Logos 8


Logos 8 is out, and of course they’re hyping it madly right now.

Certainly I think they should drop hints, and say things like, “Logos 8 coming out in two months” to stir excitement. I actually just had the money to upgrade and spent it on something else! So advance notice is always a good thing.

Logos needs to hire some new writers to explain their new features. I know that sometimes some of the features in Logos they hype I have honestly no idea what they do. Supposedly, they’ve now got work flows.

No clue what that is.

They’ve got Canvas.

Not sure what that is.

I think it’s something akin to the sentence diagramming feature. I didn’t know how to use that, so I use it in other ways to examine the verse. It may be that Canvas is something I wrote to WordSearch suggesting several times – an extra overlay you can make notes and highlights on as needed. If so, that’s really cool.

Logos is saying that these features are fantastic, and revolutionary. Anything logos calls revolutionary must be impressive, because their program is revolutionary as it is.

Should you upgrade? I’ll say, yes. I love the changes Logos instituted with 7, and the concept of “you buy the books and own them forever” is a really good idea. Certainly, the concept of “you only own the version you pay for during its lifespan” by Quickverse bankrupted that company. You can find rant after rant from other Logos owners who explained to the company that the money they paid was a one time thing, and they’ll never be able to do that again.

Logos listened, Quickverse didn’t.

So now I own all the books I bought in Logos 6 and Seven. Logos 8 will add to that.

You should get – if you get anything – the Logos Baptist upgrade. Logos now is committed to making sure you’ve got “Visions of St. Elise of Cyan” bundled in to the regular Logos. The Baptist one reallly has them confused – they’re mostly theologically liberal New Calvinists – so they’ve got titles in the Baptist Family that have titles of “sovereign Grace”, “Calvin’s Institutes” and “Modern Ariminianism”. You just can’t explain it to a New Calvinist that Baptists aren’t Arminian or Calvinist. At all. They don’t get it. In their minds, you’re either one or the other. The concept of a third doctrinal stance simply makes no sense to them.

The biggest feature of Logos – I swear they read this blog – is that you end up with a million note files after two years of regular Logos use. They’ve now got ways to organize your note files, so you now can find that fragment of a note file you started on Haggai.

It’s always a joy to me to upgrade Logos. I did enjoy buying Swordsearcher last year – that was a great moment for me. But often, adding something to Logos is amazing to me. I love it. You add a Greek lexicon or a primer, and suddenly you’re getting a LOT more responses when you search for things, or right click on a word.

Do you have Logos yet? Most people don’t. I’d get the Logos Basic 7 for now – Logos 8 Basic won’t come out until February or so.

you’re going to be amazed at how much information you get, very quickly when you use it.

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Logos Reading Plan Error Fixed


Last year there was a strange error in the Logos reading plan that caused me to have to read almost all of Proverbs in one day.

That’s not too bad – I mean, I’ve done “read through the Bible four times in one year” reading plans. Those are tough. But almost all of Proverbs in one day? Prepare a guy for that!

Fortunately, Proverbs is split up evenly into two proverbs a day.

Quick Logos Tip


When you’re writing notes in your Bible Journaling, and you want to link a word to the Biblcal text, highlight the word or words, then go to the hyperlink spot on the toolbar. Click on it, then simply type the verses you want to link to, and press enter.

The words you wanted linked to a Bible passage are now linked to that passage.

Helpful idea


It would be great if someone could make a converter that would take all of your library in all the kinds of Bible software – Quickverse, WordSearch, eSword, theWord, Logos, Swordsearcher, Bible Analyzer, etc – and convert them all to the appropriate kind of resource in any one of the Bible programs.

By Monday.

That way in all of my various Bible programs, I would have all of the books available. I have some resources in Quickverse that I don’t have in any other software.

I have resources in Word search I don’t have in Quickverse, Accordance, Logos or Swordsearcher.

And so on. It sometimes means I have to open six different Bible programs to have all my resources available.

Year of Writing Commentary


Just a reminder, that this is year one of writing commentary on things you’re learning in your Bible study. I started Jan. 1 in Romans 1:1.

So, after your Bible study (or during it), take notes in a special note file inside your Bible software.  Please make sure your Bible study session is a minimum of 15 minutes a day! If you are a Pastor or in ministry, double that. As a matter of fact, if you are a Pastor, you need to make sure that you’re studying your Bible at least an hour a day, or your congregation will have your hide. God requires a Pastor to spend time in prayer and studies of the Bible. Everything else is secondary.

E-Sword instructions: If I remember right, E-Sword comes with Study Notes, Topic Notes and Journal Notes already made. This would all go into your study notes. Remember to uncheck the little chain icon before you start writing, and then check it again once you’re done.

Swordsearcher instructions:  Under “User” click “Create new user Commentary”. Now all you have to do to add notes is click the four diamonds, and a window will open up to add your notes.

