Logos Pro Weekly Training: Studying Satan’s Tactics

The best defense, as they say, is a good offense. Put in prose, this means that it’s generally better to be proactive rather than passive toward your enemies. The same goes for the enemies of Jesus and his followers. The better God’s people know one of their premier enemies, namely Satan, the more effective they will be in overcoming his schemes.

In this week’s video, we’ll take a look at some of Satan’s tactics and pinpoint how specific workers of evil attack God’s people. As a second part to this exercise, launch your own study to determine how you should arm yourself to go on the offense. [Read more…]

How to Create a Slide Show with Sermon Editor

As you well know Logos Bible Software is huge, with many features. Depending on your wants and methods of study and lesson preparation, you may not need all that Logos has to offer. So I always tell people at Camp Logos, Use what you need, but always try to explore more available options. You may just discover a very helpful tool.

Let’s apply that advice to the Sermon Editor. As I’ve written before, with one Sermon file we can create up to four separate documents at once! You may, however, respond, “In my current situation, I just don’t need all that power and flexibility. So, I’m not using the Sermon feature.”

Fair enough. If, however, you’re like many Bible students and teachers, you at least occasionally need to prepare a PowerPoint slideshow of Scripture verses. If that’s the case, then just use the Sermon Editor to quickly create your slides. [Read more…]

How to Import a Pre-Made Outline into Your Sermon


In Logos 7 standard base packages Gold and above, you’ll discover numerous sermon outline books. While I’m not a big fan of “borrowing” other people’s messages, sometimes we may come across an outline that we want to use as a skeleton for a sermon, lesson, or devotional.

There’s now a feature in our software that instantly sends an outline to a Sermon document where we can modify it for our use.

If you have a sermon outline resource then give this a whirl:

  • Open the Library
  • Place this rule in the Library’s Find box: series:sermon AND publisher:baker (A)
  • Notice (if you have a standard base package Gold or above) the sermon outline resources on display (B)
  • Open any of these resources such as Christian Life Outlines (C)

  • Navigate to an outline in the book (D)
  • Right click anywhere within the outline (E)
  • Select from the right side of the Context menu Sermon Outline (F)
  • Select from the left side of the Context menu Send to Sermon (G)

  • Notice a new Sermon document opens containing the entire outline ready to be edited (H)

For even more power, if you’re a Logos Now subscriber, look for the new Sermon Outlines (I) section in the Sermon Starter Guide which links you to sermon outlines based on the passage under study!

For more detailed information about the Sermon document, secure your copy of the Logos 7 Training Manuals Volumes 1-3 in print or digital.

Or for a fast and fun way to leverage the power of your software, attend our last Camp of 2017 in Murfreesboro, TN, or our first Camp of 2018 in San Jose, CA!

Also be sure to follow the new MP Seminars Faithlife group and receive a FREE download of the commentary Ephesians: Verse by Verse by Dr. Grant Osborne.

More Ways to Make Logos Bible Software Work for You

Last week we looked at creating custom layouts to streamline the way you use Logos. In response to that post, we received some excellent feedback from our users—and a request for even more ways to personalize the Logos platform.

In this week’s video, we’ll continue to look at customizing Logos to fit your study process: we’ll create custom guides to get you just the information you need. Follow along as one of the Logos Pros helps you build several guide reports, tracking down information from commentaries, journal article, primary source material, and more. [Read more…]

Customize Your Bible Study

Most students seem to have their own method of studying the Bible. Some people love to mark up their Bibles with pens and highlighters; others fill up every square inch of a desk with lexicons, commentaries, original language texts, and theological works. One seminary student I know preferred to study by lining the walls of his small apartment with notes and article clippings; he would then pace the room, adding his own comments in the white spaces. [Read more…]

How to Use Sermon Editor’s New View Settings


I certainly hope you’ve discovered and are enjoying the Logos 7 Sermon Editor! This “multi-document creating word processor” continues to expand with new and improved features.

The recent release of Logos 7.10 contains two big new enhancements: Slides View and Outline View.

To view (and subsequently export) just the slides in the document: [Read more…]

Logos Pro Tech Tip: Studying the Sermon on the Mount with the Help of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the most significant biblical archaeological discoveries of all time. They shed new light on the teachings and culture surrounding the New Testament and the life of Jesus. People around the world have been able to see the scrolls in traveling exhibitions, and the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem displays the premier treasure of the collection, the Great Isaiah Scroll.

With Logos, you can have full access to both biblical and sectarian manuscripts; you can also accurately search and explore these ancient texts side-by-side with English translations.

In this week’s video, we will use the power of Logos to investigate the concept of “hatred” referenced in Matthew 5:43 and discover key references to this topic in the sectarian manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls. [Read more…]

How to Create a Lesson Template for Logos’ Sermon Editor


If you’re a preacher, teacher, or Bible study leader you probably have a fairly consistent approach to study and/or preparation. In other words, you may go through the same steps of lesson development each week. For example, I personally follow my methodology called the I-Beam of Message Building.

Toward that end, I’ve been asked numerous times by fellow Logos users if we can create a “lesson template” in the software allowing us each week to complete fields, such as title, introduction, point 1, point 2, conclusion, etc.

Currently, we can’t create templates (but who knows what the future holds) so I’ve discovered a work-a-round in Logos that may just meet a need you have. [Read more…]

How to Use Inline Search to Find All Forms of a Word

At a recent Camp Logos an attendee asked this question:

Can we execute a Match all word forms search with an Inline search?

First, I’ll give a little explanation.

On the Search panel menu resides the option to Match all word forms. With this feature selected, a search for faith also finds faithful, faithfulness, etc.

An Inline Search, however, does not visibly have this option. No worries, though. An Inline Search uses what was last checked or unchecked on the Search panel menu. [Read more…]

Not Your Average Wordbook


The Lexham Theological Wordbook is a new breed of language tool, one built for any student of the Bible. Craig Bartholomew explains:

In a day in which seminaries and universities are loosening their hold on the biblical languages Lexham Press is boldly leading the way towards a constructive and thoroughly contemporary retrieval. The Lexham Theological Wordbook is a marvelous resource for scholars, pastors, seminarians, and for those whose knowledge of the biblical languages is limited. Scripture is given to us in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, and we need this sort of help in excavating its riches. This Wordbook is based on the best current linguistic insights and will be a resource that I keep close at hand. The Wordbook is an ambitious and major achievement and should and will be used widely.

[Read more…]