Current Recommended Logos Addons for Fundamentalist Pastors

I think everyone’s got my contention there is no excuse for ignorance.

I think everyone figured out this week you can use Logos Bible software to learn Greek very quickly.

I think everyone has figured out that it won’t take more than an additional 5-6 minutes of research in your sermon preparation time – and probably even cutting DOWN your sermon prep time with these tools – to truly teach your congregation.

So, what do you need to buy?

Answer – as much as you can afford. Which really is not much!

Can you afford HALOT? Nope. Hundreds of dollars.
Start with Logos Bronze. Then move sideways from there into the Logos Baptist collections.

Now you’ll have everything you need to get started.

Start buying Greek add ons. Many of them are dirt cheap. All of the Gary Staats grammars are REALLY good and really cheap. Like $3-4 each. You can buy all of them for $60, I think it was.

You need both Vine’s books.

Strongs dictionaries. It’s not included, because Logos actually gives you some modern ones you’ll never use. So you’ll have to buy it.

The Bible Knowledge handbook by Walvoord. You’ll have to look up the verses in the King James, because Walvoord used the NIV for some terrible reason.

Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge.

The Perseus Project Greek and Latin manuscripts – free. Yes, you can afford this.

One book you won’t open too often, but has a huge impact on Logos, is Matthew Henry. Why? I’ve explained it before, but every cross reference in any book loads into the Logos engine, and gives you many more results.

You need Lexicons. I’ve bought one or two, because they’re not cheap. Vines is a lexicon.

Make sure you have the Kairos intro to Greek.

I hope Logos has “Essentials of New Testament Greek” by Summers, because it’s a good grammar, and I have the hard bound edition.

Greek and Hebrew inserts are usually one or two dollars, and they are actually digital copies of tenses and rules that Greek teachers used to give their students to make learning Greek MUCH easier.

The John MacArthur book on preaching is very good, as well as Broadus. I think I have about five Logos books on preaching, and would buy more if I had a lot of money. I may not be called to preach, but boy I absolutely obsess about it! Of course, I should caution that Matthew Henry and John MacArthur are both Calvinist, and you’ll have to make a black text highlighter in Logos to take out anything you disagree with.

Yes, I’ve done that.

Start with all this. Figure you’ll have eventually to spend $600 on Logos to get all this. A bit at a time, and don’t neglect prayer! I completely credit my miraculous purchase of Logos to answered prayer when unlooked for money showed up, right at the moment Logos was having a sale.


How to Learn Greek II

Let’s look at how to do a word study in Logos, and you’ll probably have more questions than answers.

Open your King James in Logos. all you have to do is right click on a word. The options will show that word in English, Greek Manuscript and Greek lemma.

This is important, because the “scholars” are now trying to attack the concept of a lemma. A Lemma is the dictionary form of the word. “Read” is the lemma form of “reading”, “talk” the lemma of “talking”.

So John 7:53 has “ἐπορεύθη” eporeuthē as “Went”. That’s the Manuscript form (always the top choice). That’s the current tense-voice-mood of how the lemma is being used. The Lemma in this case is “πορεύομαι”, poreuomai. Now, even if you don’t know greek, right away you can see it’s a little different.

Next to the lemma, you’ll see an option “Bible word study”. Don’t worry about the fact you want the manuscript and not the lemma. Once you download the Perseus greek text add on, you’ll get a lot more research results.

Go to the senses window in the word study and click on the orange part (I’m just using this particular case, because this is the closest to the Manuscript tense).

It’ll display all the verses this closest of tenses is found in. Hm. Not that one. So click on the blue section of the circle.

Okay, this is more the tense we’re looking for. It’s really common in the New Testament. So… this is one you want to make a note of. The word (ἐπορεύθη” eporeuthē) it’s usage and meaning (to go, go away, used 155 times) and is it common or uncommon (common word).

At the bottom of the word study is where you’ll see it used in other Greek texts. I’ve got it listed in the supposed Septuagint (which is probably just Origen’s Hexepla) and also in the Apostolic “Fathers” manuscripts. This way you can see it used in other Greek uses.

There is Greek and Hebrew pronunciation tool interactives in Logos to learn how to say the words.

Now go back to the top of the word study window. Under the Lemma section, you’ll see a morphology chart feature. Click that and you’ll see another window open, with every usage of πορεύομαι and it’s various tenses. Ever want to say, “this is the Aorist future tense”? now you can! And now you’ll understand what that means!

Does this sound complicated? Nope. Try it a couple of times and see how easy it is. The more tools you load Logos with, the more research you can do in a matter of seconds.

Is it worth it?

How much did you just learn about the word “Went” in John 7:53?

I actually could do all this research in about 5-6 minutes. How long did it take you to look it up in Strongs, and still not understand?

