This sermon was delivered during the Coronavirus “stay at home” order, and so was conducted virtually as we held our services over Zoom.
Gethsemane: Prelude to the Cross (Mark 14:32-42)
CrossWay Community Church
March 29th, 2020
The following is part 3 in a 3-part series on Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books) — follow this link to see the other posts from this series.
Admittedly, it’s not abnormal for Logos’ prices on individual books to be more expensive than, say, its price Amazon or other book retailers. (Part of this is due to that fact that, as I’ve said, when you’re buying a Logos book you’re not just buying the book, as you would elsewhere, but a book that’s been enhanced by their team for integration in Logos’ program and its functionalities.)
Nonetheless, Logos frequently runs sales–and every few months they even put out some really good sales. Moreover, if you buy your books in their bundles, you can save some money in the long run. Specifically, if you can afford to purchase a package, that’s one of the best ways to get a load of books at a significantly discounted rate per book.
Finally, when you build your library in Logos using their bundled, discounted packages, you’ll likely find your library to be far larger than it would have been otherwise if you had built it merely by purchasing physical books one at a time–or even set by set. The way Logos is built on packages, which supply a well-rounded assortment of resources, you’ll find your library to be much fuller and complete than it would have been otherwise.
The following is part 2 in a 3-part series on Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books) — follow this link to see the other posts from this series.
Among book-lovers, to suggest the supposed “benefits of ebooks (e.g., Logos Bible Software) over physical books” is to utter fightin’ words! People’s opinion on this topic can be rather strong.
So a little bit of backstory…
I use to own a lot more physical books than I do currently. When I was in seminary, I didn’t have a lot of money to buy books. But over time, I slowly and steadily gathered more and more books. I would get a lot of books from people giving them away for free. Add to that the amount of books I would check out from the library every semester for classes, and our small little apartment soon became overcrowded with books. I ran out of space. Soon I began keeping stacks of books on the dining room table (our only table, mind you), and keeping them in my closet next to my clothes!
I began to question whether this was the route I wanted to go. I knew I would likely have a decent amount of moves ahead of me; and I already new from new past moves that moving (and reorganizing and reshelving) boxes of books is no fun.
Now I already owned Logos Bible Software from back in my days in Bible college, where they had us buy it. And so I had some experience using electronic books, and the power of this particular program. So after much thinking, after several months of weighing the pros and the cons, I decided to go all in with Logos. I sold a bunch of my physical books, and used the profits as funds for transferring my library over to Logos’ system.
And I’m glad I did. The benefits have been great.
Before I outline those benefits though, I feel like it’s important say, “I’m not against physical books.” I agree; there’s just something about holding an actual book in your hands that you don’t have when reading a book electronically (#nostalgia). And I’m also aware of the advantages in comprehension and retention in reading physical books in comparison to ebooks. So that all needs to be considered as you weigh things.
But all that notwithstanding, I have found the benefits of Logos to outweigh any of its detriments (for me).
In this episode, Kirk and Mark Ward unpack the doctrine of scripture’s perspicuity–that is, it’s clarity. The doctrine of scripture’s perspicuity was central to the convictions of the Protestant Reformation; and it’s a doctrine that is just as important today in light of contemporary challenges. Not only so, but it provides a wellspring of encouragement for our Christian lives.