If you regularly study the Bible—whether for preaching, teaching, or discipleship—you should take a look at Logos Bible Software. It’s a substantial financial investment, to be sure. But it’s a great way to upgrade your biblical and theological studies!
(Logos is an affiliate partner of Anglican Compass, and from now until June 15, you can get 15% off any Logos 9 Base Package.)
My journey with Logos
I first invested in a Logos “base package” (Anglican Silver) back in November 2018, because I wanted to use Logos to access Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics and Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s complete works for the sake of my Ph.D. dissertation.
I bought an Anglican base package as well, because:
- you need a certain level of Logos base package to unlock all of the ways resources can interact with each other (otherwise, it’s just like having a library of e-books), and
- I wanted to use the Anglican resources to help me in my role as Managing Editor of Anglican Compass!
So, I’ve mainly used Logos as a Ph.D. student and as your friendly neighborhood Anglican research assistant. I won’t bore you with the Barth and Bonhoeffer stuff here, though, so let’s focus on my Anglican use cases.
Logos for Anglicans
I was specifically interested in using Logos for Anglican research, writing, editing (fact-checking drafts, adding quotes, etc.), and answering readers’ questions. It’s been a wonderful tool for all of those purposes, especially the last one!
Thanks to Logos’s Factbook and Collections features, it’s very easy to get up to speed on any topic, person, or question quickly! And having access to the Facebook tool even on my iPad and iPhone was one of the major reasons I upgraded to Logos 9 when it released last October.
My two favorite custom Collections are my “Dictionaries and Encyclopedias” and “Anglican” ones. I will very frequently search the heading texts in these collections for things like “Richard Hooker” or “infant baptism” to quickly find works in my library that devote a section or entry to the topic I’m looking for.
My favorite Logos Anglican resources
These are my top 10 most used Anglican resources on Logos!
- The Study of Anglicanism
- The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (not just an Anglican resource, but it contains a ton of Anglican information!)
- The Prayer Book Dictionary
- The Book of Common Prayer Collection, as well as Brian Cummings’s excellent critical edition of the 1549, 1559, and 1662 BCPs.
- To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism
- The Faith We Confess: An Exposition of the Thirty-Nine Articles
- The Anglican Tradition: A Handbook of Sources
- Praying Shapes Believing: A Theological Commentary on the Book of Common Prayer
- Our Anglican Heritage: Can an Ancient Church Be a Church of the Future?
- The Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer: A Worldwide Survey
Logos for Bible study
It’s right there in the name: “Bible” software. Logos’s main strength is in how it helps you dive into the text of Scripture! Just check out the following Logos features for a taste of the different kinds of Bible study tools that are available.
Logos for preachers
I’ve also used Logos for sermon prep, but I’m only an occasional preacher these days, not a weekly one. Nevertheless, it’s still saved me a bunch of time while preparing sermons!
If you’ve ever had a bunch of Bible commentaries spread out on your desk, trying to flip through them at random as you cobble together your sermon, then I’d say the price of Logos is probably worth it just for the streamlined commentary access alone! Specifically, the Passage Guide feature can be a life-saver whenever you’re taking a closer look at a biblical passage.
I’m sure that, if I preached more regularly, I would also use the Sermon Manager, since you can set it to follow the Revised Common Lectionary. (I wish it were easier to set it to the ACNA Lectionary, but more on that later.)
I also still need to give the Sermon Builder and Preaching Mode a try. I usually write my sermon manuscripts in Ulysses and then either preach from a hard copy or from a PDF on my iPad. But I can definitely see the benefits of putting together notes and manuscripts in Logos itself. Upgrades to sermon prep and preaching features were a major focus in Logos 9.
How Logos could be even better for Anglicans…
Just in case Faithlife and Logos are listening, here are my 6 suggestions for how Logos could be made even better, specifically for Anglicans! (And, ahem, I’d gladly come on staff as an Anglican resource consultant!)
- We need a “Book of Common Prayer” tool that makes it easy to compare, contrast, and browse all of the different BCPs in Logos.
- The same thing goes for a Lectionary tool—something that’s more robust than the current reading plans tool and that’s focused on all of the lectionaries that are already available in Logos.
- It would be fantastic to be able to easily pray the Daily Office within the Logos app. I’m thinking something like dailyoffice2019.com, but that can pull in more than just the 2019 BCP Daily Office.
- Speaking of the 2019 Book of Common Prayer, we need a Logos Research Edition of this available ASAP! Same goes for the Daily Office Lectionary and Sunday/Holy Day Lectionary in the 2019 BCP.
- The sooner this 22-volume collection of classic resources on the Thirty-Nine Articles could come out, the better! (Y’all, go place bids on this so that Logos will produce the resource ASAP!)
- Brian Cummings’s excellent critical edition of the 1549, 1559, and 1662 Books of Common Prayer needs its footnotes tagged so that they’re clickable!
Bottom line: Give Logos a look!
At the end of the day, the cost of Logos Bible Software means that isn’t for everyone. But, if you’re looking to make a solid investment in your biblical and theological studies, Logos is well worth considering!
(Logos Bible Software is an affiliate partner of Anglican Compass, and from now until June 15, you can get 15% off any Logos 9 Base Package.)