Logos is one of the best investments I have ever made. It has been an incredible resource for my own growth, learning, seminary studies, and ministry.
This post is written for those who have already decided they want to get into Logos. If you’re still on the fence, read why you should buy Logos.
My journey with Logos began with several questions such as:
- What base package(s) should I buy?
- Which resources are a must-have?
- What is the most cost-effective way to get into Logos?
I write from the perspective of having been in vocational ministry for over 10 years and as an MDiv student. My input is likely best suited for those in ministry and/or seminary.
While not comprehensive, this buyer’s guide aims to provide some direction so you can decide which route into Logos is best for you.
Buy a Base Package
The most cost-effective route into Logos is with a base package. Why?
💰📚 Discounted Resources + ✨ Features
According to Logos, base packages save you 90% compared to purchasing books and features individually.
Initially, I thought base packages were overpriced and full of resources I would never use. However, I have since learned that while there may be resources you do not foresee using, they also include resources you want at a steep discount. You can buy Logos resources a la carte, but I can almost guarantee you will overspend. Worst case: you pay for the resources you want and get hundreds of others thrown in at no extra cost. Base packages are the most cost-effective way of getting the resources you want.
While having your resources in digital form is awesome, having features, workflows, and datasets which further utilize them is even better. I love writing my sermons and being able to quickly highlight and organize my notes right inside of Logos. The ability to do searches across your entire library is unbelievable. Imagine having a research assistant who can comb through your entire library and bring you every resource relevant to a particular topic or Bible passage you are interested in learning more about in a matter of seconds. That research assistant has a name in Logos: Factbook.
The most recent version of Logos introduces new features and improves others: sermon builder, factbook, counseling guide, and dark mode.
Which Base Package Should You Buy?
Ultimately, there are two questions you need to answer:
- What resources and features do you want?
- What is your budget?
An important principle to keep in mind: Logos is only as useful as the resources you have inside of it. At the risk of stating the obvious, if you want access to top commentaries, lexicons, and Bible dictionaries, you need to get them in there.
When I first purchased Logos in 2009, I bought an entry-level package and expected it to somehow perform exegetical magic. I eventually realized that Logos isn’t going to magically revolutionize your study of the Bible simply by buying any package. You need to know what you want Logos to do for you and ensure you are getting the tools to accomplish your desired task.
Here are the base packages I recommend you consider…
Forgive the pun, but this package is the gold standard and offers incredible value to anyone in vocational ministry. Starting with Gold and up, you get every feature Logos offers. This package is going to be a great fit for many ministry leaders, pastors, and seminarians as it provides fantastic resources for Biblical studies, preaching, exegesis, and theology. NDBT is a standard text for any course in Biblical Theology and the Pillar NT Commentary series edited by D.A. Carson is first-rate. Some package highlights include:
- The Pillar NT Commentary series (17 vols.)
- New Dictionary of Biblical Theology (NDBT)
- Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
- The New American Commentary series (43 vols.)
- The IVP Bible Background Commentary OT/NT and IVP Pocket Reference Series
If you are pursuing an MDiv or doing original language studies, this is the package you want. This package includes all of the L9 Gold features and resources but also adds more technical commentaries, original language resources, as well as advanced dictionaries, and theological studies resources. BHS and NA28 are the standard Hebrew and Greek texts. The revered IVP Dictionaries are legendary. Some notable resources in this package include:
- IVP Bible Dictionary Series (8 Vols.)
- The New International Greek Testament Commentary (13 vols.)
- NA28 - Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament, with Critical Apparatus
- BHS - Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia with Apparatus
- Contours of Christian Theology (9 vols.)
This package is premium yet offers tremendous value. It builds on top of L9 Platinum by doubling the number of Biblical commentaries and dramatically expanding your original language resources. The Exegetical Summary Series and the Lexham Research Commentaries are among the first resources I consult when studying a passage. BDAG is the best lexicon for the Greek New Testament. Package highlights include:
- BDAG: A Greek–English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd ed.
- Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture Complete Set (29 vols.)
- Exegetical Summary Series (34 vols.)
- Lexham Research Commentaries (20 vols.)
- International Critical Commentary Series (63 vols.)
- Charles Spurgeon Collection
A Word to Seminary Students
Most seminary students I know are not flush with cash and do not have a book budget like some pastors. Many work multiple jobs and have to take on loans simply to get through seminary. Access to a resource like Logos is a privilege.
If you are in a position to consider investing in Logos: Do it.
If you will be purchasing textbooks for your courses, why not buy them in Logos and take all of your class notes inside Logos so that you can easily reference them for decades to come? It may be tempting to say that you will wait to invest in Bible software after you graduate, but I am convinced that there is no better time to learn how to leverage Bible software than while you are in seminary.
With the right resources in Logos, you will save yourself significant time and energy in the library that could free you up to spend more time with those you love. Further, you will develop proficiency with the software that will dramatically benefit your ministry upon graduation as you do sermon prep, counseling, personal study, and more.
Seminary Student Base Package Recommendation
Knowing cost-effectiveness is a premium for students, I suggest grabbing the following:
Don’t forget to sign up for the Logos Academic Discount! This will get you 30% off of base packages and up to 50% off of essential academic resources.
Take Advantage of Sales
Logos has historically offered sales throughout the year, including a back-to-school sale in August. Many of the resources I consider must-have are part of the base packages I listed above. Here are some others I suggest adding to your Logos wish list and grabbing them when discounted:
- BDAG/HALOT Bundle
- Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
- Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
- An Introduction to the New Testament
- New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis
- Reformed Dogmatics (Herman Bavinck)
Buy the best package you can afford. Because of dynamic pricing, you can always upgrade to a higher package later without losing any money since you only pay for what’s new to you.
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