New Feature: Ask the Author

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Jonathan J Watson | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Oct 24 2014 2:18 PM

What is it?

Share your thoughts and questions on any book or author, and get responses from fellow Logos users (sometimes the author will respond, too!). Ask the Author empowers you to better understand the text and broaden your perspective.   *Only available while connected to the Internet.

What does it do?

The Ask the Author tool connects users more intimately to their library resources by giving them the opportunity to ask resource-related questions and receive feedback directly from the author(s). Questions will appear much like Community Notes. Users will be able to view questions posted by other users as well as author-contributed answers.

How does it work?

Select the Ask the Author tool—either from the tools menu or content menu—and a small panel will open on the left side of your screen where you can both post questions while reading and see other questions readers have asked.

Additionally, you can find your favorite authors on Faithlife, ask your questions, and read their responses.  Get connected to fellow readers, pose questions, and learn from others—this new tool makes it easier than ever to engage the text and get responses directly from the author.

How do I get it? 

This feature is included in Core Crossgrade and all Starter-level packages and higher. Shop all packages that include this feature.

Open in Logos 6

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 27 2014 9:06 AM

Ok, now this is awesome!

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 27 2014 9:08 AM

Are any of the authors expressing interest with this and plan to interact as time permits?

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 27 2014 9:24 AM

Bradley Grainger (Faithlife):

The following resources are currently enabled for Ask the Author:

  1. Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha
  2. Historic Creeds and Confessions
  3. Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament Bundle (6 vols.)
  4. Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis
  5. The End of the Matter: Understanding the Epilogue of Ecclesiastes
  6. Augustine versus Luther on Sin, Sexuality, and Salvation
  7. The Resurrected Servant in Isaiah
  8. Baptism in the Holy Spirit Collection (2 vols.)
  9. Fire Someone Today: And Other Surprising Tactics for Making Your Business a Success

The authors of these resources have already been notified and will be responding to questions/feedback you post as they have time. You can find and follow their Faithlife author groups here: 

  1. Rick Brannan
  2. Steve Runge
  3. Bob Pritchett
  4. Wendy Widder
  5. J. R. Miller
  6. Miles Custis
  7. John D. Barry

We plan to add many more authors in the future now that Logos 6 has launched.

2 Things Bradley:

1: Thank you for the responses on top of all of the craziness you guys have going on today.  Professional as always and very gracious!

2: Other than what you supplied us, is there a page that will keep this list posted and up to date?

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Kent Sanner | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 27 2014 9:45 AM

Hi David, 

Here's a list of authors that are confirmed administrators to their Faithlife Author groups.

Some of the authors below have passed away. In those instances, we're working with individuals or groups that are able to speak as an authority on the authors' works.

I encourage you to use the tool to communicate with other Logos readers as well as authors. Questions you post will be visible by anyone who owns the book in question in Logos--you may find insight from others working through the same resources! 

We're working on a landing page that will list all authors currently active in their groups.I don't know exactly when this will go up on Logos.com but it's in the works! 

B. B. Warfield
Andy Naselli
Bob Pritchett
Charles Spurgeon
Carrie Sinclair Wolcott
D. A. Carson
Derek R. Brown
Doug Magnum
Elizabeth Vince
Elliot Ritzema
Isaiah Hoogendyk
J.R. Miller
John Barry
John Owen
Joel B. Green
Ken Penner
John Piper
Mike Heiser
Miles Custis
Norman Geisler
Rebecca Brant
Rebecca Van Noord
Rick Brannan
Peter H. Davids
Ray Comfort
Steven Runge
Wendy Widder
William Varner
Walter Brueggemann
Darrell Bock
David Instone-Brewer
David W. Baker
Greg Ogden
Jeannine Brown
Lynn Cohick
Mark Futato
Mark Strauss
Scott K. Oliphint
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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 27 2014 3:57 PM

That's a pretty good list to launch with!

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 27 2014 4:11 PM

I rather doubt B B Warfield and Charles Spurgeon are going to be involved. I'm sure they're enjoying better things...

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 27 2014 4:33 PM

Mark Barnes:

I rather doubt B B Warfield and Charles Spurgeon are going to be involved. I'm sure they're enjoying better things...

Big SmileYes

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Mark Barnes:

I rather doubt B B Warfield and Charles Spurgeon are going to be involved. I'm sure they're enjoying better things...

Kent Sanner:
Some of the authors below have passed away. In those instances, we're working with individuals or groups that are able to speak as an authority on the authors' works.

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Kenneth Neighoff | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 27 2014 4:43 PM

Mark Barnes:

I rather doubt B B Warfield and Charles Spurgeon are going to be involved. I'm sure they're enjoying better things...

Yes

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Mike Binks | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 28 2014 2:01 AM

Kenneth Neighoff:

Mark Barnes:

I rather doubt B B Warfield and Charles Spurgeon are going to be involved. I'm sure they're enjoying better things...

Yes

And when an 'expert' speaks on their behalf you can imagine one looking at the other and saying 'I didn't mean it that way at all'.

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spitzerpl | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 28 2014 2:09 AM

David Taylor Jr:

Mark Barnes:

I rather doubt B B Warfield and Charles Spurgeon are going to be involved. I'm sure they're enjoying better things...

Big SmileYes

Well, this is the internet. If "Spurgeon" did reply would his post be instantly quotable?

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"The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine." --Abraham Lincoln

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Drew Hannay | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 28 2014 7:51 AM

Halo Hound:

Well, this is the internet. If "Spurgeon" did reply would his post be instantly quotable?

Yep! And you could put it on a Spurgeon Visual Copy slide! Big Smile

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Joel J. | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 31 2014 2:47 PM

Blasphemy!

I expect them to respond within 24 hours, or I will ask for my money back!

Ha.

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Ryan | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 2 2014 12:06 PM

I wonder what I'm doing wrong. I tried to replicate the screen shot below:

Jonathan J Watson:

But when I do I show 0 questions. Am I doing something wrong?

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 2 2014 1:07 PM

Ryan B:
Am I doing something wrong?

I see the same thing. 

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 2 2014 1:18 PM

Agreed, I just submitted a question to see what would happen and it immediately disappeared but it still shows on the author's Faithlife page.

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Ryan | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 3 2014 7:30 AM

I also notice that I don't have those little green boxes with the question mark in the text either. Was curious if there were others with/without them?

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 3 2014 7:58 AM

Mine have appeared sporadically.

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