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Introducing the New Features in Logos 7 – The Preeminent Digital Biblical and Theological Resource

22 Aug

As I mentioned in my previous post, Logos Bible Software released their newest update of their software today: Logos 7! Check out a special offer they have for readers of The Old Guys.

In the previous post I pointed to the new release and the resources and packages worth considering, here I’m going to highlight a few of the amazing new features.

New Features

Before I get to the books, let me introduce you to a few of the new features in Logos 7.

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One of the new things in Logos 7 is the Sermon Editor. This is a fairly capable text editor built specifically for sermon writing, and since it’s in Logos, it ties into to other features. So, when you begin building the sermon and setting your main points as headers, the editor automatically creates slides for you for those points. Also, when you enter a verse reference, the verse of your favorite translation is automatically pulled in. Once you’re done, you automatically populate and edit a handout and questions if those are things you use in your worship service or small groups. Finally, having all your sermons in Logos will no doubt be helpful in the future to search them and even see what your previous comments were on a passage.

View a video overview of this resource here.


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The panel view in Logos 7 is actually really handy. Previously, you could pull up multiple, related texts in two windows next to one another, but this forced you to reconfigure your windows. Now, within one window you can bring up related texts that will stay perfectly in sync. This is extremely helpful when trying to read an English translation of the Bible along with the Greek or Hebrew, when trying to read two English translations beside one another, or when comparing the BHS and the LXX on a verse.

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Studying the New Testament Use of the Old Testament is a very important, as well as profitable, exercise in light of how interwoven the two are. This new interactive feature that Logos has produced makes doing this really easy for any user. For example, previously if one wanted to examine all of the Old Testament citations found in the book of Romans they would have to identify these manually, but Logos 7 makes it a cinch. Just pull up the interactive, identify “citation” as your type of use, click on “Romans” to narrow down to that book, and then enjoying spending your precious time examining the list of citations in Romans right alongside their Old Testament counterpart in both English as well as in Greek and Hebrew.

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This feature is just another example of all the cool things that Logos is capable of producing that really help make things simple for the average user while exposing them to top-notch scholarship. This feature walks users through all kinds of data on the Biblical manuscripts while also exposing them to high-quality media of many of the actual sources. It’s an extremely helpful resource.

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This is actually an extremely powerful resource that, in many ways, serves to leverage the Systematic and Biblical Theology’s you own for use when studying a passage. And Logos is to be thanked for doing the incredible work of tagging all of these resources to work in this way. So, if I’m looking at Ephesians 2:1-10 and I want to run the Passage Guide to start reading some of my resources on this passage, not only do my commentaries come up now, but also my Systematic and Biblical Theology’s (and even my journals) that address the verses in question. So, I can click over and see how some of the Reformed Systematicians used the verse in their sections on soteriology, but I can also see how Pentecostal’s have used it, and so on. A very incredible new addition to the Passage Guide! This is something that would be nearly impossible to duplicate with physical books.

View a video overview of this feature here.


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Finally, the concordance tool is just crazy. We are familiar with concordances that are produced for the English Bible, which will list every single word used in the Bible along with every single Biblical instance of its use. The concordance tool will do just that. But, there’s more. This tool will, nearly instantaneously, compile a concordance FOR ANY BOOK IN YOUR LIBRARY. So, instead of having to rely on a selective index at the back of a physical book to see if an author spoke on a certain topic, this tool allows you to see every instance of their use of a particular word, even words that may not have made it to the back of the physical book’s index. This is another incredibly powerful tool that we just would never have access to outside of a digital platform like this.

View a video overview of this feature here.

Introducing Logos 7 with a Special Offer for Readers of The Old Guys

22 Aug


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Many of you may have noticed through the years that I am a big fan of Logos Bible Software. And one of the reasons for that is because there is no other Bible software platform committed to bringing quality works from theologians old and new to the digital age as Logos Bible Software is. Check out their recent projects to translate, produce, and even print:

The vast majority of books I read and quotes I post come from Logos resources. And one of the things that makes Logos so great is that I am able to carry a library’s worth of books around in the palm of my hand or on my laptop, making reading books a breeze any time the opportunity arises. And not only that, but having books in Logos allows me to effectively walk into a massive curated library and search every book for exactly what I’m looking for. So, if accessibility to physical books is an issue for you or if you spend a lot of time doing tedious, page-turning research then you might consider giving Logos a look.

