Dr. Kevin Purcell is pastor of High Peak Baptist Church, an author and writer at Christian Computing Magazine, GottaBeMobile.com and Notebooks.com. He also runs the Theotek Podcast found at www.Theotek.com
The following video comes from Talks at Google and includes what I consider one of the most eloquent and cogent arguments for life and for discussing the pro-life/pro-choice debate with civility and grace instead of anger and combativeness.
Her book Love Unleashes Life looks quite interesting. On her website she explains where the title came from. She was travelling in Romania and met a newly born girl who was never held, loved or shown any attention and she was “blank” and “flat” emotionally. When Stephanie’s mother picked up the baby and started to show tangible love, the child woke up after a time and care. And she said the idea that her mother’s love released the child from a prison of isolation. “Love unleashes life!”
Our team talked about the Apple WWDC 2017 in our 100th episode of the Theotek Podcast. WWDC stands for World Wide Developer Conference and at this event Apple reveals their new plans for iOS and macOS as well as other interesting tidbits. It’s for developers, but a lot consumer-focused information often hits the newswire after the keynote event that opens the conference.
In this episode we talk about tvOS, which powers the Apple TV, as well as watchOS 4 for the Apple Watch. Then we discussed macOS High Sierra and MacBook Pros, iMacs and iMac Pros powered by the new updated operating system. Next, we discussed iOS 11, the new operating system that will run iPhones and iPads. Apple revealed a new iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch screen so we all discussed that as well. Finally, we covered the new HomePod Sierra speaker coming out this year just in time for Christmas.
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Also, if you want to watch the full Apple WWDC 2017 Keynote address, here it is.
We’re taking a summer hiatus. We might do some Theotek Extra Podcasts, but there won’t be a regular Theotek Podcast with Wes, Rick, LaRosa, Antoine or Kevin until August. Our relaunch will likely take place in August or September.
If you’re a Bible software user, then you’ll want world-class training on how to use your software like a master. We’ll give you advice on how to best improve your skills and learn to use whatever program you prefer whether it’s a Bible software program on Windows, Mac or an app on your smartphone or tablet.
We started out talking about getting training direct from the software maker’s website. For example, head over to the Accordance Bible Software website to find their large college of podcast, visual training offerings and even webinars or live seminars in your area. Other sites have them as well so go to your program’s website and look for a support link or training link.
Your next stop should be the company’s support forums, if they have one. For example, one of the most active forums for a Bible software company comes from the Logos Community. You’ll find an active collection of users ready to help out quickly. They get a little prickly if you complain about Logos, but they do like to help new users. Accordance has a good community too. Many of the others offer one as well.
If you can’t find the help you need or just want to learn more, then check out the in-software help files. They will open a great set of help files in most of the packages. Rick bragged that Accordance won an award for their in-app help system.
It’s not as easy to find the in-software help in Logos. If you click the Help menu button on a Mac, you’ll find nothing. It’s only there to conform to macOS menu standards. They should make it link to their help online or something. Instead click on the Home button in the upper left and then click on the Question Mark in the upper right. See the screenshot above.
Another good place to look for help on Bible software is third-party sites like Udemy, which has a great set of Logos Help videos for a low price. If you use Logos, look into the Logos official trainer’s Morris Proctor Seminars for help. They’re not cheap, but he’s talented. There’s also LearnLogos.com.
Finally, ask us. We like to help viewers and listeners. We’re busy guys, but enjoy helping out when we can so send us an email using the contact info in our page about the Theotek Contributors.
Our team all uses tech of some kind to track fitness and such. We’ll talk about what we use to get fit, stay fit and track our health from fitness tracking watches to apps for calorie counters and devices we connect to our phones for keeping diabetes in check, at least for two of us.
Sorry, no show notes with links. Just had to get this one up and it’s been really busy as ministry happens!
We take questions from our viewers and listeners in this week’s episode of the Theotek Podcast. We won’t list them or anything, so just watch the video below to enjoy those.
Our Favorite Things
I had two favorite things this week. The first is my new Samsung Chromebook Plus. I’ve got a full review over at GottaBeMobile.com. I love this Chromebook, partly for the great hardware quality and for the S Pen feature. You can use it as a tablet and take notes with a fine tip.
With the huge libraries of books available today in Bible software and eBook readers, some people now own massive libraries. Is this a good idea?
In this episode of the Theotek Podcast, we talked about that and shared reasons to avoid it as well as tips for what to do if you already own a lot of eBooks in Kindle or in your digital library of Bible software.
There’s also a few ways to convert eBooks so you don’t get stuck with books in a format you can’t use anymore because the program goes away like the old Pradis software. This includes making Kindle books from Bible software book and converting Kindle books to a less proprietary DRM-laden format. We even get a workflow for converting papers books to digital library books using a scanner and cutting the binding off books at Kinkos or other office supply stores.
Convert Digital Libraries – To and From
We mentioned a few things in the Podcast. First, here’s the link for exporting Logos books to Kindle using the Send to Kindle printer driver. You could adapt this to work with any books in any Bible software although it may not work as easily as this system found in the Logos user community forums.
Speaking of Kindle, we shared our favorite things and Antoine picked the Kindle Paperwhite ($120) as his. He likes to use it for distraction free reading. He also mentioned using a paper Bible, something Rick agreed is a good way to do your devotions.
