Okay, so updating this site with the latest Theotek podcast episodes, jumped way down the priority list. But here’s episode 15 in video (below) and audio form (at bottom). Theotek Podcast #015: Getting Social – YouTube Video Let’s start with the episode 15 from two weeks ago. We had a great discussion about social media and the church. In the end we came up with what we’re calling the Social Media 5 Commandments for Christians. Here’s the video… 5 Commandments of Social Media for Christians In this episode Antoine Wright and I came up with the following 5 Commandments for Social Media. Honor […]
Last fall Faithlife, formerly Logos Bible Software, not only changed their corporate name but released a huge update to Logos 6. Now they’ve fixed some bugs and added a few minor features bringing the latest release to Logos 6.1. With this release, customers can now update to the version six display engine for free. What’s New in Logos 6.1 Update The upgrade from 5 to 6 brought a ton of new features. (see the video below for a demo of new features in Logos 6) However, the Logos 6.1 update brings just a few. Here’s what’s new in this Logos 6.1 […]
Have you seen the blue/white dress phenomena that grabbed the Internet by storm last week? We don’t discuss that on our podcast (listen above), except for a moment at the beginning. Instead, on this week’s Theotek Podcast, we talk about a few interesting topics including the following (after the video below) Visual Sermon Notes – a recent Baptist Press article talked about a pastor who creates preaching notes that look like a doodle instead of a list of points with text. Our own Antoine Wright does this all the time. We discussed his use of this and mind mapping. Here’s the […]
More and more people want to study their Bible using a computer or tablet. That used to mean installing complicated Bible study software, but now we’ve got some incredible online Bible study sites that let us do more than just search and read the Bible. These 6 sites include commentaries, simple original language study, and digital Bible markup. Here’s got part two of this list of the 6 best online Bible study sites. The earlier post included… BibleStudyTools.com BibleHub.com Biblia.com from Logos. Here’s the last three of our 6 best online Bible study tools including my pick for the best online Bible study site. Blue […]
Writing in the margins of your Bible makes it your own. We can’t do that digitally, but we can attach notes to the Bible and they are more powerful than the traditional kind scribbled the white space of your Bible. This month’s Christian Computing Magazine article offers 5 tips I’ve gleaned over the years of using Bible study software. Read the article and let me know what tips you’ve got in addition to my five.
Our weekly Theotek podcast welcome the founder of Christian Computing Magazine, Steve Hewitt to the show. Steve started the magazine back in the nineties and edited it. About 15 years ago he took it fully digital. He invited me to start writing more than ten years ago. We talked about some interesting things, like the impact online security can have on the church and Christians in general. We also discussed church management software among other things. Give it a watch or listen using the player below. [powerpress]
In the first part of this list of tips for preaching with PowerPoint, we shared two ways to preach with PowerPoint. The first one said, don’t use PowerPoint because it’s ugly and doesn’t include the features modern worship software programs features like quickly inserting lyrics, Bible verses, videos and images. They cost more, but the users will produce better worship presentations. Second, we talked about being more visual with sermon point or sermon idea slides. Use less text and include quality images. Now lest jump into tip number three. Stop Preaching with PowerPoint and Clip Art Back in the early […]
Ten years ago when I finished my Doctor of Ministry Dissertation, Using Multimedia in Expository Preaching, many churches already used projection systems even back then to display song lyrics, announcements, photo slide shows of church activities and for preaching with PowerPoint. In 2015 the projector and screen shows up in most church worship spaces, even in churches that still call them a “sanctuary.” As someone whose preached for over ten years using multimedia to display outlines, illustrations and Bible verses, let me share 5 tips for preaching with PowerPoint to help pastors and multimedia teams communicate God’s work in a […]
Brian Williams got publicly disgraced all over the Internet like so many do in the era of 24 hour cable news and light speed social networks. For those unaware, Brian Williams, who announced the NBC Nightly News since 2004, was caught in a lie. Multiple sources said that Williams distorted the truth about his experiences covering the first Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina in New Orléans. Plenty of other can explain the details of the story better than I can here, so go read one of those. What does the Brian Williams story teach pastors? Williams created a problem for himself when he violated the news reporting “rule” […]
For many years I blogged at this web address and built a following. Then, I mistakenly chose to let the site go and point it to my Google+ profile. Soon after that, Google began to demote Google+ as a platform making it far less important. Now I’m back with my own blog and plan to make it an active site. I’ll still cover things like Bible Study, ministry, technology and anything else I find interesting. Thanks for following me and I hope you will do so again!