Logos Summer Training: How to Find a Verse You Don’t Remember

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. 

If you’ve spent real time in the Bible, certain phrases will stick in your mind. And mix with other phrases. And other translations. You end up with occasional mishmashes, making it difficult for you to find the verse that’s on the tip of your tongue. Scriptural statements also get transmogrified into cultural sayings: “Money is the root of all evil”—except that it isn’t.

With the new Fuzzy Search feature in Logos, you can search for the “wrong” words and still find the right verse. Enter the phrase above and you’ll get 1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.”

This week, we will learn how the Fuzzy Search feature works and how we can quickly search for references we don’t quite recall.

New users get $50 off Logos 7 Starter

If you’ve never owned Logos before—or if you have Logos 7 Basic—we have good news: use coupon code QOTWSTARTER to get $50 off your order of Logos 7 Starter! And if you have an earlier version of Logos, you’ll get $25 towards the upgrade to Starter. This is just our way of saying “thanks” for joining us for training this summer. But don’t wait—this offer is good only until Aug 25!

Get Logos 7 Starter now—and don’t forget to use coupon code QOTWSTARTER.

Study Questions

  • Where does Scripture say “God is love”?
  • Can you find the passage where a king hits the ground with arrows three times?

How to Reopen the Last Closed Tab in Logos

With the recent release of Logos 7.8 you’ll discover a small, but very useful feature that numerous people have requested: reopen the last closed tab!

Imagine you accidentally closed a resource, Guide, Factbook, or even a Search panel. You can now quickly and easily reopen it. As we say in the sports world, no harm, no foul.

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An Easy Way to Keep Track of Where You Preached All Those Sermons

An itinerant Bible teacher recently told me he uses the new Sermon Editor for his messages. He enjoys the power of creating his outline and handout in the same document, as well as, the security of backing up and synchronizing his files to various devices.

As an itinerant, however, he preaches the same sermon more than once and he wants to insure he doesn’t repeat a message in the same church!

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4 Simple Tips for Getting the Most out of Logos Bible Software

In my work as a Logos Pro, I sometimes hear users say, with a resigned, apologetic tone, “I probably use only 5 percent of the capabilities of Logos.” People with lots of responsibility, lots of training, lots of gifting, and lots of experience in ministry or scholarship (or both) all of the sudden grow bashful and embarrassed. They stare at the floor like it’s report card day. They crawl into nearby holes.

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What Would the Author of “Amazing Grace” Say about Social Media?

John Newton wrote a beautiful letter to a friend which is called in his collected works, “On Controversy”—because that friend was about to engage in public controversy over Christian doctrine; Newton wanted to give him some scriptural counsel. I have read it 20 times over nearly as many years, and thought of it countless more. In order to more fully get the principles into my own soul—because I, frankly, have not always lived up to them—I have taken the liberty of “transculturating” it for today’s Christian SMWs—Social Media Warriors. If Newton were to write the same letter today, this is my guess as to what he would write:

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Logos Summer Training: A New Way to Search the Bible

We’ve spent 25 years tagging the biblical text in Logos so you can search for characters, events, concepts, things, even metaphors and rhetorical questions.

Bible Browser is the easiest way to use this rich tagging in Logos. Find texts that include precise grammatical features, find speeches by particular Bible figures, discover how often a key topic arises in a particular literary genre—you will never exhaust the possibilities of the Bible Browser.

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How to Find Every Eschatological Reference in the Bible

A recent question from a Logos user is a great way to show off the power of a tool available in the Full Feature Set which appears in base collections Bronze and above.

First the question:

I am looking for a way to search for all eschatological references in the Bible. If that is not hard enough, I would then like to separate them into categories;  e.g., Jesus, Paul, OT Prophets, David, etc. 

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Logos Summer Training: How to Get Deep Insight on Biblical Characters

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. This week: biblical character studies.

Christians believe that the Bible is the only piece of literature written under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. The stories and characters recorded in the Bible were chosen by God, and the Bible does not contain useless details. Everything written in the Bible deserves our attention, even minor characters in the biblical story.

Like Ahithophel. The video below will take you through a brief yet informative study of this biblical character. Using the tools and texts in Logos, we will discover how his story and relationship to other characters impacts the larger David narrative.

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Logos Pro Summer Training: How to Do Word Studies

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. This week: word studies.

Jesus famously declares in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” But in what sense is he the “life”?​​ To find the answer, you’ll need to do a word study. [Read more…]

Why Does Logos Say “Dine” Is a Metaphor in Luke 14:1?

The Figurative Language dataset in Logos marks the word “dine” in Luke 14:1 as a metaphor. Why?

Can you figure it out? I’ll give you ten Logos Pro points if you get the right answer.

One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully.

In a previous post, I showed Logos users how to automatically mark all figurative language in the New Testament with blue text. I’ve kept that visual filter on for my own Bible study, and that’s why I myself recently ran across this little puzzle.

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