As the Editor-in-Chief of Bible Study Magazine, people regularly ask me, “How should I study the Bible?” I answer this question differently nearly every time. Why? Because there is no simple answer. There are hundreds of ways to study the Bible. (You can listen to my answer on the Debbie Chavez Show here.) Nonetheless, I always come back to two points: Ask questions of the biblical text and get good resources. Let’s talk about the second point.
Me, Myself and I (oh yeah, and the Spirit) Bible study is one of the great assassins of biblical interpretation. We need the community of God and good resources. If you have been a long time reader of my blog, you know I regularly try to bring context to the passages we discuss. I love (maybe a little too much) loading my PP7 and shooting down current notions about what prophecy is. So, let me reveal my ‘secret agent man’ identity a bit, by showing you what gadgets I use to get the job done. (Yes, I own all the James Bond films. I even collected each individually. I know. I am a nerd.)
My Austin Martin with rocket launchers in the headlights is Logos Bible Software 4, which was released today. I have been covertly testing the new product for the past few months. Full 004 Disclosure: I work for Logos Bible Software—they are the publisher of Bible Study Magazine. I began using Logos when I entered University. I use Logos for researching blog posts and articles, fact checking Bible Study Magazine, reading the Bible, and preparing sermons. I rarely closed Logos when researching my forthcoming book (and thesis) on the Resurrected Servant in Isaiah. I pretty much use it all the time. I now will begin doing all my Bible study using Logos Bible Software 4. Why? Because I have nearly 3,000 books in Logos; and in seconds I have full guides on a passage or word generated
Logos Bible Software 4 truly is Bible study reimagined. Logos 4 includes cutting edge tile and tab technology. It can be synced across multiple platforms—Mac, PC and iPhone (or iPod touch). The home page is basically an auto-updated newspaper with content from your library and Logos Bible Software's blog, which makes getting into Bible study easy. The insane amount of specially commissioned infographics and maps is mind boggling. (And all of them can be put into customizable handouts right in the software.) Plus, Logos Bible Software 4 allows for me to search my entire library at breakneck speeds. As we have been saying around the office, “ 'powerful and easy to use' is more than just a catch phrase with Logos Bible Software 4.”
I could go on and on about the things I love about my company’s new product (just ask my family). Instead of doing that, I will just let you watch the video. But let me make one promise (a promise I would make whether I worked for Logos Bible Software or not): Logos Bible Software 4 will absolutely take your Bible study to a whole new level. It will change the way you read God’s Word.
P.S. We will resume our discussion of the ‘Infinite in Everything’ in my next post.