King James Pure Bible Search: Click CTRL+M or go to Edit>Add/Edit/Delete User Note. The user note editor will pop open. Save the note when done typing.

theWord: File>New User Module>Commentary. Name it, give it initials (Dean Commentary DCT) and save it. Now you can start typing away. Make sure you go slowly when trying to expand theWord to fill the window, or you’ll close it down every time. This was a major reason (besides its untidy, cluttered appearance) I gave up using it back in Seminary.

Logos: Create a manuscript, and NAME it “Dean Commentary”. No kidding (it’s a hidden thing in Logos) it will prioritize it, especially if you add a link on your taskbar to it. The more you add to it, no kidding, the more Logos will begin to refer to it as you write.

Okay, this should get you started on the “How-to”. Now you just need to start!

Go to Romans 1:1. Read all of Romans 1 and start taking notes in your commentary. You’re going to make notes every third verse (1:1, 1:4, 1:7, etc). Why? Because next year is the second year of commentary, and the year after that is the third year. In three years, you will have written study notes (if not commentary) on every verse in the Bible.

Recommended commentaries: The Bible. The Bible is its own best commentary. In this regard, Pure Bible Search gives you an advantage by FORCING you to use ONLY the Bible and ONLY the Webster’s 1828.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary by John Walvoord is the next best. Flawed, highly Evangelical, and based upon the NIV (UGH!), but still the best commentary you can get.

Look things up. Use Bible Analyzer. Is this the first time that word is used in the Bible? Unless it’s Gen. 1:1, make a note of it! Is this a word used 5 times or Less in the Bible? Make a note of that.

Open the TSK. Follow the rabbit, and see where the references take you. Literally, this is how David Cloud learned all the Bible stuff he learned, using a Strong’s, and eventually adding a TSK. His own notes took the form of a Bible Encyclopedia, instead of a commentary. And yes, you can buy a copy of it.

You’ll add a lot to your commentary as you go along, so don’t worry if you only get a few sentences in at first.

Yesterday’s blog article came out of my commentary.

Best Fundamentalist Bible Software 2018


This is an article I’ve wanted to write for a long time. Without exception, the best Bible software is all written by – and aimed to –theological progressives. Doesn’t sound bad? Read that “Bible Deniers” and “Unsaved.”

The big problem I’ve got with this is of course that no matter how theologically sound you are, stuff like that begins to affect you.

So, today we’re talking about Bible software written by Fundamentalists. For Fundamentalists.

I’ll preface this by saying if you’re the kind of person who can’t rest if your house is untidy, then you need to get Fundamentalist Bible software. All three reviewed today have the cleanest, neatest interfaces in Bible software.

Swordsearcher

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This is the reigning King of Fundamentalist software. No, it cannot do a tenth of what Logos does, but I don’t think Brandon Staggs is losing sleep over it. He wanted a Bible software that really does what it should: Go to a Bible verse, and see all the commentaries, Bible dictionaries and books in your library that talk about that at once.

Swordsearcher is a little unusual, in that most Bible software is written around Strong’s. However, Swordsearcher is not only coded around the Strong’s at its base, but also around Webster’s 1828! This means that you have the added benefit of seeing the definitions of the English words within their Biblical context. It’s a feature I’ve striven mightily to have built into Word search and Logos, and given up. I asked for Webster’s 1828, and they answer they’ve got the Merriam-Webster’s. Well, if you like seeing your English definitions outside of their Biblical context, sure – that would be okay. But if you’re a Christian, why would you want that??? Oh, right, the theological progressive thing.

If I could think of one word for Swordsearcher, it is “functional”. I can’t think of a better word for it. One price, and you get a massive library, a clean interface (one of the cleanest and neatest in the business), you get an instant glimpse into both the lemma and the manuscript of both Greek AND Hebrew (Quickverse, it’s major competitor for years, only gave you the Greek definitions), and you also get an instant glimpse into the English words as well.

Swordsearcher is designed with your Bible study in mind. Type in the beginning of any Bible phrase, and Swordsearcher immediately begins suggesting search terms. So if you know the “Blessed are the peacemakers”, but can’t remember it’s Matthew 5, then Swordsearcher will tell you in a hurry. My commentary on Romans is going VERY quickly, because of this feature.

The instructions show how to create your own topical Bible and your own commentary, and Brandon Staggs recommends you do just that. I like the Swordsearcher way of letting you know you’ve got a comment on a verse by the little four diamonds a lot better than the Logos little yellow squares. You get enough notes and sermons on Matthew 5, and you end up with sixty-two little yellow boxes, and now you have to start changing the colors of those.

To write Sermons in Swordsearcher, you create a user book, put your sermon template on page 1, and then create additional entries. Just copy and paste your template into each new entry you create, and then write your sermon inside it.

Is it better than E-Sword? I think so. E-Sword has unintentionally copied (or perhaps intentionally) many of Swordsearcher’s features, but without copying the interface, it still misses out on where Swordsearcher excels.

