Logos.com is home to more than 46,000 Bible study resources, like commentaries, Bible dictionaries, systematic theologies, collected works, sermon archives, journals, lexicons, handbooks, devotionals, lectionaries, and more. And many of them can be enjoyed inside your Faithlife Study Bible. Here’s a quick explanation of how to do it.
The Lexham Bible Dictionary provides some of the more in-depth content you’ll find in the Faithlife Study Bible.
This icon indicates that the attached article is from the LBD:
The new batch of articles amounts to a total of 168,569 words. To put that in perspective, the median book length is 64,000 words. This update is more than twice as large.
Here are some of the most notable new articles:
- “Amarna Letters”
- “Alexander the Great”
- “Nero, Emperor, History of in the Primary Sources”
- “History of Israel, Post-Monarchic Period”
- “New Testament Theology”
- “Wisdom Literature”
- “Jonathan, Son of Saul”
- “History of Israel, Conquest to Monarchy”
- “Weights and Measures”
There are two different ways to find these articles, as well as many others like them:
1.) You’ll encounter them as you read the FSB on your mobile device, or at Bible.Faithlife.com.
Tap or click to reveal an LBD article whenever you see this icon:
2.) Or, if you’d like to read about something specific, open the Lexham Bible Dictionary using the “Resources” menu in the app. Just like a regular dictionary, the entries in a Bible dictionary are organized alphabetically. They are also connected to verses that mention those topics, so you can browse by topic or search by reference.
We are constantly adding to and updating the Lexham Bible Dictionary, so it will always feature the latest scholarship. It’s included when you download the Faithlife Study Bible app on your smartphone or tablet. Download it today, and you can enjoy the world’s most advanced Bible dictionary instantly!
You have a lot of control over your Faithlife Group’s privacy settings. Use this guide to get your group’s privacy settings tuned exactly right.
Group privacy levels
When you create a new Faithlife Group, you can choose between three different privacy levels. At any time, group administrators or moderators (more on what those roles entail in a minute) may change the group’s status.
Open—Anyone can find the group. New members can join immediately. Best used for churches or other groups that are open to new members at all times.
Closed—Anyone can find the group. New members must be approved before joining. Best used for small/home/community/connection/cell groups (or whatever else you might call them) that are only open to new members at certain times of the year.
Secret—Only members can find the group. New members must be invited. Best for groups that are not open to new membership like support or addiction-recovery groups. I also recommend that the church leadership team collaborate inside a secret group.
Faithlife Groups offer five levels of accessibility that you can adjust to suite your needs.
- Administrators create the group and promote moderators to manage the group details.
- Moderators maintain the group. Moderators must first join as members, and then be promoted by an administrator.
- Members are invited specifically in secret groups, but otherwise anyone can join at this level.
- Followers are interested in the group, but aren’t members. Many groups only allow followers to reply to posts, not create entirely new posts.
- Observers are like followers, except they maintain anonymity. Observer identities are not revealed, even to the group administrator.
You can also disable the lowest two permission levels using check boxes if you don’t expect to use them.
Notice the vertical black line on each slider. These are the default privacy settings, marked so that you can return to them should you wish. You can, of course, drag the slider left or right to tune the privacy settings to suit your group’s needs and culture. I administrate several Faithlife groups, and here’s how I prefer to set the user permissions:
Faithlife.com is the digital home for your faith community. It’s free to join and invite others. Tools like prayer lists, reading plans, Community Notes, and group newsletters make it easier than ever to communicate, collaborate, and fellowship around the Word of God. Join today at Faithlife.com.
It just got easier for faith communities of all types and sizes to communicate important information—Faithlife.com now supports newsletters.
Group administrators, look for the “Newsletters” tab in the menu and you’ll find this new feature. It will be empty, since you haven’t sent any newsletters yet. Look for the “Send a newsletter” button on the right.
Clicking this button will lead you to the newsletter editor, which offers a handful of style options and content pods. Choose from text, members, and events.
- Text: The most straightfoward way to add your content. Good for devotionals and general announcements.
- Members: Highlights the Faithlife profile of a group member. Good for introducing new members, new leaders, or indicating who’s bringing snacks to small group next week.
- Events: Easily links all the details from a group event. No need to retype everything—two clicks and you’ll have it all loaded and ready.
When you’ve finished building your newsletter, send it from either the group or your personal account. If someone isn’t getting your newsletters, ask them to check their account settings. If they have unchecked the newsletters box for email notifications, they won’t receive your newsletters.
Start using the newsletters feature to communicate with your group today!
Get ready for your hectic summer schedule with a reading plan that keeps you organized. We have lots of predefined reading plans to choose from, and you can even build your own custom plans. Here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know:
Look for the pod labeled “Today’s Readings” and click the “Add” link. Choose from a list of reading plans labeled by duration and topic. For example:
- 10 Days on Freedom
- 7 Days on Perseverance
- The Bible Story in 30 Days
In the app
In the four-pane Home screen, tap the plus icon next to “Daily Readings.” You can begin a private reading plan or read along with a Faithlife group.
Review all your notes, documents, prayer lists, and reading plans in one place. You can see the details of each and share your documents with others.
Custom reading plans
Logos desktop users can build a completely custom reading plan to enjoy themselves or share with a group. It’s easy, but we created a step-by-step tutorial to make it even easier.
