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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 13 2021 3:49 PM

Alice Hilligan:

In my plans is to start reading D. A. Carson's "For the Love of God" Smile

Welcome Alice. That sounds like a a good read. Keep us informed.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 14 2021 7:09 AM

Alice Hilligan:

In my plans is to start reading D. A. Carson's "For the Love of God" Smile

Welcome Alice. I too am working my way through Carson's "For the Love of God". Last year I did volume 1 and this year I'm working my way through volume 2. Enjoy!

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 14 2021 9:08 AM

I am doing something quite extensive this year.  I have chosen to take a Introduction/Survey (Exploring the Old and New Testament - 6 volumes), a one volume commentary (The New Bible Commentary) and a full commentary series (The Revised Expositors Bible Commentary - 13 Volumes) and read through them simultaneously over the next year. I have found a one year bible reading plan and use that as my guide. This is a larger project than I have taken on in previous years in that it encompasses over 15,000 pages.  That means that I am covering about 300 pages a week.  So far I am about 4 days ahead of schedule.  I am sure though that as the year progresses I will not be able to keep up my pace and probably will have to carry it over into the new year. At any rate I will be further along than any other plan that I have used in the past.

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Greg Dement | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 14 2021 9:39 AM

Michael, be encouraged I suspect you will get it done with room to spare. This encourages me. I like it because of structure. I am good about sticking to my reading plan. Outside of that I have way too many books/resources I am reading simultaneously that I not only don’t end up finishing them all but certainly am taking less from them than I could. I may have questions for you.

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Greg Dement | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 15 2021 6:40 AM

Michael, Loved the idea of what you are doing and thinking of what resources I would use. 

I am interested in what went into you choosing:

-Introduction/Survey (Exploring the Old and New Testament - 6 volumes): I have this but have not utilized it and at this point I plan to use this for my plan as well. If anyone else has suggestions for what to use for the Intro/Survey portion would love to hear.

-The Revised Expositors Bible Commentary: I don’t have this but like the idea of an expository type commentary.  I also would love to hear if anyone else has input on this as well.

I would guess that you considered among other things:

Length of the works. Clearly some resources would be too large to warrant a 1 year reading plan. What you chose are certainly ambitious and not short but doable.

Type of commentary. Expository, Application, etc.

Sorry for all the questions but with the time investment required to see something like this through I want to take the time and solicit feedback from the folks on this forum who are the best of the best to put together something optimal.

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Jesse Blevins | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 15 2021 8:54 AM

Is there a way to filter my books in my library by percentage read? 

I would like to be able to view the books that I have read thus far and also monitor how far I am in some of the others that I have started and not finished.  

Thanks in advance. You folks on the forum are awesome by the way imho! 

Jesse  

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 15 2021 9:29 AM

Good morning Greg. I basically had decided that I wanted to use one survey/introduction, one one volume commentary, and one larger multi volume commentary. I had initially started thinking that I would just work with a multi volume commentary but then decided to add a survey/introduction and one volume commentary to the mix. I wanted to see other scholar's interpretation of the text as I read through the various books of the Bible. Particularly by noting the things that are bought out in multiple resources it forces me to think more deeply on them.

In choosing an Introduction/Survey I have a fairly large number of these kinds of resources. I reviewed my list of resources and came to the decision to use the Exploring the Old and New Testament. I liked that it was in multiple volumes and that would give me a sense of accomplishment as I complete each volume. It would also make it easier to switch to a different book or section of the Bible if I want more variety in my readings. I do not have to read sequentially from Genesis to Revelation. It was rated fairly high on the Logos website and on other websites as well. 

In choosing a one volume commentary I also have a number of these.  I like one volume commentaries for devotional study because they don't go into great detail but still hit the important points in the text. I reviewed the resources in my library and then compared listings at Best Commentaries and some other sites. The New Bible Commentary was in the top of these lists and also one of the ones that I had already chosen. It was number one on Best Commentaries and also on John Pipers list. It doesn't have an many pictures etc. as some other one volume commentaries but that means there is more information, more discussion of the Bible text.

