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Kent | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 31 2014 1:18 PM

Robert L McClain:
I am a Moody Bible Seminary student. I plan to complete my all-online MA in Applied Biblical Studies this Fall.

I did not know Moody had an online program. I guess most are going to them and Logos will benefit as well as the students.

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Dusty miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 31 2014 2:13 PM

I'd love to tell you but I can not use it on my surface tablet so when I am traveling 6 days a week it is useless. Big bummer for me.....馃槧

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Nathan Parker | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 31 2014 7:42 PM

I'm a seminary student. Logos helps me with research for papers, plus I'll be digging more into the Biblical languages coming up. Plus it's great for personal study as well!

I love the datasets in L5. They've been lifesavers for my papers. Love the Bibliography tools as well. Can't wait to dig more into the Biblical languages stuff coming up.

As for particular feedback, I think I've already shared all I can think of for now. If I get more, you'll sure hear it. :-)

Nathan Parker

Visit my blog at http://focusingonthemarkministries.com

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jun 1 2014 12:11 PM

Jayson Bradley:
Are there particular questions you use Logos to answer? Are there features you return to over and over again?

Many forum questions about using Logos: e.g. recent thread => Newbie Needs Help with Copying Verses in a Particular Format that includes a screen shot of my favorite Logos feature of visual filter highlighting showing range of Greek verbal expression in Greek, English, and Spanish.  Dreaming of more Bibles with interlinear tagging, especially Complete Jewish Bible and New American Standard 1977.   Also dreaming of => Suggestion: Parallel Bible Print-on-Demand for use in prison bible studies.

Thankful for personal books tool.  Preparing one personal book bible => American Standard Version 1901 - Personal Bible without Chapter and Verse #'s increased appreciation for Logos resource tagging and accuracy.  If personal book syntax for interlinear tagging was released along with ability to copy tagging from existing resource(s), anticipate more resource(s) being tagged by various Logos users.  Suspect tagging for Complete Jewish Bible would be similar to NIV (so initially could replace NIV surface text with CJB).  Likewise anticipate NASB 1995 Update tagging being useful for NASB 1977.

Thankful can share many Logos items (e.g. highlighting palettes, visual filters, collections, notes, ...) via Faithlife.

Looking forward to Hebrew Audio Pronunciations (longest pre-pub under development ?) and update for Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software using Logos Hebrew Morphology.

Thankful for 750 free Vyrso eBooks since Thanksgiving 2011, especially real and true stories.

Thankful for dynamic upgrade pricing so only pay for new resources.

Concur with Blog => http://blog.logos.com/2014/05/why-do-i-need-so-many-books/ along with Logos search capabilities.

Thankful for substantial Logos 5 feature parity on OS X and Windows.  Thankful for many improvements since Logos 4 Mac alpha pre-releases.

Keep Smiling Smile

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Brent Hoefling | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jun 1 2014 12:47 PM

I use logos whenever I come up with a good, new, and secret Idea for a doctrine that is counter-culture and goes against the grain of the old-school-church.  it is easy to pick and choose quotes and out of context scriptures to eisegate what I want the Bible to say. :) (text-bite provided for someone to mis-quote me, of course and sarcastic humor intended)

Seriously, though - nearly the opposite.  I use L5 in many ways, I'll try to list them:

  • Mobile Ed:  I have or pre-purchased nearly all courses (at least thusfar), for continuing my education in the Lord.  not seeking any further degrees at this time and having this available is an awesome opportunity for me as pastor to make myself get back into the habit of organized training/school.  Having a greater-than-portfolio library enables me to also do nearly all the extra reading.  In fact, L5's read to me feature is used a lot when I am going through that material.
  • research for writing:
    • articles for our church publication
    • sermons for my local church and other preaching opportunities
    • papers for other release, including "notes" that I will from time to time put on FB, as I don't really "Blog" anymore.
    • research and assistance in creating teaching materials for church and other teaching opportunities.
  • devotional reading and prayer-directions with prayer lists.
  • quote and share devotionals and other readings to social media's for sharing and expounding as requested
  • Bible Study for personal pleasure and challenge
  • Bible study for familial sharing
  • Teaching Bible Study using Logos
  • teaching and presenting Logos software informally

There are probably other things I use, but this is just off the top of my head.

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John Goodman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jun 1 2014 1:09 PM

Jayson,

I've been a student for the past 3 years and I've found Logos very helpful. I expect to go on using it as a minister for sermon prep and further research and/or study.

I tend to use Logos for translation and exegetical assignments. I've used the language training videos and found it very helpful to have electronic editions of all my key language resources such as grammars, lexicons and original language texts. The linking between these makes research very snappy.

I use a lot of bible commentaries in Logos too.

I have found it very helpful to have stuff read out to me by the voiceover function.

For me the greatest weakness at the moment is note taking. I would like to be able to tag my notes and filter them. I'd like to be able to have notes files for each resource but also to search notes across multiple resources for a tag etc. I'd like highlighted text to be automatically added to the note.

