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Studying and Preaching the Bible in the Digital Age (Part 4 of 4): Resources for Presenting Lessons and Sermons

Bible Digital AgeThis is part 4 of a 4 part series. Part 1 is herePart 2 is here; Part 3 is here.

Several resources are available to help in presenting lessons/messages and in recording them.

Presenting

For the following, you will need a setup at the church where there is already a computer or a place to plug in your device (know what you have — VGA? HDMI? etc.  Apple devices can work with Apple TV’s on same WiFi network, or with an HDMI adapter for a direct cable; many Android devices have MICRO HDMI ports that use a microHDMI to standard HDMI cable).

Powerpoint

Keynote (Mac)   (iOS) (has some compatibility with Powerpoint files, works great with Apple TV)

Slideshark iOS (free, use with Powerpoint slideshows you have made; works great with Apple TV)

Prezi iOS  computer program

Deck Slideshow Presentations (Android)  ( iOS)

Haiku Deck Slideshow Maker (iOS)

Recording

Voice Recorders (There are many options you can find, but most cost a few bucks to have unlimited recording time; I really like RecForge on Android; I’ve also used an MP3 voice recorder from Sony, with a lapel mic attached)

Please comment or contact us if you would like us to look at other resources to add to these lists.  Here are some other resources listed at ProPreacher:  iOS    Android

Studying and Preaching the Bible in the Digital Age (Part 3 of 4): Resources for Studying the Bible

Bible Digital AgeThis is part 3 of a 4 part series. Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here.

BIBLES/STUDY BIBLES

E-Sword – Free Bible study program including many free add-ons, such as lexicons, dictionaries, etc.; some add-ons and translations are not free; there is also an iPad version ($5)

Glo  includes a variety of helpful resources including then and now Bible maps and photography (lite version, free; premium, $50 – includes cross platform access on up to five devices including PC and iPad with Android support coming)

Touch Bible Loaded (Android app)

ESV Study Bible app (iOS – $15)

HCSB Study Bible app (iOS – $10) – one helpful feature of this app is that it will allow you to replace the HCSB translation with other Bible translations if you prefer

You can also find the ESV Study Bible, HCSB Study Bible, and the MacArthur Study Bible, as well as many other Bible study resources (some for free) in the Kindle store (and then access them on computer, Kindle, iOS, or Android devices)  Google Books (Android app) (iOS) also has many helpful Bible study resources (some for free).

OTHER BIBLE STUDY PROGRAMS AND WEBSITES

Logos  (Android)  (iPad)  (iPhone) – cross platform Bible study resources. Your Logos library syncs across your computer and mobile devices. (Also works with software from Logos’s subsidiary, Libronix)  The Logos cloud concept has been very helpful, as those who used to have to reinstall their resources from scratch every time they obtained a new computer can testify.

Biblearc.com  –  “graphical exegesis” – at this website, you can learn to “arc,” a method of diagramming a Bible passage that helps you trace the flow of thought and see the main point  Biblearc iPad app   Bible Arcer  Android app

Grace to You  – John MacArthur’s ministry. Many free sermons, articles, etc.

Precept Austin  – a wealth of material for Bible study

Even more online resources are listed at http://capsministry.wordpress.com/resource-library/study-tools/

Studying and Preaching the Bible in the Digital Age (Part 1 of 4)

Bible Digital AgeThe invention of the movable-type printing press in the 15th century revolutionized society. This new technology exponentially increased the speed and the scale with which the written word could be produced, distributed, and collected.  Likewise, the advent of innovations like the personal computer, the Internet, and mobile technology has changed the way we produce, share, and process information in the last few years.  What used to take days, weeks, and months now takes hours, minutes, and in some cases, even seconds, to make and publish.

As students and preachers of the Bible, we are blessed to have much modern technology at our disposal.  While there are numerous pitfalls to modern technology (ease of plagiarism, misinformation, distractions both innocent and evil), the advantages of using it correctly can be a great benefit to ourselves and those we seek to serve.  Instead of having to pile a desk full of volumes or carry a backpack of books to a study place, we can easily access entire libraries stored on our computer’s drives or through the World Wide Web on the same computer or a smartphone.  Instead of having to print all our notes for speaking, we can access them from a tablet.  Instead of having to pull out a big concordance for one simple search, powerful tools in Bible apps or Bible website searches will quickly do the trick.

There is an abundance of tools, and sometimes an abundance can be overwhelming.  Some can probably safely ignore much of the new technology, provided they have a vast store of personal knowledge of the Bible from years of study and know their way around the Word and key study tools. Most of the rest of us have potential for much benefit from these electronic tools, but often need some guidance to keep us from getting lost among many good options.  Such guidance should help us choose tools that work well for us in the present, and introduce us to tools we may wish to use in the future.

In the weeks ahead, I hope to introduce you to some helpful digital tools for studying the Bible as well as preparing and delivering messages.  The goal is not to overwhelm you but to selectively introduce you to or remind you of some helpful resources.  Hopefully, you will be able to take away a few key helps to add to your toolbox.

The listings will cover tools from multiple formats (including PC, iOS, Android, etc.) under the following headings:

  • Spiritual Disciplines (e.g., reading, memorizing, praying)
  • Intensive Bible Study & Sermon Preparation
  • Lesson/Sermon Presentation

If you have some recommended electronic tools you would like me to consider including on the lists, please leave a comment or use the contact form.  I hope we will discover some resources that will help us study and share the Word in 2014.