Swordsearcher is $60.

Bible Analyzer

Bible Analyzer fund

If you’ve been reading this for a while, you know that Bible Analyzer is completely different. I wouldn’t use it as a stand-alone Bible program, since its note taking system is not up to snuff – but if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I always tell you every saved Christian on earth needs Bible Analyzer.

Want to know how many capital letters are in the Bible? It’ll tell you. Need to know what’s the most repeated word in Romans 10? Bible Analyzer will tell you. Want to see the first reference of every word within a verse? Bible Analyzer will tell you.

You need this program. Free.

King James Pure Bible Search

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Someone got a little upset with me because I pointed out this is a program for Ruckmanites/Gail Riplinger followers. I can’t help that – it is what it is. You get the King James Bible, and well – that’s it. No Strongs, no Hebrew, no Greek. No commentaries, no add ons, no nuthin’. And they explain it in this way…

But!

I’m going to say this. If you had ten years to really go through the Bible, and you wanted to find ALL cross references, and had nothing to go by – this program is for you. I was a HUGE fan of the fact you can make your own cross references. Alas, I have so much work to do, and so little time to do it, that.

If you just want the King James Bible and NOTHING else besides the Webster’s 1828 and rudimentary note taking, then this program is for you. If you’ve read Gail Riplinger and believe the nonsense she’s written in the “Toxic” book, this program is for you.

Free.

Conclusions

These are the three Fundamentalist Bible programs. Swordsearcher and Bible Analyzer are very good, and King James Pure Bible Search is very good for what it is. Two are free, Swordsearcher is not.

Bottom Line: I’d get at least Swordsearcher and Bible Analyzer. If you refuse to use any commentaries, Strong’s or any other tools, then the King James Pure Bible Search is the program for you.

Why Buy Swordsearcher?


Why did I buy Swordsearcher? I already own Logos. I already own Accordance. I own Quickverse. I own WordSearch.

I have Bible Analyzer, King James Pure Bible Search, E-Sword, and theWord. I had Davar on my computer until I took it off. Bible by Olive Tree, and Xiphos.

So, why did I spend $60 to buy Swordsearcher?

The issue is fairly simple. I wanted a premium Bible software written by a Fundamentalist, a Bible Believer. Brandon Staggs doesn’t write a great deal on his blog about Fundamentalism – he doesn’t even speak on King James Only-ism. The only public stand he takes on the issue is a single comment on the frequently asked questions for Swordsearcher.

But the fact remains, it’s a Fundamentalist program written for Fundamentalists by a Fundamentalist.

Logos is written by Faithlife, an exceptionally Ecumenical program written by Evangelicals. Most of the tutorials and materials they have are theological liberals who deny the sufficiency, inerrancy and inspiration of the Bible. The fact the founder of Faithlife has no qualms about offering that shows that this is probably his viewpoint as well – a New Calvinist theological liberal mindset that makes Karl Barth look like a Fundamentalist. If you’d like to fix this, a letter writing campaign to get me installed as Resident Fundamentalist would go a long way!

Accordance would be my other option for premium software, but they too have a theological liberal mindset. The materials they offer reflect this, although not as bad as over at Faithlife.

Word search is… in need of a massive overhaul, and the mindset there is Southern Baptist. Not too bad, but still they use words like “Church” when they mean “Kingdom”, and obviously consider Catholics as Christians (as does Logos and Accordance). I have a lot of time invested into Word search, but I switched to Logos a few years back from Word search and I’m not looking back.

But mostly (and some of my old readers will understand this), I did it to protect myself. If you sit in the midst of scorners, you will end up scorning too. It’s possible I could end up reading the NASB and quoting John Calvin, and wondering endlessly whatever happened to “Q”. It’s far more possible I could sprout wings and lay eggs, but still, it’s a possibility.

So I wanted a Bible program that I could use 50% of the time that would protect me, and help me to stay Fundamentalist, and stay true to the Bible.

And of course, I wanted to make sure that I had software where the text of the King James Bible remained unaltered. Recently, the ESV on all my other software was updated without my permission (and since I don’t read it, I didn’t much care). If they could do that to the ESV without my say-so, then they can alter the Bible also.

Keep this in mind when choosing your Bible program. If worst comes to worst, I’ve also got a defunct Bible program that will be getting ZERO updates – Quickverse. Once upon a time, it was the gold standard of Bible programs – and Findex ran it into the ground.

Conclusion

I would recommend to all of my readers who are looking into buying premium Bible software and $60 is a stretch to buy it, consider Swordsearcher. It’s actually a fantastic piece of Bible software, very usable and configurable. There’s just one package for $60. Add ons are all third party, and of course, David Cloud offers for $30 an add on package for Swordsearcher –  the “Way of Life Encyclopedia” and “Things Hard to Be Understood”, a work I’d love to see expanded into a 5 volume set!