The reason I am bringing this up today, is because Logos is launching a new version of their software: Logos 7. This version builds on their previous work and adds many amazing improvements and new features. When I survey how accessible so many amazing works are in Logos and how powerful the tools are it provides for Biblical research I wonder if we, in the Christian world, are really using such unprecedented abilities to our advantage. I thank God for the advancements Logos is making

Special Offer

For readers of The Old Guys, Logos has created a special landing page at Logos.com. If you are interested in purchasing a new base package and do so through this page you will receive a special discount. On top of that, I’ve selected the first volume of Abraham Kuyper’s new “Collected Works in Public Theology” titled “Common Grace: God’s Gifts for a Fallen World – Volume 1” for FREE.

If you are new to Logos, but are interested in a base package, I would recommend checking out the Logos Reformed base packages. These packages combine resources for studying the Biblical text along with many Reformed works of theology.

In the Gold Package, for example, here are a few of the resources you would get:

– Multiple versions of the English Bible
– Calvin’s Commentaries (46 vols.)
– The Gospel According to the Old Testament Series (13 vols.)
– Wipf & Stock D.A. Carson Collection (5 vols.)
– Wipf & Stock Works of Meredith Kline (7 vols.)
– Mobile Ed: Preaching the Psalms
– Mobile Ed: The Gospel Message in the Early Church
– Sidney Greidanus Preaching Collection (5 vols.)
– NA28 Greek New Testament with Morphology
– BHS with Morphology
– Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (McNeil/Battles)
– The Letters of John Calvin (4 vols.)
– Tracts and Treatises of John Calvin (8 vols.)
– Geerhardus Vos’s Reformed Dogmatics (5 vols.)
– Charles Hodge’s Systematic Theology (3 vols.)
– Classic Studies on the Heidelberg Catechism (16 vols.)
– Early Church Fathers (37 vols.)
– Select Works of Jeremiah Burroughs (7 vols.)
– The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks (6 vols.)
– The Works of John Owen (17 vols.)
– The Essential Works of Jonathan Edwards (11 vols.)
– J.C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (7 vols.)
– The Works of B.B. Warfield (10 vols.)
– Select Works of Geerhardus Vos (14 vols.)
– The Works of Cornelius Van Til (39 vols.)
– And much more



Get your special discount here.

The Who, What, and Why of Logos Bible Software

15 Mar

For better or for worse our world is becoming increasingly digital. While there are many problems that new technology presents there are also many blessings that come with it for Christians around the world.

One such blessing has been the rise and development of Logos Bible Software. And today represents a new milestone, especially for Christians interested in Reformed Theology as Logos has just released a Reformed version of what they call “base packages.”

If you aren’t familiar with Logos they have been around for a while. The seeds that would blossom into the company today were sown in 1986 and ever since then they have been expanding their library, enhancing their features, and following the move in the technological world into many different platforms and devices. Read more about their history here.

Today a visit to their website will astound you as you find out how many resources are available in their digital format. And what they have available aren’t mere scans or PDF’s, but meticulously edited and tagged resources that can be accessed and searched in a variety of ways. On top of that they retain the style of the print of each book’s original hardcopy. Logos and other Bible software companies like them have truly changed the game when it comes to Bible study and research.

The reason why this is good news for those who are interested in Reformed Theology and many of that we feature on this blog is because Logos has made a concerted effort over the past few years to really bulk up their library with such resources. And they aren’t slowing down, it seems like every month a new and significant Reformed resource is available via their community pricing or pre-publication deal structure.

Community pricing involves Logos putting a potential product forward at a substantially reduced price, normally 50% off or more, to see if they can get the funding available to proceed with the project. Logos gets early funding and buyers get incredible deals. When there isn’t enough immediate interest a potential product can sit in community pricing until it picks up. Right now there is a 17 volume Baptist Covenant Collection for $30 and a 19 volume Works of John Gill collection for $40. Each of these will eventually be priced at $169 and $299 respectively so you can see the incentive to jump on early.