How to Learn Greek

This of course is not intended for the average reader of my blog, but it’s going to interest you.

There’s few Bible tools as important as Logos Bible software. I can’t think of too many.

Logos has all the tools in it to learn Greek. Trust me.

Now, since the days of Wescott and Hort, there’s a lot of classical Greek mixed in with the Koine greek. No worries. Since you’re not going to be studying the UBS or Nestle-Aland or WH texts, you’ll learn it and drop it quickly.

There are a lot of Greek tools already within Logos. Next you need a lexicon and a grammar. Finally, you’ll need Greek texts. That’s why I bought the Logos Broinze package. Only two steps up from the free version, and you get an awful lot of texts you won’t need or use. But you do get a LOT of grammars and Bible harmonies – more than you knew existed!

And there’s a lot more, many priced very low. I bought Vine’s (there’s two Vines, the dictionary and the “teach yourself new testament greek”). I’ve purchase some VERY RECOMMENDED grammars by Gary Staats, and the Kairos grammar is very good as well. What your Logos package doesn’t come with, you can buy and add on. Helpful hint – the older ones are very inexpensive, and they’ll focus on Koine, rather than classical greek. Make sure you buy the Gary Staats grammars. Once you get one (usually just a couple of dollars), you’ll see why.

I’ve got several lexicons – Vine’s, Souter’s, Strong’s and BDB, plus some others that came with Logos.

The Newberry Interlinear comes with Logos Bronze – and that’s the Textus Receptus!

Alas, the closest you get to the Hebrew text is the Anderson-Forbes text, which is an eclectic text to correct “Rescensionism”. Whatever. This is the closest you’ll get to the Ben Chayyim Masoretic text.

now, this is going to sound weird – but there’s a group of free addons for Logos called the Proteus project. One of them is a group of common Greek texts – messages, notes, invoices, bills, and common writings of the first century in Greek and latin. Get that. It’s a huge download, but it allows you to compare how a word in the Greek text is used in common Greek writings.

Why is that important? The only people who’ve possessed the ability to look that up have been enemies of the Bible, and surely you don’t trust their word for what these words mean?

A lot of the same work was done by Elzevir, Scrivener and of course Erasmus. You’re not studying to understand the differences between manuscripts and determine copyist errors – you’re just trying to find out how “Pleroo” was used to the common man, or “pistis”. Or other Greek words.

And most of this work Logos will do for you, when you do a simple word study!

Why Fundamentalist Pastors should learn Koine Greek

One thing that has crippled the development of Fundamentalist churches and their congregation – the deliberate fostering of ignorance.

No other group of pastors anywhere is encouraged to be ignorant of elementary theology. No other group of pastors anywhere is encouraged to be ignorant of basic skills such as a knowledge of Greek and Hebrew. No other group of pastors anywhere is encouraged to know as little about the Bible as possible.

One of the things I told my son in the faith recently is that a pastor should never, never, never preach something that a congregant could just learn by reading the Bible. ALWAYS go just a little bit deeper. Study to LEARN, to KNOW. If you don’t know, your congregation won’t know either.

So, here we are, the Fundamentalists. We make the claim of the Bible being our sole authority of faith and practice – and then we barely use it or open it. We tend to regard Christianity as a one-play football game. Get saved, game over. Now it’s just shout a lot in the pulpit, and you’re good to go!

The problem is, the congregations are dying. They’re begging for you to give them an interesting sermon. To a Christian, the word “Interesting” means “teach me”. If you deny yourselves the tools to teach, then you cannot teach yourself, let alone them!

I get it. I’m King James Only. I’m Mr. Wear a Suit On Sundays. I get it. Separation from the world, etc. Yes.

But I flatly deny that any man who is in the pulpit does not need to know Greek. I wish I knew more Greek than I do! I’d LOVE to be a Greek scholar!

Many who claim to be King James Only really are Textus Receptus Only. The Ruckmanites makes that accusation, and yes, I’ll admit it. The Ruckmanite (A dying breed) will use only the King James, and that’s it. Forget the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts that underlie it.

too many Independent Baptist preachers feel like they have to avoid being called “Pastor”, feel like they need to be ignorant of Greek and Hebrew – and here’s why. They’re afraid if they learn it, they’ll be led away from being King James Only.

Not a chance. I had a full year of Greek and a full year of Hebrew, and I’m firmly KJO.

No more excuses. Scripture commands – COMMANDS – that you should study to shew thyself approved – meaning if you do not, you get disapproval.

It’s not optional if you’re a Pastor. You need to learn doctrine and Greek.

An Argument in favor of Expository Preaching

I was discussing the concepts of preaching with my son in the faith yesterday. I literally opened my Bible to Matthew 1:1-17 and told him to write two sermons based upon the text.

