The tension of using Logos Bible Software

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Whyndell Grizzard | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 10 2014 9:03 PM

Well, I don't know if I agree totally- but there is a certain amount of truth there- I have noticed that a lot of individuals base their understanding on their favorite authors or teachers- not on true study. A paper bible when read teaches and guides- contrary to some- the words of teachers is not inspired or God given- but of a different nature either in line with the Word of God and God directed- or man directed to suit their particular theological or cultural bent.

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Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 10 2014 9:36 PM

The quote is all too true.

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Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 10 2014 10:16 PM

I would say that many times we can lost in the time we use Logos for sermon preparation.

One thing I am happy for in the country i serve is that we have many parks. I try to take some time and just sit on a bench sometimes and meet a new person. To share God with them.

After all we a writing sermons for the purpose to give the message of God to others.

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 11 2014 5:37 AM

My favorite quote about this was one read during meals at a monastery which I visited on the troubles in the Anglican Communion.  It quipped that with modern communication tech, we are now able to misunderstand each other faster than ever before...

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 11 2014 6:21 AM

Ken McGuire:
It quipped that with modern communication tech, we are now able to misunderstand each other faster than ever before...

So true. Made me smile.

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Brother Mark | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 11 2014 6:55 AM

Kelvin Niblett:
Ajith Fernando, Acts, The NIV Application Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1998), 394.

The irony inherent in finding the quote while using a Logos resource was, I freely admit, just a little humorous to me. Cool

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 11 2014 6:59 AM

OK, I'll offer the counter-argument.  Before computers/internet, congregations had to try to stay awake for 40 minutes (tops).  Now they can zoom through immense amounts of material, happily getting confused, discovering the pastor only gives his own opinion (known as a 'belief'), and ending up with the most innane questions.

Which I think is approximately where early synogogues ended up (without the computers of course).


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Ben | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 11 2014 6:59 AM

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Rich DeRuiter | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 11 2014 9:07 AM

Kelvin Niblett:
When I was doing my sermon preparation today, I came across this profound quote that highlights an inherent tension in using Logos Bible Software.

Meh.

It's not the tool, it's how you use it. 

Consider the invention of the map: a tool to help you find places you've never been before. Now we have a GPS's built into phones. We now have the option to let the maps or the GPS do all the discovery 'for you' or you can use them as you go out and discover new places the mappers did not find significant enough to record.

A few years back I was looking at a Google Earth image of a region we'd be camping and hiking in. I saw a black spot, and we went to investigate. The GPS helped us find it: an abandoned quartz (hoping for gold, I assume) mine where the miners had struck an underground aquifer and their open pit mine had filled with water. Fascinating. We spent a bit of time there, determining what it was, finding their camp (with old, tin cans they probably ate from), and some interesting wild life that had made it a home (including a bizarre looking salamander larva swimming in the water).

Sometimes Logos is like that. Something pops up that you didn't expect. You can just take what it says, or you can go digging yourself and find stuff you couldn't find otherwise. But then, once discovered, you have the opportunity to explore, meditate, pray and ponder what it is and what it means.

A tool that makes research easier has the potential to free up more time for thinking and meditation. This is one of the benefits I get from Logos. But this, like many disciplines, requires...well...discipline.

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 11 2014 1:45 PM

Type "FSD" with out quotes in the command bar and see what happens.

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 11 2014 1:45 PM

Repeat as many times as you desire.

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 11 2014 1:46 PM

I've noticed with increasing frequency that reading scripture alone could very well have more influence than the use of the computer. The computer then either confirms or denies the ideas that have come forth in plain reading.

There's no real substitute for repeated reading of scripture. Logos makes it more attractive in permitting you to pull up a variety of translations and the original language as well. I still like to use a regular bound copy as it keeps my attention for verifying the context of the passage from the beginning of my study.

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 11 2014 4:31 PM

I tend to use Logos to gather information and stimulate my thinking. But I also use preaching resources (DVD's) to stimulate me.

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Matthew C Jones | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 11 2014 4:57 PM

mab:
There's no real substitute for repeated reading of scripture.

I agree. But I can no longer read the printed page due to poor eyesight. The computer screen enables me to read with adjusted contrast and colours. 

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 11 2014 9:25 PM

Super.Tramp:

mab:
There's no real substitute for repeated reading of scripture.

I agree. But I can no longer read the printed page due to poor eyesight. The computer screen enables me to read with adjusted contrast and colours. 

What a blessing that is for you to still be able to read that way!

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