I was fortunate to receive Logos Bible Software as a ministry gift years ago. Recently, thanks to Logos, I was able to upgrade. Logos is an amazing tool for sermon prep and personal study. While the focus of this review is on the benefits of utilizing Logos in the pastorate, the same benefits apply to all users.
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Here are some reasons why Logos is an amazing study tool for pastors.
Research More in Less Time
Along with leading, protecting, and knowing the flock that God has blessed them with, pastors also have the responsibility of feeding the flock. Every pastor is different, but the range seems to be from anywhere to 7-15 hours of sermon prep each week. Logos is a great tool to research your entire library at once. Often, we go to our book shelves, grab all the pertinent materials, and begin to go through each one by one. Studying each section of a passage through each resource, going back and comparing, then sifting/processing/praying through what they are being taught.
In Logos, all your resources for a passage are available to be viewed side by side. I personally love to link all the books to my favorite translation (ESV) and wherever I scroll or move my cursor to, every resource that I have open will auto jump to the section that pertains to what I am studying at the moment. I have taken enough Greek and Hebrew to know that I have no clue what I am talking about when it comes to the original languages. So while I have bibles in Greek and Hebrew, I find using the interlinear (coupled with the lexicon) on Logos to be outstanding. I love being able to delve deeper into a word like “adoption”, quickly find in what way it is being used in the current passage as well as other passages where it is used similarly.
I enjoy heading to a local cigar, coffee, cigar/coffee shop to work on sermons or to study. Previously, I would have to lug around my books and take up desk space. I know it sounds high maintenance, but I am annoyed when I have to hold the book up while I am trying to jot down notes in my journal. With Logos, all my books are with me, everywhere, at anytime. And because Logos is available on my iPhone and iPad, I can access any book at any given moment. Often while at community group, when a difficult passage is discussed I will open Logos on my phone and begin researching a couple solid resources. The freedom of having everything with me has changed how I study.
Another great point about the mobility. There was a time when my wife and I had discussed whether God was calling us overseas. Logos allows me the freedom to keep my entire library and to move with ease. I know of pastors who had to face the tough choice of getting rid of half of their resources to make moving feasible. So whether you are praying through cross cultural missions or moving across the country into a new pastorate, Logos allows you to maintain your complete library.
Online Training Videos
There was a time when one of my biggest frustrations with Logos was the lack of training. Well, the lack of affordable training. The reality is many individuals after purchasing a larger base package cannot afford the extra training expense. Logos seems to have responded to that concern and began offering free mini instructional videos online. These videos not only help solidify the basics but shows one how to utilize the software better. I often go back to these videos to see anything new or to freshen up.
Build Your Library
Not everyone can go out and purchase the Collectors Edition base package in Logos. As mentioned previously, I received Logos as a gift to better serve the church I was with. I want to encourage churches to consider purchasing Logos for their pastoral staff. It not only benefits the staff, but the church will be greatly encouraged as the pastor is able to research faster, fuller, and be more available for member care.
If finances is concern, might I suggest purchasing a package that works and then build your library from there. Once you have a package you can customize it by adding groups of resources that fit your faith tradition, whether Anglican, Baptist, Reformed, Pentecostal, etc. etc. The ability to customize and build your library is fantastic. Over the years I have built my library by purchasing commentaries, bible dictionaries, and theological and practical works little by little.
It was a little daunting at first to make the transition from holding a physical book and going electronic. It takes some getting used to but once you get into the swing, it is hard to look back. Logos is chalked full of features that has helped me prepare in less time, whenever and wherever I want. I appreciate the online videos that Logos has provided and the ability to customize and build my library gives me the ability to utilize the resources that I trust.
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