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Many times my students and friends ask me how to stop Logos from pasting in footnotes when they copy and paste Bible verses into their documents. Often times they will tell me that they have deselected “Include footnotes when copying” from the TOOLS / OPTIONS / GENERAL / INTERFACE menu, but it doesn’t solve the problem. The answer lies in the terminology. You need to understand the difference between footnotes and bibliographic references.
FOOTNOTES – refers to the inline footnotes contained in a Bible verse text (or any other text for that matter). When you deselect “Include footnotes when copying” it simply does not copy any cross references or footnotes contained in the pericope you are using.
Here is an example of footnotes:
1 Peter 1:23 (NASB95)
23 for you have been a born again b not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring c word of God.
a John 3:3; 1 Pet 1:3
b John 1:13
c Heb 4:12
 New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update. LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995.
This text from 1 Peter was pasted in fully formatted. The footnotes are included.
BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCE – refers to the reference giving the source of the actual quote. This is really the problem. Most people are asking me how to stop Logos from adding the bibliographic reference to what they are pasting. The confusion lies in the fact that Logos uses a literal footnote to add the bibliographic reference! In the example of 1 Peter 1:23 given above you will notice that the bibliographic reference is listed after the  at the end of the text that was pasted. To keep Logos from doing this, you need to MODIFY THE COPY AND PASTE STYLE Logos uses.
1. Select the COPY BIBLE VERSES icon in your system tray (this is the small black book icon).
2. Select the STYLE from the pull down menu that you want to change and click the CUSTOMIZE button to the right
3. Click the MODIFY button on the right side menu to see the options available to you
4. Make sure that “Include bibliographic reference” is NOT selected and then save the style.
Now, whenever you use this new copy and paste style, the bibliographic reference will be omitted from your entry.
New class offers new skills
I am very excited about a new class that I am going to be teaching at the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver starting in mid-November. We are going to begin a class that we are calling “Ministry Technologies.” This class will deal with various digital tools and technologies to deepen Bible Study, preaching and teaching, and improve outreach and communication.
Students will be taught to go deeper in their Bible study and research using the Libronix Digital Library System. This software has amazing new tools for examining the text and digging into the original languages in ways never before possible. These new electronic libraries contain hundreds of books, are completely portable (actually they are stored right in the student’s laptop computers) and can be searched in seconds. Research and textual studies that used to take hours or even days with paper books can now be done in minutes. This time savings can be put into making sermons and Bible classes more applicable and powerful.
In addition to Bible study and research skills, the students will be learning how to preach and teach using PowerPoint. This tool has been gaining ground over the last few years, with more and more preachers using it. But making the change from verbal communication skills to visual communication skills can be a challenge. We will help the students use imagery and presentations to reinforce the message rather than distract from the message. This skill can help members connect with the lessons by involving more senses and promotes active rather than passive listening.
New technologies to improve outreach will be examined in detail as students are exposed to website strategies as well as potential ministry uses for blogging and podcasting. These new tools are easier than ever to use and we are excited to be able to provide the students with hands-on experience with these powerful technologies.
I will be posting more about this class and these technologies in the near future. Stay tuned.