ipad pro 10.5 from WWDC 2017

WWJD at Apple WWDC 2017: Theotek Podcast #100

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.

ios 11 on ipad and iphone

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.

ipad pro 10.5 from WWDC 2017

Watch the video from YouTube and of course, subscribe to your YouTube channel if that’s your preferred way to enjoy Theotek Podcast. You can also scroll to the bottom of this post to listen to the audio version or click on our link in the menu to find out how to subscribe to the audio version.

Also, if you want to watch the full Apple WWDC 2017 Keynote address, here it is.

Summer Hiatus

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.

Bible Software Training: Theotek Podcast #099

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.

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Look for the Help menu in your Bible Software.

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.

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Go to the Logos Home page in the program and click the Question Mark in the upper right corner.

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.

Getting Fitness with Tech: Theotek Podcast #098

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!


Your Questions: Theotek Podcast #097

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.

samson q2u recording and podcasting pack

The other favorite thing is a Mic I’m reviewing. It’s the Samson Q2U Recording and Podcasting Pack. It’s a nice USB and XLR microphone with a useful stand and other accessories.

digital libraries

Digital Libraries in Bible Software: Theotek Podcast #096

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.

digital libraries

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.

Next, Wes talked about converting Kindle books to other formats. He uses a tool called Calibre to do this. Digital Trends hosts a useful tutorial on how to convert books using Calibre among other tools.

Favorite Things

kindle paperwhite

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.

Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500 Review: Powerful and Fast

mevo live streaming camera

Live Streaming Your Church: Theotek Podcast #095

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:

  • Facebook Live
  • Livestream
  • YouTube Live
  • Periscope
  • Twitch

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.

mevo live stream app

Our Favorite Things

For our favorite things this week, I talked about the Mevo camera.

mevo live streaming camera

Just a few more details about the camera:

  • Sony 4K Sensor.
  • 12.4 Megapixels.
  • 4K video resolution but streams at only 720p.
  • 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • 30fps streaming.
  • H.264 codec.
  • 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.

mevo boost accerssory

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.

BAGSMART Travel Universal Cable Organizer

BAGSMART Travel Universal Cable Organizer

Rick shared a slightly less expensive accessory. The BAGSMART Travel Universal Cable Organizer costs less than $19 and keeps all of your cables and adapters in order in a nice zipper pouch.


Theotek Extra: LaRosa Johnson Author and Bible Software Engineer

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.

You can watch the video above and if you do, please subscribe to our Theotek Podcast YouTube Channel.

Here’s a list of links to things we talked about in the interview:

  • LaRosa’s website where you can find all of his online content.
  • Devos.hiphop the devotional podcast where he takes a hip hop song and makes a devotional out of it.
  • LaRosa’s author page at Urban Scholar Books where you can get his great book Raw Material.
wordpress blogging site

Blogging Tips and Tools: Theotek Podcast #094

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:

wordpress blogging site

Some of the tools we’ve used to post to our blogs include:

  • Mars Edit for Mac
  • Windows Live Writer – now defunct but an open source version called Open Live Writer now exists for Windows.
  • WordPress app on iOS and Android
  • Your browser

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.

Blog consistently

Wes Allen’s site PainfullyHopeful.me

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.

Include Images

Photo credit: Unsplash on Pixabay.

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.

Don’t just throw up a picture. Give it an ALT tag. A post from Yoast Search Engine Optimization explains what an ALT image tag is and why it’s important.

Posts with images and videos show up better in searches. So try to include them.


Take Note of Note Taking Apps and Tools: Theotek Podcast 090

Do you use your iPad, iPhone, Android device or Windows tablet for digital note taking? Then we have the show for you! We discussed our tools and techniques for digital note taking in this edition of the Theotek Podcast.

Note taking is a very personal thing, so our crew shared their favorite apps and tools for taking notes. This includes everything from handwritten notes using the Apple Pencil, Surface Pen or a stylus, to typed notes and even some mind mapping. Watch the video below or scroll down to listen to the audio version at the bottom.

Note Taking Apps

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Notability on the iPad

The apps we use for taking handwritten notes mostly include the following:

antoine sketchnotes paper 53 visual note taking
A “sketchnote” of one of my sermons by Antoine Wright using Paper and Pencil from 53.

If you’re going to type your notes then consider …

Wes Allen mentioned a mind-mapping app called iThoughts. Mind-mapping takes your ideas and puts them down on paper or on the screen in a graphical way using shapes, arrows and lines. Think of a flow chart for ideas. Take a look at the iPad app in action in the video below. They offer a macOS version too.

The Best Stylus for Taking Notes

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Adonit Snap stylus is super thin

What’s the best stylus for taking notes. The first on all our lists is the Apple Pencil. It’s almost perfect. For Windows users, the Surface Pen’s just about as good.

pencil by fiftythree

In addition we like the following stylus options:

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The Adonit Snap button works as a camera shutter button too.

