Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
People in the EFCA are known as people of the Bible. This is our foundational and fundamental Book. There are also other resources that enable us to read and understand, to study and teach the Bible more fruitfully.
Because we are people of the Book, we are people of books: those books and writings that enable us to better understand the Bible for ourselves and for others. As a resource that is unsurpassed, I encourage you to consider Logos 9.
I have used Logos for many years and I find it invaluable to my study of the Bible. When considering Bible study software, it is truly unsurpassed! The accessibility and searchability are invaluable—especially since Logos has a huge library of some of the best books available for study, with commentaries at the center of their resources. Although I still like hard-copy books, this is, for me, one of the best features of Logos.
And this resource library of exceptional materials continues to grow exponentially, making a great resource even better. Although it is not an essential, those who are without Bible software like Logos 9 place significant limitations on their study, their teaching and their preaching.
Consider just a few of the updated and improved features of Logos 9.
Factbook. Although this is not new, there are a number of new features that have added immensely to one’s study and to the ease of research. This is the starting place for any study through which you can look up anything, such as People, Places, Concepts, Greek and Hebrew lemmas, word senses, manuscripts, authors and much more. This version has 10 times more content. The Factbook and the Passages Guide have been expanded significantly and the integration is much improved. There is a greater comprehensiveness with these features and they are much more intuitive in their use.
Preaching. Through the Sermon Builder you are able to write your sermon from beginning to end. Through the Preaching Mode for Sermons, you are able, after writing your sermon in Sermon Builder, to open a clean copy for preaching. Through Sermon Manager you are able view and browse all saved sermon documents by text, series, venue or date. You are also able to plan future preaching series connected to your calendar and thus track sermon series and scheduled. As noted by one, the strength of this feature, “is that you can write once and quickly have formats for handouts, slides and even a preaching view.
Reading Plans. You are able to start a reading plan with any resource in your library. Although this is a carry-over from previous versions, this update is much improved. I have appreciated using this for my daily Bible reading. Logos can also be used as a resource to memorize Scripture. You can create a verse list and choose “memorize.”
Counseling Guide. This new guide provides resources for counseling issues commonly encountered.
Mobile. In the mobile app, there is easier access to search and the Passage Lists can be viewed under Documents. While I try to carry as little as possible to church these days, I have appreciated what I am able to access of Logos 9 through my mobile phone.
Logos updates regularly, ensuring that users have the most recent additions and updates to their program. Upon release of one version, they are already working on the next version. Logos is committed to providing an invaluable tool and resource for users. They have accomplished this.
If you are considering Bible software, I recommend you seriously consider Logos 9!