Headphones And Homiletics
Logos Bible Software is one of the greatest Bible study tools I've ever seen. I am not exaggerating when I say that! There are so many great tools in Logos that instructional courses have been created to show users how to tap into its power.
Last Christmas, I purchased Logos 7 and my library increased to 900+ books and study resources that I could access at home and on the go. Since then, I've been able to access shelves worth of bible dictionaries, original language tools, sermons, and commentaries from my smartphone!
If I encounter a difficult passage and want to see the original Greek, I don't have to grab a book from the shelf (though I love hard copies, too!). If I need to read from the Pillar New Testament Commentary or the New International Greek Testament Commentary, I can access them in seconds while enjoying a medium roast at the local coffee shop.
If I want to see propositional outlines of a passage or read a systematic theology on a given topic, I can find both with just a few mouse clicks or taps on my smartphone screen.
With all this, I've not even mentioned the Psalms explorer, Spurgeon's sermons, Themelios articles, maps, cultural concepts, and ancient Christian writings. All of these are searchable within Logos. And with these, I've still barely scratched the surface!
Logos 8 Is Impressive
With all the praise for Logos 7, you can imagine my wife's surprise when I asked her about upgrading to Logos 8 less than a year later.
I saw the reviews, promo videos, and new features, and a little piece of me died. OK, not exactly. But I knew I wouldn't be able to afford all the new features.
However, I decided to try the starter upgrade package (which was heavily discounted), and it has been worth every penny.
Here are my top 3 favorite features of Logos 8 Starter:
A Tool For My Studies
For me, Logos is a powerhouse Bible study tool. For the past 11 months, I've used Logos 7 to prep for every sermon I've preached. I love the quick access to the vast array of study helps. I especially enjoy the exegetical guide, which is helpful for word studies and parsing Greek verbs. The sermon editor has been an asset in creating handouts for sermons and various Bible studies, as well.
Logos 8 has taken my studying up a notch by giving me Workflows to help improve my Bible study process and decrease the amount of time that I spend searching for resources. That alone is worth the price of the upgrade!
A Tool For My Devotional Life
I'm a pencil and paper type of guy. I have notebooks all over the place, and I love jotting notes in my Interleaved ESV Journaling Bible. With the help of Logos 8, though, I can have a more focused devotional life with a digital footprint to benefit myself and others.
Instead of simply writing my thoughts and prayers in a journal, I can now type out my prayers and meditations for later use in blog posts, sermons, or personal devotions. I have a consistent, easily accessible place for the most precious moments that I spend with the Lord.
Is Logos 8 For You?
Are you a pastor, lay leader, Bible teacher, or believer who wants to enhance your spiritual life? If so, Logos 8 may be a valuable tool to enhance your biblical studies and spiritual life. They have several entry points, so whether you're a starter looking to build a small library, a pastor desiring to preach better, or a scholar skilled in the original languages, Logos has something for you!
Chrys Jones is a Christian, husband, father of three, pastor, and teacher. He is also a recording artist and producer for Christcentric Records and a book briefer for Accelerate Books. In his free time, Chrys loves to spend time with his family, roast coffee, read good books, and listen to beat tapes and jazz.