Pre-publication pricing is a step further into the process where a product has already moved into the development stage and buyers are able to lock-in on a discounted price before they are released. Currently, there are a few very significant Reformed products in this stage:

Institutes of Elenctic Theology (3 vols.) by Francis Turretin
Thomas Watson Collection (8 vols.)
The Works of Charles Hodge (29 vols.)
Select Works of Geerhardus Vos (14 vols.)

One of the coolest and important things that Logos has begun doing is to leverage their know-how and capabilities to actually take on major translation projects to bring essential Reformed works into English for the first time.

A few they are currently working on and that are in the Pre-publication process now are:

Reformed Dogmatics (5 vols.) by Geerhardus Vos
The Sermons and Lectures of John Calvin in English (29 vols.)
The Latin Works of John Owen (3 vols.)
A System of Christian Theology (10 vols.) by Amandus Polanus

Another way that Logos seeks to get good deals for their customers is through bundling or packaging multiple products together. As mentioned above this is what they refer to as their base packages. Until now, one could purchase a range of seven packages from their Starter package all the way up to their most expensive Portfolio package.

For many, the price of Logos resources alone has caused them to look elsewhere. On top of that for those of us more interested in Reformed resources it was very difficult to justify purchasing one of their packages that seemed to have had so many resources yet so little that we actually cared about.

Now, with the release of their Reformed Base Packages things have become much more attractive for those of us with Reformed leanings or convictions. Yesterday, I highlighted these new packages. Now, if you make the commitment to purchase one of these base packages you will find yourself enjoying many more of the resources than you may have previously. That isn’t to say that they did away with other essential features. As far as I can tell they preserved a great balance between providing new Reformed resources to these packages while also retaining a wide array of tools, including many original language tools, that will enable broad study, and more importantly, study of the text of Scripture itself.

I hope this more focused explanation of how Logos works was helpful if you have not considered it before. Please let me know if you have any questions

It is growing more obvious by the day that the future of book reading and research here and around the world will involve digital resources more and more. As these works become more available throughout the world let’s pray that God would be pleased to use them in great ways to draw more and more people to know Jesus Christ and to grow in the grace and knowledge of Him. It is for this reason that I believe Logos Bible Software will be a key platform for years to come.

Good News: Logos Bible Releases Reformed Base Packages

14 Mar

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Yesterday, Logos Bible Software, released a major new product: Reformed Base Packages. They were so gracious to provide me with a complimentary Gold Package provided that I honestly review it here on The Old Guys. It is with great excitement that I do so in this post and a few that will follow.

I realize that the majority of readers may have no clue as to what Logos Bible Software is or have simply not decided to use it. So, tomorrow I will post a detailed walk-through of who Logos Bible Software is, what it is, and why I believe it is important. Especially, for those of us who believe that the voices of the past still have something to say to us today. After that I’d like to spend a few posts to also zoom in on a few key features of this technology that are so very useful for believers and worth thanking God for.

I am excited about the release of this new product line because Logos has finally put together a collection of resources specifically geared towards the user interested in Reformed Theology and as we call them on this blog The Old Guys. Many of their collections in the past have consisted of a handful of resources worth being excited about but then also have had tons of resources one may not particularly care for.

Now, in their new Reformed Base Packages it’s hard for me to find a resource that I just absolutely wouldn’t care to have. They’ve really done a great job.

So, I’d like to highlight some of the amazing products that Logos has pulled together to offer at a substantial discount in their Reformed Gold Base Package.

Note: Reformed Base Packages are available in Starter, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum versions. Each growing in terms of products and price over the one before it.

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What Is Included?
The Gold package comes with a selection of 811 hand-picked resources for the Christian interested in Reformed Theology.