I'd like to see books added without restarting logos.

The feature I'm most grateful for recently is stability. For the first two years of using logos I got pretty upset with how often it crashed but I can say that it has not crashed for me in the last 6 months!

Hope that helps,

John

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Sacrifice | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jun 1 2014 5:41 PM

Let us count some ways:

1. At home in family/personal study
2. For prayer list
3. In church, sermons, lessons, etc.
4. In teaching at seminary
5. In writing commentaries
6. In ministering to the homeless
7. In ministering at a prestigious golf club

Yours In Christ

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Cheryl Dumais | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jun 1 2014 8:05 PM

Hmmm, how to answer such a broad question.  First of all I appreciate the opportunity to do this.  I am neither a pastor nor a formal student.  I am a believer with a thirst to learn more about God.  I use my Logos for Bible study on both particular passages and topics.  My budget is somewhat limited since this is something I do for personal interest so I really appreciate the community pricing opportunities.  I would love to see easier use on the lexicons as I am still somewhat stumped to find what I want.  I currently have the Platinum edition and have added a multitude of other resources over time.  Commentaries and maps are probably my most used part of the package.  I build bible studies which are shared with a small group I am a part of.  I also have recently been allowed to do some biblical research for one of the pastors at my church.  Now as to comments, this is hands down the best resource I have ever used!  I love the way everything is integrated.  I love that I can copy and paste portions into my document that I'm building and I love that I can add my own material.  I have to say a huge thank you also for bringing back the NICOT and NICNT commentaries by book for those of us with limited budgets.  You really listen!  I was blown away.  One last thing on my current wish list, I would love to come to the training you hold in Bellingham but it is always held the last week of the month.  This is an impossible time for me personally as I am an accountant and it is month end.  It would be lovely if you could rotate those dates a bit.  Thank you everyone at Logos you are making a difference. 

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Charles S. Pugh | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jun 1 2014 10:13 PM

I use Logos for small study groups, sermons, and personal growth. My favorite feature is the sermon starter which does hours of research in seconds.

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Bill Shewmaker | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 2 2014 3:26 PM

I use Logos for personal study, sermon prep, Doctoral studies, teaching others how to use Logos (and encouraging them to buy and build). It is a truly great resource that I use daily to maintain my prayer list(s), personal study notes, etc. I have the Platinum package with "several" (tongue in cheek) other resources. My favorite app within Logos is the ability to run Word Studies.

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Peter Plowright | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 2 2014 4:46 PM

I am making a Devotional Help tool by inserting Bible verses and other Christian writings into the pages of a standard photo album.  I also print, slice to size and insert Logos Bible Art every third or fourth page.  Unfortunately I only print in black and white, so I wish I could order printed samples in colour.  Even the fridge magnets might work if they shipped to Canada.  I must add though that I enjoy the Bible Art very much, in colour or not.

Logos is an almost overpowering tool.  Too be honest I have not had time to learn my way into much of the maze.  There are other online Bible programs that are very helpful without the complexity of Logos.  Perhaps some future need will cause me to delve into the "breadth and length, and depth and height" of Logos, a true exposition of the Word of God.

Peter Plowright

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Ken Johnston | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 3 2014 8:48 AM

I used Logos 2 for years. The one feature that was very useful was being able to have 3 different passages up simultaneously and being able to change verses in each section independently for comparison. Is it possible to have that happen in Logos 5? 

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 3 2014 3:56 PM

Hi Ken - and welcome to the forums

Yes, you can do what you are asking in Logos 5 - open multiple copies of a translation and scroll independently.

If you can't work out how to do it please start a separate thread and we will be able to help.

Graham

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John Parker | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 4 2014 8:18 AM

Hi Jayson,

I am a house/simple/organic church planter in Central California with simplechurchsuccess.com and LK10.com.

I use English versions, the interlinear at the bottom of the screen (great) along with original language texts (mostly Greek). I like toggling through the language lexicons.  I use Notes a lot usually by creating a Note for a specific book (e.g., NT-Mark).

I switched to Logos over ten years ago because it offered Hebrew language access as well as Greek.

Thanks for asking.

John

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Robert Geiss | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 4 2014 8:25 AM

How do I use Logos? To begin with, I am a layman. I grew up in Sunday school and church, but never really heard the gospel until my teen years. Now I may have heard it before then, but it never really penetrated until my junior year in high school, at which time I received Christ as my Savior. Since then God’s leading has been very real in my life, and He has allowed me to serve Him largely in teaching (Sunday school, Bible study groups and an occasional pulpit fill) and in administration (in church and the regional boards of a couple of Christian organizations).

 

A number of years ago I sold my insurance agency and took an early retirement to care for my wife who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. But what to do in retirement? I bought an aluminum fishing boat and motor along with equipment for a wood shop. And, at that time there was a new computer operating system called “Windows.” So I retired my old IBM DOS based computer and bought a new one.