I shared the Christian Standard Bible or CSB translation as one of mine. You can buy paper copies of it or get the free CSBible app for iOS and Android. It’s also online. Accordance Bible Software published the digital book first, followed by Olive Tree. WORDsearch will offer it soon for free to all users. Logos will release it April 5. I’m not sure about other software companies plans.
Rick’s favorite thing was his new Logitech 922x Webcam, which he used to podcast with in this episode. Get it for under $90 at Amazon.
Fujitsu Scanner for Converting Paper Books to Digital Libraries
The Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500 does a great job of scanning books once the user cuts the spine off the book. Scan with any sheet fed double-sided scanner, like the Fujitsu. Here’s my review of this great scanner from Notebooks.com.
We do a live streaming podcast each week at Theotek Podcast so we thought we’d talk about whether a church should stream their services live each week. Then, we got into the best reasons to live stream and where to do it. Finally, we looked at the Mevo from LiveStream, which streams in high quality to Facebook Live and LiveStream. The company just announced a service which will live stream to YouTube as well.
Live Stream with Mevo
The Mevo camera that I mentioned in the podcast offers a great way to stream to Facebook Live and other services. The free version of the service only works with Facebook Live and LiveStream, but a paid service that costs $10/month just opened up. It streams to the following:
It claims to do this at the same time. I’ve not tried it out yet, so I can’t say how well it works streaming to all five sites. I have tested it on my Facebook page and it worked well considering I don’t yet fully get how to use the software.
The Mevo streaming app runs only on iOS right now. They may come out with an Android version.
Our Favorite Things
For our favorite things this week, I talked about the Mevo camera.
Just a few more details about the camera:
Sony 4K Sensor.
4K video resolution but streams at only 720p.
16:9 aspect ratio.
Dual analog mics with 65db signal to noise ratio.
Streams audio in 8kHz to 192kHz at 8/10/12 bits.
Inputs for audio via iPhone.
Only works with iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi in either Access Point mode, which then streams through the iPhone or iPad’s LTE network connection or over Wi-Fi through your local network’s connection to the Internet.
Bluetooth 4.0 used only for configuring the camera.
Up to 1 hour battery life.
100Mbps over Ethernet if you get the Mevo Boost attachment which costs $249.99 and adds a USB charger and lifts the camera 6.18-inches and adds up to 10 hours of battery life.
There’s a bundle that buyers can get that includes the camera, the Mevo Boost and a case for carrying. It costs $699.97. You can get a $50 off coupon if you use this link.
LaRosa Johnson works for Olive Tree Bible Software helping them publish content and working on making it one of the best Bible apps on Android and iOS. He’s also one of our Theotek Podcast co-hosts. We talked about his personal life, professional life and the projects he’s working on outside of his work in the Bible software industry, which focuses on teaching scripture in creative ways.
Do you want to start a blog? Do you have something to say? Blogging offers a great outlet for ministers who want to share their ministry with the world or communicate directly with their church members outside of regular worship services or church meetings. No matter why you want to write on the Internet, we’ll share what we’ve learned after decades of combined blogging experience between our four co-hosts in this week’s episode of the Theotek Podcast. Watch it below or listen using the player at the bottom of this post.
In this week’s episode we mentioned a few tools. Here’s the list of places to put your blog online:
The following tips will help you to stay successful as a blogger.
Be Specific in Subject and Stay With It
Even if that topic is you and your ministry, stay with it. If you choose to blog about Bible verses you’re studying and build an audience of people who want to read your posts about Bible passages, then throwing in a post about your favorite football team or politics might turn people off.
Some bloggers start making it clear that they will post about all sorts of topics. Then the subject is their opinions. If that’s what you want, great! Make it clear from the start.
On Theotek we put out about one post a week. Wes Allen posts almost every day on his blog PainfullyHopeful.me. Don’t go weeks or months without a post. People will lose interest and start ignoring when you finally do post.
Not everyone agrees with this, but most successful blogs include images or even embedded videos. Most of the blogging software we mentioned above works fine with these media forms including JPG, YouTube Videos, Vimeo Videos, GIF and animated GIF and more.
Pastors and ministers can make use of their sermon series’ and bible studies by turning those into an eBook. They might have a devotional book they want to use to disciple their congregation or a small group. Whatever you want to put out there in digital written format you can do with an eBook. We discussed how to make an eBook in this podcast with special guest Kathy Mansfield, wife of our co-host Rick Mansfield and a talented children’s eBook publisher and author.
In the podcast we referred to Kathy Mansfield’s author page on Amazon. Be sure to check it out and get some of her books, especially if you work with young kids or have some in the home. You can also find Kathy at her website And a Poem, which she explained in the podcast, so be sure to listen below or watch it above. That’s also her official Twitter author account.
Kathy was a school librarian for 26 years and now serves as the state library consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education.
Tools for Making an eBook
We discussed a bunch of tools that help people make eBooks. Here’s the list…
Pixabay – a great site for free, public creative commons photos you can use in your projects.
Create Space – the site used by handling eBook publishing via Amazon’s website and eBook store.
DIY Book Formats – a great site to help you learn how to create eBooks and how to format them for publishing.
APE by Guy Kawasaki – I mentioned this book by former Apple Computer evangelist Guy Kawasaki who has published a bunch of eBooks.