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Brandon | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, May 23 2016 10:59 AM

I am building my Logos library and trying to go for quality over quantity. I subscribe to Logos Cloud Plus and have been looking for good resources to build my library around. I'm a pastor who preaches regularly at a small church plant in SW Missouri.

I would like some feedback from the Logos community on certain resources that I should seek to own. What are your favorite go-to resources? Are there certain dictionaries, commentaries, bundles/collections that you highly recommend? 

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Everett Headley | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 23 2016 11:11 AM

Your particular views would help us recommend.  Do you have any seminary behind you?

My top 5 recommends:

1. John Piper Collection and Sermon Archive (2 seperate resources).

I love anything Piper.  I have found his sermons to be very helpful.

2.  Master Journal Bundle

Pricey, but the articles are very helpful.

3.  Hope for Heart Counseling Bundle

Easy refernce and you can print to hand out to those you are counseling.

4.  Preach Through the Word Commentary Series

I really enjoy this series's approach.  Seems to be one of the more cost effective series.

5.  Reformed Package.

Get the best one you can afford,  great lineup and minimal filler resources.

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Michael Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 23 2016 11:40 AM

1.  BDAG and HALOT lexicons

2. New International Commentary on OT / NT

3. Pillar Commentaries

4. Word Biblical Commentary

5. New Interpreters' Bible Dictionary

6. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary

7. Ancient Christian Commentary on the Scripture

8. Tim Keller Sermon Library

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Brandon | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 23 2016 11:46 AM

Everett Headley:

Your particular views would help us recommend.  Do you have any seminary behind you?

My top 5 recommends:

1. John Piper Collection and Sermon Archive (2 seperate resources).

I love anything Piper.  I have found his sermons to be very helpful.

2.  Master Journal Bundle

Pricey, but the articles are very helpful.

3.  Hope for Heart Counseling Bundle

Easy refernce and you can print to hand out to those you are counseling.

4.  Preach Through the Word Commentary Series

I really enjoy this series's approach.  Seems to be one of the more cost effective series.

5.  Reformed Package.

Get the best one you can afford,  great lineup and minimal filler resources.

Thanks Everett. I should have listed some of the resources I've already purchased. I don't have much yet. Here are a few that I have and will give you a good idea of where I stand theologically.

John Piper Sermon Archive

Best New Testament Commentaries (Link

John Macarthur Essential Bible Study Library (I don't completely agree with him theologically but a fantastic bible teacher...got a great deal)

Thanks for your recommendations. I'll look into them.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 23 2016 11:58 AM

1. New Interpreter's Bible 12 Volume Commentary

This is my goto commentary to start off my studies and it is almost always helpful and very insightful

2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary

I have New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible  and International Standard Bible Encyclopedia as well but if Anchor was the only one I had I would be content. Although Ironically enough the other 2 I mention are the ones I actually own hard cover copies of.

3. Book of Common Prayer Daily Office Lectionary

For many years I have used this as the source for my daily devotions I have tried the RCL Daily but did not like it as much.

4. Westminster Bible Companion 

This series is a very good devotional style commentary reminding me a bit of Barclay. Very practical and well written. I hope FL will offer the final volume that was released over a year ago now.

5. Feasting on the Word

This specialized commentary offers for treatments of each lection covered in the 3 year RCL, please note that the Logos release only includes the ones in the print edition so is missing half of the OT readings for the time after pentecost. But even with this flaw it is still an invaluable resource.

-Dan

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Brandon | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 23 2016 12:23 PM

Thanks guys, those are some helpful recommendations. Keep 'em coming!

I have a bachelor's degree from a Christian University and 1 year of seminary. But I have learned most by self-study. I don't have a working knowledge of the original languages.

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William | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 23 2016 12:42 PM

I have a big library and I love the resources but if I was going to start from scratch I would put my money into the journals more than anything else.  I rarely read entire books but I read a lot of journal articles and have found them to be one of the most valuable aspects of Logos for both personal study and sermon prep.  You may want to look at the Master Journal bundle, I think it's a steal for the price and the resources you receive.

Also take a peek at the Florida College Annual Lectures ,cheap and valuable in my opinion:

Bill

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 23 2016 2:02 PM

Commentaries: NIB, PNTC, John Phillip, John Butler, Expositor's Bible Commentary, College Press NIV Commentarie and Preaching the Word.

Dictionaries/Encyclopedias: IVP Black Dictionaries, ISBE and Dictionary of Biblical Imagery.

Lexicons/Word Study Dictionary: BDAG/HALOT, Complete Word Study Dictionaries OT/NT, Vine's Expository Dictionaries OT/NT, Mounce's Expository Dictionary (And Thayer's every now and then).

Apologetics Collection: Norman Geisler's works (quite a few) and Paul Copan's Apologetics Collection.

Study Bibles: MacArthur's Study Bible, Zondervan's NIV and Faithlife's Study Bible.

Sermon Outlines/Manuscripts: John Piper, Baker Sermon Outlines and everything else Logos offers in Base Packages for sermon outline ideas.

Systematic Theologies: Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology and Jack Cottrell's The Faith Once For All...

Greek and Hebrew Audio Pronunciation tools

That's all for now!

