More than a decade ago I faced some questions I felt were important and would affect many subsequent decisions for ministry training—one of these questions related to my growing library with significant space restrictions. I did not have the room to accommodate my ambition. Another question related to what version of Bible software to use. I had benefited from using various applications but wanted to settle down and consolidate my tools. After researching the options available, I decided to pursue a strategic switch to Logos Bible Software. As I look back this has been a decision that has proven to be a tremendous blessing to me. Now, years later, most of my reference and study material is on Logos, and I do nearly all of my sermon and study preparation, as well as my own personal Bible reading and devotions, through its various interfaces. Most today are aware that Logos is a leader in this industry. One of the reasons for this, in my opinion, has been their continued burden to improve their product, even by taking the feedback from their customers. A perfect example of this is the recent release of Logos 8. I have been using this latest edition for the last month and want to highlight a few helpful updates in it.
It seems that with each update the application picks up speed. Logos 8 is no different. With the number of resources that many have, this is a welcome update. If you are using a previous version, you will notice a marked uptick in speed as you work through your study—whether on your computer or a mobile device.
Accessibility of Notes
It seems like I have 10 different note apps to capture things that are important to me. Most of this relates to my study or consideration of the Bible. It seems that my notes need to be consolidated. I’m eager to continue learning how to take advantage of the new notes in Logos. With the update, notes made in Logos are organized and easily accessible (whether reading the Bible, commentary, or other resources). The new notes function with the efficiency of a stand-alone app built right into Logos. This is a nice feature, especially along with the new built-in customizable workflows for different kinds of study, including personal study, devotional reading, word study, and sermon prep.
Efficiency of the Guides
Logos has used guides in previous versions (Passage, Exegetical, and so on) but now they have added an all-new theology guide. This provides brief summaries of some essential truths of the Christian faith and is accessible from the passage or topic you’re studying. You can look up a topic like “justification” and immediately you’re pointed to many helpful resources and charts to begin studying the doctrine.
In the new canvas tool, you can highlight, circle, underline, and make connections as you study the text. In this tool, you can diagram the verses and even research the words and phrases as you are in the diagramming interface. I have also noticed that the new update seems to have expanded to include more of the tools in the user’s library. I am eager to tweak and customize further so I can bring in more of my resources into the dashboard portion of my study. For guys like me who have certain tasks and processes repeated weekly, this type of training and customization will save time and increase productivity through efficiency. I often talk with other pastors and those training for ministry about tools and methods for study. If you would like to speak further about any of these things or matters related to pastoral ministry, send me a note on Twitter (@erikraymond). I love hearing from readers and chopping it up about sermon and study work. If you are interested in more information on Logos or version 8, see this video.