There are resources that cover a range of categories like:

    • Ancient Texts and Morphologies
    • Ancient Texts in Translation
    • Apologetics
    • Bible Commentaries
    • Bible History Culture
    • Bible Introductions and Surveys
    • Bible Reference
    • Biblical Studies
    • Church Fathers
    • Church History
    • Data Sets
    • Devotional and Spiritual Formation
    • English Bibles

Interlinear Bibles:

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  • Lectionaries
  • Maps, Photos and Media
  • Theology
  • Original Language Grammars and Tools
  • Original Language Lexicons and Word Studies
  • Parallel Passages and Harmonies
  • Preaching and Teaching

This list makes clear that this package isn’t simply for someone wanting to kick back with John Calvin, but is ready for serious study of the Bible in a multitude of ways.

What Stands Out?
The following resources are ones that caught my eye and make this package very attractive to the person seeking to study the Bible, get into the languages, and read Reformed resources:

  • 11 Popular English Bibles
  • 18 Interlinear Bibles
  • Biblica Hebraica Stuttgartensia
  • Swete LXX with Morphology
  • Nestle-Aland 28th Edition Greek New Testament
  • Crossway Apologetics Collection

Early Church Fathers (37 vols.):

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  • Matthew Poole’s Commentary on the Holy Bible (3 vols.)
  • Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible
  • Charles Hodge Commentary Collection (4 vols.)

Calvin’s Commentaries (46 vols.):

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  • Charles Simeon’s Horae Homileticae Commentary (21 vols.)
  • Crossway Classical Commentaries (26 vols.)
  • Crossway D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones Collection (12 vols)
  • Reformation Study Bible
  • New Dictionary of Theology
  • By Faith, Not by Sight by Richard Gaffin
  • Paul: Apostle of the Free Spirit by F.F. Bruce
  • Christian Origins and the Question of God Series (3 vols.) by N.T. Wright
  • Creeds of Christendom (3 vols.) by Philip Schaff
  • The Letters of John Calvin (4 vols.)
  • The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter (23 vols.)
  • Dogmatic Theology by W. G. T. Shedd
  • Historic Creeds and Confessions
  • Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
  • Outlines of Theology by A. A. Hodge
  • Systematic Theology (3 vols.) by Charles Hodge

Works of Jonathan Edwards (2 vols.):

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  • Westminster Confession of Faith, including the Larger and Shorter Catechisms (3 vols.)
  • Works of John Bunyan (3 vols.)
  • God, Revelation, and Authority (6 vols.) by Carl Henry
  • B.B. Warfield Collection (20 vols.)
  • The Commentary of Zacharias Ursinus on the Heidelberg Catechism
  • Herman Witsius Collection (11 vols.)
  • Louis Berkhof Collection (15 vols.)

Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics (4 vols.):

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  • Summa Theologica: English and Latin (30 vols.) by Thomas Aquinas
  • The Major Works of Anselm of Canterbury (4 vols.)

Works of John Owen (24 vols.):

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  • The Works of Richard Sibbes (7 vols.)
  • Tracts and Treatises of John Calvin (8 vols.)
  • William G.T. Shedd Collection (13 vols.)
  • Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (TDNT) (10 vols.)
  • And much more.

How Much Does It Cost?
In print such a collection could cost up to $20,200. Logos offers their Reformed Gold Package for just over $1,500. That is, if you purchase it without using discounts. Currently, anyone can use the coupon code “REFORMEDBP” to slash 15% from the price. Those in school can apply for an academic discount and pay even less.

While many may decide that while such a package is attractive they just don’t have the money, it is worth noting that Logos does offer helpful payment plans. Those on a budget can purchase a package like this and make monthly payments for up to 18 months. They don’t charge interest, but do apply a $5 administrative fee for each month of the payment plan. For example a $1500 purchase for 18 months would come out around $88 a month.

How Should We Respond?
Even if you aren’t interested or just aren’t able to invest in such software the sheer availability of this product is still cause for rejoicing. Never before has such an embarrassment of Reformed riches been available. What once took up libraries now fits in small pockets. The ability to search, read, highlight, and share has never been easier. May God grant us to use such resources to His glory and to the benefit of His church.

Take a look for yourself.