What reading plans are you using this summer? Let us know in comments.
You may have noticed an update last week to the Faithlife app on your iOS device. It was a big one. For a long time, we’ve been working on a read-along feature that allows you to listen to Scripture as well as read it through the Faithlife app. It works with the Lexham English Bible New Testament, and we plan to enable it for additional resources in the future.
How to unlock audio on Faithlife
How to find the read-along feature
- Open the Faithlife app.
- Open the Lexham English Bible.
- In Read mode, swipe down on the New Testament text to reveal the toolbar.
- Tap the speaker icon in the top right corner.
- Lean back and enjoy!
Android users and Logos desktop users should see the same update coming very soon. We’d love to hear from you about how you plan to use the read-along feature. Let us know in comments.
Note-taking has many benefits. It helps you focus your attention. Studies have shown that note-takers retain more of what they hear. If you’re still using pen and paper and you want fewer ink stains on your clothes, we have good news for you: Faithlife notes are just as powerful and elegant as Logos notes.
Here’s a rundown of what they can do.
Connect to a selection or reference
Long-press in your mobile app to highlight a portion of text—you’ll have the option to either highlight or make a note. You’ll never run out of space, which can’t be said of taking notes in the margins of your paper Bible. Write as much as you like, and then connect your notes to a reference or Scripture selection. If your note pertains to more than a single verse or defies normal chapter/verse divisions, you’ll likely want to use the selection option.
You can choose to keep your notes private, or share them with the Faithlife community so everyone can benefit from your study. After all, we learn best when we learn together. (Click to tweet)
Stored on the cloud
Your notes are kept safely in your own corner of our server, so they’re available on all your devices, all the time. Even if you made a note on your computer using Logos, it’s visible on your mobile device in the Faithlife app. No downloading required. You can see all your notes in one place at Documents.Logos.com.
Organize into documents
To keep myself a bit more organized, I’ve organized my notes by book of the Bible. You might choose to organize your notes another way—perhaps by subject (notes about forgiveness) or venue (notes from church.)
Export & print
Using Logos 5, you can quickly export or print an entire document of notes. This is especially helpful if you’re preparing to preach or teach. Make notes in your app as you read throughout the week; when you sit down for more focused study, your notes are all together. You could conceivably write your own commentary using Logos’ notes feature. If you do that, call us. We want to hear about it.
If you’d like to learn more about Logos’ notes, check out some of these posts.
- Set New Defaults for Note Text by Morris Proctor
- Make Faithlife Yours by Jack Chambers
- Note File Split View by Morris Proctor
The Lexham Bible Dictionary, the world’s most advanced Bible dictionary, is getting bigger and better.
Buying a Bible dictionary is usually like buying a computer. As soon as you get it home, it’s already out of date. Words printed on physical paper are locked in place. As new scholarship, new resources, and new discoveries emerge, your Bible dictionary remains unchanging—static.
But not the Lexham Bible Dictionary.
We’re excited to announce the addition of 58 new articles from scholars like:
The Lexham Bible Dictionary and Faithlife Study Bible are constantly being updated to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information possible.
This new update adds over 150,000 words, making the Lexham Bible Dictionary over 1.7 million words total. The update includes entries covering topics like:
- Why the New Testament is called the “New Testament”—covered in “New Testament, Title of”
- The Qumran Community, which many scholars claim penned many of the Dead Sea Scrolls
- The Rule of the Community—an important sectarian manuscript from the Dead Sea Scrolls
- Gnosticism, an early heretical movement
- A brief history of biblical interpretation
- The books once contained in the Bible that no longer are
- The time between the Old and New Testaments, covered in “Intertestamental Period”
- The ancient book known as Testament of Abraham
How can I find Lexham Bible Dictionary articles?
Here’s one easy way. As you’re reading Scripture in your Faithlife Study Bible app, you may see an icon in line with the study notes, like the one below next to the word “Parousia” at 2 Peter 3:4.
That icon indicates that a Lexham Bible Dictionary article on this topic is available. The article happens to be one of the new ones. When you click it, the article shows up over the notes pane, on the bottom half of your screen.
And, of course, the Lexham Bible Dictionary currently comes completely free with the Faithlife Study Bible. Whether you’re downloading the Faithlife Study Bible for the first time or getting the update, you’re not paying a dime for this tool. The work of the world’s leading scholars is at your fingertips.
We know how important prayer is to your spiritual growth, both as an individual and as part of a community of faith. That’s why we created the prayer widget for your Faithlife groups. It’s an easy way to stay connected with your group members—to know who and what to pray for.
If you are an admin of a group, here’s how to add the prayer widget:
1. Go to your group settings. Click “Sidebar”; you’ll see all the widgets that are available for your group. Drag “Prayer Request” to your list of active widgets, and place it in the widget order you prefer.
If you’re a member of a group that already has the prayer widget, making a prayer request is easy.
2. Click “Connect” to have prayer requests be visible on your group page.
3. After the prayer widget is live, click “Add” on the prayer widget to add your prayer.
4. Give your prayer request a title, and, if you want, add more detail to what you’re asking people to pray for.
5. Click “Schedule” to determine when and how often you want people to pray for you.
6. Click “Save” and you’re done. Your prayer request is now live to everyone in your group.
Group members can click the prayer request to see it, and then click “Praying.”
Grow closer with your Faithlife group today by adding and using the prayer widget.