A Library of Sermons by S. Lewis Johnson

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Dan Starcevich | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 25 2021 11:45 AM

I guess I am a little lost here.  I downloaded the .zip file.  Expanded it and now have a file with lots of sermon texts.  What do I do with them now?  Is there an index I am supposed to turn into a PB?

Thanks!

Dan

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Robert M. Warren | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 26 2021 5:35 AM

Dan Starcevich:
lots of sermon texts.  What do I do with them now?  Is there an index I am supposed to turn into a PB?

Hi Dan:

Sorry; things sometimes get assumed on the Files forum.

You appear to be familiar with PBs, but have you checked out this Wiki page?:  https://wiki.logos.com/Personal_Books 

In the meantime, here's what to do with these hundreds of docx files:

  1. Tools-->Personal Books (after Tools, just type 'pers' and it the tool will be easy to find)
  2. Add book
  3. Enter title
  4. Enter author
  5. Enter such other metadata as you need
  6. For this resource, use 'Monograph' for Type
  7. If you want a picture of Dr. Johnson on the cover, click Change... under the cover placeholder. I included a nice picture in the zip file.
  8. Click the Add file... button and navigate to the folder where you unzipped the zip file.
  9. Sort by file name, if it isn't already.
  10. Select the first file, scroll down and hold the Shift key and click the last file and click Open.
  11. Click the Build Book button. When it's done it will open the new resource.

I named the files such that expository sermons are in canonical order in the resource, with topical sermons at the end.

The first thing you'll want to explore in the new resource are the Indexes. Open the Table Of Contents pane and scroll to the bottom. You'll see the sermons grouped by Passage, Topic, and Tags. The Date of the sermons weren't available to me. The Topics and Tags are a bit on the weak side; since it wouldn't be practical to tag them manually, I automated the Topics from words in the titles and the Tags are the 6-7 most used words in the sermon, with stop-words filtered.

You will also begin to notice Dr. Johnson's sermons appearing the the Sermons section of various guides (Passage, Topic, etc.).

When you navigate to a sermon, you can click the Web/Audio link. This will perform a Google search to get you within a click or two of finding the audio of the sermon. It's this part I had to re-do recently because Google has done some monkeying-around with search language.

Sad caveat:  Personal Books are not available on phones, tablets, or the Web App.

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Dan Starcevich | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 26 2021 1:11 PM

Thanks so much!  I have it in my library now.  What a wonderful resource. Thanks for your work on making this available in such a usable format.

In His Grace,

Dan

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