Logos as a small group study platform

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Don Kolafa | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Jan 1 2019 1:36 PM

I have used logos for 20 years--mostly for personal study and preparation.  The last 5 years, however, I have found myself leading several (3+) weekly small-group Bible studies, and with the increasingly availability of large flat-panel TV screens, I now regularly connect my laptop to the screen for the entire group to see.  I now use a personalized Logos home layout as my base of presentation.

I have found several useful facets of this approach and am interested if anyone has additional suggestions.

1.  My initially loaded home layout contains a left-tab with my Logos Favorites.  I have created and constantly change the favorites folders (and sub-folders) to contain short cuts to EVERYTHING.

2.  I include shortcuts to powerpoint presentations, and even to specific slides within powerpoint presentations. 

3.  I include shortcuts to PDF or MS Word documents.

4.  I include shortcuts to folders which contain many miscellaneous documents.

5.  Since all my small-group locations include WiFi, I also include web pages of particular interest.  (This fall, our pastor took a group to the Holy Land and those of us who stayed home followed their path using Google street view.)

6.  Each small-group has its own favorites folder with Logos scripture shortcuts since different groups rarely study the same Bible book.  This also links to a multitude of Logos commentaries.

7.  I have shortcuts to key apologetics e-books (Faithlife or Kindle)

8.  I have shortcuts to video-based studies.  (I particularly like Lutheran Hour Ministries videos and regularly use a 5-minute video from 'Stuff they didn't teach me in Sunday School'.  I also like the new 'TheBibleProject.com' ReadScripture series.)

9.  When the group balks at reading passages containing a large number of names, I set the font size very large and have the computer 'read' the passages to the group.  We did this quite a bit this last fall when we studied Joshua and Judges.  Rather than skipping over all the town or tribe/clan names, we used this opportunity to dig into the various tribe differences and visualize their allotted geography.  The natural voice of the 'ESV Audio' is more natural than the standard 'computer' voice.

10.  I have a personal book of the 'Serendipity Bible' and always, always begin a session with the applicable 'Ice Breaker' (or Open) question(s).

What other useful ways to use Logos during small-group bible study have you found?

Don Kolafa

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Steve Maling | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 1 2019 6:23 PM

Thank you, Don, for suggesting a number of things I hadn't thought of or tried. Much appreciatedBig Smile

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Jack Hairston | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 2 2019 7:04 AM

Hmmm. All practical ideas. Thank you.

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