Adonit makes a bunch of these. The kind with the clear plastic disc at the end of the stylus doesn’t work that well, so we don’t recommend them. My personal favorites include the Pixel and Snap. The Snap looks like a carpenter’s pencil, much like the Pencil by 53 does. It has a button that doubles as a camera shutter button on both iPhone and Android. Both of these work with both iOS and Android.


We also talked about the wonderful artwork that Antoine Wright does when he takes notes. He calls them Sketchnotes and has a whole album of them on Flickr. Here’s the slide show of his beautiful notes.

antoine sketchnote

Theotek Extra Live at CES 2017

Antoine Wright went to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show and Wes Allen and I caught up with him during a Theotek Extra. These are shows outside or normal weekly podcast. We’ll have more Theotek Extras coming soon. Here’s the YouTube video.

change your password to ward off hackers

Tech New Years Resolutions: Theotek Podcast #089

Every year in January people make New Year’s Resolutions, and often break them by the end of the month. Still we do it.

Our team made some resolutions for our technology lives in the areas of general tech, church and Bible tech. We shared them in this week’s episode of the Theotek Podcast. Watch it below and please consider clicking on the YouTube link and subscribing to our YouTube channel.

Here are the tech resolutions we made and shared in this video.

Wes Allen’s Resolutions

Wes decided to switch his Bible reading app from the YouVersion Bible app back to Olive Tree’s Bible Reader. He likes it better and enjoys not getting a bunch of unnecessary notifications like who started or finished what reading plan. He could just turn off the Bible app notifications, but he also likes the way Bible Reader handles devotional readings.

wes allen openclipart.org images

The Adobe Capture CC app lets Wes capture an image and then turn it into a black and white image, which he then turns into clip art using his Apple Pencil to colorize or touch it up. So this year he’s going to share them on OpenClipart.org to share with others. You can find his uploads at the site.

For churches, Wes suggests they know their limitations and not try to do too much. Just because the big mega church uses the most expensive church database software or worship representation tool doesn’t mean we have to in our small churches.


LaRosa Johnson’s Resolutions

ipad pro apple pencil

We all talked about curbing the amount of tech we have in our lives. Since LaRosa just replaced his computer, tablet and watch with Apple products, he’s going to put the brakes on buying new expensive tech this year. His resolution is to made do with what he has and learn to use it more efficiently.

Our group suggested ways to meet this goal. Here’s out list of tips for remaining satisfied with what you have and avoiding shattering the tenth commandment:


  • Ask “What are you going to use it for” before buying new tech.
  • Does it improve your life in a real way that you can define?
  • If you can’t answer these two questions definitively, then definitively say no to new tech.
  • Another question to ask: Do I have something that will do this and if so why do I need this new item?
  • Have a friend who can say no to your buying to keep you accountable.

The second part of his is to figure out how to get most out of what you already have. Again, here’s a list of suggestions:

  • What are ways I can make better use of what I have?
  • Push to make them more useful by doing more with what you have.
  • Use software and apps you own and become more proficient with them, like the Scrivenor app in LaRosa’s case.

Third, LaRosa wants to also help others do more with their tech and software, specifically using Scrivener in his writing workflow.

wordpress.com is a great hosting site for simple websites

LaRosa wanted to suggest that churches take inventory of their online presence. He said something like this: if you’re church website looks like it did in the 90s, then get it updated. Wes chimed in suggesting that people use free or low-cost services that can help them make their site look more up to date, like WordPress.com or SquareSpace.com.

LaRosa then ended with the suggestion to share your sermons online using sites like YouTube or SoundCloud.

Antoine Wright’s Resolutions

Antoine doesn’t make resolutions, but thinks people need to just change behavior when they see need or learn to use new tools and skills as soon as they acquire them. However, some may like resolving to improve their lives at this time of year, so he still suggested some things we can do.

change your password to ward off hackers
Change your password to ward off hackers.

Like LaRosa, Antoine wants to emphasize helping others in two specific areas:

  • Remind people to change their passwords due to all hacking of site like Yahoo.
  • Keep your eyes on what’s coming in tech so you are ready for big shifts.

He also suggested that the people in the church branch out and get to know the rest of the body of Christ. We’re very parochial in our local congregations, in our denominations and connecting with other members of the body can help you grow in your appreciate for the whole church and for God’s people. As it relates to tech, we talked about using tech to experience new traditions even if we can’t leave our churches to worship with other believers on Sunday or Wednesdays.

Kevin Purcell’s Resolutions

I agreed with LaRosa about becoming more proficient with tech. I’m focusing on my Bible study software and other tools I already own. Lynda.com is one tool to help become more proficient with technology software and services.

My second commitment is to get organized and de-clutter my life by organizing and getting rid of gadgets I don’t use or need.

Related to the above notion of changing your password, which Antoine suggested, I talked about doing a tech security audit. Make sure your Wi-Fi passwords are good and secure and change them often. Protect your computers and especially your church’s membership data.

Rick Mansfield’s Resolutions

Rick joined us late since he was traveling home with his roller scooter after the holidays, but he reiterated the security suggestions and also plans to pare down his tech and simplify in the new year.

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