About a year ago, or maybe a little more, Paul Martin (the Senior Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church) went away for a couple of weeks and left me to preach. Because I prepare my sermons digitally, I was finding it increasingly silly to convert them into the older medium of paper. They say that “while the cat’s away the mice will play,” so I took this as an opportunity to begin preaching from an iPad instead of a paper manuscript. I have been preaching from that iPad ever since.
There are many ways to go about it, but I will tell you about the system I have been using for the past year or so. I have found that it works very well. You need only two programs to do this: Pages and GoodReader (or Word and GoodReader if you use a PC). While I continue to use a full-size iPad, this system will work just as well with the Mini.
Note: this is more or less what I do, except I convert my notes to an ePub file and have my manuscript open in iBooks.
Zondervan’s perspective series on sale for the Kindle
Zondervan has put a number of their multi-view books on sale for $2.99:
- Four Views on the Apostle Paul; Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism
- Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
- Five Views on Apologetics
- Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology
- Two Views on Women in Ministry
- Three Views on Creation and Evolution
- Five Views on Law and Gospel
Also on sale:
- Four Views on the Historical Adam ($4.99—preorder)
- The Sermon on the Mount by Tremper Longman—$4.99
- Worship by the Book by D.A.Carson—$2.99
As a pastor who often hears other ministers teach and preach, I am disturbed by the number of times pastors allude to their jobs as being particularly difficult. Yes, we face many challenges—ministry may involve times of high emotional and spiritual duress—but I don’t think these difficulties merit special recognition with regard to other vocations. After all, being a pastor involves almost no manual labor, which makes it physically easier than most other occupations in history. It doesn’t require a 60- to 80-hour work week, unless you somehow equate longer working hours with more of the Holy Spirit’s presence. And although the emotional and spiritual challenges faced are difficult, teachers and social workers—to take just two examples—face similar or greater obstacles.
Two-thirds (66 percent) of churchgoers surveyed agree with the statement, “I desire to please and honour Jesus in all I do.”
However, when asked how often they read the Bible outside of church, a third (34 percent) say rarely or never. Only 11 percent read the Bible daily. Just over a quarter (27 percent) read it at least a few times a week or once a month.
Only 3 percent say they do in-depth Bible study on a daily basis. More than half (53 percent) rarely or never study the Bible.
Most didn’t seem to feel bad about skipping the Bible reading.
Sixty-two percent disagree with the statement, “If I go several days without reading the Bible, I find myself unfulfilled.”
Today you can get Blood Work by Anthony Carter (ePub and MOBI) for only $5 in today’s $5 Friday sale at Ligonier.org. Other items on sale:
- Contentment, Prosperity, and God’s Glory by Jeremiah Borroughs (paperback)
- The God in Our Midst by Daniel Hyde (hardcover)
- Sola Scriptura (paperback)
$5 Friday ends tonight at 11:59:59 PM Eastern.