DAL

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 23 2016 2:20 PM

Everett Headley:
Hope for Heart Counseling Bundle

Based on this recommendation, I went ahead and purchased the Chaplain's Library. With dynamic pricing and an academic discount, I paid a little more than the price of that bundle, but received a bundle more.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 23 2016 2:37 PM

alabama24:

Everett Headley:
Hope for Heart Counseling Bundle

Based on this recommendation, I went ahead and purchased the Chaplain's Library. With dynamic pricing and an academic discount, I paid a little more than the price of that bundle, but received a bundle more.

Good set! Helped me a lot on my ethics class a while ago. I also own the Spanish version.

DAL

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Dave Thawley | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 23 2016 2:48 PM

Hi Brandon,

For me Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary would be the first on my shopping list. 

Also the ivp dictionary series is good. Its on sale at the moment. 

https://www.logos.com/product/37742/the-ivp-bible-dictionary-series 

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Brandon | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 23 2016 5:07 PM

Thanks for the great recommendations everyone!

I've noticed several people recommend the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary. Can someone tell me what makes this particular resource stand out above other Bible dictionaries? Also, as a pastor, it would be helpful to see an example of how you would use it in sermon prep so I can try to gauge its usefulness to me. 

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Jan Krohn | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 23 2016 6:52 PM

Brandon Tucker:
I don't have a working knowledge of the original languages.

https://www.logos.com/product/40499/greek-for-the-rest-of-us-2nd-ed

https://www.logos.com/product/34172/hebrew-for-the-rest-of-us

(Both on my wish list, and waiting for a good sale...)

Especially GRU has excellent reviews on Amazon.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 23 2016 7:15 PM

Looking at Luke 7:1-10 you might decide to focus on Jesus' healing and decide to look that up for a broader view of healing.

8688.Medicine and Healing.pdf

-Dan

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Edwin Bowden | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 23 2016 8:15 PM

Dave Thawley:

For me Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary would be the first on my shopping list. 

Also the ivp dictionary series is good. Its on sale at the moment. 

https://www.logos.com/product/37742/the-ivp-bible-dictionary-series 

I agree with these recommendations.

I also use the ISBE and the New International Encyclopedia of Biblical Words.

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James C. | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 24 2016 4:47 PM

Isbe, word, nicot, nicnt, college press, zondervan background commentaries. 

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Brandon | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 25 2016 11:12 AM

Jan Krohn:

Brandon Tucker:
I don't have a working knowledge of the original languages.

https://www.logos.com/product/40499/greek-for-the-rest-of-us-2nd-ed

https://www.logos.com/product/34172/hebrew-for-the-rest-of-us

(Both on my wish list, and waiting for a good sale...)

Especially GRU has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Thanks Jan I'll look into those for sure.

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Matt Hamrick | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 25 2016 12:00 PM

Language: Lexham Hebrew Bible, SBLGNT, BDAG, HALOT, Lexham Theological Wordbook
Commentary: New Bible Commentary for my concise commentary. Then I use several different individual commentaries from different sets.

Dictionary: New Bible Dictionary for my concise dictionary. Then IVP, New Interpreter's Dictionary, and AYBD. I would not consider it my go to dictionary but find myself using the Lexham Bible Dictionary often.

The 30 days bible study challenge in Mobile Ed. They do the training on Matthew 4 but you can follow along for any text and it helps you use the software better.

My prioritized English bible is ESV, but I find myself in other translations frequently.

I use Wayne Grudem for Systematic Theology and Gregg Allison for Historical Theology. I am also a history buff so there is a church history bundle I use frequently and I have gotten other resources to study church history. I highly recommend the expansion bundles to help populate areas in the software when you run reports.

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Greg Corbin | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 25 2016 1:19 PM

Brandon Tucker:

I am building my Logos library and trying to go for quality over quantity. I subscribe to Logos Cloud Plus and have been looking for good resources to build my library around. I'm a pastor who preaches regularly at a small church plant in SW Missouri.

I would like some feedback from the Logos community on certain resources that I should seek to own. What are your favorite go-to resources? Are there certain dictionaries, commentaries, bundles/collections that you highly recommend? 

Brandon,  I am also a pastor who prepares sermons weekly.  In my opinion, the most "bang for your buck" that gives you both quality and quantity is to upgrade through the Standard Gold base package. The commentaries you get with the base packages through Gold are excellent - New American, Pillar, and the UBS Handbooks being the best. However, there are four older commentary sets included that are very good - Calvin, Black, Lenski, and Lange.  You also get the Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, several other good single volume dictionaries, and a host of original language tools.

After the resources you get in Gold, here are my recommendations that I have found most helpful as a busy pastor....

MacArhtur Study BibleZondervan NIV Study Bible

ISBE 

Tyndale Commentaries (OT/NT)

Baker New Testament Commentary

Word Biblical Commentary

Expositor's Bible Commentary

Grudem's Systematic Theology

Erickson's Systematic Theology

The King in His Beauty by Thomas Schreiner  (Biblical Theology)

As for Bundles - the preaching and sermons bundles are a good value - look for Spurgeon's sermons in the higher ones

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 25 2016 1:56 PM

NRSV

NJB

NAB

Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary

Catechism of the Catholic Church (and books it references).

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