In choosing the multi-volume commentary set I had originally settled on the Tyndale but as I reviewed the commentaries that would be in a reasonable size I finally settled on The Revised Expositors Bible Commentary. It was rated high on the Logos website but also I was impressed by the endorsements. Many of the individuals who have endorsed it are authors that I highly respect. I also appreciate that it is from a conservative view. Of the three resources that I am using I would say that I am getting the most out of this resource.

Yes you are right in my considerations. I wanted the complete page count to be something that I could work with. I also wanted to work with an expository commentary as my main resource. I do appreciate your questions and wish you well in your study. I should say that I am retired and so I have more time available for study than some other Logos users do.  I could not have taken this on when I was working full time. Overall I think it is important to consider which resources you will select but not to spend too much time on this. Select your resources, develop your reading plan, get started and then monitor your plan as you go along. Be flexible and adjust your plan if needed. It would be better to complete it in a longer time period than to abandon it because you are not keeping up.  I will be happy to answer any other questions that you have.

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 15 2021 9:33 AM

Jesse Blevins:

Is there a way to filter my books in my library by percentage read? 

Hello Jesse. You can filter reading status in your library (Unread, Reading or Finished). I don't think you can by percentage read though. Maybe someone else has more info to share.

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Jesse Blevins | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 15 2021 9:48 AM

Thank you Michael. 

I like that feature. Maybe this can be done already: can I filter by the percentage of the book read? Say 75, 50, or 25. 

When I filter books currently reading about 4000 books show up which is basically every book that I have looked at for sermon prep and other research. It's hard to filter out 4000 books currently reading, LOL! 

Jesse 

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 15 2021 10:14 AM

Jesse Blevins:
can I filter by the percentage of the book read? Say 75, 50, or 25. 

In the wiki, I don't see a library find-filter for Reading Status:

https://wiki.logos.com/Library__ 

But if you clik on the header (Reading Status) in details view, it will show 3 status rollups (eg Reading, Finished, Unread). Then, if you select one, the list is in descending percent-read.

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Greg Dement | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 17 2021 6:31 AM

Michael, I am retired as well and have the time for it, despite having 12 & 15 year old kids :-) I want to stay the course for my current daily reading plan this year, so I would start this new plan Jan 2022, to your point I don’t want to overthink it but have plenty of time to adjust. Your total collection hits right around the sweet spot I envision as well (approx 300 pages a week). 

I plan to use Exploring the Old and New Testament (6 Volumes) as you have.  

A little personal perspective for my goal. I do want to incorporate expository type commentaries but I have not landed on being Reformed or not, currently loosely Molinist-ish/Lutheran-ish in terms of soteriology for lack of a better term. So I plan to use both a Non-Reformed and a Reformed commentary simultaneously.

So far I am thinking of using The Bible Knowledge Commentary (2,580 pages) along with Matthew Poole’s Commentary on the Holy Bible (3,059 pages). I would appreciate any suggestions anyone else may have for which commentaries to use.  Max pages combined for just the commentaries would need to 12,000 or less, current combination I listed is a little over 5,600.

I have not used or read either The Bible Knowledge Commentary or Matthew Poole’s Commentary so again would really appreciate feedback on either of these or suggestions of what else to use for commentaries from anyone on the forum.

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 17 2021 2:28 PM

Hello Greg. Sure stay your course to complete the plan that you have.  My birthday was in March so I started my plan at that time. This will give you some time to review resources and firm up your plan. I was doing some studies in Psalms and one of the resources was from The People's Bible published by Northwestern Publishing.  It is from a Lutheran perspective. I was very impressed with the Psalms volume that I was using. On the Logos website there are 7 reviews of the complete set and all of them are rated at 5 stars.  Here is the link. https://www.logos.com/product/9330/the-peoples-bible-complete-set 

Both Bible Knowledge and Matthew Poole's are good commentaries. Also check out one volume commentaries on the Logos website. I think you will probably have suitable resources already in your library without having to purchase new resources. 

God bless you in your studies. 