This is expository preaching. You expound what is in the Bible text. I have always preferred Expository preaching, but most pastors today don’t do it.

Now, there’s some rules about expository preaching. We’ll get to those another time. Why should a pastor preach expositorally?

Reason One – be instant in and out of season. If you preach topically, you may end up accidentally skipping topics that God has placed in Scripture. Ever preach on greed or adultery? Many pastors today have entered the ministry, preached 20-24 years and retired never having preached on certain topics. If you’re always searching for a text to write, you run the risk of preaching on all the topics that interest you, and skipping ones that the congregation often needs to hear!

Reason Two – Keeping your job. Pastors today are being fired simply because they’ve preached on a topic the deacon board was offended by. This is an absolute abrogation of Pastoral authority that cannot be found in Scripture. Alas, we have it, and it will take far more influence than I have to ever abolish that unScriptural entity of a deacon board. If you’re preaching expositorally, then it’s really hard to argue when Matthew 5:27 comes right after Matthew 5:26. And now you can really start asking the deacon board if they have a problem with the inerrancy and inspiration of Scripture! A pastor cannot be fired for preaching on separationism, the Bible issue, idolatry, tithing, greed or adultery if they’re preaching expositorally.

Reason Three – you have to become a better preacher. If you resolve you’re going to preach through the New Testament, then sooner or later you’re going to run across a passage or verse you don’t understand. I guarantee that. So now you have to roll up your sleeves and dig into the text, opening your Textus Receptus and your Vine’s. You will end up knowing a LOT more about the Bible than you did before! And the congregation does as well.

Reason Four – your congregation will grow and mature as Christians. It’s hard to stay an unmatured Christian when the congregation is being fed meat instead of milk. Sermonettes make Christianettes or marionettes. Feeding your congregation baby food leaves you with a congregation of babies. But dig into the text and start explaining what the Bible means, and now people are adding to their understanding and beliefs about the Bible. Christians, according to John MacArthur, operate out of their beliefs. They forget what you exhort them to do, but they will always act according to their beliefs. By feeding them pure meat, you shape their beliefs, and the congregation grows spiritually.

Reason Five – The congregation now will accept the validity of the Pastor’s study time. If you’re preaching about how this word can only be found five times in the Bible, the congregation undergoes a change. They will begin to accept – even insist on – the need of the pastor to spend hours a day in study. Why? They’re getting FED! If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve caught onto certain Greek and Hebrew words. If I were your pastor, you’d expect this kind of teaching every Sunday – and you’d become so accustomed to it that the lack of it would make you start insisting I get study time. And love of study of the Bible is one of the hallmarks of the calling of a Pastor.

Expository preaching is often viewed as boring – the problem is, most preachers who preach expository are boring. It’s not the method of the preaching, but rather, the preacher with the method. If the Bible does not excite you, why are you in the pulpit? It’s not an easy job or an easy income – you want that, there’s jobs out there that ARE easy. The Bible should be your obsession if you’re called to preach or teach! I am often fascinated by the minutae present in Bible passages. I love reading a passage and realizing that what I just read in this book is echoed in this other book!

Preach expository. Your congregation is demanding it. They deserve it.

Sinus Headache Day

Re-reading a lot of my old blog articles.

I truly was amazed that I’d written some good stuff. I mean, I do research, I make notes, I look things up, I drink coffee, article comes out.

There’s a lot of research I do with this blog. Fortunately, I did the majority of it back in 2012 and 2013. By 2016 I was doing half as much, because I’d saved a lot of it.

I used to use a number of different programs to keep all my research. Now I just use Evernote. At some point this year, I need to take a day and take ALL of my research and finally get it all stored into Evernote, so I have it all in once place. I literally just spent an hour trying to find a single name to put into Friday’s article, and couldn’t find it.

Hampered with a sinus headache.

Looking forward to the Rapture. I’m pretty sure that’s the once and for all end to my sinus headaches.

Reclaiming Christianity IV

Should be allow unbelievers to tell us what to read, believe, teach, preach?

Should we buy books by atheists and stack them in our homes, eagerly devoouring the writings of men and women hostile to the Gospel, and allowing those to shape our Biblical worldview?

Um… no.

You mean, you really wouldn’t read the writings of Richard Dawkins on the worldwide flood of Noah, and accept it as fact? Why not? It makes no sense not to!

Because you’re reading the writings of a great number of unbelievers when you open most books on Christianity. Study Bibles, etc.

So why should you accept the writings of a heretic like Andy Stanley? Bruce Metzger? Carlo Martini? Kurt and Barbara Aland? Julius Wellhausen? Eugene Nida? Robert Bratcher? C. H. Dodd? Karl Barth?