 

Shortly after that, I think it was around 1992, I discovered and purchased a new Windows based Bible study program to replace the primitive DOS based one I had been using. That began a love affair with Logos, and we have grown together from that original version all the way through Logos 2, 3, 4 and now 5. The boat, used only a few times, is long gone, and the wood shop equipment has long been used only for maintenance around the house. But Logos remains a vital part of my life.

 

Every morning, after shaving-showering-dressing, etc., I put on the coffee, feed two dogs and a cat, and then sit down for my daily Bible reading (I follow the Gideon through the year plan) and a time of devotions. Then I turn on my computer and first check world news on The Times of Israel and then my E-Mail. Then I open Logos on one side of my screen and Word on the other. But what do I do with it?

 

Over the years my life has increasingly been one of study and writing; Bible study lessons and papers on various subjects, etc. Three years ago, though, my first book was published, an eschatological study entitled Nearing Midnight. I have now completed a doctrinal study (yet to be published) with the title of Pelagius, That Saintly Heretic in an Appellate Court, and I am currently working on another one, a collection of (opinionated) papers on a number of subjects called What Have You Heard? And Logos has not only enabled me to do all this, but enriched my life in the doing of it.

 

So, what do I like most about Logos? That’s hard to say, but perhaps the best thing is that it is such a well-rounded program, and that increasingly so through continuing development. And I can customize it (and have) to my own personal tastes. With the click of an icon I open my basic study set up; my preferred Bible, one commentary, and the list of all my other commentaries, all linked together. And with a click on a few other icons additional resources can be opened without having to look for them. In addition, I like the vast resources I have in Logos, from which I can draw and cite from the minds of many reputable and godly people. I like being able to so easily compare verses in all my preferred Bibles. And the access through the interlinears to the original languages is invaluable. Also, the ability to so easily copy and paste into Word is something I use every day, as well as being able to click on a reference I have cited in Word and having it open in Logos.

 

Well, I could go on, but let me simply say that for me Logos is a wonderful, God-given tool, and a very important part of my life. And, from the length of this you can tell that I like to write.

 

http://robertgeiss.tateauthor.com

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Martijn Zeldenrust | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 4 2014 10:12 PM
Iam a teacher and preacher Iam using a lot of these great resources for teaching catechism to my fellow students eexcellent resource
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Bruce W. Logue | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 4 2014 10:28 PM

One of my favorite uses of Logos is the notes feature.  I use resources such as Textweek.com to find out what other preachers and others  are saying about a text.  When I find something that is particularly rich, I clip it and drop it in Notes arranged by Biblical text.  When I get done with this "research" I have a note full of great material under a particular text that I can come back to later.

One of my frustrations is that I have on many occasion typed a term or a place in the search box and came up with nothing.  At those times I resort to Google and get real information about my question.

Bruce Logue

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Rev. Fred Mordecai Wireko | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jun 5 2014 6:13 AM

I am a Pastor and I have used Logos for Bible studies and academic research for about five years now. I love devotional features in the software. I wish Logos price would be moderate for me to purchase the Portfolio version. 

Thanks to Logos

Rev. Fred Mordecai Wireko

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Brent Hoefling | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jun 5 2014 7:09 AM

Rev. Fred Mordecai Wireko:

I am a Pastor and I have used Logos for Bible studies and academic research for about five years now. I love devotional features in the software. I wish Logos price would be moderate for me to purchase the Portfolio version. 

I too am a Logos and L5 user, and a Pastor.  The costs of such a huge collection, can be overwhelming as you mention.  I had started with Logos many years ago, and slowly collected resources for my library.  when L5 came out and offered portfolio, I too thought that it was something I could only wish for.

I knew it would help me in the various areas of my teaching, preaching and writing.  when I found out about their payment plans, this helped me move toward that decision as well.  I had to decide that it was important enough, and then researched the licensing policies of Logos and discovered that for a small fee (I think $20), I could transfer my library to another person, as part of my last will and testament.  in other words, I could now view this as a rather long-term, investment.

Perhaps this isn't appropriate for this thread, but I wanted to drop my support for you and my opinion about your question.  the admins can feel free to move this as necessary.

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Dr. Edwin A. Mercado, Sr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jun 5 2014 12:22 PM

Hello Jayson,

I serve as a  Sunday School teacher (for Spanish Ministry) and a prison volunteer Bible Professor (in English).  Therefore, I use Logos for both.  However, I have problems mostly with the Spanish side as the library does not work correctly.  For example, when using the Reina Valera 1960, and touch a "letter link" to view its reference, it shows the same from an English Bible.  Also, when searching for any book of the Bible, I must remember to enter it English. In my case, I am fluent in both languages, but when I am concentrated and studying in one language, it gets frustrating.  Also, do you have a training session for Spanish speaking only?  Please, let me know.  Thank you, Dr. Ed 

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