you have ever wondered about the Pentateuch’s origins, its composition, or its impact for today’s readers, then this book is for you. Chapman addresses these and other important elements of the first books of the Old Testament in a well-respected resource that has stood the test of time.

Get both books for only 99 cents!