People who know me know that I am a pencil and paper guy. I like to take notes in a Moleskine, and prefer reading from actual books I can open and close. I don't own a Kindle or an iPad (for now). It's not that one way is better than another, I just work better with pencil and paper. But even I understand the great benefit of a strong Bible software program to help in study and research. A few years ago I stepped into Logos Bible Software (3.0) and was greatly helped by the resources and the speed at which I could work. Well, Logos 5 has dropped and it is blowing me away, making me more of a user than I had been previously.
If you're unfamiliar, Logos Bible Software 5 is a high-end desktop app that helps people study the Bible in highly customizable ways. Logos digs deep into the Bible and hundreds of books with fast, precise searches, rich original language tools, and a smart theological library. It runs on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Android.
I use Logos as a part of my sermon prep. After reading the passage and sketching out my thoughts in my Moleskine, I fire up Logos and enter the passage into the engine. Here's what I'm working on this week.
From commentaries, to original language tools, to Systematic Theology, and history, I have searchable helps that are immediately accessible. I'm still learning the ropes with 5.0, but find it to be easy to use. I am now directing more of my "book budget" toward adding resources for use in Logos.
For those looking for Bible software, I highly recommend Logos 5. If you are a current Logos user and are wondering about upgrading, please see this note in the Logos forums that answers some questions that came up with the release of 5.0.