Category Archives: Technology

Using Technology to Deepen My Sunday Experience

Each of the last two weeks at FSBC, we have tested out the YouVersion app as a compliment to the worship on Sunday morning. If you haven’t heard of this app, it is available on any smart phone or iPad as a free download. It’s a new experience for me as I stated, so I thought I could take this opportunity to layout how I intend to make use of our live events, should we continue to provide them. The above pic is from my laptop, but the examples listed below will demonstrate the iPad since that’s what I’m using as I follow the sermon.
Before the pastor begins His sermon, I open the app and search for a live event. Since I have my app set to recognize my location it finds that live events closest to me. There’s only one and, of course, it’s our live event; FSBC Lawrence. So, I select it and it opens in the drop down bar you see below, on the left.  Each of the scripture texts the pastor is using are in the sidebar but beneath them is a link to turn to that page in my digital YouVersion Bible.  Selecting that link will take me to the corresponding verse in the specific translation being used.
This shows the drop down with scriptures and outline.
I can close the sidebar and
view the scripture separately.
 You may noticed in the above right picture that there is line in the drop down, highlighted in blue.  It says “Add your notes.”  Selecting this takes me to another drop down box where I can add my own notes and thoughts to the Pastor’s.  I tend to write tips to myself for later application.  It looks something like this;
I add my own notes to the drop down window.
At the top of the “added notes” box is a place for my email.  I won’t enter that until later.  As of right now, our live event is kept open until Saturday.  So I can go back and add more notes later, before sending a completed copy to myself.
Once I vote in the poll I can see the results.
The poll included this week allows me to consider the main reason behind what keeps me from showing more love to those around me.  I pray for Jesus to help me conquer this in my life, so that I  can get down to the business of “Loving Deeper.”
After the service, at home, I open the live event again, add a couple more thoughts to the “Add your notes” option and then I email it to myself.  I chose to email it straight to my Evernote account.
I email the notes to my Evernote account
The email includes everything that was in the drop down bar; all scriptures, the outline plus my added notes.  I don’t make any changes before I send it.  I can do all that easier once I open it in Evernote.
Here it is. (pulls out the dish prepared before the program)
In Evernote, I select a folder
3 different tags means 3 ways to
find this note at a later date

Once I open it in Evernote, I create a folder called sermon notes and tag it with the themes.  This time it it tagged “love” since the title of the message is “Love Deeper.”  Additionally, I tagged it with our pastors name and our series Title.  Now I know I’ll have at least three ways of finding my notes later.

After I create the folder and add the tags I decide to make some adjustments for easier reading. I bold the scriptures and italicize the notes I added so the stand out from the rest of the text.  I could delete the poll since now it just appears as text.  But instead, I chose to leave it and create bullet points for the five options.  Looking at those later might remind me of what I still need to overcome.
This is still new to us at FSBC Lawrence.  I may change the way I’m using this tool later on, but for now, I expect this will deepen the impact of the message for me and allow me to think about my action response throughout the week.
Have you tried the YouVersion live event feature?  Do you find yourself coming back to it later in the day?  Do you add your own notes and email yourself?  What do you do with that email afterward?

Growing into EverNote

I started using EverNote early last spring when a friend turned my attention to it. I wish I could say that I’m an expert, on the contrary, I’m far from it.

Currently I’m using EverNote for keeping track of my Audio and Video teams schedules. It used be tedious to weed through all my old emails looking for the 2 month sign up schedule for these teams, just so I could send them reminders for serving. Now once those dates are filled with the names of my fantastic A/V team members, I simply forward the email to my EverNote and it is only a few seconds away and available to me on 3 devices; iPhone, iPad and computer.

Additionally, I’ve been using EverNote to keep track of my writing ideas and notes. When a blog idea comes to me I write something about it in EverNote. When a story idea comes – Evernote. I tweet or link to read later – I send it to EverNote.

My goal is to use EverNote more often and More effectively. For help with this, I’m studying and trying to apply the instructions and ideas I’ve found at Michael Hyatt’s blog. Here is a blog of his where he has organized all his EverNote blogs.

A List of handy blogs for evernote users and learners!

Do you use EverNote? How do you use it? How does it help you the most?


A Theology of Technology (sort of)

https://i2.wp.com/inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/12/ipadcase-lead01.jpgBlogging from my iPad. I’m excited about new gear. Mostly because it is a tool to help me do ministry… And it’s cool. Okay, perhaps mostly because it’s cool! But I’m working on that motivation even as I blog from my iPad.

1 Corinthians 7:30-31 “those who weep or rejoice or who buy things should not be absorbed by their weeping or their joy or their possessions. Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.” NLT

So I’ll purposefully be excited in the ministry uses of my “tools” rather than the coolness factor. The Corinthians must have been dealing with iPads, iPhones or at least iPapyrus’ or iPapy’s as I’m sure they used to call them. (I bet the “scroll it” app was cool and everybody was addicted to the game “zombie gladiator”) okay I’m getting off track. But that must be why Paul wrote those words, because those 1st century words have incredible 21st century application!

I’m blogging, I’m on twitter, I’ll begin reading my chord charts from my iPad as well, but my desire is to minister the love of Christ using the language of the culture with the appropriate tools to do the job. However, I’m honestly tempted by the cool stuff available to us to do all this in 2011. Paul, how did you know I would have this temptation? I have no doubt that those words that seem to be about iPads, iPhones, facebook and twitter these days have spoken to all kinds of people and all kinds of possessions for every generation. I’ll heed those words and live my life for the future home which will never pass away.

At second glance I would be well served to look beyond iPads and iPhones as the full application of Pauls words of encouragement. He says those who weep or have joy should be absorbed in that weeping or joy. I wonder what I weep over in vain (a perennially loosing baseball team? the government? the presidents’ job performance? health care?) or what do I rejoice over in vain (a perennially winning baseball team? the government? the presidents’ job performance? health care?) All… ALL those things will pass away. Why do I spend so much of my time frustrated with or boasting in these and other temporal things? …God forgive me. Help me see and keep my eyes on the lasting joys and concerns of the world beyond.