Logos Bible Software is an incredibly powerful tool for Bible Study, and Logos 4 is certainly no exception. Logos 4 has also made it much easier to learn how to study the Bible with its new, much more simplified interface and smart technologies. Still, when it comes down to doing in-depth Bible Study in Logos, I’ve always wished I had a plan laid out that would guide me along the way. I’ve watched many training videos, read extensive manuals, even attended a Camp Logos (which I HIGHLY recommend by the way), and have accumulated a good technical knowledge of the program. I’ve then asked myself, “How can I apply the knowledge I’ve learned in Logos to use it to perform in-depth Bible Study?”
Look no further.
Morris Proctor, Logos Bible Software’s authorized trainer, and the same person who’s training videos and Camp Logos seminars have given me all of the training I need to effectively conquer Logos Bible Software, has also done an amazing job writing a manual that shows how to practically apply the principles of Inductive Bible Study when using Logos. It’s called the Inductive Bible Study with Logos Bible Software manual, and it’s an excellent way to learn how to use this powerful Bible software in an in-depth Bible study. First, Morris takes readers through some effective principles of Inductive Bible Study, teaching users to “Fly Over: Reading the Text, Dive In: Kneeding the Text, and Take Out: Heeing the Text”. The first section of the manual teaches users how to study the Bible first before even opening up the software, which adds to the rich training gained from this manual. As one who has done Inductive Bible Study before using print books and reading up on information such at this site, I learned how valuable this manual was going to be to me in learning how to effectively use Logos in my Bible Studies.
Once the principles of Inductive Bible Study are learned, then Morris takes readers through four different plans that each utilize different functionality of Logos 4. The plans go from simple to sophisticated, starting with the Home Page, then digging into Menus, the Library, and lastly, creating Layouts. At the end of each plan, the reader has been able to successfully complete an in-depth Bible Study of the passage using various tools and features throughout Logos. At the end of the manual is a “Plan 5”, which allows users to write down features they would use to create their own personalized Inductive Bible Study layout. This is exactly what I did. While I haven’t taken any one of Morris’ plans and used it on its own for my personal Bible Study (although they’re certainly well documented enough that anyone could), the information I learned from following the different plans helped me to formulate my own custom Inductive Bible Study plan and layout using a combination of many of the features mentioned in the manual. I can now go to my Logos desktop and fire up my own personal Bible Study layout anytime I need it, and without the training I gleaned from this manual, doing so would have been far more difficult to do.
This is truly an excellent manual to own for anyone who wants to use Logos Bible Software to effectively engage in personal Bible Study, and I highly recommend it to all Logos users wanting to go beyond mere technical knowledge and dive into the software for Inductive Bible Study. My only hope now is that Morris will return to Luther Rice University someday and teach an Inductive Bible Study seminar (since he also teaches live seminars on Inductive Bible Study), since I would thoroughly enjoy going back over these principles and plans in a hands-on environment with fellow seminary students and Morris guiding us step by step live in person.
I’m right now reading through his other manual, the I-Beam of Message Building, and upon its completion I’ll come back and blog on a few notes on that Lord willing. I’ll say right now that I don’t want to put the manual down it’s been so wonderful, and I’ve already gleaned much from the manual, and I’m just getting started!
Until next time, take care!