Writing Sermons

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Pastor Scott | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Feb 19 2016 10:12 PM

Do most of the people who use this bible software just use microsoft word to write there sermons or is there a way to write sermons within the logos program?

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 19 2016 11:53 PM

Hi Scott - and welcome to the forums

Scott Rowe:

Do most of the people who use this bible software just use microsoft word to write there sermons or is there a way to write sermons within the logos program?

While it would be possible to write sermons as a Notes document in Logos, from discussions on the forums this is rarely used. Some use Word processors, such as Microsoft Word, others use mindmap tools, and so on.

Personally I use Microsoft Word and then transfer the completed notes to a Logos Note and preach from that using an ipad

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GregW | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 4:15 AM

I follow a similar process to Graham, but preach from the Word document on my iPad. I then modify the document slightly and add it to Logos as w Personal Book, with the sermon tagging information that is available in Personal Books (see here). I find this useful for keeping a record of where and when I have preached a particular sermon, and saving myself the embarrassment of preaching it twice in the same place. 


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Bohuslav Wojnar | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 4:29 AM

I use OneNote and Logos notes, clippings etc. to collect all kind of material. MS Word for sermon notes and Logos as a main Bible tool. I preach from Surface Pro 4 directly from MS Word document in Reading Mode. For presentations I use PowerPoint.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 5:03 AM

GregW:
I follow a similar process to Graham, but preach from the Word document on my iPad

Expanding on this slightly.

The reason I tend to preach from Notes on my iPad is that I can have it set to split screen with the biblical text in one half and the notes in the other. Then when I tap on a reference in the Note the biblical text is updated so I can easily refer to it.

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Al Het | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 11:43 AM

I use MS Word for my preaching notes.  I copy and paste useful info into my outline when I need to, but that is not very often.  I sometimes use a tablet to preach from, and really prefer that.  However, I always worry just a little that one day, it won't turn on, or it will inexplicably quit working half way through the message. 

When I'm done, I paste my sermon notes to Evernote, tagged with the date, the passage, the topic, and a few key words.  This allows me to quickly and easily review of when I last preached on a topic or a passage.  I do the same thing with illustrations, adding the date each time I use it, so I don't re-use it again too soon.  This not only allows me the great search ability of Evernote, but I can access any outlines or illustrations any time, anywhere.  More than once on mission oriented trips I was able to, spur of the moment, pull up an outline and do a semi-spontaneous teaching on a topic I never would have prepared for otherwise. 

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Lonnie Spencer | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 3:47 PM

I write out my sermon outline in Microsoft Word. I am also like Al, I am paranoid of an electronic glitch, so I print out my sermon outline and take that into the pulpit. When I am through with the sermon series, I will make a personal book in Logos from the sermon outlines I have saved in Microsoft Word to have available for future reference.

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Robert Holmes | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 5:26 PM

Hi Graham,

Do you use the Notes app on your iPad, or are you referring to the Logos Notes that is accompanied by your preferred bible version?

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 6:09 PM

Scott Rowe:
Do most of the people who use this bible software just use microsoft word to write there sermons

Don't know about most, but that is what I do.

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Bridgeport, CT USA

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Michael Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 6:27 PM

 

Scott Rowe:

Do most of the people who use this bible software just use microsoft word to write there sermons or is there a way to write sermons within the logos program?

There seems to be a variety of approaches, but that is what I do.

"In all cases, the Church is to be judged by the Scripture, not the Scripture by the Church," John Wesley

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Rich DeRuiter | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 6:47 PM

Scott Rowe:

Do most of the people who use this bible software just use microsoft word to write there sermons or is there a way to write sermons within the logos program?

I also write sermons with MS Word. A few years back I got a second monitor, which makes this method much, much nicer.

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Robert Holmes | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 7:10 PM

Scott Rowe:

Do most of the people who use this bible software just use microsoft word to write there sermons or is there a way to write sermons within the logos program?

Hi Scott,

Previously I used MS Word, but I actually started using the built-in Logos Notes capability. I actually think it makes it easier for notes to stand out. Also, everything is right in front of me in Logos. I don't have to toggle between MS Word, OneNote, Pages, etc. I do, however, export my sermons in MS Word and store them in my sermon archive for safe keeping.

What got me hooked on solely using Logos for my sermons was the 30-day Challenge. I really learned how to utilize the power of Logos more effectively.  

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Pastor James | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 7:28 PM
I brainstorm and organize using Mind Node, then import into Notebook for an organized permanent record, tab the passages in my Bible, and preach without notes.
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Pastor Scott | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 8:10 PM

I always have admired people who do mind mapping. It's just something I cant wrap my head around.

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Pastor Scott | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 8:13 PM

I also use microsoft word to write out my sermons. Then I adjust the margins so I can cut them to fit nicely in my Bible. I have an Ipad but, I have never used that for preaching from.

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Pastor Scott | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 8:17 PM

How does mind mapping work? Does that help with preaching without notes?

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Pastor James | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2016 8:27 PM

I think people use mind mapping in a variety of ways. I'm a very structured person (CPA before becoming a preacher) and mind mapping helps me think out of the box. I thoughts, passages, quotes, notes, etc in the mind map and then drag them in place or delete, etc as I develop the sermon ideas. As far as preaching without notes, I do it for two reasons, first If I write out my sermon, I get bored with it and it is not as good when I preach it, and second, when I preach I get in a zone where I can't focus on notes and keep them straight, the only thing I can focus on is the Bible. Hope this gives you some ideas.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 21 2016 12:48 AM

Robert Holmes:

Hi Graham,

Do you use the Notes app on your iPad, or are you referring to the Logos Notes that is accompanied by your preferred bible version?

I'm referring to Logos Notes. So I will have something like the screenshot below

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Tanner Thetford | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 21 2016 7:35 AM

I write my sermons in a notes document in Logos and then convert it into a PBB when I am finished to preach out of. For both of these processes I use a Microsoft Surface Pro 3. 

The notes documents in Logos can be a bit clunky, but it is still sufficient for my needs and I like having all of my research right there. 

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 21 2016 9:52 AM

Lonnie Spencer:

I write out my sermon outline in Microsoft Word. I am also like Al, I am paranoid of an electronic glitch, so I print out my sermon outline and take that into the pulpit. When I am through with the sermon series, I will make a personal book in Logos from the sermon outlines I have saved in Microsoft Word to have available for future reference.

Same here, though I try to memorize the main points of my sermons and familiarize myself with the content in case the lights go out and avoid the embarrassment of telling people, "I'm sorry, I cant continue because I cannot read my notes." I will say this, though, after the 30 day challenge I've found myself using the notes feature in L6 more, as I'm able to have hyperlinks on the verses I'm using, so it won't take that long to find them. Notes are awesome, but then again, we cannot rely on technology since we don't know when it's going to fail us.

DAL

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