Writing Sermons

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scooter | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 21 2016 11:18 AM

I am not a pastor, but, once upon a time, I was taking some training on pensions.  The speaker, an actuary, relayed this story:

He had put together a large presentation to a client company - his recommendations on their company pension.  Well, the power point would not work.  He asked his secretary to retrieve its printed version from the trunk of his car.  She brought them as far as the entrance to the meeting room, where she tripped over the edging at the start of the carpet, spilling all the documents.

The pages had no numbers.  So, he acquired his initial hand-written draft from the briefcase beside him and carried valiantly on.

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Mike Tourangeau | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 21 2016 10:11 PM

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

I am tempted to try this....looks good!

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 22 2016 3:22 AM

Mike Tourangeau:

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

I am tempted to try this....looks good!

Give it a try, you'll love it!

DAL

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Bill Cook | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 22 2016 10:40 AM

Use Logos Notes and OneNote for gathering info. and sometimes Mindjet MindManager (mindmap). (I have preached from mindmap. It is very nice.) Then, I compose the sermon.

But, lately, I have begun using Ulysses on iPad and make an eBook for using in iBooks on the iPad to preach from.

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Pastor James | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 22 2016 11:47 AM

Bill Cook:

Use Logos Notes and OneNote for gathering info. and sometimes Mindjet MindManager (mindmap). (I have preached from mindmap. It is very nice.) Then, I compose the sermon.

But, lately, I have begun using Ulysses on iPad and make an eBook for using in iBooks on the iPad to preach from.

 I'm always interested in writing programs. Do you use Ulysses on a Mac also, or just on an iPad? What do you see is it advantages over othe writing programs such as pages? 

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Pastor James | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 22 2016 11:47 AM

Bill Cook:

Use Logos Notes and OneNote for gathering info. and sometimes Mindjet MindManager (mindmap). (I have preached from mindmap. It is very nice.) Then, I compose the sermon.

But, lately, I have begun using Ulysses on iPad and make an eBook for using in iBooks on the iPad to preach from.

 I'm always interested in writing programs. Do you use Ulysses on a Mac also, or just on an iPad? What do you see is it advantages over othe writing programs such as pages? 

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Tim Farley | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 22 2016 1:15 PM

I use clippings to gather information as I study my Logos resources. I then write my sermon in MS Word. When complete, I export the Word file to Kindle and use the Kindle app on my tablet during my sermon.

I also import my Word files as personal books when I complete each sermon series. Each sermon is a separate chapter in the newly created book.

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Ken F Hill | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 22 2016 1:50 PM

Using the screenshot earlier in the thread, I put together a mindmap in Freeplane (free, open source, multi-platform, fast, easy, powerful).  I like the way you can use the hierarchy of nodes, colors, icons, boundaries, etc to highlight and show relationships.  I get lost of text-heavy, linear notes.  Mindmaps are famous for encouraging keywords instead of blocks of text that take time to write and to read.  (I'm not implying the previous screenshot was text-heavy.)  

I always use the same style for Bible verses (yellow background and Bible icon) so I can see immediately what is God's word and what isn't.  I have a similar style for cross references. Special styles can be created for many different situations, for example: a Hebrew alef or Greek alpha to indicate delving into a word study.

For android tablets there is a free freeplane viewer called droidPlane.  You can view but not edit.  On a tablet PC, you can use the map within freeplane and even use it to present although you have to be pretty adept with freeplane and its keyboard shortcuts.

You can key the map with a regular presentation by using a meaningful icon on nodes where you want the slide to advance.

If keywords are scary, you can add more text that easily can be toggled hidden or displayed.  This can be useful while rehearsing the sermon (extra text displayed).  When giving the sermon the extra text can be toggled off or on as needed.  (But, again, you have to be pretty handy with Freeplane because it can become a walk-and-chew-gum situation.)

Other mindmap apps produce prettier maps.

I hope my screenshot shows up OK.  If not I can save it to dropbox and post the link here.

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Ken F Hill | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 22 2016 2:16 PM

I was saving my map when I realized I had a node out of place - just drag and drop.  Maps are very easy to edit (which if find to be difficult in a word processor).  I also added a connector line, another mindmap device that is useful to note relationships.

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Levi Durfey | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 22 2016 3:19 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 write my sermons in iWork Pages. I use the comments feature to collect quotes from my research (Microsoft Word has something similar, I'm sure). I like doing this because the research is visible and I don't have to switch to another app to get it. But at the same time, my research is not cluttering up my document as I write.

After preaching the sermon and making any corrections or additions, I copy it to a Logos Note File and attach it to the scripture it was preached from.

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