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P A | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 19 2021 12:02 PM

Read one book at a time in alphabetical order at your own pace if you want to mix it up.

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P A | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 19 2021 12:10 PM

Also reading one book at a time is more efficient and you get the flow better...

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Greg Dement | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 15 2021 1:47 PM

Anthony Grubb put together a nice reading plan that I am currently using. It uses different sections from several books of the Bible each day. Michael Kinch is doing a plan very similar to what I plan to do next. This uses various resources and not just the Bible (Introduction/Survey, One Volume Commentary and a Commentary set). Pretty sure he is just manually doing it. Is there a way to create a reading plan in Logos that uses more than one resource? The goal would be to have to have a day’s reading from scripture also include the commentaries and other resources match up to the scripture.

I have watched some videos but have yet to be able to determine if this is possible and if there are directions on how to do it.

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 15 2021 2:22 PM

Greg Dement:
Is there a way to create a reading plan in Logos that uses more than one resource?

Create reading plans for each resource that you want, but be careful about breaks as these will be reproduced in the final plan. Then create A Reading Plan with Customizable Sessions 

Set the Starting Date. Keep the Reading Session date the same for each plan you Add if you want to combine the sessions i.e. if reading more than one resource per session.

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Greg Dement | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 20 2021 1:13 PM

I am assuming when creating a reading plan if Read defaults to All Passages that is the exact same as selecting Entire Bible (Ge-Re) from dropdown. Is that correct or is there a subtle difference I should be aware of?

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Matt Hamrick | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 20 2021 3:52 PM

I don't think in terms of a year anymore. That being said, the following bibles are my top five and I thought it a good idea to read through them. I will change up the reading plan for them each year but  until 2028 reading through my top five and in 2028 I am assuming NASB20 will be released.

The numbered books are books in my library I am reading in order one at a time. Currently, I am reading Walton's Old Testament Survey. When that is finished I will start on this list. When five of them are read I will make a new list and move the bottom five up and identify 5 more to read. My reading is specific on how I want to read. I am trained in expository preaching and pastoral leadership with a minor in apologetics and my reading tends to reflect that. And between 2020 and 2030 I am doing multiple Mobile Education courses for certificate programs and that comes with it's own reading. I am also reading the Jane Hawk books in print and on the last book The Night Window  in the series.

2023 NIV
2024 LEB
2025 NLT
2026 ESV
2027 RSV2CE
2028 NASB20

1. Zondervan Introduction of Old Testament
2. Church History, Volume 2
3. Jesus, Divorce, & Remarriage: In Their Historical Setting
4. Zondervan Introduction of New Testament
5. Preaching with Bold Assurance: A Solid and Enduring Approach to Engaging Exposition
6. Rejecting Rapturemania: Making Sense of the Second Coming
7. The Screwtape Letters
8. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages
9. Where Was the Biblical Red Sea?: Examining the Ancient Evidence
10. Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 20 2021 5:01 PM

Greg Dement:
I am assuming when creating a reading plan if Read defaults to All Passages that is the exact same as selecting Entire Bible (Ge-Re) from dropdown. Is that correct or is there a subtle difference I should be aware of?

All Passages means ALL books in that bible, in the order they appear. Ge-Re may summarise that order, even for bibles that include the Apocrypha.

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Greg Dement | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 20 2021 8:20 PM

Dave, thank you for always answering my questions.  I was able to successfully put together the same resources that Michael Kinch put together for an intensive reading plan including Intro/Survery, One Vol Commentary, One Full Series Commentary:

-Only difference is that I have the Ancient Christian Commentary Series in my layout. I won't read it in entirety as I will the others but have already and plan to continue to refer to it for certain verses. He is doing it on a One Year reading plan, I am doing it on a 78 week plan.

I works better than I expected by having a layout using the Bible reading plan and then all the resources in the layout synced (I thought I would have to access the reading plan in one layout and the resources in a separate one and switch back & forth).  I did a lot of consideration for what resources to use but it became clear that Michael's choices were well thought out and worked great for me. I was going to start in Jan but couldn't wait.  Thanks for letting me steal your idea Michael

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